Lyonsgate Weekly Update | January 18, 2019
Monday, 14 January 2019
Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,
Parent Education Evening:
The winter term Parent Education Evening is next week: Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Lyonsgate Primary campus on Aberdeen Ave., from 4:00-5:00 p.m, in the synagogue’s Sanctuary (where the Holiday Concert was). Please click here to register for childcare (pizza will be available for registered children).
This evening will introduce you to the different “Planes of Development,” as Maria Montessori called them. Montessori environments are prepared to meet the developmental needs of children at different ages and stages of development.
We will discuss each “Plane of Development” and highlight the characteristics of children at each stage. You will learn how Lyonsgate’s prepared Montessori environments meet children’s developmental needs, and understand the relations between the different levels as your children progress from Toddler to Casa to Elementary.
We sent out the updated Parent Contact lists this past week and have had some replies about incorrect or updated contact info, and about additions to the lists. Please take a look at the lists that were sent out and let us know (at email@example.com) if any information is incorrect, outdated, or if you would like to be added to the list for your child's class (inclusion on the Parent Contact lists is optional and some families have chosen to not be included; just let us know if you would like to be added).
We'd just like to remind everyone to please make sure children have appropriate outdoor clothing every day, especially now that the forecast is predicting real winter weather. Outdoor activity time is essential for learning and development, and is mandated legislatively. All children at all levels get outside every day except in the worst of weather conditions. It is not possible to have one or two children stay inside because they don't have appropriate outer wear; staff is required to be outside to supervise the children. A few tips we've picked up over the years:
- Please ensure hats and mitts/gloves fit properly. If hats don't cover ears or fall over eyes, or if mittens are hard to put on, uncomfortable to wear, or make it difficult to hold things, children tend to abandon them, or end up with cold ears.
- Once the snow sticks, please avoid cloth or knit mittens/gloves. When children play with snow it melts, gloves get wet, and little hands get cold.
- As you know, Montessori strives to help children develop independence. Of course we will make sure everyone is zipped up, velcroed, snapped, buttoned, and laces are tied, but the more independent successes your children can experience in terms of getting themselves dressed, the better. Please keep this in mind when choosing outer wear for your children.
- An extra pair of mittens that stay in a child's backpack or cubby are often a great idea.
Unfortunately, due to some staff illness we were not able to spend time in the classrooms taking photos this week. So sorry. We hope to be back at it next week.