This Monday, the 14th, I will not be at school as I am attending a funeral up North. Prayer for my husband's "adopted" grandma Betty Lou who passed away this week. Mrs. Ballin will be my sub for the day and the students will do community service at WOS. They may bring their athletic clothes and also some potential painting clothes (clothes they could get dirty).
Secondly, I will be leaving for my training in Ohio early February and they have required me to video the students in my classroom while I am teaching. At the beginning of the year you should have signed a waiver allowing photography of your student for advertising purposes. The videos I take in the classroom will only be of instructional techniques that involve the students and the only viewers will be the mentors I have through my CMStep training program. If you are concerned about this videoing and do not want your student in the video, please let me know at your earliest convenience as I will begin videoing next week.
Christmas is NEXT week.
Perhaps you have all your gifts purchased or perhaps you are scrambling to get them all done but I would like to challenge all of our families to see how the gifts we give encourage the Catholic and Montessori principles of our school.
Ask the question:
Does the gift help the adolescent become a better person?
Does it draw them closer to God or away from God?
Does it involve their creativity?
Does it involve their imagination?
Does it challenge their spatial skills?
Does it widen their world view?
Is it a work with their hands or bodies?
Does it help them discover a gift or talent they have?
Does it help them discover their cosmic task?
Does it encourage group work in the family?
Does it teach them something new?
Does the clothing encourage modesty and order?
Does the hero/heroine display traits that are admirable?
Is the gift dependent on technology?
Does the gift encourage community (versus solitude)?
I love giving gifts but am careful that the gift I give is actually for the GOOD of the other (willing the good of another is the true definition of love). I would encourage you to ask yourselves the same questions with the gifts you give this year!
Thursday Fun Day:
Last Thursday we attended our Advent retreat, THIS Thursday the adolescents will go to the Mall of American on a scavenger hunt. NEXT Thursday we will have a Christmas party in the classroom. Oh what fun.
Just a few details about this upcoming Thursday's outing to the Mall in Bloomington. Myself and Mrs. Ballin will be driving. The scavenger hunt is the main activity planned. We will divide into two groups, one group with myself, the other with Amy. We will come together for lunch - please remind them to bring some money to purchase lunch otherwise they may bring a sack lunch and we can store it until lunchtime! Following lunch, they will have an hour to be in the mall in small groups independently and will meet back together to depart.
A provision: I am asking that if your student has a phone, that they bring it on Thursday as a safety precaution for communication. I will share my number with them as well as Amy's so that if there is an emergency - they can contact us both.
If you have any concerns with letting them be independent from us at the end of the day (for 1 hour) in small groups, please let me know and I can make sure your student stays with an adult.
This is a busy weekend!
I just wanted to give a brief overview of what is expected Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday morning they should be at Epiphany at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. We will be setting up props, costumes, sound and lighting.
I am attending 8 a.m. mass at Epiphany before and would love to see you all there!
Then Sunday, we are asking all adolescents to wear all black (longed sleeve) (including shoes and socks). I will be too! They should arrive at 1:15 p.m.
They have done SO much in organizing costumes, prop, and decorating the set. They are integral the process and it has been so much fun to do with them!
Let me know of any questions,
See you Sunday!
Hope you are enjoying your long weekend! Stay safe with the snow coming in tonight.
Just an update about the Adolescent Advent Retreat on Thursday
We are going to St. Paul where Miss Marilyn Smith's order has a condo that they open for community use. There we will have games, a couple talks, small group discussion, and adoration and praise and worship in the chapel there. The adolescents will enter into a deeper understanding of what Advent is and what they are called to do in response to the liturgical new year. We will depart right after dropoff in the morning and return back to Glen Cary for normal dismissal time.
We are providing a special lunch for the students so they do not need to pack lunches for that day. I have given them permission to wear their athletic clothes on Thursday as well.
Let me know of any questions!
Hello lovely parents,
Just wanted to send out a reminder about winter clothes and recess. We WILL go outside as long as it is not below 0 degrees outside. The adolescents haven't been wearing snowpants and boots because there isn't snow yet (knock on wood). However, they cannot get their uniform clothes dirty/wet if they are not wearing snowpants- snow on the ground or not.
Going into the colder months, please help your adolescent bring the necessary gear: hat, scarf, gloves, boots, snowpants, coat. It is SO cold outside when you are out there for an extended time (I did recess duty all last year).
Let me know if you have any questions!
I just wanted to put on your radar that I am organizing a day retreat to help the adolescents enter into Advent this year. Advent is probably the most underrated liturgical season and I would like to get them thinking about what it means to prepare for Christ's birth. We will do this during the school day on Thursday, December 6th. Priests, youth ministers, and Miss Smith are all involved and helping me plan a beautiful day for them. More details to follow but I just wanted to make you aware!
I just wanted to communicate about the adolescent's involvement in the Christmas Pageant. This year the Pageant is on December 9th and rehearsal is on the 8th. The adolescents, as they did last year, will be the behind the scenes support for the E1 and E2 students. They will design, build and paint the sets with the support of David Trana. They will also outfit and costume all of the children in the pageant with the support of Kristen Carlstrom.
This role is so important for the function of the play and while it is behind the scenes, shows the adolescents the necessity of having people who may not get recognition but are integral to the production of the play.
Let me know if you have any questions!
In A1 we do conferences a little differently - your adolescent prepares their portfolio of their best work, your adolescent completes a reflection and evaluation packet, and so do YOU!
The conference is completely student- led, meaning each student will work hard this week to prepare, work on their professional meeting leadership, and reflect in order to have some topics all ready to discuss between you, myself, and them. I ask that you allow your adolescent to lead and work through their conference. It will follow a specific structure that they will practice this week!
Your adolescent took home the conference self-reflection packet on Friday, and the FIRST PAGE is the one that is YOUR homework (sorry!). If you could complete that and be sure to bring it to your conference, that would be great!
Let me know if you have any questions!
I look forward to conferencing with each of you this upcoming Thursday and Friday.