March 1st Update

Dear Great Horned Owls Families - 

It feels like we just begun February, but it’s gone. It just flew by! The children, Ms. Bahareh and I are completely ecstatic of having all the children in class on Monday. You could feel the excitement through Zoom. One child shared that on Thursday night, after their father read that Keystone would resume in person, he was dancing around the house.

This month we covered many topics and read a lot of stories. Lessons were on different grammar boxes, the Huang He (Yellow River) civilization in China, Number Talks, division, fractional arithmetic, multiplication, multiples, subtraction, Japan, reading comprehension passages, daily writing, plant life cycle, plant parts, plant shapes and sizes (tree vs shrub vs herb), folktales from Japan, Mexico, and India, and a traditional Jewish story. I also have been introducing them to stories about men and women who have overcome barriers to reach their dreams. I had no idea a 17 year old young woman, back in 1928, was challenge to fly under all four New York bridges by a male pilot, even though no one had every attempt such feat. If a teacher is not learning along with their students, life would be quite boring. 

O.K. for the moment we have all been waiting for…how do we prepare for returning back to in-person learning? First just a reminder on drop off and pick-up times: 7:55-8:15am and 2:40-3:00pm. Remember to have your child’s windshield name visible so we can quickly get him/her to you as soon as possible. Keep in mind, that some children walk slowly and may take as much as five minutes. The moment their name is called, they are out our door. 

The following are the supplies and journals they’ll need to have with them on Monday:

Spanish notebook (green), work journal (small green), spelling dictionary (yellow), math journal, language journal and any other material from other teachers.

Items that were purchased for them and need to return for individual use:

supply pouch, glue stick, six inch ruler, pencil sharpener, a couple of pencils, erasers, scissors and color pencil box

Please remember we are unable to use plates and utensils so pack their food accordingly. If they need to microwave any food, please make sure the container is microwaveable. They also need to bring a water bottle. We are strongly suggesting healthy snacks for their midmorning snack. 

I think that is all that I can remember. If anything occurs to me, I will let you know as soon as possible. 

 

March Birthdays:

12th - Arius

15th - Rose

Important Upcoming events:

Monday, March 8th- Friday, March 12th - SPRING BREAK/Extended care provided

Saturday, March 13th - Verde River Kayaking Social Season Trip (8:30-9:30am)

Saturday, March 20th - Super Slime at Home Social Season Party (1-2pm)

Tuesday, March 23rd - Community and classroom meeting (6:00-7:30pm)

Wednesday, March 24th - Board of Directors Meeting (6-7pm)

Friday, March 26th - EARLY RELEASE/Extended Care Provided

Saturday, March 27th - Trivia Night Social Season Party (6:30-7:30pm)

Friendly Reminder: 

Don’t forget to make your AZ School Tax Credit donation for Keystone Montessori- receive a dollar per dollar credit on your AZ tax return ($200 single or $400 for joint return on AZ form 321, please ask your tax advisor for details or https://azdor.gov/tax-credits/contributions-qcos-and-qfcos )

With so many people affected by the pandemic, please consider an additional tax credit to the Community Food Bank (https://azfoodbanks.org/food-banks-in-az/ ) or a tax credit to the Working Poor ( https://phoenixrescuemission.org/taxcredit/ ).

Ms. Bahareh and Mr. Jess