March Update

Dear Great Horned Owls Families - 

Even though I was out for two weeks in February, Mr. Stefan kept our children busy with lots of lessons. Ms. Bahareh was instrumental in having the children do follow-up work after lessons, practiced high frequency word sets with some children, show and teach handwork, and all the many things that helps the children stay focused and working.

After School Event

At the end of the month, on March 31st, we’ll be teaming up with the Red-Tailed Hawks for our after school workshops and dinner event. Starting at 3pm, we’ll take both our classes to the school field and have a snack (on that day, we’ll be asking families to send an extra snack for their child). At approximately 3:30-5:05, each child will be attending two workshops lead by parent volunteers. Afterwards, at 5:30pm we’ll have our pizza dinner and then start cleaning up at 6:00pm. Parents will be picked-up their child between 6:15-6:30pm.

Hike

I have reserved March 28th for an early hike at South Mountain. The plan is to leave by 9am, have lunch there, and then return by 12:30pm. A week before we go, permission slips will be sent home with details of what to wear and what to pack for a sack lunch.

Ideas to start or maintain effective communication with your child

How often have you asked your child, “How was your day?” and all you got was a short quick, “fine” answer? For many young children it is a question that is too vague and a more specific question would help them better remember a part of their day. For one, avoid any question that can be easily answered with a “yes” or “no” response. Instead try using open-ended questions, for example:

Out of all the things that happened today, what was the best one? What was the worst?

Who did you play at recess with and what did you play?

What made you laugh today?

What was a work that you did today that was very rewarding to finish?

Tell me something new you learnt today?

Who did you work with and what work did you collaborate on?

These are just a few examples, but the one that will really get them more comfortable with sharing is if you model sharing about your day. Eventually you’ll be pleasantly surprised when they ask, “How was your day, Mom (or Dad)?

 

Below are just a few pictures of children working during the month of February. Enjoy.

March Birthdays:

6th - Emmett

12th - Arius

20th - Samarth

Mark Your Calendars:

Monday, March 7th-11th- Spring Break/Extended Care Provided

Saturday, March 19th (9-11am) - “Show Your Love” Event

Saturday, March 19th (10-12pm) - Escape Keystone!

Tuesday, March 22nd (6-7:30pm) - Community & Classroom Meeting

Wednesday, March 23rd (6-7pm)— Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, March 25th - Early Release/Extended Care Provided

Friday, March 25th - Spring School Pictures (no make-up day)

Thursday, March 31st (3-6:30pm) - After school workshop and dinner event for Great Horned Owls and Red-Tailed Hawks (details to come)

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/ ).

Thank you,

Ms. Bahareh and Mr. Jess