they can dash back to grab it from the back porch. Thanks for your understanding.
Today we were able to explore the Onion World. We tied together the lessons we've had so far this year
in geology, science, and geography to show how the layers of an onion can demonstrate the different layers
of the Earth: inner core, outer core, mantle, crust, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
We also knocked out some final assessments. Only a few more students need to be assessed and we can
get back in gear giving lessons and exploring more of the curriculum.
We also wished Stefan and his family goodbye as they move to CA this weekend. We will miss Stefan as
a 3rd year and hope he and his family have an easy move and adjustment to living in a new state.
Additionally, we celebrated Stefan's 1/2 birthday and Fiona's birthday this weekend. So if you hear that we
he had "dessert first", we really did! It was quite yummy to enjoy our Trader Joe's ice cream fruit bars right
before our pizza Friday. We told the kids it was because of our really small freezer and the treats would melt,
but it's always been my dream to enjoy my dessert "guilt-free" before my lunch or dinner. =)
Have a great weekend!
~ Ms. June
September 12, 2013
For those parents using Montessori Compass to receive updates, the system appears to have processed
updates prior to the 9pm send time I have in the settings so no updates were included today. I created
a PDF printout of all the updates thus far this year. Therefore, if you click the "NewsFlash in PDF Format"
link to the left, you will be able to locate the "Montessori Compass Parent Update" file. If you open
and then scroll to the bottom you will see today's update.
If you are not currently receiving updates and would like to be included, please email me via the link to the
left with the email you'd like to use and I'll be sure to create an account so you can receive your child's
updates. Also, I will be migrating to weekly updates soon to allow me time to practice using the lesson
planning/recording features each day. Thank you to the parents who have given me feedback on their
experience with Montessori Compass thus far this year. The results have been very encouraging.
~ Ms. June
September 2, 2013
This week we will be having Enrichments for the first time this year. If your child will be staying for
Enrichments after school, watch for details as to how the students will be dismissed to parents. Also,
be sure to pack an extra snack for the afternoon.
This Friday will be our first Pizza Friday. Our first group of shoppers will head out this week with Ms. Lisa
to purchase our pizza sides. Be sure to sign up for a Friday on the sign up page to the left of this screen to
have your child experience this great extension of our math curriculum. Still provide a snack for your child
on Pizza Friday days just in case they get hungry before lunch time.
All Villa Parent Meeting at Camelback High School on Wednesday, September 18th. All families
should have at least one parent present. There will be information from the Administration for
all families, both new and returning.
June Bug t-shirts & bags were ordered! We hope to have them completed and names embroidered
on the bags(crossing fingers my sewing machine will cooperate!) within 2 weeks.
Have a great week and Happy September!
~ Ms. June
August 30, 2013
Today we kicked off the 3 day weekend with a quick story of how the Babylonians measured stars in
the night sky and how that led to 360 degrees in a circle. We were then able to show the 5.5 degree
angle tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on a protractor. The marshmallow towers that we made yesterday
were then tilted to the same 5.5 degree angle and they all held up. Additionally we attempted another
silent building challenge using mini marshmallows and toothpicks to create skyscraper towers and our
groups did a great job in the limited time we had to construct. Our final event was the marshmallow toss.
Since we were running short on time to sling shot our marshmallows through the hula hoop, we threw
them instead with great results in time to head to specials. We hope your children made it home with their
S'mores and were able to share the highlights of their Toasted Marshmallow Day. Thank you for your
donations to make the day a hit!
Have a wonderful weekend and activity reports will pick up next week.
~ Ms. June
August 29, 2013
Don't forget that tomorrow we will be dismissing students in E1 Carpools only at 11:15
& Siblings/Carpools in E2 at 11:30.
Today we worked on brainstorming what Cooperation, Collaboration, and Communication mean.
The students worked in groups to create posters that represented each of these skills that will be
needed in our class this year. We were able to put these three terms to the test during our creation
of our Marshmallow "Towers of Pisa." It was quite fun to see the creativity each group used to create
the tallest structure they could out of large marshmallows and water as mortar to hold the structure
together. We are letting the structures dry overnight and will test their leaning ability tomorrow when
we kick off this year's National Toasted Marshmallow Day and the celebration of Maria Montessori's birthday!
Tonight's connection to home was to see if any students had parents or grandparents who have been to
the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And did you know that the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans 4 meters
from vertical? We measured on the classroom wall and that is a lot!
Have a wonderful 3 day weekend!
~ Ms. June
August 28, 2013
Important note: Friday, August 30, is a HALF DAY for ALL students. There is no Circle so that the
entire Villa Staff can attend training. If you do not have an EII sibling or EII carpool, we are starting
carline at 11:15 for EI students to help alleviate some congestion. Parents of preprimary students
may come at 11:15, as well.
If you have made plans for your child to go home with someone who is not usually in charge of their care,
please make sure they have a carline sign to make this process as smooth as possible. Thanks!
As to today's lessons, we have been going back to basics, a lot! We're really concentrating on the students
following through on lessons and if we need to give the lesson again, we are. The students are beginning to
respond to the second and third lesson reminders but we are hoping it will become a habit to complete
correctly on the first try. Since the sense of order from the preprimary age (0-6yrs) goes out the door at
6-9 years old, we really have to work on repeating routines and systems. Please follow up at home if the
opportunity presents itself to do the same with family rules.
Tomorrow is the beginning stage of the Toasted Marshmallow learning (and fun!). We will be building our
Leaning Towers of Marshmallows so they have the opportunity to set overnight. We will then explore more
fun on Friday. If anyone has a sling shot for firing marshmallows through hula hoops, we would love to
borrow one or two for the festivities. Thanks much!
(The above is today's test message from the Montessori Compass program I'm piloting this year. I will be
tweaking the frequency of the Activity report updates as I try to implement additional features in the program
like lesson planning and recording for my use in the classroom).
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
~ Ms. June
August 26, 2013
As we begin our 3rd week of school, we are now exploring more fully the Timelines of
Writing and Math. We will begin to use our planners with the use of our "quill pencils" as
we typeset our writing with our "moveable alphabet type". By slowing down the writing at
the start of the class year, it allows the students to rely on their oral language and to really
concentrate on building community.
We will be setting the stage for our Toasted Marshmallow Day with a study of the Leaning
Tower of Pisa this week and getting an introduction to the physics involved with stabilizing the
tower and building structures. It's a great way to explore science and math in a unique way.
Friday is 11:30 Dismissal for ALL STUDENTS! We will be dismissing all students on Friday after
our specials and our Toasted Marshmallow fun. Our plan is to send your child home with their
S'mores in a baggie for easy transport. We have found that yummy sweets make for
extremely bouncy kids on the eve of a 3 day weekend. =)
Watch for an email from Anna, our room mom, in which I explain the way I plan to use our
VillaJuneBugs@gmail.com account, TeacherWeb and Montessori Compass to help keep you
informed this year. I'm really excited to be able to use Montessori Compass to help keep
you informed about how your child is doing in class. Watch for that email.
Also, for the test parents of Montessori Compass who have a gmail account and have not
received an invitation to access the web site, we found a work around. If you go to
MontessoriCompass.com and log into the account I created for you using the default
password of password, you can get in and change your password and begin to access your
child's Activity Report under the Activity tab. This is a work around for you. Please let me
know what you think and if there are any questions you might have.
If you would like me to add you to the Montessori Compass parent updating system, please
email me and I will do so. My hope is to have all families represented so everyone will be
able to bridge the school to home gap with these daily updates. I respect your email
addresses and only wish to enter you if you authorize me to.
Helping Hands: More are being added each day so please keep an eye out here and on the
- Kitchenaid Countertop Oven $99 @ Target
- Montessori Compass Record Keeping program - monthly sponsors ($45/month)
- Plants for ODE
- Paper Weaving refills for ODE activity
Have a wonderful week!
August 22, 2013
I hope you've had the chance to sign up below on the NewsFlash page and have also received the introduction
email from our room mom, Anna Blocher-Rubin, via the email@example.com account set up by last year's
room mom (Ms. Kristi). If you haven't received the email sent yesterday, please click the email link to the
left and send me a message and I'll forward on to Anna.
Also, if you were having difficulty with the password for the Marshmallow sign up earlier today, please be sure
it's junebugs1314 (junebugs is plural). I updated the sign up page to reflect the fix as well.
Lastly, if you would be interested in ordering your own June Bug t-shirt showcasing the bugs drawn
by your children, and/or a book bag, I'll post an order form to the web by tomorrow. I'm placing
orders for shirts and bags by next Monday so we can get them printed soon after Labor Day.
Have a great day!
~ Ms. June =)
August 18, 2013
We had a wonderful first week, and although a little toasty, it was a great kick off to our new year!
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to our parent orientation. For those of you who
were unable to join us, you hopefully received a parent orientation packet in your child's Communication Folder.
If not, please let me know and I'll send a copy home for you. Also, please try to stop by and update
your family's information for our school system. We want to be sure we have the most current email,
phone number, and addresses for you.
Until we have our email addresses updated for our current families, please be sure to check the web site
weekly if not daily to be sure you have the most current information from our classroom. I try to update
on the weekends with a summary of the previous week and notes for the coming one. Periodically, I will
also add daily items that come up that may be urgent. Thank you for adding this to your daily/weekly routine.
Please be sure to have your child to class on time. Remember our start time has been moved up to 8:15 a.m.
It is difficult for students arriving late to get into the morning routine when they've missed important
information or a new lesson that's been given during our morning line. Thank you for helping your child
so they don't miss valuable learning time each day.
Snack: Please remember to provide a fresh fruit and/or vegetable for your child's morning snack. Nuts are
permitted, but we ask that any trail mix NOT have candy/M&M's in it.
Pizza Friday forms will be distributed this week. You are welcome to send in your payment of $50/semester
or $100 for the year. Checks may be made out to June Kraynik and a receipt will follow confirming your child's
account has been updated accordingly. The funds pay for our weekly pizza order on Academic days (not on
breaks and 1/2 days) and any monies remaining will go towards the American Montessori Society conference
in Texas this coming March. It's a great opportunity for purchasing new materials for the classroom at
discounted prices plus a way to learn new Montessori techniques for instructing the students.
Pizza Friday Going Outs - Once again, we will be offering the chance for the students to enjoy a Going Out to
do the shopping for our Pizza Friday sides & drinks. Each student is to sign up for only ONE Friday this year.
You are welcome to provide the drinks and sides (veggies and fruit) but we'd highly recommend your child
participate in our Going Out opportunity to shop for our Pizza Friday fixings. You may send in $25 cash by the
Wednesday of your child's week so they may choose a friend and search through the ads for the best deals to
feed our class for that Friday. It was a huge success last year and the students really learned a life lesson in
how to budget and shop for deals. The link for signing up is on the tab to the left.
June Bug Field Trip T-Shirts & Book Bags: The artwork is complete and the colors have been chosen. Now the
ordering can begin. If you'd like to order your own adult t-shirt and/or book bag, please return your order form
going home this week along with your payment in a check made out to Villa Montessori. We hope to have the
orders back around Labor Day.
August 30th is a 1/2 Day for a teacher in-service. All students are being dismissed at 11:30 a.m. so the staff
the in-service. Sorry
for the confusion in the prior NewsFlash - I was just made aware that there
will be NO Circle on the 4 teacher
in-services days this year as noted in the
Also, August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Our class will be celebrating with some team building
activities and fun prior to the 1/2 day dismissal. It's the first of many fun learning and community building
events our class enjoys throughout the year. Also, we will need some donations of marshmallows and other
items to help our celebration. Please watch for a sign up later this week.
Helping Hands: We are posting Helping Hands in the classroom and will also update them on the web site.
Helping Hands will be taking the place of our Sally Foster fund raiser this year. Some of the items needed are
listed in last week's NewsFlash update below.
Montessori Compass record keeping program: I'm testing a new record keeping program, Montessori Compass,
to help keep parents better informed as to how their child is progressing through the curriculum and how they
are doing overall in class. For now, I'm working with our Classroom Coordinator and a couple of other test
parents to see how the system emails updates to families. I'm hoping to add the rest of the class by the
beginning of September. One of the Helping Hands I'm asking for is to help fund the monthly subscription of
$45/month. If you are able to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to the Kaibara family for
sponsoring our first month!
Last week we set the stage for our year with the introduction of the Big Bang Great Lesson, one of the 5 we
will cover during this month. We have been exploring different science experiments as we get ready for the
coming of animals and eventually man. With man's arrival this week, we will be exploring the Timeline of
Writing and the Timeline of Math. These two Great Lessons help the students understand the importance of
writing and math to the advancement of cultures over the centuries. So if your child has been lamenting that
paper and pencils have not been invented yet, no worries. Writing utensils and math computation will be
appearing this week. =) But not before the students get to experience a night of "No Thumbs". This
homework exercise will involve the students going through their nightly routine of going home, having dinner,
and their bedtime routine all without the use of their thumbs! I challenge you to also try the experience with
your child. It shows how important the thumb was to the development of writing. Enjoy!
That does it for now, but be sure to check back daily for any new changes or update to this page. Also, be
sure to add your email below to be notified of updates to this page.
Have a great week!
~ Ms. June =)
August 11, 2013
Welcome everyone to our class and for our new families, also to our Villa family! I hope you are
able to take a moment to read through the following important notes and other links on the left
of the screen. With the help of Ms. Lisa, my trusted assistant of almost 8 years, we are enjoying
the process of preparing our classroom for a full year of fun. It will be the first year kicked
off in our new building and we are looking forward to all the learning opportunities we are planning.
We will be kicking off the new school year tomorrow morning at our new start time of 8:15 a.m.
Please follow the directions of the staff as you arrive at school this week.
They will direct you to how the traffic will flow during these drop off/dismissal times.
Drop off: 8 - 8:15 a.m.
School Begins: 8:15 a.m.
School Ends: 2:45 p.m.
Pick up: 2:45 - 3 p.m.
Please note, once your child is loaded in your vehicle at dismissal, they will not be permitted to return
to the classroom for any forgotten items unless you pull around and park and escort your child back.
With the dismissal of all 1st - 6th grade classrooms during the window of 2:45 - 3 & 3 - 3:15,
we will not be able to stop the process for any forgotten items. Thank you for your understanding.
Circle (Before/After School Care) - This year, Circle will be provided in their new permanent space in the
Davis Building. The Davis Building is the former Elementary 1 Campus building that is just east of the
new 4-square court. Signs will be at the gates to direct you.
Please pack a fresh fruit or vegetable for a snack and a healthy and nutritious lunch. Remember ice packs
in lunch boxes.
Water bottles are optional but recommended for outside play. We do have a water fountain in the classroom
and on the playground.
Parent Orientation is this Wednesday, August 14th in our classroom. Parents only please.
I try to keep the meeting to 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes or so depending on questions.
Please send school supplies with your child if you haven't already dropped them off. We will check
them in and send a receipt showing if complete or if there are any missing items.
Pizza Friday will begin later this month. $100 for the full year or $50 per semester or talk to me
about an alternate payment plan. Sign up forms with details will be at the Parent Orientation or sent
home later this week.
Watch for Helping Hands posted in our classroom and later on the web site. We have a number of items
needed to help kick off our school year. A few needed now are:
Kitchenaid Counter top Oven: Target has for $99.99
Montessori Compass Record Keeping Program: Monthly subscription $45/month
Paper Weaving Refill strips: $30 + tax
Plants for ODE Garden: Gift Card to Home Depot or Lowes (any amount)
Woven Strap Baskets for Classroom Library: $14 each (Need 8)
If you have any questions, please email me via the link on this web site or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I try to respond within 24 hours. Also, please be sure to add your name below to be notified of any important
NewsFlash updates to the web site. I use the email link sparingly.
Welcome to the June Bug Family! We look forward to working with you and your child this year.
See you tomorrow by 8:15 and again on Wednesday night for our Parent Orientation at 7pm.
~ Ms. June & Ms. Lisa