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The Quailblazer Times is the monthly newsletter for Children's House Montessori School.
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February 2021
Volume VIII, Issue #4
FYI: The photos and articles in this newsletter are best viewed on a computer screen or an iPad
But please use anything, we really want you to read it!
Read it with your children!
We have two fun new sections, the "Doodle Page" and "Wait! Before You Go..."
We hope you will check them out!
Korey's Corner

    Since this is our first Quailblazer of 2021, happy new year to you all!  As I write to you today, January 20th, it feels like a new beginning for us, as it is for our country. I have such hope and enthusiasm that we will soon be able to gather together to share so many wonderful moments and occasions that we have missed this past year. Although our students have thrived and enjoyed their classroom rituals and lessons, our separation from each other has been noticeably and sadly absent. I am, however, so thankful every day that the children are here and that you are supporting their enrollment in all of the many ways that you do. I am so thankful to the staff that chose to continue to work hard to provide a loving school environment amidst the challenges they have faced. We are waiting to hear when our vaccines are available which will be the first step toward getting back to normal. We will keep you posted. Meanwhile, we continue to work hard and we continue to enjoy our days at Children’s House with your beautiful children. Cheers to new beginnings and to your health and happiness.

Parent/Teacher
Conferences
Monday-Friday: January 25-29th
No School on Friday Jan. 29th

SCHOOL IS CLOSED

Friday, February 12, 2021
in observance of
Lincoln's Birthday


and

Monday, February 15, 2021
in observance of 
President's Day

~TODDLER~

After the extra vacation days of Winter Break your children were more than ready to be back in the Toddler Classroom, exploring the new work I put out over the break.  We missed them so much and it has been so fun for Rachel and I to see each of them come back so excited to learn!

Doodle Page
Here's another doodle page. Get a piece of paper and a pencil and see if you can draw some of the objects on the page. Or just get some inspiration and draw your own objects. You can click on it to see the full page or to print and color. Have fun!
~PRIMARY~
Celebrating winter and learning about penguins!

She is doing Penguin and Iceberg work.

 

Checking to see if they are as tall as an Emperor Penguin - the tallest penguin.

 

Making a "Parts of the Penguin" book.

 

Practicing carrying a baby penguin on her feet, just like Emperor penguins do to protect their babies from the cold ice.

 

Making a winter snowflake.

 


We have t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Click above to go to the order form.
~KINDERGARTEN~

In Kindergarten, we have begun reading our next chapter book, "Mr. Popper's Penguins". Captain Cook has just arrived at 432 Proudfoot Avenue in Stillwater. The kindergartners finished the sentence, "If I were Captain Cook, I would..."


"...make my own nest out of leftover hay from my sheep and my goat!" ~Natalie

 

"...make a fort with Janie and Bill and snap Mr. Popper with my beak!" ~Minnie




"...try to catch the refrigerator repair guy so I could bring him back so he could finish fixing the refrigerator for me!" ~Nixon




"...run away and go back to Antarctica!" ~Wren





"...run around and I would make sure Mr. Popper didn't catch me and I would make a big mess around the house everyday!" ~Elias






"...look around at all the rooms and splash around in the bathtub!"  ~Isla





"...eat the goldfish!" ~Charlotte

Our Read-a-Thon was a great success!
We raised over $2,200 for "The Covid-19 Community Response Project" thru must! charities. It's not too late to donate! If your child has not collected donations, please have them do so today, and let us know.
from the Lower Elementary...


Human Values in the Civil Rights study and upcoming White House Wax Museum
On Wednesday the 17th and Thursday the 18th of February, we will celebrate our Annual White House Wax Museum. Each student perform on Zoom, with 60 seconds of live history, for our families, friends and schoolmates. In choosing a resident of the White House from the last 221 years, we first consider their lives, impact and, most importantly- character. While we have not always seen perfect moral character in our 45 White House bachelors/couples (the Clevelands are counted once), our expectation remains. Anecdotes from George Washington and the cherry tree (an untrue story but reflective of public opinion) to Honest Abe and the overdue debt are what we remember most. Our January study of Dr. King and the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement helped us to define important human characteristics from the Human Values curriculum such as acceptance, courage, determination, forgiveness, honesty, peacefulness and service. These virtues, worthy of being presented and practiced, are considered valuable and worthy of emulation. This year’s online performers in our show honoring Dr. King, did a great job sharing how important they are.



What do you say to an octopus on Valentine’s Day?
 


I want to hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand!

from the Upper Elementary:

Upper El is continuing their biology study with Owl pellet dissection in search of skeletons as well as learning about the human muscular system. We have also learned how to do silk painting using a resist.

After an intriguing afternoon learning about the muscular system, Trevor created this coded Scratch animation, to help summarize what we learned. Enjoy!

Click on the image to go to Trevor's Muscle animation.
"Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations."

February is Black History Month...
Black history is everyone's history!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Upper Elementary spent some time exploring some amazing Black individuals who have made significant contributions to society. The students compiled this list of people they were familiar with even before the discussion, and Desmond took a screenshot....love these amazing kids!

Click on the image to see "The Undefeated 44, African Americans Who Shook Up the World"

Gemologist discovers rock that looks like Cookie Monster!
click on the picture to read the story
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