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Friday Packet

posted Sep 24, 2010, 12:19 PM by Site Administrator MCHSF

            Friday, September 24, 2010                

Calendar Reminder


                26 Sept, Sun................... Family Photo Day offered by Robyn Fryday – see below

                27-29 Sept, 4 Oct....…… Parent/Teacher Conferences for New Students

                28 Sept, Tue .…………....Coffee with Curt – Bunny Room – 8:30-9:30am

                                                          Topic:  Afternoon Montessori Work Period

               30 Sept, Thu …………….Back-to-School Night - 6:00-8:00pm (childcare is now full)

               2 Oct, Sat.........................Family Park Play at Rochambeau Playground, 24th Ave. & Lake St.

               7 Oct, Thu........................Auction Committee Meeting

               11 Oct, Mon.....................Columbus Day – School Closed



From the Director’s Desk

Understanding The Afternoon Montessori Work Period


Did You Know…


For any MCH child who stays at school after Park Play and who no longer naps, he or she is welcome to participate in the Afternoon Montessori Work Period.


Traditionally considered the Pre-K program because this part of the school day prepares MCH’s older children for successful entry into Kindergarten, the Afternoon Montessori Work Period provides a daily, dedicated time for children to delve into subjects requiring greater focus, concentration, and cognitive agility.


Upon return from Park Play at 1:30PM, older, non-napping children rest quietly for about one-half hour. This is a wonderful time to quiet their bodies after an active time at the park. When they get up from rest around 2PM, children stack their cots with the help of a friend, using physical strength, agility and independence with teacher assistance to complete the activity. Once cots are stored, the teachers ask the children to come together for an Afternoon Circle Time, which is similar in shape and focus to the Morning Circle Time. However, this Circle Time for the older children often begins with whole body movement to reawaken the senses and the mind. Once the children are completely awake, either a brief introduction to a more advanced Montessori activity or a special cultural presentation based on a rotating theme is given. 


The number of children during the Afternoon Work Period is purposefully limited, and each teacher carefully designs the daily presentations so that all eligible children can be receptive to and understand the material presented. During this afternoon activity time the adult-to-child ratio is very different to the Morning Program, with an average of 12 to 15 children to two experienced Montessori teachers. This low ratio allows us to focus more intently on individual children and guide them into activities that will broaden their skills and mental faculties, which in turn provides the child with a broader base of interests and challenging subjects. It is a wonderful, enriching time for growth and a blossoming of skills; collaborative work is encouraged to further build social skills. Since we want children to develop their independence and self-direction, the teachers are careful not to interject in the selection of work by the children or to offer too much guidance.


An additional advantage to the smaller teacher-child ratio is that teachers are able to observe children more closely, noting what materials are chosen, children’s social interactions and their general growth and development. Notes are made for further presentation or interventions if needed, and often help to guide the morning activity time too. The close observation and understanding of each child is also invaluable to the Kindergarten application process as MCH teachers can provide thorough, accurate evaluations that truly reflect how beautifully prepared the children are for the next stage of their education.


As one of our teachers remarked “I hope parents understand that when children cross the threshold of MCH we are preparing them to successfully move into the next stage of their development.  It is what we do every minute of the day”.  So the Afternoon Montessori Work Period is just an extension of what we do all day long and why our children are so equipped for success wherever they may go after MCH.


Come to Coffee with Curt on Tuesday, September 28, 8:30am in the Bunny Room

for further discussion about the afternoon Montessori work period.



Space in Enrichment Programs: 

There is available space in the Wednesday Music class with Gay Brodsky and the Thursday Mandarin class with Yuhong Yao. 


Music: Gay has taught music in the area for many years.  She has been the music and movement teacher at the local Mother Goose School for the past five years.  She is a certified Music Together teacher.  Gay teaches basic music concepts – rhythm, pitch, movement and melody using movement, songs and instruments.  She herself plays the piano, guitar, flute and violin.  Gay’s music class will be taught in the Nap Room.


Chinese Mandarin:  Yuhong Yao is a native speaker.  She has taught in a variety of schools in San Francisco for many years.  Yao is also an accomplished artist and combines her teaching with art and movement.


From the Teachers


Parent Teacher Conferences

Childcare is available for MCH students during Parent Teacher conferences.  Please write on the communication sheet, morning of, if you need childcare.


From Nina’s Desk

Family Photo Day – Sunday, Sept. 26

This photo session is offered to the MCH families as a separate service by the photographer, Robin Fryday, and not by MCH.  It’s a great opportunity to get the holiday pictures taken care of early.  There are still a few time slots open between 12noon and 12:45pm.

The MCH classroom photo day will happen in the spring.  We’ll inform you about the date in a few months.


Back to School Night – Thursday Sept. 30,   6 – 8 pm

We would be so happy if all families could attend this meeting.  Remember, this is your school, start the year on the right note and come to this first community event!

The RSVP and sign-up list for Back to School Night childcare (6:00-8:00) is posted on the bulletin board in a week.  Childcare is limited to 14 children; please remember that priority goes to current MCH students.  Older siblings are welcome only if and when there is room, but younger siblings need to stay home.



Auction Update

Mark your calendars and save the date, the Spring Auction will be held at the historic

Palace Hotel on March 11th 2011!


We have posted a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at MCH and look forward to having you sign up for the Auction Committee.  First meeting is October 7th in the evening.  The Committee counts towards Parent Participation Hours!


In order to encourage donations from you all, we are holding a raffle to motivate you to get your auction donations in before December 30th.  For every donation submitted prior to December 30th, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a night stay at the Palace Hotel!


Thank you all so much for your support and let's all work together in making the Auction 2011 a fantastic evening!


Ann Morelli (Jonas, Redwood), Ivy Tse Tom (Randall, Oak) and Jordan Sullivan (William, Redwood)

Kindergarten Open Houses and Tours


As flyers come across my desk (Curt) I will post dates for kindergarten open houses.

A kindergarten binder with all the private and public school notices will be out soon as will a file box containing view books and information about all of the private schools.  This will all be located on the blue table in the entrance hall.


Brandeis Hillel: Open House, Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:30pm, Tours: Tuesdays, 9:15am, RSVP 406-1035, ext 1008


Cathedral School For Boys:  Admission Tours from 9/29…,

8:15am - 10:45am, RSVP Sylvia Chow 614-5107 or chow@cathedralschool.net.


Chinese American International School (CAIS): Tours begin October 5, 9-11, RSVP 865-6084.


Convent of the Sacred Heart:  Open House, Wednesday, October 6, 5:30pm, 2222 Broadway, No RSVP Necessary, Tours: Tuesdays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 RSVP 563-2900


Hamlin School:  Learn about Hamlin Oct. 23 9:00-noon. Admission tours begin Oct. 13 and go through January 11, 8:30 10:30am, RSVP Wendy Yeung at yeung@hamlin.org or 674-5440.


Katherine Delmar Burke School Burkes:  Admission Preview, Saturday, October 16, 10:30-1:00pm RSVP Mary Jizmagian 751-0177 ext. 397 or Mary,j@kdbs.org


Marin Preparatory School:  Open Houses, Saturdays, 10am-12 noon, 9/25, 10/14, 10/23. RSVP 865-0899, Tours: Weekdays, 9-11, RSVP 563-2900


Presidio Hill School: Open House, Saturday, October 16, 10-12, RSVP 751-9318 ext 104 or laura_novia2presidiohill.org, Tours,Tuesdays, 8:45am RSVP 751-9318 X 104


San Francisco Friends School:  Lower School Open House Events, Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30pm, Dec. 4, 10:00am-Noon, Dec. 9, 6:30pm 8:30pm.  Tours, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting October 19.  To schedule any of these events contact Suzanne Geller 565-0400 ext. 299 or sgeller@sffriendsschool.org


Stuart Hall for Boys: Tours, Mondays, RSVP 563-2900, Open House in January




Site Administrator MCHSF,
Sep 24, 2010, 12:24 PM