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Friday Packet

posted Oct 1, 2010, 12:35 PM by Unknown user
Friday, October 1, 2010                

Calendar Reminder


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

6 Oct. Wed.......................Halloween Party Committee Meeting, 6pm @ MCH

7 Oct, Thu........................Auction Committee Meeting, 6:30pm @ MCH

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

13 Oct, Wed.....................Diversity Committee Meeting, 6:30pm @ MCH

Oct. 18-28.........................Parent-Teacher Conferences for Returning Students


From the Director’s Desk

Yes, cleaning can actually be deeply engaging……….

When working with your child in the classroom in the morning, you probably noticed an array of child sized cleaning supplies: brooms, dustpans, mops, dusters, window washing equipment and polishing supplies.   As with everything in the Montessori environment, these materials have a specific purpose beyond just their obvious function.


Activities with these materials belong to the area of Practical Life, one of the five curriculum areas of the Montessori classroom.   A special subgroup of activities within Practical Life is called “Care of the Environment”. These simple activities of cleaning, polishing and caring for plants and animals allow young children to participate in the maintenance of the environment and perform tasks that they often see the adults in their life perform each and every day. Children love to clean and go about it with great enthusiasm and purpose!


Activities that are often “chores” for us build in the child confidence in their abilities and allow them to feel like they are contributing members of their family and their community at school. These activities also develop coordination of movement, both large and small, and a keen sense of order and sequence as the child follows the step by step process built into the activity (an early preparation for mathematics).  Caring for the environment builds love and respect for that environment along with a sense of ownership.  Cleaning and putting materials away on the shelf make children aware of the beauty and order in their environment.  Taking care of the animals and plants also serves to make them familiar with the needs and habits of plants and animals and by caring for them they in turn learn to love and appreciate them.  This is the beginning of global environmentalism.


Many of these activities can be successful when created at home too.  Child sized cleaning equipment is not expensive and can be purchased through local hardware stores or through Montessori Services (you will receive their catalogue soon).  Window cleaning exercises can be made with a simple spray bottle filled with water and vinegar, a rag and a squeegee, all in a handy “carry all”.  A small bucket with fresh water and a sponge in the kitchen allows a child to clean table tops and counters.  Having a central location where these cleaning supplies can be found allows your child can get to them when the need arises and therefore develops independence.  If you are cleaning the house, make it a family occasion.  Of course these jobs should be age appropriate and the supplies should be non-toxic.  MCH teachers will be more than happy to give you ideas.  Happy cleaning!!!!!

From The Teachers


God is a Banana: Do our Children have Religious Feelings?


At MCH we do not indoctrinate our children to have any particular religious world- view. We do not believe in being sectarians and we celebrate the major holidays by inviting a parent who wants to share her/his heritage. So far we have not introduced any even though the Jewish new- year passed by not long ago and Ramadan ended last week.


This is the dialogue I assisted last Tuesday:


One of our youngest one called to me and said, ”Giuliana, God is a banana,” in a very serious way. I did not contradict her. She repeated this several times and no one made fun of her, and neither did I. An older boy who heard her assertion added after a pause,” Giuliana, God is you. I am God too”. Another boy joined and said, ”God is children, God is my mom and dad. God is “running” because running is energy.” As more thinking went on and I kept being just the receptive listener the same boy who said that God is energy said God is poop and pee too, also in a semi-serious reflective way and added God is the garbage too. Again I did not contradict any of this nor did I make fun of these statements.


It seems to me that our children are trying to make sense in their own way of the mystery of the universe and are attempting to find a theory that explains everything, just as our great physicists are attempting to answer the same very question.             


Sincerely, Giuliana


From Nina’s Desk

Parent Participation Opportunity

Parents sometimes ask us for gift ideas, items that are of lasting interest to the child, meaningful to the creative and absorbent mind and made of natural materials.  At this time of the year we give all the parents a catalog called “for Small Hands” by a company that specializes in such materials that actually support the Montessori experience.  MCH receives 10% credit for materials from all orders that MCH families and their extended families and friends make before December 1st.

I need help from a parent to designate MCH as the credit recipient by writing our customer number and placing the MCH stamp in each of the 53 catalogs.  It takes around an hour and

a half and can be done at home.  Please let me know if you’re interested in this job.


Auction Update


A huge thank you to those of you who have already signed up to be part of the auction committee this year.  We really look forward to working with you, ensuring an exciting and rewarding evening.  We also promise a lot of fun along the way!  Our first meeting is on

October 7th, 6:30pm at MCH.


We are still tapping into the community to see if anyone could donate up to four (4) cases of white wine and/or beer for the event, like a wine merchant.  We have received some remarkable donations so far and will share them with you shortly. 


Now is also the time to start thinking about the donations for the silent and/or the live auction on March 11th.  Successful and popular donations in the past have been vacation homes (one week stay) in Maui, Lake Tahoe and Mexico. Other wonderful donations have been a sail on the bay, catered dinner by a chef, portraits, photo sessions, massages, jewelery, bowling evenings etc.  Remember, if you get your donation in by December 30th, your name will be put into a raffle for a one night stay at the Palace Hotel.


If you have not already done so, please make sure you mark your calendar for March 11th, 2011 at the Palace Hotel.


Thank you all for your continued support for this very important event.


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,  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, 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 Jan. 11, 8:30 – 10:30am, RSVP Wendy Yeung at yeung@hamlin.org or 674-5440.

Katherine Delmar Burke School “Burke’s”:  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, 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 Day School: Open Houses, Wednesday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 pm (adults only). Saturday, November 6, 10:00am-12:00pm (children welcome). Tours during the school day begin in mid-November.  To sign up for an open house go to the school’s website, www.sfds.net/admission/ click on open house and follow the instructions.

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

From the Parents

From one of MCHs alumni families...

“Our wonderful nanny Martha has been with us for five years and is now looking
for work with another family.  She has been an amazing presence in our home,
loves our two boys and they love her. We hired her after our younger son was
diagnosed with cancer and needed a lot of individual care during his treatment.
She has come through for us everyday, taking care of the boys as if they were
her own, and helping out with any aspect of housework that needed doing. She
washes dishes, does laundry, floors, etc., always with a great attitude. I feel
comfortable leaving her with our younger son, who often times was sick and
needed special attention, knowing she would care for him as well as we could, if
not better. She takes public transportation to our home and is always either on
time or a few minutes early to work.
Martha speaks Spanish, but is able to communicate with limited English. She is
looking for 20-40 hours per week, ideally with a schedule that allows for some
flexibility if she needs to meet her sons at school, go to a medical appt, etc.
Martha would prefer to work close to home in Bernal Heights but is willing to
work anywhere in the city.
Martha can be reached at (415) 401-8487(h) or (415) 244-7460(c). Her son Rene
speaks English and can be reached at (415) 283-8049. If you have further
questions for me, please feel free to call at (415) 504-6626. 

Thank you, Christine Lee (Patrick – Oak – 08)”

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