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Friday Packet

posted Oct 8, 2010, 12:07 PM by Unknown user

Friday, October 8, 2010

Calendar Reminder:

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

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

Oct. 18-21...............Parent-Teacher Conferences for Returning Students

Oct. 19, Tue.............Board Meeting, Redwood Room, 6:30pm

October 22, Fri…….…..Staff Development Day, School Closed

October 28, Thu……….2nd Kindergarten Workshop, Public Schools, 6:00pm

October 31, Sun……….Halloween Party, Julius Kahn Playground, 11:00-1:00pm 

From the Director’s Desk

Exciting news to share….Amanda Hahn, an Orff Schulwerk music teacher and a previous MCH enrichment teacher, has agreed to return to MCH to teach music classes on Wednesday afternoons.  Orff Schulwerk is an exciting musical training and is loved by students around the world.  You may have heard children performing on the renowned Orff percussive instruments.  Carl Orff was a composer (Carmina Burana) and he created this innovative system for teaching children musical concepts and techniques.  It is captivating.  Please sign up on the bulletin board – we need 10 students to begin the class.  I previously taught music using Orff techniques so if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.

“Dear Parents and Young Musicians,

I am so excited to have the chance to work with the students at Montessori Children's House again. After I had to leave a few years ago because my schedule changed, I've been teaching music at a couple of Bay Area preschools, including where I currently work, Montessori de Terra Linda in my neighborhood in San Rafael. Over the past 12 years, I have worked with children from age 2 through 8th graders, in addition to private music students of all ages. I enjoy the sweet energy of these young students more and more, soaking up how eager they are to dive into the satisfying and joyful experience of making music with their friends.

In the after-school music classes at MCH, we will have fun exploring music in many different ways. This will be an Orff Schulwerk - based class.  Orff Schulwerk is an active approach to music and movement education with an emphasis on what comes most naturally to children: playing, singing songs with simple melodies, moving with music, chants and rhymes, stories, and games. With these playful elements, students will be encouraged to allow their own creative ideas out. The Orff approach typically uses instruments, both small percussion and barred instruments such as xylophones, to incorporate hands-on rhythmic and melodic experiences, as well as sharing and playing together.

For our classes at MCH, I would like to help the children feel comfortable and safe in the space around them, with me, and with the group. We will enjoy games for moving individually and dancing with the whole group. We will sing songs and chant rhymes to explore our voices. We will often have time with the musical instruments, to experiment with their sounds, and work on fine motor control and taking turns. In our classes, everyone will have the opportunity to share or discover something that is truly his or her own, whether it be a new way of using the voice, a set of movements that he has never tried before, a chance to be a leader that brings her a little more confidence, or personally enjoying an instrument that just feels really good to play. 

I will look forward to my Tuesday afternoons with your children -- I think we will have some fun together!

Warm regards, Amanda Hahn”


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: Tours: Tuesdays, 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

Marin Preparatory School:  I had an opportunity to tour school on Thursday with other preschool directors. This is a new school (2nd year) in the Castro area. Here are some of my impressions:


·        Facility – clean, bright, spacious with art, music and science rooms, great outdoor space – lots of light

·        Program: Spanish Infusion, project based, hands on

·        Curriculum and Scope and Sequence:  Still being formulated but on the right track

·        Teachers:  Young, energetic, passionate and creative

·        Classroom Size:  Small now with 6-7 children and two teachers but expected to grow to 18-20 per class.  Total school enrollment this year – 28 students - growing

·        Worth looking at but a new school with no track record.


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