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Friday Packet, December 3, 2010

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Calendar Reminder:


Dec. 4, Sat...............Family Park Play (park TBD) - 10:00am 12:00 noon

Dec. 17, Fri..............Winter Singing Celebration 9:00 11:00 am, Early Dismissal

Dec.20-Jan.3...........Winter Break School closed

Jan. 4, Tue..............School Resumes

Thank you MCH parents

The Staff Appreciation Lunch was DELICIOUS - we felt pampered and very much appreciated.

Special thanks go to: Barbara Toth, Beth Sutro, Chantel Garrett, Ciela Sarte, Dawn Jha, Deborah Arbasetti, Deirdre Pharr, Ellena Ochoa, Heather Bell, Julia Zack, Kate Cassidy Klestoff, Sarvar Kothavala, Stephanie Nahrgang.

And for:

Bagels in the kitchen _ Leshchenkos (David-Oak) – what a nice surprise!

Delicious chocolates – Pasha’s parents – oh, so good!


From the Director’s Desk

Elevator Pitches

Based on feedback from parents, the Board compiled some short statements of commonly asked questions about the Montessori Method and MCH in particular. We hope that these summaries will provide some ideas for good, concise responses when friends, family or prospective MCH parents ask you why you chose a Montessori preschool for your child. Please let us know if you have further questions

What is Montessori?

Montessori is an approach to educating children based on a philosophy developed more than 100 years ago by physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori. The approach is sometimes referred to as the “Montessori Method,” and is based on Dr. Montessori’s research and experiences.

What is the Montessori Method?

The Montessori Method is based on the idea that every child is naturally able and internally motivated to learn. The Montessori classroom is specially prepared to give children the freedom to self-direct their own development, with the teachers acting as observers and guides. The calm and ordered environment and encouragement of the teachers help bring about and support the child’s inherent motivation.

Why MCH?

Montessori schools differ in their interpretation, application and philosophy in using the Montessori Method. Established in 1978, MCH fully embraces and applies the philosophy and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. MCH has longtime, engaged and professional teachers highly skilled at relating to each child and using those personalized connections to guide the children through the prepared Montessori environment, encouraging self-directed learning. Proudly embracing diversity by all definitions, MCH celebrates its worldliness through all facets of the school, including an active parent community that readily participates through a variety of volunteer opportunities and events.

Why is the school growing?

A severe shortage of preschool openings continues to exist in San Francisco. Recent statistics show that there are two preschool-age children for every available slot. At MCH, that ratio is compounded, and we are able to accept less than 10 percent of those who apply. A larger program will continue to strengthen the school’s financial position and will also allow our teachers greater opportunities for professional growth. Finally, incorporating an adjacent outdoor area that allows students to benefit from fresh-air activity is a part of the Montessori philosophy and has always been a goal at MCH.

The time to grow is now, and MCH has created a detailed growth plan addressing the existing market opportunities, while preserving the warm and nurturing environment and community we are fortunate to have developed at MCH.

From Nina’s Desk

Food Drive

The barrel from the San Francisco Food Bank will be delivered next Friday and kept here at MCH for just one week. This leaves us with less time than previous years to fill the barrel to the brim, but we are confident that we can do it.

Please, help your child to pick a food item from home or at the grocery store.  When the barrel gets here, we’ll be sure to put a stool in front of it so the children can reach to put their donation inside. “Help me to do it myself!”

Strep throat / Scarlet Fever

We have had 5 confirmed cases of Strep Throat/ Scarlet Fever.  If you child manifests any of the following symptoms please make an appointment with your pediatrician and  then notify us.

The most common symptoms of scarlet fever are:

Scarlet fever begins with a rash that shows up as tiny red bumps. It most often begins on the chest and stomach but can then spread all over the body. It looks like a sunburn and feels like a rough piece of sandpaper. Most of the time it is redder in the creases of the elbows, arm pits, and groin areas. The rash lasts about 2-7 days. After the rash is gone, the skin on the tips of the fingers and toes begins to peel. Some other common signs of scarlet fever are:

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A flush face with a pale area around the lips;

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A red and sore throat that can have white or yellow patches;

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A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) or higher;

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Swollen glands in the neck; and

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A whitish coating can appear on the surface of the tongue. The tongue itself looks like a strawberry because the normal bumps on the tongue look bigger.

Other less common signs of illness include:

Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea) and throwing up (vomiting);

Having a headache; and

Having body aches.


It’s that special time of year again, when we all get to pledge our support to an organization that is near and dear to our hearts – Montessori Children’s House. We hope to raise over $30,000 this year, to help MCH keep tuition affordable for a diverse group of families, and to continue to offer professional development opportunities for the teachers and rich materials for the children to work with in the classrooms. This is truly a team effort and we cannot do it without your help!  Our goal is 100% participation – so please give at a level that is meaningful for you and your family.  Please keep your eyes out for our Annual Fund giving tree near the Bunny Room. Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Don’t forget! Annual Fund pledge forms are due on Thursday, December 16th!

Aloha from the Annual Fund Team

News from the Auction Team

Please give yourself 5 extra minutes either at drop off or pick up next week to look on the board for the AUCTION SIGN UP SHEET.  We NEED the help of the parent community and there are plenty of jobs which still need to be filled.  This week we will be sending out an external donations letter to local businesses to solicit gifts for our auction and we will be needing help from you to follow up with phone calls, emails as well as picking up donated items or gift certificates.  Those roles still need to be filled, so be sure to sign up for something this week!  We really need all of your help so please sign up for something this week!
Thank you,
Ivy, Ann and Jordan

From the Parents

Winter Sing Celebration brunch sign-up

The sign-up sheet for brunch items to bring will be posted on Monday morning.  Please remember that we need several items for the children and that it helps immensely if they

come in small, child friendly sizes.

A Word of Advice

With cold and flu season upon us, we consulted with a doctor at Getzwell Pediatrics (http://getzwell.com/) re what supplements to give our son Nate in order to strengthen his immunity. He seems to have been sick much more than a lot of other kids. We got to a point of feeling a bit desperate as to what to do in dealing with all the ongoing colds and flu. Once he got sick, we usually followed soon afterwards. Hence, seeking this holistic doctor's advice as a means to mitigate this ongoing problem. She also recommended what adults should take in order to build up our immunity during the upcoming winter flu and cold season. We have been following the doctor’s advice during the last 6 weeks and so far all have been healthy and we adults have much more energy.  Other parents on the same regimen swear by it as well.
We make daily protein shakes and also take the additional suggested vitamins and supplements. All the ingredients can be purchased at Whole Foods, Rainbow Groceries or specialty health stores.

Hope this helps to keep you all healthy.
Cheers, Kobus and Jeff (Nate-Oak)


Kindergarten Information

Children’s Day School  

333 Dolores Street,  Preschool - 8th Grade

Open Houses:

Grade K-4 Group Tour:  December 7, 8:45-10:15pm

Contact Amanda Richard t 861-5432 x337 0r amandar@cds-sf.org to schedule a visit.

Live Oak School - 1555 Mariposa Portrero Hill K-8th Grade

All School Open house: Saturday, December 4, 1:00-3:00pm Adults only RSVP to admission@liveoaksf.org or call 861-8840

Live Oak Tours:  Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays through December.   Visit www.liveoaksf.org for schedule and reservations.

Town School

Families of Color Event -   Monday, December 6, 6-7:30pm, Casual Family Pizza Dinner and Conversation.  RSVP to Lynn McKannay 921-3747 or mckannay@townschool.com

Parent Education Night at Hamlin School

Wendy Mogel, Ph.D, Monday, December 13th 7:00pm at The Hamlin School, 2120 Broadway Street or 2129 Vallejo St.

Wendy Mogel is an internationally known clinical psychologist and author of the book

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and soon-to-be-released The Blessing of a B Minus.

Dr. Mogel addresses the question most often asked by parents, “How can I be an effective parent in a culture the breeds anxiety and entitlement in children?”


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Dec 3, 2010, 11:24 AM