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Friday Packet, September 10

posted Sep 10, 2010, 11:03 AM by Unknown user

 MCH Friday Packet  

Friday, September 10, 2010

Calendar Reminder


                21 Sept, Tue…………..Board Meeting 6:30pm in the Redwood Room

                22 Sept, Wed…………Testing of the Emergency Alert System (Phone tree)

                23 Sept, Thu ………....1st Kindergarten Application Info. – Pre-K families only – 6:00-7:30pm

                26 Sept, Sun.................Family Photo Day – see flier on Bulletin Board

                27-29 Sept, Mo-Wed….New Family Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

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



From the Director’s Desk

Catered Lunches (Upton’s)

Last year Upton’s delivered hot lunches daily, Monday to Thursday, to the school for about $5/lunch.  The lunches were healthy and in general the children who participated enjoyed them.  In order to have this service again, we must have at least 15-20 children participate.  If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the bulletin board.  This does not commit you but demonstrates your interest.  If there is enough interest, Upton’s will set us up so parents can go on-line to make their orders.  If you would like to find out more about Upton’s, please go to following link:  www.schoolfoodies.com.

Morning Parent and Child Activity Time

The daily Parents and Child Activity Time provides a unique opportunity for parents and children to begin their day.  Parents are welcome to arrive at school between 8:00 and 8:30am, enter the classroom with their child and work on an activity together.  This special time allows for a smooth transition to the school day and provides a wonderful opportunity to find out what your child is engaged in at school.  Your child will have your undivided attention, and it’s also a perfect time for you to explore the Montessori environment with your child as a guide.  You will begin to discover the treasures that reside in our rich educational environment.


Arriving before 8:30 also allows children to enter the community gradually, begin their day with all the other children and socialize before the formal Montessori work period begins.  If unexpected events require that you arrive after 8:30, wait at the entrance to the classroom with your child, get a teacher’s attention and say your goodbyes at the door.


Because there are other parents in the classroom and in the hallways during this transition time, it is tempting to engage other parents in conversation in the classroom.  Adult conversation in the classroom will unfortunately take away from this special time with your child and distract children and teachers.   After your time in the classroom, parents are encouraged to go into the Bunny Room for adult conversations or wait until they are out of the school.  Conversations in the hallway carry over into the Oak Room.


Don’t forget…..before entering the classroom have your child go to the bathroom and wash their hands. We even encourage parents to wash their hands too.  This simple procedure helps cut down on communicable diseases and is a good model for the children.


Enjoy your morning with your child(ren) and welcome to MCH and a bright new year!!!!


To encourage independence and build self-confidence, we recommend that you walk your child into the school each morning.

Don’t forget to sign in and out!!!!!!



From the Teachers


First day of School 2010

Our new school year started on a very positive note. Our old students seem to enjoy the new status of being the big guys and big girls while the new ones embarked on the new phase in their life. This new life presents the challenge of letting go of the familiarity and comfort of life at home with mom and dad and/or perhaps a devoted caretaker.


One of these new students was very upset when mom finally had to leave and needed much comfort, which was tenderly given by our attentive staff. When his tears finally subsided, he joined the classroom community. I worked with him for a while. We enjoyed each other company as we explored a couple of activities. He wanted me to stay close by while he worked, but soon he was on his own. He had selected the nesting pyramid to work with and had positioned himself on the big rug in the middle of the room. He was quite absorbed in his building activity when two big guys came along and wanted to join. I reminded them that they would have to ask for his permission. Very politely they asked him if they could play with him. Very politely he declined the offer. These two children did not give up on him. They seemed to like this new citizen very much and contented themselves with watching him. They sat at some distance from his rug and paid very close attention to what he was doing. They were commenting on how he was building the pyramid and they realized that he had some difficulties in figuring out how to place an octahedron on the tip of another octahedron. They were commenting on the fact that that was not going to be possible. The young student was listening to their comments and accordingly took in their information and corrected himself.  All the while he was quiet and focused but a sweet smile on his face showed his appreciation of the suggestions offered so kindly. This went on for a while; then he was tired of this work and decided to return it to the shelf. I reminded him that he had to roll up the rug as well. Since it was his first day of school I did not expect him to be able to do this part of the work so asked the two older ones to show him how to do it. This is the best part of my anecdote. Very eagerly the two boys proceeded to roll up the rug. They adjusted the movements of their hands so that the result was perfect synchronicity.  It was hilarious to watch them!  Giuliana, Oak Room


Parent Teacher Conferences

The conferences for NEW FAMILIES are scheduled for the last week of the month.  The sign-up sheets are posted next to your classroom sign-in sheets. Please, be sure to make a note for yourself of the time you choose.  It’s very difficult for the teachers to find time for make-up conferences.  Thank you!


About Houdini

You may have noticed that Houdini’s cage is no longer in the Redwood Room.  Houdini, who is 11 years old, has retired to the Bunny Room for good.  For the time being, he is dealing with a health problem and until he is better, we are keeping him away from the children all together.  Houdini remains our very special MCH pet and mascot.

From Nina’s Desk

Family Photo Day – Sunday, Sept. 26

Robin  Fryday, who takes our class photos in the spring, has offered a “Family Photo Day” for MCH children, parents, grandparents, the family dog, etc.  A great opportunity to get the holiday cards taken care of!  For details see the flyer which is posted on the Bulletin Board next to the sign up sheet.

Friday Hot Lunch Program

Today is pasta day.  The lunch is always served with a vegetable and a fruit. The program is only available to children who stay for regular lunch.  You can sign up as a Hot Lunch helper on a weekly basis; the sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board or contact our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Mary Ann Cryan – Matthew Kollins, Redwood.


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

It is imperative that all families attend this meeting.  This is your school, start the year on the right note and come to this first community event!

We’ll start upstairs in the Sanctuary with introductions of the staff and the board, important committees and coming events and then move downstairs to the respective classrooms, where the teachers will talk about the year ahead.  There will be refreshments and some social time as well.

The RSVP and sign-up list for Back to School Night childcare (6:00-8:00) will be 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.


From the Board

Board Meeting

The next MCH Board Meeting is Tuesday, September 21, beginning at 6:30pm in the Redwood Room.  Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please notify Molly Wadhwani (Anna, Redwood), President of the Board, if you would like to attend. mollyw@gmail.com


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, RSVP 406-1035, ext 1008

Tours: Tuesdays, 9:15am, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28… RSVP 406-1035, ext 1008


Cathedral School For Boys: Admission Tours, 9/15, 19/17, 9/22, 9/24, and 9/29…,

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


Chinese American International School (CAIS): Open House, Thursday, September 23, 9:00 –11:00am.  RSVP at www.cais.org

·        Tours begin October 5, 9-11, 865-6084 to book a tour


Convent of the Sacred Heart:  Open House, Wednesday, October 6, 5:30pm, 2222 Broadway, No RSVP Necessary

·       Tours Tuesdays, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 To schedule a tour call 563-2900


Marin Preparatory School:  Open Houses, Saturdays, 10-12, 9/25, 10/14, 10/23. RSVP 865-0899

·        Parent Tours: Weekdays, 9-11, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 . RSVP 563-2900


Presidio Hill School: Open House, Saturday, October 16, 10-12, RSVP at 751-9318 ext 104 or laura_novia2presidiohill.org.

·        Parent tours: Tuesdays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19 8:45am RSVP at 751-9318 X 104


Stuart Hall for Boys: Tours, Mondays, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4 To schedule a tour call 563-2900

·        Open House:  January

A plea from an MCH alumnus family


We are looking for a new PT afternoon nanny/babysitter Mon-Thur for Phoebe, almost 8, and Matthew 6. Our last nanny had to leave abruptly for a family emergency, so we're looking for someone as soon as possible. If you or your nanny/sitter knows of someone terrific, we'd love to hear about it.


Hours are generally from 2-6 or 6:30 pm Mon-Thur, with some nights required.  Occasional morning, weekends and overnight help will be needed. Would consider au-pair/live-in for right person. Ideal person will truly love kids and be good with school-age children, be organized, calm, flexible, creative, outdoorsy, and pleasant to be around. Should have excellent judgment, good communication skills, basic/decent cooking skills and own, reliable car with clean CDL. Kids are fun, imaginative and happy, on most days.


Specific responsibilities:

-Pick up kids from schools @ 2 and 3:15 pm (Town and Hamlin)

-Take to various activities-soccer, swimming, playdates

-Help with homework

-Kids' laundry own

-Prepare/prep nutritious snacks/meals

-Occasionally run errands/grocery

-Keep kids' rooms and common areas tidy, with particular emphasis on motivating kids to do so


Thank you for reading and most appreciatively for any leads-




Kinkead Communications, Inc.

Tel: (415) 751-3611

Cell: (415) 509-3610



Free Mandarin through Movement Class

Ming Gu

Advocates for Chinese Education

ming@acesfbay.org     www.acesfbay.org


We would like to spread this information to parents.

Please come to a free trial class this Sunday for age 2.5 to 4.5 years old.

Sunday September 12, 9:30 to 10:30 am

Location: Callipe Dance Studio

1414 Castro Street S.F. CA 94114


Unknown user,
Sep 10, 2010, 11:12 AM