Weekly Message Aug 28

 

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Weekly Message

Volume 1 | Issue 4
August 28, 2020
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” 
-Dr. Maria Montessori

 

TWO WEEKS UNDER OUR BELT

Students, faculty and families have successfully completed the first two weeks of school.  What a great accomplishment!  We have all learned a lot and, through grace and courtesy, continue to collaborate on best practices and approaches.  This coming week, look for communication on adjustments to classroom schedules.

 

 

ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT

We understand that virtual learning can be tough getting used to.  Our teachers definitely want to maintain a connection with each and every Sterling student both in the mornings and during afternoon sessions.  This is a gentle reminder that attendance is still very important to maintain that connection, so please encourage your students to meet on schedule.  Thank you!

 

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SPECIALS:  FLEXIBLE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE

We have created a few different ways for your child to participate in Specials should you want them to engage with these content areas outside of regular school hours.  Every week your child will be able to participate in one of the following ways:

 

  • Attend one of the live sessions
  • View and complete lessons on the learning platform being used (Google Classroom or SeeSaw)

SPECIALS CLASSES:

  • MUSIC & PE classes will be available for all kindergarten through 8th grade: while there may be 2 different classes on some schedules, students only need to choose one class to attend.  
  • ELEMENTARY CHORUS will be for any 4th grade through 6th grade students who are interested.
  • STERLING STARS will be for 7th and 8th grade students who have tried out for the program.
  • BAND classes will be available for 5th grade through 8th grade students who were  in band during the 2019-2020 school year.  
  • SPANISH RESOURCES will be available for 3rd graders using Duolingo: students will receive instructions to create their Duolingo accounts at home. The Spanish teacher, Sonia, will join students during their class meeting every two weeks to answer questions and discuss progress. There will be no live lessons.
  • SPANISH CLASSES will be available for all 4th and 5th Grade: while there may be 2 different classes on some schedules, students only need to choose one class to attend. Students should work on Duolingo 2xs a week with a recommendation of 20 minutes each time. All information including Zoom links, schedules, and assignments can be found on Google Classroom.
  • EXPLORATORY SPANISH for 6th graders will meet with Ms. Laura 1x a week.  
  • HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH I is available for 6th graders and those 7th and 8th graders who were in the program during the 2019-2020 school year. Sixth (6th) graders in Spanish I will meet with Laura 2xs a week for direct instruction, oral practice and written works. MS students in Spanish I will meet with Laura 3xs a week for direct instruction, oral practice, and written works.  All information including Zoom links, schedules, and assignments can be found on Google Classroom.

CALLING ALL HOME PHOTOGRAPHERS!

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We would love to see what our Sterling Gems are doing at home during Virtual Learning!  Do you have an awesome school setup?  Is your student starting work on a masterpiece or interesting project? Calling all families to send us your photos and share the fun while students are interacting with teachers and friends virtually.  Pictures can be sent to communications@sterlingmontessori.org. We’ll continue to enjoy photo submissions through Plan C. Please note that these pictures may be used on social media or in communications to Sterling Families.

 

 

ACADEMY PRESCHOOL NOW ENROLLING!

While our K-8th grade students are under Plan C and working virtually, we do have spots currently available in our Academy (Pk3/Pk4) classes.  And now, we are WAIVING THE APPLICATION FEE and offering a REFERRAL INCENTIVE or any Sterling family or staff member who refers a family who enrolls their child to the Academy: $100/per student referral!

Be sure to check out our CHILDREN’S HOUSE VIRTUAL TOUR now available on Sterling’s website!

 

PARENT FACULTY ASSOCIATION (PFA)  

Thank you to all that joined our Virtual Welcome Meeting last Friday. If you missed it, here’s the deck.   Our first PFA Meeting will be Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @4:30pm via Zoom.  The meeting is open to all.  We hope you will join us as we’re planning some wonderful Fall events!

 

WE NEED EVENT CHAIRS!  Current openings in Hospitality, Fundraising, Sterling’s Got Talent, Gardening Week and our Scavenger Hunt.  Contact PFA (smpfa1@gmail.com)  or sdeming@sterlingmontessori.org if interested.  Be sure to follow all the latest on PFA’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/SterlingPFA

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Monday, August 31st - Maria Montessori’s Birthday - Celebrating 150 years (https://montessori150.org/)!  We are honored to share with our Sterling families this universal approach to the development of the child.  If you haven’t researched her remarkable life, please take a moment to do so.  Happy Birthday Maria Montessori!
  • Monday, September 7th - Labor Day, no school - go outside and enjoy the break!
  • Tuesday, September 15th - First PFA Meeting.  We will send Zoom details soon.
  • Wednesday, September 16th - LHU Board Meeting
  • Monday, September 28th - Teacher Work Day
  • Wednesday/Thursday - September 30th & October 1st - Picture Day!  Yes, we’ll do pictures this year, but in a safe and efficient way on our Sports Court.  Families will sign up to drive up and take pictures.  Specific information will be shared closer to the date.

Keep track of all on the Event Calendar

STERLING'S FACULTY SPOTLIGHT!

Rhonda Williamson

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Rhonda Williamson is our Aftercare Coordinator and a Children’s House Teacher. Rhonda has been with Sterling for three years, but has worked with children for thirty!  Rhonda brings warmth, creativity and her wonderful British accent to the classroom during and after school.   Her Aftercare Dance Parties are legendary!  For more information on Aftercare, please view our website.  

Sterling Montessori Academy & Charter School
202 Treybrooke Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
919.462.8889 | (F) 919.462.8890
www.sterlingmontessori.org

 


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