Volume 1 | Issue 11
October 16, 2020
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment”
— Dr. Maria Montessori
Earlier this week, we shared STERLING'S REOPENING PLANS with our community. We ask that you read them carefully, and follow the level links that will give you more details and schedules of both the Blended Learning Track and the still-available Distance Learning Track.
If you have further questions about v2 Reopening Plans, please complete this Q&A Form, and then join us for your corresponding level’s session:
Zoom links to the meetings will be provided via email by your section Directors
Once you feel you have enough information, we request you complete this required per-student questionnaire declaring your learning track decision.
STOLEN STERLING STINGRAY SCAVENGER HUNT FUNDRAISER!
Halloween needs to look different this year, but we have a creative way to have some safe and socially distanced holiday fun, while FUNdraising for Sterling! Join us on a hunt to save the Stolen Sterling Stingray. Scavenger the Pirate has stolen the stingray and we need your ENTIRE FAMILY’S help to get it back. Hunt starts on October 24th through November 1st.
Thank you to Whole Brain Escape for partnering with us to come up with clues and this amazing story! $10 per entry for a chance to win prizes and enter as many times as you want. All proceeds go to our Sterling Treasure Chest. Prizes include a signed Cane’s Hockey Puck, Jump Passes from Defy Apex, 4 tix to NC Football or NC Courage, 4 Triangle Rock Club Passes and Gear, and many $25 gift certificates to nearby (or online) businesses!
Registration available with MySchoolBucks (https://www.myschoolbucks.com/) -or- register here https://secure.lglforms.com/form.../s/bkg9ZYJsXfSW7jJTSnK4FQ Happy Hunting!
ELEMENTARY PARENT EDUCATION
Did you miss the Elementary Parent Presentations last week? Not to fear! We recorded them and are viewable here:
LE Presentation - Developing the Independent Child
UE Presentation - Supporting the Home Learner
LIFETOUCH PICTURES RE-TAKE DAY
Retakes for Individual Pictures (Students & Staff) will be on Thursday, November 12th. If your student was absent for the previous Individual Picture Days or is in need of retakes, please plan to have this done on this day. If a portrait package was purchased & a retake is requested, this picture package must be given to the photographer on 11/12 for the retake. It is very helpful for the Retake photograph to receive a note with the picture package explaining what changes are needed. Lifetouch will provide a reservation system for November 12th for retakes by next week. We will let you know as soon as we receive it.
Individual Portrait Packages and Proofs are coming!! These orders and proofs will be arriving to Sterling very soon. Sterling will be organizing a time for pick-up. If you would like to still order a package, please follow the instructions given with your student’s proof. These orders will include a shipping cost and be sent to your home. Remember Sterling receives 50% of all Individual Portrait package orders. If there are any issues with any orders, please email Laura Chintapalli, email@example.com, who will contact our Lifetouch representative to help correct the order.
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH
Sterling is now taking meal applications for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to submit your information is November 1, 2020. Submit your application to dkimball@sterlingmontessori. Our lunch service provider will begin serving meals in January 2021.
GARDEN WEEK THANK YOU!
Thank you to all the gardeners who came to school this past week to make our grounds look so pretty! We all appreciate your time, hard work and green-thumb expertise. Thank you to Nicole Kumar for expertly chairing this beautification effort!
NEW CLUB REGISTRATION
LET'S GET MOVING! REGISTRATION EXTENDED! Mr. David & Mr. Michael are offering three in-person physical activity clubs in the afternoons: PE Club, Floorball and Soccer! Space is limited and all safety protocols will be practiced. Registration form and payment can be applied through MySchoolBucks.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Keep track of all on the Event Calendar
DID YOU KNOW?
We offer a Virtual Tour of a Children’s House classroom with CH Director Fay Masterson discussing the highlights of a Montessori CH classroom. Click HERE to view - even if your kids are older, it’s great to hear about the fundamentals of Montessori education!
STERLING’S FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
Sydney Bullock - LE Assistant Teacher
If asked five years ago whether or not I thought I would be teaching today, the answer would probably be no! Born and raised in Raleigh, I attended a Montessori school from Toddler through Upper Elementary. I went on to receive my Bachelor of Social work and an Art Minor from James Madison University. Following my schooling, I worked for many local nonprofits including the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Rise Against Hunger. On my weekends and evenings, I taught painting classes at a local paint & sip. Throughout these wonderful experiences, the common thread was teaching. Whether facilitating trainings for clients, educating large groups about the realities of world hunger, or guiding a group through a beautiful painting, there was joy in teaching through it all. When a position opened up at a local Montessori School, it felt like jumping into a time machine. I enjoyed returning to a Montessori environment with preschoolers and kindergarteners. However, when I began providing weekly art classes for the elementary students, there was something special about working with this age group. When a position opened up at Sterling Montessori in the Lower Elementary Program, I was elated.
It has been a delight to revisit materials that were so prominent in my own education, as well as explore topics from my own background and varied experiences. Further, I've had a blast exploring books with the students, seeing students' pride in their work during our Friday Group Shares and I've enjoyed the time spent getting to know a wonderful group of students here at Sterling! While the current realities may pose new challenges, I am reminded that we are all still connected through our moments of laughter and thoughtful questions and answers each day.
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