Come celebrate the the diversity of the United States on Monday, October 31 during our St. Croix Montessori Multicultural Potluck Day

This annual celebration held on Oct 31 is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and harmonious society for future generations. This year, we are celebrating the diversity of North America – specifically, the United States!

We will taste different dishes. The students will have short presentations and wear cultural garments.  

How to get ready for the event:

  • Talk to your child about heritage and family history (authentic food, clothing, music, and more)
  • Prepare to bring a representative dish to share
  • Work together on a garment that can represent your culture (nothing scary)

The event will be held from 10:30am to 1pm

  • 10:30 – Parent Volunteers arrive and help children get dressed and take pictures
  •  11:00 – Students will do short presentations
  •  12:00 – Potluck Family Lunch (remember to bring a dish to share)

For more ideas on how to talk about diversity at home:

OBSERVATIONS

As fall Parent Teacher Conferences quickly approach (Tuesday, November 1st), we encourage you to observe your child in the classroom before or soon after attending your parent-teacher conference. We invite you to schedule an observation between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to see your child participating in the unique programs we have. Come see how your child interacts with other children and the classroom materials.  How is he/she learning?What are children working on in the different areas of the classroom?

Observations are scheduled in the office, and they typically occur Tuesday-Thursday morning for 15-20 minutes.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 

The fall conference sets the baseline of where your child is at. The fall conference helps you discuss the changes since the start of the school year, as well as what the next few months will look like for your child’s education.

The spring conference provides insight into the progress your child has made over the course of the year and what’s planned for your child next year.

Length

Each conference is approximately 20 minutes in length. These discussions are an opportunity to insight into your child’s strengths and areas of growth. We often discuss how to extend learning at home as well!

Who Should Attend

We encourage you to have both parents, grandparents or anyone who is a participating member of your child’s upbringing to attend. If you need child care during this conference, please let us know so we can provide someone!


Tips for Your Parent-Teacher Conference

(From http://ageofmontessori.org)

Families are a vital part of the Montessori education experience. Open communication between teachers and family goes a long way to helping our children’s growth and development. Since conferences are only 20 minutes long, it can feel like there’s a lot to cover! That’s why we recommend attending Parent Education nights, having multiple classroom observations, and scheduling meetings with your classroom teacher.

The purpose of the conference is to capture your child’s progress over the course of the year, raise awareness of growth and development, talk about areas of concern, and discuss ideas on how to improve.

Things to Keep In Mind

  1. Keep an open mind—knowing your goal is to have a thriving, healthy, happy child in the classroom.
  2. Be ready to listen. There will be good news, and there may be areas of concern. This is not because you are a bad parent!
  3. Take notes. Likely, the teacher will provide some sort of report. However, you might want to jot down notes, e.g. things you can do at home to enhance where your child is in the classroom.
  4. Allow the Montessori teacher to explain what she is seeing in your child (behavior, skills, challenges, etc.)
  5. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher questions—e.g. describe a lesson you may not be familiar with, what interventions have been used for issues that may be going on, what strategies to use to work with your child, or how to incorporate where your child is with your home.
  6. Talk with your child about what they are doing in the classroom or school. Find out what lessons they are working on, and ask them about those lessons.

Most of all, we’ve learned that the communication between our children’s teachers, administrators, and parents/caregivers is key to success for our child.  Whether you have formal parent-teacher conferences or simply exchange emails or phone messages, it’s important to remember to be on the same page and work as a team!


For more tips on successful Parent Teacher Conferences, check out:

img_1290We welcome families to a get together breakfast under the trees from 7:15a.m. to 8:30 a.m.! This is your chance to meet family members of our students. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings can share stories, and have a chance to relax before school and work begin.

First Breakfast of 2016-17 School Year: Friday, October 28

There will be music playing, inviting us to enjoy listening or dancing. Children have the opportunity to play before school starts.

  • It’s a Potluck! Contributions to the breakfast are encouraged, but not required in order to join.
  • You can use the kitchen to warm up your contribution.
  • Volunteers with set-up and clean-up are needed.
  • Call or email Paul to coordinate your offerings.

Parent Feedback

This is a chance to mingle and discuss community events, business, and anything that helps us to get to know each other better.

This event was created by a group of parents for us all to become one big Montessori family.

We can discuss the progress and the challenges we have seen with our children, and get feedback from other parents.

img_1268Family Breakfasts will be held:  

  • Friday, January 27
  • Friday, March 17
  • Friday, April 28

No Family Breakfasts in November, December, February and May.

School Closed

St. Croix Montessori will be closed on Friday, October 7 for Staff Professional Development Day and on Monday, October 10 for VIPR Friendship Day and Columbus Day.

We will reopen with normal operating hours on Tuesday, October 11.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy long weekend.

Montessori Learning At Home!

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We have an opportunity to earn FREE Quality Materials for St. Croix Montessori School simply by ordering from the For Small Hands catalog.

This year our school will be participating in the For Small Hands School Credit Promotion by placing  a Group Order.  This program allows our school  to earn credit to purchase classroom materials to enhance your child’s learning experience.

The For Small Hands catalog is filled with hundreds of age-appropriate, child-sized items that encourage independence, creativity, and problem solving. This program is a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique and educational holiday gifts for your own children, friends, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  They are also one of the main suppliers of St. Croix Montessori’s materials, which need to meet the standards of the AMI classroom environment. Please share your catalog with other family member, friends and neighbors. It’s Easy to Participate! 

Friends, Family, Homeschoolers – Anyone Can Do It!

1.    Order placed from For Small Hands 

2.    Use Our School Code: 191082

3.    SCM Earns FREE Montessori Materials

GROUP ORDERS over $500 earn 15% of the merchandise total as a credit voucher  for a school for a future order.

Group Orders over $500, and placed/postmarked by October 23, earns us FREE REGULAR DOMESTIC SHIPPING – that’s a savings of $$$!

Group Order Dates & Deadlines

October 23  Deadline for Free Group Shipping (Group order over $500)
December 31  Promotion ends

INDIVIDUAL ORDERS: SCM Earns 10% of Merchandise Total

Individual Orders earn 10% credit on all orders over $25 in merchandise

Individuals can place orders online and pay by credit card.

Orders will be shipped directly to the individual’s home.

Individual Order Dates & Deadlines

NOW               Promotion begins — start earning credit
December 9    Deadline for Guaranteed Holiday Delivery
December 31  Promotion Ends

SCM Friends & Family Can Order Online!

  • For online orders visit http://www.forsmallhands.com
  • Use our school information:
    • Customer #191082
    • St. Croix Montessori
    • 340 718 2859
    • 3013 Orange Grove, Christiansted VI 00820

Not Sure What We Need?

Check out our Wish List or choose from any of the items below!

Thank you for your support!

Roughly every other month, St. Croix Montessori teachers open their classrooms to families for a chance to walk around and learn what their child has been doing. The Teacher Chats are a casual, relaxed conversation – speak one-on-one with a teacher or as a group of parents.  Allow your child to show you what they learned in their recent lesson or their favorite area!

Discover St. Croix Montessori For Yourself!

Stop by the classroom for a cup of tea, water, or coffee. Teachers are available to take your questions about your child, the Montessori curriculum, Montessori-parenting, and more!

Our first Teacher Chat is on Thursday, October 13 from 4:00-5:00PM.

Be sure to check out the school calendar so you can see the other dates!

Lights, Camera, Action

It’s time for school pictures! St. Croix Montessori will be visited by native photographer Alda Anduze on Thursday, October 13th. 

Picture Day order forms are distributed to each family with details on pricing and packages. Copies are also available in the office.

Every child taking a photo will need an individual order form.

Payment

Complete all sections on the picture order forms. Please return forms with appropriate form of payment to the St. Croix Montessori Office by Wednesday, October 12th.

Tips for Picture Day (Oct 13)

  • Pictures begin promptly at 8:30am.
  • Each student has the opportunity to take individual portraits as well as portraits with siblings. If a sibling group photo is requested, please include a separate order form with the siblings’ names and the type of photo package desired (e.g. 8×10, wallet, etc.).
  • A St. Croix Montessori Class of 2016-2017 picture is taken and is available as part of photo package or for purchase individually.

Volunteers

Family volunteers are needed to assist with Picture Day activities! Especially, walking children to and from the classroom, assisting with our younger (and sometimes camera-shy) friends. Please let the office know if you are interested.
We look forward to capturing every child’s wonderful smile on Picture Day!