Nov 08
Nov 9

Dear Killarney Families,

              Establishing lasting peace is the work of education. – Maria Montessori

A huge thank you to Andrea P. and Leah M., our Killarney Parent Council Co-Chairs, for the supplies for our Remembrance Day art projects!  We welcome all families to do an Art Walk around the school to see what the classrooms have created as part of our work in remembrance of our Canadian troops. As a Montessori school our belief is in Peace Education with our children as part of the Montessori curriculum.  We will be holding a virtual assembly on Tuesday with a minute of silence at 11:00. HUB students will be sent a link to join Killarney's assembly. If your child belongs to a Girl Guide, Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Sparks, or other related organization, he/she/they are welcome to wear the uniform on Tuesday. A reminder there is no school on Wednesday, Nov. 11th.

We are so very fortunate to be supported by 2 Parent Councils. Our Montessori Alternative Public School Society supports growing our Montessori programs at all 3 public Montessori schools. Please see the following message from  MAPSS:

Hello Montessori families,

This year, MAPSS (Montessori Alternative Public School Society) have several key Board member positions available and are looking to fill immediately. 

Are you interested in participating on a Board that supports all 3 CBE Montessori schools in Calgary? Key positions include President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Communication roles. 

MAPSS is hosting a Q & A opportunity this Thursday, at 7 PM, to share more about MAPSS, introduce the Board members, share details of Board positions so you can learn if being a Board member is a great fit for you. Please join us by clicking:  meet.google.com/tcb-kand-gud  

After the Q&A opportunity, MAPSS is holding our AGM on November 12 at 7PM where Board members will be elected. 

MAPSS recognizes our three diverse Montessori schools as one Montessori family. Our intention is to have families from each school represented on the Board as we continue to raise funds that go directly to all three Montessori schools. 

Please consider joining us for the Q&A session and for the AGM the next week.                  If you are unable to attend the upcoming Q&A opportunity and want more information, please email events@mapss.ca and a Board member will contact you before the AGM. --

Sincerely,

 

Kolby Klimack, President

Montessori Alternative Public School Society

Email: president@mapss.ca

 

Our lost and found is more lost than found right now so we will be putting tables in our courtyard with lost belongings for parents to check out.  We ask that only articles that you are taking be touched.  The table will be placed outside in the morning and left until after dismissal at 3:50. 

Thanks to Ms. Reinhardt, Mrs. Tolton and Ms. Hubbard for “meeting" with our new Spirit Day Leaders in brainstorming ideas for future spirit days!

We will be completing our Our School Survey with our HUB Gr. 4, 5, 6 students later this week and will send those students information on how and when to access the survey. We will support the children in completing the survey during this synchronous session and look forward to “seeing" the kids!

Do you wonder what we do on Friday afternoons?  This valuable time is dedicated for staff professional learning.  Each Friday we participate in different groupings depending on the focus. We have a Professional Learning Community (PLC), Team meeting (K Team, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary), Montessori Community of Practice, and Whole Group meeting/Professional Development. The work we do on Friday afternoons always peels back to our priority focus: how can we improve each child's school experience through rich learning opportunities? 

This week we'd like to share some thoughts on The Gift of Boredom: Why doing “nothing" encourages creativity and development of higher level thinking.

This will give your children the needed space for unwinding, relaxing, and maybe even experiencing “the gift of boredom."

Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting, works with thousands of parents every year toward simplifying their children's lives with regard to “environment, rhythm, schedules, and filtering out the adult world" (p. 19).  He believes “Boredom is often the precursor to creativity… Instead of always being scheduled or entertained, children get creative. They begin building a world of their own making" (p. 141).  He believes so strongly in the power of boredom that he has a habit of prescribing it 3 times a day to parents of young children as a necessary and valuable part of any child's day.

Access to technology, organized activities, and busy schedules have diminished the opportunity for children to “do nothing" which has repercussions on their ability to focus, brain development, and level of physical activity which are all important factors in their growth. 

If your child approaches the time with loathing or resistance, Payne suggests you can simply say, “Something to do is right around the corner."  Imagine what your child might do or create or imagine, given the opportunity to have a wide open mental canvas with nothing dictating what they should do. 

We have included a link to a short video on how to “Montessori" at home in response to requests.

https://youtu.be/v9qJO43JRD4

Have a wonderful week!

Bonnie and Lucene

 

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