Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 29-07-2015

Dear Parents,

Please sign up to donate nutritious snacks for our class a couple weeks out of the year. Usually we have a fruit/vegetable and grain each day. Some examples are carrots/graham crackers, grapes/bagels with cream cheese, apples/pretzels. The students love going to the grocery store and helping pick out the snack. We ask that the food you donate come unprepared (carrots  unpeeled). The students do this during the weeks they are assigned snack.


Miss Elise



Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 24-07-2015

Dear Parents,

When buying your child slippers for the year, please take this document into consideration.


Miss Elise

Slipper Doc

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 22-07-2015

Ms. Elise & Ms. Carolyn’s Classroom



Welcome to our classroom! We are so excited to have each of you and your children here with us!  We cannot wait to discover their personalities and see what unique qualities they will bring to our room.


Classroom Information and Student Achievement

Please respect the first 6 weeks of school. Please try to avoid being absent during this time, including vacations.  This period of time is essential where the dynamics of the classroom are being formed; the children are learning their environment and curriculum, establishing time management skills as well as establishing themselves intellectually, emotionally and socially. We will be creating a community in our classroom and building teams by playing cooperative games and other activities. We’ll be getting to know the children and doing placement testing.



School starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.  If your child is not in the building by 8:30 in the morning, you will have to walk your child into the school and check him/her in at the office, and they will be considered tardy.  Please help your child be on time to school.  It is very important to his/her education to be here on time so that they may start their day calm and relaxed, not rushed and stressed.


Cosmic Education

The 6-9 year old is in a sensitive period for the acquisition of culture. They have an innate need to learn about the world around them and their place in it. Maria Montessori called her curriculum the “Cosmic Curriculum”. What this means in simpler terms is that we have an integrated science, social studies, and cultural curriculum. While we have separate math and language works, they serve as a support for the cultural core. Botany, history, geography, zoology, physiology, and physical science are the areas of focus in order to help the child understand the world around them. We also incorporate art and music into continent studies. Please take the time to extend your child’s learning by taking them to museums, walks, or simply help them make connections between what they are learning at school and their home life.



Each child will progress at his/her own pace through the lessons for their level. As teachers we constantly observe the child and provide them with an environment (lessons, materials, guidance and encouragement) that will help the child strengthen their interpersonal development.


Your child’s work will not be given a traditional grade. The children will help conduct the parent teacher conference by reviewing their goals and showing you their progress in their journals.



You will NOT find traditional homework every day and there will not be much completed work sent home. Your child will be recording most of their work in their composition notebooks.


Reading Homework

Your child will have many opportunities to read and be read to in the classroom and we highly encourage reading at home. Research shows that reading at home with your child is more effective at creating a successful reader than any reading drills, expensive programs or instruction. We’d like to recommend at least 20 minutes a day.


Please attend Parent Education nights and Parent Teacher Conferences- these are opportunities to see your child’s work and to better understand the Montessori curriculum.


We have a classroom blog.  This is a great tool to keep you updated on what we are studying and the community resources available to enhance your child’s learning and reading. This is a great avenue to integrate school learning with family time. Please check this blog at least once a week to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in the classroom and the school as a whole.


Procedures, Routines and Leadership

We are excited to be implementing Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits from into our classroom:  Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win- Win, Seek First to Understand then to be Understood, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw.


Please seek opportunities for your child to be a leader outside the classroom. Recognize and compliment them when they are acting as leaders, and please share these stories with us. Practical life lessons, caring for the classroom environment, are implemented as part of the elementary curriculum and as well as leadership opportunities with peers.


Grace and courtesy is part of our everyday culture in the Montessori classroom; pushing in a chair, closing a door quietly, self-control and conflict resolution are a few examples of practicing grace and courtesy.  Don’t be surprised if they want to implement some of these at home!


In addition, there are no scheduled bathroom breaks in our school. Your child will be allowed to use the bathroom as needed. In order for this program to be successful, it will be necessary for us to demonstrate how to take care of the bathroom environment without supervision.


PE, Art and Music

Studio Fridays are a specified rotation of Art, Music, and PE. There is an additional 30 minute PE program.. This program meets state curriculum standards and is lots of fun, our day and time are not yet determined.



There is a philosophical reason behind snack time in the Montessori Method.  Your child will gain the skill of helping to prepare (cutting apples, etc) and clean up snack and serve their classmates. This teaches leadership and is one of the children’s favorite activities. We will be teaching healthy eating habits and ask that only healthy snacks be brought for this time. We really need your help for this food preparation/snack time to work. If everyone participates you will only have to provide snack once every 3 months! (That’s only 3 times a year!) Fresh produce from your garden is a welcome snack as well.


Recess and Lunch

Recess will before lunch for the lower elementary. Lunches must be brought from home. Please send a small ice pack in your child’s lunch box if the food needs to be kept cold. Please do not send anything that needs to be warmed in the microwave longer than one minute. Please do not send drinks with colored dyes to protect the carpet.



When it is your child’s birthday, we honor your child with a Celebration of Life. I will send an email reminding you of this event for your specific child.  In our classroom we will have our Celebration of Life in the afternoon between 12:45 and 2:30. With the exception of Tuesday after 2 and some Fridays.  We ask, if possible, for you to come and provide pictures for each year of your child’s life as well as sharing something specific for each year of life. Please NO food for celebrations. If you would like to donate a book in honor of your child you may.  If your child’s birthday occurred in August before school started, you may opt to have a Celebration of Life during the first few weeks of school or at the last few weeks of school. For June and July birthdays, we can celebrate your child’s birthday the last few weeks of school.

Home Projects

 Starting the month of November, I will be assigning home projects on a monthly basis. I will post the theme and expectations for these projects. These projects are to help students get to know each other, share about themselves, and work on their public speaking skills. The students will sign up for a specific day and time to present. It is their responsibility to create a project based on expectations, and deliver it at school when they are required to. These projects are special in a way that students get to share a part of themselves in a creative way with our classroom community. These projects will be done completely at home. More details to come on the classroom blog.

Suggested Healthy Snacks

 Any fresh fruit or vegetables

Celery/carrots/broccoli and ranch dip


Graham Crackers

Peanut butter (Many children are allergic so please offer an alternative.)

Whole grain bagels or bread with cream cheese or butter

Strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, grapes, apples, pears,

Snack-sized fruit cups

Dried fruit such as raisins or fruit leather

Granola or granola bars

Whole Wheat Crackers

            Dry cereal (no sugar coatings)


            Rice cakes


            Tortilla chips & salsa



Snacks do not need to be preassembled.  Teachers assist children with this.


Please! No candy, sodas, chips/Cheetos, or red drinks (to prevent stains).


 Thank you for understanding our commitment to healthy minds and bodies

Link to donate snack: http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/kmdxr

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 22-07-2015

2015-2016 Student Supply List

Lower Elementary, 1st – 3rd Grades

Ms. Elise’s and Ms. Carolyn’s Class


Please do not put your child’s name on supplies unless specifically stated. This list is very minimal, we may need additional items at the year continues.  

Colored Pencils – 1 box of 12 each

Index Cards – 2 packages

Lunch Box – Labeled with child’s name

Refillable Water Bottle – Labeled with child’s name

Black and White Composition Notebooks- 10- no names please!

#2 Pencils – 1 pack of 20

Plastic Pocket Folders – 3 (any color/plain) – no names please!

Level 1’s only– simple standard clipboard

Level 1’s only– binder, (any color/plain). Labeled with your child’s name

Slippers, indoor shoes – soft sole, plain slippers without cartoon characters or designs. Labeled with child’s name

18 ct. Crayola washable watercolor set


Extra Items We Use- Please sign up on this link for one or more items- http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/yjweb


Gallon size zip lock bags

Sandwich size zip lock bags

Red, blue, green, electrical tape

Construction paper

Skinny ribbon- grosgrain

 Dry erase markers (fine point)

Hand sanitizer

White boards

Kitchen sponges

Dish towels

Utensils- metal forks, knives, and spoons

Small snack plates

Magic Erasers

Tape and Dispenser

Serving bowls- plastic

Measuring cups and spoons

Plastic table cloths

Small lined table cloth for lunchtime