Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 31-07-2016

Dear Parents,

Please see the link, for details for our MMA 5K. I have participated in this event the last few years, and it is a blast. I am looking forward to running again this year. I hope to see you there!



Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 26-07-2016

Dear Parents,

Please read this copy of Montessori Moments, and mark your calendars with upcoming events!



Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 26-07-2016


Dear Parents,

I can’t believe the MMA pool party is just around the corner! I look forward to seeing you there! Details are on flyer below!


Miss Elise


Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 19-07-2016

Ms. Elise & Ms. Carolyn’s Classroom


Welcome to our classroom! We are so excited to have each of you, and your children 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 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. The curriculum map will be posted on the blog for your knowledge. 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.In addition, to online programs such as IXL (a math based program), and MYON (an online reading program). Students will be advised to work on these programs, to help attain their goals.


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 the blog at least once a week.


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,  and Music

Students have a 90 minute period for guided P.E and music instruction, once a week.



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. There will be a snack sign up sheet posted shortly.


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.  In our classroom, we will have our Celebration of Life in the afternoon. 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. We ask that no younger siblings attend, so that we can focus on your child’s special day. 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.


Suggested Healthy Snacks

 Any fresh fruit or vegetables



Graham Crackers

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



 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.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 19-07-2016

2016-2017 Student Supply List

Lower Elementary, 1st – 3rd Grade

Ms. Elise and Ms. Carolyn 


Please DO NOT put your child’s name on supplies, unless specifically stated. This list is very minimal. We may need additional items as the year continues. Please refer to the wejoinin link, and sign up for at least 2 or more items. These are supplies we need for our classroom to function smoothly.


Level 3’s only- High Quality Colored Pencils – 1 box of 12

Index Cards – 1 package- standard size- white

Lunch Box – Labeled with child’s name

Refillable Water Bottle – Labeled with child’s name

Black and White Composition Notebooks- 5 black and white cover only- no names please!

Level 2’s only-#2 Pencils – 1 pack of 20- high quality

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

Level 1’s only– simple standard clipboard- plain- Level 2’s and 3’s -optional- new clipboard- plain

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

8 ct. Crayola washable watercolor set


Extra Items We Need- Please sign up on this link for two or more items- https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/yjweb