Ms. Shanan Update December 5 Sixth Grade Parents Please Read

Hello parents,

Okay, we have a few things to cover.

First, the holiday party has been changed to the last day of school before the holiday break. December 21st.

Second, the sixth grade students have a field trip next week to the Clark Planetarium next Wednesday the 12th.  You need to have your student at the Front Runner station at 7:10 a.m. and pick them up at 3:25 p.m. that afternoon. They need a lunch that doesn’t need to be heated.

Third, the sixth graders also get to participate in a Hill Air Force Base science experience that lasts six sessions starting in January.  They will go to the base once a week.  These are the dates:  January 7, January 15, January 23, January 30, February 6.  They will stay all day and do science activities.  Each sixth grader parent is responsible to get his/her student to the base and back on these days.  It would be better to carpool.  If you have a problem with your email being put on a list for other sixth grade parents, let me know, so that you can contact one another to arrange rides.  The form explaining all of it is coming home with your student today. The program is called STARBASE.  If you become a driver, you have to provide your driver’s license # and other information, at the base, to be approved to go on the base.  Let me know if you can drive any of these dates and we will work out the details.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan


October 29

Hello parents,

I wish I could give you all a big hug.  I hope your homes are well and your students are healing from the recent events.

We are having a fall party in our classroom on October 31st.  Our room mom is organizing it.  Please help her make this party wonderful for our students.

The new home project has been assigned.  Help your student pick an appropriate topic on the theme of “Celebrating the United States”.  Appropriate topics include things that are specifically American like baseball or apple pie; the fourth of July or Mount Rushmore.  Thank you.  You can see the rubric and due date on the home project page on this blog.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

October 22

Hello Parents,

This week is full with picture day on Monday and on Tuesday an evacuation drill and an assembly with the Living Planet Aquarium.

I will be giving out your emails to our room mom this week. Be prepared to help with our fall class party on October 31st.

I am thankful to all those who wished me well while I was sick.  I’m feeling much better now and am ready to get back to teaching!

Our school-wide cultural festival is on November 16th from 1-3.  Your student will need to prepare for it.  The topic is “Celebrating the United States”.  The project is explained below. I also made a page at the top of the blog with this rubric for quick access.


Ms. Shanan

Celebrating the United States Home Project

For the School-wide Cultural Celebration to be held on November 16, 2018

Parents welcome from 1-3  p.m.

  1. Student must pick a topic of interest that involves something great about the United States.  It could be anything from baseball to the Fourth of July. It could be music or a famous person.  Please help your student pick something that excites them personally.
  2. Student must pick the topic by the end of this week, Friday, October 26.  
  3. Student must research the topic and write a two-page paper if fourth grader, three-page paper if 5th grader and a four-page paper if a sixth grader. It must be typed and double-spaced.  Paper is due November 12.
  4. Student must make a presentation board to share at the school-wide cultural festival.
  5. Optional:  Student can provide an artifact, food, music or any other supplemental items to increase interest and enthusiasm for his/her topic.
  6. Project will be graded on a 1-4 scale.



1-Student did nothing for their project.

2-Student handed in parts of the project but it was done sloppily and with little content or sign of effort.

3-Student handed in the project with all parts done adequately and with neatness and respect.

4-Student went above and beyond expectations by having an expert knowledge of the topic and went above and beyond with the board and supplemental materials.  



October 10

Dear parents,

The opportunity to sign up for Parent Teacher Conference can be found on the website Track it forward.  Parent Teacher Conference is next week from Monday to Wednesday.  It is early out at 1 p.m. each day.

This week we will be having an activity called “store” that teaches economy and money exchange as well as marketing.  Students prepare something to sell and are given “Montessori dollars” to have a in-class store experience.  Please don’t spend money on this. Your student is meant to make something or find no longer wanted items from home.  It shouldn’t be taxing to you.

The home projects are wonderful.  Thank you for helping your student be successful!  Our class has learned a lot about Native American culture.

Thank you for snack!

Ms. Shanan

Home Project Assigned

Dear parents,

The homework in a Montessori school looks like a home project.  It is assigned every six weeks and has a different theme.  This first home project is about the native Americans of North America.  Your student picks a tribe of interest learns about them and focuses on how that tribe met their fundamental needs in earlier times. They need to make a book or board plus an artifact of a particular fundamental need that they found interesting.  Please look to the home project page on this blog for the rubric and more specific instructions. It is due on any day of the week of October 4th.

September 10

Dear parents,

We have a field trip on September 21, 2018 to a festival on the constitution.  We will need drivers.  If you think you can drive, please email me.  This has never happened but if we don’t get enough drivers then we will not attend because logically we can’t get there. Smile.

Remember, it’s back-to-school night on Thursday.

Thank you to those who provided snack last week.

Ms. Shanan

August 31

Our class is doing so well.  Everyone is nice to each other.  We are already working hard.  We are team building and getting closer as a class family every day.  We’ve already learned about the beginning of the universe, about the life of Maria Montessori (It’s her birthday today.) and about our class norms.  I’m learning a lot about where your student is in his/her progress in math and language.  I’ve been doing math assessments as well as reading level assessments.  We have a bright group.  I’m excited to dive into well structured lessons next week and get this ball rolling.  Next week, we will be learning about where we fit in the cosmos, about life on earth and what our cosmic task as humans is in taking care of our planet.  We will also be starting our United States unit and will focus primarily next week on the Native Americans of this continent.  We will also begin the study of the water cycle and weather for the younger students and global weather patterns for the older students.  We will be studying in the gardens for botany paying particular focus on the sunflower-its mathematical patterns, its uses for the Native Americans and its botanical structure.  I think we will have a lot of fun and learn at the same time.  I love each of your children.  They each bring a special addition to our classroom.  Thank you for choosing to have them here at Maria Montessori Academy.

Ms. Shanan

August 23

Dear parents,

We’ve had a great few couple of days.  I’ve created a page on this blog called the “Snack Schedule”.  In my class you are assigned a week to provide snack for the class.  This isn’t prepared by you but is brought in and then prepared by the students.  Snack can include items such as apples, cheese, bananas, crackers and so forth.  You bring it in once on the Monday and we take care of the rest.  If you have a problem with providing snack please shoot me an email and I will take you off the schedule; no problem.  I will give you a week warning.  This next week I didn’t schedule anyone due to the short notice but if you are able to help out and bring in some snack, the students would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks for all the school supplies.  It sets us all up for success for the rest of the year.  I’ve loved getting to know you and your students.  I know we will have a full and wonderful year!

Ms. Shanan

Hope you have a great summer!

Dear parents,

I want to thank you for all the kindness and hard work you gave this year.  I hope you have a wonderful summer.  Let your kiddos know how much I love them and miss them.  To all those not returning, good luck in your new adventures.  You will me missed.  I’ve updated the school supply list to reflect for next year.  Thank you.

Ms. Shanan

Parent Teacher Conference

Hi parents,

You can sign up for parent teacher conferences at You should be able to see my name and you should have an account with a password. The conferences are going to be light and casual at this point. Don’t feel like you have to stay for the whole thirty minutes. I would love to discuss your student, however, if you have deeper concerns or issues. Your student is encouraged to be there.
As far as the state study, I had a counsel with the class and I wanted handed in anything they have done. It doesn’t have to be finished but I need to see some effort. They know this and have been working on it in class. I told the students who don’t show any effort at all and hand in nothing that they will be working on it at a time when the rest of us will be having fun. Hopefully this will motivate those few that struggle with follow-through to do something.
We are still going to Crystal Hot Springs on Monday. If you plan to drive let me know.
We’ve had a great year and I look forward to seeing you at PTC.
Ms. Shanan