March 6

Dear parents,

This is what this week looks like.

  1.  The school will provide a maturation lesson for fifth graders on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.  Parents are welcome.
  2. We have our first spring field trip on March 14, 2017, next Tuesday.  We are going to Crystal Hot Springs. We will need parents to volunteer to drive.  Email me with your plans or a need for a ride.  One permission slip will be coming home this week for all our spring fieldtrips; it is a new, more convenient system for forms.
  3. The snack sign-up has been updated; please check to see your week.  It has been a bit sparse lately.
  4. Students will be sharing the book they read at home from February this week at line times.  If your student has lagged on this, please help get them a book for March.
  5. Remember to be working on your home projects.  4th-Utah History, 5-Engineering Fair (By the way, this fair is not judged like the science fair.  It will be judged by me with a rubric.) 6- Free Choice.  Just because it is free choice doesn’t mean that they don’t have to do it.  They will be held accountable.  These projects are all due by March 27.  

Thank you to those donating to our gala basket.  Please feel free to bring items to me in the classroom.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

February 27

Hello parents,

I was wondering if you would be willing to prepare a framed family picture for your student to display in our class.  I thought it would be fun for us all to have one of our families to personalize our classroom and give your student comfort.  It can be a candid shot if you want.  It can’t be too big because it will fit on a special shelf I’ve prepared for it.  Thank you.

Ms. Shanan

February 21

Avo and Baily have snack this week.  Thanks girls!

I’m taking the “Year at a Glance”  off this website; things have changed.  I knew they would.  Montessori is so fluid!  I will make an updated version.

Some students want homework.  If you student comes home with a packet, your student wanted extra work. They are required to turn it in on Friday.  Woo Hoo!

We are working on a field trip to Crystal Hot Springs in March.  A permission form should be coming home by the end of February.  Still working on the details.

Home Projects from the middle of February until the middle of March are as follows:

4-  Utah History Fair Research Paper and Visual Aid

Your student must pick a topic from Utah history and do an in depth study of it.  They must write at least a two-page research paper and have a visual aid to put in our history fair display.  It could be anything from a poster, an artifact, an art project and so forth.  The student must be able to explain the visual aid with at least ten accompanying facts placed on the poster or put on an index card when the student presents their project.

5- Engineering Fair Project

An engineering fair is similar to the science fair.  The student must go through a process of trial and error while making an invention.  If you go on science buddies it will explain the process.  Your student will be learning this week the steps.  Your student will bring home a packet with the details.  You have until the middle of March to get it ready.

6- Home Project of Choice

Your student make pick any topic of interest but it must include a four-page research paper with citations and references.  They must also include a visual aid.  Topics need to be checked by myself before the student goes forward on the project.  Remember, this is a home project to be done with parents or guardians.  This will not be given time at school to do.

Literacy Week Promotion


We are looking for community members to read their favorite books aloud to our students. Come dressed as your profession to promote the idea that everyone reads! On March 1st, police officers, nurses, pilots and customer service representatives, homemakers and more, can share their love of reading with children by signing up at the following link We’ll even supply the books if you have too many favorites to choose from

January 29

Hello parents,

I hope your fifth graders had a good time at JBiztown; I got good reports.  Let me know any insights you might have for next year.

Sixth graders really need to rally with their science fair projects.  The science fair is February 8.  I will do all I can in class to support this endeavor this next week.

We’ve decided as a class during a class meeting (student-led) that we will not be having a specific genre for our book that is read at home each month.  The student may pick the genre of his/her choice but it must be one that they don’t choose all the time (adventure/fantasy).  I felt good about this as long as the choice each student makes is deliberate and he/she can identify the genre.  It’s time to pick your student’s book for February.  I will be giving them until the end of this week to have chosen a new book.  If they are already in the middle of one, they just need to check in with me and let me know.

I’m planning the field trips for spring.  We usually have one to two a month.  Please let me know if you have any ideas.

This next week should be a productive week.  I will not assign IXL or Utah Compose for homework anymore.  I think the home projects and reading is enough.  If you would like to have your student do it of course feel free. I know it would be beneficial but I will leave it up to your discretion.

I would like to clarify something.  A Montessori classroom is a fluid, living organism that grows, evolves, changes, experiments, returns again and learns.  We all have given each other a lot of room for mistakes.  If it seems that my policies or ways of doing things keeps changing or there is a feeling of inconsistency is because here at the school we are a class-family.  We have class meetings and decide together what is working and not working in our education.  We adapt what we think could be improved and we keep what is working.  What was working last month may not be working this month.  The fundamentals stay the same but you will see new decisions made (by myself and the students together) may alter some of the details.This should liberate you as a parent because you never need worry if you aren’t doing something right or if you’ve missed something.  We will let you know what matters and what doesn’t.  Right now what matters is the Science Fair and getting a book for February.

I would also like to announce that I just started my first week of my master’s program in Advanced Montessori Methods.  I will bring a lot of what I’m learning into the classroom; I’m really excited!

I hope you know how much I want your children to succeed at life and at school.  I will work tirelessly for them.  I appreciate you all.

Ms. Shanan

January 16

Dear parents,

Please don’t worry about IXL or book reports this month.  The month has been too irregular with all the days off and snow days.  We will resume in February.

The only matters of concern are the upcoming Science Fair for sixth graders on February 8 and the 5th grade field trip to JBiztown on January 25.

The sixth graders should have each brought home a science fair packet to help with the process.  Even though this is a home project, we are spending some quality time at school in this endeavor.  It is up to your student, however, to complete the experiment and prepare his/her board at home.  They are also suppose to be keeping a science fair log notebook with all their notes and data collection.  The judge for the science fair will want to see it.  If you are new to this process will you please email me and we can discuss the process further.

The fifth graders each year go to a small “town” that is by the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City.  It is a fun day learning about how businesses run.  Each class is in charge of two or three businesses.  We are in charge of Chickfila, Salt Lake City School DIstrict and City Hall.  Within the infrastructure of this field trip is that a few parent volunteers come to help the students with their businesses.  The parents get trained the day of the field trip at JBiztown.  This is fundamental to the experience.  We need three parent volunteers to join us.  If you think you can help drive to the field trip and help for the day, will you email me.  A field trip form will be coming home Tuesday, January 17.

Our class has been doing great since after the holidays. The students had an art project inspired by Bob Ross.  They are learning keyboarding down at the computer lab.  They are practicing their writing using Utah Compose.  We have weekly class meeting to discuss agenda items the students bring up in our class.  We learned about Martin Luther King Jr.  and listened to his speech.  This week in botany we are going to repot some of our plants.  If you have any extra pots laying around we could use some.  The students are progressing in math and we are doing an intensive study on measurement this week.

Thank you for all your support with snack.  It has been wonderful.  If you have any concerns please email me..

Ms. Shanan


December 16

Dear parents,

The Christmas Party is on December 20, Tuesday from 10-12.  Please let me know if you can provide a craft.  So far, no one has signed up.  The International Festival is this Monday from 9-11.  Please remember that a healthy snack would be appreciated for our Christmas party (Eggnog is fine! (;)

December 12

Dear parents,

Due to some good feedback I have made a page on the blog with the due dates and expectations for the month of December.  I will do this every month from now on.  It will include all field trip information, due dates for assignments and any other pertinent information that involves the class.  I hope this is helpful so you don’t have to search through past blog posts to find important information.

Your students have decided they want to do a secret Santa exchange this holiday.  They will be getting a name of a student tomorrow, Monday.  This exchange will happen on December 20.  The gift should be simple and no more than $5.  If you would not like to participate in this or are having difficulty with this, please shoot me a quick email and I will make sure your child will have a gift to exchange with their secret Santa.  I know how tight money can be around the holidays.

We will also be having a our festive snack and craft time on the 20th.  We need about 4 crafts.  If you think you could help our class with a craft, could you email me?

Will and Lincoln have snack this week.  Thank you!

I hope your families are healthy and well.  Thank you again for all that you do.

Ms. Shanan