Our small school made a big impact in last month’s giving opportunity supporting the Idaho Food Bank. Parkcenter families and students gathered 299 pounds of food while art projects created and donated this summer were auctioned off during the “Empty Bowl” event. The bowls helped raise over $250! Thank you to everyone who participated!
Through the holiday seasons our classes have been looking at celebrations around the world. They will be learning about different winter holidays and customs. Please check your child’s classroom newsletter carefully for more information about what is happening in the month of December. Follow attached links to read more.
Volunteers Needed– December 18, 19, 20 (10:30-12:30) In the month of December we will have a holiday shopping opportunity for children to shop for their parents through a fundraiser event, the Little Shopper’s Shoppe. We are looking for volunteers to help accept payments, assist students in gift wrapping and tracking inventory in our library shop. Please contact Jamie with any questions and if you’d like to volunteer to help! This was a fun experience for the kids last year and we will happily take all the help we can get to ensure a positive shopping experience.
Designers Wanted: Our 2018-19 Yearbook team invites you to design this year’s yearbook cover! The first 10 entries will be presented to Primary Classes for a student vote in December. Please submit all entries to Miss Jamie; the winning design will be revealed at time of the yearbook release in June. Submission deadline is December 14th.
Upcycle Materials Needed: We are looking for any donated adult T-shirts for an upcycle project that our children will be doing in the spring. Please bring us your used cotton T-shirts. Adult sizes in any condition preferred. The shirts will be cut and used for weaving materials.
Hot Lunch Option: We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Fresh Healthy Café to provide an optional hot lunch program. Fresh Healthy Café specializes in pure smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, power bowls and nutritious meals such as protein bowls, wraps, salads and paninis. For more information about menu options, ingredients, pricing and how to order go to www.montessorilunchprogram.com. (Note: If ordering smoothies please choose the “Lite Blend” option in order to adhere to the schools low sugar policy)
With the holiday season and school closure dates we wanted to provide some options to make it a little easier for you to meet the January 1st tuition payment deadline. If making a check payment you can:
- Mail tuition checks to 649 E. Parkcenter BLVD Boise, ID 83706
- Drop off a postdated check payment to the school before we break for Christmas on December 21st
- Drop off check payments to the office during Winter Camp hours (8am-5pm) December 26-28th or January 3-5th.
- Pay online through your parent account using credit card.
Year-end Tax Statements: 2018 Tuition Tax statements will be available after January 4th. Statements are available through the Alma parent portal or by request. To request a statement please email Sarah at Sarah.Frazee@nlcinc.com
Winter Camp Billing: December winter camp billing will be reflected on January invoices. January winter camp billing will be reflected on February invoices.
Winter Break Camp
Our school is closed from December 24-January 4th for winter break. During this closure, we will be offering Winter Camps December 26th-28th and January 5th-7th. Camp hours are from 8-5, Wed-Fri. This year Engineering for Kids will also be on site offering 3 Winter Workshops. Registration for winter camp closes Friday, December 7th. For those attending winter camp, we will be sending out a separate winter camp newsletter by December 17 which will include teacher and classroom assignments, camp activities and much more. See the lobby for all registration information and details.
Holiday Giving Project
Our school will be partnering with the Idaho Refugee Community during the month of December. Our goal is to help outfit children ages 2-12 years of age and to encourage them to get outdoors this winter! In the lobby we have our annual “Giving Tree” set up with tags listing needed items that we are collecting. Each year our Giving Tree is set up as an opportunity for children to support other children in our local community. The theme of our tree this year is “Let’s Play Outside” and we are collecting new and gently used winter items for children ages 2-12 years old. All gift items are due to school by DECEMBER 18th at 9 am.
This year’s Giving Tree gifts will go to support the Idaho refugee community. Montessori Academy Parkcenter will partner with Jannus Economic Opportunity (EO) to help support their Refugee Childcare Business Development project for families. Jannus EO offers childcare business development support that empowers refugees, primarily women, to become economically self-sufficient by establishing in-home childcare- a much needed service that provides culturally sensitive, affordable, safe, licensed care for children. All collected items will go directly to the boys and girls (ages 2-12 years old) attending these childcare programs to encourage winter outdoor activity.”
Inclement Weather Reminders
We do not always follow the closure schedule of the local public schools because we don’t have to contend with the same transportation issues as public schools. Our goal is to be open as many days as possible to support our working parents. If we must close or delay opening because our teachers cannot safely get to work, you will receive a notification via Links 2 Home as soon as the closure is announced. In addition we will also post notifications on our website, Facebook page and the local news.
December 7– Last day to drop/add registration for Winter Camps.
December 10 — Early December Scholastic book orders due.
December 12—Room 7 classroom event: Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite story to read.
December 19—Room 6 Family Invite celebration: 9-10 “Cookies & Cocoa” ; Room 4 Family Invite celebration: 10:30-11:30 “Luncheon”
December 20–Room 2 Parent’s invite celebration: 9:15-10:15 ” Caroling” ; Room 5 Parent’s invite celebration: 10:30-11;30 “Cookie & Cocoa”
December 17-21– Parkcenter Library is closed. Please ensure all library books are returned this week.
December 24-January 4—SCHOOL CLOSED
December 26-28; January 2-4—Winter Camps (students must pre-register to attend)
From Our Education Department