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May Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal

Now more than ever, we are in awe of the flexibility and resilience of our students and families. We have enjoyed seeing you all online the past few weeks and are hopeful that we can be together again soon. In the meantime, we are in the process of planning for summer and have setup a few fun activities for us to do “together” this month. We hope you can join in!

Lila Afoa

Summer Camp 

We understand that there are many unknowns right now, and are offering our families an opportunity to register for summer camp and receive a full refund of any deposit paid if we are unable to offer camp or if your child is unable to attend. Early registration for camp now will save your child’s spot in our program and enable us to continue to plan field trips and special events. Early registration has closed which means that there may be limited space available.  Please let us know if you’d like to register for our July-August summer camp weeks!   Email Sarah for more information.

Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party 

We can’t be together to celebrate Mother’s Day this year and want to acknowledge all of the amazing things our moms, grandmothers, aunts and mother figures are doing during this challenging time. On Friday, May 8th we invite you all to pop into your child’s virtual morning class to share a Mother’s Day moment with your fellow moms. Bring your favorite tea or beverage!

School-wide Pajama Party 

Wear your best jammies and join us on Zoom on Friday, May 22nd at 7:30 p.m. for a pajama party and bedtime story! Our Principal will be reading a special story for everyone to enjoy. An invite with the link to join will be sent out later this week. We hope you can join us!

Teacher Appreciation Week

We need your help!  Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8 and since we can’t celebrate together as we normally would, we are asking for you to show your support to our teachers virtually. We know that our teachers can’t wait to be back with you, and this is a great time to show them how grateful we are for them!
Please submit your photos, videos, or mail by Wednesday, May 8th so that we can deliver to the teachers! Thank you so much for your support.

Teacher Appreciation Ideas
o Your child has their own Student ID created for them to use to login. Look for your child’s code in email or contact the office.
Classroom Gift Basket Drop Off. We are collecting items to put into individual gift bags for each teacher (present and furloughed). If you have a special gift to donate to your class basket (or individual teacher), bring them to the school for drop off during office hours on Mon. Wed. and Friday (11-2) or mail directly to: 649 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Boise, ID. 83706.
Color your teacher. On our Google Classroom, there is a downloadable coloring book for your student to color a picture of their favorite teachers and bring to the school! Mail or email your child’s art to lila.afoa@montessoriacademyidaho.com

Important Dates

May 8th – Mother’s Day tea parties during scheduled classes
May 22nd – School-wide pajama party, 7:30 pm

From Our Education Team

5 Ways to Shake Up Your Weekend Routine

Weekends mean more to families now than ever before. They’re a time to reconnect with each other and decompress from the daily stress of working and schooling at home. Below are five fun ways to shake up your typical weekend routine.

1. Breakfast in Bed
Start the weekend off with making breakfast and enjoying it in bed. Encourage your child to select the menu, measure and mix ingredients, and gather utensils and napkins. Snuggle up together and eat the meal you made.

2. Indoor Campout
Host a family campout or blanket fort in the living room. Put on comfy pajamas, make s’mores, and turn on a favorite movie. Read books about camping before bed. Some of our favorites include Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey, Llama Llama Loves Camping by Anna Dewdney, and Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.

3. Create Signs for Essential Workers
Provide your child with markers, crayons and paper. Encourage him to create signs that express thanks for essential workers. Use this an opportunity to talk about the importance of love and gratitude. Tape the signs to your window for everyone to see.

4. Virtual Dance Party
Invite extended family members to join you for a dance party using a video conferencing service, such as FaceTime or Zoom. Encourage everyone to submit song requests in advance and dress up in their favorite silly outfits.

5. Bedtime Story Remix
Reverse the roles by asking your child to walk you through his bedtime routine. Encourage him to help you brush your teeth, tuck you into bed, and read you a story. It’s a fun way to help your child remember the things he needs to do at nighttime.

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