News and Announcements

Support Reading and Writing at Home
December 5th was our first Parent-Teacher Conference day of the year. As I walked around the campus that day, I heard snippets of conversations. I heard teachers reminding parents of the importance of reading to their child each evening/or listening to the child read aloud to them, and I heard parents asking teachers what they can do to support their child. I thought it might be an appropriate time to share with everyone a great list of suggestions entitled: Ways Parents Can Support Reading and Writing at Home. I pass it on in hopes that you will incorporate many into your family routine.
Consultant Brings Vast Experience to Primary Classrooms
The week after Fall Break proved to be a very fruitful one for all of our Primary teachers. Our consultant, Carol Alver, once again came from Michigan to spend time observing, coaching, and conferencing with each lead on the team. Her deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy and her vast experience as both a teacher and trainer filled all of us with new insights and renewed enthusiasm for the important work we do on behalf of our Villa three to six year-olds.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK ONLINE SHOPPING STILL AVAILABLE! If you missed the Book Fair, you can still shop online by visiting the Book Fair Homepage at: and click on the Shop Now button. Online shopping is available: NOW THRU NOVEMBER 15, 2014 ONLY!
Middle School Students Attend GCAP Conference at UN
The Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP) is a professional conference for students sponsored by the American Montessori Society. GCAP came to be in 2003 when after serving on the AMS board for a number of years, our very own Tom Jankowski along with other Montessori leaders formed the organization. The selected participants have the opportunity to experience and discuss the work of the United Nations and learn what they can do to become better informed and more productive global citizens. Participants learn about and attend the United Nations, meet with international leaders, and dialogue with fellow Montessori students from all over the United States and beyond.
Redesign of the Traditional Classroom
This piece from CNBC discusses the movement towards a "flipped classroom" eventually becoming the educational standard in 25 years. Why wait 25 years when Montessorians have been using this model for over 100 years? Take a minute to view this short video.

Click here to view the video
We want to thank you for your understanding and patience with today's school closing. This is the first time in Villa's 50 year history that school has been closed due to weather conditions. School will be back in session tomorrow. Please use caution while traveling to and from school tomorrow, as many roadways will still be under repair.

Thank you all again for helping to keep our community safe! We look forward to seeing you at school tomorrow.
Due to unsafe travel conditions and the unavailability of many staff to arrive safely at school, and the forecast for continued rain, we have decided to close school for the day. While the magnitude of this storm was not known until early this morning, we apologize for the abrupt schedule change and appreciate your understanding. We plan on having school resume tomorrow, and will keep you updated as the day goes. Please stay safe (and dry)!
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Parent Pointers

Follow the Child
There has been plenty of fear lately among policy makers that American students are lagging behind students in many eastern world nations. I was recently sent an article from the New York Times written by Yong Zhao, an authority on Chinese and American education that addresses this. What was astonishing to me was the author’s viewpoint that traditional Chinese education actually harms students. He believes it ignores children’s unique gifts, talents and interests and places tremendous stress on them to compete academically, thereby damaging self confidence and lowering self-esteem...
Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
There is a new buzz word on the Early Childhood Campus these days and as parents, I think it is important to know it and tap into its power!

The word is BUCKET-FILLER… and the question that is posed on a daily basis is: HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?

This new lingo sprang up from Carol McCloud’s book; Have you Filled a Bucket Today? In her book she explains that everyone in the whole world walks around carrying an invisible bucket. Each person’s bucket has only one purpose. Its purpose is to hold YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ABOUT YOURSELF. We all feel very happy and good when our bucket is full. We all feel very sad and lonely when our bucket is empty.
Most of us did not have the opportunity to attend a Montessori school in our formative years. As a result, much of what goes on in a Montessori classroom is unfamiliar, and perhaps, hard for us to understand. The Montessori materials are so unique, and the Montessori Method is so amazing that we wanted to share some of it with you via a PARENT EDUCATION SERIES offered by our Elementary I and II teachers.
New Focus on Teaching Self- Regulation Skills
What is Self-Regulation?
Self regulation is pretty synonymous with self-control but with some added depth and breadth. It includes self-efficacy, responsibility & accountability, moderating behavior, maintaining balance both within and without, responding appropriately, being proactive vs. reactive, and a combination of self-confidence and empowerment.. In a nutshell, self-regulation is learning to regulate one’s own physical, emotional, and cognitive processes in healthy, pro-active ways in order to be successful across several domains of life. It is critical for both success and happiness.
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