Casa II News

Dear Casa 2 parents,

With only a few days of school left, the children are busy preparing for the graduation ceremony, working with their favorite materials before summer break, and bonding with friends before they say, “Farewell” to those leaving our school.  This is such a bittersweet time for all of us at JMS.  It is hard to say goodbye to children and families with whom we’ve built strong relationships over the years.  As difficult as it is to say goodbye, it is exciting to know that the children are prepared and ready to enter their new schools with confidence.  We congratulate our two graduates, Makenzie and Myrah, as they embark on their next journey.  For those families leaving JMS this year, please know that you and your children are forever a part of our Casa 2 community and you are welcome to visit any time you’d like!  As always, THANK YOU to every family for sharing your child with us this year… we have certainly enjoyed having them in our lives!

On the last day of school, we will have the graduation ceremony at 10:30 am to honor the 2015 graduates.  Families of the graduates are invited to attend, and the rest of the children will also attend.  School is dismissed for ALL children at 12:00 pm on this day.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

We look forward to visiting with you at the picnic tonight at Lion’s Park in Chaska!  Please stop by even if you cannot stay long.  It is nice for the children to have this special time together before departing for the summer!


Q: How can I best help my child during their time away from school this summer?

A: Even though many children will not have the Montessori materials to work with over the summer, there are still many things you can do to give your child a solid education over the ten weeks they are away!  How many can you check off this summer??

Read to your child EVERY DAY (or have your child read to you if they are reading).  Join the public library and take part in a summer reading program.  Remember to be a reading role model!

Sign them up for an activity (Tae kwon do, t-ball, swimming, theatre, music, art, etc.).  During the school year isn’t always the best time to have children in extra-curricular activities because they are already spending so much time at school and can be physically and emotionally drained by the end of the week.  The summer is typically less busy and can be a great opportunity for your child to try something new!

Give your child EXPERIENCES.  Go camping.  Go fishing.  Go to a play.  Visit a historical landmark.  Go on a nature scavenger hunt.  Plant a garden.  Involve your child in the planning process of these exciting activities!

Set up play dates with other families, especially those from JMS, so your child can continue strengthening relationships with their peers.

As much as possible, maintain a consistent schedule.  Children of this age group thrive with consistency and knowing what to expect in the days ahead.

Limit screen time.  This is the gorgeous weather we’ve been waiting for… let’s take advantage of it!!

Sign your child up for some of our summer camps at JMS!  It’s great to have children back throughout the summer, and they love seeing their JMS friends from all of the casas together in one classroom!  There is still space in these classes… contact Katya if you need another registration form!


Need more ideas to keep everyone not only “busy,” but also entertained and educated this summer?  Click on the following links for 100+ activities!

100 Summer Fun Ideas for Kids and Parents

101 Fun Things to do with Kids this Summer

120 Free Things to do with Kids this Summer


On the Calendar

                Friday, May 29th: JMS End-of-the-Year Picnic in the evening

                Thursday, June 4th: Last Day of School; all students dismissed at 12:00 pm.

                Monday, June 8th: Summer school (Session 1) begins

                Sunday, June 21st: Father’s Day and First Day of Summer


I will be teaching several of the summer weeks at JMS, and can always be reached at  I wish you all a safe and fun-filled summer as you create new memories with your family.  THANK YOU for sharing your children with us… they are the reason we love what we do every day!  

Congratulations, graduating class of 2015: Myrah, Nick, Makenzie, Fernanda, Kellen and Ashton!!  The world is awaiting you, and you are ready to conquer it! 


Taryn and Lisa