Casa I News

Dear Families,

I can’t believe May is already here and the end of the school year is almost here. We have kept ourselves really busy! We have been enjoying planting seeds and will be getting them ready for our garden. Also our log playground is very popular among all the children so we have been spending time out there as well.  We are very grateful to Grandpa Pete for making such an amazing space for the children to play.  A huge thank you to all our family volunteers, you make a huge difference, and we are very fortunate to have you at JMS!

The students will continue to be busy practicing a few songs for the graduation, repeating work as much as possible and enjoying more time using our outside work space, such as our beautiful patio!

The children have worked so hard and brought so much joy to us in their own unique ways. Having several new students almost at the end of the yearbrought new energy to our Casa,  everyone was able to help and it has been a pleasure having each one of them in our environment; their individual accomplishments continue to inspire us every day. We wish wonderful new experiences to all of the children, especially to the graduates and their families on their new journey….. Your presence will be greatly missed!


  • Thursday, June 1st - Game day, send your child’s favorite game to school.
  • Friday, June 2nd. JMS Picnic from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Wed. June 7th End of the year Friendship Fruit Salad, your child may bring his/her favorite fruit to make our fruit salad. (enough just to put on the salad)
  • Thursday June 8th. Graduation Day!


As the end of the school year approaches, some parents become concerned about the transition from one level to the next. Whether your child is moving from the children’s house or elementary to middle school, these suggestions may ease the transition:

  • Meet the teacher. Children can become stressed when they don’t know what to expect. Meeting the teacher may help waylay fears by answering some of your and your child’s questions.
  • Find out if the school allows children to shadow students. By shadowing an older child, your child can see what the class is like, how it functions, what to expect and ask any questions. This can dispel some anxiety.
  • Discuss concerns, some points to specify: some friends will remain the same; some material will be the same, new friends, etc.  And that everyone involve wants your child to be successful.
  • Share with your child your own experiences. How you felt during a time of change (starting school, new job…..). By relating your experiences to your child they may feel less anxious.
  • Write a good bye letter with your child for your teacher. This will help your child reflect upon the good things and provide a sense of closure.

These suggestions may help your child handle the special issues that arise during transitions and in making a smooth transition. (From P.E.N. vol. 1, Number 1)

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Maria & Ally

“Through new education, we must enable children to grow up with a healthy spirit, a strong character and a clear intellect, so that as adults they will not tolerate contradictory moral principles but will gather human energies for constructive purposes. ”Peaceful children, peaceful world.”