Casa III News

Dear Casa III Families,

It’s amazing how quickly the last few months have gone by! The children have loved talking with each other about their approaching summer plans, and they have especially loved having more time to play outside. I’ve heard many great stories about bike rides, rollerblading, and outdoor sports.

End of the Year Picnic

I am looking forward to our End of the Year Picnic this Friday (June 2nd).  Thank you to all of the families who volunteered to help set up or to bring a dish to share with everyone. Just a reminder that if you are bringing a food item to please bring a label listing the ingredients. The picnic will be at Lion’s Park in Chaska from 5:00-7:00. There are tables available; however it would be a good idea to bring a blanket to picnic on in case they fill up. I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Summer Program

As the end of the school year approaches, so does the beginning of our Summer Program here at JMS! Each week is carefully planned and filled with fun activities. The children get to spend a lot of time outdoors playing, as well as learning about the topics from each week. If you are interested in registering for any of the weeks, please contact the office.

Last Day of School

Our last day of school is Thursday June 8th. All Casas will be dismissed at noon, including Casa III, that day following the Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony. If someone other than you is picking up your child that day, please let the office know. Also, since all children are departing at noon you will not need to send a lunch. On Wednesday June 7th we will be sending home much of the children’s work and any nap room items. If possible, please send a bag for your child’s items so they can be transported home (it’s amazing how much one small work drawer can hold!). A gentle reminder that the Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony is only for the kindergarten families- although we wish we could invite the entire community to the event we simply do not have the space to accommodate that amount of people. If you have any questions regarding the last day of school, please contact me or the office and we will do our best to answer those questions for you.

Parting Wishes

One of my favorite aspects of the Montessori Method is the sense of community that develops throughout the year. Dr. Maria Montessori called our little environments the“casa dei bambini” meaning the Children’s House. The prepared environment is supposed to seem like a second home to the children, supporting them in every aspect of their development, not only their academics, but their social and emotional development as well. The children form a community where they not only strive to achieve their own growth, but they support one another and work harmoniously towards a common goal. As the year goes on, they become closer, almost like a little family. They celebrate each other’s triumphs and support one another during their times of need. Just this week we had one young friend wake up feeling a little sad from their nap. Another child recognized this and offered them a hug, gently rubbing their back and taking the time to make sure they were feeling happy again. Another time this week a child came up to me and said “Look Kasey, all of the children are asking ______ to help them open their clementine at lunch! Isn’t it great that _____ is able to help them?” This child recognized the effort and kindness the other was putting forth to help their friends.

Working with all of your children this year has truly been the greatest honor. Every day they remind me of the importance of kindness, generosity, and laughter in our lives. In a world where we hear about so many terrible things happening all over the world, it is from the child where we can find hope for the future.

Dr. Montessori said, "The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them.... The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind." (Education and Peace).

Thank you all for everything you do for your children, for our school, and our community. We wish you all have a wonderful, relaxing summer!

With love,

Kasey, Kita, Natalie, and Julie