A Moment for Gratitude and Community

We wanted to take a moment to propose an idea to our NSM community. We would like to start writing about the great things the people in our NSM community do – our school clubs, troops, our classes, our committees. But that takes all of you to help as well. If your club or troop, or class, or committee is doing something fun, great, different, or just noteworthy to people who may not know, drop us an email and let us know! If you have a picture that does not include people at the event, feel free to include that as well!

What we do know is that our children go to school each day; they learn about math, spelling, and so much more from their dedicated teachers, but when they get home and we ask “what did you do in school today?” they respond with “nothing”. (AS IF???)  We may have heard there was a jog-a-thon last month to raise money for the fire victims in Lake County. But did you know that the school raised more than $7,500 for the American Red Cross? (I know my children did not come home and tell me that much information!) That is pretty great!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have small reminders, small moments of “That is wonderful!”, small moments of gratitude for all of our NSM community?  How about another example of this:  Did you know the Yearbook Committee has recruited a few interested 8th Graders to help build the yearbook? What a great experience to work with photography and layouts! Look for them at events wearing their “Yearbook Press Pass”!

This first trimester of school has been incredibly jam packed with events and functions, it is incredible that such a small school community could make it all happen! But it did and we thank you!! We thank you over and over again.

So send us your short little notes about the great things that are happening, and they will be worked into the newsletter. Our disclaimer will be that we will not use individual children’s names and all news shorts will be posted after the event.

We look forward to hearing from everyone!
Happy Thursday,

Make Up Picture Day: December 1

Tuesday, December 1st is Picture Make-Up Day!

If your child was absent on school picture day OR if you would like to have your child re-take their school picture, Make-Up Day will be on Tuesday, December 1st.

If your child was absent on the original picture day and you wish to purchase pictures, please complete an order form, include payment and send this with your child on Make-Up Day. If you have not received an order form, you can pick one up from the school office.

If you would like to re-take your child’s photo, please send your packet of pictures to school with your child and have him/her return it when they take their new pictures. BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR CLASS PHOTO. You do not need to submit a new order form or submit additional payment. You will receive the same package you already paid for with the new photo of your child.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Kandice Stellmon at
(650) 458-8411 or by email at kstellmon@gmail.com. Thanks!

Martes, 01 de diciembre es la foto de Maquillaje Día!

Si su hijo o estuvo ausente el día de la foto de la escuela si le gustaría que su hijo vuelva a tomar su foto escolar, Make Up Day será el martes 1, diciembre.

Si su hijo estuvo ausente en el día de la foto original y que deseen comprar imágenes, por favor complete un formulario de pedido, incluir el pago y enviar esto con su hijo en Maquillaje Día. Si usted no ha recibido un formulario de pedido, puede recoger uno de la oficina de la escuela.

Si desea volver a tomar la foto de su hijo, por favor enviar su paquete de fotos a la escuela con su hijo y que él / ella lo devuelva cuando toman sus nuevas imágenes. ASEGÚRESE DE MANTENER SU CLASE DE FOTOS. No es necesario presentar un nuevo formulario de pedido o presentados por el pago adicional. Usted recibirá el mismo paquete que usted ya pagó con la nueva foto de su hijo.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta no dude en ponerse en contacto con Kandice Stellmon en
(650) 458-8411 o por correo electrónico a kstellmon@gmail.com. ¡Gracias!

Donate new toys & gift cards to the Children’s Fund Annual Gift Drive!

Donate new toys & gift cards to the Children’s Fund Annual Gift Drive!
The Children’s Fund of San Mateo County (http://childrensfund.smcgov.org/) is now collecting toys and gift cards for low-income, homeless, and foster children. They will serve more than 3,000 children, ages newborn to 18, this Holiday Season. We are setting up donation barrels in the Office and Gym so NSM can help them meet their goals.

Bring in new, unwrapped gifts and gift cards. Suggestions include Toys, Board Games, Arts/Crafts, and Sports Equipment. Especially needed are toys for babies (rattles, blocks, etc.) and gifts for youth, age 10-15 (basketballs, etc.). Or donate a $25 gift card from a major retailer such as Target, Kohl’s and Old Navy.
**Note, they do not accept any used items, stuffed animals, toy guns, or breakable items.

You can also shop the Children’s Fund Amazon Wishlist (“Children’s Fund 2015 Holiday Program Wishlist) from the comfort of your home. Use the “Shop to Benefit NSM” link on the NSM website and help the school earn a commission at the same time! Send these gifts directly to Children’s Fund, 1 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002.

The donation barrels will be placed on campus as of November 19 and will remain until Tuesday, December 15. Thanks for your generous support!

Holiday Fundraising: Many Ways to Raise Money for the School!

SAVE THE DATE: Dinner Night Out and Books Inc. – PTA Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in Downtown Burlingame
Urban Bistro, 270 Lorton Ave (11am – 9pm)
Books, Inc., 1375 Burlingame Avenue (6pm – 8pm)
Please bring your family and invite your friends to dine at Urban Bistro in Burlingame on Tuesday, December 8th (between 11 am and 9 pm). Venture around the corner afterwards for cookies and a little holiday shopping at Books, Inc. (from 6 to 8 pm). Portions of the proceeds from Urban Bistro and Books, Inc. support the NSM PTA.
Urban Bistro is a peninsula outpost of the San Francisco Soup Company. The menu includes a range of soups, salads, and sandwiches served in a family-friendly environment. Check out www.sfsoupco.com for maps and menus.

Schoola: Put it in the Bin! It’s in the Gym!
We have our own yellow Schoola bin in the gym! Now families can donate pre-loved kids/women’s clothes anytime! Please bring in your clothing donations as much, and as often as you like. The more we collect, the more we earn. Schoola will pick-up to sell on their site, and they donate up to 40% of sales back. This is a great way to clean out your kids closets, recycle clothes and earn $ for our school.

Your children will be bringing home a catalog this week. These are fantastic bags that are made of recycled material and come in many styles and sizes. They make great gifts for the holidays! The best part is that NSM makes 50% for every bag sold. Make sure to return your order forms by Friday, December 4th, before you leave for Thanksgiving. Drop it to Carol in the office or to your child’s teacher.

See’s Candy
See’s Candy order forms will be here this week too! Orders are due on Monday, December 7th, with delivery the week of December 14th. See’s Candy is a favorite for the holidays! Please bring your orders to Carol in the office.

Talbots Holiday Shopping Event
Shop at Talbots November 20th – December 4th and Talbots will return 10% of purchases to NSM as a donation. You must mention our school’s name during this period for our school to get credit for your purchases. Tell your whole family, and your friends, to come and support our school. Click here to see the flyer: www.nsmontessori.org/fundraising/talbots Talbot’s offers free gift wrap, UPS shipping, local delivery and they will hide your purchases for pickup at a later date.

Shop with SCRIP
You can order gift cards for the holidays through our SCRIP program and earn $ for NSM. Many popular retailers participate in our program including Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Arco, iTunes and more. Just download the order form, choose gift cards, and bring to the office or your child’s teacher. The order form is available here www.nsmontessori.org/fundraising/scrip or you may email Jen Koga at dakogas@sbcglobal.net with your order.

Direct Donation Campaign
Get your tax-deductible donation in before the end of the tax year which is right around the corner! If you haven’t donated yet, please get those donations in. Any amount is appreciated. You can donate at http://www.nsmontessori.org/donate or drop off a check in the office.

Hour of Code: December 7 (Only 1 volunteer slot open!!)

December 7-11 (Times vary, see volunteer sign up link below)

The Hour of Code is here again! Code.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing computer science education. The Hour of Code is a fun, self-guided tutorial designed to introduce people to computer programming.
We need one more volunteer slot filled!  Volunteers need to be present to answer questions while the children participate. We anticipate an hour or two of preparation, and one hour of classroom time. No computer programming experience is needed, but if you are an engineer and would like to tell the children how you learned to code and how you use code, please join us! All volunteers must meet the volunteer security requirements, see below.
Please use this link to sign up and volunteer. Instructions for facilitation will be sent to volunteers at a later date.

Volunteer Security Requirement
Please note that with increased efforts to ensure the safety our students, for all sessions of the Hour of Code we will be observing the SMFCSD requirement that volunteers have completed the fingerprint/background check. If you have completed the Livescan registration, you are of course already cleared to participate as with any other volunteer event interacting directly with our children. If you have not:
1. a pre-printed, three part Request for Live Scan Service” form (with school and registration codes) is available in the School Office
2. take that paper form and a payment of $57 to the UPS Store on Edgewater in Foster City.  [Note that not all UPS Stores or other notary services have a Livescan “operator”]

Enrollment Information for Kindergarten Fall 2016

Parents of Incoming Kindergarten students: below are the school tour dates, and the information meeting date. A school tour is mandatory even if you have children already attending the Montessori program. To reserve your spot at one of the tours or if you have any questions, please call Carol at (650) 312-7588.

Kindergarten Information Meeting
Where: Bayside Performing Arts Center
2025 Kehoe Avenue
San Mateo

Please choose one meeting to attend on Monday, December 7, 2015
9:00-10:30 am or 12:00-1:30 pm or 6:00-7:30 pm

This meeting is for parents of incoming Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students (no children please) Spanish translation provided.

NSM and Parkside School Tours:
The following tours will start with an orientation (in the school library) at North Shoreview, tour North Shoreview classrooms and then tour at Parkside:

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Friday, January 8, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. (there will be a Spanish translator available)
Thursday, January 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

The following tours will start with an orientation at Parkside (in their LGI), tour Parkside classrooms and then tour at North Shoreview:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (there will be a Spanish translator available)
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Town Hall Summary from November 10th

Supplied by Kate Welch from Parkside
Superintendent Dr. Joan Rosas held a special Town Hall meeting for all of our Montessori program families on Tuesday, Novemebr 10th in the evening. She discussed why additional construction is needed on the Bayside campus, delaying the relocation of the Parkside STEAM program by one year, to Fall 2017.
While Dr. Rosas did not specify the proposals they are considering to accommodate the growth of both STEAM and Montessori, she did share a few things during the Q&A:
1) She is working with her team, as well as the administrative staff on all 3 campuses, to determine the configuration of both the STEAM and Montessori programs.
2) She wants to keep communicating with parents via the District website and/or school websites to answer our questions. Assistant Superintendent Molly Barton was recording questions asked during the meeting so she could seek answers. (Questions are attached to this post)
3) She is aware of the time pressure involved as incoming kinder and transfer applications are looming. Molly Barton remarked everything must be finalized by Dec 4.
4) All existing Montessori students will have a place in a Montessori program, including current 5th graders.
Dr. Rosas noted that this delay was only decided on during the fall intersession and regretted that she did not have any additional information at this time. We are appreciative of her willingness to speak to the Montessori community and listen to our concerns. We will keep you updated when there are any new developments.