Welcome to Classroom 11!

Dear Classroom 11 Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Ms. Alyssa, Ms. Parker, and I are so happy to welcome back returning families and super excited to meet all our new families.  In person or online, we are all part of Classroom 11!

I am super excited about Ms. Alyssa joining us.  Ms. Alyssa comes to us with an extensive Montessori background.  She was a cohort in Ms. Denise’s training.  She will be temporarily substitute teaching in classroom 9 while Ms. Denise is virtual teaching.  When normalcy occurs, Ms. Alyssa will be joining us in Classroom 11 as a co-teacher.

Ms. Parker is our brand-new assistant, as Ms. Shasta obtained a lead teaching position at another Montessori school.  Ms. Parker comes to us with a background working with adolescents, along with extensive experience working with young children. Let’s all welcome both fantastic teachers aboard, I can’t wait for you to meet them!

This year, we expect there to be some changes due to COVID-19.  All the health and safety protocols were detailed in emails from Desert Garden Circulation, so I will not be going over them in this letter.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any COVID-19 related questions, though.  Encouragingly, many things will remain the same!  We will be studying the continent of Asia in the Fall and Australia in the Spring.  Students will continue to do presentations, violin, Science Fair, Art, music, PE and field trips.  Many of these will be held virtually in our classroom family for now.  Children, especially, are so adaptable, and I expect we will be humming along in our classroom routine in no time.  The silver lining is I have never been so excited about going back to school, and I know your children feel the same!  Please email me with any questions or concerns you may have.  I am going to end with a quote:

“The passage to the second level of education ages 6 to 12 is the passage from the sensorial, material level to the abstract. A turning toward the intellectual and moral sides of life occurs at the age of seven.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

This quote is on our DGM website and is one of my favorites about children in Lower Elementary. It quintessentially explains all we do in elementary.  Through our cultural curriculum, which revolves around the Five Great Lessons, we attempt to answer the big questions children of this age have about life and their place in it.  The First Great Lesson looks at stories about the creation of the universe, next is the TimeLine of Life, The Third Great Lesson is the Story of Humankind, followed by the Story of Language and finally the History of Math. These lessons are the core of our curriculum, with a keen eye towards becoming literate members of society.  It is going to be a memorable year!

With Warm Regards,

Ms. Rose, Ms. Alyssa and Ms. Parker