Julia's Garden Newsletter: Harvest Today! Scholarship Awarded, Summer School Dates Announced, PTA Meeting, Parent Portal Update, Classroom Observations, Parent Ed Reminders and More!
Greetings, Garden Greats!
In the Garden 🥗
Our winter garden has been so bountiful that we can’t keep up … we need your help to gather greens and fix amazing, nutritious foods at home this weekend with your families. Please join us for an informal Harvest Day from 10:00 - NOON today. Bring your buckets, bags and kids and load up!!
In the Classroom 📚
Our children have been super-focused and we are proud of the academics that are taking off at our school, paving the way for our elementary program release this fall. Following the lead of the child, we have lengthened the work period to allow more time to repeat to mastery inside of the classroom. Additionally, we have started a reading group twice/week in the afternoons with our Full Day students. 5+ year children enjoyed their introduction to the library and returned again this week for an independent visit. Literacy abounds!!
Summer School dates have been released: we are offering an IC (18 - 3 years) experience and a Primary Program (3 - 6 years) experience in two successive 4-week sessions. We will be working on academics in Primary and providing consistency and opportunities to practice life skills in the tot room. Special offerings include Spanish Music Classes, Science Exploration, Dance, Cooking, Art and Poetry. Julia’s Garden students get first dibs on spots, we hope to see you all back in the garden for Summer School 2019!
Rates, times and enrollment forms soon to follow:
JG Summer School 2019 ☀️
Session One: June 23 - July 18th
Session Two: July 22nd - August 15th
Parent Education 👨👧🍷☕️
Don’t forget the many opportunities for parent education this semester. Our bi-annual Toileting and Your Toddler Talk with yours truly is Wednesday, January 30th at 10:15 AM in Casetta. Coffee and tea served.
It’s not too late to sign up for the How to Talk Series with Ms. Natalie. This class offers essential guidelines for how we talk to children everyday and is recommended for all parents and caregivers.
Mark your calendars for February 28th, this year’s Wine + Wisdom has something for everyone! We are hosting a come-and-go-as-you-please Open House from 4:30 - 6:30, where families can sip n’ see environments. Then, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, enjoy a Parent-Ed talk with Mrs. Meagan on the relevance of mathematics inside of a Montessori classroom. For children moving up, parents can get a sneak peek inside where their child is headed, including a sample viewing of our newest elementary environment, Taller. Oh, and did I mention there will be wine? We are looking forward to a full house at this fun and informative community event, don’t miss out! See more parent ed offerings on our website.
OPEN HOUSE • Wine + Wisdom w/ Meagan Welch
Main House Pavilion
Thursday, February 28th, 4:30-8:00 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences 👩🏻🏫
It’s that time again! Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 22nd & March 1st. Each community will have conference times with parents scheduled by administration 2 - 4 weeks in advance. Be on the lookout for an email coming your way!
Returning Student Enrollment Contracts & Parent Portal 📄
Returning student enrollment contracts will be online February 21st. Please note, we are restructuring our campus and staff assignments to accommodate for a new program and the upward growth we have experienced. Bear with us as we work to serve your family, announcing changes as they are finalized. You can expect new tuition rates for the 2019/2020 school year, as well as schedule changes that will better serve our children and our growing community.
Contracts will be available online this year and you will be able to access them via the Parent Portal set to launch February 4th. On the portal, you will find a map of the school with codes, drop off/pick up and parking instructions, a full year calendar, parent handbook, classroom rosters, weekly curriculum activities and reminders, snack menus, garden lesson topics and so much more. Be on the lookout for an invitation so your family can log-in in the coming weeks.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Scholarship Program. Because of your generosity, we were able to award a full scholarship to a deserving child in our community for Spring 2019. We hope to continue to offer opportunities like these and look forward to another successful Scholarship Fund Drive in June.
SAVE THE DATE: PTA 👩👧
Our first PTA Meeting has been scheduled for February 19th at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome! Mark your calendars and watch for details to come.
Classroom observations are open! Contact administration at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule yours. Observations are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:00 AM in most environments. If possible, we encourage parents to observe their child's before parent-teacher conference.
Dates to Remember 🤞
January 30th - Toileting & Your Toddler Talk
February 18th - President’s Day, School Closed
February 19th - PTA Meeting 6:30 PM
February 22nd - Parent Conferences
February 28th - OPEN HOUSE 4:30 - 6:30 • Wine + Wisdom 6:30 - 8:00
March 1st - Parent Conferences
March 15th - 22nd - Spring Break, School Closed
Enjoy these great candids, and the week to come!
Katherine Parlette Hunter
Founder/Head of School
Julia’s Garden Montessori 🌸
Emma looks at her family inside the YCC classroom photo album. Henry works with slotted box work (one of the first materials I ever made - a relic!) and Lyla practices both control of fine motor and control of error with the toothpick work during the work period. Boze tidies up after snack time, engaging in dishwashing.
Calder takes care of the plants indoors while Boze explores play-dough work; Henry carefully polishes the wooden tree and Ms. Carissa guides her students in preparing a seasonal snack of butternut squash.
Will focuses on bead stringing and Emma enjoys reading; Emile works on toothpick work and Henry practices cutting while a Humpierres brother looks on.
Calder prepares the muffin tin for snack time baking while Lyla does leaf wiping. Aldo, Henry and Boze enjoy caring for the environment during the work period and Calder carries his sweeping skills outdoors for a different experience with this purposeful activity.
Calder enjoys watering the oregano and Lyla harvests turnips; everyone enjoyed garden time with Natalie this week. Calder feeds the chickens and Boze delights in finding an egg inside the coop.
Juni feeds the chickens with Edith while Stefano harvests herbs. Varenna and Edith prepare the jars for turnip pickling and Varenna chops.
Edith tides up with dishwashing while Stefano and Vivian get a check up with the doctor work; Gigi works with watercolors and Juniper does twisting work for hand strength. Vivian waters the inside plant.
New friends Edith and Stefano share a sweet moment during the work period; Vivian and Juniper peel oranges for snack. Stefano works on making bread rolls while Vivian and Gigi make the table beautiful for their communal meal.
Varenna shows off her turnip harvest, then washes and prepares a stir fry for snack time. Ms. Phoebe leads a language lesson while Kian enjoys his book independently.
Vivian, Stefano and Gigi focus on bead stringing and the beautiful results it yields; Edith refines her cutting skills.
Juniper does the big work of preparing for dishwashing while Kian polishes his boots. Gigi successfully buttons her jacket in preparation for going home after lunch.
Harvey looks at his life through the years and Felix works with the moveable alphabet. Sam delights in banana slicing during the work period.
Beau scrubs bowls from snack and Ellani cleans her shoes; Zahra works with the snap frame and Andres does language work; Harvey categorizes leaf work.
James works with the knobbed cylinders and Jane explores the poetry book; newbie primary peep Penelope successfully builds the Pink Tower while Quinn and Anders collaborate on golden bead work. Ellis works on reading and parts of speech and Juno does the moveable alphabet. Findlay gets the chalkboard nice and clean for writing work - thanks, Findlay!
Ella, Quinn and Lana enjoy a beautiful afternoon playtime experience and, later, Ms. September reads her title “Sunshine Cake” to an attentive audience. Ms. Danielle leads a reading group to the Full Day children and they learn about insects together.
Julia's Garden Newsletter ? This One's For the Parents: Happy New Year! Parent Ed, Parent Portal, PTA, Waste Free Policy and More!
Dear Garden Parents, New and Returning!
In the Garden 🥕
Happy New Year! We have 2 new children to welcome into our community: Percy Watterson joins Casa and Edith Black joins the Hay House. We hope you both have a fantastic first week!
Our garden beds could not be happier with the mild weather and plenty of rain to keep them growing green. Ms. Natalie and the children have been busy thinning and harvesting root veggies, as well as prepping, pickling and sampling them. We have lots of announcements so be sure to read on to keep fully informed of the going-ons this month!
In the Classroom 📚
Our children are back from break and working as though they never left. Without skipping a beat they are in full school groove, choosing work and excitedly receiving new lessons. Our eldest children are building reading skills and we are excited for all that this door will open for them. In keeping with their progress, we are inviting children 5 years+ to participate in Library Days Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in Casetta. During Library Days, children may check out books independently to keep in their cubbies at school for one week at a time. These books may be for research or for reading enjoyment. In the latter cases, we encourage children to select books that are “just right”: not so hard so that they become frustrated, but “just right” for their age and reading level so they can be successful and enjoy content. With the assistance of our morning librarians, Ms. Annie and Ms. Natalie, children can enjoy a special time in the library each week that will encourage literacy, teach care of books and foster independence.
We will kick off our first Library Day with a special lesson from Ms. Annie on how to use our library AND we will welcome a special guest! September Scott, author of the new book release, Sunshine Cake, will read and sing with our children in a storytime created just for them! Sunshine Cake is the story of a happy 8 year old girl and her 5 year old pal who spread joy to their community by doing good deeds together. Welcome, Ms. September!
We are beefing up our parent communication! Julia’s Garden has always held strong to the value of including family in all that we do, however, we recognize that rapid growth can make that family connection feel less cozy. Therefore, we are implementing changes we hope will bridge the gap between staff and parents. With the launch of our online Parent Portal, parents will have easy access to registration forms (yes, yes they are online now), the complete school calendar, snack calendars, weekly curriculums for each class and more! In addition, parents and staff will be able to access newsletter archives - no need to search your inboxes for past letters and information ever again. What a change for the better!
Another communication initiative we’re taking is to establish a PTA and invite parent partnership on campus. Stay tuned to hear more after our information session. All parents are welcome!
Waste-Free Community 🗑❌
Julia’s Garden is a waste-free community. This way of life supports our mission of instilling green practices within our children and preserving our planet. We require all food to arrive in reusable containers, we compost or re-pack food that the children do not consume and we sing The Compost Song. It makes sense that we are also a diaper-free community. Starting February 1st our morning communities will be diaper-free. Families practicing toileting with diapers who have questions surrounding this transition should contact their lead guide and/or attend our Toileting with Your Tot Talk on January 30th. Toileing with Your Tot offers clear, practical ways and resources to support your child’s transition to wearing underpants during waking hours. Waste-free, here we come!!
We have so many fantastic parent ed opportunities coming up. I encourage each of you to attend at least one and use it as a refresher course on child development. Staff and parents alike comment on how much better connected they feel after attending a talk or series and agree that any inconvenience it may pose is well worth the takeaway. We would love to to see each of these talks as well-attended as your schedules will allow. We look forward to seeing you there!
Coffee Talk with Katherine Parlette Hunter
Toileting and Your Tot
Wednesday, January 30th 10:15 - 11:30 AM
OPEN HOUSE: Wine & Wisdom with Meagan Welch
The Mathematic Curriculum in Montessori
Thursday, February 28th 5:30-8:00 PM
Hands-On Parent Education Series with Natalie Atwater
"How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk"
Living Room of 1702 S. 3rd Street
Wednesdays, January 23rd - February 27th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Parent Orientation Night - JG Teachers & Staff
All invited, new & incoming parents strongly encouraged
Thursday, May 2nd 6:00-7:30 PM
Firefly Fridays 🧚🏽♀️
We had great time dancing our cares away with Ms. Zoe from Firefly Expressive Arts during her demo class this week. Your child can keep the rhythm going each and every Friday starting January 25th on our campus for the discounted price of just $150 per 6-week session for children over the age of 3. JG children have priority enrollment and we hope you take advantage of this special offer. There is still space so so contact Zoe at email@example.com with questions or sign up online!
January 25th - May 24th, Fridays 9:00 - 1:00 PM
Cost: $150* per 6 week session, scholarships available
*supply fees may apply
serving ages 3 - 8 years
9:00 - 9:30 Arrival, free play indoors
9:30 - 10:15 Theatre/dance class with Firefly
10:15- 10:30 Snack
10:30 -11:00 Outside time
11:00 - 11:45 Enrichment Guest Lesson
11:45 - Noon Set up for lunch
12:00- 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Stories and departure
January 21st: MLK Day, School Closed
January 23rd: How to Talk Series with Ms Natalie begins Enroll Here!
January 25th: Enrichment Fridays with Firefly Expressive Arts begins Enroll Here!
January 30th: Toileting & Your Tot with Katherine Parlette Hunter
A very happy birthday this month to Aldo & Emile on the 13th, William L. on the 16th, Harvey on the 19th and Senna, Emma Y. and Vivian all on the 31st! Wonderful wishes for a great year to each of you from Julia’s Garden.
Enjoy the first of 2019 candids! I hope everyone had a great first week back in the Garden ☺️
M-Th 9AM -4PM
Bouldin Creek, ATX 78704