Maitland Montessori School

November 2015

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Note from the Directors

Thank you for a lively beginning to the 2015/2016 school year.  The PTA Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Party event was really well attended, and we thank the PTA for organizing this event.  Their Family Bowling Day in September exceeded attendance expectations.  We hope you enjoyed mixing and mingling with classmates and their parents at both of these events.  The next opportunity for interaction will be the November 7 PTA Monte-Soirée, with good music, food, and prizes, and an open bar.  Join us by dressing down and revving up to join in the fun (tickets are on sale until November 4).  We look forward to seeing you there!

Adele Fondo, M.Ed. and Muriel Owens


Part of the Montessori philosophy is to celebrate the diversity of the world and the people around us.  In the next few months, our students will have many opportunities to explore various traditions and customs.  In some cases, your child may come home with replicas and/or symbols of different faiths or cultures.  Our parents are welcome to take part in this wonderful educational opportunity as well, by presenting their own particular holiday traditions.

Of course, if you prefer that your child not participate in these holiday activities, please call the main office at (407) 628-0019 in advance, and we will be sure to provide him or her with alternate classroom activities every time holidays and/or cultural traditions are disussed.


November 1:  Daylight Saving Time Ends; Turn Clocks Back One Hour

November 7:  Annual PTA Fundraiser Party, Monte-Soirée, 6:00-10:00 P.M.

November 9:  Lesson Demonstration Night. for Yellow Room, Mrs. Peña/Mrs. Serbia*s Class, Mrs. Shivji*s Class; 5:30-6:15 P.M. or 6:15-7:00 P.M.

November 10:  Lesson Demonstration Night for Red Room, Mrs. Flanagan/Mrs. Mathis/Mrs. Babinchak*s Class; 5:30-6:15 P.M. or 6:15-7:00 P.M.

November 11:  Elementary/Middle School November 18 Sub Wednesday Orders Due

November 12:  "Amazing Animals:  Ocean," 9:30 A.M., Preschool/Kindergarten and Elementary/Middle School and Lesson Demonstration Night for Blue Room, Mr. Owens/Mrs. Prado*s Class, Mrs. Talbert*s Class; 5:30-6:15 P.M. or 6:15-7:00 P.M.

November 13:  Parents* Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade

November 16 and 17:  "Pioneer Days," Preschool/Kindergarten

November 19:  "Pioneer Day," Elementary/Middle School

November 23 and 24:  Thanksgiving Camp

November 25-27:  Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

December 4 and 12:  Parents* Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade

December 11:  PTA WinterFest, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

December 18:  Jiggleman at Preschool/Kindergarten

Monday, December 21, 2015-Friday, January 1, 2016:  Schools Closed for Winter Break

Monday, January 4, 2016:  School Resumes

Thursday, January 7:  Open House for Parents of Upcoming 1st Grade Students

Friday, January 8:  PTA Open Meeting, 6:00 P.M.

Saturday, January 9:  Parents* Night Out, Preschool-3rd Grade

Cold Weather Reminders

All Schools:  Please remember to label all coats, jackets, and sweaters with your child*s name.

Elementary/Middle School:  Outer wear may not be worn in the classroom.  Sweatshirts and sweaters that will be worn in the building must be solid white, navy, or red and without commercial logos; these items must be purchased from Educational Outfitters

For P.E., students may wear solid black, gray, or blue warm-up suits or sweats.  These clothes must be without commercial logos as well.

Progress reports for the preschool/kindergarten students will be distributed the beginning of December, prior to Winter Break.  If you would like a conference prior to report cards, please contact the teachers.

"Tidbits" from Your PTA

Fall is off to a great start!  We had an amazing turnout for our first two events.  About 150 people attended Family Bowling Day, and our annual Chili Cook-Off was also a huge success.  Thank you for coming!  Two more BIG PTA events remain for fall (see the information below).  Be sure to mark your calendars!

Monte-Soirée - Annual PTA FundraiserSaturday, November 7, 6:00-10:00 P.M.
The University Club of Winter Park, 841 North Park Avenue, Winter Park

Buy your tickets NOW!  November 4 is the LAST DAY to RSVP and PURCHASE TICKETS!  This party is all about the "fun factor" and chilling with the other parents, teachers, and staff.  We have great live rockin* music and the best from 4Rivers & The Coop, all right in Downtown Winter Park at the University Club of Winter Park on North Park Avenue.  In addition, we are happy to announce that there will be the same top-shelf, open bar donated by the Pearson family.  Furthermore, the team has been working on a great list of auction items for you to bid on, including many really special "teacher experiences."  The focus of this event is to get together and celebrate, so get your dancing shoes on and join us for this all-out-fun, adult evening that mixes raising funds with raising glasses.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Rachel Stewart at or Arine Albert at arine.albert@gmail.comRemember, your RSVP is needed NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4.

Samples of some of the wonderful auction items include:
Principal for the Day - Your wee one gets to be the boss for one school day.
2 VIP passes for the ULTIMAE Magic Experience on January 16, 2016 - This is truly not your ordinary game experience.
A "Howl at the Moon" party for 100 friends - We heard that the winner last year filled the joint and had a total blast.
Tickets to the Orlando Science Center, Orlando Rep, Central Florida Zoo, Gatorland, Enzian, Winter Park Playhouse, Wonderworks, Reipley*s Believe It or Not, and more!
Game tickets for the Solar Bears, UF, Orlando City, and more!
Free services such as 3 weeks of College Park Yoga, 3 months of pool care, tax preparation, massages, manicures, facials, Salt Room alotherapy, My Gym classes, haircuts, and--you guessed it--more!
Free stuff like a huge Tupperware basket, a case of MonteVida coffee, prosecco, etc.!
6 front row seats to the 2016 kindergarten graduation and the end-of-the-school-year musical!
3-month family membership to the RDV!
Original artwork from parents, grandparents, and teachers!

Samples of some of the amazing teacher experiences include:
Laser tag with Ms. García and Mrs. Mathis!
A video game party with Mr. Owens!
Ornament making with Mrs. Serbia and Mrs. Talbert!
"Elephant and Piggie" with Mrs. Manthe!
The planetarium with Mrs. Shivji!

Grand Door Prize (You must be present to win.):  $300 Montessori Flex Credit
Drop your name in the bucket when you arrive at the event.  If you win, use your credit toward tuition, after-school care, or a 2016/2017 school registration.

Raffle tickets are on sale now!  Purchase your tickets at the main office.  LAST DAY to purchase raffle tickets is Saturday, November 7.  The drawing will take place at the Monte-Soirée, and you DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!  Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, 5 for $20, 10 for $35, and 20 for $60.  Raffle prizes:  Prize 1, $700 Montessori Flex Credit; Prize 2, 6 tickets to Universal Orlando; Prize 3, 4 tickets to Sea World AND 4 tickets to Aquatica; Prize 4, 4 tickets to the UF opener on Saturday, September 3.

WinterFest Holiday Party
Friday, December 11, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Experience the sweetness of the holiday season in Montessori style.  The highlight of this event is our "world famous" Cookie Walk.  Parents donate (preferably) homemade cookies, and for a $5 donation your child walks the tables and piles his or her containers with delicious treats.  An all-school concert gives you the opportunity to hear the music the children have been rehearsing just for you.  As always, there will be a PTA-sponsored dinner and hot cocoa.  We promise you will leave filled up in every way!

October 22 Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Party

Teachers and staff, on behalf of the Maitland Montessori PTA, we thank you for such a wonderful Chili Cook-Off and Halloween Party.  We had a HUGE turnout and everyone had a wonderful time.  From the chili, the trick-or-treating, the sound system, the costumes, the homemade dishes for the potluck dinner, and the positive energy and hard work from you, all of you made this event a success!

The Chili Cook-Off winners are:

Chili Master:  Jason Froemming with "Abe*s Famous Chili"

People*s Choice:
1st Place - Varsha and Chirag Patel with "Vegan Thai Chili"
2nd Place - Jason Froemming with "Abe*s Famous Chili"
3rd Place - Bonnie Borniea with "Three Bean Chunky Chili"

The Chili Master and People*s Choice First Place winners received $50 Williams-Sonoma gift cards.  Congratulations, winners!



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Check your student account for balances and payments?

View events and event information on a monthly calendar?

View and/or download the most up-to-date version of the student directory?

View and/or download field trip permission slips as well as Pizza Friday and Sub Wednesday order forms?

View and/or download important documents and forms such as the parent handbooks, dress codes (uniform and dress-down), Medicine Authorization, Prearranged Absence, and Credit Card Authorization?

View assignments and events for your child*s classroom on a monthly calendar?

View and/or download the monthly school newsletters and PTA newsletters?

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"Pioneer Days" November 16 and 17 at Preschool/Kindergarten, November 19 at Elementary/Middle School

The children will be participating in "Pioneer Days."  Broom makers will visit and give a presentation on how pioneers made brooms.  The Orlando Weavers will also show off their talents and display woven projects.  Children will have the opportunity to grind corn, dip candles, and make wooden mallets! 

Mrs. Talbert is looking for donations of 100 old music CDs to be used in a weaving project.  If you have music CDs you no longer want, please consider donating them for this project.

Thank you, volunteers; you do great work!

A useful article you might enjoy: 
The Learning Myth:  Why I*ll Never Tell My Son He*s Smart
by Salman Khan

We must help the child to liberate himself from his defects without making him feel his weakness.  --Dr. Maria Montessori

A thank-you letter for our students, administration, and staff:

Action for the Rights of Children
P.O. Box 33661
Kampala, Uganda

August 25, 2015

The Directors, Staff and Children
Maitland Montessori School

Dear All,


On behalf of Mercy Gates Nursery and Primary School a project that was started under Action for the Rights of Children, I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation and gratitude, for your warm and friendly donations that you sent to the orphans and vulnerable children.  Am glad to inform you that our term begins on the 9th day of September and from you we have full supply of scholastic materials for all the children and the teachers, we as well have food for them for a term and constructing a source of pure and clean water.

I, on behalf of these children am humbled by the sincere love that you showed us, your friendship brought joy and love to the children and total assurance of good life, exposure and a bright future.

With such love and care from your school I am sure that these children will see the future brighter and thus changing their attitudes and aim at being responsible children.

I thank you in positive anticipation of your continued support.

Yours truly,

Penny K. Baziga