As I’m writing this, the new school year is less than two weeks old, but we’re already off to a great start! It’s wonderful to have everyone here – to hear about all the exciting things our returning students did over the summer and see how much they’ve grown – and to start to get to know our new students and their families.
Parent Orientation – We had a good turnout for Parent Orientation, with half of more of the parents from each class attending. We went over our Beginning of School procedures, discussed several new policies (including the new Parent Responsibilities policy discussed in the next article), reviewed KMS’s finances, and elected new members to our Board of Trustees. After the general meeting, parents went to their children’s classrooms to cover specific topics related to each class. If anyone would like more information about any of the topics discussed, please let me know or check with your child’s teacher.
Family Volunteer Work Day – We had a wonderful turnout for the Family Volunteer Work Day too, with over 75 children, parents, grandparents, and friends who worked hard for several hours spreading woodchips, trimming bushes, weeding our gardens, and planting flowers along the front walk. It was hot, sweaty work, but the school and the playground look beautiful! Many thanks everyone who helped.
Eclipse Day – The day of the eclipse was a special day for all our students. We purchased two eclipse viewers for each of our Primary families, and our Primary students took these home with them when we dismissed at noon so they could watch the eclipse with their parents. The Elementary class took a field trip to Lenoir City Park, where they saw the total eclipse with a large group of siblings, parents and friends. If you haven’t seen the pictures on Montessori Compass, be sure to check them out.
In addition to these big events, there are lots of smaller but equally wonderful things going on in our classrooms. Our returning students have jumped back into the lessons they were doing last spring and enjoying learning new lessons as well. Our new students are settling in and getting into their lessons for the first time. There has been a little bit of crying in the morning in the Primary classrooms, but overall everyone doing very well and we’re starting to hear the happy hum of engaged children filling the building.
Thanks to all our staff for the wonderful work that they do to make all of this happen – and to all of our parents for making this possible by sharing your children with us. It is wonderful to be back, and we’re looking forward to a great year!