Broadsheet for Parents

Welcome to the Broadsheet providing parents with this week’s news and information from Melbourne Montessori School.

Message from the Principal

Monday 16th April 2018 

Welcome back everyone to a wet and blustery Term 2 start! I hope that you all benefitted from a fabulously restful time in the holidays and enjoyed the wonderful weather in Melbourne if you were here!

Cycle 3 Camp – Gilwell Park

The term started with lots of enthusiasm and organisation as the 93 x Cycle 3 children and 10 x staff headed off to Gilwell Park in the Dandenongs after their camp was postponed due to bushfire risk last term. The week looks like it will improve as it goes on and we wish them an energetic time at the scout camp at Gembrook!

Down to business – WWCC

Over the next few weeks we have a number of information sessions at School. I will be running the ONLY Term 2 Working with Children Check session on Thursday week 26th April at 9am at Caulfield if you want to get involved in the Cycle 1 PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) at Brighton OR if you want to help in the Library, Pizza Day preparation etc and you have not undertaken this information session yet. Please sign up or ring Reception to let us know you will be coming.

New to Melbourne Montessori this year or last year?

This Thursday night at 7pm we offer an Information Session for parents who are new to the School. This is a chance for you to hear more about Montessori and how it works. It is an opportunity to meet two staff members and two parents whose children have been at the school for some time and to ask some of those burning questions you have been meaning to ask for some time! One of our parents this year who has been kind enough to come to speak with you, has a child in Cycle 5 in the senior school so you might have some questions for them about the benefits of Montessori in senior school.

Don’t forget School photos!

This term we will be taking the school photos at:

Brighton on Monday 23rd April and

Caulfield on 30th April.

Family photos will take place on 30th April in the Caulfield Hall from 8.15am.

 

Safe Travels, Susie!

Take the opportunity to wish Susie (and Peter) a fantastic break to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary! Susie will be away from this Friday 20th April for one month and we wish them all the very best and a fantastic, trip of a lifetime!

Gay Wales 

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth.  From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth.”     Maria Montessori 

TERM 2 Before & After School Activities

Please contact the organisers direct: 

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Term 2 SUSHI ORDERS – TryBooking Link NOW Open

Bookings are now OPEN for Term 2 Sushi Orders starting 27th April – 22nd June 2018   Please order on the following link:   https://www.trybooking.com/VCOK   Senior School students need to select ‘Senior School’ from the class room list CLOSING date for Orders is Monday 23 April at 6.00pm.  NO Late Orders Will Be Accepted.   […]

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Caulfield Campus Parking Reminder

Please drive UP Roselea Street FROM Almond Street.

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NEW After School Melbourne Soccer Program

Contact Jip Bartels for more information!

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After School Activity: Primary Music Institute

For more information, please contact PMI direct

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2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018 is now open for all MMS students to register and participate until 7th September 2018

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REQUEST FROM THE ART ROOM at the Caulfield Campus:

We are looking forward to working with Cycle 2 and 3 children in Art Class during 2018. Children in Cycle 2 and 3 all need to wear smocks to protect their clothing during Art Class. So as to ensure that the children are taking responsibility for the care of their clothes, please check when their […]

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Get involved in the School Banking program

Melbourne Montessori School is excited to continue to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to Cycle 1, 2 and 3 students. The current co-ordinator is Chi (Mum of Olivia at Brighton and Lily at Caulfield). How does it work? The School Banking program provides children with an opportunity to deposit money into their Commonwealth […]

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Entertainment Memberships

The Entertainment™ Memberships are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership that puts all the offers in the Book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.  BONUS for the digital books, you get automatic updates when new businesses come out with new offers! You […]

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Parent Association 2018 – WE NEED YOU!

The PA supports our school in 2 ways: Organising school community activities and events such as Open Day, Fathers’ and Mothers’ Day events, Pizza Day and sushi By providing and co-ordinating volunteers to support curriculum-based activities at the school such as Art class help and PMP But the PA needs you! Help us help MMS […]

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MMS Community Resource

The MMS Community Resource Facebook group (previously ‘MMS Buy Sell Swap’) is a closed group set up on Facebook and can be found (and joined) at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1914356128786691/?source_id=247054255419318. The Resource is a wonderful place to post products for sale/swap, make recommendations or even share excess garden produce! To make a listing, click on ‘more’ then ‘sell something’ […]

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Boots for All – Donate your used sporting gear

No longer using your sports gear? MMS are currently collecting used sporting equipment on behalf of ‘Boots for All’ to help disadvantaged athletes play! Just pop it in the collection box at Caulfield Reception. We welcome donations of quality new and near-new: Football boots (all codes) Basketball shoes Sneakers/Running shoes Sports balls Sports bags Cricket […]

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Log into the App

The app now has the ability to be logged into using your Parent Portal username and password. Doing this will give you benefits such as prefilling forms and remembering past submissions Please follow the link below for instructions on how to do this http://instructions.mms.vic.edu.au/How%20to%20log%20into%20the%20App.htm    

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EAST BRIGHTON LAUGHTER CLUB

LAUGH WITH US! Tuesdays,  6-7pm Melbourne Montessori School (Church Hall) 741 Hawthorn Rd, East Brighton   The club is open to ALL and runs weekly. Primary aged children will need to bring along an adult if coming. Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders will help invoke your inner laughter, without jokes or comedy. No yoga poses, just […]

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New Regulatory Requirements for Schools regarding Child Safe Requirements

Melbourne Montessori School (MMS, the School) is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of care and behaviour for the educational environment that benefits our entire community. We regularly review our practices to ensure we offer an environment that is aligned to our ethos.   Earlier this year there were new regulatory changes, called Child Safe […]

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MMS Board

The MMS Board is a key part of the overall governance structure of the School. It sets the School’s overall strategic direction and provides support to the School’s executive team that undertakes the day-to-day management of the School. If you have an issue that you would like to raise with the Board, please feel free […]

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Montessori Parent Advisory Service

Paulene Richardson has worked in Montessori centres for many years and she has been constantly asked for parenting advice and about how to implement Montessori principles at home.  Due to high demand, Paulene is now offering a new service for parents to help to meet this need. Please feel free to contact Paulene or go onto […]

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Kids Choose Their Own Work in a Montessori Classroom

Every day, in classrooms everywhere, teachers grapple with the age-old challenge of how to capture the attention of young people and engage them with the things we think they should know about. In 1907, in the slums of Rome, Dr Maria Montessori designed an experiment to tackle this challenge. In a room housing about 50 […]

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