Ms. Arlene Gets An Unexpected Letter

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One of our teachers, Ms. Arlene Dreitzer, received an unexpected letter from a former student recently.

Dear Mrs. Dreitzer;

Greetings to you from Washington, D.C. I hope that you and your family are well. I have wanted to contact you for quite a while to express my sincere appreciation for your influence and role in my life … you were my 6th grade teacher at P.S. 235 in Brooklyn, NY! The other day at work I was called into a “brainstorming” meeting ...

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Introducing “Window Wednesdays”!

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Every Wednesday we will spotlight one of our Classroom Blog posts to give you a little glimpse inside our busy classrooms. To kick it off, let’s look into the window of E1. (This news is a little bit old, as we are just getting back from the holidays.)

  • Two students win the Scripps Spelling Bee
  • We make snowflakes to send to Newtown, Connecticut
  • For our Element Personification project, we create comic strips, children’s books, clay models, stop motion videos and more ...
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Superwoman Was Already Here

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Have you seen the popular documentaries Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere? Both films address the public school system and its perceived shortcomings — one discusses unions and bureaucracies, while the other takes aim at the high-pressure tests/grades/homework culture.

Of course, every large-scale system has its weak and strong points, and its always good to look at ways to improve. Trevor Eissler, a longtime Montessori parent and advocate, has created ...

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Students Vote for Presidential Candidate

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Last week, the students at Foothills Montessori School held their first mock election on Tuesday, November 6. The PTO set up an election booth in the amphitheater so students could vote in privacy. After exiting the polls they received an “I VOTED” sticker to wear with pride.

 

The primary students were able to vote for their favorite color of M&Ms, while the elementary and middle school students had a chance to vote for their choice for President. The red M&M won by a ...

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FMS Goes Around the Globe

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Last week, the classrooms at Foothills Montessori School were transformed into regions from all over the world for our 12th annual International Children’s Day (ICD). The children dressed up in traditional costumes representing diverse cultures and had their passports stamped as they traveled to Germany, India, Bolivia, China, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Hungary, Austria, and throughout the United States.

We learned all about the rich heritage, history, geography and traditions of these places while sampling regional cuisine and playing interesting educational games.

We ...

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A Week at Catalina Island

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Upper El has returned from their annual trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI), and they sure had a blast! Students had close or hands-on encounters with eels, sharks, seals, algae, bison, deer, sting rays, squid and more! Amy Sandqvist, co-owner of FMS and a long-time FMS parent, was along for the (sometimes nauseating) ride. Here is her day-by-day synopsis:
After a long nauseating boat ride, we arrived and went straight for a snorkel. The water was 68 degrees! We ...
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Lower El Visits Gilcrease Orchard

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Last week the Lower Elementary classes went on a fun- and sun-filled field trip to Gilcrease Orchard, 60 acres of fruits, vegetables and good old-fashioned dirt right here in Las Vegas.

Vickie Winkel, Head Teacher from E2, reports:

“We had such a great time on this field trip! We had the chance to pick Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. We were pulled around the farm by a big tractor — what a great hayride! We stopped halfway ...

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Don’t Miss the Book Fair!

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Don’t miss out on the chance to snap up some great new books at the FMS Book Fair. All proceeds support the PTO.

FMS Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, October 3 — Friday, October 5

7:45am – 5:30pm

Stopping by campus for a parent-teacher conference? Check out the book selection while you’re here, and feel free to bring your child along. From 11:30am to 5:30pm on Wed. through Fri., a parent ...

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