Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dear Parents, Please join us tonight Thursday, September 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and find out more about the Montessori program at the Denali Open House. This is your chance to find out what your child is doing in Room 177. I look forward to seeing you tonight. It’s been another great week in Room 177! The 2nd and 3rd graders have been great role models this year in their work effort and citizenship. The 1st graders have been following along and are working very well. It’s been a lot of fun to see. We have been studying spelling words, nouns, rhyming words, classification, penmanship, reading, place value, math facts and operations, geometry, writing our own creation stories, and writing friendly letters. We also had a presentation on Maria Montessori’s Second Great Lesson: The Formation of Earth. Next week we will learn about the Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Life. I really enjoy working with your children and observing their growth. Our first field trip of the year will be on Wednesday, October 3! We will be walking to the Apple Store in the 5th Avenue Mall to make our creation stories come to life. We will record our stories as a podcast and make an i-movie as well. This should be a great trip. I will send permission slips in next week’s folder. Our school is holding an emergency food drive. The Food Bank is very low on food and needs our help. If you are able to send in food, there are families that would appreciate it. There will be a table at the entrance to the school to drop off your donations. Thank you. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dear Parents, The students have been busy this week learning the golden beads, stamp game, and banker’s game to help them on their addition, subtraction or multiplication. The first graders have enjoyed playing “fetching games” in which they create numbers that I ask them to retrieve. We have also been studying the noun, classification, rhyming words, polygons, reading, quadrilaterals, fundamental geometric concepts, math operations and facts, letter writing, and penmanship. I will also be telling the students Marie Montessori’s Second Great Lesson, “The Formation of Earth”, next week. There are 5 Great Lessons, which I will be sharing in the next couple of weeks. They are the basis of all our learning and the class will revisit these topics throughout the year in our various studies. Open House at Denali Montessori is next Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Please join us to see what we’re doing in Room 177 and how the students use all the wonderful Montessori materials. I look forward to seeing you then. We do not have a snack calendar in Room 177. I ask that students that bring their own lunch pack a snack to eat during the morning, as they get hungry. We do have a snack cupboard for those that have hot lunch or forget their lunch. If you would like to help stock the snack cupboard with items such as goldfish, pretzels, string cheese or other items, it would be very much appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 Dear Parents, The second and third graders have done a great job making the first graders feel welcome and modeling proper work habits. The first graders are working hard to learn the new routines and new work. It’s been a super first week and half and I’m having a blast working with your children. This week we have been working on learning the routines, math operations, writing friendly letters, practicing our handwriting, alphabetical order, writing in our journal, phonics boxes, SRA, spelling, reading activities, learning about the noun in grammar, and getting to know each other. As part of Maria Montessori’s first Great Lesson, we have also been reading Creation Stories from around the world. Next week we will learn about the scientific story of how the universe began. The students have enjoyed listening and acting out the various stories and will be writing their own. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 13 from 6:00-8:00. This is your chance to visit the classroom and find out more about the Montessori program at the Denali Open House. I look forward to seeing you then. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Have a wonderful sunny (I hope) Labor Day weekend! Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Important!!!!!

Important!!!!! Please remember to have your child dressed for any weather tomorrow for our trip to the Alaska Conservation Center (5-9-18) and Thursday for our trip to the Alaska Native Heritage Center (5-10-18). Both of our field trips are outside and I would like the students to enjoy their trip warm and cozy rather than cold and miserable. Also, make sure your child has a lunch and water for the trip unless you ordered a lunch from the cafeteria. The bus leaves at 9:15 tomorrow. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. On Thursday, the bus leaves at 9:20. Chaperones please be here by 9:00. Thank you!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 Dear Parents, Tomorrow, Friday, May 4 we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:10. Please make sure your child has shoes that are comfortable and is dressed for the weather. The forecast is for rain and we will be in it. Also, it is not very warm and if your child gets cold easily, a hat and gloves would be a great idea. It is always easier to take things off than never having it in the first place. We will be walking to the Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 7 to see Korean breakdancing group, “Jingo Group” from 10:20-12:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 10:00. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. Students will need to bring a lunch and drink for this trip as well as the next two trips unless they ordered one from the cafeteria. All these trips are outdoors as well so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:20 and return at about 1:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The bus will leave at 9:15 and we should be back by 1:30. I have sent home permission slips to those that have not returned them in today’s folder. I can’t take any student without a permission slip. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. The 3rd graders have finished writing speeches their speeches and will be practicing them until the event. Even though there is no homework for the remainder of the year I encourage students to continue reading, practicing math facts, writing in journals or sending letters to relatives as ways to keep those skills fresh. We have been busy working on equivalent fractions, spelling, reading, writing thank you letters and journals, geometry, synonyms, reviewing our grammar, math facts and operations, vocabulary, penmanship, research projects, science experiments, and more. It has been an energetic week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018 Dear Parents, Here is the dwindling list of scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. Wednesday, April 25 we will be taking private cars to West High Pool for the Kids Don’t Float pool session. We will leave the school at 9:15 and return at about 11:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. Thursday, April 26 we will be walking to the Pioneer Schoolhouse for a fabulous tour of what school and life was like over 100 years ago in Anchorage. We will leave the school at 11:30 and return at 2:30. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 11:15. Friday, May 4 we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home the permission slip for the orienteering trip to Bartlett High School in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. While we are on the topic of field trips, I want to remind you about the responsibilities of the students on our outings. Each child is responsible to follow the instructions of the chaperones and teacher on every field trip. It is my responsibility to keep the students safe. We walk, take buses, or drive to all our field trips and it is vital that they are being safe in all those situations. It is also the responsibility of the child, to be respectful and kind on the field trip. When we go out in the public, we are representing Denali Montessori, Room 177, you, and myself. We need to show that Denali Montessori students are respectful and kind at all times on field trips. If the student isn’t being safe, listening to the adults, or is not showing respect and kindness, the student will be required to have his or her parent attend the next field trip. If the parent can’t attend, the child will have to stay in a classroom at Denali while we are on the trip. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. The students could barely hold back the tears when I told them that this week’s homework will be our last for the 2017/2018 school year. The last spelling test will be on Friday, April 27. I encourage students to continue reading, practicing math facts, writing in journals or sending letters to relatives as ways to keep those skills fresh. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018 Dear Parents, Here is the latest and greatest updated list of scheduled field trips that you can put on your calendar. Thursday, April 12 we will be walking to the Performing Arts Center to see the Asian Cultural Performance. We will leave the school at about 9:20 and return about 11:45. Chaperones please meet in Room 177 by 9:00. On Tuesday, April 17 we will be returning to the Performing Arts Center to see Alaska Junior Theater’s “Peter and the Wolf” from 9:20-11:45. Wednesday, April 25 we will be taking private cars to West High Pool for the Kids Don’t Float pool session. We will leave the school at 9:15 and return at about 11:30. Thursday, April 26 we will be walking to the Pioneer Schoolhouse for a fabulous tour of what school and life was like over 100 years ago in Anchorage. We will leave the school at 11:30 and return at 2:30. Friday, May 4th we will take a bus to Bartlett High School for the District K-3 Orienteering Jamboree. We will leave the school at about 9:30 and return about noon. On Wednesday, May 9 we will be taking a bus to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. We will leave at 9:15 and return at about 2:00. Thursday, May 10 we will take a bus to the Alaska Native Heritage Center for their Preview Day. We will leave about 9:30 and return at about 1:30. Our final scheduled trip is on Wednesday, May 16. We will take a bus to the Eagle River Nature Center for a three-mile hike to the river, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. I have sent home a few more permission slips in today’s folder. I appreciate all the chaperones that make these learning opportunities possible. While we are on the topic of field trips, I want to remind you about the responsibilities of the students on our outings. Each child is responsible to follow the instructions of the chaperones and teacher on every field trip. It is my responsibility to keep the students safe. We walk, take buses, or drive to all our field trips and it is vital that they are being safe in all those situations. It is also the responsibility of the child, to be respectful and kind on the field trip. When we go out in the public, we are representing Denali Montessori, Room 177, you, and myself. We need to show that Denali Montessori students are respectful and kind at all times on field trips. If the student isn’t being safe, listening to the adults, or is not showing respect and kindness, the student will be required to have his or her parent attend the next field trip. If the parent can’t attend, the child will have to stay in a classroom at Denali while we are on the trip. One more important event is our 3rd Grade Recognition Ceremony in which we send our 3rd graders with a big thank you and good luck in the future. I have scheduled this event for Friday, May 11 at 1:00. 3rd grade parents please let me know if this date and time does not work for you as soon as possible. The students have had some excellent work sessions this week and things have been humming along. We have been reviewing our grammar and making books, working on math operations and facts, graphs, alphabetical order, spelling, penmanship, continent and country research, writing, reading, problem solving, and so much more. It has been an energetic week! If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at moyer_craig@asdk12.org or call or write me a note. Sincerely, Craig Moyer