While our students dream of Christmas and candies, many of us parents are scurrying to find winter break care. Stepping Stones will be open to a limited amount of kindergarten through 5th grade students December 18th through 22nd. Planning of this fun filled week is underway! Be sure to register your student!
*Please note: Primary students are in school this week. No registration is required for chidlren enrolled Mrs. Chappell, Ms. Shoemaker, Mrs. Bosmans, Mrs. Kat or Ms. Mary's classes.
Mrs. Bosmans continues discussions with parents of the book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. The group dives into Chapter 2 on Thursday, November 30th. All are welcome to join. Come find support and ideas for how to work with children so that they can develop the neccessary skills to be successful!
This year our Family Feast will take place at Stepping Stones rather than a larger venue. Students and staff look forward to celebrating the Season of Thanks with friends and family.
Each class will be performing a song or two. Please see below for your student's performance time. Students should be checked into their classroom 10-15 minutes prior to start time. Friends and family can then find their seats in the Ammolite room where students will be singing. Following the performance, students and parents will be dismissed back to the classroom where the feast will commence! Soup and sandwiches will be served in each classroom (some items prepared by the students!).
5:00PM - Mrs. Bosmans & Ms. Mary's Classes
5:30PM - Ms. Shoemaker's Class
6:00PM - Mrs. Kat's Class
6:30PM - Mrs. Chappell's Class
Let's just be honest. Being a parent is no cake walk (btw, does anyone still do the cake walk?). It takes a village of friends and family to raise children. Why not expand yours at Stepping Stones' Parent's Night Out?
This event will kick start a monthly parent's support group lead by Mrs. Bosmans, our Montessori expert. Find helpful tools and solidarity with other people living life just as you are! Hope to see you there!
This open house style event provides opportunity for parents and children to meet teachers, find cubbies, drop off supplies and get to know new friends. Light refreshments will be available.
Parents are also invited to drop off September's tuition and complete any missing forms for their students' file.
Parents new to Stepping Stones are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation. Montessori envisions a very specific philosophy. Knowing the culture and expectations for children, parents, and teachers will help ensure a smooth transition to the school year. Mrs. Bosmans, Stepping Stones School Director, will provide excellent information not only about the school, but how parents and teachers can partner to support the emotional and academic development of students.
Parents and students: we can use your help preparing our playground for the school year! Spreading bark and gravel throughout the grounds along with freshening our planters are a few of the many ways friends can chip in. Wheelbarrows, rakes and gardening tools are very helpful if available. Thank you in advance for your help!
Lower elementary and primary students take their moment on stage to receive their completion/participation certificate. This year, the event will take place in the neighboring field at 11:00am. Parents are welcome to come snag a seat as early as 10:30am. Food will be provided by a handful of vendors. All festivities will conclude by 1:30pm.
*Toddler and elementary before/after school care program will have a normal schedule.
We're off to StoryBook Theater in Renton to see A Little Mermaid! Tuesday, April 18th Mrs. Venable and Mrs. Chappell's classes head out at 10:30am with plans of being back no later than 2:00pm. We will be eating lunch at the venue, please pack your child a disposable lunch.
MOONSTONE & RUBY CLASSES
We're off to StoryBook Theater in Renton to see A Little Mermaid! Wednesday, April 13th Mrs. Bosmans and Ms. Kat's classes head out at 9:00am with intentions of being back no later than 12:30 for lunch. Please have children arrive no later than 8:50am.
QUARTZ & SAPPHIRE CLASSES
Dr. Iulia Vlad of Common Sense Nutrition plans to visit SSM this month! Her expertise and resources will help parents think through how to curb sugar cravings, brainstorm lunch ideas ans assist with establishing healthy eating habits. She will also discuss how diet impacts student performance.
Childcare is available! Please email or call the school office to sign your student up!
Parents and kids can gather at the Mel Korum YMCA for Open Gym! Enjoy a great time running out some energy while connecting with other families! Parents must be present with students.
8:45am to 9:30am: Students 4 years old and younger
9:30am - 10:15am: Students 5 years old and older
Help raise funds and items for homeless and abandoned animals in Auburn! Monetary donations can go in the jar outside the front office and supplies in the bin. Donations will be accepted through March 1st. This is a great opportunity for students to show compassion and care. Supply suggestions have been emailed to families and posted outside the office.
For students completing their third year cycle and/or their kindergarten year, it’s most likely time to consider what elementary program he/she will transition to. For those considering Stepping Stones Lower Elementary program, you’re invited Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 7:00pm to hear more about what our program offers!
Throughout the month of December, we will be hosting a supply drive to help our local food bank. We are very excited to give back to our community this holiday season and spread love and kindness where ever we can. This month we will have 3 “giving boxes” that everyone is welcome to donate to. The family box, the bathroom box, and the pet box.
THE FAMILY BOX: This box will collect food and snacks for families just like yours. This box is for non-perishable food items and labeled canned foods.
THE BATHROOM BOX: This box will collect average bathroom items for all ages. From shampoo to hairbrushes. Anything you like using in the morning is welcome in this box.
THE PET BOX: This box will collect dry or canned food for pets in need. Also, small toys for pets to play with.
Anything you are willing and able to donate with help. Thank you so much for helping our small Stepping Stones community to reach out and help others. We will end the collection on December 16th.