The weather is truly invigorating! In learning that the weather will remain a bit brisk through early next week, we have decided to move the PE ice skating trip at Tenney Park to Thursday, January 18 in the afternoon.
We have also learned of an opportunity to make this a service trip! Madison Parks System is doing a winter clothing drive. It was no surprise that the children were delighted at the idea to be able to serve the community. If you have winter clothing that you are able to donate to their winter clothing drive, please feel free to send your child to school with the donation clothing on the 18th. We shall bring them with us, and add the clothing to the Tenney Park collection spot.
You should be receiving a permission slip Friday at dismissal. If you have any questions, please let us know.
You may have heard that some the top names in technology are sending their kids to “low-tech” schools, and you may have heard about research showing the negative effects of screen time on children as they grow. On the other hand, you may worry about your child keeping up with technological skills or missing out on social opportunities or “educational” content.
IMA’s Adolescent Guide, Ms. Allison, will lead a discussion about Montessori approaches to technology at all ages, and will share information and new research on the effects of screens and social media on brain development. She will offer ideas for alternatives to screen time and ways to help your child develop a healthy relationship with technology.
Technology & Screen Time: A Montessori Approach
Tuesday, December 19, 5:30 pm
Open to the public — bring your friends!
Drinks and refreshments will be served.
Family-Teacher Organization meeting to follow at 6:30 pm.
This afternoon, following our whole-school Thanksgiving sing-along gathering and lunch, twenty students from ages five to fourteen (along with three teachers and one visiting IMA alumna) walked from IMA to the food pantry with a wagon and a quadruple stroller full of food — 107 pounds of food total!
It was a beautiful walk, 2.4 miles in all, and we enjoyed talking with friends, picking up dried honey locust seed pods, and observing nature along the way. The River Food Pantry staff was very welcoming, and showed us the inside of the pantry; we plan to do more service work with this worthy organization in our neighborhood in the months to come.
Please take note of the chalkboard announcements for the 3:30pm Birth to Three DEEP meeting tomorrow (10-24-17) and the 5:00pm FTO meeting to follow.
The time listed in the newsletter was incorrect for the FTO meeting, and we apologize for the mistake. The FTO meetings typically follow immediately after the DEEP meetings. However in the case of the earlier DEEP meeting we scheduled the FTO meeting slightly later to accommodate those who finish work at a later time.
Please contact us with any questions or if you need any assistance.
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