Ice Skating Trip At Tenney Park

Dear IMA Elementary Families

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.

Technology & Screen Time: A Montessori Approach

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.

River Food Pantry

Thanks to all who donated to the Upper Elementary food drive for River Food Pantry!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Birth to Three & FTO Meetings

Dear IMA Families

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.

Silent Journey & Discovery

Save The Date

“So, what do your kids do at school anyway?”

“Did you say monastery?”

“But how do they learn things like… math and language?”

Do you get these questions from family, friends, and neighbors? Do you have some of these questions?

Do you want a chance to see exactly what your child is learning in an AMI Montessori prepared environment?

Come to our Silent Journey & Discovery on Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4 for a two-part event.

Invite all the people with all the questions!

Friday Feasts Begin September 15

Friday Feasts! $4 each

Open to all children at IMA who stay for lunch on Fridays.

Ms. Rachael, the assistant in Ms. Keerun‘s primary classroom, volunteered to cook a meal with a few Primary helpers once a week. She has planned vegetarian, organic, non-GMO meals.

Friday Feast sign-up sheets are posted by the snack menu by the kitchen. There are sign-up sheets for the next 5 weeks, so feel free to sign-up for any of those meals that look appetizing.

You must sign up by 4 pm each Wednesday for that week. After 4 pm, that week’s sign-up sheet will be taken down. There will be no late sign-ups taken.

IMPORTANT: Please pay attention to which week you are signing up for.

We will then send an invoice at the end of each month for the number of meals you signed up for that month.

Bon Appetit!

IMA School Calendar

Would you like to know more about what’s going on at IMA? We have new instructions up on how to sync IMA’s Google calendar to your own calendars.


We always have many things going on at IMA. If you have questions about our calendar, or are looking for a calendar event you’re not seeing, go to our Contact Us page to leave us a note, email us, or call us at (608) 661-8200 and we’ll get right back to you.

Be sure and check out our Events Page too. Thanks!

Syncing Ima’s Google Calendar To Your Own Calendar

Would you like to sync the IMA calendar on the website with your Google calendar? Parent Courtney Seidel sent around the following info:

On our calendar page, go to the displayed calendar and in the lower right-hand corner, click on this icon:

Click on the plus sign and it will automatically pull up a new tab and add to your G-cal. You will be asked “Do you want to add this calendar?”

If you have any questions, feel free to contact IMA’s webmaster.

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