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DISTINCTLY DAYCROFT
The Newsletter for Our Daycroft Community
September 20, 2018

Head of School Search Update


The Daycroft Head of School Search Committee has been working diligently in recent days, reviewing resumes, interviewing semi-finalists candidates and selecting a group of finalists to interview on our campus.  The committee is now in the process of setting schedules for our finalist candidates' visits, which we anticipate occurring within the first half of October.  During these visits, we will create opportunities to engage the Daycroft community and allow for time for everyone to meet and interact with each candidate. This is an exciting time for Daycroft as we select our next Head of School from a very impressive pool of seasoned educators and leaders.  We hope you'll take advantage of this time to meet the candidates and to give your feedback to the search committee.  Details of each candidate visit will be announced shortly.

Oakbrook Happenings...


We are very pleased to see Oakbrook students quickly normalizing into their classroom routines. This year's desire to allow children to have extended work periods of uninterrupted work times appears to be having the effect that we were hoping it would.

 As I am sure you notice at home, interrupting a child that is in the middle of play can be a difficult time for both you and your child. Often we learn to give the child clues that we will need to move on to something else by saying, "In 5 minutes we need to clean up". This is the main reason Montessori teaches adults to allow children to have 'uninterrupted work periods'. 

As we looked at our school day schedule, we realized that we wanted to make sure that we were doing what was developmentally best for our students. The interruptions of changing rooms and moving to a special class was difficult for many students. As a staff, we talked about how we could best meet the needs of our students. The decision was made to add specials into the classroom and allow students the freedom to join or continue in their work flow until they were ready to join. This has been very successful as happy and better engaged students have been the result!

When the teachers are noticing a normal break in classroom routine, they will move to the lower level area and use the PE equipment or go outside and engage in some large motor activities. Montessori already incorporates a music program and it is being added to the classroom with bells and other instruments. Our music teacher is writing lesson plans for the classrooms as well. You may hear the sounds of shakers and drumming even coming from our toddler classroom!

Art lessons are also being enjoyed as the children are introduced to new materials during their one-on-one experience with Ms. Suzanne. Children are also beginning to greet Srta. Blaise with a smile and "Hola". Yes, we are definitely seeing happy and engaged students!

Michele Buchanan - Early Childhood Director

FRIENDSHIP:  What is having a "Heart of Gold"?

"If you say that someone has a heart of gold, you are saying that they are very good and kind to other people," said a third grader during a discussion in Reading Club. "I think it's like practicing the Golden Rule," exclaimed another.  
As we weave the themes of "grace and courtesy" throughout our school day from kindergarten to eighth grade, we are reminded by our students that a little bit of kindness goes a long way and they truly have "Hearts of Gold"!

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Girl Scout Parent Meeting
Wed., Sept. 26 - 6 to 7 p.m.
Zeeb campus library
All girls and parents welcome!

Picture Day
Oakbrook - Oct. 3
Zeeb - Oct. 4
Watch for details in backpacks

Parent Guild Meeting
Oct. 5 - 8:45 a.m.
Oakbrook campus
Everyone Welcome!

Conferences
Oct. 10 - 4 to 8 p.m.
Oct. 11 - all day
Both campuses

Fall Break
Oct. 12 - No School
Both campuses

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        Come Join the Ukelele Club!

    
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Spread the Word about Daycroft

       
Our campuses will be open to the public for tours and information. The Oakbrook campus will be open Oct. 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. and the Zeeb campus will be open Oct. 4 from 9 - 11 a.m.  Share the amazing work being done at Daycroft with your neighbors and friends!  Contact our Admissions Director, Lisa Edmondson, at 734.930.0333 for more information.                              
Mark Your Calendars! 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Oct. 10th and 11th
Both campuses
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Announcements


Middle School Egg Sale
The eighth grade is starting an egg stand.  Buy their chicken eggs and help support our school.  Get tasty, fresh, free range chicken eggs at the bargain price of $2.50 per half-dozen and $4.00 per dozen on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the Zeeb campus.  Now that's an eggcellent deal!
   
 

Daycroft Parent Guild (DPG)

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the U of M Tailgate Party this past Saturday.  A special thank you to Alexis Petersen for organizing this awesome event!  The children had fun playing on the new playground, getting their face painted and the Kona shaved ice was a refreshing treat!



              


            


It's National Box Tops Week!           
 
          
Students are bringing home a flyer to collect Box Tops for Education. Every 10 Box Tops is worth $1.00 and that adds up fast!  Every completed flyer is a raffle entry for a $10 Learning Express Gift Certificate or a Razor Kick Scooter!  Extra flyers are available at the DPG information board at both campuses!  There's no limit as to how many entries your child may turn in!  Every box top helps our school!  The deadline for the raffle is October 19th! Check out this link for all available products for clipping!
https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

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And the Winner Is...Congratulations to Aidan for winning the Karaoke Machine from the DPG Zeeb campus Parent Education Night raffle!  The Parent Guild appreciates all the volunteers that signed up to help at the Monster Mash event!  It's not too late to join in on the fun...contact the DPG at parentguild@daycroft.org for details!
Did you know...
Sensorial activities are used in Montessori learning to help children in discrimination and order. They also help broaden and refine a child's senses. When a child combines Montessori designed materials with sensorial work, it helps them become more logical, perceptive, and aware.

Introducing Sensorial Sound Cylinders
Students match 8 cylinders based on the sound they make when shook. This work helps refine students' auditory sense needed to hear and distinguish letter sounds.

 



Free Monster Mash Ticket!

Did you know that DPG is holding a drawing for a free Monster Mash family ticket?
To be entered in the drawing, all you need to do is pay your DPG dues by October 1st. Donation forms can be turned into the school office at either campus. Thank you! 

5th - 8th Graders Tackle the High Ropes Course 




The 5th - 8th grades had a great day team-building and tackling the high ropes course at U of M.  Students learned to trust their fellow classmates and realized the value of working as a team to accomplish their goals!

Writer's Workshop + Adjectives = The 3-4 Classrooms        


Writer's Workshop is a student-centered framework for teaching writing that is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing.  Students in the 3-4 classes are spending time making their writing more interesting by adding adjectives.

 

To develop skills as a writer, students need three things: ownership of their own writing, guidance from an experienced writer, and support from a community of fellow learners. The writer's workshop framework meets these needs and streamlines instruction in order to meet the most important objective: giving kids time to write. The workshop setting supports children in taking their writing seriously and viewing themselves as writers. 

The four main components of writer's workshop are the mini-lesson, status of the class, writing/conferring time, and sharing. There is not a prescribed time limit for each component, rather they are meant to be flexible and determined by students’ needs on any given day.

Reminder:  Recycle your empty ink cartridges and markers in the containers by the DPG information center at the front of the school at both campuses!
Just one more way Daycroft is making a difference.
  
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