September Update from the Salal Class

Dear Salal Families,

These last weeks have been a whirlwind. The children have started the year off with gusto! It is not uncommon for young students to start their first school experience with tears. We had tears, but now they are adjusting to the rhythm of school. Your trust and belief in Ellie, me, your children, and MCS is paying off. Thank you. I reach out to parents as much as my day allows me, and if you want to talk, please call the office (206)842-4966 and I will return your call as soon as I can.

Now for the nuts and bolts. These things are helpful:

  • Label coats, water bottles, snack/lunch containers, and extra clothes.
  • Come promptly to drop off and pick up.
  • If there is a “special issue” please let us know via a note or call to the office.
  • If you see any small, strange object that could belong to the class, please return it. No judgement! Incomplete materials are pulled from the shelf and potentially expensive to replace.
  • If your child has a particular interest, let us know. Puzzles? Letters or numbers? Space?
  • For snacks, keep the portions appropriate for your child to tide him/her over until pick up or lunchtime. An example of a “tide me over snack” would be some fruit or veggies and a small bar or crackers.
  • Masks: let us know what your preferences are for your child. We are happy to comply.
  • If your child is ill, thank you for keeping them home:). Fall is tough and colds are easily shared with all. Ellie and I are comfortable in masks for the time being.

We are talking about the beginning of our universe, young earth, and pangea. Igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are next. Also we will do an in-depth study of the salal bush. The Kinders are working hard in the afternoon with a Writer’s Workshop, read aloud “Paddle to the Sea”, reading practice, and math, as well as in depth imaginary play.

September 21st was International Peace Day and we gathered as a school. Ask to hear the song “Light a Candle for Peace.”

-Cheryl & Ellie








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