Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn Dates 2016: Parent Curriculum Night, Parent Conferences, Pie Auction Fun-Fundraiser

Dates for Autumn 2016

Pie Auction Committee Meeting: Monday October 3, 8 or 10th.  
Please contact school via email with best date and time from these three options.  Thank you!

Pie Auction: Saturday November 19th (times determined by committee)
All proceeds from the Pie Auction fund the yearly scholarships for the 2017-18 school year, material upgrades and garden/outside play structure completions and safety upgrades.

Parent Curriculum Night: Thursday October 20th 5:30-7pm

Parent Conferences/ Half Hour Spots:
    1. Tuesday October 25th 1:30-5:30pm spots
    2. Wednesday October 26th 1:30-3:30pm spots
    3. Thursday October 27th 1:30-3:30pm

Committee needed to plan Saturday November 19th Pie Auction Fundraiser!

Our Fun-Fund Raising for the 2017-18 school is a Fabulous Pie Auction!  

We need a committee to plan this wonderful fundraiser that raises all funds for our yearly scholarships, Montessori materials and outside play structure completions.

Please contact the school to get involved!

October 2016 Newsletter

Klahanie School
October 2016 Newsletter

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
Mr. Fred Rogers

September 2016 Reflection
What a fun way to begin our school year!  Thank you Klahanie School parents for all the warmth and opportunity to educate and nurture your children!  Thank you also for being on time (or super close to on time as possible) for drop off and pickup.  On time drop off helps the classroom flow fantastically for this is when we have beginning circle.  Beginning circle is when we sing songs surrounding our topics as well as introduction to new projects (art and otherwise), day of the week and agenda for the day.  This month, our circle time has been spent enjoying singing “getting to know each other” songs, group lessons using finger plays, movement and stories.  Circle time can help the children adjust back to the school environment and routine as well as understanding the day so transitions are expected and dependable.    
This 2016-17 class is a lovely group of people and we have had such fun observing all the new friendships.    They are exercising amazing memory and practice how to move in the classroom around one another’s workspaces.  We teachers have thoroughly enjoyed observing the children pair off into new friendship play and cooperative concentration.  We work daily on grace and courtesy of asking to join a person/group as well as polite responses (if in a group in play or concentration, “sure, we’ll figure it out.” Then sharing the play/intention and if alone and wanting to be so, “no thank you I am playing alone, maybe later.”).  We also practice how to politely ask for someone’s attention, adults included.  We practice placing a silent hand on the shoulder or hip of person whose attention is sought after.  If the person places a silent finger up that means, “One moment please.”  This is a very handy tool at home while on the phone or in talk with a parent in the store, etc.
We are diving quickly into engaging lessons in language, math, zoology and botany as well as storytelling, poetry and story writing.   Elders have started journal writing and sound box projects.  I will continue to introduce Sand Paper Letter lessons to children; a wonderful phonetic and sensory lesson of the alphabet as well as indirect aim to work on speech and vocabulary expansion using engaging steps to make the concrete, sensory experience fun.  The children have loved the garden playtime and many have helped harvest and eat from the garden and play imaginative play and big motor projects. 
Some core words we use daily in class (classroom and garden) are: inclusion, compassion, helpful choices to ourselves-environment-group, permission, concentration, independence and connection.  We also use the words: tools, work and activity.   
Our first birthday celebrations were for sisters Madeleine and Charlotte!  If you would like to schedule a birthday celebration for your child, please contact us two weeks prior.  Celebrations happen at 11am in class, parents bring a photo and something sweet to say about your child during those ages as we light a candle for each year of life on earth and sing the Montessori birthday song.  Please bring young child’s favorite book we can read during that ending circle.  Healthy treats are fine and not mandatory.

October Curriculum Topics
Specialist visits begin October!   
Spiders (arachnids) and Bats (mammals): looking at their life cycle, parts of the bodies, habitats, how they help the earth and ways to understand them better.  We focus on spiders and bats very concretely as well as observation of their timid tendencies.
Pumpkins, Gourd family & Apples: life cycle, parts of the plant and sensory games, songs and food preparation and tastings.  This past week I told an autumn faerie story using the seed star inside an apple when I cut it horizontally in half and we shared the cut-up treat in class then used the second half as an apple stamp.
Friends & Neighbors: What makes a friend and peace and empathy practices (invitation to play, concentration together) on how to be neighborly and available for help when asked.
3 Part Card Introduction to Weather and Land Forms: A language and earth education lesson that focuses on picture and word matching and earth vocabulary introduction. 
Garden preparation for winter/ our Pacific Northwest island environment changes: Winter crops and soil care for winter preparation as well as our natural environment of animals and plants making transition to cooler days and nights.

Date Changes & Reminders
Parent Curriculum night changed to Thursday October 20th 5:30-7pm (please RSVP)
Parent Conferences will be changed to Tuesday October 25 (1:30-5:30 half hour slots), Wednesday October 26 (1:30-3:30pm slots) and Thursday October 27 (1:30-3:30pm slots) 
Pie Auction changed to Saturday November 19th

Reminders/Thank Yous
Thank you Parent Volunteers!  Thank you play-dough makers and substitutes if a teacher is out sick!  If no subs are found then class is canceled so your subbing short notice is beyond helpful!  Class is also canceled if both teachers are out sick same time. 
Thank you for getting involved with our Pie Auction committee planning!!  Please contact Emmy to get info.
Halloween: children are welcome to wear costumes if easy to remove, move around in and warm for outside time.

Sharing: Children take the sharing bag home and bring it back the next Wednesday or Thursday with a little written description in the journal inside each bag that returns to class.  Children are welcome to bring one item from nature or item that starts with a letter sound (“a” for apple, etc.) or something cultural.  Please make sure the sharing can fit in the bag.  Parents are welcome to call and schedule with teacher if child wants to have a family pet visit class for sharing. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome Back Letter for 2016-2017 School Year!

Klahanie School
Emily Graham, Director/Lead Teacher
Jordan Beck-Vroom/Co-Teacher, Language and Textiles Specialist
Elizabeth Mendana-Shaw/ Movement Specialist
Dear Klahanie School Families,
Welcome to a very exciting upcoming school year!

Our Peace Building curriculum continues to expand for this school year and mid year we will begin studies of South America!  I am thrilled to share our classroom is welcoming co-teacher Jordan Beck-Vroom to our classroom!  Jordan is Cooper and Calyx’s Mama, a dear family friend, trusted and experienced childcare provider, fellow early education enthusiast/supporter, fluent in Spanish as well as an artist.  Our school could not be luckier, thank you Jordan and welcome! To continue adding to our enriching school experiences, I am hoping to get some parents in class as well as fieldtrips this school year to share cooking, singing/music, environmental & farming talents, travels, share another language or growing up in other countries/continents.  Please contact me if you would like to contribute a talent.  We also need a monthly play-dough maker for our class, volunteers for subbing if a teacher is out sick, self-portraits and fieldtrip volunteers.  Our additional education continues to be offered through movement (dance, yoga, safe climbing exploration), music, language (English, Hawaiian, French and Spanish vocabulary introduction), exploration of the earth (introduction to plants and animals and the care of them) and exposure to compassionate listening/communicating.  Peace work introduction and implementation is focused on a daily basis.  Specialists Jordan Beck-Vroom will be focused in class every other month to share her talents in Textile/Craft Arts as well as introduction and practice of Spanish and Elizabeth Mendana-Shaw will offer her talents in movement every other month.  
Important Dates:

Please come meet/visit with teachers and help your young child get re-acquainted with the school environment. Please read below to know what to bring to the Open House.

Class Times: Mondays-Thursdays 9:30-12:30/1:30pm September 6th-June 17
*Adding Fridays October 2016 9:30-12:30 if enough families are interested*

Important Dates:
·       Tuesday Aug 30th:  Family Open House-Meet Greet 10am-11:30am 
o   Please come meet/visit with teachers and help your young child get re-acquainted with the school environment.  Please read below to know what to bring to the Open House.
o   Please sign up for Play-dough making, subbing, self-portrait help!
·       Tuesday Sept. 6th – Thursday Sept.8th Intro Days
o   Our class will be split in half to ease children to school routine and introduction to school environment
§  9:30-11:15 Zosia, Coralee, Cooper, Bodhi, Mei, Calyx, Madeline, Charlotte
§   11:45-1:30pm Pan, Maverick, Juniper, Cyrus, Solomon, Vaughn, (Cooper & Calyx), Livia 

·       Monday Sept.12th First Full Day and normal schedule

Open House Please Bring:
1.    Picture of your child
2.    Name Labeled slippers
3.    Name Labeled Emergency packet (please refer to Vashon school district website for
list, packets are also sold at True Value)
4.    September Tuition, signed contract/field trip permission, $50.00 Art Fee

Daily Please Bring for your child:
1.    Easy to carry backpack for your child with name labeled bag of change of clothes
2.    Name labeled Snack and Lunch, Water-Bottle: PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A PERSON IN CLASS WITH ALLERGY TO PEANUTS AND CASHEWS, PLEASE KEEP THOSE NUTS HOME.  THANK YOU!  We also have a couple of dairy allergies so sharing at snack/lunch will be a bit more limited. 
3.    Shoes your child can slip on and off him/herself—boots are fantastic!
4.    Weather Ready gear! Please note that we play outside in any and all weather!
Please apply sun block if sunny day.

Separation Anxiety & Drop-off Information
The first couple weeks of school are re-adjustment to the transitioning to school for the first time or returning. And it can be difficult so do not be concerned if your child is weepy coming to school. This is normal and natural to observe young children showing more emotion during times of transition. If your child cries without consoling for more than 15 minutes following drop-off, then parents will be called, as we never want children to feel discomfort-surrounding school.

A week or two before school starts, we suggest beginning very brief, fun reminders to your child that school will be starting soon and how much fun your child will have and sharing who drops and picks them up. Teachers need to be aware in writing of names, days and contact information for each individual dropping off and picking up children.

While teachers are comforting child(ren) drop-off people are suggested to be swift and compassionately clear maybe saying something like: “I love you, I will see you very soon, have a wonderful time.” If parents and children choose a slower transition, there is a cozy tented space to the east of the deck stairs and cubbies. This space will allow families to share a more gradual transition to read a book or have a cuddle and talk of safety reassurance, while respecting the concentration of class and teachers during beginning circle. A teacher will be on the deck to help during transition from parent to school.

Parents/Pickup people will get brief check-ins at pickup about your child’s day. Thank you for dropping all notes off to the teacher on deck.

Please note: Tuesdays will be one teacher with smaller group and help with smooth drop off is very helpful.  

If your child is toilet transitioning please help him/her use the bathroom before either coming to school or before beginning class.  We will do gentle reminders to “try” throughout the class time.

If your child shows signs of illness or did not get enough sleep the night before, causing more school anxiety thank you for choosing a day at home or later drop-off with teacher notification.

Tuition is due the 1st of Every Month. Tuition paid after the 5th a $25 late fee will be applied.
Please call school Director if needing to explore a different day of the month to pay tuition. We are here to support and problem-solve.

Parking : Thank you for sharing with your Pick-up Helpers
Please park in the property driveways as well as the shared parking across 201st street. There is a gate to garden from South driveway. Please back down the road slowly if no parking in upper lot (our neighbors prefer zero turn-arounds in their driveways. Please refrain from parking on the street off 201st. Our neighborhood requests people drive 10 miles an hour. Thank you for your help and arriving on time!

Emergency Closures and Pick-Up Protocol—Important PLEASE
In case of an Earth Quake or other emergency situation during school hours, Klahanie School asks parents to be prepared with a plan with other parents in your child’s class that can be your child’s emergency pick-up if you are unable to get to Klahanie promptly. Please pair up with two
or three (depending on how children you can safely transport) parents to be emergency backup drivers and list each other on the Emergency Release form. Whichever parent arrives for pick-up first will have the children released to them. Klahanie staff will alert other parents in the emergency group where the children are and where they will meet the other pick-up parent. Suggestion to set-up a place your group will meet. Parents might want to designate one house or a central location for pickup.
To help children with emergency transition and help the parent picking up (this bag will be stored at Klahanie and given to the parent picking up),
Please supply a named labeled gallon sized freezer bag with the following:
An emergency blanket, non-perishable snack (energy bar, box juice, etc). The emergency bags will be given back to families at the end of the school year.
Please feel free to review your Parent Handbook for all other school specifics.

Klahanie School Fundraiser Pie Auction Saturday October 22th 6-8pm!

Please help and sign-up to bake, help set-up and auction off island pies during a fun night of pies and fundraising for our school! Look for more information coming your way soon...

Thank you for adding to a beautiful school year,

Emmy and Jordan

2016-17 Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Info Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Info
SEPTEMBER           APRIL          
  30 OpenHouse 31 1 2 10-11:30am         1 RE-Enroll
5 H 6 Intro 7 Intro 8 Intro 9   3 4 5 6 7 Due
12 F 13 14 15 18 Intro Days: 10 B 11 B 12 B 13 B 14 B SpringBreak
19 20 21 22 23 9:30-11:15 17 18 19 20 21  
26 27 28 29 30 11:45-1:30 24 25 26 27 28  
3 4 5 C  5:30-7pm 6 7 Curriculum MAY          
10 11 12 13 14 Night 1 2 3 4 5  
17 18 19 20 21 22 6-8pm 8 9 10 11 12  
24 25 26 27 28   15 16 17 18 19  
31       Pie Auction! Info TBA 22 23 24 25 26  
29 H 30 31      
  1 2 3 4   JUNE          
7 8 9 10 11 H Autumn       1 2  
14 15 16 AC 17 AC 18 AC Conferences 5 6 7 8 9  
21 22 23 H 24 H 25 H Happy 12 13 14 15 Potluck 16 LG  
28 29 30     Thanksgiving       Last Day & Graduation: 11:30 Klahanie Sch
      End-Year Sch Family Potluck: 5pm Dockton Park    
      1 2   JULY          
5 6 7 8 9   Stawberry Festival Parade!          
12 13 14 15 16   Saturday of Festival, Meet at Methodist Church parking lot 10:30am dressed in your          
19 B 20 B 21 B 22 B 23 B Holiday Klahanie tie-dye and decorated wagons and bikes (lets get together and make a float!)          
26 B 27 B 28 B 29 B 30 B Break!            
Summer Session: July 24-27          
JANUARY             reserved for currently enrolled and alumni 3.5-6yrs  
2 B 3 4 5 6   AUGUST          
9 10 11 12 13              
16 H 17 18 19 20 MLK Parade!            
23 24 25 26 27              
30 31                    
Klahanie goes off of the Vashon Sch.Dist. Calendar (w/slight variances)
    1 2 3   B: BREAK NO SCHOOL C: Curriculum Night
6 9 10 11 12   AC/SC: Autumn&Spring Conference Days 5:30-7pm
13 14 15 16 17   F: First Full Day of school
20 H 21 H 22 H 23 H 24 H WinterBreak LG:Graduation Sing-A-Long/EarlyDismissal (Everyone please come promptly11:30am)
27 28         Holidays, Breaks, Non-School Days:
Sept.5 Labor D Nov26/27:ThanksG Jan16:MLK Day April10-45Spring
MARCH           Nov.11Veterans Dec19-Jan2 Winter Holiday Feb20-24 Winter Break May29:Memorial
6 7 8 9 10   Klahanie will follow Vashon School District closures with slight variances:
13 14 15 16 17 Spring * If Vashon Schools closed, Klahanie closed
20 21 SC 22 SC 23 SC 24 Conferences * If Vashon Schools have a 1 or 2 hour late start, Klahanie regular schedule w/late start
27 28 29 30     Parents will be called.
Snow days &/or Emergency days will not be made up.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

Klahanie School
May 2016 Newsletter

I’m not saying we need to save the trees.  I’m saying that we need to not overlook their capacity to save us.  Put it in your yard and watch it for a while.  And pick it carefully because it’s hard to get a tree going.  You know if every seed turned into a plant, we’d be living in a very different world.  So choose well and open your eyes to give it everything.
Hope Jahren, NPR interview April 29th, 2016 “Lab Girl”
April 2016 Reflection
Our class has leaped into the spring with enthusiasm and creativity in imaginative play and classroom material exploration as well as amazing recycle art projects.  Please check out our school’s Facebook page and blog for wonderful pictures of the recycle art creations children appeared to thoroughly enjoy this month, expanding wonderful creativity with the materials.  The garden has taken new shape and inspired creativity in exploring play in the space as well as respect for the garden, hosting habitat to many insects, arachnids, oligochaeta (worms) and birds.  We began planting seeds and discussion of plant life cycle and plant care.  With the increase of imaginative role-playing during garden time we will be introducing more performance encouragement on the garden stage. 

Ending our month of Earth focus, I encourage many of you to listen to Hope Jahren’s NPR interview from last Friday April 29th as well as look into her recently published memoir “Lab Girl” focused on her geobiologist quest described in a deeply poetic way.  I found her study and focus of botany deeply inspiring.  Another fun find was Time magazine’s focus “The Science of Siblings” with some interesting articles and research focused on the inner workings of children within families of varying topic exploration.

May Curriculum Topics

Ten little eggs all in a mound.
Out they will crawl, crawling around.
And then they will sleep and we know why, out they emerge as butterflies.
Butterfly, butterfly what lovely wings.
Flutter by, flutter by how my heart sings.
Butterfly, butterfly I’d like to know, when it rains, when it rains where do you go?

We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.
Fred Rogers

·      Butterfly life cycle and habitat: egg, larva (caterpillar), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly.  Our painted lady butterfly larva is on display observation of the life cycle in class until ready for release.
·      Moms!  Amazing moms and how we show love to our Mamas as well as May Day celebration!
·      Amphibians: the amazing world of amphibians and habitats.
·      Insects: what is an insect, why are insects important and habitats.
·      Woodworking and sewing projects.
·      Self Portraits: self-portrait paintings.  These treasures will be on display in class until the end of school. 
·      Friends, Our Neighbors creating empathy development fun: what makes a friend and using Compassionate Listening models as foundation to practice listening games and role playing during circle time.  We will make Talking-Listening Sticks to bring home for family time (taking turns holding the Talking stick to speak and listen.  Each family member taking turns and repeating back facts, emotions/feelings, values).   
·      Thank you Klahanie School families for your scholarship raffle donations!  May 5th is the drawing! 

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.  The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward.  When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
·       - Karl Menninger

Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
·      Thank you & Reminder: May 5th is our scholarship fundraiser raffle drawing, thank you for your donations, time-organizing and support! 
·      Thank you for the play dough donations!

·      Thank you for spreading the word for next year enrollment!  Would be great to enroll two four-to-five year old children to balance out our multi-age class ratios