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March: Upstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

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March: Upstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

Dear Upstairs Families, As we are well into our school year, it is important to bring awareness and practice to our gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor movement develops the underlying skills necessary to support whole body. We continue to provide activities in our indoor and outdoor environments to support the children’s balance, coordination, strength, and endurance. Weather permitting, we have started to enjoy skipping, hopping, and building obstacle courses in the play yard. On the deck area, we have engaged in friendly competitions of lap races leading us up the climbing wall...

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March: Downstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

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March: Downstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

We’ve had such a lovely time this past month. I keep thinking of “leaps and bounds” in terms of the progress we’ve made—with the children, the classroom, and our teaching community. Teacher Sushma delighted the children with her chocolate covered Valentine’s Day project – gifts for you made by them. At her former school she had the children draw names to make one Valentine card for a friend, like our Solstice Gift Exchange. I’m delighted by the thought (and I’m sure you will be, too!) so we’ll start that next year. Teacher Abagail is doing art projects with the children...

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New staff member: Sushma Shukla

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New staff member: Sushma Shukla

Sushma Shukla, BA, Lead Teacher When I was in college, I had always dreamed of working at a school that helped young children reach their full potential. It only took me one day of volunteering in a Montessori classroom to realize the importance of the method. I then pursued my career as a Montessori preschool teacher from 2009 to 2015 and enjoyed being able to provide an environment and guidance that cultivated children’s independence and desire for a lifetime of learning. It’s wonderful to see the world through the eyes of this age group as they discover the carefully prepared...

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New staff member: Shireen Fonseca

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

New staff member: Shireen Fonseca

Shireen Fonseca, BA, Afternoon Program Leader Shireen has always had a love of teaching children. For the past 15 years, she has taught throughout San Francisco in various preschools. She created a dance program specifically for children to support their development of fine and gross motor skills, cognitive and socio-emotional development, as well as to encourage their creativity and love of music. While away from school, Shireen loves spending time with her family and friends. She has a BA in Russian Language/Literature from San Francisco State University and completed her child...

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February: Downstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

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February: Downstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

There are so many new and exciting changes happening in the downstairs classroom: new faces, new environment, new things to study, and new areas to explore. The most exciting is welcoming our new teachers, including the downstairs co-lead teacher, Sushma, our Afternoon Lead teacher, Shireen, and our new assistant, Abigail. All of the teachers come with excellent experience, new ideas and abundant enthusiasm. This is how it is supposed to be: so much fun! I would also like to acknowledge Ana’s continuous hard work around the school. She steps in wherever she is most needed and is a huge...

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February: Upstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

February: Upstairs Classroom Curriculum Letter

Dear Upstairs Families, We are excited to welcome Ms. Alicia to our classroom. As we said goodbye to Ms. Soukaina before Winter Break, we knew there would be some changes on the horizon. The downstairs classroom has added a Montessori lead teacher, Ms. Sushma, who will be co-teaching alongside of Rosemary. This is wonderful news and has allowed Ms. Alicia to join our team full time. She recently completed her coursework and final papers in order to earn her Montessori certification. It is so amazing to add this level of knowledge to our classroom, and we look forward to the months ahead....

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