Intercultural Montessori Language School MessageApril 9, 2014
I believe that we are finally able to shake off the heavy coats of winter and welcome in the springtime. Although, the spring is not quite here in its entire splendor, we are definitely starting to see the signs. As the school year moves closer toward its conclusion, I would like to remind you of some significant events and dates.
PARENT AND TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent and teacher conferences are held twice a year in the fall and in the spring. This is when teachers highlight the progress your child has made as an Intercultural student. While parent and teacher conferences are an important time to talk to your child’s teacher on an individual basis, I would also like to remind you that Intercultural staff members are always available for this purpose throughout the course of the year.
Many parents will have already attended their parent and teacher conferences, but for those of you who have not already attended, further conferences will be taking place throughout the month of April ending on May 1.
PRIMARY FIELD TRIPS – LIFELINE THEATER
Intercultural’s Primary Students will be going on a field trip to see a play called “Lyle Finds His Mother” at Lifeline Theater. It’s a new musical adaptation of the beloved book by Bernard Waber. Lifeline Theatre has been creating unique world premiere plays based on children’s literature for almost 30 years. Interested parents can click the link to read reviews, a synopsis, and see a video clip from the show: http://lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/lyle_2014/index.shtml.
CHICAGO CAMPUS – TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (Classes – 1000 Cranes, Daniela Stefancu, Long Feng)
CHICAGO CAMPUS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (Classes -Jade, Giardino dei Bambini, Rafael Cordero)
OAK PARK CAMPUS -THURSDAY, MAY 1 (Classes – Los Hijos Del Sol, Xile, Sor Juana, Fu Wa)
Please contact Ms. Shawn to sign up as a chaperone: email@example.com.
ELEMENTARY FIELD TRIPS -BROOKFIELD ZOO
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 – This elementary field trip to Brookfield Zoo will focus on the training and enrichment of zoo animals. Students will learn how everyday items become teaching tools for zoo trainers. Animals learn how to better care for themselves which, in turn, makes them well-adjusted and happy. After the training and enrichment program (held in the Discovery Center Founders’ Room), children will see a Dolphin Show at the Seven Seas area of the Zoo.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 – Elementary students will attend their final field of the year to Brookfield Zoo. The focus of this trip will be on animal habitat design. Students will be shown the various animal habitats designed by the zoo to cater for the requirements of individual animals.
GALA AUCTION ITEMS
I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have submitted Gala Auction items.
We had a last minute push for auction items, and this year the parents and the local community have outdone themselves. We have an impressive array of wonderful items to auction off. I know you’ll want win your favorite items so you can bring them home, so be prepared to go shopping at the gala.
GALA TICKETS AND “SPONSOR A TEACHER”
Remember to buy your tickets to Intercultural’s Annual Gala and Auction, taking place at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday, May 3rd.
You can also sponsor a teacher! Your donation, in any amount, will help offset the ticket cost and make it possible for them to attend the gala as well to celebrate another productive year.
I’m pleased to report that Intercultural has started putting recycling efforts in place. Working with property management, the Chicago campus has started recycling paper, and will soon also recycle bottles and cans. Plans to begin similar efforts have begun at Oak Park as well.
ETHNIC FESTIVAL PARADE
As we do every year, Intercultural families and staff will be taking part in the 34th Annual Ethnic Festival Parade. The festival motto “Diversity is, and Diversity Matters”, is a message that Intercultural families can be proud to represent, so I would like to extend an invitation to you and your family to participate with us during this special event.
The festival kicks off with a parade that launches from the field behind Julian Middle School at Cuyler and Washington, in Oak Park. Children are welcome to bring scooters, bicycles, wagons, etc., to help them through the parade. Participants will include representatives from cultural and community groups, private and public schools, churches, and scout troops. Intercultural Montessori
We encourage you to make every effort to show off the Intercultural spirit on the morning of May 3rd. Please sign up at your campus reception desk.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, Meeting Time: 9:30 AM, Parade Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Every year Intercultural families, teachers, and staff get together for casual food and fun at our All School Picnic. It is an excellent opportunity to socialize with the other families in our vibrant school community. This year I invite you to join us on May 31st, 10:30 am at Skinner Park (adjacent to the Chicago campus).
As a reminder Intercultural will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, April 14th until Friday, April 18. Classes will resume on Monday, April 21.
This year Intercultural’s Graduation Ceremony will be taking place in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Local Union located at 1340 West Washington Blvd, Chicago. This is a highly anticipated event for the Kindergarten and Elementary students who will be participating in the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 6 from 10:00 am -12:30 pm.
The school would greatly appreciate it if you can let us know your plans for summer as soon as possible to assist our staffing and teacher vacation scheduling. We request that you submit your summer registration forms no later than May 1st.
INTERCULTURAL STAFF UPDATES
I would like to welcome Ms. Argelia Chavez to the Chicago Campus. Ms. Argelia will primarily be working in the Afterschool program. Additionally, she will also act as a substitute teacher in the academic program when required. Ms. Argelia comes to Intercultural with a Bachelor Degree in English and a Master Degree in Elementary Education. She has had 14 years of teaching experience, 12 years in the Chicago public school system and 2 in private schools. Ms. Argelia is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is very interested in learning about Montessori education particularly within a dual language setting.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR 2014
The spring extracurricular classes have begun for all programs with the exception of Matisse, Monet and Me & Pocket Circus. Matisse, Monet and Me classes will begin on Tuesday, May 6 at the Chicago Campus and on Monday, May 7 at the Oak Park Campus and
Pocket Circus classes will begin on Tuesday, April 25 at the Oak Park Campus and on Monday, April 28 at the Chicago Campus
I wish everyone a wonderful Spring break and expect to see you all return refreshed and invigorated ready for the final months of the school year.