Ways You Can Support The Ivy School This Holiday Season

Participate in Ivy’s Holiday Gift Drive
This will be the 6th year that The Ivy School will be participating in a Holiday Gift Drive for less fortunate families.  Ms. Cassondra, Ivy parent, will be coordinating the Gift Drive along with UE6 Assistant, Ms. Ariel McNett.  To donate, please extend your warmest wishes by donating to the Gift Giving Box available at each campus after Thanksgiving Break.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please email Cassondra Salazar.

Donate Games to Ivy’s Aftercare Programs
If you are one of the brave Black Friday shoppers or are making room for all the new holiday toys your kids will be receiving, please consider helping out Ivy’s Aftercare Programs.  Both campuses are in need of new or gently used, age appropriate games.  Simple games are more likely to be used by the students. Games can be dropped off at either campus and they’ll be distributed to the right place.  If you have any questions regarding donation please email Jillian.

Donate Firewood to Morris Campus
As the weather becomes colder and the UE students are working outside in the garden it would be nice to keep warm with a small fire.  We have a small outdoor fireplace at Morris but need some firewood! If you have any to donate please be in touch with Matt or Muriah to coordinate a time to drop it off.  If the wood is already cut up and dry enough to use this season that would be best.  Thank you!

Shop with Amazon Smile
Did you know that many of your amazon purchases can directly benefit The Ivy School?  It’s really simple. When you are about to shop, go to the amazon smile site, log-in with your amazon account, and then choose The Ivy School Montessori Charter as the receiver of your donation.  It is no extra charge to you! Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to our school!!!!  Spread the word, tell all your amazon using friends and family to shop amazon smile too!

Sign Up for Shoparoo
It’s as simple as downloading the Shoparoo app and then snapping a picture of any and all shopping and dining receipts you receive.  You’ll earn cash for The Ivy School with each approved purchase. For more information on this program, visit the Shoparoo website or pick up an info page in the Prescott lobby.

Box Tops for Education
Did you know you can find Box Tops on many of the brands you use to make Thanksgiving dinner, from potatoes to crescent rolls? Remember to clip those Box Tops and turn them in to school. They really add up! Thanksgiving is also a great time to collect extra Box Tops from family and friends as you gather for the holiday weekend. For a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com.

Morris Needs Weigh Scales and Help Building a Greenhouse

Weigh Scale Donations
The Morris campus is in need of 4 stand on weigh scales.  One for each classroom.  Upon the return to school in December students are going to begin a campus challenge of who can produce the least trash through diligent efforts of composting and recycling.

Morris Work Party December 6th
The Morris Greenhouse Building Work Party has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 6th.   Volunteers will start at 10am and spend approximately one hour to help install the cement posts.

On Saturday, December 13th, from 10am-1pm we will get together for the big build of our very own greenhouse.  We are in need of tools on this day. Please use this SignUpGenius link to view the list of tools needed and sign up to bring a few!


PTA Kid’s Party and Parent Night Out

It’s a holiday party for the kids and a night out for the parents and caregivers!  On Friday, December 12 from 6-8:30pm, the PTA invites Ivy students to the Prescott Campus for some holiday fun!  Kids can come in their jammies or just comfy clothes and enjoy cookie decorating, holiday movies (think snowmen and Santa Claus), and snacks, while parents and caregivers have the opportunity for holiday shopping, dinner out, or just some kid-free time.  All this for just $5 per student (or $20 per family).

RSVP required.  Send an email to either Heidi Owen orErica Benjamin by 5pm Monday, December 8th, with the names and ages of the children who will be attending (current Ivy students only, please).

We’re also looking for some adult volunteers for that evening, so please email Heidi or Erica if you can help out!

Look What’s Happening at Ivy…

There are great things taking place around The Ivy School campuses. Our students are hard at work and have been participants in some pretty dynamic experiences.

1.  Our students did a tremendous job raising money by reading!  We are anxious to share all the exciting Read-a-thon stats next week!

2.  Morris Students helped plant a living roof over the duck pen and received equipment to build a greenhouse!

3.  This week, 6th year Ivy School student, Coleman Henner visited Ms. Anna’s classroom in UE5 to introduce multi-digit division with the racks and tubes material.  Coleman practiced and re-practiced, found his teaching voice and mesmerized the students.  He will be coming back for follow-up lessons in the coming weeks.

4.  Students at both campuses were gifted a visit from Compass Green and learned about farming and sustainability.  Thank you to all those who recycled their phones for this visit and a special thank you to Compass Green for their commitment to education.

Wisdom From Maria Montessori

When reflecting on the Montessori method of education, we see that one of the essential elements is the idea of freedom of choice.  This idea of liberty is essential, but how exactly was Montessori defining this?  Does this mean that anything the children choose to do should be accepted?  How do we guide the children without stifling the blossoming of this energy?  I would like to share some of the words of Maria Montessori on this subject.

“When we speak about freedom in education we mean freedom for the creative energy which is the urge of life towards the development of the individual…it has a guiding principle, a very fine, but unconscious principle, the aim of which is to develop a normal person.  When we speak of free children, we are thinking of this energy which must be free in order to construct these children well.  We must aid this purpose.  When we do, we find that children return to this urgent energy and become normal and when this happens all deviations cease.

This phenomenon comes from the conditions of life and so the cure for difficult children must be to prepare a free life for them, and provide an environment…This is an indirect preparation.  In the right environment normality comes naturally, but itself…(but this takes time)…each child is different and so each child reacts differently.  So one day a child will concentrate on a piece of work and after this we will find that he has changed.   But your eye must be trained to observe this phenomenon when it happens…a sensitivity must be developed in the teacher in order to recognize this ephemeral phenomenon of concentration when it occurs…The work of the teacher is to guide the children to normalization, to concentration.”

Thus in your children’s classrooms here at Ivy, the teachers are all watching for the emergence of this energy of self creation which emerges as your children become absorbed in interesting and meaningful work, so that they can help direct them towards positive personal construction.

The quotation is from Basic Idea’s of Montessori’s Educational Theory

Rebecca Keith, Ed.D.
Interim Head of School