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Smiling characterThe mission of WCM is to provide a global education that promotes the development of the whole child in which respect for self, community and the environment are of primary importance. Our philosophy is rooted in the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. We provide a foundation of academic excellence that allows our students to transition well to rigorous educational environments upon graduation. We achieve this by nurturing intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning, and by emphasizing mentorship between older and younger students, which we strongly believe promotes confidence, curiosity and a lifetime love of learning.

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We hope you enjoy the following video which is the result of a collaborative project with W&L Journalism students:

Director’s Parent Letter: Spring Break Next Week!

Dear Parents,

Next week our campus will be closed for spring break, March 21 to 25. We will have an Extended Care Day on Monday, March 28 – please sign up with Jess by tomorrow (Friday) if you would like your child to attend school that day.

Lexington City published their 2016-2017 school calendar – please visit lexedu.org (click under LCPS to view calendar). We will publish our school calendar in the coming weeks (adding extended care days), but the core dates will remain the same. Please note that school will start on Monday, August 15 next academic year.

Lexington City Schools also announced that due to unused inclement weather days (3 out of 4 built in the calendar), the last day of school will be Thursday, June 2nd with an early release time of 1:00 pm. WCM school policy states that we will keep our originally published school closing date (even if Lexington City ends earlier). We will have our after school program on Thursday (including an earlier start time for elementary after school students), but we will not have after school on Friday, June 3. Our last day of school will be Friday June 3rd at 12:30 pm.

Warm wishes to all for a lovely spring break,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director

Volunteer Projects

To sign up for school volunteer projects, visit our website http://www.woodscreekmontessori.org and click on parents and the green tab “Sign up for volunteer opportunities”.

Important Dates

  • March 18: Last day to register for Extended Care Day on 3/28
  • March 21-25: Spring Break – No School
  • March 28: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child
  • April 1: Deadline to register for Child Care at our Spring time Soiree
  • April 2: Campus Work Day 8 to 10 am and 1 to 3 pm
  • April 9: Springtime Cocktail Party 7 to 10 pm at Kendal
  • April 15: Summer Camp Registration and Financial Aid Application due
  • April 20: Spring class photos: Wear your Woods Creek shirt to school. If you did not purchase one last fall, we will have ones for your child to borrow.
  • May 23: Last day to register for Extended Care Day on 5/30
  • May 30: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child

Director’s Parent Letter: Week Beginning with March 7th

Dear Parents:

We hope to see you at our Family Potluck Dinner this Friday, March 11 at 5:30 in the W&L Doremus gym. Please sign up to bring a dish on the link below. This dinner is a great time to connect with other Woods Creek families in a very child-friendly setting.

SAVE THE DATE for our Springtime Soiree on Saturday, April 9th from 7 to 10 pm at Kendal. We will offer childcare at Woods Creek that evening for a reasonable price ($25 for one child, $30 for two or more children). Please register with Jess by Friday April 1st for the child care at Woods Creek that evening. We are looking for additional silent auction items to offer during our event. If you have services or items you are willing to contribute, please let me know.

We are looking forward to another successful Summer Camp Program and we hope many families will take advantage of this offering. Our Summer Camp Director Jess is making plans for a fun and rewarding experience for our summer campers. Attached please find the 2016 Summer Camp brochure and Registration Form. Please complete the form and send to school along with a $25 nonrefundable deposit by April 1st if your child intends to participate in any week of our summer camp program. If you have any questions about the summer camp program, please call or email Jess.

Volunteer Projects

If interested, we have the following volunteer projects available:

  • Sign up to bring lunch for the teachers one Monday this semester (go to http://doodle.com/poll/vyg8arui34sm42d4)
  • Attend our Campus Work Day on April 2 from 8 to 10 am or 1 to 3 pm
  • Hang 20 Springtime Soiree Posters in Downtown locations
  • Address about 40 invitations to Springtime Soiree event
  • Campus Outdoor Sweeping of decks and stairs
  • Paper Towel Cutting

Important Dates

  • March 11: Family Potluck Dinner 5:30 pm in the W&L Doremus gym: Sign up to bring a dish at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4faba722a6fe3-woods
  • March 15: Re-Enrollment Deadline
  • March 18: Last day to register for Extended Care Day on 3/28
  • March 21-25: Spring Break – No School
  • March 28: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child
  • April 1: Deadline to register for Child Care at our Spring time Soiree
  • April 2: Campus Work Day 8 to 10 am and 1 to 3 pm
  • April 9: Springtime Cocktail Party 7 to 10 pm at Kendal
  • April 15: Summer Camp Registration and Financial Aid Application due
  • April 20: Spring class photos: Wear your Woods Creek shirt to school. If you did not purchase one last fall, we will have ones for your child to borrow.
  • May 23: Last day to register for Extended Care Day on 5/30
  • May 30: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child

Best Regards,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director

Director’s Parent Letter: Week Ending with October 30th

Dear Parents:

I wanted to let you know that the Woods Creek Board recently voted in favor of a new policy change for after school which will be effective for the 2016-2017 school year. The policy states that families with two or more children at WCM enrolled in a five day program (full school day including after school) pay only one family after school rate.

Tomorrow (10/30), WCM will celebrate Halloween at school. Your children are encouraged to come to school in costume tomorrow. If your child’s costume is cumbersome for lunch or playground purposes, please send a change of clothes. Please also be sure your child’s costume is not too scary for our younger friends on campus.

One of our after school teachers Danielle Houghson is involved in a lego study for 6 to 8 year olds through Washington and Lee. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $20 in addition to benefiting research on child development. Please email fulcherlab@gmail.com to set up an appointment for your child to participate.

Volunteer Projects

We are looking for a parent volunteer to assemble a Melissa and Doug wooden kitchen for the Toddler classroom.

We would love to have parent volunteers come rake leaves on our campus any weekend. Leaves would need to be placed in clear plastic bags and left by trash cans in our parking lot.

Important Dates

  • October 30: Woods Creek celebrates Halloween
  • November 24: Early Closing at 12:30 pm
  • November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break – no school
  • December 18: Holiday Performance & Cookie Swap
  • December 21: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child
  • December 22 – January 1: Winter Break – no school

Best Regards,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director

Director’s Parent Letter: Week Ending with September 18th

Dear Parents,

One of the many advantages of our campus location is its proximity to W&L and VMI. In addition to the convenience for our many faculty families, we benefit from having talented college students within walking distance. During the past year, we have increased our college student presence on campus — helping with facilities projects and, notably, in our classrooms. Thanks to our college student volunteers, we have three teachers in each classroom on many mornings, helping us to achieve an ideal teacher to student ratio. Furthermore, our students are delighted with these college mentors and it is obvious to me that the college students are meaningfully rewarded by the time they spend with your children.

Christa Bowden (mother of Asher Bowden) has designed our wonderful new school shirts! Students will wear these shirts on field trips and for our spring class photo. Although families are not required to buy shirts, I encourage you to consider one — they are an excellent design and a great way to show school spirit. Please visit the following link to place your order – purchases must be made by October 9th: https://www.customink.com/g/tss0-00a8-t4w0

Hope you all will join us on our Family Harvest Hike at Lake Robertson on Saturday, October 3rd. Please visit the following link to sign up for a dish to share for lunch. Please also let me know if you have a cooler with spigot that we can borrow to serve lemonade to the children. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4FA9A723A57-fall

Important Dates

  • October 3: Family Harvest Hike – Lake Robertson
  • October 7: Fall Pictures with Kevin Remington
  • October 8: Potty Training Workshop 5:30 pm
  • October 14: Fall Picture Rain Date

Best,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director

Kroger Rewards for 2015-16

The time has come for the new year of Kroger Rewards. Scan this barcode only once (you don’t have to do this every time you shop!), directly after your Kroger Card, and you will link your Kroger Card to Woods Creek Montessori for the entire 2015-16 school year! It costs nothing, and does not take away from your fuel points. With the points accrued in previous years, we were able to buy the teachers a die-cut machine!

To accomplish this, you can…

  • Print this page and the UPC below and have them scan the paper.
  • Bring up this blog post on your smartphone and have them scan your phone.
  • Visit our Facebook page and look for the Kroger Rewards! app. It is posted there as well, ready to be scanned on your smartphone.

Please share this barcode with your friends and family – anyone who shops at Kroger can be a friend of Woods Creek Montessori!

Woods Creek Kroger UPC

Director’s Parent Letter: Week Ending with September 4th

Dear Parents:

I hope many of you are enjoying a long weekend. In recognition of Labor Day, WCM will be closed on Monday Sept. 7, except for those who have registered for our extended care day. For those students attending school on Monday, please be sure to bring a morning snack as we will not be providing our usual morning snack.

In addition to our great volunteer program and our in-house fundraising projects, there are a number of easy ways you can support our school as you go about your daily routine.

First, we encourage you to support our local Lexington and Rockbridge Co. businesses. These business owners are our friends and neighbors, and help to make Lexington and Rockbridge County a vibrant place to live. On September 15th, Ladles and Linens and Walkabout Outfitter in Lexington will host Support Your School day. Any purchase made at either store that day will benefit Woods Creek Montessori – please mention our school name if you buy something on September 15th. For more details, see the attached flyer.

In addition, we will soon distribute a Kroger barcode so we can receive free educational awards. All you have to do is scan the barcode once, directly after your Kroger Card, and you will link your Kroger Card to Woods Creek Montessori. Participating in this program costs you nothing, and does not take away from your fuel or store points. Parent participation in this program last year was a great success for WCM, earning us free iPads for our primary teachers, so please be sure to bring the barcode the next time you shop at Kroger!

We know that you may not always find everything you need in town. So, if you do find yourself looking to place an order at Amazon.com, please consider clicking on the image below, or bookmarking http://www.amazon.co/?tag=woodcreemont-20. Any purchase on Amazon through our school link will donate a portion of your purchase to our school. Using the link will not affect your purchase or Prime account in any way.

Volunteer Projects

We ask that each family contribute 12 hours per year (6 per semester). We have a sampling of volunteer opportunities on our website: https://woodscreekmontessori.org/parents/ (click on the green tab on right that says Sign Up for Volunteer Opportunities). Once you have completed hours, please email Jess (jess@woodscreekmontessori.org) as she will be recording parent volunteer hours.

Important Dates

  • September 7: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child
  • October 3: Family Harvest Hike – Lake Robertson
  • October 7: Fall Pictures with Kevin Remington
  • October 8: Potty Training Workshop 5:30 pm
  • October 14: Fall Picture Rain Date

Best,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director
Woods Creek Montessori
540-416-3693

Director’s Parent Letter: Week Ending with August 28nd

Dear Parents:

We had a great first full week of school! We were delighted to welcome back our returning students and the ‘veterans’ provided great assistance to their teachers and to our new students who are assimilating very well in our school community.

Our teachers were very poised during the temporary lockdown for Lexington Schools this week. The tragedy in Roanoke provided another reminder that the safety we have long enjoyed in our own community cannot be taken for granted and must remain our first priority at school.

To help usher in what we hope will be another beautiful autumn in the Valley, we have planned a family lunch and hike at Lake Robertson on Saturday, October 3rd beginning at 11:30 am. Please see attached invitation and sign up for a dish to share using this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4FA9A723A57-fall

Tuesday, September 1st is the deadline for enrollment in our September 7 Extended Care Day. If your child attends school on Mondays and plans to attend school on September 7, please email Jess (jess@woodscreekmontessori.org).

Volunteer Projects

I would like to highlight a few parent volunteer projects:

  1. Buildings and Grounds – Committee Chair Becky Tubb needs volunteers to assist with various campus projects. Please see the letter attached and respond to Becky (beckytubb@gmail.com) if you are willing to help with her committee.
  2. Feed the Teachers – Last year, we had a parent organize volunteers to bring Monday soup or salad for the Woods Creek teachers, a treat the teachers loved and looked forward to every week. Time commitment for the coordinator is minimal, and mainly involves creating a letter or genius link for parents to sign up to bring the teachers lunch on Mondays.
  3. Graphic design – We hope to offer new school T Shirts this year and we need help with design ideas.
  4. Looking further ahead, our Spring fundraising event for 2015-16 will be our popular Dance in the Garden (we alternate with our fabulous Art Auction every other year). We are seeking a Parent Chair to lead the planning of this event.

Important Dates

  • September 1: Deadline for enrollment in Extended Care Day
  • September 7: Extended Care Day – please email Jess to register your child
  • October 3: Family Harvest Hike – Lake Robertson
  • October 7: Fall Pictures with Kevin Remington
  • October 8: Potty Training Workshop 5:30 pm
  • October 14: Fall Picture Rain Date

Best,

Caroline Russell
Executive Director
Woods Creek Montessori
540-416-3693