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Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn 

Hundreds of bees in the purple clover 
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn 
But only one mother the wide world over
~ ~ George Cooper

A very happy (alas, belated) Mother’s Day to all our moms! Hope you liked what
your children made for you.
May, is a month centred on the celebration of mothers and motherhood. Moms, you
are also sharing the month which hosts your special day, with the birthdays of such
influential musicians as Johannes Brahms and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky!

May’s Trivia

1. 5th – Children’s Day in Japan!
2. 10th – (USA) Mother’s Day & very importantly,’ National Clean Up Your Room Day’
(hee, hee!)
3. 14th and most weirdly, from the USA, ‘National Dance Like a Chicken Day’
4. 24th (1844) – the first ‘Morse Code’ message was sent! Viva, internet and IM!
5. 29th – (US) President John F. Kennedy’s birthday.

FROM THE OFFICE

We are prepared for another exciting month of events, functions and special
occasions. A bittersweet moment - customary this time of year at the
Montessori school, we are preparing to bid farewell to our graduands who
will leave us in July for Primary (Grade) school adventures! As sad as we are
to see them go, we are proud of what they have accomplished (and shall
continue to, up to their last day of school with us). We wish them well. We are also most
appreciative of their parents who trusted us to educate their children over a period of three
years or more, allowing for us to plan and implement a preparatory programme that was void
of pressure to perform.

Communicable Diseases 
Chicky Pox: Role of the Spot Order – Title Awards - Shi Hui (awarded!)

Staff: we salute Shanika and Shamali for the brevity in going forth to acquire the title. They
grin and bear and say: “we’ll be back in a few days to collect our title!”

Not to make light of the situation, we hope that the following will aid in
reminding you of our position and action being taken on the above, as
cases of contracting this illness are being brought to our notice. The
numbers are being monitored to ensure a manageable situation. If you
have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to
contact the school office and meanwhile here is the link to a site that explains Chicken
Pox rather well:
http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/index.php/ps_pagename/contentpage/pi_id/194#block_9
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health-checks. it was due to other complications. We are committed to taking practicable precautionary measures to minimize the chance of entry and spread of contagious illness in the school. With regards to Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). in session. We also insist that if a child has contracted a communicable disease (HFMD included) that he or she be kept at home until a doctor has certified that a full recovery has been made (please refer to our handbook). rashes or blisters on palms and soles. we have noted that in most cases where the disease proved to be severe to a child. We must receive a medical certificate that has been issued by a licensed medical practitioner in Singapore. Just the past two mornings have yielded cases of chicken pox that were detected during the pre-admittance to classes. its surges and resurges. From our experience in dealing with this disease. 3. is fit to resume school. Siblings of infected children who dwell within the same premises are asked to stay away from school too. (Try this for tackling the discomfort – lie on a bed of ‘Neem’ leaves!) 4. We therefore urge parents to inculcate a good personal hygiene routine within their children’s day to day affairs. some of which were pre-existing medical conditions that had compromised the immune system. there is always the possibility of the entry and subsequent spread of a disease. to attempt to spot those symptoms associated with HFMD/ Chicken Pox. ensure healthy eating habits and nutrition that will all contribute towards safeguarding one’s health. . it is deemed a common and treatable childhood disease provided it is detected early and the proper medical care is administered. Disinfection of premises: children arriving in school walk through a cloth which contains disinfectant solution. whenever a communicable disease is either suspected. until the infectious period is ended. The school compound is regularly disinfected through the day and the children’s hands are sanitized at arrival and prior to the consumption of snack. 7.1. We also advise parents not to unduly shield their children from natural environments as being in them will help develop the ability to ward off these diseases through a better immune system. Children are also reminded to wash their hands with soap and water after using the washroom facilities. • Inform the parents to bring him/her for medical examination and keep that child isolated until he/she has been taken. 5. stating that the child who fell ill. • Check other children in the environment for signs of fever. isolation room or the principal’s office. If found these children to also be isolated immediately and the above procedure followed with due sensitivity extended to the children affected and to the situation in general 6. Despite the above. We are required to abide by the following. 2. or we are told that it has been contracted by a child in the school: • (If in session) isolating the child by placing him/her temporarily in the sick-bay.

we are of the view that conducting routine and daily health checks regardless of the above does not necessarily reduce the chance of an infectious disease either entering or spreading in a school population. we request that you make an extra effort to be on time. We do not however intend to negate the importance of health checks when they are needed nor profess to be experts in the medical field! More to the point . so that your child may fully benefit from their time in school. On the same note. we also request that you avoid taking your child out of school before the end of a session. maintenance of good health and hygienic practices. Caramba!! Late again! Punctuality and leaving early With the ongoing health checks at arrival. Some investigative questions on your part in these situations could determine if your child is fit to attend school. when they see that a child is unwell in class. Routine health checks will be suspended following a continuous period of not less than two weeks within which cases of HFMD or any other communicable disease have not been reported or detected. While we understand that emergencies and unforeseen circumstances may arise. a child who is in line waiting to be examined may well come in contact with another child or children who may already be infected and possibly not show obvious symptoms for parents to retain him/her at home and to visit a doctor. teachers will act swiftly by alerting the administration. Needless to mention. We have no doubt that it is your intention as it is ours. we ask that you allow your child to complete the entire session at every available opportunity. From our experience. needs to rest at home or visit a doctor. Work in the classroom begins immediately after the children enter it and continues till the ‘goodbye’ song is sung! . (The contagious Monday and post holiday ‘blues’ being exceptions of course!) Moreover. Our procedures have been discussed with and reviewed by public health officials who are in agreement with the above. to cooperate with one another in ensuring that children are kept safe through vigilance. For example. 8. The question of routine daily health checks during arrivals has been reviewed by us and they will continue to be conducted when cases of our students contracting contagious diseases are reported to us and/or governmental directives are issued to this effect.we would like to rest assured in knowing that parents will exercise their judgement (through observation) and not send their child/children to school when there is reason to suspect any sort of illness. You would know best when your child appears to be out of sorts which would in most cases be the prelude to an illness. these are judgement calls that our staff will not be able to make by merely carrying out a fever scan and a general inspection of a student.

The water cycle. Some new joiners are in the classes and the continuing students have adjusted to their presence quite well. Thank you. The children will also be introduced to the parts of a root and the kinds of roots. etc. Fees Please note that the invoices for Term I 2010-11 have been sent. FROM THE CLASSES (BRIEF) Botany We will be studying the types and properties of lamina. work will continue in the classrooms in all areas Generally all engines are firing and we are moving forward. One liner to tickle you before the next bit of news: Q: What did the little light bulb say to its Mum? A: I wuv you watts and watts. however the absentee rate is cause for concern and we are adjusting our plans to accommodate children who are missing several days of school due to Chicken Pox. climatic zones and the weather in general. In addition to the above. Most messages sent by the school contain time sensitive (mostly dates and times) information so please do keep us updated. are also on the calendar as units for the month of May. so please do inform us via telephone if there is any change to your e-mail address or other contact information. More in the news for June! . Timely payment saves us administrative costs. Contact Details Don’t forget to Most communications with parents by the administrative and teaching update me! staff is via e-mail. Celebrations Vesak Day will be celebrated in class with a presentation and the children being introduced to the significance of the day. Payment is due no later than 2nd June 2010.

Before we go. including the lime and spoon race. We will miss you! Suanne. THE EXTENDED DAY Parents and a warm welcome to our new friends to the Extended Day. The month of April was fun. As is tradition at Montessori. we will be introducing the planets in our Solar System focusing on Mercury and Venus. The new unit for the term is ‘Planets and the Solar System’. We are sure our children will show the same enthusiasm and interest as they did in our previous unit. capital letter and punctuations. This will be aided by Decimal Card and Bead material. Math – We are focusing on the Decimal System (the introduction. The children had fun learning about various types of mammals and so did we.) Our unit on Mammals ended very successfully. For the month of May. layout and bring in quantities from all four hierarchies). Sanja. Shanika and Shi Hui . We started by celebrating April Fools Day! There were plenty of fun pranks and good hearted humour going around. courtesy of the fine folks at Microsoft! We do still welcome your contributions in the form of reading material or other media. The children had fun and so did we! The fun continued throughout the month with the celebration of Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. we would like to state how proud we are of our graduates this year. We played games that are usually played during this celebration. We were busy in the classroom with you gift mums! We made each and every one with love! Language – We are working on creative writing. the children of the Extended Day made their very own ‘Kiri Bath’ (milk rice) to mark the occasion. We also sang our very own Sinhalese Folk Songs (‘Surangani’ and a song about pumpkins and a little rabbit. We are planning on using a very special tool to aid us in the form of a visual presentation. tug of war and pinning the tail on the elephant. We plan to do a little ‘role playing’ and reading to an audience.

listening to the sounds and identifying letters. the children will learn a poem entitled ‘Achchi Ma’. 2. bee. 5. The children will be introduced to basic punctuation marks. The children will be introduced to the primary colours. 3. • Children who are new to the programme continue to trace the sounds and associating the symbols. learning the different Matras. 5. 5. ‘Kuch din phele ek taal mein’. We will learn a Mother’s Day nursery rhyme called ‘Mother’s portrait’. • Along the with the familiar rhymes and songs such has ‘Main ek chotti katputli’ and ‘Nani teri morni ko’. • The children will continue to work with the Letter Boxes. • Some have started writing the vowels and numbers 1 to10 in their journals. 2. We will learn a new song entitled ‘A Hen’. 2. MANDARIN FROM THE CLASSES 1. Music and movement involving colours. We will learn the nursery rhyme ‘The song of the colours’. making words. • They are also attempting to identify the Matras within words and reading them accordingly. ~ Lao Shi’s: Linda. Tao Ying & Guihong BIAN DANG BAN 1. Topics of discussion for the month: colours and geometrical shapes. 4. 4. We will have a discussion on Mother’s Day and sing related songs. Sushmita ~ . • As we celebrated Mothers Day. We will sing the song ‘colourful world’ and ‘I love you’. EARLY BIAN DANG BAN 1. We will learn the nursery rhyme ‘The song of the colours’. We are continuing to practice polite conversation. • We will learn to identify the parts of a tree and the parts of a bird in Hindi. Chen Qiong. the children are also learning some new rhymes and songs such has ‘Tar tar mendke’. butterfly and dragonfly. 3. • Some of the older children continue to work with the Matra Box. The children will participate in discussion about the weather and water cycle. Lao Shi’s: Qi Guihong and Linda HINDI MILAP • We will learn the names of some flowers in Hindi. We will introduce insects including the fly. Children continue to practice basic strokes. 3. 4. Yuhong. The children will be introduced to Mother’s Day and will related songs.