Montessori Minutes 10/22

 In Branding

Hi San Tan Montessori Preschool families,

Terrific Tuesday wishes!

Here is the link to order your child’s classroom t-shirt for our classroom t-shirt project beginning this month. Individual classroom stencils are being created for the front-thank you Ms. Graft! Ms. Hubbard will help students complete their shirts with parent volunteers at the end of October-November.

Our hope is to have all shirts completed to be able to be worn for our Munch and Sing on Friday, November 22nd. Please order your child’s shirt as soon as possible.


Outdoor Environment Updates

Outdoor Environment started this week. I wanted to send out a few links and information. Everyone is enjoying spending time outside!  Download weekly newsletter.

What is an outdoor classroom?

“Fostering an appreciation for nature is a cornerstone of Montessori teachings. Dr. Maria Montessori was a strong advocate of integrating nature into the daily learning plan of all students. She believed that “there must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.”’ – From the Montessori inspired blog,

In the Outdoor Environment, we will be focusing on gardening, practical life, art, and STEM activities. So much of what we do inside can be brought outside, to experience in the fresh air. Exploration that happens outside engages all of our senses in a way that we aren’t able to encounter during typical indoor learning.

We are looking for a few parents to donate material and/or their time and sewing skills to make some outdoor aprons for our students to use while gardening. Please contact me at if that is something that you would be able to bless us with!

Also, we are looking for natural items to use in outdoor art. Rocks, leaves, acorns, branches, are all things we could use!  If you happen to be traveling up north, please consider bringing us a few leaves to use!

Megan Hubbard
Montessori Specials/Outdoor Environment Teacher


Music Together Updates

Hello Music Together Families,

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Harvest Festival, November 22nd  from 3:30-5pm on the Preschool Playground.

If you want to get your music books out and take a look, this week we sang: There’s a Cobbler, Hippity, Happity, Hoppity, Old King Cole, Round Robin, Marching and Drumming, and Butterfly in class! The children also enjoyed using egg shakers and frame drums during class. To find out more about what’s going on in our Music Together classes, download the weekly newsletter!

Musically Yours,
Kami Kerby
Montessori In-School Music Specialist, Recker Campus
Music Together In-School Specialist, Recker Campus
San Tan Charter Love and Logic Consultant, Recker & Power Campus


Health Tower and Garden Updates

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Montessori Services

This is that time of year that Montessori services one of the best producers of Montessori extension materials gives back to schools when parents order. If you are doing your Christmas shopping and want to extend the joy of Montessori at home consider shopping at Montessori services and notate our San Tan Montessori customer # 165000.


Multicultural Fair – Volunteer Opportunity

Our 2019 Multicultural Fair is just around the corner!  The 2019 Fair Theme embodies the mission and vision of San Tan:  WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES.  Each year families from all over the globe gather to share family histories through traditions, clothing, artifacts and FOOD!  Please join us!  The goal of the Multicultural Fair is always to education, entertain and expose students to places and people groups from around the world.  YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS and WE DON’T WANT TO MISS YOU!  Please use the signup genius link to indicate your COUNT ME IN! response: to host a booth So help as a parent volunteer.

Your shoes and culture are important!



No School – Monday November 11th
Munch and Sing –  Friday November 22nd
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Wednesday November 27th

Fun facts…

San Tan does not celebrate Halloween activities at school and kindly asks that students do not dress up or bring candy on campus.

37 days until Thanksgiving! Mark your calendars to attend our 13th annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Information Wednesday, November 27th starting at 11 am…

One of San Tan’s most memorable traditions is only THREE weeks away! This event dates back to our very first year as a school with toast and popcorn just like in the movie. Over the years it has always been a beautiful community event keeping with the heart of the first meal, bringing family together.

Here are some FUN Facts about Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

  • Preschool and K-8 students dismiss by 11:30am
  • Please park your cars in the parking lot, church, or the neighborhood, and pick up your child in their classrooms before 11:30am

Bring your lunch for a picnic on the playground with family, friends, and new friends! Nutrition Policy

  • Bring the whole family and extended family and your blankets, chairs, or other seating to hang out on the elementary playground from 11:00-1:00


Sign up here:  to bring a dessert to share with our community

Sign up here to help bring needed supplies:

  • All items must be NUT FREE Nutrition Policy
  • Please drop off your donation in the morning when you drop your child off at school. We will have
  • All items need to be cooked, defrosted, and ready to eat. We will have volunteers working during the school morning to cut all pies, etc.

Our Thankful Art showcase created by our Preschool through 8th grade classrooms is a highlight of the event!



Ms. Rita Sippel, M. Ed.
Director, San Tan Montessori
Chief Customer Officer / Assistant Superintendent
San Tan Charter School, K-12