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Leelanau Montessori’s

Fostering Freedom with Responsibility - Quarterly Newsletter No. 3 - Summer 2015

Orchards at Sunset 5K- Dance of the Cosmos

Graduating Class of 2015- Dates to Remember

A Welcoming

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago

we were celebrating the end of another wonderful

school year. When I think of the rhythm of a

school year the spring is always a time of joy and

excitement. We experience gratitude for increased

warmth and daylight, we plan for events that help us

bring closure to the year, and we continue to prepare

environments and activities that meet the needs of

students for the season. It’s one of the busiest times

as we stay present with our learning communities,

while simultaneously preparing for the year to come.

29th Annual Dance of the Cosmos

Our end of the year celebration, the Dance of the

Cosmos is an opportunity to come together as a

community and celebrate the kindergarten transition

to elementary. This concrete physical explanation of

our place in the solar system is a learning opportunity

that the whole family is welcome to attend.

We would like to take the opportunity in this

edition of the Quarterly News to share some of the

events and activities that brought our cornerstones

to life at the end of this past school year. These

moments left lasting impressions on our hearts and

we are looking forward to the unfolding of the new

school year. Thank you for choosing to share your

family with the Leelanau Montessori Community.

We are grateful!

Rebecca Creighton

Graduating Class of 2015

A tribute to our 6th graders that are

continuing their journey, each in their own

unique and beautiful way.

“We could study a child from every angle and

know everything about him from the cells of

his body to the countless details of his every

operation and we would still not perceive

his ultimate goal, that is, the adult

he is to become.”

- Dr. Maria Montessori

“The Child is Both the Hope and

the Promise for Mankind.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori

Our Annual Campaign

Our goal is to have 100% involvement from all members of our school community:

students, parents, faculty/staff, and board members.

Giving Levels:

Inspiring Charity - Matching Donor

Nurturing Leaders - $5000 +

Philanthropic Opportunities

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 1st

Annual Orchards at Sunset 5K. The setting for this

exciting event is the Gregory/Miezio Farm at 10351

E. Solem Road in Suttons Bay. Racers will begin on a

hilltop in the heart of Leelanau County surrounded

by Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay views.

Orchards at Sunset 5K will wind through apple and

cherry orchards as well as local vineyards. The terrain

will vary from maintained paths to grassy hillsides.

Participants will get the unique experience of running

through some of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful

countryside at sunset. Parking will be available at the

location of the event.

To register for this NO WASTE event visit the Leelanau

Montessori website at

Practicing Stewardship - $2500

Empowering Children - $500

Creating Culture - $250

Planting Seeds - ($1/day)

At the close of our Annual Campaign, a Level Giving

Board will be displayed in the main entryway of

our school. Names of donors in each of the giving

categories will be posted in this area.



Donation options

Online payment:

Go to to


Check: mail a check to Leelanau

Montessori 310 S. Elm Street Suttons Bay,

MI 49682

Electronic Funds Transfer: make a pledge

to fulfill a donation over time via electronic

funds transfer (lump sum, quarterly, bimonthly

or monthly options available).

Contact the office for details at 271-8609




Leelanau Montessori’s

Cornerstones To Community Growth

Leelanau Montessori has begun an effort to reconnect with our alumni and build what we call our Montessori

Family Tree. Alumni families are a meaningful part of our school history, and we are reaching out because we

believe each one of our former students is a valued lifelong Montessori community member.

As an alumni you can help us in the following ways:

1. Call the school at 231-271-8609 and leave your contact information.

2. Email us at

3. Spread the word to other Montessori Alumni you know!

Thank you


Advertise in Upcoming Cornerstones

- Free Elementary

Education for All Children

- Tuition Based Preschool

- Free Preschool to

Qualifying 4-Year Olds

- Financial Aid to

Qualifying Families

Leelanau Montessori is a school rooted in our community. Our quarterly

newsletter, Cornerstones, provides information that is relevant to our

readers’ families, their communities, and their lives.

As a local business, advertising in Cornerstones will help us further our

mission of supporting our local community.

Available Ad Sizes

3.5 x 2 inches for a of cost $25 per issue or $90 per year

6 x 4 inches for a cost of $45 per issue or $165 per year

www. ~ 231-271-8609 ~ Find us on Facebook and Twitter

Leelanau Montessori is a charter school serving Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties from Suttons Bay,

Michigan. Our whole-child approach to learning nurtures the mind, body, and spirit in multi-age classrooms

guided by highly qualified staff. We offer tuition-free public elementary programs,

and tuition-based preschool programs.

September 8: First Day of School

September 18: LOC Mobile begins

October 1: Camp LOC Field Trip (1st -6th grade children)

October 7 & 8: Picture Days

October 11: Fall Family Gathering

October 16: Community Sing & Playgroup

October 17: Orchards at Sunset 5K

October 19-22: Conferences & Book Fair

October 23: No School

Wreath Sales: October-November

November 2: No School - Professional Development Day

November 4: Native American Cultural Experience begins

November 11: Fall Dinner-to-Go

November 19: Parent Education Night

November 12: Harvest Feast

November 20: Holiday FarmRaiser begins

November 26: Thanksgiving Break begins

December 18: Community Sing & Playgroup

December 22- January 3: Winter Break

January 12: Swim Lessons begin (K- 3rd grade children)

January 24: Ladies & Gentleman Visit (primary families)

February: Parent Observation Month

February 1-4: Book Fair

February 3: Parent Education Night (Montessori Journey)

Contact our offices for more information at 231-271-8609 or

Year at a Glance

*All Board meetings are held the third Monday of each month.

*All dates posted are subject to change.

February 5: No School - Professional Development

February 8-26: Re-Enrollment

February 12: Winter Dinner-to-Go

February 19: Community Sing & Playgroup

Februrary 29 - March 3: Conferences

March 4: No School

March 14 - 25: Open Enrollment

March 25 - April 3: Spring Break

April 8: The Arts begins (elementary children)

April 11: MSTEP begins (elementary children)

April 15: Community Sing & Playgroup

April 17: Spring Dance

April 22: LOC Field Trip (4th -6th year)

April 23: LOC Field Trip (3rd -6th year)

April 24: LOC Field Trip (1st -6th year)

May: Bike Outing (Date TBD)

May 2-5: Book Fair

May 13: Nature Adventure begins

May 30: No School - Memorial Day

May 7: Evening of Art

May 18: Great Books Picnic (kindergarten children)

May 31: Inland Seas Fieldtrip (4-6th year)

June 1: Dance of the Cosmos (June 2 rain date)

June 3: Lottery Day

June 7: Map Quest (lower el children)

June 8: Last Day of School!

Leelanau Montessori nurtures the whole child in a prepared environment based on respect, individuality, a

love of learning, and freedom with responsibility.

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