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
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!
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.
Inspiring Charity - Matching Donor
Nurturing Leaders - $5000 +
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 www.leelanaumontessori.org
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.
Go to www.leelanaumontessori.com to
Check: mail a check to Leelanau
Montessori 310 S. Elm Street Suttons Bay,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Spread the word to other Montessori Alumni you know!
Advertise in Upcoming Cornerstones
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Education for All Children
- Tuition Based Preschool
- Free Preschool to
Qualifying 4-Year Olds
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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.
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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.