November 11th: No School, Veteran’s Day
November 12th: No School, Professional Development
Upcoming Author Visit
Author Stephenie Peterson will be presenting to our Lower and Upper Elementary Students on November 22nd. She will read from her latest book, Nellie Nova’s Summer on the Run. She will also talk with the students about her writing process. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring writing to life for our students!
Your family will also have the opportunity to purchase a signed book from the series.
You can find more information about the upcoming Author Visit, including how to purchase an autographed book here.
Sterling Students to Compete in National Geographic GeoBee
For the 32nd year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fourth through eighth grades. Thousands of schools are competing in this year’s contest from all across the United States and the five U.S. territories. Also competing are Department of Defense Dependents schools around the world.
The champion of the Sterling National Geography Bee will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine state competitors. Up to 100 of the top test scorers in each state become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee. The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid-trip to participate in the Geo Bee national championship in Spring 2020. Students will be competing for cash prizes, scholarships and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II!
The National Geographic Society developed the National Geographic GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than three decades, 120 million students have participated in the GeoBee.
For more information: www.nationalgeographic.org/bee
The Bee will be held on Friday, November 15.
School Photos and Retakes
Retakes of students & staff
Middle School & C14 Class Picture
Individual Portrait Packages and Proofs are here!! If you would like to order a package, please follow the instructions given with your student’s proof. Remember Sterling receives 50% of all Individual Portrait packages.
Retakes for Individual Pictures will be on Tuesday, 11/5. If your student was absent for the previous Individual Picture Day or is in need of retakes, please plan to have this done on this day. If a portrait package was purchased & a retake is requested, this picture package must be given to the photographer on 11/5 for the retake.
Ms. Sue Ann sent instructions to all band and chorus students about band and chorus pictures. Please follow her instructions for those pictures, and make sure your band or chorus student has the correct clothing (and instrument) for his/her picture.
Middle School & C14 Class Pictures can be ordered using the class order form or online at mylifetouch.com using the Class Picture Day ID: BW119011G1. Class pictures are $12.84.
If your student orders a class picture, they need to bring the Class Picture Order Form to their teacher by 11/5 even if payment is made online.
Thank you for supporting Sterling with picture orders!
Don’t forget to capture this year’s memories and buy your yearbook here. http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01052555
Also, if you would like to buy a business ad that will reach hundreds of our Sterling families, please email email@example.com. We have 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and full page ads available.
PFA Movie Night
The vendor has been reserved for November 8th and “Toy Story 4” will be shown on the sports court. We also agreed to purchase another annual license since the current one expires this week.
Popcorn will be available, and families are encouraged to bring chairs/blankets and a picnic dinner if they’d like. Doors open at 6:00, movie at dusk.
Community Coffee Chat: Classroom Management, Independence and Natural Consequences
What is Community Coffee Chat?
Community Coffee Chat is an opportunity for members of the Sterling community to come together and discuss various topics related to student success. Community Coffee Chats will be offered at varying dates and times throughout the year.
Highlights from Our Last Session: Progress Monitoring in the Montessori Classroom
From the directors:
Teacher observation is among the most important tools used in the Montessori classroom. Through observing a student’s use of the materials and their processes for finding answers, teachers are able to determine where they may be having difficulty or if they have mastered a particular concept. This information helps teachers to determine when it is appropriate to move from the concrete materials and into more abstract thinking.
Internal assessments are also commonly used in our classrooms. These assessments provide data that informs a teacher on whether a student is ready for the next lesson or needs to review a concept that they haven’t yet mastered. These assessments are teacher chosen and informal by nature. Summative assessments (EOG’s) are also given to our students in the 3rd through 8th grades.
Through these three assessment methods, teachers are able to piece together the puzzle of a student’s growth and development. This complete picture is then used to help guide the child on their learning path, giving teachers the information needed to consistently provide students with appropriate lessons and learning tools.
From Sterling parent, Megha Patel:
“The coffee chat held (last month) was one of the most informative gatherings I have attended since joining the Sterling community in 2017.
All 6 directors candidly shared their experiences and answered questions from parents. Parents who attended shared their experiences and advice as well. Being parents to younger children and hearing from parents who have Upper Elementary students was informative and gave insight into what lies ahead.
The directors acted out math works (beads/checkerboards) as if they were children, and demonstrated the different skills children might encounter during each lesson. A simple looking checkerboard involves many skill sets which the child could engage with for 3 weeks or even a few months! The directors shared these skills and how the work was used to monitor progress for each child.
Watching the directors passionately explain Montessori approaches and share stories about their own children for almost 90 minutes assured me that I am a part of a very caring community. My children will not only be educated as well-rounded students but as well-balanced individuals, too.”
Please RSVP for our Upcoming Session!
You can RSVP for the next Community Coffee Chat of the year here. We will be discussing classroom management, independence and natural consequences.
When registering, please make sure to include a question about this month’s topic for our administrative team. This helps to ensure we are discussing information that is relevant to our attendees. Thanks!
Students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and critical thinking. We will build confidence and have the option to compete against other local schools. Novice students and experienced players are encouraged to sign up as we will have multiple levels of experience.
You can find more information about Chess Club, including how to register, here.
Floorball is an indoor version of hockey with no checking. This after school activity will be available to Sterling children in grades 1-8. There will be a 1st – 3rd Lower Elementary group (introductory), a 4th – 6th Upper Elementary group (non-competitive), and a middle school team (competitive).
Please see the Floorball Application to sign up or for more information.
Carpool Begins at 8:25
Parents, Please be sure your child remains in the car until 8:25. At that time, students may exit their vehicles and go to their classroom patios. As stated in the Parent Policies and Procedure Handbook, children who arrive earlier than their scheduled arrival time will be escorted to the Before Care Program.
To help with this process, green flags will be placed both in the front and back parking lots at 8:25 to signal it is now time for students to go to their classrooms. Please know that on Mondays and Wednesdays the Middle School chorus members, Sterling Stars, may exit their cars at 8:15 to go to music class. “A” Building parents who must walk their children to their A Building class but also have students in LE, UE, and MS must supervise those students until 8:25 as well.
Did You Know?
There are over 8,000 Montessori schools in the United States and 20,000 Montessori schools word-wide!