From the PTO President
Mark your calendars for our final General PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 in the gym. THIS IS A DATE CHANGE! The book fair will be open late on this day so please come shop and then join us for the meeting!
With the Book Fair coming up, let’s meet our book fair co-chairs!
Jocelyn Chrisley has been running the book fair for four years. She says, “Honestly, I am surprised everyone doesn’t clamor to be the book fair chair. I get to hang out in a happy little pop up book store while being reminded we have great kids. During every fair, I think what a collective gift it is to have children who are so delighted by books. I enjoy helping our students find just the right story to light up their imagination or help them learn about lizards. It’s the best.”Dawn McAllen has been helping since 2016 and became co-chair this year. She says, “I love seeing the excitement the students show as soon as the books arrive. We hear “the book fair’s here!” probably a hundred times the day we set up. Our school is so fortunate to have students who have already developed a love of reading, and that love is never more evident than the week of book fair.”
Thank you to Jocelyn, Dawn, and all the volunteers who make the book fair such a special event!
In other news, our annual School Supply Sale opens soon. This is the easiest way to knock supply shopping off your list before summer even starts! Your child’s Transparent Classroom fee is included in the cost of a supply kit. Stay tuned to the Chantilly Montessori PTO Facebook page for details! Contact me with any questions.
Media Center Updates
End-of-Year Library Info.
Parents, as we approach the end of the school year, now is a good time to check-in with your child regarding his/her library books. A note will be going home this week with year-end information, including a list of current books your child has checked out, along with any overdues/fees for damaged or lost items. There is a lag time between running notices and sending them home, so it’s possible some of the books on your child’s account may have changed by the time you receive the notice.
Students are able to check their accounts 24-7 through the Destiny site. Login information has been sent home. Please email Ms. Camie if you have questions.
Ms. Camie is in need of volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 & 22, to check the library shelves for missing books. Please email her if you are able to volunteer for 30 minutes to an hour either day.
Also, be on the lookout for summer reading information to be sent home before the end of the year.
Book Fair Volunteers
It’s time for book fair magic at Chantilly but we need your help to make the fair a success. Please sign up for a shift or several to help our young readers select and purchase their books.
Yearbook Deadline Extended to May 6
The deadline to place yearbook orders and ads has been extended to Monday, May 6. Books are $15 and ad prices vary according to size, but all orders and materials must be received by Monday, May 6. To place your order, visit this link for complete details: http://www.chantillypto.com/yearbook/. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Don’t forget that you can gift a book to your child’s teacher this year. Simply note on the order form which teacher you would like to gift it to.
NC Collaborative Gallery Walks
Upper Elementary students have completed a year-long study of North Carolina people, places, and events and their impact on us as North Carolinians.
Please join us for a Gallery Walk to showcase their research and integrated art presentations. The schedule is:
Monday, May 6 – Ms. Sarah’s class 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7 – Ms. Christina’s class 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 8 – Ms. Tamara’s class 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 9 – Ms. Renee’s class 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Friday, May 10 – Mr. Corey’s class 3:15 – 4:00 pm
Presentations will take place in the Media Center. We look forward to seeing you.
Thank you – Ms. Camie and Ms. Lisa
Volunteers Needed for Classroom Materials!
Parents WE NEED YOU!! We have so many great materials coming in that we need laminated and cut out. Ms. Jamie has some parents that make regular visits to her room and spend some time preparing these materials for our classroom teachers. PLEASE STOP BY or email her a time and help us get these things out: email@example.com. WE APPRECIATE YOU!
The Ice Cream Social
The annual Ice Cream Social that takes place during Beginners Night will be on Thursday, May 16th.
We need parents to help serve ice cream and to keep the line moving smoothly so families can enjoy a cool treat and socialize with current and new families. We would love to have middle and high schoolers who are looking to log volunteer hours help as well! For student volunteers, we ask that parents fill in the sign up and add your child’s name in the comments field.
This is a great event to meet new families coming to Chantilly, socialize with old friends and get free dessert for your family! Hope you can make it!
On April 4th, third year students participated in a transition art project to mark the end of their time in lower elementary and the beginning of their upper elementary years. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the PTO, each child created a traditional face jug using the pinch pot technique. Students were taught by Tara Winslow from our neighboring studio, Clayworks. Many thanks to the PTO and staff and parents who contributed to the success of this project. Face jugs will be sent home the week of May 6th.
In mid-March, upper elementary students participated in a one-day clay workshop as part of the North Carolina Collaborative project. The experience was funded by a Teachers Innovation Fund grant applied for by Ms. Camie and Ms. Lisa.
Becky Story, an instructor from Clayworks, explained the historical significance of pottery in North Carolina and shared a brief informational video by Seagrove potter Ben Owen III.
The students created a clay vessel using a variety of embellishment techniques taught by Ms. Becky. Thank you to Chantilly staff and parent volunteers who helped facilitate the work.
Clay pieces will be sent home the week of May 13th.
We are grateful to the Albemarle Foundation for making this experience and the resulting clay works possible.
Ms. Camie and Ms. Lisa