A Monthly E-newsletter Providing Useful Information to Caring Parents of Enrolled Students
© Copyright 2017 September 2017


Keeping in Touch

Welcome back! The new school year has started out well and we are all becoming happily ensconced in the routine. Returning students have found their new roles, new students are settling in and teachers are sleeping well at night. You can expect that your child will also be more tired and hungry than usual for the next 6 weeks or so as we all “normalize” or settle into the routine. Enjoy these dog days of summer but get plenty of sleep. You may even want to move dinner time up to ensure that everyone in the family gets all the rest and nutrition that they need.

Newsletters will be posted on the website around the first of each month. Make sure to look it over each month so you don’t miss a thing!

The Parent/Teacher Hotline is 435-200-8248. Please add this number to your phone so you can let us know whenever your child will not be in school or when you are running late. If you have a question about your account, you can reach Bruce King, our Administrator, any time at 435-649-3626 or at bruce@soaringwings.org. Duna Strachan, our Executive Director, can be reached at 435-200-8246 or duna@soaringwings.org. Leah Linebarger, our School Director, can be reached at 435-200-8247 or at leah@soaringwings.org.

We Montessori teachers have a knack for small details but we very seldom remember your vacation dates so please give us a written reminder of when you’ll be gone. Also, please give us updates on addresses, phone numbers and email addresses if they have changed.

image005Fall Into Health and Safety

Ahh, fall…the colors, the aromas, the germicide…? In the fall there is a heavy emphasis on the review of health and safety with all of our staff and students. Teachers update their First Aid, CPR, hygiene and security training. They review rules with classes. We will soon be practicing fire, earthquake and lockdown drills at school. We remind you to practice a fire drill at home, memorize names and addresses and go over “stranger danger” with your child. Our teachers give detailed hand washing lessons in class. Duna adds her rendition of “Typhoid Mary” to the story-telling events to emphasize the point to all students. You can help by making sure your child washes her hands thoroughly with soap every time she leaves the bathroom and before eating. Challenge her to make “white gloves” with the soap bubbles or to scrub while singing two rounds of Typhoid Mary’s theme, “I’m Gonna Wash Those Germs Right Off of My Hands” (to the tune of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair”). All of this health and safety training along with our Food Rainbow and corresponding nutritional instruction combine into our school-wide whole child wellness curriculum. We are a sugar-free and nut-free school and although we don’t want to insulate ourselves from the world, we carefully consider the value of what comes into our school environment. Not only do we want to create a community of wellness in which to learn, but we want to set an example of the healthy lifestyle we wish for every child. It takes some extra work to avoid sugar in birthday snacks and to find a good lunch substitute for peanut butter, and we very much appreciate your support. Teachers have recipes available if you’d like suggestions. Here’s to your family’s continued good health!


El Nido News

Notes from the Infant and Parent/Infant Class

The infant class has become fabulously successful since starting up in January and we will expand into a second classroom as soon as everything is in place. Teacher Carmen Olivera completed her infant/toddler Montessori training over the summer at Westminster College and lends her creative ideas and warmth to the class resulting in a peaceful place for babies and adults alike. Leticia Burns is also a Montessori trained teacher and has worked in every classroom at Soaring Wings, bringing her talent and experience to El Nido.

The parent/infant class is held on Thursdays from 8:30 – 11:30, offering an assortment of babies, moms, dads and grandparents the opportunity to discuss child development and the Montessori approach to supporting infant development. Parents and babies are free to come and go as meets the baby’s schedule. Carmen prepares a topic for discussion each week with the needs of the families in mind.

In the Montessori world infant class teachers are called “assistants to infancy” because the idea is to provide the furnishings, foods and learning materials that are appropriate for each stage of an infant’s development rather than setting up an environment that makes it easier for the adult to care for him. El Nido offers a safe, nurturing and educational space for our tiniest students and their families. Dr. Montessori observed, “This is an education, understood as a help to life; an education from birth.”

image005Toddler Time

News from the Tadpoles and Sunflowers Classes

The school year begins with simply following the routine of the school day at a pace that allows each student to take in the new experiences. There are classmates and teachers to get to know, routines to figure out (e.g., sitting on the circle rug, singing songs, waiting for a turn), coat hooks, lockers and cubbies to find, and new activities to discover. Much of the toddler curriculum revolves around learning self care – washing, dressing, toiletting and being responsible for one’s possessions as well as for one’s actions. Teachers are skilled at introducing each new concept in a concrete manner and encouraging the child to practice until the skill is mastered. The classroom is a safe and happy place and even the youngest student soon enjoys the routine. The simple consistency builds his confidence and independence. This is what Dr. Montessori referred to as “normalization” – the transition of the child into the responsibility, productivity and joy of the school day. We traditionally allow 6 weeks for the normalization process to occur. Children who attend school 5 days per week will complete this process more quickly than those who attend school 4 days per week. Consistency is everything with young children. We are sensitive to the needs of each child and maintain the consisitency that makes them feel most comfortable. Please remember to practice a quick and loving goodbye routine (e.g., hug-kiss-snuggle) and do it just that way at the classroom door each morning. If the child sees you hesitate or linger in the classroom the process will take much longer.

We begin our Cultural Curriculum starting with taking a closer look at rocks (geology), fruit (botany) and our community (cultural geography). During toddler walks adults move at the child’s pace, allowing her to inspect each leaf and bug and experience the textures of rocks, bark and grass.These sensorial explorations and new vocabulary introduce the toddler to scientific classification and enrich his school experience.

You can carry through at home by allowing time for your child to put on his own shoes or change wet pants, and by providing hooks at his level where he can hang his clothes and giving simple choices (e.g., “Would you like raisins or a banana?” “Do you want to wear the green shirt or the blue one?”) so your child can begin to take responsibility for himself. Provide a mirror, a box of tissues and/or baby wipes and a small waste basket at his height so he can take care of nose drips and messy face issues on his own. And take some time to watch the ants, study rocks and give the names of fruits and vegetables. Toddlers love learning names like Mcintosh, Granny Smith and Red Delicious. Enjoy the slow pace of toddlerhood – it’s over all too quickly!

Early Childhood Calendar

News from the Turquoise and Cottonwoods Classes

We will be reviewing health and safety rules this month and taking a field trip to the Fire Station during class (we will need a few parent drivers). Please take time to practice full names, phone numbers, addresses and walk through a family fire drill. Each child should know two ways out of every room and an outside family meeting place. Other rules we reinforce include the following.

  • When lost in a crowd, stay put and ask a “mommy with children” for help.
  • When lost in the wilderness, find the biggest tree or rock and stay there.
  • If a grown-up you don’t know asks you questions, tell a parent or teacher.
  • If anyone says, “don’t tell your mom or dad”, be sure to tell a parent right away.
  • Don’t ever put anything in your mouth unless a parent or teacher says it’s okay.
  • If a stranger comes too close, yell, “You’re not my parent – leave me alone!”

Class Time
Every teacher has a slightly different approach but you’ll find the same activities going on in EC classes every day. During each work period the children are given lessons individually or in groups according to their own needs and level of ability. This is the time when the children are free to choose activities in Practical Life (exercises in care of self and environment), Sensorial (matching, grading, sorting and sensory exercises), Art, Penmanship, Math, Language, Science and Geography. A very young child may spend the entire work period watching others and absorbing what the older students are doing even though she may not yet be ready for the work herself. An older child may spend most of the class time working on making a book, writing a story or practicing a math layout. The 4-year-olds often practice many different concrete activities, working on the details of each to their own satisfaction and often simultaneously working on social skills with classmates. At circle time we introduce the cultural units as indicated below.

Monday – Art / Music We’ll start out with an introduction and the timeless question, “What is art?” followed by a simple Art History timeline. We will begin our study of artists in October and be into music and composers by February. We have some favorites we like to study but by all means give us suggestions, especially those in the community we might visit. The Montessori philosophy is that children learn best by absorbing the artwork they see around them and the music they hear playing during class. We keep an appropriate selection of visual art and music in each classroom as a backdrop to our daily activities.

Tuesday – Time / Seasons
Through September we’ll talk about fall and go on walks to find signs of the season. This is a good time to take your child on walks to look for signs of fall and bring back some leaves to share with the class. In October we’ll take our annual field trip to the farm. We’ll start on the Thanksgiving Timeline which culminates with the Thanksgiving Feast in November. We’ll study winter, then the clock, until April when we’ll be optimistic and look for signs of spring!

Wednesday – Geography
Our first group lesson is about the community – living things that help one another. We will talk about the community of our town, neighborhood, school and class. As the year progresses we will expand our concept of the community to include natural communities such as the mold community growing on a piece of bread, the rain forest community and the world community. Then we will begin our study of the Earth with land, air and water, progressing to the eight basic geographical land/water forms (island, lake, bay, cape, gulf, peninsula, strait and isthmus), then to the globe and map. We’ll be ready to begin the continents with North America in time to tie it in with the Thanksgiving Timeline. From there we’ll take each continent in turn. We can always use help finding people, food, plants, animals, music, stories, videos or anything from the various continents as we study them. Those of you who travel frequently may wish to contribute to our “Dolls of the World” collection.

Thursday – Biology
We will first define “living” and “non-living” and work toward the ability to classify things accordingly. Next we will take a look at protoctists, plants and invertebrates. We will grow mold, beans and create an invertebrate zoo. By January we will be ready to start on the vertebrates with fishes and work up to a study of mammals, finishing the year with a look at “Me” or the human animal. This unit will also entail nature walks and field trips whenever possible.

Friday – Literature
Beginning with lessons on how to care for a book and how they are made, we will study various authors and poets, becoming familiar with the work of each and trying a little of our own creative writing. The Bookmobile will visit the school every other week so children can check out new books from their ever-changing array and enjoy story time with our friend Mr. Lee.

Early Childhood Curriculum
Even though we repeat the same curriculum each year, the child is a little older and on a slightly different developmental perspective and will pick up concepts at a new level. Cultural curriculum lessons are given at circle time and are correlated with art projects, snacks, books, songs and games whenever possible. We present the material at a level aimed at the 3- to 4-year-old but vary the presentation depending on how the group as a whole is responding. The 3-year-old watches, listens and absorbs. The 4-year-old remembers some of this from the year before and starts to put it all together. The 5-year-old gains a command of the material and may join the 6-year-old in more advanced activities such as making books about an aspect of the subject, writing stories or even doing a research project on it. Virtually everything in the classroom from the pink cubes to the biology lessons include a broad spectrum of variations which take the child from initial exploration through 1st – 3rd grade level work.

In teaching this curriculum certain themes weave in and out of our activities throughout the year. Concepts fit together and support each other. For instance, by the time of the Thanksgiving feast, Monday’s art lessons will have included Native American art and Rembrandt, who was a contemporary of the Pilgrims. Tuesday’s Thanksgiving Timeline will have taught the children the entire Thanksgiving story while giving them a concept of the passage of time. Wednesday’s Geography lessons will have included the characteristics of North America and its native people and animals. Thursday’s Biology lessons will have included Parts of Plants and which parts are edible which ties in with the Pilgrim’s first harvest and feast while Friday’s literature lessons will have included some wonderful Native American lore and Thanksgiving stories. You will notice, particularly in your child’s second year of this program, how certain themes repeat throughout the year and how the child develops a holistic grasp of the subjects while continuing to discover the tiniest details therein.

Afternoon Elementary Prep Classes
EC Plus, a.k.a Elementary Prep, students enjoy the full spectrum of the Early Childhood Class in the morning, the social aspects and practical life skills of the lunch period  and finish their day with an additional work period aimed at refining sensorial, reading, writing and math skills. The lunch period begins with an emphasis on nutrition, the Practical Life exercises of setting places, washing lunch dishes, cleaning up, composting and recycling. Our school lunches provided by Savory Kitchen Park City offer a nutritious, delicious, mostly organic meal every day including sack lunches for field trips. You can pick up a registration form in the office  or call 435-608-1408 to register your child. Students will be bringing home copies of the Food Rainbow to post in the kitchen to help them remember which foods to choose. If you decide to pack a lunch every day this can easily become the child’s responsibility if you stock a low cupboard with lunch items such as fruit, fruit leather and crackers, and stock a special shelf in the refrigerator with deli meats, cheese, yogurt, applesauce and prepackaged leftovers such as pizza and spaghetti.  Your child will be able to create a healthy lunch all by himself with just a little guidance. Please avoid “Lunchables” and “GoGurts” both of which cause problems with their packaging, provide little nutritive value and usually end up in the trash. Most children at this age need only a half sandwich, a piece of fruit and a drink each day. We recommend the Japanese bento box approach to lunch preparation wherein the child arranges a selection of slices fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses in a “Gladware” type box. In Japan moms prepare bento boxes to depict cartoon characters. Your child could create a sunset, flower garden or an abstract design with simple, nutritious whole foods. Candy, gum, soda pop and snack bars that may contain nuts are not allowed. Read labels to ensure that prepared foods are not high in sugar or colorings.

Afternoon Elementary Prep classes are aimed at preparing the child for our Elementary Class and include group lessons in Sensorial, Math and Language and time to practice individual reading, writing and math skills. Elementary Prep will also join the Elementary Class for some of their field trips and cultural lessons including Healthy Lifestyles, Social Studies, Botany and Zoology.

image005Lower Elementary Lowdown

News from the Moose Tracks Class
Welcome, new and returning Moose Tracks parents! We are excited to begin a great year starting with reestablishing our connections and ensuring a smooth year with team building during the first week of school. Unless your child is enjoying the school lunch program, please remind your child to pack a sack lunch each day since we will be dining al fresco.

Our Fall Family Campout is scheduled for September 14th – 15th at Jordanelle State Park. Information packets will come home soon. Parents are welcome to join us for the entire campout or just drop in at your convenience. Our outdoor curriculum provides an important set of skills for Elementary students. We spend the days prior to the Fall Campout and the Spring River Trip preparing for the activities we have planned months in advance. These experiences are complemented by our Friday field trips. Students learn communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills that promote their confidence and independence. In addition the students work on real world tasks utilizing their academic skills. If your student cannot participate in our outdoor curriculum for any reason please talk to Tracy about getting a homework packet to compensate for the absence. Otherwise, bring your best campfire stories and be ready for a great time!

The Moose Tracks class works harder and plays harder, too. We encourage all students to be responsible and independent enough to remember their school t-shirts for field trips, their lunches and to come to school with homework completed each day. We appreciate your help with these responsibilities. The trick is to help just enough and to let them know we are confident they can do it themselves! We want you to be aware of what is expected of your student so you can carry through with the expectations at home. Tracy is available every day after class to discuss ideas and answer questions. We are looking forward to a great year together!

Monday – History
Introduction to History with the Great Lesson of the Big Bang. The Great Lessons are jumping off points for elementary level cultural studies that typically include much drama and significance. The Big Bang involves costumes, complete darkness, flashlights and glitter!

Tuesday – Geography
We begin with the Solar System, stars and planets before we come in for a tighter focus on our own special planet and it’s features.

Wednesday – Healthy Lifestyles
From a review of Health and Safety skills, human physisology and nutritional awareness we add our Team Building lessons then continue, while the weather is warm, with outside game skills. Please reinforce our focus on nutrition by posting your copy of the Food Rainbow in the kitchen where your child can refer to it when packing her lunch, choosing snacks or helping prepare dinner. Students will plan a meal for the Fall Family Campout and go to the Farmer’s Market to purchase ingredients in preparation.

Thursday – Biology
To begin a study of Biology we start with the characteristics of Living and Non-living things. From there we will cover a survey of Botany, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Biology over the coming school year. If you have any interesting specimens to share with our young biologists please send them in!

Friday – Field Trips
Our Outdoor Expeditionary Learning curriculum begins with Team Building and the Fall Family Campout. On Fridays we will take some hikes and bike trips into the surrounding hills to experience fall as it approaches. Over the winter we will be visting museums, businesses, historical sites, and natural spaces as well as spending plenty of time sledding, skiing and perhaps snowshoeing and ice skating. An important component of the Montessori elementary currciulum involves “going out” into the real world to confirm what the children are learning in class. Talk to Tracy about helping with any of our field trips.

We will review Spanish vocabulary, especially pertaining to lunch time. We will build to carrying on conversations around the lunch table and reading and writing common Spanish phrases.

image005  Upper Elementary Update

News from the Owl’s Nest Class
Welcome, Owl’s Nest parents! We are excited to begin with reestablishing our connections and ensuring a smooth year with team building during the first week of school. Unless your child is enjoying the school lunch program, please remind your child to pack a sack lunch each day since we will be dining al fresco.

The Moose Tracks Class will join us for a Fall Family Campout at September 14th – 15th at Jordanelle State Park. This is an opportunity to get to know the families of both classes and for students to practice their best practical life/executive functioning skills by planning, preparing and serving dinner for you. We are also planning some lake time featuring paddle boarding with pro surfer, Rick Markham. So be thinking about your best family songs, scary stories for the campfire! This is the culmination of our team-building unit during which time students work on communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills that promote their confidence and independence. Applying these skills to the real world task of hosting a family dinner and campout puts these skills to the test. Plan to bring the whole family, ready for fun on the 14th!

The Owl’s Nest class works harder and plays harder, too. We encourage all students to be responsible and independent enough to remember their school t-shirts for field trips, their lunches and to come to school with homework completed each day. We appreciate your help with these responsibilities. We want you to be aware of what is expected of your student so you can carry through with the expectations at home. Lori is available every day after class to discuss ideas and answer questions. We are looking forward to a great year together!

Monday – History
Introduction to History with a review of the Great Lessons. The Great Lessons are jumping off points for elementary level cultural studies that typically include much drama and significance. We will move on through September with the history of the Solar System and the introduction of humans.

Tuesday – Geography
Lessons interweave closely in upper elementary – this month Geography lessons support History lessons as we take a close look at when and how the Universe, galaxies, Solar System and Earth was formed.

Wednesday – Healthy Lifestyles
From a review of Health and Safety skills, human physisology and nutritional awareness we add our Team Building lessons then continue, while the weather is warm, with outside game skills. Students will plan and prepare a meal for the Fall Family Campout. We will review recipes, evaluate nutritional value, calculate ingredients and quantities needed and then go to the Farmer’s Market to purchase ingredients. We will practice our best Grace and Courtesy skills in presenting a meal for you.

Thursday – Biology
We will cover a survey of Microbiology, Botany, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Biology over the coming school year tying in with species specific to the continents under study. In September we’ll cover Kingdoms and bacteria. Ewww…cool!

Friday – Field Trips
Our Outdoor Expeditionary Learning curriculum begins with Team Building and working in our outdoor classroom by the creek. On Fridays we will take some hikes and bike trips into the surrounding hills to experience fall as it approaches. We may also do some rock hunting to support our understanding of the functional geography of the Earth. Talk to Lori if you’d like to help with any of our field trips.

We will review Spanish vocabulary, particularly during lunch time following up with reading and writing the words we are becoming familiar with.

We are planning our business projects for the school year including our popular and fabulously lucrative coffee cart, Italian sodas, occasional Matilda Jane clothing boutique sales and possibly a new line of Owl gear! These projects will help us to fund class field trips and projects as well as becoming a lesson in planning, graphing, accounting, responsibility and carrying our projects through to the finish. We have grand plans for field trips – stay tuned for details! With some planning, perseverance, math skills, communication skills and a little business sense we can make our dreams come true!

 “When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him.  Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing them up in cupboards.” 
Dr. Maria Montessori


What do you love about a new school year?

(Asked of big and little friends on campus)


Halli – New school supplies.

Sophie – That people are nice to me.

Chloe – That it’s still summer.

Emmylou – Being in class with my friends.

Peyton – New friends and new equipment to work with.

Lucy – Playing with Sophie.

Maia – The work.

Gavin – Meeting new kids.

Monserrat – The hamster – and space stuff!

Dean – Having new, fun activities.

Fira – Making new friends.

Blake – Seeing the new kids and teachers and being able to start back up with work you didn’t get to finish last year.


Tracy – Bringing my creativity to my lessons.

Carmen – Becoming more and more comfortable as a teacher.

Molly – Creating plans for the year.

Sarah – Immersing in the community. Being helpful.

Natalija – Connecting with new students, families and with teachers.

Shannon – Assuming it will all be great!

Leti – Patience and positivity.

Lori – Making it a good year.

Ari – Connecting with others.

Lin – Letting go of troubles – every day is a new day!

Nathy – Meeting new people of all ages.

Duna – It’s like throwing a really big, really long party for all my little, and big, friends – and it’s so much fun to get all the little details into place!

Bruce – Seeing all the pieces neatly in place and running smoothly thanks to our talented faculty and dedicated parents.

Happy New School Year!



Mark Your Calendar

September 1st…
Half day before holiday – noon dismissal:

El Nido Class dismisses from classroom 11:30 – 11:45am

Sunflowers and Tadpoles Toddler Classes at the playground gate 11:30 – 11:45

Cottonwood & Turquoise EC Classes at patio gates 11:45 – noon

Moose Tracks and Owl’s Nest Elementary Classes at playground gate 12:00 – 12:15

September 4th… Labor Day – No School

September 5th…

Elementary Parent Orientation 3:00pm

September 6th…

Cider Social 2:30 – 3:30pm All families welcome! Overflow parking at Knoop Park.

September 7th…

Happy Birthday, Leti!

September 14th – 15th…

Elementary Fall Family Camp-out, Jordanelle State Park

September 20th…

Early Childhood Field Trip to the Fire Station during regular class time. Drivers needed! Remember SWIMS t-shirts.

 October 2nd – 5th…

School photos! Our good friend, SWIMS parent alum and talented photographer Kay Beaton is once again making a guest appearance all the way from Colorado where she is receiving raves for her beautiful family portraiture. She will photograph all students and post the results on her website so you can order photos in plenty of time for holiday cards. Look for information to come home soon.

October 7th…

“Cultivate Executive Functions to Raise Calm, Capable and Confident Children” workshop by Dr. Ginny Trierweiler, hosted by the Utah Montessori Council and SWIMS. We invite anyone interested in inspiring the confidence in our children to join us at Elizabeth Academy, 2870 Connor Street, Salt Lake City, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm. $75/person. Contact duna@soaringwings.org to register. The registration deadline is September 22nd.

October 11th…

Back-To-School Night @ 5:00 – 6:30 pm

All families are invited for a child’s eye view of a day at school including a lesson prepared just for you! There is overflow parking at Knoop Park. 

October 18th…

Half day before a holiday – noon dismissal.

El Nido Class dismisses from classroom 11:30 – 11:45am

Sunflowers and Tadpoles Toddler Classes at the playground gate 11:30 – 11:45

Cottonwood & Turquoise EC Classes at patio gates 11:45 – noon

Moose Tracks and Owl’s Nest Elementary Classes at playground gate 12:00 – 12:15

October 19th & 20th…
Fall Break – No School

October 31st…
Party Day

No sugar, nuts, weapons, bloody or grotesque costumes, please!

El Nido Infant students – normal schedule – costumes cute, but optional

Tadpole and Sunflower Toddler students – normal schedule – costumes optional

Cottonwood and Turquoise Early Childhood students – arrive at 9:30 am to allow for teacher preparation for this special day. Costumes welcome. Noon pick-up optional for afternoon Prep students.

Moose Tracks and Owl’s Nest Elementary students – normal schedule – bring a costume to change into for the party in the afternoon.

October 27th & November 3rd…
Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School.

November 9th…

Navajo Rug Show Field Trip for Early Childhood and Elementary Classes during class time – drivers needed!



SWPTSO is a volunteer group of teachers, students and parents who organize civic, social and fund-raising events enhancing the school community. This year’s SWPTSO activities are lead by Room Parents, Leanne Markham, Ana Maruri, Steph Murray, Megan Roland, Jessica Darby and Laura Goodrich. They will organize some of the main school events making it possible for each student to learn that they can make a difference in their world. SWPTSO events include:

Cider Social – The first SWPTSO event of the year, this party is being planned for September 6th 2:30 – 3:30 to include all teachers, students and their families. Plan to join us in getting to know each other a little better while enjoying one of the last days of summer. Overflow parking is available at Knoop Park. 

Conference Refreshments – SWPTSO volunteers provide tasty treats to help parents and teachers get through the busy days of Parent/Teacher Conferences in October/November and March.

Fall Food Drive – SWPTSO volunteers organize the Fall Food Drive in October to benefit Adopt-a-Native Elder expanding the student’s involvement with Native American culture.

Angel Trees – In November and December volunteers will organize the Angel Trees project to benefit Peace House reminding students to do what we can for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Yearbook – In April SWPTSO volunteers help the Elementary Classes put together a unique memento of the school year.

Teacher Appreciation – Teacher Appreciation Week is March 5 – 8 this year and parent volunteers will help prepare surprises for our teachers to thank them for the work they do all year. Shh! Don’t tell the teachers – they’ll forget by then and be truly surprised!

Children’s Fair and Auction – SWPTSO has shown that our Fair can be small and simple and still make the funds we need to support the Children’s Planet Fund through the following year! Our 25th Annual Children’s Fair is June 3rd. Over the school year the elementary students will make donations of the proceeds to the organizations of the Children’s Planet Fund chosen by students for their role in promoting a healthy world for children. These include Adopt-a-Native Elder, Plan International, Recycle Utah, Summit Co. Library, Nuzzles & Co, Kimball Art Center, Swaner Nature Preserve and the SWIMS Student/Teacher Enrichment Fund. Through the Enrichment program students can write proposals for new equipment or field trips beyond the classroom budgets and teachers are able to attend professional conferences and workshops enhancing their professionalism and enriching their classrooms and their students’ experience. Planning begins in November for this year’s Fair – let any teacher know if you have ideas or want to help!

Committees are assembling for all of this year’s SWPTSO events. If you have not already volunteered, talk to any teacher about how you would like to help, look for sign-up sheets in the halls or contact duna@soaringwings.org.


School Bulletin Board

Welcome, Boys!

Congratulations to Andrew Matsumoto and his family on the birth of new brother Jack! More congrats to Tanner Brown and his family on the birth of little brother, Corbin. Wishing both families joy and plenty of sleep.

“Raising Calm, Confident, Capable Children” Workshop

Our school is hosting the annual Utah Montessori Council Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 7th from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm at Elizabeth Academy, 2870 Connor Street in Salt Lake City. This year’s workshop will be presented by Dr. ginny Trierweiler, author of Let Me Do It Myself! Anyone who is interested in raising confident, capable children will enjoy this presentation. To register contact duna@soaringwings.org. The cost is $75 per person,  and the registration deadline is September 22nd.

Back-to-School Night

Wednesday, October 11th we will host “Back to School Night” from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Your child will escort you to her classroom for a lesson prepared just for you. See you there! There is overflow parking at Knoop Park. 


Drop off
Please say goodby at the gate/door – lingering parents make transitions more difficult.

El Nido Infant Class: 8:30 – 8:45 am at the classroom door

Tadpole and Sunflowers Toddler Classes: 8:30 – 8:45 am at the classroom door

Cottonwood and Turquoise Early Childhood Classes: 8:45 – 9:00 am at patio gates

Moose Tracks and Owl’s Nest Elementary Classes: 8:30 – 8:45 am at playground gate


El Nido Infant Class: 11:30 – 11:45 or 2:45 – 3:00 at the classroom door

Tadpoles and Sunflowers Toddler Classes: 11:30 – 11:45 at the playground gate or 2:45 – 3:00pm at the classroom door
Cottonwood and Turquoise Early Childhood Classes: 11:45 am – 12:00 at playground gate2:45 – 3:00 pm at patio gates

Moose Tracks and Owl’s Nest Elementary Classes: 3:00 – 3:15 pm at playground gate

EC parents: Please display car signs in passenger window at pick up so teachers can see you coming and prepare your child for pick-up until they get to know your car. There is no parking in pick-up/drop-off lanes. If you need to come inside please park in the parking lot.

If your child must leave school early, please let us know in advance. Circle lessons are often done at the end of class and disruptions can be ruinous to the teacher’s carefully prepared lesson and the childrens’ moment of wondrous absorption.

When picking up your child, please remind them to put away whatever equipment they may be using, check cubbies and lockers for belongings and say good bye to the teacher. Saying good bye is not only a matter of etiquette but also ensures that the teacher is aware that your child is leaving and with whom.

Please feel free to come in after class to explore the classroom, talk to the teachers and ask your child to show you what he’s been working on. Make sure that teachers are familiar with people authorized to pick up your child. Teachers will not release a child to an unauthorized person. Please also make sure we have current phone numbers, emails for both parents and addresses as well as alternate numbers to call in case of emergency.

The first six weeks is traditionally a sensitive time in the Montessori classroom when the new children are acquainting themselves with the rules and routine of the school day and the returning children are settling themselves into a slightly different framework in the new class. We spend this time getting to know each other and concentrating on a smooth running class with as few interruptions as possible. You are welcome to schedule a time to observe in October or any time thereafter.