The snowfall the other night looked like Christmas yesterday morning. Of course, the sights and sounds within our hallways made it Christmas every day! The toddlers did a wonderful rendition of JINGLE BELLS with the bells. There’s no mistaking that it’s their favorite song! I know you’ll agree the ornaments made by the preschoolers will certainly become a treasure on everyone’s tree for years to come. St. Nicholas came to fill our shoes with treats, St. Lucia wore her crown of candles, cannolis were made, Ward’s mom told us about Ramadan and candles were lit on the menorah. The kindergartners have learned where all of our holiday traditions originated as they studied the Festivals of Light. Of course, sweetest of all was the candy house from Germany!
Thank you to all of our families who donated to the Toy Drive again this year. Mia Viana and her folks Tori and Mike drove the carload down to Lurie Children’s Hospital two weeks ago. This is the second year we have participated in this project, which is appreciated by so many children during a frightening time in their lives. The toys certainly put a smile on little faces.
Thank you too for all of the food you provided Hazel Crest Methodist Church’s food pantry. This is our 14th year of donating! This tiny church is always so delighted to receive the food for their families in need. The congregation is aging; but they still operate the pantry, which is open weekly.
I guess these are SWSM’s traditions. We cherish them as we cherish all of the families. We adore the cards you send, and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Merry & Bright 2020. No matter what your traditions are to celebrate this most beautiful of seasons, may you have health and happiness throughout this coming year.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Go Jul, Buon Natale, Happy Eid, Feliz Navidad!
. . . Ms. Kathy
In order to give you a broader insight and better understanding of your child’s time at Southwest Suburban Montessori, view the December curriculum here.
In the spirit of the holiday season, SWSM is requesting food donations on behalf of Hazel Crest Community Church Food Pantry. The collected food will allow 50 families in need to prepare a Christmas dinner of their own. We are graciously asking every child to contribute.
- Preschool/Kindergarten – one large package of boxed stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes AND canned sweet potatoes
- Toddler – two large cans of vegetables AND cranberries
Please bring all food items to school by Friday, December 13th.
It’s officially over! The HARVEST MOON GALA was such a success because of all of you that took part in any way. Whether you attended, donated, bid or helped with the auction . . . THANK YOU! Also congratulations to Tom Evans, the winner of the Grand Raffle.
A very special thank you goes out to Paty Alpers for the tremendous job she did heading the auction committee. She not only helped solicit a plethora of exciting items for your bidding pleasure, she worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a successful one. Not a quick endeavor, she began working on this right before school was out for the summer! Since her children (Sophia, 9 and Lucas, 5) have been here, she has been a very active member of the committee. It goes without saying that she will be missed as Lucas moves to first grade. This year her husband Greg (aka “Mr. Alpers”) agreed to conduct the bidding of the LIVE auction items. And I must say that he did an exemplary job!
Next, thanks goes out to Tori Viana who used her magic fingers on all of the graphics associated with the event and helped with photography. She also orchestrated the Lurie Toy Drive that we feel so good about.
Many thanks to our sponsors for their overwhelming generosity: Lang Exterior, Inc.; Energy Savers Vinyl Windows; the Memon Family and Jack & Pat’s Butcher Shop. Thanks to Deanna Memon and Mimi Hammad for providing the delicious dessert table and to Katie Williams for making our tables look so elegant. (She does have a way with pumpkins.) Thanks to Darb and Fran Lang for orchestrating the transportation of everything to Bourbon Street. What normally requires many cars was easily done with one truck and two strong men! And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Ms. Sharon and Ms. Joyce for doing EVERYTHING else to make sure the event went perfectly! Certainly no small task.
The $21,000 which was raised from the auction and the additional $1,300+ earned from the lottery, split the pot and liquor basket raffles will certainly enhance our environment. The money derived from the event goes right back into the school. We are looking at the possibility of adding a deck to enhance the outside learning area. Who wouldn’t like to paint a picture or read a book in our lush backyard? We are also planning to replace the hot water tank whose capacity is just too small to supply the amount of hot water needed during the school day.
Your generosity and unselfish participation is always appreciated. From the children you have so thoughtfully supported here at SWSM, thank you! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
Parents of SWSM, your generosity and support truly made a difference! Thank you to all who participated in the toy drive. The boys and girls at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital will be thrilled!
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The hallways are filled with the aroma and sounds of the holiday! The First Thanksgiving play has been diligently rehearsed every day and will be performed by the Extended Day Class on Monday, November 25th. Hopefully for all of the students who presently attend or have attended the SWSM Extended Day program, their first true experience of Americana when asked would be our infamous THANKSGIVING PLAY — for you cannot be in the play until your kindergarten year, a right of passage so to say. You are officially old enough to come together as a group and tell this historical story to an audience — not just any audience, but your family!
The most meaningful of all the enterprises involved in this production is the simple and so effective moral lesson. The white man flees the King of England to be free. The Native Americans with their rich and diverse cultures were the first people to occupy this land. The white man and the native man may look different and live differently but are ultimately one in the same. They both seek respect, peace, liberty and harmony amongst themselves and equally with one another. It doesn’t get more American than that!
This is certainly an evening you won’t want to miss! Everyone is welcome. You may contact our office if you would like to purchase tickets.
The auction is a lively, fun social evening. The admission cost covers all food, beer and wine; and the bidding can be electronically placed on a wide variety of gift baskets, sporting events, gift cards, children’s items, spa visits or dinners. The list goes on. You won’t want to miss any part of this event that supports the children of Southwest Suburban Montessori!