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Literacy Network Volunteer Training

Literacy Network Volunteer Training

Still need to get your CPS Security Badge?

So you can become a room parent, volunteer in your child’s classroom, tutor, and/or be a chaperone on field trips?

Here’s an EASY WAY!

  1. Go to www.lngc.org (Literacy Network)

  2. Click on “Become a Volunteer”

  3. Sign up for a brief one-time training (Trainings are 1st Tuesday of every month, 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

  4. Attend Training

  5. Literacy Network will handle all paperwork, fees, and logistics for getting background checks and security badges.

  6. You are set to go!

Details:

When:  Next Training date is Tuesday, November 4th (4:30-7).  Sign up now!

Where:  Literacy Network of Cincinnati is located at 650 Gest Street

Cincinnati, OH 45203 (Downtown Cincinnati, about 12 minutes from Parker Woods).  

Questions:  Call Literacy Network at 513-621-READ or contact PWM PTO at pwmpto@gmail.com

10 Ways to Promote a Love of Reading in Your Child

10 Ways to Promote a Love of Reading in Your Child

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Parents Night Reading Skills workshop. Here’s a link to some additional material presented at the meeting:

10 Ways to Promote a Love of Reading in Your Child

1. Make reading interesting!
Find reading materials based on your child’s interests. Bring your child to the library and explore options together.

2. Make reading accessible!
Leave a variety of reading materials around the house for your child to explore. Be sure to include fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, catalogs, comic books, picture books, etc.

3. Encourage listening!
Listening to audio books can be a great way to increase comprehension.
Removes the struggle for readers who have not obtained fluency.
Allows children to focus on the words and create the “picture in their head” that most of us create when we read.
Being able to create this picture helps tremendously in comprehension.

4. Set the example!
Children naturally want to do what their parents do. Set a good example by allowing your child to catch you reading a book!

5. Explore the library!
Libraries offer great programs for kids and they are free! Take advantage of this great resource and help your child see how fun books can be!

6. Read for a purpose!
Present reading as a way to get information:
Read how-to books
Read vacation brochures
Do research on the internet on a topic that interests your child

7. Let your child shine!
Big kids love to show off their skills for their younger siblings. Allowing your child to read to a younger sibling will give them great practice reading aloud, increase their confidence, and get your younger kids exposed to reading at an early age! It’s a win win!!

8. Make it a game!
Play games that are reading related. Board games that require building words, reading spaces or reading cards are a great way to get your child reading without them even realizing it!

9. Make reading special!
All children love and value one on one time with a parent. Set aside a little time every day to read with your child. Pick a cozy spot, a favorite book, snuggle up and read to your child.

10. Make reading a priority!
Life gets busy, but try to find a little time to read to your child daily. This is often done at bedtime, but could be done at the breakfast table, after dinner, or anytime that works well with your family’s schedule

10 maneras en que los padres pueden desarrollar el amor por la lectura en su familia

10 maneras en que los padres pueden desarrollar el amor por la lectura en su familia

10 maneras en que los padres pueden desarrollar el  amor por la lectura en su familia

1.  Busquen materiales que le puedan interesar leer a sus hijos. Usen sus intereses y pasatiempos como punto de partida.

2.  Dejen diferentes materiales de lectura a la vista de sus hijos en diferentes lugares de su casa (revistas, libros, catálogos con colorido, etc.).

3. Escuchen libros en CD.  Esta actividad puede ayudar a los niños con dificultades en la lectura a enfocarse en escuchar el contenido de la historia, en vez de enfocarse en pronunciar las palabras correctamente. Les puede dar la oportunidad de asociar imágenes en su mente con las palabras que oyen.  Esta es una destreza muy importante en la comprensión lectora.  Pueden encontrar una colección de libros en CD o descargables en Kindle en el catálogo de su biblioteca pública.

4.  Lean ustedes también en sus momentos de tiempo libre.  Que sus hijos les vean a ustedes leyendo como pasatiempo les animará a hacerlo también.

5.  Lleven a sus hijos a la biblioteca pública con regularidad. Exploren los materiales de la sección infantil y busquen oportunidades para participar en actividades que se ofrezcan en la biblioteca, tales como hora de cuentos, cuentacuentos, manualidades o títeres. Estas actividades introducen e involucran a sus hijos en la comunidad; de paso que están en la  biblioteca, no hace mal buscar libros interesantes para toda la familia.

6.  Presenten la lectura como una actividad para un propósito; como una forma de recoger información precisa, por ejemplo, para aprender a hacer aviones de papel, identificar una artículo de una colección que hagan sus hijos, o planear una salida familiar. Es una buena idea que toda la familia participe en este tipo de lectura.

7.  Animen a sus hijos mayores a que les lean a los más pequeños. Los hermanos mayores suelen sentirse orgullosos de mostrar sus habilidades y se sienten admirados por ello.

8.  Jueguen a juegos relacionados con lectura. Busquen juegos de mesa que tengan que ver con deletreo, o juegos que requieran lectura de cartas e instrucciones.

9.  Planeen tiempo específico, aparte del tiempo de tarea, para lectura.  Logren incluir y mantener un tiempo de lectura de veinte minutos diarios en el horario de sus hijos. Incluso un mínimo de diez minutos al día de lectura libre puede mejorar enormemente la habilidad lectora y el hábito de lectura de su hijo. Debe ser un momento en que ustedes puedan poner toda su atención en esta tarea y darle este tiempo tan valioso a su hijo, aunque no sea más que diez minutos.  Busquen un lugar cómodo, encuentren un libro que les interese, y lean juntos durante este periodo de tiempo.

10.  Lean en voz alta a su hijo, sobre todo si el niño siente frustración o falta de confianza en su habilidad de lectura. El placer de escucharles leer, más que el esfuerzo y la frustración de no poder hacerlo por sí solo, le devolverá al niño el entusiasmo inicial por los libros y la lectura.

*Recuerden: ¨Leer¨ significa mucho más que leer libros.  Leer menús, señales de tráfico, carteles en la calle, octavillas y folletos en la consulta del doctor… también constituye tiempo de lectura.  Aprovechen momentos y oportunidades para leer juntos con sus hijos y hagan de ello una actividad divertida, como, por ejemplo, un ¨veo, veo¨ de palabras que ven en su entorno durante el día (¡por ejemplo, en el carro mientras manejan a la escuela!).

Nota de la traductora: Leer en español también contribuye al desarrollo lector de sus hijos.  Si ustedes leen a sus hijos en su lengua nativa, estos desarrollarán gusto por conocer más sobre su lengua y les animará a leer, ya sea en español o en inglés.  No dejen de leer a sus hijos, no importa en qué lengua.

 

Memorial Dedication for Jennifer Koster – Thursday, November 13

Memorial Dedication for Jennifer Koster – Thursday, November 13

Parker Woods Montessori announces the dedication of a bench, designed and created by a local metal artist, Kate Demske, in honor of a former CPS Montessori teacher and friend of Parker Woods Montessori, Jennifer Koster.

Jennifer significantly impacted the lives of many children throughout her lifetime. Prior to her death in 2012, Jennifer dedicated many hours of her time to the school. She was integral in the purchase and preparation of outside pots for planting, ran the Scholastic Book Fair for numerous years, worked as a substitute teacher, was a member of our LSDMC and served on the Design Team helping to determine the color scheme in the building, various design elements throughout the building and the design of a circular garden outside the school building.

Upon the passing of Jennifer’s mother, the Koster family made a generous donation to the Winton Montessori Foundation, now Parker Woods Montessori, which was to be used to create and maintain an outside learning environment for children across the ages as well as to beautify the school itself. It was through this donation that we were able to purchase the bench and plaque in her honor.

Please join us on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Parker Woods Montessori as we dedicate this bench in honor of our friend, Jennifer Koster.

Respectfully Submitted by Melissa A. Ridley
October 21, 2014

Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

Getting the most out of your Parent Teacher Conference

It’s Parent-Teacher Conference Week at Parker Woods Montessori. Here are some helpful tips to help you get the most out of your meeting with your child’s teacher.

Before you meet with the teacher

Talk to your child. Ask your child how he or she is doing in school. Find out if your child has any concerns. Is she happy in school? What is her favorite part of the day? Does she need extra help?

Write down the questions you want to ask. Preparing a list before your meeting will help you remember all the things you want to talk about when you get there.

During the Parent Teacher Conference

Be on time. Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes. Try to arrive at school before the conference is scheduled.

Relax and be yourself. You should feel welcomed in the school. This is your chance to get to know more about the people who work with your child every day.

Refer to your list and ask the most important questions first. Here are some good questions to ask:

  • What will be covered in this school year?
  • Is my child doing work at or above grade level?
  • What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
  • What are the expectations for homework?
  • How are grades determined?
  • What can I do at home to help?
  • How are my child’s work habits and behavior?
  • Does my child work better in groups or alone?
  • How does my child get along with others? Adults? Children?
  • Is my child happy in school?
  • Is there any concern about learning or behavior problems that I should know about? If so, what has been tried to help my child?
  • How can I keep in touch about my child’s progress?
  • What are some opportunities for me to become involved at school?

Ask for explanations of anything you don’t understand. Some of the educational terms used by the teacher may seem unfamiliar. Make sure you get an explanation of anything that is new to you.

Make a plan. Write down the things that you and the teacher will each do to support your child.

After the Parent Teacher Conference

Talk to your child. Tell your child how well the conference went. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.

Follow through. Be sure to schedule at least one more time to talk in the next few months. There are many ways to communicate—in person, by phone, notes, email. Communication should go both ways. Ask how you can contact the teacher. And don’t forget to ask how the teacher will contact you too. Make a plan that works for both of you.

Resources

Here are some resources you can refer to for more information about make parent-teacher conferences a success for you and your child.

http://www.pacer.org/mpc/pdf/MPC-67.pdf

http://www.westmichiganaviation.org/system/assets/189/original/Parent-Teacher-ConferenceTipSheet-Parents.pdf

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-teacher-partnerships/make-most-your-teacher-conference

http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/19516/

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Parent_Parent_2/

Mark your Calendars! Parent’s Night: Reading Skills

Mark your Calendars! Parent’s Night: Reading Skills

Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s reading level? Would you like to know more about how you can support your child’s reading skills?Get answers from the experts! Join us and spread the word about the Parent’s Night: Reading Skills Workshop.

When: Monday, October 20th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Parker Woods Montessori, Media Center
Pizza and Childcare (for children 3 and up) will be provided

Questions, e-mail Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara at b.leavittalcantara@gmail.com

 

Walk-a-thon and Fall Festival is FRIDAY !!

Walk-a-thon and Fall Festival is FRIDAY !!

PTO hopes you are having good luck in soliciting donations for our Walk-a-thon!

Remember to turn in your envelope with donations this Friday, October 10th.  Funds can be dropped off that morning as your child arrives at the school, or at the Fall Festival from 4-7 PM. If you forget your donation on Friday, volunteers will also be available on Monday, October 13th before school.  Checks payable to PWM Foundation.

Please remember to put your child’s name and homeroom on the envelope so we can give a PIZZA PARTY to the class with the most donations.

Free game tickets for the festival will be given to all kids who bring in donations on Friday!

Please make sure that your child is wearing gym shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. Our school colors are red and black. Let’s wear our school colors or Parker Woods Montessori t-shirts to show our school spirit!

If you are planning on walking with your child’s class, below are the start times.  You must have a volunteer badge. Please arrive 10 minutes early and park in one of the lots (not in the pick-up/drop-off circle).  Then go through the office to your child’s classroom.  If you have not notified the school that you are walking, please contact your child’s teacher!

3-6 Ages
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Ms Ridley, Ms. Mulvey, Ms. Harris, Ms. Kafore, Ms. Stayton, Ms. Beth, Ms. Enderle

6-9 Ages
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Ms. Alex Naim, Ms. Heather Bailey & Ms. Nieman

6-9 Ages
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Ms. Guetle, Ms. Casey, Ms. Thomas, Ms. McGraw, Ms. Amanda Hendricks, & Ms. Gentene & Ms. Amber Lovett

9-12 Ages
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Ms. Best, Ms. Judy Ganance, Ms. Greenler, Ms. Bocksteigel & Ms. Michelle Harris (not 3-6 teacher !)

We also hope that you are planning on attending the Fall Festival from 4–7 PM.  It will be held inside the school and there will be food, games, face painting, a bouncy house and more!  Most games will cost $0.50 – $1.00, and there will also be some activities for free.  We hope to see everyone there!

Leadership Scholars Parent Academy

Leadership Scholars Parent Academy

Beginning the week of September 22nd Leadership Scholars will be coming to schools near you!  Parents and community members are welcome to attend ANY of the sessions, not just those for your home school.

Contact Sharon Frankart to RSVP: sharonfrankart@gmail.com or 513-861-5323

http://www.leadershipscholars.org/parent-program/

THE PARENT ACADEMY PROGRAM ENSURES THAT PARENTS GRADUATE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO HELP THEIR CHILD PREPARE FOR AND GET INTO A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE.

ELEMENTARY PARENT ACADEMY LESSONS

Lesson 1:  Establishing the Collaboration Between the Home, School, and Community

Recognize that parents are THE most important people in children’s lives; that it is essential for parents to tell their children and the school that their children are going to college; that the home is the foundation of education; that it is important to have a close relationship between home, school, and community; and that intelligence is not fixed.

Lesson 2:  Fostering Self-Esteem and Academic Achievement

Understand the influence of parents and teachers on children’s self-esteem, the connection with neuroplasticity, the importance of having grit, and the resulting impact on academic performance.

Lesson 3:  Relating Behavioral Management to Academic Achievement

Understand the concept of “discipline” as a synonym of “guide” and not “punishment”, emphasize the relationship between positive discipline and academic achievement, and understand the role of meditation and empathy.

Lesson 4:  Reviewing Standardized Test Scores and Preparation for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Understand the difference between academic proficiency and grades while identifying ways to have

effective parent-teacher conferences.

Lesson 5:  Acquiring a Better Understanding of the School System and Developing Good Study Skills

Understand how the school functions at the elementary level; the importance of standardized tests in preparation for college admission exams; how children can be more organized; and the roles of optimism, persistence, and healthy lifestyles on academic performance.

Lesson 6:  Becoming Familiar with College Requirements

Understand the benefits of going to college; the importance of good grades, college admission tests, and the importance of taking rigorous high school classes for college admission; the critical impact of a parent telling children and the school that children will go to college; and available financial aid options.

Lesson 7:  Discussion with Principal

Facilitate a discussion with the principal using questions gathered throughout the previous classes.

 

Adult Basic and Literacy Education Services (ABLE)

Adult Basic and Literacy Education Services (ABLE)

Cincinnati Public Schools is now sponsoring Adult Basic and Literacy Education Services (ABLE) to provide an opportunity for adults to improve their academic and employment skills. The ABLE program is FREE and assists adults who want to

  • Prepare for the GED test
  • Take an official GED Practice Test
  • Upgrade Academic Skills for technical training/college or career advancement
  • Participate in Family Literacy classes to improve academic and parenting skills (childcare may be provided at family literacy sites
  • Learn English for Speaker of other languages
  • Learn basic Computer Skills

For enrollment information, call 513-363-6100. Classes are offered in the following locations:

CityLink Center
800 Bank Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

East End Learning Center
4015 Easter Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
1602 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Queen City Vocational Center
425 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45203

St. Vincent DePaul Center
4848 Winneste Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45232

Education Matters
3636 Warsaw Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45205

Urban League
3458 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45229

YWCA
898 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202