Hermosa Montessori


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Important Dates Through December
Friday, November 17, 2023
Lost and found items will be placed on a table by the elementary dismissal gate on Friday, November 17. Please stop by the table at dismissal time on this date to see if your items need to be collected.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
8:00 A.M.
If your child missed photo day, or you would like retakes, please send your child to the playground before school
with their photo package.
For Parents
Open House Young Gallery Primary
(Sally’s class)
(Date Change)
Tuesday, November 7
5:30 – 6:15 P.M. & 6:30 – 7:15 P.M.
Open House Sol Hall Primary (
Stacy’s class)
Wednesday, November 15
5:30 – 6:15 P.M. & 6:30 – 7:15 P.M.
Open House Sol Hall Primary
(Mary Beth’s class)
Thursday, November 16
5:30 – 6:15 P.M. & 6:30 – 7:15 P.M.
Elementary I
Open House
 (Goose’s class)
Tuesday, November 7
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Open House 
(Kristina’s class)
Wednesday, November 8
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Open House
 (Don’s class)
Thursday, November 16
(Date Change)
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Elementary II
Open House (Nicole, Aubrey, & Kirin’s Class)
Monday, November 13
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
If you are active or non-active (discharged) military personnel and would like to join in the parade to be honored by our community, please complete the form below. 
  • Saturday, November 18th from 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
  • $10 per hour per child
  • Dinner optional for an additional charge of $10
  • Pediatric CPR certified middle schoolers will be babysitting
  • Adults will be here to supervise
  • There are planned activities – Fall crafts, outside games, inside games, and storytime
  • Ages: Preschool – 3rd grade
We will start selling tickets next week at drop off and pick up. 
Questions directed to Aeronp@hermosaschool.org
The Garden Group meets first Friday of every month. RSVP using the link above. See the meeting dates below:
  • December 1
  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
Middle School Garden
Students in the garden elective conducted an initial site analysis, cleaned and prepared the sites, then used their math skills to plan and begin to build the new garden beds. Thanks to Hermosa’s multi-talented Tim, who taught the students proper tool use and safety procedures as they began construction.
Social World
(Social Studies)
Students are learning about the government of the United States, a representative constitutional democracy. Students had lessons on the two very important United States documents, The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Each student began work on a personal project to research and create a fact sheet for the constitution of one of the 50 states. These projects include:
  • the name of the state 
  • a picture 
  • the date that it became part of the union 
  • the date the current constitution was ratified 
  • the number of previous constitutions 
  • the number of amendments to the constitution 
  • the date the last amendment was ratified 
  • three interesting facts about the constitution
History’s Mysteries was a great success!
Thanks Elementary II students for doing such a great job bringing historical figures to life. 
More pictures and video footage to come!
While students were focusing on finishing informational historical figure essays, preparing their notes, and practicing their presentations for the History Mysteries Wax Museum, they also continued their lessons in Language Arts, and Math. 
In Language Arts, students continued to receive written expression lessons on the 6 Traits, with a focus on compound sentences, and spelling. They also continued to practice the art of close reading. The lessons that take place during each school day are a combination of small group lessons, and individual practice. Students receive lessons on a particular topic, and very often complete a follow up activity that is meant to be completed with a teacher during the school day. Teachers and students are diligently working on math concepts in their small groups, which change periodically depending on each’s students progress. 
What fun to combine math with slimy pumpkin seeds. Students submit their estimation of how many seeds are in the pumpkin. Then they harvest the seeds, count them, and finally roast and eat them.
Digger Ziggy Jr, Hermosa’s newest baby (tortoise) joined in the costume fun with his custom pumpkin costume.
Montessori Math Materials!
In math, the Montessori materials illustrate the four operations, as well as help students make the transition from the illustrative materials to the abstract. Students work with these materials until they have the ability to complete the thought processes necessary to complete math calculations or higher level thinking abstractly. Students often tell their teacher when they can complete areas of mathematics practice “without the materials” and ask if they “have to” get the beads or boards they have previously used. As the students complete their assignments, You might hear the children referring to the Stamp Game, or the Strip Board.  
The Stamp Game is composed of different colored wooden ‘stamps’, which have a numerical value imprinted on them. They are also color coded in accordance with the family hierarchy colors (green = units/thousands/millions, blue = tens/ten thousands/ten million, red = hundreds/hundred thousands/hundred million and so on). In this activity, the student works with the Stamp Game to add up to 4-digit addends without exchanging. The material is also used to illustrate subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Stamp Game
Strip Board
Subtraction Strip Board
The strip boards are an activity that comes after a child has a solid understanding of the processes of addition and subtraction that comes from working with the Golden Beads and Stamp Game. The Montessori Addition Strip Board teaches children the mathematical concept of adding numerals 1 to 9 more abstractly as it leads the child through all the combinations in addition. The Montessori Subtraction Strip Board teaches children the mathematical concept of subtracting numerals 1 to 18 more abstractly as it leads the child through all the combinations in subtraction. These are valuable materials to help students commit basic math facts to memory.
Dr. Montssori created a foundational approach to reading instruction that has stood the test of time. Beginning with our youngest students, activities to develop phonemic awareness and phonics instruction are present in the Language Arts area of the classroom. Children enjoy the “work” they do to develop phonemic awareness, the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds (phonemes) that combine to form words, with activities such as beginning sound games. The sandpaper letters introduce children to correspondences between letters or groups of letters and their pronunciations as students trace the letter shapes in the style and direction the letters are written. As students develop skills, many classroom activities introduce phonics instruction, which teaches students correspondences between letters and groups of letters and their pronunciations. More next time on the use of the “moveable alphabet.”
Your Extracurricular
Dollars at Work
5-on-5 Football
Values gained- 
Accountability & Commitment, Teamwork, Discipline, Leadership, Perseverance, Courage, and Goal Setting.
Values gained- 
Focus, Concentration, Comprehension, and Memory.
Values gained- 
Decision making, Social Problem Solving, Responsibility, Anticipatory Thinking, Perseverance, Sportsmanship.
Values gained- 
Engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills.
Social Emotional Learning
Values gained- 
Coping with feelings and setting goals. It also helps with interpersonal skills like working in teams and resolving conflicts. SEL can help kids who learn and think differently talk about their challenges and build self-esteem.
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