Published On: February 14, 2017


Our second round of parent/guide conferences continues tomorrow and next Wednesday; the school will dismiss @ noon tomorrow and next Wednesday to accommodate these important meetings.

*All families are required to attend at least two conferences, per student, per school year.

Intent to Remain Forms

Please remember to turn in your student’s Intent to Remain form by 24 February, as we are planning for the upcoming Application season. (copy attached)

Extended Day Care

As many of you already know, Aftercare has a new format:

3:30-4:00 Daily craft or activity under the Chickee

3:45-3:55 Snack and continue activity

4:00-4:45 Enrichments/Homework Club

·         All Lower El students who are in Aftercare will participate in all enrichments, except Running Club

·         Upper El Students have the option of doing homework or participating in Enrichments

4:45-4:55 Second Snack/Break

5:00-5:30 Campus Beautification

Extended Day Care Enrichments

·        Starting February 27th: Ukulele Club will meet every Monday 4:00-4:45 PM. Students are welcome to join us at dismissal.

·         Running Club will also move to Mondays next week.

·         Beginning TODAY: We will have Gardening Club with Master Gardener, Debi Clem, who will be teaching our children how to grow vegetables and plants. She owns Green Thumb Landscaping and loves teaching people to garden. She’s been a member of the Key West Garden Club since the early 80s. Gardening Club meets every Tuesday.

·         Capoeria will continue to alternate on Tuesdays, while Blue Green Club will take place every Tuesday.

·         On Wednesdays, we will have Music & Dance Club where we will rehearse and perform song and dance routines.

·         Fun Friday is back! Any students staying In Aftercare on Friday are welcome to bring non-electronic toys to share during Enrichment time. We will also watch a movie and have a fun snack.

If you have any questions about Aftercare, please contact Ms. Rachel at [email protected]

Accepting Donations

There are three separate opportunities for families to make use of unwanted items – thanks for reading!

Soccer Equipment

We have a group of families traveling to a Montessori school in Costa Rica over Spring Break, and they would like to take as many soccer cleats & shin guards as we can gather to share with the youth of the area.  Sourcing soccer gear in Costa Rica is costly, and our donated items will help keep kids playing the sport with appropriate gear.  Donations may be brought to our office until 8 March.


Ms. Zurima and her partner continue to collect used bicycles for the villagers in French Guyana. Families are encouraged to bring in their used bikes to share – this is an ongoing collection effort – thanks for bringing the used bikes to school and reaching out to Ms. Zurima in the Reef Gecko Classroom.


Ms. Gabriela continues to collect unwanted smartphones for the Go Bananas Challenge, which ends on 3 April. This contest was created by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to bring awareness and decrease the mining of Coltan in gorilla habitats. Unwanted cell phones can be dropped off at the office, where the collection box is located.

Share Good Habits, not Germs

This year’s cold & flu season has been especially severe for some families. While we make announcements & model frequent and thorough handwashing, please follow up at home by monitoring your student’s handwashing: wet hands, apply soap, lather for at least 20 seconds, rinse thoroughly, and dry hands. Families can also help avoid the spread of illness by keeping their student at home if they have a fever (100.1 or greater), sore throat, eye infection, persistent cough, or severe nasal excretions. A child or member of staff may return to school after having been fever free without medication for 24 hours. Thank you for partnering with us in promoting healthy habits.