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MMS Book Fair

What better way to kick off your holiday shopping than with the Scholastic Fall Book Fair? You will find a wide variety of great titles for toddlers through adults, both at the school on online. You can shop our in-person fair Monday, December 1 – Friday, December 5. Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. the Vocal Ensemble will perform their annual “Carols and Cocoa” concert. Come listen to some beautiful songs, enjoy some refreshments, and shop! You can start shopping the online fair NOW. It will be available November 21 – December 5, for guaranteed Christmas delivery. See you at the Book Fair!

Carols & Cocoa | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

carols and cocoa

November 20, 2014 Email Update

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Student Illness General Guidelines

For the sake of the other children’s health, it is vital that parents inform the front office of their child’s medical diagnosis as soon as possible.

Children must be 24-hour fever-free, vomit free, and diarrhea free before returning to school after an illness.  If your child has a green mucus discharge coming from his/her nose, please keep the child at home and do not send to school.


A fever is defined as a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any child who has a fever or has had a fever within the past 24 hours should not attend school.  A child must be without fever, and have been fever-free for the proceeding 24 hours to attend school  Please do not medicate your child and bring them back to school the same day – a child must be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication. There are no exceptions to the 24 hour policy.


If a child has been found to have lice, s/he must receive treatment for it and be completely lice free before returning to school.  Parents must notify the school if their child has lice.  A child returning from being treated will be checked for lice before re-entering his/her classroom.

Cold Symptoms

Children will have many colds every year.  It is not our intent to exclude children from school attendance if they have a minor upper respiratory viral infection (a common cold), but we must differentiate between mild and moderate to severe symptoms.

A child who has minor stuffiness, minimal clear nasal secretions, an infrequent cough, and no fever may attend school.  This child should feel well and energetic, and be able to participate in the daily activities of the school day.

A child who has more severe symptoms than this should remain at home.  This includes the child who is coughing, sneezing frequently, has moderate to more copious nasal secretions, has thick green nasal secretions, feels sick or tired, or has a fever as described above.

Other Infectious Diseases NEED TO STAY HOME for 24 Hours

There are many other illnesses that are contagious to others, but the following is a list of the more common illnesses in children.  If your child has been diagnosed with any of the following, they will need a doctor’s note to be re-admitted to school, with the note specifying when the child is no longer contagious.  These illnesses include the following:

  • Strep throat
  • Impetigo
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Conjunctivitis (“pink eye”)*
  • influenza
  • chicken pox
  • sinusitis
  • gastroenteritis (stomach infection, vomiting or diarrhea)
  • any undiagnosed skin rash

*Children with pink eye need to be on medication 24 hours before returning to school.

Vocal Ensemble Reminder

We only have Two more rehearsals before our first performance on Wednesday, December 3rd.  Thank you for making attendance at our final rehearsals a priority!

Carols & Cocoa(and other holiday favorites)
Date & Time: December 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Location:  MMS Portico

During this performance, friends and families of Millhopper Montessori School will get to enjoy the sounds of the season as they shop at the book fair.  Hot chocolate and holiday treats will be served.  Please send your child’s performance attire with them to school.  Students will stay after school, change clothes and have a snack during After Care before the performance.  If you choose to pick up your child after school and bring him/her back for the performance, please make sure they are at school no later than 3:45.

** There will be a holiday treat signup sheet for our Carols & Cocoa performance posted on the bulletin board outside of my classroom next week.  Thank you in advance for your generous donations.  We will also need a few parent volunteers to help us set-up before the event.  Please email me at ceckstein@millhopper.com if you are interested.

Caroling in the Community

On Tuesday, December 9th, the students will be caroling around the classrooms of MMS at 10:00 a.m.  Please be sure to send your child to school dressed in his/her performance attire.  In the afternoon of December 9th, the vocal ensemble will be caroling at Alz Place.  We will leave MMS at 1:45 p.m. and return by 3:00 p.m.  We will need several parents to help drive.  If you are interested in driving, please stop by the front office to fill out the appropriate paper work.  Please bring your license and car insurance card.  Please email me at ceckstein@millhopper.com if you are able to drive.  A permission slip for the event will be sent homenext week.

Performance Attire

Casual, holiday attire.  Ideas include a red, green or festive print shirt with a pair of pants or a skirt.  No shorts, jeans or tennis shoes, please.

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