Dear Parents,

The Return to Bedrock!

The study of Dinosaurs is always one of the most favored themes in our classroom; the children are fascinated to learn about them.  As we talked about what the dinosaurs might have looked like and what our world was like when they roamed the earth, you can see the look of wonderment on their faces!  Precious!

We had a special event this week: Sigrid Noah brought in 24 Monarch chrysalises on Monday!  The children were so excited to see the butterflies emerge out from the chrysalises; right before their eyes today (Thursday).  All through the day the children watched more and more butterflies appear; they are beautiful!  Thank you for providing us with this wonderful experience!

We began the week by looking at a timeline of the dinosaurs.  The children learned many facts: the names of the dinosaurs; whether they were plant-eaters (herbivores) or meat-eaters (carnivores); their size and their weight; and whether they were armored, plated, horned, long-necked or duckbilled.

The children’s favorite dinosaurs were the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops (they learned that “tri” means three), Duck-billed and the Pterosaurs.  We also read many nonfiction as well as fiction book about dinosaurs.  We ended our week talking about the different theories of what happened to the dinosaurs.

Here are some additional activities we enjoyed this week of Summer Camp:

  • Creating pictures using dinosaur stencils
  • Dinosaur rubbing plates
  • Dinosaur push-pinning
  • Marble rolling (painting) with push-pinned dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur Dot-to-Dot (with numbers)
  • Dinosaur Bingo
  • Tracing their silhouette into a dinosaur
  • Creating pictures using foam dinosaur shapes

Next week we will be exploring the world of “Amazing Creatures“.  We are looking forward to several guests who will be coming to the school:

  • Monday, July 1st Chappie’s Bees will be talking to the children about bees, how honey is made and what it is like to be a beekeeper
  • Tuesday, July 2nd – the U of F Department of Entomology & Nematology will be visiting and bringing some interesting “creatures” for the children to see
  • Tuesday, July 2nd (in the afternoon) – Mr. Tim McCarthy, from Nature Art in High Springs who visited us last week will be making a return visit to inspire the children to create a watercolor painting of an amazing creature to be transferred on to a t-shirt if you would like (see additional information attached).
  • Wednesday, July 3rd – the Santa Fe Zoo will visit
  • Friday, July 5thSplash Day!
  • Please remember there will be no Summer Camp on Thursday as our school is closed in observance of Independence Day. 


Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Jessica

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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