Welcome to school year 2013-2014!!! This is an exciting time for all your children to develop their own passion towards learning as we embrace new adventures together.
I am Mrs. Mary Fritzie Sebial and this is my eighth school year here at Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy. I have been in the teaching profession for 22 years, all of which have been in the Montessori system of education. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education in Centro Escolar University in the Philippines. I had my Montessori Elementary Certificate from OB Montessori College, one of the largest and most reputable training centers in the Philippines. I have also taught Math (k-12 Math Subjects) in Kumon for seven years.
I greatly believe in providing good education for our children and upholding to its highest standards since I am also a proud mother of three wonderful children, ages 17, 13 and 5. I am truly privileged to be a part of the Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy’s educational system, which advocates the kind of learning that maximizes the children’s potential. This is an exciting year for me as Arborland just celebrated 25 years of success and I am privileged to be part of this continued journey as we enter our 26th year.
Montessori philosophy advocates a three year cycle of learning at each plane of development. It allows the teacher to spend multiple years with the students and get to know the students at a very personal level. It also advocates children learn best in a mixed age education where they are encouraged and motivated to learn as they observe various lessons being presented. Children learn from each other, improve social skills, and positive energy is advanced. Arborland continues to maintain a teacher to child ratio of 1 to 12. This year I am happy to advise you that I will be joined by Ms. Marty Shepard who has been teaching for 22 years and 12 of those years were at our Valencia campus. Ms. Shepard has a Bachelor of Arts degree and full Montessori teaching credential for ages 6 to 12 from the Montessori Institute of the Pacific North West, Oregon. Having more experience with this group of children, I will retain the lead and be responsible for all lesson plans, classroom management, and children’s progress. Ms. Shepard provides amazing lessons. Many children’s curiosity was fired up by her presentations. She will work in close coordination with me. You may continue to bring all your questions and concerns to me. I am excited to welcome Ms. Shepard as she will be a great asset to the children’s learning experience. Please join me in giving Ms. Shepard a very warm welcome.
Together, we will make your child’s learning experience fun and interesting as we uphold Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy’s high quality education and standard. We are truly thrilled to meet each and everyone and to continue to your child’s educational journey.
Our day begins promptly at 8:45 every morning. It is important that you bring your child to class on time. Children who are tardy will miss valuable work time as well as disrupt the class' work time. Children who arrive late also tend to feel they have missed out on work and have a difficult time settling down.
Communication between the parent, child and teacher is vitally important in the education process. Please understand that your child deserves my undivided attention during class time from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; therefore, the best time for communication is either before or after school. You may also call or leave a note in my mailbox in the office. Please do not hesitate to send me e-mails at
. If there is an urgent need, please phone the office at (714) 871-3111.
Montessori education is continuous. Therefore, it is important that the children have the continued opportunity in their own home to assume responsibility, accept the natural consequences, mange time, and choose activities wisely.
For children who bring lunch from home, a microwave is available in the classroom to warm meals. No instant lunch noodles, please. Do include healthy food either fruits or vegetables.
A daily snack time is available for your child. Please send a small nutritious snack, such as granola bar, fruit, vegetable, crackers, juice, etc. Chips, cheetos and cookies are not good choices due to low nutritious value. Candy, gum and soda are not allowed at school. Please be advised that sharing snacks is also discouraged.
Please only send the requested supplies to school. No toys/cards/electronic devices are allowed at school.
SHOW AND TELL
Your child will have Fridays that he/she can bring something to share. These items should be of educational nature, from a trip, special interest, photographs, hobbies or nature collection. Toy collections need to be approved ahead of time.
Birthdays are a very special day for you, your child, and us. I would like to use this opportunity to give the children an experience of the passage of time with a personal time-line showing your child's history and stages of growth. Please collect the time-line form from me in advance and help your child complete the form. You are welcome to send individual treats to share with the class. No candy or gum please. Please be sure to provide plates, napkins, cups and necessary utensils. No matches or candles. Your child may also celebrate his/her birthday by giving a book to the class. We will celebrate your child's birthday at 2:30 pm. Please make arrangement with me.
1 black two-inch three ring binder
1 pack of wide ruled line paper
5 two-pocket folders
1 pencil box
1 large eraser
1 set colored pencil, crayons, water color and markers
1 pair of scissors
1 ruler (12 inch)
1 white glue
5 glue sticks
2 drawing pencils
6 small tempera paints - assorted colors
1 drawing pad of white paper
1 pack assorted construction papers
I recommend that all of their belongings be labeled. Please check and replenish their supplies periodically.
Both Ms. Shepard and I look forward to working with you and your child!
Ms. Mary Fritzie Sebial
Montessori Teacher, Classroom 107
Elementary Daily Activity Schedule
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Educational activities, art, games, breakfast, reading, social in Media Center
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Outdoor morning exercise and social
8:30 a.m. Bell rings, elementary children line up to go to classrooms
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Morning meeting, journal writing
8:45-12:00 p.m. Montessori session (Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Reading, Reading
Comprehension and Reading Analysis, Penmanship, Composition,
Grammar, Study skills and, Mathematics).
12:00- 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m. Recess, Playground
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Montessori session (Social Science, Science, Music, Art, P.E., Spanish, and
3:00 p.m. (Lower Elementary) Class dismissal. The full day children wait inside the
classroom for parents to pick them up. The childcare children go outside
with study hall teacher.
3:15 p.m. (Upper Elementary) Class dismissal. The full day children go home with
parents. The child care children go outside to study hall teacher.
3:15-3:30 p.m. Roll calling, outdoor play
3:30-3:45 p.m. Snacks are provided to the students who stay for childcare & study hall
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Homework
4:30 - 5:50 p.m. Reader’s Corner, Math enrichment, Writer’s Corner
5:50 – 6:00 p.m. Cleaning up & Relocate to lobby
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Waiting for parents, educational activities, board games, arts & crafts, coloring,
painting, idea sharing or sports at playground (Please be sure to clean
up before go home)
Elementary Afternoon Schedule (Classroom 107):
Monday: PE - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Spanish - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: Music - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: Art - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ; Science - 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.