Week 3: 8/31 – 9/4/202033

Dear Bella Mente Families,

I hope this letter finds everyone safe and healthy! As I speak with more and more parents this school year I have to say how impressed I am by all of you! So many of you are working while assisting your student as an educational manager! I truly appreciate the hard work you and your student(s) are doing. 

Our teachers continued administering MAPs assessments, introduced Wonders ELA and ALEKS math to students this week. As always, the highlight of our teachers’ day is seeing your children during their live meets. It is that connection that makes teachers want to teach and students want to learn. I had a parent recently ask me an important question that I had to think about. What is the most precious asset a child has? After some thought my answer was curiosity. When I see a child curious about something and eager to learn I see a joyful child. Let’s continue to encourage our students’ curiosity and joy in life in all they do!

As always, we at Bella want to thank you for your trust, patience, and kindness as we work together to make this a great year for all!

Enjoy, stay safe, and cool over our three day weekend!
Dr. McQuestion

“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.” —The Child, Society and the World (Unpublished Speeches and Writing)

  • Please make sure your student(s) are logging in through Clever and not going directly to their Google Classroom or Google Meet with their teacher.
  • We heard your suggestions and purchased Zoom, which we will slowly roll out over the next few weeks. Zoom offers better security and has more tools for teacher instruction.
  • Student emails are for logging in only, they are not set up for communication. Please contact your teacher through Clever, Google Classroom, or email from a parent.
  • Big Universe is having technical difficulties. McGraw Hill is working on it and it will hopefully be up and running soon!

Montessori Musings

Why do Montessori teachers always insist that children carry their own backpacks? 


You have probably heard that Montessori values independence, but how is that achieved? It starts with simple things, such as carrying their own backpack, carrying a cup to the table, and putting away their own socks when they are young.  Montessori talked about it regularly in her presentations and writings.  She explained that when we don’t let children do these things for themselves we are placing more value on the object than the child.  So while it may take more time for a child to do a job or a glass or two might break, in the end, the benefits are great for the child.  Another way to think about it is “Everything you know how to do, is because someone in your life let you do it.”


Maria Montessori reading to kids


Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. 

  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days for the school year) can make it harder to learn to read. 
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. 
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. 
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. 

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. https://www.attendanceworks.org/

Our attendance for the school year so far is 97.54%. Our Middle School students are rocking it at 99% since school started! Congratulations to Middle School!

Thank you for helping your student attend daily, shows up for live meets on time, and dressed for success! 

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