The teachers have been very busy making sure the materials and classrooms are all neat and tidy for the students.
(I must point out that just after I took this picture, the teacher giggled and said "Are you taking a picture of my bells all out of order?" I made a note to myself to say that this picture was taken after the second day of orientation.)
Our new middle school teacher returned from her amazing adventure at Hershey Montessori School to spend many, many hours getting the new classroom ready for our first 'batch' of middle school students.
And we've already had the first two days of orientation for the new Casa students. A few years ago, we changed the way we introduce new children into the Casa program. Instead of bringing them in two by two a few days after the beginning of school, we now invite only the new children to spend two days with their teachers before school starts. This allows the teacher to show them the basics such as where the washrooms are, how we handle snack, how to roll a mat, how to take and return work from the shelves, etc. It also gives the new children space to get to know the classroom, the teachers and make a new friend or two.
I am very much looking forward to the coming year and wish everyone the very best year yet!