A Letter from the Administrator
Important Upcoming Dates:
FMA Summer Camps – 6/17 through 6/21 & 6/24 through 6/28
We find ourselves at the end of a busy year. I would like to thank you for your continued support of FMA and for allowing us the opportunity to work with your exceptional children. They are the reason we are here.
As we close up for summer break, I would like to highlight some May topics of interest.
Young Toddler Program
The FMA Toddler Program is expanding! We will continue to have our 2-3 year old group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, but will now begin accepting children age 12 months through 24 months for a 2 hour morning program on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Students in this younger age group will be in class for two hours, two days per week and must be walking well. Students in our Toddler Programs do not need to be potty trained to enroll.
Preschool and Extended Day students visited Back to the Wild on 5/22 and had a beautiful beach day on 5/30.
Lower Elementary third graders attended Huron Water Safety Day in the Boat Basin on 5/23 and the entire Lower El class traveled to South Bass Island on 5/30 to study history, geology and golf. They will had their annual beach day on 6/4.
Spotlight on New Board Members
FMA welcomes the following new board members:
Carl Krueger (father to Kathryn in PSC and Elizabeth in T)
Tiffany Swain (mother to Grant in PSW and Olivia in T)
Our current board officers and trustees are:
Leslie Murray –President
Megan Munafo – Vice President
Brian Moser – Secretary
Melissa James – Treasurer
Matt Pickworth - Trustee
We wish to acknowledge the work of Joe Jessen, Kareem Dolce and Kathy Knight for all of their dedication to FMA and the Board of Trustees. They are stepping down and we wish them all the best!
I am honored to introduce two wonderful new staff members to our team for the coming school year! FMA wishes to welcome our new Head of School, Heather Gray and a new Lower Elementary teacher, Paula Osbun.
Heather Gray has an extensive resume of over twenty years of experience that includes teaching, teacher training and leadership of her own Montessori school.
She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from UC Berkeley and Mills College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from New College and her Montessori teaching credential from Adrian Dominican Teacher Education Institute. FMA looks forward to her peaceful direction.
Paula Osbun has eleven years of experience teaching in a Lower Elementary classroom and nineteen years experience working with children. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University, a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and her Montessori teaching credential. We are happy to have her on our team and look forward to her approach.
Preschool “Spring Sing” was held in the individual preschool classrooms on 5/21. Our performers were wonderful! We are proud of our talented performers and thank the teachers for all of their work throughout the year as they prepared their students for this event.
End of the Year Picnic/Graduation
We had perfect weather and a wonderful time at this year’s picnic. Thank you to those that provided such delicious food. It was so nice to see so many families, staff and alumni in attendance and I hope you had as much fun as my family and I did.
Congratulations to this year’s graduates Jace Hunter and Amanda Goans! Jace has been a student at Firelands Montessori Academy since the seventh grade and Amanda has just completed her first and last year with us. We wish Jace and Amanda the best of luck with their future academic pursuits!
I would like to wish Steve Brent and Kelsey Kryling a fond farewell. Steve and Kelsey will not be returning for the 2013-2014 school year.
Steve is a former FMA student and returned to us as a frequent sub in 2010-2011. He has worked in both Upper and Lower El with Trevah and Charlotte and will be greatly missed by staff and students alike. Steve will be married in late September and has plans to attend graduate school.
Kelsey was referred to us by one of her former teachers and began working at FMA this past school year as a highly recommended sub. She later joined our staff officially by working in the Toddler Program with Miss Jenni.
Kelsey will be married in late September as well and will be moving out of state. She has plans to pursue her Montessori certification.
We wish both teachers well as they venture into married life with their respective spouses.
We wish to remember Jeff Kazmer, FMA IT Specialist, who passed away suddenly on May 15th. Jeff was an FMA employee for many years and a long time FMA parent as well. His children, Austin and Brook, attended our school through Upper El. Jeff was a reliable and valued staff member and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Summer Office Hours
The FMA main office hours have been set for the summer. FMA and the main office will be closed outside of these set hours.
The FMA summer schedule is as follows:
June 6th – June 14 – Regular Office Hours (M-F 8am-3pm)
June 17-August 2 – Summer Hours (TWR 8:30am-12:30pm)
July 1- July 5 – School/Office Closed
August 5 – Regular Office Hours Resume (M-F 8am-3pm)
I will be available through June 28th by appointment. Please feel free to contact me via phone or email as needed.
Summer Volunteer Options
For those of you that may be looking for a way to get involved at FMA, I am offering some options for Summer Break. We could use some help roofing and waterproofing our little houses, mulching and grounds keeping before the new school year begins. Please let Natalie know if you are interested. We would be happy to set you to work!
Our Summer Break begins on June 5th and we will resume school on Monday, August 19, 2013.
Please look for updates in your email inbox, on our website www.firelandsmontessori.org and on our Facebook page. We will post information throughout the summer months and send out welcome packets in early August.
Thank you for reading. I wish you and your families many happy hours enjoying sand, sunshine and fireworks.
Rachel Stewart – Administrator
Firelands Montessori Academy
419-433-6181 firstname.lastname@example.org. oh.us