Edition 3 | April 2018

Community Corner

Parent's discover the excitement that is Magical Math
We're bringing URStrong to FMS
There are some great community events this year
How you can get involved

Discovering Magical Maths

Magical Maths – 27th February

There was an excellent turnout of parents to the first in our series of Magical Math – Mathematics the Montessori way from Birth to 12. Keep an eye out for the next event.

“It not about fixing our minds on an idea but about handling an object and examining it with our senses, moving it continuously … The mind has come into contact and lingers on the object in the periphery taking in everything that the object can give us. The hand touch is the evidence and the mind discovers the secret.”

Dr. Maria Montessori (1934) “Psiocoaritmetica”

Lessons and activities in Birth to 3 are both direct and indirect preparations for mathematics.

Parents discovering Magical Maths 1
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Parents discovering Magical Maths 3

Building the Decanomial: Understanding the multiplication tables by building the ‘Carpet of Jewels’, to identifying the ‘Squares of Numbers’ (Power of 2), to building the “Tower of Jewels’ (Power of 3)

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Parents discovering Magical Maths 6

Exploring Square Root with the Algebraic Pegboard.

Parents exploring Square Root with the Algebraic Pegboard 1
Parents exploring Square Root with the Algebraic Pegboard 2

URStrong is Coming

Visit URStrong WebsiteWe’re excited to announce that we’re bringing URSTRONG to FMS.

The program will run in-house on Tuesday 3 April 2018 for 6-9 and 9-12 children. The approach complements the Montessori philosophy and is successfully operating in Montessori schools in Canada, Mexico and the USA.

Learn More on URStrong Website

Your children will participate in practical workshops designed to empower them with skills and language to be better friends and develop healthy relationships.

Community Events

We are excited to be planning our upcoming Community Events for 2018. These events are a mixture of social and fundraising. The aim of the fundraising is to raise funds to re-do the 3-6 playground. In 2017 we raised $34,500 towards our goal, which was a fantastic achievement.

Please save the following dates in your diary, for what will be some fun and exciting community events:

Date Event Further Information
29th March 2018
3:30pm onwards
Easter Egg Hunt
Melwood Oval Forestville
Bring something to collect eggs, a picnic rug and if you have time, food to enjoy an early dinner with the school community.
12th May 2018
Movie Night Under the Stars Join us for a fun night of face painting, sausage sizzle, food stalls, cakes and more followed by a movie on the school oval.
18th August 2018
Auction Night
Roseville Golf Club
Our Annual Auction night is always a lot of fun. It’s your opportunity to purchase art works lovingly created by your children along with many fantastic donations in the silent auction, from weekends away, to sports classes, music classes, restaurant vouchers, wine and more.
27th October 2018
Trivia Night Try your hand at general knowledge while enjoying some nibbles and drinks with your fellow parents. Trivia Night is a relaxed and fun evening and a great way to get to know other parents.
2nd December 2018
End of year family picnic Come along to school for a relaxed and fun family picnic. Enjoy browsing hand-made stalls while you catch up with everyone before the school holidays start.

FMS Community Team

Parents are invited to join the FMS Community Team. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 20th March 2018 at 9:00 am in the Multimedia space.

Minutes of the recent Community Team Meeting are now available on the Parent Portal.

It would be wonderful if we could welcome as many of you as possible along to these meetings. Every contribution is welcome. Even if you cannot attend the meetings, you may be able to assist with fundraising and community events. Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming part of the team.