This Week: May 22, 2017

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Montessoaring Moment

Jobs week is an opportunity for 8th grade students to seek out their individual interests and have a valuable life experience which will help prepare them for adulthood. This past week, the eighth graders stepped outside of the classroom and into the real world where they were responsible for locating a prospective employer through their own research and networking skills. To prepare, students had to compile and present a resume and personally make arrangements for the work-week with their employers. Some jobs included working with lawyers at a legal aid clinic, bussing tables and serving at area restaurants, learning what real estate development is like and even building skateboards at a local skateboard shop. Beyond giving them confidence in their ability to adapt to new situations, manage time and navigate the city, the experience also encourages students to develop relationships with potential mentors.

Montessori Moves Walk-a-Thon
May 24

The Walk-a-Thon for 3-6 through 12-14 students is next week on Wednesday, May 24th! Students can go to the Montessori Moves Website to download the hard copy pledge sheet or create an online profile. If they have paper pledges, they can drop their envelopes in the collection box on Jerome’s desk. If you have questions contact Jeanne Douglass at

Contract Cancellation Deadline

If your family’s plans have changed and you no longer intend to have your child(ren) attend NNM for the 2017-2018 school year, the deadline to notify the school of your official withdrawal is May 31, 2017. Parents’ obligation to pay the full annual tuition for the school year becomes fixed and irrevocable as of June 1, 2017. Please contact Jenelle Sullivan with any questions about this deadline.

2017-Annual Board of Directors Meeting
May 22 | 6:30 pm

Please join us on May 16 at 6:30 pm for a very special guest speaker. NNM will be hosting Holocaust survivor Milan (“Lou”) Voticky to share his experiences. Students 6th grade and older are welcome to attend with their parents. To RSVP and learn more about the event, click here.

NNM Dance Concert
May 23 | 4:00 pm

Liven up your afternoon with some hip-hop, ballet, tap and more! All are invited to come to the Spring Dance Concert on Tuesday, May 23 at 4:00pm in the Little Gym. Students from Dana, Kate and Amanda’s 6-9, 9-12 and 12-14 dance classes will be performing.

Tuesdays at the Triangle
May 23-August 29 | 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Summer entertainment at the Polish Triangle begins this Tuesday May 23, 2017. The Near North Montessori Band, violin students and dancers will launch this season’s Tuesdays @ the Triangle with their performances from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Then from 6:30pm-7:30pm, Ida y Vuelta will perform Jarocho Music from Veracruz. Come spend summer evenings at the Polish Triangle enjoying music, dance, and poetry in a quintessential urban setting.

Order Your Yearbooks!

Stop by the front desk to reserve your copy of the yearbook for $27. This 76-page color yearbook is a must-have with photos from classrooms, Flex Fridays, athletics, camping trips, class plays and so much more! Pre-purchased yearbooks will be distributed the week of May 22.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
May 26 | 9:00 am

The Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is Friday, May 26 from 9:00-10:00am in the Community Room. All parents who have volunteered their time and talents to NNM this year are invited to celebrate with us and be recognized for their contributions. If you plan on attending please RSVP here by Wednesday, May 24.

Calling all Bakers!

We are looking for parents to contribute homemade or store bought nut-free baked goods to be served at the reception held after 8th Grade Graduation on Friday, June 2.  You do not have to be an 8th grade parent to help with this. If you would be willing to bake or donate a batch or two of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or other pastries that can be eaten with your fingers, please contact Diane Cohen at

12-14 Graduation Dance
June 2 | 7:00-10:00 pm

The 12-14 Graduation Dance is Friday, June 2 from 7-10pm in the Little Gym. Tickets are now on sale in the main office for $30 until June 1. If you are able to volunteer, click here to sign up. If you would like to donate food for the dance, sign up here.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Drive

The Teacher/Staff Appreciation Fund is off and running! Each year, parents have the opportunity to show their gratitude to NNM teachers and staff through this fund, the proceeds of which are pooled together and distributed in July. Meaningful gifts of any size are appreciated. You can participate by giving online, mailing your check to the school or stopping by the Development Office.

2017-2018 Room Parent Volunteers

It’s already time to think about next year’s classrooms! If you’re interested in signing up to be a room parent, please complete the online form. Any questions can be sent to both Taryn LaFlamme ( and Christine Ellett (


Farmessori Volunteers

Volunteer farmhands are needed at the Farmessori this Summer! From June 20 – August 18, opportunities are available for students ages 9-14, as well as families with younger children. For more information visit the Farm-to-Table website here.

NNM Pride Parade

This year’s Chicago Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25th. Join the fun with other NNM parents, students, faculty and staff and allies on our fourth annual march. For more information, to register, volunteer or purchase Pride t-shirts, click here.

Safety Pins Needed

If you have any safety pins from your 3-6 child’s work accumulated over the year, we are happy to collect them from you. A jar will be at the front desk starting this week until the end of the school year. Thank you!


May 22

  • (All) Board of Directors Annual Member Meeting at 6:30pm in the Community Room
May 23
  • (All) Band Instrument Demonstration at 10:30am
  • (All) NNM Dance Concert at 4:00pm in the Little Gym
  • (3-6 and 6-9) Toy Sale (click here for more information)
  • (All) Tuesdays @ the Triangle begins at 5:30pm
May 24
  • (All) Montessori Moves Walk-a-Thon at 9:00am
May 25
  • (All) May Mayhem at 1:30pm and 7:00pm in the Little Theatre
May 26
  • (All) Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at 9:00am in the Community Room
  • (All) Band Instrument Tryout at 9:00am
May 29
  • (All) School Closed (Memorial Day)
May 30
  • (6-9) 6-9 Third Year Trip
  • (All) Band Concert at Lincoln Park Zoo at 12:00pm
May 31
  • (All) Contract Cancellation Deadline for 2017-2018 school year
  • (12-14) 12-14 Independent Study Presentations at 2:00pm and 5:30pm
June 1
  • (8th Grade) Graduation Rehearsal
June 2
  • (All) Graduation at 9:00am
  • (12-14) Graduation Dance at 7:00pm

Important Dates for Next School Year

  • First Day of School (for returning students) | September 6, 2017
  • Thanksgiving Break | November 22-24, 2017
  • Winter Break | December 22, 2017-January 8, 2018; students return January 9, 2018
  • Spring Break | March 26-30, 2018
  • Graduation | June 1, 2018
  • Last Day of School | June 8, 2018