Strata Update: Oct. 14 – 17, 2014

Don’t forget, the DVMS Parent Community Dinner is coming up on Saturday, October 25. Please click here for details and tickets.

Also, please remember that school photo orders are due on October 24.

Strata WkOct14 2014 flowers

It may be fall, but Strata is still full of colour.

Strata Montessori is deeply engaged in preparations for their annual Harvest Festival, coming up on Friday, October 24. They will be offering up their micro-economy wares from 3:00 – 4:30 on the school grounds (or in the gym if the weather is crummy). Check out some pictures from last year’s event for an idea of what the Harvest Festival is all about.

Strata WkOct14 2014 harvest

Lippy Balm preparations are well underway.

“The focus is on the upcoming Harvest Festival,” said Strata guide Chris. “The kids have all taken an area, or are sharing an area of creativity that they would like to build, make, create in for the Harvest Fest.”

The Harvest Festival is a great chance to demonstrate how all areas of the curriculum come together during a practical project.

“What we’re doing around it, obviously there’s been a lot of going out and shopping; there’s a lot of budgeting going on — they all went out and bought enough for one or two of their items and came up with their price points. We talked about what to sell things for and about the keystone mark-up and what our ethic is and how to be ethical, and what we want to do with mark-ups and how much money we want to make. Also, sourcing materials and products.”

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“The great thing about what’s going on right now is how everything is rolled into one,”explained Chris. “Everything is based around doing the Harvest Fest, so occupations work, the humanities work, math work, French work, art work, science — it’s all being rolled into preparing for Harvest Fest. It’s this giant cycle of time; it’s all with one purpose.

“We’re doing candles and lip balm this year; we’re knitting; there’s some candy making, some candy apples — there’s been great talks about viscosity and the heat retention of liquids as they get thicker, there’s some neat stuff that comes up.

“Honestly, we don’t ever make money on these things; we might break even, but we do the post-mortem. We go back and look at the costs associated with things and where we spent a lot of money but didn’t get much return, and do some post-market analysis that we can note for next year. ”

Strata WkOct14 2014 Arlo

Arlo, taking a morning siesta in the Strata Montessori environment.

“Arlo is doing great,” said Chris. You may remember he had to make an emergency trip to the vet recently.

“He’s five months old now. He’s becoming ever-more obedient, and he can barely fit under the kitchen pass-through now, so that’s better. The kids are taking more and more responsibility with him. He’s becoming more a part of the day-to-day routine, whereas I had him the first few months just to be that one solid person for him, but he’s really well socialized and he can almost be with anyone at this point, which is great. You see him on the playground and all the kids come running up to if him he isn’t wearing his service dog vest and he’s happy to sit and take all the tugs and hugs that they can give him. He’s becoming a really well-mannered, well-acclimatized, well-socialized dog to our school, which I think will serve him really well when he moves on to the next level”

Don’t forget, Strata Montessori Adolescent School is hosting an Orientation to the Program on Tuesday, October 21, from 4:30 – 6:00. This event is geared to families of students in their first year of the adolescent program, and families of Upper Elementary students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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