Norbeck’s Monthly Newsletter

December 2017 & January 2018 Newsletter

Did I really just write "January 2018"?  Oh my gosh!!!  I don't know about you, but this year has completely flown by.  Well, before we forge into 2018, we still have a lot going in 2017.  Please be sure to read everything carefully.

Topping our list of 2017 closeout items is our Holiday Songfest.  This annual tradition is a must see for the whole family.  It will take place on December 8th at The Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, 4414 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853 .  Please note, Norbeck will be closed for the entire day.  As I mentioned earlier, this is a show everyone will want to see but at a minimum, at least one responsible adult must attend the performance.  Unfortunately, if an adult is not able to attend, we must ask that you keep your child home for the day and inform us of their absence ASAP.  If Montgomery County Schools close due to inclement weather, our performance will be canceled and school will remain closed.  If there is a delayed opening due to snow, we will begin everything on time, as scheduled.
 
Children should arrive at 9:00 a.m. and absolutely no later than 9:15.  A staff member will greet you and your child at the doors to the party room.  If you have any donations for the after party, we will take those at the door as well.  Please click here if you wish to contribute goodies to the after party!  We kindly thank you in advance for understanding but we will not be allowing any parents to enter the party room before the show.  You may go find a seat in the sanctuary and wait for the show to begin at 9:30 a.m.!!

Community service projects help strengthen our school and help our students connect with our local community.  This year, we will be collecting for an organization that is very dear to our hearts, Comfort Cases.  This is a charitable organization with a mission to let every child in foster care, know they matter.  Comfort Cases believes that every child has the right to a more humane experience in foster care, and that starts by providing them with a case to pack their belongings in, instead of a trash bag.  Please click here to help.

We will be offering child care over the Winter Break. Childcare will be available from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday, December 26th- Friday, December 29th. EVERYONE MUST REGISTER in advance, please click here to signup.  Please understand that no walk-ins will be permitted.  Break is included at no additional cost for those in our Kindergarten and Extended Day Programs.  For those registered in our 1/2 Day or Full Day Programs, the cost is $60/day- there is no hourly rate available.  Again, those that wish to partake, MUST sign up in advance, no exceptions will be made!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

DECEMBER

Now through December 15th:  Comfort Cases Collection.  Please see above or click here to help.

December 6th: Songfest Rehearsal.  Please make sure you children are here no later the 9:00 on this day as they will be going next door to practice.

December 7th: Big K Field Trip.  Tree Decorating at Dulles Airport and The Air and Space Museum.

December 8th:  Songfest.  Please see above.  Please click here for food contributions.

December 18th-22nd: Spirit Week!!
12/18:  Marvel Monday- come dressed as your favorite Superhero.
12/19:  Tired Tuesday- PJ day!
12/20:  Wacky Wednesday- Mix and match your wackiest wears.
12/21:  Top Hat Thursday- No need to do your hair on this day, cover it with a hat!
12/22:  Flashback Friday- 60's, 70's, 80's attire welcomed on this day!

December 19th: Gingerbread Houses.  Please bring in at least one 8 oz carton for your child to use to decorate their very own gingerbread house.

December 25thNorbeck will be closed for the holiday.

December 26th-December 29th: Winter Break.  Please see above or click here to register.

JANUARY
January 1st:
Norbeck will be closed for the holiday.

January 9th-11th: Primary Classroom Conferences.  Please see your classroom newsletters for sign up information.

January 15th:  Martin Luther King Day.  Norbeck will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King.

January 26th:  Professional Day.  Norbeck will be closed to all children. 

FEBRUARY LOOK AHEAD

February 1st:  Big K Round-Up.

February 14th:  Valentine's Day Party.

February 19th:  President's Day.  Norbeck will be closed.

February 23rd:  Big K Conferences.

SNOW POLICY REMINDER

In the event of severe weather conditions; snow storms, icy roads, etc.: Norbeck will follow Montgomery County Public Schools for closures.  However, we do reserve the right to make a decision to OPEN, if we do not believe the reason for MCPS closing, effects us (e.g. windchill, sidewalks that have not been plowed, etc.).  PLEASE check your e-mail and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NorbeckMontessori) for and updated information.

If Montgomery County schools open 2 hours late, our school will open at 9:00am.  ALL FAMILIES SHOULD USE THE DROP OFF LINE FROM 9:00-9:20AM. In the event of early dismissal due to bad weather, the school will close no later than 3:00pm.  Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up as soon as possible so our staff can leave on time and get home safely.