Growing Children in Character & Wisdom
Helping OthersWednesday, January 17th, 2018 -
Dear ELMO Friends & Family,
We thought you might appreciate an update on how ELMO is working to help our community as Montecito literally digs out from the rain and flooding. Last Wednesday, our Parent Association met here on campus. We discussed ways ELMO could be a direct support to our community. One suggestion was to partner with schools in Montecito that would be closed. Immediately El Montecito Early School came to mind and we contacted their director, Suzy Dobreski. Several text messages and emails culminated in a planning meeting last Friday. As a result, this morning we welcomed just over a dozen students and three teachers from El Montecito Early School to our campus. We are glad to host these students and teachers whose school is not accessible. As you know, we began at El Montecito Presbyterian Church and so have a strong connection and shared history with them.
We see this opportunity as the result of God’s work. Last summer we opened a second PreK classroom. Community Care Licensing unexpectedly approved our campus to serve 72 preschool students; we never anticipated exceeding 60 students. Then, John Davies (an Alum parent and former president of the PFCE board) and Ken Marshall (who works for Dudek Law Firm) helped us work with the city to increase our preschool Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to match our license. Since on our busiest day we have 55 preschool students, we can legally host the displaced children.
As I look back on the process of opening a fourth preschool classroom and the approval for increased enrollment, I see that God’s hand orchestrated things for this exact day. This time last year, we would not have been in a position to help.
Our partnership with El Montecito Early School is both a step of faith and one of showing love to our neighbors in a time of need. We are incredibly proud of the willingness of our preschool teachers to embrace this endeavor. Although we never anticipated operating with 72 preschool students, we feel this is something we must do and are excited for our time together!
During the Parent Association meeting we talked of additional ways to support families. Since Thursday we have been collecting canned food to help stock the shelves of the local Santa Barbara Foodbank. Also, last Friday we hosted a few elementary students who normally attend public school in Montecito. These students needed a day out of the mud and muck and we were glad to welcome them. We may well host additional elementary students in the next week or two. If you happen to know families with elementary-aged students who need to temporarily be here, please contact me or call the school office, 962-3091.
Last Tuesday, I came across Romans 12:12 which says “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” While sometimes it may feel hollow to say, “I am praying for you” or to say “please be in prayer for …” this is exactly what Paul tells us to do! And so I finish by saying again, please continue to be in prayer for our community and those affected by the fire and flood.
Tim Loomer, Ed D
Head of School
AB 500 Faculty Interactions With StudentsThursday, January 4th, 2018 -
Pursuant to CA AB500 and Education Code 44050, El Montecito School posts this link to the section in the employee handbook that guides employee interactions with pupils.
TECHSPLORATION DAY: Friday, Feb 3, 2017Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 -
STUDENTS IN ALL CLASSES DIVE INTO S.T.E.M. LEARNING ACTIVITIES THANKS TO MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Our ELMO students are eagerly looking forward to Techsploration 2017 scheduled for Friday, February 3rd. Both elementary and preschool students will have time to engage and explore several hands-on technology and science related experiences organized by parents, local schools and businesses, and community members – discover what’s in a TV, program and drive Lego robots, manage water, check out a 3D printer, and more. Techsploration Day is a great way to excite students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and get them thinking about future careers. Preschool Techsploration will occur by class between 10:00am and noon. Elementary Techsploration will be by groups from 12:30-2:30pm.
EL MONTECITO SCHOOL SAN ROQUE IS RECOGNIZED AS A DEMONSTRATION SITEFriday, October 16th, 2015 -
Preschool is now a Demonstration Site in the Outdoor Classroom Project!
After review and observation of our preschool outdoor activities and engagement, El Montecito School San Roque has been recognized as meeting the goals of the Outdoor Classroom Project (OCP). Our preschool will be available for others to learn about ways to engage children in learning in outdoor settings as early educators get exposure to the advantages of this model. The OCP is dedicated to increasing the quantity, quality, and benefit of outdoor experiences for children in early care and education programs through providing educational and consulting services on the value and design of engaging outdoor learning environments to teachers, administrators, and parents.
If you would like to see more about the OCP, check out the short video they have posted on YouTube: Outdoor Classroom Project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNgq2WO3mgg
Raising money for trips…Friday, October 16th, 2015 -
6th grade servants for school trips! Thank you zizzo’s for the coffee! Yummy goodies and fun fund raising?? Zizzo’s Coffee