Athena's October Newsletter
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6:30 PM



Staff Development Day

Visit the Parent Resources page of our website to see a list of resources for when school is closed.


3:00-4:30 PM

On the Athena Lawn


Bring your own pumpkin, carving equipment and a blanket to lay out on the lawn!


9:00 AM


Dress your child in their Athena T-shirt!

3:00 - 6:00 PM

School Photos Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 28 
(Wear Athena T-shirt)

Primary 1 & 4 Students:
Tuesday, Nov. 4

Primary 2 & 3 Students: 
Wednesday, Oct. 29

TOTs 1 & 2 Students: 
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Ivy (10/1)
Ms. Catherine (10/1)
Brynn (10/8)
Phinley (10/12)
Ms. Lisl (10/12)
Rainer (10/14)
McIntosh (10/16)
Annie (10/18)
Ms. Kerry (10/19)
Josie (10/21)

Jenson (10/23)
Mason D. (10/24)
Dylan (10/28)
Parent Volunteer Group
To learn more about getting involved at Athena, please visit the Get Involved page of our website. To receive information about specific volunteer opportunities, stay connected, and participate in event planning at Athena, join our Parent Committee Yahoo! Group. (Click "Join Group!")

We will be needing volunteers soon to help plan and support our 8th Annual Cultural Fest and Potluck. 

Contact Laura with any questions regarding volunteer opportunities or Cultural Fest.
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Label your child's belongings & help out Athena!
Need a label for your child's water bottle, lunchbox, etc? Go to Mabel's Labels to purchase your labels, and 20% will come back to support Athena!
  For Kids Sake 
Winery Workshop

Helping Kids Manage Strong Emotions Parent Workshop

Monday, October 6th 
6 to 8 PM

Does your child act like a storybook dragon - harmless and enchanting one moment but out-of-control the next?

Join Claire Flynn and Jenny Flynn Buckley of For Kids Sake to learn more about how to develop techniques that will help your child manage strong emotions successfully.

Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Click here to learn more about the series.
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October 2014
Athena Remembers Ms. Kim
       We would like to share the news of the passing of one of our former staff members, Kim Payne, who served as Lead Guide and mentor for the Primary 1 community for seven years. Kim was also one of our founding teachers and we remember her with much gratitude. For those of you who knew Kim, you know we lost a dear friend, a remarkable teacher, a dedicated Montessorian, a hilarious prankster, and an incredibly beautiful woman. Athena would not be what it is today without her contributions which will be felt for many years to come, in our culture, on our campus, and, of course, in our hearts. We will always be grateful to Kim for all that she was, and all that she gave, to the children, staff, parents, and spirit of Athena.
       Kim passed away on September 12, after a two-year battle with cancer, in hospice and surrounded by loved ones. We invite you to visit our garden where we will be placing a memorial bench in her honor. We will also be adding bricks to our pathway as a lasting memorial to Kim. Kim’s family is in the process of planning a memorial service to be held locally for anyone who wishes to celebrate her life. More information can be found on her Kim Kickin'Cancer Payne Facebook page.  
        We love you, and miss you much, Ms. Kim! Thank you for being such an integral part of our community.
Big Buddy Vivian showing her Little Buddy Chloe around the garden
Letter from Ms. Laura
Children and Media: How much is too much?
This question is a common one amongst parents and an increasingly difficult one to answer as viewpoints vary widely and statistics about the impact of media on the developing mind are scarce. Increased exposure, and, in some cases, increasing dependence on media sources such as television, laptops, and cell phones, force those of us with young children to consider how dependence on these sources is affecting our children’s development. Read the rest of this article.
Recommended Media Reads for Adults
  • The Elephant in the Living Room by Frederick Zimmerman and Dimitri Christakis    
  • Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner  
  • iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind by Dr. Gary Small 
Recommended Links
RSVP for Movie Night
Join us for a community Movie Night! Come eat, drink and enjoy a beautiful evening with Athena staff, parents and children!
Time:  Doors will open at 6:30. Movie will start at 7:00.
Where: The Athena Lawn
Movie: Mary Poppins

What to Bring:  Bring your own picnic blanket, lawn chairs, picnic dinner and bug spray! We will offer popcorn, juice, water and adult beverages for donation to help cover costs of the event.
(We will reschedule if it rains.)
RSVP for Movie Night!
Welcome Courtney Campbell to Athena!

International singer-songwriter and master storyteller, Courtney Campbell will be visiting later this month to share her passion of story-telling and gift of performance with both our children and staff. Primary students will be treated to an entertaining performance with Courtney on Wednesday, October 22, and staff will attend a workshop later that afternoon on the importance and the power of storytelling in working with young children. Explore Courtney's work by visiting her website at and stay tuned to our website and Facebook for pictures later this month!

Preparations are underway for our 8th Annual Cultural Festival potluck in November! To celebrate our diverse community, we invite all friends and families to prepare a food or beverage to share with the community that represents your heritage. This is a family event with games and activities for the children, music, food, drinks and fun! Stay tuned for more information.

Interested in helping to plan the event?  
Join us for our first planning meeting on Wednesday, October 15, from 9-10am in the front office. Light breakfast, juice and coffee will be provided.

Interested in volunteering the day of the event? 
Visit our SignUp Genius page, to explore the various ways you can help!

Important Parking Reminders 
It is very important that you use our parking lot at 1400 W. Ben White during drop-off and pick-up windows. Morgan Lane gets crowded and unsafe quickly. And, it is our collective responsibility to respect the neighbors' property. If you must park on Morgan Lane, please park on the south side of the street only and refrain from using the neighbor's driveways for turnaround. Thank you!
Leaving Children Unattended
Do not leave your child or children unattended in your vehicle at any time. (It's not only unsafe, but also against the law.) Leaving your child unattended anywhere on campus
 is not allowed.
Parent Workshop Series
By Bethany Prescott
      Athena offers parenting workshops for Athena parents taught by Bethany Prescott throughout the school year. Bethany is a trained therapist, wife, and mother of three, and was previously a Montessori toddler teacher for eight years. She supports parents, couples, and teachers to lovingly guide and deeply connect with the!children they share their lives with.
      We’re excited to open the parent workshop series to include your “village.” Please feel free to invite family members, babysitters, friends, neighbors, or other special people in your life.
      Remember, there will be no childcare available on campus, so please make other arrangements as these workshops are intended for adults only. Babies in arms are welcome.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming workshop!

Designing a parenting style that works for you
Sunday, November 2nd
3 - 5 PM in the Athena gym - 
RSVP on our website.

Some of us are looking to fine-tune our parenting and some of us are attempting a complete overhaul. Whether you're struggling to do it differently than you were parented, or just torn between all of the conflicting opinions out can feel really hard to find your own voice. This workshop will offer ideas about how to get you there.

Should Morgan Lane be designated as a School Zone?
We are in the process of working on a School Zone designation for Morgan Lane to minimize the speeding traffic in front of the school. We are following the designated protocol to achieve this goal, but are curious if anyone in our community has resources, connections, or information that would assist us in achieving this goal. In the past, we have applied and petitioned for speed bumps on Morgan Lane, to no avail. If you, or anyone you know, may be able to help us towards this end, please email Lisl at Thank you!
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