Where Did We Go? What Did We Do?

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Next installment of VdM Spring Break Shout-outs!

Cade and Evie living it up at Cocoa Beach!  The warm sun.  The blue sky.  Sigh...
Cade and Evie living it up at Cocoa Beach!  The warm sun.  The blue sky.  Sigh…
Camille, hitting the beach, and...
Camille, hitting the beach, and…
Hiking mountains in Santa Barbara, California!  That girl knows how to vacation!
Hiking mountains in Santa Barbara, California!  That girl knows how to vacation!
Family Garcia, preparing to let that Easter Bunny know who the VdM kids are!  
Family Garcia, preparing to let that Easter Bunny know who the VdM kids are!  

Seth and Ollie traveled to Tybee Beach to swim in the Atlantic, and they disc-golfed in Birmingham, Alabama AFTER Seth returned from the MMUN in New York City.  THAT is one heck of a spring break! 

THANK YOU for sharing your pictures with us!  More to come!

 

 

Winston Nailed It!

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Winston rose to the challenge, oh, yes, he did!

Each day of spring break our Lower Elementary friend crafted a “V,” a “D” and an “M” into his surroundings or out of his surroundings for the Villa di Maria Montessori SPRING BREAK SHOUT-OUT!  Winston’s first VdM in the sand churned his creative wheels, and he continued to “find” VdM’s each day.

Much appreciation and a huge high-five out to Winston for making it happen!

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes, We Do!

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Spring has sprung, and we’re jumping for joy (literally) and gearing up to place our next order of AWESOME VdM SPIRIT WEAR!  Whoop it up, folks!  You’re going to LOVE all the offerings!

Order forms will be sent home with students on MONDAY, MARCH 21st (the day we return from Spring Break!) and will be due back at school by FRIDAY, MARCH 25th.  As you can see, we have a one-week  turnaround for submitting forms.

The spirit wear will be ready for pick up and distribution to families the week of April 11th at the latest.  We are gunning for all tees, hats, tanks and hoodies to be in your hands as soon as possible!

Samples of each item will be outside the Upper Elementary each day next week, weather permitting.  We have each type of shirt available in two sizes- either small & large or medium and extra-large, so you can determine best fit for all family members.  *Please note:  the women’s tees and girls’ tees run SUPER SMALL!  Size up once or twice!

Please make checks payable to Villa di Maria Montessori School and place order forms with payment in the envelope outside the main office.

Nicole Cook, VdM Business Manager, is on the ball with all aspects on the ordering front!   Nicole Cook, VdM Business Manager, is on the ball with all aspects on the ordering front!

Below you’ll see all the “goods” in mock-up form:

Alternative Unisex Eco Jersey Lightweight Full-Zip Hoodies Alternative Unisex Eco Jersey Lightweight Full-Zip Hoodies Men's and boys' short sleeved t-shirts (technically unisex but more on the men's fit side) American Apparel for the men folk Next Level for youth Men’s and boys’ short sleeved t-shirts (technically unisex but more on the men’s fit side) American Apparel for the men folk Next Level for youth Women's and girls' short-sleeved t-shirts (these shirts rock, but they run EXTRAORDINARILY SMALL! Order UP a size or two and definitely check out the samples!) American Apparel for the ladies. Next Level for the girls. Women’s and girls’ short-sleeved t-shirts (these shirts rock, but they run EXTRAORDINARILY SMALL! Order UP a size or two and definitely check out the samples!) American Apparel for the ladies. Next Level for the girls.

Women’s Next Level Terry Racerback Tank

Adidas Unstructured Embroidered Cresting Cap One size fits all! Adidas Unstructured Embroidered Cresting Cap One size fits all!

Bound for the Big Apple!

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WHO IS LEAVING ON WEDNESDAY AND WHY?

Seventeen Villa di Maria Montessori School 5th and 6th grade students are participating in the Montessori Model United Nations as delegates this year, representing four countries:  Burkina Faso, the Republic of Peru, the Republic of Portugal, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Students sit on a variety of committees, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Human Rights Council (HRC), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), Economic & Financial — Second Committee (ECOFIN), and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE MMUN?

“MMUN students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world.  By assuming the perspectives of a citizen of their selected countries, MMUN students not only develop an understanding of the needs and rights of others, but also learn the respect the cultures, the political views, and the belief system of others.

Taking on their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their UN committees will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the rights of the child, child labor, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation.

When they arrive at the MMUN Conference students transform themselves into UN Ambassadors and assume the rights and responsibilities of world leaders. Their imaginations propel them to collaboratively create resolutions to our world’s most pressing problems. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference.”

– Montessori Model United Nations

WHEN?

Our Villa di Maria crew of students, teachers and parents depart Wednesday, March 9th and return on Monday, March 14th.

WHERE DOES THE MMUN TAKE PLACE?

New York City!  One highlight of this experience is that this is the only model United Nations that allows student delegates to vote on their draft resolutions from the seats of actual UN delegates at the actual United Nations!

HOW DID THE STUDENTS PREPARE?

Students begin by learning general information about the countries they represent, as well as general information about the United Nations. Students are then introduced to their committees and specific topics. They research one topic thoroughly, write a position paper on that topic, then do the same with their second topic. When position papers are complete, students write opening speeches, learn about and practice parliamentary procedure, caucusing, and drafting resolutions in order to be thoroughly prepared for the trip.

The Agenda of our MMUN’ers:

Wednesday:

Fly to New York City

Attend the Opening Ceremonies for the MMUN

Thursday:

Country Display Set Up

Committee Sessions

Visit the Empire State Building or Times Square (2 groups)

Friday:

Committee Sessions, Committee Sessions, Committee Sesssions (Most of the Day!)

China Town or Little Italy

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

Saturday:

United Nations Headquarters

Final Voting Assembly at the UN HQ

Lunch at Grand Central Station

Visit the American Museum of Natural History

Walk Central Park to the Guggenheim Museum

Sunday:

Sightseeing Cruise

Central Park

Monday:

Fly Home!

* BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE VILLA DI MARIA FACEBOOK PAGE AS THE WEEK PROGRESSES FOR UPDATES AND PICTURES OF THE GOINGS-ON IN NYC!