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The Week of the Young Child

A93F8EBF-DBDF-4FE8-92F3-27D502B24C5E“Music Monday”


“Tasty Tuesday”



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In late January, MMO students enjoyed programs from special visitors, funded by participation in our recent Silver Graphics fundraiser. Depending on age and days of attendance, students enjoyed either the music of “Peas and Carrots” or the wild creatures of “The Lizard Guy.”
Children attending Peas and Carrots jumped, danced, sang, twirled like snowflakes, and shook maracas while joining in on “The Wheels on the Bus,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and more. Also children climbed the ladder and sprayed the hose during the “The Firetruck song.”A
Children attending The Lizard Guy’s program had the opportunity to see a wide array of animals, listen to a hissing cockroach, and touch a tortoise’s shell and a lizard’s body, among other things.  We were lucky this visit fell during python French Fry’s monthly shedding of his snakeskin.  Older children got to peel away some of the skin from near his tail, learning from    The Lizard Guy that this does not hurt the snake.
Regardless of which program they attended, the children seemed to enjoy their time with a special guest immensely.
Many, many thanks to the families who supported our Silver Graphics fundraiser and made these fun activities possible!

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School wide our children were able to watch caterpillars morph into butterflies!!

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It is the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s ‘Week of the Young Child’ April 24-April 28th!

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.

Our week long celebration of our youngest learners included:

Music Monday: Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active!

For music Monday in the Bumblebee classroom, students played freeze dance & when the music stopped they had to stand on a colored carpet square. After a few rounds, we would eliminate a few carpet squares at a time until there was only 1 left. Then we had to problem solve ways that we could all fit on that one carpet!

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Tasty Tuesday: This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. (Eating the end result was pretty fun and delicious too!)

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Work Together Wednesday: When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom.

18157497_1951544565077577_7890112379733998834_nArsty Thursday: Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday we will celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making.



Family Friday: Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.

A very BIG THANK YOU to Nicole & Keith Dougherty for their hard work in putting together our Spring Fling Saturday, April 29!  All year long we are grateful for the support our families bring to MMO Programs!

The evening was a reminder of what an incredible community MMO is – thank you again!

APRIL 2017:

  • Please save the date for our biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday, April 29 at Fitzgerald’s in Glen Ridge! For more information view please be sure to take a look at our April newsletter and/or under the Parents’ Association tab for a copy of a flyer.

  • April 11-12: School photos. (rain dates will be April 25th-26th)

  • April 13: Our Dragonfly and Bumblebee classes will visit the Turtleback ZOO.

  • April 14: All MMO Programs will be closed for Good Friday.

  • April 17th: All MMO Programs will be closed for Easter Monday.


MARCH 2017:

The Scholastic Book Fair will run between March 13-March 17th in the Guild Room. 

Please be sure to check your child’s folder for information regarding our March fundraiser through SilverGraphics. You will find a blank sheet of paper, art guidelines and an order form.  Please review the art guidelines carefully and return the artwork and your order form, along with cash or check made out to MMO Programs, to your teacher or the office no later than Monday, March 20. Items will be received on or about April 18 and would make wonderful keepsakes.

Any questions, please contact the office or



We were thrilled to use our Ah Pizz Fall fundraising dollars towards special programs presented by “The Lizard Guys” for our 3’s and 4’s and the interactive music performance by “Peas and Carrots” for our Infants and Toddlers!


  • Our Parent Association is planning a Kindergarten Roundtableon February 15th at 7:30 pm, offering the parent-perspective of each Montclair elementary school for families with children entering the Montclair Public Schools this fall. The evening is open to the public so please be sure to join the event if you are interested.


  • Priority registration begins Thursday, January 5th and ends Friday, January 20th.

  • Please join us for our Program Overview for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30. All are welcome to attend to learn more about each of our programs. (*parents and caregivers only)

  • Scheduled tours will begin Tuesday, January 17, 2016.




  • Friday, December 23rd MMO Preschool Programs will close at 2:30.  We will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd for the new year!

  • Registration for the new school year begins in January. For more information be sure to come to the Program Overview Jan. 11, 2017 at 7:30.

November 2016:


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are taking place this month. If you are interested in scheduling a conference, email your child’s teacher or April to make an appointment if you have not already done so.

  • All MMO Preschool Programs are closed on Friday, November 11, for Staff Training/NJ Teachers’ Convention

  • There will be an early closing on Wednesday Nov. 23rd at 2:30. All MMO Preschool Programs will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25th.



“Meet & Greet” – October 15, 2016

The beautiful autumn day was perfect for our annual fall event. It was so wonderful to see so many MMO families, old and new, and MMO staff. The children had a wonderful time dancing with the Little Rockers, building with blocks and running around the big lawn! Thank you to all who came out!




Here are some Program Happenings in October:

  • Back to School night will be October 5th!  Please save the date! (for Parents & Caregivers only)

  • Wednesday, October 12th, MMO Preschool Programs will be closed for Yom Kippur.

  • There’s a lot happening this month with Grow New Jersey Kids! To see more on what we are doing please refer to the Grow NJ Kids page in the October newsletter.

  • Please join us for our annual Fall Meet & Greet, October 15th at 10:00 a.m on the South Fullerton Lawn! All are welcome to attend! We will have cider and donuts
    and The Little Rockers Band (photographed above) will be there!


  • Monday, October 17, the Parent Association will be hosting their first Restaurant night at Ah Pizz! 10% of the day’s proceeds (eat in or takeout) will benefit MMO. Flyers (photographed below) are in each child’s folder at school and also attached on the Parents Association page on our website.


  • Halloween on Monday, October 31, will be a lot of fun with music, games and fun activities for our students. Please no costumes at school.



  • Parent Association Meeting on Feb 3rd @ 7:30

  • Panera Night on February 10th from 4 – 8

  • Scholastic Book Fair Feb 8th – 12th

  • MMO Closed February 15th and 16th



Dec 2015 - Noelle Food Drive

The Human Needs Food Pantry Drive was such a success! On behalf of everyone here at MMO and the Parent Association – Thank you!

Fun In Summer Camp 2015!

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March 28th the MMO Funraising Committee will host the “Monte Carlo in Montclair” Playground Fundraiser Event!

For more information about this fun evening and to purchase tickets, please visit


December 8th through 12th:


We are collecting needed goods for the Human Needs Food Pantry! Please drop donations off at any one of the decorated boxes around school. Items needed include:

  • Adult Men & Women’s Pajamas

  • Socks

  • Non-perishable foods

  • Healthy items, such as whole grains, low-sugar cereals, and low-sodium canned goods

  • Pantry staples: tuna, peanut butter, soup, beans, rice, and shelf-stable milk

  • Non-food essentials, such as diapers and wipes, personal-care items, and cleaning supplies

“Meet & Greet” – October 18, 2014

MMO held it’s 2nd Fall Meet & Greet.The beautiful autumn day was perfect for the event. It was so wonderful to see so many MMO families, old and new, and MMO staff. The children had a wonderful time building with blocks, kicking balls around the big lawn and most of all eating cookies! Thank you to all who came out!

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We welcomed our infants and full-time students last week. It was so wonderful to see returning students as well as many new ones! Our Open House on Friday was well-attended and offered a wonderful opportunity for students and caregivers to meet their teachers and classmates. Monday, September 8th our school year officially kicks-off for all students. Our staff is very excited about the year ahead!


Summer Camp is in Full Swing!

Our campers are having so much fun…

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This month MMO Programs will continue its spotlight on poetry and every class will be celebrating the works of Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday. Be sure to read The Teacher Corner of this month’s newsletter to see what themes individual classes will be focusing on.