GACM eNewsletter 🦃 November 2018


This month we used osmosis lesson while we did our first color mixing experiment! We learned how primary colors can mix to make secondary colors!

This month we decorated funny faces on our pumpkins which was donated by Hang family. We wrapped up our first continent study this last week about North America. We learned that North America has 23 countries, some are very bog and some are very small. North American is the third largest continent after Asia and Africa. This continent is our home as well. 

This month we were busy doing so many different extensions in Sensorial area like using brown stairs and pink tower together. We used cylinder blocks and knobless cylinders together to see similarities. In Language we are working on sounds, and working on blending these sounds together. In Math we are working on short chains, long chains, and 100 board.

- Surabhi



Classroom Co-Lead, Amanda Lhéritier
We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the GACM family! Her love of children and the Montessori method is intoxicating. She trained at the Virginia Center for Montessori Studies while also playing a role in the primary classroom. She comes to us from Tuckahoe Montessori where she assisted in both Primary and Elementary Classrooms.

Amanda will be building our Elementary program while undergoing her Elementary training!
Welcome, Amanda!


  • Hwang/Wu family for the donated pumpkins for our students!

  • All of our parent volunteers for filling in for Before/After Care and Classroom Assistants! It's been a crazy couple weeks, so thank you for hanging in there with us.

  • Kennedy and Brandon for providing us a place to host our SUPER WET BUT SUCCESSFUL Yard Sale, and Cora and Jamie G. for taking on some of the items to sell!

  • Welcome Annabelle Meehanand family to GACM!

  • Our awesome PTO group and committees for working so hard to get fundraisers set up and making them successful!

  • And always, THANK YOU to our amazing Directress Surabhi and the rest of the staff for the amazing work in the classroom.


November 2
California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser
ALL DAY | CPK Short Pump

November 5
Monthly Parent Forum
6:00pm | Gather Short Pump

November 12 & 13
Parent / Teacher Conferences

November 12-23
Fall Break, School Resumes Nov 26

November 12-21
ConjureWorks, LLC Fall Break Camp OPEN TO ALL
8am-3pm / SIGN UP HERE

November 20
Family Skate FUNdraiser
3:00-9:00pm | The Rink at West Broad Village


👉Help us build our 📚Social Justice Library! Purchase a book from our Amazon List!
👉Fall Break Camp Needs:

  • tubes of acrylic paint

  • paint brushes

  • roll of butcher paper

  • multi-colored fabric: 3-4 yards

  • small cartons for fall seed plantings

  • compost and/or potting soil

  • goggles/safety glasses

  • musical instruments (bells, drums, shakers, recorders, etc)

  • large pieces of chalk


Before/After Care + Classroom Assistance
Sign Up Here

Playground Update!! November 3rd!
Sign Up Here



Sign-up for Fall Break Camp! OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Enrollment for the fall break camp is officially open!!! This fall camp will have a mindfulness and yoga theme that will also incorporate music, art, movement, and nature all with a hands-on approach. 

Camp will be held Monday, November 12th-Wednesday, November 21st from 8am-3pm. Lunch and Nap schedules will follow the same routine as school. The cost is $25/day. 



California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser / Nov 3rd!
Office/Work delivery, lunch, and dinner included in total funds raised, so parents can support ALL DAY! Bring as many people as you can—dine in or takeout! Share!

Short Pump Town Center Location / 11am-9:30pm


Family Skate FUNdraiser / Nov 20th!
Come support the school, bring your friends and family and enjoy a group discount of $12 per person (includes skate rental) when you say you are there for GACM! We get $4 for every person. Be sure to share the Facebook Event!