“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think”


A little about Sra. Ospina: 
My name is Luz Ospina. I am originally from Colombia, South America. I came to Casa Esperanza from Jones Elementary School, Greensboro, NC where I was a Spanish Immersion Teacher. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages from Universidad del Valle in Colombia. I hold a North Carolina Teaching Certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) and English as a Second Language. I also have a Montessori Certification in Lower Elementary. I was so fortunate to join Casa Esperanza in 2015 and continue to be grateful that I am a part of the school. This will be my fifth year at Casa, and my 24rd year of experience as educator.

I live with my husband. I have a 23-year-old daughter who graduated two years ago from UNC Chapel Hill as a psychologist. She wants to pursue her dreams to become a member of the medical field in the future!

A little about Sra. Meza:
Hello parents! My name is Mayela Meza I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. This is my second year working at Casa with Sra. Ospina. I am very happy to have the opportunity to assist her and your children. I have lived in the United States for the last twelve years. Before coming to Casa last school year, I worked as a Teacher in a private school with 4 and 5-year-old kids.

I have a daughter and a son. I am also a happy grandma of two grandchildren: a twelve-year-old girl, and a four-month-old boy. My third one is here! She was born on December.

I am excited to work with you and your children this year!



  • Oriental trading gift card
  • Teacher pay teachers gift card
  • Teach Me Store gift card
  • Montessori fabric box


  • Word Formation Sand Tray
    #13815393 (Oriental trading)
  • disposable spoons and forks
  • yellow, blue, green craft beads
  • Montessori Pink tower

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  • Montessori Brown Stairs

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  • Baby wipes.
  • Art supplies, stickers about animals, means of transportation, school supplies and different objects (no characters)
  • Big stamp pads washable ink black color.
  • Giant Magnetic Base Ten Set  #13755830 $31.99

  • English & Spanish Basic Skills Readers #13781763 $5.19

  • Everlasting Comfort Humidifiers for Bedroom (6L) – Humidifier with Essential Oil Tray (Black)

  • https://www.amazon.com/Everlasting-Comfort-Ultrasonic-Cool Humidifier/dp/B077Z2QCS5/ref=zg_bs_17685839011_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4390J0GR3RQ4GEDRETYK

REDUCES AIRBORNE VIRUSES AND BACTERIA – Decrease the risk of illness, germs, and bacteria by keeping the relative humidity above 43%. Helps with allergies, clearing sinuses, and coughs making us one of the best humidifiers for babies.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clear sheet protectors for binders.
  • Detachable microfiber pad for mops
  • Lysol spray
  • Clorox or disinfectant wipes
  • Band-aids
  • Kitchen big trash bags
  • Snack ziplock bags
  • disposable silver wear (spoons and forks)


Email and contact info:
Luz Ospina – Teacher (lospina@cemcs.org)
Mayela Meza – Co-Teacher (mayelam@cemcs.org)
919-855-9811 ext 442

School-wide News

Inclement Weather (Gentle Reminder)
This is a good time to remember that Casa does not automatically close on days that Wake County Public schools close. Please check the school website  at www.cemcs.org and the WRAL list of school closings on your television or at http://www.wral.com/weather/closings/   to learn whether or not Casa is closing due to inclement weather.


  • In addition to daily homework, on Mondays students are taking home a reading in English (1st grade) and  a little photocopied book in Spanish (Kindergarten). Read carefully with your child and solve the questions they might have. Their due date is every Friday.
  • Please also make sure the homework is turned in every day. Friday folders should return to the school on Mondays.
  • Read to your child every day. I know that some students love to work on raz-kids. Use this tool in a daily basis and you will see results. I have been checking reports and I have noticed that some students have never logged in. Please let’s make a big commitment with this. It helps develop responsibilities, fluency and many other reading skills.
  • It is imperative that your child carries a water bottle. This will help with less interruptions in the classroom and more supervision if they don’t have to leave the classroom.
  • The beads the students are taking home every Friday represents the good choices of responsibility they are taking in the school. Each color represents the responsibility of different skills. Green means taking care of the school materials (respect the environment) Blue means concentration and focusing (Respect own learning) Red means being kind and helpful (Respect others and honor friendship) Purple means following all kind of directions given by the adults (Respect themselves) Yellow means using Spanish when speaking (Respect other cultures)

Dates to remember:


  • March 4th: PFA Meeting 8:30-9:30, Tour 9:30-11:00, P3- 5:30

  • March 6th: Teacher Workday- No school

  • March 8th: Daylight saving starts
  • March 19th: McTeacher Night, Lottery Closes, Board of Directors’ Meeting 6pm

  • March 20th: Lottery Drawn
  • March 24th-25th: Fun Run

  • March 27th: Early Release Day- End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 30-April 10th: Spring Intersession


  • April 3rd: Reports go home
  • April 13th: Teacher Workday- Parent-teacher Conferences

  • April 14th: 4th Quarter begins
  • April 15th: Payments for field trips should have been done through CharterPay.
  • April 22nd: Field Trip to Kidzu Museum


  • May 1st: Kindergarten Field trip to Life and Science Museum




Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prere and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.quisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.

Useful Internet Links:



pakapaka.gob.ar/series or pakapaka.gob.ar/videos


Youtube.com : Doki Descubre

Youtube.com : El Monosilabo


  • Math: 

Kindergarten: Rote counting until 100, composing and decomposing numbers through 10, cardinality, Classifying objects into given categories such as size, shape, Identifying and naming the following shapes: squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, solid shapes describing the relative position of objects using appropriate vocabulary, including above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to. Additions and subtractions.

First Grade: Reference book, data landmarks, attribute rules, exploring attributes, designs, and fact platters, pattern-block and template shapes, making polygons, spheres, cylinders, and rectangular prisms, pyramids, cones and cubes, symmetry.

  • Language:

Kindergarten: Students will create sentences for informational texts. They will use the capital letter to start the sentences and the period at the end. learning more vocabulary, rhyming words. Phonemical awareness, and developing reading skills. They will be practicing handwriting skills in their practice book.

First Grade: Creating stories with a format, analyzing parts of a sentence, reading comprehension stories. digraphs, compound words, syllable division, using the right word, common and proper nouns. ”Palabras a su paso” sort. They will continue learning new Spanish vocabulary. We also will continue working on Reading skills according to the student’s level. Finding the main idea, important details, discussing about characters, characters traits environment, author’s purpose, problem and solution (if any in the story), inferences. I encourage 1st grade students to read at home, books of 500 words in English and Spanish as much as possible. They will continue working on writing stories with a sequence, and a beginning-middle-end.

  • Culture:

Kindergarten: Students will understand animal life cycles by: summarizing the life cycle of animals: birth developing into an adult, reproducing, aging and death. Compare the life cycle of different animals such as, turtle (reptiles) or frogs (amphibians). The continent of Europe, animals of Europe, landforms, plants.

First Grade: How people and events change society, economic concepts (goods and services), communities, fundamental needs, ancient civilizations, maps and globes, directions on a map. Animals, their food, living process, and classification. Project my favorite animal.


Special Birthday Wishes to all of our January-February   Birthdays!!


11. Iago


4. Elena

26. Emma


Dear Parents,

Children enjoyed having an author who read for them during the Read Across America Day.

As always, THANK YOU to all the parents who have volunteered in our class for: recess supervision, material making, sharing special abilities or celebrations, and have donated materials and for the class, and for keeping our class clean and shiny.

We really appreciate all the support and collaboration that we received from all of you.


Luz Ospina & Mayela Meza

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