Admin Corner-August 19, 2019

Montessori Monday – The first Casa dei Bambini was opened on the sixth of January, 1907 at 58 Via de Masi.

Upcoming Dates/Events:

PTC Meet & Greet – Thursday Aug. 29 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Hot Lunches Start Monday Aug 26 – Order Now on RenWeb
Labor Day Monday Sept. 2 – No School/ No Child Care
After School Classes Start – Tuesday Sept. 3
Montessori Journey – Friday Sept. 6 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Mandatory for All New Families
Ice Cream Social/Annual Meeting-Saturday, September 21, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM
School Year Dates/Events

The 2019-20 school year calendar is available on our website and the RenWeb portal. Please note that the times of events are not listed and you will receive prompt email reminders with details prior to these dates.


Early Childhood Students

In the morning all early childhood students will be welcomed at their cars by a teacher and escorted to their classrooms by an elementary greeter. If you have enrollment paperwork for Mr. Rose he will be at the exit of the driveway to receive it and will contact you later that day if needed. With safety being our priority, we need your assistance by remembering to make a right hand turn out of the driveway on to Monte Vista road.

For full day early childhood dismissals, please stay in your car and a teacher will bring your student to you. Should the parking lot be full at this time, Mr. Rose will signal to you to pull up to the curb and we will bring your student to you.

If your child is a half day student, the students will be escorted at 12:20 to the front of the school and will be escorted to your car by a staff member.


Elementary Students

Please pull your car all the way up the unloading/loading zone where your student will be accompanied at the crosswalk by an elementary faculty member. Please remember that this is a two minute zone and to turn around in the cul de sac on Monte Vista Road.

At 3:00 dismissals please make two lanes in the parking lot, use the curbside parking if the lot is full and pull all the way forward. A staff member will be in the crosswalk and directing traffic. Two teachers will be taking students across to the curb and will release students to parents there and two teachers will put students in the cars that are in the parking lot. The children will be supervised by a staff member in the gated bench area.

The Montessori Journey-Friday, September 6, 6:00-8:00 PM, Child Care available

The Journey has been designed so that participants can discover answers to their questions about the Montessori curriculum and principles. It has been modeled on Dr. Maria Montessori’s Three Period Lesson where first a concept is presented, then it is internalized through practice, and finally it is synthesized into full understanding and abstraction. This is for adults only and is a required event for all new parents. Child care is offered. Please let Jose know if you will be attending and if you will need child care by emailing him at

First PTC Event of the 2019-20 School Year

The Parent Teacher Committee and the Board of Directors Meet and Greet will be held the first week of school on Thursday Aug. 29 from 6:00-7:00. This is an excellent way to meet fellow parents, classroom teachers and staff. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Child Care will not be available, this is an adult event only. We hope to see you all there and there will be more information coming out soon.

CMS Online Web Store

Our new CMS Online Store will be opening soon. Stay tuned for details.

Student official white school shirts will be available as well as some new options.


If you have any outstanding admissions paperwork, please hand them to Mr. Rose in the morning during drop-off as you exit, or in the afternoon during pick-up.

Be sure to visit our Facebook (Country Montessori School of Poway) and Instagram #countrymontessorischool pages as well, we will have weekly updates throughout the school year.


If you are on campus please stop by the office to sign in and get a visitor badge

RenWeb Directory Preferences

With the start of the school year we want to ensure that we update everyone’s school directory and parent alert preferences.

Our Parents Web Directory lists name, address, home phone, cell phone, and email address for each family individual. Please let Jose know if you want any changes made to your parent directory preferences. If Jose does not receive a response from your family he will assume that all above mentioned information is clear to include in the Parents Web directory.

We appreciate you taking the time to inform us of your family preferences, so that we can adjust your settings accordingly to ensure that our lines of communication are open.

RenWeb Home App

We have purchased RenWeb Home app for all CMS families. Visit your app store or Google play from your phone or tablet and search for RenWeb Home. RenWeb Home app allows you to see school announcements, calendar dates, access school resource documents, after school class flyers, even order your school lunches.

Directions to Order Lunch from Parents Web

Sign into ParentsWeb

From home page select Student Information

Select Lunch

Click Create Web Order

List of lunch options will display starting on 8/8 (this is to allow ordering, lunches begin on August 26th).

Select lunch you want by inputting 1 for quantity for the item you want

• Only order one item per day of week

Bottom of page will show the total for all lunch items order

Once all you lunch selections are made click Order Items

Lunch Orders are paid at the time of placing the order. Your lunch order is not completed until the electronic bank transfer payment is processed.

Lunches must be ordered a minimum of 1 week prior to be included in the following week’s lunch order; example (must pay lunch order by Monday September 19th for lunches to begin on Monday, September 26th). This is to ensure that we have time to process order and submit to our vendor.

The daily lunch menu is listed across multiple weeks. ONLY add a single item on a single week to sign up. Lunch orders are set for August 26th through December.

Please reach out if you have questions or need assistance

Start School Smart and How to Say Goodbye

Start School Smart The school year is about to begin and you want to help your child get off to a great start! Following are some ways to get (and stay) involved and to help your child be successful

•Set up routines (such as helping your child lay out clothes the night before, packing lunch…) Routines will help your child adjust quickly to school.

•Be supportive: Attend school functions such as open houses or evenings to learn about the Montessori Method. Your attendance and support show your child with actions, not just words, that you value their education.

•Communicate: Plan a method of communication with the school staff. How will you communicate with your child’s teacher? Will you see them regularly and have the opportunity for face to face visits? Or will you be communicating via notes or emails? Communication needs to be open and clear between parent and staff for your child to have a successful school experience.

•Follow through: of work is sent home, make sure it gets done. If the staff asks you to send a backpack to school for student work, do your best to send a backpack daily.

The staff at your child’s school wants to make this year the best ever for your child.

How to Say Goodbye

Before leaving your child for the first day/week of school, discuss concerns or issues with the teacher ahead of time. Attend an open house event or arrange to meet the teacher. Tour the school before the school year starts. This helps your child feel more comfortable in the setting.

Discuss any special concerns with the teacher. Some schools allow parents to stay for a period of time as the child adjusts to the new environment. For other schools or parents, that is not feasible.

Before the first day, talk to your child about what is going to happen. Tell them you will take them to school where they will put away their belongings and then you will say good-bye. If your child is upset the first few days let your child know you will also miss them, reassure them that they will have a great day, and tell them you will see them in a little bit. Give your child one last hug or kiss goodbye and then leave.

Although your child may be upset, most children quiet down within a few minutes of your departure. The staff will likely comfort your child and then help distract them by showing them a lesson or encouraging them to choose work.

Don’t be surprised if the crying lasts for several days or restarts on Mondays. This is normal and typical of children. Keep the dialogue open between you and the staff so you can tell them anything that you think would make the transition easier.

The Montessori staff is there to assist you and your child.


The CMS Family

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