Admin Corner April 20, 2023

Country Montessori School

Admin Corner

April 20, 2023


It is through movement that the child arrives at understanding music. It is not only by playing and singing for the child that this happens; he must understand it by his own movements.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Upcoming Dates/Events:

  • April 27 – Child Care to Close at 5:30pm

  • April 30 – Spring Fling!

  • May 20 – CMS Annual Auction 

  • Fall Calendar Now Available – See end of Admin Corner

Spring Fling – April 30th

Our annual Spring Fling is quickly approaching and will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Poway Center For Performing Arts.  Ms. Tamanaha and the children have  been working hard preparing for this big day.  

Tickets are required and are available for purchase online through the Poway Center for the Performing Arts at Our event is reserved seating only. We do not sell the tickets at school and they are not available at Will Call.  The PCPA requires all children 1 and up to have a ticket and children 1 and under may be on a lap.  CMS performing students DO NOT require a ticket.  

All students are required to wear their white CMS t-shirts to this event and are to arrive at the center promptly at 2:30The artist door entrance will be closed at 2:55 as the show will begin at 3:00.  If you are late you will need the Center’s staff to get your child backstage.


CMS Re-Enrollment and open enrollment is in full swing.  Families who are returning to the fall please complete your re-enrollment packet at your earliest convenience.  If your family does not intend to return in the Fall please notify Jose

CMS Summer Camp

All Early Childhood Camps are full with a waiting list. Elementary Camps are filling fast, if you are interested in registering for any summer camp weeks please fill out our camp registration form.

Summer camps will start on Tuesday June 20th and run through Friday August 4th. 

New CMS Faculty Members

We are excited to see our CMS family grow!  Jessica Mikhail, Ekaterina Sagakova and Lizbeth Jimenez have recently joined our Early Childhood faculty.  Jessica has been in early childhood Montessori education for over 6 years and is an all school classroom/child care floater so all students will get to know her.  Ekaterina has experience in early childhood and will be completing her degree in Child Development from SDSU this May.  She is an all classroom/child care floater and works primarily in all EC classrooms.  Lizbeth is working in the Ladybug classroom and child care.  She is currently pursuing her education in Child Development.  

CMS Annual Auction


This year’s Annual Auction & Dinner will be held at The Heights Golf Club in Rancho Bernardo, May 20th from 4-7pm. We hope that you will be able to come join us for Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner, Bar, 50/50 Opportunity Drawing, Silent & Live Auction items, and our Wine Wall. The event will be for the whole family!

This is our last fundraiser of the year, and it is rapidly approaching. We are eager to begin our call for classroom basket donations and community outreach. 

Classroom Baskets
Each year, The Classroom Baskets campaign promotes a fun and easy way for families to get involved by helping support CMS.  We are asking families to contribute to their child’s classroom basket. All donations will be used to create themed baskets which will be auctioned at our Auction event. Each classroom has a different theme for their basket:

  • Dragonflies – Food & Beverages

  • Ladybugs – Crafts & Hobbies

  • Bumblebees – Beach Day

  • Eagles – Family Night

  • Owls – Adventure & Sports 

Our goal is to collect enough donations to create 1-3 classroom baskets for each of the themes.  All donations for the classroom basket can be dropped off in the office or with your classroom teacher.  Please put your name on the item donation so we can keep track of all our wonderful family donors. 

Community Outreach

If you are out in the community and have an opportunity to ask for an auction donation, please do! Many local businesses support local fundraisers for non-profit organizations such as CMS! If you need a donation request letter, please let

Please turn in all donations by May 10th

CMS Yearbooks

The opportunity to order the CMS yearbook is coming up. An email will be coming soon about how to order. 

Monthly Attendance and Timely Attendance Emails

Regular and timely attendance is valued and expected at Country Montessori School.  At the end of the month emails will be sent if your student/s have had multiple absences and tardies.  We understand that students will miss or be late to school due to Illnesses or appointments throughout the school year and that is taken into account.  Please notify the office if your student will be late or absent.  

Cooler Weather

Just a reminder, if you are sending your child(ren) to school with jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts,  please make sure you have labeled them so they can make it home! 


Please do not send your student to school with any symptoms or if they are not feeling well and to be able to return to school their symptoms need to be improving.  If your student has a fever, is vomiting, has diarrhea or is on an antibiotic they may not return to school for 24 hours and be symptom free. We appreciate your support and understanding.  

All illnesses need to be reported to  Negative Covid tests are still required for symptoms; however please have your child stay at home for the following:

  • Runny noses

  • Wet cough

  • Vomiting-Students need to be vomit free for 24 hours (without medication)

  • Fever-Students need to be fever free for 24 hours (without medication)

  • Tired/Not feeling 100%-We want our students to feel well while at school

  • Diarrhea-Students need to be diarrhea free for 24 hours (without medication)

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Morning Parking Lot Procedures

  • Curbside – 1st level-5th level students-If your student is late and it is before 8:40, you need to drive through the parking lot. Your student will be marked tardy

  • Two Lanes in Parking Lot- Ladybug,Bumblebee and Dragonfly students-Please stop at the crosswalk and wait to be moved forward 

  • Please do not get out of your car, your teacher will take your student from or to the car 

  • Please take a right hand turn only out of parking lot

***If you have students in elementary and early childhood please use the curb drop off unless it is full please use lane 2 or 3.  

Half Day Dismissals-12:30

  • Please pull up in front of the office. Walk to the front office gate to pick up your student.

Early Childhood 2:30-2:45 Dismissals

  • Please use 2 lanes and stop at the crosswalk and wait to be moved forward and your student will be brought out to you

  • If the parking lot is full please use the curb and your student will be taken to you

**If you have children in both EC and Elementary your EC student will be dismissed at the 3:00 dismissal.  

Elementary 3:00-3:15 Dismissals

  • 4th and 5th level students will be dismissed from the curb

  • 1st-3rd level students will be dismissed in the parking lot using 2 lanes

  • Please wait at the crosswalk until you are moved forward

Attendance and Tardiness 

Country Montessori puts an emphasis on the importance of students being to school on time not only for themselves but for their classmates and classroom.  All students should be in class by 8:30.  

There is a grace period until 8:40 for our Early Childhood students to accommodate car seats.  This does not apply to  elementary students.  Daily attendance is taken each morning and recorded.  Absences and tardies will be reflected on the students report card and we discourage excessive tardiness and absences.  

Late Arrival Procedures

If your student is late to school you need to park and accompany them and wait outside the office in the enclosed area.  Administration will take all tardy students to class at 9:00 AM.  Please make every effort to have your student to school on time.  This applies to both Early Childhood and elementary students.  

Child Care

Morning child care is offered every morning at 7:30 and after school child care is from 2:45-6:00 PM. If you are interested in our unlimited child care please contact Jose at   Please wait outside the front gate with your child when dropping off for child care and a teacher will greet you at the gate.  Follow the same procedure when picking up your child from afternoon child care.  


For visitor parking please use the spots in front of the school.  The parking spots located by the dumpster are employee parking and certain staff arrive at different times of the day.  


Masking is optional at this time.

COVID-19 Vaccination Record-Please Provide a Copy

If your child is vaccinated please provide a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card.

Please send your COVID-19 vaccination card to Jose Bolanos so that this information can be documented with the school. 

Head Injury Policy

In the event of an injury above the neck we will call the student’s parents to inform them of the incident and require them to come to the school and check them out and make the decision to take their student home or leave them at school. The student is monitored until the parent comes to school.  If the staff member notices any changes to the student’s condition, 911 will be called and the parent is immediately called to let them know.  

2023-2024 School Calendar


Updated Decision Tree Guidance – Testing



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