Admin Corner March 21, 2023

Country Montessori School

Admin Corner

March 21, 2023

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community”

Dr. Maria Montessori

Upcoming Dates/Events:

  • April 5 – Pajama Day

  • April 6-7 – Parent Teacher Conferences – CMS Closed

  • April 10-14 – Spring Break. CMS Closed

  • April 14 – Spring Fling Tickets Available

  • April 30 – Spring Fling!

  • Fall Calendar Now Available – See end of Admin Corner

Pajama Day – Tomorrow – Wednesday, April 5th!

Please have your student join in on the fun & send them to school wearing their favorite jammies! Our teachers & staff will be in their PJ’s too!


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

Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 6 and 7th are parent teacher conferences.  This is a special time for you to meet with your teachers and hear about their school experience.  Report cards will be available on April 5 on your parent portal.  If your conference is before that date, you will receive an email with your students report card prior to your meeting.  Conferences will be done via Zoom and your teachers will send you the link prior to your conference.  Please check your email for conference sign ups!

Spring Fling – April 30th

We are very excited about our annual Spring Fling that will be held on Sunday, April 30th from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Poway Center For Performing Arts.  Ms. Tamanaha has been working with the classrooms during their weekly music classes preparing for this big day.

Ticket sales will begin on Friday, April 14th and are done 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.  More information will be sent out as we approach.

All students wear their white CMS t-shirts to this event and are to arrive at the center at 2:30.

Each shirt is $15, and will be billed in Renweb. Please get your order in before Friday, April 7th! Shirts will be available for distribution before the Spring Fling!

If you need to place an order for a white CMS T-shirt, please click on the link below. Please fill out 1 form per shirt order. Please note that you will be able to submit another order right after you hit “submit”.

Order CMS T-Shirts Here

CMS Summer Camp

Summer Camps are filling fast, weeks 1, 2 and 6 (early childhood) are almost full. If you are planning on joining us for the 2023 summer session please register soon.

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

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!

Flu Season

The cold and flu season has arrived and CMS has had many absences.  Illnesses reported have been cold symptoms, fevers and stomach issues.  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)

Communication Directory

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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