Admin Corner, March 12th 2019

Country Montessori School

Admin Corner

March 12, 2019

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.”.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Upcoming Dates/Events:

Crazy Hair Day – March 15
AMS Conference – 3/21 & 3-22 – No school, Child Care Available
Re-enrollment is now available for the 2019-20 school year


Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is now open for current CMS families. Priority enrollment is open through March 24 and then will be open to the public. Please enroll today to ensure your spot.

2019 Summer Camps

Information about this year’s summer camps will be coming out in two weeks.

Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 15 is Crazy Hair Day! All students and staff are encouraged to participate in this very fun and popular day. We are looking forward to all the creativity whether its a wig, spray in hair color, mohawks or braids, it is fun for all.

American Montessori Society Annual Conference-March 21 and 22

Every school year the school closes for professional growth days where the teachers are able to attend the AMS Annual Conference. They attend workshops and networking events where they collaborate with Montessori ans from around the country and world and come back energized and fresh with new ideas to better serve their students. Child care will be offered during these days, please contact joseb@countrymontessori .org if you will be needing it.

Classroom Auction Baskets

Our CMS annual Fundraising auction scheduled for Saturday May 11th is quickly approaching and we are excited to begin our call for classroom basket donations.

The Classroom Baskets campaign is a fun and easy way for families to get involved by helping support CMS, and earn some parent participation hours. We are asking families to make a contribution to their child’s classroom basket. All donations will be used to create themed baskets which will be auction at our CMS Auction event. Each classroom has a theme for their basket.

Classroom Basket Themes:

Dragonflies – Game Night

Ladybugs – Gardening

Bumblebees – Beach Day

Eagles – Family Night / Movie Night

Owls – Adventure (Fishing/ Camping/ Hiking)

Our goal is to collect $200- $500 of items, money or gift card donations to create 1-3 classroom baskets for each 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 and include a receipt so we can keep track of all our wonderful family donors. Donations can also count as service hours, $20 donation = 1 service hour. If you are looking to get involved we also need a basket coordinator for each classroom. The basket coordinator will create list of additional basket suggestions for classroom theme, keep track of items received, create a spreadsheet of items w/ values, email updates to families, and help ensure each basket is ready for our auction. Basket coordinators can earn between 3-7 service hours (limited opportunities, please email Jose Bolanos if interested).

Classroom basket donations can be sent with your child to school and given to their classroom teacher. Please turn in all basket donations by April 19th.

If you have any questions or would like to help as a classroom basket coordinator, please contact Jose at

2019 CMS Annual Auction and Dinner Benefit – Helpers Needed – Opportunities for Service Hours

We are excited to update you on our Auction for this year, and ask for your support. In this letter you will find details on the event, your role in the auction, participation for each family as it relates to procurement, and opportunities for service hours. This is a very special year; CMS is celebrating its 30th year. In addition to being a major CMS fundraiser, the Annual Auction & Dinner Benefit is also our party, our investment, and our change to show support for this unique school that we love. Thank you in advance for all of your efforts toward a successful event!

Auction Details:

Save the date for this year’s auction: Saturday May 11th, hosted here at Country Montessori School
Festivities include: silent auctions, live auction, dinner, drinks, 50/50 opportunity drawing
Kids Event include: jumping castles, outside games, special animal presentation, pizza party
Service Hour Opportunities:

Look at the list of participation opportunities – Which one fits YOU best? We encourage you to contact Jose Bolanos if you have any questions or want to better understand how you can get involved. Below are some of the roles we would love to have you join us in! ALL of these opportunities will allow you to earn family service hours.

Donation Pick Up
Auction Set Up (Day of Event)
Auction Clean Up (End of Event)
Procurement & Donations:

The success of our event depends on the quality of items we have to auction, and your role is incredibly important to making this happen. Assisting with donation procurement is a fun and easy way to earn service hours on your schedule and help support our fundraising efforts. There are lots of creative ways to procure items.

If you are out in the community and have an opportunity to ask for an auction donation, please do! Many local businesses, especially the larger ones (think hotels, B&B’s, restaurants, etc.) have policies that they’ll only donation to fundraisers for organizations in the communities they serve. So, for example, if you are out to dinner at a restaurant you frequent, consider speaking to the manager and asking if they would donate a gift card to support the CMS auction event.

Once you procure an item, please bring it to the CMS office. Even if you don’t physically have the item, or if the item is an intangible experience (like a certificate for a stay), please fill out the Auction Procurement Form and turn it into the office so that we can track and account for it.

Our procurement deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Ask us for ideas; ask us for help, and thank you for your support.

So much of what we do at CMS is only made possible through the hard work and dedication of all our amazing CMS families. Thank you for your participation. We look forward to a great event!

Front Gate

Currently we are using the code (1,2,3,4 #). Our system is set up with alerts so that when the gate is opened without using a key code or the exit button the security camera snaps a photo and sends an alert message to our system.

Our goal is for the keypad and exit buttons to be used so that these alerts/ snapshots serve as safety messages for anytime the gate is opened without authorization.

We appreciate your assistance as we continue build upon our school’s security features. Please help promote school safety by using the entry code and exit button.


The CMS Family

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