Admin Corner November 14, 2023

Country Montessori School

Admin Corner

November 14, 2023

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Upcoming Dates/Events:

  • Trot-a-thon Success!!
  • November 17 – Last Day for Trot-a-thon Donations Due
  • November 17 – Thanksgiving Feast
  • November 17 – Crazy Sock Day! 
  • November 20-24 Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • November 20-21 – Child Care Available – RSVP! 

A Special Thank You

Thank you to Susan Kolle who did an amazing job leading our first fundraiser of the 2023-24 school year, it was such a wonderful and exciting event.  A special thank you to Tracy Rendon, our PE teacher, who designed the course and showed her support by trotting along in her turkey costume!!  

CMS Trot-a-thon Success! 

Way to go CMS Community!! What an amazing and fun morning we all had! Thank you to all of our families, staff & students for an exciting day! Pictures from the event have made their way to the CMS Facebook & Instagram pages! 

There is still time to get your donations in! We will be accepting donations until Friday! As of right now, we have collected almost $27,000!! All donations are going to be invested right back into CMS. You can still register your child(ren)at Get Movin’ Fund Hub.  Your donation can be made by credit card directly through the student Trot-a-thon page. Or you can also send in check(s), cash, and Venmo are also accepted and can be turned in directly to the CMS office.

Also – you might be able to double your donation! Check to see if your employer will match your contribution!

All your donations will be invested for our new turf in the Serengeti playground and our outdoor activity & learning spaces! We are extremely thankful for all of our parents, friends/family, and students who supported our school with donations!

Thanksgiving Feast

The Country Montessori tradition of a Thanksgiving feast will be held on Friday, November 17th. The menu will include chicken, mashed potatoes, applesauce, fresh carrots with ranch dressing, apple juice and a pumpkin dessert. If you do not think your child(ren) would not like this menu, please send along a lunch. Otherwise, don’t bother with that lunch bag on Friday!

This is a special time for students and staff to gather together and experience a festive celebration of the school community. 

Thanksgiving Break

CMS will be closed for the Week of November 20-24. Child care will be available on Monday, Nov. 20 & Tuesday Nov. 21st from 7:30am – 6pm. 

Please let Susan at know if you would like to sign up. Full-day $50. Please note that arrival times remain the same, with 7:30-8:40 being the window for drop off. Due to scheduling and staffing – drop in’s are not allowed. Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, November 15th. 

Parent Participation Hours

The CMS Parent Participation Policy provides parents and extended family members the opportunity to get involved with and support CMS.

Each family is required to provide 20 hours of service per school year. Single parent families are required to provide 10 hours. Families may also elect to pay $25 per hour of service ($500) in lieu of providing service hours.

Morning Arrivals 

We are reminding families to please stay in your cars and wait for a teacher to come to get your student.  Our arrival procedure is to ensure the safety of our students, to be as efficient as we can, getting our students to class on time and preventing traffic on Monte Vista Road.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  

Morning Parking Lot Procedures-Elementary Students 8:15-8:30-Use Curb Unless Full

  • 1st level-5th level students-Curbside 

If there is no room on the curb please pull into the parking lot to avoid backing up the traffic on Monte Vista Road-Please stop at the crosswalk and wait to be moved forward 

  • 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-Please stop at the crosswalk and wait to be moved forward 

Early Childhood Students 8:15-8:30 

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 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;however we encourage all of our EC students to arrive by 8:30.  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.  


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 not 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)


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.  

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.  

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