Celebrate Diwali - Oct. 19

It is the time of the year when children around the world are gearing up for festivals of many kinds: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. At PRM we promote cultural celebrations to enhance the understanding and appreciation of world culture, or what Maria Montessori called “Cosmic Education.”

In this spirit, we will celebrate DIWALI, the Indian festival of Lights, on Thursday, Oct. 19. Many of our children and staff members will immerse themselves in an authentic Indian cultural experience by dressing in traditional outfits and decorating the entryways to classrooms and buildings with flower petals.

This is one of our school’s most colorful days. Ms. Priti has generously donated traditional Indian outfits for children and adults. All are welcome to drop by the auditorium Oct. 17-18 from 8:45-9:15 to select an outfit to keep! Be sure to wear it on Diwali!

Look for information from your room parents regarding collecting flowers for the classroom Rangoli. Additionally, Henna Artists will visit classrooms for hand painting: $2 for Primary and Lower El students and $3 for Upper El students. If you are interested, send the exact amount in cash on the day of the event to be paid directly to the artist.

Volunteers Needed
Ms. Lea would like assistance with hearing screenings. One volunteer is needed from 12:15 to 3:45 on Nov. 27 and one from 9:15 to 12:15 Nov. 3. Please email Ms. Leah if you can help out.

Thank You for Making Invest a Success!

Thank you for participating in the Invest Campaign. We raised over $26,000 in four weeks, which is amazing!! Approximately 66 percent of our families participated. Special thanks to John Haviland and Abbas Momin for their hard work co-chairing this fundraiser.

The funds collected will be divided equally among the classrooms, including allocations to our specials teachers. Thanks to your generosity, the teachers will be able to purchase new tools for their classrooms, which will directly benefit your children. Thanks again for all of your dedication in supporting our wonderful school!

Donations are still being accepted online here.

Thank you for investing in your child!

Lower El's Spooktacular Fun Night

Ms. Michelle’s class invites you to join us for a Spooktacular GHOULS NIGHT OUT for Lower El!
Wear a costume! Eat scary snacks! Play games! Enjoy a scary yummy dinner! Watch a movie with your friends!

DETAILS: Date Night Out!

    Only $20.00/child!
    4:05 – 8:30 pm
    Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
    Room: C-5

Please send in the sign-up and permission slip. These should go in the PTO dropbox across from the office. Checks should be made out to PRM PTO.

Upper El's First Game Night Is Set for Friday, Oct. 20
On Friday, Oct. 20, Mr. Curt’s class will host an Upper El Game Night in D wing. Upper El students are invited to join us from right after school until 9 p.m. for hours of open gaming, pizza, and a bake sale. Students can come late and/or leave early. They don’t have to stay after school.

We will have a raffle, tournaments, and any fun games (sorry, not the video kind) imaginable, and there will be werewolves. These have been a big hit in the past, so come on out and have fun. Email our classroom assistant, Ms. Kim, or watch for your classroom teacher’s email to arrange the necessary permission to stay after school.

Cost will be $10 per child for the whole night, plus extra for pizza, treats, and activities like raffles. Parents, please be prompt to pick up at 9, and students are strongly encouraged to bring the games they most want to play. This event is a fundraiser for class trips. See you then!

Learn About Volunteer Options via Text

We need you!! Get a text when a new volunteer opportunity is available.

To receive text notifications from PRM PTO Volunteers via Remind.com, text the message @3edf4k to the number 81010. We will let you know when a sign-up is available for events such as Book Fair, Teacher Appreciation and much more. Join Us!

An Energy-Efficient Partnership

PRM has partnered with Duke Energy and the National Theater for Children to conserve at least 60,000 kilowatt-hours of energy this school year. We will reach this goal when at least 300 families in our community sign up to receive a FREE Energy Kit and use it to make their homes more energy-efficient. These FREE kits from Duke Energy contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators, and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. Your partnering with us to save energy as part of this FREE program will help to send Mrs. Amira’s 6th grade class to Washington, D.C., for their end of the year trip!

Join our energy conservation effort by ordering your FREE energy kit today at: MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548. Be sure to select Park Road Montessori as your *Participating School! Should you have any questions, please contact Toni Emehel.

PRMCares Event: Send In Your Halloween Extras

As you think about purchasing goodies to hand out on Halloween, consider “What am I going to do with all my leftovers?” PRM Cares is partnering with Refugee Support Services, a local organization that provides a multitude of programs to assist refugees who have been resettled in Charlotte.

Did you know that many refugees who are resettled in the United States never knew their birthday, and are assigned Jan. 1 on their immigration papers? To celebrate their new life in America, Refugee Support Services sponsors a 01-01 birthday party for the refugee community. This event is full of fun activities for children, including carnival-type games with prizes.

After Halloween, we will organize a collection in the lobby area outside the office to collect our leftovers to donate to Refugee Support Services. Non-candy items like stickers, small trinkets and jewelry, crayons, etc. are appreciated so we can support RSS’s efforts at teaching good dental hygiene to our new international friends. We also highly encourage donations of fun kids’ toothbrushes and small toothpastes!

For more information about Refugee Support Services, visit https://www.refugeesupportservices.org

Update from Secondary Montessori

Opening a new school campus is hard work! Our staff and families have given their all to make the opening of the new campus at Williams Secondary Montessori. If you’d like to come see and learn more about Secondary Montessori, sign up here for a Wednesday walk through.

Notice parents sporting their Williams Montessori Inaugural t-shirt? If you’d like to purchase one, visit the Williams Montessori Chedder Up site to purchase your own. Include your child’s name, teacher, and school on the form, and we’ll make sure it gets to you!

How to Get Bus Transportation Updates

To receive updates about bus departures and substitutions, please join our Remind text message list. If you were not a member last year and would like to join, send a text to the number 81010 with the message @parkroa (no “d”).

If you received Mrs. Melanie’s test message last weekend, there is no need to sign up again. As in years past, please be prepared for bus delays in the first weeks of school. We appreciate your patience.

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