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Bring Books in for the Summer Swap!

This year’s SUMMER BOOK EXCHANGE will be June 3-4. Gather up your gently used books and bring them to the Media Center. Donations will be accepted until May 31.

The Book Exchange helps to encourage summer reading. For every two books you donate, you get to “shop” for one that you haven’t read. In the past, every PRM student got to take home at least two books, and we still had some to donate. WE NEED UPPER EL-LEVEL BOOKS!

Fill out this form for EVERY day/bag that you donate books. We will keep a tally and want to be able to give credit. Please email Jodie Lowe with questions.

Staff Appreciation: What a Week!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week a success! Whether you contributed to the PTO so that we could provide PRM Tervis cups, a coffee cart, and smoothie bar; brought in a yummy dessert for the Teacher and Staff Luncheon; or sent in cards, our PRM families made it a great week! Additional thanks to Trish Moody and Erica Stawick for organizing.

No Stopping Spring Picnic!

Despite the rain, we had a wonderful evening at International Spring Picnic last week. Thank you to all of the families and performers that shared their cultures with us, and to Ms. Priti and the ISP committee, who made the event possible. See you next Spring!

PTO Meeting May 22nd - Join Us!

As the school year nears an end, please join us for our final PTO meeting: 8 a.m. May 22 in the media center. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in volunteering on any of our many PTO committees for the next school year, email Michelle Gonzalez-Vigil, current Vice President, who will fill the role of President next school year.  To get an idea of the different types of fundraising, community, and communication committees we offer, please see the current listing. If you don’t see a committee that is of interest and fills a need, let us know!

Important EOG Testing Visitor Policy

We will have End of Grade testing from Thursday, May 23 through Thursday, May 30. During those days, we will not allow parents or other visitors in the building, including lunch guests. We will also not allow early dismissals until testing concludes each day, which will likely be around 2pm.  This applies to primary, lower and upper el parents as we have testing sites in all buildings.

We realize that this can be inconvenient, but we have to maintain a quiet and secure testing environment throughout the building. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

EOG Proctors Needed

From the Park Road Montessori Administration Team: We will be seeking family and community volunteers to be EOG Proctors later in May. If you are able to volunteer, you can sign up here. Please note that you will not be able to proctor a test in the same grade level as your child. A brief training session will be required prior to the testing dates. Thank you, we appreciate your support.

Your PTO Dollars at Work: AMS Conference Highlights

This year, your PTO dollars sent six of our staff members to the American Montessori Society’s annual conference. Several of them have shared highlights or key takeaways from the event.

From Ms. Amanda: I had a wonderful time at the AMS conference this year! It was an incredible opportunity to engage with the larger Montessori community and refresh my perspective. I really enjoyed attending the sessions and learning new and innovative strategies to apply to my classroom. It was refreshing to see other educators passionate about teaching and the role they play in a child’s journey. I was able to get hands-on experience with new materials and purchased some for my classroom. It was also a great bonding experience with my fellow Park Road colleagues. Thank you to the PTO for making this possible and taking such great care of your teachers!

From Ms. Cecelia: First, I want to thank the PTO for sending me to the Montessori conference in DC.  I was able to meet up with former colleagues – one who worked with me at Billingsville and now resides in New York.  We were able to catch up – I had no idea she had moved from the Charlotte area.  I purchased some character building materials that will be donated to the media center.  The materials use children’s literature to build the character trait of perseverance.  Perseverance is learned in each text through different situations and most are true stories.  One story is about a child born in Ghana who was born with only one leg.  He hopped on one leg 2 miles to school each day.  Inspiring story!  The cards are being laminated and the books are ordered, soon they will be in the hands of the children.  One workshop was taught by our former Mr. Reg!  He inspired me to increase the construction of figures in my classroom.   I attended a workshop on the middle school level and saw a new way to plan units and projects for the students.  I have shared the information with the teachers at Park Road and I am offering the information at the Montessori Symposium in August.  I am inspired each time I attend the Montessori conference.  I do hope to go again in the future.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Change of Address

Have you moved since the end of last school year and forgot to tell the office? Do you plan on moving over this summer?

If your address has changed, or will change over this summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. It will impact you receiving the important summer mailing, and will also impact your child’s transportation route, if eligible. The list the required documentation, and the address change form can be found here.

Summer Camp Options from Montessori Mornings Instructors

Several of our amazing Montessori Mornings instructors are hosting camps this summer!  These camps are not affiliated with Montessori Mornings or PRM, but if you are looking for summer camps these are great options.  A summary of each is listed below, but you can read more in this flyer or head to our Montessori Mornings page for more details.

  • Serve It UP Tennis Academy – 10 weeks of camp for preschool, elementary and middle school children
  • Charlotte Martial Arts Academy – 9 weeks of full day camps with karate, arts & crafts, outdoor sports and more
  • The Little Studio Ceramics – week long half-day camp where students will create pottery by hand and get an introduction to the potter’s wheel
  • Mixed Media Arts – a wide range of projects to inspire children and expose them to a variety of art techniques
  • A Peek into Montessori – introduce your rising Pre-K and Kindergarten children to Montessori philosophy and environment
  • Strategy Gaming – Chess, Magic, Settlers and more with coaching for all levels in all games.  Tournaments, prizes and more!
Summer Strategy Gaming Camps at Park Road

Stratagemics will be offering Strategy Gaming Summer Camps at Park Road Montessori for the 14th consecutive summer. The camps begin June 17, and run weekly through the week of July 22 (except for the week of July 4th). The Stratagemics website has a full description, with specific camp dates. PRMS students get a discount, and a portion of proceeds goes to PTO. For chess players, we’re also running a combined Chess/Strategy gaming camp the week of June 10th, with Montessori Mornings chess instructor Matthew Noble.  Boys and girls both are welcome, ages 8-18. See the Stratagemics website or email Mr. Curt  for more information.

The Little Studio Summer Camp

Montessori Mornings instructor James Carlevatti is offering a Youth Ceramics camp this summer. Join him for a weeklong half-day camp where students will build mugs and pottery by hand, create gnome/wizard sculptures as well as get an introduction to the potter’s wheel. The camp allows students to use their own creativity to personalize each project. Each week is limited to eight students.

Available weeks:

July 8 – July 12, July 15 – July 19, July 22 – July 26, July 29 – August 2

Check it out or Register Here

(Please note this is not part of the Montessori Mornings program.)

A Peek into Montessori Summer Camp

What does a Montessori classroom look like? Will my child know what to do? For the last 10 years, this camp has helped facilitate a joy of learning by breaking the ice and gently introducing children to the Montessori philosophy and environment. Ms. Priti Aery has taught at Park Road for 16 years and will guide your child through classroom expectations and introduce them to multi-sensory and sequential Montessori materials.

For Rising Pre-K and K’s the camps will be held as follows:

JUNE 17th –June 20th and JUNE 24th – 27th

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

$200 WEEKLY per SESSION (Snack and Juice provided)

Held at Park Road Montessori School, 3701 Haven Drive

Class size is limited, so sign up early! You can find more information in this flyer, as well as the application to attend. Contact Priti Aery at Priti.aery@cms.k12.nc.us (980) 343-5830