Full Montessori Secondary Program 'Within Reach'! Grassroots efforts through simple email messages, phone calls, blogposts, and now a spotlight in a recent article in The Charlotte Observer, has got CMS School Board members really thinking about a full Secondary Montessori Program (grades 7-12). Help seal the deal and attend the upcoming School Board Meeting, next Tuesday, October 13th, 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street. Wear your PRM Spirit Wear to show you’re a proud member of the Montessori community. Citizens are given the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes to address the Board – you can sign up to speak by calling 980.343.5139, by 12 p.m. on the meeting day. In the meantime, continue to write/email/call (click here) CMS School Board representatives.

For more information, please read a great overview here or contact your Montessori Parent Advisory Group members Jill Goodrich or Tommy Klein.

Check Out the Online Book Fair Thank you to everyone, adults AND students, who shopped at this year’s Book Fair – especially our PRM families who made the extra effort to get to the Fair after the picnic was postponed. Your purchases were over $14,301 during the week! 25% of the sales will go directly to our Media Center for new books and essentials for our library. Expect to see new series and other great selections coming soon for your children!

One last book you wanted to get? Or want a book that wasn’t at the Fair? This year we have a new option: An Online Book Fair! Through Oct. 10th, use this link to purchase books online from Scholastic. Great news – There are even MORE books available online in addition to the same popular titles that were at our Fair. Some teachers have posted wish lists at the online fair in case you weren’t able to check out their baskets in the media center. AND Books are shipped for FREE to Park Road. Link not working for you? Search for PRM’s fair at www.scholastic.com/fair.

(Please email us if you do not want your order to go home with your child.)

Upper Elementary Game Night Oct. 9 This Friday, October 9, 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 PM for hours of open gaming, raffles (another Wii!), pizza, and a bake sale. Students can come late and/or leave early — they aren’t required to stay after school, but we welcome that.

We will have raffles, tournaments, and any fun games (sorry, not the video kind) imaginable, and there will be werewolves! The last one was a huge success, so come on out and have fun. Email our classroom assistant, Ms. Jennifer, to arrange the necessary permission to stay after school. You can also print the permission slip and send it in with the appropriate money (cash is preferred, but checks can be written to Park Road PTO).

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. It’s a great opportunity for parents to drop off their kids and get some peace and quiet time at home or out, in the lovely, now dry, fall weather! This event is a fund-raiser for class trips. See you there!

Is Your Car A Dirty Mess? Time for AutoBell! Well, you are in luck. Autobell ticket sales will take place in the carpool line on Friday afternoon so you can have a nice shiny clean car.

You can pay by cash, check or credit/debit card. The tickets are $16 and half of the proceeds help offset costs for the Upper El students’ yearly field to Mountain Trail Outdoor School. Please help support their efforts!

If you would like, you may also click here to order through PayPal. Tickets will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Tickets make GREAT gifts for friends and family!

Parent Education Night, Oct. 20 Join us Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Parent Education Night, when expert Sandra Wyner Andrew (BS, M.Ed, CAGS) will conduct the workshop “Montessori in the Home.” Facilitating the development of independence, responsibility, self-motivation and respect are at the core of the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. Fostering these qualities at home reinforces what is happening for your child at school. Bringing Montessori principles into your home gives your child a sense of consistency and thus inner calm.

This workshop addresses the following ideas:
– How can I support the Montessori Philosophy with my parenting?
– What activities can I do with my child at home that encourage independence and responsibility?
– Learn ways to partner with your child’s teacher in his/her education.

Free child care for Parent Ed Night During Parent Ed Night, the PTO will host free child care with a movie viewing of “Toy Story 2” (rated G), complete with popcorn! The movie will begin at 5:45 p.m in the PRM Media Center. Please reserve a spot for your child(ren)here. If you are able to volunteer to assist with child care during this event or have a middle school or high school student, please contact Jill Goodrich.
Invest Success!Thank you to all the families who contributed to our Invest In Your Child campaign.

We raised an amazing $30,533.09 in just four weeks with 54% of our student body participating! The funds will be distributed evenly among each teacher so they can purchase new tools for their classrooms.

Thank you again for your dedication and support to Park Road Montessori!

Yearbook PhotosHave a great fall picnic photo from last night? We are gearing up for the yearbook and would love some photos. Please send it to Carter Herndon. No need to resize or retouch. Thank you!
PTO Board Meeting Oct. 14 A meeting of the PTO Board will take place next Wednesday, October14th, 8:00-8:45 am in the PRM Media Center. All parents and teachers are welcome to attend. The agenda is posted online. If you have questions or concerns, please contact PTO President, Jill Goodrich.
PRMCares Food Drive Our October event is under way. PRMCares is teaming up with the Carolinas Student Hunger Drive and Myers Park High School to collect non-perishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank! Bring donated food items to the marked bin in the PRM lobby.
Eat Up: October Spirit Nights Set to Go Join your PRM friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at Nothing But Noodles. Both the Elizabeth and Stonecrest locations will host so pick whichever suits you best. By supporting this event, Nothing But Noodles will give back 15% of all proceeds to our school and if we exceed $750, that number goes up to 25% — so bring on the noodles!

Please contact Jennifer Kauffman with any questions.

Tea Collection's School Days Fund-Raiser - Oct. 13-20 PRM is participating in Tea Collection’s School Days fundraiser from 10/13 – 10/20. Mark your calendars!

What does this mean? You shop TeaSchoolDays.com (notTeaCollection.com), at 15% off + free shipping AND our school gets 15% of each sale!

In order to receive the 15% donation AND free shipping, you must select Park Road Montessori from the dropdown box at checkout. NO promo codes needed!

Younger Siblings Headed to PRM? Enroll now! The 2016-17 enrollment period has begun for CMS. Parents must enroll their children by Jan. 11, 2016, to be eligible for the first lottery. The online application period for the first lottery is Dec. 4, 2015-Jan. 25, 2016. The sibling guarantee only applies if these steps are completed in a timely fashion. Check out this helpful link.
Early Start to Holiday Shopping,Nov. 7-14 As a thank-you to the community, Toys & Co. is again inviting us to participate in their School Week Fund-Raiser. Shop at Toys & Co. Cotswold (242 S. Sharon Amity Rd., 28211, 704.365-7890) during the week of November 7th and at checkout indicate that you wish to support Park Montessori. 20% of all your purchases during the week will go to PRM! Please share this with your friends and family.

We hope to see you there. Please contact Erica Stockton with any questions.

NC Montessori Collective Annual Conference - Nov. 14 This year’s conference, “Building Community” will primarily focus on implementing and growing community awareness as it pertains to Montessori Philosophy. Building on the success of many organizations in the area, such as the SCMA, we are excited to offer dynamic Montessori speakers, interactive workshops, and many opportunities to share ideas among colleagues. The first that North Carolina has ever seen!

Please take a moment to pass this along to friends and colleagues, as we would be delighted to have any and all attend. The conference fee is $25 per person and includes: a welcome bag and lunch (provided by Zoe’s Kitchen). The conference also qualifies for professional development training hours! Additionally, we are excited to welcome many arts and crafts for sale by students at local Montessori schools, as well as a Silent Journey of the Montessori Curriculum presented by long time Montessorian, Dolores Murgolo.

Check out the presentation topics here. We look forward to seeing you in November. If you have any questions, please contact Jarrett Murgolo or Mindy Mahar at ncmontessoricollective@gmail.com.

NCMC Conference Quick Links:
To register for the conference, click here.
To princt an NCMC conference flyer, click here.

If the above links are not working properly, all of this information can be found on the NCMC website at www.ncmontessoricollective.org.

Check Out This Year's Picks for Paideia Picnic ReadersHere are the paideia picnic book titles for this year:
Friday, Oct. 30: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Friday, Nov 20: Frindle by Andrew Clements
Friday, Jan. 29: Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White
Friday, Feb. 26: Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Friday, March 18: The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars
Friday, April 29: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Picnics are held from 12:00-12:30 on the front lawn. All students who have read the book either independently or with an adult/older sibling etc. are invited to attend. Students should bring a packed lunch and a copy of the book. There are a limited number of books available to borrow from Miss Jennifer, and they may be available for purchase at this year’s Book Fair.

Small Fund-Raisers = Big ImpactDon’t underestimate our small fund-raisers! Don’t underestimate our small fund-raisers! In September we raised an additional $203.05, increasing our total to $1,252.16.

Target Red Card: 64 families/$876.22
Box Tops: 151 supporters online/$308.40 in Box Top donations
Harris Teeter: 74 families/$67.54 since 8/1/2015
Amazon: TBD

So please link your Harris Teeter Vic card, link your Target Red Card, and keep sending in your box tops! Contact Erica Stockton with any questions.

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