Give the Gift of School SpiritSpirit wear is back just in time for the holidays! Thanks to our change in vendor, spirit wear offerings are all new and available for a limited time only. From embroidered PRM baseball caps (by popular request) to lunchbox-size water bottles and zip hoodies, the PRM Spirit Wear store can make your holiday shopping a snap! Deadline for ordering is Dec. 1, and orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom well before winter break.

Spirit Wear is available for purchase online via PayPal, or print out our order form and submit it through the school office with a check or cash. If ordering online, please delete all items other than Spirit Wear from your cart.

Samples will be available in the office as early as Wednesday but no later than Friday. For any questions about your order or product suggestions, contact Maury or Maureen at PRMspiritstore@gmail.com. Happy holidays!

MAP Testing Set to Start After Thanksgiving Break Winter 2014 MAP Testing in Reading and Math will begin directly when we return from our Thanksgiving Break. We will not be testing any children on Thursday, Dec. 11, so they can all enjoy Winter Village activities.

Upper Elementary will start testing the week of Dec. 1.

Primary will start testing the week of Dec. 8.

Lower Elementary will have testing Friday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 18.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Debbie at deborah.webber@cms.k12.nc.us.

Parent Feedback Needed for the Future of Montessori in CMSThe CMS Magnet Office needs your feedback in developing a Secondary Montessori Program in the district. A Secondary Montessori Program refers to the development of a Montessori high school and would most likely include the existing program made up of 7th and 8th graders currently enrolled in the Sedgefield Montessori School. (That is, Secondary Montessori Program refers to grades 7-12.)

Although a survey was conducted in August, prior to school starting, the response rate was too low. A collaborative effort between the Magnet Office and the Montessori Parent Advisory Group helped revise the survey. So, whether you responded to the survey in August, please take a few minutes to participate in this go-round: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJ2SCJX. The deadline to participate is Dec. 5th.

We need ALL Park Road parents to take the survey.

Green Thumbs Galore The past week our students (and staff) have shown some love to our front entrance. The rain garden is now planted, and Ms. Charlotte shared that at one point she had 25 students engaged in working to make the rain garden a beautiful reality.

HUGE thank you to everyone who pitched in to bring our new PRM garden areas to life! It will be be an exciting surprise to see all of the plants growing in the spring!

Is Your Child Home Sick? Please Let Ms. Laura Know In Writing With the arrival of the colder weather comes an increase in the number of children who need to stay home because of illness. Please remember that you must inform the office in writing if your child will be out for the day. The best way to do so is to copy Ms. Laura (laura.slesinger@cms.k12.nc.us) on the e-mail you send to your child’s teacher.
Secure Sibling Spot By Enrolling Now, Then Entering 1st Lottery Reminder: Younger siblings are only guaranteed enrollment at PRM if parents submit a lottery application through the first lottery process. Enrollment is going on now if you have a child who will be 4 years old by8/31/2015.

To secure your younger child’s spot at PRM, you must follow the correct procedures:
1. Enroll your child in CMS. The deadline for enrollment to be eligible for the first lottery is in early January, although CMS encourages you to complete your enrollment early, preferably before Dec. 5.
2. Enter the first lottery using the ID number and PIN that will be mailed to you after you enroll. You may enter the first lottery beginning Dec. 5.

Make sure you adhere to the timeline. You may bring the required paperwork to the PRM Office or to the Smith Family Center at 1600 Tyvola Road. Again, please remember that your sibling guarantee only applies if you follow the above procedures and meet all deadlines.

Help Capture School Memories for the 2014-15 PRM Yearbook The Park Road Montessori yearbook is a great way for your child to remember his or her friends and good times at our wonderful school for years to come! Help make this year’s book a success by contributing any photos you may have from classes and activities. We are looking for candids of classroom work, fall picnic, Bike Fridays, book fair, school opening, Girls on the Run, Let Me Run, PRM Cares, Montessori Mornings, specials, gardening days, outdoor education, MTOS, field trips, Diwali, Safety Patrol, Green Marathon Spring 2014, Field Day Spring 2014, and more!

Please upload your to this Box.com website. (You may have to set up a free account to access the link, but it’s quick and simple.) Please file your photos accordingly (folders are already set up to make your uploads simple and quick): by teacher or by event (in the ##School Events, Clubs, Groups, Specials folder). If you cannot find the appropriate folder, please feel free to create a new folder or place them (well-labeled) in the Other folder.

We will try to include as many children as possible in a wide assortment of photos throughout the yearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Aman at kaman@omega-performance.com. Please put YEARBOOK QUERY in the subject line. Yearbook sales will begin in January.

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