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Volunteer Impact Over the past six months as PTO president, it has come to my attention how many of you contribute to our school and how many different ways you make an impact. There are volunteers of all sorts working with and supporting our students daily. There are parents and older students (often PRM alumni) that come out of the woodwork to offer a hand at our events.

Our PTO executive board, PTO committee leaders, staff, and students donate countless hours each month communicating and making our school the amazing community that it is. A heartfelt “Thank You” to every one of you. Your impact is felt! Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Heathir McElroy Speet
PTO president, 2014-15

(To volunteer, check out our committees and let us know how or where you would like to help.)

Lost and Found Items Will Be Donated on Dec. 6 As of Dec. 6, any items in the lost and found will be boxed-up and donated to charity. You will see one more notice about this next Wednesday. Do not delay in visiting and combing through the accumulation of lost items. They will be GONE on Dec. 6.
December Giving With PRMCares We know the holidays are a hectic time of expense, so our events this month are small, simple efforts with the goal of not making life more complicated. From Monday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 12, we will host two donations drives. One is a nonperishable food drive for Loaves & Fishes, and the other a gently-used soccer uniform and equipment drive for Peace Passers. Both are local Charlotte charities.

There are no sign-ups, but you can find specific needs lists and drop-off details on our website, PRMCares.com, as well as other small ways to give back this holiday season. Do what you can, if you can. That’s it, that’s all…and thank you!!! Happy Turkey Day!

Read All About It: Fall Edition of the Montessori Monitor Available In this issue of the Montessori Monitor, parents can get an update from our principal, find out more about Winter Village, see the entryway garden project come together, and more. Our featured Q&A is with Primary instructor Carey Montgomery, and there is a detailed overview of the school website. Check it out!
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.

Friday Fun Night Set for Upper El On Friday, Dec. 5, 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. Jennifer (cocoasense@gmail.com), or watch for your classroom teacher’s email to arrange the necessary permission to stay after school. You can also access the permission slip online.

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 extra holiday shopping done. This event is a fundraiser for class trips. See you then!

Augustine Literacy Project to Offer Winter Training Session Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte is excited to announce a Winter 2015 tutor training class! Our Winter 2015 class will offer a shorter training period: seven days instead of ten. Please visit our website for more information. Dates: Feb. 2-6, Feb. 10 and 12; Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Application review will begin on Friday, Dec. 12, and will continue until the class is filled. There are many low-income first- and second-graders who need the one-on-one literacy instruction our highly trained, dedicated tutors provide.

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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