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 Park Road Montessori 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 Friday October 28th. 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. Parents and children are welcome to participate and may borrow a traditional outfit for the day by contacting Ms. Priti in Room 15, or by stopping by the Band Room on Thursday, October 27th.
Look for information from your room parents regarding collecting flowers for the classroom Rangoli. Additionally, Henna Artists will be available for hand painting: $1 for children and $5 for adults. If you are interested, send in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “room parent – Henna” and amount enclosed.
Lower El students are invited to celebrate Scary Story Day with Ms. Michelle’s Upper El class Friday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 8:30. Students can wear their costumes and enjoy snacks, games, crafts, dinner and a movie. Cost is $20. Contact Ms. Michelle for permission slips and dinner choices.
Your car needs a little TLC, and Upper El classes have the solution! Buy a Full-Service Wash from Autobell and support our class trips. Tickets are the same as at Autobell ($17) but we get to keep half of each ticket sold! You can purchase tickets from any Upper El student with cash or check (made out to Park Road Montessori). You may also purchase securely online. Updated online ordering instructions are available here — you will need the ID number of the student from whom you are ordering. Tickets will be delivered around Thanksgiving, and the last day to order is November 16th so go ahead and get your tickets! Email Kim Mullen with any questions. Thanks from Upper El!
The 7th, 8th and 9th graders at Sedgefield Montessori will host Upper El students on two upcoming teacher workdays – Oct. 31 and Nov. 8. These days of creativity and fun cost $45 per day, and will be led by Secondary Montessori students and overseen by Sedgefield Montessori parents. Get the details here.
Do you have questions about what CMS has planned for the future of Secondary Montessori, including its proposed future location?
Plan to attend a Secondary Montessori Community Feedback Session on Thursday, Nov. 3, hosted by the CMS Magnet Office. The meeting will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Media Center at Sedgefield Middle School (2700 Dorchester Place, Charlotte, NC 28209).
Learn why Sedgefield Montessori was named a Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America and how years of envisioning by our Montessori Parent Advisory Group (MPAG), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Magnet Office and the Sedgefield Montessori faculty and administration has led us to this pivotal moment in time. Having a campus dedicated solely to Secondary Montessori has been “the dream” for years, and the Board votes Nov. 9 on the current proposal.
Read this sneak-peak article by MPAG member and Chantilly Montessori parent Brittany Stone to learn more.
If you have a sibling who will be eligible for PreK in the 2017-2018 school year (will be age 4 by 8/31/2017), please remember you will have to complete the CMS lottery process. However, as of now, CMS has not established dates for registration or the lottery. Once the school board agrees on the schedule, we will remind you weekly until the window closes. Thanks for your patience.
We are presenting an orientation for parents who are interested in being a North Star Reading Mentor. Our next orientation will be on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in Room 2 at Park Road Montessori.
Hopefully you have all heard that CMS has proposed expanding our Secondary Montessori Program to 12th grade by one grade per year. (This was the expectation when the 9th grade was approved, but this proposal will make it official.) Secondary Montessori will also move to a location dedicated to our program! The next steps are the community input board meeting Oct. 25, and the board vote Nov. 9.
More Secondary Montessori news:
– The Secondary Montessori program is growing and welcoming new staff members. Read here about the newest additions to the team (and maybe see a familiar face!)
– Learn more about our program at our Open House Events, which will showcase the current secondary program – 7th through 9th grades. They will be held in the Sedgefield Middle School Media Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and Jan. 26.
– Sign up for a Wednesday Walk-through to see Secondary Montessori in action!