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Volunteer to Make Our Montessori Marathon Run Smoothly

The Montessori Marathon is fast approaching, and we need your help make this event a huge success! Please donate an hour or two of your time to help with the following areas: Set up; Clean up; Lap Counters; Escorts to and from classrooms; Help children warm up before event; Refreshments; Handing out Medals; Cheering and Support.

We know each and every child wants to have you there to show support. By volunteering, you can help with the areas above while cheering on your child during their scheduled time. We can’t do this without you. Please sign up now!

The children train with our own beloved P.E. teacher, Coach Strait, to accomplish their goal. Our school goal is to not only raise $20,000, but also to raise donations from all 50 states in a “green” way – meaning this effort is mostly paperless. Online donations can be made here.

As part of the excitement, PTO will be providing each of your children a T-shirt to be worn for the event. This year we are giving you a choice. This helps us to make sure proper sizing and requested style is ordered for each child. Make selections for your children here. This needs to be completed by March 10. If you don’t make a selection, PTO will still provide one for your child.

We are also taking orders for adult shirts. The cost of the shirts are $12. The deadline for order is March 10. No additional shirts will be provided the day of the event. Order here.

Pottery and Golf Are Back! Sign Up Now for Montessori Mornings Registration for the Montessori Mornings Spring Session is now open. We are excited to bring back pottery and golf, and offer a new drama class, in addition to your favorite classes from last term. Check out our class descriptions and then register here by March 12.

Classes will start the week of March 16 and end the week of May 11. No classes will be held during spring break.

Scholarships are available. Please email Ms. Rishoba.

Less Than Two Weeks Remain to Order Your Yearbook!
Preordering for the 2014-15 PRM school yearbooks is available through March 15. You must preorder your yearbook as we will not order extras to sell later. Cost for a yearbook is $15. You may return the paper order form that came home with your student or order online. (Please read the online ordering instructions carefully.) Thanks!
PRMCares and the Montessori Philosophy - Care for our community! Care for our community! This Saturday, we will have our monthly chance to sort donations in support of the Loaves & Fishes organization. It’s an easy, fun couple of hours, first thing Saturday. Get up, do a good deed as a family, enjoy your weekend! Please sign up here and represent our fabulous, caring school!

We also have a fun gathering set for the 19th. We’ll be writing letters of appreciation to our military serving overseas on Thursday, March 19, directly after school in the media center. We are also are gathering items for care packages throughout that same week. Go to our sign-up link for details on this event and let’s spread the example of a giving nature with our children. Thank you!!!!

Check Out the Winter Issue of the Montessori Monitor Newsletter Student recaps of trips and events, photos of our new “Underground Café,” and shots from the Snowflake Dance are a few of the features in this issue of our schoolwide newsletter. Check it out today!
In Search of New SLT Members The School Leadership Team (SLT) needs to fill three parent vacancies starting in August of 2015. The School Leadership Team (SLT) consists of the principal, parents, and staff who are charged with providing the best education possible for our students, primarily through ensuring the effective implementation of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Parent members are elected in the spring and serve 3-year terms. The SLT meets the third Friday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

Any interested candidates should contact Mrs. Moraglia at anna.moraglia@cms.k12.nc.us.

Review of the Morning Drop-off Procedures for Our School Please remember:

– A student is either a car rider, bus rider or walker. A walker is ONLY someone who lives within the CMS designated walk zone.
– The carpool doors will close at 9:10am. If you are sitting in line at that time, your child will be let in. However, if you are driving in to the parking lot at that time, the doors will be closed, and you will have to park and walk your child in to the office.
– If a child is a car rider, under no circumstances is that child to be dropped off at the top of the hill, or near the gravel drive at the mobile units, and be allowed to walk in to the building. Once again, you MUST go through the car pool line if it is before 9:10am. After that time, you must park and walk your child in to the office for him/her to receive a pass to get to class.

These rules are in place for your child’s safety. That is always the school’s number one concern and staff members who are at their duty posts will often remind parents to please follow the rules. Unfortunately, that may mean people are occasionally inconvenienced. We ask for your continued cooperation in making our morning drop-off run safely and smoothly.

Superheroes Contest! In conjunction with the 2015 NC Science Festival, Spandex City & Discovery Place are excited to announce the 4th annual Science & Superheroes Contest! In addition to the literacy benefits of reading comics and graphic novels, many of the superhero characters and stories commonly associated with these books can inspire science-based inquiry and discussion. Did you know that the Flash is able to exploit he principles of sub-atomic physics to vibrate through solid objects? Much of science fiction is rooted in science fact.

The Science & Superheroes Contest challenges students to invent a superhero whose powers are based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles. Flyer, contest rules, and entry form can be found at www.SpandexCity.com/sciencesuperheroes.

The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2015. Winners will be selected in the following grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. They will be recognized at a special ceremony at Discovery Place on April 19, 2015.

Questions? Please email Spandex City with “S&S Contest” in the subject line.

Parent Ed Night Rescheduled for March 26The Parent Education Night scheduled for Feb. 19 has been moved to March 26, 5:30-6:30. Jocelyn Hightower and Rishoba Mundrati will be giving us a presentation focusing on Stress Management. The presentation topics will include:

– stress caused by children and school
– anxiety of trying to keep kids on task
– rebellion
– school vs. home
– balancing the stressors
– bringing out the good vs. the bad

Ms. Jocelyn is not only an Upper El Assistant Teacher, but also Owner of JHigh FitBiz, a Health and Wellness business focused on helping people and families to live healthier lifestyles, along with reducing the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. She has a B.S. in Health Education and is ISSA Fitness Nutrition Certified.

This is Ms. Rishoba’s third year as our school counselor at Park Road Montessori. She holds a Master of Science in School Counseling. Some of the services she provides to our students include classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group sessions. As a mother of three, Ms. Rishoba understands the day to day stress normal life can bring and wants to share some tips on how to achieve perfect balance in an imperfect world.

We are so excited to offer you this opportunity and hope to see you there! Please RSVP to jocelyn.anthony@cms.k12.nc.us

Help Fund Field Trip by Taking Part in Family Boot Camp! Ms. Christy’s 6th grade class, along with Ms. Jocelyn (a fitness professional), is hosting a Family Boot Camp! This is a fun opportunity for kids and their parents to get in a good workout and learn some new exercises for a strong and healthy body, mind, and spirit!

Dates: March 5 (makeup for Feb. date) and March 11
Time: 4.45-5.30 p.m.
Place: The field behind the trailers
Cost: $10 for the first two family members; $2 for each additional family member

To reserve your spot, please email Ms. Christy at christina1.geiger@cms.k12.nc.us with the date(s) you want to attend as well as names and ages of participants.

All children must be accompanied by a parent; no children under the age of 4 please. Proceeds will help fund the 6th grade field trip. Thank you!

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