Spiritwear: Order PRM Child-Size Masks Today! Our PRM spiritwear website has launched with IN STOCK styles available to purchase, as well as a pre-order for child-size PRM masks. Mask delivery is expected in late October.

We also have lots of small tees for our newest PRM members that missed beginners day in the spring! Sizes and styles will be limited in order to sell down our current inventory to make space for a new offering once we’re back in school. Orders will be available for pick up at the school a few weeks after the order is placed. The spiritwear volunteers will email you details about picking up your order once it’s ready.

A Message from Ms. Melanie about Returning to School We look forward to welcoming our in person students in PK-6th grades starting the week of November 2nd. By now you have all received confirmation of your child’s rotation group and specifics on the CMS plan. Next week we will be mailing home report cards, MAP scores, and transportation information for bus riders, walkers, and car riders. You will also receive specifics on the daily CMS screening process. Here are some things you can do to prepare for the transition:

  1. Review the updated A/B rotation calendar for elementary to familiarize yourself with your child’s school days for Plan B.
  2. Prepare your child for mask wearing using the resource provided in this bulletin.
  3. Complete the transportation information form that was emailed earlier this week. We need this information on every child who will be coming in person.
  4. If your child is going to be a bus rider, please sign up to receive updates from the school about late buses and substitutions by sending a text message to the number 81010 with the message @prmbusa or @prmbusb depending on your child’s A/B rotation.

We appreciate your continued support and can’t wait to greet our students in a few weeks!!

Mask Wearing Tips for Your Child As we prepare for a return to in-person learning next month, now is the time to get your child comfortable with long periods of mask wearing. This is vital to the health and safety of our school community. This is not a skill for children to learn on their first day back on campus, and it will be helpful to start practicing at home:

  • Try different masks to find ones that work best. After washing masks, have your child try them on while talking, yawning, laughing, walking or jumping around to see which masks stay on best.
  • Wear a mask yourself too, while they practice. Model good behavior and a positive attitude about mask wearing.
  • Reinforce how to wear it. Your child’s mask should cover their nose and mouth at all times. Practice not touching your face or mask except to remove it after washing your hands.
  • Follow a schedule to increase your child’s comfort and length of time they spend in a mask.
  • Start with easy activities (reading, watching TV) and slowly increase your child’s level of activity (schoolwork, talking, focused work, etc) while in a mask.

For more tips and information, read through this guide.

A Message from Ms. Charlotte As our children will be returning for on-campus learning in November, I will be leaving for retirement. I am deeply privileged and grateful to have been a part of the Park Road Montessori learning community for 15 years connecting students with nature, caring for our campus – the outdoor classroom, and working with a great staff. Thank you for all your support. I leave you with this blessing: “May you and your children’s connections to our precious natural world be filled with awe and wonder and may we all live in a way that honors it.”
Retirement Announcement Melinda Henry will be retiring at the end of this month. Ms. Melinda has served the Park Road community for many years as an Upper El teacher as well as a literacy support teacher. She has had a lasting impact on many families and staff members throughout her career. She will always be a valued member of the Park Road family and will deeply missed.
Information Requested from Military Families North Carolina has a proud tradition of supporting the military and its families. In an effort to ensure that the unique needs of military-connected students are met, Session Law 2014-15 requires the North Carolina State Board of Education to collect information on these students.

If an immediate family member of your child is connected to the U.S Military (including Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves, Retired Military, Disabled Veteran, Veteran or a Federal Civil Service Employee), please email Ms. Laura in the office, and she will follow up with you. Thank you for your help!

PRM Cares: Food Drive for Bruns Elementary PRM Cares is helping restock the Bruns Avenue Elementary food pantry. This food pantry has served over 100 families in the last 5 months. You can contribute in two ways:

  • Drop off any non-perishable food items or toiletries during the weekly packet pickups at PRM during the month of October
  • Drop off or have non-perishable food items or toiletries delivered to 617 Grandin Road, Charlotte, NC or 2128 W Trade Street, Charlotte, NC.

Contact Holly Robertson with any questions.

Welcome to the Nuture Trail Hello and happy October from your counselors, Ms. Kae and Ms. Betsy! Beginning this month, we plan to share resources that fit monthly themes and topics. Welcome to the Nurture trail.

October brings cooler weather, beauty in nature, and celebration. National Hispanic Heritage month occurs from September 15-October 15. And of course, Halloween, Day of the Dead, and fall festivals are fast approaching for those who choose to participate in these festivities. While there are many fun and exciting activities in October, we are also grappling with more difficult issues as a global society. The effects and additional stressors brought on by COVID-19 and facing difficult realities around social injustice issues continue to occupy our hearts and thoughts. With this in mind, we compiled a few resources that we hope can assist you with some of these October challenges.

For stress related issues, click this link. There are numerous hyperlinks within the article, so it truly is one-stop shopping for all things stress related.

This article provides instruction to guide children through a beautiful ritual to honor loved ones who have died from COVID-19 infection or other causes.

Access this free printable to recognize National Hispanic Heritage month and support our new social/emotional learning program, Caring Schools. During the week of September 29-October 2, we focus on cultivating happiness. Children will design a sun using inspiration from Google images of Mexican folk art. For the spokes of their sun, invite them to create images or words of things that they associate with happiness.

How do we begin to talk to our children about the complexities of social injustice? It helps to start with identifying where we are in our own thinking around this topic.

Need Technology Help? The PRM Virtual Learning Guide has everything you need for virtual learning and provides assistance with frequently asked questions and troubleshooting. Ms. Melissa compiled this comprehensive list of guides, videos, step-by-step directions, and more. Topics covered include:

  • Canvas
  • Google
  • Read&Write for Google Chrome
  • NCEdCloud and Clever
  • Zoom
  • ONE Access and NCWiseOwl for research
  • Sora for eBooks
  • PRM library books
  • …even brain break ideas!

For quick reference, be sure to bookmark or print this document here. If you’re still having trouble with devices, logging into Canvas, or any other tech related issues, please contact Melissa Toner for assistance.

Resources for Online Research Be sure to check out the PRM Online Research Guide with step-by-step instructions for searching the databases in ONE Access and NCWiseOwl.

Please encourage your children to use these safe and appropriate databases when researching, rather than searching on Google or Wikipedia.

Williams Secondary Montessori Updates Mark your calendar! Williams Secondary Montessori will be hosting virtual Wednesday walk-throughs this fall. All are welcome, but this is geared toward Upper El families. Please sign up here.
CMS Help LineCMS has established a help line to assist students and families in a variety of areas, including remote learning, technology troubleshooting, Student Support services and meal distribution. The help line will be able to assist families in multiple languages and will soon host American Sign Language via video chat. You can call anytime during regular business hours at: 980-343-3001