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Montessori Marathon Week is Here!Montessori Marathon week is here, and the word we’ve heard our teachers and students use to describe it is “joyful!” Thank you to our teachers, staff and students for cheering each other on, enthusiastically participating, and making this event full of fun even in a unique year! We would also like to thank all the families who have helped us raise $15,000 so far.

We have one final challenge to help us reach our $18,000 goal! All donations made between today and Friday will be matched — up to $1,500! No amount is too small, and this is a great opportunity to participate if you haven’t been able to donate already. You can help us meet our $1,500 Challenge and our 100% participation goal! 

Tell your PRM student: Lace up your shoes, bring your water bottle and get ready to run for Park Road! The schedule for the rest of the week includes:

  • Thursday- Ms. Ally, Ms. Cecelia, Ms. Priti, Ms. Mandy, Ms. Sharilyn, Ms. Amira
  • Friday- Ms. Sherry, Mr. Curt, Ms. Brittany, Ms. Teresa, Ms. Ann, Ms. Karen

Thank you for your contributions that keep our Park Road Montessori community strong!

Order Your Yearbook + Submit Your Photos Today!IT’S THAT TIME! 2020-2021 PRM yearbooks are now available for pre-order.  Please follow the link below to purchase your yearbook via PayPal.

The cost is $15, and they are available to order NOW THROUGH MAY 7. You must pre-order to guarantee a book. Extras are NOT always available for sale after distribution. You will provide your child’s name, teacher name and your home shipping address before you pay online. Yearbooks will be delivered directly to the address provided, if they do not arrive before the end of the year. Don’t miss the deadline!

Remember that we still need YOUR photos to make our yearbook a success for this unique year! Submitting your photos from remote learning is quick and easy! Click here and upload photos by category — from individual classes to music to PEACE Day. You can even access the website for uploading on your phone.

Reach out to prmyearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

Spring Campus Clean Up: Sunday, April 18 Spring has sprung and so have the weeds. Some staff and students have been doing campus maintenance with return to in-person learning, but as a whole, our campus needs a TON of TLC in both classroom gardens and community spaces. Due to volunteer restrictions during school hours this year, we hope to tackle these needs in one weekend afternoon on Sunday, April 18 at 1:00pm.

Room parents and/or garden parents will coordinate classroom needs with teachers and your kiddos. Please be on the lookout for an email advising on any classroom garden projects and purchases needed for that day. We hope to have at least a few parents per classroom attend campus clean-up, so the classroom gardens can continue as wonderful learning and play spaces for our kids. As far as the community spaces are concerned, we will mainly focus on weeding and pruning and the planting of annuals in the carpool area.

If you can come, please consider bringing the following items:

  • Classroom garden plants/soil/mulch (if needed)
  • Garden gloves
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Weed wackers
  • Pruning sheers
  • Shovels
  • Yard waste bags
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Water/snacks
  • Masks

Each attendee will need to sign a waiver at the school entrance. Children may attend and are highly encouraged to help! Please have them wear masks while gardening and practice social distancing while playing with other kids. Adults should also wear masks when working in close proximity to others.

Our school outdoor space is magical, beautiful and unique. I hope to see many of you there to help keep it that way! Please feel free to email Mifflin O’Neill with any questions.

*For heavy rain, we will reschedule for April, 25th.

Deadline This Week: School Leadership Team Parent Opening We have two parent openings on our School Leadership Team for next year. If you are interested in running for one of these parent positions, please complete the application no later than April 16.

Members of the School Leadership Team (SLT) are directly involved in the development and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan, and as appropriate, some of the day-to-day operations of the school.

The School Leadership Team:

  • Facilitates the development of the School Improvement Plan.
  • Uses data as the driving force to create programmatic instructional change.
  • Monitors, assesses, and amends the School Improvement Plan, as needed.
  • Advances policies and procedures that enhance achievement and meet educational, safety and parent involvement goals.
  • Facilitates communication within the Professional Learning Community.
  • Builds the capacity of the school to address parent and staff concerns.

Our School Leadership Team meets one Friday a month at 7:30 or 8:00 AM. Meetings typically last 45 min to an hour. Term of service is three years.

Questions? Email Ms. Melanie.

Moving Up Information Night: April 27 Do you have a rising 1st grader or rising 4th grader? Please plan to attend our moving up parent information night on Tuesday, April 27. You will hear directly from teachers about what to expect at the next level and how to prepare your child. You will also have a chance to ask any questions that you have.

The session for rising 4th grade parents is from 5:00-6:00 PM and the session for rising 1st grade parents is from 6:00-7:00 PM. These sessions will take place over Zoom and require pre-registration.

Please register using this form and access information will be shared prior to the event.

Parent Input for Student Classroom Placement: Grades 1 and 4 From Ms. Melanie: One of the most important tasks this time of year is generating class lists for student placement for the next school year. It is a task that I take very seriously, focusing on the creation of balanced, well matched learning environments. In doing so my promise to you is that each child at Park Road Montessori is treated as an individual. Input from teachers, specialists, and parents is highly considered and appreciated when given.

As class lists come together, I will continue to check and recheck each, forming classrooms that contain a balance in gender, academics, learning style, and temperament. I genuinely encourage any interested parent to provide input about their child to assist me in a successful classroom placement. The staff and I ask that parents focus on their student’s learning styles, abilities, and personality; not on the recommendation for a specific teacher request. In honoring the placement process, recommendations for a specific teacher by name will not be accommodated.

For your information, you will be notified of the teacher assignment in August, 2021 by mail. Student placement is perhaps ones of the most important tasks that we perform each and every spring. Numerous hours are spent carefully placing each child. Teacher teams, along with administration meet to create the upcoming year’s placement lists. In doing so each child is considered individually, focusing on the academic and social health of the children and the classroom. Parent input is consistently added and referred to.

Please complete the input form by Friday, May 7, 2021.

FRA Families: Submit Your Yearbook Photo If you have a FRA student and were not able to come to school last week for the individual student picture, please see below to submit a student picture for the yearbook.

  • Please take a photo from the waist up to allow for cropping if needed
  • A solid background is always best
  • Take the picture in the highest resolution you can
  • Please submit pictures via email to prmyearbook@gmail.com. Include your child’s name and teacher

Please submit pictures as soon as possible. We want to make sure we can include everyone in the yearbook this year. If you have any questions, reach out to prmyearbook@gmail.com.

Summer Learning Opportunity: Camp CMS Camp CMS is a free, full day, six-week in-person summer program that will focus on reading, math, science and fun enrichment activities. Transportation will be provided for Camp CMS which will take place June 14 through July 29th. For additional details, please see the information flyer. If you are interested in Camp CMS for your child, please use the registration link provided on the flyer or click here. Deadline for registration has been extended through Friday, April 16 at noon.
Upcoming CMS Social Emotional Learning Survey Thank you to Park Road families for being partners as we work together to educate the children in our school. We value input from our community, and we need to hear from your 3rd-6th grade child(ren)!

To learn more about student experiences, we will be asking for your child’s feedback via an online survey which takes about 40 minutes to complete. The survey content will ask students to reflect on their own social emotional learning skills, like self-management and self-efficacy. Classroom teachers will guide students through the process of completing the survey. All surveys will be completed by April 30th.

JT Williams: New Family Orientation For rising 7th grade families and all new families to the Williams Montessori community, there will be a virtual new family orientation offered on April 22nd. You will meet staff, take a virtual campus tour and learn more with presentations and a Q&A session. Access the Zoom link and learn more here.
Autobell Gift Cards Available Salt, Pollen and Dirt! Oh My! We know a lot of families have missed our Upper El AutoBell fundraiser so we are offering a limited amount of cards.

Buy a $20 Autobell gift card to use for your choice of wash at any of the 55 Autobell locations. PRM receives 50% of the purchase price, and the PTO will send the gift card via mail to the address you provide when purchased. This is an excellent way to support our local businesses and our school community!

Reminder: Complete Online Symptoms Screener As a reminder, the online screener must be completed by 8:15 each morning for all children who come to school in person. Bus riders must also turn in the paper attestation form to the bus driver each week. A temperature check will occur each morning upon arrival and students must wear a mask/face covering at all times. Please reach out to the school with any questions that you have.

Bus Attestation Form

Online Symptoms Screener

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.