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Every INVESTment Counts!

Your funds go directly into our children’s classrooms and help our teachers purchase new Montessori materials and educational tools used by our students every day. Our children become innovators and creators, and we get to witness the unlocking of true potential!

It is a promise of Park Road Montessori PTO to support and celebrate the Montessori tradition of education and ensure our children have the necessary tools they need to grow. Your contributions also support teacher enrichment for our staff members. Thank you for all of your dedication in supporting our wonderful school!

Help us reach our goal of $25,000 by September 30th! DONATE TODAY.

The 2020-21 School Year is Underway! Welcome back to school!  As a reminder, attendance will be taken from day one (K-6) and remote instruction is not optional as it was in the spring. You and your child should log into Canvas first thing to see the announcements and a zoom link for the class morning meeting that will begin at 9:15. This includes grades K-6 only. Pre-K students will not access Canvas until later in the week and will instead complete their staggered entry screening as scheduled. Many of you have taken part in the CMS parent sessions on Canvas. Our wonderful media specialist, Melissa Toner, has created some tutorial videos and compiled resources to help you log into Canvas. These are found at the links below. If you no longer have your child’s login information from the spring, please call the school or email melanie.francis@cms.k12.nc.us and we will get it to you. Classroom teachers also have this information. We will begin with an orientation and assessment period as communicated by the teachers and then we will move into the regular daily schedule that each team has created. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Back-to-School Night Please join us for Back-to-School Night on September 10th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We will begin with a general PTO meeting at 5:30, followed by classroom presentations at 6:00 and 6:30. Your child’s classroom teacher will share what to expect this year and how you can support your child. Each classroom will have two identical sessions.

PTO General meeting: Zoom link (Meeting ID: 920 2419 2740; Passcode: PRM2020)

Classroom presentation: Zoom link will be sent directly by your child’s classroom teacher

We hope to see all of you there!

Thank You to Our Teachers and Staff We know our entire school community joins us in thanking our teachers and staff for their positivity, creativity, and amazing work bringing Montessori education to our children virtually. Your long hours and hard work have not gone unnoticed. We appreciate you!

Please join us in simple, easy acts of kindness to show our teachers how much we see and appreciate their hard work:

  • Ask your child to draw/write/make signs or posters to encourage and thank our teachers! Drop them off at school during your next materials packet pickup, and they will be hung in the hallway at PRM.
  • Ask your child to draw cards or write letters to teachers & staff (these don’t need to be addressed to a specific person). Drop them off at school during your next materials packet pickup.
  • Email teachers or staff members a quick note of thanks from you or your child; or send a highlight (“something good”) from the week. A little extra support and appreciation goes a long way right now!
MAP Testing MAP assessments will be administered remotely during the month of September.

Please carefully review last week’s email from Ms. Melanie. There is a memo explaining why we are giving these assessments along with your child’s schedule, a parent information document, and detailed instructions on how to access the assessment. Please be sure that the caregiver who is with your child has this information on the dates of the assessment. Email Ms. Melanie or Ms. Debbie with any questions.

Honoring Ms. Sue at PRM Help us create a space at PRM to honor Sue Audino’s life. We welcome PRM staff, parents and students to join in the process of brainstorming, choosing and implementing the idea we decide best matches with the spirit of Ms. Sue. If you wish to participate in any part of this process, contact Heather Ruckterstuhl.
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 Mums are on the way! Help support the Erdkinder program at Williams Secondary Montessori and place your order by this Friday, September 11th.

Choose your size + choose your colors (Yellow, Bronze, Red, Purple, Pink, White):

  • $8 for 9″pots
  • $20 for 12″ (in a nicer pot)
  • $35 for 8 count 5″ pots (this is a new option so you can create your own larger planters if you’d like)

Place your order by Friday, September 11th through this link. Drive thru pick up: Williams Greenhouse Sept. 24th from 2:00 – 5:00pm or email Ms. Katherine for other arrangements

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.

PTO Dues Program Our PTO dues go toward supporting our PTO-sponsored events and other school activities, such as cultural programs and events. Having paid your dues enables you to vote at PTO meetings and is a gesture in support of our PTO and the programs it hosts. Our goal is 100% participation, so please join today: https://parkroadmontessori.com/pto/
Change of AddressHave you moved since the end of last school year and forgot to tell the office?  If your address or phone/contact information has changed, please let the office know as soon as possible. Below is the link which will list the required documentation, and the address change form. Since we aren’t currently able to bring the completed document to school, please fill it out and email a scanned copy or photo to Laura Slesinger. Additionally, if your family is now living with a family member or friend, and needs a Residency Affidavit, please also email Laura and she will provide the necessary residency affidavits.
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 
Need to Read? Free Resources As we continue with our online learning, Ms. Melissa has provided a way to access e-books and other materials for free. Check out http://bit.ly/PRMebooks. If you prefer to download the directions, the pdf is here.