Park Road Montessori Position StatementThe recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and subsequent protests, highlight the racism and inequity in this country and our city. These events reveal the marginalization and exacerbate the fear and frustration that too many people live with each day based solely on ethnicity. At Park Road Montessori we take pride in the diversity of our students and seek to provide a learning environment that celebrates the common ground we all share. We stand with those seeking to bring an end to hatred, bigotry, racism and bias. We are all called to stand up when we see racial injustice and to understand our own implicit biases and how those impact others. Only in this way can we break down the structure of systemic racism and inequities and best serve our children and larger society.

As Montessorians, we understand that human formation begins at birth and that for a change to occur, we must begin with the child. This quote from Dr. Montessori, underscores our mission: If we are among the men of good will who yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves, by working for the social world of the child.

We have a collective responsibility toward this social mission for peace. At Park Road Montessori School, we promise to continue and to work harder in challenging and changing systems of inequity that perpetuate racism and bias within our community.

Change of AddressHave you moved since the end of last school year and forgot to tell the office? Do you plan on moving over this summer?

If your address has changed, or will change over this summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. It will impact you receiving the important summer mailing, and will also affect your child’s transportation route, if eligible. 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.

Upper Elementary Supply Boxes for Fall!Parents: The school store is purchasing Upper El supply packets once again for the upcoming school year. Upper elementary students will receive the items, put them together, and deliver them straight to your teacher.

It’s a great experience for the students, and no more running around for you! Please be sure to order by July 1st, at the pre-order rate of $40. After that, a limited number of orders will be accepted at a higher price. Please note that we will only be accepting online orders and there will be no refundsClick here to pre-order your student’s supplies today!

2020-21 PTO Executive BoardAre you able to donate your time to our amazing school community? The PTO Board works together each year to coordinate our major school fundraisers, produce this weekly eBulletin, execute all of our favorite school events, and much more. The board appreciates that our volunteers incorporate these responsibilities into their already busy schedules. Our positions offer flexibility in terms of time-commitment and schedules to match your availability.

For the upcoming school year, we have openings for the following positions:

  • Communications Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Assistant Treasurer

If you have questions, would like more information, or are interested in any of these important roles, please contact Anuja Ratnayake.

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.
Silver Graphics UpdateThank you to all who have ordered from Silver Graphics so far! Their production facility was finally allowed to open on May 20, and their employees are working very hard to fulfill and ship orders as soon as possible. Customers will receive an email with tracking info when their order ships.

If you haven’t ordered yet, don’t worry! You can visit www.silvergraphics.com and enter the school access code PRMart2020 to place your order online. Select your child’s class and locate personalized art by their name. Items will be shipped directly to your address, and there will be shipping fees this year.

Please contact Jenny Orso with any questions.

Summer Support for Bruns Avenue Elementary

PRM Cares continues to partner with Bruns Avenue Elementary, a Title I school with 99.5% of students on free/reduced lunch. During the summer, many families will struggle to put food on the table. With this in mind, we’re working with the Bruns administration to support a drive-thru food pantry for Bruns families. PRM is joining several other organizations/churches to help donate food supplies.

Please donate from the requested items list. Any help is very much appreciated and can be done within social distancing guidelines! Items can be delivered via porch drop-off or the delivery service of your choice to 617 Grandin Road, Charlotte, NC 28208. If possible, please try to arrange for delivery on Wednesdays.

Additional Community SupportIn addition to the needs of Bruns families mentioned above, there are many other organizations around Charlotte that are working to support families during this time. Please see below for other ways to help.

1 – Urban Ministries Center of Charlotte

Serving the homeless population of Charlotte, which is at an increased risk due to the congregational nature of the Urban Ministries facilities and common health vulnerabilities (diabetes, COPD, hypertension, asthma).

They have consolidated their greatest-need items into one Amazon Wishlist, which includes tents and sleeping bags for those sleeping outside or who have been displaced by recent Room In The Inn facility closings. You can also donate directly to Urban Ministries.

2 – Second Harvest Food Bank

Supplying food to various charities in our area via a regional food distribution warehouse. They have a special list for Coronavirus needs, which can be found here.

3 – Families Forward Charlotte

Providing essential goods, educational programs, and other support to ease the burden of poverty on children and their families in Mecklenburg County. They are currently focusing on replenishing their stock of grocery store gift cards for families effected by Coronavirus closures. There are several ways to donate these remotely:

1: Send a Walmart gift card via email to  info@familiesforwardclt.org

2: Purchase Food Lion, Aldi’s, or a Walmart gift card, and mail it to:

    Families Forward Charlotte

    PO Box 470436

    Charlotte, NC 28247

3: Order a Visa gift card from their Amazon wishlist to be shipped directly to FFC

4 – South Mecklenburg High School Food Drive

For this week only, South Meck and Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church are collecting donations for food insecure families at Smithfield Elementary, Quail Hollow Middle, and South Mecklenburg High.

When: Tuesday-Friday (3/17 – 3/20) from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road, Charlotte, NC **You do not need to exit your car. Drive up, and volunteers will take your donations.

What: Food (Spaghetti Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Alfredo Sauce, Canned Chicken, Tuna or Salmon, Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cereal Bars, Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly, Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Apple Sauce)

Hygiene (Tampons, Pads, Shampoo, Lotion)

5 – E2D

Focusing on eliminating the digital divide in the Charlotte area. A recent message on their social media: “E2D will still be building every single computer we can get our hands on. Any prolonged period away from school could be cataclysmic to our students. Please, please, please…help this community…help us find more laptops. We are down to one lab, but we’re gonna take it to warp speed as safely as we can.”

Reach out to donatelaptops@e-2-d.org if you or your corporation have laptops that can be re-purposed for student use.

If you have questions or need more info about how to help, please contact Catherine Whittaker.