December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019   

Parent Links:

CMP tuition and school calendar
CMP Facebook Page
Families Facebook page
Volunteer Sign-up
School Directory

6th – Tuition Due (5 weeks)
23rd – Jan 3rd – No School (Holiday Break)
January 6th- Classes resume

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Parents, want to be more involved or informed?    To learn more about volunteer opportunities this school year and to stay connected with the CMP community you can:

1. Read the classroom dry erase boards for class information weekly.

2. Read and refer back to this all school news for dates.

3. Read classroom newsletter monthly.

4. Join the Countryside Montessori Preschool Families Facebook group. 

New Big sister Rylee and Family
New big Brother Owen this past month!

Thank you!
*Mikayla Z for all the work and food at our Mom’s Night Out event!

For Small Hands Fundraisers: or use catalog in your child’s mailbox.
CMP Code needed: 104170


Delight young children with real tools that let them handle real tasks “all by myself!” This company provides hard-to-find, child-size items that allow your child to pour their own juice or rake leaves by your side, doing purposeful “work” that supports self-confidence and independence.

There is a code on back of catalog that you will need that connects the fundraiser to CMP. The funds will go directly to a credit that your child’s classroom can buy new materials for your child’s classroom.


Aren’t we all looking to create a stress-free winter holiday season?

It is a lovely thought that you and your children will be sitting by a fire, singing holiday songs with friends and family. Yes, it is a lovely thought, dream, visualization or whatever you want to call it.

Of course, we all want that! Now I am going to bring you back to the natural reality of life with small children. This year, try instead of getting caught up in the constant crazy, take a breath and strategize the small things you can control (loving strategies) and that you and your family will benefit from.

 Here are some “Parentinspiration” tips to get you started:

  1. Throw out perfection! We often place a lot of pressure as parents on ourselves to create the perfect holiday experience for our children, but keep in mind that your quality time (not every minute) is typically all your children need. Your children aren’t expecting anything to be Pinterest-worthy (another parent pressure if you choose to let it be). What they are expecting, and need is your physical and emotional presence. A good example is before you go to an extended family’s home for the day, be sure to have a nutritious breakfast and conversation that morning with your child. That simple calm time is powerful. It sounds simple because it is!

  1. Minimize your outings. Minimizing is actually maximizing people! We parents put pressure on ourselves to squeeze as much shopping and fun as we can into a short time span. Be selective about your outings, do some of your shopping online if you can, and leave lots of space for downtime, so that you and your child feel rested, rather than the opposite, drained in pocketbook, body and emotional health.

  1. Your child will show you meltdown or emotional cues. Note them! Not the kind when they don’t get something they cry. That’s learning boundaries. The kind of signals when they are tired or have had enough fun and are emotionally overloaded. Observe the cues, learn them, recognize them and get out of situation before they become full blown(meaning it is probably time to go). Remember this time of their little lives does not last forever.

  1. You knew this was coming…Perform self-care! I don’t say this lightly. If you can’t do this for yourself, PLEASE do this for your child. The best gift you can give your child is gifts that will help them be healthy people in this lifetime. Here is your chance!

  Make Winter Decorations with Homemade Dough


• 4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup salt
• 1-1/2 cups water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.

Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool.

Decorate with poster paints or tube paints.

Allow to dry and spray with clear polyurethane on both sides to preserve.

Use ribbon or yarn pieces to hang.

Parent Advisory Board News:
Please take a minute to look over the notes from our last meeting. We are looking for some volunteers who might be interested in organizing a few social events and help with organizing some other volunteer projects around the school.

Information about Operation Ornament will be in your child’s mailbox later this week.  We will split the monies collected to our six teachers and gift to them before we leave for holiday break.

Our next teacher appreciation meal will take place on Jan 9th, 2019. If you signed up you will be contacted to coordinate items closer to the date.

Our next board meeting will take place on February 13th at 6:30pm.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR 2nd ANNUAL Truck Touch Fundraising Event on Saturday, May 16th at Northside Town Center. Planning is underway and we could use more help! Please email our committee chair, Erin V. We are working on securing vehicles, planning food for purchase, and so much more.

Seasons greetings to all!

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