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February 2015 News

Dates to Remember
February 6th Tuition Due
February 8th Open House 10:30-2:30 p.m.
February 12th PAB Meeting, 630pm at CMP
Classroom Valentine Celebrations
March 12 & 13th No School (Teacher Inservice)


2015 Upcoming Events

Save the Date for Moms Night Out!
Thursday March 5th 6:30 p.m. at CMP. Please plan on attending this fun night out, and feel free to bring a friend or two! Chatting, socializing with other mom’s while enjoying coffee/wine. There will be some great vendors as well to offer a bit of shopping/fundraising!


Getting ready for tax season?

CMP’s Tax Id # 39-17-53172

If you are in need of a childcare receipt, please let Debby know. Receipts will be processed in order of request on Mondays.


2015-2016 School Year Letters of Intent
Letters of Intent with the tuition prices are out this week. Please review and turn in as soon as possible to avoid not getting the spots you desire. Note: Both the form and material fee need to be turned in together to ensure placement. We encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher if confused or unsure of next year, especially in regards to 4K and Kindergarten.


Parent Advisory Board
We welcome all parents to attend parent advisory board meetings, held the second Thursday of every month. The parent advisory board gives the opportunity for parents to learn more about CMP and its values. Being a board member or guest gives you the opportunity to get to know your child’s teachers on a different level. Friends are made, your knowledge about your child’s environment and education is broadened, and you are given a chance to make a difference for not only your child, but the children your own child shares their days with! I hope to see you there and hear your ideas about how to make CMP even better! Jenna Gay, mother of Brody (Ms. Brandie) and Owen (Ms. Patty), PAB board president
Questions? Please feel free to email me at jennakgay@gmail.com!


Camp Countryside 2015

We are just about full! If you haven’t enrolled your child, please see an administrator (Debby or Patty) to discuss your options.


Refer a Friend
Don’t forget to tell that neighbor or friend about this great school! When they enroll, (after their first month), you get a free week as a thank you from CMP! Let an Administrator know about the families you are referring.


Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders
Thank you for being sure to arrive at least 5 minutes before your scheduled pick up time. This is VERY important. Ex: 12:15 pick ups- arrive OUTSIDE by 12:10. 2:15 & 5:30, arrive in coatrooms no later than 5:20 please. Thank you for your attention and help with this.
1.) Drive in slowly, and please be aware of children
walking in the parking lot.
2.) No cell phone use, unless in a parked car please.
3.) Do NOT allow children to climb on the snow mounds
in the parking lot at any time.


Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is coming soon…..it will be February 12th at CMP. Be sure to read your classroom newsletter to get the details for your children’s Valentine’s Day party!


Develop Your Child’s Internal Guidance System
When our children “misbehave,” it is easy to be tempted to say, “Stop doing that!” or “If you do that again, I will send you on a time out!” or “Do you want me to take that away from you?” One thing that all of these phrases have in common is that none of them cause the child to do internal reflection and are doomed for failure. They all represent some external control by us as the parent. Our goal is to have our child develop his/her own Internal Guidance System (IGS).

Parenting Practice: This month practice asking questions that cause internal reflection. For example, to a child that back talks ask, “Was that respectful? Backtalk does not sound good.” Or to a child who says something mean to a younger sibling ask, “Was that helpful?” Make sure you ask these questions in a light, curious tone of voice. If you say it in an admonishing or judgmental tone your efforts will be nullified.


“At Countryside Montessori Preschool,

We do second chances,

We apologize, we forgive,

We respect each other,

We keep our promises,

We never give up,

We encourage one another,

We laugh often,

We belong,

We are a family.”

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