February 2020 Newsletter

February  2020

Parent Links:

CMP tuition and school calendar
CMP Facebook Page
Families Facebook page
Volunteer Sign-up
School Directory
(links were removed for security purposes. see classroom teacher for more information)

Dates to remember:
February 7th-  Tuition Due
February 13th- PAB Meeting 6:30 p.m.
February 13th- Classroom Valentines Celebrations
ALERT!  CAMP Countryside Enrollment has begun. We wanted to make sure you were aware of a “misprint”
on the dates for sessions. There are as follows:

Session I-  6/22-7/10
Session II- 7/13- 7/31
Session III- 8/3-8/21

Please send Debby an email to the office if this changes your registration asap.  We apologize for any confusion.  Our sessions are each 3 weeks and we offer 3 of them each summer.


  • Extra Clothes box reminder check. Check to replace and restock.
  • Please be sure to check and clean out your child’s mailbox each day please.
  • Read the boards and newsletters to stay informed and in the “know” 🙂
  • A reminder to wash all nap gear every week, and be sure to wash those hats and mittens regularly and dry on high heat.
  • Our Tax ID # is : 39-17-53172

Letters of Intent are being sent out this week for the 2020-21 school year.  Please submit it back to CMP with the material fee, (you may include the first week deposit at this time, or pay by 4/1/2020) to secure your space.


Winter and snow are here! This is a perfect opportunity to spend “quality” time with your child.

As parents we often feel like there is not enough time with our precious child. This thought train often leads to guilt. Here is a parentsinspiration nugget “quality time is equal to quantity time”. It all depends on how you spend your time with your child.

Let me clearly define quality time: time with your child without distractions(cell phone, tv, dinner cooking or work stuff). According to the dictionary quality time is “time spent in giving
another person your undivided attention in order to strengthen a relationship.” As quality time can be done in many ways from the winter projects as seen below or sitting together truly looking at your child in their eyes and listening carefully to their words. Whatever way you choose to spend quality time with your child it shows that you value them.

1) Food Coloring In Snow
You can use bowls or smaller storage bins for this project. Fill up the bowl or bin with snow and bring it inside. Then, use food coloring to decorate the snow! The kiddos can use their imaginations and make fun works of art and the cleanup is easy. Simply pour the snow into the sink or throw it back outside.

2) Snow people
Snowmen don’t have to go away just because the holidays are over! If the
weather is too cold to build an outdoor snowman, you could always make these ones in your own home:
 Cotton-ball snowmen with construction paper hats and accessories.
 Snowmen-shaped cookies and Rice Krispie bars.
 Foam and styro-foam snowmen with fabric hats and accessories.

3) Valentine’s Cards or general cards For Family
This special day isn’t until February 14th, but that doesn’t mean you and your preschoolers can’t make cards now! Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and other family members appreciate knowing they’re loved. Making Valentine’s cards can be a fun project that also lets your family and friends know that you care.

4) Reading time ritual never gets old.

Again, quality time is being fully present with your child. It will grow your parent child relationship AND teaches your child to do the same with others.

Parent Advisory Board News:
We’d love to have you join us at our next board meeting on February 13th at 6:30pm. Here’s a link to look over the notes from our last meeting.

The Truck Event Committee will be meeting this month. WE ARE STILL LOOKING TO SIGN UP MORE TRUCKS TO PARTICIPATE! Please email our committee chair, Erin V to see how you can help!

Thank you VP, Andrea Cammilleri for putting together our “Get To Know Your Teachers” posts which debuted on our Countryside Montessori Preschool Families Facebook Page last month. (see below if you missed it)

Shout out to CMP Trivia team “why, Why, WHY” comprised of staff and parents. They took first place last month and will be scheduling another outing soon!

PAB has identified the following areas to focus for our fundraising and financial support initiatives:

  • ~$500 to cover the initial setup costs associated with Truck Touch community event. This includes costs for permits, set up needs, food, etc.
  • ~$500+ Teacher appreciation efforts – on going annual support to our teachers’ continuing educations/staff bonuses/teacher appreciation week in May.
  • ~$1,000 – $10,000+ School Improvement Needs – on going costs associated with upkeep and support of preschool.
  • ~$1,000 – $10,000+ Tuition Scholarship Fund – Emergency Funds – creation of a fund to help families in need.

There are a variety of options for families to help support these efforts:

  • Send in a free will donation. Checks payable to “CMP Fundraising” in any amount of your choosing.
  • Join our next PAB meeting to share your feedback and ideas for community fundraising.
  • Volunteer to work at or support and promote our Truck Touch community event on May 16th!
  • Ask or share Coffee/Tea fundraiser with family, co-workers. Take or make orders of CMP blend Coffee or 6 & 12 herbal tea sales  Contact Amy Holste or ask your classroom teacher.

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