January 2015 News

Dates to Remember

January 5th  School Resumes January 9th  January Tuition Due
January 15th PAB Meeting 6:30 p.m. January 19th  No School January 22nd 100th Day of School – kids wear PJ’s to school!  (see notes from teachers)

2015 Upcoming Events
February 2015-16 School Year Registration
February 12 Mom’s Night Out
March Family Bowling Day
May Culver’s Scoopie Night

Camp Countryside

Yes, that’s right!  Registration will begin in 2 weeks for the 2015 Summer Camp sessions.  Please remember that it is a first come, first serve enrollment for all enrolled students first.  After Feb. 6th, registration opens to the public, and past students that are still eligible.  Registration brochures will be sent out via mailboxes mid January.  (SNEAK PEEK…  Session II, by popular demand AGAIN… Cafe Countryside!)


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
Enrollment begins in February for the 2015-2016 School Year.  We are anticipating a larger enrollment, and encourage families to mind the due date of February 20th, to have their intent letter, and material fee turned in for 1st schedule choice.  Please see your child’s teacher with any classroom questions, and/or an administrator with any tuition questions.  Rates for the coming school year will be published along with the school calendar with the Letter of Intent and on line on the school website.

Parent Advisory Board   

Ever wonder what goes on at a Parent Advisory Board Meeting?  Be sure to check out the minutes posted on the classroom bulletin boards each month, about a week following the meetings.  If you ever want to attend one, please feel free to come.  All meetings are open to families, unless otherwise posted.  We welcome and respect our families involvement. 

Traditions vs. Promises      By Debby Ward
I have always enjoyed traditions.  The holidays seem to especially bring about the memory, or desire to carry on traditions.  Are we keeping up with them?  Where have they gone?  Who am I letting down?  Are we enjoying them anymore, or just going through the motions?  Being the second oldest of six, came the responsibility of assisting with many traditions over the years.  Now that my parents have passed on, I have realized that the tradition “torch” can also be a burden and a form of guilt on my shoulders as a parent.  I sit back in awe and appreciation of my parents and their ability to continue and forge the way with traditions that have made some amazing memories for my siblings and I and now with our growing families of 19+ children all together.  The truth is, today is a different world than it was yesterday for parents.  I pass on to each of you my wisdom of late nights, a few fits of stress and budget to share this;  as with everything- be it diets, budgets or other…  moderation and choose wisely.  Before putting a pressure on yourself- ask “why?”  If your answer can be one of purpose, meaning, love and enjoyment- then go for it.  Remember to think long term, if thinking tradition- Will this be one to do in 2 years? 5 years? pass on?… timeless so to speak?  Most importantly- don’t be afraid to modify and change.  I know my Mom is smiling down on me and my family as we sing the “12 Days of Christmas” with a set of glasses that she was able to track down for each of us kids, replicas to the ones we had grown up with- thanks to e-bay and the internet.  Although- we may not sing it on the same days, or times, (or tune 🙂 ) the “tradition” lives on!  Give yourself a break, and enjoy those precious smiles you are raising and building their memories with- some memories may just turn out to be traditions you didn’t even set out to make.

Project Increase Enrollment

Most CMP families who enroll have been referred by someone else who has been part of the CMP community. We ask that you spread the word to friends. CMP offers a referral discount to you of $100.00 if the family you refer enrolls. Let an Administrator know about the families you are referring.

Safety First

Please use extra precaution during these cold months ahead….Walking slowly and wearing weather appropriate boots. Please hang on to your children and watch them carefully as you exit our school since it is getting darker earlier and little ones are not easily seen from vehicles entering or backing out. Always make sure that your child does not run out of the building unescorted. Leave early during inclement weather to arrive safe and timely for pick up. Let’s work together to keep our children safe!

Happy New Year!  We hope that all of you enjoyed your winter break and found some time to marvel in what the holiday season has to offer. On behalf of all of the CMP staff, we would like to extend our gratitude for the generosity you have shown us. We truly enjoy our jobs and appreciate the time we spend nurturing and educating your child.   

Famous people who were Montessori educated:

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Founders of
  • Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, Founder,
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature Katherine Graham , Owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Editor, former first lady
  • Sean ‘P.Diddy’ (formerly known as Puffy) Combs, rap artist
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  • Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
  • T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
  • Julia Child, famous chef
  • Elizabeth Berridge, actress
  • Kami Cotler, actress
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
  • Helen Hunt, actress
  • David Blaine, street magician
  • George Clooney, actor

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