March 2015 News


Dates to Remember
March 5th  Mom’s Night Out
March 6th Tuition Due (4 weeks)
March 12 & 13th  No School (Teacher Inservice)
March 25th  Post dated tuition checks due for April
March 30-April 6th  Spring Break
April 7th School Resumes
April 10th 1st week deposit of 2015-2016 due

Tuition Note
Please post date and turn in your April tuition checks by March 25.  They are due April 6th, but there is no school due to spring break.  Thank you!

Tax Information
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.

Parent Work Day 2015
Parent Work Day is Saturday April 25th 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m.  We are seeking an individual to Chair this event, which entails directing volunteers to jobs.  This is a family fun event in which parents can help spruce up CMP grounds for spring for the enjoyment of our children!  Please see Debby or Patty if you are interested and available.

Letters of Intent for 2015-2016 School Year

Letters of Intent are due now with the $100.00 material fee and schedule request for the 2015-2016 school year.  We are expecting to be full.  1st week tuition deposits are due no later than Friday, April 10th.

Camp Countryside 2015

Camp Countryside is full!  We have a waiting list for any possible openings.  ContDebby or Patty regarding the wait list.

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.

Common Parent Questions…and Answers!

Q: What is the latest time my child should/can arrive to school by?
A: Children should be at school no later than 8:40 a.m. unless your child has a morning appointment.  We do appreciate arrival by 10:30 in that case. CMP will not accept arrivals after lunch unless due to an appointment.  Late arrivals cause for hard drop offs, and disruption to the day in progress for the classroom.

Q:  What is CMP’s Vaccination Policy?
A:  We follow the State Child Care/Health guidelines. We encourage all families to have safe health practices.  If a measles case were to occur in Dane County, we would ask any family with a non immunized child to stay home for the recommended 21 days to keep them and others safe.

Q: Should I be concerned if my child doesn’t have much in their mailbox on most days?
A: No, not at all.  The environment is set up to motivate and activate each child.  The Montessori Philosophy believes in process not product.  What is important is what and how your child is learning, not necessarily a “finished paper piece” to prove it.  Teachers will go over your child’s favorite lessons, and “works” with you at conferences.  If you need tips on what to ask them, check in with a teacher for help- we’re happy to do so.  In the meantime, keep reading books at home.  20 minutes a day is great!

In Gratitude…

We would like to acknowledge that we recognize and appreciate that you as parents had to take the time off and/or find alternative plans for your child for teacher in-service days on March 12-13th. You will be pleased that you did.             These professional development days truly do benefit your child. Research confirms that the most important factor contributing to a student’s success in school is the quality of teaching. Good teaching is not an accident. Especially, when it comes to Early Childhood Education. A teacher can never know enough about how a student learns, what impedes the student’s learning, and how the teacher’s guidance can increase the student’s learning. Professional development is the supportive means for teachers to gain such knowledge that applies to your child.  The theme of the conference is “Fitting the Pieces Together.” This encompassed peace education, language development, science curriculum, nature learning and so much more to help us assist your children with their learning.  The theme rings true, together we can take your child to the next level of learning and the foundation that is built will enable them to naturally have the love of learning from preschool onward.

Montessori in the Public Eye

Countryside Montessori Educators along with other local Montessori schools will be at The Bubbler at Madison’s Central Library. The Madison Friends of Montessori invite you to Madison’s first Montessori Glass Classroom. This is a public demonstration of Montessori where a primary classroom of mixed ages will be set up over two days.
Montessori trained guides will work with children while the public, media and policy makers are welcome to come witness Montessori in action. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Maria Montessori’s first Glass Classroom in 1915 at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
LOCATION: The Bubbler at Madison’s Central Library:

FRIDAY, MARCH 6th 3:00-5:30

SATURDAY, MARCH 7th from 9:00-11:30

Volunteers Needed for Parents Night Out 2015!

CMP has an annual Parents Night Out event in the fall. It is an evening of food, drink, silent auction and just plain fun with fellow preschool parents! In order to kick this off we need a PNO committee. If you are looking for a way to participate and meet other CMP parents this is a great place to start. Please see Ms. Patty or Jenna Gay (Parent Advisory Board President; to jump on board!  Thank you!

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