November 2019 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2019   

Parent Links:

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

1st – Tuition due (5 weeks)
8th – MOM’s Night OUT!  6:30 p.m.
14th – Parent Advisory Board (PAB) Meeting 6:30 p.m.
27th-29th -No School (Thanksgiving Break)

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

Sip, snack, shop and mingle with other Moms!!!!

Friday, November 8th from 6:30-9:30 Countryside Montessori will be hosting a Mom’s Night Out just for you and any other women you would like to bring! Invite your friends to join you and have some fun!

Winter Weather Reminders:

  • When Madison Schools Close, CMP will close.  Please listen to the radio or look at listings at online or television stations.  CMP will NOT list their name, rather know we are closed when MMSD closes.
  • Be sure your child has appropriate clothing for the outdoors every day- Warm jacket, snow pants, mittens, (no gloves please, and no scarves)and hat.
  • Full day children should be sure to have an extra pair of socks.
  • Check your child’s extra clothes box for warm extras- take home the shorts please:)
  • Allow yourself winter weather travel time- our pick up times remain the same.  We want you to be safe.
  • If your child is ill: a fever, loose stool, persistent cough, runny nose, etc. we ask you to keep them home.  Ill children sent home from school, need to stay home the following day, and symptom free for 24 hours.

Staying Healthy TIPS:

  • Cough in your elbow (not your hands!)
  • Get a good nights rest (10-12 hours)
  • Stay home from activities when not feeling well.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water
  • Handwashing, handwashing…
Celebrating our community of volunteers: Thank you for all your help and efforts! We couldn’t do it without you. Many of you listed below helped with a task on our Volunteer Sign-up including: outside fall projects, organizing our upcoming moms night event, or fall pumpkin day!

Stephanie and Jerry F * Tara Hoff * April G * Erin V * Cody and Hannah C * Andrea C * Olivia T* Tracy H * Katie O* Natalia  * Micayla Z

Parent Advisory Board News:
Thursday, November 12th at 6:30pm we will meet at CMP in the downstairs office. ALL CMP parents interested in learning more should PLEASE join us! You can take a look at the notes from our last meeting. We are really excited to announce we have completed our board nominations and filled all officer positions. Introducing our 2019-2020 school year officers…

Member (Ex Official substitute)– Tracy H
Treasurer – Katie H

Secretary – Olivia T

Vice President – Andrea C
President – Amy H

**Every month we will be highlighting more of YOU our CMP parents and staff! We want to make introductions, share stories, learn about each other.  

Peaceful Parenting Practice:

10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

How to help kids show (and feel) appreciation

Saying thank you is one of the first social rules many parents teach their children, and for good reason. We want our kids to be appreciative and not take things for granted, and learning to be grateful can improve kids’ relationships, ability to empathize, and overall happiness. If you are looking for ways to reinforce the importance of gratitude or would like to find other meaningful ways your kids can show appreciation, here are some tips:

Learning to be grateful can improve kids’ relationships, ability to empathize, & happiness.


1. Set an example. Kids learn a lot from watching their parents. Show them what it means to be grateful by offering a genuine “thank you!” to a waitress who serves your food, a helpful neighbor, someone who holds the door open for you. But don’t stop there — include your kids, too. Thanking children for doing things that are helpful, even when they are chores like putting away toys, reinforces the behavior and lets them know they’re appreciated.

2. Point out generosity. Call attention to it when people (including your kids!) do things that go beyond what’s expected — helping without being asked, being especially thoughtful, or taking extra time to do something because it’s important to someone else. Send the message that you will notice if they knock themselves out for you, or for someone else.

3. Have a talk. For some kids, especially young children or those who have trouble understanding emotions, it can help to have a talk about how showing appreciation makes other people feel. Try asking your child how he feels when people say thank you to him for doing something nice, and then how he feels when they don’t. Going over his own feelings will help him understand how his behavior affects others and make it easier for him to understand the emotional benefits of being grateful.

4. Find fun ways to say thanks. There are lots of ways to show gratitude. If your child isn’t comfortable talking to strangers or has a hard time expressing herself in writing, work together to come up with a different way for her to show her appreciation. She could try giving a smile or a thumbs up if someone holds the door, or show grandma how much she loves her new coat by drawing a thank you picture (or taking a smiling selfie!) instead of writing a card.

5. Share the love. Encourage kids to think of people who help them, from coaches to neighbors to the local firemen, and say thanks with cookies or cupcakes. Making them and giving them are fun, and they help kids see how connected we all are.

6. Put things in perspective. Talk to your kids about those who are less fortunate. Don’t scare them, but don’t keep them in the dark either. Understanding that not everyone has the same advantages will help them develop compassion for others and gratitude for their own privileges.

7. Let kids choose. Encourage kids to turn their interests into action. Whether it’s a fundraising drive at school, a bake sale, or a run for charity, expressing her interests and using her skills for a good cause is a great way to boost her confidence and give her a chance to give back at the same time.

8. Get involved. If kids are too young to go alone or aren’t comfortable dealing with strangers solo, make giving back a family affair. Find places where you can volunteer together or let your child choose a charity to donate to. Giving and gratitude go hand in hand, and doing it as a family will bring everyone closer and help you make some great memories.

9. Make gratitude part of bedtime. When you tuck him in at night, ask your child to tell you three things he’s grateful for. Even if he’s had a bad day it will help him—and you—end each day on a positive note.

10. Give kids credit. Be mindful of the fact that your child may have her own way of expressing gratitude, even if it doesn’t fit your expectations. Different kids communicate in different ways. For example, your child may be more comfortable giving a hug than a verbal thank you, or might show her appreciation by helping out around the house or drawing you a picture. Tuning in to your child’s unique way of being thankful will let her know that even as she’s learning new ways to give back, you see and appreciate the thoughtful person she already is.

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