**Join your child for the Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Meal at HMM on Thursday November 19th. Cost is $4.00 per Adult**
Report cards came out, the weather is growing cold, the holidays are coming.......before we know it winter break will be here and there will be snow days and freezing rain. The seasons continue their progression much like our children are progressing through the school year. It is so important to talk to them and talk about their favorite works they have done, the book they are reading that they found so interesting or their best friend at school that they cant wait to have over. So here is your challenge....talk to your kids- or maybe you already know....zip over to the HMM facebook page and share your child's favorite ________at HMM! Lets see how many similar and different answers we see!
HMM HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE
The HMM holiday performance is December 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Students need to arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. and report to their teacher's classroom. If students are getting make-up that night, they should start arriving around 5:30 p.m. Costume information is in the announcement. Also, we need cheap headbands to make bear ears (300 headbands--one for each student). This will be a great time for both students and families!
HMM COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
HMM is participating in 2 Community outreach programs:
* STEVE'S COATS FOR KIDS: please bring new or gently used coats to be donated for those in need.
* LOAVES & FISHES FOOD DRIVE: please bring non perishable foods to be donated to the Loaves & Fishes food bank.
COLLECTION BINS FOR BOTH ARE IN THE ENTRANCE-WAY OF HMM
SECONDARY MONTESSORI NEWS
We continue to hear from board members and CMS staff alike that our letters and phone calls are being heard- as a result, progress is being made!
Please continue to contact and follow up with board members and CMS staff to urge them to:
· Commit to adding 9th grade in 2016
· Make the 2017 location a priority for the capital needs assessment that begins this December
The more we speak up, the more they listen. Let’s keep at it!
***Demystifying Montessori- Come join us at HMM for a parent to parent forum about the secondary program at Sedgefield Montessori (November 17th at 6pm at HMM)
***Sedgefield Open House- November 19th from 6-7pm at Sedgefield Middle School
HMM JumpJam Fundraiser--TICKET PURCHASE DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!!!
The deadline to purchase tickets for our 11/24 HMM Spirit Night at DefyGravity is TOMORROW, MONDAY, 11/16. Want to join in the fun? Then jump to it! Complete and return the blue ticket order form sent home last week in your child's Thursday folder. As a reminder, the cost for each one hour ticket is $13 for ages 7 years and older and $9 for children 6 years and under, with half of all ticket sales being donated back to HMM. It's going to be a blast--don't miss out!!
Donuts for Dad is this Friday!
Dads, see you this Friday, 11/20 from 8-9 am for Donuts with Dad. We'll have a photo booth (so don't forget your smart phones) juice and coffee to go along with those melt in your mouth donuts from Krispy Kreme. See you there!
Come Support Our Girls on the Run Team!
During our Girls on the Run practice on Wednesday, November 18 we will spend our entire lesson running and walking. As the head coach of the Highland Mill Montessori Girls on the Run program I would like to invite you to join us for our practice 5K. This is a great time for family, school staff and faculty to get involved. Come out and walk and run with these 10 amazing and adorable young ladies.
I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you to show your HMM school spirit by joining our girls for the actual Girls on the Run 5K which will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 9:00am at Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville. I will never forget my own daughters first season in Girls on the Run. She was nearing the finish line and getting tired but then she heard, "Go Kathleen" from Mr. Byers. The look on her face was priceless! And, she found additional energy to keep going. Your presence means a lot to the girls and shows the rest of the CMS world that Highland Mill Montessori stands behinds its students and we ROCK! Make signs, bring noise makers, or just show up. We'd love to see you on the course or at the finish line.
Thank you and we hope to see you at either the practice 5K and/or the Girls on the Run 5K in December!
SLT (Student Leadership Team) Meetings
Join the SLT at their monthly meetings every 3rd Thursday at 8am. The group gets together and discusses student/school decisions that are important to not only the school but our students as well. All parents are welcome! The next meeting isThursday November 19th at 8am! Hope to see you there!
GREAT FUNDRAISER NEWS!
Great job to all HMM students and families for their participation in the annual fundraiser! Because we have exceeded our goal, all students will be able to enjoy a school wide pajama day on November 24th! GREAT JOB!!!!
Spirit Rocks: BIRTHDAYS, SPECIAL EVENTS, OR SHOW HMM PRIDE!
HMM has two Spirit Rocks available for painting! If you'd like to paint the Spirit Rock, you must first check to see if the date is available on the Spirit Rock calendar here. If your date is available, then please fill out this form and send in $10 to HMM PTA. Once the money is received, the PTA will reserve the date on the calendar. Can’t wait to see all your beautiful Spirit Rock creations!
Text Reminding from the PTA
Do you feel like you are forgetting important dates for HMM and the PTA? Days off? Deadlines? Events? YES???? Then join the HMM Text reminding! Just text 81010 with the message @hmmpta. or click this link! Just another way to join the HMM Community!
Join the HMM Community
If you are interested in joining the PTA and helping support HMM please contact the PTA directly atHighlandmillmontessoripta@gmail.com. If you have already expressed this interest, your committee chair should have contacted you-if they have not, please email us so that we can make sure the information we have is correct. REMEMBER- you do not have to be at the school to help! There is a role for everyone!. We look forward to growing the PTA family so that our children can have the best year yet!
Check out this Facebook Group where HMM parents are sharing Montessori information and resources. Also, take a look at and follow the parent-created HMM Pinterest Board for Montessori activities you can do at home!
Support our school by shopping on Amazon
Now you can support our school by shopping on Amazon! Make your purchases through this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2052326 and our school will get back a percentage. You can use your existing Amazon username and password. It's super easy and just in time for the holiday shopping!!
Give Back to HMM by Shopping
There are several ways you can support our school, just by shopping. Link your Target REDcard, VIC Card (you can do this online if you have your card with you-it's easy!) or BiLo Bonus Card to our school and automatically donate a percentage of your purchases. Also, visit www.Shoparoo.com for another way to support our school each time you shop.
How Do I Keep in Touch with the PTA?
o Bookmark our website: www.highlandmillmontessoripta.weebly.com
o Friend us on Facebook: Highland Mill Montessori PTA
o Join Remind: Text 424.203.0478 with the message @hmmpta
Save the Date
November 20- Donuts w/Dads: 8am-9am at HMM
November 24- JumpJam Spirit Night at Defy Gravity
November 24-PJ Day!
November 25-27- NO SCHOOL
DECEMBER 10- Holiday Performance