First, I would like to apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter. Due to technical difficulty (ie.- my computer already thinks its summer vacation) the Sunday newsletter is coming to you Monday night! With that said, the school year is winding down and my computer isn't the only thing ready for the summer break! Please remind your students that school is still in session and there is plenty of work to be done! Stay focused- the summer will be here soon enough!
Yearbooks on sale NOW! ALL ORDERS DUE MAY 6th!
- All yearbooks MUST be pre ordered online via the Picaboo website:
- The cost of each yearbook is $15. EXTRA yearbooks will NOT be available, so be sure to PRE-ORDER to reserve your copy. Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms & sent home in backpacks during the last week of the school year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A yearbook dedication is a photo and short message of love and support from families to their HMM student. This is a sweet way to give your child a little shout out to commemorate a fantastic school year! (see the bottom of the email for additional information) Dedications are ONLY $5.00 and must be received by May 6th to be in the HMM yearbook.
DON'T FORGET: Muffins with Mom is THIS Friday, May 6th. Dads, we need your help!
Moms, we look forward to seeing you this Friday, May 6th between 8-9am for our annual Muffins with Mom event. DADS, if you are available to help serve our moms, please emailHMMFamilyEvents@gmail.com ASAP and someone will be in touch.
HMM Transition Meeting
On May 6th at 9:15am (right after Muffins with Moms), join staff for our HMM Transitional Meeting. This meeting will explore each level and the changes to expect, what you can do to ease your student's transition from one level to the next, etc. Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. All parents are welcome! You do not need to have a child in a transition year for this to be beneficial! We hope to see you there!
HMM Book Fair
The Book Fair is coming! The Book Fair is coming! Below are some important dates to remember to make sure your student is stocked up for a summer of great reading!
* Thursday May 5th: Book Fair Set Up: any and all time that you could come help would be appreciated!
* Friday May 6th: Student preview/wish list day
* Monday May 9th-May 13th: Book Fair is open for sales! open daily 8:45-5:00pm (we will be open late for the Spring Concert!)
* Friday May 13th- Book Fair break down: open in AM and breakdown in afternoon
IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP- please email Sherry at email@example.com. All help is greatly appreciated!
HMM Teacher Appreciation Week - May 9th - May 13th
Let's show our teachers and staff some love! Please join us in honoring them with the following daily recognitions during HMM Teacher Appreciation Week:
- MONDAY (May 9): Paper Gifts – notecards, books, journals, magazines, stationery, adult coloring books, etc.
- TUESDAY (May 10): Favorite Treats - sweet, salty, healthy, whatever they like to eat
- WEDNESDAY (May 11): Specials Day – each class will be assigned a Specials teacher to shower with treats
- THURSDAY (May 12): Gift Cards
- FRIDAY (May 13): Heartfelt Gifts – student’s choice
The PTA will also be hosting a catered lunch for all teachers on Friday, May 13th from 11 am – 1pm. We will need parent volunteers to be IN THE CLASSROOMS during that time. Please email your child’s teacher or your room parent today if you are available to help.
“Night of the Arts”
May 12, 2016 from 6:00-7:30. The HMM Band will perform several selections, and then there will be an opportunity to visit with Mr. Byers and Ms. Joni to learn about the great things that are happening in Technology and Art this year. Finally, all of the students will perform in a spring musical called “Americans All.” This special night will have something for everyone, so please make plans to attend!
On June 3rd at 10:00am-3:45 pm students will get to experience a good old fashioned field day! A complete schedule and list of events will come out in next Thursday’s folders as well as who to contact if you are interested in volunteering. STAY TUNED!
SLT (Student Leadership Team) Meetings
Join the SLT at their monthly meetings every 3rd Thursday at 8:00 am. The group gets together and discusses student/school decisions that are important to not only the school but our students as well. This is your opportunity to discover what is going on with the school and share concerns. All parents are urged to attend! The next meeting will be held on May 19th!! We have created a virtual option for parents who can’t attend as well: https://www.smore.com/0gcnm Please visit the virtual portal to get meeting minutes and become a part of the HMM community. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED.
SECONDARY MONTESSORI NEWS
SEDGEFIELD NAMED A MAGNET SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION
We are honored to announce that Magnet Schools of America named Sedgefield Montessori as a 2016 public “Magnet School of Distinction.” We are one of 258 schools/programs recognized for commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships.
Said MSA Executive Director, Todd Mann,“This is a way for our association to recognize the most accomplished magnet schools in the country. These schools are making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of children. They are preparing them for the challenges of the future by providing them with unique learning experiences that give them the critical skills needed to be workforce and college ready.”
They like us! They really, really like us! Thanks to our entire Montessori community for supporting Sedgefield Montessori and toCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for making dreams come true. We are so excited to be expanding our program to 9th grade in 2016-17 and settling into our permanent home in 2017-2018. As soon as CMS determines a definite location, we will let you know!
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!
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!
Join the HMM Community
If you are interested in joining the PTA and helping support HMM please contact the PTA directly at Highlandmillmontessoripta@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
May 6: Muffins with moms & Transitional Open House @ HMM 8:00am
May 9-13: Teacher Appreciation Week & BOOK FAIR OPENS
May 12: SPRING CONCERT/PTA General meeting & elections 6:00pm
May 13: Teacher Appreciation Lunch
May 19: SLT Meeting @8:00 am
May 25,26 & June 1: EOG TESTING
May 27 & 30: NO SCHOOL
June 3: Field Day
June 8: 6th grade graduation
June 9: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!