URGENT!!: Update on the Montessori Secondary Program (Grades 9-12) in CMS
Many parents wonder what is going on with Montessori education within CMS after the 8Th grade (Sedgefield Montessori currently consists of grades 7Th and 8Th). The talk of a Montessori "High School” has been tossed around for years. Now, through the hard work of a group of parents and the support of many teachers and CMS administrators, the reality of a full Montessori Secondary Program (7-12Th grades) is within reach. We are asking all community members (teachers, parents, grandparents, friends, etc) to show their support in the coming weeks as the CMS School Board will discuss the issue at it regular public meeting on October 13Th.
How Can I Help Make this Happen?
1. Read this great background article that explains the importance and need for a FULL Montessori Secondary Program: click here.
2. Use this information sheet and guide for how contact your school board rep to express your support.
3. Use the attached template for ideas to CONTACT your school board representative. Voices need to be heard over the next 3 weeks!
4. Spread the word! For more information, please contact Montessori Parent Advisory Group members Rachel Rodden & Maribel Casas-Cortes firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Montessori Secondary Program “within reach!" BOARD MEETING TUESDAY!!! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Grassroots efforts through simple email messages, phone calls, blogposts, and now a spotlight in a recent article in The Charlotte Observer, has got CMS School Board members really thinking about a full Secondary Montessori Program (grades 7-12). Help seal the deal and attend the upcoming School Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 13Th, 6 pm at the Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street. Wear your HMM Spirit Wear to show you’re a proud member of the Montessori community. Citizens are given the opportunity to speak for 3 minutes to address the Board - you can sign up to speak by calling 980.343.5139, by 12pm on the meeting day. In the meantime, continue to write/email/call (click here )CMS School Board representatives .
For more information, please read a great overview here or contact your Montessori Parent Advisory Group member Rachel Rodden.
HMM Spirit Night - October 21st
Our first Spirit Night of the 2015-2016 school year will take place on Wednesday, October 21st at Hawthorne's Pizza at both the 7Th Street AND Highland Creek locations. During Spirit Nights, teachers, faculty, staff and their families all visit a restaurant or entertainment establishment during a specified time. In return, the establishment donates a percentage of those sales back to the school. So save the date--Wednesday, 10/21--and plan to come dine, fellowship and raise money with your fellow HMMers at one of the two Hawthorne's locations most convenient to you
2015 HMM SILENT AUCTION – HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP!!
The HMM Silent Auction will take place during the Fall Festival on Saturday, November 7Th. We've already secured some great donations from area businesses and entertainment venues, but we can still use your help. Here's how every HMM family can pitch in to make this year's auction a success:
- Solicit Silent Auction donations. That's right! Even though there's a committee working to solicit donations for the auction, we can still use your help. TIP: Start with businesses YOU know! Ask friends, family, owners of places you frequent or, make a services/goods donation yourself, especially if you own your own business or franchise. Ideas of places to contact include: restaurants and pubs, hotels, golf courses, jewelers, museums, sports teams; performing Arts; salons and spas, boutiques, etc.
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 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!
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!
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 Boardfor 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
October 21- 1st SPIRIT NIGHT: Hawthorne's Pizza (7Th st location and Highland Creek Location)
October 23- NO SCHOOL
November 7- FALL FESTIVAL/SILENT AUCTION/ANNUAL BBQ: 11am-3pm at HMM
November 11-NO SCHOOL
November 20- Donuts w/Dads: 8am-9am at HMM
November 25-27- NO SCHOOL