• Alert: In response to extended forecasts of unhealthy air quality, into next week, CMP is announcing that Club M Services will not be offered on Monday and Tuesday during the Thanksgiving break for the following campuses: CMP - American River, CMP - Capitol, CMP - Carmichael, CMP - Elk Grove (both sites) & CMP - Orangevale. Payments that have already been received can be applied as a credit to your Club M account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Please have a safe, restful, and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. We will see you back to school on Monday, November 26th.
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Holiday Club M Closure

In response to extended forecasts of unhealthy air quality, into next week, CMP is announcing that Club M Services will not be offered on Monday and Tuesday during the Thanksgiving break for the following campuses:

CMP - American River
CMP - Capitol
CMP - Carmichael
CMP - Elk Grove (both sites)
CMP - Orangevale 

Payments that have already been received can be applied as a credit to your Club M account.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Please have a safe, restful, and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. We will see you back to school on Monday, November 26th.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 

 

Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Friday, November 16th.

 

CMP-American River

CMP-Capitol 

CMP-Carmichael 

CMP-Elk Grove

CMP-Orangevale 

 

Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 

Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Thursday, November 15.

CMP-American River
CMP-Capitol 
CMP-Carmichael 
CMP-Elk Grove
CMP-Orangevale 

Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

CMP’s monthly Board Meeting was hosted at our CMP-Shingle Springs campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board approved Melissa (Herman) Goude, as the new Teacher Representative, replacing Sara Meece, who has accepted a .5 position as Dean of Students at the American River campus.  Ms. Goude, who has taught lower elementary students at both the Elk Grove and American River campuses, is a graduate of the initial cohort of the American Montessori Society’s ‘Emerging Leaders Fellowship.’

I am very excited to announce that the Board approved a revised compensatory schedule for CMP’s certificated teachers.  This action authorizes CMP to continue honoring our teachers with annual pay increases through June, 2022.  Our teachers are ‘the best’ - it is a privilege to serve them, as they serve our students and families! 

CMP-Holiday Card Art Contest world peace image

Once again we find ourselves at the time of year for creating artwork for the CMP Annual Holiday Card. 

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

DID YOU KNOW?:  The State Legislature passed the Charter Schools Act of 1992, which authorized the creation of charter schools in California.  In 2000, Wheatland Elementary School District approved a single petition from California Montessori Project, allowing CMP to operate its 4 campuses in the greater Sacramento area, through 2006.  In 2001, AB1994 was passed, requiring charter schools to be granted authorization from their ‘districts of residence.’  In 2006, CMP received separate authorizations from Buckeye Union School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and San Juan Unified School District, allowing CMP to operate our schools within those district boundaries.  

CMP-Shingle Springs received an initial 3-year authorization from Buckeye USD, while the remaining CMP schools received 5-year authorizations.  All CMP schools are now on a 5-year cycle, and, accordingly, work closely with the authorizing districts to meet the requirements for renewal, as established in California Education Code.  While there are many elements included in the charter renewal petition, school districts, historically, are largely focused on student achievement and fiscal solvency.  

New 2019-2020 School Calendar Survey

Dear Members of our CMP Learning Community,

Thank you for participating in the recent Stakeholder Survey of the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  This survey was designed to gather input regarding the intersession schedule.

Of the 1400 respondents, there was great support for dividing the four weeks of intersession equally, with two weeks at Winter Break and two weeks during Spring Break.  Notably, there were also comments from the community with some common threads, as follows:

  • A preference for a later August start date (August 14, 2019 vs. August 7, 2019)
  • A preference for a longer Summer Break
  • A preference for a shorter Spring Break

 

A Message from the Executive Director

13 September 2018

 

Dear CMP Community,

As always, it is an honor to serve you as we celebrate the social, emotional and academic development of our children.  They seem to grow up all too fast!  I appreciate your support as we seek ways to enrich each of their learning experiences throughout these vital childhood years.

Did you know?  CMP conducts regular Board meetings throughout the calendar year.  One of the important functions of CMP’s amazing all-volunteer Board is to oversee the fiscal health of CMP.  At the September 10th Board meeting, Karl Yoder (Delta Managed Solutions) and I presented the network’s Unaudited Actuals.  The Board unanimously approved the Unaudited Actuals for each of our schools (CMP-CAP, CMP-EG, CMP-SJ and CMP-SS). 

The Board also approved an increase in the Personnel Pay Scale for CMP’s Maintenance/Security staff.  This decision impacts those personnel who serve CMP campuses that are not otherwise served by ‘District’ personnel.

The next CMP Governing Board Meeting will be held at the Shingle Springs Campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board packet will be posted on our website in advance to the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Gary S. Bowman

Superintendent/Executive Director, California Montessori Project

A Message From The Executive Director

7 September 2018

 

Dear CMP Learning Community,

As I enter my 15th year of service with California Montessori Project, I am filled with appreciation for the opportunity that I have been afforded.

Together, we have moved mountains!  Today, CMP is widely acknowledged, and respected, for its integrity, as demonstrated through its personnel, school program and operations.

After thoughtful consideration, my family and I have reached a decision that the 2018-19 school year will be my final year as CMP’s Executive Director/Superintendent.

I have the highest regard for CMP’s Mission and Values, and am deeply grateful for the exceptional staff and community I have served. 

My term of service with California Montessori Project has been an extraordinary journey for me --- and, hopefully, for you and your children, as well. 

I look forward to our continued partnership in the coming year, as we serve the incredible children and families within our CMP Learning Community.

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you, as always, for your generous support.

Warmly,

Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Executive Director/Superintendent. California Montessori Project

A Message from the Executive Director

31st August 2018

 

Dear Friends,

What an incredible start to the school year!  I am filled with joy to see the excitement on the faces of students, parents and staff! 

In this week’s message, I will share a few thoughts about CMP’s ongoing commitment to provide relevant Professional Growth opportunities for staff.

This summer, Teaching Assistants were given the opportunity to attend the Montessori Training Center’s week-long Montessori Overview.  CMP will continue to offer monthly ‘Super Duper Saturdays’ for our T.A.s, as well.

At CMP’s annual network in-service on August 9th, over 400 staffpersons attended a variety of workshop sessions, in addition to presentations by renown speaker and therapist, Dr. Jane Nelsen (“Positive Discipline in the Classroom”).

Board Meeting Time Change

The time for tonight's Governing Board Meeting at the California Montessori Project - Shingle Springs Campus has been changed from 6:30pm to 5:30pm. 

Renaissance Place Summer Reading Program ReadQuest Logo

Accelerated Reader has a new reading incentive program called ReadQuest! This would be a great option to encourage Summer reading. In addition to summer reading suggestions, this program also provides more information on Renn Place and Accelerated Reader. The attached document is the toolkit to get you started: AR ReadQuest Toolkit. 

CMP-Board Election Results

Please join me in welcoming Maggie Carmona, from CMP-Carmichael, as the new San Juan-Parent Representative for a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2018.  Many thanks to Andrea Ridge, from CMP-Orangevale, for all her years of service. 

Sara Meece, CMP-American River, was re-elected for a second term as our Teacher Representative. 

Congratulations to both of you. 

 

Parent Square Coming Next Week!

Parent Square Logo

CMP is excited to announce that we will be using ParentSquare: A new communication tool to connect our school community! ParentSquare will allow us to send emails, text messages, voice dialer messages and emergency alerts to our CMP families and staff. It also gives parents the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with teachers with the direct messaging feature. This tool will allow us to streamline process such as:

  • Conference & Meeting Sign Ups
  • Volunteer Opportunities
CMP Executive Director Communication 3/14/18

Dear CMP Community,

As a follow-up to my previous communication, I wish to commend all CMP students for their peaceful response to today’s National Walkout Day. This includes students who worked in their classrooms, as well as those who chose to participate in the Walkout.

The peaceful manner in which students conducted themselves today is consistent with the Montessori education they have received, as students at CMP.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Executive Director/Superintendent

CMP - Shingle Springs and CMP - Capitol have launched ParentSquare!

CMP – Shingle Springs and CMP - Capitol are excited to announce that we will be using ParentSquare: a new communication tool to connect our school community. ParentSquare will allow us to send emails, text messages, voice dialer messages and emergency alerts to our CMP families and staff. It also gives parents the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with teachers with the direct messaging feature. This tool will allow us to streamline process such as:

  • Conference & Meeting Sign Ups
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • School Activity Reminders
  • Club M Sign-Ups
  • Field Trip Updates
  • Newsletters & Campus Updates
  • Sync School and Classroom Calendar Events to your device
  • And More…

You should have received an email and/or a text inviting you to set up your ParentSquare account. If you have not received it, please contact the school office to get your contact information updated.

A Message from the Executive Director

Wow!  What a fantastic first day of school this has been!  I had the pleasure of greeting CMP students, staff and families this morning, and was thrilled to see the many smiling faces and to experience the excitement of  First Day ...a day filled with hope, opportunity and optimism. 

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you for your support as we serve together, exemplifying and modeling respect, kindness and civility in all things.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing information about many of our noteworthy endeavors and projects. 

I am humbled by (and appreciative of) the efforts of our incredible staff who are committed to the highest level of service to our students and families.

In closing, I share the words of President John F. Kennedy:  "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." 

Warmly, Gary

On-Site Guest Educator Information Event

We are excited to announce our On-Site Guest Educator Information Event on November 14th at 8:30am! Our Human Resource team will be here at the Capitol Campus to share information with anyone who may be interested in joining our team as staff members or even as substitutes.  Please see the attached flyers for more information.  Help spread the word to family and friends!

Click Here For Flyer

Wild Wild West Scholastic Book Fair Wild Wild West Book Fair

Wild Wild West Scholastic Book Fair: Held December 5-8th needs more volunteers throughout the week for various job duties. We encourage volunteers to dress in western wear if possible! We will also have bandanas to add to your outfit. Click on the link to see where you can help and earn parent hours: Wild Wild West Scholastic Book Fair Volunteer Signup

 

Book Fair Hours:

Tuesday, December 5th

7:30-8:30am & 2:00-7:00pm

Chili Cook-off 5:00-7:00pm

 

Wednesday, December 6th

7:30-8:30am & 12:00-6:00pm

 

Thursday, December 7th

7:30-8:30am & 2:00-6:00pm

 

Friday, December 8th

7:30-8:30am & 2:00-5:00pm

Message from the Executive Director

April 12, 2018

 

Spring Update/Appreciation

 

In the coming weeks, you will be hearing about many great things happening at CMP.  Your Principals will also be inviting you to attend site-based LCAP presentations.

As we catch our collective breath heading into the final two months of the school year, I would like to acknowledge a few ‘unsung heroes,’ as follows:

I have the privilege, and honor, of working with an exceptional group of dedicated professionals in the CMP office.  This group, known as the Central Administration Team (CAT), provides critical support

Weekly Montessorigram and Principal's Message Eagle Logo

Click here for our latest school news and read Principal's Weekly Message below. Visit classroom pages for the latest classroom news.

11-9-18 Montessorigram

11-2-18 Montessorigram

10-26-18 Montessorigram

10-19-18 Montessorigram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Cafe - Dec. 6th "Middle School Highlights" Coffee Cup

Joins us on Wednesday, 12/6 at 8:30am to learn more about our Middle School program! All are welcome to attend!  

Spring Picture Day - March 8th Spring Pictures

This is a second chance to order school pictures for the 2017-2018 school year from Excel Photographers. Students can wear FREE DRESS as long as they are following our free dress guidelines and will be offered a variety of spring colored backgrounds. Students were sent home Spring picture order forms yesterday.  Only those students who bring order forms with payment on Picture Day (March 8th) will have their portraits taken. PLEASE NOTE: All orders placed online for the Spring 2018 portrait school year MUST provide an order number and printout of the order confirmation to guarantee that the child’s order be coded correctly. https://excelphotographers.fotomerchanthv.com/ . Only students that PAY for packages by 9AM on picture day will be photographed. To receive the discounted online prices packages must be ordered on or before picture day. Pictures ordered later will be offered at a higher price.

2018-2019 Class Supply List School Supplies

Help your student be prepared for their first day of school!  Here are the class suppply lists by grade levels.

2018-2019 Kinder Class Supply List

2018-2019 6-9 Class Supply List

2018-2019 9-12 Class Supply List

2018-2019 Middle School Class Supply List

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) PBIS Logo

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

We are proud to announce that CMP is collaborating as a network and is participating in PBIS training. The primary goals of PBIS are:

  • Development of a continuum of scientifically based behavior, social emotional and academic interventions and supports
  • Use of data to make decisions and solve problems
  • Making changes in the environment to prevent the development of problem behavior
  • Teaching and encouraging pro-social skills and behaviors
  • Implementation of evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability
  • Universal screening and monitoring of student performance and progress

Our campus has formed a team including Administrators, Teachers, and Teaching Assistants who will attend trainings throughout the year.  The team will then share information learned with the staff during early release professional development days and staff meetings.  The team will continue to meet regularly to strategically implement PBIS strategies campus-wide creating consistent and clear expectations, positive reinforcement for desired behavior, and positive and constructive responses when problem behaviors arise.

Parents can support this endeavor by encouraging their children to always abide by the school rules of S.O.A.R:

Be Safe

Offer Peace

Always Respectful

Be Responsible

 

Capitol Campus Gear! CMP T-shirt
Spring Conference Sign Up Links Spring

Spring Conferences are right around the corner (3/21-3/23)! Below are the links for each classroom signup. Links will also be posted on each class web page. All families - please be sure to sign up ASAP for best availability. If you need a day or time outside of the choices given, please email your child’s teacher directly to make special arrangements. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Click below for signup links. Thank you!

REMINDER: Spring Conferences are all Early Release Days - 12:00pm Dismissal

Next Parent Cafe: May 16th Coffee Cup

Join us on Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30am

in the MP Room for our next Parent Cafe -

"Montessori At Home"

2019-20 School Calendar Survey your opinion matters

<p >Dear CMP Students, Parents, and Staff,</p > <p >As the new school year is just beginning, &nbsp;I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of our Montessori philosophy and program.&nbsp;&nbsp; Your input is valued and makes us stronger each year so that we can provide the best for our students.</p > <p >During the 2019-2020 school year, CMP will be making a change that will impact that school year calendar. Beginning in 2019-2020, CMP will offer five (5) weeks of intersession: one (1) week at Thanksgiving and the remaining four (4) weeks divided between the winter and spring breaks.&nbsp; &nbsp;We believe this change will promote optimal learning for our students, as well as, programmatic, operational, and fiscal efficiency.</p > <p >Please take a moment to complete this short survey by clicking this link:&nbsp;<a href="https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf" >https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf</a >. After we collect the survey results, we will be sharing this information with our stakeholders.</p > <p >Please note that the survey will be available until Friday, September 7, 2018, as we want to capture information from our new families, staff and students that have joined our CMP family this school year.</p >

2018 Variety Show Variety Show

                                               Calling all 1st-8th graders!

Do you have talent you would like to share?

Then try out for our

2018 Annual Variety Show!

                                                 Permission forms due:  5/7

Variety show tryouts:  5/7-5/11

Variety acts selected:  5/11

Variety show rehearsal:  5/22 & 5/23

Variety Show:  5/24 MP Room   5:30-7:30pm

2018 Variety Show Flyer

 

Parent Cafe - April 25th Coffee

Parent Café

 April 25th

8:30 AM - MP Room

“WASC & ESLR”

With Ms. Bernie & Ms. O

Join us to learn more about the “Western Association for Schools and Colleges” accreditation process and “Expected School-wide Learning Results”

for our school!

 

The California Healthy Youth Act California State Seal

The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect in January 2016, requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. In accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act, CMP offers a course of study on Sexual Health education for middle school students using Positive Prevention PLUS materials.

For more information on this act, check out the CDE webpage

2018-2019 Capitol CMP Lottery Enrollment & Lottery Tours Lottery

Thank you for your interest in Capitol CMP. The enrollment process at all California Montessori Project campuses require parents/guardians to attend a lottery tour at each campus interested in. The lottery tour process has ended for the 2018-2019 school year.

If Capitol CMP decides to add more K-8 lottery applicants for a future possible lottery pull for the 2018-2019 school year, we will add an additional lottery tour and the date will be communicated to all interested families via email provided in the folowing sign up link:

CLICK HERE if you would like to be contacted for a possible future lottery tour.

Thank you again for your interest in our school. Please see below for more information about the lottery process and about our school:

2017-2018 Yearbook Presale! Yearbook

See attached flyer on information about our 2017-2018 yearbook presale! Families who purchase yearbooks by 3/31 can purchase them for $20. Beginning 4/1, yearbook prices are $25.00 each and we have ordered a limited amount. Cash or checks made out to Excel Photographers are accepted.

 

2017-2018 Yearbook Presales

 

California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress (CAASPP) State Academic Testing CAASPP

Please read attached letter regarding this year’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, the state academic testing program for students in third through eighth grades.

 

CAASPP Parent Letter

CAASPP Practice Test Instructions

3rd-8th Grade English/Language Arts & Math CAASPP Testing Dates: 5/7 - 5/11 

5th & 8th Grade Science Testing Dates: 5/14 & 5/15

Middle School Student-Run Business Snack Shack

Click Here For Snack Shack Menu

As part of our Middle School program, we, as a class, decide on a business
that we plan, implement, & evaluate under the guidance of our teachers.
All proceeds from the class business go towards our student-planned
end-of-year Adventure trip.

We will be open on the following days and hours selling healthy snacks:

Tuesdays & Thursdays:

● 7:45am-8:15am -------- (MP Room)
● 2:45pm-3:15pm -------- (two locations ; in front of school ; both
car line pick-up areas)

We welcome you all and encourage you to give us your feedback.
If you have any questions, you can contact us at stcsnackshack@gmail.com

Thank you!!

Sincerely,
Core Committee
The Middle School Student-Run Business Team