Message from the Principal

February 10, 2015

Dear Carmichael Parents,

By now some of you have started tackling your re-enrollment packets and have read Gary Bowman’s letter regarding next year’s calendar and the early release days. I would like to take this opportunity to communicate to you further how these days will be utilized. We recognize that this will affect our families, so I also want to inform you what plans we have in place to support you on these early release days.

First, the reasons for developing these early days are important for you to understand. For the last 14 years, our teachers have stayed late for staff and curriculum level meetings, which also cuts into their classroom and lesson preparation time. School districts have weekly minimum days to accommodate these meetings. CMP did not wish to have that great of an impact on our families, and therefore went with two days a month (Sept through May).

In October and March, the months for Parent/Teacher Conferences, only one additional early release day is scheduled, which we have had on our calendars for several years for teachers to work on progress and report cards. That leaves seven months with 2 early days each. This time will be used to cover a short staff meeting, mentor reporting, and professional development or curriculum team collaboration.

Professional development is very important for teachers so they are better prepared to serve their students. The leadership team, with the input of the teachers, has created a list of topics to cover throughout the year. Collaboration among teachers is also considered one of the most worthwhile activities for educators. At CMP that is particularly valuable, since we strive to have consistency and to develop best practices in all the schools and at each curriculum/grade level.

Although these additional days will reduce instructional time, CMP has always, and will continue to provide, significantly more instructional minutes than what is required by the state of California. The teachers will structure their lessons and student work time to adjust to the 2 shorter days.

On early days, the Tk/Kindergarteners will be released at 11:45, the Lower Elementary at 12:00, and Upper Elementary and Middle School at 12:15, which is fifteen minutes later than this year. The leadership team and Club Montessori Network Coordinators are currently working on the 2015-16 Club M contract to best serve our families on the early release days, including a new program that covers the hours normally in class.

I will be holding a Principal’s Café on Thursday, February 19th after drop-off time where I will be available to answer your questions regarding the calendar or any other topics you wish to discuss. If you are unable to attend next week, please attend our next Campus Advisory Meeting (CAC) on Thursday evening, March 5th. Of course, you can always communicate with me via email or phone.

Thank you for your continued trust in us as we strive to provide a quality program to your children!

My Best Wishes,

Ms. Kim

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California Montessori Project is a tuition-free, lottery based K-8th Public Charter School with seven campuses. A lottery tour is required at each site for the open enrollment process and families are encouraged to apply to more than one campus. (Note: CMP-San Juan campuses also have Transitional Kindergarten)

For more information about each campus and lottery tour dates, please click here to visit the" CMP Network Website".

For Kindergarten 2015-2016 Enrollment:  Children must be 5 year's old on or before September 1, 2015.  For First Grade 2015-2016 Enrollment:  Children must be 6 year's old on or before September 1, 2015. (California Department of Education -  (EC Section 48000[a]). Transitional Kindergarten students must turn 5 year's old by September 2 through December 2, 2015. 

Lottery Applications for Tk/Kg students only will be pulled at first lottery draw on March 23, 2015.

2015-2016 CMP Lottery Applications will only be given after attending a lottery tour.

Carmichael CMP is offering the following Lottery Tours for the 2015-2016 School Year:

**Lottery Tours are for adults only, no children please.

January 13th        9:30-10:30 AM - FULL
January 27th        9:30-10:30 AM   FULL
February 10th      9:30-10:30 AM    FULL
February 25th      5:30-6:30 PM (Evening Tour) FULL
March 3rd             9:30-10:30 AM FULL
March 10th     9:30-10:30 AM FULL
March 24th     9:30-10:30 AM - First tour after the first lottery pull. 
April 14th              9:30-10:30 AM
April 21st               9:30-10:30 AM
April 28th              9:30-10:30 AM
May 5th               9:30-10:30 AM
May 13th               9:30-10:30 AM
May 19th               9:30-10:30 AM
June 2nd               9:30-10:30 AM
Summer TBD

*Evening tours will be determined as needed.

*Please call the school office to sign up for one of our tour dates. (916) 971-2430

Thank you for your interest in our school!




Club Montessori

**Please Remember**

For students enrolled in Club M, all CMP sites open at 7:00 a.m., Monday – Friday. Staff is not available prior to that time. CMP sites close promptly at 6:00 p.m., and you must be at the campus to pick up your child before 6:00 p.m. Late pickups will be billed at a rate of $1/minute per child which is due upon parent’s arrival. Repeated late pick ups may result in suspension or 
disenrollment from Club M.

Click the link below to read more about our program!

**Please Note** Punch Card prices have increased this year. For hourly care, families may purchase a Club M “Punch Card” in increments of 20 hours or 40 hours (See Rates Sheets for cost). Any portion of an hour will be charged in 30 minute increments.

·Families may purchase a
maximum of 80 hours per school year for each enrolled CMP student. After that time, a family should register for a Club M program which will best suit their needs for the remainder of the school year. Please check with campus Club M Coordinator for specifics.
·Space for hourly care is NOT GUARANTEED and is only available on a space available basis. Hourly Care must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance and only to families who have already purchased a Punch Card. SPACE IS LIMITED!! Purchase of a Punch Card does not guarantee your child a spot in Club M!

Upcoming Events

Mon, Mar 2 - Fri, Mar 6
See's Candy Fundraiser
Thursday, March 5
CAC Meeting
Basketball - Practice
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Small Gym
Friday, March 6
Minimum Day/Staff Development
TK/K Dismissed at: 11:30am
1st - 3rd Dismissed at: 11:45am
4th - 8th Dismissed at: 12:00pm
Mon, Mar 9 - Fri, Mar 13
See's Candy Fundraiser
Monday, March 9
Basketball - Game Night!
March 9th
@ La Sierra 5:00 p.m. CAP 2 vs. AR 8 5:00 p.m. CAP 1 vs. EG 5 6:00 p.m. EG 6 vs. CAR 4 7:00 p.m. CAR 3 vs. OR 7
(Admin on Duty: Coach Parker)
Thursday, March 12
St. Patty's Day Potato Bar Dinner - Hosted by: Sea Lion & Penguin

Thursday March 12th

St. Patty’s Day Potato Bar dinner

Basketball - Practice
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Small Gym
Friday, March 13
See's Candy Spring Fundraiser - Monday DUE!!
Monday, March 16
Basketball - Game Night!
March 16th
@ La Sierra 5:00 p.m. OR 7 vs. CAP 1 5:00 p.m. EG 5 vs. CAP 2 6:00 p.m. AR 8 vs. CAR 3 7:00 p.m. CAR 4 vs. EG 6
(Admin on Duty: James)
Wed, Mar 18 - Fri, Mar 20
Minimum Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
TK/K Dismissed at: 11:30am
1st - 3rd Dismissed at: 11:45am
4th - 8th Dismissed at: 12:00pm
Thursday, March 19
Sea Horse Country Club Lane - Bowling Event
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, March 23
Basketball - Game Night
Last game of the season. 

March 23rd
@ La Sierra 5:00 p.m. CAP 2 vs. OR 7 5:00 p.m. CAP 1 vs. CAR 3 6:00 p.m. EG 5 vs. AR 8 7:00 p.m. EG 6 vs. CAR 4
(Admin on Duty: Coach Parker)
Wednesday, March 25
See's Candy Pick Up


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