This Week's News

May 25, 2016

Hello CMP Families,


Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s school and classroom newsletters to stay informed on our ‘Hawks Happenings’.  Some topics covered this week include:


·         Hula Club Final Recital tomorrow at 4:00pm at the Gazebo

·         Middle School Shakespeare Plays tomorrow at 5:30pm outside the Gym

·         2/3 Spring Performance this Friday at 1:30pm at Discovery Hills Church

·         Free Logo Day for all of CMP this Friday, May 27th 

·         School and Club M are CLOSED next Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day

·         Rosetta Stone International Breakfast next Tuesday, May 31st at 7:45am (invitations went out to all students who completed a complete Level of RS this year!)

·         Talent Showcase next Tuesday, May 31st at 9:30am 

·         4th/5th Grade Field Trip to Coloma June 1st-3rd 

·         2nd/3rd Bike Rodeo on June 2nd 

·         8th Grade Graduation on June 3rd at 4:00pm in the Gym


We recently held a Campus Beautification Day where our families spent a Sunday helping beautify our campus for all of our upcoming end-of-year events. A huge thank you to the following families for all of your hard work: The Bacos, The Curtins, The Newbolds, The Millers, The Caltabianos, The Smiths, The Grofts, The Chaykas, The Willoughbys, Miss Nora and her sister Marlene.  




With the end of the school year upon us we have a lot of families asking how they can meet their Parent Participation Hours (PPH) requirement. Please check in with your child(ren)'s teacher to see if you can be of help for any of their end of year activities. For example, our 1st grade families are asked to assist with the Kindergarten graduation so that the Kindergarten parents can enjoy the festivities. We also ask our 7th grade students and their families to help with the 8th grade graduation. There are opportunities for earning PPH’s in every grade level. 


As always, thanks for all you do!


The CMP Team

Hawk Happenings!

We are so proud to announce that CMP Shingle Spring's Division I (grades 1-2) and Division II (grades 3-4) took FIRST PLACE at the El Dorado County Spelling Bee in Pollock Pines today!! Our Division III (grades 5-6) had a solid showing in their Top 10 and Division IV (grades 7-8) placed fourth. All of our spellers, and teacher/proctors worked very hard, put in a gallant effort and had fun! 

Way to go Hawks!

Club M

We are hard at work planning our Club M Summer Spectacular. In order to ensure the quality of this popular program and help us plan staff and supplies we are asking that you RSVP and pay for your summer care needs by June 3rd. We cannot guarantee spaces that are not reserved and pre-paid by this date, but will allow drop-ins on a first come, first serve basis. You can RSVP to or in either campus office. 

This Month's Character Trait

May's Character Trait is 'Perseverance'

Shingle Springs Tour Dates

If you are interested in submitting an application for our school please start the process
by calling the office at 530-672-3095 and signing up for one of these upcoming tours: 

Thursday, December 3rd 9:30am FULL
Thursday, January 7th 9:30am  FULL
Thursday, January 21st 9:30am 
Wednesday, January 27th 5:00pm 
Thursday, February 4th 9:30am 
Thursday, February 18th 9:30am  FULL
Thursday, February 25th 9:30am 
Thursday, March 3rd 9:30am  FULL
Tuesday, March 8th 9:30am
Monday, March 28th 9:30am* 
*Incoming Kindergarten Families Only, Applications Due 3/28 For Kinder Lottery!

Thursday, April 14th 9:30am
Thursday, May 12th 9:30am

Thursday, June 2nd 9:30am

Thursday, July 14th 9:30am

*Please note a new application does need to be filled out every school year.

Applications for the 2016/2017 school year are given to you at your tour. 

For more information about our lottery process please visit our Enrollment/Lottery page. 

Leave Your Mark...

We are now offering the opportunity for you and your children to be a foundational part of this campus expansion! We are selling bricks etched with individual or family names which will be placed in the concrete walkways in the center quad.  Don't miss this opportunity to forever document your family's journey with CMP!

Click HERE to download the order form

Smarter Balance (CAASPP) Testing References For Parents

Each Spring, 3rd-8th grade students will take online tests in English-Language Arts and Mathematics using a computer. These tests are known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments, and they are part of California’s new testing system called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress(CAASPP).

The following are helpful resources to help familiarize families with the assessments.  

Smarter Balance Testing Parent Fact Sheet

Smarter Balance Family Testing Guide- Part 1
Smarter Balance Family Testing Guide- Part 2
Smarter Balance Parent 3rd-5th Assessment Overview
Smarter Balance Parent 6th-8th Assessment Overview
CAASPP Practice and Training Test

If you have any further questions regarding Smart Balance Testing, please contact Cherie Cooney - Dean of Students.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

June 26, 2013

Dear CMP Families,

In our continuing effort to keep our families informed of recent trends in public education, I would like to provide some insight on the new national initiative for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how it will effect Montessori education for your child...

For the full document click on the following link: Common Core Parent Letter 6-26-13 


Mickey Slamkowski

Director of Program

California Montessori Project


New to our calendar this year are our Early Release Days (ERD). On the first and third Wednesday of every month our students will be released at 12:00pm, with the exception of our Middle School program which will be let out at 12:15pm. These ERD's allow for Professional Development of our amazing teachers and staff and provides us an opportunity for collaboration and a sharing of best practices.

   During these Early Release Days (ERD’s), there are several opportunities available for your children:

-          Club M is offering a special rate for their new ERD Program which runs from 12:00-3:00pm only on ERD’s. 

-          Where possible, our Sports Teams are conducting earlier practices. Please watch for updates about each team’s practices from our Athletic Director, Desiree Thomas.

-          The Sequoia Middle School team is hosting a special extended Study Hall program for Middle School students on ERD’s.

-          Mr. Kevin is starting a Spring Drama Club Program which will be offered on Fridays and ERD’s.

-          Mad Science is offering a Eureka! Inventors hands-on science program. 

   Please watch for additional details about clubs and programs being offered on upcoming ERD’s and feel free to get in touch if you have additional ideas or suggestions. 

Prop 55 Campus Expansion

Latest Aerial Photo of the New Upper Elementary Campus!

The 2015-16 School Year is off to a great start!  We have enjoyed watching the children participate in their PE lessons in the new gymnasium, play on the fields, and explore the nature that surrounds them.  As students walk on the path between the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Campuses, they listen for the sounds of the birds and watch for the ever-present butterfly.  We have dreams of planting butterfly bushes, lupines and daylillies along that path to attract more of mother nature's creatures.  

We are thoroughly enjoying all of the extra room that we have gained.  Class sizes provide much more room for the children to spread out their work, each side of the campus has its own Library, the Middle School has a Science Center, and, of course, the new gymnasium is already bustling with the activity of PE Classes and after-school Volleyball Team practices.  

As we continue our efforts to enhance our program and our gardens, we want to sincerely thank the teaching staff and the many parents who worked tirelessly over the summer to help us get to where we are today!

~ Kim Zawilski

AMS Accreditation

CMP Shingle Springs is proud to share that we continue to maintain our Montessori Accreditation through the American Montessori Society. It is an honor to know that our Montessori colleagues at the national level have given our school this accreditation!

CMP Student Sings National Anthem

CMP’s very own “Adele” sang the National Anthem at Tuesday night’s River Cats Game! 
Kim Zawilski and Kelly Barton were able to visit with Adele before she performed. Quite a few CMP families showed up to show their support for Adele (and the River Cats)! 

Wed, May 25 - Fri, May 27
6th Grade Field Trip
YMCA @ Marin Headlands
Friday, May 27
Free Logo Day!
Free Logo Day for
all CMP students.
2/3 Spring Performance
1:30pm @ Discovery Hills Church
Monday, May 30
Club-M Closed
Memorial Day
No School 

Tuesday, May 31
CMP Talent Showcase
Wed, Jun 1 - Fri, Jun 3
4th/5th Grade Field Trip
Mother Lode River Center
Thursday, June 2
2nd/3rd Grade Bike Rodeo
Friday, June 3
8th Grade Graduation
Art Club (Beginner)
3:30-4:30 in Wisteria