This Week's News

April 27, 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:

·              CAASPP testing continues (3rd/4th/5th/6th grade students)

·              CAC meeting tomorrow at 8:00am in the conference room

·              Free Logo Day for all of CMP this Friday!

·              Otter Pop sales at lunch this Friday! (50 cents each)

·              Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-6th

·              Incoming 2nd Grade Parent Meeting next Tuesday, May 3rd  at 5:00pm in Wisteria

·              Early Release Day next Wednesday, May 4th

·              Pancake Breakfast in Cedar next Wednesday, May 4th

·              Spirit Day and Perseverance Assembly hosted by the middle school students next Friday, May 6th. Please show your CMP spirit by dressing in Rock & Roll attire. (Note: spirit themed logos and graphics are ok for spirit day! Think old concert tees!)

Lastly, your campus administrative assistants want to thank all of our families, students and co-workers for your generosity and kindness during our Administrative Assistants Week! We have been spoiled with sweet gifts, thoughtful cards, poems, flowers, etc.. Thank you all for making us feel so appreciated!


The CMP AA Team

This Month's Character Trait

April's Character Trait is 'Be An Upstander'.

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.

CMP Network-Wide Governing Board Elections

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

All applications due by April 18th for our April 25th lottery!

*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

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

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)! 

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!

Monday, May 2
Nature Bowl Party
Track & Field
Practice @ Ponderosa

Tuesday, May 3
Drama Club Rehearsal
All Called; 3:15-4:45 
Incoming 2nd Grade Parent Night
5:00-6:00pm in Wisteria
Wednesday, May 4
Early Release/Professional Development Day

See Club M page for ERD activities.
Pancake Breakfast
Hosted by Cedar Class

Principal's Cafe
8:30-9:30am in Spruce
LCAP Review Meeting with our Executive Director, Gary Bowman

Track & Field
Practice @ CMP Lower Campus
12:00-1:15pm (ERD's)
Thursday, May 5
Hula Classes
3:15pm - 3:45pm 
In Mimosa Classroom

Drama Club Rehearsal
All Called; 3:15-4:45 
Track & Field
MEET @ Golden Sierra 
3:30pm start

Today, 4/30/2016
High: 80 Low: 56
Mostly sunny
5% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/1/2016
High: 86 Low: 59
Mostly sunny
2% chance of precipitation.