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DIRECTOR'S NOTE - Your Voice for School Choice
Dr. Nathalie Hunt Coastal Montessori Charter School is the only choice school in the district offering a free alternative to public schooling.  As a charter school we submitted our charter, and specifically our charter school goals, to the State and then to our sponsors, Georgetown County School District.  Since 2012, our enrollment has grown from 146 students in grades first through sixth, to 227 students in grades first through seventh.  In addition, our waiting list has grown from 6 students to 69 students.  This statistics tells me, and the Coastal Montessori Charter School staff, that our community supports school choice and a Montessori choice, specifically.

For those of you new to our community our charter goals ar e three-fold and with the addition of middle school I will be proposing an additional goal addressing the middle school student and curriculum.  Our first charter goal is to reduce the achievement gap, which in education research is also known as the resource gap.  Our second charter goal is reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade for each student.  This charter goal is supported by the State Department of Education.  Our third charter goal represents our Montessori perspective of the child by carving out a space for students to learn and apply executive functions and their emotional intelligence.  Specifically, we refer in our charter to cultivating the seven survival skills: critical thinking, problem solving, self-regulation, taking initiative, communication, inquisitiveness, and the ability to work as part of a team.

Public Montessori research is currently underway in South Carolina and the preliminary findings are overwhelming positive.  Some highlights include how Montessori students in South Carolina schools outperform their non-Montessori peers in executive functions, and that 97% of Montessori teachers in South Carolina feel that Montessori shows great potential for growth and impact in the public school system.  Like CMCS, over half of the Montessori schools in the state have a waiting list, indicating that the demand for this option is strong.

As parents of choice-school students your voice is vital to our future. Please embrace every opportunity to show your support for school choice, for Montessori and specifically for CMCS, so that decision-makers on every level are aware of your passion for these great educational equalizers that give every child the opportunity to reach her full potential.  On that end, I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Topping Off Ceremony this Friday at 4 p.m., where just your presence alone will show your resounding support.

Dr. Hunt
Office Hours:
8:30 - 10 a.m. every Tuesday

If you haven't already, be sure to bring your checkbook to the Topping Off to purchase a commemorative brick. This is your last chance to display your name or message permanently on the new school grounds.

Students, remember to wear your tie-dye uniform on Friday to the Topping Off .
APRIL 2016

4/5 (Tues.) - Extended School Day until 4:30 p.m. (No homework club)

4/7 (Thurs.) - First Tee for 4th graders

4/7 (Thurs.) - Parent Cabinet Meeting, 6 p.m.

4/8 (Fri.) - Topping Off Ceremony, 4 p.m., at construction site. NO GAME DAY, NO EARNED FREE DRESS DAY
APRIL 2016

4/11 (Mon.) - CMCS Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

4/12 (Tues.) - Extended School Day until 4:30 p.m.  (No homework club)

4/12 (Tues.) - PTO Meeting, 6 p.m.

4/13 (Wed.) - Observation Day

4/14 (Thurs.) - First Tee for 4th graders

4/14 (Thurs.) - Student Cabinet Meeting, 11 a.m.

4/15 (Fri.) - Game Day

4/19 (Tues.) - Extended School Day until 4:30 p.m.  (No homework club)

4/20 (Wed.) - MMUN Dollar Dress Day

4/21 (Thurs.) - First Tee for 4th graders

4/22 (Fri.) - Game Day

4/27 (Wed.) - Formal Dining Day

4/27 (Wed.) - Squirrel Club, 1 p.m.

4/28 (Thurs.) - Family Night, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

4/29 (Fri.) - Game Day
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Breakfast and Lunch Menus
April Breakfast Menu
April Lunch Menu

Students who do not have money in their lunch accounts are unable to make "milk only" purchases. The system does not allow it.  Also, please encourage your student to keep track of their ID card.  Several ID cards have gone missing, which is causing issues in the lunch line.  The first ID card is free, replacements are $5 per ID card.
Cluttered Lockers
Please encourage your scholar to reduce clutter in his or her locker.  Space is limited and many students have overstuffed their lockers with unnecessary items during the school year.
Parent Volunteers Needed
CMCS needs parent volunteers to serve as test monitors for this year's state testing.  Please contact Ms. Kim for more details.
2015-2016 School Calendar
calendar-banner.jpg CMCS follows the Georgetown County School District calendar for vacation and holidays.
Before and After School Options
Conditioning and Skill Clinics:  April 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Tryouts:  April 25th - 29th, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Click here for the flier

Scholars can do yoga with Robyn Jones on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. $5 per person/per week 
Proceeds go to the CMCS Playground account
Must sign up to participate.
Text Robin to sign up at 843-457-0382

After-School Homework Club, facilitated by Coach Chris, runs from 3:45 to 5 p.m., and offers homework support for all interested students.   Click here to sign up for April. Advance reservation price is $7/day, same day price is $10. Homework Club is held at CMCS.

Fridays CMCS offers board games for students from 3:45 - 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 child or $5 per sibling if more than one child from the same family attends. Board Game Fridays begins the first of the year.

Community Events
$125 includes $30 greens fees, carts included, at 33 Founders Group International and East Coast Golf Management golf courses, one play per course per year.
Click here to sign up and for more information or call 843-443-7888.  Some limitations apply.

Customized plans for children to get and keep them healthy including food physical education along with emotional support and mindfulness activities. Click here for the flier with all the details.
$5 Community Yoga Supports CMCS Playground

Shanti Yoga Studio in Pawleys Island is offering a $5 Community Yoga Class on Fridays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Proceeds will from this weekly class will help build the playground at our new school.  For more information, contact studio manager Karen Patriarca. Many thanks to Shanti Yoga Studio for their support!!!

Opportunities for Science Teachers and Students
Clemson 37th Annual Biology Merit Exam
April 22, 2016
Register by March 31!
The Clemson University Department of Biological Sciences conducts the Biology Merit Exam to recognize and promote outstanding achievement in the biological sciences among middle and high school students in South Carolina.  Click here for more information.

Clemson Summer Science Camps for grades 5-12, Life Sciences Outreach Center
Hands-on, action-packed, thought-provoking science camps on the Clemson University campus!
  • Forensic Sciences (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)
  • Food, Science, and Our Senses (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)
  • Cells, DNA, and Medicine (residential or commuter camp for rising 7th-9th graders)
  • Biotechnology, Health, and Society (residential or commuter camp for rising 9th-12th graders)
Get details here.

Clemson Laboratory Field Trip for Teachers and Students
Programs include:
  • Interactive lab experiences in modern genetics and biotechnology for school and community groups
  • Summer science camps for grades 5-12
  • Graduate courses for teachers
  • Science on Tap, a monthly science cafĂ©
  • Science Saturdays, activities for the whole family
Click here for detailed information on all programs.
Suggestion Box

We're always open to ideas and feedback.  Visit our Suggestion Box to share yours. The CMCS staff and volunteers strive to serve our families and the community.
Weekly Update
Careers at CMCS
CMCS is actively searching for talented individuals interested in a peaceful school community where teachers have freedom, students are excited to learn, and the curriculum inspires creativity. If you or someone you know may be interested,  check out the open positions on our website.
Eat Play GOLF Just Around the Corner
Saturday, May 21st
Founders Club
8:30 a.m. Shotgun, 4-man Scramble
$400 per Team

Click here for details and contact Ms. Kristy to donate auction items or sponsor a hole.

We need more teams. If you don't have a foursome but still want to play, just contact Ms. Tia, who will put foursomes together.

Extended School Hours In Effect on TUESDAYS
For the next several Tuesdays, school will be in session until 4:30 p.m.  These extended days are aligned with the Georgetown County School District schedule and are designed to make up the missed school day we encountered on February 24, 2016.

There will be NO Homework Club on these designated Tuesdays and carpool pick-up will run from 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.

  • April 12th
  • April 19th
The packets of information that went home with your scholar are due into the office tomorrow, April 6th.
BEACH BLAST - May 15, 2016
Please contact Robyn Jones or email the PTO for more information.

Follow our very own CMCS PTO on Facebook for all the latest on activities and fundraising.

Check out photos from their trip, several new ones have been added to the album.

MMUN Event April 22nd
Look for details on our in-house MMUN event on Friday, April 22nd, at CMCS.

Fridays MMUN Pizza Day on Fridays

CMCS students can enjoy pizza for lunch on Fridays for just $1 per slice. Healthy sides should be sent from home or purchased from the cafeteria.
News For Next Year, 2016-2017 School Year
The uniform policy will remain in place for all elementary grades (LE and UE). We are currently developing a middle school dress code policy, modeled from East Cooper Montessori Charter School's dress code policy.


When we enter into our new building school will begin at  8 a.m.  and end at  3 p.m.
The State Compulsory School Attendance Law requires all children between the ages of 5 - 17 to regularly attend school.  Students must attend at least 170 out of 180 regularly scheduled school days in order to be promoted to the next grade level.  Students who are unlawfully absent from school without reasonable cause will be referred to Family Court for judicial intervention. 
Planned family vacations during the regular school year will be considered unexcused.  Work may still be assigned, however, the absence will still be unexcused. 
Important:  Students who acquire more than 10 unexcused absences may be dropped from enrollment or not eligible for promotion.

Excused Absences
1. Illness
2. Death in family

Unexcused Absences
1. Suspension
2. Parental notes for student illnesses in excess of 10 days which cannot be substantiated by medical statements
3. Students absent from class as a result of extracurricular activities not previously approved
4. Routine appointments for medical, dental, or counseling services once a student has exceeded 10 absences per year
Teacher and Staff Directory
Dr. Nathalie Hunt, Director
Kristy Harbaugh, Office Manager
Tia Bergeron, Operations Manager
Kelly Metz, RN, School Nurse

Sarah Wilson, Lead Teacher
Natalie Boggs, Teaching Assistant
Hillary Usher, Lead Teacher
Sarah Stimpson, Teaching Assistant
Andria Hejl, Lead Teacher
Nan Gadek, Teaching Assistant
Elisabeth Enriquez, Lead Teacher
Celeste Reid, Teaching Assistant

Antoinette Ursits, Lead Teacher
Jacque Onions, Teaching Assistant
Shaye Heiskell, Lead Teacher
Johanna D. Wilson, Teaching Assistant
Amy Williams, Lead Teacher
Jo Addington, Teaching Assistant
Ally Boddicker, Lead Teacher
Jamie Williamson, Teaching Assistant

Chris Bergeron, Athletic Director and Physical Education
Keely Elliott, Spanish Teacher
Kim Evans-Robey, Visual Arts Teacher
Chadwick Thompson, Interim Music Teacher
Nicole Nucero, Special Education Resource Teacher
Amber Wheeler Bacon, Literacy Coach
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