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Notes From Dr. Hunt - Welcome Back!     
Smiles and salutations abound in the hallways and classrooms at Coastal Montessori Charter School.  New faces shine amongst the familiar, each eagerly anticipating what the year holds.  First years are all eyes and ears as they take in new sounds, sights, and smells. Rising third years are now fourth years treading lightly as they find their place in a new space.  Each classroom is alive with kinetic energy.  The first Great Lesson, known as "The Beginning," took place last Friday in the Celebration Room.  Students gathered around a large tarp covering the experience known in the Montessori curriculum as The Coming of the Universe.  This experience is full of drama and scientific experiments designed to entice the student.  The first Great Lesson sets the stage for the entire Montessori Elementary curriculum.  It places in front of the child numerous opportunities to wonder and ask questions resulting in future student research and discovery.  Dozens of our students have heard this Great Lesson five or more times in their Montessori lives. They look forward to it with great anticipation and they will tell you, "It never gets old."

Student research is an important component of the Montessori experience.  It honors that students have questions and it allows each student to pursue the answer on their own with the teacher as a guide.  Students use multiple resources in their pursuit of knowledge.  They also use creativity and visuals to display their knowledge as it unfolds culminating in a peer presentation where students teach their classmates what they learned.  Research involves self-initiation, discovery, organization, creativity, and self-confidence.  It's quite an empowering experience for students. Parents are invited to classroom research presentations. If you do drop by, please abide by our Montessori visitor rules of respectful observation and please don't hesitate to ask our scholars thought-provoking questions.  They love showing what they know!

Dr. Hunt  
Dr. Hunt's Office Hours:
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday

8/26 (Wed.)
- Formal Dining Day (see article on right)

8/26 (Fri.) - The Jungle Book showing at After School Movie Day, every Friday, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m. (see article below, "After School Options") 

9/4 (Fri.) - Earned Free Dress Day

9/4 (Fri.) - After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10

9/7 (Mon.) - No School - Labor Day

9/9 (Wed.) - Observation Day

9/11 (Fri.) - After School Movie Day , 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10

9/14 (Mon.) - CMCS Board Meeting

9/16 (Wed.) - MMUN Dollar Dress Day

9/18 (Fri.) - After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10

9/25 (Fri.) - After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10

9/30 (Wed.) - Formal Dining Day

9/30 (Wed.) - Squirrels Club

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Student Water Bottles
Students should bring a water bottle DAILY to school, particularly while it remains so hot outside. Water bottles are required for students to participate in PE.
Montessori Book Club
If you are interested in learning more about Montessori pedagogy, please sign-up to join our book club.  Dr. Hunt will be facilitating one club this fall and a second book club in the spring (depending on interest). The time and place is forthcoming.

The fall book club book is " Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: A Guide for Parents and Teachers," written by M. Shannon Helfrich.
Specialty Classes Begin in September
Music/Drama, Physical Education (PE), Visual Arts, and Spanish will begin in September after Labor Day weekend.

As always, students must be in their PE uniform, wear tennis shoes, and bring a water bottle. Students will not be allowed to participate in PE without a water bottle. This is a health and safety issue and we ask that parents help their children be mindful of remembering their water bottles.

If you have not already done so, be sure to bring in your art supplies before the first class. Students may use their pastels and sketchbook from last year if applicable. You may wish to ask your child to check the art shelf before making purchases. If purchasing classroom supplies will create a financial burden for you, please contact the CMCS office at 843-235-0413.
CogAT Testing - Optional for Some Grades
CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) will be administered to all 2nd grade CMCS students October 21st - October 30th.

Testing for 3rd through 6th grade students is optional and will only occur if it is requested by the student's parent or guardian in writing or by emailing Dr. Hunt by Monday, October 5th.

In South Carolina, the CogAT abilities test is the tool used for determining gifted and talented (GT) status.  The CogAT tests verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.

CMCS has an individualized curriculum and thus provides GT instruction, where applicable, during normal instructional time within a student's existing classroom.  Although students at CMCS are not pulled out for a gifted and talented program, being identified GT does allow CMCS teachers the opportunity to better understand a child's academic needs.  We pride ourselves on individualizing your child's education plan and will use the assessment data to make informed instructional decisions.

The current definition of "gifted and talented (GT)" is:
Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.

Approximately 5 - 6 percent of students who take the CogAT qualify as GT.
After School Options
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 for more details and to sign-up. Advance reservation price is $7/day, same day price is $10. Homework Club is held at CMCS.

Fridays CMCS offers movies for $10 from 3:45 - 5:30 p.m.  Partial proceeds will benefit the MMUN NYC Conference for 6th graders. Popcorn is provided.  If your child has specific allergies please communicate this with the Movie Days staff and pack an appropriate snack for your child. Upcoming schedule:
  • August 28 - The Jungle Book
  • Sept. 4 - A Bug's Life
  • Sept. 11 - Curious George
  • Sept.18 - Pooh's Heffalump Movie
  • Sept. 25 - The Land Before Time
Girls on the Run
Begins August 31st
Mondays and Thursdays
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Click here for more details

Street Beat Kids Hip Hop Dance Program
Begins September 14th
1st - 4th Graders
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Click here for details

Rock Solid Golf
Begins August 31st
Boys and Girls
3:30 - 5 p.m.
at The Tradition Club
8 - 11, Tuesdays and Thursdays
12 - 15, Mondays and Wednesdays
Click here for more info

Cooking Workshop
Begins September 14th
Mondays - Upper El
Tuesdays - Lower El
Click here for all the details

Floor Hockey
Begins September 9th
3:45 - 5 p.m.
Click here for more info

Art Studio
September 14, 21, 28
3:45 - 5 p.m.
$40 includes supplies
Contact Ms. Kim or stop by the CMCS office to sign up

Guitar Class
Begins September 16th (10-week course)
Wednesdays, 3:45 - 5 p.m.
$300 (includes guitar and all materials)
Click here for all the details
Contact Us

247 Wildcat Way 
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Weekly Update
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
August Breakfast Menu
August Lunch Menu
Formal Dining Days
On the last Wednesday of each month we have Formal Dining Day in the cafeteria.  Formal Dining Day includes preparing the cafeteria with centerpieces down each lunch table, having a greeter for entering and exiting, as well as wearing polished free dress and practicing Grace and Courtesy lessons.

Polished free dress means formal wear including button down shirts, ties, bowties, jackets, formal dresses, skirts of the appropriate length, etc.

The students, Dr. Hunt and the CMCS team work hard to create an elegant environment, often arranging live music performed by local musicians.
Uniform Points of Interest
Tie-Dye shirts may be worn on any Friday with clean jeans or jean shorts of the appropriate length, or the usual khaki or navy uniform bottoms. Tie-Dye shirts are also worn for field trips.

1. Earned Free Dress is the first Friday of each month and is earned by students who consistently follow the uniform policy.
2. MMUN Dollar Dress Day is ONLY once a month this year, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Students who donate $1 to the 6th grade MMUN NYC Conference may participate.

Students who do not wish to participate in Earned Free Dress, MMUN Dollar Dress Day, Formal Dining Day, or Tie-Dye Fridays should wear the normal CMCS uniform to school.
Transportation Notes
  • Please follow all traffic and speed limit signs in the school zone
  • No cells phones in the morning or afternoon car loop
  • If your approved bus rider is not taking the bus on any particular day, please call the office before noon
  • Do not arrive before 3:20 p.m. for pick-up, it adds to the congestion with middle school traffic
Squirrels Club
Squirrels Club, a South State Bank savings program for students, continues at CMCS the last Wednesday of each month from 1 - 1:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.

Students can bring money into school to be deposited in their South State Bank savings account.
2015-2016 School Calendar
Click for Next Year's School Calendar
Coastal Montessori Charter School (CMCS) follows the Georgetown County School District calendar for vacation and holidays.
$20 for Field Trips
Each student is assessed a $20 fee to cover costs of field trips for the entire year. Please make checks payable to CMCS and turn into the office.
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
Pam French, 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
Kalley Long, Music and Drama Teacher
Nicole Nucero, Special Education Resource Teacher
Amber Wheeler Bacon, Literacy Coach