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Notes From Dr. Hunt - Student Growth Targets          
Each fall and spring all 2nd through 6th graders at CMCS take a district-wide assessment known as Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing.  MAP tests, developed by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), are meant to be an indicator of how students will perform on state tests.  Like state-standardized tests, the MAP test is norm-referenced, which allows a teacher to compare a child in the 3rd grade at CMCS to other children in 3rd grade in the state of South Carolina and across the country. CMCS teachers review the results of MAP testing in reading, language usage, and math in order to understand areas of the curriculum the child needs assistance with or maybe more challenging work.  MAP tests also help me make instructional supplies decisions.  For example, when I noticed that our students were not scoring to their potential in math, I approached the CMCS teaching team and Dr. Scott about making our own math homework workbook, and we did!

This year MAP testing will also inform our Student Learning Objectives (SLO's).  Student Learning Objectives are a state mandate.  The goal of SLO's is to track and document individual students' academic progress, which will help us, as a teaching team, grow all students, including our Gifted and Talented students.  A Student Learning Objective is a student academic growth goal that an educator sets for his or her students.  We are using our fall MAP data to define our student growth targets.  We will track students' progress throughout the year and report gains after the spring MAP tests are completed.  

Progress Reports will go home with students October 27th, and MAP results will be shared at your first parent-teacher conference during the week of October 26th.  Please look for a sign-up email from your child's teacher and make time for this important first conference of the year.  Our teaching team works hard to track your child's progress and loves sharing the results with you.  Remember, our goal is to always develop your child's whole self, so emotional and social growth, including work habits, will also be shared with you at your student's parent-teacher conference.

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

9/30 (Wed.) - Formal Dining Day

9/30 (Wed.) - School Photos Make Up Day

9/30 (Wed.)
- Squirrels Club

10/1 (Thurs.)
- Open Enrollment begins

10/1 (Thurs.)
- The First Tee program for 4th graders, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (article on right)  

10/1 (Thurs.) - Parent Cabinet Meeting

10/2 (Fri.) - Earned Free Dress Day

10/2 (Fri.) -
Chicken Little showing this week at After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10, Come support MMUN fundraising endeavors!!  

10/5 (Mon.) - Salt Marsh field trip for Ms. Elisabeth's class

10/5 (Mon.) - Montessori Book Club, 5:30 p.m., CMCS Room 606 

10/6 (Tues.) - Salt Marsh field trip for Ms. Hillary's class

10/7 (Wed.) - Salt Marsh field trip for Ms. Sarah's class

10/8 (Thurs.) - Salt Marsh field trip for Ms. Andria's class

10/8 (Thurs.) - Student Cabinet Meeting

10/8 (Thurs.) - The First Tee program for 4th graders, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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

10/12 (Mon.) - CMCS Board Meeting

10/13 (Tues.) - Substitute Assistant Teaching Training, 3:45 - 5 p.m., at CMCS

10/14 (Wed.) - Observation Day

10/14 - Ms. Amy and Ms. Antoinette's class field trip to the Georgetown County Landfill

10/15 (Thurs.) - The First Tee program for 4th graders, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

10/15 (Thurs.) - Ms. Ally and Ms. Shaye's class field trip to the Georgetown County Landfill

10/16 (Fri.) - MMUN After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10, Monster University

10/19 (Mon.) - Montessori Book Club, 5:30 p.m., CMCS Room 606

10/21 (Wed.) - MMUN Dollar Dress Day

10/23 (Fri.) - No School

10/27 (Tues.) - Progress Reports go home

10/29 (Thurs.) - Substitute Assistant Teaching Training, 3:45 - 5 p.m., at CMCS    
10/30 (Fri.) - Last day to order school photos

10/30 (Fri.) - MMUN Movie - Spooky Buddies 
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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 to sign up for October. 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:
  • Oct.2 - Chicken Little
  • Oct. 9 - Jumanji
  • Oct.16 - Monster University
  • Oct. 30 - Spooky Buddies

October Art Studio - Focus on Matisse
Mondays in October
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Click here for the sign-up sheet and for more details

Circus Camp

Thursdays in October beginning Oct. 1st 
Wednesdays, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Click here for all the details

Children's Golf Clinics
Tuesdays throughout the school year
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
at Steve Dresser Golf Academy in True Blue
Click here for details

For safety reasons, all After School coordinators will bring students to parents outside of our door at the end of their After School program.  So, parents need to wait outside for the After School coordinator to bring their children to them after their program is finished.  Most programs end between 4:45 - 5 p.m.  It is important that students are picked up ON TIME for their scheduled release. 

Parents will continue to sign their student out of the program. The only club who will admit parents into the building before the end of a program is Homework Club.

Please also be aware that holding the door open for others walking into the building, that have not been buzzed in, is not allowed. 

Creating a safe environment for CMCS students is our number one priority.
Amber Wheeler Bacon, Literacy Coach
As our children grow and mature, begin to leave us bit by bit, it is natural for us to let them lead. We wait, on pins and needles, watching for the moment when we know that they can read, can piece together words and make sense of them. In our relief, that parenting hurdle over, of course we move on, tending to new skills. Research tells us to give our children independence, but educators are also finding that students also benefit when there is a healthy balance of independence and support from parents. One way that we can continue to be a part of our children's reading and writing lives is to read aloud to them. It never occurred to me to stop reading aloud to my son even though he is a capable reader because to me, sharing a good story together seems like a natural way to close our day. However, there are cognitive and social benefits far beyond this relaxing family time together.   READ MORE.

Ms. Amber
Substitute Teaching Training

Interested in subbing at CMCS?  The following training sessions are being offered from 3:45 - 5 p.m. at CMCS:
  • Tuesday, October 13th
  • Thursday, October 29th
Substitute teachers at CMCS serve in classrooms as Teaching Assistants, so this training will focus on the roles and responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant. 

Contact Ms. Kristy with questions or to sign up.
How Has Attending CMCS Impacted You and Your Child?

October 1st - December 15th
for 2016 - 2017 School Year

The CMCS team is seeking parents and students to share their CMCS story around Georgetown county in order to increase CMCS visibility and create a greater understanding of our mission as a Montessori school.  Specific talks and events will be posted on the CMCS events calendar by the end of September.  If you are interested in telling your story contact Ms. Kristy or call the office at 843-235-0413.

Spreading the word and helping to educate our community about Montessori is important to our school. Talk to your friends, family and associates about Montessori and make sure people know that Open Enrollment starts in October.  Encourage them to visit a classroom to see Montessori in action.

Interested families considering CMCS should plan to attend the Open Enrollment Open House
November 6th, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. 
to learn more about Montessori and our school.
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Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Weekly Update
Fridays are Domino's Pizza Day!

Celebrate Fridays, and break from the lunch box blues with our new Domino's Pizza Option! CMCS students may purchase slices of Cheese Pizza for $1 each at lunch every Friday, beginning October 2nd. Healthy sides should be sent from home or purchased from the cafeteria. This is a fundraising project brought to you by the 6th Grade MMUN delegates destined for NYC in March...Your support is appreciated!
Order School Pictures
View proofs and order online! If you don't have the password for your student's classroom, contact Ms. Kristy.

Ordering open from 9/20 - 10/30, and shipped directly to you!
Follow PTO on FB
Follow our very own CMCS PTO on Facebook for all the latest on activities and fundraising.
No Sharing Policy for Snacks
At CMCS, the expectation is for each student to eat what they bring to school.  This no sharing policy allows your child to eat what you intended for them to eat, which honors students with allergies. 

Please have a conversation with your child to reinforce the importance of this no sharing policy.
Progress Reports and Conferences
The first Progress Reports are set to go home with students October 27th.  Teacher-parent conferences will take place between October 27th and October 30th.  Lead teachers will contact parents to schedule times.
Go Fund Me MMUN
CMCS sixth-grader, Joe Chastain has created a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for the whole CMCS MMUN team (17 students!) to travel to NYC for the international conference this spring.  Please visit it and share it with your friends to help put a dent in the $15,000 it will take to send the students!
MMUN Dollar Dress Days
CMCS students may have a free dress day for only $1 on the third Wednesday of each month to benefit our MMUN team as they raise money to travel to NYC this spring.  Click here for all the details.
Community Events
Click here for the list of Fall Activities, Sept.- Dec., for children and adults

Three weeks of art and musical performances including Aaron Neville, Steve Tyrell, AJ Croce, Ken Lavigne, outdoor live painting, a chalk walk and much more!
Sept. 25 - Oct. 17th
Click here for the complete schedule and more info

Saturday, Oct. 3rd
12 - 4 p.m.
123-7 King Street, Georgetown
Click here for details

Saturday, Oct. 10th
6:30 - 11 p.m
Pawleys Plantation
Keynote Speaker: Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent of Education
Click here to view flier


Monday, October 12th
Wachesaw Plantation
1 p.m. Shotgun Start
$150/player, $600/foursome
Click here for all the details
Register by phone at 843-436-7199 or email

Friday, October 30th
4 - 5:30 pm
Judicial Center Plaza in Georgetown
Click here for details


Saturday, October 31st
6 - 8 pm
Georgetown First Assembly of God Church
Free Admission
More info here 
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
September Breakfast Menu
September Lunch Menu
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