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Notes From Dr. Hunt - Specialty Classes Begin This Week       
This week students will begin their Specialty Classes, including Physical Education, Visual Arts, Spanish, and Music & Drama.  This year Specialty Classes are woven throughout the mornings and afternoons each day, except for Fridays.  Specialty Classes allow students to experience creative expression that incorporates both the mind and the body.  Recently, CMCS received a letter of congratulations from First Lady Michelle Obama for our involvement in the "Let's Move!" initiative.  "Let's Move!" is changing how we, as a society, view food and exercise.  As many of you may know, children are increasingly being diagnosed with poor health and diseases due to our more sedentary lifestyle and lack of fitness.  The "Let's Move!" initiative is a reminder that we, as adults, should model good health and fitness at home and in our community.  

Mr. Chris does a fabulous job of motivating students during PE.  He creates games and skill drills that build students' understanding of their bodies and the importance of keeping active.  This year he will be incorporating more nutrition information into his lessons as well, since eating healthfully sets the stage for a productive learning day and healthful life habits.

Ms. Kim will begin her Visual Arts curriculum with conversations regarding who artists are and what characteristics artists share, including having an imagination.  Ms. Kim will then reveal the elements of shape to students.  This is a skill students will use throughout the year to create works that embrace individual artistic expressions.  After the elements of shape, she will move into principles of design, including pattern, contrast, emphasis, balance, proportion, harmony, rhythm, and unity.  I love how Ms. Kim infuses relaxation techniques into her art lessons.  She understands that in order to reach a creative, imaginative place students must be relaxed enough to make their visualizations a reality.

Ms. Keely will work with smaller groups of students this year using a Spanish curriculum highly recommended by Montessorians called Touch Spanish.  The goal for Spanish is focused lessons based on readiness.  Ms. Keely is always working hard to create lessons that are meaningful and incorporate the five senses, which helps with recall and recognition, especially when learning a new language.  In addition, Upper Elementary students are going to try a new Application this year called Duolingo.  This will help students with their spoken Spanish or conversational Spanish.  

Ms. Kalley is excited to get started on our winter and spring performances.  This year Upper Elementary students will perform a winter play, " Go West!," while the Lower Elementary students will present " Go Fish!" in the spring. The students at CMCS love theatre.  We want as many students as possible to have speaking parts and solos.  If you are interested in assisting Ms. Kalley during after-school rehearsals please email her.  

Meaningful Specialty Classes allow each student the opportunity to discover another facet of his or her developing personality and preferences.  The CMCS Specialty Teachers are ready to present exciting and interesting information and experiences to your child.  Stay tuned for updates on how Specialty Classes are going by visiting the teachers' Classroom Updates pages, weekly, on our CMCS website.

Dr. Hunt  
Dr. Hunt's Office Hours:
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday
9/9 (Wed.)
- Observation Day

9/11 (Fri.) - Curious George
showing this week at After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10, Come support MMUN fundraising endeavors!!  

9/14 (Mon.) - CMCS Board Meeting

9/15 (Tues.) - Upper El School Pictures

9/16 (Wed.) - Lower El School Pictures

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

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

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

9/30 (Wed.) - Formal Dining Day

9/30 (Wed.) - Squirrels Club


10/1 (Thurs.) - Open Enrollment Begins (deadline 12/15/15)

10/1 (Thurs.) - Parent Cabinet Meeting

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

10/2 (Fri.) - MMUN After School Movie Day, 3:45 - 5:30 p.m., $10, Chicken Little

10/8 (Thurs.) - Student Cabinet Meeting

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

10/12 (Mon.) - CMCS Board Meeting

10/14 (Wed.) - Observation Day

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

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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.
Montessori Book Club
Dr. Hunt will be reaching out via email to all book club participants this week to decide on the best day and time to meet and enjoy the fall book club book, " Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: A Guide for Parents and Teachers," written by M. Shannon Helfrich.

If you are interested in learning more about Montessori pedagogy, please sign-up to join the book club.  Dr. Hunt will be facilitating one club this fall and a second book club in the spring (depending on interest).
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 Change - All 2nd - 6th Graders Will Participate
All students in grades 2 - 6 will take the CogAT this October.  There is no need to send an email to Dr. Hunt by 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.
Classroom Updates
Be sure to check your teacher's Classroom Updates page frequently to see what's going on in the classroom and for great tidbits like this one from Ms. Antoinette.

Antionette Ursits, Lower Elementary Lead Teacher
Is your child difficult to get moving in the morning?  Is another school day causing anxiety at home the night before? Are there tears or tantrums happening? You're not alone!  Transitions for children, and we adults, can be difficult.  However, we can take these moments and together we can help a child learn to deal with their feelings and lessen their anxiety and fears about school.

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:
  • Sept. 11 - Curious George
  • Sept.18 - Pooh's Heffalump Movie
  • Sept. 25 - The Land Before Time
  • Oct.2 - Chicken Little
  • Oct. 9 - Jumanji
  • Oct.16 - Monster University
  • Oct. 30 - Spooky Buddies

Mad Science Club
Sept. 17th - Oct. 22nd
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
$84 before 9/14, $94 after
  Click here for all the 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

Art Studio
Mondays in September - 14, 21, 28
3:45 - 5 p.m.
$40 includes supplies
Click here for all the details

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
School Pictures
Tuesday, September 15th

Wednesday, September 16th

Students may dress in Polished Free Dress Day standards for Picture Day. 

Information on online proofing and ordering will be sent home with students soon after pictures are taken.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
September Breakfast Menu
September Lunch Menu
MMUN Dollar Dress Days
CMCS students may have a free dress day for only $1 on the third Friday of each month to benefit our MMUN team as they raise money to travel to NYC this spring.  Click here for all the details.
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 do not drive on the grass to the CMCS front door on rainy days. All students are received in the front entrance of WMS on raining days.
  • Do not arrive before 3:20 p.m. for pick-up, it adds to the congestion with middle school traffic
$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.

If this $20 assessment is creating a financial burden for you, please contact the CMCS office at 843-235-0413.
Community Events
Click here for the list of Fall Activities, Sept.- Dec., for children and adults

A benefit for the Hugs for Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
Sunday, Sept. 20th
3 - 7 p.m.
Dead Dog Saloon, Murrells Inlet
Click here for all the details

by Sticks and Stones
Thursday, September 24th
3 pm
Waccamaw Neck Library
DeBordieu Auditorium
More info

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


Saturday, October 31st
6 - 8 pm
Georgetown First Assembly of God Church
Free Admission
Print your tickets here
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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