Please read for important information about the start of school.  Thank you!
MMS Monthly E-Newsletter |  August 2017
Dear MMS families,

The dedicated staff at Mountaineer Montessori School has been hard at work preparing our school environments for the year ahead.  We look forward to seeing old and new friends as we enter our 41st year of providing authentic Montessori education in Charleston.

As the first days of school approach, I have a few announcements to share:

  • New and returning families need to login to RenWeb and fill out all school forms.  We are no longer using paper forms, with the exception of vaccination records.  Please see RenWeb Reminder at the bottom of this newsletter for instructions. If you experience any difficulties, please contact Beth.
  • M Gear will be available for purchase at the Ice Cream Social.  Order forms will also be available at Back to School nights.
  • If your child had art work on display at FestivALL, it is available for pick up.  Please stop by and see Beth in the office.
  • If your child will be staying for Plus, please reserve your spot by calling or emailing Beth at 304.342.7870 or bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org
  • If your child needs to take medication at school, you must bring the medication in to Beth (Primary and Elementary) or Bridgett (Middle School) and fill out the appropriate paperwork.  Please call Beth if you have any questions about medications at school.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon.  Thank you for being part of our MMS family.


Best wishes, 

Jennifer

UPCOMING EVENTS
First Days of School | August 14-16, 2017 
  • Extended Day Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School begin on Monday, August 14
  • returning Primary 'morning friends' begin on Tuesday, August 15
  • beginning Primary 'morning friends' begin on Wednesday, August 16
Ice Cream Social | Thursday, 17, 2017  | 6:00-7:00pm
Please join us for ice cream, fun and friendship at Danner Meadow Park.  Thank you to MMS grandparent Ellen Beal for providing the delicious Ellen's Ice Cream for this traditional MMS event.
Primary Back to School Night | Tuesday, August 22, 2017  | 5:30-6:30pm
Lower Elementary Back to School Night | Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017  | 5:30-6:15pm
Upper Elementary Back to School Night | Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017  | 6:15-7:00pm
Sixth Year Parent Meeting| Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017  | 7:00-7:20pm
Please plan to meet with your child's teacher in the classroom.  Plus care is available at no cost during these sessions.   Reservations are required.  Please contact Beth at 304.342.7870 or bgeorge@mountaineermontessori.org to make a reservation for Plus.
MMS Board Meeting | Monday, August 28, 2017  | 6:00pm
We meet in the art room.  Everyone is welcome.
School Closed | Monday, September 4, 2017
Annual Meeting for All Families | Monday, September 18, 2017  | 6:00pm
THANK YOU!
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have made special contributions to our school this summer.  Special thanks to:
  • Jill Watkins of Watkins Design Works, LLC for providing consulting services for our middle school classroom redesign.
  • Troy Anderson for preparing our sandbox for student use.
  • Eric Abdalla for providing electrical upgrades at the middle school.
  • our friends at Unity of Kanawha Valley for partnering with us to make improvements to the middle school classroom spaces.
  • Donald Simmons for playground work, vacuum cleaner repair, and work at the middle school.
  • our friends at the University of Charleston for improvements to the main building.
  • all our FestivALL volunteers: Kenley Hanna, Samantha Hicks, Susan Jackson, Russel Hicks, Jean Storm, Julianna Storm, Gabby Storm, Isabella Storm, Jay Stevens, Liz Stevens, and April Taylor.
  • Nancy Johnston for organizing our Art-for-All make and take activity.
  • JoEllen Zacks for designing our MMS yearbook - 'In Living Color', and for contributing her time to keep MMS parents and friends up-to-date through our social media outlets.
  • Jay Stevens for coordinating facilities improvements at the main campus.
  • Keeley Steele for hosting our 8th year graduation ceremony at Starlings Coffee and Provisions.
  • Terry Hudson for assisting with middle school classroom renovations and providing 'loaner tables' while we wait for our new science tables to come in.
  • Hollie Hubbert for putting together our Montessori Meet-Ups calendar.
  • Karie Peyette for organizing our part in the FestivAll Art Parade.
  • Charles McEwuen for the leather-work demonstration and Corey White for the ball python visit - both during our summer program.
RenWeb Reminder
Be sure to create your ParentsWeb account so you can access back-to-school forms and supplies lists. We will not be providing paper forms and lists this year and moving forward.


To create your ParentsWeb account:

  • From your laptop or desktop, go to: https://www.renweb.com/Logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx
  • Type the school’s District Code:   MM-WV
  • Click Create New ParentsWeb Account.
  • Type your email address and click Create Account.
  • An email will be sent which includes a link to create your ParentsWeb login. The link is active for 6 hours.
  • Select the Click to Create your ParentsWeb login link.
  • A web browser displays your Name and RenWeb Person ID.
  • Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password.
  • Click Save User Name and/or Password. A message displays at the top of the browser, “User Name/Password successfully updated.”
  • You may now log in to ParentsWeb using your new User Name and Password.


Once you have logged in, please access and complete/update the following forms through ParentsWeb.  All forms should be completed before August 14th:  

  • Family demographic form:  please check the form for completeness and accuracy
  • student medical form
  • custodial parent form(s)
  • transportation form
  • field trip form
  • consent for use of student images form
  • in lieu of transportation form

  Parents Web also contains the following Resource Documents:

  • Classroom supplies lists
  • WV Department of Health and Human Resources immunization requirements.  A complete and up-to-date immunization record must be signed by your physician and filed at school on or before August 14th.  
  • Plus Program information and supplies list
  • Strings letter
  • Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
  • Summer Assignments (Upper Elementary and Middle School)
  • Parent Handbook - including medication policy


Please see the message below from parent Corey Cusick-Lewis.  Thank you, Corey!

I wanted to share a trick regarding the parents web sign up. If someone is unable to use a computer to access the ParentWeb to create an account, this link will take you to the web version of the page from a smart phone: 

Hope this helps someone else!
Mountaineer Montessori School
308 20th Street, Charleston, WV 25304
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