I’d like to invite you to help spark our childrens' passion for life-long learning, by joining with me in investing a further $10 in CDM's annual fundraising campaign to reach the worthy goal of $6000 raised.
I wish all my investments were as lucrative and satisfying as the one I have made as a parent of my two Children’s Day Montessori graduates, Maiya and Lucas.
Almost two years since our youngest, Lucas, graduated from CDM, everyday our family continues to see big returns on our Montessori investment
I see them when 8-year-old Maiya asks if we can do some "math for fun" on a Saturday morning; when 6-year-old Lucas asks questions about the world to which we have to Google together to find out the answers. “How do you tell the difference between a seal and a sea-lion?"
As I am confident you are familiar, this thirst for knowledge and wonder, this passion for education and adventure are inspiring and uplifting – qualities this often all-too dark and jaded world needs in bucketloads.
This emphasis on ceaseless learning and growth is at the core of the Montessori philosophy and pours forth from CDM’s teachers and staff each day. Even more importantly, the teachers and staff live out these principles by continually striving to development their own expertise – all to the benefit of our kids.
Funds raised in the annual campaign help support staff development (Some of those initiatives are detailed below).
This commitment in life-long learning is just another reason that my family remain proud to continue to invest in time, energy and money in CDM, and why we are pledging a further $10 to this year’s annual campaign.
I invite you to carefully consider doing the same.
To pledge a further $10, simply email email@example.com giving permission for your $10 gift to be added to your next month’s tuition. Also, donations via checks, made payable to Children’s Day Montessori, can be placed at the office.
Thank you and Happy Holidays.
CDM board secretary
PS: Please feel free to contact me, via the ways listed above, to further discuss this letter, interest in adding your skills and passion to the CDM board, or any other matter.
CDM staff development initiatives
- Staff is given the funds as well as the time to seek out education and training that they find to be relevant to improving the quality of care we give, as well as topics that keep them excited about the work they do. They also share what they learn and their resources at the monthly staff meetings.
- Both Miss Alyssa and Miss Michelle are taking classes at University of Wisconsin River Falls to earn their Master’s Degree in Montessori Education. Next week, as part of this schooling, Miss Alyssa will be going to observe practices at a Monticello elementary.
- From March 10 to 13, Miss Char will attend the 2016 American Montessori Society Conference in Chicago to engage with peers on "the fundamental principles, values, and perspectives at the heart of Montessori".
- For CDM, Miss Ana and Miss Char are taking beginner classes in American Sign Language.
- Miss Kristen is taking a class on food allergies in the classroom.
- Miss Becky has been taking a class on positive discipline.
- Miss Heidi recently took a class on sensory processing about how to work with children who have additional sensory needs.
- Each CDM teacher takes AMS Webinars to keep them informed and up to date on best practices.
- Executive director Angie Schoenrock attends monthly leadership meetings for non-profit organization executives, run by the Initiative Foundation and MAP. She attends monthly gatherings of the Early Childhood Directors Association that are facilitated Childcare Choices, and last year attended five conferences through the MN Council of Nonprofits and numerous workshops through the Initiative Foundation’s Financial Resiliency through Social Enterprise (FRSE) program. CDM won a $10,000 FRSE grant to develop a Little Green Thumbs garden project for CDM students.