Head's Column, March 6, 2014

March 06, 2014

Greetings CMS Families,

I hope that you are enjoying the rising temperatures and getting ready for spring (it’s coming)! I’m convinced that the weather is a contributing factor to our moods and the way in which we interact with each other. I am dreaming of a warmer climate all around. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o said it best, "it doesn't matter where you’re from, your dreams can come true." I am encouraged by her words.

Before I go drifting off into the sunset and you unplug all things electronic for National Unplug Day on Friday, I wanted to be sure that I communicated important information about what's happening at CMS.  This may be somewhat redundant for those of you who attended the State of School and the recent Parents Association meeting. Please bear with me!

As you know, we have been without full-time Toddler/Primary and Elementary Program Directors. We have opened a national search for both positions and are in the midst of interviewing candidates. In addition, due to scheduling conflicts, Gretchen Felopulos (our current School Psychologist) will not return next year. She has been very instrumental in improving communication between the Learning Center and families and has been an excellent resource for CMS. I am pleased to announce that we have hired Dr. Nicole Coman. Nicole comes highly recommended by her peers, including Gretchen. She is currently a leading research specialist at Children’s Hospital in Boston. We are looking forward to her starting this summer and readying her for next school year!

We will continue to inform you when new candidates are visiting so that you may have an opportunity to meet them. We will also continue to post and interview candidates for other positions that will be open for the 2014-2015 school year.  While the hiring season is busy, it is an opportune time for us to continue building an exceptional staff.

You spoke and we heard your concerns about communication, how we address active boys and where do you go in the event that you have a question.  Some of our professional development opportunities have included such opportunities to hone our skills in and out of the classroom. On such professional development day welcomed Mr. Bruce Sabien, Director and Founder of Academy MetroWest. He came to us with a great wealth of knowledge on ADD/ADHD and how to integrate social skills lessons into the classroom and beyond. Teachers benefited greatly from his visit, and we continue to explore additional opportunities for such learning among our teaching staff. This May, we will shift our focus to diversity issues in private schools, by showcasing the film American Promise, a documentary that focuses on the experience of two African American students who attending private schools in New York city. These are just two professional development opportunities; other topics on these specific days have focused on improving executive functioning skills in the classroom, exploring and implementing student assessment tools and documentation, ways to address and prevent bullying, and more. We are a community of learners, and it never stops here at Cambridge Montessori!

It is a busy time at CMS (but when isn’t it?!) and we look forward to welcoming warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead. Spring promises new growth and opportunity, and packed schedules! There is still much to accomplish, yet we have come a long way already. Please stay tuned for all that is yet to come…in particular one such event, THE GOLDEN GALA! If you haven’t yet bought your tickets or gotten involved, please be in touch with the Development Office today! We look forward to seeing you at the Gala in recognition of 50 amazing years of education at Cambridge Montessori!


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