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Holiday Craft Shop Hop

Join us for our first annual Craft Shop Hop on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 PM. Admission is just $1 and you’ll find over 70 local artists and vendors! Win big at one of our many raffles and fill up on delicious food and snacks while you shop!

Portage Collaborative Montessori School is located at 1000 55th St NE in Canton!

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PCMS Craft Shop Hop Vendor Registration

Thank you for registering for the PCMS Craft Shop Hop!

November 11, 2017

9am – 3pm

In addition to the vendor registration fee, we are asking for a contribution to our raffle baskets valued at $20. Thank you!




Your Name: (required)

Your Email: (required)

Your Phone Number: (required)

A brief description of what you’re selling: (required)

Do you have your own table? (required)

You will be taken to PayPal once you hit the submit button. Please enter the amount based on whether or not you have a table. If you have your own table, the fee is $20. If you need a table provided for you, the fee is $30. Payment must be made in full in order to secure your space.

 

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Improv for Kids – Spring Session

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Back by VERY popular demand is the PCMS Improv for Kids Program. In order to accommodate the varying grade levels, we will be holding two sessions this spring.

Session 2 | Grades 4-8 | April 6 – May 18

The art of improvisation has lasting and meaningful applications in real life. Children who are involved with improv also learn to be positive, show their creativity, support their classmates, take risks and overcome shyness. This class creates a fun and supportive space for children to learn the foundational elements of improv: imagination and play.

Learn more about the PCMS Improv for Kids program and PCMS parent-instructor, Patrick French.

The Improv for Kids program is $50 per student and will take place in the PCMS gymnasium. Payment can be made by cash, check made payable to Patrick French or by PayPal via the form below.

Please register each child individually. We apologize for the inconvenience.





Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Contact Phone Number (required)

Student’s Name (required)

Student’s Grade (required)

Please list any health concerns or allergies that may affect your child’s ability to participate in class activities:

Payment Type:
Cash/CheckPayPal

There will be a $1.40 service fee added to PayPal payments. If you prefer not to pay this fee, please change your payment method to cash/check. Press the submit* button to complete your registration. If you are paying with a check/cash – you can simply close your browser once you hit submit. If you are paying with PayPal, once you hit submit you will be directed to PayPal to complete your transaction.

*Please note – you will be taken to PayPal whether you are paying via PayPal or cash/check. We were not able to create a work-around that allowed both options on one form. Once you hit submit your form will be directed to the appropriate person. Simply close the PayPal window if you are paying by cash/check – this will not affect your registration. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

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Play with Clay

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Would your child like to play with clay? Does glazing sound amazing? Then please join us for Clay Play Days! Each week, students will learn various methods of clay handling, forming and glazing. Each registered student will complete a single project that can be taken home at the end of the three week session. The cost is $35/student and includes instruction, clay, glazes, two kiln firings and a potter’s wheel demonstration.

Class instruction is brought to you by Tia Jameson of New Creations Art & Education, LLC. Tia is a licensed K-12 art teacher and is excited to bring this new hands-on program to PCMS students.

SESSION 1 (GRADES K-3) | April 7, 21 & 28

SESSION 2 (GRADES 4-8) | May 5, 12 & 19

Class sizes are limited to 18 students per session so be sure to get your registration in today! Students who have taken the course previously will be able to create a new project!

To register and pay please visit: squareup.com/store/new-creations-art and click on “Shop” OR pay with cash or check by sending payment to the school with your child’s name, which session they are participating in and your contact information.

 

 

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Fall Pancake Breakfast

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Improv for Kids

Improv

The art of improvisation has lasting and meaningful applications in real life. Children who are involved with improv also learn to be positive, show their creativity, support their classmates, take risks and overcome shyness. This class creates a fun and supportive space for children to learn the foundational elements of improv: imagination and play.

Learn more about the PCMS Improv for Kids program and PCMS parent-instructor, Patrick French.

The Improv for Kids program is $50 per student and will take place in the PCMS gymnasium. Payment can be made by cash, check made payable to Patrick French or by PayPal via the form below. Classes begin October 13 and will be held every Thursday from 3:15-4:15 through December 8. There will be no classes on Thanksgiving.

Please register each child individually. We apologize for the inconvenience.





Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Contact Phone Number (required)

Student’s Name (required)

Student’s Grade (required)

Please list any health concerns or allergies that may affect your child’s ability to participate in class activities:

Payment Type:
Cash/CheckPayPal

There will be a $1.40 service fee added to PayPal payments. If you prefer not to pay this fee, please change your payment method to cash/check. Press the submit* button to complete your registration. If you are paying with a check/cash – you can simply close your browser once you hit submit. If you are paying with PayPal, once you hit submit you will be directed to PayPal to complete your transaction.

*Please note – you will be taken to PayPal whether you are paying via PayPal or cash/check. We were not able to create a work-around that allowed both options on one form. Once you hit submit your form will be directed to the appropriate person. Simply close the PayPal window if you are paying by cash/check – this will not affect your registration. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

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Amazon Smile Work Around

Amazon-Smile-Logo[1]If you don’t already know, you can earn money for the school simply by shopping at Amazon! The Amazon Smile program donates .5% from every purchase to the charity you identify on your account. You can get started by visiting smile.amazon.com . Simply sign into your account and select your charity. Our school is listed as Friends of Portage Collaborative Montessori School. Please note that there is another Portage Montessori listed – please be sure to select the one labeled FRIENDS. Otherwise, we won’t know where the money goes.

One big bummer is that Amazon Smile purchases do not work when you buy through the app. Smile users have been requesting this functionality since 2013 and from what we gather, Amazon is in no hurry to make this work.

SmileTHERE IS A WORK-AROUND

If you have an IOS device, there is a work-around! Here’s how:

  • Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
  • Touch the share button (looks like a box with an up arrow) to the left of the website address (it’s also on the bottom of the page).
  • Touch Add to Home Screen.
  • Touch Add.
  • You see from the screen shot of my phone – I now have an Amazon Smile “app” shown. Although when I click open, I just get the mobile version of the site that opens in a safari browser, which is fine by me!

YOU MUST REMOVE the old Amazon app from your iPhone and iPad so that you will always shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile.

  • Hold your finger on the original Amazon app until it wiggles.
  • Touch the black ‘X’ to delete the app from your iPhone/iPad. You will see an alert that your
  • Amazon data will be deleted. This will not delete your Amazon account or any of your wish lists or order history. It’s simply the data the app saved on your device.

Also, you MUST go to smile.amazon.com if you’re using a desktop (PC or Mac) to be sure PCMS receives credit.  You can’t just sign up for smile on your amazon account and purchase like usual.  Even though an account is signed up for PCMS, unless you’re logging into smile.amazon.com, PCMS will receive ZERO credit.

Alternate Ideas

  • If you have an android device or don’t want to go through the hassle of using this method – you can always just add your items to the cart on your mobile device and then wait (but who wants to wait these days) to check out using the desktop version. Sure – you might not get the immediate gratification of ordering that free-range organic blow dryer right this second – but I hear that patience is a virtue (or something like that).
  • We’ve also been told that you can contact Amazon via phone or email after you place your order and ask that your purchases be attributed to your Smile account. I’m not sure how often they’ll let you do this – but we know that it has worked for others in the past.
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PCMS Parent Volunteer Opportunities

One of the best ways to get to know your child’s school and to meet other parents is to volunteer.  Please consider signing up to help in some way.

Even if you are a “regular” helper with an activity, please fill out this form.  We do not want anyone to get overlooked.  Please mark all areas of interest.  If you would like more information, please indicate on the form.  Also, please make a note of any questions you may have and special talents or interests you would like to share with our PCMS community.  THANK YOU!





Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone Number (required)

Name of PCMS student

Please select the areas you wish to assist with.

Please let us know if you have questions or if you have any area of talent that is not listed but could be an asset to our school community.

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Top Ten Tips About PCMS

Welcome to the adventure of being a parent at Portage Collaborative Montessori School! We’re so glad you’ve chosen to join this dynamic, diverse, and wonderful community! As the 2016-2017 school year gets underway, we are happy to share with you our Top Ten Tips About PCMS. We hope this  information helps you navigate the first days and months at PCMS.

Attend Parents’ Night on Thursday, September 8th:

Parents’ Night is a fantastic way to better understand Montessori, PCMS, and what actually happens in your child’s classroom. This event is for parents/guardians only, please make other arrangements for children.

Schedule:

  • If your child is in Primary (Preschool-K) or Upper Elementary, plan to attend the 5:30-6:00pm segment in your child’s classroom.
  • At 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room, Friends of PCMS, our all-volunteer parent board, will give a short presentation and share ways to get more involved with this awesome community.
  • Lower Elementary and Middle School parents will meet with teachers from 6:30-7:00 pm in their classrooms.

School Email and Facebook group:

Your student has a PCMS email account. This is our main form of communication as we work to become paperless and reduce our environmental footprint. Please plan to check this daily (see the details that were mailed in the beginning of year packets). For safety and privacy, restrictions have been put in place on these school accounts. PCMS email addresses cannot send messages to non-PCMS email accounts, nor can they receive messages from non-PCMS email accounts.

An “unofficial” but great place for news and information is the parent/guardian Facebook group, “PCMS Family Chat.” Search “PCMS Family Chat” and ask to join. Here you’ll find informal questions, news, promotions, and photos from our parent community.

Website:

Looking for details about the school, updates, the calendar, forms like lunch order forms and medical authorizations? Looking for opportunities to pay certain fees through PayPal?  The PCMS website/blog is a great place to check.
And keep checking the website throughout the year as more features may be added!

Pick up and drop off details:

Getting to know the routine of a new place can be confusing! Check out the details below to help the transition to the classroom flow smoothly for both you and your child.
Primary Arrival Procedures

We have two ways to arrive at your child’s classroom door in the morning. The first way is to walk in with your child and escort them to the classroom door. Please enter at  Door #2. There will be a staff member at that door to let you in as it is normally locked. If you arrive after 8:00am, you will be required to use the main entrance (press the buzzer on the wall to the right of the door to be let in). You will need to escort your child to their classroom; however, please be aware that we begin our day promptly at 8am, so we encourage a quick goodbye, so as to not disrupt our morning.  Primary parents are welcome to walk to the classroom door, but parents of children in 1st-8th grades should say goodbye at the top of the hallway that leads to the classrooms to minimize distractions in the morning routine.

If your child (or you!) is struggling with separation, please discuss a plan with your child’s teacher to help. Children are quickly distracted once they arrive — please don’t worry, those tears of separation are often short! A crying child who sees family after already separating may become more upset.  Please walk just around the corner while the child is distracted and wait until the teacher peeks out with a thumbs up. Remember, if your child sees you, he or she may get upset again. Our primary teachers are experienced (and are parents themselves!) and have creative ways to make this transition as smooth as possible.

The second way to arrive is our car line. Many families find this to be convenient and can help with separation. The car line forms outside of Door #4. You will see the line and can pull in behind the last car, following the line around. The first car needs to pull up to the end of the sidewalk and all cars behind follow. When the cars are stopped, an adult will safely escort your child from your car to their classroom.

For PM students, Door #2 remains locked, so please enter enter through Door #1 or use the car line.

Primary Dismissal Procedures

We have two ways to dismiss. You can come into the building to pick up your child by using Door #1 and walking down to the parent pick up sign. An adult will walk your child to you.

You may also use the car line for pick up. It flows just like arrival, but an adult will help your child into the car.  Please know that we cannot buckle your child for liability reasons. If your child needs help buckling, please pull forward to an empty parking spot and assist them.  For AM pick up or PM drop-off, please be aware that this happens during recess time for our older students.  They love the basketball area, so please pull into the car line on the left side of the yellow side and not in the basketball area.

Primary Parent/Child Experience Night, October 12th:

Plan to attend the annual Parent/Child Experience as an opportunity to learn more about what your student is doing each day, as they proudly show you around their classroom. There are two time slots, from 3:15-4:15 pm and from 6:30-7:30 pm. If that date does not work for your family’s schedule, or you want to learn more throughout the year, please touch base with your child’s teacher for alternate arrangements. This is an opportunity for your child to share his/her environment with you.  If you have questions or concerns for the teacher, please ask the teacher to set up a different time to talk.

Additional parent/student opportunities will be held throughout the year:
Lower Elementary Parent/Child Experience Nights:

  • October 19th – 6:00-7:00 pm
  • April 13th – 5:30-6:30 pm

Arts and Academics Night for Upper Elementary:

  • Thursday, April 13th – 6:30-7:30 pm

Get involved!

There are many ways to get involved, and PCMS needs and wants your help! From planning events to helping in the library to being a part of fundraisers and so much more, there is a way everyone can help.

As the school year gets started, keep an eye on your email for a packet of information about volunteering, and that same info will be available in hard copy at the office.

Be on the lookout for fun events throughout the year for the whole family!

One great event to get acquainted with the PCMS family is monthly skating parties, fun for parents and students alike. They are a great way to learn to skate and get to know your child’s classmates, parents, and teachers. And it’s ok if your student doesn’t know how to skate, many others are learning as well. Parents and older students are also often happy to help!
Our fall and spring festivals are full of family fun and friends to meet, and there are a lot of other events throughout the year to consider. The middle school holds several events as fundraisers for their annual end of year adventure trip, such as the back to school bash, spirit wear sale, and delicious pasta dinner in the spring.

Program Fee

While PCMS gets funding from our collaborating districts, certain programs like music, art, KidFit, the library, and other needs are fulfilled by parent support. In the past, numerous fundraisers have been used. Beginning with this 2016-2017 school year, in response to feedback from the community, these fundraisers have been replaced with a $50 per kindergarten-8th grade student program fee. One hundred percent of this fee goes to the school and covers the costs of these enrichment programs for our students.

Additional funds will come from existing ongoing programs, like our annual walkathon, Moving 4 Montessori; community restaurant nights; box top collection; book fairs; and our largest opportunity, our annual spring fundraiser. This one is so big it needs its own point, see below!

Spring fundraiser

Our annual fundraising event is so amazing that it deserves it’s own point! Each year, the Friends of PCMS hosts an adult-only event designed to raise money to support the art and music programs at PCMS. Previous events have included live entertainment, live and silent auctions, as well as amazing raffle baskets. This year’s event is going to be just as spectacular, so look for more details as the school year goes on, and plan on attending! Better yet, plan on volunteering!

The school is like a big family!

Have a question? Our parent community is friendly and helpful! If you want to learn more about anything mentioned above, our school, your child’s classroom, or Montessori generally, just ask a fellow parent!  If they don’t know, they can help you find someone who does.

Our older students are especially helpful and involved in the school. Multi-age groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method and our upper elementary and middle school students can often be found reading stories or giving lessons in your child’s classroom.  Don’t be surprised if your child talks admirably about these superstars.

And, of course, your child’s teachers are wonderful resources, as is Lisa Groves, our amazing school secretary!

Again, welcome to the PCMS community! We’re so glad you’re here.

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Marcos Pizza Monthly Fundraisers

Help our school earn money each month by eating at Marco’s Pizza! Order online for delivery to your home or pick up at the store! For each order placed, Marco’s will donate 15% of phone orders and 20% of online orders back to PCMS! Last year our dinner fundraising efforts raised about $1,350 for PCMS!

Be sure mention your teacher’s name when placing your order. The class with the most orders wins a free pizza party!

Keep in mind that we switch between the 30th Street & North Canton locations each month. Here’s a quick list:

  • September – 30th Street
  • October – North Canton
  • November – 30th Street
  • December – North Canton
  • January – 30th Street
  • February – North Canton
  • March – 30th Street
  • April – North Canton
  • May – 30th Street

Marco’s Pizza School Challenge

In addition to our monthly fundraisers with Marco’s, PCMS has been entered into the Marco’s Pizza School Challenge, so every time you order, you simply add the name of oru school to the order. We earn Pizza Points with each ONLINE order and the school with the most points at the end of the school year can win a large donation to the school! Find the details below:

  • Your school will be listed on your local Marco’s Pizza Online Ordering site.
  • When parents/friends/neighbors order online they simply add your school name to the order.
  • When parents/friends/neighbors call in or walk in an order the order taker will add your school to the order.
  • Pizza Points will be earned for every online order, any day or time during the school year. Pizza Points for Called In or Walk In orders will only be earned on the Designated Marco’s Pizza Night Fundraiser Date for your school.
  • Each school, based on number of students, will have a point factor that makes it fair so schools of all sizes can participate and each school has an equal chance of winning.
  • Online Orders will be worth 5 Pizza Points times your schools Order Factor. Called In and Walk In orders will be worth 2.5 Pizza Points. ORDER ONLINE.
  • Pizza Points earned will be updated monthly and communicated to the schools.

 

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