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CMA DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
Mission
The Colorado Montessori Association is a powerful voice for Montessori advocacy providing a forum for networking and professional growth in the Montessori community. It is a highly functioning, evolving professional organization, unified in its vision, respectful, purposeful and inclusive.

Here is a great article you are welcome to share with your parents from Gina Abegg, The Compassionate Way www.compassionateway.net. For information on  parent and staff workshops on “Raising Caring Children.” And other peace related topics, contact thecompassionateway@comcast.net 

Teaching Gratitude

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” –Cicero
 
          Gratitude is a powerful, life-affirming emotion that shapes our core attitudes, promotes happiness, and fosters inner peace. In this time of many gifts, it is important that we also teach the sister virtue to generosity, gratitude

People who practice regular gratitude for the many gifts in their lives, the kindnesses of others, etc. are found to have greater energy, alertness, enthusiasm, passion, determination and optimism according to the Gratitude and Thanksgiving Study, Univ. of Colo and Univ. of Florida (2004). To read the article in its entirety, click here.
Dear Montessori Community,

Colorado Montessori Association (CMA) is preparing to contact Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL) to communicate issues that Montessori schools have in regard to the Colorado Child Care Regulations.  Board members are in the process of reviewing both 7.701 General Rules for Child Care Facilities, 7.702 Rules Regulating Child Care Centers (less than 24-hour care), and the Administrative Guide for 7.702.  Our goal is to meet with DECL with one voice but we need your help.  You see the more eyes reviewing this material the better.  If you would help us by communicating to CMA what you find to be the most frustrating about the regulations, we will carry that message to DECL.  

For example,
 
7.702.2 D Any center having a director assigned to a classroom shall have qualified and adequate staff, allowing the director or qualified staff the ability to attend to the duties of a director as they arise.

THE ISSUE:  As a small school, this is a tremendous hardship on our program.  Our director has always functioned as a lead teacher and director without having to hire another person just in case director duties arise.  In the Administrative guide under clarification the duties mentioned are "greeting and assisting visitors to the program, providing human resource management, supervision of program staff, responding to emergencies, addressing parental needs, compliance with regulations."  None of these listed duties has ever interfered with my ability to be in the classroom.  And the financial burden of hiring someone else would put us out of business.  

We realize there are many more issues, this is just an example of how it would help us to understand your specific problem with the regulations.  But knowing the actual code you are referring to is immensely helpful to us in formulating the list and in not misinterpreting your particular frustration.

Please let us know if you want your voice heard.  We are stronger together! If you have any issues, please send us an email,  coloradomontessorassociation@gmail.com.
The Colorado Montessori Association Presents:  
​Spring Conference April 29, 2017 DCS Montessori Charter School  311 E. Castle Pines Pkwy Castle Pines, CO   80108 

 
CMA welcomes your suggestions for topics for workshops.  Areas to be presented are Primary/ Early Childhood, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Secondary, Administration, and Parenting.  How could CMA help meet your needs?
 
Please click here to fill out our conference survey online.

(Or print off this short paper survey and email it back to us at:
coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com if you prefer).
Barbara Coloroso will be the Keynote Speaker at our conference in April 2017
 
Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 44 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.  

Click here to read more on Barbara
CMA is now accepting presenter applications for our 2017 Spring Conference. We invite you to email coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com if you are interested in being a presenter. 

Please include the following:
  • Contact Information
  • Name of Presentation
  • Target Audience
  • Time Frame
  • Summary
CMA DIRECTOR'S NETWORK MEETINGS
 
NOTE: There will be no December Director's Network Meeting.

JANUARY 2017:


When: Thursday, January 19th, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm.
Location: Montessori Education Center of the Rockies - 4745 Walnut Street Boulder, CO 80301 
Speaker: Katie Torres, Head of School - St Vrain Community Montessori School
Topic: Measuring What Matters in the Montessori Classroom: An overview of the Developmental Environment Rating Scale (DERS) and the Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) 


If you would like your school to Host a meeting, or if you are a speaker, or know someone who might like to come and speak to our group, please email Rachel Averch at mchdpresident@mchdenver.org
 
Plan ahead! Pencil in the third Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm, and watch for the e*vites and newsletter announcements each month.
"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Colorado Montessorians unite! Support Montessori advocacy in Colorado while also enjoying the benefits of networking, community forums and discounts on events, including great speakers like David Kahn, Jackie Cossentino, Tim Seldin and Phil Gang!  
 
Without members like you, CMA's work to ensure Montessori training for QRIS quality raters, advocacy for testing options for public Montessori schools, and the passing of House Bill 1276 allowing breakable waivers for Montessori schools wouldn't be possible...

New Membership Tier for Smaller Schools

CMA has a added a new tier rate for School Membership. For those schools that have an enrollment of 75 children or less, the yearly membership fee is $75.00 (a $100 savings). Schools with more than 75 children will pay the regular price.

 
If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Member Schools can now sport the CMA "Member Program" Logo on their websites!
If you are a CMA member school or organization in good standing, it’s worth sharing that information!   That you have chosen to partner with other Montessori programs in the state gives additional credibility to not only your school, but Montessori education in general.
 
You are invited to add a  “CMA Member Program” logo to your website, or use it in print publications.  We ask that you complete a “CMA Logo Use Application Form”, and send a signed copy to CMA via email to: coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com. Upon receipt of a signed agreement, we will respond to your email with a digital version of the program member logo.  
CMA NEEDS YOU!
 
Get Involved with CMA... 
Articles & Images Needed - Submission deadline: the 3rd Friday of each month.
  • Are you a published author or photographer? Would you like to be? Submit your original work to CMA by the 3rd Friday of each month with the possibility of having your photographs and/or article selected for one of the future newsletters. Submit photographs and articles for consideration to CMA at coloradomontessoriassociation@gmail.com with a copy of your article and some details about yourself. (CMA reserves the right to edit all material prior to publication). 
Be a member!
  • If you aren't already, sign up to become a member of the Colorado Montessori Association, by clicking here.  
  • If you are already a member, don't forget to renew your membership now!
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CMA Board of Directors
 
Martha Teien - President
Lisa Armao - Vice President
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Terry Brandl - Treasurer
Sheila Wolfe
Kathryn Ross
Nina Lindeke
Anne Prosser


Michel Friberg - Administrative Assistant

January Board Meeting:

January 24th, 4:00-6:30 pm
4:00-4:30 pm "Munch and Mingle" with the board and the host school's staff and community members 
4:30-6:30 pm Board Meeting

Location: Montessori School of Washington Park
320 S. Sherman St. Denver, CO 80209



 

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  • Two program administrators are enrolled at no extra charge.
  • Lead teachers receive a discounted membership for $10.
  • Discounts on admission to CMA sponsored professional development events.
  • Featured on CMA website with a link to the school’s website.
  • $40 discount on job advertisements in the CMA newsletter.
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