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Did you Get a Flu Shot this Year?

By: Dot Thompson

The days are lengthening and the flu season will soon be over, but it is worth thinking about your approach to disease prevention for the coming year because influenza is very easily spread in schools and childcare centers. Adults with the flu are contagious for up to 10 days and since we usually become contagious before we even recognize that we are ill, childcare staff can unknowingly spread diseases to the children and to their co-workers. A 2011 study of the influenza disease burden estimated 100 million lost work days, almost $7 billion in lost wages, and 32 million missed school days, but only about 22% of childcare staff receive an annual flu vaccination.*

Influenza is not the only illness that is easily spread at childcare sites. Unimmunized or under-immunized staff are at risk of contracting a variety of illnesses. Immunization of adults as well as children plays a key role in protecting the health and safety of all. It is disturbing that the incidence of diseases such as measles and pertussis that once seemed to be close to eradication continues to rise. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is addressing these public health concerns with various proposed strategies, including “cocooning,” or protecting babies by immunizing the people who surround them.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is taking note of CDC recommendations for immunizations of at-risk adults, including hospital care personnel and childcare center staff. CDPHE currently recommends that caregivers get annual flu shots and be fully immunized against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), varicella (chickenpox), tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Some of these vaccines are administered in combinations (MMR, Tdap). All these viral illnesses are spread by coughing and sneezing. CDPHE is also considering recommendations for immunization against Hepatitis A (spread is fecal-oral) and Hepatitis B (recommended by OSHA for anyone who might provide first aid, as it is bloodborne).

The financial cost of immunization must be weighed against the health benefits to children and caregivers. Dollars and disruption are certainly saved when staff sick days are reduced. Health insurance plans will often cover immunizations for adults working in at-risk environments, and county health departments usually offer low-cost immunizations.

Keep a good record of your immunizations, and stay well!

*Statistics obtained from CDPHE.

Follow-up to “Deep Winter Tune Up”

I received numerous requests for the Grace and Courtesy list mentioned in my article last month, “Deep Winter Tune-Up”. As a result of exchanges with a few Montessorians about the elementary years, I put together a Grace and Courtesy list for Elementary. So as to not take up too much space here, if you would like a copy, send me an e-mail and I will send it to you.

Donohue Shortridge

Directors' Network Meetings
Thursday, March 20, 2014 
Time: 1:00 PM
Host: Monarch Montessori of Denver
Speaker:  Karen Enboden
Topic"QRIS and Montessori Schools"
Cost: None
Location: 4985 Peoria St. Denver, CO 80239
Note: This is a topic change from the topic previously published (K-12 Assessments and Montessori). Instead, this month we will be coming together to learn more about QRIS from Karen Enboden from CDHS, and discussing the potential impact of it on Montessori schools.

Come and join other Montessori Heads of School as we network, discuss relevant issues and support one another in leading our schools.  Don't miss it!

Future Director's Meeting Calendar for Spring 2014:
2014 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference
March 14-15, 2014
Host: ECEA (Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado), CAEYC (Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children) and DPP (Denver Preschool Program)
Topic:  Click here for workshops.  Click here for keynote speakers.
Location:  Colorado Convention Center
Registration: Click here to register now (Registration opens December 6th).
Call for Presenters - Estes Park Retreat
Save September 25-27, 2015 for the second "Montessori in the Mountains" Conference Retreat at the YMCA Conference Center in Estes Park. This event is sponsored by Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and proposals from presenters are currently invited. (Deadline for proposals is 9/30/14). Please e-mail Dot Thompson to request a Proposal Form or if you have any questions. Retreat registration will start in January 2015.
Letter From the President...
March 2014

Dear CMA Members and Friends,

Since our inception, each CMA board member has offered to lead a particular charge, or two or three. One of mine has been to see to the development of our website. I have had help as I work on this, and plenty of ideas coming from every direction, some time but not enough, and some money but not enough. That’s what I have.

I have said too many times at board meetings, “I think we’re close.” We will have the online membership sorted out soon. We will be able to manage lost passwords and usernames very soon. I no longer say that because I have no idea when we will be “close.”

I have a dear friend, another Montessori educator, who says, “All good things in good time.” He says it to graduate students who are struggling with a paper, and friends who are struggling with a problem. He recently said it to me. It’s a very Montessori kind of thing to say, I believe. The underlying message is – “I know you can and will accomplish this. I have faith in your ability to do what you want to do.”

Just as we provide encouraging messages to children, hoping those messages will eventually become internalized, I now tell myself - “all good things in good time.” We will have a website that enables easy registration as a CMA member. We will have forums that support active engagement by members. We will have events to put on our online calendar.

In the meantime, we thank each of you for the work you do for the children and families of Colorado. And we thank you for your patience as the Colorado Montessori Association moves toward “all good thing in good time."


Kathryn Ross
President, CMA

                         TEACHER TIP - MARCH

 Montessori is a Verb
By: Illyce Kaarto

Montessori is a verb. What a thought!  In her first chapter of The Tao of Montessori, Catherine McTamaney shares this brilliance with us. I wonder if she is asking us to ponder Montessori being an action that we undertake all action by which we all honor the child and enable the flow of peace in the universe. An action by which we continue to look at ourselves, our children, and our environments, and ensure they are enabling the child to blossom.

As I thought about writing my first ‘Teacher Tip,' I mused about what to write. I pondered and honestly, I felt befuddled. Continuously through my head ran the simple words of ‘children,’’peace,’and ’love.’ I knew I wanted to focus on these, but I couldn’t seem to quite whittle it down. As very wise Montessorian once shared with me, “If your love for the child is always first in your thoughts, you will never go wrong.” I kept thinking on this.

The Tao of Montessori happens to be a book I find myself reading regularly for inspiration, as it always reminds me I am not alone in Montessori. I find this so comforting. We are all growing and learning in this journey together, in our active reverence of the child. We are movingly united in our honoring of the children, and in our dedication to and belief in peace.

It is a fluid process unfolding amongst us, all together, for the child.

Perhaps this is what Catherine McTamaney is sharing with us. That we can think about Montessori as an action by which we all honor the child and enable the flow of peace in the universe. An action by which we continue to look at ourselves, our children, and our environments, and ensure they are enabling the child to blossom. Perhaps, with our love and continual reevaluation, Montessori continues to evolve...continues to grow...continues to serve the child’s inner being.

And there it was in Chapter One...a quotation from Dr. Montessori...

I beseech you, do not go around speaking of an educational method that has convinced you, nor of having studied the way to make culture for children easy, universal, and attractive. Therefore speak to everyone of the child and of his secret; unveil the truth; reveal the powers of this “spritual embryo” of the human soul; proclaim him for what he is; the father of man, the builder of humanity, the creative and transforming energy which can act on the hearts of men and can offer new elements for the solution of social problems. -Maria Montessori

The spiritual embryo of the what binds us all together. Yes, a verb! From within the child everything in the universe springs. Dr. Montessori beseeches us to see the child as he builds humanity, to unveil the child’s transformative energy and to watch it create peace in our universe. Dr. Montessori urges us to follow the wonder of the child, and asks us all to flow together to uncover the flow of peace.

Article Submitted by: Illyce Kaarto

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A Message From the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

Make Your Voice Heard

Dear Colleagues,


The United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have just announced a new competition to “Build, Develop and Expand High-Quality Preschool Programs.” The two departments are soliciting public input on the competition until 5pm EST on February 26.

We urge you to add your voice – and the collective voice of Montessori – to the conversation.

This is a crucial opportunity for federal legislators and policymakers to learn about the strengths of an early childhood Montessori education and, most importantly, what hinders or facilitates its success in the public sector.

For those of you who would like to submit comment, and we hope there are many, here is a link to the comment site at the
DOE’s Homeroom Blog. There are a number of comments already posted that offer an idea of what kind of input various constituencies are offering.

In addition, the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS) will be submitting comment and will incorporate input received through the
contact form on the NCMPS homepage. The deadline for this is next Wednesday, February 19.

Whether through the DOE’s website or NCMPS’s website, thank you for your participation in this process. It is an exciting and long overdue time in early education/preschool education, and NCMPS is committed to promoting high quality, fully implemented Montessori programming as a standard of care.

Warmest Regards,
Keith Whitescarver, D


Heads of School

Montessori Children's House of Denver
Denver, CO
Start Date: July 2014
Position Description
The Montessori Children's House of Denver is now accepting applications as it begins its search for a committed and passionate Montessori leader to fulfill the role of Executive Director, taking the reigns as our current Executive Director of 10 years prepares for her retirement. The current Executive Director will be working an altered schedule during the 2014-2015 school year to support the incoming leader's transition into the MCHD community.

The Executive Director oversees all school operations and leads the school community in the implementation of the Montessori philosophy and MCHD's Vision Statement. 

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the position listing details on our website: Executive Director Position Brochure

For more information about MCHD, visit our website:
Please email or fax completed application and resume to Rachel Averch, President: 
Email:   Fax: 303-355-8629  Phone: 303-322-8324 x 132

Fort Collins Montessori School
Fort Collins, CO

Start Date: June 2014

Position Description

The Head of School is the chief operating officer appointed by the Board of Directors to administrate the school’s mission and operating policy. Working closely with the Board, the Head of School fosters the vision for the school and implements the strategic plan. He/she is an educational director who provides day-to-day educational leadership for the school while also supervising faculty and staff and administering policies established by the Board. The Head of School serves as a non-voting member of the Governing Board of Directors and serves on Board committees as assigned by the Board. The Head of School will create and maintain a positive culture and climate within the school, be able to work with students and parents in a trusting relationship, and support teachers as they implement Montessori education.

Fort Collins is a university town (Colorado State University) on the Front Range, with access to world-class skiing within 100 miles, and hiking and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and Poudre Canyon a short drive away. Our community has been consistently ranked in the top ten most livable cities, Best Places to retire, most Bike-Friendly, and Best Place for Employment. We have 300 days of sunshine a year, with an active population and many family-friendly activities. We are situated 63 miles north of Denver and 40 miles east of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

To learn more about this opportunity, interested candidates should contact

The Children's Kiva
Cortez, CO

Start Date: School Slated to Open in September 2014

Position Description

The Children's Kiva Montessori Charter School is now accepting applications for an Executive Director. The school is slated to begin operations in September 2014.

Please direct questions and resumes to:


Lead Teachers 
The Montessori Academy of Colorado
Denver, CO
Start Date: June 2014
Position Description

The Montessori Academy of Colorado is seeking a 0-3 trained teacher to work in our toddler community for the summer of 2014. We have a lead teacher who will be out on maternity leave and we are seeking an interim lead to fill the position temporarily. We will offer competitive pay and a truly enjoyable working atmosphere.

For more information about The Montessori Academy of Colorado, please contact Executive Director, Nancy James, at with a resume and cover letter.

Montessori Children's House of Denver
Denver, CO
Start Date: August 2014
Position Description
MCHD is currently accepting and reviewing applications for Lead Teachers at all levels in preparation for the 2014-2015 School Year.  Apply now for an opportunity to work within the MCHD community.
Position Requirements
Montessori Certification through an accredited teacher training program
Bachelor's Degree is preferred. 

For more information about MCHD, visit our website:
Please email or fax completed application and resume to Beatrice Watson, Executive Director: 
Email:   Fax: 303-355-8629  Phone: 303-322-8324 x 121

DCS Montessori

Castle Pines, CO

Start Date:August 2014
Position Description
DCS Montessori is a public, charter Montessori school located just 30 minutes south of Denver.  Our school serves 500 students from 3 years old to 8th grade.  We are accepting applications for Montessori trained and certified teachers and educational assistants for the 2014-2015 school year.  We offer excellent salaried, great benefits and a warm, cooperative school environment.

Visit to learn more about these jobs and our application process.

If you have a position that you would like to see posted in the CMA newsletter, please contact us with your position information at: 

Cost:  $35.00 per month for Member Schools, $75.00 per month for Non-Member Schools. 

Position posting deadline is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.

To become a CMA member school, click here.

Marbles and Golf Tees
from: Pinterest and
Living Montessori Now

 Cool!! It's alive! One of the coolest science experiments ever!- cornstarch and water mixture moves to sound

Walking the Line with an Egg
From Pinterest and Montessori Works

Cool!! It's alive! One of the coolest science experiments ever!- cornstarch and water mixture moves to sound
CMA Board of Directors
Kathryn Ross - President
RB Fast - Vice President
Rachel Averch - Secretary

Katy Myers - Treasurer
Dot Thompson
Sheila Wolfe
Lyn Mead
Karen Farquharson
Jim Barrett

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