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A Message from the Superintendent: School Closure Update

Dear CMP Families,

Today the Governor announced that schools would remain closed until the end of the school year. I've recorded a video about what it means for CMP. If you can't view the video I've pasted the text of the video below.

Good Evening CMP Community,

Today the Governor announced that California schools would remain closed until the end of the school year.  Late yesterday we received a letter from State Superintendent Thurmond with the same message. In the letter the State Superintendent writes:

"[I]t currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year. This is in no way to suggest that school is over for the year, but rather we should put all efforts into strengthening our delivery of education through distance learning."

Do You Need Help? office hours update

As our campus is transitioning to a distance learning community, we want to make sure that our parents and students feel supported.

Per the recommendation, we have minimal on-site staff; however, our office team is happy to offer phone support from 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday. All staff member are available via PS or email, and teachers have specified office hours and sign-ups for zoom meetings and conferences. Please check in ParentSquare for those schedules and sign-ups.

If you have any questions regarding work, passwords, or academic support, we recommend you contact the teacher(s) directly, either through ParentSquare or email. 

If you need to pick up an item from the campus, please contact your teacher(s) directly. They will arrange the items for pick-up and let you know when your items are ready to pick-up.

If you have any technology related questions, please send a detailed message to cmptech@cacmp.org. Please make sure to include your campus, student name, grade and class. 



CMP Distance Learning Site distance learning

Our new Distance Learning websites are live! These sites will act as an all-inclusive hub for Distance Learning. You will be able to find lesson plans, student enrichment activities and videos, messages and resources from the counselor, links to Clever, and more! 

Meal Opportunities for Students and Other Resources Food clip art

Hello CMP Families! We've gathered some updated information on meal opportunities in your area. 

COVID-19 Counseling Resources counseling clip art

In order to support your child's social-emotional learning, we have attached a list of Second Step Home Links on lessons that have already been covered in classes and multiple resources. 

Boys Volleyball Starts Tuesday! hawks logo

All 6th-8th grade boys are invited to try out for volleyball.

February Hot Lunch Forms lunch clip art

Hi CMP Families,

This is a reminder to look in your students Red Hawk's Folder today for your February Hot Lunch Order Forms.

CMP Middle School Dance Friday, December 6th snowflake

We're hearing updates about planned PG&E power shutoffs starting sometime tomorrow. The updates we're receiving indicate that the lower campus won't be affected but the upper campus may be affected. We have our generator all set to be powered up and to run our phones and internet systems and we will ensure the classrooms at the upper campus have everything they need should the power be shut off.

We look forward to seeing everyone on campus tomorrow morning for our regularly scheduled activities, including the Pancake Breakfast being hosted by our Birch class!

Friday, November 1st at CMP SS! funday friday

There are several great things going on tomorrow that we wanted to make sure you're all aware of.

  • K/1 students are headed to Apple Hill. What a beautiful day it will be for them! 
    • Chaperone meeting at 8:30am, depart CMP 8:40am and return at approx. 1:00pm. Please wear CMP shirt/hoodies and pack a lunch.
  • 2/3 students are celebrating 2/3 Dia de los Muertos / Cozy Day. 
    • Students are encouraged to attend in their pajamas, and can bring one small stuffed friend (must be smaller than their binder). Students are welcome to participate in Crazy Hair Day as well. 
  • 2nd-8th grade students will be attending our Respect Assemblyhosted by the Willow and Elm classes. The students, along with Mr. Kevin and Mr. Tom, create some pretty amazing skits and activities. 
  • It is also a school-wide Crazy Hair Spirit Day. It's always a favorite among the students and staff. 


Whatever your student will be doing, either on the field trip or back on campus, we hope it's an amazing Friday!

A Message from the Superintendent: October Update Student dressed up as Waldo

Dear CMP Community,

It’s hard to believe we’re already well into October. We’ve had a great start to the school year, students and classrooms are normalized, and we’re excited for Fall. Here’s a quick photo overview of what’s been happening at CMP schools this month!

Brett Barley

School Will Be Open Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30th!!! yes were open

We are pleased to share that we have had power on long enough on campus today to ensure that school will be in session tomorrow! Should we experience a power shutoff later today or tomorrow morning, we have taken all the necessary steps to ensure we will be ready. The classrooms have warmed up, the sewage tanks have been cleared, and the communication systems will be ready. We would just suggest that your children come to school dressed in warm layers.

School Closed Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th Power outage updates
School Plans for Tomorrow: Tuesday, 10/29 Power outage updates
CMP Shingle Springs Closed Tomorrow, Monday 10/28 Power outage updates
PG&E Power Outage Updates planned outage update

Dear CMP Shingle Springs Community,

We will stay in touch through the weekend to keep you informed about our plans for Monday based on the updated information we receive from PG&E.

A Message from the Superintendent: September Update Day of Peace Pictures

Dear CMP Family,

We're nearing the end of September. It has been a busy month! Here's a quick rundown of exciting September events at CMP.

International Day of Peace

Each of our campuses participated in International Day of Peace activities. Here are a few photos from across our sites.

CMP Updates Regarding PG&E Outages power outages
Parent Round Up: Online Bidding Opens at 5:00 TONIGHT!

Can't make the Parent Round Up, but still looking for a way to contribute? 


You can bid on all class baskets online!  These funds go directly to the donating class. 

Bidding will be open 5:00-8:00 tonight. All bid sheets are available here:  



Middle School Dance Information dance

This is a communication from the American River Campus regarding the Middle School Dance pick-up and drop-off logistics.

Correction: Free Logo Day for Perfect Attendance is Friday! perfect attendance

We apologize for the confusion and want to clarify that tomorrow, Friday, September 20th is the Perfect Attendance Free Logo Day (for the students who received a Perfect Attendance Award in this week's Hawk folder).


Next Friday, September 27th is a Free Logo Day for all of CMP.

CAC Meeting Thursday, September 19th cmp logo

Our first Campus Advisory Council Meeting of the year is being held Thursday, September 19th from 8:30-9:30am in the Upper Campus Conference Room.

Today's Cross Country Meet is POSTPONED Due To Weather postponed due to rain


Kids Night Out for K/1 Back-to-School Night! kids night out

Back-to-School Night is for parents only and is a great time to meet your teachers and get all the information you will need for a great start to the year (including pick-up and drop-off, normalization, classroom schedules, volunteer requirements, and more)!

In order for parents to get the full benefit of this important meeting, our 2/3 teaching team is offering a super fun Kids Night Out for our incoming K/1 students and/or potty trained siblings. Please RSVP on this post and bring $10 per child (cash or check made payable to CMP) on the night of the event.

A Message from the Executive Director: Happy Fourth of July MTC Training at SS

Happy Fourth of July!

My first day as California Montessori Project’s Superintendent was July 1st. I spent July 1st and 2nd participating in Montessori training at the training center in Shingle Springs. It was inspiring to see so many outstanding educators sharpening their Montessori skills. 

I’m looking forward to continuing to prepare for another fantastic school year upon our return from the holiday weekend!

A Message from the Executive Director: "15 Wonderful Years" Thank you Message - Summer Thymes

30 June 2019

"15 Wonderful Years"

Dear CMP Community Members,

Early Sunday morning, I stopped by my favorite coffee  shop to grab a coffee to-go.  On the door was a large sign  stating "thank you for 15 wonderful years," announcing "Today is our last day."  Of course, I  was instantly struck by the message.  As CMP's Executive Director for 15 wonderful years, today (June 30)  is MY last day, as well!

A Message from the Executive Director: WHAT REALLY MATTERS? Executive Director - Gary Bowman

24 June 2019


Dear CMP Community Members,

I have had the privilege of meeting with CMP stakeholders over the past several months, receiving input on how CMP can leverage resources to improve student outcomes. Groups of students, staff and parents provided a great array of ideas, including: additional art, music, dance and drama programs; more hands-on-science; gardening projects; field trips; student government; better restrooms; and teacher retention. We will be addressing all of these items in this year’s LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan).

CMP – Shingle Springs is launching Aeries Portal Accounts K-8! aeires parent portal

CMP – Shingle Springs is launching Aeries Portal accounts for all families with students grades K-8.

Reminder: CMP Marketplace after school tomorrow! Student Market Place

CMP Marketplace

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3:15 - 4:15pm

Upper Elementary Basketball Court

2019-2020 All Grades Lottery Togetherness logo

CMP will be holding our next lottery on Monday, April 29th, located at our Central Administration Office at 5330 Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Due to space, this lottery draw is for adults only. Please note the times and grades that our campuses will be pulling and/or wait-listing.


Friday Reminders just a reminder

We have a few reminders before Spring Break:

Roaring 20's 'Flappers and Fellas' Parent Gala flappers and fellas logo

We cant believe our annual Gala is this weekend!!

CMP Online Auction is LIVE Now!

Hello CMP Families,

For the first time ever, we are offering ONLINE BIDDING for our One-of-a-Kind Gala Classroom Auction Items and our Top 2 Silent Auction Items (Rocket Party with Mr. T and Geocaching with Mrs. T)! That's right you can now bid online from home, work or live at the Gala!

We are opening bidding on these items tonight and will continue through the Gala, closing at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 2nd. The highest bidder will win that item, whether they are bidding in person or online.

You can view a how-to video here: https://youtu.be/I4XvkwVyQpA 

You can access our online auction here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xhRWD_64SS9ykLWgF3-tPR6jhRiwGPQ6?usp=sharing

Snow Day at CMP SS Tuesday, February 5th winter weather alert image

Due to the current and expected overnight weather in El Dorado County, CMP Shingle Springs will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th. With the majority of our community being impacted by freezing temperatures and low snow, we want to keep your safety as our first priority.

REMINDER: Today is an ERD and there is No Club M Available! Happy Winter Break

Happy Last Day Before Winter Break!  We wanted to remind you that today is an Early Release Day and there is no after-school care available for students. All students must be picked up by 12:20pm (K-6) or 12:30pm (middle school and siblings).  

Club M Winter Intersession Sign Ups Club M winter flyer

Come join us in Club M for the Winter Intersession!

CMP SS will be on Winter Break from December 17th - January 4th. Club M will be holding a super fun, seasonally themed Winter Intersession December 17th - 21st and January 2nd - 4th (Club M will be closed December 24th - January 1st). 

Click 'Read Moe' to RSVP. 

2nd/3rd Grade Black Chasm/Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock Field Trip POSTPONED event postponed due to rain

Please click "read more" for details about the postponment and rescheduling of this field trip. 

Season of Giving at CMP SS Season of Giving Image

While many of us have many blessings to count, there are so many in our community who are in need and in true CMP Spirit we are asking for your help in collecting items for the following programs:

CMP-Shingle Springs Open Today

Dear Parents,

CMP Shingle Springs and all the schools in the Buckeye District and surrounding areas are open today.  Some of you may have heard that the CMP campuses down in the Sacramento area are closing today due to issues with air quality and smoke.  

We are continuing to monitor the air quality and have modified all outside activities, including P.E. and recess.  Our 4/5/6 Touch of Understanding On-Site Field Trip is being modified and will be held completely indoors. Our 2/3 students will still make the short walk across the street for their VAPA Performance this afternoon, although parents who prefer to pick up and drive their students are encouraged to do so by 1:05pm.

If your child is a member of a sensitive health group, please make sure we have been notified.

We look forward to seeing your children on campus today!

Kim Zawilski 

Happy Spring Break! Spring Break

Our Spring Break is from March 26th-April 6th   

CMP SS is Open! Winter Weather Alert

Read for updates relating to weather related delays or closures.

Parent Education Sessions at CMP SS Parent Education Image

Read more for information on these valuable Parent Education opportunities being offered at CMP Shingle Springs. 

Holiday Closure happy holidays

Read more for details about our Winter Break.

2nd Annual Art Night, TONIGHT! Art Night

We hope to see you tonight at our 2nd Annual Art Night! Please bring one canned good item as your cost of admission. Doors will open at 5:30pm and our wrestlers will be selling baked goods at the door.

Important Reminder: Minimum Day/No Club M this Friday!! Important Message

Important Reminder: This Friday, December 15th is a Minimum Day. All Students must be picked up at 12:00pm (12:15pm for Middle School). There are NO after school Club M or programs available.

Season of Giving at CMP SS! season of giving logo

See how you can help CMP SS give back to our community!

CMP Middle School Ice Skating Event is CANCELED! canceled event

We are sorry to report that tonight’s CMP Middle School Ice Skating event has been canceled. We will return any cash or checks we received for this activity and let you know if there are any plans made to re-schedule.


World Faire - Tuesday, October 24th from 3:15-5:00pm world faire
Red Ribbon Week!! Red Ribbon Week Logo 2017

Just a reminder that Red Ribbon Week starts on Monday, October 23rd. It would be great to start off the week with the entire campus wearing RED! The rest of the Spirit Day Themes are listed below.

Middle School Parent Community Meeting Tonight! parent community image
Middle School Dance Reminders for Tonight! dance

Read this for a few reminders for this evening.

CMP COVID-19 Update - All Campuses Closure Extended

Dear CMP Community:

Today, we are writing to update you on the anticipated length of our closure as well as to provide an update on our current efforts to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of our students.

CMP continues to carefully monitor the recommendations and directives issued by local, state, and federal leaders. On Wednesday, Sacramento County issued a Public Health Order directing all residents to stay at home, unless they are providing or accessing essential services.  Yesterday, the Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order for all of California.

As a result of these orders, all CMP schools will remain closed at least through April 20th.  The CMP Board will meet on April 20th to decide on any potential closure extensions.

Getting Ready for the New School Year! back to school

As you start your planning (and shopping!) for the new school year, here are some important items to remember:

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

8 April 2019

Good Day, CMP Community Members,

First, thank YOU for your support of California Montessori Project!  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside this outstanding group of staff, students and parents!

Being the Executive Director/Superintendent of CMP for 15 years has been an incredible opportunity, and, of course, a tremendous challenge.  Part of that challenge is navigating, and, as possible, de-fusing, legislation designed to destroy the Charter School movement in California.

CMP Science Expo November 14th science expo image

We are very excited about the upcoming Science Expo on Wednesday, November 14th from 3:15pm to 5:15pm. There will be many hands-on stations and activities run by classrooms as well as Intel Robotics, a station to make flying machines, and much, much more. Please ask your child what their classroom is planning. Can’t wait to see you all there!

CMP Shingle Springs OPEN Today, October 15th! Important Notice Thumbnail Image
STEM Club: Meet & Greet Next Monday, Sept. 17th STEM Club Meet and Greet

Please RSVP below if you would like to have your 3rd-8th grade student participate in this free Meet & Greet session!

September Optional Hot Lunch Order Forms Hot Lunch Orders Image

Hello CMP Families,

Don't forget that your September lunch order forms and payment are due tomorrow, Friday, August 24th. Order forms were sent home in this week's Hawks folders and can be found below.

Club M Schedule This Week Club M Summer Weekly Schedule Image

Each day of our Club M Summer Intersession has a theme for the day. Click "Read More" to view this week's schedule. 

Board Meeting Time Change

The time for tonight's Governing Board Meeting at the California Montessori Project - Shingle Springs Campus has been changed from 6:30pm to 5:30pm. 

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7th-11th) Teacher Appreciation Week Image

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Message from the Executive Director

April 12, 2018


Spring Update/Appreciation


In the coming weeks, you will be hearing about many great things happening at CMP.  Your Principals will also be inviting you to attend site-based LCAP presentations.

As we catch our collective breath heading into the final two months of the school year, I would like to acknowledge a few ‘unsung heroes,’ as follows:

I have the privilege, and honor, of working with an exceptional group of dedicated professionals in the CMP office.  This group, known as the Central Administration Team (CAT), provides critical support

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STEM Club Meet & Greet STEM Club Logo

New STEM Club Meet & Greet. Learn about the program, meet the staff and play with some cool stuff!

Middle School Yosemite Immersion Trip yosemite

Click here for updates on our Middle Schoolers Immersion Trip in Yosemite...

Library Work Parties!! Volunteers Needed

We're having Library Work Parties next Tuesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 27th, starting at 10:00am. We will be moving and building furniture, labelling books and cleaning. We would love your help!

Back to School Information back to school

We hope you are all enjoying your summer vacation! Here are a few important summer dates you need to know to be ready for our first day of school on Wednesday, August 16th!

This Week's Principal's Message Principal's Message
This Week's Athletics cmp hawks logo

This week's athletic schedule:


Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities parent resources

We are offering a number of Parent Meetings; please add these to your calendar:

CMP 2019-2020 School Calendar 2019-2020 calendar image

CMP is excited to present the Governing Board approved 2019-2020 School-Year Calendar. We appreciate your participation in developing our calendar through surveys sent early last spring and again this fall.

Enchanted Forest Book Fair come to our book fair

Our Fall Enchanted Forest Book Fair is OPEN!! Monday, November 5th through Friday, November 9th

Jamie Mariah of FABULOUS FACES ZEMPORIUM will be working her magic at the book fair on Wednesday, November 7th from 1:00pm - 3:15pm.  All donations will go to our “All For Books” campaign.


NEON Spirit Day on Friday, April 13th! Spirit Day Image

This Friday is our Be an Upstander Assembly, hosted by the Mimosa class. The Spirit Day theme is NEON

Vote Daily for CMP to Win $10000 in Grant Money Scholar Dollars 529 Grant Logo

Our Grants Committee needs your help!

Summer Holiday Closure happy summer vacation image

All CMP Operations (including the Office and Club M) are CLOSED for our Summer Holiday Closure from

Friday, June 30th at 6:00pm, until Monday, July 10th at 7:00am. 




A Message from the Superintendent: January & February Update Part 1

Dear CMP Community,

January and February have come and gone. But not without some exciting events and activities at all CMP schools. See below for Part 1 of a photo journal of the last two months at CMP!  More to come soon!

LOTTERY AND ENROLLMENT- TK/K Lottery Postponed Enrollment Image

CMP continues to carefully monitor the recommendations and directives issued by local, state, and federal leaders.  Yesterday, the Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order for all of California.  Under this new order, we felt it best to postpone the upcoming TK/K lottery.  We will not be live streaming the lottery this coming Monday at 3:30.  We are shooting to run a lottery at the end of April, but we will need to remain flexible. Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we will continue to monitor the public health guidance and make adjustments as necessary. 

You can expect to receive future communications via email and we will be updating this website.   

For more information on enrollment and lottery go to:  http://www.cacmp.org/content/enrollment

January Hot Lunch Forms School lunches

In an effort to receive all forms by our Winter Closure, we wanted to give you an extra week of turn around time. Due to the tight timeline, we will be unable to process any forms received after the 20th.

Superintendent's Message Brett Barley, Superintendent

Dear CMP Community, 

Last Friday I mentioned that we’ve been busy this summer on school site upgrades.  A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few of those projects:

A Message from the Executive Director Executive Director - Gary Bowman

12 June 2019

Dear members of the CMP Community,

This past week, each of our CMP campuses has held Graduation Ceremonies for our 8th Grade Class of 2019.  For the previous 16 years, I have had the great honor of attending these ceremonies throughout our network.  I have never been more proud of our CMP community than I am in this moment.

I am inspired by the speeches and songs by our talented students, as well as their accomplishments.  Most of all, I am touched by their sense of community (“Ohana”). 

Please Join us for Next Week’s Principal’s Café principals cafe

We would like to invite you to the May 29th Principal’s Café at 8:30am in the Spruce Classroom. During this meeting, we will be showcasing the two NGSS curricula that were piloted this year for CMP’s Middle School program.

Cast of Hawks Presents: Fools! tickets on sale

The Cast of Hawks at CMP is proud to introduce its Spring 2019 Show: Neil Simon’s “Fools”, a comedic tongue-in-cheek fable about education and love.

Buy Your Gala Tickets Online!

Calling All Flappers and Fellas! Get your Gala Tickets Online Now! 

Spelling Bee Tryouts! spelling bee graphic

Calling all students interested in participating in the 2019 El Dorado County Spelling Bee.

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Day Themes Life is your Journey Red Ribbin Banner

Show your CMP School Spirit and your commitment to being Drug Free by participating in our daily Spirit Themes the week of October 22nd. 

New 2019-2020 School Calendar Survey

Dear Members of our CMP Learning Community,

Thank you for participating in the recent Stakeholder Survey of the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  This survey was designed to gather input regarding the intersession schedule.

Of the 1400 respondents, there was great support for dividing the four weeks of intersession equally, with two weeks at Winter Break and two weeks during Spring Break.  Notably, there were also comments from the community with some common threads, as follows:

  • A preference for a later August start date (August 14, 2019 vs. August 7, 2019)
  • A preference for a longer Summer Break
  • A preference for a shorter Spring Break


A Message from the Executive Director

Wow!  What a fantastic first day of school this has been!  I had the pleasure of greeting CMP students, staff and families this morning, and was thrilled to see the many smiling faces and to experience the excitement of  First Day ...a day filled with hope, opportunity and optimism. 

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you for your support as we serve together, exemplifying and modeling respect, kindness and civility in all things.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing information about many of our noteworthy endeavors and projects. 

I am humbled by (and appreciative of) the efforts of our incredible staff who are committed to the highest level of service to our students and families.

In closing, I share the words of President John F. Kennedy:  "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." 

Warmly, Gary

CMP Board Parent Rep Voting This Week! Your Vote Counts Graphic
Science Expo Car Line and Parking Information science expo

We hope to see you all on campus for our first annual SCIENCE EXPO on Thursday, February 8th from 3:15-5:15pm.

Club M Winter Intersession Sign Ups! Club M Logo

Club M is preparing for the Winter Intersession. Please use the Signupgenius link below to RSVP for the Winter Intersession. You will need to RSVP on the Signupgenius and submit payment to the office by December 13th to guarantee your spot. See the Club M Winter Flyer (below) for dates, pricing, and details on planned events.

See's Candy Fundraiser Due Today! Sees Winter Fundraiser

Please submit your order forms and payment (check payable to CMP) to the office today!

CMP COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Update - New Guidance from Department of Public Health and Department of Education

Dear CMP Community,

We want to keep you updated and informed on CMP’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) which we have been monitoring all weekend. 

At around 12pm on Saturday we learned that Elk Grove Unified School District would be closing school next week.  In our message to the CMP Community on 2/27/20 we indicated that CMP would be following the lead of our authorizing districts and following guidance from public health agencies on our response to COVID-19. As a result, when Elk Grove Unified School district announced it was canceling school this week we also canceled school at our two Elk Grove sites for Monday and Tuesday.

All other sites (Capitol, American River, Carmichael, Orangevale, and Shingle Springs) remain open this week.

March Hot Lunch Forms lunch clip art

Hi CMP Families,

This is a reminder to look in your students Red Hawk's Folder for your March Hot Lunch Order Forms. 

Club M Winter Intersession Sign-Ups! join us for club m winter intersession fun!

Come join us in Club M for the Winter Intersession! There will be plenty of fun to be had, including a "Noon-Years Eve" celebration on Tuesday, December 31st.

$22 a day for School Days (8:30 AM - 3:00 PM), or $32 a day for Full Days (7:00 AM - 6:00 PM). 

Please note that Club M will be closing early at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31st and closed on Wednesday, January 1st. 

Please make sure to sign up early to ensure your child's spot! We will plan our program based on the number of students signed up by Friday, December 20th; late sign-ups are honored only as space is available.

Superintendent's Message Superintendent

Dear CMP Community,

The first day of school is here and we are excited to welcome you all back tomorrow.  It's going to be a great year.  At each school there will be an opportunity for a "First Day of School Photo".  Feel free to snap a picture and hashtag #CMPFirstDayOfSchool if you're interested.

Also, we had a Board meeting last night.  Some highlights included:

  • Adoption of our Local Control Accountability Plans and budgets.
  • Election of the Board Chair, Vice President, and Treasurer.  Thank you to Rob Henderson (Board Chair), Scott Porter (Vice President), and Tamika L'Ecluse (Treasurer) for agreeing to serve this year!
  • Approval of our new Middle School Science program.
  • Staff recognition of Carrie Klagenberg, Richard Stanley, Becky Marsolais, Cherie Cooney, Lisa Coker, and the Carmichael Administrative team for important projects they lead over the summer.  
Superintendent's Message Brett Barley, Superintendent

Dear CMP Community, 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful and relaxing summer. We’ve been busy with Club M, school site cleaning and upgrades, planning our academic program for the 19-20 school year, and hiring exceptional staff for our school sites. Below are a few positions that are still open. Please share with your networks!  If you know of any interested candidates please reach out to Tess Brown at TBrown@cacmp.org. Also, all current openings are posted on EdJoin.org.

A Message from the Executive Director: It Starts with Me... Together We Get to the Heart of It

11 February 2019

“It Starts with Me…”

Good Day, Dear Members of the CMP Community,

Our stakeholders, including students, staff, families and associates, continue to amaze me with their passion for, and commitment to, CMP.  I often hear references to the ‘spirit’ or ‘heart’ of the school as the stand-out characteristic.  I agree - and, cite this as the primary contributor to the joy I have experienced in serving the CMP community for the past 15 years.

Our Charter documents affirm the importance of that value, with the expectation that our children will contribute to “a better society and a peaceful world.”  I believe it is safe to say that this is a community value, which challenges each of us to find opportunities to promote respect in every circumstance, and to always seek peaceful and respectful resolution in the midst of conflict.

CMP See's Candy Fundraiser See's Candy Image

We are excited to kick-off our See's Candy Fundraiser just as some of you are starting your holiday shopping. 

CMP-Holiday Card Art Contest world peace image

Once again we find ourselves at the time of year for creating artwork for the CMP Annual Holiday Card. 

A Message from the Executive Director

13 September 2018


Dear CMP Community,

As always, it is an honor to serve you as we celebrate the social, emotional and academic development of our children.  They seem to grow up all too fast!  I appreciate your support as we seek ways to enrich each of their learning experiences throughout these vital childhood years.

Did you know?  CMP conducts regular Board meetings throughout the calendar year.  One of the important functions of CMP’s amazing all-volunteer Board is to oversee the fiscal health of CMP.  At the September 10th Board meeting, Karl Yoder (Delta Managed Solutions) and I presented the network’s Unaudited Actuals.  The Board unanimously approved the Unaudited Actuals for each of our schools (CMP-CAP, CMP-EG, CMP-SJ and CMP-SS). 

The Board also approved an increase in the Personnel Pay Scale for CMP’s Maintenance/Security staff.  This decision impacts those personnel who serve CMP campuses that are not otherwise served by ‘District’ personnel.

The next CMP Governing Board Meeting will be held at the Shingle Springs Campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board packet will be posted on our website in advance to the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Gary S. Bowman

Superintendent/Executive Director, California Montessori Project

A Message from the Executive Director

7 September 2018


Dear CMP Learning Community,

As I enter my 15th year of service with California Montessori Project, I am filled with appreciation for the opportunity that I have been afforded.

Together, we have moved mountains!  Today, CMP is widely acknowledged, and respected, for its integrity, as demonstrated through its personnel, school program and operations.

After thoughtful consideration, my family and I have reached a decision that the 2018-19 school year will be my final year as CMP’s Executive Director/Superintendent.

I have the highest regard for CMP’s Mission and Values, and am deeply grateful for the exceptional staff and community I have served. 

My term of service with California Montessori Project has been an extraordinary journey for me --- and, hopefully, for you and your children, as well. 

I look forward to our continued partnership in the coming year, as we serve the incredible children and families within our CMP Learning Community.

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you, as always, for your generous support.


Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Executive Director/Superintendent. California Montessori Project

A Message from the Executive Director

31st August 2018


Dear Friends,

What an incredible start to the school year!  I am filled with joy to see the excitement on the faces of students, parents and staff! 

In this week’s message, I will share a few thoughts about CMP’s ongoing commitment to provide relevant Professional Growth opportunities for staff.

This summer, Teaching Assistants were given the opportunity to attend the Montessori Training Center’s week-long Montessori Overview.  CMP will continue to offer monthly ‘Super Duper Saturdays’ for our T.A.s, as well.

At CMP’s annual network in-service on August 9th, over 400 staffpersons attended a variety of workshop sessions, in addition to presentations by renown speaker and therapist, Dr. Jane Nelsen (“Positive Discipline in the Classroom”).

An Update for our Fig and Magnolia Families Did you hear?
8th Grade Graduation RSVPs Needed! Graduation Cap & Gown Image

CMP Shingle Springs 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 8th at 4:00pm

Pancake Breakfast in Olive this Wednesday! Pancake Breakfast Image
<p >Start your day off with your teachers and friends! Pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice, milk and coffee may be offered.</p >
Cast of Hawks Presents The 39 Steps Tickets on Sale Now

The 39 Steps Tickets on sale now!


Parent Square Coming Next Week!

Parent Square Logo

CMP is excited to announce that we will be using ParentSquare: A new communication tool to connect our school community! ParentSquare will allow us to send emails, text messages, voice dialer messages and emergency alerts to our CMP families and staff. It also gives parents the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with teachers with the direct messaging feature. This tool will allow us to streamline process such as:

  • Conference & Meeting Sign Ups
  • Volunteer Opportunities
Gala Online Donation Link Make a Difference Donate

Are you unable to attend this year's Enchanted Evening Gala but want to support our Enrichment Program and Technology Fundraising Goals?

Spelling Bee Tryouts This Week! spelling bee

Calling all students interested in participating in the 2018 El Dorado County Spelling Bee.

Happy Thanksgiving Break!! happy thanksgiving logo

Have a restful Thanksgiving Holiday!

11th Annual CMP Greeting Card Art Contest art contest graphic

This year’s theme is “Peace on Earth” and submission deadline is November 3rd.

Harvest Festival Volunteers Needed!! harvest festival logo with face

See you how you can help make this year's Harvest Festival the best yet!

CMP Athletics This Week! Hawks Logo

Click here to see CMP Athletics this week!

Club M End of Summer Color Fun Run Friday, August 4th Color Fun Run

This is our last week of our Club M Summer Intersession. To celebrate the end of summer Miss Leanne has coordinated a Club M Color Fun Run on this Friday, August 4th! *Please note students must RSVP for space in Club M, please call the office for drop-in availability. 

Web Site Update new web site

Welcome to CMP Shingle Spring's new website! 

Girls Volleyball Open Gym July 28th from 1:00-4:00pm Girls Volleyball Open Gym

Our Girls Volleyball season and tryouts will start the first week of school for 6th-8th grade girls. This is an open gym to learn about the game, excercise and get some court time in. Those interested in playing for CMP are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to the link or email on the flyer.

Yearbook Pictures Needed! yearbook photos needed

We are asking for your help with this year’s yearbook. We would love photo contributions from our families to help us accurately reflect our total student body, and not just the children who love to get in front of our cameras. 

A Message from the Superintendent: November Update CM Thanksiving Festivity

Dear CMP Community,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have some time to rest and relax with loved ones this week. As we all reflect on what we're thankful for there are a few things that rise to the very top of my list. In no particular order:

CMP Families

Our families bring so much to CMP. Your commitment to CMP through classroom volunteering, field trip participation, assisting with student enrichment opportunities, and organizing fundraisers are just a few examples of how parents help to make CMP a unique and special place.

CMP Teachers

The driving force behind every exceptional CMP classroom is a passionate and highly effective teacher. Our teachers pour their hearts and souls into our students every day. We ask a lot of them and they always deliver. Whether it's holding not just one but two credentials (Montessori and California Teaching Credentials), serving on different committees, developing rigorous and engaging lessons, or mentoring new team members our teachers are always up to the task.

Free and Easy Way to Give Back to CMP amazon smile cmp

Did you know that you can automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select? It costs you nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good for CMP and our students. You just need to select California Montessori Project as your recipient organization and Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases to CMP so we can continue to provide a high quality Montessori education to our students.

Superintendent's Message

Dear CMP Families,

We hope you all had a great first day of school! We were all so excited to welcome you back. I had a chance to visit every school today to celebrate the beginning of the school year with our school staff. Our central office also delivered "welcome back breakfasts" to teachers at each campus.

While we were out at our schools we took some silly photos with the props we left out for students and families. Even some of our Board members got in on the fun. Enjoy!

CMP Shingle Springs is looking for the perfect part-time addition to our after-school Club M program!  join our team

We are currently looking for someone to join our wonderful, amazing Club M team during the afternoon.

Graduation & End-of-Year Celebrations lets celebrate

Tis the season for Graduations and End-of-Year Celebrations!

Our School's Charter Has Been Renewed!!! cmp logo

Dear CMP Parents and Staff,

I am excited to share that the Buckeye Union School District voted unanimously last night to approve the CMP Shingle Springs Charter for another term of 5 years! This is the maximum term that a district can approve a charter for, and this is our 3rd renewal with the Buckeye Team.

Me & My Guy Spring Fling spring fling graphic image

The FUNdraising Committee is hosting a Me & My Guy themed Spring Fling on Friday, April 5th from 5:00-8:00pm in the CMP SS Gym. See the flyer below for more information and watch for a ParentSquare sign up coming soon.

Win a Kindle Fire and Support our Libraries Kindle Fire Giveaway picture

We are raffling an Amazon Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa 8G (donated by Believe Kids) to raise money for our three campus libraries.
Raffle tickets are available in both offices for $5 each and one lucky winner will be drawn at the Book Fair on Friday, March 22nd.
Thank you for all you do to support our programs!

Join us for President's Day Intersession in Club M! february intersession flyer

Come join us on Friday, February 15th for our President's Day Intersession in Club M!

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Community,

It’s only January, and it is starting to feel a lot like springtime (can’t wait)!  Great change is also happening within our CMP Leadership Team.  Please, read this important message, as follows.

After 18 years of service, Dorothy Hilts will be starting a new chapter in her life, as she retires at the end of the current school year.  Currently serving as the Dean II Administrative Designee at CMP-Elk Grove@Elk Grove, Dorothy has been instrumental in the growth of CMP, including the start-up of the CMP-Orangevale campus, where she served as Principal for five years. Dorothy has also served as Teacher, Board Member and Network Testing Coordinator.  Thank you for your 18 years of exemplary service to our CMP Community, Dorothy!

Calling all Flappers & Fellas! It's time to advertise in our Gala Program gala ad sample page

Calling all Flappers & Fellas!

It's time to place an ad for your family business or solicit someone you know to place an ad in our Roaring 20's Gala & Auction Program Catalog.

The Cast of Hawks Presents Peter Pan Goes Wrong PPGW

Do you like Peter Pan? Do you like mayhem? Then the Cast of Hawks has the show for you. Announcing our first show of the season: Peter Pan Goes Wrong. 

Principal's Cafe November 7th at 8:30am Pric Cafe Logo

Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us next Wednesday, November 7th from 8:30 to 9:30am in the Spruce Classroom.

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

CMP’s monthly Board Meeting was hosted at our CMP-Shingle Springs campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board approved Melissa (Herman) Goude, as the new Teacher Representative, replacing Sara Meece, who has accepted a .5 position as Dean of Students at the American River campus.  Ms. Goude, who has taught lower elementary students at both the Elk Grove and American River campuses, is a graduate of the initial cohort of the American Montessori Society’s ‘Emerging Leaders Fellowship.’

I am very excited to announce that the Board approved a revised compensatory schedule for CMP’s certificated teachers.  This action authorizes CMP to continue honoring our teachers with annual pay increases through June, 2022.  Our teachers are ‘the best’ - it is a privilege to serve them, as they serve our students and families! 

2019/2020 School Calendar Survey Your Opinion Matters

Dear CMP Students, Parents, and Staff, 

Please see the message below from our Executive Director, Gary Bowman: 

Getting Ready for the New School Year! Back to School

We hope you are all thoroughly enjoying your summer!

We have been getting things organized to start our new school year and have a couple of things to share with you:

Rosetta Stone Language Change Form (by June 8th) Rosetta Stone Brand Image

We hope your child has enjoyed learning a foreign language this year using the Rosetta Stone Online Classroom Program!


As we plan ahead for the next school year, we would like to encourage you and your student to start thinking about which foreign language your child would like to study next year.

CMP Response to High School Shooting

Dear CMP Families,

I wanted to take a quick moment to follow up on the CMP Network Response to the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  This incident has ‘touched a nerve’ for many of us.  We are saddened at this senseless loss of life, and frustrated that, as a nation, we are unable to provide the highest level of assurance that our schools are safe harbors for our children, and for those who faithfully serve with unparalleled dedication.

2017/2018 Yearbooks On Sale Now!! Yearbook Memories Are Made to Remember

Order your yearbook by March 2nd for our lowest price of the year: $30!

Valentines Kids Night Out valentine kids night out

The Laurel Class is hosting a fun-filled Kids Night Out, right after school on Valentines Day. 

December 1st Kids Night Out - Hosted by the Pine/Apple Class Kids Night Out Logo

The Pine/Apple Teachers are excited to host your child for a fun-filled evening on Friday, December 1st from 5:00-9:00pm. 

Parents Night Out October 27th!! kids night out logo

We have 2 back-to-back Spoktacular Events on Friday, October 27th. Sign your kids up for one or both!

Harvest Festival Tickets On Sale Now! harvest festival logo

Tickets for the Harvest Festival are on sale now! 

Important Drama Information - Shakespeare Star Wars Try-outs and More! drama image

Mr. Kevin here with some important drama information.

Notice: Shingle Springs Drive Road Work road work sign

Please read this correspondence from Principal Kim Zawilski regarding the Shingle Springs Drive road work. 

Summer Parent Volunteer Opportunities Summer PPH

Get a head start on earning those Parent Participation Hours (PPH)!! We have a number of campus beautification projects that we would love Parent Volunteer help with before school starts on Wednesday, August 16th. 

This Week's School News cmp ss hawks logo

We send out a School Newsletter, each week, through our ParentSquare communication app. The newsletter is full of important information that our families need to know. Please take time to review it each week.

Club M & Office Closures this Summer summer schedule

Our office and Club M are open Monday through Friday, from 7:00am-6:00pm all summer with the exception of a few closures to allow for Staff Development and Training. Please note these closures on your calendar.

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

CONGRATULATIONS, CMP Students, Staff and Families, for a fantastic 2018-19 school year. 

And, to CMP’s 8th Grade Graduates, I acknowledge, with great joy, your exceptional accomplishments!  This is YOUR moment to savor.  You belong to a very special learning community.  Some of you have been part of the CMP community for just a few years, while many of you have enjoyed CMP’s full Kindergarten-8th Grade continuum. 

Character Trait and Peace Education character trait banner

Each month the monthly character trait is taught and reinforced during assemblies, circle time, daily activities, lessons, and role-playing.

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

January 18, 2019

At last Monday night’s meeting, the CMP Governing Board approved the 2017-18 Audited Financial Statements for each of our CMP schools. As an essential element required through the “Charter Schools Act of 1992” (Section 47605.6), “A charter school shall transmit a copy of its annual, independent, financial audit report for the preceding fiscal year.”

I am pleased to report that “there were no findings in the prior year.” This marks over a decade of ‘finding free’ audits, which speaks to the level of expertise and integrity demonstrated from within the organization.

Diamond Dance Returns to CMP September 5th! Diamond Dance Logo

CMP SS is proud to announce the return of Miss Franky and the Diamond Dance Company. Boys and Girls in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to come learn a variety of dance styles (including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Acro, and Yoga) right here at CMP SS!!

CMP Carline Reminders Carline Photo

The following is a reminder about our general drop-off and pick-up systems:

Sign up to earn money for CMP whenever you buy on Amazon! CMP Amazon Smile

Go to smile.amazon.com to help earn money for CMP for any of your back-to-school supplies you purchase on Amazon.

CMP-Board Election Results

Please join me in welcoming Maggie Carmona, from CMP-Carmichael, as the new San Juan-Parent Representative for a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2018.  Many thanks to Andrea Ridge, from CMP-Orangevale, for all her years of service. 

Sara Meece, CMP-American River, was re-elected for a second term as our Teacher Representative. 

Congratulations to both of you. 


2018 El Dorado County Spelling Bee Results Spelling Bee
CMP Network Response to High School Shooting

Dear CMP Families,

Our entire community is deeply saddened about the terrible event that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.  We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families, the Parkland community, and to an entire nation that has been devastated by this inconceivable loss. 

Golden Tickets Sold Out!! Golden Ticket Image

Get your Golden Tickets today! Only 100 will be sold!

An Update from our local High Schools ready set high school
CMP SS Parent Gala - Get Your Tickets Now! Gala Poster

Our FUNdraising Committee has been working hard planning our annual Parent Gala. This year’s Gala is on Saturday, March 3rd and has an Enchanted Evening theme.

Here are 3 reasons to get tickets to the Gala:

Magnolia Class Bake Sale for Flood Victims TOMORROW! bake sale image

On Tuesday, September 26th, Magnolia students will be selling delicious baked treats during all lunches and at our HOME Football and Girls Volleyball games.

CMP Hula! Free Trial Class on Monday! hula
Fight Summer Boredom! summer boredom

As Montessori teachers and parents, we know that learning does not stop just because a child is not in school. Research supports this, maintaining that the brain is changing and learning all the time based on experiences in the environment. (Jensen, 2014) Without a stimulating environment, however, the experiences are rather mundane and passive.

Here are just a few suggestions that you can easily incorporate into your summer lifestyle. 



Parent Representative – Capitol & Shingle Springs

This spring, parents and guardians of CMP students will have the chance to vote for 2 members of the CMP Governing Board.  This memo explains the role of the Governing Board, duties of Board members, and election logistics.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to run for the Board.  The Governing Board currently consists of eight members.  Because all Governing Board members are responsible to, and for, the CMP network as a whole, all CMP parents and guardians (network-wide) may vote for the parent representatives.

A Message from the Superintendent: December Update Students Dressed for Pajama Day

Dear CMP Community,

Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a restful and relaxing break with loved ones. It's hard to believe we're nearing the end of 2019. CMP has been busy with rigorous instruction in classrooms, field trips, campus projects, and celebrations this month. Hopefully some of these pictures and memories will add a little more joy to your holiday season. Thanks again for all you do and see you in 2020!



Carmichael Campus

Club M Summer Intersession CLUB M LOGO

Come join us this summer for Club M Summer Intersession! 

A Message from the Executive Director: Why Do We Fundraise for Our CMP Schools? Executive Director - Gary Bowman

Superintendent’s Message - May 28, 2019

“Why Do We Fundraise for Our CMP Schools?”

I was asked this question by a parent during one of our recent LCAP Stakeholder Input Sessions.  Great question, btw, and thanks for asking!  Here are a few thoughts:

First, and foremost, CMP’s school leaders are committed to providing the highest level of service to students, staff and families as we prioritize Montessori Methodology throughout our network.  We value our teaching assistants and our small class-sizes.  We offer our certificated staff a competitive compensatory package.  And, last, but not least, we recognize the importance of safe and clean facilities, and the amenities offered at each site.  

A Message from the Executive Director: Charter Renewal Gary Bowman, Kim Zawilski and Stephanie Garretson after Charter Renewal

16 May 2019

Dear CMP Community,

I am very excited to share the Buckeye Union School District Board (BUSD) unanimously approved the Charter Renewal for CMP-Shingle Springs at Wednesday night’s Board meeting.  The new authorization is effective July 1, 2019 and extends through June 30, 2024.  

The BUSD Board spoke glowingly of our program and operations, as well as the spirit of collaboration that is the foundation of the relationship between BUSD and CMP.

A Message from the Executive Director: Fight the Good Fight…With Respect, Civility and Dignity Gary Bowman - Executive Director

15 March 2019

“Fight the Good Fight…With Respect, Civility and Dignity”

In recent months, I have attended Charter School Conferences and Legal Forums, and have learned about the latest legislative proposals which would dramatically impact California’s Charter School Movement (indeed, supporters of Charter Schools have reason to be concerned about pending Assembly Bills 1505, 1506, 1507 and 1508).

I would state, there has NEVER been a time when the CMP community has NOT fought for the opportunity “to offer a quality, tuition-free Montessori Education that challenges our students to reach their full potential.”

Upcoming High School Meeting Dates ready set high school graphic image

We don't want to believe it, but it's almost time to send our Hawks off to their next level of development in High School!

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming High School Orientation/Meetings:

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

DID YOU KNOW?:  The State Legislature passed the Charter Schools Act of 1992, which authorized the creation of charter schools in California.  In 2000, Wheatland Elementary School District approved a single petition from California Montessori Project, allowing CMP to operate its 4 campuses in the greater Sacramento area, through 2006.  In 2001, AB1994 was passed, requiring charter schools to be granted authorization from their ‘districts of residence.’  In 2006, CMP received separate authorizations from Buckeye Union School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and San Juan Unified School District, allowing CMP to operate our schools within those district boundaries.  

CMP-Shingle Springs received an initial 3-year authorization from Buckeye USD, while the remaining CMP schools received 5-year authorizations.  All CMP schools are now on a 5-year cycle, and, accordingly, work closely with the authorizing districts to meet the requirements for renewal, as established in California Education Code.  While there are many elements included in the charter renewal petition, school districts, historically, are largely focused on student achievement and fiscal solvency.  

This Week's School News california montessori project

Please take a moment to read this week's school newsletter to stay ahead of all of this week's Hawk Happenings! 

Our school is using ParentSquare! Parent Square

We are excited to let you know that we will be using a new program called "ParentSquare" for all school, classroom, and group communications. ParentSquare provides a simple and safe way for everyone at school to connect. 

CMP - Shingle Springs and CMP - Capitol have launched ParentSquare!

CMP – Shingle Springs and CMP - Capitol are excited to announce that we will be using ParentSquare: a new communication tool to connect our school community. ParentSquare will allow us to send emails, text messages, voice dialer messages and emergency alerts to our CMP families and staff. It also gives parents the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with teachers with the direct messaging feature. This tool will allow us to streamline process such as:

  • Conference & Meeting Sign Ups
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • School Activity Reminders
  • Club M Sign-Ups
  • Field Trip Updates
  • Newsletters & Campus Updates
  • Sync School and Classroom Calendar Events to your device
  • And More…

You should have received an email and/or a text inviting you to set up your ParentSquare account. If you have not received it, please contact the school office to get your contact information updated.

Spring 'Paws for Books' Book Fair Paws for Books Learn More Image

Our spring 'Paws for Books' Book Fair will be back the week of March 19th.

Quoia Café Grand Re-Opening This Friday!        quoia cafe

Our Middle School program is pleased to announce their Grand Re-Opening of Quoia Café this Friday, September 1st!

2017 Updated CMP SS Dress Code Dress Code Update image
You Can Still Get a Yearbook!! yearbook

I have great news, yearbooks can be ordered directly from the printer through July 31st. 

Spring Band Sign Ups! band

Who:  Available to any 4th-8th grade student attending CMP Shingle Springs

When:  7:30-8:20am in Spruce Classroom
Advanced Band:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting January 7th
Beginning Band (small group instruction):  Fridays, starting January 10th

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman, Executive Director and Brett Barley

15 May 2019

This past Monday evening, the California Montessori Project Governing Board unanimously approved the hiring of Brett Barley as CMP’s new Executive Director/Superintendent.  Brett’s first official day will be July 1st (at that time I will assume a consulting role with CMP through August).

Brett comes from a family of educators, his wife is a teacher, and he is a former elementary school teacher. This past year Brett served as Superintendent of Wonderful College Prep Academy in the Central Valley.


Vote for a Network Parent Representative CMP-Elk Grove for the CMP-Governing Board

Congratulations to Scott Porter!  Scott currently serves on the Board and the CMP Community voted him in for another term. 

Perfect Attendance Free Logo Days perfect attendance image

Students who earned Perfect Attendance each month from September – December received a Perfect Attendance Award in last week’s Hawks Folders and will get a special Free Logo Day, as follows:

CMP SS Summer Hours summer schedule image

While it is Summer Vacation for our students and teachers, our office and Club M staff are still here to help!

2019-20 School Calendar Survey your opinion matters

<p >Dear CMP Students, Parents, and Staff,</p > <p >As the new school year is just beginning, &nbsp;I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of our Montessori philosophy and program.&nbsp;&nbsp; Your input is valued and makes us stronger each year so that we can provide the best for our students.</p > <p >During the 2019-2020 school year, CMP will be making a change that will impact that school year calendar. Beginning in 2019-2020, CMP will offer five (5) weeks of intersession: one (1) week at Thanksgiving and the remaining four (4) weeks divided between the winter and spring breaks.&nbsp; &nbsp;We believe this change will promote optimal learning for our students, as well as, programmatic, operational, and fiscal efficiency.</p > <p >Please take a moment to complete this short survey by clicking this link:&nbsp;<a href="https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf" >https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf</a >. After we collect the survey results, we will be sharing this information with our stakeholders.</p > <p >Please note that the survey will be available until Friday, September 7, 2018, as we want to capture information from our new families, staff and students that have joined our CMP family this school year.</p >

The California Healthy Youth Act California State Seal

The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect in January 2016, requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. In accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act, CMP offers a course of study on Sexual Health education for middle school students using Positive Prevention PLUS materials.

For more information on this act, check out the CDE webpage

Beginning Art Club starts this month! Art Club KM Logo

Miss Katie Morris is bringing a Beginning Art Club to our lower elementary students starting this month.

Optional Ski Days skiing image

Click here for more information, including available dates and rate sheet. 

Leave Your Mark CMP SS Bricks

We are offering the opportunity for you and your children to be a foundational part of our campus expansion! We are selling bricks etched with individual or family names which will be placed in the concrete walkways in the center quad of the Upper Elementary Campus. Don't miss this opportunity to document your family's journey with CMP! 

Important Updates on Immunization Requirements updated immunization guidelines

Hello CMP Community,

On September 9, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bills 276 and 714 which make changes to immunization requirements for all K-12 students in California public schools. Please read the attached letter to find out more about the new immunization requirements.

A Message from the Executive Director Executive Director - Gary Bowma

8 May 2019

Dear CMP Community,

I have some important, and exciting, news to share with you, regarding Principal Kim Aldridge and Dean Maria Ostendorf.

Kim Aldridge has accepted a new position at the CMP-Elk Grove campus on Elk Grove Blvd., where she will serve as the Site Administrator/Policies & Procedures Coordinator.  She has faithfully served both the Carmichael and Orangevale communities for the past 18 years.  This new position will allow Ms. Kim to provide network-level leadership in a critical oversight role. 

Paradise Family Sponsorship Update adopt a family logo

Thank you to our amazing community who made two Paradise Family's Holiday Wishes come true! 

Six Flags Read to Succeed Over Winter Break Six Flags Read to Succeed Image

CMP SS will be participating in Six Flags Read to Succeed over Winter Break.

What is P.B.I.S.? PBIS Logo

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

We are proud to announce that CMP is collaborating as a network and is participating in PBIS training.  This training is very extensive and will take place over a three-year period.

Renaissance Place Summer Reading Program ReadQuest Logo

Accelerated Reader has a new reading incentive program called ReadQuest! This would be a great option to encourage Summer reading. In addition to summer reading suggestions, this program also provides more information on Renn Place and Accelerated Reader. The attached document is the toolkit to get you started: AR ReadQuest Toolkit. 

Mrs. T's Summer Fitness Challenge summer fitness challenge

Mrs. T created another super fun Fitness Challenge for Summer Break. 

You can log your PPH (Parent Participation Hours) in ParentSquare! To Do: Log your volunteer hours

Parents will now log all parent volunteer hours through ParentSquare. Click here to get detailed directions on how to log your hours.

A Message from the Executive Director Together we get to the heart of it

3 May 2019

Good Day, CMP Friends,

Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of starting this year’s round of gathering ‘LCAP Stakeholder Input.’  In coming weeks, I will be visiting all of our CMP campuses, and meeting with students, staff and parents to explore ideas that support quality education for all CMP students.

In the course of these presentations, we will be re-visiting CMP’s Mission and Vision, which capture the essence of our program.  Please, prepare for our meetings by reviewing our statements, as follow.  I look forward to meeting with you!

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

14 December, 2018

I recently came across the following quote by Fred Rogers (aka “Mister Rogers”): “It seems to me that some of us value information over wonder, and noise over silence. And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives.”

The related concepts of ‘wonder’ and ‘silence’ are prominent within the domain of Montessori methodology. The discipline of silence feeds the spirit and opens the door to a child’s sense of wonder, while contributing to a mindful attitude.

In this holiday season, my hope is that we will all have the opportunity (and discipline) to seek and find that quiet voice that brings a sense of ‘calmness’ to ourselves, our families and our communities.

May this holiday season bring rejuvenation and resilience to you and your loved ones.



CMP Pick-Up Authorization Policy Update important notice

For the safety of all students at CMP we are implementing the following procedures when parents authorize a pick-up person who is not listed on the student's Emergency Card. 

Athletics This Week! Hawks Logo

Dear Parents,

Please see our school calendar at http://ss.cacmp.org/calendar to stay up to date on CMP Sports.

06-11-18 CMP SS News news image

Click here to read this week's email communication.