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Executive Director - Gary Bowman

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).

See's Candy!

See's Candies Logo

It’s that time again... The See’s Candy FUNdraiser is here for Upper Elementary and Middle School Milestone Fieldtrips .


What a “Sweet” way to help subsidize the cost for these trips!!!




Checks can be made payable to CMP.


ALL Forms and Money are due by Wednesday, March 20th

The candy will be available and must be picked up on April 10th-12th

If you have any questions please contact Tamara at tsoliz84@gmail.com


Prizes will be awarded for our top sellers:

1st place: $50 gift card

2nd place: 20 Free Dress Passes

3rd place: 10 Free Dress Passes

Anyone who sells $150.00 or more will receive 2 Free Dress Passes


Holiday Club M Closure

In response to extended forecasts of unhealthy air quality, into next week, CMP is announcing that Club M Services will not be offered on Monday and Tuesday during the Thanksgiving break for the following campuses:

CMP - American River
CMP - Capitol
CMP - Carmichael
CMP - Elk Grove (both sites)
CMP - Orangevale 

Payments that have already been received can be applied as a credit to your Club M account.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Please have a safe, restful, and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. We will see you back to school on Monday, November 26th.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 


Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Friday, November 16th.


CMP-American River



CMP-Elk Grove



Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 

Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Thursday, November 15.

CMP-American River
CMP-Elk Grove

Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

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. 

Chipotle Night Out!!

5040 Auburn Blvd. Tuesday, May 15th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm

Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause. 50% of proceeds will be donated to California Montessori Project. 

Chipotle Flyer


Voice Dialer - 5/1/18

Voice Dialer was sent out by Ms. Laurien today at 2:00pm. 

Regarding the Governing Board Elections and the Early Release day tomorrow. 

Thank you.

Governing Board Network Parent Representative Elections

Dear Carmichael Campus Community,

We are currently holding Governing Board Network Parent Representative elections for the CMP-San Juan campuses!

Elections are happening April 30th to May 4th.

A ballot box has been placed at each of the San Juan CMP campus offices. Ballots are secret and you must sign a campus voter roster when dropping off your ballot. Ballots have gone home with each student. Alternatively,  you can find one attached here if needed. /userfiles/164/my files/5. voting ballot for network parent representative 2018.pdf?id=6348

Thank you

2018 All Grades Lottery

CMP will be holding our next lottery on Monday, April 23rd, 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.





12:30 - 1:15 pm

Elk Grove

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Shingle Springs

1:45 - 2:15 pm

American River

2:30 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:00 pm


Please be advised the doors will remain open until 6:00pm so that you can come and check to see if your student has been drawn any time after the lottery, for the campus you have applied to, has taken place and before the doors are closed, otherwise the campus will contact you if your student will be offered a spot.

No Principal's Cafe April 5th!

Please join us at our next Principal's Cafe on April 12th at 8:30am.

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.

See's Candy Orders Due Thursday, March 8th!!
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. 

New Students Accepted at California Montessori Project- Carmichael Campus

In response to the unexpected closure of Paramount Collegiate Academy, California Montessori Project-San Juan has opened its doors to 3 sixth grade and 2 seventh grade students, utilizing the wait-list procedures as presented in CMP’s Admission Policy.

We welcome these new students and families to our CMP community!

Gary Bowman

Executive Director

Re-Enrollment Packets will be going out January 29, 2018!




Packets are DUE on :  February 2, 2018!

Please be prompt in getting your child’s packet back to us. We need accurate numbers in order to start our lottery process for next year. Packets turned in AFTER the due date are considered late and you will lose your spot, In that case, you will need to fill out a lottery application for the 2018-2019 school year if you want to be entered in the lottery.

Read over the packet information and return all appropriate forms. Be sure to write legibly and fill out forms completely (this includes school and district of residence, race and ethnicity on re-enrollment form). Incomplete forms will not be accepted and will be returned to you. This could cause your child’s packet to be late!  All appropriate forms (RE-Enrollment Form and Emergency Card) need to be returned in the envelope provided, and filled out with blue or black ink. This helps to keep all papers together.

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Club Montessori 2017-2018 Sign Ups

July 25th

Carmichael Office 

10:00am - 7:00pm


CMP Clothing Sale

July 17th July 21st

8:30am - 4pm

All used items are $1.00

New "Old" Logo wear is 1/2 off original price!

New "Old" Spirit wear is 1/2 off originial price! 

Or Trade out your gently used items or someone else's!

Club Montessori 2017-2018 Sign Ups

July 17th

Carmichael Office 

7:00am - 3:30pm

Club M Summer Information!


**Please remember that you will not be enrolled into the 2019-2020 school year if you have an outstanding balance on your account**

Please go to our Club M page to get more information about signing up for Summer Intersession and the 2019 - 2020 Club M school year. 

Link to Club M page: http://www.californiamontessoriproject.ca.schools.bz/5/Content2/164

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.


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.

Early Release day - December 14th, 2019 Don't forget

Friday December 14th, 2018 is an Early Release Day! 

Club M and the Office will be closed after school is out! 

TK/K: 8:30 - 11:45am

1st - 6th: 8:30 - 12:00pm

7th/8th: 8:30 - 12:15pm

Office will be closed at 12:30pm

Basketball Sign Ups Basketball

Link to Flyer: /userfiles/164/my files/basketball flyer.pdf?id=9715

Packets are due December 10th by 3:30 – any packets turned in after that may be waitlisted.

Every page must be printed and filled out.

Games will be on Mondays and/or Wednesdays

Practices will be on Thursdays starting in January

Middle School games will be played in Elk Grove

Season is January 28th – March 11

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


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

Early Release Days Early Release Days

August 14th (Club M Open)

August 15th, 2019 (Club M Open)

August 16th, 2019 (Club M Open)

September 11th, 2019 (Club M Open)

September 25th, 2019 (Club M Open)

October 9th, 2019 (Club M Open)

October 23rd, 2019 (Club M Open)

November 13th, 2019 (Club M Open)

November 14th, 2019 (Club M Open)

November 15th, 2019 (Club M Open)

December 11th, 2019 (Club M Open)

December 20th, 2019 (PM Club M Closed)

January 8th, 2020 (Club M Open)

January 22nd, 2020 (Club M Open)

February 12th, 2020 (Club M Open)

February 26th, 2020 (Club M Open)

March 11th, 2020 (Club M Open)

March 25th, 2020 (Club M Open)

April 22nd, 2020 (Club M Open)

May 13th, 2020 (Club M Open)

May 27th, 2020 (PM Club M Closed)






K & 8th Grade Graduation Pictures - Ordering Info

Hello Graduating families

Attached you will find an order form to fill out if you wish to order graduation pictures of your child. Each family will receive one complimentary photo and certificate. The form is for any additional photos you may like to order. Please have form filled out and with your child this Friday, May 3rd.

Extra forms will be in the office as well.

Link to Form:  /userfiles/164/my files/kinder-8th grade order form (00000002).pdf?id=12175

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!

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.

CMP 2019/2020 School Year Calendar

Greetings, Families!

2019-2020 calender

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.

Our school calendar is put together to optimize student learning. It is important your child attends each and every day to receive the maximum benefits of regular participation in their Montessori classroom.  We designed this calendar in collaboration with staff, parents and students, and we are asking that all families note these intersession dates and use this calendar as a planning guide for family vacations.

 Please note the following Top Five Fun Facts about next year’s school calendar:

  • School start date is 8/14/2019; School end date is 5/27/2020
  • Initial Parent Meetings are scheduled for the first three days of school (minimum days)
  • Early Release Days (ERDs) are now scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from September through May
  • Intersessions:
    • Thanksgiving Break – one week
    • Winter Break – two weeks
    • Spring Break – one week (Club M closed)
      • Plus the Monday following Easter (Club M open)
  • Please review the new Club M Intersession schedule for details

If you have any questions, please contact your campus administrative team.


2018 Harvest Festival Menu

Food Flyer

Book Fair!!

The Book Fair will be open from 8 to 9 am Thurs. and Fri morning

we will also be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. 

The online fair provides an opportunity for those who can not make it during those hours to still shop the fair, and offers a wider selection:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=camontprojcarmichael&appesp=CPT/ib/20120101///txtl/FairFindertoHomepage

The online fair will be available until November 3rd.  All orders will be shipped to the school free of charge after that date.  It would be a great way to get some holiday shopping done and support the school at the same time. 

Pizza Friday

Pizza Friday

Voice Dialer 8-15-18

Hello CMP Carmichael Families,

We are having a great first day of school here at CMP-Carmichael!

I wanted to remind you that for dismissal, both Lower EL and Upper EL students will dismiss at 3:00 from the Engle Road carloop; Middle School dismisses at 3:15.

Please note that if you have a Middle School student AND and Lower/Upper EL student, you can pick your students up at the Gibbons Road carloop at 3:15.

Lastly, there is a message to you from our Executive Director Gary Bowman welcoming you to the new school year on our website.

Thank you so much and have a great afternoon!


Ms. Laurien

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 >

2017 Harvest Festival!


Join us

Friday, November 3rd

from 5pm - 8pm

for the 2017 Harvest Festival

Games, food, and fun are to be had! 

Harvest Festival Flyer



Drop off Loop Changes


There have been some questions regarding the drop off loop procedures, we have reviewed our system and have made a few changes. Please see below:

  1. Students are not to be dropped off prior to 8:00am. (this does not include Club M students who are in the Club M program and signed in)
  2. Parents should try to drop off by 8:25am in order to avoid a tardy for their child.
  3. Drop off begins at 8:00am and runs until 8:30am.
  4. 8:00-8:20- students are dropped off and report to the follow areas (weather permitting, if not students report to small gym):
    1. TK/K- Playground
    2. Lower Elementary (1-3)- Blacktop area
    3. Upper elementary (4-6)-Field Area
    4. Middle School (7-8)-Field Area
  5. Between 8:20am and 8:30am students can walk with a parent or themselves to class.
    1. Students and parents should wait quietly in the hall for teacher to open the door.
    2. Students should not use the office as a pass through to the campus unless they are tardy.
  6. At 8:30am gates close and late students report to office for tardy slips.
The Weekly Wave - 6/10/19 Wave

Please check out our Weekly Wave. Posted online and emailed, every week!

Link to Weekly Wave: /userfiles/164/my files/weekly wave 6.10.2019.pdf?id=12716

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”). 

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.”

2018 Harvest Festival Class Donations List

Class Donations


Hello CMP Carmichael Families,

Please find attached the 2018 Harvest Festival Class Donation Assignments flyer. This year we are doing something a little different, and rather than having donations per student, we have made the total per class. Our hope is to help minimize the cost to families and help guarantee we have enough donations to feed everyone :) We suggest speaking with your class room parent to help organize how best to go about getting the requested donations for your class.

Donations should be turned in to the office/Pacific room no later than 9am Thursday November 1st. This is so that we have time to count and make sure we have everything we need.

On behalf of the 2018 Harvest Festival Committee we would like to thank you for all your support to help make our festival amazing! If you have any questions feel free to send me a private message on FB. I am on the CMP Carmichael parent page.


Tamara Soliz

Harvest Festival Food Chair

Early Release Days - 8/29, 8/30 & 8/31

TK/K: 8:30am - 11:45am

1st - 6th: 8:30am - 12:00pm

7th & 8th: 8:30am -12:15pm

Pizza Friday - 3/29/19

All Orders must be to the office by 3:30pm TUESDAY, March 26th!

Order pizza for your student!

Pizza will be delivered to the classrooms for lunch. 


*All sales are final. There will be no refunds, exchanges, or swap requests for any reason (including absences).                                                           Thank you for your understanding. 

Link to Flyer: /userfiles/164/my files/pizza flyer 3.29.2019.pdf?id=11626

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 6/10 -6/12 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups Punch Card
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

New Parent Orientation New Parent Orientation

Monday, August 14th

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. 

Harvest Festival Great Pumpkin Contest!

** Contest open to all CMP Carmichael families * *

Harvest Festival Flyer

6 divisions: TK/K, Lower El, Upper El, Middle School, High School, Adults

YOU decide what makes your pumpkin great!! Is it because it’s decorated like a spooky goblin or bedazzled like a shimmering mermaid? Or maybe it’s carved like a totem pole! Whatever it is, make it great!!



• Pumpkins must be checked in between 3-5pm on Friday, 11/2. There will be a check-in station outside the office and marked sections for each division.

• Judging by public vote during the festival. One winner from each division awarded a gift card—announced at 7:30pm. Entrant does not need to be present to win.

• Entries must be labeled with proper label (provided to you).

• Entries must be a “pumpkin” - up for interpretation.

• Entries must be made with love! Entries deemed inappropriate by office staff or the committee will not be entered.

• No candles, gas or open flame allowed. Must use battery operated lighting. No electricity provided.

• TK/K entries must be decorated/painted rather than carved. Please allow all students to design and complete their own creations :)

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 6/3 - 6/7 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 4/8 - 4/12 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 4/29 - 5/3 Punch Card
New Parent Orientation New Parent Orientation

Mobile Livescan on site 4:30pm - 6pm (Be sure to have valid drivers license. Cost is $45 - Cash or Credit/Debit

* Hear from the Principal and Deans

* Volunteer Information - Everything you need to know to volunteer in your child's classrom.

* Car-Loop - Pick up and Drop off expectations.

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. 


Meet and Greet Meet and Greet

Tuesday, August 15th


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.  

Kindergarten Graduations Graduation Cap

June 11th, 2019

8:30 am - Manatee

9:30 am - Sea Lion

10:30am - Lion Fish & Harbor Seal

June 12th, 2019

9:00 am - Pelican & Beluga


Pizza Friday - 1/25/19 - Forms Due Tuesday, January 22nd!


Pizza Friday

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”).

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 2/25-3/1 Punch Card
4th Grade Coloma Field Trip - Packing List
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! 

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 3/25 - 3/29 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 5/20 - 5/24 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups
CMP 2017 "Design a Holiday Card" ART Contest

Snowman with shovel

We invite all CMP students to participate in our 11th annual greeting card art contest. The greeting card will be sent to staff, Board Members, Community Representatives and vendors in addition to being placed on our website. None of the artwork will be used for commercial purposes. Contest Rules and Regulations are as follows:

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.

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 5/6-5/10 Punch Card
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.

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. 

BOGO Book Fair Coming May 10th -17th

NEW digital payment option: Book Fair eWallet! Now your student can shop the Fair cash-free! Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and to create an account.  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=camontprojcarmichael3

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.

Early Release Days - May

May 1st

May 15th


Year Books On Sale Now!

Yearbook Presales are starting now!! From now until December 14th,  order your yearbook and get $5.00 off!! Now is also the time to start sharing your wonderful pictures with us and possibly get them in the yearbook. Visit commpe.pictavo.com to upload your photos or purchase your yearbook online.

Link to yearbook order form: /userfiles/164/my files/yearbook presale order form 2018-2019.pdf?id=8504

Uploading pictures is very easy to do but here are some instructions just in case. Link to instructions: /userfiles/164/my files/parent- teacher upload instructions.pdf?id=8503


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. 

Box Tops!
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. 

7 Habits of Highly Effective Volunteers

7 Habits of Highly Effective Volunteers is a 45-60 minutes class that will help you better understand what it takes to be a volunteer and how important it is to volunteer.

This class is a requirement should you want to volunteer in the classroom or on field trips.

Please visit the link below to sign up!!


Club M Punch Card Sign Ups: 5/13 - 5/17 Punch Card
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. 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, the state academic testing program

February 23, 2018

Dear CMP Families,

This Spring will be our fourth year of participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, the state academic testing program.  Students in third through eighth grade will be participating in the computer adaptive CAASPP, for English/Language Arts and Mathematics.  This year our fifth and eighth grade students will again take the field test of the California Science Test or CAST.  As a field test, students will not receive scores for science this year.

Prior to administration of CAASPP, students will have the opportunity to participate in a training test, if needed, and interim assessments to help students become comfortable with process of online testing.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving more detailed student testing information through campus communications.  Your student’s teacher will let you know when their classroom will be testing.  Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments; however, we strongly encourage every student to participate.  The tests are one indicator of how our students are progressing, and assists us in program planning.

Please do not hesitate to contact your campus principal or me if you have any questions.


Dorothy Hilts

CMP Network Testing Coordinator

(916) 714-9702







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

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 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.



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.  

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

Club M Punch Card Sign Ups - 5/28 - 5/31 Punch Card
Club M Punch Card Sign Ups
Carmichael Weekly Wave - August 27, 2018
Volunteer Opportunities! Volunteer Opportunities

Harvest Festival and Read-a-Thon Coordinators needed! 

2018-2019 Classroom Supply Lists School Supplies

Help your student be prepared for their first day of school!  Here are the class supply lists by grade levels.


2018-2019 TK/K School Supply List

2018-2019 Lower El School Supply List

2018-2019 Upper El School Supply List

2018-2019 Middle School Supply List




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

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