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Online Newsletter, Issue No. 24 - Spring 2016
CMS Conference Truly "Inspired and Ignited"!
The CMS conference held this year on April 9th at Kingsgate Conference Center at University of Cincinnati was a huge success scoring a 4 ˝ stars out of 5 with over 400 attendees.

Mercy Montessori Students Plant A Garden to Support Elderly Neighbors
Student-planted produce will support the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Food Pantry

As part of their Erdkinder* program, Mercy Montessori's upper elementary and junior high students are growing food to support Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM). MNM works to combat the challenge of food insecurity by providing nutritionally balanced bags of food to seniors living in Walnut Hills and Evanston. Over the winter Mercy students germinated and studied seedlings for over 60 types of types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

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CMS Member School Spotlight: Pleasant Ridge Montessori

As a public, neighborhood Montessori school, we have a unique opportunity to deliver lessons/activities, and provide real-life and connected experiences to a rich and diverse culture of students.

Our teachers support individuals in a peaceful learning community built on respect and responsibility. Community/classrooms foster freedom, work choice, and responsibility. Students participate in developing class rules and expectations. Our students care for each other and their learning environment.

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The Public Montessori Teacher Café
by Laureen Golden

Public Montessori Teacher (PMT) Café was a dynamic group of Montessorians who passionately engaged in conversations that matter at the 2016 Public Montessori Teacher Cafe. Approximately 40 individuals gathered for the morning Cafe (Breakout B) and over 30 individuals gathered for the afternoon Cafe (Breakout C). Both sessions were comprised predominantly of public Montessori teachers, with several parents, teachers in training, admins, teacher trainers, and organization reps (from CMS, OMA, AMS and XUMI) mixed in. Teachers in Session B predominantly serve the 6-12 and 12-18 level, whereas the majority of teachers from Session C served the 3-6 level (with PMT from other levels sprinkled in).

About the Data
In order to share a summary of the conversations in a way that is meaningful, the Core Planning Team aggregated and read through participant responses, looking for patterns and themes.

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The New School Montessori Celebrates Service Week
By Anne Baumgardner
"Service Week" at The New School Montessori was amazing! For five days, students in first through sixth grade volunteered at humanitarian organizations around the city, made blankets for the Linus Project, listened to speakers from the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, made sandwiches for a local food pantry and participated in beautification efforts on our own campus.

Some of the younger students grew tired but wanted to keep working because they knew their work was important. When summarizing the experience during one of their reflection exercises, a student chose "sadness and hope" as words that encapsulated her feelings.

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CMS Board Member Spotlight: Valerie Dyas
Current School/ Occupation: Montessori Parent/stay at home mom 
Years of Teaching:
Why did you choose Montessori? I knew I had a way with getting through to children and the philosophy was just so clear, it only made sense. Studying how to be completely present yet omniscient at the same time was something that was very important for me. I wanted to use this knowledge when teaching children in the classroom as well as to be able to raise my family in the same light.

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Community Calendar
Professional Development Workshop Opportunities, Montessori School Open Houses, and more! Check the calendar here.