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YCOE Notice of Public Hearing for the SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan

YCOE Notice of Public Hearing for the SELPA Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan:

The Yuba County SELPA Superintendents’ Council hereby gives notice that a Public Hearing will be held as stated in the attachment: YCOE Notice of Public Hearing.

Distance Learning Site

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! 

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."

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.

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!

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.

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

CMP "Design a Holiday Card" ART Contest-deadline 11/8/19!

We invite all CMP students to participate in our 13th 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. Click here for Contest Rules and Regulations as well as the Entry Form which must be signed by a parent.

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.

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

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!

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:

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 Also, all current openings are posted on

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).

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 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. 


Please pick up any medications your child has in the office by the last day of school! Any medications left over the summer will be disposed of. Any over-the-counter and prescription medications your child needs to take at school must have a PERMISSION TO ADMINISTER MEDICATION FORM signed by a Doctor. Please pick up a new form in the office or download from our webpage if your child will need medication available at school in the fall.

Pinkberry Is BACK - 6/4/19! Pinkberry logo

Due to popular demand-PINKBERRY will be returning to campus on Tuesday, June 4 between 1:45pm-4pm. Please bring $4 cash for your choice of yogurt and toppings. Click here for the full flyer!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon - 5/7/19 Teacher appreciation sign

Please help us celebrate our teachers & assistants here at CMP-American River Campus for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year! We are hosting a teacher luncheon on Tuesday, May 7, at 11:00 am. Sign up online by clicking here to bring a salad, dessert or other yummy item and to help out at our student recess.

4/29 Lottery Results available May 8

Parents, the April 29th lottery results will be available on Wednesday,  May 8th.  You can call the campus to find out your child’s spot on the waitlist at 916-864-0081.  Thank you and good luck!

Principal's Cafe changed to Wednesday, May 1!

Our parent meeting will be on Wednesday, May 1st, from 8:30am to 9:30am. Our Principal, Julie Miller, will be joined by our Executive Director, Gary Bowman, to discuss our LCAP funding for next year.  This is a great opportunity to share your ideas about improvements you would like considered for our school.

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.


Attention: Important Student Early Pick-up Instructions

If a parent or guardian calls in and requests someone other than themselves pick up their child, and this person is not on the student’s emergency card, please follow the required process:

  • The request needs to be in writing from a verified email address. The email address needs to be on file in the student record or on the emergency card.
  • The request must include the full name of the person picking up.
  • Identification will be verified.  This person must have a valid ID on them at the time of pickup for the student to be released.

Sherry Butler   
Student Service Coordinator
California Montessori Project
5330-A Gibbons Dri., Ste. 700
Carmichael, CA 95608
916-971-2432 x172

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.

*New* American River Campus Tour scheduled - 4/9/19 @ 9AM

The American River Campus has scheduled a tour on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. A tour is mandatory for anyone interested in submitting an application for our lottery on April 22 to fill all remaining 2019/20 spots (and wait list). No sign up is required, just come to campus (adults only please). Download the Montessori 2019/20 Verification Form if your student will have completed at least one year of Montessori experience.

Campus Yearbooks - $30 until 4/30!

Campus yearbooks are now on sale for $30 until April 30!  Please print out the order form and turn it in with payment to the office or order your yearbook online using the link below.  Make sure you fill out your child’s first and last name and their classroom.  Note that this is NOT the middle school yearbook but the campus yearbook.

Re-Enrollment Packets due Friday, January 25!!

Re-enrollment packets for the 2019-2020 school year were sent home with students Friday, January 18th. The packets contain two items, the re-enrollment form and new emergency card, that need to be returned Friday, January 25th to your child's classroom teacher. The packets also contain next year’s school calendar. 

  • If your student has a sibling that you plan on entering in the lottery for the 2019-20 school year, please stop by the office and pick up an application.
CMP Basketball Sign Ups due Friday 12/14!

It’s basketball time! Click here for the signup packet for students in 4th though 8th grade to be completed and turned in to the office by 12/14.  Contact if you are interested in coaching! Practices will be held Tuedsays and Wednesdays starting January 15.

CMP-American River 2018 Spelling Bee Champs!

Congratulations to Cooper and Luke, the American River campus spelling bee champs for lower and upper elementary! We wish Luke the best on his journey to the Regional Spelling Bee.

Variety Show Sign Ups - 12/11/18!

Variety Show Sign Ups are happening soon!! Tuedsay, December 11 after school from 3-4pm in the MP Room. Please click here to download the sign-up form - BRING the completed form and any music on a thumb/flash drive. The form details all practice dates and guidelines. December 11 is sign ups only, no performances. The Variety Show will be held on Friday, February 1 at 6pm.

Annual Spelling Bee Night - 12/6/18

CMP American River's annual Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, December 6 in the MP room. Representatives from the lower elementary classes will participate starting at 5:30pm and upper elementary will follow at 6:45pm.

Middle School New Student Info Night - 12/11/18

Come meet the middle school teachers for an overview presentation of the program here at the American River campus. There will also be a panel of alumni students and parents to answer any questions! Meeting will be held 12/11/18 at 5:30pm in the MP Room.

Family Night Out Fundraiser - Blaze Pizza 12/11/18

PIZZA NIGHT!!! Please join us for a Family Night Out at BLAZE Pizza on Tuesday, December 11 between 5-8pm. Location is in Gold River at 2137 Gold Center Lane. Bring the Blaze Fundraiser flyer and they will donate 20% of proceeds to the school!

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.

Get Your Harvest Festival Food/Games Map!

Our Harvest Festival is here! October 26 from 5-8pm. Click here for the list of food and activities and their various ticket quantities, as well as a map marking their locations. The office will be open for ticket sales starting at 4:45pm. Presale tickets may be picked up in the staff room, which is located in the hallway behind the MP Room. The blacktop will be open for extra parking during the event. Please keep in mind that while the students may wear costumes to the Harvest Festival, they may not wear their costumes during the school day. Also, masks and weapons are not allowed. 


Family Night Out Fundraiser - Noodles & Co.

Join us for dinner on Tuesday, November 6 from 4pm-8pm at NOODLES & CO., 6123 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights. Noodles donates 25% of our purchases back to the school. Please click here to download the fundraiser flyer to show when ordering!

CMP-American River RAPIDS apparel available to order!

The 2018-19 American River campus T-Shirts and sweatshirts, featuring our RAPIDS mascot, are available for ordering until November 2. Both youth and adult apparel ordered by November 2 will be delivered to classrooms for distribution before Thanksgiving! Click HERE to complete the order form and turn in your check/cash payment to the office. Contact with questions.

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! 

BOO Grams on sale 10/10!

Send a personal BOO Gram message and treat to a friend! Middle School will be selling grams before and after school near the front drop-off loop and parking lot loop. Options include a $1 candy/gram, and $3 and $5 candy/plush toy/grams. Pre-orders start 10/10 until they sell out. Grams will be delivered on Wednesday, October 31.

Cardboard Challenge! 10/12/18

CMP will be joining the Cardboard Challenge along with 867,439 participants from 80 countries to celebrate the genius of every child and the simple things adults can do to foster it. Last year was a blast with creativity, teamwork and grit producing spectacular games and sights! Parents are needed to assist in post-challenge clean up. WHERE: CMP-AR Blacktop. TIMES: Building from 9:00am - 11:00am. PLAY/EXPLORE/VIEW CREATIONS of the other classes: 11:00 am.  More info:

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. 

2018 Harvest Festival Volunteers Needed!

The CMP American River Harvest Festival is Friday, October 26thfrom 5-8pm.  There are many different ways CMP parents and family members can help make this event the best it can be for our students.  It’s also a great way to meet families in other grade levels and classrooms.  Please email Renee Ethier with any questions about the sign-ups!

Haunted House

Decorating the Campus

Silent Auction and

Pre-Sale Tickets  Please contact the office if you’d like to help here.

Please see full details about all Harvest Festival volunteer opportunities and thank you for your support!!

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.  

Calling all 2018 Chili Cook-off Contestants!

We are seeking contestants for our annual chili cook-off at the Harvest Festival, Friday, October 26th. If you would like to participate please read the attached flyer and fill out the chili entry form with a recipe list attached by Friday, October 19th. Chili will need to be at school, fully cooked on Friday, October 26th by 4:45 pm. If you have any questions please email Lindsay Griffin at

Haunted House Construction Meeting 10/3

Haunted House planning/construction meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:30 pm in front of the library. We will be discussing design and building of props. If you would like to help out, please join us. The Haunted House is a centerpiece of our annual Harvest Festival!  Proceeds from this attraction benefit the Middle School immersion trips.

Haunted House Planning Meeting haunted house

The Harvest Festival is sneaking up on us and it is time to start planning the Haunted House! Join us on Thursday, 9/27 at 3:15pm in the Middle School classrooms to discuss planning, building, and staffing of the Haunted House. We will have weekly meetings on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons.  

Violin with Ms. Ingrid starting soon!

Sacramento Institute for Music & the Arts MusicLIVE Strings Program brings violin instruction to the American River campus. An informational meeeting for beginning students will be held on Monday, October 1 at 3:05pm in the library. Children will be sized for instruments at this time. Classes start October 15th for beginners and October 17 for returning and advanced students. Information on enrollment is available online at Enrollment is limited!

Click here for their informational flyer. Click here for the 2018/19 schedule.

Family Night Out Fundraiser - CHIPOLTE 10/16/18!

Join us for dinner on Tuesday, October 16 from 4pm-8pm at CHIPOLTE, 5851 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights. Chipolte donates a portion of our purchases back to the school. Please download the fundraiser flyer to show when ordering!

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

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

Parents/Volunteers: TB Test and Flu Shot Clinic - 9/19

We will have a TB Test and Flu Shot clinic on campus the morning of Wednesday, September 19, from 8:00-9:30am. The flu shot is $30 per regular flu shot, $35 for preservative free flu shot (required by CA law for pregnant women). This year, they will be offering the TB assessment form in lieu of the skin test for only $10! Please see the attached form to determine if the assessment will work for you.

CMP Volleyball Season is here!

CMP Volleyball is open to all 4th-8th graders. Games are played Mondays from 5-8pm starting 9/24 and run through 11/5. Practices are held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30pm starting 9/11. Sign up forms are available online and in the office. Forms require a parent signature and are due by Friday, 9/7. CMP American River is seeking Assistant Coaches for our volleyball teams! Anyone interested needs to have a clear Live Scan report as well as a negative TB test or TB assessment on file. Please contact Mr. Sam Baeder at if you can help!

Introducing Aeries Communication Aeries Logo

Dear American River Families, 

We are excited to announce that we will be piloting Aeries Communications this year: a new communication tool to connect our school community.

Aeries Communications is a simple tool that allows for quick, easy, and secure engagement with parents, teachers, and staff. Aeries Communications allows parents to choose their notification preference: email, phone calls, and/or text messaging. In addition, an Aeries App can be downloaded for communication via app notification!

You will receive an invitation to set up your account on August 21st by email. If you would like more information on how the program works, check out this document: Parent and Guardian Walkthrough.

If you have any questions or need to change your contact information on file, please contact your school office.


Julie Miller

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

End of Year Parent Letter Principal's message

Dear CMP American River Families,


As the school year is quickly coming to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the accomplishments and successes of our school this year-

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. 

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. 

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. 


Art Festival

Our annual Art Festival is fast approaching!  The event will be held next Friday, May 18th, from 5:00 to 7:30pm.  This year’s event will include:


  • An opening performance by our violin students at 5:00pm in the center courtyard.
  • A Silent Auction in Room 16 featuring student artwork from each classroom.
  • Interactive activities, including a MonArt project with Ms Teresa in the Library.
  • Art Exhibits featuring student artwork displayed by each class. 
  • This year’s food will be provided by Cowabunga BBQ.  Please see the attached flyer to preorder food.  20% of all orders will go back to CMP.  Preorders must be turned into the office by Wednesday, May 16th.  Additional food will be available the night of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cowabunga BBQ preorder flyer

Thank you and hope to see you there!

2nd Annual CMP AR Blood Drive

Our CMP campus is hosting a blood drive in honor of Leukemia patients on May 4th from 3:30-7:00pm. Anybody interested in donating can sign up online at, location code: D368.  In case you didn't know, giving blood is very beneficial to people with blood-borne cancers, and who have been in a serious injury and are in need of blood. This year, we are hoping to get even more donors than last year, so if you have blood, consider sparing a pint. It really does save lives. Flyers and posters are located around the campus, please visit the online link to sign up.
location code: D368

Yearbook Sales yearbook on sale

Our 2017-2018 campus yearbooks are now on sale!  For the rest of April, you can purchase your campus yearbook for $30!  You can pay in the office with cash or a check or you can go online to and click the CMP American River Store.  Make sure you purchase your yearbook today before the price goes up!


Also, we are asking parents if you have fun pictures from events at school that you would like to offer to go in the yearbook, you can email them to Ms. Natalie at or to our yearbook parent Brittani Onishi at .  Please make sure that in the subject line you put what event the pictures are from.  For example, Harvest Festival, or Running Club, or Room 3 classroom pictures.  We hope to get a wide range of wonderful pictures to choose from!


Movie Night Out movie reel and popcorn

Our 9-12 team is hosting a Parent's Night Out Movie Night fundraiser this Friday, April 20th from 6-8:15pm. 

The cost is $10 per enrolled student.  Ticket includes movie & kid's dinner hot dog, mac & cheese and water.

Students may bring a pillow and blaket or sleeping bag.

Please look for more information on the attached flyer.

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

New Lottery Date Added!

We will be offering another tour on April 11th at 9:00am. To sign up, please visit our Lottery & Enrollment Page: Lottery & Enrollment. This is the last tour before the lottery. 

April 2018 Current Now Available

The April issue of our Campus News is now available.  Please take a look and see what has been going on around campus.

April 2018 Current


It’s approaching that time again; time to take the CAASPP Summative Assessments. Each assessment period should last approximately a week. Needless to say, attendance is extremely important during this time. In the event of a planned absence, please let the office staff and your teacher know ahead of time so a makeup time can be scheduled. Last but not least, relax and encourage your child to do their best. The CAASPP Assessments were designed with the purpose of informing our teaching and learning. In other words, we want to know what your child knows. Thank you for your cooperation.


5th & 8th grade Science Testting: April 9-13
4th, 5th & 6th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: April 16-27
3rd, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: April 30-May4


Barnes & Noble Bookfair Fundraiser Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Our Middle School is hosting a Barnes & Noble Bookfair on the evening of Tuesday, March 6th from 4-9pm, at the Barnes & Noble in the Birdcage Shopping Center.  A portion of purchases made from families showing the attached flyer will go towards Middle School immersion trips.  You may also visit online at between March 6 and 11 and enter the bookfair ID: 12318028 at checkout.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair flyer

Campus Yearbook on Sale Now order your yearbook

Our 2017-2018 campus yearbooks are now on sale!  During the month of March, you can purchase your campus yearbook for just $25!  You can pay in the office with cash or check or you can go online to, search CMP and select the CMP American River Store.  Make sure you purchase your yearbook today before the price goes up!

ATS Testing sac state logo

All 4th-8th grade students are invited to participate in Sacrament State’s Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program! The qualifying exam is being offered on March 2, 2018 at 3:15 p.m. at CMP/American River in the cafeteria . The testing fee is $15, paid on the day of the qualifying exam. ATS provides fun, interactive, and unique summer courses on the CSUS campus. The attached flier and sign-up form provide more detailed information. Turn in the sign-up form by February 16 to the office.

ATS sign-up form

Cultural Fair globe with flags

Please join us on Friday, February 23rd from 5-7 for the annual CMP American River Philanthropic Cultural Fair. Classrooms are magically transported to different countries around the globe. Come enjoy the fine food, activities and games that will be on offer! Not only will we enjoy each other’s company, we will also raise monies to benefit Heifer Project International.  
We are also seeking donations of plates, napkins, and forks for this event.  Please sign up using the following link 


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

Valentine Grams 2 hearts

Greetings CMP American River Families,

The middle school students are selling Valentine Grams until Wednesday, February 14th (or until supplies last). Please support our middle school by surprising your child with a Valentine gram and a personalized message. Valentine Grams will be sold before and after school, and during Kindergarten pick up, and will be delivered to your child's class on Valentine's Day! See the attached flyer for more information.

Valentines Grams flyer

Variety Show Variety Show flyer

Our annual Variety Show is taking place this Friday, February 2nd!    The doors open at 5pm and the show will begin at 6pm.  The cost of admission is $5.

There will be a concession stand open during the show; before, during intermission, and after.  We are looking for food donations and volunteers to work the concession stand.  Use the following link to sign up:

This event is so much fun and entertaining!  Don’t miss it!

Enchanted Evening Family Dance enchanted evening whimsical scene

Come dance the night away!
Students can bring a special loved one --
Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle...
There will be music, friends, and treats.
We hope to see you at our Second Annual
Enchanted Evening ! 


February 9, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm

CMP - American River MP Room

Adults: $7 each
                                                           Children: $3 each

All grades welcome.  Enrolled CMP American River students only.  Space is limited and tickets are first come, first serve.  Online ticket sales go live Jan. 31st at 9am.

Sign up here:

Parent Education Event community engagement

Please join us at our parent education night scheduled this Thursday, January 25th from 6-8pm.   "Life Span of Montessori Families in the Real World"  will be presented by Teresa Lyday-Selby and Norman Lorenz.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  RSVP to this event by calling our office at 864-0081. 

Parent Education Flyer

Club M Intersession sign-up Club M logo

Parents, sign up for our Club M November Intersession, on 11-20-17 and 11-21-17, is now available.  Club M will have games and crafts and experiments, oh my! 

Please follow this link to sign your child up

You can pay with cash or check in the office or if you would like to pay online, please follow this link

You must sign up AND pay by Thursday, November 16th in order to ensure your spot.  Staffing and materials are based on the number of children signed up so late sign-ups will not be accepted.

Shop on Amazon? Earn money for our school! amazon smile logo

Ready or not the holiday shopping season is among us!  If you shop on Amazon start earning money for our school today when you sign up with Amazon Smile!  Amazon Smile is a program that gives back to charitable organizations every time you shop Amazon. It’s *very* simple to use and each time you shop the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to California Montessori Project.


It's a quick, easy and painless sign up!  Follow the directions provided to get started!

Art to Remember Orders Due Soon! Art to Remember

Attention Parents!


Our school is participating in the creative fundraiser, Art to Remember.  This fundraiser allows you to purchase keepsake products customzied with your child's art. 


Personized order forms were sent home on October 30th.  Orders can be placed online at using code included on the form, or turned into the office with cash/check (made out to CMP) payment.  Orders are due by Monday, November 6th.


  • Over 40 keepsake products avialable, all featuring your child's artwork. See sample product page here.
  • Many of the products are less than $15
  • Safe, secure online ordering available - You can share your code with other family members and invite them to order
  • Art to Remember keepsakes are perfect for many gift giving occasions.


If you need your child's online order code please contact the office.


25% of sales go back to CMP to provide school wide art supplies.

Parent Survey feedback thumbs up

Dear Parents and Community Members,

We have prepared a short survey regarding the October Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you were able to attend a Parent/Teacher Conference last month, please take a moment to complete our online survey at, Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey.   

Middle School Information Night Save the date post it note

Please update your calendar! 

The Middle School Information Night has been rescheduled from November 1st to November 14th at 5:30.


The CMP-AR middle school teachers are hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, November 14th beginning at 5:30pm in room 16. Come meet the teachers as they give an overview presentation of the middle school program here at our campus. We hope to see you there!

Harvest Festival 2017 Harvest pumpkin



Greetings American River Families,


Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Friday, October 27th from 5-8pm.  This is our biggest event of the year and such a great opportunity to build up our wonderful community! Here are some ways you can help make this year’s event successful!


Chili Cook Off

Silent Auction

Haunted House



Thank you for your support of this wonderful event!

National School Attendance Month September Attendance Month

September is National School Attendance Month. Please help your child by supporting positive attendance and scheduling vacations during summer and intercessions. Let's work together to raise our overall attendance rates!!

Solar Eclipse

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Monday’s solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many teachers have been doing activities in class that provide a great learning opportunity.

  • To keep all students safe, please talk to your child about NOT looking at the sun and the dangers of doing so. Our teachers are having the same conversation in class.
  • Teachers who are taking their students to view the eclipse will have a device to use such as a pinhole camera or the authorized glasses. There will be at least 2 adults with the class providing supervision.
  • There will be no outside PE/recess between 9-11:45am. Teachers who opt to stay indoors will work on activities related to the solar eclipse and watch it on TV.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your classroom teacher.


Julie Miller
California Montessori Project

American River Campus at Leighton Little John
6838 Kermit Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 864-0081

Important Summer Reminders important

Dear CMP/American River Families:

We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are excited to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year.  Whether you are new to CMP American River or a veteran parent, please take a moment to review the following important information and upcoming dates to prepare you for the start of the school year.



Website under construction website under construction

Welcome to CMP-American River’s new website format!  We are currently in the process of rebuilding the website for the new school year.  Thank you for your patience with us through this process.

Supply Lists School Supplies

CMP is here to provide you with some much-awaited information on the upcoming lottery.

Thank you for your patience; we have Good News! 

We have been busy digitizing our application and forms to create an online application, virtual lottery and registration process.  This lottery application and process will mirror our public random lottery draw process, but will now be available through a new online platform: SchoolMint. 


For more information on enrollment and lottery go to:

CMP's Annual Holiday Card Contest Winner! 2019 Holiday Card

Congratulations to Jazmine Sulcer, whose Holiday Card design was selected to represent the American River Campus.A winner was selected from each campus by CMP's Administrative Office. We appreciated all the beautiful, heartwarming designs!

Middle School Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum Showcase - May 30, 2019

Our community is invited to the Curriculum Showcase for Middle School NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). This will be held in the Gibbons Room at the CMP Central Administration Office on Thursday, May 30th, 2pm-4pm.

Pinkberry coming to CMP American River! Pinkberry logo

Join us for a sweet fundraiser on Wednesday, May 29 for Pinkberry on campus between 1:45-4:00 pm. Bring your cash, $4 each including toppings. Flavors will include Original, Chocolate Hazelnut, Tropical Mango, Meyer Lemon; toppings will include strawberries, pineapple, brownie, mochi, boba, and chocolate chips. Click here for the flier!

Grad Grams & Summer Send-Off Grams on sale 5/17! graduation cap picture

Celebrate your student with a Grad Gram or Summer Send-Off gram for $1 or $5. The gram includes either a lollipop or stuffed animal delivered the last week of school to the classrooms. Middle school will sell the grams in the mornings, at Kindie pick-up, and after school - they sell out fast! Click here for the flyer.

CMP/AR Blood Drive TODAY - 5/10/19! May 10, 2019 Blood Drive Flyer

Please sign up online for our annual Blood Drive in honor of Leukemia patients. Visit and use location code D368. All participants will receive a promo code for a SF Giants T-shirt for 200 Rewards. You must bring a Photo ID to the MP Room. The entire process takes about an hour. Please eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donating!

SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS - Bake Sale & Pizza Sale!!

Please support our teachers attending the American Montessori Society national conference in Washington, D.C. this year. We'll be having a BAKE SALE on Thursday, March 7, after school in front of the MP Room. Sign up and bring treats to the office: We will also have a PIZZA SALE on Friday, March 8 from 2-2:30pm and 3-3:30pm at the front and back pick-up loop area. Get a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza for $3. Download complete flyer by clicking here.

Valentine Grams for sale starting Tuesday 2/5 Valentine's Day graphic

Middle School will be selling Valentine Grams starting on Tuesday, February 5, before and after school. A gram and lollipop is $1, a gram and stuffed animal is $5 - see signs posted around campus. Grams will be devliered on Valentine's Day. They always sell out so buy yours early!

Parent Education Night: Life Span of Montessori Families in the Real World

Please join us for a night of discussion about human development reflecting Montessori philosophy and principles, led by Dr. Norman Lorenz and Ms. Teresa Lyday-Selby. Tuesday, January 29, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Library. Please RSVP by calling 916-864-0081 by Friday, January 25--childcare will be available depending on the numbers reserving space. Click here for the complete flyer.

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.

Campus Advisory Council - CAC

Parents are invited to attend our first CAC meeting of the year – Thursday, September 20 at 3:30p in Room 16. Discussion will focus on our upcoming Harvest Festival. The mission of the CAC is to work with the campus Principal, teachers, and parents to build positive relationships, develop unity and increase involvement in the campus community.

Vote For Us!! Everyday! scholar dollar grant

Dear Parents,

Our 3 CMP San Juan Campuses, recently applied for a ScholarDollars 529 Grant of $10,000!  Voting opened this week.

This grant offers awards in several categories which will be awarded based on a tally of the daily votes that each school gets during the voting window of March 12th – March 23rd.  We are planning to upgrade our libraries with the funds received.  Please help us earn this grant by:




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.

Club M Summer Intersession sign ups Club M logo

Club M SUMMER INTERSESSION SIGN UP IS HERE! We have so many exciting games, crafts, and experiments planned, as well as some special guest speakers!  2019-2020 Club M contracts must be turned in before attending.  Contracts are available online and in the office.  A school day is from 8:30-3:00 pm and is $22 per day per child.  A full day is from 7:00-6:00 pm and is $32 per day per child.  Payment MUST be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to attending to confirm your spot. READ MORE for extra special days!

The weeks of June 17th and July 8th are our Art Weeks.

The weeks of June 24th and July 22nd are our Science Weeks.

The weeks of July 15th and July 29th are our Build and Recycle Weeks.

CMP American River Annual Art Festival - Friday, May 17, 2019 art picture

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 17th to attend our annual Art Festival from 5-7pm! Enjoy student created art works as well as dinner, prepared by Cowabunga BBQ-available for pre-order by 5/15. Click here for the order form. A silent auction for class-produced artworks will also take place to benefit our visual and performing arts programs.

See's Candy Fundraiser 3/18-3/29 See's Candy logo

In need of a special spring treat for family, friends, favorite teacher or caregiver?! Our annual See's Candy fundraiser kicks off today-please look for ORDER FORMS and collection envelopes sent home. All orders must be turned in by Friday, March 29 for delivery before our spring break.

Dino-Mite Coin Drive to Support Paradise! T-rex

March 11 - March 15 we will be having a fun-filled dinosaur-themed coin drive. The Scholastic Fund matches every donation to benefit reading programs, while our coin collection will benefit residents of Paradise! Click here for more information and details on each day's special dress theme. 

American River Cultural Fair - 3/1/19!

Mark your calendars for the CMP American River Cultural Fair - Friday, March 1 from 5-7pm. Classrooms are magically transported to countries around the globe: Italy, Vietnam, Kenya, Ecuador, Denmark, Mexico and more. Come enjoy fine food, activites and games. In addition to enjoying everyone's company, we will also raise monies to benefit Unravel Pediatric Cancer (click here for their website). Pick up your passport and sampling plate ($3 donation) in the office. Please click the following link to sign-up: **See your class web page or contact your teacher for additional classroom sign ups!!**

Join us for our amazing Variety Show - February 1--Doors open at 5pm!

Don't miss CMP American River's annual Variety Show on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 6:00pm in the MP Room-doors open at 5pm! Tickets are $5 per person at the door. A reminder for performers, the first rehearsal is January 10 at 3:15, followed by 1/17, 1/24, and 1/31. Please click here to sign up to support the show!

Indoor Recess and PE Due to Poor Air Quality

In light of the recent, tragic fires in California, we are carefully monitoring the air quality in the immediate area of our school.  The air quality is predicted to be negatively impacted over the next few days and possibly the entire week.  Due to these air quality issues, all outdoor activities, including recess and PE will be modified and held indoors.  Please let us know if your child falls into a more sensitive group and requires extra support during this time.


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

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="" ></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 >

CMP Executive Director Communication 3.14.18

Dear CMP Community,

As a follow-up to my previous communication, I wish to commend all CMP students for their peaceful response to today’s National Walkout Day. This includes students who worked in their classrooms, as well as those who chose to participate in the Walkout.


The peaceful manner in which students conducted themselves today is consistent with   the Montessori education they have received, as students at CMP.


As always, thank you for your continued support.


Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Executive Director/Superintendent

CMP American River Campus Tour Dates Montessori World

The American River Campus will be holding tours beginning in January 2020 for parents/guardians interested in enrolling their student(s) for the 2020-21 school year. Please click here for the link to review our Lottery & Enrollment procedures and tour dates. Please sign up for a tour online and arrive on time!

San Juan Unified's Free Summer Lunch Program

San Juan Unified School District provides free breakfast and lunch for kids 18 and under at various "cafe" locations for the duration of the summer. Click here for their schedule and locations!

Pre-Order dinner from Cowabunga BBQ by 5/15/19! Cowabunga logo

Our annual Art Festival on May 17, will once again feature delicious Cowabunga BBQ! Be sure to pre-order your meal by Wednesday, May 15. Click here to download the pre-order form and reserve your pulled-pork, brisket, tri-tip, hot dog and portabella sandwiches.

Scholastic Book Fair starts 3/18!

Our spring Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library from March 18-22. Monday and Tuesday the book fair will be open from 2pm-6pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday hours will be 12pm-5pm. We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases benefit our school! Click the Scholastic link to shop online from 3/10-3/29:

Pre-Order your Campus Yearbook by 3/31/19 for $25!

Campus Yearbooks are on sale now through 3/31 for $25. Please fill out an order form and pay in the office. Or, you can order online at Yearbooks will be delivered on the last day of school.

Box Tops Deadline is 3/1/19! Box Tops graphic

The deadline for submitting box tops this school year is March 1. Please bring in any and all box tops you can find in your house, office break room, neighbors, friends, family, etc! Each box top is worth $.10 for our school. You can also earn box tops through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App:

APEX FUN RUN is here!

APEX fun run held its kick-off rally at the CMP American River Campus on Tuesday, November 13th. Lessons will take place in the classrooms November 14th-16th and 26th-28th, and our fun run day is Thursday, November 29th. Students will be collecting pledges for the fun run up until the day of the run. Click here for the APEX fundraiser flyer and the Commonly Asked Questions flyer.

Montessori 101 – Parent Enrichment Presentation

Parents are invited to this one-hour presentation providing an overview of classroom and field trip etiquette, tools for communication with students, as well as important tips when preparing to volunteer at CMP.  Anyone interested in volunteering must attend Montessori 101 once before participating in the classroom, at festivals, and/or on field trips. Montessori 101 will be offered on Tuesday, 9/11 at 8:30am; Tuesday, 9/18 at 5:30pm; and Tuesday, 10/2 at 8:30am.

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

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.

Welcome to Our Beautiful Classrooms Prepared environment

Classrooms are carefully prepared environments in Montessori education, designed to promote Self-Discipline, Sense of order, Contentment, Focus/Concentration, Genuine concern for others, Independence, Love of silence, Love of learning, Self-motivation, and Happiness. These are the characteristics of the “normalized child” who has their developmental needs met. Maria Montessori considered the normalization process of premier importance, laying the groundwork for a life of learning. Read more about our Prepared Environment by clicking here!

2019 Summer Resources for Families

Check out the complete flyer for links to summer resources in our area:

  • Rotating school sites, churches and complexes offering free breakfast and lunch to kids under 18 during the summer. 
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Food Bank Programs for Families-no requirements -will only ask household size.
  • Roller Skating Program-FREE at participating sites.
  • Bowling Programs- FREE at participating sites.
Make Your Club M Plans Now for Spring Intersession: 4/22-4/26/19 Club M logo

Spring Into Science with Club M for our week of spring intersession: April 22nd – 26th!  Children will enjoy exciting science experiments, fun arts & crafts and yummy food crafts.   A visit from Mad Science kicks off the week-click here for details on the week's activities!  A school day is from 8:30-3:00 for $22 per child per day and a full day is $32 per child per day.  The final day to sign up and pay in order to confirm your spot is Friday, April 5:

Enchanted Forest Book Fair 12/3 - 12/7

Please join us for our Enchanted Forest Book Fair in the library from December 3 through December 7. We will be having extended hours this year: Monday 2pm-4pm; Tuesday 2pm-6pm; Wednesday 12pm-4pm; Thrusday 2pm-6pm; Friday 2pm-4pm. A great place for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers! You can also shop the book fair through 12/11 online:

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. 

2017-18 CAASPP Results - UPDATE Caasp Logo

The 2017-2018 CAASP results will be mailed home the week of August 31, 2018.  Please visit the links below for a guide to explain your child’s score report and provide additional resources to help you understand his or her scores.







Here at CMP American River we do enforce a dress code (not a uniform policy) that promotes the comfort and safety of all students. Importantly, sneakers should be worn for PE days, sandals should be secured with a back strap and have a flat heel, and distracting branding and cartoon characters should be worn on weekends. We post a copy of our dress code on the website as well as in the campus office.

DRESS CODE POLICY REMINDER Student in shirt and short pants

As the weather begins to warm up, please review the CMP/American River DRESS CODE POLICY with your student. In particular, shorts should be LONG and shoulders should be covered. Sandals should be flat soled with a back strap; and, running shoes should be worn for PE days.


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. 

Academic Talent Search (ATS) Summer Program at CSUS

Once again this year, CMP students are invited to participate in Sac State’s Academic Talent Search (ATS) program, which provides current 4th-9th graders the opportunity to attend fun, interactive, and unique summer courses in a collegiate environment. To participate, students need to take a short exam that automatically qualifies them for the program. The exam will be offered at CMP, American River Campus, on Friday, March 8 at 3:15 p.m. in classroom 16. Please complete the ATS Test sign up form and return to the office by 3/1/19 to reserve your spot. Bring $20 cash or check-payable to ATS to the test. The test will be about one hour. Click here for more information about ATS! If you qualify for a testing fee waiver, click here to download the form.

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.

Kovar's Satori Academy Fundraiser

Kovar’s Satori Academy has partnered with our school for a special fundraising program where ALL proceeds go directly to California Montessori Project. They are offering a five-week course of martial arts instruction AND a uniform for just $49. The entire $49 goes directly to our school and there is no obligation to continue after the five weeks. The certified Kovar’s instructors will teach our students about the importance of having respect, self-control, focus, perseverance, and courage. Donations can be made in the school office in exchange for the Kovar’s vouchers, please see the attached flyer for details. These vouchers can also be used as gift certificates for students who do not attend CMP; the program is available for anyone age 4 and up!

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”).


The American River campus is so thankful for our super lunch lady, Ms. Lucy, and the kid-friendly, healthy meals she provides. Favorite choices include popcorn chicken and cheesy breadsticks; and a salad bar and milk is always included. Students eat together in our cafeteria and practice grace and courtesy by observing quiet eating times, listening to announcements, and cleaning up after themselves. Students with food allergies are welcome at our allergy-sensitive tables. Please click here for information on San Juan Unified's Free/Reduced Meal Program.

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.  

Join us at Dos Coyotes for a Family Night Out Fundraiser-4/9/19! Dos Coyotes logo

Please join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 between 5pm-9pm. Bring the Dos Coyotes flyer to the restaurant located at 5450 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights and Dos Coyotes will donate 20% of proceeds to our school!

Annual Read-A-Thon - 3/8/19! Reading Students

Read-a-thon time is here! On Friday, March 8, we will be holding our Annual Read-a-thon to raise money for classroom materials, supplies, and field trip funds. Please support our students in this fun event! Download the parent letter and sponsor form here. All donations should be collected and turned in by 3/15.

Studio Movie Grill Tickets are back!

Need Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, or just want to show someone your appreciation? Movie tickets are always a great gift. Each ticket is $10, with 50% of sales coming back to help support the Middle School Immersion trips.You can find us this FRIDAY, at the HARVEST FESTIVAL. We will be selling tickets at a booth in the MP Room. You can also purchase tickets through December 15th by contacting Marleena Brown at Thank you in advance for supporting our middle school!


Happy Birthday Maria Montessori Maria Montessori with children

Each year we celebrate the teachings and dynamic life of Maria Montessori. She was a doctor, research scientist, and educator. Her landmark philosophy recognizes that children have a natural desire to learn and that stages of development exist for which there should be corresponding prepared educational environments. Montessori education provides pathways for creation, exploration, imagination, decision making, problem solving, and healthy social relationships that lead to concrete skills in concentration, academic and life skills. Read more about Maria Montessori by clicking here!

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.


It’s approaching that time again; time to take the CAASPP Summative Assessments. Each assessment period should last approximately a week. Needless to say, attendance is extremely important during this time. In the event of a planned absence, please let the office staff and your teacher know ahead of time so a makeup time can be scheduled. Last but not least, relax and encourage your child to do their best. The CAASPP Assessments were designed with the purpose of informing our teaching and learning. In other words, we want to know what your child knows. Thank you for your cooperation.

5th & 8th grade Science Testing: May 22 (5th grade)/May 1 (8th grade)
3rd, 7th & 8th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: May 6-May 10
4th, 5th & 6th grade Language Arts and Math Testing: May 13-May 17
Make-up testing: May 20-24

Spring Is In The Air - Donations Needed! Hula hoop girl

As the beautiful weather continues, and the rains go away, we find ourselves in need of some materials for PE and Recess. If you are able to donate soccer balls, basketballs, tennis balls, playground balls, hula hoops, and yoga mats to the school, the students would greatly appreciate it! Click here to download a flyer.

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.

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-American River Campus Tours Online Sign Ups

Please sign up online for a 2019 campus tour by clicking here! A tour is required at each campus that you plan to submit an application for. Cilck here for more information about our lottery process. Click here to download the Montessori Verification form if you have/will have at least one year of prior Montessori experience. Please have your director complete the form to turn in with your application.

Family Night Out Fundraiser - Dos Coyotes 2/4/20! Dos Coyotes logo

Join us for our first Family Night Out fundraiser of 2020 at Dos Coyotes in Citrus Heights! We'll enjoy great food for a great cause-with 20% of proceeds benefiting our Middle School program. Come Tuesday, February 4th between 5-9PM, 5450 Sunrise Blvd., Suite F and let them know you're supporting CMP!

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at CMP PBIS logo

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for organizing systems and practices that focus on creating a positive and supportive school culture for all.  Last year, our campus was awarded the bronze award from the California PBIS Coalition for the implementation of the PBIS process. With a common language, teacher and student buy-in and universal values of peace and unity, our school was recognized for their hard work. Our tier 1 implementation includes: 

  • A common language: W.A.V.E Work Together, Act Responsibly, Value your Community and Empower yourself and others. 
  • Splash Tickets which are handed out for a chance to win prizes like an extra recess, popsicle with the principal, donuts with the dean, and a "get out of the mile" pass, just to name a few. 
  • A behavior matrix for teachers and students to have a clear understanding of expected behavior around the campus. 
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: 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.”

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!

CMP 2019-2020 School-Year Calendar

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 intersession dates and use this calendar as a planning guide for family vacations. Please click here for the link to the ADA Compliant 2019-2020 School Calendar.

Welcome to the World - Annual Cultural Fair February 21! world graphic

Our students are busy preparing to welcome families to the annual Cultural Fair. Visit our classrooms, magically transported to different countries around the globe including the USA, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Thailand and many more. Families will sample cultural foods, activities and games. Not only will we enjoy each other’s company, we will also raise monies to benefit an international charity.  

Introducing Ms. Ally our Music Teacher! Music notes graphic

Ms. Ally is now a full-time Music teacher, serving the American River Campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and the CMP Orangevale Campus on Thursdays and Fridays. Previously, Ms. Ally was a lower Elementary Teacher at our Orangevale campus and a master Montessorian. Moving to a full-time Music teaching position has allowed her to shift her time and resources into providing a high-quality, Montessori music curriculum to all of the students in TK-3rd grade.  As she builds the program, she will expand to serve all grades in the future. We will welcome her at a special Principal Cafe on Monday, January 27 and hear more about our Music Program!


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. 

Spring Scholastic Book Fair Scholastic

Scholastic Book Fair's Let's Go Wild for Reading, will be open next week (March 9-13) in the Library! The book fair will be open: Monday and Tuesday from 2-6pm, and Wednesday-Friday from 12-4pm. Please check out the website for more information and volunteer opportunities. We are once again offering the eWallet option, which enables you to place money into an account for your child, if you are interested please visit the following link.

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!

CSUS Academic Talent Search (ATS) 2020

Sacramento State has previously required students to take a proctored exam in order to participate in their Academic Talent Search Summer School Program, however this year they have eliminated this prerequisite. The program is available to students who are in grades 4 through 9 this academic year. Please use the following links to find out more about the program and sign up for email updates:

Order Your Campus Yearbook Today! Yearbook image

The beautiful CMP American Campus yearbook is on sale now for the month of February at a price of $25.00.  The yearbook features class pictures, campus events, after school activities and more! (Price goes up in March and all yearbooks must be pre-ordered.) Order today online: 


Our Upper Elementary students strapped on their hiking boots and packs to experience the gold rush during their immersion trip to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. They enjoyed three days on the banks of the South Fork American River, across from the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Experiences included hiking while learning environmental stewardship, life during the gold rush, hoe-downs, campfires, and fun nights in the bunkhouses. 

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


The American River Campus spent Friday before winter break cozy and warm together in our PJ’s, with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, good book, or game. Children learned about hibernation, migration, insulation, and how animals change in winter. They enjoyed making winter crafts, a mug exchange, book exchange, hot chocolate, popcorn, and even a yummy trail mix bar!

UC Davis Children’s Hospital maraFUNrun 5K fun run picture

Students participating in our Running Club began training from October to December to increase their stamina and develop a love of running. To celebrate their achievements,  Ms. Holly and Ms. Megan joined our 1st-8th grade runners at the maraFUNrun, held in downtown Sacramento.

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.

Annual Apex Fun Run at American River apex logo

Leading up to the campus-wide APEX fun run, the APEX “Dream Team” was on campus teaching character development lessons and promoting the health benefits of running. The students loved the energy that the team brought to our campus and enjoyed seeing “Mel Fresh” in their classrooms every day. The proceeds from our biggest fundraiser of the year will be used to purchase additional materials and furniture for the classrooms.