Welcome to the Current Family Portal! Here you can find our Family Handbook, family resources, community resources, current and archived family updates, the Back to School Packet, and individual Back to School Forms.
Welcome to City Garden Montessori School!
As we embark on this new way of how school is conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that you may consider this handbook as something designed for when all of our students will be able to attend school in person. However, it is jam-packed with information about our practices, structures and procedures that will guide you through the school year, even if some of the sections may seem irrelevant right now.
Please read through the Handbook carefully. We invite you to ask questions, take a few moments to observe your child in their virtual classroom, and engage your child in a conversation about what happened during their school day.
Our primary goal is to ensure that each child masters essential skills in the core subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and cultural studies, while integrating the arts, physical activity and community service into the curriculum. Our school is anchored in the Montessori Theory of Development. The rich economic, racial, and cultural diversity of our neighborhood means that we have additional goals beyond essential classroom skills: we also value the life skills of nurturing true community and working for social justice. At City Garden, we all learn how to value differences, how to value our local and our global world, and how to live peaceful and sustainable lives. We have a strong commitment to Anti-Bias and Antiracism work and are actively working to dismantle both bias and racism. It is our privilege to serve you and your children this year at City Garden. Please come forward with enthusiasm, commitment and suggestions for our community.
We would like City Garden parents’ and guardians’ input as we determine what changes might be needed regarding our neighborhood catchment area. Please click the button below to fill out the Parent & Guardian Catchment Expansion Survey.
Please click the button below to read a full Report for the Affordable Housing Task Force on the changes in our neighborhoods.
You will also find the COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video below. In order to ensure the safety and well being of our children and staff, we ask that each child planning to be in the school building this fall watch the following COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video. The video features City Garden students demonstrating how to maintain social distance, wear a mask, participate in daily temperature checks, and participate in drop-off and pick-up protocol.
Each member of our staff has put together a Google Slideshow containing photos, classroom information, and a welcome video (to view the welcome videos, click the Present button in the top, right hand corner in order to enable Presentation Mode). To view each staff member's Meet the Teacher Slideshow, please click the hyperlinked text below!
Primary 1 - Ms. Shannon Adams and Ms. Helen Sayre
Primary 2 - Ms. Hilary Fischman and Ms. Mary Halim
Primary 3 - Ms. Amy Willems and Ms. Emilie Moroney
Lower Elementary 1 - Ms. Brenda McDonald
Lower Elementary 2 - Ms. Danielle Combs and Mr. Chris Stevenson
Lower Elementary 3 - Ms. Becky Broshears and Mr. Nick Diener
Upper Elementary - Ms. Ariel Campbell and Mr. Matt Jaworski, Ms. Lauren Denney, Mx. Ollie Ganim, Ms. Vida Weekly
Junior High - Ms. Amy Denother, Mr. Pat Garrett, and Ms. Marina Henke
School Support Staff - Mr. Robert Nelson and Ms. Michelle Marshall
Specials Guides - Ms. Trisha Anderson, Señorita Juliet Salih, and Mr. Norman Williams.
Director of Academic Support Services & Reading Specialist - Ms. Cathy Bain
Reading Specialist - Ms. Anne Beney
1) You Got This! - Video Support from i-Ready
2) Introducing i-Ready Assessment At Home for Families
3) Family Guidance for Administering the Diagnostic from Home
4) Partnering with Families When Assessing at Home
5) i-Ready Family Guide
Starting in October, we will have a plethora of FABULOUS Friday activities for students. To learn more about these activities, when they will happen, and how to get involved, click the button below.
Has your child (or children) been accepted to City Garden Montessori School's Charter School Program or Preschool Program? If so, please click the respective buttons below to submit a Confirmation of Enrollment Form for each child, depending upon the program to which they were accepted.
As a current student at City Garden Montessori School, your child is guaranteed placement at CGMS for the 2021-22 school year. However, in order to confirm his or her enrollment, you must fill out this form by April 23, 2021. Click the button below.
Has your child (or children) been accepted to City Garden Montessori School's Charter School Program or Preschool Program? If so, please click the button below to submit a Student Information Packet for each child.
To fill out the Back to School Packet, please click here. If you find that you made a mistake, or need to resubmit one of the forms in the Back to School Packet, please re-submit the form through the hyperlinked text below.
1. Attendance Policy and Procedure Form
2. Breakfast and Lunch Program Form
3. Code of Conduct for Parents4. Dismissal Form5. Family Contract6. Google Account-Internet Access Form
7. Media Consent Form8. Parent/Guardian Volunteer Commitment Commitment Form 2020-20219. Pick Up Permission Form