Let the Shopping Begin and Continue…with NSM…

Have you gone and checked out the Shop to Benefit NSM page?

It has links that will raise money for the school, just by you doing your holiday shopping! (which you know you will be doing anyway…)

Links with Amazon!  You can raise money for NSM by clicking the link on the Shop to Benefit Page.  Or if you have Amazon Smile loaded on your computer.

Reach & Teach: December 5 – 10, mention NSM when you Shop for unique gifts and toys at Reach & Teach on 25th Avenue, or add “NSM” to the comments field in your online order at www.reachandteach.com. 10% of your purchase will benefit the many programs at our school.

Reading Bug: NSM is enrolled in the BugBucks program at The Reading Bug bookstore in San Carlos! The Reading Bug donates $12 to our school for every $200 spent by NSM families and friends. Simply tell the staff you’re from NSM and they will apply your purchase to the school tally. http://www.thereadingbug.com/ bugbucks/bugbucks-schools

Please be sure to let your friends and family know about all of these ideas as well!

Kids Clothing Drive with Schoola

Fri. December 9th, NSM Gym
We are having a Fall/Holiday Clothing Drive at the Friday Assembly Friday, December 9th. Please bring in your kids/women’s pre-loved clothing and drop-off in front of the gym. After we collect them, Schoola will pick-up to sell on their site. They donate up to 40% back to NSM. This is a great way to clean out your closets, recycle clothes and earn $ for NSM. Learn more by visiting http://nsmfundraising.weebly.com/schoola.html

Dinner Night Out: December 14

Wednesday, December 14, 11 am – 10 pm, The Counter in San Mateo

Bring your family and friends to The Counter in San Mateo at Hillsdale Shopping Center on Wednesday, December 14th to support NSM PTA fundraising activities. The Counter will donate 15% of all purchases including dine-in, take-out, catering and all beverage sales to the PTA, which will help support fun and educational programs scheduled throughout the year. Be sure to bring a flyer and give it to your server! So far we have raised over $500 and getting closer to our $2,000 goal for the year. Thank you for your support!

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Direct Donation Campaign: Get your Year-End Donations in!!

The direct donation campaign has done well this fall. We have raised over $75,000 with over 40% of families participating. We do have a little ways still to go before reaching last year’s total of $87,000. Now is the last chance to donate and have it count on this year’s taxes. You can donate online at http://nsmontessori.org/donate or by dropping off a check in the office.

Auction: Promote your Business

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Our annual auction, dinner and dance on March 4, 2017 seems a bit far yet, but your help is needed and greatly appreciated.  Please donate merchandise, services and/or ask your employer for a donation (the sponsorships with logos appeared on all the marketing materials due by Dec.1).  You or your extended family can also help sponsor the auction with a cash donation.  Gift certificates to Safeway, Costco, etc. are also appreciated.  All donations are due by January 31, 2017.  Check the flyer online to see how you can help, or go to www.nsmauction.org for more information.

Report your volunteer hours

We have 145 families that have not reported volunteer hours for the 1st part of the school year.  We know more of you have put in your time and effort to help the school community — so put your hours in and get the credit for it!

Just a friendly reminder to please make sure you’ve recorded your hours. It only takes a moment , just click here and do it now!

Volunteering does the mind good…

A lot of people have said 2016 has been a hard year. Many communities, and the people in them are searching for ways to be a part of something that will make a positive change to that. Volunteering is a great way to do just that. It allows you to become part of a larger community, meet people you may not meet in your everyday life, and learn skills you may not learn from your everyday workplace.

If you are lacking in Volunteer Hours, 2017 is coming, and there are a lot of opportunities for you right at NSM.

Do you want something you can do from home? Do at the school? Do with the kids or do on your own?
Are you organized? Are you detailed? Are you just not sure what you want to do or what you can do?

In January we will be doing a big push for volunteers, so start thinking about what YOU and your family would like to do for the school.
Multiple family members can do the volunteering needed. Maybe you work, but maybe you have a parent that would love to do something for their grandchild? NSM needs all kinds of volunteers to make our school the coveted treasure that it is. (There is a reason those Kindergarten tours fill up so quickly.)

We require NO EXPERIENCE for volunteering or for the PTA, we just require people who want to be involved in continuing to make the school the great place that it is (and honestly, that should be all of us, our kids spend more waking time at school than at home generally). We have been asked if the cry for volunteers is real, and yes, it is real. There are events that will begin to not happen if we do not get volunteers for them, which would be a great disappointment to the families that enjoy them.

Questions or comments? Let us know.
news@nsmontessori.org

Just a sampling of things to explore and that will be coming up:
~NSM needs a Logo Wear volunteer (order, keep track of what we have, etc).
~The Middle School program is looking for parents to help with the explorations, classes taught about various subjects, e.g. chess, photography, or programming.
~Kindergarten Tours needs people to promote your love of our program to possible incoming families. (Spanish or English speaking)
~NSM’s PTA Fundraising Chair needs help with some of our fundraisers (Spring See’s Candy, the Auction, etc). They are important to keep our programs and assemblies for the kids going!
~We are also searching for a liaison to the School-District-wide Education Foundation. Every school should be represented in that group and we are currently not.
~The School District’s Wellness Task Force is also in need of a liaison from our school.
~Maker’s Fair
~The Auction
And lastly, a side benefit of volunteering at your child’s school? THEY LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

Ceramics Class

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January 17 – March 14 (no class Feb 21), Grades 1 through 8
3:15 – 4:30 Tuesdays, Room 1
Cost $85.00, includes fee for materials – clay and glazes.
Come take a great Ceramics Class with Debbie Gardner-Abarca. Find the flyer online to hand in if your child is interested in participating.

The Special Education PTA Committee: Holiday Craft Faire

There will be a Holiday Craft Fair on December 10 at Meadow Heights Elementary School from 10am – 12pm, put on by the Special Needs students in the SMFC School District. A flyer can be found online.
They also need volunteers for the actual event to help the activities run smoothly. Adult, middle school and high school helpers are welcome. If you or someone you know is available from 10am – 12noon on December 10, please sign up at http://bit.ly/craftfairvolunteer2016
The Craft Fair is free of charge for attendees, but donations are welcome. Any questions or comments, please email smfcpta@gmail.com

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NSM and Parkside 2017-2018 Kindergarten Tours

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Here are the Kindergarten tour dates for NSM and Parkside.  If you have an incoming Kindergartner for the 2017-2018 school year, you must take one of these tours.  All tours will consist of both campuses.

You must make an reservation to attend.  Please see attached flyers for more information.

Please note:  The December 2, 7, and 15th  tours are full and no more reservations are being taken for those dates.