Direct Donation Goal Not Met!

The NSM PTA annual Direct Donation Campaign continues! Please make sure you have turned in your tax deductible donation to the office or have made it online at So far, we have raised $40,000, and 22% of families have donated.
These donations are so important to helping us fund the very important teachers’ aides. We appreciate every amount that comes to us.
We have not yet raised $10,000 in new or increased donations in order to receive the anonymous Matching Challenge Grant. We have until September 12 to meet the goal.

“Montessori One” Working Groups co-chairs to meet

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7:30pm, Parkside School (note new time and location)

There will be a meeting for the NSM and Parkside co-chairs of the Montessori Working Groups with Phyllis Harrison on Tuesday evening at Parkside School, 1685 Eisenhower Street in San Mateo.  Please stay tuned for further announcements about each of the Working Groups, and see for further details about the work so far.

Auction Volunteer Meetings

Sept. 2nd (Wed.) 8:30AM at Kingston Cafe or
Sept. 9th (Wed.) 7:00PM at Round Table Pizza (1304 W. Hillsdale Blvd.)
NSM’s Auction, “A Night Under the Stars” will be an awesome social event and the 2nd largest fundraising event of the year. This year’s auction is March 12th (put it on your calendar now!) Last year’s funds (approx. $70,000) will be used for classroom aides, computer, music and art programs. We are inviting you to one of the volunteer meetings to learn more about how you can help make this project a success again. Big and small volunteer jobs are available in the areas of donations, communications, financial management, and event planning. We are always looking for new ideas to make our auction unique and fun. Have questions? Contact the auction team at  These 30 minute meetings count as a NSM volunteer ½ hour!

40th Anniversary Celebration and International Potluck Update

News update: Your regularly-scheduled International Potluck will be preempted this year by . . . the Fabulous 40th Fall Festival Fair!! The Fair will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Montessori program in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. So that we don’t overtax our volunteers and families, we will not have our annual potluck this year. Instead, we will celebrate the District’s 40 years of a Montessori program with a family-friendly day of fall snacks, games, and, of course – dance performances! Please save the afternoon of November 1st for this joint North Shoreview and Parkside event. Stay tuned for details.

40th Montessori Anniversary Celebration: Japanese Dancers

Attention all dancers interested in performing a Japanese traditional dance at this years 40th Montessori Anniversary Celebration….Practice will be every Thursday from 3-4pm
on campus beginning September 3. Space is limited to the first 30 students. All ages welcome. The show will take place on Sunday, November 1 at the NSM campus and dancers will wear yukatas (lightweight kimonos). Please email Angel Hsieh, to sign up.


Sign up to be Part of the PTA Directory

Forms Due Fri., August 28
The PTA is updating our family directory and needs everyone to provide contact information, even if you provided it last year. If you have not yet filled out a form; or confirmed your correct information at the Ice Cream Social, please fill out the form that was in your back-to-school packet or submit your information online at and be sure to give permission to include your contact information in the directory. If you have a two household family and would like additional information included; please email Holly at

NSM Family Directory – Advertising Opportunity!

If you have a business you would like to promote, please consider advertising in the NSM Family Directory. The directory serves as a great reference and resource for all families in setting up play-dates, carpooling, and getting in touch with NSM families to organize for school activities. Your ad is sure to be seen countless times throughout the year!
To book your ad, please email:

Deadline: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Preschool Entry Gate Reminder!


The entry gate for the preschool (on N Kingston Street) is for preschool children and their families only. All K-8th graders must enter through the main school gates, even if you have older children in the school and will return to the preschool, you must enter through the main school gates. This is a licensing rule from the state and very important for all members of our community to follow.