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School Closed 11/25 – 11/27 Happy Thanksgiving!

School Closed 11/25 – 11/27

Child Care Only

Child Care Only


Dear Families,

We are half way through our annual fundraiser.  Remember that all orders and payments must be turned in by Monday, November 30th.  

New this year: We are accepting payments via VENMO!  We have found it will help immensely for those who utilize this payment option to indicate the CHMS family name to link the order/payment to in the note/memo section of their payment.  This will enable us verify receipt of all venmo payments. 

If you did not get a copy of the order form, I have attached the informational letter and an order form to this email for your convenience.  If you prefer a hard copy, please request one at drop-of or pick-up M-F.  

Have a great weekend!


Mickey and Minnie Mouse Birthday!

Mickey Mouse first appeared publicly in the short film “Steamboat Willy” on November 18, 1928, the day fans officially recognize as Mickey Mouse’s Birthday. It must be fun to celebrate your birthday when you never age! Mickey reminds us of the magic of childhood — a time when dreams had wings, and our imagination made everything possible.

Minnie Mouse’s Birthday will hit the 90 year mark this year, but she’s just as important (and young) as ever. November 18 “birthday” marks the day in 1928 when she made an appearance in the film “Steamboat Willie.” Whether or not you’re a die hard Disney fan, take some time to learn a little more about one of the world’s favorite cartoon characters.

Click here to read some unknown facets about Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Homemade Bread Day!

When you make your own homemade bread, you can control the ingredients. You can make a heartier, healthier bread by using 100 percent whole wheat flour or other whole grain flours. Whole wheat flour has more fiber and nutrients than refined white flour. Too much sugar will make the yeast grow too fast or too much, and that (or just too much yeast) will result in a dough with an unpleasant, yeasty taste. Too long a rising time can also cause a yeasty taste, so be aware of the rising time specified in your recipe and start checking the dough just before this time is up.

Click here to bake your bread with this recipe.

Veteran’s Day 2020


Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us.

Click here to read about the history of Veterans Day


PTO Meeting

PTO Info

PTO Members,

Greetings! My name is Lydia Hall, current PTO Secretary since 2019 and Co-Treasurer since 2020. As 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic would have it, I am the last standing PTO Officer, but I cannot run the PTO alone. For those new to CHMS, the PTO’s purpose is fourfold: to support the education of our children by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers; to enhance the educational facilities and provide opportunities for the students that are not otherwise provided for in the school budgets; to sponsor projects and events for the benefit of our students, faculty, and families; and to raise the funds necessary to provide for the previous three purposes. The CHMS PTO needs YOUR help! Please read the following information regarding the open positions and their job descriptions to consider how YOU can contribute to Children’s House Montessori School. 
• President – The president shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served. 
• Vice President – The vice president(s) shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.  
• Secretary – The secretary shall keep a permanent and accurate record of all meetings and distribute those minutes to the members via email or by posting on the PTO website or Facebook page. The secretary shall keep a copy of the minutes book, current bylaws, membership list, and any other necessary supplies, and bring these to all meetings. The secretary shall also keep all records of the organization, prepare he agenda, handle any correspondence as requested by the President, and send notices of meetings to the membership.  
• Treasurer – The treasurer shall receive all funds or the organization, keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with approved expenses He or she will present a financial statement t at every meeting and at other times of the year when requested by the executive board, and make a full report at the end of the year. 
• PTO Member – All parents/guardians are PTO members here at CHMS! Please contribute by attending the monthly meetings, speaking up with your ideas, signing up to volunteer with events throughout the year, reading the monthly meeting minutes to stay in the know even if you cannot attend each meeting.

Notes: According to the CHMS PTO Bylaws, the officers shall be a President, up to two Vice Presidents if the role should be split between two persons or in lieu of a President, a secretary, and a treasurer. All officers shall perform the duties outlines above as well as any other duties prescribed in these bylaws; and such other duties as may be delegated to her/him.

PTO traditionally meets the 3rd Thursday of each month which would be today. However, since I am the sole PTO officer AND I am hosting a wedding at my home this week, our 2020-2021 Kick-Off meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, October 29th. We will get back on track with 3rd Thursday meetings in November. Additionally, since we are still amid a pandemic, I propose we have this month’s meeting one of the following ways:
• Outside- The weather has been great, so I think we can meet in person out on the playground and maintain social distancing. Masks will be required. Food will be provided.
• Via Zoom 
• Or Both!?

Please respond to this email to let me know if you can attend the Kick-Off meeting and which meeting method you prefer.


Lydia Hall
CHMS PTO Secretary

Happy Halloween 2020!

172 million – Americans celebrating Halloween each year
69% – of people who plan to hand out candy
$8.8 billion – total Halloween spend in 2019
$86.27 – amount spent on decorations, candy, and costume by the average consumer
48% – of people wear a costume on Halloween
46% – of people carve a pumpkin
16% – of people dress up their pets
36 million – trick or treaters each year

Download your Halloween Kit here!


Cat Day

Cats remind us that just when you think they’ve lost interest in you, they’ll turn around and melt your hearts. When it appears they’re too busy staring out at passing cars, chasing nylon mice, and sending tiny multi-colored balls to their under-the-refrigerator graves, they’ll somehow let you know that their very world revolves around you. Just wait. It’ll happen when you least expect it. Cats have their own timetable.

Adopt a cat here:

The Little Rock Animal Village (LRAV)

NLR Animal Adoption

Care for Animals