Gator Report

Dater Montessori Newsletter October Edition

Welcome Back to Blended Learning

Cincinnati Public School board has decided on a A and B blended model. We are getting ready to have a phase- in process. If you need to know if your child is on an A or B schedule, please call the office or contact their teacher. Click for information on the phase in process. K-3rd will be a part of our blended process the week of October 12th.

Common FAQs

1. What if I drop my child off on the wrong day?

-The office will call and notify guardian to pick up child. The child will not sit in their classroom, they will be isolated in a safe area until a guardian arrives.

2. How do we get food for the week?

- Children will pick up their food on their last scheduled in person day at a kiosk in the building. Children are responsible for picking up and bringing food home.

3. My child has the late bus, what will you do with them?

-Late bus riders will be spread out in rooms upstairs and will have a study hall option while waiting on their bus.

4. What if I am not comfortable with blended after it starts can I change my mind and go to CDA?

-Yes, CPS realizes that this is new for all of our families and we remain flexible. You may enroll in CDA or unenroll in CDA at anytime.

5. What does my child do on the days that they are out of in person learning?

The students will meet with their teachers on Monday to get direction for self lead assignments for the week. Students will still log into Schoology for attendance.

Tech Talk with Mrs. Faller

Five Fast Tips to Keep Your Device Working Well in Blended, Remote or In-person Learning:

  1. Be sure to log out of all programs and log off the device at the end of each school day.

  2. Keep your device on the charger overnight to make sure it is 100% charged at the start of each day.

  3. Transport your device in the case that was issued and place the case inside your backpack. Laptop chargers are kept in the front pocket of the case. iPad chargers should stay at home.

  4. Use your school-issued device for schoolwork only. Games and personal email should be accessed on personal devices.

  5. Devices that are damaged, broken, or not working properly should be reported to the Family Technology Support Center by calling 513-363-0688 or emailing

Attendance Information

This year is full of different experiences and challenges when it comes to school. One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of your child attending school when he/she is healthy enough.

Please communicate your child’s absences by calling the Dater Attendance Line 363-0923 or submitting the absence online at

Please communicate each day that your child will be out of school. If your student is ill or has an appointment with a medical professional, please provide a copy of the note for your child’s absence. Attendance will be taken during each day of the week based upon Google Meets/Schoology/Learning packets for at-home learning.

If your student develops a pattern of absences, our School Social Worker Christine Miller may reach out to you to problem solve any barriers to attendance. Absences add up and we need to work together to keep our students on track! If you have any questions, please contact Christine at 513-363-0982 or

Keeping Our Gators Safe

We are committed to keeping our children and staff safe as we return to school. We know anxiety is high. We are all having to adapt to another change for our children, staff, and parents. Therefore, we want to ensure you of the additional protocols we have adopted to keep our community safe.

Safety Protocols

-There are Gators spray painted around the premises to ensure 6 ft. distance upon arrival and dismissal

-There are, also, gators 6 ft. apart in the hallways.

-Many teachers have bought additional PPE: such as air purifiers, germ stamps, bags to place yoga mats in, and rugs assigned to each student.

-We have moved unnecessary furniture out of the classrooms.

-There are shelves in the rooms where materials that need to be sanitized will be placed before they are available to students again

-We have zoned our recess areas to ensure classes stay together

-We have sanitary wipes and cleaning products in each classroom

-Main areas have a schedule to be cleaned every hour

-At the end of the day maintenance will be spraying sanitizer in each classroom on heavy touched surfaces.

-We will have limited extra masks for students who forget their mask. If you would like to donate masks, please contact the office.

-We have a temperature Kiosk in the lobby of the building for faster temperature taking

-We have a registered nurse in the building 5 days a week

Tips from Nurse Kisha

We are encouraging students to get an annual flu shot this season. Also, please turn in all medical forms.

Remember to follow safety procedures by being the best GATORS:

Get your mask on

Always wash your hands for 30 seconds

Take time to sanitize items

Observe 6 ft. by staying a Dater gator away

Reduce the spread of germs

Stay home when sick

We are also accepting PPE donations and toiletry items for our pantry. There will be a bin in the front door entry way. You can come through and drop all donated masks, pantry items and PPE items. Click HERE for the list of items we are in need of.

CPS Social Justice Initiatives

Patricia Haid, a 4/5 math paraprofessional, has hung a message in our hallway that I would like to share:

An anthropologist proposed a game to kids in an African Tribe. He put a basket of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruit. When he gave them the signal to run, they all took each other's hands and ran together, then sat in the circle to enjoy their treats. When he asked them why they chose to run as a group instead of individuals to have more fruit, they said "UNBUNTU". Which to them means 'how can one be happy if all the others are sad?'

Ubuntu- I am because we are.

The CPS district has come out in support of Black Lives Matter as a social justice initiative. This is not political. It is a form of social justice. It recognizes the racial inequities for African Americans and advocates for equality. Although, we have seen political campaigning around it, we want to emphasize that CPS does not support candidates or political stances. However we do support continuing to provide equal opportunities for our students. Children in the 9-12 level have started curriculum on racial inequalities. We encourage our parents to participate in these discussions with your children about the current events.We also realize that this a very sensitive topic with many view points, but we want parents to know that we are having brave conversations and are ready to help our students navigate in today's society.

Click here for the Board of Education statement.

Staying Connected

We know that we are "socially distancing" but we can still get connected. We still have a wonderful Montessori Community that you can get involved in.

Here are our upcoming October events:

7 - Parent / Teacher Conference 4pm

8 - FODM 4:15 pm

9 - Blessing Box Installation

16 - End of first quarter

19 - PTN 6:00 pm

22 - LSDMC 3:45 pm

27 - Report cards go home

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Teachers can still use your help! We are always looking for additional online support with working with small groups online, helping teachers prep work, virtual room parents, and more. If you are interested, please click here. We will be in contact soon.

Virtual Tutoring

Children are able to get free CPS Virtual Online Tutoring! This virtual platform offers, free, on- demand, online on one tutoring with qualified and approved helps. Please click HERE for more information.

A Word from our Mental Health Partner Beechacres :

Are your kids already in the classroom or headed back soon? Here’s some tips to help your family stay on track.

October is National Bullying Awareness Month. Bookmark our blog to stay ahead of this important topic.

October is also ADHD Awareness month. Sign up for our newsletter to get monthly info from our parenting experts

October Virtue of The Month

Courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing, especially when it seems everybody else is doing the wrong thing.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

~ Nelson Mandela

New Partnership Alert

We are now partnered with Freestore Foodbank!!

We are now giving out Power Packs!! This is weekend food for high needs families.

If you would like more information or donate a success story please contact

Teasha Tennyson

Email : tennyst@cpsboe.oh.k12.or

Niki Sherwood:

Phone : 363-0901