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Week of October 5th

Cowles Montessori Vision

“Human flourishing, as Maria Montessori put it, means becoming a person of one’s time and place with the means and wherewithal not only to function within but to shape society (NCMPS, 2019).”


“All humans (CHILDREN and ADULTS) flourish in society (ENVIRONMENT).” - Cowles Montessori Vision

Fond Farewell

It is with mixed emotions to announce that Marian has decided to end her tenure as our office manager at the end of the month. Marian joined the Cowles staff over two years ago and made an immediate impact. She has been an innovative figure in the office manager role for the school and the school district. She built strong relationships between the school, district offices, and the community. Mr. Johnson and CMPG will be providing ways you can reach out to Marian to stay in contact with her now and after her time ends at Cowles. We will miss you, Marian!

Hiring Announcement

Please join me in welcoming Shannon Hines, who has accepted the position of office manager at Cowles! Shannon comes to us with experience in the business world, at a public library, and as a nanny. Shannon will begin full-time around October 20th. DMPS is graciously allowing Marian to stay on with us until the end of the month to support the transition. Congratulations, Shannon, and welcome to Cowles!!


From Shannon:

Hello everyone, my name is Shannon Hines and I’ll be your new office manager! I’m a Grimes native currently residing in downtown Des Moines with my lovely girlfriend and our two rambunctious children (cats). In my free time I love taking walks in the woods, baking, reading, dabbling in astrology, and before COVID, firmly planted in a movie theater seat. I look forward to becoming a part of the Cowles Montessori family!

PrePrimary (Preschool and Kindergarten) start date October 12th

  • Preschool students and Kindergarten students who selected the in-person (hybrid) model will attend in-person 2-3 days per week (NOT 4 days in-person).
  • All teachers will continue to teach their current classroom for both in-person (hybrid) students and virtual students.
  • During the week of October 12th: Cohort A will attend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesay
  • During the week of October 12th: Cohort B will attend Thursday and Friday (Cohort B will attend the following Wednesday)
  • PrePrimary will host a Back-to-School night for in-person (hybrid) only families on Thursday, October 8th from 3:30-5:00 at Cowles. This is to allow new-to-Cowles families to meet their teacher and see the school before they begin their education at Cowles.
  • For PrePrimary virtual students and all other new-to-Cowles parents, CMPG will host a virtual New-to-Cowles Parent Coffee Chat on Thursday, October 15th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5016626370 Meeting ID: 501 662 6370

CMPG Cowles Masks

Show some school spirit with these Cowles branded masks. Available in kids and adult sizes. $15 each or two for $20. It is a small fundraiser for CMPG.

Important Dates To Remember

Other Start Dates for In-Person (Hybrid) and Virtual Instruction

  • Lower Level (1st, 2nd, 3rd Grades) and Upper Level (4th, 5th, and 6th Grades) start date October 19th. All teachers will continue to teach their current classroom for both in-person (hybrid) students and virtual students.
  • Middle School (7th and 8th Grades) start date October 26th. All teachers will continue to teach their current classroom for both in-person (hybrid) students and virtual students.

CMPG Monthly Meeting

Free Meals for All DMPS Students

  • Free meals can be picked up at Cowles from 11:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Drive through the parking lot to the loading doc by the cafeteria and the lunches will be brought out to you
  • Any DMPS/Cowles family can receive meals regardless of income or life circumstance
  • More information is posted below

21-Day Equity Challenge

Nurse Ann's Office Hours

If parents want to book an appointment time to speak with Nurse Ann, click on the link below:

Nurse Ann's Office Hours

Operation Warmth

Dear Parents of Cowles,

Operation Warmth and the Rotary Club of NW Des Moines have team up together to provide children in need with a new winter coat free of charge.

If you wish to participate, please fill out the information below so we can provide the coat that will be most appropriate for your child and return to Jessica Reisinger by October 2, 2020.

Child’s Name ___________________________________

Child’s Homeroom _______________________________

Gender _____________________________

Please indicate the correct size (Size chart in attached document)___________________

Thank you for your continued support,

Jessica Reisinger
Cowles Montessori School Counselor
Des Moines Public Schools
6401 College Avenue | Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
515-242-7818

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Virtual and Distance Learning Tips

For updated troubleshooting tips go to: https://www.smore.com/z2sgk