Cowles Montessori

December 17th

Important Dates and Events

American Heart Association Fundraiser

  • Now through December 21st
  • See the Kids Heart Challenge Section below

Winter Break

  • No school for students beginning Wednesday, December 22nd
  • Students return on Monday, January 3rd


  • No school for students
  • Monday, January 17th

Professional Development Days

  • No school for students
  • Tuesday, January 18th, and Wednesday, January 19th
  • Students return on Thursday, January 20th

Band and Orchestra Concerts

  • Tentatively planning concerts in late January
  • Stay tuned for more details in 2022

American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge!

Heart Hero Finn's mom, Kelly, tells us why the Kids Heart Challenge is so important
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Kids Heart Challenge - Finn's Mission

Roosevelt Mini-Color Guard

Color Guard is a co-ed activity and our clinic program is open to all 5th to 8th graders. The clinics will be held at Roosevelt High School Big Gym. First clinic is January 30 from 4 to 6 pm, Second clinic is February 6 from 4 to 5:30 pm with a performance to follow on February 6 at 6 pm at the Annual Roosevelt Color Guard Showcase. The Clinic program cost $30 which includes a T-shirt, attending the two clinics and performing at the Color Guard Showcase.

Deadline for registration is January 20th.

Garden Committee News

The garden beds are empty and cleaned out for the winter. We have continued to work outside as long as the weather allows. We are trying to get everything ready for the frozen ground that is to come.

Our Cowles Girl Scouts club painted more of our outdoor furniture, and it looks amazing! A huge thank you to all of them!

We are excited to announce that our first outdoor instruments have arrived and will be installed in the spring once the ground thaws. We may be seeking help with this project once we know what we need. These instruments will go in the grass area near the Gaga ball pit. More to come in the spring. A huge shout out to CMPG for supporting this project!

We hope to purchase metal signs to distinguish the garden area outside the lower classroom windows. We find it hard with so many different levels and staff to keep the directions/rules consistent. If anyone has a connection to local businesses that make metal signs, please let the garden committee know. This is a project we would like to work on this winter when we can’t be outside.

If you want to do an activity while home during winter break, consider painting rocks for our outdoor rock garden by the front door. We have plenty of room to add more rocks.

Thank you to everyone for your continued work and support of our outdoor space.

The Garden Committee

Health News

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Middle School Virtual Campus for 2022-2023

Only one month left to ENROLL into DMPS Virtual Campus 6-12 Online School for the 2022-23 school year! Enroll NOW if interested! Virtual Campus is 100% ONLINE. It is an accredited school by the state of Iowa that serves both Middle School and High School students, 6th through 12th grade! Enrolled students will be provided district technology and many of the same courses, student services, and supports they would receive in-person, but in a virtual learning environment. These include: Special Education services, English Language Learner supports, 504 Plan accommodations, and Gifted & Talented programming. This modality offers additional flexibility to students in different situations. Courses will be held completely online through a combination of synchronous (“live”) and asynchronous (“independent”) learning sessions. Students who enroll at Virtual Campus will graduate and receive a diploma with Virtual Campus. In addition, Virtual Campus students will still be able to take part in athletics/activities at their address assigned schools, as well as events such as Homecoming and Prom!

Families wishing to learn more about the Virtual Campus experience in terms of enrollment, schedules, extracurricular activities, graduation, parent involvement, student outlook, etc. should visit our website at:

To officially enroll at Virtual Campus for the entire 2022-23 school year, you can complete the application/enrollment form by clicking HERE . The application window is open until January 14th, 2022!

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EveryStep Support Information

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Shop for Cowles Montessori Gear

Our partner, Raygun, created the Cowles Montessori Store for children, adolescents, and adults to buy T-Shirts. A portion of your payment is donated directly to Cowles!

You can purchase mugs, hats, and other T-Shirts through our Cowles Shop.

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