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Stepping Stones - Cornerstone's Weekly News - 4-27-18
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dear Parents, Families, and Guardians,

Enjoy these sun-shiny picture highlights. Spring at last!





Notes and Reminders

Head of School Search Update

Both site visits for the finalists are completed.  Thank you to all who participated and asked insightful questions of our candidates.

The Head of School Search Committee has made a recommendation for the next Head of School to both the Cornerstone Montessori Elementary Board and to the Board of the Montessori Center of Minnesota. Both Boards have approved the Search Committee’s recommendation and an offer is being extended to the candidate.

Once the candidate signs the offer, an announcement will be made to the community with the name of the next Head of School. We are hoping to make that announcement in the next week.

If you desire more information about any aspect of the search process, members of the Head of School Search Committee, timeline, etc., please visit either the CMES or MCM web site and click on the tab titled “Head of School Search”.

As we think of moving forward as a community under new leadership, I wanted to share some thoughts with you. Throughout the process of the search I have been reminded again and again of the precious and unique community we have at Cornerstone and the Montessori Center of Minnesota; families, children, staff, leadership, Boards… it’s powerful, which is why we want everyone’s voice! At the same time, every hard decision pushes us all to consider our most passionate perspectives, naturally furthering people from middle-ground and bringing richness and complication in equal measure. What unites us around our mission is bigger and stronger than the messiness and complication of growth and change. What unites us around our mission and all the work we’ve done together to grow Cornerstone is the solid ground we get to stand on with our new Head of School, and from which we tackle our next big works. And there is big, hard, exciting work to do!

As we navigate this time of change and embrace our new Leader, let’s do it with grace and strength ~ grace and strength afforded us, in part, because of the community we make up. How lucky we are to be in this place as a school. I am reminded every day, as I watch children set aside their pains and worries and choose joy, to choose joy in where we are and where it allows us to go…

Thank you for your patience in the process. Thank you in advance for your support of our next steps forward.



Literacy Night Preparations

Cornerstone Literacy Night is Monday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:00. In preparation we are looking for 2 things from our community:

  1. Book Donations! Please consider donating books for the Book Swap! Books can be delivered May 7-18.
  2. Several people willing to sew lots of simple cloth book bags! Please let us know if you are able to volunteer in this way by calling Kara at 651-774-5000. Thank you!


MCA Testing Continues

Please click here to see the schedule, so you know the exact days your child will be assessed. Parents will receive results directly from the state next Fall.


Boys and Girls Club Dates Closed

Boys and Girls Club will be closed on these dates. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly. Thank you.

  • Monday, May 14
  • Monday – Friday, May 28 - June1 
  • Monday – Friday, June 4-8


Summer Opportunity for current Kindergarteners

If you would like your ‘Charter School Kindergartener’ to spend the summer at Cornerstone, please click here to see the registration form. Please return the form to Kara at the front desk.


Training and Scholarship Opportunity for Parents

By choosing AMI Montessori education, you have taken an important step in preparing your child/ren morally, emotionally, and behaviorally for life. 

MCM believes that all children deserve this type of preparation, and powerful education starts with high-quality teachers. So have you ever considered becoming a Montessori Guide? 

As a guide you will nurture and guide children to make independent choices and follow their passions. 

We are offering more scholarship support and tuition assistance than ever before! You could be one of our 8 scholarship recipients for Primary training 2018-2019!  But hurry, the scholarship deadline is May 1, 2018. Click here for more details or visit for application information. 


Upcoming important dates:

  • Friday, May 4 ~ NO SCHOOL for children. Staff Professional Development Day
  • Monday, May 21 ~ Cornerstone Literacy Night 5:30 – 7:00
  • Monday, May 28 ~ NO SCHOOL; Memorial Day Holiday
  • Thursday, June 7
    • Kindergarten Fly Up (morning for kindergarteners and their parents)
    • Sixth Year Graduation (afternoon for graduates and their families)
    • Community End of the Year Picnic (evening for the entire Cornerstone Community at Lake Phalen)

*Details will come out later for these events. We won’t be ready to answer questions about these events yet, though we wanted to share a reminder so you can save these special dates!


Box Tops

Thank you to everyone who has been collecting Box Tops! Please keep them coming.


Have a wonderful weekend!


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