Groundbreaking Ceremony!

September 22nd, 2016


Cornerspring Montessori School officials held a ceremonial ground breaking on Friday September 16, 2016 at the site of their new Passive House building construction on Lower Congress Street in Belfast. Attendees included Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau, Rep. Erin Herbig, Brandi Savage from Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s District Office, parents, students, campaign donors, city officials and members of the business community. Students from Cornerspring Montessori School equipped with hard hats and pint-sized shovels broke ground, marking the first Passive House Montessori School to be constructed in the state of Maine.

Cornerspring board treasurer Scott Kelley welcomed the attendees to the event and explained its sigimg_6669nificance.

“Today, Cornerspring Montessori School makes history. Today, our students break ground for the first Passive House Montessori school built in Maine. Thanks to donors to the Journey Home campaign, and with financing in place from Damariscotta Bank and Trust, we are able to begin construction while continuing to raise funds for the new school,” said Kelley.

The $1.18 million school includes a Primary Wing and an Elementary Wing, along with four classrooms, a room for the Toddler Program, all-school multiuse spaces, a teacher conference room and administrative offices. The school is sited on a 35-arce parcel of land purchased by Cornerspring Montessori, which will serve as the outdoor education space for environmental and science classes, as well as the annual summer camp program. The campus features woodland and will include gardens and trails when complete.

The new Cornerspring Montessori School was designed by GO Logic, a Belfast architecture and construction firm. It will be the first Montessori school in Maine to target Passive House certification.

Journey Home campaign co-chair Sarah Tomalty expressed the board and committee’s gratitude to the project’s donors.

“Today we recognize the thousands of hours of volunteer work and the generosity of 163 contributors to the Journey Home Capital Campaign,” said Tomalty. “We are so grateful to all of our donors – and thanks to the many donors who are here with us today. We are here – thanks to your support. You have helped us surpass the half-way mark. To every one of our donors, we extend our heartfelt thanks,” Tomalty added.

The capital campaign has raised $866,526 to date in contributions, pledges, and in-kind gifts from individuals, local businesses and foundations. The Phase One goal is $1.65 million.

Journey Home campaign co-chair Eric Kormann recognized the support of 100% of Cornerspring Montessori’s staff, families, board and campaign committee, and added, “To be clear…while we celebrate today – we’re not done. Our journey continues! The Journey Home campaign continues. We are working to raise another $783,000 to fully pay for this wonderful school. For anyone who was waiting to see with their own eyes that we could do it…here we are today. We are building the first Passive House Montessori school in Maine,” said Kormann.

Cornerspring Montessori’s Head of School, Susan Beemer, acknowledged the support of the city of Belfast, the Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses.

“We are excited to partner with Damariscotta Bank and Trust in financing our construction of this beautiful new building,” Beemer said.

“In this moment of our groundbreaking for our new school building, our wonderful teaching staff, our families and our children are moving into a bright new future. This building offers our students ample natural light, flexible and functional classrooms, room to grow and generous outdoor spaces for environmental and science-based programs. Maria Montessori said, ‘within the child lies the fate of the future.’ Cornerspring Montessori School is preparing our future peacemakers, our caregivers of the earth, our future leaders in our community, county, state, country and world. This building will ensure that we can continue to prepare children for the future for years to come,” Beemer added.

Students from Cornerspring, equipped with hard hats and shovels, were then invited by Beemer to do the honor of breaking ground.

“Okay Cornerspring Students, dig in,” Beemer exclaimed, as the pint-sized shovels were driven into the dirt.

School officials state there will be no programming disruptions as the new school is under construction. Cornerspring remains at its current location, 18 Hatley Road on the athenahealth campus for the 2016-17 school year. Officials plan a smooth transition with school opening for the 2017 year in the new building on Lower Congress Street.

Currently 56 students are enrolled in Cornerspring Montessori School. The new school will allow enrollment to grow to 92 students. A full time toddler program with dedicated space in the new school will also be available, with space for ten children.

Since 2001, more than 600 children have experienced Cornerspring Montessori programs. Families recognize Cornerspring Montessori as a high quality alternative and an educational asset in the region.

Cornerspring Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving 56 preschool, kindergarten and elementary students. Founded in 2001 by Paula Johnson, Cornerspring is one of 34 Montessori schools in the state. More than 600 children have experienced Cornerspring programs since 2001.

For more information on Cornerspring Montessori or to give securely online visit the Journey Home page at Or mail a check made out to Cornerspring Montessori School to: Journey Home, P O Box 67, Belfast, ME 04915-0067. Follow the journey on Facebook: Journey Home – The Campaign for Cornerspring Montessori.

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September 1st, 2016

Thanks to our generous supporters, amazing families and the Griswold Family Foundation! We met the matching gift challenge and what a boost to our capital campaign.

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Now Enrolling Students for Toddler and Preschool Programs

September 1st, 2016

Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast, Maine currently has openings in our toddler and preschool programs for the 2016-17 school year! Cornerspring offers an excellent alternative educational option in the midcoast area for children ages 2 to 5, with toddler and preschool programs with flexible schedules. Before and after school care is available to Cornerspring and local public school families.


We are dedicated to providing an environment for individualized education, in partnership with the parent, child and teacher. Set up a visit today! Contact us at or 338-5800.


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Summer Camp Begins June 20, 2016!

June 1st, 2016

Cornerspring Montessori School is now accepting applications for summer camp beginning June 20, 2016. Cornerspring offers 8 one week sessions for children 3-6 years old and for children ages 6-12. Each session is based on a specific theme and will be culminated with art, science, games, and enrichment activities and may include a field trip or visit from an educator in the field. For more information please contact us at 207-338-5800.

2016 Camp Weeks Themes

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May 5th, 2016

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Now Enrolling Students for the 2016-2017 School Year.

April 5th, 2016


Cornerspring Montessori School is now enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year.  Cornerspring offers toddler and preschool programs with flexible schedules, full time kindergarten and elementary programs, as well as before care, after care and summer camp programs.  Please contact the school at 207-338-5800 or for an informational packet and to make an appointment to tour the school.

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Fiesta! Silent and Live Auction

March 16th, 2016

Cornerspring Montessori School announces its 12th Annual Tuition Assistance Fund Auction!

This year’s Fiesta! Auction is on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the athenahealth Atrium on Hatley Road in Belfast. Mexican finger foods and a taco bar will highlight the evening along with a cash bar offering margaritas, beer, wine and soft drinks. Our always entertaining live auction will follow and will include fabulous items donated by local businesses, families and the Cornerspring community.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available in advance or at the door. The ticket price includes food, a bid number and entertainment. For more information please contact Cornerspring Montessori School at 338-5800 to purchase tickets or you can visit our website or our facebook page listed below: or
Seating is limited so get your tickets now! We hope to see you there!

All proceeds from our auction goes to our Tuition Assistance Fund. This fund gives allows us to provide a more diverse school community and provides more families the opportunity to give their children the individualized education that Cornerspring provides.

The school would like to thank their sponsors, who made this year’s event possible: Belfast Pediatrics, Belmont Boatworks, ECOCOR LLC, G-O Logic, K Construction, Inc., Little River Veterinary Hospital, MTA Accounting, Ociepka & Burnett P.A., Revision Energy, Tucker Law Group, and Worth Real Estate.


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Annual Public Open House

March 8th, 2016

Join us on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for our annual public open house. Come meet our staff and some current families and take a tour of our facility. For questions please call the school at (207) 338-5800 or email us at

We look forward to seeing you!

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Over $15,000 Raised at Cornerspring’s Annual Tuition Assistance Fundraising Auction

May 27th, 2015

Cornerspring Montessori School would like to thank everyone who attended our recent annual auction in support of our Tuition Assistance Fund. Our scholarship fund insures that an economically diverse community of students exists at Cornerspring. Our Auction Committee planned a wonderful and entertaining evening which began with a delicious Italian meal prepared by Beth Whitten and John Poto, salads by Anne Hallee of Rising up Farms and desserts by Let them Eat Cake and Sweet Henry’s.  The bar featured beers from both Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. and Monhegan Brewing Company, as well as a selection of wines from Vinolio.  Several Cornerspring alumni and students took on the role of Italian waiters and efficiently served the dinner to more than 80 appreciative guests.  Eric Sanders entertained the crowd as he auctioned off over 25 live auction items donated by local businesses, families, staff and Cornerspring classrooms.  The event was a great success and raised over $15,000 to help provide support for families to attend Cornerspring’s preschool, kindergarten, elementary and summer camp programs.

We would also like to thank and acknowledge our sponsors who made this wonderful event possible: G O Logic LLC, Patina, Belfast Pediatrics, Vinolio, Tucker Law Group, Ecocor, Belmont Boatworks, Little River Veterinary Hospital, MTA Accounting and Alicia J. Nichols, Fundraising Counsel.  We truly appreciate your support of Cornerspring and our assistance fund.

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Mangia! Mangia! Delizioso Cena

May 6th, 2015

Cornerspring Montessori School will be hosting their annual Tuition Assistance Fundraising Auction at the Shrine Club in Belfast on May 23rd beginning at 6 pm.  A delicious four course “Taste of Italy” plated dinner will highlight the evening with a cash bar featuring Marshall Wharf beer and a selection of wines from Vinolio. Our always entertaining live auction will follow, and include fabulous items donated by local businesses, families and the Cornerspring community.

Tickets are $50 per person, and available in advance only. Please contact Cornerspring Montessori School to purchase at 338-5800. For more information visit or Seating is limited so get your tickets now! We hope to see you there!

Cornerspring Montessori School is a 501(c) non-profit organization. All proceeds from the Fundraising Auction benefit their Tuition Assistance Fund. This fund allows for reduced tuition for those who qualify. The school would like to thank their sponsors, who made this year’s event possible: Belfast Pediatrics, Belmont Boatworks, ECOCOR, GO Logic, Little River Veterinary Hospital, MTA Accounting, Patina, Tucker Law Group, Vinolio and Alicia J. Nichols Fundraising Counsel.

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