October Cornerspring Courier


October 26th, 2016

Our October 2016 edition of the Cornerspring Courier!

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CORNERSPRING KICKS OFF ITS CITRUS FUNDRAISER!


October 18th, 2016

Cornerspring is launching a Citrus Sale from October 17th thru November 11th. We have partnered with Florida Indian River Groves to provide you with the freshest fruit available.  Your fruit will be harvested the very same day it’s shipped, ensuring that you receive fruit that is hours off of the tree.

Pick up some delicious, juicy, fresh citrus straight from Florida just as the local fresh produce is dwindling.  Choose from Navel Oranges, Indian River Red Grapefruit, Tangelos or a mixed box with all three or how about some yummy Mandarins!  They make great gifts, too!

Order on-line with a credit/debit card at:  https://www.floridaindianrivergroves.com/ecommerce/537760

Be sure to send the link to family and friends so they can order, too.

If you order online you can choose delivery to the school at no extra charge.  You can also choose delivery right to your home or delivery to a gift recipient’s home with an added shipping charge, but the convenience of sending fresh fruit and sunshine anywhere in the U.S.

Fruit will be delivered to the school for pick up in early December.  If you choose home delivery you have 3 choices for delivery times:  as soon as possible, for Thanksgiving or for Christmas.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 207-338-5800 or email the school office at info@cornerspringmontessori.com.

Thank you!  We appreciate your support!

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Foundation Presents $25,000 Check for Journey Home


September 30th, 2016

 

Matt Griswold presented a check from the Griswold Family Foundation for $25,000 recently to the Head of School, Susan Beemer at Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast, ME. The $25,000 contribution represents a 1:1 matching grant offered by the Foundation earlier this year for the Journey Home campaign, in support of the project to build the first Passive House Montessori school in Maine. The matching grant helped to secure an additional $50,000 for the campaign.

 

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BELFAST, ME – Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast recently received a check for $25,000 from the Griswold Family Foundation for Journey Home, the capital campaign to fund the construction of a new school on Lower Congress Street. The Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar match doubled donors’ contributions resulting in a $50,000 boost for the campaign. Cornerspring is raising funds to build the first Passive House Montessori school in Maine. A ceremonial groundbreaking by Cornerspring students was held September 16th.

  In receiving the check from Matt Griswold of the Griswold Family Foundation, Cornerspring Head of School Susan Beemer expressed sincere gratitude for the matching grant.

 “The entire Cornerspring Montessori community, our board, staff, school families, and campaign committee are deeply grateful to the Griswold Family Foundation for their generous support, and for their challenge to others to support our journey home,” said Beemer.

 To date, the capital campaign has raised $867,026 in contributions, pledges, and in-kind gifts from individuals, local businesses and foundations. 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.

 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.

 The new school will be built to the highest standards of sustainability. Under the Passive House standard, which relies on a highly insulated building shell and heat recovery ventilation, a building uses 90% less energy than code-complaint construction. The result is long-term energy savings, significantly improved indoor air quality, and exceptional occupant comfort within the 6,100 square foot school to be located at 256 Lower Congress Street in Belfast.

 Cornerspring Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving 56 preschool, kindergarten and elementary students. Founded in 2001, Cornerspring is one of 34 Montessori schools in the state. For more information on Cornerspring Montessori or to give securely online visit the Journey Home page atwww.cornerspringmontessori.com. 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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Cornerspring Receives $2,500 Grant from UMCC


September 28th, 2016

Cornerspring Montessori School is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500 grant from the United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC). These funds will go directly to the school’s Tuition Assistance Fund which provides assistance for low income families to participate in Cornerspring’s many enriching programs. Cornerspring offers quality programs for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary age children, as well as programs for before care, after school care and summer camp.
“Cornerspring is committed to ensuring that our program is accessible to families in our community. We’re pleased to receive this grant and we thank UMCC for their support of our school.”
Each year Cornerspring raises money for the Tuition Assistance Fund through local fundraising events and through grants from foundations and organizations such as UMCC. With these funds they can provide assistance for many families in the community. Last year Cornerspring was able to help 13 students with assistance.
Cornerspring would like to thank the board of Directors of the UMCC for their generous and continued support of the tuition assistance program. Cornerspring was among the 58 charities supported by UMCC this year. United Mid-Coast Charities is dedicated to the support of charities which provide social services and care to those most deserving, including medical, physical, social, and psychiatric or community educational services. UMCC strives to locate charities which offer the most possible benefit to residents in and around the Mid-Coast area.
For more information on UMCC please visit their website at http://www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org/ or visit them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UnitedMidcoastCharities
For more information on Cornerspring Montessori School please visit us at http://cornerspringmontessori.com/ or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Cornerspring-Montessori-School-1545842489062130
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Groundbreaking Ceremony!


September 22nd, 2016

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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 www.cornerspringmontessori.com. 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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THANK YOU! WE DID IT!


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 info@cornerspringmontessori.com 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.

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Now Enrolling Students for the 2016-2017 School Year.


April 5th, 2016

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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 info@cornerspringmontessori.com for an informational packet and to make an appointment to tour the school.

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