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 www.cornerspringmontessori.com or www.facebook.com/cornerspring.montessori 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.

Cornerspring Auction Poster 2015

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Ladies Night Out at the Historic Colonial Theatre

May 6th, 2015

Cornerspring Montessori School will host a Ladies Night Out at the historic Colonial Theatre in downtown Belfast on Tuesday evening, May 12. Cash bar, snacks and a raffle from 6:00-7:00 pm will be followed by a screening of the hilarious film Bridesmaids, starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolf.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 12 for $10.00, the raffle includes gift certificates, products from local merchants, as well as gifts from the Cornerspring Montessori community.  Tickets for the film are $12.00   All proceeds will benefit the Cornerspring Montessori tuition assistance program. For more information please contact the school at 207-338-5800 or email us at cornerspring@tidewater.net.


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Cornerspring Summer Day Camp Starts June 29, 2015!

April 23rd, 2015

Cornerspring Montessori School’s summer day camp for 3-6 year olds & 6-12 year olds starts June 29, 2015!

We offer six one week sessions, each week is based on a specific theme and is packed full of discovery. There will be art, science, crafts, water play, games, fieldtrips and/or visits from an outreach program and much more!

Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis. For more information on enrollment, weekly themes or to obtain an application; please call us at 338-5800, email us cornerspring@tidewater.net or visit our website: www.cornerspringmontessori.com

3-6 Summer Brochure 2015

3-6 Theme 1 Page 2015

6-12 Summer Brochure 2015

6-12 Theme 1 Page 2015

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Cornerspring Montessori School Job Posting for Head of School

February 27th, 2015

Position Description:

The Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast, Maine is seeking a Head of School (HOS) to lead the school in fulfilling its mission to provide an individualized learning environment in which the partnership of child, parent, and teacher nurtures lifelong learning skills and a deep sense of compassion and social responsibility.  In this 12-month position, the Head of School is responsible for all aspects of school operations and promotion of its programs throughout the broader community.   Specific duties include oversight of enrollment, year round education programs, budget and financial management, personnel management, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and property management.  The HOS typically oversees a staff of 4 lead teachers, 5 assistant teachers, an administrative assistant, and a financial manager/program development manager.  These responsibilities should be administered in a manner that is consistent with Montessori philosophy and within the guidelines administered by the Board of Directors

With a current enrollment of 70 students, the school will be moving to a brand-new, energy-efficient building during the summer of 2015.  This facility presents a unique opportunity for the Head of School to further connect our expanding pre-kindergarten through 6th grade programming with place and community.


Administrative and classroom experience preferred; proven success in supervising and mentoring faculty, facilitating successful implementation of classroom and extracurricular programs; ability to communicate, collaborate effectively and inspire confidence in staff, parents, children and Board. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong work ethic are desired, as is experience with community outreach, events, fundraising, and expansion of programs and classrooms.


Applicants must be committed to implementing the Montessori educational model. A certification by an accredited Montessori Teacher Training Program, a degree in early childhood education, and a minimum of 5 years experience in child development are also preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Cornerspring Montessori School offers a salary commensurate with experience and the compensation package includes dental, life, short and long term disability insurance along with retirement match up to 3% and continuing education hours.

About Cornerspring Montessori School:

The Cornerpsring Montessori School was established in 2001 to provide a curriculum based on the teachings and philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori for students ranging in age from 18 mos. to 12 years old.  It is located in the scenic, coastal town of Belfast, Maine.    Belfast is the economic hub and county seat of Waldo County. With a dynamic working waterfront, picturesque sea captains’ mansions, the country’s oldest shoe store, and more art galleries than any city of its size in the state, it is also the region’s cultural hub.  Nestled in a largely forested landscape between the ocean, mountains, and numerous lakes, the region affords excellent outdoor opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation.

Application Requirements:

Review of applications will begin March 27, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, three references, salary requirements, and a personal statement reflecting philosophy of school leadership and reasons for interest in the position.  Applications may be submitted either electronically to cornerspring@tidewater.net or mailed to:

Cornerspring Montessori School

Attn: Head of School Committee

18 Hatley Road

Belfast, ME 04915

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Annual Holiday Raffle

November 19th, 2014

Cornerspring Montessori School’s Annual Holiday Raffle is underway!

Raffle poster Holiday 2014

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Annual Silent and Live Auction “Joining Together”

May 15th, 2014

Cornerspring Montessori School’s 7th Annual Auction, ‘Joining Together,’ will take place on May 17, from 6:00 – 9:00pm at the Belfast Curling Club. We invite the community to join us for this fun event. We will host a silent and live auction with gourmet finger foods from three continents, cocktails, and live music featuring local musicians Jeff Densmore and Ando Anderson. This is our premier event to support our Tuition Assistance Program. 

Tickets are available now for $15 per person or $25 per couple. Ticket price includes food, bid number, and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the school at 207-338-5800. Tickets are also available in Belfast at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, payable with cash or check.

Lots of great items to bid on!   Program_2014_FNL

This year’s auction would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Tucker Law Group, Pica Design and Marketing, Belfast Pediatrics, Belmont Boatworks, GO Logic, Little River Veterinary Hospital, Seahorse Stables, and Trillium Caterers.

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Employment Opportunities

March 21st, 2014


Cornerspring Montessori School has an opening for a 3-6 Montessori Trained Teacher for the 2014-2015 school year.  The candidate should have at least 3 years experience. Must have a passion for working with 3-6 age children and have the understanding of the operation of a non-profit organization.  Maine State teaching certificate a plus, but not necessary.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Send resume, letter of references and copy of Montessori certificate to Cornerspring Montessori School at 18 Hatley Road, Belfast, Me 04915 or email to cornerspring@tidewater.net

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October news in the Chickadee Classroom

November 5th, 2013

Our 3 day Chickadee students enjoyed our first class fieldtrip to Mainly Apples in Dixmont. It was an absolute beautiful day for apple picking, reading stories, sharing a snack and being outdoors together as a classroom community. The orchard staff was very friendly and helpful in modeling the proper ways to pick apples and discussed the importance of respecting apple trees. Thank you to all the parents who were able to drive and chaperone this event.

As an extension of our apple picking trip and our introduction to community building in the classroom, the children participated in making and enjoying applesauce. Apples were peeled, cut and cooked and then enjoyed together. Delicious!

Our 2 day Chickadee students participated in a morning full of hands-on pumpkin carving fun! A special “thank-you” goes out to the Bahner family for donating the pumpkins for our special day and to all the parent volunteers for their time and careful carving. This was a great opportunity to bring our classroom and families together in a fun way.

We would like to welcome a new friend to our 3 day chickadee classroom.

Riley Hall and her family joined our Cornerspring community this month. If you happen to see them at drop off or pick up, please extend a warm welcome.

You may have heard of another classroom friend “Clementine” our new class pet guinea pig. The children are excited to welcome him to our classroom and look forward to helping take care of his daily needs. His is well loved and cared for already.

October was fire safety month and as a school we discuss fire safety and in our classrooms we practiced fire drill procedures such as lining up, meeting at our assigned spot, and hearing the fire alarm. We invited local fire fighters to our classroom to show the children how a firefighter looks and sounds in all their gear. They discussed fire safety in the home and in school. Afterwards, the children were excited to take turns sitting in one of the emergency vehicles.

October also brought a few birthday walks in our classroom. This beautiful and sometimes tearful tradition is a great way to honor your child’s special day. Parents are invited to the birthday walk celebration and enjoy sharing pictures and stories with the class. It is a fun and special tradition.

Thank-you parents for all the wonderful, creative, and healthy snack choices we enjoy each day. The children have been enjoying serving themselves and dish washing too as part of our individual snack routine. Being the snack leader is an important part of our daily routine. As the snack leader, children enjoy preparing the snack table, tipping the rain stick to call their friends for circle, and holding the door for their friends. The other children practice common courtesies by thanking their friend for holding the door for them.

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Celebrating Peace

September 25th, 2013

In recognition of the “International Day of Peace” Cornerspring Montessori School participated in its sixth annual peace celebration on Monday, September 23rd. The children began with a circle gathering outside where they shared in a moment of silence, sang songs and listened to a story about peace. Marc Archambault from White Doves of Maine released one of his beautiful doves in honor of this day. The school ended their celebration with a peace parade through the athenahealth complex. Children marched with handmade doves and signs signifying peace followed in a procession lead by an enormous handmade cloth dove. “The International Day of Peace or Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.” For more information on the UN International Day of Peace you can go to www.internationaldayofpeace.org

For more information on White Doves of Maine you can visit them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Doves-of-Maine/472826512770703 or their website at www.whitedovesofmaine.com

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