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A California Distinguished School

Celebrating 20 Years: 1994-2014


Principal: Phyllis Harrison
Admin. Assistant: Carol Cocoles
Enrollment: 415
Grades: PK-8
Calendar: Traditional

Regular School Hours:
Kindergarten:   8:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Grades 1-3:      8:15 AM - 2:35 PM
Grades 4-8:      8:15 AM - 3:01 PM

Minimum Days (Wednesdays):
Grades 1-8:      8:15 AM - 12:20 PM

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North Shoreview is a public Montessori school in San Mateo, California, offering preschool, elementary, and middle-school programs. We are part of the San Mateo-Foster City School District and a member of the American Montessori Society. As a public magnet school, we offer an alternative curriculum designed to meet all California state educational standards.


Due to a web server crash, we are in the process of moving the NSM website to this SchoolLoop system.  Thank you for your patience with missing pages or broken links as our parent volunteers complete this process over the next few weeks.  Please continue to check www.nsmontessori.org for the latest school and PTA announcements.


The Montessori Messenger

School Site Council meeting

Monday, September 15, 4:30-6:00, Room 18

Every public school in California has a School Site Council consisting of parents and community members, teachers and staff, and the school principal.  The Site Council is responsible for reviewing data on student achievement and helping prioritize resources to close the achievement gap.  Parent/community representatives are elected at the International Potluck each fall for two-year terms.  The current representatives are Esmund Chia and Jorge Beltranena (2013-15) and Christine Douglas, Diana Harlick, and Liz Magnee-Schalch (nominated for 2014-16).  All meetings are open to the public.  Please contact Mrs. Harrison if you have any questions.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/27/14

Montessori Back to School Picnic

Sun., Sept. 7th 12-3pm, Shoreview Park,

Please join us for a Montessori Potluck Picnic/Playdate at Shoreview Park, 950 Ocean View in San Mateo. Come join us for a getting-to-know you picnic between the Parkside Montessori and NSM programs. We look forward to meeting old friends and making new ones!

Please bring the following to share:

  • Last Names A-F - Appetizers
  • Last Names G - L - Main Course
  • Last Names M-R - Side Dish
  • Last Names S-Z Dessert

Hosted by the Montessori Task Force. If you’d like to help with drinks or paper goods please email Holly at ptapres@nsmontessori.org

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Sign up for Piano Lessons for beginners, grades 1-3

Small group lessons will be offered Wednesday afternoons starting September 24 in Room 5.  The cost for the fall (eleven weeks) will be $55.00, including a piano book to keep.  Sign up online between Aug. 27 and Sept. 12, or until all spaces are filled, at www.mysignup.com/nsmpiano2014, then return the student contract to the school office.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Tea & Tissues and General PTA Meeting

Wed., 8/27 8:15am, in the NSM gym

Drop your child off for the first day of school and then come to the gym for coffee, pastries, the support of other parents, and a short PTA meeting. 

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Direct Donation Campaign: Online Donations Welcome

Matching Grant Deadline is Sunday, August 31

The NSM PTA has started its annual Direct Donation Campaign. You should have received a flyer and donation form in the mail. NSM has once again been offered an anonymous Matching Challenge Grant to fund additional aide time, matching up to $10,000. The deadline is this Sunday, August 31!

We are again accepting credit card donations through PayPal at www.nsmontessori.org/donate.

Please contact fundraising@nsmontessori.org if you have any questions. Thanks for your support; and remember our goal is 100% participation and every donation helps us meet this goal.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Friday Morning Gatherings

New NSM families may not be aware that each Friday morning at 8:15am, the whole school gathers in the gym for announcements and songs. Middle school students run the gatherings, and classes often perform or lead songs or poems. Family members are welcome to attend and are asked to sit or stand in the back of the gym.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Dancers wanted for the International Potluck

To showcase a dance at the International Potluck on September 26, please contact enrichment@nsmontessori.org. Come share your culture with the rest of the school!


Japanese and Indian Dances

If you would like to perform a Japanese Obon (traditional group dance) at the September 26 potluck, please email Angel Hsieh at angelitayee@yahoo.com. Performers will need to wear a kimono or yukata.

Or if you’re interested in joining the Indian Folk Dance, email Gaya at pavitransm@yahoo.com. 

Sign up by September 2.  All NSM students are invited to join either group.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Help Needed: PTA Committee Positions

We still have a few PTA committee positions open. Math Night and the NSM Mini-Maker Faire are just two; in addition we have a weekly photocopying project and other opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more; please contact Holly at ptapres@nsmontessori.org for more information.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Help Needed: Morning Safety Patrol

Volunteers are needed to help with morning drop-offs.  Earn volunteer hours while helping to keep our children safe in the mornings. Volunteers work from approximately 7:50 – 8:15am, putting out orange cones, escorting children and parents, and making sure that traffic keeps moving safely. Sign up online to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0544afac2ea64-morning1 

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Montessori Task Force update

Representatives from NSM and Parkside Montessori resumed meeting with the school district staff on August 6 to discuss options for growing Montessori opportunities at the elementary and middle school levels. A summary of the Montessori Task Force process up to this point will be posted soon. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/25/14

Fingerprinting for Volunteers

To help ensure student safety, school district policies require volunteers in the classroom or field trips to be fingerprinted.  For your convenience, a fingerprinting station will be available at the Ice Cream Social.  Please click here to read the instructions and make an appointment: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d4da5ac2fa13-fingerprinting

Posted by: NSM PTA
Published: 8/23/14

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