Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Sands Montessori. My name is Joie Linser and I am the president of the Sands Montessori Parent Organization (SMPO).

SMPO works together to strengthen the Sands Montessori community of life-long learners. All parents/legal guardians, teachers and staff are automatically members – including you!

Our meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month (August-May), usually in the Media Center at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to all and you are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Our first SMPO meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22. We moved the meeting back accommodate back-to-school preparations for students, parents and staff. This meeting will also serve as the General Parent Meeting; we’ll review and vote on the budget for the year and every member of the SMPO in attendance can vote. Please join us!

Please get involved in our school. Our school thrives when families are engaged with all that goes on at Sands. According to the school handbook, families are expected to volunteer 4-6 hours in and around Sands Montessori to ensure our school maintains the level of excellence you expect. SMPO and Sands have many options for volunteering: whether it’s dedicating an hour to staff an event, attending SMPO meetings, tutoring children, planning an event or fundraiser, volunteering in the classroom or volunteering as a coach, there is something for everyone – with every time commitment – available. We need your help to make sure we continue to have great events for our children, and to raise funds to continue to support students and staff. Please invite grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to join us, too! It truly takes a community.

Visit to stay up-to-date on events, find information about SMPO meetings and the Rudder (leadership), services offered by SMPO and to sign up for our weekly email.

Best Wishes,
Joie Linser
SMPO President, 2017-18