Dear CMS Community,
It was wonderful to see so many members of our community come together to celebrate the past, present, and future of Chesterfield Montessori School at our Pink Tower Soirée. CMS families, teachers and staff, Board members and long-time friends of the school shared conversation, wonderful food from Ces and Judy’s catering, music and drinks.
We kicked off the evening with fantastic music from the Point of View Jazz Ensemble. Point of View is a project of Heal Center for the Arts, a nonprofit organization and multi-disciplinary center of music, arts learning, and performance for St. Louis’ urban communities. Many people raved about the music and wanted to know how to book the musicians. You can find out more about Point of View at their website.
Melissa Long, who coordinated the Soirée as well as the Pink Tower Campaign, shared about our school’s beginnings as a one-room AMI Montessori school house for Primary children. Thanks to Ms. Anita’s vision of authentic Montessori education and generous parents who have given their time, ideas and capital, CMS has grown from 23 children to over 160 students from 16 months through 14 years.
After Melissa spoke, Devin Datta, a 5th grader from Ms. Rachel’s class, wowed the crowd with a piano performance of “Variations on a Russian Folksong” by Mikhail Ivonovich Glinka.
I spoke about my own history as a parent at CMS and shared our Board of Trustees’ vision for the school.
Elementary Teacher Tina Lavi showed the Philanthropy VIDEO she created featuring 6th grader Tanner Gilbertson and many CMS students, parents and teachers.
Board member and former CMS parent José Cruz talked about how his son’s experience at CMS cultivated his desire to serve, and how Montessori education is a pathway to world peace.
We concluded our evening with a very special presentation by the children in honor of Ms. Anita. Sixth grader Elsa Lattanand spoke eloquently about the importance of annual philanthropic giving at CMS. In Elsa’s words, “every donation is a life changed.” Elsa then introduced Ana Chu, an Adolescent student (and Ms. Anita’s granddaughter). Ana played “The Children’s Waltz” on the piano as other children shook Ms. Anita’s hand and offered her flowers. Ms. Anita offered a few spontaneous and gracious words of thanks for all the people who have supported her in her long career at CMS.
Thank you so much to all who worked to make the Pink Tower Soirée possible, and to all who came to celebrate with us! It was a wonderful evening.
Our Pink Tower campaign continues through November 27th (Giving Tuesday). By that time, we hope to achieve 100% community participation to raise funds to enhance student experiences, strengthen our community, support professional development, and enhance campus environments. Each contribution, no matter the size, makes a big difference.
If you have not had the chance to participate, please click HERE to give online. Thank you so much for your support and for being a part of this wonderful school community!
Head of School