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Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

Please mark your calendars for our first MCHD Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, facilitated entirely by current MCHD parents. The symposium will be held on March 3rd from 8:45am-11:00am. Please register to attend so we know how many to plan for. Free childcare is available with registration (use the link in your announcement newsletter).

We will hear from:
Kumi Silva, Elementary Parent, on Talking to Children About Race and Immigration
Sarah Kate Fishback, Kindergarten Parent, on Advocating for Social Justice
Grace Bell, Early Childhood Parent, on Diversity in Children's Literature
Catherine Lidov, Elementary Parent, on Stress, Worry, Fear, Anxiety---What's Normal?

Please register to attend and contact the office with any questions.
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Visit and meet administrators and teachers at this special event. The Diversity Teacher Hiring Fair will be held on Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Duke School (3716 Erwin Rd. Durham, NC 27705). Please attend or share with friends who may be interested. MCHD is helping to sponsor this fair and will be represented by MCHD staff. Please register with this link if you plan to attend.
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Diaper Drive

MCHD is excited to partner with the NC Diaper Bank to collect diapers for local families. Bring diapers to drop-off through Tuesday, December 19th. Both opened and unopened units of diapers are accepted. Size 5, 3T-4T pull ups (boys), wipes, and feminine hygiene products are especially needed. Thanks for your support of this project!
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"Character Matters" performed by Upper Elementary

You are invited to the MCHD Upper Elementary musical "Character Matters" on Monday, December 18th at 6:30pm in the Multi-Purpose room. They will stage a Fairy Tale Advice Council Meeting to offer constructive solutions to well-known story book characters. Baby Bear learns to forgive Goldilocks, Humpty Dumpty decides to take responsibility for his actions, and much more! Come see our poised and confident Upper Elementary leaders and the fruits of their Montessori education as they perform their musical!
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Giving Tuesday

Consider supporting the MCHD playing field this Giving Tuesday! Donate online.

MCHD School Board’s Development Committee is guiding the efforts to build a turf playing field on campus (next to the Multi-Purpose room) to replace the empty mulch patch. We’ve lined up a contractor to make a more permanent 40 foot by 60 foot playing field suitable for soccer, volleyball, and badminton. They’ll build a retaining wall, fix drainage issues, and add artificial turf and fences. They’ll even provide attachment points for volleyball nets and other equipment.

The entire project totals $60,000 and we’re hoping to break ground next summer (2018). Through donations and pledges, we’ve already raised about half of that! We’re hoping other MCHD families or friends will consider pledging to our campaign, either through monthly, semi-annual, annual, or one-time gifts.
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Interactive Open House

Prospective Families are invited to MCHD for an Interactive Open House. This hands-on interaction with the teachers, materials, and classroom will be held on Monday, October 30th at 9am or 11:30am. This event is for parents only. RSVP to reserve your space at either session.
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Meals for Urban Ministries of Durham

Urban Ministries of Durham needs our help to provide lunches for the homeless right here in our community. Join in sharing this experience and the lessons that go with such an endeavor with our students! The Community Connections Committee is coordinating this annual community service project. Click to learn more and to sign up to donate.
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Schedule your classroom observation!

You are invited to observe your child(ren)'s class(es) before conferences! Classrooms will be opening in two weeks for observations, and appointments are available daily thereafter.  Grandparents and other special family friends are welcome to schedule an observation as well. Call or email Ashley ( to schedule your appointment today!
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MCHD Alumni: Where are they now?

MCHD alum, Ray Palma, is now a junior at Riverside High School and has coordinated “Meet​ ​Your​ ​2017​ ​Durham​ ​Mayoral Candidates​ ​to​ ​Discuss​ ​Their​ ​Vision​ ​for Youth​ ​in​ ​Durham.” He has been able to round up all five candidates running for Mayor of the City of Durham to be present for a Q&A on Monday, October 2nd at Riverside High School.
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