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10th Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Friday, November 21
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Town Hall, Carbondale

Ross’s years are now TEN,
We’re looking back to remember when,

The school opened its doors,
And children came to learn and explore,

The ways of Montessori,
And how it would add to their story.

Join us as we celebrate this big year,
With delicious food and plenty of good cheer.

For YOU are important to Ross,
And to have this feast without you would be a loss!
Our 2nd Bus!
News Release
  
News Release 11/04/14: Ross Montessori Charter School gets a second school bus
 
Carbondale, CO – The Ross Montessori Charter School (RMS) has acquired an additional 65-passenger school bus thanks to a grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District. A grant proposal was submitted for a new school bus in the spring 2014 grant cycle. Over the summer, RMS learned it was awarded $25,000 to acquire a new bus.
 
The additional school bus will provide an up-valley route from the eastern side of Carbondale to Basalt and Emma in the 2015-2016 school year, as well as transportation for field trips. The budget for the current fiscal year was finalized before the grant for the bus was awarded, therefore the school’s budget does not include a driver for an up-valley route until the 2015-2016 school year. In the meantime, the new bus will earn some revenue providing field trip transportation to other local charter schools.
 
“We are looking forward to expanding our service in the next school year and providing more options for families coming to Ross. The new bus is in great shape and will serve the school well,” said Dave Lawson, Transportation Manager. “The additional route in the next school year will shorten the current route from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs by as much at forty minutes,” continued Lawson.
 
“We are thrilled about the addition of a new bus to increase access to a solid Montessori education here in Garfield County,” said Sonya Hemmen, Head of School. “The new bus will increase the opportunity for families to take advantage of this wonderful resource,” added Hemmen.
 
 
September 29, 2014
Today, we were able to close on land in Carbondale. This historic event is one of the most exciting milestones we have passed at Ross as a school. I cannot think of any better 10th anniversary news. 
 
Please read the information below and plan to hear more about this soon.
 
Proudly,
 
Sonya Hemmen
Head of School

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For immediate release                           September 29, 2014
 
Ross Montessori Charter School buys land in Carbondale for new school building
 
Carbondale, CO – The Ross Montessori Charter School and the Mark Ross Montessori Foundation have finalized the purchase of almost three acres in Carbondale to be the new home of the school. After years of searching for the perfect location and securing funding, the first phase of construction over the next 12 to 16 months will build a school to accommodate students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
 
Ross Montessori Charter School has provided Montessori education in Carbondale for ten years. The new facility will increase enrollment, opening the school up to more students seeking a Montessori education in a public charter school. “The Ross Montessori School Board and Mark Ross Montessori Foundation Board are grateful for the support of community members and the families of our students. Their generosity made this land purchase possible,” said Shelly Sheppick, School Board President and parent of two students at Ross. “A new facility for Ross has been a dream of everyone in the Ross family for many years and the project to buy land and secure funding has been a labor of love for many people who see the great work the faculty of Ross have been able to do in their current facility.  In a new home, I am sure the school will surpass our boldest dreams,” continued Sheppick.
 
The Mark Ross Montessori Foundation has secured funding for the building’s first phase through a loan from the Rural Development Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The School Board of Ross Montessori Charter School is currently working through a letter of conditions to finalize the loan. “The Foundation is pleased to reach this point for the school. The purchase of the land for Ross’ new home is significant for the Carbondale community and the students of Ross,” said Robin Cole, Mark Ross Montessori Foundation President. “The first phase of construction will allow for over ten percent increase in enrollment. The second phase of construction will expand enrollment to even more students after that,” said Cole. The Foundation plans to continue its capital campaign efforts and realize phase two in the next three to five years.
 

 
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