The Commons is a wonderful community space at the school. It is used for a variety of functions, from Parent Education sessions to children's performances, to large group social gatherings and meetings.
One favorite use is our regular "Community Gathering" time on Friday mornings. Before classes get underway all the children in the school, and those parents who chose to stay a bit, gather in the commons for fifteen minutes.
The children who have signed-up during the week can then share something with the community. It could be a song, a poem, a joke or magic trick, or a musical performance... most anything, really. It's a great opportunity for learning to get up in front of an audience, in a safe and secure place.
Playpark and Gardens
Each CMS classroom includes an outdoor extension for gardening, enjoying nature, and doing various activities in the fresh air.
In addition, the playpark includes grassy areas and a hill, play structures, a bike track, a small soccer field, a basketball hoop, a blacktop court, a large sandbox, picnic tables, a stage, a garden, trees and native plants, and climbing boulders.
Safety is a priority. Staff members are certified in first aid and CPR, helmets are required while children are riding bikes and climbing the rocks, and children learn safe procedures for sharing the play areas.