Application Deadline Postponed

Due to inclement weather, MCHD will be closed on Friday, January 22nd.  This means Friday’s deadline for submitting applications has been postponed til Monday, January 25th.  Email Lyn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) with questions.

Registration Now Open

Currently enrolled MCHD families can now register online for all enrichment offerings and camps offered outside of school days, including Orientation Week Two Camp and all No-School Camps.  Follow this link to set up your family account, learn more about all available options, select your registrations, and pay securely.  Please call us with any questions.

Support the Carrie Benoit Salemi Fund

To honor her spirit and nearly 40 years’ dedicated service to MCHD, the Parents Association and the Development Committee are proud to announce a new financial aid fund in honor of Carrie Benoit Salemi, beloved Early Childhood teacher and friend.

Donate here or read more below.

For 37 years Carrie was a constant presence in the MCHD community.  Her work helped build the culture of the school we love.  She had a passion for the children and a passion for the Montessori classroom. Families in other classes often felt the warmth of her smile.  She contributed to those classrooms by sharing, mentoring, and learning from new teachers as they joined our staff.  One of Carrie’s ardent wishes during her long tenure at MCHD was to be able to offer more significant financial aid to families who need it.

Carrie believes wholeheartedly in Montessori’s vision of educating children to be vibrant, joyful Citizens of the Cosmos — and that MCHD itself should be a Citizen of the cosmos, of the world, and of our Durham community.  One way we can practice that kind of citizenship is by helping other families join our school. The CBS Fund will augment the current structure of financial aid at MCHD, increasing the total amount available for financial aid.  It will allow the school to offer placement to students who previously could not have afforded tuition, and provide more help to families whose needs change suddenly.  Please join us in this effort to honor Carrie’s legacy.

There are currently two ways to donate to the Carrie Benoit Salemi Financial Aid Fund:

1.Write a check and send or bring it to the office at 2800 Pickett Rd, Durham NC 27705. Please make it out to: MCHD, memo Financial Aid, Carrie Benoit Salemi Fund.

2.Visit the MCHD website,  Fill out the online giving form.  A section at the bottom of the form reads “I would like my contribution to go to”: please choose “Financial Aid.”  The last section is a memo option. Select “In honor of” and write “Carrie Benoit Salemi” in the text box.  Thank you! All donations are tax-deductible.

MCHD Voted “Most Loved” in Triangle!

MCHD is proud to announce that thanks to all of you who visited Hulafrog and “loved” us, we have earned the title of 2015 “Most Loved” Preschool AND Private School for the region!!  To be ranked tops in one category is incredibly exciting, but to garner top spot in two categories is simply spectacular!  We can’t thank you enough for your support – you are what makes our community so incredible.

Kindergarteners Partner with Urban Ministries for Food Drive

Thanks to the MCHD community at large for such an outpouring of donations for our Kindergarteners’ Food Drive!   The children delivered their first 433 pounds of food to Urban Ministries!  We will continue to collect through the rest of this month.  They are so excited to see how many pounds we will collect by then.  The Kindergarteners all thank you for your participation!

Summer Camp Availability Update

We have a terrific variety of Summer Camp options to consider this year, from Toddler through Elementary!  As a friendly reminder, all registrations received before April 1 waive the $25 registration fee.  Some camps are already full, so if you are still planning, we want you to be aware of this.

  • 3-4s camp
    • weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 are FULL, but a waitlist is available
    • Week 4 has 2 spots remaining
    • Weeks 8 and 9 each have just 1 spot left
  • 5-6 camp
    • Weeks 4 and 8 have just 3 spots left
  • Montessori in the Summer with Lisa
    • Each of the 6 weeks still has a few spots available for children with at least one year of Early Childhood experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue the Montessori classroom experience and learning over the summer, and both half day and full day options are available.
  • Elementary
    • Week 1 is full
    • A few spaces still remain in Janine’s popular art camp (weeks 2 and 3)!
    • Check out a host of new Elementary options for Lower and Upper El students ranging from Green Engineering to Spanish to Soccer to Lego, among others. Half day and full day camps available.