CVMS is proud to offer additional co-curricular programing that complements the Montessori teaching philosophy. These programs take place during CVMS hours of operation, allowing families to schedule co-curricular activities on-site during the day instead of during evening hours. All payments are made directly to the Studio Program providers. For more information, contact each Studio Program provider.

Piano Classes
Ages: 4 and up
Days: variable, beginning in October

Piano classes are taught by Abby Kokontis-Griffith, a Directress in the Lilac Room. Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College and was awarded the prestigious Charles Bart Houser Memorial Music Award upon graduation, given to a music major for outstanding performance on an acoustic musical instrument.

Daytime Dancers
Ages: 3 and up
Days: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., beginning in October

Taught by Cassie Oberhoffer, the philosophy of Daytime Dancers is to introduce the art of dance and movement into your child’s life from an early age. This unique program offers fun, flexible opportunities for you and your family, offering introductory jazz, tap and ballet classes during convenient daytime hours from the comfort of the school you already trust. Cassie is a 2010 graduate of Coe College. While at Coe she studied elementary education and child development, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. Cassie holds an Iowa Teaching License and is certified in CPR and First Aid. More information about Cassie and Daytime Dancers can be found here.

Old Mother Hubbard’s Cooking Club
Ages: 3 and up; CVMS siblings welcome
Days: Every Wednesday from 3 – 4 p.m., beginning in October

Taught by long-time Cedar Rapids area educators Ethel Knutson and Mary Russell, Old Mother Hubbard’s Cooking Club is a fun and educational culinary class with emphases on skills, grace, courtesy, health, art, music and creativity. Registration must be made one week prior to class.

Check out the December 2015 Cooking schedule here.

Art Program
Ages: Under 4 meet Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m./ Ages 4 and up meet Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Days: Mondays and Thursdays beginning in October

CVMS Art Classes are taught by Mary Campbell, who began her teaching career as a directress at CVMS in the 1980s, followed by a long stint as an elementary art teacher in the Cedar Rapids School District. Since retiring in 2003, Mary has enjoyed spending time in her “little backyard studio.” Six slots in each class will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis.

Ages 3 and up
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Yoga benefits children in so many ways, especially at the beginning of their school day. Your child will learn the art of yoga through play, movement, breathing techniques, storytelling, song, relaxation and meditation. Class is taught by Sarah Cram Driscoll, a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Sarah is also a musician and works with The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. Students can join at any time and may come for a trial class any time. Cost is $50 per month. You can reach Sarah at 241-7333 or e-mail her at Cram.Sarah <at>

Science Club
Ages 3 and up
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. OR
Fridays at 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Science Club, led by Toddler Community lead Sophie Friedman, introduces children to the concept of framing a hypothesis, as well as the concept of “trial and error.” Science Club will teach the scientific process to children, helping them learn to think logically and critically. Science Club will include projects such as: rockets, volcanoes, egg drops, chemical reactions (safe ones!), and much more! Cost is $40 per month. Please contact Sophie Friedman to register your child.