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.

Tiny Techies
Ages: 3-6, every Friday from 2:30-3:15 p.m. ($40/month)

Tiny Techies is taught by CVMS parent Samantha Dahlby, a former software engineer and the current K-12 Education Coordinator at NewBoCo. Tiny Techies will help students build computational thinking and problem solving skills, be creative, and practice working together. Samantha loves merging fun, engaging activities with mini-educational lessons to get kids asking “why” and digging deeper. For more information, download the Tiny Technies_Dec 2017 flyer.

Art Club
Ages: 3-6, every Monday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ($50/month)

Art Club is taught by Katharine Christiansen, assistant in the Sapling Room. Art Club will incorporate the mediums of chalk, pastels, clay, paint and seasonal projects while serving as a self-confidence booster for children, further developing their fine motor skills, igniting imagination, and encouraging exploration and self-discovery. Art Club is designed to help your children express how they see the world through creative play. For more information, download the Studio Art Club flyer.

French Classes
Ages: 3-4, every Thursday from 2:30-3:00 p.m., 30-minute classes ($30/month)
Ages: 4-6, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 p.m., 60-minute classes ($75/month)
CVMS Alumni: one Wednesday per month from 4:15-5:15 p.m., 60-minute class ($25/month)

French Classes will be taught by Sally Chamberlin, a directress in the Redwood Room. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in French and Education from Principia College, Sally has more than eight years of experience in teaching foreign languages to children. The class is taught using an immersion approach, meaning your child will be spoken to entirely in French. Through songs, stories, games, art, and many collaborative activities, your child will not only learn basic French but also gain a better understanding of French-speaking cultures and traditions around the world. For more information, or to enroll your child email Sally at Click here to view the French Studio Flyer.

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. Click here to view the Piano newsletter.

Daytime Dancers
Ages: 3 and up
Days: Tuesdays from 2:30 – 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 (CVMS Registration).


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
Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. OR
Thursdays 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 $50 per month. Please contact Sophie Friedman to register your child.

Little Sports Torts
Ages: 3 and up
Fridays at 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning in September each year

Save your nights and weekends for family time while still giving your child a chance to participate in sporting programs. Little Sports is an introductory sports program for 3-6 year olds, teaching them the fundamentals of each sport in a fun environment. Age appropriate drills and equipment allow for participants to have immediate success to help build their confidence in playing sports. Programs are offered all school year long, register at Hover over Locations on the top of the page and choose Cedar Valley Montessori School to find the registration for each Little Sports option. Users must create an account with Little Sports to register on-line. Program cost is $45/program and each program is 5 weeks long. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jed Eichhorn at 608-712-6298 or For more information, CVMS 17-18.

Suzuki Violin Project
Ages: 3 and up
Tuesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; 30 minute one-on-one sessions

This pilot program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn Suzuki violin while easing the weekday time crunch that modern families face. The Suzuki Method is a music philosophy that believes every child can learn noble character through nurturing, high-quality arts education. The parent is an integral part of this process, and receives initial training and constant support to help the student practice at home. Suzuki includes a private lesson during the school day at CVMS by Jessica Altfillisch and Saturday morning group lessons where students and parents can enjoy music activities together. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is limited to 5 students. For more information and to enroll, email Jessica at