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OMA SW Washington Pub Night

Southwest Washington Montessori Pub Night

Guides and Heads of School are invited to a Pub Night on April 29th, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Catedral Tapatia’s.  707 SE 164th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684.  We have the semi-private room reserved in the downstairs cantina.  Come join us for a no-host, no-agenda time for catching up and supporting one another’s work.

RSVP to Julie Davis

Julie Davis is the Oregon Montessori Association’s Regional Representative for SW Washington.

Pacific Northwest Montessori Association Sharing Fair

PNMA’s 2014 Sharing Fair
Location:  Childcare Center at 70th & Sandpoint, 6901 Sand Point Way NE, 98115
Date: May 17, 2014
Time:  Event Begins at 8:30AM, with set up beginning at 8:00AM

3 STARS for DEL or 3 Clock Hours for OSPI

8:00 – 8:30 Lesson Set Up in Classrooms

8:30-9:00 Fair Visitor Check in at the event

Members share curriculum ideas
Onsite mini-workshops:

  • The RIE Method with Toddlers

Vendors open during entire event
Raffle at 11:30.

We will collect and share lessons on Dropbox.com – download it Free.


  • Register ONLINE anytime as a Member or Public Individual who will attend the event.
  • Register to share a lesson by following our guide.


  • To bring a lesson to share, use the Member/Sharing option.
  • Your registration will be confirmed when the lesson plan is received.
  • Send a copy of your lesson by May 3rd.


Best regards,
Pacific Northwest Montessori Association

OMA Administrator Meeting, Thursday, May 22nd, 6 – 8pm

Join fellow administrators for the last OMA admin. meeting of the 2013 – 14 school year!

When:  Thursday, May 22nd, 6 – 8pm

Where:  Sunstone Montessori School, 6318 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland, OR  97239

Food:  Dinner will be provided, courtesy of Sunstone.

Suggested topic:  Teacher contracts in an At Will Employment state (Oregon).  Why do administrators prepare contracts and what is in them?

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OMA Annual Spring Tea and Award Ceremony

Join friends and colleagues at the annual OMA Spring Tea!

When:  Sunday, May 4th, 2:00 – 3:30pm (doors open at 1:30, award ceremony will begin at 2:00, followed by Jada Rupley’s presentation)

Where:  Franciscan Montessori Earth School, Portland, OR

The Tea will be in the Salon of Clare Hall.  There is a parking lot right beside Clare Hall.  The parking lot will be on your left as you drive down Clinton (which is the first street on the right off of SE 148th).  There will be signs on the fence to guide you to Clare Hall.

This year’s Susie Huston Memorial Award winner is Michelle Becca of Childpeace Montessori School.  You can click on the link to learn about the Susie Huston award.

The Susie Huston Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching

This year’s Outstanding Dedication Award is being given to a group in acknowledgement of their work for making it possible for Montessori practitioners to receive high-level steps on the Oregon Registry system if the practitioners trained at a MACTE accredited training center:  Ingrid Anderson, of the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD); Mercedes Castle, of the Portland Montessori Collaborative; Rebecca Pelton, the Executive Director of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education; and Stacey Edwards Russo, of Child’s View Montessori School.  The link below provides more detail about the award.

The Outstanding Dedication Award

Congratulations to each of you!

We will celebrate those who will be newly graduating into the community from their teacher training courses.

Jada Rupley, the Director of Oregon’s Early Learning Division, will give a short presentation and offer time for Questions & Answers.  This is a wonderful opportunity to come and learn about new initiatives happening in Early Childhood Education in Oregon!

RSVP here!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Tea!


January – May 2014 School Open Houses!

Below is a list of local and regional Montessori school Open Houses.  The list is alphabetical.  Please click the name of the school for contact information.

Bamboo Montessori
Saturday, February 22, 9am – Noon
SE Vancouver, WA (Fisher’s Landing area)

Cascadia School
Saturday, January 25th, 11:00am -1:00pm
Vancouver, WA

Child’s View Montessori School
Wednesday, February 19, 9:00am – 11:30am
SW Portland

Corvallis Montessori School
Saturday, March 1st, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Corvallis, OR

Franciscan Montessori Earth School
Wednesday, March 19th, 10:00 – Noon
Wednesday, April 23rd, 10:00 – Noon
Monday, May 12th, 10:00 – Noon
SE Portland, OR
Reservations can be made via our website (www.fmes.org) or by contacting Deborah Dahling, Admissions Director, at or 503.760.8220 x236. Interested parents are always welcome to schedule an individual tour or classroom observation by contacting us via phone or email.

Harmony Montessori School
Saturday, March 8th, 10:00 – Noon
SE Portland

Montessori Children’s House
Wednesday, February 12th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
SW Portland

Montessori Pathways School
Sunday, March 9th, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Garden Home Location, SW Portland
Children welcome!

Philomath Montessori School
Saturday, March 1st, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Philomath, OR

Redland Montessori
Saturday, March 8th: 10:30-12
Sunday, March 9th: 1:00-2:30
Oregon City, OR

Smockville MontessoriTuesday, March 4th, 9:00 – 11:00am
Wednesday, March 5th, 9:00 – 11:00am
Thursday, March 6th, 9:00 – 11:00am
Sherwood, OR

Sundborn Montessori School
Saturday, March 1st, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Albany, OR

The Portland Montessori School
Saturday, February 8, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Primary and Elementary Classrooms
Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Elementary Only
NE Portland, OR

Tiny Revolution Montessori
Saturday, February 15th, 10:00 – 11:30am
NE Portland

Vancouver Montessori School
Open House
Saturday, April 26th, 10:00am–1:00pm

Public and Montessori Community members welcome!  We are showcasing our newest Toddler Community classroom, the Jasmine classroom, along with enrollment information for the 2014/15 school year.

West Hills Montessori School
Sunday, March 6th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
SW Portland Campus
Children welcome!

Sunday, March 16th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Lake Oswego Campus
Children welcome!

Whole Child Montessori Center
Saturday, February 22nd, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SE Portland, OR


Dr. Paul Epstein C.O.R.E. Method Workshop Rescheduled to May

Join your colleagues at the Portland Montessori Collaborative to gain skills and tools in “Observation Literacy.”

Rescheduled to:  Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time:  8:30am – 4:30pm

Questions?  Contact Hilary Smith at the Portland Montessori Collaborative:  503.972.7199 or

Observation CORE_Workshop_Brochure

Being with Babies/Being with Toddlers Series

Being with Babies/Being with Toddlers is a workshop series developed by Mercedes Castle of All Roads Learning Community and Portland Montessori Collaborative. The topics outlined in the series draw primarily from writings and practices of Dr. Maria Montessori and Dr. Sylvana Montanaro, as well as from Magda Gerber (RIE), and Loris Malguzzi and the schools of, and inspired by, Reggio Emelia. This transformative series may be taken as individual sessions that are credited as two hours of professional development recognized by the Oregon Registry as Set One Trainings, and aligned to Core Knowledge Categories.  These sessions will be appropriate for the beginning teacher, but provocative enough for the seasoned practitioner.

All classes will be facilitated by Mercedes Castle, founder of All Roads Learning Community and co-founder of the Portland Montessori Collaborative. Mercedes is an Oregon Registry Community Trainer and Course Instructor at the MTEC-SFBA.  Mercedes holds a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is an AMS accredited I/T guide with over ten years experience in the classroom.


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