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The Whole Child with Ginni Sackett – Shoreline Community College

Following Nature’s Plan to Grow a Whole Child – Body, Mind, Spirit 

Keynote presentation & afternoon workshops

with AMI Primary Trainer Ginni Sackett

NEW DATE – Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9 am- 4 pm
New location: Shoreline Community College

$95 for PNMA Members & $120 for the General Public. Event registration includes morning refreshments & lunch.  Doors open at 8:00 am.

6 WA Clock Hours or 6 STARS/Merit Credits available for this event!

Event Description: 

Please plan to join PNMA for a day with AMI Primary Trainer, Ginni Sackett, as we dive deeper into what it means to follow the whole child – body, mind and spirit. 

Our contemporary educational world emphasizes the importance of a child’s cognitive or academic development – and as Montessori educators we feel the pull of that emphasis, particularly because Montessori education does such a great job supporting that type of development. But with our holistic vision of developmentally based education, Montessorians also understand the ideal interplay of physical, emotional, and social development with successful cognitive development. 

For this workshop, we will spend the day exploring this interplay, the learning experiences which support its natural unfolding and, in particular, how education can nurture optimal character development to the long-term benefit of both the learner and society. Along the way, we will re-visit some familiar concepts from our Montessori perspective, while integrating more contemporary ideas such as embodied cognition, emotional self-regulation, collaborative learning, and the newly popular ‘grit’.


More information and online registration: The Whole Child with Ginni Sackett – 

In Memory of Jeanne VanDeRiet

March 18, 1957 ~ August 31, 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-2-03-22-pmJeanne VanDeRiet, a beloved and respected elder in our Montessori community, died accidentally while scuba diving in Hawaii. She was generous and giving of her time and talents to her colleagues and community, and was admired and loved by all.

Jeanne was a welcoming presence at Corvallis Montessori where she began her career in the early 80’s. She had a deep understanding of Montessori philosophy, which she put into practice very graciously and kindly with the children in her community, as well as reaching out gently to parents with helpful insights.

When she moved to the Virgin Islands, she stayed in touch with her colleagues, regularly sending back wonderful photos of both her tropical classroom and her Scuba adventures. After a time, she was welcomed back to her home in Oregon, where she continued to contribute to our community.

Jeanne worked for more than a decade at Providence Montessori School, first as a Guide. She brought her love of science into the lives of young children to the delight of all. She then shared her passion for Montessori as an administrator, mentoring new guides and assistants, and as a lecturer in our wider community.

Jeanne remained active after her retirement, taking classes in ceramics and creative writing. She also sustained her Montessori zeal, serving on the board of OMA as Secretary for the past three years. Her infectious gift of humor and kindness inspired those around her to smile, laugh at themselves and not take things too seriously. She was a beacon whose wisdom reached countless children, families and Guides; seasoned and new to the field. We will miss her zestful spirit and radiant smile.

A celebration of Jeanne’s life will be held on Sunday, September 25th at Glen Otto Community Park, 1106 E. Columbia River Hwy in Troutdale, Oregon at 1:30 pm. Her husband, Malcolm McCord, has asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers to OMA. An online library will be created in her memory.

It’s that time of year! Join or renew your membership today!

Full details about the benefits of OMA membership can be read here. 

Congratulations on QRIS ratings!

OMA would like to congratulate Meadowlark Montessori in Prineville on their 5-star QRIS rating, as well as offering congratulations to Foundations Montessori Preschool in Eugene on their 4-star rating.  It takes a lot of work on the school’s part to receive those ratings, so join me in congratulating these schools for achieving those excellent ratings!

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