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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.

Super Saturday Event!

Super Saturday Event

Saturday, October 1st from 9:30am – 3pm

Annabeth Jensen & Cathy Swan

Annabeth will be speaking about Evolving Social Relations/Conflict Resolution

Cathy will be speaking about the 4 Goal of Gracious Parenting

$25 for the public, includes lunch and 4 training hours. 

Registration required – contact Jessica Breed at

Culture, Character, Creativity Conference

November 4th & 5th

Information & registration: http://conference.mainstreetmontessori.org

Songs in the Key of ABC: Writing in Cosmic Education Workshop

  • Friday, October 7, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sunday, October 9, 9:00am-12:00pm

Workshop Flyer

“We offer the child the alphabet as a key to explore the world of ideas that he possesses. Great care should be taken that this alphabet does not become a means of oppression, a means of killing his interest.” – Maria Montessori

We tell “The Story of Communication in Sign,” and we evoke gratitude for the Phoenicians who spread the alphabet throughout the ancient world. So the elementary children are initiated into the legacy of literacy. Join Elise Huneke-Stone for an exploration of writing in Cosmic Education. This workshop is an invitation to go beyond your training, to see new possibilities in your lessons, stories and prepared environment.

Topics and Activities include:

  • Writing activities that engage the human tendencies
  • Stamp Game, Bank Game…Proper Noun Game?
  • Beyond the Record Book: Rethinking the Journal
  • Poetry and Songwriting for Elementary Children
  • Paragraphs and Paracosms

Laptops are welcome, but some kind of notebook or journal required.

Presenter: Elise Huneke-Stone (bio)
Location: Montessori Northwest, 622 SE Grand Ave., Portland OR 97214 (map)
Audience: Elementary Teachers
Cost: $300 no Sat. lunch, $315 with Sat. lunch
Registration: Online, Closes Sept.30

Questions? Contact MNW Community Education Director, Braden Pemberton at: or 503.963.8992


“Elise’s presentation was inspiring, honest, relatable, and full of knowledge and love.”

“I loved the time to think and write, the real life stories connected to classroom practice, and the depth and knowledge presented.”

“Something for everyone! Wonderful blend of important pedagogical reminders and inspirational applications and extensions.”

Getting Governance Right Workshop

When: October 8, 2016 / 9:00am to 3:30pm

Synopsis of the workshop: Governance is not management. Private, independent Montessori schools need both—good governance exercised by the board of trustees and good management practiced by the head of school and team. This session will focus on good practices in trusteeship, the relationship between the governing board and head of school, and a framework for strategic thinking at the board level. Using multiple case studies developed from real governance dilemmas in schools, those attending will understand good practice, know how to keep their governance on track, and leave with a model for adding value to their schools.

Hosted by:  Sunstone Montessori School

For Information & Registration:  www.sunstonemontessori.org/getting-governance-right

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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