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Children’s Voices at the Congress!

Montessori Elementary Children (ages 6 – 14) – You are invited to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the International Montessori Congress!  

For the Opening Ceremony, Congress coordinators and volunteers will have children walk in a procession carrying flags to represent the 55 countries in attendance.  The children will be led in song by Montessori Elementary guide, Michael Johnson.  The lyrics to the song “Peaceful World” will be displayed on a screen for all participants to sing along.  Your children need not have mastered the song – it will be very fun and natural!  Here is the song with lyrics.
For the Closing Ceremony, there will be two adults leading a song with children gathered on the floor, in a classroom-style group.   We can accommodate about 20 children for this performance, and, again, they do not need to know the song completely.  Song and lyrics
Rehearsal time and performance schedule:
Wednesday, July 31, 10am – 12pm – Rehearsal for Opening and Closing at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C
Wednesday, July 31, 3:30pm – Arrival for Opening Performance, Exhibit Hall C.  Opening Ceremony 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
Saturday, August 3, 2:30pm – Arrival for song practice, Meeting Room A103 (staging at 3:30 and performance at 3:40pm)
Please, consider having your children participate in this unique opportunity to celebrate our community and welcome the wider Montessori world to Portland!  Congress organizers will provide the flags – we are asking children to dress in blue, green and/or white clothes.  To sign-up, contact Jennifer Ryznar via this email:  

Announcing OMA’s New Executive Director

Here is the News Bulletin introducing OMA’s new Executive Director!


OMA Assistant’s Workshop in Corvallis!

Corvallis Montessori School is hosting our OMA Assistant’s Workshop on Monday, August 26th, 2013.  Thank you to Corvallis – we look forward to gathering at their school for a second year in a row.

The event will open at 8:30am with registration, and will be from 9am – 2:30pm. Refreshments will be provided, though brown-bag lunches are encouraged.  Certificates for 5 training hours will be awarded.

This year, OMA is asking assistants to attend with their guides!  This workshop will be beneficial for seasoned, as well as new assistants, at all teaching levels.  There will be plenty of opportunity for break-out sessions with one another to make plans for your classrooms.  Discounted rates will be offered to teams signing-up from classrooms (guide/assistant(s)).

Facilitators will present Montessori theory, offer ideas for environment preparation and care, and encourage communication between staff members within schools.

Registration is now OPEN

Fees to attend:  

OMA Member:  $50 or Member Team (guide/assistant):  $80

Additional member of classroom team:  $40

Non-OMA-Member:  $70 or Non-Member Team (guide/assistant):  $100

Additional member of classroom team from non-OMA member school:  $60

Portland’s Assistant Workshop will be on September 21st – details coming soon.

OMA News! May Bulletin 2013

Read the May News Bulletin here!


Southwest Washington OMA Pub Night!

Join Montessori colleagues at the Southwest Washington Pub Night!!
East Vancouver McMenamins, 1900 NE 162nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684
Friday May 24, 2013. 5:30-7:30
All SW Washington Administrators and Guides are welcome to attend, No Host – No Agenda.


Welcome Back, Beautiful Day Montessori!

A Beautiful Day Montessori is now enrolling for its much-anticipated reopening for Fall of 2013!

A Beautiful Day Montessori Preschool is an in-home AMI Children’s House nestled in a quiet neighborhood in Northeast Portland.  Our beautiful learning environment includes a comfortable interior offering plentiful natural light with a comprehensive set of Montessori materials, as well as a large, secure green space for gardening and free play.  In the familiar home environment with a low student to teacher ratio, children enjoy a gentle introduction to the greater social and academic world.

A Beautiful Day Every Day for Preschool Children!



QRIS Orientation Training, hosted by OMA

The Oregon Montessori Association is hosting a QRIS Orientation Training on Wednesday May 29 from 4-7pm for member schools.

The meeting will be hosted at pdxMC, 4817 SW 53rd Ave. 503-972-7100.  Dinner will be provided.

If your school is located in Mult.Co you are eligible to participate in the pilot program.  The pilot project is open to certified centers and certified family childcare.  Please participate and help shape how successfully Montessori schools are rated in this new state system.

Please, RSVP to this email,  

Kind Regards, Hilary Smith

OMA Board President
pdxMC Director

The OMA is hiring!

The Board of Directors for the Oregon Montessori Association is seeking a part-time Executive Director to continue the work of supporting Montessori programs in Oregon and SW Washington and advancing the mission of our organization.

We are looking for a good match for this creative and rewarding position. The ideal candidate will be organized, responsive and detail-oriented, with the ability to perform diverse functions, from communication and event coordination to bookkeeping and website management.  Montessori training and experience is preferred, as well as administrative and leadership skills.

Please, see this full description for details.  Send cover letter and resume to the OMA board president Hilary Smith: 

Camp Vida 2013! Portland Montessori School Summer Camp

Camp VIDA! 2013 Registration is available:

Everybody loves summer, kids and adults alike. Part of that summer fun is going to camp. Parents rely on summer camps to help keep their kids safe and happy throughout the summer months. For kids, it’s all about having fun with friends and exploring things they don’t get to explore during the school year—like learning new soccer skills, putting on an original play, immersing themselves in art, singing in a choir and making music with all kinds of instruments!

Camp Vida offers a variety of themed weeklong summer camps for children aged 3 – 6 and have not yet entered first grade.  Our elementary camp options for campers 1st – 5th grade include soccer, fine art or choir camp.

Our campers are often students from our school, but we also welcome children from other schools. We especially love it when former students of our school return for camp.  To accommodate a variety of scheduling needs, we offer full day camps, half day camps (for your younger campers) and before and after camp bridge care.

Go to www.portlandmontessori.org and look under Programs for Camp Vida for children 3-6 and look for Elementary Camp 2013 for options for children 1st– 5th grade!  Registration is easy!

Families from other schools can email  and request a Camp Registration Account be set up. Include Parent first and last name and Child’s name and Date of Birth. We will email you a web-link to register online. So fast and easy – more time for FUN!

Amy Williams, Enrichment Director

Portland Montessori School, 4911 NE Couch Street, Portland  OR  97213  Ph:  503-688-2994  www.portlandmontessori.org

Franciscan Montessori Earth School Honors Mother Francine Cardew, FSE

We would like to share with the community information regarding a memorial service for Mother Francine Cardew, FSE.

The Memorial at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School for Mother Francine Cardew, FSE, will be on:

Monday, May 20th, in the School Gym from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Further details will be made available on the School’s website, www.fmes.org, and and through the FMES Facebook page.
Please RSVP at:
Or by calling 503-760-8220, extension 238.
We thank all of you who have sent your condolences and kind thoughts, and look forward to seeing you on May 20th.

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