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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.

pdxMC Summer Elementary Unschool!

Join pdxMC Montessori elementary guide, Joy Nauman for an adventuresome, fun time at pdxMC Summer Elementary Unschool!  This summer program will be from June 16th – August 30th, 8:30 – 3:15 with extended care available before and after the program.  They are forming a great group of 8 to 15 children entering first grade through fourth.

Explore with friends and enjoy your summer!  Flier is attached here.  Visit pdxMC website for more information about their programs.

Here’s a sampling of their daily schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 Drop off
9:00 – 10:00 Play outside, craft, plan for day/journaling
10:00 – 11:00 Retire to ‘Living Room’ for snack, quiet activities, journals, read aloud
11-2:00 Outdoor time, incorporating some of the following activities, depending on the day
– bus to library lunch in park
– bus/car ride to community center to swim
– walk to Bridlemile school for lunch and play in park
– field trip to New Seasons
– bus to Wilson pool for swimming
– work on creek restoration
– work on outdoor environment
– other projects
2:00-3:15 Down time in ‘Living Room’ or outside, snack, journaling, dismissal

Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR) Training

Montessori Institute of the Pacific Northwest, along with Woodinville Montessori School, are pleased to present the MACAR training led by Joyce Pickering and the Shelton School Faculty.

August 5 – 10, 2013

The goal of this workshop is to understand the specific needs of children at risk for learning differences and provide specific strategies to the registrant for matching the Montessori educational method to those needs.

The content of the workshop includes:
·        An Overview of Learning Disabilities
·        Understanding The At-Risk Child
·        Modification of Montessori methods and Techniques
·        Oral and Written Language Program
·        Social Skills Development/Discipline
·        Practical Life, Sensorial and Mathematics for the At-Risk Child

MACAR Registration Level I: $2,600

Registration Info Here

Early Learning Council – A Call for Photos

Dear early learning supporter:

We want you to have full access to state early learning information, so we are in the process of building a simple, easy-to-navigate website for quick reference and community discussion. As part of serving your info needs, we also want it to look nice and include visuals that capture early learning activities around the state.

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to submit photos to be featured on our site. We will accept any and all, and highlight your various submissions on the site throughout the year. Photos of child artwork or any other creative interpretation are also encouraged.

All we ask is that they:

1)      Represent your interpretation of early learning (ages 0-6) in the State of Oregon;

2)      Represent the many great things happening for children (ages 0-6) in our state;

3)      Be clear, well-lit, and able to be digitally stretched, condensed, or cropped;

4)      And have the proper disclosure from parents or guardians to use the photo if featuring specific children.

By submitting, you acknowledge that the photo will be used for Early Learning Council website purposes and could potentially be used in presentations and other materials.

 Submissions will be fully credited on the site. Please send your submissions to Tony Andersen, ELC Communications, at or call him at 971-273-3829 with any questions.

We look forward to seeing your shots! 

 Please send submissions to  by March 23, 2013


 Seth Allen

Board Administrator

Oregon Education Investment Board

Early Learning Council


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