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Autumn 2012 News from OMA


Assistant's Workshops 

OMA thanks our lovely presenters for their inspiration and guidance at the two OMA Assistant's Workshops this year. Dr. Kathleen Lloyd, Cathryn Kasper and Doni Manning-Cyrus presented in Corvallis and Dr. Lloyd was joined by Amy Williams, MA, in Portland.  Thank you to Corvallis Montessori School and Providence Montessori Schools for providing the space and hospitality for these gatherings.

Assistant's Workshop 2012
Cathryn Kasper, Dr. Kathleen Lloyd & Doni Manning-Cyrus



Here are some upcoming events around our region:


October 13th           OMA Sharing Fair at Montessori of Alameda's Morris St.

November 8th        Northwest Elementary Fair at MINW, 6:00-8:00pm

November 17-18    Dr. Joyce Pickering Workshop - "Supporting Children with                                                 Learning Differences in a Montessori Environment"                                                            sponsored by Montessori of Alameda


We welcome our new and returning Member Schools!  Here are a few new members from around the region:


Mother Nurture's Montessori in Milwaukie

One Tribe Home School in NE Portland

Meadowlark Montessori Children's House in Prineville

Matatena Montessori in Hillsboro

Urban Bambini in NE Portland

Portland Montessori Collaborative in SW Portland

Toddler House in NE Portland

Westside Montessori International in Beaverton

Redland Montessori in Oregon City


Send us your school's news! 

We are compiling news from across our community to share with one another.  Let us know how your school is growing, changing, or solidly standing as a neighborhood program over the years.  Have you added new age groups to your school?  Expanded your offerings to include more outdoor work spaces?  Do you have a new director we can welcome to the community?  Have any great ideas you'd like to share with others?  Contact us and we'll share your news.   Email Jennifer Ryznar,


Let parents know about our NW Montessori Elementary School Fair!  OMA, in collaboration with MINW, is hosting an elementary fair with many regional schools represented.  Share this news with your families, and they can visit with school administrators and guides in the setting of the MINW model elementary classroom.  Download this flier and post today!




2nd Annual Fall Sharing Fair


OMA is hosting the Sharing Fair again this fall!  Thanks to the staff of the Montessori of Alameda - their Morris campus will be a joy to visit, with its natural outdoor environment to inspire us.   


We will have 2 guest booths:

  •  Earthplay! is coming to share materials, instruments and waterworks ideas to get us excited about nature and the child.  Come meet Leon with Planet Earth Playscapes and hear his presentation at 10:15am.  
  • Priscilla Spears of Big Picture Science is coming!!  She will have science materials to see and purchase for elementary classrooms.  

Mini-talks will include Francesca Lowes, elementary guide, sharing NVC techniques, and Stephanie Fisher-Hunt will talk about the development of self-confidence in relation to responsibility.  


Bring a material to exchange, visit with fellow guides, and enter the raffle!  


There will be time for special gatherings - talk with fellow in-home Montessorians, gather a group for some material-making sharing, or join with other administrators and have a chance to talk.  11:15am is a great time for impromptu gatherings!  We'll post signs and you can have a chance to meet.


Register online or through the brochure.  Bring a display to share and receive discounted admission!!!   Start thinking about those special presentations you have in the classroom that you would like to share.  Everyone should leave the fair with a bag full of ideas.  The event is Saturday, October 13th, 9am - noon.  Displayers need only email us your title and we'll prepare a table for you.


Register online


Download a complete brochure






It's not too late to join!  Renew or join as a school for this year and be included in the OMA Find-A-School online directory.  Receive free classified ad postings and reduced admission to OMA events for all staff members.  

School and Individual membership dues will remain the same for the coming year.  Rates are available on our "shop" page, linked below.  (note, if you do not renew by the end of October, your listing on the website will have to be "hidden" until we can reconnect!")


Become a Member School or Renew  OMA Shop Page


Join OMA as an Individual Member 


OMA Events 2012


October 13th, 2012

OMA Fall Sharing Fair at Montessori of Alameda's Morris Campus


November 8th, 2012

NW Elementary Fair at MINW - What comes after primary?

Let your parents know to attend - Share this flier!


November 17th and 18th, 2012

A Weekend Workshop with Dr. Joyce Pickering of the Shelton School in Texas.  "Supporting Learning Differences in a Montessori Environment"  sponsored by Montessori of Alameda.  Location:  American Red Cross, 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Portland 97227  Register online!





Please forward this news bulletin to all your staff members and board members.  

The Oregon Montessori Association is a group of schools and individuals who support vibrant Montessori education in Oregon and Southwest Washington...and beyond.  
Jennifer Ryznar, Executive Director