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Oct/Nov 2012 News from OMA



OMA extends a big thank you to the elementary programs that participated in the NW Montessori Elementary Fair!  It was a wonderful, rich evening with many parents visiting, and even a lesson demonstration from MINW's elementary trainer, Elise Huneke-Stone.  The turnout was grand and we thank the children's house programs for letting their parents know about the event.  Thanks to our volunteer board members, Julie Davis, Cathy Dorner, Hilary Smith, and David Cannon, and Kim Greer of Harmony Montessori.  A big thank you to Janet Lewis of MINW for orchestrating our collaboration.


OMA is launching an exciting program with the International Montessori Congress fundraising/sponsorship committee.  We are extending an invitation to member schools to share this sponsorship opportunity with parents and their businesses, in an effort to support fundraising for the Congress and increase local attendance.  If your school has not yet joined OMA - contact us and we'll get you started or renewed.  OMA reaches over 50 member schools and we are excited to offer this chance to raise funds, gain recognition for your schools at the Congress, and turn donated dollars into scholarships for staff members to attend.  

Basically, when schools contact parents and connect their businesses with sponsorship, after the first $1,000 raised, the school gets each additional dollar back from the Congress in the form of admission for their staff!  See the attached letter and flier for more information:


Letter from Paul Nevue, Sponsorship Coordinator

Flier for schools, parents, and businesses


Coming up...


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

January 28 - February 1, 2013 - Open House Week!


Submit your Forza Vitale articles by the 10th of each month for publication!


New Programs

Bend opens an elementary program!  OMA welcomes and congratulates the founders of Sunnyside Montessori in Bend.  They have opened their doors with lower elementary students; we look forward to supporting their growth and energy over the years to come.  They are located at 680 NW Bond St.  Stop by when you're in Bend!


Seabrook Montessori School welcomed its first class of students grades 1-6 in September 2012!  They are located in the charming new beach town of Seabrook in Pacific Beach WA, right on the spectacular Washington coast. Future plans for the school include a preschool classroom and farm. They are delighted to introduce the Seabrook Montessori teaching team for our inaugural year:  Amy and Stephen Ball.  


 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,





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.  Join the 2013 International Congress sponsorship program and receive scholarship funds for your staff to attend!  Access our sub-list!


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


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!


OMA Open House Week

January 28 - February 1, 2013

Send OMA your school open house dates!



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