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May 2013 News from OMA



The OMA sincerely thanks Far Horizons Montessori in Eugene for hosting the Spring Workshop on April 20th.  Sarah Lauer shared the principles of Caring Discipline with a wonderful gathering of Montessorians from many different schools.  Sarah's presentation provided clarity and insight into JoAnn Nordling's book, Taking Charge.  We hope to offer this workshop again in the future - it was both practical and deeply informative.

Our annual Spring Tea was a lovely gathering honoring our community, recent graduates of both AMS and AMI teacher training programs, and the recipients of the OMA Awards.  Thank you all for making this a meaningful tradition.  Our congratulations to Kim O'Hern and Ann Messick who were recognized for their gifted work by colleagues, parents and students. 

 Spring Tea 2013, Ann Messick Spring Tea 2013, Kim O'Hern 
Ann Messick with Julian Andrews               Kim O'Hern with Mercedes Castle
Outstanding Dedication Award                     Susie Huston Memorial Award

Things are happening in SW Washington!  OMA's Regional Representative, Julie Davis, is supporting community events and promoting outreach for Montessori.  We wanted to share her work through the attached letter describing the Vancouver Montessori community's participation in the Vancouver Children's Festival.  And, invite you all to the SW Washington Pub Night:  


Southwest Washington Pub Night - May 24th
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.  :)

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Thank you!  Vancouver Children's Festival Volunteers

In School Announcements:  A Beautiful Day Montessori shares news of its much-anticipated reopening this Fall of 2013!  The school is an in-home AMI Children's House nestled in a quiet neighborhood in Northeast Portland.  Their 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, children enjoy a gentle introduction to the greater social and academic world. 

A Beautiful Day Every Day for Preschool Children! 


The OMA NW Salary Survey report will be shared as soon as possible.  Thank you for participating.  We anticipate sending this out every year, around February, to increase its validity over time.   

Thank you for making this community the strong, inclusive, and meaningful group that it is.  I am proud of the efforts and dedication of the OMA Board members and inspired by your beautiful schools.
Jennifer Ryznar
OMA Director




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OMA Events 2013


2013 International Montessori Congress

July 31 - Aug 3, 2013

Portland, Oregon!

Consider hosting a Congress guest by providing a home-stay!


OMA Assistant's Workshops Coming in September!  

Dates will be determined asap.  One workshop will be in Portland and the other in Eugene, Corvallis, or Salem.  Email me if you'd like to host at your school!


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