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September 2013 OMA News



Early autumn greetings!  It was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces at the Assistant/Guide workshop in Corvallis, hosted by Corvallis Montessori School.  Our workshop presenters, Amy Williams and Jeanne VanDeReit are gearing up for the next Assistant/Guide Workshop, and if you are planning on attending, you can register through the link below.


~ OMA Portland Assistant Workshop  

Saturday, September 21st, 9am - 2:30pm ~ 

Portland Montessori School is hosting the Portland area Assistant Workshop
Saturday, September 21st at the Providence Childcare Center. 
This year we are encouraging schools to send their staff in teams - as guide and assistant - so that they may participate in breakout sessions for planning their strategies for their working relationship in the classroom.  All teaching levels are welcome!

~ New name for CCD ~
As most of us know, on July 1st, 2013 the CCD became a part of the Oregon Department of Education.  What you may not have heard, is that along with its new governing body, CCD also has a new name, the Office of Child Care (OCC).

~ OMA's Elementary Fair, hosted at Montessori Northwest
November 7th, 6 - 8pm ~

This event is an opportunity for your parent body to come and learn more about the vibrant Elementary programs in Oregon and SW Washington.  Please let either Janet Lewis,, or myself,, know if you would like your school represented this year.

~ Upcoming Events to Share with your Communities ~

"Sharing Art with Children" - a workshop given by Julie Karlonas, author of
"Sharing Art with Children the Montessori Way."  Hosted by Pacific Northwest Montessori Association, Saturday, October 5th at the Shoreline Conference Center.  Click here for event details and registration.
(PNMA and OMA are networked, and member schools and individuals may attend this workshop at a discounted rate.  See PNMA's website for details.)

"A Case for Curiosity" - a lecture by Dr. Susan Enge on Thursday, October 10th at Marylhurst University, from 7 - 9pm.

"Curiosity at the Core"  Panel and Workshop.  Friday, October 11th from 8:30 - 3:00 at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences.

~ Membership ~

The membership renewal cycle began mid-July and OMA is grateful for the continued strong support from the community.  Thank you to all the schools who have renewed your memberships!  Click here to renew or join OMA.

A hearty welcome to those of you who are new members this membership year:  Laurelhurst Montessori, Portland, OR; Montessori Children's House of Wenatchee, WA; Elizabeth Perry School, Forest Grove, OR; Children's Corner, Junction City, OR;  McKenzie Montessori Institute, Springfield, OR; Montessori Cares, Hillsboro, OR; Casita Montessori, Portland, OR; Tiny Revolution, Portland, OR; Neighborhood Classroom, Portland, OR; Little Genius Montessori School, Gresham, OR.  And, I welcome those individuals who have also joined as non-school affiliated members.  All of us working together create and maintain an active voice for Montessori education in the state of Oregon and in SW Washington.

Thank you for supporting OMA!

With gratitude,     
Laura Pilkington, M.A., M.Ed. 
OMA Director




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OMA Events 2013 - 14


OMA Assistant Workshop   


Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at the Providence Childcare Center, hosted by the Portland Montessori School.  Register through OMA.   


Elementary Fair at Montessori Northwest

November 7th


Winter Sharing Fair and Sing-a-Long

January 18th

Location:  The Ivy School in NE Portland

Time and Event Details coming soon! 


Spring Workshop to be held in Eugene

 April 12th

Workshop Details coming soon! 


Please forward this news bulletin to all your staff members and board members - keeping everyone abreast of OMA happenings. 

The Oregon Montessori Association is a group of schools and individuals who support vibrant Montessori education in Oregon and Southwest Washington...and beyond.  
Laura Pilkington, M.A., M.Ed.
 Executive Director