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 February  2014 
Dear OMA Community,

Hello!  I hope you have enjoyed these winter months that seem to have passed so quickly!   I know many of you are getting ready to go, or have recently gone, to national conventions.  The snow is melting, the early crocus are blooming and people are beginning to be on the move - spring is on its way.  OMA is also looking forward to spring and is gearing up for a Spring workshop offering in Eugene, as well as the annual Spring Tea and Awards Ceremony (be thinking of nominees - the call for names and applications in their support will come soon!).  

Thank you to the many of you who attended OMA's Day of Peace and Sharing featuring Sonnie McFarland, on January 17th at the Ivy School.  What a packed house!  Thank you to Kari Wax and Stacey Edwards Russo for organizing and orchestrating the logistics of the event.  Thank you to Jeanne VanDeReit for graciously greeting attendees and checking them in,  thank you to David Cannon and Cam Mountsier-Cole for providing sage advice to those who asked, and thank you to Tammy Ulrich for her beautifully written presentation summation and interview with Sonnie (OMA's most recent Forza Vitale!).  It was terrific to see the different presentations brought to share and inspire - and the different formats in which they were presented.

Sonnie graciously agreed to present again the very next day, Sunday January 18th, in Bend.   Thank you to OMA's Central Oregon Regional Representative, Louise Wilson for making the event possible for her Bend-area colleagues.  Luckily, the roads were clear and dry that weekend and so those of us who crossed the Cascades had a safe and uneventful trip.

The four Oregon Montessori Advocacy Partnership committees are continuing to do their work on behalf of all Montessori practitioners in Oregon and in SW Washington.  The Pacific Northwest Montessori Association is also continuing its work to support Montessori schools in Washington State.  The OMAP leadership council met on January 14th to check in and will meet again on March 11th.  If you are interested in taking a more active role in OMAP, please come to the next Open Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, April 23rd at Montessori Northwest, 6 - 7:30pm.

Last, but certainly not least, remember to budget for your OMA membership dues for the 2014 - 15 year!  Not only do you receive terrifically-valued marketing benefits, but you also are receiving representation to State-level constituents, and reciprocal membership benefits with PNMA.  The representation provided by OMA benefits all Montessori programs - public and private - in Oregon and SW Washington.   

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this vibrant community!

~ Laura

Laura Pilkington
Executive Director
Oregon Montessori Association

Welcome New and Renewing Members!

  • Meadowlark Montessori Children's House, Prineville, OR
  • Joel Newman, parent and Executive Director of Soccer Shots
  • Diane Overturf, Gresham, OR
  • Sunstone Montessori School, Portland, OR 

~ Featured School:  The Neighborhood Classroom ~

Alyssa Fought, owner, teacher, and administrator of The Neighborhood Classroom in NE Portland submitted these photographs of her in-home school to share with our community.  Thank you, Alyssa!

Save the Dates!

OMA's Spring Workshop, "Developmental Movement Progressions in Children"
Presented by Amy Willaims
Far Horizons Montessori School, Eugene, OR
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
9am - Noon, light breakfast provided
3, Set 2, "Human Growth and Development," Oregon Registry hours will be awarded

Open Advocacy Meeting
Hosted at Montessori Northwest
Wednesday, April 23rd
6:00 - 7:30pm
This is an opportunity to learn about ways for you to be involved!  Come join a committee!

The Spring Tea, Sunday, May 4th, 2014 beginning at 1:30
All Saint's Episcopal Church, 40th and Woodstock in Portland, OR
Enjoy delicious tea and treats, connect with colleagues, learn about OMA and its work

 ~ Registration for the workshop and tea will be available soon ~  
~ Lending Library Additions ~

OMA's Lending Library has grown!

Titles by Sonnie McFarland: 
"Shining Through:  A Teacher's Handbook of Transformation"
"Montessori Parenting:  Unveiling the Authentic Self" (co-written with Jim McFarland)
"Honoring the Light of the Child:  Activities to Nurture Peaceful Living Skills in Young Children"


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