Latest News 01/11/18

We have several upcoming events you will want to attend!

Save the Dates:
Love and Logic Parent Program: Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8 PM

  • We will welcome Beth Hockman, an independent facilitator of Love and Logic to Williams Secondary Montessori. Look for additional information but plan to attend and learn how to gain practical skills in the Love and Logic method.

Secondary Montessori Parent Education Night: Tuesday, February 27, 6-8 PM

  • Presentations from our amazing WM Staff. Select from a number of topics including PowerSchool for Parents, Planners/Checklists/Work plans, Mindfulness, Flipped Lessons, Adolescent Brain Development and More!

We have added two Wednesday walk through dates: March 7th and 28th

First Lottery results are in and Williams Montessori will plan to welcome 73 seventh grade students next year. Although some students may opt to attend their home school we are hopeful for increasing numbers in both middle and high school. In addition, there are families applying for seats from area public and private schools. Our total enrollment should be close to 240 next year, up from our current enrollment of 167 students.

School is not in session on Monday as we celebrate MLK Day. Please see that students arrive on time the rest of the week as high school classes will be taking their mid-term assessments. Williams will operate on a normal schedule next week.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Ms. Sophia

PTSO NEWS

Happy New Year!

Community Support

Students helping at the Pop up Market on our campus.  This is Ella Culpepper, Lily Culpepper’s sister, working to serve the local residents.

Community Parents

The Community Parents have received feedback that some families are not receiving email notifications from the PTSO regarding gifts and classroom needs.  If you have not received emails from the community parents and would like to be included, please contact Jessica DeLing to confirm your correct email address.  We are so grateful for your support.

Spirit Wear

Click here to take a look at our new line of spirit wear.  We have shirts, hoodies, womens style tee shirts and tech wear.  Thanks go to Rachel Rodden and Elizabeth Herger for working hard to bring us these many great spirit wear options. Order by February 2nd!!

Fundraising

Amazon users, consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases and select JT Williams as your charity of choice.  This will help us raise funds for our PTSO.  Click this link and click the Amazon Smile icon and follow the prompts.

Club News

Soccer Club

Last call for Soccer Club!  If you’re interested in joining the soccer club, contact Dara by January 12th.

We are forming a John Taylor Williams Secondary Montessori Boys 7th-8th Grade “club” soccer team for the spring season of 2018.  Registration will be coordinated through the Charlotte Junior Soccer (CJS) league starting in January.  As this is a social “club” team, and not a county school team, a fee of $150 per player will be required by each player/family, payable to CJS through their online registration process.  More details and instructions will be available prior to registering.

The season typically starts in early March and ends in Late May, with games on Saturdays between 8 and 2 pm at a local city field.  The age range for the division will be 13-14 years.  The league will allow some leniency for slightly older/younger players, but this will depend on skill/competency of the player for safety concerns.  Players with 3-5 years (or more) of experience would be encouraged to participate.

Tentatively, we will aim for 1-2 practices per week at the school from 4:30 to 6 pm (hopefully Tues/Thursday) afternoons, but these details and JT Williams field availability are still being coordinated.

If your child is interested, please send Dara and Jake an email at the addresses below with subject “JT Williams U14 Boys Soccer” and provide your contact email address, and phone number, along with your child’s name, birth date, and years of experience.

Robotics Club

Ms Monica and Mr Doug are starting a Robotics and Technology Club for interested students.  The first meeting will be held over winter break, digital asynchronous gathering in Google Classroom.  The second meeting will be held on Jan. 8 from 8:00-8:45 in the Media Center. Contact Ms Monica or Mr Doug for more information.

Yoga Club

The Yoga Club jumped right in to a 90 minute Power Beats class at Yoga One on Central Ave. The goal is to visit different studios to learn a variety of yoga styles, but for now we are enjoying our club discount of $5 classes at Yoga One (and the heat is welcomed in this chilly weather!). The goal is to practice together twice per month on a weekend day; please email Ms. Mindy if you would like to participate.

Angler’s Club

We got one nice weekend afternoon of fishing in before the cold front moved in, and are looking forward to getting back in the field as soon as the weather warms up! Please email Ms. Mindy if you would like to participate.

Peer Leaders Club

The first meeting was wildly productive! We had a massive brainstorm session about group norms and expectations for participation in Peer Leaders, as well as planned the Winter Wacky Tacky event on the last day before break. This crew has so many amazing ideas in the works that align to the goal of enlivening the spirit of the school, so stay tuned for more info! Peer Leaders meets every other Friday at 8:00 in room 405.  Please email Ms Mindy if you would like to participate.

Service Hours Opportunity – 1/25

Park Road Montessori is in need of babysitters for their Parent Education Night on January 25th, 5:15 – 7:45.  Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d45adae2ca13-park2

Photographers, please share your photos!

Teachers, staff, students, parents, guardians,

We are missing photos (and videos) from the following events for Williams Montessori. If you have any, could you please share them by uploading to the WM photo site following the directions below.

·        9th grade intersession camp

·        9th grade rites of passage

·        9th grade intersession (any other activities or events)

·        Miscellaneous classroom and during the day school photos

·        November Open House event

·        Wednesday Walk-throughs

·        Upper El student visits to WM

·        Mountain biking practices

·        Other

Here’s the upload information; if possible, please rename the photos or videos before you upload them.

Bulk rename photos (before uploading)

·        Select all photos for the event in your folder on your computer

·        Right click on one photo’s name field to type in the date and event (include a date and event name in each: for example—20170824-WM Meet and Greet; 20170927-WM Fall Picnic). They should all be automatically renamed and numbered.

Upload photos

·        Click this link and drag and drop your photos on the window when prompted. Note: Since this is a general folder for all uploaded photos from multiple people, please rename them before you upload).

·        Email Karen Aman that photos have been uploaded so they can be filed appropriately.  

Mountain Bike Club

Practices will be Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Next practice will be held on Saturday, January 13th at Marion Diehl Park.  Contact Mark Dombroski for location each week.

Print and sign the waiver to participate.

Tuesday Bicycle Commute

The Tuesday Bicycle commute ride will pick up mid January. Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl for more information.

Wednesday Walk Throughs – 1/24, 2/21
March dates added – 3/7, 3/28!

Interested to know what Secondary Montessori looks like in action?

Sign-up for a Wednesday Walk Through, students will guide you through an introductory community meeting as well as take you on a tour of our new campus. You’ll get to see our campus as well as observe Secondary Montessori in action in several classroom environments. The visit will end with a Q&A session where students, current parents, and staff members will be available to answer questions about our school.

Sign up for a Wednesday Walk Through here.

Co-coaching opportunities

The Ultimate Frisbee team is looking for a co-coach to help coach with Tom Parks.  Contact Tom for details about this opportunity.

Neighborhood News

Camp North End continues to grow and attract Charlotte residents as well as media attention.  Charlotte Five posted this piece on Camp North End recently.

Communications

PTSO Meeting – 1/23

The next PTSO meeting will be Tuesday, January 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Meeting location TBD.

Williams Newsletter

Join the newsletter from your phone browser or from a computer, complete the following survey by typing this shortened link into the address bar, bit.ly/williamsnewsletter.

School-wide communications from Ms Sophia via periodic text messages

To sign up for text and email communication, providing valuable day to day updates such as upcoming events, bus delays, etc. choose a method that best suits you from the sections below:

  1. If you have a smartphone, get push notifications.  On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/jtwm2017  Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind.  You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.

  2. If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications.  Text the message@jtwm2017 to the number 81010.  If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @jtwm2017 to (469) 208-6429

  3. Don’t have a mobile phone?  Go to rmd.at/jtwm2017 on a desktop to sign up for email notifications.

Remind

High School Remind Code

text @montihigh to 81010 to sign up for High School Learning Community’s Remind messages

Ms Katie’s Remind Codes

Biology – text @montibio to 81010

Forensic Science – text @monticrime to 81010

Ms Patti T and Mr. Brian Remind Codes

Middle School Community 100 – text @mstaddi to 81010

Ms Myneesha Remind Codes

Parent text – text @myneeshapa to 81010

Student text – text @myneeshast to 81010

Mr Doug and Ms Patti Remind Codes

Middle School Community 200 – text @mrdoug201 to 81010

Like Williams Montessori on Facebook to keep up on current events and happenings.

Join our parent discussion group on Facebook

Check out our website, williamsmontessori.com

CALENDAR DATES

Upcoming Events

January 12: Last call for Soccer Club

January 13: MTB practice

January 15: MLK Holiday/No School

January 16-19: High School mid-term exams

January 18: SLT Meeting

January 19: Quarter 2 ends

January 22: Teacher Workday/No School

January 23: Montessori parent Advisory Group Meeting at Chantilly

January 24: Wednesday Walk Through

January 25: Service Opportunity at PRM

February 1: Open House

February 7: Early Release Day

February 7: Love and Logic Parent Program

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