Latest News 02/02/18

Love and Logic Parent Program

 Wednesday, February 7, 6:30-8:00 pm at Williams Montessori in the Media Center

Williams Montessori welcomes Beth Hockman, an independent facilitator of the Love and Logic philosophy. Please plan to attend and learn how to gain practical skills in the Love and Logic method.

Secondary Montessori Parent Education Night/PTSO Meeting

Tuesday, February 27 at Williams Montessori

6:00-6:30 pm PTSO meeting

6:30-8:00 pm Parent Education

 Meet in the Cafetorium for a brief PTSO meeting led by our PTSO president, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski.

For the Parent Education portion of the evening, there will be presentations from Williams Montessori staff in various areas. Parents can select from a number of topics including PowerSchool for Parents, Planners/Checklists/Work plans, Mindfulness, Flipped Lessons, Adolescent Brain Development and more.  Plan to attend this informative educational evening to further understand the Montessori education your child is receiving.

 Fundraising

Amazon Smile

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.

Boxtops

Please remember to submit all of your boxtops by Friday February 23rd. This will be the last boxtops submission for this school year and goes out on February 28th.  Students should turn boxtops in to their classroom teacher.  Every little bit counts and does add up when they are all collected.  Thank you for helping our school!

 Harris Teeter

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card (if you shop at Harris Teeter) to Williams Montessori.  We are #1430.  Multiple schools can be linked to your VIC card.  These small fundraisers help our school.  Please remember to sign up.

 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.

 PTSO Meeting

The January PTSO meeting was held on Tuesday, January 30th.  Meeting minutes can be found here.  The next PTSO meeting will be held at Williams Montessori on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm in the Cafeteria.  A Parent Education session will begin at 6:30 pm following the PTSO meeting.

 Club News

Robotics Club

The Robotics and Technology Club next meeting will be February 5th after school from 4:15-5:00 in the media center. Students have been contacted through their CMS gmail accounts and are encouraged to join our digital Google classroom. Members explored tech websites during the snow days and shared out their interests surrounding industry tech advancements.

 Again, our next club meeting will be February 5th after school! We will decide which time works best for the majority of the group, be that before or after school. Mark your family calendars for our R&T Club dates this semester:

February 5th: 3rd Meeting

March 5th: 4th Meeting

March 19th: 5th Meeting

April 16th: 6th Meeting

May 7th: 7th Meeting

May 21st: 8th Meeting

 Please feel free to contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug with questions or suggestions!

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

Peer Leaders is on a roll, and has created amazing group norms to guide their work. They planned a super fun Spirit Week, with a Twin Day, Sports Day, Time Period Day, and Trailblazers Day!  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 the Media Center.  Please email Ms Mindy if you would like to participate.

 Book Club

If you have a Book Club member in your household, we hope they came home excited to tell you about it this week!  Ms Cyndi (Media Assistant) and Ms Patti F (MS Humanities) hosted the first Book Club meeting this week to collaborate on what direction we want to go in with our club.   A Google Classroom was organized so we can continue the discussion online and complete a survey that will determine the “what, when and where” of our next meetings…and we’ve got some exciting ideas for book themes and maybe a little book-related community service sprinkled in for good measure!   Please feel free to contact Ms Cyndi and Ms Patti F if you have any questions about Book Club.

 Mountain Bike Club

Practice will be Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Contact Mark Dombroski for questions.  Print and sign the waiver to participate.

 Tuesday Bicycle Commute

The Tuesday Bicycle Commute will meet as weather permits through the remaining days of winter.  Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl for more details.

We’re working on plans for a new route through uptown Charlotte that includes a couple pickup stops for riders living in the Elizabeth neighborhood as well as the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.  Potentially interested riders should contact Heather Ruckterstuhl.

 Wednesday Walk Throughs – 2/21, 3/7, 3/28

Interested to know what Secondary Montessori looks like in action? We have added more Wednesday Walk-Through dates to satisfy the demand for interest in our school!

 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.

Photos needed for Yearbook and Historical Purposes

Teachers, staff, students, parents, guardians:

Upload your photos at this link. Since this is a general folder for all uploaded photos from multiple people, please rename them before you upload so we know what they are from. It’s super easy and quick to do from your computer or phone!

We are still missing photos (and videos) from the following events for Williams Montessori from first semester.

  • 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

  • Tuesday Bike to School

  • Volunteer events (ex: Pop-up Market)

  • Various clubs or student activities

  • Other

Contact Karen Aman with any questions about photo uploading.

 Communications

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

Upcoming Events

2/7 – Early Release Day

2/7 – Love and Logic Parent Program at Williams Montessori

2/21 – Wednesday Walk Through

2/25 to 3/2 – Montessori Education Week

2/27 – PTSO Meeting/Parent Ed night

3/2 – College Gear Day

3/28 – End of Quarter 3

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