Latest News 02/15/18

 

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.

There will be presentations from Williams Montessori staff in various areas. Parents can select from a number of topics:

  • 2018-2019 Registration Information
  • Planners/Checklists/Work plans
  • Mindfulness
  • Flipped Lessons
  • Adolescent Brain Development

Plan to attend this informative educational evening to further understand the Montessori education your child is receiving.

 

Screenagers

This showing of Screenagers is already sold out.  This documentary film by Delaney Ruston about growing up in the digital age is showing at Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road, on Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm.  RSVP to reserve your free ticket.  Check out screenagersmovie.com for more information about this film along with a preview.

 

Spirit Gear

Those that ordered Spirit Gear should receive their shirt(s), sweatshirt(s) and/or magnet by early March.

 

Williams Montessori Clubs

The clubs listed below are active and meet regularly:

Robotics & Technology

Peer Leaders

Angler’s Club (Fishing)

Yoga Club

Spanish Club

Book Club

Woodworking

The clubs listed below are clubs students have signed up for, however no one has attended a meeting yet:

Microeconomy Club

GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)

Cooking and Practical Life

For club descriptions as well as meeting times for each club, view WM Club Info.

This is the survey that Williams Montessori staff conducted in the fall to determine which clubs students were interested in having at Williams Montessori.  Students are no longer able to take this survey, however if a student has an idea for a club they may email their advisor.

Additionally, here is a link to the student website.

Take note of

  • Advisory – take a look at some of the unique topics discussed in relation to developing the whole child.
  • Student announcements – these get erased and updated weekly.
  • Counselor page – upcoming events, career info and scholarship information.
  • Outside opportunities – service hours ideas.

 

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders sold ‘Hearts to You’ for $1 during lunch periods. All proceeds will go to future event planning (such as a spring dance!).

 

Farm Camp

John Taylor Williams is hosting Farm Camp (this was previously known as Kids Camp) for students ages 7-11, on Friday, March 30th. Campers will be playing group games outside and cooking healthy snacks, while implementing some Montessori elements during the day. Campers will also be going on a school tour, planting in the greenhouse, and doing some arts and crafts! This camp is student led, with adult chaperones, and will support the agriculture program here at JT WIlliams. This camp will be from 8:30am-5pm with a charge of $40 a camper!  See the attached Flyer for more details.  Sign up on this cheddarup link.

 

Mountain Bike Club

The Spring race schedule for the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League Race Series (NICA) is:

3/18 – Browns Creek, Elizabethtown

4/8 – Fisher Farm Park, Davidson

4/22 – Bigleaf Slopes, Statesville

5/6 – Dark Mountain, Wilksboro

5/20 – NCICL State Championships – Farris Memorial Park, Mayodan

Check out the NICA website for more information about this upcoming season.

Practice will be this Saturday, 2/17 from 1:00-3:00 pm meet at 2219 Tyvola Road, Marion Diehl.  Contact Mark Dombroski with any questions.  Print and sign the waiver to participate.

 

Tuesday Bicycle Commute

We’ve got a NEW ROUTE!   The new route begins THIS Tuesday, Feb 20.  Meet in Freedom Park by the train playground.  

The first stop will be at Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) to pick up riders from the Elizabeth area.  

The second stop will be at 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) to pick up riders from the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.  

The third pick up spot is at VBGB’s.  

The pre-ride for  this new route will be this weekend to determine what time we will be at each pick up location.  Email me (Heather) to let me know you’re planning to join the ride.  I’ll send the initial meeting time at Freedom Park and pick up times to those that contact me.

 

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

Ultimate frisbee is cool!  Help Tom Parks coach the Ultimate Frisbee team.  He can’t do it alone and needs someone to step up and help.  Contact Tom for details about this opportunity.

 

Fundraising

Boxtops

Send in your Boxtops!  Friday February 23 is the deadline. This will be the last submission for this school year and goes out on February 28.  Students should turn boxtops in to their classroom teacher.  Every clip counts.  Let’s do this 10 cents at a time.  A big thank you to Sherry Picerno for collecting and organizing boxtops for WM.  

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.

Harris Teeter

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card (if you shop at Harris Teeter) to  JT Williams Secondary Montessori.  We are #1430.  Up to 5 schools can be linked to your VIC card.  Harris Teeter requires that you sign up each school year.  If you haven’t signed up for the 2017/2018 school year, please sign up as soon as you can so our school can receive the ‘Together in Education’ benefit offered by Harris Teeter.

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

2/19 – Snow makeup day – school is in session

2/20 – Tuesday bike commute

2/21 – Wednesday Walk Through

2/23 – Boxtops submission deadline

2/24 – CTE Fair

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

3/30 – Farm Camp

3/30 to 4/6 – Spring Break

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