Latest News 03/15/18

Invest in Secondary Montessori – Spring Campaign!

March 1st – March 31st

Invest: to devote (one’s money, time, effort, or energy) to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.

Donate and Invest in Secondary Montessori and Invest in Your Child’s education.

…………or send a check to school via your child’s backpack (have them turn it in to their teacher) or mail to PTSO Treasurer, 2400 Carmine Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206. Please include phone number and e-mail address with your payments.

To ensure our staff and students continue to have the resources they need for all things Montessori, the PTSO continues securing and allocating funds right now.

We are reaching out to our families and encouraging everyone to donate at any level during the Spring 2018 campaign.

The Fall Campaign raised 33.76% of our Budgeted $8,500 goal for Individual/Family donations.

Week 2 of the Spring Invest Campaign, we have raised $1,690.00 to date! That brings our total Invest donations for Fall and Spring up to approximately $5,099.00 or 60% of the $8,500 Budgeted Annual Goal! The momentum is building. We need your continued support to raise the remaining $3,401.00. Remember, Donations are Tax Deductible!

Thank you all for your generous donations to this Montessori Program!

We hope that you will also extend the opportunity to donate to extended family, friends and employers who may offer donation matching. Be sure to ask your employer if they match donations.  Please contact the Treasurer with questions about company Matching, Employee Contributions and Volunteer Hours.

Here are just a few of the ways “Invest in Secondary Montessori” funds will be used to support the program!

  • $3600 Provides curriculum materials and supplies for the nine Montessori classrooms (9 x $400)

  • $3000 Sends a teacher to the American Montessori Society Annual Conference (March 2018)

  • $1500 Creates outdoor learning environments & gardens

  • $500 Animal care for classroom critters and chickens

  • $300 Support materials for Elective/Specialist classrooms

  • $150 Provides carpet squares, special classroom lighting/lamps, furniture, shelves/lighting/lamps, furniture, shelves

Treasurer Elect position

The PTSO is currently seeking a Treasurer-Elect for the 2017-18 school year. This person would work with our Treasurer this year and serve as PTSO Treasurer in 2018-19. Not only does starting now give the Treasurer-Elect training on what the Treasurer role involves, having a Treasurer-Elect now is critical to maintaining continuity in our book-keeping.  Please consider taking on this important role! Contact PTSO President, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski or PTSO Treasurer, Tracie Schoenwald for more info.

Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Team – Register by March 20

Ultimate frisbee has begun but it’s not too late to register!  Both middle and high school students are invited to participate in this co-ed club sport.  

Practices are held on Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 4:30-6:00, on WM campus.  Practice is Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. Games are every Thursday, from March 15th to May 17th.  Some of the games will be on our campus but some will be at other fields throughout Charlotte. There will be support to get players to games when possible.

If you are interested, you will need to register your player with the league by completing the online registration with Ultimate Charlotte by March 20.  Register on this link.  Click on “register”,  then “register yourself (free)” and look for “JT Williams team”

Please contact the Ultimate Frisbee Coach, Tom Parks, so you can be added to team roster for communication.  Or you can add your contact information directly to the team roster by clicking here.

Congratulations to Ms Patti Taddio, Williams Montessori’s Teacher of the Year.

Ms Patti teaches Humanities for the Middle School.

Our First Hatchling and our First Band Concert!

Mr. Tyler led our first band concert this evening.  It was a very pleasant and enjoyable night for students and families.

We are proud to introduce the first chick born at JT Williams! This brave, exhausted baby is drying in the incubator in room 202, if anyone would like to come visit. The scheduled hatching for more chicks is tomorrow, so hopefully this one ends up with a lot more little siblings!

Spirit Gear

Second chance for Spirit Gear!  Order by Friday, March 23rd.   There are a few new items (ladies & men’s polo shirts) plus all of the tees, sweatshirts & jackets already available.  Ms Donna has samples of the ½ zip pullover and full zip jacket in the office. Don’t hesitate to ask to see these items.

Upcoming College Fair for High School Students – 3/18

While researching and preparing for college is definitely important for 11th grade students, it is helpful for 9th and 10th grade students as well. College fairs can offer the opportunity to gather information and discover what characteristics are important to you for your post-secondary education/experience, but they can also provide practice for interviews and meeting college representatives. What better way to start honing those skills than using Ms. Bethani’s “20 questions to ask College representatives” at the NACAC National College Fair here in Charlotte on Sunday, March 18. If you are interested, register here:

Robotics and Technology Club

Our Coding Cohort led by Ms. Monica is taking a deep dive into the following coding languages in our upcoming March meeting:  Python, Java, Javascript, Swift, C++, Objective C, and HTML. In our last meeting, students selected these languages, self-organized into small groups, and created a collaborative document to share links to tutorials, findings, and terminology/definition lists.

Our Robotics Cohort led by Mr. Doug  is actually building a 3D printer using a borrowed 3D printer. Students organized in this club will learn the basics behind robotics while getting hands-on experience with 3D printing. Stay tuned for more updates.

Our next meeting is March 19th from 4:15-5:00. Thank you to Karen Aman for putting in time to look into creating a carpool arrangement. Please contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug if you have any questions.

High School Students attend talk by former UN Ambassador

On Monday, March 12th 10 students in the 9th and 10th grade attending the Echo Foundation Student Dialogue held at Providence Day School.  Students prepared for this event by reading, annotating, and discussing several pieces written by Samantha Power, a former UN Ambassador under President Obama, who has focused on many issues, including LGBTQ rights and genocides around the world.  At the event students heard from Samantha Power and then participated in a student dialogue, where students could ask Samantha Power questions about her work, views on the world, and path towards ambassadorship.

Robynne Solomon, a 9th grader who attended says, “Samantha Power is a wonderful example of how a good leader should lead.  She cares about the world and focuses on helping our country and other countries. My favorite quote from her was, ‘Efforts to deny justice only intensify the pain of the victims families who have already endured more than any of us can fathom.”

Farm Camp is Full!

Thanks to all that signed up for Farm Camp.  This camp has reached capacity and will not be able to accept any more campers for this session of Farm Camp.

John Taylor Williams is hosting Farm 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 first mountain bike race of the season is this Sunday, March 18th!  Four members of the Mountain Bike club will be riding at Brown’s Creek in Elizabethtown, NC.  The following students are competing, Lorcan Welton, Colsen Hofert, Heidi Ruckterstuhl and Solomon Davis.

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

The next practice will be Saturday, 3/24 from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Contact Mark Dombroskiwith any questions.  Print and sign the waiver to participate.

Tuesday Bicycle Commute

We’re keeping an eye on the forecast for this upcoming ride…….meet Tuesday, March 20, in Freedom Park by the train playground at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure.

The first stop will be at Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) to pick up riders.  Parking is available. We should arrive at approximately 7:45 and will wait for 5 min.

The second stop will be at 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) to pick up riders.  Parking is available across the street from the Lab School. We should arrive at approximately 8:00 and will wait for 5 min.

The third stop is at VBGB’s and we arrive about 8:20.

This route is 7 miles and will take us approximately 60 minutes to complete including stops.  Please contact Heather Ruckterstuhl with any questions and/or to let us know you’ll be joining us on this ride.

We will return in the afternoon, aiming to leave WM by 4:20 and back to Freedom Park by 5:15.  Join us on our ride!

Wednesday Walk Throughs – 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.

PTSO meeting

The next PTSO meeting will be Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00-8:00 in the Williams Montessori Media Center.  RSVP to Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski.



Continue to save your boxtops for our collection next year.  This School year we have received $118.70 from Box Top Rewards. They add up fast. Tell your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to save them for you.

Amazon Smile

Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12-31.  This is a great opportunity to increase JT Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO’s AmazonSmile donations by shopping at

3x your impact!  Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first purchase through March 31.  Go to and Amazon donates to JT Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO.

Amazon users, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases and select JT Williams as your charity of choice.  So far this year our PTSO has received $41.71 from Amazon Smile Donations. 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. Williams Montessori has received $131.10 in rewards from Harris Teeter.

Neighborhood News

Morning Market at Camp North End!

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If you’ve gone to this market, would you write a review for our newsletter?  Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl

Volunteer Opportunities

March 10 – 17 is Arbor Week. Check out opportunities to help the environment and possibly get some volunteering in too at TreesCharlotte. Family volunteering opportunities are available. Also, free trees are available for our campus or your own yard or neighborhood at the TreesCharlotte TreeStore.

March 24 – Garden Workdays at Northwest School of the Arts.  Kelly Picarsic, garden organizer, has offered for Williams Montessori students to earn volunteer hours by helping to plant their spring crop.  This garden grows produce to support Friendship Trays. NWSA is located at 1415 Beatties Ford Road, the garden is in the back corner of the school.  No need to bring tools, arrive at 9:00 am.

Williams Montessori Photos

Upload any Williams Montessori photos you have to this link for archival and yearbook usage. Send a message to Karen Aman so they can be labeled and filed correctly.


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Upcoming Events

3/1 – Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign begins

3/18 – First MTB Race at Brown’s Creek

3/18 – NACAC National College Fair

3/20 – PTSO meeting

3/20 – Tuesday Bike Commute

3/20 – Ultimate Frisbee Registration date

3/23 – Spirit Gear sale deadline

3/24 – MTB practice

3/28 – End of Quarter 3

3/29 – Teacher workday – no school

3/30 – Farm Camp

3/30 to 4/6 – Spring Break

3/31 – Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign ends

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