Latest News 03/22/2018

Invest in Secondary Montessori – Spring Campaign

March 1st – March 31st – 9 days left to give

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

Or send a check to school (have students turn checks 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.

We can’t reach our $8500 goal without YOU.

Please feel comfortable giving any amount to this campaign.

Don’t hesitate to extend this fundraising effort to family, friends and employers (many offer matching donations).

Week 2 of the Spring Invest Campaign, we have raised $1,690.00 to date.  The momentum is building. We need your continued support to raise the remaining $3,401.00. Donations are Tax Deductible!

Here are a few of the ways funds will be used to support the program:

  • $3600 Provides curriculum materials and supplies for the nine Montessori classrooms, each teacher receives a $400 allotment to spend.

  • $3000 Sends a teacher to the American Montessori Society Annual Conference (March 2018 – Ms Sophia is attending AMS right now)

  • $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.

 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.

 Agriculture Update

Williams Montessori now has 3 chicks and a bunny, Baron. We will be buying at least 5 more chicks in the next few weeks. Watching them hatch was great fun and we dissected the remaining eggs to determine their stage of development this week.

 We had a guest speaker from Charlotte Mecklenburg soil and water conservation.

 We also hosted UMAR Arts in the greenhouse and shared how to seed a flat. They are planning to come back and teach us something in the near future.

 Band Concert

The first WM Band Concert was held last Thursday night in the Gym. Led by band director, Mr. Tyler Curbeam, the middle school and high school bands made beautiful music to a large audience of family and friends. Congratulations to all the performers and to Mr. Tyler for a successful evening of entertainment!


 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!

Please contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug if you have any questions.

Soccer Club

The Soccer club competed in their first game this past Saturday and shut out the opposing team with a 1-0 victory.  Emiliano scored the goal with an assist from Lorcan. Congratulations on a successful first game!

 Ultimate Frisbee Team

The Ultimate Frisbee team played its first game this past Thursday. The second game of the season is this Thursday at Hopewell HS at 6pm. Come out and support the team!

 We are still looking for players and can work together on carpooling if that is an issue. Young woman, young men, middle or high school are all welcome to join! Practices are Tuesdays and Wednesdays—if you can’t make it to both, you can come to just one; games are on Thursdays.

Contact Coach Tom Parks or parent Karen Aman for more information about the team, schedule, or carpooling for games and practices.


Mountain Bike Club

The Mountain Bike Club raced in the first NICA race of the season at Brown’s Creek, Elizabethtown, NC.  Congratulations to all four riders for riding strong races and a special shout out to Solomon Davis for successfully completing his first mountain bike race.  Come cheer on the MTB team at their next race at Fisher Farms in Davidson, NC on Sunday April 8, 9:00-11:00. Contact Mark Dombroski for race schedule or check out the NICA website for more information about this season.

 Book Club

Book Club has been reading A Wrinkle In Time and we are excited to see it come to life on the big screen this Friday, March 23!   We have another meeting this Wednesday for quick-fire thoughts on the book and are planning an after school meeting after we see the movie to have our “book vs movie” discussion.  So fun!!

Tuesday Bicycle Commute

Next Tuesday commute – March 27 in Freedom Park by the train playground at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure.

1st stop – Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) – arrive 7:45 – Parking is available.  2nd stop – 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) – arrive 8:00 – Parking is available.

3rd stop – VBGB’s – 8:20 – parking available.

 Return in the afternoon, aiming to leave WM by 4:20 and back to Freedom Park by 5:15.

This 7 mile route takes 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 the ride.

 Last Wednesday Walk Through – 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.



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 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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Come cheer on the WM Trailblazers at these team events

Upcoming Events

3/1 – Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign begins

3/22 – Ultimate Frisbee Game: Trailblazers @ Hopewell HS, 6pm

3/23 – Spirit Gear sale deadline

3/24 – MTB practice

3/24 – Soccer Game: Trailblazers @ Mason Wallace Park, 11:30am

3/25 – Soccer Game: Trailblazers @ Randolph Park, 4pm

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

4/8 –    MTB race at Fisher Farms in Davidson, NC

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