Latest News 04/19/18

Quick – take this ONE QUESTION Survey!

In order to get feedback from our Secondary Montessori families as we make plans for next year, we are instituting a weekly ONE QUESTION Survey. This week – How do you get information about school events and volunteer needs? Please take a few seconds to complete this super quick survey.


Trailblazers Variety Show

Congratulations to Ms Myneesha and all the performers for a wildly successful Variety Show!  Here are a few pictures of the performances:

Ms Rashawn and Elijah Harris

Mr. Andrew

Ella Friedl

Montessori All Star Band – Mr. Doug, Mr. Brian, Ms Patti T, Ms Patti F…..sorry about your head, Mr. Tyler


Emma Friedl


Congratulations to all the performers!


SCREENAGERS April 26 @ 7:00 pm

At Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Road.

SCREENAGERS, GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE is back for an encore, one night only, showing April 26th 7:00 pm followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available via (Charlotte Screenagers) and/or click the link below for details and to reserve tickets.

Tickets are free but a $5 per person donation is suggested. All donations go to Friends of NWSA PTO. Reserve your seats today!

PTSO Meeting

Upcoming PTSO Meeting Tuesday, April 24 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Kickstand Burger, 1101 Central Ave.  RSVP to Alexandra Hichens Dombroski.  This meeting will be held in the back room of the restaurant.

Available PTSO positions for the 2018/2019 School Year:

  • Communications
  • Social Committee
  • Historian/Alumni Coordinator
  • PTSO Membership Coordinator
  • President Elect
  • Treasurer Elect

Contact Alexandra Hichens Dombroski about PTSO positions (link above).

Middle School Needs Chaperones

Payment and permission forms are due ASAP.

Middle school is in need of chaperones for field studies that take place May 2-4th.

The 8th grade trip need ONE more chaperone.  This field study is an overnight trip to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. Contact Mr. Brian or Ms. Patti T  for questions & to chaperone.

7th Grade: daily trips (not overnight) in the Charlotte Area. Please direct questions for 7th grade field studies to Mr. Doug and Ms. Patti F.

Don’t forget!  All chaperones must fill out the CMS Volunteer application here in order to be a chaperone. Questions about the form please contact Ms Donna.


Service Hours Opportunities

Park Road Montessori is seeking volunteers to assist with childcare for two upcoming events:

  • Parent Education Night – 4/24, 5:15 – 7:45

    Sign Up Genius

  • Moving Up Night – 5/1, 4:45- 7:15

Sign Up Genius

Volunteers are needed on Saturday morning, April 21st from 10:00 am till 12:00 pm, to help prepare raised beds for the senior citizens at the The Gables, 1145 Kohler Avenue (about 1 mile south of the Williams campus off Statesville Road)

If you can help, contact Darryl Gaston at or call 704.299.7352


Robotics and Technology Club

Robotics and Technology students are gathering funds for our 3D printer, coding in our interest groups, and getting a taste of virtual reality by exploring the Merge Cube. Luke, Gram, and Lorcan gave interested participants a taste of augmented reality. Mark your calendars for our final three club meetings to be held after school!

  • April 16th: 6th Meeting

  • May 7th: 7th Meeting

  • May 21st: 8th Meeting (Parents are invited to view the students work)

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

Soccer Club

Support our Soccer Club by coming out and watching our games. Be sure to wear your WM spirit wear! Here are some of our upcoming games:

Sunday, 4/15, 2:30 pm, @ Crestdale MS LF, 940 Sam Newell Rd (Map)

Saturday, 4/21, 1 pm, @ Mason Wallace Park, 7301 Monroe Road (Map)

Sunday, 4/29, 1 pm, @ Brace Family YMCA, 3127 Weddington Road (Map)

Saturday, 5/5, 4 pm, @ Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

Sunday, 5/6, 4 pm, @ Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

Ultimate Frisbee Team

From Tuesday, April 17 game at Charlotte Country Day School


We are still looking for players and can work together on carpooling if that is an issue. Young women, young men, middle and 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.

Peer Leaders Club

Peer Leaders is a club that is designed to enliven the spirit of our school. This group will plan events such as spirit week, mix-it-up lunches, random acts of kindness, school dances, and more!

Peer Leaders have been meeting regularly with the hopes of planning a school dance as well as a Spring Picnic. Peer Leaders generally meet every other Friday at 8am, but have also been participating in working lunches. Please see below for meeting dates for the remainder of the year:

  • 4/27

  • 5/11

  • 5/25

Please contact Ms. Mindy, Ms. Kim, or Ms. Ali if you have any questions!

Yoga Club

Yoga Club is designed to support students with individual growth and empowerment through the practice of yoga. Students will learn how to apply principles learned on the mat in their daily lives!

Yoga Club has been lucky enough to get a HUGE discount at Yoga One ($5/class!). We have been enjoying Power Flow as well as Power Beats classes (music)! Please see below for meeting dates for the remainder of the year:

  • Saturday, April 28th at 11:30 at Yoga One Central (please arrive no later than 11:15), with free meditation afterwards, which ends at 1.

  • Saturday, May 12th at 11:30 at Yoga One Central (please arrive no later than 11:15), with free meditation afterwards, which ends at 1.

  • Monday, May 21st from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)

  • Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30-6:30 (I can drive up to 6 students from Williams to Yoga One Central)

Please contact Ms. Mindy if you have any questions!

Mountain Bike Club

The next race for the MTB team is on Sunday, April 22 at Bigleaf Slopes, Statesville NC.

Come cheer on our Mountain Biking Vipers in Statesville, NC, the weather looks great, 70 & sunny AND it’s Earth Day!  Cheer on the Vipers and our newest riders, Luke Miller & Mey Abdelhafiz!

Contact Mark Dombroski for race schedule or check out the NICA website for more information about this season.

Spring Intersession Overview

In addition to traditional academic studies, each Williams student is required to participate in eight two-week intensive field study courses during their high school years. Each “Intersession” course includes vigorous academic requirements paired with hands-on learning experiences, often including overnight travel and/or community service. In the Fall, students participate in grade level/theme-based intersessions. Spring Intersessions vary by year and are offered based on student choice as well as instructor preference.  Students receive 0.5 credits for each Intersession, and passing all eight are required in order to receive a diploma. The current Spring Intersession courses that students are participating in are:

  • Sports

  • Scratch Cooking

  • Fishing

  • Renewal DIY


All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students also recently participated in a survey for Spring Intersession options for next year!

Spring Intersession: Scratch Cooking

Scratch Cooking Intersession is wrapping up this week. We volunteered at Friendship Trays early Monday morning and went to the grocery store for Meal #3, our Southern Style Meal, and Desserts. The students have to research recipes, set the table, and budget accordingly.  The students have also been harvesting and serving some of the fresh vegetables from our greenhouse on campus! The students are completing a research project on a local Charlotte Restaurant that uses mostly local ingredients and is making a “how to” video on a kitchen or cooking hack. On Friday students will be going out to eat at a local restaurant Uptown to end our experience together.

Scratch Cooking Intersession

Spring Intersession: Fishing  

Fishing Intersession kicked off last week with marine studies at Edisto Island. We tent camped at the beach campground, fished in the surf, marsh and estuary as well as received lessons from an expert fisherwoman on the island! This week our focus is on freshwater fishing, where we will explore water quality/related fish species at Freedom Park, McAlpine Park, and Reedy Creek Park. We will be testing temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity (using a Secchi disk) at each location and will compare catch length, habitats, weights, and coloration. We have had such a blast and look forward to what this week has in store!


Spring Intersession:  DIY

The DIY Intersession group has been hard at work these past two weeks. The theme of our work has been “Renewal”. We have visited the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, shopped various thrift and home improvement stores, and have completed service at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Students have applied the theme of renewal to their concept of home and community through nail and string art, building birdhouses, decorating picnic tables, and taking old furniture and giving it new life for our school community. It has been a blast and hopefully you will see the student’s work popping up around school!

DIY Intersession

DIY Intersession

Donation Request for Makerspace

In the spirit of Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Ms. Monica is asking all families to take a look at their craft closets, junk drawers, art spaces, and tool sheds to donate items to build up our material supplies for the Makerspace. Items that are new or gently used would be a great addition to the space she and Ms. Cyndi are building in the Makerspace. We are working on creating experiences for students to come in during lunches to create while eating lunch. More information to come!

Potential Item List

  • Jewelry making tools

  • Jewelry findings

  • Crochet hooks of various sizes

  • Knitting needles of various sizes

  • K’nex kit

  • Playdoh

  • 9 volt batteries

  • Sturdy broken-down cardboard

  • Scrapbooking Materials

  • Unused Craft Kits

  • Toaster oven

  • Sculpey clay

  • Potholder loom and loops

  • Paracord

  • Legos

  • Soap

  • Sponges

  • Goo Gone

  • Used magazines

  • Other!!!  (please email Ms. Monica)

Contribute items to support our teachers:



Dry-erase markers

Colored card stock


Sheet protectors




Send any of the above listed items to school with your child.  Have them deliver these items to the office and put them in the red container labeled, ‘items for teachers’.  Thank you for your consideration providing these supplies for our teachers & students.

Tuesday Bicycle Commute & Biking Events

April 24 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.

Friday April 27th – Mayor’s Ride before catching the shuttle to Williams.

This is an annual event and a kick off to Bike Month.  Meet at 6:45 am at the Greenway and Princeton Ave. Students will ride part of the way with the group and cut off from the main ride and head to Freedom Park before biking to Park Road Montessori to catch the 8:30 shuttle to Williams. Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl for details.

Tuesday May 8th – National Bike to School Day

Williams Montessori will be the Focus School for National Bike to School Day.  Please plan to join us at one of the points along our route and bike to school on this internationally recognized day of biking to school.  Stay tuned for details about this event.

Calling all music students!

Opera Carolina Academy

July 30 – August 10

9:00am – 4:00pm

Northwest School of the Arts

We invite all rising 8th-12th grade singers and actors to join us for our two-week engagement featuring tailored instruction for the aspiring singing actor and participation in operatic or musical theatre roles!

Interested? Email us to learn more at or visit


Invest Campaign

Thank you Williams families for your generous support of the Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign.

Spring 2018 raised $2,946.20

Fall 2017 raised $2,869.86

So far we raised $5,816.06 of the $8,500.00 goal.


The Cheddarup link will remain active until 5/31/18.


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 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 $136.00 in rewards from Harris Teeter but can’t receive this money until we reach $250!  Help us reach $250, sign up today (you can sign up online!).

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

 Camp Northend is Booming.  Read this recent article from Charlotte Agenda about the incredible growth that is occuring at Camp Northend along Statesville Ave about a mile from Williams Montessori.

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.


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

Join our parent discussion group on Facebook

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Come cheer on the WM Trailblazers at these team events

Upcoming Events

4/3-4/28 – Ms Grace’s Gallery Show, Spartanburg, SC

4/19 – Trailblazers Variety Show – 6:30 pm

4/19 – Frisbee Game, 6 pm, The Fletcher School, 8500 Sardis Rd

4/21 – Soccer Game, 1 pm, Mason Wallace Park, 7301 Monroe Road (Map)

4/22 – Mountain Bike Race, Bigleaf Slopes, Statesville

4/24 – PTSO Meeting 6-8pm, Kickstand Burger, 1101 Central Ave.

4/26 – Screenagers showing at NWSA – 7 pm

4/27 – Mayor’s Ride (Bike Ride) – 6:45 am

4/27 – Peer Leaders Club – 8 am

4/28 – Yoga Club – 11:30 am – Yoga One Central

4/29 – Soccer Game, 1 pm, Brace Family YMCA, 3127 Weddington Road (Map)

5/2-4 – 8th Grade Field Studies, Black Mountain, NC

5/2-4 – 7th Grade Field Trips, around Charlotte

5/5 – Soccer Game, 4 pm, Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

5/6 – Soccer Game, 4 pm, Dilworth ES, 405 E Park Ave (Map)

5/7 – Robotics and Technology Club Meeting – 4:15 pm

5/8 – National Bike to School Day

5/11 – Peer Leaders Club – 8 am

5/12 – Yoga Club – 8 am – Yoga One Central

5/21 – Robotics and Technology Club Meeting (final) – 4:15 pm

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