Parents Association

The Austin Montessori School Parents Association (AMSPA)

Welcome to the Austin Montessori School Parents Association page. Here you will find information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and fundraising information.

The AMSPA is in its fifth year with the 2019-2020 school year and proudly working to provide parents with increased opportunities for building community within Austin Montessori School, and with our friends and neighbors. With your support, the scope of the AMSPA continues to grow to meet the needs of families, staff, and our local community. We look forward to working together!

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: WHAT ARE THE MAIN INITIATIVES OF THE AMSPA?

    • Welcoming new families into the AMS community. 
    • Providing support and appreciation to our guides, staff and parents. 
    • Offering a "helping hand" to AMS families in need such as when a new baby is welcomed into the family. 
    • Offering social opportunities for parents and families to get to know each other and enjoy shared interests. 
    • Mobilizing volunteers and raising funds as needed to support the above activities.
  • Q: HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

    As a parent with a child at AMS you are automatically a member of the PA. We do not collect dues nor do we require any additional information from you. At times throughout the year, you may receive solicitation from the PA Board in the form of a survey, a request for your time or expertise, etc. It is always completely optional how involved you become. We understand that your role as parent comes first! Your involvement in the AMSPA should support you in this role, serving to strengthen your family and your self.
  • Q: HOW DO I GET TO KNOW MY ROOM PARENT?

    Every school year, each AMS guide selects a room parent who supports him/her in needs that may arise. Your community room parent will be able to assist you in staying connected to school happenings and AMSPA opportunities. Feel free to contact your AMS Room Parent or a member of the AMSPA Executive Committee with any questions or comments throughout the year.

2019-2020 Room Parents

The 2019-2020 Room Parents are:

Youngest Children’s Community

Hummingbird Garden - Jessica Pages & Bill Sallans
Butterfly Garden - Julia Schavenko & Andrew Yashchuk

Children’s House
Cypress Cottage - Maya Duff
Magnolia Cottage - Nicole Carosella
Redbud Cottage - Ingrid Powell
Laurel Cottage - Nibha Jain
Pomegranate Cottage - Dayoliz Drews

Early Elementary
Heartsong – Courtney Kieke
Windsong – Natalie Duvall
Birdsong –

Upper Elementary
Nova – Sean Friend
Terra – Elizabeth LeFlore

Adolescent Community
Ashley Lassberg & Emily VanCourt

Community Placemat Initiative

The Community Placemat is a beloved, longstanding AMS tradition which features a family photo of each child in the community. It is a great resource to help you identify parents and children in the community, and a wonderful keepsake of each school year.

Each student will receive a placemat at no charge, compliments of the Parents Association. Should you want more than one copy, additional placematsmay be purchased from the PA store. If you'd like to donate to the PA to help cover the cost of the placemats, you may do so by visiting the PA's PayPal charity page here.

2019-2020 Executive Committee

President
Blythe Crow
(Heartsong parent)

Vice-President of Communications
Sandie Coco
(Gaines Creek parent)

Vice-President of Community Affairs
Natalie Duvall
(Cypress Cottage and Windsong parent)

Vice-President of Fundraising
Kerry Sheehan
(Redbud Cottage and Terra parent)

Treasurer
Simali Suthar
(Nova parent)

Secretary
Molly Parks
(Butterfly Garden, Hummingbird Garden, and Windsong parent)
The AMS Parent Association has T-Shirts available for purchase at the AMSPA Store.

women t-shirt
Designed over 20 years ago by Upper Elementary students in conjunction with artist/parent Harriet Huff, the various elements of the AMS mandala symbolize the foundations of Montessori education. The central yin-yang symbol represents balance and harmony. The Montessori mathematics curriculum is represented by the trinomial cube, and by the Roman numeral “1967” that depicts the year of the school’s beginning. The Egyptian hieroglyphics, reiminding us of the gift of language and writing, represent the sounds A, M, and S. The prickly pear cactus, common to Austin and the Southwest, symbolizes our beloved natural environment. Surrounding these images are the Great River of Life, and then the Time Line of Life. The twelve symbols on the time line represent the history of the universe and our planet, proceeding from the big bang, through the formation of the Earth, the beginnings and evolution of life, and up to humankind’s accomplishments in the present day.

Upcoming AMSPA Events

Please join us at upcoming Parents Association events. For more information or to volunteer at AMSPA events, please email pa@austinmontessori.org.

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • BookSpring Book Drive 1/13 - 1/17/2020

    The PA will accept gently used books for children 12 years of age and under from January 13th through the 17th to donate to BookSpring. BookSpring is a nonprofit group that "builds early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community."  For more information check out their website at bookspring.org. 

    Any books you would like to donate can be left with either Lois at the Sunset Trail campus, or Kelly at the Great Northern campus.
  • Material Making 2/7/2020

    Join us at 5002 Sunset Trail to help prepare classroom materials for our Childrens House and Youngest Childrens Communities.  There will be coffee, tea, and light snacks available.

    8:30-10:30 a.m., Feb 7, 2020
    5002 Sunset Trail
  • Parent Handworking Class 2/8/2020

    Join us on Saturday Feb 8th to learn some basic knitting skills from Erin Boardman.  This class is designed for parents/adults only.  Erin Boardman teaches the children's after school handworking classes at AMS.

    Parent Handworking Class
    Sat, Feb 8, 2020
    1:00p - 3:00p
  • Parents Montessori Movie Night 3/28/2020

    The PA will be showing a documentary film on montessori education. Join us at 6:30 to mingle with fellow AMS parents and enjoy some light snacks and refreshments.  The film will begin at 7pm followed by a brief discussion.

    Montessori Movie Night
    Sat, March 28, 2020
    5002 Sunset Trail
    6:30 - 9:00pm

  • End of Year Picnic 5/29/2020

    The end of the year picnics will be held at Northwest Park & Garrison Park beginning at 3:30p.

AMSPA Business and Service Directory

The Parents Association has compiled a directory to bring awareness to businesses and services offered from members of our community. It is intended for informational purposes.

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