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A silent and a live auction will add to the fun of the AMS Springtime Fancy. Below are brief descriptions of just some of the items up for bid in San Diego.

Live Auction

C’est magnifique! A Vacation on France’s Atlantic Coast
Follow your dream and spend 7 days in a beautifully modernized apartment in the charming, historic seaside city of Vannes, France. Built in 1735, this 1-bedroom apartment sleeps 2 adults and up to 2 children, has an updated kitchen, 2 fireplaces, and Wi-Fi available. It’s right in the center of town, near a charming open market held twice each week. Paris is a scenic, 3-hour train ride away. Bon voyage!

Your Golden Ticket to Denver, Colorado 
The AMS  2018 Annual Conference, March 22 – 25  in Denver, CO,  is sure to be an unforgettable event, with Montessorians from around the world gathering in the Mile High City for an extended weekend  of exploration and discovery. Enjoy full registration to the conference along with a 3-night stay right at the host hotel, the Sheraton Denver Downtown. This lot also includes $150 in gift certificates to local eateries, giving you the taste of Denver. You’ll leave with new insights, new connections, and priceless memories.

A Week in Shanghai: Building a Bridge of Friendship Project
Say “nǐ hǎo” to China’s largest city, Shanghai! You will spend 6 glorious days in the world’s most fast-paced and booming metropolis. This generous package includes roundtrip airfare for 1 from any city in the world, a 5-night stay in the luxurious Shanghai Hilton, airport transfers, and local transportation. Explore the culture and flavor of this bustling metropolis as you explore top sights like the tranquil Yu Gardens; the Bund waterside promenade;  Zhujiajiao, known as “the Venice of China”; and the serene and spiritual Longhua Temple.

Trendy Austin, Texas
Enjoy a delightful weekend at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, TX—a perfect location for music buffs and foodies! Austin has exploded in recent years to become the mecca of American cool—boasting nearly 200 live music venues, a mouthwatering food trucks scene saturating the city with the latest taste bud trends, and a plethora of packed pubs to satisfy your inner hipster. This weekend getaway includes a 2-night stay, admission to Barton Springs Pool for 2, gift certificates to sample many local restaurants, and a guidebook to help you find the fun deep in the heart of Texas.

Timeshare: Choose Your Own Adventure
Build the vacation of your dreams with this open invitation! The winner of this lot will be able to choose from a variety of locations and lengths of stay from our timeshare catalog. From tropical destinations offering fun in the sun to the grandeur and culture of Europe and everywhere in between, this is a great choice for those looking for a fun and flexible vacation.

Unleash Your Inner Gatsby at our Summer Symposium in Glen Cove, NY
What could be better than expanding your knowledge, improving your skills, and networking with fellow Montessorians on Long Island’s historic Gold Coast? The 55 secluded and landscaped acres of the Glen Cove Mansion, located just outside NYC, are the setting for the AMS Summer Symposium for School Administrators, July 9 – 12, 2017. Between breakout sessions and communications workshops with our featured speaker on “Leading by Design,” you will enjoy the mansion’s magnificent views and recreation options. The package provides a full registration to the event, 3-night accommodations, and meals.

Spanish Immersion Curriculum for Lower Elementary
Prepare your lower elementary students for the global world they are inheriting with a year of dual-language coaching and curriculum from Montessori New Beginnings Academy. Your year of consultation may be done in-person or via Skype, and will include a set of 38 grammar boxes—including booklets and other supporting materials—on a variety of topics, including zoology, botany, and geography. Your students will end the year confidently navigating core language concepts between Spanish and English. ¡Que bueno!

Carnival Cruise
Set sail along the beautiful West Coast aboard the Carnival Inspiration, where you’ll travel in style and comfort from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico, and back. As you sail through the Pacific Ocean, enjoy world-class restaurants, fabulous entertainment, relaxing pools, and, of course, incredible views. Your 4-night trip begins and ends in Los Angeles, with day-long stops at Catalina Island, a refreshing  paradise southwest of Los Angeles, and Ensenada, “the Cinderella of the Pacific.”

Golden State Warriors Tickets
Watch reigning Western Conference champions as they take to the court to defend their title. Led by 2-time NBA MVP Steph Curry—a Montessori alum!— the Warriors are the most exciting team in the NBA. This package includes 2 tickets (row 15 behind the Warriors' bench!), a team jersey, and an autographed photo of the team signed by team members. 

Smart Home Starter Kit
Bring your home into the year 2017 with this high-tech starter kit. It features all the necessities for a true smart house: an Amazon Echo (a hands-free speaker you control with your voice) and Echo Dot (a voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music and control smart home devices), a Nest Learning Thermostat, and a set of 2 Smart Plugs. These devices work together to make your home work for you!

Vintage Montessori Photos & Books
Immerse yourself in the history of Montessori with 10 vintage photos of Maria Montessori, each framed and with a quote by her, and a trio of publications. Two are books authored by Mario Montessori; the other is the May 1929 issue of Reader’s Digest, featuring an article written by Maria Montessori.

Tools for Change: School Improvement Practices
Is your school poised to move to the next level? Let Dr. Sharon Damore, expert in school improvement, public policy, and research, share her expertise with you. Dr. Damore will either conduct a 1-day session classroom and/or administrative observation and report on her findings or a professional development session providing a framework for school improvement--the choice is yours! Dr. Damore serves on the AMS Board of Directors and is past president of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools.

World Café with Mary Ellen Kordas
Let Mary Ellen Kordas, incoming AMS board president and a seasoned national school consultant, facilitate a lively interactive workshop for your school community using the World Café model. The model is based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal and organizational life. Spend the day engaging your colleagues in conversations that can be used to help your build your school’s capacity. Ms. Kordas founded and led AMS-accredited Valley Montessori school in Livermore, CA as it grew from 500 students and 70 staff members, raising over $1.5 million to fund its expansion.

Escape to Sunny Southern Florida
Relax in the Sunshine State with Sharon Damore, AMS board member, at her home in beautiful Fort Myers. Sharon will be your hostess with the mostest as you enjoy some fun in the sun. Your weekend getaway will include golf with Sharon at a private country club with lunch or dinner. Her home, designed by her husband, was featured in House Beautiful.

Vintage Montessori Photos & Books
Immerse yourself in the history of Montessori with 9 vintage photos of Maria Montessori, each framed and with a quote by her, and an assortment of books for your Montessori library. Two are books authored by Mario Montessori; the other is the May 1929 issue of Reader’s Digest, featuring an article written by Maria Montessori.

Mountain Retreat
Spend a weekend enjoying the great outdoors in California’s Yosemite National Park. The park boosts 1,200 miles of nature’s wonder including waterfalls, deep valleys, and grand meadows. This modern four bedroom home is perfect for families, with three queen size beds and a king master suite. Whether reveling in Mother Nature’s beauty or hiking among the majestic sequoia trees, this trip promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Silent Auction

CD Set
Songs of the Earth is an 8-CD collection of original songs written and performed by singer/songwriter Gary Bowman (executive director of the California Montessori Project and AMS board director).  These songs capture Gary's desire to promote stewardship of the planet, while expressing a profound appreciation for the human condition. With catchy melodies and memorable lyrics, the collection will resonate with all family members, ages 2 through 102! Genres encompass rock, reggae, blues, bluegrass, rap, pop, folk, swing, and world music.

Kinderhouse Montessori Basket
Get set for excitement and exploration with the little Montessorians in your life when you gift them with this basket, which comes stuffed with 8 children’s books, including bilingual titles, and a full set of kitchen supplies.

Watercolor Painting
Bring home the beauty of the San Diego beachfront with this sublime watercolor, painted and donated by Kathy Roemer, AMS past board president and current head of Twin Parks Montessori Schools.

Walt Disney World Park Tickets
Experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort, including fireworks, rides, parades, and shows, with 1-day Park Hopper passes for 4. This pass provides entry to all 4 Disney parks in Orlando, FL—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom—and invites you to “hop” among them to your heart’s content.. Tickets  are good through December 30, 2018. Blackout dates: December 25 – 31, 2017 and December 25 – 31, 2018.

Unique, Hand-Made Jewelry Duo
You’ll stand out in a crowd when wearing this magnificent, one-of-a-kind lariat necklace and matching bracelet. Designed and handcrafted by AMS board member Sharon Damore, whose fame as a jeweler is long-known among Montessori cognoscenti, the set is made of semi-precious stones and components.

California Red Wine Trio
This sublime trio of Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Rigg Estate Vineyards will help you relax post-conference and savor the memories that unfolded in San Diego, the glittering jewel of Southern California.

Leather Journal & Card Holder
Keep yourself organized and stylish with this marbled Italian leather journal and credit card holder. This fine Florentine leather is handcrafted to create a beautiful, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, marbled swirl design. The journal boasts handcrafted paper and a tie closure, and the credit cardholder is slim and convenient.

Handmade Necklace with Earrings
Add a bit of sparkle to your ensemble with this beautiful, hand-made, 3-strand coral, crystal, and glass bead necklace and matching dangling earrings. The set was donated by Marie Conti—arguably one of the best-dressed members of the AMS Board of Directors.

CME|NY “Pathways to a Peaceful School” Conference
Expand your practice and mindset at the CME|NY Pathways to a Peaceful School Conference, July 20, 2017, in New Rochelle, NY. With this registration, you’ll join fellow Montessorians in focusing on Maria Montessori’s vision of peace in engaging and information programs, created to help teacher and administrators develop the skills they need to be peaceful in their work each day.

Lunch with Carole Wolfe Korngold
Indulge in a delectable lunch and inspired conversation with Carole Wolfe Korngold, AMS 2004 Living Legacy and executive director of the Center for Montessori Education|NY. She is acclaimed for bringing authentic Montessori education to independent, public, and charter schools, as well to childcare centers and Montessori teacher training. Past President of the American Montessori Society, she participated in the White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning and Co-Chaired the Montessori International Congress in Rome, Italy.

California Coast Retreat
Enjoy a 1-night stay at the scenic Park Hyatt Aviara, situated on the sun-drenched Pacific coast just 30 minutes north of San Diego. Make this getaway entirely your own by choosing from all the Aviara has to offer, including a luxurious spa, Arnold Palmer-designed 18-hole course, unique restaurants, and the utterly Instagram-worthy views of the California coast at your doorstep.

Coaching Package, Bee Line Consulting
Get the unique support you need as a Montessori school leader by working with Montessori leadership coach, R.B. Fast, of Bee Line Consulting. You'll receive personalized guidance that will help you realize your leadership vision. Coaching begins August 2017, ends December 2017, and consists of 5 emails and 1 phone call per month.

Baseball Bat Signed by the Colorado Rockies
This item is a grand slam in any sports fan’s book! This bat is signed by members of the Colorado Rockies, who make their home at thunderous Coors Field in Denver, the city where the AMS 2018 Annual Conference will take place.

iPad Mini
Take your work— and play—on the go with this iPad Mini. Sleek, light, and WiFi-enabled, this is the perfect companion for any busy Montessorian. You can use it to visit amshq.org and enjoy one of our popular Montessori webinars, read a book, or connect with friends.

Monti Kids Consultation
This 1-hour Skype consultation with a Monti Kids expert is your opportunity to discuss how a parent or teacher can focus on meeting children’s developmental needs, promoting learning through play, and learning how to set up a home and classroom for optimal learning so as to enable children to reach their full potential.

Reader’s Digest 1929
Add a piece of history to your library with this May 1929 issue of Reader’s Digest, featuring an article written by Maria Montessori. A wonderful addition to any Montessorian’s bookshelf!

Metal Prints
Decorate your home or office with a beautiful photograph of children printed on metal (16” x 20 “). The photo taken by Frida Azari, a talented photographer and Montessori educator, includes a quote by Maria Montessori and is sure to brighten your day.

Kendra Scott Jewelry
You’ll exude effortless elegance and flair in a gorgeous pair of colorful, dangling earrings and a delicate gold pendant, which can be worn long or twisted for a layered look to complete any outfit.

Montessori Pendant Necklace
Keep your love of Montessori close to your heart with this beautiful Italian lyra pendant necklace. Hand-crafted and made of morganite, kunzite, and 14-karat gold, this one-of-a-kind necklace is a timeless piece to be treasured for years to come.

AMS Goodie Bag
Complete your conference experience with a bag full of AMS souvenirs! This fun assortment of custom AMS swag includes a branded umbrella, luggage tag, $5 Starbucks gift card, a certificate valid for an AMS individual on-demand webinar, plus books from each of the 3 keynote speakers.

Tools for Change: School Improvement Practices
Is your school poised to move to the next level? Let Dr. Sharon Damore, expert in school improvement, public policy, and research, share her expertise with you. Dr. Damore will either conduct a 1-day session classroom and/or administrative observation and report on her findings or a professional development session providing a framework for school improvement--the choice is yours! Dr. Damore serves on the AMS Board of Directors and is past president of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools.

Extra, Extra!
Give students a newsworthy experience: take them on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dallas Morning News, guided by the paper’s director of photography, Marcia Allert. Your students will engage in a digital photo class and a discussion about journalism that will develop their skills to discern if news is real or fake. This experience is ideal for Elementary II and Secondary I students.

...And Many More!

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