Notes to Our Community




Dear Big Leaf Montessori Community,

We are thrilled to be in our third year, and growing in so many ways. Big Leaf began in 2015 with just six students and two teaching staff. Still a close-knit community, we now have 15 students, two teaching staff, and a part-time administrator. We hope to continue growing to a robust classroom of 35 students, with plans to expand for an adolescent program, too!

If you don’t already, follow along on Facebook and Instagram and check out our “Adventures” page on our website: We’re proud of our school and want to share our progress with you, dear supporters. Please enjoy our first of many community newsletters.

With gratitude,

Big Leaf Montessori Board of Directors

Community Service

Feeding the Homeless

Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the school year Big Leaf students are hard at work making peanut butter and banana sandwiches for Radical Love. RL is a charitable organization that serves healthy hot meals and sack lunches to the homeless folks of Cowlitz County. The children take great pride in this work and we hope to continue it for years to come. You can learn more about Radical Love on their Facebook page:

Little Library

Thanks to an anonymous donation, in June we dedicated our Big Leaf Little Library. It’s located at 1428 22nd Avenue. Give a book, take a book!


Field Trips

In our first 30 days of the school year we have had three field trips! We enjoyed our second trip to a creek restoration site at Abernathy Creek. The children were able to observe differences in vegetation between spring and fall, as well as see salmon running in the creek itself. We also had a trips to the Southwest Washington Symphony Orchestra and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Physical Education

We are so thankful for the guest PE instructors in our community!  The children had an introduction to yoga in September with the lovely Melanee Evans and pickleball in October, thanks to Barb Dunlap and our local Longview Pickleball League. In addition we’ve taken several hikes around Lake Sacagawea enjoying the fall weather.



Are you considering Big Leaf for your child? It can be difficult to describe the freedom and structure of a Montessori elementary classroom, let alone determine whether it is right for your child. We invite you to attend an observation during our morning work period--Monday-Friday 8:30-11. Email us at to schedule.


It’s not too late! We’re still accepting applications for children ages 6-12 for this school year.




Many thanks to all who came and supported Big Leaf Montessori at our recent Harvest Bingo Night on October 21st. We raised more than $1200 for Big Leaf programs and played 30+ Bingo games! Special thanks to our donors and of course our Big Leaf families!

Oscar Night

Save the Date! February 24 from 6-11 PM will be our first Big Leaf dinner/auction event. Our theme is a glamorous Oscar party night with casino tables, a Hollywood costume contest, and a dance competition in the newly-remodeled Monticello Hotel ballroom. We hope to raise funds for our general fund and to sponsor one or two children in attending Big Leaf for a minimum of a three-year work cycle. Tickets will be available for purchase in January. Make your ticket reservations now!

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Keep in touch!

1428 22nd Avenue

Longview, WA 98632