Nobel Prize Winner’S thoughts on Montessori

I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.
— Gabriel García Márquez, Living to Tell the Tale


Gabriel García Márquez was a Nobel Prize winner in literature. In his autobiography, Living to Tell the Tale, he talks praisingly of his time there. Read the full article from

Social Media Changes


Arash Pahlavan, CEO of "Go Viral Social Media," has been hired to work with Pamela Engle, Director of Advancement, to see how we can improve our online social marketing. Arash comes with years of experience handling various big and reputable accounts not only on St. Thomas, but internationally. He brings new perspective and is a breath of fresh air to work with. 

Although we are one school, we really provide two unique products: Montessori and IB education. After taking a thorough look at our social media pages and analyzing some data, it was suggested that the business page be split in two to create segmented landing pages. Post on both business pages will be kep light and speak to the heart.

Peter Gruber International Academy 
Virgin Islands Montessori School

So where are we going to see all the regular stuff? In the Bulletin Board groups. People who WANT to be bombarded with information, highlights, blog posts, announcements, are welcome to join the group. This way, if you're a PGIA parent you can go to your page and know EVERYTHING you need to know without seeing Montessori stuff. Vice versa for Montessori. Yes, there are some parents with kids in both schools, but the beauty is that we're tending more to their specific needs of a wider audience.

Peter Gruber International Academy Bulletin Board
Virgin Islands Montessori School Bulletin Board

We plan to work with the PTA as well. Effective immediately we will be asking the PTA to only post regarding PTA related materials in the PTA page. NO sharing of community events, NO posting volt news - no SPAM. The only information in the PTA group should be PTA related.


Random Acts of Kindness

For October's random act of kindness, the PTA gave all teachers free tickets to spend at last Saturday's Fall Fest. The tickets had another purpose too, they were entered into a raffle for a gift certificate to Amber Day Spa. Congratulations to our winner, Helen Sidiropolous, we appreciate you and all the hard working teachers at VIMSIA. Thank you! 


First General PTA Meeting


On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 the VIMSIA PTA held it’s first general meeting led by President, April Baynes. Special guest speaker Mara Brownell helped provide behavior tips and strategies to VIMSIA parents.

Parenting With Grace, Presented by Patricia Ludick

Elementary parent night guest speaker, Patricia Ludick.

Elementary parent night guest speaker, Patricia Ludick.

Montessori Directress, Norma Bolinger and Patricia Ludick.

Montessori Directress, Norma Bolinger and Patricia Ludick.

Even in torrential downpour, Virgin Islands Montessori School & Peter Gruber International Academy parents pushed through and made their way to the "Parenting with Grace" seminar presented by Montessorian and guest speaker, Patricia Ludick. Parents were thankful and re-energized with feelings of optimism for the school after hearing various tips and tricks on parenting with Montessori values. Watch Ludick's presentation on Facebook:

Patricia Ludick with daughter Kate Ludick.

Patricia Ludick with daughter Kate Ludick.

VIMSIA staff with Patricia ludick.

VIMSIA staff with Patricia ludick.

Introducing the 2018-2019 VIMSIA PTA

Introducing your 2018-2019 PTA Board! We want the PTA to work for you, so please contact us with any ideas, questions, concerns, suggestions for projects, volunteer opportunities, or anything else you think the PTA should know about. We look forward to a great year!

President - April Baynes

Vice President - Sarah Smith Williams

Secretary - Mone Taylor

Treasurer - Darian Hairston

Public Relations Officer - Aldeth Lewin

PTA Liaison to the Board of Trustees - Enrique Rodriguez

General Board Members -

  Jennifer Lazuka, Kichael Miller, Jeanne Walters, Andrew Brown, Marcela Ferreyra

The Three Legged Stool


Written By: Melissa Bump

As Mr. Bornn loves to remind us, student success is like a three-legged stool. The three legs are the student, the teachers, and the parents. When these three are working well together, the student will reach their maximum potential! 

The "teacher" leg can mean the school as a whole. Everyone working at VIMSIA - the administration, the teachers, the office staff, the maintenance and custodial staff - are dedicated to creating an environment that will be welcoming, safe, and academically rigorous for each student. 

The "parent" leg can refer to the family as a whole. Everyone in a student's family has an impact on that person's growth. If the family is supportive of the goals set by the school, and lovingly reminds the student of the family's expectations in regards to behavior, classwork, and homework, it will have a dramatic impact on that student's success in school. 

The "student" leg needs the other two legs to be standing strong in order to be successful! Imagine a stool with only one leg - very wobbly. For his part, the VIMSIA student is urged to be attentive in class, kind to his peers, and diligently completing every assignment honestly and to the best of his ability. Of course, this is sometimes a daunting task, and that's when the student needs their support system the most. 

Last week, there was a welcome back night for the PGIA - it was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance, excited to learn about any new changes for the school year. This week, there are numerous back-to-school nights taking place. This is an opportunity for the family and school legs to join together in support of all of our students!