Author Archives: Goldfinch

03
May

LE Zoo Field Trip Cancelled!

Posted by Goldfinch

Due to poor expected weather conditions, we are cancelling the trip to the Toledo Zoo.  We are hoping to reschedule to trip.  We will inform you if another date has been set. Thanks, The Lower Elementary teachers

29
Apr

Mystery Reader- A Different Type of Reading

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Thank you Emily Miller for visiting our classroom as the Mystery Reader.  Emily didn’t bring a book though!  She told a story instead of reading a story.  Storytelling is an art.   The students helped with sound effects as Emily … Continue reading

29
Apr

May is here! The Last Month of the Year….

Posted by Goldfinch

We have another busy month of field trips and events.  Please continue to check the blog for updates as the month continues. Muffins for Moms- May 3 Zoo Field Trip- May 4 Grandparent’s Day- May 6 Field Day- May 23 … Continue reading

25
Apr

Lower Elementary Toledo Zoo Trip

Posted by Goldfinch

The Lower Elementary teachers are excited to announce that we will be taking the students to The Toledo Zoo on Wednesday, May 4th.  We will leave West Side Montessori via bus at 9:30 a.m. and return to school around 2:00 … Continue reading

20
Apr

Switch A Teacher hits The Goldfinch Room

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During Right to Read Week Westside Montessori participated in a Switch a Teacher time.  For a half hour Wendi Rowland came into our classroom and read Memoirs of a Goldfish. She shared her love of reading with not the Sassafras … Continue reading

14
Apr

Helping Others

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This week while our third graders were taking standardized tests in our classroom, the first and second graders had the opportunity to visit the Little House or Children’s House classrooms.  The Goldfinch children transitioned into these classrooms so easily and … Continue reading

14
Apr

Our Donation to Westside

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Exciting news!  The company that published our class book offers a Grant Giveaway each year.  Our class won the grant for 100$!!  The students brainstormed opportunities in which the money could be used for our school.  Ideas included: scholarship money, … Continue reading

13
Apr

Half-Way Through Standardized Testing!

Posted by Goldfinch

Thank you third level parents for helping to  create the best possible test-taking conditions for your child this week.  A full night’s sleep, healthy breakfast, comfy clothes, and a healthy snack all contribute to helping your child focus, concentrate, and … Continue reading

11
Apr

Valentine Theater Trip April 18th

Posted by Goldfinch

On Monday, April 18th all lower elementary classrooms will be headed to the Valentine Theater to see the performance of Charlotte’s Web.  We will be leaving West Side at 11:20  and return around 1:30.  We will be traveling by bus. … Continue reading

05
Apr

More Help Needed

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We’ve had a few volunteers into the classroom helping our students with the auction item.  We will begin sanding on Wednesday.  However, we do need more volunteers to help paint our item and glue on accessories.  If you can help, … Continue reading

22
Mar

Our Day in the Amazon Rainforest

Posted by Goldfinch

Did you know that rain forests cover only 7% of the earth?  Did you know that more species of animals live in the rain forest than any other habitat? Scientists think that perhaps 30 million different animals make it their … Continue reading

22
Mar

The Mystery of the Mystery Reader

Posted by Goldfinch

    Why do we invite mystery readers into our classroom each month?  After all, the students can all read, right?  Reading aloud introduces readers to new authors, illustrators, titles, and genres.  Young readers often do not know all that … Continue reading

22
Mar

What’s Ahead in the Goldfinch Room?

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April is packed with many events.  From Earth Day to third grade standardized tests, please check the dates below for special events.  Also included is what we are expecting to teach this month.  We are looking forward to warmer weather … Continue reading

16
Mar

President You! Essay Contest

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On the day of the Primary Elections in Ohio students in the Goldfinch room began to imagine what it would be like to become President of the United States of America.  The Toledo Library is offering an opportunity for students … Continue reading

14
Mar

Help Wanted!

Posted by Goldfinch

We are planning a a trip to the Amazon rain forest on Tuesday, March 22.  The students will participate in crafts, songs, stories, and food tasting.  We would love to have some parents bring in foods found in the rain … Continue reading

06
Mar

Spring Break Gecko Home Needed!

Posted by Goldfinch

Natalie will be out of town for spring break.  If your family can take care of Ginger, our gecko, let her know.  It will involve buying large crickets at the pet store.  She eats meal worms and crickets.  She does … Continue reading

06
Mar

No Fact Tests This Week

Posted by Goldfinch

Due to conferences, there will be no second and third grade facts tests this week.  Keep practicing and try some of these fun ideas at home. Blow up a balloon.  Say a fact to your child while he or she … Continue reading

02
Mar

Montessori Education Week with Little House Children

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Students in the Goldfinch room are celebrating Montessori Education Week this week.  Reading books about Maria Montessori, drawing a favorite material, completing a timeline, or working on a word search are some of the opportunities offered to the Intelligent Eagles … Continue reading

01
Mar

Nature’s Nursery Visit

Posted by Goldfinch

Today Nature’s Nursery visited and shared with us several animals from various biomes.  We met a desert tortoise from Arizona, a ground squirrel from a Kansas prairie, a hissing cockroach from a Madagascar rain forest, and an eastern screech owl … Continue reading

01
Mar

How Would You Make the World Beautiful?

Posted by Goldfinch

Thank you to Jordan Hamilton, our February Mystery Reader, for sharing a special book from a relative.  She shared with the class that her relative wrote in the book when it was given to her as a present.  The book … Continue reading

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