December 2011: Letter from Lynn
A monthly update about happenings at West Side Montessori
It’s been another wet week at West Side as we ended the wettest November in Toledo history. In fact, Perrysburg Campus was closed on Wednesday due to high water. And the Bancroft Campus construction site looks like we are creating a pond feature – not currently in our natural playground design! Fortunately, the low area is not where the new building will stand. Sunshine today was welcomed by all.
Build It and They Will Come
Weather permitting, the footers for the new Bancroft Campus building will be poured at the beginning of next week. The stem walls, frame, and exterior walls will follow. The shell will be enclosed before the floors are poured. The administration office renovation in the existing building is on target to be completed sometime in January.
Spread the Word
Marketing at West Side Montessori has been stepped up in the past 6 months with a series of beautiful postcards depicting young West Side students engaged in work. In addition, our advertising in Toledo Parent News will be more prominent in the future and I will write a parenting column for the publication beginning in January.
New Website in the Works
This fall the school selected Design Hub, a Saline, MI, company, to create a new website that will effectively market the school and provide a user-friendly and comprehensive site for current parents as well. The design process and content creation are well underway with a projected roll out beginning in February.
Meanwhile, the school has been developing a series of short videos capturing children, teachers, and typical work at each level of the school. Visitors to our website will soon have the option of choosing to have these videos and other information about Montessori emailed to them periodically.
New Parenting Program Planned
Beginning in January West Side toddler teacher Cindy Weiher will initiate a yet-to-be named parenting program that will include infants by next fall. Cindy has recently returned from observing a highly regarded model program run by the State of Minnesota in public schools that is designed to facilitate parenting skills. She has also attended a Montessori infant/parent training seminar in Chicago in preparation. We plan to use components of the Minnesota program and make it available to the general public as well as current West Side families. Watch for details in The Inside Story.
Middle School Practical Life
Montessori practical life activities for young children such as pouring, scooping, scrubbing, sweeping, dusting, and raking are well known, but what kind of practical life activities take pl ace in the Middle School? Come and see for yourself this Saturday, December 3, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM when the West Side Middle School students host an Arts & Crafts Extravaganza at Bancroft Campus. Students have planned, organized, and created items for the event. Additional vendors are included. Admission is $1. Items to be sold include; homemade pies, candies, jewelry, purses, woodworking, lacrosse sticks, blankets, original artwork, fused glass art, beaded stemware, and more. The students have chosen to donate proceeds from the sale to the Coming Together Campaign, for the new school.
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