Letter from Lynn
A monthly update about happenings at West Side Montessori
Parking Lot and Road Widening Completion
The old utility poles along Bancroft Street are gone at last and if the sunny weather prediction holds we will complete the road widening, entrance re-location, and internal driveway/parking lot blacktop beginning this coming Monday, November 5. Work will be taking place before and during school hours so be prepared for some tricky maneuvering. We will have plenty of help on hand to facilitate drop off and pick up for several days.
The following weekend, November 10 and 11, parking lot striping is scheduled. There are some changes being made to the parking areas that will be shared in detail next week. You will receive printed copies of the plan and it will be available electronically as well. Again, we will have plenty of help on hand the first few days of the following week to help streamline drop off and pick up.
Hang Up Before You Pick Up
We have been actively reminding drivers on our property that safety is our number one priority and is more urgent than any phone call. Please park in a parking space, not in carline, if you need to use your phone. Please do not use any electronic device unless you are parked.
With the completion of the Campus Consolidation project, a long-term objective of the school has been achieved – to provide purpose-built facilities for all of our students. Now we begin a new era of opportunity as the Board of Trustees, administration, teachers, and PACC all work to refine and develop next steps.
In order to help the school reach its fullest potential the school has contracted Ben Roberts as a consultant for one year. Ben was initially contracted by the Board as the Campus Consolidation Program Director responsible for securing financing and supervising construction of the new school. Now he is transitioning to work on institutional advancement including: increasing the size and community profile of the Board of Trustees, raising funds for capital and program enhancement such as the natural playgrounds, and supporting continued development of marketing to grow the enrollment of the school in order to maximize the new facilities. Ben’s goal is to strengthen the organization and leave the school poised for excellence for years to come.
Opportunity in Perrysburg
At a series of recent coffees Perrysburg Campus families have been discussing the opportunity to purchase the 1.75 acre corner lot next to the school for future development. With the construction of condominiums currently underway on two sides of Perrysburg Campus, this is the last opportunity to expand as the owners will either sell or develop the parcel in the very near future. They are awaiting our decision but won’t wait much longer. Purchase of the property would give the school options such as a natural playground, gardens, or future classroom expansion. The school needs to raise $60,000 in pledges and gifts by the end of December towards the total cost of $140,000 for the property, fencing, and fees, with the balance of the cost to be raised over the next few years. More details will be available soon.
Immigration Day and Election Day
Did you notice the costumed middle school students huddled outside in the cold this morning? The culmination of their ancestry study was an immigration simulation. They had to face numerous obstacles in order to enter America including: heartless immigration officials, quarantine for various communicable diseases, shuffling back and forth between bureaucrats to get their papers in order, and for some, eventual rejection for alleged crimes and other inconsistencies. The students experienced how scary and confusing it can be to enter America. In their family research some students learned of relatives who sneaked into our country via Canada or South America in search of freedom.
Meanwhile, the Upper Elementary students conducted a presidential election with several polling places around the school. All elementary and middle school students registered to cast their ballots. The students learned how elections are conducted and even experienced a surprise visit by the candidates. Check out our website for pictures and election results. www.montessoritoledo.org.
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.