Letter from Lynn Fisher, WSM Head of School
Letter from Lynn
This is a monthly update to keep everyone in the loop about happenings at West Side. I’m writing today from my desk in the hallway at Bancroft Campus where I’m camping while the old section of the building, the original ranch house, is being renovated for administrative offices. For the first time in our history we will have real offices and space designed to make our work more productive. There will even be a workroom where parents can gather for committee meetings and special projects.
Build It and They Will Come
Outside, the giant earthmovers are grading and compacting sand for the building pad. Soon the foundation will be added and the pre-engineered building components will arrive. After that, progress should be rapid and very visible. We have recently engaged the company, Natural Playgrounds, to work with us to design an exciting outdoor play space. We’ll share details as the project evolves.
Fundraising for the project continues with our Coming Together Campaign pledges and gifts totaling over $1 million toward the $4 million cost of the project. The next 2 months will be our push to move the campaign forward.
Renowned Montessori Author and Speaker
Mark your calendars now for our fall speaker, Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard, who will discuss her book, Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius on Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 PM at Bancroft Campus.
Her presentation will speak directly to the call for evidence-based learning. Dr Lillard puts forth an amazing body of current scientific research that reveals how children learn best and how the evidence points, time and again, to the teaching methods developed by physician Maria Montessori. Please extend an invitation to this event to friends and neighbors. This is an excellent opportunity to bring guests to see what Montessori education is all about.
Program Highlights of the Month
The Lower Elementary students have embraced their theme for the year, Peace is in Our Hands, with numerous activities. This week students in LEC wrote Peace Recipes. The following recipe comes from the heart and hand of Alec Schoepf.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of kindness, a pinch of meditation, 10 cups of connecting with each other, 4 teaspoons of respect, another pinch of sweetness, and a ¼ cup of sharing.
Directions: In a bowl mix kindness, meditation, and connecting with each other, respect, sweetness, sharing. Put on the grill and peacefully enjoy a lovely peace burger.
The Upper Elementary Environmental Club is beginning to restore a section of our 36 acre Bancroft Campus to its natural Oak Openings prairie. Students are currently identifying and clearing invasive, non-native plants. UE teacher, Fran Pancoast, who is studying to become a certified naturalist, is mentoring the group.
Head of School
West Side Montessori