Letter from Lynn

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A monthly update about happenings at West Side Montessori

Settling In
Five full weeks of school have flown by with daily adjustments at the new consolidated Toledo Campus and smooth sailing at the Perrysburg Campus.  It’s been fun to see everyone’s positive reactions to the new Toledo Campus building.  Our librarian, Glenda, is looking forward to new library furniture that is scheduled to start arriving this week.  And I’m working with parent volunteers on finishing touches in the new building such as the tall trees that will highlight the crossroads area.  Some Middle School art students are restoring the 20th anniversary bench while others are painting a large triptych scene that will decorate the East conference room. There are many little touches to come that will make our new house a home. It will just get better and better.

Natural Playgrounds
We have begun work on the natural playgrounds at Toledo Campus.  Surrounding The Little House and Children’s House porches are grasspave2 patios bordered by large rocks that are designed to be outdoor classrooms.  Under the sod there is topsoil, a plastic honeycomb structure, then a crushed stone base. This structure will support heavy use without the grass wearing out. The playground beyond remains a large dirt field that the children love but parents dislike due to dirt-covered children at the end of the day.  We will be hydro-seeding it shortly to help solve that problem.

There are many more features to come, such as hills with built-in climbing features and slides.  The ultimate design will provide an incredible outdoor experience for our children.  The playground plan will be implemented in stages as funds are raised through the Annual Fund Campaign and Spring Fundraiser. I’ll share the playground plan and get feedback at the PACC meeting tomorrow evening, October 2, at 7:00 PM.  We are also looking at the possibility of adding more land for a natural playground in Perrysburg.

Carline and Parent Pick-Up
Most parents have been exceedingly patient and understanding as we work out the new carline process in the midst of the road-widening project and parking lot completion at Toledo Campus.  Thank you.  The teachers, PACC, and administrators have been working on improvements and several will be implemented soon.  We have already followed up on PACC president, Beth Gensler’s, idea of creating an outdoor corridor between the East and West buildings so that we can leave the doors unlocked for a more free-flowing, parent-friendly atmosphere before, during, and after school.  When we seal and stripe the parking lot we will shift the parents’ parking area to make it more accessible and will mark crosswalks to improve safety.

East Parking Lots
We are allowing parents who wish to park in the East lots to turn left at the oak tree and, keeping in the left lane, circle around to the parking lots.  The East carline will continue as marked through the green cones with cars then keeping to the right lane in front of the East building.  Andrew Sautter will continue to direct traffic at the critical Alternate Merge points. Please, please refrain from cell phone use while driving on our campus, and watch for merging cars.

Road-Widening and Parking Lot Completion
The final stages of electrical and cable
shifting to the new poles should be completed this month and then the school entrance can be moved to line up with Apsley Blvd and the deceleration lane from west to east can be completed.  The turn lane from east to west has begun construction since last week. The estimated time of completion for the entire project, including finishing the parking lot, is three to four weeks after the old utility poles come down.  We ask for your continued patience during this final construction process.

Trevor Eissler Speaks to Parents
Last Friday, after Trevor Eissler’s Book Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education was sent home for parents, I noticed an upper elementary girl coming up the front walk with her nose in the book she had kept for herself.  Other parents report that their children want to read it also.  So, I guess Trevor speaks to both parents and children.  Upper elementary and middle school students are welcome to join the crowd at Trevor’s presentation in the Toledo Campus Commons at 7:00 PM on October 9.  Child-care is available for younger children with a reservation. Hope to see you there.

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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.