May 8, 2012: Letter from Lynn
Build It and They Will Come
The new school is coming together quickly with rapid construction progress both inside and out. The pre-primary classrooms are being painted while drywall installation is completed in the rest of the building. We are on target for the big move in June after school ends. Classroom teachers are responsible for packing their classrooms and will solicit parent volunteers as needed. As you can imagine, the move is a massive undertaking with 36 years of accumulated “stuff” to sort and pack. Plans are evolving for a giant garage sale.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to raise capital funds through the Coming Together Campaign. In February we announced a challenge from several generous donors who committed to match all gifts and new pledges dollar for dollar up to $100,000 to complete the $1.3 million campaign goal. To date we have received $44,500 towards that goal including $7000 of the Fund-a-Wish raised at the auction. That leaves $55,500 more needed prior to a back to school ribbon cutting event. Watch for a letter that invites all families to participate in the campaign. Stewardship is an important part of the West Side culture. What better way to show your commitment to quality education than to help West Side provide the best education possible for our students today and tomorrow in our new purpose-built facility!
Around the World in 180 Minutes
Our annual fundraising event last Saturday night was a smashing success. There was lots of buzz regarding the beautiful Health Care REIT headquarters, fabulous food, and outstanding silent and live auction items. It was an elegant setting for the high energy party atmosphere. Over 200 guests bid generously and raised well over $50,000 to enhance school programs. Kudos to Committee members Julie Roberts, Nicole Nungester, Catherine Summers, Becca Gorman, Steve Summers and all the other hardworking parent and staff volunteers responsible for the most successful fund raising event in school history.
School Day Lengthened for Next Year
For the past 10 years Bancroft Campus has had a longer school-day than McCord or Perrysburg. The upcoming campus consolidation sparked renewed thinking about the length of the school day. We have decided to meet the American Montessori Society recommendation of a minimum 3-hour program to allow for longer blocks of uninterrupted work time for all ages. Consequently, school will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 3:30 PM. The half-day morning program will end at 11:30 AM.
Lower Elementary – Growth and Change
In order to accommodate the growing lower elementary enrollment, we have decided to locate Lower Elementary C in the existing Bancroft building in a spacious classroom that will match the size of the two new lower elementary rooms in the new building. All lower elementary students will have childcare, art, music, technology, and library in the new facility and French or Spanish in the existing building. In the future, when the next building phase is complete, all three lower elementary classrooms will be clustered together.
Lower Elementary B teacher, Yvonne Irizarry, will be retiring at the end of this school-year after a long and successful career as an educator. We were fortunate she chose to become a Montessori teacher near the end of her career and taught at West Side for seven years. Yvonne cares deeply about her students and is known for her high level organization skills and incredible work ethic. We will miss her.
We’re looking forward to the upcoming whirlwind of year-end culminating events including; the Lower Elementary Orff Festival, Middle School Dinner Theatre, Grandparents’ Day, K-Dub Run/Walk, Kindergarten Spring Sing, and 8th Grade Graduation. Check our website, www.montessoritoledo.org, for events, dates, photos, and more! If you haven’t visited the new website yet you are in for a treat.