May 30, 2012: Letter from Lynn
Build It and They Will Come
This week the exterior of the new school will be finished as work continues non-stop on interior painting, flooring, and cabinetry. West Side parent volunteer Danielle Fisher-Snyder climbs high on scaffolding each day to paint clouds on the blue sky ceiling over the new library space. Corridors feel like winding paths that lead to “Central Park” where the sun will be painted around a light tube illuminating the crossroads. The myriad of details in process are bringing the new school alive. Teachers and volunteers are busy packing classroom materials in anticipation of the June move.
Coming Together Dial Down
Tomorrow evening, Thursday, May 31, West Side trustees and parent volunteers will make follow-up phone calls inviting families to join the many generous teachers, administrators, parents, trustees, grandparents, and friends of the school who have already donated or pledged $1.2 million towards the new school and natural playgrounds. We have $50,000 left to raise before ribbon cutting. Each dollar pledged or donated before then will be matched dollar for dollar to reach our $1.3 million goal. Every gift is valued. No gift is too small or too large.
McCord Moving Sale
On Friday, June 8, West Side will hold a sale for our families and friends from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM at McCord Campus. A few items will be tagged but most items offered will be on a donation basis. This unadvertised sale will include: desks, tables, office furniture, children’s puzzles and manipulatives, shelves, particle board wall cupboards, and more. Be prepared to remove wall cupboards and transport yourself.
Summer at West Side
Montessori camp for toddlers and pre-primary children will be held at Perrysburg Campus and in the McCord Little House beginning Wednesday, June 13. This will allow for a peaceful and productive summer for children, and teachers can set up classrooms in the new school on Bancroft Campus. Check out our website, http://www.montessoritoledo.org/ , for a complete list of summer programs offered. Elementary camps will be held on Bancroft Campus where construction work will continue on the parking lots, playgrounds, landscaping, and road widening.
If you want to understand the impact of a full Montessori education, consider attending our 8th grade graduation ceremony at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 PM in the Bancroft Commons. The ceremony is owned by the students who creatively, confidently, and often humorously share their unique personalities and style. You will see why these extraordinary young people become leaders and top scholars in their chosen high schools and beyond.