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Sapphire Room News

Ruth Zajac

Ruth Zajac

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

Sapphire Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Perrysburg Campus. Stephanie Sullivan and Ruth Zajac are the classroom’s co-teachers.


After studying the parts of a plant and a seed, we identified how seeds can be transported from one place to another.  This served as our introduction to our study of birds.  We learned about the characteristics of the birds, the parts of a bird, and identified different kinds of birds and their calls.

Our next continent of study has been Asia.  Children have had the opportunity to do puzzle and coloring maps of Asia, try on authentic Asian clothing, play Asian musical instruments, and learn about Asian animals.  Children were also invited to sample Sushi as they listened to the story Yoko.  Many of the children tasted and liked the Sushi.  Once we finish with Asia, we will move on to the study of Africa.

Grandparent’s Day

Although the Spring time weather is not that convincing, May and Grandparent’s Day is not that far away.  We love having grandparents visit the classroom.  If a grandparent is not able to visit, your student is welcome to bring in a picture of their grandparents to share.

Clothing Drive

We will once again be participating in the Great American Clothes Collection.  From Wednesday, May 20 – Friday, May 22 the Perrysburg Campus will be collecting old clothes, shoes, and fabrics/textiles.  Usable clothing will be donated to charities and fibers from the rest are recycled into roofing materials, bond paper, industrial wiping cloths and remanufactured textiles.  Questions:  contact Tricia Purvis.


This week the Children’s House students have sung songs in 5 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Here are a couple of the songs we have enjoyed:



I hope those of you that celebrate holidays this week enjoy peaceful, joyous holidays. Have a great break.

Keep singing,


“The environment must be rich in motives which lead interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own  experiences.”-Maria Montessori

March has been very busy Month!  The children have been showing great independence and concentration through their natural process of spontaneously experiencing the classroom environment.

Kindergardeners and their Parts of a Plant flip books.

Kindergardeners and their Parts of a Plant flip books.

A 5 year old skip counting with the Squaring Chains and Counters.

A 5 year old skip counting with the Squaring Chains and Counters.

A 5 year old exploring the Color Tablets.

A 5 year old exploring the Color Tablets.

A 4 year old working on the "Green Box" language series.

A 4 year old working on the “Green Box” language series.

Flower Arranging.

Flower Arranging.

A child scrubbing stones that came from Ireland.

A child scrubbing stones that came from Ireland.

Kindergardener working on his Number Roll.

Kindergardener working on his Number Roll.

I am happy to report that I am cancer-free! Coming back to school I was greeted by many warm hugs and handmade cards from your children. Many of you have sent me emails, cards, meals, and gifts while I was in recovery. Thank you for all of your support. It is wonderful to be part of a caring community. I am very happy to be here.

Welcome Back Risa

Poster made by Sapphire and Emerald students


 In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, the Children’s House classrooms have had an authentic hands-on experience of Irish culture and artifacts as Ruth has shared many objects and items from her home country.

Just a ‘wee’ reminder, too, that on Tuesday March 17th, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and honoring Ireland by wearing green clothing. Please have your child wear something green or a piece of clothing with green on it. Any shade will do! We will enjoy tasting Irish soda bread and Dubliner Irish cheese for snack.


A 4-year-old brushing and cleaning genuine Irish stones.


A 5-year-old sorting Irish coins (Euros).


Irish art by a happy artist!


Putting together an Irish tractor puzzle.


Balancing a leather ball (sliotar) on a hurley stick. These items are from the ancient Irish field game called Hurling.


The Irish drink a lot of tea! Setting up for a tea party!


Matching Irish farm animals and exploring peat (compressed vegetation) from the bogs of Ireland.


Exploring an Irish police car. The word ‘garda’ is Irish for guard.


Another artist cutting and gluing authentic Irish stamps.


Even Mat Man is ‘wearing the green’. Here he is with a genuine gaelic football shirt.