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Sapphire Room News

Ruth Zajac

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.





imagesThe Sapphire Room was busy with the preparations for the Thanks and Giving Celebration.  The children all brought in a vegetable to contribute to making Stone Soup.  We read several versions of the folk tale and learned that when we all come together and share, we can achieve great things!  Thank you to all who contributed to the Stone Soup and the Graham Foundation.



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My Dad, one of 7, comes from a large family. Growing up, we would get together with most of the extended family about once a month. The things I remember most about these family get-togethers are food, laughing, and singing. My mother and my Aunt Ruth knew how to play the guitar. They taught the other adults one song each. When we gathered we would pass the guitar around and everyone would sing their song. My Dad always played “Dark as a Dungeon,” my Aunt Jane always played, “Bottle of Wine,” and so on. We all sang along with every song. When I turned 12, I asked my Mom to teach me a song on the guitar. She taught me “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie. This became my song. From then on I played it at family gatherings.
When I came to this school I was amazed. I had never seen anything like it and it immediately felt right. “This is my school,” I told myself. Later I discovered that our school song is based on my song!
A parent asked me to share the School Song. If you would ever like the lyrics to a song or a melody please email me. (I can sing it into your voicemail.) I love sharing songs! So here it is…my song, my school, your school… This school was made for you and me!
music by Woody Guthrie
lyrics by Lynn Fisher
This school is your school, this school is my school
From the natural playground, to our computers,
From the Pink Tower to grammar boxes
This school was made for you and me.
Verse I
As I was thinking about our history
I saw behind me a small beginning.
I saw before me a bright new future;
This school was made for you and me.
Verse II
And I’ve been making some very good friends
From tiny toddlers to Middle Schoolers.
This school is people.  This school is caring.
This school was made for you and me.
Verse III
And our horizons keep on expanding
With special classes and master planning
From parents’ hard work, to annual Spring Sing
This school was made for you and me.
Verse IV
Throughout the good times and times of sorrow
We build together a new tomorrow
This school is your school, this school is my school
This school is our community
I enjoyed singing this song at the Thanks and Giving celebration in Perrysburg yesterday. I look forward to singing it with you this Tuesday at the Toledo Campus Thanks and Giving Celebration.
Keep singing,


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Dear Perrysburg families,

This year, Perrysburg Campus will be supporting Graham’s Foundation for our 3rd annual Thanks and Giving Celebration. Graham’s Foundation, founded by current West Side parents Nick and Jennifer Hall, is in celebration of their son, Graham. Graham and his twin sister, Reece (a Lower Elementary student) were born 15 weeks premature. Reece was in the hospital for four months before she was able to come home. Graham lived for 45 short days. Graham’s Foundation empowers parents of premature babies through support, advocacy and research to improve the outcomes for their preemies and themselves. We are looking forward to sharing with the children an act of great kindness and the gift of giving to those in need. One way Graham’s Foundation supports parents of preemies is to give NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) Care Packages. Our goal is to collect 100 new children’s books that can be included in the care packages from today until November 23rd. Says Jennifer, “One of the many challenges of having a baby born early is that the nurses and doctors seem to provide all of the care for your baby, and as a parent you are left feeling helpless. When Reece and Graham were in the NICU, we looked for ways to parent and to make sure that they knew us. One of the ways we did that was by reading. We read books aloud by their isolettes. We didn’t know if it would make a difference, but we figured it wouldn’t hurt, and we knew one thing – it helped us. We felt as if we were doing something. It helped us feel as if we were doing something typical.” We will be donating the books to Graham’s Foundation at our Thanks and Giving Celebration Sing-A-Long on Tuesday, November 18th , beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Great Room. We would love to have you join your children, Nick, and Jennifer in this special celebration. Please feel free to bring siblings not in school, grandparents and anyone else who wishes to share in this tradition! Thank you for supporting our Thanks and Giving Celebration!

Sincerely, Perrysburg Teachers and Staff

“We shall walk together on a path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” -Maria Montessori


Thank you Lynn Fisher for 40 Years of life, love and learning at West Side!

We enjoyed a fab, fun and forty filled day with a special waffle bowl filled with delicious fruit for snack. We made crowns and decorated the number 40. At circle time, we honored our school and Lynn Fisher and sang the birthday song. Clapping 40 times took a while! The whole school came together in the Great Room and sang with Risa. What a great celebration for our school!

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Happy 40th Birthday West Side!!!!

Happy 40th Birthday
West Side!!!!

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