Ali Packo

Amy Lawrence

Maple Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Amy Lawrence and Ali Packo are the classroom’s co-teachers.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
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Dear Kindergarten Families,
I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening for “Spring Sing: Listen to the Water.” The students have been working hard to put this production together and you are in for a treat.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
The University of Toledo Recital Hall
6:15pm – Kindergartners arrive (Please have them use the bathroom now.)
6:20pm –Warm Up Backstage

Please put your children to bed tonight early. The Toledo kindergartners will be tired from the zoo and the kindergartners from both campuses have a big day tomorrow. All the children should arrive dressed and fed. (Plan tonight what your quick healthy dinner will be tomorrow.) I will warm up with the children backstage at 6:20. Please arrive by 6:15 so that everyone can go to the bathroom before warm ups. They can wear whatever is comfortable for them and makes them feel like singing. The children will be sitting on risers, so short dresses and skirts would not be appropriate without shorts or leggings underneath. They will also be moving around, so floor-length dresses and skirts are not recommended. This event will be photographed and recorded. You may purchase DVDs of the event if you bring cash or checks with you.

Please leave extra time for travel and possible traffic. Directions to the University of Toledo Recital Hall: Enter the University of Toledo by the “West Entrance.” The “West Entrance” is on Towerview Blvd., off Secor Rd. between Bancroft and Dorr. Enter UT by Towerview Blvd. At the first stop sign, turn right and the Center for Performing Arts (CPA) is immediately on your left. You may park in the lot between the Law School and the Center for Performing Arts. You do not need to park at a meter and you do not need a permit for this event. The University is aware of our concert and they will not be ticketing. As you enter CPA, the Recital Hall is immediately on your left.

For driving directions click here.

For the Google Map click here.

For the Campus Map (Center for Performing Arts is labeled “PA”) click here.

Keep singing,

PJ Day Final

The children had a wonderful time on Grandparents’ Day and Special Friends’ Day.  The children were delighted to have the opportunity to have a beloved family member or friend visit on Friday.  Below, you will find some lovely pictures of our special family members and friends.  Below that, you will find out about some other exciting happening in the Maple Room!








Olé!  On the 5th of May, we discussed why Cinco de Mayo is a important day in Mexico.  On May 5th, 1862, a greatly outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French army in Puebla, Mexico.  Cinco de Mayo honors this day and celebrates patriotism, unity and the Mexican heritage.  The children had an opportunity to taste a popular Mexican food, an avocado, sprinkled with salt and lime juice.  Other Cinco de Mayo work choices included making a watercolored version of the Mexican flag and pin pushing a sun inspired by Mexican art.  The sun is a focal point in Mexican art.  The Mexican culture believes that positive energy comes from the sun.


A ripe avocado is sliced open and shared with the class. Yum!

Do you recall the important holiday celebrated on April 21st?  Hint….. think green!  The holiday was Earth Day.  To celebrate this day, we had an Earth Day celebration.  Parent volunteers helped make three Earth Day crafts:  1. a marble painted Earth 2. binoculars made out of toilet paper tubes 3. planting a variety of seeds in egg cartons.  It was definitely another fun-filled day in the Maple Room!


Two students are very excited about planting seeds for Earth Day!


Painting with marbles! Oh, what fun!

Check this out!  This is our classroom auction item.  The art table made by your wonderful children and one of our lovely parent volunteers.  This item will be available to purchase at Westside’s Spring Dinner Auction on May 14th.


Going once, going twice….. to be sold to the highest bidder on May 14th.


A family member wanted to know the lyrics to our school song. Lynn Fisher wrote the lyrics to the melody of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” (the first song I ever learned to play on guitar). Here you go:

This School is Your School

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.

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.


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.


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.


Throughout the good times
And the times of sorrow
We build together a new tomorrow
This school is your school
This school is my school
This school is our community


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