Amy Wagner

Sarah Knox

Poplar Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Knox and Amy Wagner are the classroom’s co-teachers.


2015-16 Toledo Children’s House
Dates to Know [PDF]

Poplar and Black Cherry Rooms were very lucky to have a visit from Sandy and Mario Bellavita (Sloane and Greyson’s great aunt and uncle.)  Mario and Sandy  have been in Africa working for the last 17 years.   They have a children center in Tanzania and over the last two years have been establishing another program in Uganda.

In 2005 The Bellaviti’s focused their effort on establishing the “Urafiki” or “Friendship” Center—a centrally-located facility providing basic food supplies, educational programs, vocational skills training and a warm and supportive environment for orphans and destitute families in the surrounding community.unnamed (2)

unnamed (1)Mario and Sandy shared about life in Tanzania.  We were told a story about a little girl who lived with her grandma and did not have a cat or a dog living with them but a cow!  The children wear uniforms to school which consist of a shirt and trousers.  Depending on which school you attended you had a unique uniform for that school.  The children are taught by an instructional book.  The children would have to listen and write what the teacher wrote on the blackboard.  The teacher carries a stick in their hand in case of any misbehavior.  The children are not allowed to ask any questions. If a child showed up to school and their hair was too long, the teacher would shave a line in the middle of their head (like a reverse mohawk) which was the teachers way of saying they needed a haircut.  The child would not be able to return to school until their hair was cut.

Homes were made of simple brick or dried mud.  Roofs were made out of straw or leaves.  Many people did not have food.  We were told that many children would find food along the road to eat, like sugarcane.    A main staple in Tanzania is porridge (corn flour) and vegetables.  Children and their families often eat at the center where their meal may consist of “peelo” – rice and beans on a banana leaf.  After school, the children enjoy playing.  Sandy and Mario had examples of the toys the children played with.  These toys were not bought at the nearest store – the children made them.  Balls were made of plastic bags with woven string around it.  (See picture below.)

IMG_1819It was a wonderful visit from such a lovely couple.  The work they are doing in Africa is astounding!  May we wish them the best of luck as they continue their mission in Uganda.

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.

Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath it’s shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning as it wakes every living creature that divides its day between waking and sleeping. (The Discovery of a Child, Maria Montessori)


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

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