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Wendi Rowland

Wendi Rowland

Sarah Duvall

Sarah Duvall

Sassafras Room is a Children’s House classroom on the Toledo Campus. Sarah Duvall and Wendi Rowland are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Dear Kindergarten Families,

At the end of every school year, the kindergarten students of West Side perform in a concert called “Spring Sing.” Kindergarten students from both the Toledo and Perrysburg campuses participate. There is a different theme for Spring Sing each year. This year our theme is “Building a Better World.” Please mark your calendars with the following date:

“Spring Sing: Building a Better World” will be performed at the Recital Hall at the University of Toledo on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. All kindergartners should arrive by 6:10 p.m.

I wish you all peaceful holidays filled with light, love, and music.

Keep singing,

West Side Montessori
Children’s House Teachers present



Thursday, Dec. 4
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Perrysburg & Toledo Campus

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Toledo Campus

Children’s House teachers are introducing a new handwriting curriculum to students this year called Handwriting Without Tears. At this month’s First Thursday program, parents have an opportunity to learn more about the program and how to support your child in learning about handwriting.

Throughout the year, First Thursday is a chance for parents and friends of our community to learn more about Montessori through the eyes of children, teachers, and other Montessori parents.

Feel free to bring siblings not in school to the program. This is a family-friendly event! There is free child care at the Toledo Campus for the afternoon presentation.


Dear Families,

The sing-a-longs last Tuesday as part of our Giving Celebrations were wonderful and warm. Thanks to those of you that were able to join us. I hope you all enjoyed Happy Thanksgiving days filled with love, gratitude, and music. 

The Blade wrote a lovely article last week on the collections made at the Toledo campus for The Victory Center. You can read that article here. The Perrysburg Campus collected food, toys, clothes, and hygiene products for Operation Breadbasket, Mobile Meals, Kingston Nursing Home, and Mobile Food Pantry. We appreciate your generosity.

Some of you asked for recordings of the songs we sang last week so that you can sing them at home. Here are links to some of them:

Les Petites Marionnettes

Thanks a Lot

There are Many Things I am Thankful For

Building a Better World

I appreciated seeing many families at our sing-a-longs. It is always encouraging to see families actively involved in your child’s education. If you would like to learn more about Handwriting Without Tears, the handwriting program we are implementing, please join us tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. in the Birdhouse at the Toledo Campus, or 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Perrysburg Campus.

Keep singing,

“If salvation and help are to come, it is through the child ; for the child is the constructor of man.”
Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind

All of the Children’s House classrooms had a wonderful opportunity to learn about the importance of giving to others.  Over the last few weeks the classrooms have been collecting items to donate to the Victory Center, a place that provides hope and support to cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.  We introduced the project to the children in the Sassafras room  and said we would be collecting 100 lip balms and 100 hand sanitizers.  What a big challenge!  As the items came in we would count the donations and graph the results.  The excitement grew as the number of items continued to come in.  It was such a thrill when we reached 100 and then exceeded our goal!  The children also made book marks and decorated bags to put the items in.  Finally, it was time to fill the bags and gather together to present the bags to Diane, a representative from the Victory Center.  Children and parents joined together for a ing-a-long as we celebrated this season of giving thanks!

































Dear Families,

I was absent at the beginning of the year because I was on chemotherapy for treatable breast cancer. Thankfully, it is now safe for me to return to my work and joy: singing with your children. I am so lucky to be able to work with your amazing children. Thank you for sharing them with me. If you have any questions or want to chat further with me, I am happy to connect with you.

Keep singing,