Molly Bernhardt

Morgan Avina

Bluebird Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Morgan Avina Molly Bernhardt are the classroom’s co-teachers.

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We cordially invite you to attend Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day!

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the children in their classrooms. The students are always so happy and proud to share their space with loved ones. We hope that you can join us!

Q: What day should my child’s grandparent/special friend come visit?

A: We are lucky to have so many grandparents/special friends in our community! To accommodate all our visitors, we host 2 days for visits. Look for your child’s program in the list below to determine what day their guests should arrive.

Friday, May 6 -Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes
– Little House students enrolled in M-F classes
– All Children’s House students
– All students in levels 1-8 Friday,

Friday, May 6 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students enrolled in W-F classes

Monday, May 9 – Toledo Campus
– Little House students enrolled in M-T classes

Monday, May 9 – Perrysburg Campus
– Little House students M/T classes
– Little House students M-F classes
– All Children’s House students

Please feel free to call the offices with questions:
Toledo – 419-866-1931
Perrysburg – 419-874-9385

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Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

The Lower Elementary teachers are excited to announce that we will be taking the students to The Toledo Zoo on Wednesday, May 4th.  We will leave West Side Montessori via bus at 9:30 a.m. and return to school around 2:00 p.m. This trip will coincide with our zoology studies this year.  Students will participate in a zoo class entitled, Animal Adaptations, as well as a zoo scavenger hunt.

We are looking for parent volunteers to take around small groups of students.  We are asking that interested parents contact their classroom teachers by this Thursday, April 28th.  Parents will need to pay for themselves to enter the zoo. Parents can meet their student groups at 10:00 inside the zoo near the polar bear fountain.  Students will head to the bus at 1:30 and parents can leave once their group is reunited with classroom teachers. We are insisting that parent volunteers do not buy food, drinks, or gifts at the zoo.  We are also asking that parents do not take their group on rides such as the merry-go-round or train.

Students are asked to dress according to the weather.  Please consider comfortable walking shoes. If it is expected to be a sunny day, please apply sun screen prior to school. Each student will need a sack lunch and disposable drink and silverware. Please do not send money or cameras.  Teachers and parent chaperons cannot be responsible for those items.

Thank you for your support and consideration in helping us out.  If you can help out, your classroom teacher will contact you. We are looking forward to an amazing educational experience and community building opportunity. 

Nutrition and Health

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All levels have begun our study of the human body and nutrition.  The Montessori curriculum lends itself so well to integration.  Our nutrition lessons began with presentations of the food pyramid and making healthy choices.  What an eye opener it was to weigh and measure the amount of sugar in “healthy” drinks and snacks!  The students even created their own bar graphs to record our findings.

Students are also studying 4 main body systems: digestion, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.













While some students are into the medical aspect of nutrition, others are chefs in the making.  Several students used favorite recipes for reading, writing, measuring, and cooking.  Many hands were needed as we peeled potatoes, chopped onion, carrots, herbs, and chicken, and cooked the recipes in class.  Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken Tortilla soup were sampled by many!  Delicious, chefs!


Recipe ingredients are ready to be sorted into the food groups


Mashing potatoes the old fashioned way!


Shepherds Pie ready to be served up by the chef


What would nutrition be without plants? A research on sugar cane introduced the class to the plant and its uses.

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On Monday, April 18th all lower elementary classrooms will be headed to the Valentine Theater to see the performance of Charlotte’s Web.  We will be leaving West Side at 11:20  and return around 1:30.  We will be traveling by bus.  After this performance we will compare and contrast the book we are reading with the play.  We are looking forward to a great trip!