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Bluebird

Kyrie Lee

Kyrie Lee

Molly Bernhardt

Molly Bernhardt

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

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We can hardly believe the year has flown by.  As one parent told me, “The weeks go slowly but the year goes fast.”  This sums it all up.  As always, this time of year is a time when we reflect on our difficult, funny, scary beginnings and rejoice in our growth and successes. For some of us, it is a success that we made it through the year!  The child that came in crying, clinging to mom.  The child that came zipping into the room full speed ahead at volume 10.  The third level that came in with great expectations and anxiety about being the “role models”.  No matter where your child started, they have worked hard to get where they are today.  We are so proud of the Creative Crocodiles!

Now what?  If your children are like my own, summer is a welcome time to stay up late and wake up casually.  We all need to unwind!  However, it is also a time of transition from a very structured day to a more fluctuating schedule.  For some, including myself, this can create a bit of anxiety.

“As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for summer, the words “I’m bored,”            inevitably cross their lips – sometimes sooner than you think! While children do enjoy        the freedom that comes with the summer months, they still like to have a little                       structure to their fun.”                               from http://www.homeschool.com/articles/101ThingsToDoThisSummer/

Take some time to enjoy the summer and all of the free things the parks and museums have to offer! While summer is a time of great social and physical involvement, 3 months away from academics is a long time.  We encourage everyone to read and review a little math every now and then…some facts on a long car trip, books on tape to follow along with, a fun chapter book that you read together, or even games like Hang-man to practice spelling and vocabulary.  Let your creative Montessorians lead the way!  Thanks again for an amazing year!  Molly

Good-Byes

The end of this year is particularly bittersweet as we say good-bye to some close friends.  We wish Kyrie the best as she begins a career closer to home to enjoy her family.  We also wish safe travels to The Alsanans as they head back home to Saudi Arabia and the Yassines to Lebanon.  We have learned so much from all of you and cherish your friendships!

A Thousand Thanks

To all of the families of Bluebird, a thousand thanks for a thousand reasons!  We have been humbled by your generous responses to special days that required supplies, activities that involved your participation, and the appreciation you have shown us time and again.  Thank you, especially to:

  • Smita Patel and Sherri Liedberg for being the room parents and orchestrating food and volunteers for the events this year  
  • Beth and Rob Gensler for creating the planting station for the patio and all of the third level for the painted pots.  What a beautiful gift and daily reminder of our friends moving up.  
  • Daniel Fisher for creating the adorable shower curtain with the children for the auction
  • Smita Patel and Erika Skiver for volunteering as reading and math parents in the classroom
  • Addie Nelson, Seba Tohme, Arnyka Harris, Erika Skiver, Lauren Sachs, Sherri Liedberg, and Kate Mitchell for helping with pizza/Subway lunches

Third Level End of the Year Field Trip

The third level had a special day together at Put-in-Bay. They loaded the Miller Ferry and headed to the island where they were met by a tour train. The day continued with a trip to Perry’s Monument for some history; a hike into Perry’s Cave and Crystal Cave for geology; grape juice tasting at Heineman’s Winery for botany; and a picnic at deRivera Park for some fun.  Thank you to Kyrie and the island for planning such a great day!

On the way to PIB, the children were singing their songs from Song Fest...memories in the making

On the way to PIB, the children were singing their songs from Song Fest…memories in the making

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Learning the 15 steps it takes to load and fire a cannon ball

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Making ash cakes for the soldiers, delicious?!

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Living history lesson

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All smiles!

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Fun with friends

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“Hanging out”

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Good buddies

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Picnic Lunch at the park

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Perry’s Cave

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Riding around in style

Enjoying the views of Lake Erie from the break wall

Enjoying the views of Lake Erie from the break wall

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Crystal Cave

You’re Invited to Scratch Day

Coordinated by Katie and Maureen Metzger

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  • When: Wednesday, May 6, from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Toledo Campus East Building Tech Lab
  • Who: 3rd – 6th level
  • What: Scratch Day is a day for students who want to learn Scratch, or have already learned it. There will be many activities for students without accounts, and anyone with a Scratch account will be able to share some of their projects in a show-and-tell.

What is Scratch?

Scratch is a programming language for kids developed at MIT. There is a website for kids to learn scratch programming and share their projects. It is very simple and easy, but is sometimes used to make very complicated projects. Some Scratchers like to post art or animations on scratch, while others post games, simulations, or stories.

If you are interested in attending, please email jschoepf@wsmctoledo.org.

The Next Generation of Teachers

The Lower Elementary materials night was a showcase of children teaching parents their favorite works…or possibly the work they thought would challenge mom or dad!  As teachers, we love to see the choices the children make, their interactions with their families, and the wide-eyed disbelief of the parents as they experience the checkerboard or timeline of life for the first time.   It truly is the classroom through the eyes of each child. The Montessori belief in a multi-aged classroom that supports peer teaching allows the children to gain a deeper understanding of the materials and concepts.  In order to teach it, they must understand it.  Often, it is these experiences that spark a revelation about the materials that they had not previously noticed.  We are thankful each day for the passion and patience of these peer teachers.  Thank you to those parents that became Montessori students for the afternoon.  We hope you learned a lot!

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Friday, May 1

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Lower Elementary Songfest

7 p.m. – Toledo Campus Commons

 

Saturday, May 9

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All West Side Montessori families from Little House through Middle School are invited to join us celebrate at our 31st annual Spring Fundraiser featuring food from Mancy’s Steakhouse, Domo Sushi, Registry Bistro and Rosie’s Italian Grille along with wine-tasting. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.wsmcspringfundraiser.com.

 

Friday, May 8 or Monday, May 11

GPSF

 

Tuesday, May 12

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Upper Elementary Ensemble & Middle School Band

Spring Concert

Toledo Campus Commons
7-8 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 14

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9th Annual 5KDub Run, Walk, and Picnic

Please join us for our annual 5K/Fun walk and family picnic at Olander Park in Sylvania. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate. If you would like to just join us for dinner and fun, that’s an option too. Click here to make your reservation online. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 20

Spring Sing

Spring Sing: Building a Better World

6:30 p.m. – University of Toledo Recital Hall
Perrysburg and Toledo Kindergarten Spring Concert