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Tonya Reynolds

Tonya Reynolds

Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Goldfinch Room is a Lower Elementary classroom for levels 1-3 on the Toledo Campus. Natalie Fisher and Tonya Reynolds are the classroom’s co-teachers.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Keep Toledo Beautiful clothing drive last week! Yesterday, several Lower Elementary students helped load the many bags of clothing onto the collection truck yesterday. Great work!





This week is a very busy week for the lower elementary program.  Please refer to your Friday folder for more details.  Here is a quick list of our events.

1.  The Lower Elementary Clothing and Fabric Collection runs this week only!  Send in old clothes, curtains, blankets, or towels and Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful will recycle or reuse the items. 

2.  It is Right to Read week. Check the Friday folder for day by day fun events.  Don’t forget to dress like your favorite character on Monday and to wear jammies on Tuesday.  Wed. is wear a t-shirt with lots of words.  This week we will encourage students to read, read, and read.

3.  The Read to Feed program begins this week.  Students will find sponsors who will donate money for their reading.  At the end of two weeks, parents will send in the money raised.  The third grade Spirit Committee will count the money and make the final decision on which livestock animals will be purchased to help global communities in need.  Read to Feed is a Heifer International project. 

4.  Wednesday is the third grade fieldtrip to the University of Michigan Natural History museum.  Students will leave around 9:00 and return close to 2:30.  We will travel via bus.  If you have not paid for this trip, please do so.  Contact the office.  Students will need a sack lunch.

5.  This week is the Scholastic Book Fair.  Head to the library with your child to purchase some books for summer reading. 

6.  Pizza money is due Monday for the Calamity Day which is Monday, June 9th.  Orders should be returned to the office if your child would like pizza.

Thanks for your help!


Our classroom had a great time with their grandparents and special friends.  After welcoming our guests into the room, the students did several poetry readings about families.  Next, they sang “It’s a Small World”, “This Land is Your Land”, and “Put on Love” accompanied by Yvonne and her guitar.  Tonya read, The Family Book by Todd Parr.  This book looked at all the different and wonderful ways families can be.  Then, each student worked on their family tree with their grandparent or friend.  The family trees turned out beautiful.  We hope the making of these trees lead to some good family discussions.  This special day was enjoyed by all.

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1.  Grandparents’ Day is Friday, May 2 from 10:00-11:30.

  • Please remember to send in the family tree forms.  We are asking students to write in pencil and neatly.  They will be for a special project.
  • Our class will begin the day with singing with Yvonne and group poetry readings.   Grandparents visiting more than one room may want to catch our program right away.  We will follow these events with a story, and a family tree project.

2.  Please make sure your child has shoes for the outdoors.  Now that we are headed outside more, several students do not have shoes just for recess.  Also, check on your child’s slipper status.  Many students need new slippers or indoor shoes.

3.  May 16th is the Lower Elementary Orff Fest with Barb, our music teacher.  More details will follow.  This is an evening performance.  Students have been working hard all year for this program.  It will be very special.  It is important all students are present.

4.  May 19-23 is Clothes Collection Week and Right to Read Week for Lower Elementary.  More details to follow.

5.  A special thanks to Michelle Matousek and Andrew Fugazzi for providing the class with a special clay project.  They donated the clay and are helping it get fired and glazed.  Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and support.

At West Side Montessori students learn at an early age the importance of our earth.  They learn about the Earth’s uniqueness and how we must respect it.  Earth Day is every day at school.  We recycle paper, plastic and cans.  The official Earth Day is just a reminder of how important taking care of our earth is.  We did do several activities this week to help all of us become earth keepers.

  • Level 3 students learned about landfills.  They discussed ways to reduce trash in landfills.  They gave a mini lesson to the other students using our trash pizza to symbolize the types of trash in our landfills.
  • Level 2 started a decomposition experiment.  They planted a Styrofoam piece, a piece of paper, and some lettuce and carrots in jars of soil.  Students graphed which item they thought would decompose first.  The overwhelming majority said the food would win.
  • Level 1 students read stories on our precious earth.  They started planting seeds for our raised garden beds.
  • All students listened to the Earth tip of the day!  Reduce paper and water usage!  Use reusable grocery bags.  Recycle whenever possible and stamp out Styrofoam use.
  • Many students joined Natalie on our annual Earth Day clean up.  We walked the trails and collected lots of trash.
  • Students were encouraged to participate in Zero Waste Trash Day.
  • May 19-23 the third grade Spirit Committee will run a Clothes Collection Clean-up.  During that week old clothes and fabrics will be collected and sent to the Salvation Army or recycled into construction materials.
  • To be announced soon, the Goldfinch White Elephant Garage Sale.  Students can bring in 2-3 old toys, games, or books and purchase other items using pretend money.

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Level 2 Decomposition Graph        Level 3 Trash Pizza


Level 1 Planting