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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.


Preparing for Pink Material work.


Working together on the Geography Nesting boxes.


Finding rhyming words in Dr. Seuss books.


States of Matter work for third level.


Recording his Blue Material work.

Third level grammar box work

Third level grammar box work.

Second and third level students presented a play about the Universe to first level and the Bluebirds.  Picking parts, practicing their reading, and creating props were all components to getting this play ready for the presentation.  Great work second and third level friends!

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“The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination.”    ~ Maria Montessori

Montessori 201: Striking the Imagination

Presented by Lynn Fisher

touching-the-universeChildren from ages 6-12 years old ask endless questions and ponder complicated issues. Dr. Montessori concluded that the only approach to learning that would truly satisfy children at this developmental level is to give them a picture of the whole universe and the where-with-all to see how the parts of the whole are interconnected.

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3:45 p.m. to learn more about Montessori’s unique curriculum at the elementary level. Current Lower Elementary and kindergarten parents are encouraged to attend; parents at all levels are welcome. Child care is provided during the presentation at no charge. Please indicate in the child care sign out book that you attended the event.

We are excited to start the new year!  Listed below are a few reminders for the beginning of the school year.

* Students need 1 pair of slippers and 1 pair of outdoor shoes that stay in the classroom.

* During carline at end of day we ask the students to please walk out together and have a seat on the benches.  We will dismiss the students to their parents after we have accounted for all of our students.  This is a safety precaution.  We know your child is very excited to see you!!

* Staying hydrated is important for learning.  Please allow your child to have a water bottle at school.

* Please fill out and turn in the mosquito spray permission form and return to school.  First level parents please fill out and return the “Get to know you form”.

* Friday folders need to be returned to school on Monday morning in order to refill and send home again the following Friday.

*  Students must supply their own utensils for lunch in the lower elementary classrooms.  Please remember to send in forks and spoons if needed for lunches.  We do not always have them on hand. 

* Help your child be independent at home.  Packing his or her own healthy lunches, tying their own shoes, and carrying their own backpacks are developmentally appropriate activities.  Also, have them remember to put their Friday folder in their backpack for Monday.  Independence is an important life long skill.

* Help is needed!  If you haven’t signed up to help out, there are still opportunities.  We need help with our Thanksgiving/Fall Festival party on Nov. 25th, our winter breakfast party on Dec. 19th, and our Valentine’s party in Feb.  We need monthly flower bouquet donations for our classroom.  Most importantly, we need reading, math, and AR helpers to work with the students.  These tasks are done individually with students in the morning.  They are great ways to help students and get to know the Goldfinch classroom.  For any of these events, send us an email- or  Thanks!!

* Finally, please make sure your child is getting enough sleep and a healthy breakfast.  Being to school on time, no later than 8:30, will also set your child in the right direction for a great day of learning. It does make a difference!


After reading the story Officer Buckle and Gloria the Goldfinch room had a surprise visitor to help discuss the importance of rules.  Officer Buckle (Tonya) and Gloria showed up to play a game of  “Officer Buckle Says” and demonstrate the importance of rules.  Students followed movement directions from Officer Buckle that would lead to a peaceful and safe classroom as well as directions that lead to chaos.  The discussion then turned to the students creating their own classroom rules.


Officer Buckle