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Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast

Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast

Monarch Room is an Upper Elementary classroom for levels 4-6 on the Toledo Campus. Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast are the classroom’s co-teachers.

The fifth level has begun their study of the plant phyla this week. The first phylum to be studied is Bryophyta.  This phylum includes mosses and liverworts which are  nonvascular plants.  As part of our study we went out on the trails to collect moss for a moss garden.  Our task is to see how long we can keep the moss healthy and growing by developing a hypothesis and following the scientific method. Students check their gardens daily to observe any changes and record their observations.

Sixth Level students are working on the Fungi Phylum.  One of their first projects was to figure out how they can grow mold on a piece of bread.  Following the scientific method, they developed their own experiments, are making daily observations, and measuring the growth of their mold.


Sweet September Sundae Begins at 2 p.m.


See You Today


West Side Montessori is excited to share its 40th Birthday surprise with ALL its families at Sweet September Sundae today. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the Toledo Campus (7115 Bancroft) with fun activities for the WHOLE family – bouncy houses, games, student-led trail walks, music! Bring your folding chairs and blankets to picnic on pizza, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, and, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

At 3 p.m., Lynn Fisher, WSM’s founder and head of school, will gather everyone on the McMaster Middle School porch for her surprise announcement! Following the announcement, the activities will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The weather looks perfect, so plan on joining us for the annual fall tradition!


The fourth, fifth, and sixth level students of the Monarch classroom are reading a book called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  We are reading this in literature circles with a sixth level leader.  Each group reads a certain amount of chapters and answers questions about them which are checked by the sixth level.  It teaches reading comprehension and leadership skills.  All of the sixth level students are very excited to be leading a group.  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a self-absorbed china rabbit named Edward who is separated from his owner.  He goes on a crazy journey from owner to owner and along the way he learns a valuable lesson:  love.  Below are photos of our literature circles.IMG_0748IMG_0747


The Monarch Room planted carrots last spring that were ready to harvest the first week of school.  We enjoyed eating the carrots we had planted and look forward to having strawberries to eat next spring.