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  Monarch students learned about the elements of fairy tales in Writers’ Workshop.  We read several fairy tales and then wrote some of our own.  The Fairy Tale Cafe was a culmination of this work.  Students dined on poisoned apples, dragon toes, and gingerbread cookies as their classmates practiced their storytelling skills with the help of their storyboard.

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Princess Alana and the Underwater Tower

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The Kingdom of Adel

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Students dining on poison apples and dragon toes.

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penny-flower30002By Megan Vesoulis, 6th Level student

The Upper Elementary Environmental Club would like to invite the Lower Elementary and Middle School students and families to participate in our “Pennies for Conservation” drive. We will be raising money to give to the Black Swamp Conservancy to help keep the native animals and plants away from harm. Our drive will be taking place the week before and of Earth Day, from, April 14-25. We hope that everyone can participate!

Upper Elementary Environmental Club

The Upper Elementary students have a butterfly garden.  To encourage Monarch butterflies to come to come to the garden, we are growing milkweed.  The UE Environmental Club has planted three different types:  swamp, common, and butterfly milkweed. In six weeks or so we will be transplanting our seedlings to the garden and other places around the WSM campus.

Environmental Club 3

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Environmental Club 1

On March 13, our sixth level scientists presented their science fair projects.  Through this project,  students experienced what professional scientist do everyday.  Following the scientific method they developed a question, did background research on their topic, formed a hypothesis, and performed an experiment to answer their hypothesis.

After that they made observations, analyzed data, came to a conclusion, made a 3-sided board, and gave an oral presentation.-PHEW!  It was a lot of work but their end product was scientifically impressive.




parent surveyWest Side Montessori is in the process of being re-accredited by the American Montessori Society. This is a title that WSM is very proud to have as one of only five schools Ohio and of 126 schools nationally who have this special recognition!

An important part of the process to retain the accreditation is to offer an anonymous parent survey which allows families to express their opinions about our school, including our strengths and areas of improvement. Every opinion counts!

Please take a few moments to complete the specific campus – Perrysburg or Toledo – by clicking a link below to participate. Complete the general questions and then skip to the program-specific questions that pertain to each of your children.  Your comments are welcome.

Perrysburg Campus Families

Toledo Campus Families

If done online, follow the directions to print off the “Thank You” page at the end of the survey, add your name, and return it to school. In doing so, you will earn two free hours of child care for your child!  Your survey will still be submitted anonymously. Paper copies also are available at the front desk or you can complete an online survey using a laptop set up in the lobby.

Thank you for your continued support of West Side Montessori.