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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 Upper Elementary Spirit Committee invites UE students to get into the spirit of celebrating Montessori Education Week! First, the committee has planned a Missing Maria Scavenger Hunt for next week. Ten photos of Maria Montessori will be hidden throughout the Toledo campus buildings. Will UE students be able to find them all? Second, next Wednesday (February 25) will be Wayback Wednesday. UE students are encouraged to dress like Maria Montessori or a person from her time. In addition, the Spirit Committee hopes that everyone will participate in the West Side Spirit Wear Day already planned for Monday, February 23.

The Monarch students enjoyed a snowy day outdoors by building snowmen.  Working in groups, students were asked to bring in one item each for their snowman.  The result was some really adorable snowmen and a whole lot of fun!  The children each wrote a story about their snowman.  They are hanging in the west hallway outside of the Commons.  Check them out!





The Monarch classroom had a very busy December!  In addition to baking gingerbread in the kitchen, children worked together in groups to practice and perform the folktales “A Donkey to Market” and “Moonlight and Sunlight”. They had a great time making props, memorizing lines, and performing for their peers!  They even got to eat the gingerbread afterwards.  unnamedMcKenzie20141219_14284620141219_141631


These girls carefully remove the insides of their pharaoh. The pharaoh’s body is an orange and her head, a potato!

As part of their study of ancient civilizations, the fifth level students are researching and mummifying of a pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.  Students have learned about the process of mummification, and why it was so important in Ancient Egyptian culture.  In these pictures, students act as “wetyu,” or embalming assistants.  This is the first step in the mummification process.


Buy Local Sale

West Side Montessori’s Middle School will host its 4th Annual Buy Local Sale this Friday, Dec. 5, from 12-5 p.m. at the Toledo Campus. Below are just some of the vendors participating in this student-organized event.

Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students received a shopping list form this week and will have an opportunity to shop during the day, with the help of a middle school student, on Friday. Each vendor has agreed to offer items for sale at $10 or less for students to purchase in order for students to participate in this practical life experience.

Participating vendors include:

  • Celebrations in a Bag
  • Cerealfly Soaps
  • Dylan’s Candle Company
  • Harbor Glass
  • HumbleBee Family Farm
  • Lemongrass Spa Products
  • Mary Kay
  • Premier Designs Jewelry
  • Pretty Bands
  • Simply Sweet Treats
  • Stella and Dot
  • Team Beachbody – SCAMPER Artistry
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Usbourne Books
  • Vandy Candy
  • Woofer’s Delight

Be sure to bring your holiday shopping list and support these local businesses. Be Local. Buy Local.