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.

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Please join us to celebrate World Language during the week of May 9-13!  It’s a week-long open house in our World Language classes, where family and friends are invited to attend classes and presentations at all levels. Come and see what we’re doing and learning!

World Language Week 2016 day-by-day schedule

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Does your child follow the ground rules at school, but constantly challenge your expectations at home? Join West Side Montessori’s Goldfinch Teacher, Natalie Fisher, and Elementary and Middle School Education Director, Jenn Schoepf, for this four-week session of Parenting the Montessori Elementary Child.

The class will be held at the Toledo Campus on Thursdays starting Jan. 21 from 3:45-5 p.m. Class dates are Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11.

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The students of the Monarch Room read, studied, and performed A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.  Working with a sixth level leader, students were assigned to perform one of six scenes from the play.  The groups worked together to bring in props, make backdrops, and memorize lines.  They performed for third level students, classmates, as well as some staff who stopped by.













To go along with fifth level’s science studies this year, their first Independent Investigation dealt with topics related to space.   Some of the topics that students chose to research were Jupiter, Appollo 11, Asteroids, the Sun, Mars, and Comets.  Not only do students research and write their report, they also present the information which requires much practicing.  Below are students practicing their oral presentations with other students.

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The students of the Monarch room celebrated Thanksgiving with their classmates on November 24 with a Pilgrim Palooza.  Students randomly drew a food that would be a food that the first pilgrims  would have eaten.  They then needed to find a recipe that contained that food, make a shopping list, go shopping, help make the recipe, and bring it in to share with their classmates.  We had delicious foods such as corn salsa, mashed potatoes and turnips, cornbread, cucumber sushi, and pumpkin pie to just mention a few.  Students agreed that Pilgrim Palooza was a delectable  way to celebrate Thanksgiving.


Students enjoying the meal.


“I think I’ll try a little of each.”


“This all looks so good.”


“This is delicious. I’ve never tasted turnips before.”


Its always fun to enjoy a meal with friends.