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Have you ordered your copy of the 2014-15 West Side Montessori Yearbook?

This all-school yearbook includes student photos – from Little House to Middle School – and snapshots of activities throughout the year. To place your order, click here (or the image below) to download the order form for you to complete and return with payment to your campus office. The cost is $25. Please make your checks payable to WSM Middle School Yearbook. Yearbooks are delivered in the fall.

Thank you,
Middle School Yearbook staff

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Congratulations to the first place winners in the following categories at last week’s 9th annual 5KDub on Thursday, May 14!

 

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Adult Male – Sean Savage
Adult Female – Katie Miller

Middle School Male – Adel Kanaan

Upper Elementary Male – Alec Schoepf
Upper Elementary Female – Alicia Reichelt

Lower Elementary Male – Jude Lingan
Lower Elementary Female – Katie Simon

A list of runners and times is available to download here.

There are a limited supply of KDub t-shirts for $10 each.  Sizes available are Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, and Adult XL.  These will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  Please call the Toledo Campus office or email lcherry@wsmctoledo.org for more information.

 

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What is a Hugel Mound?

Instead of putting those branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside…build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies.

The advantages of a hugel bed are many:

  • The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants. A large bed might give out a constant supply of nutrients for 20 years (or even longer if you use only hardwoods). The composting wood also generates heat which should extend the growing season.
  • Soil aeration increases as those branches and logs break down…meaning the bed will be no till, long term.
  • The logs and branches act like a sponge. Rainwater is stored and then released during drier times. Actually you may never need to water your hugel bed again after the first year (except during long term droughts).
  • Sequester carbon into the soil.

 

 

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[Hugel Mound description and graphic from www.inspirationgreen.com/hugelkultur.html]

This replaces the previous date that was listed on the school calendar (May 21).

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You’re Invited to First Thursday

Thursday, May 7, at 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.  — Toledo Campus

 

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