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Next Meeting Is Monday, March 30

The mission of the West Side Montessori Peace Committee is to serve as an inspiration and resource for the teaching of peace, humanitarianism, and global citizenship within the WSM community and beyond.

Our goals include:

  • Becoming registered with Peaceful Schools International
  • Raising awareness of and increasing participation in celebrations of peace like International Day of Peace and Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Sharing methods of being mindful and finding inner peace
  • Living harmoniously with nature
  • Creating a “Peace Corner” on the West Side website

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 30, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Poplar Room at the Toledo Campus. All members of the WSM community are welcome. Please join us!

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 McMaster Middle School students in The Blade’s Stock Contest jumped
from 54th place to 4th place this week. Read more: http://goo.gl/ucDPs8

TAP-Vote

The Toledo Area Parent Family Favorite polls are open!

Show how much you love West Side Montessori and cast your votes online in the Toledo Area Parent 2014 Family Favorites Contest. We would love to have your support in any of the following categories:

  • Preschool
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • Teacher and School
  • Summer at West Side
  • Acorn to Oak Parenting Classes

Thanks to the votes of our WSM community, we have been voted Best Preschool for the past six years! Last year, we were voted Best Elementary and came in as Runner-up for Best Middle School. And, Summer at West Side has been at the top of its category winning Best and Runner-up.

There are a few rules. You may vote only once. No answer should be repeated more than three (3) times. A minimum of 30 questions must be answered for your ballot to be eligible. Your name and email address must be included.

Show your West Side school pride and vote today!
http://www.toledoparent.com/Vote-2015/

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March Madness has a whole different connotation at West Side Montessori this spring! Many exciting developments are in process.

LynnFisher_WSMThe Board of Trustees conducted a three-day strategic planning marathon with Independent School Management (ISM) Senior Consultant Walker Buckalew last week. This was the culmination of months of data gathering, including surveys of parents, faculty, administration, board, and students in grade levels 5–8.

One very positive piece of feedback we have already received is the results of the ISM surveys that were benchmarked against private schools across the country. All aspects of our school culture rated extremely high with parents, teachers, and students all in congruence. The strategic plan will be finalized this spring after our upcoming American Montessori Society re-accreditation on-site visit that begins this weekend and continues through Wednesday, March 25.

We are excited to host seven Montessori leaders from across the country as they examine all aspects of our school operations. They will be especially visible on Monday and Tuesday on both campuses.  Please feel free to stop and chat and welcome them. Their visit is the climax of a year and a half of focused preparation that supports our on-going self-evaluation and continual improvement.

We’re confident that West Side Montessori is a winner in any bracket and look forward to sharing the results of more of our March Madness activities in the near future.

Warm Regards,

Lynn Fisher
Head of School

 In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, the Children’s House classrooms have had an authentic hands-on experience of Irish culture and artifacts as Ruth has shared many objects and items from her home country.

Just a ‘wee’ reminder, too, that on Tuesday March 17th, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and honoring Ireland by wearing green clothing. Please have your child wear something green or a piece of clothing with green on it. Any shade will do! We will enjoy tasting Irish soda bread and Dubliner Irish cheese for snack.

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A 4-year-old brushing and cleaning genuine Irish stones.

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A 5-year-old sorting Irish coins (Euros).

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Irish art by a happy artist!

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Putting together an Irish tractor puzzle.

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Balancing a leather ball (sliotar) on a hurley stick. These items are from the ancient Irish field game called Hurling.

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The Irish drink a lot of tea! Setting up for a tea party!

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Matching Irish farm animals and exploring peat (compressed vegetation) from the bogs of Ireland.

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Exploring an Irish police car. The word ‘garda’ is Irish for guard.

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Another artist cutting and gluing authentic Irish stamps.

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Even Mat Man is ‘wearing the green’. Here he is with a genuine gaelic football shirt.