Weekly pertinent information about our calendar and events for our valued MSBG families and supporters.

Montessori Moment 

"Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today and for giving me a tour of the school.  It was a pleasure meeting you.  The school is absolutely beautiful and an extremely exciting place in which to be.  The very atmosphere inspires innovation, magnificence, and brilliance.  As you correctly called it, Montessori is just like a utopia.  How I wish every school could meet such elite standards of educational curriculum.  Maybe one day."   -Ben Miller, graduate student at BGSU

Important Links

CLICK HERE for Classroom News Updates
CLICK HERE for 2012 Gala information!
CLICK HERE for the spring semester SUBWAY ORDER FORM

LAST DAY for pizza was this past Monday. 
CLICK HERE for the new PIZZA ORDER FORM





CLICK HERE to email the office or please stop in if there is any change to your child's milk status. Second semester milk billing will be reflected on your February FACTS statement. 


Calendar


We will be sending in BOX TOPS this week so please bring in any that you have. We have raised almost $800 so far through the Box Tops program. We are saving for a new outdoor sign.




Saturday, January 14
Brain Freeze Chess Tournament--Good Luck, Chess Players!

Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
NO SCHOOL
Daisy Scout Meeting, 6:30pm, Room 201

Tuesday, January 17
Extended Care Training, 8:30-10:00am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu

Wednesday, January 18
Miss Sue's informal Parent Chat, 8:45am, Foyer
Intermediate Chess, 4:00-5:00pm, Room 201

Thursday, January 19
Al-Mar Lanes Bowling Program, 3:15pm
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-3:45pm, Oberheu
Youth Yoga, 3:15-3:45pm, Room 201
Faculty Yoga, 3:45-4:45pm, Room 201

Friday, January 20
Peace PALs, 9:00am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu


"...the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity, as often happens in the case of the old-time discipline. And all this because our aim is to discipline for activity, for work, for good; not for immobility, not for passivity, not for obedience."   -Dr Maria Montessori
 

Parent Chat with
Miss Sue

What parenting questions do you have? How can you implement more Montessori methods at home?  

Miss Sue, a veteran teacher of children and adults, holds two American Montessori Society credentials and is a Parent Talk certified trainer.  Many of you have enjoyed her Parent Talk class. She is currently offering a class through Bowling Green Parks and Recreation and will be offering another Parent Talk class at MSBG later this spring.

She is excited to also offer Parent Chat on Wednesday mornings at 8:45am. This is an informal time to chat with Miss Sue, ask her questions, and enjoy some tea or coffee in our foyer. These chats are offered as a free service and are open to the public.


Girl Scout: Amazing Journey

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio are offering an exciting program entitled "Take an Amazing Journey" for MSBG kindergarten through sixth grade girls.  In this journey, students will discover their special talents, work together to accomplish goals, and use their personal power to help others.  This is a six week session on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm (Feb 1-Mar 7). There is a $12 cost for the program and scholarships are available. A form went home in cubbies and more copies are available in the office.

Youth Yoga


The next session of yoga runs from January 19 to March 29 (Thursdays only), 3:15pm to 3:45pm. The fee is $5 per child per class and children need to bring their own mats.

Gala Planning is Underway!

The Montessori Gala on February 25, 2012 is an important fundraiser for our nonprofit school. This year we will be raising money to FUEL the FLAME of your child's education by using the proceeds for new furnaces for the building. It is also a really fun event! The event is open to the public so please consider who you could invite.  Or, better yet, get 4 couples together and purchase a Friends/Family table for only $300. This a great deal for a full sit-down dinner and entertainment at the beautiful Nazareth Hall.

We are in need of donations. What item, gift certificate or service could you donate? What business do you know who would want to promote their products and services?  This event directly benefits each child who comes through our doors and we are grateful for your support!


Save on Taxes


Please remember that "daycare" is a deductible expense. Since Bowling Green City Schools only offers ½ day (2.5 hrs) kindergarten, full day students at MSBG (6.5 hrs) can count 4.0 hrs as daycare (meaning 61.53% of their tuition is tax deductable); half day students can count 100% of their tuition as daycare as long as they attend a BG school the other ½ day. All extended care (any age) and all preschool tuition is also tax deductable. Please email Allison Thornton, our Business Manager, at allison@montessorischoolbg.org if you need a childcare credit expense report.

MSBG is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. You can donate to the school to and your contribution is fully deductibel to the extent of the law. Click HERE to donate today.

Kroger Community Rewards
 
So far this year 46 families have earned rebates of $3,018.18 off their tuition with Kroger Community Rewards.  It is never too late to sign up your Kroger Plus card.  You can also have your family and friends sign up their cards for additional benefits.  There is no limit on how many cards you may have linked to your account.
 
To sign up, you simply need to login to your Kroger Plus website account and link the Kroger Community Rewards benefit to MSBG (our number is 80235).  This is open to anyone that wants to register, so feel free to get your family and friends to sign-up too!  You will receive the benefits from their cards as well.  However, in order for us to be able to credit those amounts to you, you must send all the names and Kroger Plus numbers to Alisa.Suelzer@gmail.com.   We do have a handful of unclaimed benefits so if you would like the detail of all cards that are currently being credited to your tuition account, please contact Alisa.   Also send her a message if you would like detailed registration instructions for the Kroger Community Rewards program sent to you. 
 
ALL cards must be registered again in April.  We will be sending out reminders in the Spring when it is time once again to re-register your cards.

Join us for an Innovative Workshop and Light Luncheon

Topic: Fostering the important skill of  EMPATHY in children
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11am
This workshop will explore this crucial concept by presenting research-based studies and other information that helps to foster empathy development. It will also investigate the link between empathy and morality development.

Our guest speaker is Leonore J Esnard, OP, PhD. She is the current director of the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute.  Sister Leonor was editorial assistant for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and was a faculty member in the School of Education at Barry University in Miami, FL.
 

Kids' Gala

 
On Saturday, February 18, from 6:00pm-7:30pm our 3-6 grade students are invited to a dance in the Oberheau Room.  Parents should drop off their child at 6:00pm and pick them up by 7:30pm.  Normal school attire is appropriate. Admission for the event is to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the BG Food Pantry.
 
This is an up-tempo dance DJ'ed by Doug Michaelis.  Doug has been a DJ for many years and is involved with 4-H.  Miss Antonia will be working with the students on some dance moves during P.E.
 
We are in need of three chaperones to accompany Miss Megan and Miss Antonia.  We also need volunteers to drop off snacks and drinks.  If you are interested, please contact Miss Megan in room 301 or via e-mail megan@montessorischoolbg.org
 
Thank you,
Megan and Antonia

Save the Date!

February 2
Open House, 8:30am-4:40pm
February 4
CAHS Chess Challenge
February 18
Empathy Workshop and Luncheon
February 18
Kids' Gala (3rd-6th grade dance)

February 25
Annual Gala at Nazareth Hall
February 27-March 5
International Montessori Education Week
February 28
Curriculum Night
March 3
Prime Time Reading Night
March 9
Teacher Work Day
March 10
Ohio Girls Chess Championships
March 24
GLCA Scholastic Chess Open
April 14
2012 Ohio Elementary Chess Championships
April 23-27
Grandparents' Week
April 27
Spring Carnival

A
 full calendar is available on our website at all times.

Community Events


Bowling Green Parks and Recreation 
Brown Bag Music Series 
Chess Newsletter
Every Child Ready to Read Program (FREE!)
Miss Sue's Parent Talk with Parks and Rec
Musikgarten Classes 
Winter Youth Sports Programs
Wood County District Public Library
Wood County Historical Museum 
Youth Curling (ages 10+)

Make your New Year’s resolution to participate in GL Scrip!
 
Did you know that you can earn rebates toward your MSBG tuition just by shopping at your regular stores and dining at your usual restaurants?  So far this year, 27 participating families have earned a total of $3,567.70 in rebates toward their tuition!
 
How does it work?  Every week our school places an order for gift cards from all types of retailers including Walmart, Home Depot, Chili’s, Amazon.com, Elder Beerman, and hundreds of other establishments.  Each purchase earns a tuition rebate from anywhere between 2% and 18% of your purchase depending on the store.  Ordering these cards is very easy.  We have all participants set up their account so there is a direct link to your checking account and the amount of your purchases is automatically deducted.  You simply need to logon and place your order before 8:30am on Monday and then stop in the front office anytime after 9am on that same Thursday to pick up your cards.  There are also several vendors that send you e-certificates immediately so you don’t have to wait.    The front office tracks your rebates and then you will receive a credit for the full amount off your last payment of the year.  Login towww.shopwithscrip.com to check out all that is available.  Send an e-mail to Alisa.Suelzer@gmail.com if you would like to have detailed registration instructions sent to you.  Earning free money has never been easier! 


For Rent

Another benefit of being part of the MSBG school community is the option to rent our facility.

Hosting a baby shower, birthday party or a special family event?
Hosting a special business meeting or community outreach project?

MSBG has a rental agreement policy and has beautiful rooms and kitchens available for your event.
Stop in the office for more information. (419) 352-4203
Did you know? A portion of the proceeds from the Pepsi vending machine located by the head of the Slippery Elm Trail benefits MSBG!

Join us for coffee everyday in the foyer and muffins on Friday, provided by our Upper Elementary students!

Easy Ways to Help our School


We collect BOX TOPS and JUICE BOX pouches to raise money for an outdoor sign.  Click HERE for fascinating new programs related to BOX TOPS. 

  We also collect LABELS FOR EDUCATION. The labels are exchanged for school products.
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   Love TARGET? They have a rewards program that helps benefit MSBG as a nonprofit organization. Click HERE to sign up today!




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