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Montessori Moment
Continent Studies for 6-12 year olds
Designed for elementary classes, the new biome materials Miss Liz demonstrated at the PTO meeting cover all the biomes found on a particular continent and the materials offer structure for independent research. Each biome is explored with an example of each of the five classes of vertebrates, an invertebrate, and a plant. Each biome also has a card set for a group of people and how they meet their basic needs within their biome. While indigenous cultures are emphasized as models of sustainability, rural and urban cultures are depicted as well for a realistic view of people on the continent. 


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Calendar
Monday, January 28
GL Scrip Orders Due, 8:45am
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu
German Class, Elementary, 3:15-4pm, Rm 201
Board Meeting, 6pm
Community Musikgarten Class Info Night, 6:15pm

Tuesday, January 29
(no Parent Chat this week. Miss Sue is subbing.)
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Creative Movement, 3:15-4pm, Rm 201
Al Mar Bowling, 3:15pm

Wednesday, January 30
Community Music Class, 10:30am
Chess Club, Beginners, 4pm, Rm 201
Chess Club, Intermediate, 4:45pm, Rm 201

Thursday, January 31
Creative Movement, 3:15-4:15pm, Rm 201
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu

Friday, February 1
Book Buddies, 9am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Kids' 3rd-6th grade dance, 6-7:30pm

full calendar is available online:
http://www.montessorischoolbg.org
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News

German Class

The German classes are starting this week thanks to the BGSU Language Services Group. This after-school program will be led by BGSU graduate student and German expert, Miss Amanda.  The classes will be taking place in Room 201 from 3:15-4pm.


Board Nominations

We are currently seeking recommendations for potential new members of our MSBG Board of Directors. Parents and friends of MSBG are very helpful in reaching out to potential volunteers so we are seeking your recommendations. Generally we are looking for individuals who are involved in the community or who have experience with nonprofits. We are especially looking for someone with fundraising and development expertise. Mostly we want individuals who will be passionate about MSBG! Please let us know of any individuals in the Bowling Green area who you would recommend. They do not have to be directly connected to MSBG. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Click HERE for the printable form. Click HERE for the online submission form.

PTO Survey

PTO needs your input on the Spring Fundraiser!

We have a lot of great options for the Spring Fundraiser this year! Some are local businesses and new catalog options, while others will provide us with the great products from previous fundraisers. We need your vote as to what YOU would like to sell, buy or provide as a gift. Don’t forget, the items received in the Spring Fundraiser will be delivered in time for Mother’s Day! You may vote for your top THREE choices. The profit is noted in parentheses.

*If you have any questions about any of these businesses, or their products, please contact Kate Balusik.*

CLICK HERE for the survey.

Miss Susan's Music Update

Each music class starts with a song that acknowledges the beginning of our class.  Singing hello to every child is a wonderful way to affirm his/her presence as an individual and as a member of the group.  We take turns greeting each child, but we often alternate accompanying movements as we sing hello and goodbye.  Clapping, waving, pointing, and tapping are just some examples.  As you probably know, the early-childhood age is the time of physical exploration and development.  These are just a few examples of the many accompanying motions that are popular among young children.  By singing “Sing Hello, Sing Hello, Dear Children” all the while tapping on our knees, we are all reinforcing your child’s verbal understanding, pairing the appropriate label, which may be new to some children, with the already familiar movement.  This is also giving your child the opportunity to direct the actions of the entire class through the use of language…what a powerful message this simple activity provides!

3rd-6th Grade Dance


On Saturday, February 1, from 6:00pm-7:30pm our 3rd-6th grade students are invited to a dance in the Oberheu Room.  Parents should drop off their child at 6:00pm and pick them up by 7:30pm.  Normal school attire is appropriate. 
 
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  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


Parent Talk Course

Click HERE for the registration form


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 Leigh Ann McKinney, our Business Manager, at leighann@montessorischoolbg.org if you need a childcare credit expense report. She will need a two-week turnaround.

 

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Montessori Mardi Gras Gala
The Gala this year on February 23, 2013 is a new kind of party.

Montessori Mardi Gras Gala 
February 23, 2013 • Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids • 6-9 pm
 
You are invited!
This week, you should have received your invitation in person or in your child's mailbox/cubby.

Purchase tickets ($50 each) at:
  1. www.montessorischoolbg.org
  2. http://montessorigala.eventbrite.com/
  3. or in the school office 
Questions? Call us at 419-352-4203 or email at msbg@montessorischoolbg.org
 
** Donations are already being accepted for this great event that will well-publicize your business.
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Save the Date
February 1
3rd-6th Grade Dance

February 23
Montessori Gala at Nazareth Hall

February 24 to March 2
Montessori Education Week

March 25-29
Grandparents' Week

March 26-29
Spring Book Fair

May 3
Spring Carnival

A full calendar is available on our website at all times.
Community News
Brown Bag lunches happen on Fridays through BG Parks and Rec. CLICK HERE for more information.

MUSIKGARTEN: A new session of Community Musikgarten classes will be starting for babies and toddlers. These are located at MSBG. CLICK HERE for more information.

On January 26, there is a community Health Fair. CLICK HERE for more information.

BGSU has Saturday Youth Art Programs. CLICK HERE for more information.

The Wood County Historical Museum has many upcoming events. CLICK HERE for more information.

BGSU School of Art has upcoming ARTalks and Events. CLICK HERE for more information.

Wood County District Public Library has some great events, activities and programs.  CLICK HERE for more information.


News
Each week, the classroom all update their news page on our website for your enjoyment.
East  Classroom
West Classroom
Lower Elementary Classroom
Upper Elementary Classroom
Parent Chat

Join Miss Sue on Tuesdays at 8:45am in the foyer to chat!


Feb 5
The Montessori Difference and Q&A


February 12
GL Scrip Workshop
Learn how to maximize your savings through this program. Designed for everyone: people new to using Scrip and those more experienced.
Happy Thoughts

MSBG Wishes to send our happy thoughts to:


"Miss Sarah" Porter and Tom Current as they marry tomorrow.

Do you have a happy thought? Please share it with us today.



Rentals

Things to keep in mind...Another benefit of being part of the MSBG school community is the option to rent our facility. 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 
GL Scrip
Every week our school places an order for gift cards (actual cards and many online code options) 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. 

Login to 
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!

CLICK HERE 
for the instruction sheet for Kroger Reward and GL Scrip. Earn FREE MONEY today!
Save on Taxes Today
100 % of our Board of Directors as well as our MSBG Faculty/Staff contribute financially to the school's annual campaign fund. MSBG is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. You can donate to the school and your contribution is fully deductible to the extent of the law.
Kroger Update
Currently, Kroger has a free and easy program for you to save money. CLICK HERE for more information.
School Safety
MSBG maintains a high level of safety and security and believes that the safety of our students, staff and community are of the utmost importance. We partner with local fire, police, health and city departments to ensure all procedures and plans are properly recorded and drills are conducted on a routine basis. We regularly provide staff instruction in all safety procedures to ensure everyone is properly trained.  All visitors to our school should report to the office when they arrive and can ring the doorbell to obtain entrance.  If you see someone at the door you do not know, please allow the office staff to buzz them in or if they are in the building, feel free to ask if you could help them or guide them to the office. As always, please feel free to share with us any concerns you may have.
Notes
Vending Machine
Did you know? A portion of the proceeds from the 7up vending machine located by the head of the Slippery Elm Trail benefits MSBG!

Foyer Coffee
Join us for coffee everyday in the foyer and muffins on Friday; a service-learning opportunity provided by our Upper Elementary students! 


 
Easy Ways to Help our School!
We collect BOX TOPS and JUICE BOX pouches to raise money for special activities.  Click HERE for fascinating new programs related to BOX TOPS. 

 
We also collect LABELS FOR EDUCATION. The labels are exchanged for school products.

Love TARGET? They have a rewards program that helps benefit MSBG as a nonprofit organization. Click HERE to sign up today!



Kroger Community Rewards
 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).  The money benefits programming, scholarships and purchase of materials.

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