Weekly pertinent information about our calendar and events for our valued MSBG families and supporters. Text here will show in the preview area of some email clients.
Montessori Moment
From the Lower Elementary Classroom this week:
Hands-On Learning about Teeth

After learning the functions of the digestive system, our next focus in science is on teeth. The health of our teeth, which helps break down foods, is important to learn about at a young age. Miss Shelby, our student teacher, asked the students what they know about teeth and what they want to learn about teeth. Available on our shelves, the students can explore information about our mouths, the parts of a tooth, the four kinds of teeth we have and much more. Next week, Dr. Downey's office will be visiting our classroom and sharing with us the appropriate way to brush and take care of our teeth. 
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Monday, February 4
GL Scrip Orders Due, 8:45am
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu
German Class, Elementary, 3:15-4pm, Rm 201
Community Musikgarten Class Info Night, 6:15pm
Girl Scouts, 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 5
Parent Chat, 8:45am
Dr. Downey Presentation with Lower Elementary, 9am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Creative Movement, 3:15-4pm, Rm 201
Al Mar Bowling, 3:15pm
Boy Scouts, 6:30pm

Wednesday, February 6
Community Music Class, 10:30am
Chess Club, Beginners, 4pm, Rm 201
Chess Club, Intermediate, 4:45pm, Rm 201

Thursday, February 7
Creative Movement, 3:15-4:15pm, Rm 201
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu

Friday, February 8
Gala Preview in the Foyer, 8:45am
Peace PALs, What is Community? 9am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 

full calendar is available online:
Read the Upper Elementary Blog

Daffodil Days

This year Upper Elementary is excited to be helping again with Daffodil Days as a student service learning project! Daffodil Days is a program to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The money we raise goes towards cancer research and treatment. 
Here is how you can help:
Starting on Monday, February 4th, and ending February 13th, we will have a table set up in the lobby to collect donations.  A teacher and a student will be available from 8:20-8:50am. We will be selling bouquets of 10 daffodils for $10.00. We are also selling teddy bears  for $25.00, potted mini daffodils for $12.00 and, a vase of daffodils for $15.00. There will be a Wall of Hope where you can donate $1.00 to get your name on the wall; that money also goes to cancer research and treatment.

Thank you to school mom, Karmen Concannon, for her help with this project.

Thank you for your generous donations,
Mary Grace, Alexa, Laney and the rest of the Upper Elementary students

Change in Office Staffing
Job Opening

Debbie Nabinger has accepted another position and will be resigning effective the end of this week.  Her message is below.
If you or anyone you know may be interested in this afternoon Administrative Assistant position, please submit a resume and cover letter.
From Debbie:

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position at Montessori. I will be starting a new full time position this next Monday working in photography, marketing and advertising.

I have enjoyed my time here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with all of you. Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during my time at Montessori.  Even though I will miss my colleagues and the company, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career.

Thanks again for everything.

Yours truly,


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

Finger Plays and Body Awareness Activities
These are very simple but necessary activities, and they are thoroughly enjoyed by young children.  Dexterity is required for many school, athletic, and instrumental music activities, but a child’s fingers are one of the last things of which s/he gains control. Naming various parts of the body and exploring how they move help your child develop coordination and control, resulting in your child’s ability to engage in purposeful, directed movement rather than reflexive movements.  
Children enjoy the rhythmic quality of the verses such as Wee Willie Winkie and tend to repeat them over and over, reaping the additional benefit of listening to their own voices.  Movement and language are closely allied neurologically, and these simple activities nurture both the development of inner speech and impulse control.  Impulse control is when the child’s language center is developed enough to allow a verbal cue to override a movement cue, permitting a child to stop on command once s/he is already moving.  Inner speech is the development that keeps a child from saying every thought that pops into his/her head.  It plays a big role in a person’s reasoning ability.  As you undoubtedly know, most young children do not possess either impulse control or inner speech, but they are both necessary for future success in just about every possible arena; so anything we can do to help with this development is well-worth it!

Parent Talk Course
A Few Spots Left!

Click HERE for the registration form

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

We are not doing class baskets this year; instead we encourage you to attend!

This year, we will feature the amazing talents of David Bixler, Jeff Halsey and Chris Buzzelli!

We will also have dancers, stilters, jugglers, and more to create a true walk down Bourbon Street.

Montessori Mardi Gras Gala 
February 23, 2013 • Nazareth Hall, Grand Rapids • 6-9 pm
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.

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.

We are having some technical difficulties with the classroom news pages. Stay tuned!

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:

Congratulations to Tom and Sarah Current!

Our BGSU field experience students as they come observe this semester.

Miss Cindy on the loss of her uncle.

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


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 
to check out all that is available.  Send an e-mail to 
if you would like to have detailed registration instructions sent to you.  Earning free money has never been easier!

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.
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, if you need a childcare credit expense report. She will need a two-week turnaround.
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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