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Montessori Moment
This morning, at 9:30 a.m., the Alma Dance Toledo will present an African drum & dance performance complete with costumes, audience participation, and a question-and-answer period for Lower and Upper. The entire school community is invited!

Thank you to Alma Dance Toledo for coming to our school and for PTO's assistance in bringing them here.

If you would like more information about Alma Dance Toledo, please click HERE.
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Monday, April 29

GL Scrip Orders Due, 8:30am
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4pm
Community Toddler Music Class, 6pm

Tuesday, April 30
Parent Chat, 8:45am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Al Mar Bowling, 3:15pm
Creative Movement, 3:15pm, Room 201
Track and Field, 3:15pm

Wednesday, May 1
Community Music Classes, 9:15 & 10:30am

Thursday, May 2
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4pm

Friday, May 3
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Track and Field, 3:30-4:30, BGSU Track
Creative Movement, 3:15, Room 201

Saturday, May 4
National Join Hands Day
The BG Arbor Troop will be assisting us in planting our garden. Please join us if you can! 10:30-11:30am with pizza afterward, provided by the Arbor Troop.

full calendar is available online:
Read the Upper Elementary Blog

Creative Movement-Final Session this year!

There is one final session this school year of Montessori Creative Movement and Ballet with Ms. Kathy
Ages 3-5
3:15- 4:00
April 30th to May 28th

Ages 6-8
3:15- 4:15
May 3rd to May 31st
CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Summer News

This summer we will have a variety of classes and meet ups (play dates). We would like your input. There will be an interactive survey in the foyer next Thursday, May 2 after drop off at 8:45am. Please stop by to see the menu of choices and tell us your thoughts. If you can make it, please email Meg with feedback.

Remember to save your used fall/winter children's clothing to contribute to Community Closet at the end of this summer! Contact Chelsea Cloeter with any questions: cdcloeter@me.com. Thanks!

PTO News

*Fundraiser update: the Yankee Candle orders are in! Please stop in the office to pick up yours. Myles and Klotz gift cards will be distributed in your child's mailbox or cubby on Monday.

*Interested in getting more involved with the Montessori PTO?
The 2013-2014 PTO officer nominations will run Monday, April 29th – Wednesday, May 1st. A table will be located in the foyer for you to fill out a slip. You may either nominate yourself or a friend for any of the following positions: President, Vice
President, Secretary or Treasurer. If you would like additional information about any of these positions,
or have any questions, please contact Kate Balusik.
*Spring Carnival will be held next Friday, May 3rd from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. We will have lots of fun games
and crafts, and dinner will be provided by the Myles family for a suggested donation of $5.00/family.
As always, this event is FREE and we hope you can join us! If you would like to help with this event,
we always welcome volunteers! Please contact Chelsea Cloeter (cdcloeter@me.com) or Kate Balusik
*Calling all un-wanted happy meal toys! A collection box is in the foyer and all donations are greatly

Miss Susan: Listening Time

Listening Time in Music Keys is a very special part of the class, and I have spent a considerable amount of time establishing a “listening ritual” which we will follow from week to week.  The listening activities in this program are used to promote purposeful, intentional listening that ties in with the context of the class themes, while at the same time expands your child’s vocabulary.

We use a series of four pictures to accompany the listening exercises in class.  At first, this may seem at odds with the theory that young children are not equipped to look and listen at the same time, and when confronted with both stimuli, most children will concentrate on the visual cue.  However, the pictures are used just to help your child get a mental picture of the sound they are about to hear.  Initially, I will tell your children the name of each animal, picture, or bug on the cards.  Then I will ask the question, “What is this?” while pointing to one of the pictures, asking a child to supply the vocabulary. 
The pictures are then put away before the sound is played on the CD, so the sound is the only thing in the environment to draw your child’s attention.  To that end, I work very hard to be sure that everyone is quiet before I start the CD.  I will pause the CD player at the end of each example, so the children will only have to wait a few seconds at a time.

Music Keys promotes the aural development of your child, and the listening activities play an important role in this.  As mentioned above, these examples are usually presented in groups of four.  Two of the animals, bugs, or birds are similar and they contrast with the other two. Their voices are usually presented in isolation, making them easy for your child to hear.  By focusing on a specific sound, along with its similarities and contrasts to the other examples, your child is learning to actively listen.



We are currently interviewing Extended Care, Spanish Teacher, and Intervention Specialist candidates. If you are interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to msbg@montessorischoolbg.org.

Kroger News-Enroll by April 30!

Starting April 1, 2013, all Kroger Plus cards must be reenrolled to continue to receive benefits paid to MSBG.  Reenrollment must happen before April 30th in order to avoid any interruption in the rebates paid.  This is for ALL Kroger Plus cards, even if you just enrolled your card for this year.  It is very simple to reenroll – just login to your Kroger Plus account
www.kroger.com and click Community),
and make sure that MSBG is selected as your non-profit of choice.  If you have any problems with re-enrollment, please contact Alisa Suelzer at 


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Save the Date
May 3
Spring Carnival

May 4
National Join Hands Day
(Join us as we plant the garden!)

May 11
WBGU Kids' Extravaganza

May 17
Arts and Music Program

May 27
Memorial Day: No School

June 4 
Last Regular Day of School

June 5
Kindergarten Breakfast
Field Day & Family Picnic
Teacher Work Day

June 21 
MSBG hosting Lunch in the Park

July 30 
MSBG at the BG Chamber Day at the Wood County Fair

A full calendar is available on our website at all times.
Community News
The Art Walk is this weekend. CLICK HERE for all the activities. MSBG students' art work will be at H & R Block. 

MSBG parents, Jason and Sheri Wells-Jensen (and others) will be playing this weekend at the Art Walk as well on Saturday at 10:30am at the Community Gallery, 12noon at Calico, Sage, and Thyme and at 2pm at Grumpy Dave's.

The National Museum of the US Air Force is hosting a Space Fest for all ages on May 4. 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.

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

The online Montessori Circle is now published. CLICK HERE to view!
Parent Chat

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

Happy Thoughts

MSBG Wishes to send our happy thoughts to:

To our student teacher and after care worker, Shelby Palumbo! She completed her student teaching and will graduate from BGSU. We will certainly miss her and wish her all the best.

The family and friends of Doug Valentine. Our school would not be on the land we have without his generous giving.

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!
Annual Fund
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.
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.
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.
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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