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Montessori Moment

The Land Lab progress has begun!


We are working on soil mixing and general grounds clean up this Saturday from 9:30-11am if anyone can join us! All adults and children are welcome.

What is the square foot gardening we're doing? Here's a 30 minute video for your viewing pleasure. It's a bit cheesy, but very informative.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMY3mM9CteA
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Calendar

Monday, April 15

GL Scrip Orders Due, 8:30am
Elementary German Class, 3:15-4pm, Final Performance
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4pm
Community Toddler Music Class, 6pm
Daisy Girl Scout Troop, 6:30pm 

Tuesday, April 16
Parent Chat, 8:45am
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Al Mar Bowling, 3:15pm
Track and Field, 3:15pm

Wednesday, April 17
Fire Prevention Assembly, 9:30am
Community Music Classes, 9:15 & 10:30am

Thursday, April 18
Karate Lil' Dragons, 3:15-4pm
BG COMMUNITY EARTH DAY, 4pm


Friday, April 19
Book Buddies, 9am
German Class, 3-6 year olds, 3:15-4pm
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Track and Field, 3:30-4:30, BGSU Track

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

Last August the PTO held a very successful used-clothing sale. We plan to hold our second annual Community Closet at the end of this summer. Any day now the weather is going to get warm and lovely(!), and we'll start cleaning out our closets to make way for spring duds. When that happens, PTO asks that you set aside some fall/winter clothing to donate to Community Closet. Contact Chelsea Cloeter with any questions: cdcloeter@me.com. Thanks!
 

Enrollment is going well!

Enrollment is filling very quickly for fall at ALL levels! It's very exciting. We have a lot of staffing and ordering decisions to make in the very near future. If you haven't turned your form in, please do so!

If you know someone who may be interested in enrolling, please encourage them to tour!

Help us fill a 3rd early childhood classroom! We are very close to capacity for our current classrooms, but we can add a third. This has been a possibility for several years but we are more full this year than ever. With enough interest, we can make the 3rd classroom a reality and have additional spaces to accommodate more families!


Miss Susan: Recorded Movement Activities

One of the unique aspects of the Music Keys program are the Recorded Movement Activities.  These are mostly instrumental pieces composed specifically for this class to evoke an expressive movement response from your child.  This is very unusual since most movement activities are either choreographed or derived from the text of a song.  However, in the recorded movement activities, your child moves the way the music compels them.  In The Dandelion, your child responds to the music by acting out the life cycle of the dandelion at the appropriate times as portrayed by the music.

After telling your child a short introduction or story about the piece, I usually say that we are now going to listen to the same story on the CD. However, this time the story doesn’t have any words – just music.  I assure the children that after we listen to it once, I will play it again and we can become the dandelion.  What follows is usually remarkable; your child often listens with the sort of attention and concentration that people don’t usually attribute to this age child.  And upon inviting your child to get up and move to the music, you will often see the most beautiful expressive movement that you can imagine!  As if that weren’t enough, these pieces are extremely important due to the fact that they address the dual function of the ear – the vestibular function directing movement, and the auditory function controlling listening. What an unusual and invaluable experience in our very visual world!

Kroger News-Time to Re-enroll

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.krogercommunityrewards.com 
or 
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 
Alisa.Suelzer@gmail.com.
 

In the meantime, we plan to give the rebate received  previously by the families to the MSBG PTO.  As members of the PTO, all parents will then have a say in how that money is put to use for the benefit of all of our children.  25% currently goes to the scholarship fund and that will continue as well. So please continue to support this program – the more cards enrolled, the more money that is paid out of Kroger’s charitable fund.   If at any time, Kroger is able to begin giving individual card detail again, we will then resume crediting individual tuition accounts.  Thank you for your support of our school!

 

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Save the Date
April 13
Grounds Clean Up Day

April 18
BG Community Earth Day

April 26
Alma Dance and Drum Assembly

May 3
Spring Carnival

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

A full calendar is available on our website at all times.
Community News
 
There is a benefit night for our alumni family, the Rybaks, in memory of Jeff. CLICK HERE for more information.

Gregory Kelser is coming to BG for a benefit for BG Parks and Rec Youth Sports. 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


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:


Schooner Farms for helping with our Land Lab project.

All our helpers and volunteers!

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!
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.
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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