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Montessori Moment
From Stephanee and Wendell Wohler; their son Dawson graduated MSBG last year from the sixth grade.
Our son Dawson has been a Montessori child since the age of 18 months; he came to MSBG at age 3 and continued through the school until 6th grade when he transitioned to Bowling Green Middle School.  He will always be a child of Montessori as the principles, commitments and ideals laid such a solid foundation for him, it is an integral part of who he is as a person.  Dawson is a person of great compassion and empathy, an independent thinker, self motivated and a natural leader; he flourished in the Montessori environment.
 
As he began thinking about transitioning to middle school, we had some trepidation....would he have difficulty socially moving from a small nurturing environment to such a large peer group? How would he do actually receiving a letter grade for work performed on deadlines?  The list was was endless, but as it turned out, not a problem.  Dawson began attending classes and bringing home homework and many times said "Mom, we covered this already in 4th grade!."  He has been on the honor roll for both quarters and was just awarded Student of the Month for December for exemplary work in and out of the classroom. He is taking an Honors course in English and has aspirations in the area of writing.
 
Dawson also  participated in the Middle School Quiz Bowl and was often among the high scoring students.  He also plays saxophone in the band and has auditioned for the middle school jazz band.  He bowled on the MSBG bowling team last year and they won first place in the after school league.  Dawson continues to bowl on a Saturday morning league and recently qualified for the Pepsi tournament in March.
 
If you asked Dawson what an education at MSBG has done for him, he would say "  MSBG instilled in me the love of learning, quiet self confidence, the ability to think outside the box, to understand the concept of choices and consequences and to be my own person."
 
As parents we feel we gave our son the best start in life possible with MSBG, from the committed teachers and staff, the real sense of community among families and stellar educational principles.  We made the best choice for our son and the results are clear.
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Calendar
Monday, February 11
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

Tuesday, February 13
Parent Chat, 8:45am, Maximize your GL Scrip benefits!
Karate for Youth, 3:15-4:00pm, Oberheu 
Creative Movement, 3:15-4pm, Rm 201
Al Mar Bowling, 3:15pm

Wednesday, February 14
Community Music Classes, 9 & 10:30am
Chess Club, Beginners, 4pm, Rm 201
Chess Club, Intermediate, 4:45pm, Rm 201

Thursday, February 15
Conference Day: No School
Extended Care Available

Friday, February 16
Conference Day: No School
Extended Care Available

**With conference days next week, parents graciously bring food for the teachers during their busy days. If you'd like to bring a food item, please sign up in the foyer.

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

Music in the Foyer

Steven and Penny Kruse of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra will present a special performance of "Ferdinand the Bull" in the foyer next Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 3:15. In the story, the peaceable Ferdinand's feelings and actions are represented by the violin while his misadventures are read by a narrator. The performance will be part of a larger presentation on Suzuki violin study that will feature MSBG alumnus Alex Munson and current first-grader Mali Cloeter. Hang around after school to enjoy this free music event sponsored by the Toledo Symphony School of Music, and find out more about Suzuki violin! CLICK HERE to learn more.
 

MSBG Elementary Students putting on a musical this spring!

From Miss Susannah:
This spring, the elementary children are spending a portion of their music classes preparing for a cooperative spring musical, "Jack and the Beanstalk."  This is a simple and delightful musical version of the well-known fairytale, created by a Texas piano teacher, Mayron Cole.  Each child will have an important part in this musical theater experience.
 
The 1st and 2nd year children are cast as the villagers.  They will be responsible for helping the narrator and the characters tell the story through song.  The villagers are featured on stage for the duration of the performance.  This will require lots of concentration and acting, as they will need to be in character for the whole 20 minutes.
 
Some 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students will be featured as soloists or in small groups.  A few examples of these featured roles are Jack, the Giant with helpers, and Talking Geese.  Although these characters may have short appearances, they are integral to the story and need to be performed "larger than life."
The remaining 4th, 5th, and 6th year students will create a percussion ensemble to accompany the entire show.  Students will be playing xylophones, hand drums, maracas, and other instruments.  The percussion ensemble will be working with me to arrange their own parts.
 
The children are excited about this new type of performing experience.  We look forward to seeing you later this spring at MSBG's "Jack and the Beanstalk!"

Spend the Night with Good Friends and Good Books

We are planning a special event to celebrate the love of reading.  Friday Night Prime Time is an overnight reading event for the 3rd-6th grade students and will be held on Friday evening, March 1, 2013.  Its purpose is to encourage students to read by providing the time to read and by combining reading with other enjoyable activities.  Of course, the more your children read, the better readers they will become.  Students across the country who have participated in Friday Night Prime Time have shown an increased interest in reading.  This is an exciting event!
CLICK HERE for the letter.
CLICK HERE for the schedule.
CLICK HERE for the permission form.

Toledo Opera

School parents Shawn and Sujin Lee Mathey will be featured singers in Toledo Opera's spring Opera Gala at the Valentine Theatre in Toledo. Chelsea Cloeter would like to coordinate a group from MSBG to go to the Friday performance, April 12 at 8pm. With the group discount, tickets start at $24 apiece. If you are interested, contact Chelsea by Friday, Feb. 15, at cdcloeter@me.com or 262-527-6491. For more information: www.toledoopera.org.

Job Opening
MSBG currently has a part-time, afternoon Administrative Assistant job opening. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this afternoon Administrative Assistant position, please submit a resume and cover letter.
 
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.

Miss Susan's Music Update

Call and Respond Songs
Call and respond songs are valuable activities because they draw in even the most reticent children, usually very quickly. Containing a short repeated phrase often placed as an answer to a question, these soon become a favorite of your child. An example of this is Who’s That? We are practicing tapping at a window, and knocking at a door, with a question and an answer.  It is often through call and respond songs that I first get to hear a child sing in solo.  This is very important because it is easier assess where the child is in his/her singing development. Children are quite often capable of using their singing voice when surrounded by others, but will revert to using their speaking voice when “singing” alone.  However, in order to develop independent musicianship, the goal is to have your child always singing with the light quality and in the higher register that I often refer to as a singing voice.  In order to properly assess this, and to evaluate the right course of action, it is necessary to hear the child sing alone, and there is no better time than when a child is relaxed and participating freely in a beloved song, which is often the case with call and respond songs.


Parent Talk Course
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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
 
 
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Save the Date
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
Ms Susannah is in the local production of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." CLICK HERE for the flyer to attend this great play!

Winterfest is next weekend! This great BG community weekend has so many events and activities for all.
CLICK HERE for the information and schedule.

BG Parks and Rec is having a youth sport photo contest. CLICK HERE for more information.

Brown Bag lunches happen on Fridays through BG Parks and Rec. CLICK HERE for more information.

MUSIKGARTEN: A new session of Community Musikgarten classes has started but your baby/toddler can still start! 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.


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!


February 12
GL Scrip Workshop
Join Alisa Suelzer and Leigh Ann McKinney to 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:

All the families that toured this week!

All those feeling a bit 'under the weather.'

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.
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.
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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