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Month: May 2015

Summer Care of the Teaching Garden

Summer Care of the Teaching Garden

Click here to volunteer for summer care of the Teaching Garden at Parker Woods Montessori.

Garden watering and tending is for a one-week block. Water the veggie boxes using the drip irrigation system; weed as necessary; harvest as necessary. The four vegetable boxes by the fence can be watered with watering cans.

Instructions to follow for getting the water key to turn on the water faucet and for the keys to the tool shed. We’ll let you know what to do with the harvested vegetables; we are still working that out too.

Please contact me at prior to your week if you have questions or concerns. Thank you so much!

PTO Meeting – Wednesday May 20th

PTO Meeting – Wednesday May 20th

What a wonderful year we have had at Parker Woods Montessori!

We had bigger and more effective fundraisers, more after-school family events, ran a marathon, and planted a Teaching Garden!

All of this was achieved by our dedicated staff and families working together through the Parent Teacher Organization.

Imagine the difference you could make for your child by sharing your time and talents to make sure that the school they attend is the best school it can be.

Join us for our final PTO meeting Wednesday May 20th at 5:45 in the Media Center.

We will have wrap up reports from our hard working committees, receive the final Principal’s report of the year, and hear about the amazing things we hope to achieve in the 2015-2016 school year.

Dinner and Childwatch Provided!

“Many hands make light work”

Come One Come All to the Pastel-Colored Fashion Show Ball

Come One Come All to the Pastel-Colored Fashion Show Ball

It’s spring, so it’s definitely that time of the year again for Grandparents’ Night Fashion Show! The 2015 Grandparents’ Night Fashion Show is being held this Friday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Parker Woods Montessori in the Auditorium. If your child is participating this year, be sure to dress like they were attending a ball in pastel colors (no, it’s not a ball, it’s a fashion show!) If your child is not participating this year, we hope you can join us for this special event.

Suzuki on the Square

Suzuki on the Square

Cincinnati Public School (CPS) students enrolled in the Suzuki Cooperative will perform a free concert May 21 at noon on Fountain Square to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the music program.

First Student, which provides school bus transportation for the district, funds the program that benefits more than 100 students.

The Suzuki Cooperative is a non-profit organization composed of students, parents and teachers trained in the Suzuki Method. In this approach to music education, students learn to play instruments through listening and repetition.

“First Student is proud to call Cincinnati home,” said Dennis Maple, First Student President. “The Suzuki Cooperative enriches the lives of the students and families we serve. As a trusted partner of Cincinnati Public Schools and a supporter of this community, we embrace opportunities to support the district in providing a well-rounded education to students.”

Students from six CPS elementary schools are enrolled in the Suzuki Cooperative. The schools include Sands Montessori, Kilgour School, College Hill Elementary, Parker Woods Montessori, North Avondale and Dater Montessori.

The Suzuki Cooperative at CPS was founded in 1985. In 1995, the program was going to be eliminated due to budget cuts. A group of parents came together to continue the program, and today, it thrives due to the support of First Student.

“Partnerships are critical to the success of Cincinnati Public Schools, and our partnership with First Student is instrumental in the success of the Suzuki Cooperative,” said Mary Ronan, Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. “Through this program, children can develop the skills of ability, focus and memory, which leads to children who are confident, respectful and well prepared for life.”

For more information about the Suzuki Cooperative, visit For more information about First Student’s involvement in the Cincinnati region, visit

Field Day is this Friday May 22, 2015

Field Day is this Friday May 22, 2015

K level is 9:45 – 11:15

6-9 level is 12:00 – 1:30

9-12 level is 1:30 – 3:00

Please encourage students to dress appropriately and check the weather forecast. Hats and water bottles are suggested. The regular specials schedule will remain the same if it rains or is too wet.  I will do as much as I can Wednesday and Thursday regarding set up.  However if it is raining Friday morning and I start classes in the gym I will not be able to set up as the day goes along.  Student volunteers will call the office if the weather is not cooperating and based upon the current conditions may not come therefore making it difficult for me to set up in a timely manner for other scheduled levels.

There will be about 15 stations set up.  Students will rotate to a new station every 10 minutes. If there is not a class at the station in front of you or behind you, your class may opt to stay longer or move forward or even skip a station, but please be considerate in making these decisions. Please arrive and start on time.  Please plan to rotate every 10 minutes on your own but at the same time as others, as I can only be in one place at a time.  Designate a time keeper/reminder. Still looking for volunteers if you know of any.

Stations are subject to change slightly.

Front of the school
Station 1  Relay/Running station

In the Gym
Station  2: Croquet/Golf
Station  3: Scooter boards

Go out gym door by red mats
Station  4: Tether ball
Station  5: Jump rope
Station  6: Hula Hoop
Station  7: Bean bag toss
Station  8: Paddle and birdie
Station  9: Parachute activity
Station 10: Agility drill
Station 11: Hop scotch / four square
Station 12: Basketball

Down in grass area
Station 13: Soccer dribble
Station 14: Soccer kick
Station 15: T- ball

Any questions please send me a note.  I do not usually get to check emails after classes begin.  As you come out for field day you may start at the station of your choice as long as no one else is there.   Again please arrive on time.  We will begin and end on time.

Thank you!

Mrs. Austin

Used Book Exchange

Used Book Exchange

Thank you to everyone who donated books for the Used Book Sale. We sold many good books, and the proceeds of every sale went to support the students of Parker Woods Montessori.

We still have lots of books left over!

Anyone who donated a book, but did not get a chance to take another book home in exchange, can stop by the PTO Room on Wednesday mornings for the rest of this year during school arrival to pick out another book to take home. We have lots of great books to share and we want to make sure every child who would like to take a book home gets a chance to pick the book they like best.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the Used Book Sale a success!

Spring Fundraiser Update

Spring Fundraiser Update

We are off to a good start for our Spring Fundraiser. So far we have raised $783! Thank you all for your generosity! Our total goal is $1,500, so we are half way there! If you didn’t get a chance to donate, there is still time! Bring donations to the next PTO meeting or the End of the Year Celebration. And stay tuned for more info about how we can reach our goal and make sure our kids have all the supplies they need for Art, Music, and Gym!

Open House and End of Year Thank Yous

Open House and End of Year Thank Yous

The Open House and End of Year Celebration was fun for all. The kind generosity of the many parents, teachers, and community members who volunteered helped make the day a success. Thank you!

Several families who attended commented that they have never been to a festival so warm, welcoming, and fun!!!

We raised three times as much money from the End of Year Picnic this year as we did last year. All of the proceeds raised by the PTO go to support the students of Parker Woods Montessori.

Thank you again to everyone who attended and helped make this year a success.