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Month: February 2016

Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week

Monday – “Sleep Book”

  • Wear appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes. Get ready for a day of READING.

Tuesday – “Green Eggs and Ham”

  • Wear the color GREEN.

Wednesday – “Wacky Wednesday”

  • Lets get silly! Wear your clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched.

Thursday – “The Cat in the Hat”

  • Wear your favorite hat.

Friday – “Fox in Socks”

  • Wear silly or mismatched socks.
Join the PWM team for the 2016 Flying Pig Marathon

Join the PWM team for the 2016 Flying Pig Marathon

Parker Woods Montessori wants you to find your inner pig and be a part of our team for The Cincinnati Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon & 26th Mile Event

The Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon is a great opportunity for kids and their adult fitness buddies. By exercising together you set a great example, have quality time together and help each other set and reach goals. You will also learn what it means to cover the distance of a marathon.

This program is designed for children ages 5-12 years old along with their fitness buddies. IT IS NOT A RACE! Using the Hog Log, you can begin now and walk, jog or wheelchair the 26.2 miles in small increments & at your own pace.

Join us every Tuesday after school starting February 16, 2016 and going through April 26, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for you and your child to run or walk together or for you to cheer them on! Please fill out and sign the permission if you’d like your child to participate in this fun program.

We may also add an informal morning workout on Thursdays from 8:40a.m. till 9:00a.m. If you’d be interested in this please let me know!

You also have an exciting opportunity to be part of the real Flying Pig Marathon by finishing your 26th marathon mile on Saturday, April 30, 2016 during the Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon 26th Mile event at Cincinnati’s Riverfront. The kids will cover their final mile on the actual Flying Pig Marathon course and cross the real “Finish Swine.” They get a finishers shirt, a marathon medal and all the goodies of the finish celebration ($15 registration).

You can register for this between now and April 29 either online or you can pick up a paper form in the office. Here’s a link to the registration website:

Scholarships are available if your child would like to participate in the 26th mile event but the registration fee presents a hardship. Just let his/her teacher or myself know and use the paper registration form.

*** Registration in the 26th Mile Kids Marathon is not required to participate in our Parker Woods Montessori Kids’ Marathon Program. Anyone can participate at no cost and complete their marathon at their own pace by filling in the Hog Log and walking/running/rolling the 26.2 miles either on their own, with family or on Tuesdays after school. ***

Have questions? Want to get involved?


Be Smart, Eat Well & Move More

Info Sheet / Permission Slip

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National Public Schools Walk-In Day

National Public Schools Walk-In Day

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is linking together parents, educators, students, school staff and community members in dozens of cities across the country on and around February 17 as they WALK-IN to support the quality public schools that all our students deserve.

What are Walk-Ins?

Just that! Parents, teachers and students gather out front of their school 30-45 minutes before their duty-day starts. They picket, have donuts, coffee, etc. And then they all walk in to their schools together.

Given the never ending attacks on public education that many of our cities endure, this provides a positive action that that says that these are our schools and our communities. It also builds solidarity amongst our members as they will feel the power of collective action without risking arrest or retaliation. Walk-ins build relationships.  Walk-ins build power. Walk-ins build hope.

National Message / Local Flavor
The Walk-Ins will have a national message frame something like this:

Teachers, parents and students are walking in to reclaim our schools and advocate for the public schools all children deserve.

But each individual city will have its own local focus or flavor. In Milwaukee, folks are fighting against the takeover and chartering of their schools. In San Diego, the focus is opting out of high-stakes tests. In Seattle, they’re fighting for more funding. In your city, your coalition of labor and community partners will tailor your walk-in to the issue that is right for you.

What’s the Point?
The walk-ins have been used in different cities for different reasons and purposes:

During their contract campaign two years ago, The St. Paul Federation of Teachers organized walk-ins. The actions gave them the high road message of taking back our schools, and gave people courage and built confidence in their ability to pull off big collective actions. They report that the walk-in effort also gave them a very solid assessment of where their membership was at. And the district settled almost immediately afterwards because they knew a strike threat was real and that community support was on the side of educators. Watch this great video showing and describing a St. Paul walk-in.

In Milwaukee (MTEA), two sets of walk-ins have protested a new law that could result in Milwaukee public schools being taken over and converted to charters. As a result of the walk-ins, by a united coalition of parents, educators and students, the power brokers are backing off. By organizing walk-ins at over 105 schools MTEA has built 105 community organizations ready to defend their public schools. The actions have also created an incredible opportunity to build a base of parents and community members who can be allies in future events. Watch some videos from Milwaukee walk-ins here andhere.

Where Will Walk-Ins Be Happening in February?
So far, the following cities have committed to coordinated walk-ins. Most cities will be walking in on February 17, but some will participate on a different day due to local schedules. The alternative date is noted in parentheses.

Cleveland Heights
Detroit (2/9)
Grand Junction
Green Bay (2/12)
Hazelwood (2/16)
Los Angeles
San Diego
Seattle (2/18)
Solon Springs
St. Paul
West Orange

We hope you can join us on February 17!
For more information, check out the resources below or email to

Walk-In Resources:

Check out the Resources page for walk-in resources you can use!

Our Online Apparel Store is Officially Open

Our Online Apparel Store is Officially Open

Parker Woods Montessori Families and Teachers,

Our online apparel store is officially open and ready to take your orders through the end of February. You can purchase items using cash, check, or credit card.

Cash and check orders can be made using the paper form being sent home this week. Checks should be made out to “PWM Foundation.” Credit card orders can be made online at the PWM Swag Station.

Items available for purchase include T-shirts (short and long sleeve), performance shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, blankets, beanie hats, tumblers, and cinch bags. Some items can be personalized with names and/or our selected Montessori quote on the back.

Various color options are available for viewing at the online apparel store, in the fliers being sent home, or on the PTO website.

These fliers will be coming home in our upcoming Wednesday folders so keep an eye out for them or take a moment to check out our cool new online shop and grab some swag!


The PWM PTO Fundraising Team

We Have a Date for Science Night!

We Have a Date for Science Night!

Greetings Families & PWM Staff !

We have a date for Science Night !  Mark your calendars !

Thursday, April 7, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We have a long task list, however we are old pros at this so if you would like to take on one task we can give you clear directions.

In your response we would like to know which of the following you would like to take on.  If youare volunteering for a task on April 7, that is great — you will receive a confirmation at the February PTO meeting, or by email by the end of February.

If you want to be part of the planning we will survey you sooner than later.

  • Planning & Communication (first meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 PMin Media Center)
  • Materials for activities
  • Advertising
  • Event Helper

Additionally, if you wish to suggest an activity, agency or demonstration, please email

We are open minded !


The Science Night Planning Team

Judy Ganance
Missy Maxfield
Angie Asselin

Northside Community Council Education Committee Meeting

Northside Community Council Education Committee Meeting

The next meeting is Wednesday February 10th at 6:30 PM at Happen’s Toy Lab. Chase Elementary Principal, Ms. Davie will be coming to provide an update on her school, and CPS board member Eve Bolton will also be attending to provide an update on the February 8th report to the CPS board related to a series of community conversations at several neighborhood schools. One of the community conversation was held at Chase Elementary last month.
Attached to this post is a copy of the notes from that meeting, which you may review online. You may also print a copy at home to bring to our next meeting.

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Planning for the 2016 End of Year Celebration

Planning for the 2016 End of Year Celebration

Parents and members of the Parker Woods Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) are doing a FANTASTIC job planning the End-of-Year Celebration for our children! We need your help organizing this fun day and any fresh ideas are welcome. We received lots of feedback from last year (keep it a community events, thanks for providing free food, promote baskets more, more stuff for older children, etc); these ideas have been heard and we look for more people to help plan the event so we can involve all of our Parker Woods families. 
This event is designed to celebrate another great year, invite our new families in and do some fundraising for the school. The funds raised help pay for field trips, school supplies, art supplies and so much more!  The EOY celebration will be fun, have games, bouncy houses, dunking booth, raffles and FREE FOOD (if we can raise enough money)!  Staff and 6th graders will be nominated to be dunked in the dunking booth, please keep your ears open for more details. Staff will have the chance to opt out; children will have to opt in with a signed waiver. This will be lots of fun! The used book sale, raffle baskets, and dunking booth information will go out in waves over the next several months to help promote the event.
How can you help? We are looking for ideas from all families so everyone can have a great day as well as build a strong committee so everyone has light work.  The biggest area that needs help is games.  It would be wonderful to have 3-4 people working on games.  We need several creative / resourceful people to help build games that could be used year over year while the other people on games buy prizes (with raised money) and solicit volunteers. Other areas of opportunity are promoting the event, soliciting donations for baskets and making warm leads to potential corporate sponsors (I do not mind asking for money but warm leads help).
Open positions to help:
 – 3-4 on games (last years lead will be an adviser for this committee so you have help)
 – Marketing assistance (advertising in local papers in advance before cut off dates to showcase our school as well as promoting baskets and consider ways to sell tickets in advance of festival date)
 – Dance-a-thon lead (working with Beth Schlick)
 – Donation help (money or items for baskets)
 – Volunteer coordinator
 – food coordinator including buy food (We have asked Kroger for $500 to supply food)
Rachel Morgan and I have begun asking corporations for money. Our goal is $2000 so we can pay for all supplies without tapping into the PTO fund. So far we have raised $350 and making more solicitations every day.
Please reach out today if you want to help! Our meetings are fun yet productive and often over food and beverages 🙂 Our next meeting will be at the end of February or first week in March.
If you can not help, please forward to one person you think that can! Thanks
Looking forward to working with you this year!
Liz Kitchell


Fundraising Committee Meeting

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Parker Woods Montessori Families

• Would you like to volunteer with after school activities but you don’t know where to start?
• Are you interested in helping to raise money to pay for specials like art, music, gym, and more?
• Do you have some ideas you want to share or want to help make the ideas of others come true at our school?
• Do you enjoy our events like Movie Night and want to help?

Then, check us out!

The PWM PTO Fundraising Committee will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, February 9th, from 6-7:30pm in the Media Center at PWM to give our families an update and come up with new ideas and organize volunteering opportunities at our upcoming events.

Everyone is welcome to attend!
No RSVP is needed and children are welcome. Some snacks/food will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!