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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!

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


Montessori Coalition Meeting

Montessori Coalition Meeting

The Montessori Coalition will meet on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:00 at Gamble Montessori in their Community Space.

Gamble Montessori is located at 2700 Felicity Place, 45211. Take the second driveway off the circle and park.

The agenda includes a presentation by Pat Neal-Miller from the CPS Family Engagement Office on the enrollment/registration process for Montessori schools at Pre-K / K and at 7th grade. Additionally we will discuss Montessori certification for teachers and accreditation for schools.

The Montessori Coalition is comprised of CPS Montessori Principals, LSDMC Chairs, and PTO/PTA Chairs.

Join the Dialogue about Northside Neighborhood Schools

Join the Dialogue about Northside Neighborhood Schools

For the last year due to increased enrollment, CPS has been discussing expansion of seat capacity and diversity of programs. In January, the CPS Administration will share the beginning of a multi year plan and community input will be requested. In order for Northside to be prepared, it would be good to meet and have a conversation around this question: How can CPS make the neighborhood schools look more like the neighborhoods and the magnet schools look like the District itself? Conversations around this subject will be taking place in several neighborhoods this month including College Hill, Madisonville, Clifton, OTR and others throughout the coming spring.

Please join us to begin the dialogue.

A facilitated focus group will be held in Northside at Chase Elementary School to get your input on what we can do to make Chase more of a neighborhood school and what kinds of programs and initiatives in particular would draw parents to send their children to Chase.

WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Chase parents and family members, residents with pre-school children, any one who has an interest in the future of Northside schools.

Food, drink and babysitting will be provided.

Questions: Contact Sue Wilke, Chair of the Northside Education Committee at

Civic Garden Center: Aligning Garden Lessons to Common Core

Civic Garden Center: Aligning Garden Lessons to Common Core

The Civic Garden Center offers bimonthly workshops to teachers free of charge in an effort to build a community of gardeners to support all of the amazing efforts happening in our region.

The December workshop is happening December 17th and is titled “Aligning Garden Lessons to Common Core.” This workshop is presented by the Greenacres Foundation Garden Educators.

Programs officially start at 4pm but you are welcome to come at 3:30pm to enjoy a “beer with a botanist” and work through current garden challenges.

Advance registration is appreciated but not required. Each session we will have a table of free resources and certificates for continuing education units.

Contact Mary Dudley at 513.221.0981 for details and registration.

Visit the Civic Garden Center website for more information:

Goodies with Grandparents Day – Friday, November 20

Goodies with Grandparents Day – Friday, November 20

Calling all Grandparents! You are invited to join your grandchildren who attend Parker Woods Montessori this Friday morning, November 19th, from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM for Goodies with Grandparents Day!

All Grandparents are welcome (including anyone who is special in the life of a student). Guests will be able to observe students working in a Montessori classroom, and offer some help, for those feeling up to it.

The Parker Woods Community is happy to be able to host this event, and teachers and staff look forward to meeting and visiting with all of the special people who make a difference in the lives of their student.  See you on Friday!

Scholastic Book Fair – Fall 2015

Scholastic Book Fair – Fall 2015

The Scholastic Book Fair begins this Monday, November 16, and will run until Tuesday, November 24.

  • Monday, November 16 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, November 17 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, November 18 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)
  • Thursday, November 19 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, November 20 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Extended Hours:

  • Monday, November 23 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, November 24 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

You can pay for purchases with cash or credit cards, (sorry, no checks!)

Sign-up here to volunteer for the Scholastic Book Fair.

Check out the Parker Woods Montessori Book Fair Homepage Online.

Shop online for Scholastic books. Proceeds go to the Parker Woods Montessori Scholastic Book Fair.

Download the Scholastic Book Fair Mobile App.

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents, and, you can contribute books to your child’s classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.


See you at the Book Fair!

Parker Woods Montessori Scholastic Book Fair – Fall 2015 – Urgent Need for Volunteers

Parker Woods Montessori Scholastic Book Fair – Fall 2015 – Urgent Need for Volunteers

The Fall Book Fair is coming to PWM next week and we need lots of volunteers. Erma Shaffer, our Book Fair chairperson, will be unavailable to lead the Book Fair next week due to an ankle injury she experienced this week. We are wishing Erma a speedy recovery, and we will need all the help we can get in her absence!

Please review the available slots on the sign-up list and add your name to slots where you can help. The Book Fair will be held in the PWM Media Center, across from the cafeteria.

The Book Fair is a great way to get books into the hands of kids as well as raise money for the school. Volunteering is also a fun way to meet other parents. As a volunteer, you will have time shop for your own kids, or read a book, in between the busy moments helping students, parents, and grandparents.

Thank you for all your help!

A Small Group: Intensive Learning Opportunity

A Small Group: Intensive Learning Opportunity

Date/Time information

  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 8:30AM – 3:00PM
  • Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30AM; The event begins at 9:00AM.

Registration Required?: Yes

    • Registration Required


What is the Intensive?

The Intensive is an all day learning experience and practice for people who want to deepen their understanding of engagement and the six conversations. This is for those who would like to co-lead the engagement series, and take a greater role in bringing the ideas of engagement into the community.

Pre-work: If you are new to the A Small Group gatherings, we highly recommend that you attend a monthly gathering and/or read the Civic Engagement booklet to begin the process of entering the space.

How much does it cost?
The cost is $35 (includes lunch) and your time and commitment. Also, we ask that you bring a breakfast item, snack or beverage to share with the group. To reserve a seat or ask questions, call  email or RSVP online using the link on this page.

Location Details:
Civic Garden Center
2715 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206


Movie Night: Big Hero 6

Movie Night: Big Hero 6

Friday, November 13th from 6-8
Movie: Big Hero 6
Free admission with food to purchase including pizza, popcorn, snow cones, and desserts
Food may be purchased with cash or box-tops
Parental/Adult supervision is required for all child attendees
Advertisement for the upcoming Popcorn Factory fundraiser will be there as well as T-shifts and Magnets will be available for purchase.
For those interested in volunteering food (side dishes and/or desserts) or their time for this event please contact

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Come Help in the Garden!

Come Help in the Garden!

Please join the Green & Healthy Committee in helping prepare the Parker Woods Montessori garden for winter on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 27th, 4:00 PM
  • Friday, October 28th, 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 31st, 11:00 AM

We will have coffee, eggs, and fruit on Saturday, so please RSVP for Saturday by sending an email message to

These work days are for cleaning the gardens and preparing them for cover crop or fresh native starts and putting certain beds to bed for the winter. We hope to get a compost built from pallets, too.