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Thank You for Supporting Walk-a-thon and Fall Festival

Thank You for Supporting Walk-a-thon and Fall Festival

Thank you to everyone who devoted their time and talents to make the Walk-a-thon and Fall Festival a big success. As a community, we raised more than five thousand dollars to support the students of Parker Woods Montessori! The weather was perfect for Walk-a-thon and we enjoyed a happy, healthy turnout for Fall Festival.

Check out the gallery of photos from one of our face painters.

Fall Festival Volunteers and Food Donations Needed

Fall Festival Volunteers and Food Donations Needed

Hello Parker Woods Montessori Families!

We need volunteers for all shifts at the Fall Festival being held on Friday, October 9, 2015. The festival runs from 4:30 – 7:30 PM, but we need volunteers starting at 4 PM and ending at 8 PM. 1 hour or 2 hour shifts are available. Please follow this link to sign up (note in the comment section if you can only sign up for an hour):

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4caeab2fa3fa7-fall

We also need baked good and side item donations. Baked goods can be bought or made. Side items can be salads, raw veggies and dip, mac and cheese, etc. and can also be bought or made. Please follow this link to sign up to donate food:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4caeab2fa3fa7-fall

We all need to work together to make this a great Fall Festival for the kids! Not only will the event be fun for the kids, it also enriches their classrooms!

Spread some joy around!

Make Your Walk-a-thon Donations Online

Make Your Walk-a-thon Donations Online

Click here to make your donation for the Walk-a-thon online using PayPal.




When you make your donation, you can include information in the “special instructions” box about the child for whom you are making the donation. This will make it easy for us to add up the donations by each classroom.

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New PTO Board Members and Committee Chairs

New PTO Board Members and Committee Chairs

Thank you to everyone who attended the September PTO meeting. Here are the names of the people who have volunteered to serve on our PTO board and chair each PTO committee. Please reach out to any of the board members or committee chairs if you have any questions, or you would like to offer your time and talents to make a difference for Parker Woods Montessori!

President
president@pwmpto.org
Angie Asselin
Missy Maxfield

Treasurer
treasurer@pwmpto.org
Kevin Maxfield

Secretary
secretary@pwmpto.org
Angie Jones
Elsie Saffron

Vice President
vice.president@pwmpto.org

Communications
communications@pwmpto.org
Brian Bachmeyer
Joy Patton
Mark Patton
Rachel Morgan
Valerie Taylore
Will Brumfield

Fundraising
fundraising@pwmpto.org
Caleana Colvard
Milene Donlin

Green and Healthy
green.and.healthy@pwmpto.org
Ellil Rose

Parent Academic Involvement
pac@pwmpto.org
Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara
Nuria Lopez-Ortega

Bring In Your Box Tops!

Bring In Your Box Tops!

Parker Woods Montessori Families!

GET YOUR SCISSORS READY!
NEXT WEEK STARTS OUR FIRST BOX TOP SCRAMBLE

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PWM gets 10 cents for each box top. It doesn’t sound like a lot but 10 cents can really add up!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Cut them and bring them to your classroom. Bring them in a baggie or tape them to the provided collection sheet. There is a special envelope hanging on the wall. (Ask your awesome teacher where to look!) Also, please don’t include Labels for Education; we don’t collect those at this time.

HERE’S WHAT YOUR CLASS CAN WIN:

  • Classes that collect 250 box tops will win lollipops
  • The first class to collect 500 box tops will win a Popsicle party (1 class only)
  • The first class to collect 1000 box tops will get the grand prize of ice cream treats and a teacher wish list item (1 class only)

Check your classroom’s progress on the PTC bulletin board

Contest runs from September thru November, but the envelope will stay there all year. Look for another contest and a cafeteria shop coming soon!

SO START CUPPING!

Download (PDF, 331KB)

4th-6th Grade Reading List

4th-6th Grade Reading List

All of the students in the 4-6th grade classrooms will be reading a common set of books this year.

These books are required by the district, but the district has not set aside money for the school to purchase these books. The Cincinnati Public Library does have some copies available, but the supply is limited to share between all of our local schools.

Please take a look at this list, and contact the Parker Woods Montessori if you have any copies you would like to donate.

The Secret Garden

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1

Riding Freedom

The One and Only Ivan

Maniac Magee

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm

Bridge to Terabithia

Moon Over Manifest

The Pinballs

Touching Spirit Bear

Bud, Not Buddy

The Cay

Julie of the Wolves

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Nightjohn

Freak the Mighty

Rules

A Wrinkle in Time

You can also get more information about the effort to collect books for our schools by joining the Facebook group “Books for Schools”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1614284195527445/

New School Year Updates

New School Year Updates

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share what we discussed at our informal gathering last Thursday. Here are a few of the main topics we chatted about.

Fundraising

Several people raised questions as to why we do so many fundraising efforts each year and where the money goes. We discussed how our school has to spread its budget further than other schools due to the number of education professionals (teachers and assistant teachers) in the building, so we parents work to make up the difference for supplies and enrichment activities. It was clear that this information needs to be the focus as we go forward raising money for this year. I made sure I discussed this point with all the families who spoke with us on Saturday at orientation.

Music programs

There have been many parents expressing confusion about how and when the band program is operated at Parker Woods. We agreed we should look into the logistics of the program to share with all parents.
We discussed reaching out to the community for an instrument drive.
We also decided to ask Ms.Thomas about a recorder program for the music special.

Chairs and board members

At this time we are looking for an apprentice Treasury, Vice President, Fundraising chair, Green and Healthy co-chair and other support volunteers for the 2015-2016 school year.

Northside Learns resource manual

The Northside Community Council Education Committee helped create a community resource manual for all three elementary schools in Northside. This manual will help each school identify tutors, education partners, volunteers and sponsors for the upcoming school year. We will use some of this information to update the PTO Parent Resource Guide for this year.

Ways to open up to new members

We brainstormed on ways to make our PTO more appealing and easier to plug into for new members. We discussed breaking up the seating for meetings in different ways (by age groups, by committees, etc), having name tags, offering quarterly raffles/door prizes, and having parent info sessions during movie nights.

Finally we reviewed the bylaws and discussed pros and cons to updating our bylaws and PTO structure.

I also wanted to share that Missy Maxfield and I had some great responses during the New Family Orientation on Saturday! We will be reaching out this week to all of the families who signed up, and I am confident we will be seeing some fresh faces getting involved in our efforts this year!

Thank you for all you all do to make our school the best it can be!

Angie Asselin
PWM PTO Co-President

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!

The Scholastic Book Fair Begins This Week

The Scholastic Book Fair Begins This Week

The Scholastic Book Fair begins this Saturday, May 9, and will run until next Friday, May 15.

  • Saturday, May 9 (11:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • Monday, May 11 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, May 12 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, May 13 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Thursday, May 14 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)
  • Friday, May 15 (9:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open during the End of the Year Picnic.

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

Check out the Parker Woods Montessori Book Fair Homepage Online.

Download the Scholastic Book Fair Mobile App.

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

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way!

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!

Second Annual Spring Fundraiser

Second Annual Spring Fundraiser

Dear Parents,

We started the year off with the Walkathon Fundraiser, which has provided essential funding for field trips and programs, which are complementing classroom studies and providing our children with wonderful opportunities to experience and explore new places and ideas.

Now, Parker Woods Montessori PTO is excited to kick off our Second Annual Spring Fundraiser during the weeks of April 27th-May 1st to support our Specials classes: Art, Music, and Gym and create a fund for Montessori materials.  Our goal is to raise $2,000. With just $5 per student, we can reach our goal!!

Did you know that the school district provides almost no funding for art, music, or gym materials or supplies?  Our fundraising goal for the Special’s program is $1,600.  That amount would allow our art teacher, Ms. Nall, to purchase paints, drawing paper and notebooks, markers, fabrics, wood, and various adhesives.  These resources would allow our children to explore a wide variety of art forms, materials, and techniques and some student artists could even participate with Ms. Nall in Northside Art Shows.  Our music teacher, Ms. Thomas, could buy 8 new music programs with instructional music books and interactive CDs.  And our Gym teacher, Ms. Austin, could buy new tennis rackets and replace other damaged equipment.

In our children’s regular classrooms, it can be very expensive to purchase or replace Montessori materials.  Our goal is to create a fund, starting with $400 this year, to provide resources for teachers who need to replace or purchase new Montessori materials.

We suggest donations of $5-$10, but every little bit helps! Here are the details:

Submitting Donations:  You may submit donations three ways:

  • Online:  Donate tab on Parker Woods PTO website: www.pwmpto.org  (right side)

  • Cash

  • Personal Check or Money Order made out to Parker Woods Montessori Foundation.

*Due to regulations, cash, checks, and Money Orders CANNOT be sent in with students nor be handled by teachers or staff.  The PTO will have volunteers accepting donations (directly from the hands of parents) at drop off and pick up from April 27th-May 1st.  There will be prizes!

All donations are tax deductible.  You can find receipt forms in the main office.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!

Parker Woods Parent-Teacher-Organization

The Spring Book Fair is Coming

The Spring Book Fair is Coming

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way!

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.

Here’s a brief video that highlights the big dreams that can be realized through family reading:
http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/family

See you at the Book Fair!

Visit the Parker Woods Montessori Book Fair Homepage Online 

Download the Scholastic Book Fair Mobile App

 

Book Donations for the PTO Book Sale

Book Donations for the PTO Book Sale

We are accepting donations this spring for the PTO Book Sale.

Students who donate books will be given book vouchers for every book they donate, which they can exchange for another book at the PTO Book Sale. The PTO Book Sale will be held this year during the End of the Year Picnic.

Please donate any of your gently-read books any Thursday morning between March 12 and April 30. We will be collecting books in the PTO Room, just inside the entrance of Parker Woods Montessori. Proceeds from all books sold at the Book Sale will benefit the students of Parker Woods Montessori.

Collection days:

Thursday, March 12 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, March 19 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, March 26 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, April 9 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, April 16 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, April 23 –  8:45-9:15 AM
Thursday, April 30 –  8:45-9:15 AM

Parker Woods Montessori is Selling CRESBI Crates at the Northside Famers Market!

Parker Woods Montessori is Selling CRESBI Crates at the Northside Famers Market!

 

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Here are some of the many reasons to buy a CRESBI Crate from Parker Woods Montessori at the Northside Farmers Market.

–AVOID THE HASSLE OF RECYCLING PLASTIC BAGS
One shopper in one year on average gets 500 plastic bags, no need to recycle now!

–SAVE TIME AT THE CHECKOUT
Open your crate when you walk in the store. Put your barcodes up on your products as you place them in the crate. If it’s not too full, at checkout the checker can scan them in the crate with a handheld scanner and not take them out of the crate.

–MULTI-PURPOSE, SAVES SPACE
CRESBI crates can be used for picnics, potlucks, camping, etc then collapsed down.

–EASY TO CLEAN, DISHWASHER SAFE
You can sanitize a CRESBI crate by washing it in very hot water.

–SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION!
40% of the sale of the Convenience CRESBI crates at the Northside Farmers Market goes towards the Parker Woods Montessori PTO.

You can also order CRESBI Crates online at cresbicrate.com. If you order online and use the promotional code PWM5, 20% of your order will go to support the Parker Woods Montessori PTO.