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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!

Angie Asselin
Missy Maxfield

Kevin Maxfield

Angie Jones
Elsie Saffron

Vice President

Brian Bachmeyer
Joy Patton
Mark Patton
Rachel Morgan
Valerie Taylore
Will Brumfield

Caleana Colvard
Milene Donlin

Green and Healthy
Ellil Rose

Parent Academic Involvement
Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara
Nuria Lopez-Ortega

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


Freak the Mighty


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”

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.


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

School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists

Ages 3-6 Preschool

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Mr. Cory Held

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Ms. Alex Naim

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Ms. Anna Rehrer

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Ms. Guetle

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Ms. Heather Bailey

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Ms. Jessica Irwin

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Ms. Judy Ganance

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Ms. Linda Biehle

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Ms. Linda Bockstiegel

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Ms. Megan McGraw and Ms. Amanda Hendricks

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Ms. Penny Greenler

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Ms. Susan Best

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Ms. Suzanne Nall

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Ms. TeSheia Thomas and Ms. Tamara Casey

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Ms. Tonya Enderle

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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!

Congratulations to Graduates of the Leadership Scholars Parent Academy

Congratulations to Graduates of the Leadership Scholars Parent Academy

This Sunday the Parent Academy classes from Parker Woods Montessori and Chase Elementary celebrated graduation day with graduates from all the Leadership Scholars classes in Cincinnati.

Congratulations to Erma Baugh-Schaffer who spoke on behalf of the Parker Woods Montessori class and delivered a moving speech about how much this program has meant to her, and what a difference this program has made for all of the parents who made the commitment and were able to participate.


We also thank Dr. Victor F. Garcia, the Founding Director of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Professor at UC Department of Surgery, for delivering the keynote address and inspiring all in attendance to spread the word about the great work being done by Leadership Scholars.

Visit the Leadership Scholars website to learn more.

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:  (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.


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:

See you at the Book Fair!

Visit the Parker Woods Montessori Book Fair Homepage Online 

Download the Scholastic Book Fair Mobile App


2014-15 School Climate Parent Survey

2014-15 School Climate Parent Survey

Click here to take the CPS parent survey for this school year.

Here is a word from CPS about the survey:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Every parent and guardian has a voice in Cincinnati Public Schools’ ongoing pursuit of educational excellence. Today we are asking for your feedback about the individual school your youngest child attends, focusing on critical school issues such as instruction, communication and school services.

As you answer each of the following questions, please think carefully and critically about your school. Your responses should reflect your views about your YOUNGEST child’s school only. If you have more than one child currently enrolled in CPS, you may visit our website to take the survey again for another school.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All of your responses will be treated in a confidential manner. Since data will be viewed on a collective level only, reports will not identify individuals. Therefore, no one in the district will know whether you have participated unless you identify yourself in the space for open-ended comments.

Engaging in an ongoing dialogue is critical as we work together to provide our students with the best possible education. Your responses will help the district make decisions to improve education for all students. After the survey closes, we will report the findings publicly, sharing what we have learned and what specific changes you may anticipate as a result of the feedback collected.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Cincinnati Public Schools