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Montessori Buzz – April 10, 2018

Extended Hours update, wear a jersey on Thursday, Phys Ed updates, and photos

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Invoices for Occasional Use of Early/Extended Hours

If you are a family that uses Early/Extended Hours on an occasional basis, please remember that invoices for this service are sent home with your child(ren) monthly.  Invoices for the month of March were sent home last week on Friday, and must be paid by April 19. If you have questions about Extended Hours or your invoice, please contact Victoria at vlittle@montessori.on.ca or 519-433-9121 ext. 211.

Jersey Thursday to support the Humbolt Broncos

On Thursday, April 12, our staff, and Elementary and Junior High students are encouraged to wear their favourite hockey jersey in support of the players and families of the Humboldt Broncos in Saskatchewan. This is not a fundraiser, however, as a school community, we wish to show our support for the Humboldt community and families affected by this tragedy. The Junior High and Upper Elementary students have already had discussions about the tragic incident. Lower Elementary teachers will discuss with their students how Canadians are joining together on Thursday to honour the Humboldt Broncos.

Phys Ed update

Junior Basketball
Junior Basketball is well underway. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the teams as the boys have 24 players this season, and the girls have 15, who are all ready to play hard!

The girls had their first tournament of the season and won all four games. Amazing!

The boys are also well under way and had two strong wins last week. Please keep an eye on the Upper Elementary website for schedules and/or changes.

Montessori Junior Hockey
Our junior hockey season finished for our players in Years 4-6. We had 20 skaters out to the first practice, and they were excited to play some games against Matthews Hall. Our final game of the season was against St. Mary School. Thanks to our Junior High referees Sam and Davide for helping out and doing a great job.

Curling
The Year 7 students had a visitor from the London Curling Club come in and talk about the finer points of curling and even practice their sweeping on the kitchen floor in Junior High. They then took a field trip to the London Curling Club on Wednesday, February 28, from 9:15 am -12:15 pm to fine tune and use their new curling skills on the rink.

Swimming to Survive
The Year 3 students are taking part in a three-week Swim to Survive program at the Centre Branch YMCA to teach them about water safety. Their next visit is on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-2 pm.

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day took place during our March Break, so when the students returned to school, we celebrated this very important day of inclusion and understanding. Gage and Carter (and friends) visited various classrooms to deliver delicious cookies and to talk to the students about Down Syndrome. Our students and staff showed support for WDSD by wearing blue and yellow, and brightly coloured socks.

Beach Day at Westmount

Beach Day arrived a bit late at our Westmount location, but the Casa students made the most of it by enjoying fun games and vacation-themed activities.

Where in the world is Montessori?

Nigel is in Cuba this week representing Dive Ontario at a diving competition. He is one of 8 divers competing. Good luck, Nigel!

ClassrooMechanics

How do you support Montessori at home? Here are some ideas and tips from ClassrooMechanics.

From the Community

PD Day Camps… Registration deadlines are coming up for a few of the PD Day camps available to our students on April 20. Visit the camps’ websites or Facebook pages for more details and registration information:

Yellowbird Learning Centre: Holistic Kids PD Day Retreat – https://www.facebook.com/yellowbirdlc/

Children’s Museum: Backyard Explorers
https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/calendar/events/day-camp-backyard-explorers

Junction Climbing: This full-day camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm, and is for kids aged 9-12. Price for the day is $70 (tax included). https://www.junctionclimbing.com/pd-day-camps or register through this link.

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