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Montessori Buzz – April 11, 2017

Construction on Waterloo St., Annual Appeal launch, Finn tickets, and Phys. Ed news

Dear MA Families,

Construction on Waterloo St. sidewalk

Please be aware that construction is beginning on Waterloo Street right out front of the Elementary building. It is only expected to last a few days, but the sidewalk may not be usable during this time. If you are travelling to and from the Elementary building, please use the courtyard entrances.


Finn’s journey is just a week away! Get your tickets online through The Palace website:

Conlan, our choir director

Meet Conlan Gassi, the newest faculty to begin a Montessori journey — as our Lower Elementary music teacher. Over the last 10 years, Conlan has completed his business degree and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music with a specialization in Opera; and he has enjoyed a career performing in both Canada and Italy.

Conlan is in a unique position: watching “Finn’s Montessori Journey” take shape while he, like the lead character, gets to know Montessori. What Conlan appreciates the most about Montessori Academy of London so far is the willingness of all the children to learn and how much they enjoy being at school. (Both typical of a Montessori child!)

He says he’s most looking forward to seeing the journeys of each of the children involved in the musical unfold – they have been provided with a unique opportunity to develop their skills and be involved in a performance that has never been done before.

We hope you will join us on April 19 or 20 to see not only “Finn’s Montessori Journey” but the cumulative effort and journey that each of the children has taken to put together this unique performance!

A very special thank you goes out to our generous lead sponsors: Mercedes-Benz London, Panago Pizza, and Canadian Commercial Development.

Dinner and a show?

Planning to dine out before the show? Here’s a list of some local Old East Village eateries:

Please see the FINN page on our website for a full schedule of rehearsals next week:

Development & Fundraising update

Our Annual Appeal launches!

On Friday, the Annual Appeal was sent home with our students and mailed out to the friends and supporters in our community. If you missed the package, you can read the details in this PDF of the letter to learn more about our plans for Capital Improvements and the Whitley Tribute Gift. The Annual Appeal has received 100% support from our Board of Governors and staff. We hope you will also consider joining us in this effort. Your gifts to the Annual Appeal make it the most successful fundraising initiative for the Academy and create the largest impact on our school. All donations made to the Annual Appeal receive a charitable tax receipt and will be accepted until June 30, 2017. Funds raised to date this school year is over $28,000!

You can make online donations through this secure webpage or through the DONATE TODAY button on the Get Involved page of our website:

Our New Development Director

You may have noticed the Annual Appeal letter had two signatures on it. Tonya Dendrinos recently joined us as our new Development Director. Please introduce yourselves to Tonya if you encounter her in the hallways; she can be reached at ext. 233 or via email at

Upcoming Teacher parties!

We have a couple of upcoming Teacher Parties that still have spaces available. Families can register by calling the Main Office or e-mail:

Dissection Investigation: Lab Scientists Wanted!

Join us for this exciting opportunity to investigate the internal functions of a rat. By exploring the organs, circulatory system and tissues students will have a better understanding of what makes up their own bodies! There will also be bone collections, feathers and preserved items for students to explore and have some guessing game fun. A snack will be provided for our scientists.

  • Date: Thursday, May 4
  • Time: 4:15-6:15PM
  • Location: Upper Elementary 1
  • Ages: Upper El and Jr High – Years 4-8
  • Cost: $45

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!

Join your girlfriends on an evening of dancing, pizza and fun! Share your sweetest dance moves to the hottest pop hits. You’ll even learn some funky new steps. We’ll take a break from dancing to beautify your fingernails and fuel up with some delicious pizza. Fun! Funky! Fresh! Fantastic!

  • Date: Thursday, May 18
  • Time: 4:00-7:00PM
  • Location: Upper Elementary
  • Ages: Elementary, Years 3-8
  • Cost: $30

Phys. Ed updates

As the weather begins to change and we move to outdoor Phys. Ed classes, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately and has outdoor running shoes.

Junior Basketball

Junior basketball is underway. Schedules for both teams are located on the Upper Elementary website under the Phys. Ed link. The girls played very well this past weekend in a tournament at St Sebastian and are looking forward to their games this week.  The boys have been practising hard and have played some good basketball in league play. The boys team is carrying 27 players this year on the roster! What a turnout!

An order form will be sent home next Thursday for basketballs; this way you can ensure that you are getting the correct size of ball for your player.

Year 3 Swim to Survive Program

The Year 3 students have been attending the Centre Branch YMCA on Tuesday afternoons to take part in the Swim to Survive program. This program runs for three weeks and teaches the students how to tread water for 1 minute, how to roll into the water and how to cover a distance of 50m.

Phys. Ed Field Trip

On Tuesday, February 28 the Jr high students received some in class instruction on the fine art of curling and then followed that up with a visit to the London Curling Club on March 1 and March 8. The students practised their sweeping in the Junior High kitchen and at the London Curling Club!

Junior Hockey

Also recently, the Junior hockey team took on St. Mary Choir school.

Toddler – Open Class

Last week, our Waterloo Toddler families joined the children to observe the daily activities during Open Class. It’s a wonderful opportunity for parents to see inside the beautiful Montessori Toddler classroom – and for the students to show Mom and Dad what they have learned. We saw plenty of faces beaming with pride!

Junior High dress drive

The Junior High program is collecting gently-used girls’ dresses as a service project. We hope to make many children happy both locally and internationally. How can you help?

Donate gently-used girls’ dresses in our bin located in the Main Office entrance by April 27. Please make sure they are in good quality; any size and style will work. We will donate some to an organization in Haiti as well as some to our community partners in London.

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