Dear MA Families & Friends,
A Message from Tina
With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to revisit the idea of the three gifts I spoke about at our Winter Concert. If you haven’t had the chance to give any of these gifts yet, you have two weeks coming up to give to your hearts content! The three items were:
- The gift of kindness ~ this can be as simple as helping someone or being courteous
- The gift of time ~ make it a priority to be with the people you love and are important to you, and
- The gift of being present ~ wholeheartedly give your undivided attention to an experience or to those you are with…
These gifts are invaluable to their recipients! I hope everyone has a wonderful break!
PD Day and Winter Break
Friday is a PD Day for the students. The Main Office will be closed over the two-week break, starting Friday at 11 a.m. We re-open on Monday, January 8.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday, and enjoy your time with family and friends!
A gift from Sifton Family Foundation
We have amazing news to share! The Sifton Family Foundation has given MA a generous donation to purchase new Science Tables for our Junior High program! These new chemical and fire resistant tables will be an incredible addition to the program. Thank you, Sifton Family Foundation! https://www.facebook.com/SiftonProperties/
Financial Support for 2018-2019 School Year
Applications for Financial Support are due to Apple Financial by January 12 (the first Friday after school is back). Financial Support is available to families with children in second year Casa through to Junior High, and who have been enrolled at the school for at least two consecutive years. For more details, follow this link to a PDF of the Financial Support program letter. Or, contact Victoria Little at email@example.com if you have additional questions.
Sibling Applications due Jan. 26
Applications to MA for siblings of current students are due by Friday, January 26 to reserve a spot in our programs for the 2018-2019 School Year. Due to CCEYA and programming requirements, positions in certain programs are limited and we would like to provide priority to our current MA families.
If you would like to submit an application for a child in your family, please contact Victoria Little via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 211 to receive your username and password and begin the application process. Our online application for new students can be found here: https://schoolforms.montessori.on.ca/apply
Moving Up forms due this week
Moving Up Sessions are coming up soon. Forms are due Thursday, Dec. 21. These forms were sent home to parents for students moving from Toddler to Casa, Casa to Lower Elementary, Upper El to Junior High. Please contact your child’s classroom with questions.
Spirit Wear update
Watch for your Spirit Wear orders on Thursday. Our vendor is working feverishly behind the scenes to fulfill our orders.
Save the Date: Family Dinner Event at East Side Mario’s
Get together with other MA families and enjoy a dinner out!
- Where: East Side Mario’s 135 Wellington Road, London Ontario
- Date: Wednesday February 28, 2018
- Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
- Tickets: $20 each family member
Please note: families need to purchase tickets in advance. Ticket order forms will go home in January!
Phys Ed Updates
The students in Year 4 had a great time yesterday at the North London Community Center roller skating. Check out two short videos on our Facebook page!
Thanks to all of the students and families for making our annual Family Skate such a success.
Found: Skate guards
We still have some skate guards looking to go home. They were found at Western Fair Arena last week. Please contact the Main Office if they’re yours.
Basketball will get underway the first week back from holidays. The boys will play at St Anne on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and the girls will play at St Anne on Thursday, Jan. 11. Please check the Junior High website for the full game schedule and practice updates.
Waterloo Toddler Holiday Sing-a-Long
Warmest wishes to everyone who came out to celebrate the holiday season with the Waterloo Toddlers. They performed holiday classics and decorated cookies. The toddlers wrapped up the celebration with some balloon dancing and presented their loved ones with the gifts they worked so hard on! Thank you for celebrating this Holiday season with us! Happy New Year!
Waterloo Casa activities!
We have been studying Asia this term and we were very excited to invite Aditya’s parents Shruti and D.K. into our class so we could learn more about India. Shruti and D.K. talked about landmarks, traditions, food and instruments. We learned about the various states in India and the rich culture. Did you know that there are 23 different languages spoken in India alone! The children listened to traditional music, smelled various spices and tasted a traditional dessert called Gulab Jamun. We just love when we have guest speakers. Thank you so much Shruti and D.K. for teaching us so much!
Calvin was very excited to bring his mom to school this week. Sarah is a talented baker, who came in to decorate a Gingerbread house and to bake Christmas cookies with us. The children loved learning about the ingredients used to make buttercream icing, and assisting Sarah with making a fresh batch. Everyone happily helped decorate our classroom gingerbread house, and a gingerbread tree and man to take home. Thank you so much, Sarah, for taking the time to make these delicious treats with us!
Westmount Casa visit to Fanshawe Conservation Area
Westmount Casa was lucky enough to enjoy one of the last fall-like days of the year at Fanshawe Conservation Area. We took part in “Christmas for the Animals.” We started our day with an entertaining puppet show where we had the chance to meet some of our furry friends who live in the forest. We then set off to leave food for the blue jays and chickadees. We were so quiet we were able to see a number of beautiful birds come and have a snack. Finally, the children were given red ribbons to hang on tree branches with the hope that they will be used to build nests. The children truly enjoyed their time outdoors and we would like to thank all of our parent volunteers for helping out.
Casa 3’s Colombia study
A great big thank you to Catalina and Wilfredo for visiting Casa 3 and teaching us about Colombian music, food and the Spanish language. The children enjoyed baking their own Pandebono along with a snack of plantain chips and an oatmeal smoothie.
Digging out on Wednesday
Do you remember Wednesday morning’s sizable dumping of snow… We do, too. Thankfully, a few of our students helped out with some shovelling in the morning to help keep the sidewalks clear. Thanks, kids! Great job.
Junior High’s holiday fun
Junior High got a jump on the holidays last week with Festive Friday and Mika’s home-made potato latkes, which she prepared for her classmates on Wednesday to celebrate Hannukah.
From the Community
Our good friends at Childreach have added more learning opportunities for parents in the New Year. Take a look at their website for details: http://childreach.on.ca/learn/