Dear MA Families:
Today’s the day: Re-enrolment packages are due!
Please ensure that all re-enrolment packages are returned to the Main Office by today to ensure your child’s spot in his or her program in September. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Little, Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-433-9121 ext. 211.
Sibling Offers of Admission
Sibling Offers of Admission will be sent home this week on Thursday, Feb. 23, with the sibling that is currently enroled in the school. All offers must be returned to the main office by Monday, February 27.
Your opinion matters! Participate in our Community Focus Groups
Parents and family members are invited to participate in focus group discussions on Wednesday March 1, 2017. To register, please click on the link below. Once you have registered, you can select the focus group that is most convenient for you.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A FOCUS GROUP
Your input is extremely valuable, and will help us determine the priorities and initiatives in the Board’s next five-year strategic plan. Thanks, in advance, for participating!
Toddler Open House is Saturday
We’re offering the public a sneak peek inside our Waterloo Toddler classrooms on Saturday. If you know any families who are interested in learning more about Montessori and the education we provide Toddlers, please encourage them to join us on Saturday, Feb. 25, between 10 a.m. and noon at 718 Waterloo St.
Waste management update
After only a week and a half working with Orgaworld for the school’s waste management initiative, we have reduced our landfill waste by 80-85%. We have also reduced the items we would normally recycle by a similar amount. WOW!
Congrats and thank you to everyone — especially the students and teachers, who have taken on more responsibility with this new process. We also thank our families who support this initiative through the school’s garbageless lunch policy. We have made a huge difference already!
Party like a King and Queen
Don’t forget to sign up for the Traditional African Celebration teacher party with Christopher and Margaret on Saturday, March 4 – from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. It’s going to be a fun-filled morning of activity as the children make costumes with swords, material and beads; learn and practise a drumming and dance performance; and then prepare a meal. This party is for students ages 7-11; parents are invited to join the celebration for an amazing lunch at noon.
Waterloo Casa’s Iceland lesson
This week, Gretta’s parents, Don and Connie Youngblut, came in to talk to Waterloo Casa about Iceland. They brought along volcanic ash and lava. The children were so intrigued by their presentation.
Jr. High Band Conducted by World-Renowned Music Teacher
Robert Riseling has taught at universities in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a world-renowned clarinetist, whose performances and master classes have taken him across Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Israel and China. Over 50 pieces of music have been composed for Dr. Riseling, which can be heard on radio broadcasts across Canada and Europe.
Former conductor of Orchestra London, Dr. Riseling spent two weeks conducting our Jr. High band, teaching them the art and discipline of performing music at the highest level. What an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from such an amazing and accomplished musician!
Watch a clip of Dr. Riseling playing some Mozart for the students with our very own music teacher Adam Phares: https://vimeo.com/204544691 It’s clear that Adam can hold his own with the best of them!
Upper Elementary Renaissance Fair
The Year 6 students put on a Renaissance Fair on Thursday. They had lots of fun presenting their projects and teaching the Lower and Upper Elementary classes about the Renaissance. There were many attractions such as various baked goods, instrument playing and our two new class additions, Lulu and Jubejube. We hope that everyone went home with maybe a new addition to their knowledge about the Renaissance. -Ashlyn, Year 6
MA Chopped Canada 2017 was a huge success!
Two teams…a multifaceted meal…only one chance to win.
The challenge: create an unforgettable meal from the mystery ingredients before the time runs out. There can only be one Montessori Academy of London’s Chopped Champion…the other gets CHOPPED!
A huge thank you to the students who participated in the Chopped Canada teacher party on Thursday evening. Both teams competed hard and plated beautiful meals before the clock ran out! After sitting down and enjoying the delicious creations that the students worked so hard to put together, everyone enjoyed some ice-cream sundaes! It was such an exciting and intense event! The enthusiasm was contagious! Of course, the students all received their “Master Chef” certifications before leaving. Many thanks to all!
Coffee with Margaret on Wednesday
Tomorrow’s Coffee with Margaret session at 8:45-9:45 a.m. will address “How do we support our children now so they can cope in high school, university and beyond?” We’ll touch on tips for parents with children of all ages.
There are still a few spots, so please call the Main Office 519-433-9121 or email Reception@montessori.on.ca to reserve your spot.
Some good reading…
Article: Western News fetes Margaret
Western News published a great profile last week on our Executive Director, Margaret Whitley. If you missed in print or through social media, take a look at this link: http://news.westernu.ca/2017/02/alumnas-montessori-legacy-continues/
Infographic: The hazards of helicopter parenting:
Article: How to raise non-judgemental children:
From the Community
Coding workshop on Saturday, March 4
Go Code Girl camp is for girls in Grades 7-11. Learn more here:
March Break Camps – 2017