|Dear MA Families,
Job Opportunity: Development Director!
With Tina’s transition into the Executive Director role next year, we are now taking applications for a Development Director. Please see the full posting (PDF) for details. And please circulate to anyone you think might be interested in leading the fundraising efforts of this amazing school! Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 13.
Registrar’s update: Re-enrolment and tax receipts
Re-Enrolment update: Online re-enrolment opens this Friday, February 10. Please look for the re-enrolment package to be sent home with your child this week. The online re-enrolment form and all supporting documents must be returned to the Registrar’s Office by Tuesday, Feb. 21, to confirm your child(ren)’s place for the 2017-18 School Year.
A note on tax receipts: All MA families should have received their 2016 Tax Receipt last week on Friday. For any questions regarding Tax Receipts, please contact Victoria at 519-433-9121 x 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Pizza and Pub Night
Wow! Response has been amazing so far, and reservations are almost full! Please keep in mind there will be walk-in spots on the bar side that night (but it is not guaranteed seating), and if you can’t stay or are unable to join us that night, takeout orders will count towards the school’s fundraising efforts.
Upcoming Open House – Waterloo Toddler
We will open the doors to our Toddler classrooms at 718 Waterloo St. for an Open House on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 am to 12 pm. If you know anyone curious about Montessori and the education we offer Toddlers, please let them know about this upcoming Open House.
Life After Montessori – RSVP by Friday
Our Life After Montessori info session and alumni panel is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Learn about what students can expect after they leave MA from some of our alumni – at different stages in their schooling and careers.
From one one of our parents, who attended a recent Life After Montessori session: “Our family attended this event as we approached Junior High. It was amazing to see these young adults so mature, so well spoken — and giving so much credit to the Montessori program. They truly felt it had helped them be in a position to succeed in the world. They were not only crediting the Montessori academic side but the organizational and life skills they had learned; the life skills they learned at MA made the transition to high school and beyond easy, said one former student. After hearing that, we knew we were on the right track with our own family journey at Montessori Academy.”
This year we have another amazing panel of graduates, including a few travelling to London for the event. If you’re interested in joining us that evening, please let Kristen know by this Friday, Feb. 10, via email: email@example.com
FYI: For Ecuador 2018 info, contact Kristen
If there are any parents of students in Years 5-8 who were unable to make the recent Ecuador Trip Information session, but want more details on the trip in March 2018, please contact Kristen directly at ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Teacher Parties!
Toddler and Year 6 to 8 Parents – a night off could be yours!! We currently have 4 spots open for the upcoming Toddler Tango on Thurs. Feb 16 as well as 4 spots open for some chefs to participate in Chopped Montessori that same night. Both of these teacher parties are happening right after school, which means you could have a dinner date while your children are having fun!!
For more details on these events, check out the Teacher Parties booklet online (PDF), and then contact Sara at Reception if you would like to sign your child up and give yourselves a break with a few child-free hours.
- Toddler Tango – Thursday, Feb. 16 – For Toddler students; 4-6 p.m.
- Chopped Montessori! – Thursday, Feb. 16 – For Years 6-8; 4-6:30 p.m.
Also, there are a few openings in the Traditional African Celebration, hosted by Margaret and Christopher on Saturday, March 4 – For AGES 7-11; 9 am-12:45 p.m.
Australia study in Casa 3
As Casa 3 began their study of Australia we welcomed Josh Scott to teach us about surfing and water safety. Thank you for making this lesson exciting and fun!
Finn’s Rehearsal Schedule now online
Visit our Finn’s Montessori Journey Page http://montessori.on.ca/finn/ for the rehearsal schedule. The Musical Directors would greatly appreciate students to do their best to memorize their lines before attending rehearsals.
Music in Junior High
In our music curriculum, students choose an instrument they would like to play when entering Year 5. They continue to learn the inner workings of their instrument and how to produce a beautiful sound from it right through to Year 8. When in Jr. High, they have the opportunity to play together as a full band and also perfect a piece of music they are working on, by having time to play as a sectional.
The video link will give you a glimpse into the woodwinds sectional this week: https://vimeo.com/201914668/93639874a5
The group is being directed by Ayesha; the students decided which bars of the song needed work. At the Jr. High level, opportunities to make decisions, lead a group and organize activities are core components to their learning. They become confident in themselves and their capacity to work and lead others.
Junior High’s trip to Lucan
On February 3, 2017, the Junior High class went on an adventure to the nearby town of Lucan, Ontario. This is the setting in which the novel The Black Donnellys by Thomas P. Kelley took place. We visited a replica of the Donnelly house and an old barn representing the pioneer lifestyle. We also went to the Donnelly museum where we participated in a fun competition to see who knew the most about the Donnellys’ history. After, we went to the cemetery to see the Donnellys’ grave. There were many generous volunteers that helped prepare lunch for us and gave us a tour of the museum and cemetery. It was an amazing experience that gave us a new insight on what it was like to live in the Donnellys’ reign of terror.
By: Elena, Katie and Pieter
The world needs more Montessori!
In case you missed it through social media, Margaret recently shared an article she wrote that we think most of us agree with: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/world-needs-more-montessori-margaret-whitley
FYI: New waste management program
As educators, we want to be good models for our students on how we need to treat our planet and be responsible citizens at MA. To that end, we are now working with Orgaworld, a composting company that collects wet and dry compost, processes it, and then sells it to farmers and others.
Our waste management goal is to divert 95% of our garbage away from landfill through Orgaworld and proper recycling techniques.
How it works…. Green Bags will be available for all compostable items; this material will be shipped to Orgaworld for processing. Blue Bags will be used for recycling through the city; recycled materials include metal, plastic and glass. Black Bags will be used for garbage to landfill through the city.
How parents can support this program: Please continue to adhere to our “garbageless lunch” policy that is noted under the blue “Parent and child responsibilities” tab of the Year at a Glance calendar. As always, we thank you for your support.
This is the list of compostable items Orgaworld will take in the green bags:
Here’s an interesting webinar about screen time: https://susanstiffelman.com/screen-time-how-much-too-much-4list/
Cost is $29 for 90-minute webinar.