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Montessori Buzz – June 13, 2017

Lots of reminders and fun photos!

Final Call for the Annual Appeal

This is the last chance to make your donation count for this year.  Our Annual Appeal ends on June 30!

Your gift makes an incredible difference in the experience our students have every day here at MA. Please consider supporting our appeal by making a gift that is meaningful to you.

While school is out for the summer, we will be busy with upgrades to our Junior 3 classroom and maintenance to other areas of our Elementary facilities. We need your help to fulfill the funding required to bring these projects to completion through donations to our Capital Improvements fund.

We are so close. An additional $5,000 in donations will go a long way!

There is also a special opportunity this year to celebrate Margaret Whitley’s legacy by making a gift to the Margaret Whitley Tribute Fund.

Make this year count! All donations made to the Annual Appeal receive a charitable tax receipt and will be accepted until June 30, 2017.

Lower Elementary Hot Lunch – Date Change

Due to the Clovermead field trip scheduled for Friday, June 16, the Wraps hot lunch will be served on Thursday, June 15. Upper Elementary students will still receive their hot lunch, as scheduled, on Friday, June 16.

Reminder – Gym Wear Orders Due Tomorrow!

Gym Wear Order Forms for students who will be in Years 1-8 next year are due. Please submit your child’s form to the Main Office by 4:30 pm tomorrow. If your order is not received by the deadline, we will select what we think is an appropriate size for your child. Can’t find your form? Download and print a PDF copy of the gym wear form through this link.

Please return books to Elementary Library

All library books are due back in to the library by Wednesday June 21. Thank you!

N’oubliez-pas! The French Bistro is tomorrow!

Year-End Celebration is next Tuesday

Join us on Tuesday, June 20,  at Forest City Community Church — 3725 Bostwick Road at 6 p.m., to celebrate the end of the school year and the senior students in each level who are moving up in September!

Students participating in the ceremony are asked to be at the church by 5:45 p.m. There are no Extended Hours (except for Toddlers) that evening so staff can attend the ceremony. We hope to see you there!

Perspective magazine – on sale at Year-End Celebration

This issue is bigger and has even more amazing content from our talented students. Please bring $5 cash to get your copy! 

Greetings from Camp Hurontario!

Our Junior High students send their regards from camp this week!

WE Club Plant Sale

Great news! Our WE Club made a total of $332 in the plant sale last Friday. WE Club would like to thank everybody who bought a plant or gave a donation:  $32 will go towards more plants for us to grow and sell for another fundraiser in September. If you missed out on purchasing a plant, do not worry because the next plant sale will be bigger with wide variety of plants to choose from.

We will use the other $300 to buy non-perishable goods to give to an organization called LUSO (London Urban Services Organization). LUSO is an organization that helps working people that still do not have enough money to support their families. They don’t only give out food, but also donate supplies like diapers and socks. A couple of students will be going to the grocery store to buy food to give to LUSO. We would once again like to thank everybody that contributed, as without them this fundraiser would not have been such a success. – By Kate, Halla and Lily

Phasing In Activities

As always, there was lots of fun and collaboration during Phasing In this year.

Year 8 Gathering at Palasad

On Friday, June 2 when a number of our students were phasing-in by visiting their next level, the Year 8’s were “phasing-out.” The 16 Year 8’s that will graduate on June 22 were busy finalizing their speeches which they will be presenting to their parents, family members and teachers. After all that hard work, the Year 8’s ventured with Jessica and Kristen to Palasad North for lunch and bowling. The day was filled with reflection on their time at Montessori and having a fun-filled afternoon with their peers. This allowed the students some special time to be together as a group, many of whom have known each other since Toddler, and enjoy a unique day based on their journey together.  Although they are sad to be moving on, they did express that they are excited for the next stage of their life. On behalf of all the teachers at the school we wish them well!

Toddlers-eye view: Oh the things we see!

The importance of movement is one of Maria Montessori’s fundamental beliefs. How children learn is directly connected to their movements. Our Montessori Toddlers love to take their learning outside. Nature walks and neighborhood excursions are a favourite way to see and explore all that is going on around us. This week we saw lots exciting things. Squirrels and the neighbourhood dogs are always a toddler favourite. The children love learning the names of all the vehicles and naming them as they drive by. This week’s walk highlight was watching a crew trimming some tree branches. The Toddler children excitedly watched as a man climbed high into the tree and used a chainsaw to cut down some large branches and limbs. The best part is two of the large limb sections are now in our playground and make wonderful chairs or mini tables for all the children. We are excited to see what our next walk brings.

Junior High sweeties!

On Friday, the Year 8’s surprised the teachers and Margaret, Tina, and Tonya with an incredible ice cream cake that they worked very hard to make over the course of the last week.  What a yummy treat! They thanked the teachers for a great year and also wanted to acknowledge and celebrate Margaret, Tina, and Tonya on their new roles! What a sweet gesture!

MA in the community – Piccadilly Promenade

Two Sundays ago, the school took part in the London ACO annual Geranium Home Tour. Among the hundreds of visitors were two very familiar faces… Upper El student Halla took the tour with her mom, MA teacher Lisa. Here’s Halla’s writeup:

The History of My Everyday Life

On Sunday, June 4th, my mom and I went on a house tour of London called The Piccadilly Promenade Geranium Heritage House Tour. The walk began at the Siskinds Law Firm which was built by the Carling family in 1840 and made into a brewery. In 1920, it was sold to the Ford Motor Company where cars were assembled and showcased. In 1926 Henry Ford actually came to the building to have a look around.

The next house we visited was the “Shanly House” at 301 Piccadilly Street. This house was one of the first houses built on Piccadilly Street c1872, but it was not always a house, it was once a school of dance. In this house there was a carved wood lion head in every room! Outside, the first thing you see is these giant pillars that are almost as tall as the house itself! One of the rooms was called the mural room, it had murals on the walls of outdoor woodland activity.

The next house we saw was 719 Waterloo Street (our school) built c1902. There we met Linda and she introduced us as a teacher and student at the school. The first ever people to live there were William Hutchins and his two sons, Thomas and George.

The next house we saw on the tour was the Sommerville mansion at 336 Piccadilly Street, built c1907.  This house is on the corner beside the Junior High building. This house first belonged to a man name Charles Ross Sommerville. In the house there was a ballroom, an amazing kitchen and the tower part of the building was originally a smoking room but is now an arts and crafts room.

398 Piccadilly Street was a very colourful house with every room having a different colour! In the kitchen there was a bright red oven when everything was a light colour. When we were there we saw Matthew B.’s parents and they introduced us to the whole house.

For refreshments we went to the church at 711 Colborne Street (also where we normally go for gym), but I got to go in the part of the church where I never go! The stained glass windows were amazing. The church was built in 1889.

There were 7 houses to look at, but we only looked at four.  Overall I thought we had a pretty great journey! – By Halla


Here are some of the artifacts found during the renovations of 719 Waterloo St., which were displayed in the Meeting Room during the home tour: an original gas light fixture, a figure made of knob-and-tube wiring material, some nails and a copy of the London Free Press from 1921!

From the Community

Ontario Fun Pass 2017 – Get Yours Today!

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is pleased to offer the Fun Pass once again to schools across Ontario. For 2017, as part of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Canada, the Fun Pass offer has been enhanced to allow up to 2 children under the age of 14 to get in free at attractions across the province when accompanied by a paying adult/senior. Total savings add up to over $340. Some of the participating Fun Pass attractions include: Niagara Parks Commission, Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Science North and many more! Free Fun Passes are available in the Main Office until supplies last!  

Aboriginal Solidarity Day – June 21

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