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Montessori Buzz – June 20, 2017

Year-end celebration is tonight! Also, reminders and a ton of photos. 🙂

Dear MA Families:

Welcome to the second-last Buzz of the 2016-2017 school year. We’ll send a final “wrap-up” Buzz next Tuesday at its usual time. In the meantime, here are some reminders and plenty of photos of all the activities that have been going on…

 
Year-end Celebration is tonight! 
Join us tonight at Forest City Community Church – 3725 Bostwick Rd. – as we celebrate the school year and the senior students in each level who are moving up next year! Students performing and receiving their certificates are asked to be at the church between 5:30-5:45 p.m.

There are no Extended Hours tonight; please pick up your children promptly after school, so that our staff can attend the event. Thank you! 

Perspective magazine on sale for $5 – pls bring CA$H!

Don’t forget to bring some cash to pick up a copy of our Junior High students’ Perspective magazine! Limited quantities of the new issue will be available – so be sure to grab your copy tonight at the Year-end Celebration!

Celebrating milestones

Several members of our faculty and staff are celebrating milestone anniversaries with the school. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions to our school community!

  • 25-Basia & Gregory
  • 20-Susan & Cindy
  • 15-Roxanne
  • 10-Bessie

 

Calling all Adventurers ages 4-6!

There are few spots left in Sessions 1 & 3 of Camp Discovery Adventurers! Check out the fun activities in store and then register online to reserve your spot!

 

Final reminder from the Elementary Library…

 

Hooray for our parents!!

Wow! There has been a wealth of activity recently at all our locations to celebrate our amazing parents for their support of the school and of our students!
 

Strawberry social: Thank you, parent volunteers!

We are truly grateful to the many parent volunteers who donate their time, energy and expertise to support our students and school community. Last week, we honoured their efforts at our Strawberry Social.

Interested in sharing your expertise and time with our community next year? Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page of our website under Get Involved and then contact the school: http://montessori.on.ca/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/

Activities … At Westmount

It was four o’clock on Thursday, June 8, with perfect weather, when parents, grandparents and siblings began gathering at Westmount for the annual family picnic. Very soon, the prepared tables became laden with potluck surprises. The Face Painter got to work right away, her finished artistry brought oohs and ahhs: My Little Pony, Miss Kitty… and even a shark!

Conversation, once started, flowed as families introduced themselves, exchanging histories and getting to know each other a little bit more. ​Needless to say, the food was delicious!

… At Waterloo Toddler 

What a wonderful way to end an amazing year together! Thank you to all the parents who brought delicious food and treats to our year end picnic social. It was a beautiful day socializing, playing with the children and enjoying a delicious lunch. We have loved the time we have had with your children and with all of you over the past year. It was so nice to come together today to celebrate. Wishing you all a safe and happy summer. Love, the Waterloo Toddler Team!

… At Waterloo Casa

During Waterloo Casa’s parent social, the students incorporated songs, dances and poetry into their performance. It was great to see the parents get up and show us some of their dance moves as well! The children truly had a wonderful time. We thank everyone for joining us on this special day!

Father’s Day at Oxford

Casa 3 hosted their fathers last week to celebrate all they do for their families.

Father’s Day at Westmount

“Four hugs a day! That’s the minimum – not the maximum!” … Students at Westmount South danced to this song with their guests on Friday as Toddlers and Casa joined to celebrate fathers in the Casa Classroom. The celebration was rounded off with make-your-own sundaes and fun in the playground.

 

French Bistro! 

On Wednesday, June 14 the Elementary classes experienced France by enjoying some homemade crepes, some fun activities and learning about French culture!

C’était un bon voyage!

 

Track photos

Some photos from the recent Elementary/JH track and field event at Western. Thank you, Janet, for these amazing action shots!

 

Butterflies at Westmount 

They arrived in a little pot, complete with food… four black and yellow caterpillars. Within a week, they were getting ready for the cocoon stage. They became still and crawled to the top of their container, spinning then hanging there until each cocoon formed. Then on Monday morning – what a surprise – the children arrived to find that all but one cocoon had opened! Three butterflies were fluttering inside the netted cage. By Tuesday, the fourth butterfly emerged. Metamorphasis in action! Here are the children setting the butterflies free!

Safety Lessons with Westmount  

Last Monday our Westmount Casa students enjoyed the morning at the YMCA Safety Village out at Fanshawe Conservation Area. While there they learned about the “yummies” and “yuckies” of labelling in our home products, outdoor safety, and fire safety in the home. Real life police officers and firefighters prepared them to leave the Safety Village ready to make a fire escape plan at home with Mom and Dad, always to ask first about touching or eating things that might look like food, safely cross the street, and even what is like to share a jail cell with eighteen of your friends! We returned to the school and enjoyed lovely picnic lunch made by our friends at Growing Chefs! Ontario.

Upper Elementary – Year-end Trip

On Thursday, June, 15, the Upper Elementary classes went to Circle Square Ranch for the year-end field trip. We participated in a lot of fun activities. We did rock climbing, an obstacle course, horseback riding, archery and team building exercises. The lunch that they served was delicious. Burgers and hot dogs make our day. The staff members were very kind and helpful to all of the students. Our favourite activities were rock climbing and horseback riding. The horses were obedient and listened to our directions. The rock wall and rope ladder was challenging, but very fun. We think lots of people hit the target in archery. Also, the obstacle course required teamwork and a good attitude. Another good part of the trip was the 22 year old donkey called Bunny. We liked to pet him. We had a great time. – By Micah B. and Leo W.

 

LUSO donations … and some pickup b-ball!

Leroy Hibbert from LUSO popped by last week and was presented the donations and goods purchased for LUSO with proceeds from the recent WE Club plant sale. Leroy took some time to hang out with the students and play some hoops – in the heat in a suit! After a group hug, he departed with the donations to share with families in need throughout the city. Thank you to everyone who purchased plants and supported this Charitable Giving initiative. And thank you the teachers and students who did the work. You’re making a difference in the lives of London families!!

From the community

‘Children’s Health and the Environment’ – Free talk next Tuesday

  • When: Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
  • Where: Wolf Hall (London Public LIbrary)
  • Cost: Free

 

Parenting webinar – this Thursday

Just in time for summer… a valuable webinar is available online on Thursday, June 22: “Steering clear of screen-time struggles.” Get all the details here: https://susanstiffelman.com/screen-time-class-summer/

 

Summer Art program with Jenn!

Our longtime teacher Jenn Neron is hosting an art camp for students ages 8-11. Check out the details below.

 

Central Library’s summer programs

We shared this poster a few weeks ago, but it’s so chock full of good summertime programming at the Centre Branch of the London Public Library that we wanted to share it again! Click on the photo to download the PDF or view it here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/59903967afe8ed7ad53dacaa1/files/840d7701-8ab0-46d1-838f-9b5b3057a664/Public_library_Summer_Flyer_email_file_.pdf

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