Dear MA Families,
March Break Office Hours
The school and office will be closed the week of March 13-17; during the second week of the Break, March 20-24, the office will be open from Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Have a wonderful Break filled with fun and family time. See you on Monday, March 27.
Our New Development Director!
Please welcome Tonya Dendrinos, our new Development Director. Tonya will join us on April 3 and will take the reins of our fundraising initiatives moving forward. Tonya has over 10 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector and fundraising, including working with Community Living Toronto and Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario. She has two young children, who have inspired Tonya’s interest in alternative education.
Who does what….
- Fundraising: With Tonya joining the Admin team, Tina will continue to work with her as we launch the Annual Appeal and Big 10 Raffle over the next few months. As we come into the final term of the school year, Tina will be more involved with the responsibilities of her upcoming ED role with the school.
- Admissions and Enrolment: As our Registrar, Victoria is now responsible for new admissions and re-enrolment of our students.
- Tours & Information Sessions: Inquiries about the school are now handled by Sara at Reception; she registers potential parents for our regular information sessions. Tina will continue to host the information sessions and tours.
Save the Date – Finn’s Montessori Journey April 19 & 20!
Playing April 19 & 20 at the Palace Theatre for three shows – two evening performances, and an afternoon show on the Thursday.
More details and ticket sales will be announced after the March Break. Stay tuned!
Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this year’s musical performance!
Elementary Hot Lunch forms due Friday!
Elementary Hot Lunch forms are due back on Friday, March 10. If you’ve misplaced yours, you can download a PDF from our website – under Our Families > Forms & Policies: http://montessori.on.ca/our-families/forms-policies/
Camp Discovery Registration is OPEN to the public
Register today for our summer programs. For details about Camp Discovery Explorers (2 & 3 years) and Camp Discovery Adventurers (4-6 years), visit the Programs section of our website: http://montessori.on.ca/programs/camp-discovery/
Registration is now also open to the public for Camp Discovery Adventurers, so if you want ensure your child’s spot in our camp for 4-6 year olds, register online soon!
Beach Day on Friday!
Don’t forget to bring in spare loonies or toonies on Friday for Beach Day! Money raised will support our Charitable Giving for Children’s Health Foundation.
Scenes from International Montessori Week…
Last week was International Montessori Week. Several CCMA schools shared photos and videos of their students in action using Montessori material to spotlight the uniqueness of traditional Montessori education. The content was shared through social media channels like Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #MontessoriWeek.
One of our #MontessoriWeek highlights was a special science lab: the Junior High students wrapped up their Biology unit in science with a full pig dissection! It was such a valuable experience for the students to be VERY hands-on with an activity that requires a vast array of knowledge about cells, tissues, organs, and systems, that they really have been gathering through all of their years at Montessori.
The students are so thankful to the expert parent volunteers who volunteered their time to work alongside them and guide them. Check out a quick video of the lab work here: https://vimeo.com/206424805
To conclude our unit on France, the Junior High students prepared a French potluck. The idea behind this lunch was for students to prepare a sample of an authentic French dish based on the Region they chose as a part of their France Project. C’était vraiment délicieux!
JH field trip to Library
Humanities class visited the London Historical Room at the London Public Library on Friday.Thank you to Arthur McClelland who inspired students in deciding upon what “PLACE” (Pedagogical London and Area City Exploration) Project they are going to study.
The WE Club began in January and is made up of students in Upper Elementary and Junior High. These students get together twice a month at recess to discuss issues that affect people both locally and globally. Most recently the students have learned about the significance of education and that it is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. They explored how education can affect the overall development of individuals and how it can serve as a tool for change around the world. This week they will be presenting the information they learned in the Elementary classrooms.
WE Club update from the students: WE Club is learning about how many people can’t afford proper human needs and what we can do to help. One of the things we learned is the importance of stopping people from missing out on an education. Education is the biggest opportunity to change the future and your life. Lack of education can be caused by things such as poverty and lack of food and clean water. If we all work together WE can change the world.
By Abeti and Marcus
African Celebration Teacher Party
Saturday was our African Celebration Teacher Party hosted by Margaret and Christopher. The children decorated traditional tribal swords and made their own traditional costumes and beaded necklaces. They then learned a traditional dance that they performed for (and WITH) their parents! After the performance, the parents and children enjoyed a lunch together. Proceeds from this party and our other Teacher Parties support our annual fundraising efforts.
Coffee with Margaret on March 31
Thank you to the parents who came out for our last Coffee With Margaret session. The next one is Friday, March 31. We’ll discuss “Navigating the social stuff through Elementary.”
NOTE: Because of a scheduling conflict, we’ve moved the April session to the first week of May: Thursday, May 4. The topic is a hot one: “Don’t bail them out! … Even if it may seem unfair!” We’ll include a reminder later in April.
Contact Sara at Reception if you’re interested in joining us for any of the upcoming Coffee With Margaret sessions. For an updated list of topics and dates, visit our website: http://montessori.on.ca/coffee-with-margaret/
Have you seen this promo for the Children’s Museum’s Dream Big project to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? You might recognize a few of the children in this short promo video: https://www.facebook.com/LondonChildrensMuseum/videos/10155191696534736/
From the Community
March Break at London Children’s Museum
Our good friends at the Museum hold March Break camps for both weeks of our Break. Check out the options for children for the week of March 20, if you haven’t already made plans: http://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/news/wonder-full-march-break
March Break at the Library
Click the image to view and download a PDF of the flyer.