|Dear MA Families & Friends,
Thank you, MA teachers!
A round of applause for our incredible faculty that brings Dr. Montessori’s vision to life each day!
Reminder: Invoices for Occasional Use of Early/Extended Hours
If you are a family that uses Early/Extended Hours on an occasional basis, please remember that invoices for this service are sent home with your child(ren) monthly. Invoices for the month of April were sent home last Friday, and must be paid by May 17. If you have questions about Extended Hours or your invoice, please contact Victoria at email@example.com or 519-433-9121 ext. 211.
A Big Thank You to our Silver Sponsors!
It takes a very special community to make big events like our 50th Anniversary Weekend happen. We would like to send a special thank you to our Silver Sponsors for supporting our 50th Anniversary events. Without their support, the Family Fun Day, Open House, Art Expo and Golden Anniversary Gala would not be able to happen. Please join us in sending our heartfelt thanks to the following Silver Sponsors!
Save the date: ARTexpo is June 1
Family Fun Day & Open House is June 2!
WE service trip to Ecuador 2018
We asked the students and a few of the parents who travelled to Ecuador with WE in March to share their thoughts on this trip of a lifetime. There was so much good stuff that we didn’t want to cut any of it for the Buzz, so please visit our website to read about their experiences – and to see some photos from the trip: http://montessori.on.ca/ecuador-2018/
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day RSVPs due Friday
Do you have some family or friends who would like to take a peek inside a traditional Montessori classroom? Please submit your RSVP tear-off slips to the classroom teachers by Friday.
Westmount Casa – Growing Chefs visitors
Last week, Westmount Casa welcomed a tasty visit from our friends at Growing Chefs. As our continent study of South America begins to wind down, we thought it would be great to come together and enjoy a South American inspired lunch.
The children had the opportunity to use their senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. Some were familiar like avacado and banana, others however were more obscure like chayote and jicama. The class worked together to make a pineapple salsa which we enjoyed with nacho chips. Our main course was homemade empanadas.
Casa 3’s Nature Walk
Last week Casa 3 enjoyed the beautiful weather by going on a nature walk and hunting for insects as a part of their cultural study.
Oxford Casa students
Oxford students enjoyed the warmer-than-usual spring weather late last week by spending some time helping clean up the planters outside their building.
Shakespeare Night – To Be, or Not To Be…
On May 3, 2018 all of the students at Junior High participated in Shakespeare Night, a community event that occurs every two years. This event was a part of the drama unit in Writer’s Workshop, where everyone in Junior High read Romeo and Juliet. The students picked their groups and scenes or monologues to present. They then practiced and memorized their lines for this special performance. Some of the groups who wanted the same roles had to go through auditions, but eventually everyone got a part that they were happy with in the end.
We had Ben Ratcliffe and Sara Heald give honest advice to our performances to help us project our voices and make our skits, monologues, and other performances amazing! Student volunteers, along with Micro Economy managers helped set up and worked backstage in order to make Shakespeare Night unforgettable for all. Shakespeare Night 2018 was a truly a memorable experience and definitely helped students to step out of their comfort zone!
Watch a video of Macbeth’s Witches: https://youtu.be/BGUc46svhGM
FYI: Blossoms for Hope sale Thursday during the UE Science Fair
Please join us for the Upper Elementary Science Fair on Thursday and consider bringing some cash when you join us, because the Blossoms for Hope campaign is back at Montessori for a third year! This year, Ayesha and Esa Islam are raising money through an organization called Water First for The Water First Internship. This provides First Nations communities with hands-on training and work experience in water treatment and environmental monitoring, leading to certification as a water quality analyst and operator in training. Everything they learn in their training will then be passed on to the younger generations over the years; this way, many people in Canada will be supplied with clean water. After Ayesha’s WE service trip to Ecuador, she realized how much of a need there was for clean water. Last year, Ayesha and her brother Esa raised $6,000 to build a well in Africa to support their cause, so this year, they decided to supply more people in the world with clean water by collaborating with Water First.
This weekend: Happy Mother’s Day!
From the Community
PD Day Camp – Twisted Willow Equestrian PD Day Camp
Come on out and participate in the daily animal husbandry around the farm. We play games, do a craft and have TWO horseback riding lessons. Twisted Willow is located 20 minutes east of London at 3300 Putnam Road. Limited spots available, so register today! Registration closes May 16.
Also, Twisted Willow is considering holding a Day Camp during the week of June 25. However, to host it, they would need to have a commitment of 8 children ages 5 and up. If your family would like to take advantage of this care option, please let Kate at Twisted Willow know by Monday, June 11, 519-852-8645 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The students who have attended their PD Day camps enjoy working with and caring for the horses.