|Dear MA Families and Friends,
Guest Speaker – Parent Session last week
We are so pleased that Amy Kelton joined us Thursday night for a fantastic Parent Session. The topic, “helping our children navigate self-esteem and social struggles” really resonated with the parents and staff who attended. We’re fortunate to have such an experienced educator and Montessorian share her knowledge with our community. Here is a link to a PDF of Amy’s presentation handout.
FYI: The book Amy referred to in her presentation is A Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky. It offers a wealth of practical advice on how to support your children at any age.
Our Annual Appeal launches!
Last Thursday, the Annual Appeal letter was sent home with our students and mailed to friends and supporters in our community. If you missed the package, you can read a PDF of the letter here to learn more about our plans for a new classroom kitchen and other giving opportunities. The Annual Appeal was launched early this year to give you opportunities to spread your gift throughout the school year and will run until June 30, 2018. While our current special project is the Upper Elementary kitchen, we invite you to choose any area of need within our school. We have come so far over the last 50 years because of the tremendous support of our families and the community along the way. Your gifts to the Annual Appeal make it the most successful fundraising initiative for our school and makes it possible for us to complete these special projects. All donations made to the Annual Appeal receive a charitable tax receipt and will be accepted until June 30, 2018. Thank you for your support!
Spirit Wear orders due Friday
Please have your Spirit Wear order forms back to the office by Friday. Samples will be available at the Front Desk until Friday as well. Thanks!
Photo Retake Proofs due Monday
Retake Photo proofs were sent home recently; all orders need to be made either online or returned to the school by November 20.
Winter Weather School Closure Communication Policy
This is your friendly reminder about winter weather and our school closure policy. As noted in your printed Year at a Glance calendar, in the event of severe weather, the administration will make a decision about closing the school by 7:15 am, if possible. If we decide to close the school, we will send an email to all families – through the same distribution list as this Buzz newsletter. If you have not received an email by 7:25 am, it is safe to assume the school is open. We follow the Thames Valley District School Board – if the public school board closes its administrative offices and all city schools, MA will close, too.
We will follow up any school-closure email with posts via Facebook and Twitter, and update our website’s homepage – you’ll see the red NEWS tab. However, we ask families to please check their email first for school closure announcements.
Last Call: Ivey Survey – Have your say!
Tomorrow is the deadline for our community survey about our facilities. Have your say by taking a few minutes to complete the online survey.
Moving Up: Casa to Elementary Parent Information Session – RSVP!
Senior Casa parents: Please join us for the upcoming Moving Up session.
- When: Tuesday, November 28 from 4:15-5:15PM
- Where: 719 Waterloo Street – Elementary Building/Main Office
Please submit your RSVP form to your classroom teacher for this parent-only info session. Extended hours are available if needed. We hope to see you there as we discuss this exciting transition from Casa to Elementary!
Westmount Toddler Pumpkin
Here in the Westmount Toddler classroom, we know that pumpkins can be used in many different ways: the children have been hammering golf tees into our pumpkin! What a great way to build our fine and gross motor strength, while also developing their concentration and coordination skills.
Casa 3 China lesson
After learning about China and rice production Casa 3 students had fun attempting to use chopsticks when sampling rice and fortune cookies this week.
Upper Elementary Donations to the food bank
The Year 6 students were fortunate to help out at the London Food Bank last week. In October, Upper Elementary collected non-perishable items for our 1000 Acts of Kindness. We took the donations to the London Food Bank on Thursday and it was estimated to be about 300 lbs of food. We appreciate all the donations that were brought in. The students were put into two groups, one who sorted the items and the other who put together the hampers. There are no words to describe what a humbling experience this was!
Junior High CHF committee update
Over the past 20 years, Montessori has raised an incredible amount in making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents who benefit from Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, and Children’s Health Research. Last week, the CHF committee met with Jennifer Baxter, who gave us some ideas as to where our efforts this year can go towards. The program we have decided upon is “Allowing Kids the Opportunity to Participate in Child Activities.” For detailed information please read the following PDF: Opportunity to Participate.
On PJ Day – next Friday, November 24 – when your child comes dressed in their pajamas, it would be appreciated if they could bring in any spare change to help support the Children’s Health Foundation. Thank you for your amazing giving! – Junior High CHF Committee
Remembrance Day at MA
Thank you to Corporal McKenna for his presentation at our Remembrance Day Assembly last Wednesday. And thank you to our faculty and students for making this such an impressive and poignant event. For many of our students, this assembly is the first time they’re performing in front of an audience and/or in an ensemble. Bravo to all for such a great job!
From the Community
From your Public Health Staff – Immunization Reporting
Please remember… It is a parent or guardian’s responsibility to keep their child’s immunization record up to date and to report any vaccines received to the Health Unit if the child is in day care or school. Please note, health care providers, including doctors, do not report immunization dates to the Health Unit.
Let the Health Unit know by one of these methods:
- Phone: 519-663-5317 ext. 2330
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 519-663-0416
- In person: 50 King St.
Several MA students dance with Dance Steps studio, which is holding its holiday performances — The Nutcracker — on Saturday and Sunday, Dec 16 and 17, 1 & 5 pm both days. Tickets are $20 dollars and available through The Palace Theatre’s website: https://mytickets.palacetheatre.ca/
Talking to children about tragedy – some parent resources
In light of the shooting in California today – and other recent tragedies, here is an older blog post from Living Montessori Now with some valuable articles on talking to your children about tragedy: https://livingmontessorinow.com/talking-with-children-about-tragedy/