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Montessori Buzz – April 16, 2019

News, reminders, photos and more

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Heads-up: We wish to hear from you!

Coming soon to an inbox near you… our 2019 Parent Engagement Survey!

FYI: Musical tickets service charges

We’ve spoken with the Wolf Performance Hall about the service charge that has been attached to the tickets sold through Eventbrite. Unfortunately, that charge is determined by Eventbrite.

However, you can save a bit on the service charge if you call the Wolf Performance Hall box office 519.661.5120 or drop by in person to buy tickets. (Ticketing service charge is about $1.50 by phone or in person, versus the Eventbrite online convenience charge of around $3 per ticket.)

Tickets are available by calling Wolf Performance Hall at 519.661.5120, by stopping by the Wolf box office, or online through Eventbrite. Please note, the Eventbrite service charge is about $3 per ticket, whereas the box office charge is about $1.50.

NEW: Summer Lower/Upper Elementary Art Camp in collaboration with Cottage Pottery Studio

MA’s art teacher Jenn Neron is co-hosting two weeklong Summer Art Day Camps with David Moynihan’s Cottage Pottery Studio!

Week 1 – July 2 to 5 – for current LE students in Years 1-3 this school year. (Camp fee for four days: $240.)

Week 2 – July 8-12 – for current UE students in Years 4-6 this school year.
(Camp fee for five days: $300.)

  • Morning sessions 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Cottage Pottery Studio
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. students will walk to MA with David for lunch and outside playtime at Elementary location
    • Children need to bring a packed lunch
  • Afternoon sessions 1-4 p.m.: MA Art studio
  • Dropoff at Cottage Pottery Studio on Hyman and Pickup at JH Art Studio
    • No extended hours either before or after the program.

Registration will open next week – watch for the link in the Buzz. Spaces are limited to 10 students per week.


School closed Good Friday & Easter Monday

Spirit Wear Orders due this Thursday, April 18!

Spirit Wear sample sizes will be available to try on in the Main Office until Thursday. You can download a PDF of the order form here. Don’t miss out on these limited-time signature items!

Teacher Party: Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet

Upper Elementary students will enter the floral design studio of Lisa and Angela to create a beautiful spring bouquet for Mom! A light snack will be offered to all designers. Please register by Tuesday, April 30 as supplies will need to be ordered.

  • When: Friday, May 10
  • Time: 4:00-6:00PM
  • Location: Junior High Art Room (742 Waterloo St.)
  • Ages: Upper Elementary, Years 4-6
  • Cost: $30/person

Spaces Limited! Register at the Main Office!


Reminder: Elementary Hot Lunch forms due Thursday

Elementary hot lunch forms and payments are due on Thursday, April 18.

FYI: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Teacher Party – postponed!

New date for the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun teacher party is still TBD. We’ll pass along the new date to registered families once it’s been confirmed – and share the new date in the Buzz.

Sports & Phys Ed Updates

Senior Basketball is wrapping up. The boys played a tough match in the first round of playoffs against St Nicholas last week and lost in double overtime. They put in a tremendous effort and should be proud of their season! The girls had a bye in the first round of playoffs and play St Nicholas on Tuesday night. Good luck, ladies! If they win, the next game is Thursday night at St Andre Bessette in the semi-finals.

The junior girls played a tournament at Northridge P.S. on the weekend. The girls worked very hard and had a ton of fun working together.

Junior Hockey / Junior Basketball
Please wash and return your Montessori basketball or hockey jersey and socks.

Floor Hockey Intramurals for Upper to Junior High
Some students will take part in a floor hockey intramural tournament next week at Stronach Arena. Notes will be sent home on Thursday with those participating.

The schedule is: April 23 – junior girls; April 24 – junior boys; April 25 – senior girls; and April 26 – senior boys.

Gym Class
Please remember to dress for the weather. We are hoping to begin outdoor classes soon, so good outdoor running shoes is a must. No boots please.


Save the date: Montessori Academy of London Artisan Bazaar

We’re finalizing our vendors for the Montessori Academy Artisan Bazaar on June 8! Keep an eye on our school website Artisan Bazaar page where we will update what you can expect to see when you arrive, including info about our food truck and iced coffee/lemonade stand!

Funds raised from the event will support the improvements to the Junior High kitchens as well as their Micro Economy.


Volunteer High Tea

We thanked our MA-zing parent and family volunteers at High Tea last week.

Westmount Casa planting activity

Thank you, parents, for coming to our school to share your time, wisdom and energy. The students love having you visit!

Waterloo Casa maps

The puzzle maps are a big part of the Montessori culture curriculum in Casa. Children start out working with the map of the World, learning the names of the seven continents and where the various continents belong on the map. Children then move on to the continent map where they live in, in our case it is North America. Children also have the opportunity to work with a puzzle map of Canada, where they learn the names of the provinces and territories.

Like other Montessori material, the maps have a built in control of error. The pieces must fit in a specific space and all together in order for the map to be completed successfully. The puzzle maps also help to refine a child’s pencil grip every time they hold the small wood knob to remove a puzzle piece. Once a child is familiar with a puzzle map, they are given a lesson on tracing, shading and labeling a map. Many of the children at Waterloo Casa are working on various maps of the world including several children that are working on South America maps to go along with our continent study.

View a video of a student working on her map! (Link to Facebook video)

Junior High students prepare big Men’s Mission lunch

It started with an idea from Ethan Greene when he came during phasing-in to junior high. He wanted to make a nice meal of steak sandwiches for the people at the Men’s Mission. Almost two years later, on Wednesday, April 10, Ethan and Edward made some calls to Debrann (supervisor at the Men’s Mission.). The next day, they cut and seasoned the steaks. Using 10 cups of mayonnaise and 16 bags of cabbage, the two began making Jessica’s (Junior High’s former French teacher) famous coleslaw recipe. On Friday morning, the day of the big show, Ethan, Sam, and Edward came in early to barbeque and slice the steaks.

They delivered them for 11 o’clock that morning. The staff at the Men’s Mission were beyond grateful for the boys’ contribution and stated that they had never received a meal quite as generous. We  believe all humans should feel a sense of worth and deserve dignity. By offering a high-end meal to over 120 men at the mission, we hope we were able to deliver not only delicious steak sandwiches, but also an experience that they won’t soon forget. It’s always an honour to serve others.


Teacher Party – dissection

MA chess

We sent several students to the city championships, where nearly 700 students competed from various schools. Everyone played well, but it was our Alec who pushed the furthest, eventually finishing 4th Place in a tough semi-final match.

We also ran a Montessori tournament for the Upper Elementary students, which saw Rayne and Emilie in the finals…it drew quite the crowd. A special shout-out to Alec who was the highest scoring Year 4 student! Congrats to all who participated.

Golden ticket winners…

Phineous Trout dropped by to interview two of the Willy Wonka Golden ticket winners. … Get your own golden ticket soon before they’re gone!

MA in the community

From Rob, Librarian, Yard Staff, Breakdancing choreographer:
This past Sunday, UWO Breakers at Western University held a 2v2 Break Dance battle that I was judging. Lower El students Jovan and Miki battled in this competition together as a team. Even though they were about 10 years younger than most dancers (and the majority of the dancers were university students)  they battled through their fears and danced amazingly!! I was beyond proud of these boys for not only holding their own, but competing against some university students from Toronto (who didn’t seem to hold back against them – which is actually a sign of respect). Not to mention many dancers went up to them to say how awesome they were and that they wish they started that young.

Posting for family support worker

Shana and Dave are hiring a new EA for Gage because Allison is moving away ; they have asked us to share this information with our community. If you know anyone who is qualified and would be interested, please contact Shana and Dave directly — details below.


Summer day camp: School of Hip Hop

Rob’s crew, Ill at Will, is hosting a summer camp program. Find details on Facebook, the Ill at Will website, or contact Rob in the Elementary Library!

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