Dear MA Families & Friends,
Save the date: Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day
Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day is May 16! Families recently received a postcard invitation in blue bags. A letter will be sent home soon with more details about your child(ren)’s classroom visiting times and an RSVP tear-off.
Save the date: Our musical is May 14 & 15!
Be sure to book off your calendar for Montessori Academy of London’s production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The performances will take place at Wolf Performance Hall in Citi Centre across from Central Library on Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15. Both nights, the show will start at 6:30 pm with a special matinee at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 15.
Tickets will go on sale online starting Tuesday, April 9. To keep up to date on the show, please visit us online at www.montessori.on.ca/willy-wonka
Ecuador Trip deposit deadline extended!
We’ve extended the deadline for the deposit for our ME to WE service trip to Ecuador in 2020. We need 12 students to commit to the trip in order to make it happen; right now we are about halfway there.
This trip is an extension to the volunteering we do and offers our students and some family members the opportunity to learn about and develop an appreciation for another culture. As the students and parents who have participated will tell you, it’s truly life changing and a unique opportunity to have an impact that is so personal.
Here are some thoughts from two of our students who were in Year 8 when they went to Ecuador in March 2018:
- “This trip to Ecuador was an amazing experience; really fun and hard work. The highlight of the trip was helping out the community for a few hours each day; working as a team with classmates and parents and seeing the progress of our work as the trip went on. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to help out a community in Ecuador and see amazing things.” – Spencer
- “The work was very inspiring to know that you are doing all this work for a good cause and see the progress throughout the week. The food and hospitality was really good. All the people were amazing to us and were great to work with. Everything was so much different than our lifestyle and overall it was just an amazing experience to see what it’s like in another continent.” – Damien
Vendor Call: MA’s Artisan Bazaar
This year, we’re trying something a little different and hosting an Artisan Bazaar in Junior High on Saturday, June 8. We are looking for homemade items and crafts for the event. Currently, we have jewellery, soaps, oils, candles, plants and more!
Some of our Junior High students will be be there to sell items for their Micro-Economy. There will also be iced coffee for sale from Locomotive Espresso and a taco truck on site!
If you’re interested in taking part as a vendor, please email Melissa Parker at email@example.com. This event will be open to the public – so let your friends know, and mark your calendars now for this sure-to-be incredible event!
Spirit Wear & Keepsakes
Stay tuned for Spirit Wear order forms coming home this Friday! Samples will be available in the Main Office and orders are due back by Friday, April 18.
Don’t forget: We still have MA-zing school merch for sale in the office! Stop by the Main Office for yours today!
Teacher Party: Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Have fun sharing some of your moves to the latest dance music soundtrack. You’ll even learn some funky new steps. We’ll take a break from dancing to beautify our fingernails and fuel up with some delicious pizza and cupcakes!
- When: Thursday, April 18
- Time: 4:00-7:00PM
- Location: Upper Elementary
- Ages: Elementary, Years 3-6
- Cost: $30/person
Spaces Limited! Register at the Main Office!
Montessori in the news
There have been some great press interviews while Simone Davies was in Toronto promoting her book “The Montessori Toddler” and speaking with CCMA members! It’s always wonderful to see Montessori covered in the mainstream press; it benefits our whole community of schools and families.
Here’s a link to the Global TV interview with Simone Davies: https://globalnews.ca/video/5106066/understanding-the-education-structure-of-montessori-schools/
World Down Syndrome Day in Elementary
Because World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated each year on March 21 (while the school was on March Break), some of our students celebrated it last week. The students in our Junior 2 classroom wore crazy coloured socks, did crafts and read books about Down Syndrome that explained to them in an age-appropriate way what Down Syndrome is and what it is like to have a friend who has Down Syndrome. But most importantly, they learned that everyone is different in their own way and we are all beautiful.
Print to cursive exercise in Lower El
Today, in the Junior 3 classroom, the students were given a little quiz: A typed note that they were asked to convert to cursive… They were left to figure out how to do it! Their one hint: there are many resources within the classroom to help them. In the end, they sought the Montessori movable alphabet… rewrote the note with the material first (!!), and then put pencil to paper to write the note out in cursive!
UE French Bistro
Last week our Upper El students went to Covent Garden Market for Le French Bistro.
From the community
Science Rendezvous at Western on May 11
Departments from the Faculties of Science, Arts, Engineering, and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, various on-campus groups, and local organizations will be taking part in the celebrations held between 2:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Come out and share in the joy of discovery with our hands-on activities, and complete a Science Chase for prizes! Find details online: https://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/event_sites/western-university/?fbclid=IwAR3251kaAIRdYWXb8Pb09w9Q7Arx7MOyyBFiss_vROyLXDHrc4J093WQRAY
Children’s Business Fair on May 11