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Montessori Buzz – April 2, 2024

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Reminder: Monday is a PD Day

We’ve moved our April PD Day to Monday, April 8. See the message from the Health Unit below for information on how to enjoy the Total Solar Eclipse safely.

Interim Reports – Casa, LE & UE

Reports available Friday at 3 p.m.

On Friday, in the Parent Portal, parents with children in Casa, Lower El and Upper El will have access to Interim Progress Report. These reports are a checklist style and provide a high level review of your child’s experience in the classroom and academic progress from January to the end of March. The reports are different for Casa versus Elementary. If you have any questions about the report, please reach out to your child’s teachers directly. 


“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words,
but by experiences in the environment.” 


As we roll into the final term of the school year, we look forward to continuing to cultivate learning experiences in your child’s environment to spark their curiosity and fan their flames of interest. Thank you for supporting your child’s unfolding journey. 
Tina Brown
Executive Director

To view your child’s interim report:

    • Login to the MA Parent Portal –
    • Select your child’s name in the top left corner.
    • Under the Progress tab, click the Report Card link and select “Interim Progress Report.”


Tickets on sale now for our “Primo Parent Social”

This fun and interactive cooking event is just for the adults! Meet and socialize with other MA parents at this Italian cooking event at Growing Chefs’ Headquarters on Wednesday May 1, 2024.
Tickets are very limited for this private cooking social. This is a licensed, Adult Only event. Tickets include a group lesson with Growing Chefs’ Head Chef, and a full course meal in the dining area with fellow MA parents. A cash bar will be available.
For more questions or more information please contact Tonya Dendrinos at or 519-433-9121 ext. 233.


Art Expo 2024: Call for sponsors

Every two years, our students, art department and volunteers work eagerly to create, curate and elegantly display the students’ artwork from the year. Each student in the school (Casa through JH) picks their pieces they are most proud of to display at the Art Expo.
This year’s Art Expo will be held on Wednesday, May 15, at Brescia University’s beautiful Mercato Room. It is the perfect canvas to display our students’ masterpieces.
Support from our sponsors helps to offset the cost of this grand event.
Interested in supporting our Art Expo? Take a look at our Art Expo Sponsorship Guide (PDF) or contact Tonya Dendrinos, Development Director, for information:


Save the Date: Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day

We’re inviting grandparents and special friends into our classrooms on Friday, May 24! Postcards went home last week with the students. Keep an eye out for a letter with all the details and a link to a sign-up sheet in mid-April.


Photos from the week

Westmount Casa’s egg-cellent snack-tivity

As it turns out, it was hard boiled eggs for snack on Thursday!! It was the perfect time to colour eggs since Easter is just around the corner! Did you know that coloured eggs taste better…? Then, later in the day, one of our students wanted to do a craft with the leftover shells! What a work of art!

Casa 3 Easter egg hunt

On Thursday, Casa 3 had some fun with an Easter egg hunt. Many delicious treasures were found!

UE2 Rockin’ crazy socks

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21 each year… that date, unfortunately, often falls during our two-week March Break. So last Tuesday, Upper Elementary 2 celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by rocking their crazy socks and enjoying some delicious cookies. Thanks, Gage!

From the community

OK Kids performance

One of our UE students, Noa, is in an upcoming OK Kids performance – Rebootlization – at the Spriet Family Theatre from April 5-7, 2024. Tickets: 519-679-8989 or

Eclipse information from the Middlesex-London Health Unit

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a solar eclipse when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. In the Middlesex-London region, a partial solar eclipse will occur between 2:01 p.m. and 4:29 p.m., with the peak happening at 3:17 p.m., when most of the Sun’s light will be covered by the Moon.
Protecting the eyes
It is not safe to look at the Sun without approved eye protection. 
Looking at even a small sliver before or after the eclipse without approved eye protection can hurt your eyes and damage your vision. Only glasses or viewers with specialized filters adhering to the ISO 12312-2 international standard can be worn to prevent eye damage from an eclipse.
Keeping children safe
  • Children should always be supervised during eclipses as they may not understand the risks involved.
  • Where appropriate, talk with the children about Solar Eclipse Safety and involve them in learning and preparation.
  • Consider different viewing strategies when suitable, such as a LiveStream or an eclipse box, for older children.
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