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Montessori Buzz – April 23, 2019

Survey reminder, summer art camp, matching gift

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Parent survey reminder: Have your say by Friday

Our Parent Engagement Survey closes this Friday. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback through it – your time and input is appreciated. After the survey closes, we’ll gather and review the comments, and provide an update in June.

Registration open: Summer Art Camp – Lower and Upper El

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 are from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cottage Pottery Studio – 253 Hyman St.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. students will walk to MA with David for lunch and outside playtime at our Elementary location
    • Children need to bring a packed, nut-free lunch
  • Afternoon sessions are from 1-4 p.m. at the MA Art studio
  • Dropoff at Cottage Pottery Studio on Hyman and Pickup at JH Art Studio – 742 Waterloo St.
    • There are no Extended Hours — either before or after the program.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be made available to the public. So if you’re interested, make sure to register soon. Payment due upon registration; please make payment to Montessori Academy of London.

If you have any questions, please call Jenn in the Art Studio 519-433-9121 ext 404.

Reminder: Early / Extended Hours Invoices

Invoices for occasional use of the Early / Extended Hours program are sent home with students on a monthly basis (usually, the first Friday of each month).  If you are a family that uses the program on an occasional basis, please remember to check your child(ren)’s blue bag or school bag for these invoices.  Thank you!

In Bloom Challenge in its Second Week: Almost halfway to our goal!

Have you made a gift this year? Thanks to the generosity of our Board of Governors, we are in a unique position to double all donations made from April 15-30!  The Board even upped the ante by increasing the amount to be matched to $6,000! Incredible! Watch our tree in the Reception Office bloom with each contribution made.

Thank you to those families that have already given to our appeal – your generosity will help in the upgrades to our Junior High kitchens!  Though this challenge ends on April 30, your gift will be counted to the 2018-19 year if received by June 30.

Visit our Willy Wonka page

You may have already picked up your tickets to the Willy Wonka musical running May 14-15, but have you read Willy’s Wramblings on our school website and Facebook page: Our illustrious Willy has been keeping a diary of his musings and activities, giving us a look into the brain of Wacky Wonka.  Keep an eye on our Willy Wonka Website page for updates about the musical and what you need to know!

Teacher party: Toddler Keepsake Gardening Party

Antoinette and Amanda I. would like to celebrate the spring and upcoming sunshine with the launch of Toddler Two’s first ever Teacher Party!

What a better way to delve into spring than to begin gardening.  The children will plant their very own flowers to take home. We will encourage the children to make their very own ladybug pet rock, and will provide a spring-inspired lunch: pizza, cucumbers and watermelon.

Please feel free to drop your child off just before lunch, and enjoy some sunshine! Patio weather is here! Pick up time is 1pm and your child will have a full belly and be ready for nap!

This party is open to all Toddlers at the school!

  • Date: Saturday May 4th, 2019
  • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Location: Waterloo Toddler classroom (718 Waterloo Street)
  • Age: Toddlers
  • Guests: 10
  • Cost: $30

Casa Zentangle art

Waterloo Casa loves nothing more than art!! We have been working on beautiful zentangle pattern rabbits with vibrant watercolour backgrounds. They are done just in time for spring!!

Parent-Child visits last week

Parent-child visits took place last week at our Casa locations! We would like to thank those who attended our final Parent-child class visits of this school year. The students thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating their skills and sharing their learning environment with their parents.

Wanted: Women’s clothing donations for Mine 101

Tis the season for Spring cleaning! While you’re de-cluttering your closets we’re asking for gently used women’s clothing. The Mine 101 committee at Junior High has decided to run a clothing drive in support of the children’s programming at ANOVA. Anyone from the school, including parents can donate gently used women’s clothing that we will deliver to Mine 101. You can drop the clothes off at the Junior High building’s side entrance or the main office from April 23-26. The committee thanks you in advance for supporting this effort!

Beach Day Tally!

Thank you to all the families and staff who donated spare change to our Beach Day charitable giving event before the March Break. We raised $1,179.05 for Children’s Health Foundation.

Alumni news
Calvin Kelly wins Global Music Award
Calvin J. Kelly graduated from Montessori Academy/Montessori House of Children 11 years ago. During his Montessori years, he composed many songs.  Seven of his compositions were used in a new Canadian musical called Let the Music Come Alive, which premiered last September in London. Calvin won Global Music Award for “I’m Alone”, in category New Musical Theater Music, December 2018.  The musical is about how music can help people.

Mom Carla Rose Kelly says, “We are so very grateful to all of his teachers at Montessori who supported his music.  Special thanks to Ann Sugrim for asking him to compose a graduation song called “Thanks for the Memories” that he performed at the ceremonies and shared with all of the graduating students.  This song was also incorporated into the musical. Many thanks for all the encouragement for Calvin!!”

Learn more about Calvin’s work and the musical Let the Music Come Alive:

Maggie MacNeil qualifies for world swim championships 
The Michigan freshman – and MA alumna – is making waves in the pool!


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