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Montessori Buzz – April 27, 2018

Assembly is Thursday a.m., Estate Planning workshop; 50th anniversary updates and much more

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Spring Assembly is Thursday

Thursday morning is the Elementary & Junior High Spring Assembly at Colborne St. Gym. Join us for coffee and tea before the assembly starts at 9:15 a.m. See you soon!

Estate Planning Workshop on Grandparents’ Day – register today!

New this year, we are offering a free lunchtime workshop on Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day. We are thrilled to have Ryan Fraser from Quiet Legacy host a one-hour workshop on Financial and Estate Planning: “5 Things every Grandparent should know about incorporating your personal values into your Financial & Estate Planning.”

Ryan Fraser is a nationally known Planned Giving expert with an extensive background as a leader, volunteer and founder of many charitable organizations. Click here to read more about Ryan Fraser. An entertaining and engaging speaker, Ryan offers valuable tips and information on estate planning and planned giving, including wording on your Power of Attorney.

Please Note: registration for the workshop is separate from the tear-off RSVP form that was sent home recently. To register contact Tonya at 519-433-9121 ext. 233 or tdendrinos@montessori.on.caParents and Grandparents are all welcome; space is limited, so registration is required.

We’re turning 50! Start spreading the news!

The school’s 50th Anniversary Weekend is taking shape. ARTexpo is Friday, June 1 and our Open House & Family Fun Day are Saturday, June 2. And due to overwhelming interest, the Gala on Saturday night is sold out.

FYI: We’ve updated the 50th Anniversary event pages on the school’s website. Check here for more details:

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Family Fun Day is Saturday, June 2! It is FREE and open to the public.

Elementary Lost & Found pickup – Friday in Courtyard

There is a wealth of wintery items that are looking to go home in the Elementary Lost & Found. We will place them out for pickup in the Courtyard  on Friday April 27; anything left over at the end of Extended Hours that day  will be donated to Goodwill or another charity.

Coming soon: Waterloo & Piccadilly 40 km/hr speed zone!

We received a notice last week that the city plans to implement a “School zone” speed limit. This email came from a city contact:

On April 17 the Civic Works Committee was presented with a number of school zone speed limit changers which included the school on Waterloo Street. The following is what the city proposed…

The Traffic & Parking By-law amendment to implement the above will be going to Municipal Council (today) April 24. A work order will be issued once the amendment is approved. Installation of the signs may take a few weeks as the sign crew has a number of work orders to complete.

Phys Ed updates

Junior Basketball
The boys are excited and are getting ready to play their first tournament of the season on Saturday, April 28. They have been playing some great basketball, and have 4 games left in their regular season play.

The girls continue to work diligently in practice and hope it carries over into their last five games of the year.

Swimming to Survive
The Year 3 students completed a three-week water safety program at the Centre Branch YMCA. Congratulations to all that participated.

Floor Hockey Intramural
Congratulations to all of the students that took part in the floor hockey intramural at Kinsmen Arena this week. We had a great showing from all of the teams; and our Junior and Senior girls just missed making it to the semi-finals by goal differential. The Junior boys lost their semi-final game and the Senior boys came home champions after winning the final game 4-3. Great job, everyone!!

Track and Field
We are fast approaching our in school track and field day on Friday, May 11, when our students in Years 4-8 to practice all of the events from high jump to shot put to 100m dash. Please come out to cheer on the athletes. This day is a lead-up to the big track meet at Western University on Tuesday, May 29. More information will be posted on the Junior High and Upper Elementary websites closer to the dates.

Outdoor Phys Ed
Please dress appropriately for gym outside, including footwear – no boots or Crocs-type shoes. Good running shoes and layers are appreciated.

WE Club Project

Perfect timing for Earth Day, Upper Elementary student Jenyvette prepared an AWESOME literacy project for the school’s WE Club. The coil bound book she created offers valuable information on the school’s composting program with Orgaworld Canada, as well as waste disposal and recycling in the city of London! It also included word searches and other puzzles that the reader could enjoy. So creative! Great work, Jenyvette!

Check out this video on Facebook of Jenyvette talking about her project.

Also, watch for more information on WE Club’s Walk for Water on Friday, May 25, in an upcoming Buzz.

PD Day Camp Video

Here’s short Facebook video of our students at Junction Climbing last Friday! What a fun, active way to spend a PD Day!

Interesting read about the dexterity
There are so many benefits to the practical hands-on work that our students do starting as young as our Toddler students. Here’s an interesting article Oxford Casa teacher Bessie shared recently. “Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago”:

From the Community
Children’s Business Fair – Saturday, May 12

Children have the opportunity to launch their very own startup business! Kids between the ages of seven and fourteen will be developing a brand, creating a product or service, building a marketing strategy, and opening up for customers at our one-day marketplace.

  • When: Saturday, May 12th 10am to noon (deadline to apply for a booth is May 7)
  • Where: St. James Westminster Church backyard garden off of Bruce St (rain – inside in the Great Hall) The street address of the church is 115 Askin St in Wortley Village, Old South, London, ON.
  • Cost: $20 (6-foot table, chairs, and an event t-shirt will be provided!)

Please visit the London Children’s Business Fair (LCBF) website for more information and to register:

There are also great photos from the other fairs around the world on the LCBF Facebook page. Please show these pictures to your children to get great ideas for creating their products and marketing materials. Visit that page here:

Join Montessori Academy’s Online Community
We are on Twitter and Facebook – follow and like us to see updates, interesting articles, photos and more. We look forward to sharing our online journey with you!

Tours of MA!

Do you know anyone who’s interested in learning more about Montessori? Our Information Sessions & Tours of our school are open to the public!

Share your love for Montessori by sharing our Tour schedule with friends and family members! Upcoming session dates and information on how to register are on our website: 

Celebrate 50 years of

Join us on June 1 & 2, 2018 for our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Find more details on our
50th Anniversary Microsite!

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