Montessori Buzz – April 5, 2022
Dear MA Families & Friends,
A message from Tina
For over two years, on so many different fronts and levels I have battled COVID and actually find it fitting, it literally finally got me. I mean it has broken me many times, but now it is the real deal! I tested positive on a RAT last night. I always knew it was never a matter of if, but when and I have to be honest, part of me is relieved “my when” has arrived so I can get through it. As many are aware, I have Type One Diabetes, so my real concern is managing through COVID ok while keeping that in check! I am hoping my triple vaccination serves me well, but any tips and tricks are welcome. I am only on day one and feeling like I have a minor cold, however it is only day one….
In general, in the last week and half, we have had many cases in the school from Years 1 to 6 across both students and staff. Due to this, many are continuing to wear masks and this choice is always an option for as long as anyone wishes. As a reminder, if COVID is in your household, everyone needs to be masked for 10 days from patient zero’s symptom onset or positive test when in public settings, including schools. The MLHU is still strongly recommending mask use indoors at least until the end of April.
In other news, I know many Toddler and Casa families are eager to hear more about the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement that was recently announced. It is a five-year plan that is being rolled out and, if implemented, the changes in fees roll out over this time. We are still learning all the implications to this deal and how it impacts schools with licensed classrooms versus organizations that are daycares. Since this is an agreement with the province (which is implemented by the City) with many regulations to meet in order to join, it is an opt-in or opt-out process. Once organizations have had a chance to analyze all the requirements to join, they can make a decision and follow through on the appropriate documents and guidelines based on which option they choose. We have until September 1, 2022, to make this decision, so there won’t be any immediate news to share in the coming weeks.
We all hope things will settle down in the school again in the next two weeks, and I look forward to reconnecting with you during the many MA-zing events coming our way this final term.
PD Day on Friday, April 8
Friday is a PD Day. There is no school for our students. Please see the From the Community section of this newsletter if you’re looking for PD Day Camp options.
Also, we have compiled a list of Junior High students who have taken the babysitter’s course with Kristen and are available to watch your children on MA PD Days. Please contact the Front Desk if you are interested in connecting with one of our senior students for childcare.
Golf for Education – Golf Tournament: Tickets now on sale!
Join us for Montessori Academy of London’s first Golf Tournament! Golf for Education is presented by Scholars Education.
All proceeds from this tournament will support our school’s Library project.
- Date: June 1, 2022
- Location: Firerock Golf Club, 10345 Oxbow Dr, Komoka, ON N0L 1R0
- Time: 8am to 4pm
- Individual Ticket: $200
NEW PRIZE ANNOUNCED!
This just in! A new Mercedes-Benz hole-in-one prize courtesy of Mercedes-Benz London and the Finch Auto Group. Stay tuned for more details!
Golf for Education tickets are on sale now! https://montessori.on.ca/golf/
Used book collection
We are collecting gently used books for a used book sale table at the Artisan Market! Please send in your previously loved books. A collection box will be set up at your child’s location (Oxford, Westmount, Junior High and Waterloo) and at the front desk at 719 Waterloo St. for Elementary.
Sales from the books will be used towards the Elementary Library renovations, furniture, technology and displays.
Photos from the week
Toddler 1 caring for Archie
In our Toddler 1 classroom, some are taking care of Archie while the rest of toddler 1 cleans his cage. This is team work – and part of Care of the Environment!
Westmount Toddlers natural art
Bird seed art! Westmount’s Toddlers pressed seeds, beans and lentils into salt dough to make these beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations!
Waterloo Casa: The parts of a bird
We have been excited to see Robins return as a sign of spring. Two seniors are working hard at creating their own parts of the bird booklet. Trace, colour, label x 11. The end result is a beautiful bird booklet that they are so proud of!
Lower El Art Expo art!
A little taste of what’s coming your way on May 11: The Year Three students have been busy building their 3D name sculptures in preparation for our Art Expo! Save the date and plan to join us on May 11 at Brescia’s Mercato Room between 4-7 p.m. to celebrate a year of MA-zing creativity!
UE2 observation exercise
Last week UE2 conducted our first candling of our chicken eggs with the students. We look forward to seeing them just before Easter!
From the Community
PD Day Camp on Friday! April 8
A PD Day Camp is being offered at Circle R Ranch on Friday, April 8th, 2022. Register on our website: https://circlerranch.ca/camp/pa-day-camp/
Program runs 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Activities planned for the day include sugar bush tour, campfire, string games, horses, hay ride, outdoor games, hiking, nature connections (some programs are weather dependent).
Please consider joining us for some springtime fun!
Academy Circus PD Day Camp
Hop to it Circus Camp
Join us for a full day of fun! Classes on aerial hammock, trapeze, aerial spider web, Weggsphere, acrobatics, games, crafts and more!
- Location: 1490 Richmond Street
- Date: Friday, April 8th, 2022
- Time: 9:00am-3:30pm, early drop off and late pick up available
- Cost: $70+HST ($10+HST for each early drop off or late pick up)
A few notes:
- Please bring: School safe snacks and lunch + bottles of water.
- Please wear: comfortable clothing, fitted tops that do not lift when going upside down; for girls, please keep hair in braids or tied in a low bun.
- Important: Masks are not mandatory, however those who feel more comfortable with masks on can keep them on. Frequent hand sanitization is encouraged.
Please note, a minimum of 6 students are required for us to run this camp.