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Montessori Buzz – Aug 6, 2019

August packages are ready for pickup!

Dear MA Families & Friends,

August packages are ready!

Our August Mailing packages for families register for 2019-2020 are ready to be picked up at the Main Office – 719 Waterloo Street.

Reminder: Summer Office Hours are 9AM-1PM weekdays. If you are away on holidays and unable to pick up your August Mailing before 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, we will drop them in the mail for delivery that week.

There are a number of forms that need to be completed and returned to the school by Friday, August 23. If you have any questions, please contact the Office – 519-433-9121 or

New-parent orientation sessions 2019!

If your family is new to the school or your child is moving up a level, we invite you to stop by your child’s new classroom for a Parent Orientation Session during the last week of August. Sessions are for parents only and will take place in your child’s specific classroom. 

  • New Toddler Parent Session on Monday, Aug. 26 – 3:30-4:30 pm
  • New Casa Parent Session on Tuesday, Aug. 27 – 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Year 4 & New Upper El Parent Session on Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Year 1 & New Lower El Parent Session on Thursday, Aug. 29 – 8:30-9:30 am
  • Year 7 Parent Session on Thursday, Aug. 29 – 3:30-5 pm

Please contact the office if you have any questions – 519-433-9121 or

Save the Date: End of Summer Social on Aug 27

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we celebrate the end of summer! The Donut Diva and Goodah Gastrotruck will join us in front of Junior High (742 Waterloo Street) and we’ll host fun family activities in Elementary Courtyard behind 711 Waterloo Street.

Activities include The Big Splash, where you can soak your favourite teachers and administrators; a bouncy castle; and other fun games. Some local entertainment and a face painter will also be there! Keep an eye on our Facebook event as more details are confirmed!

Come out and join MA families and friends for one last hoorah before school starts!

  • WHAT: End of Summer Social!
  • WHERE: Elementary Courtyard and Junior High
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 27 – 4:30-7 p.m.

UPDATED Policy: Pick-up time is 4 p.m.

We’ve clarified our pick-up time policy: Please note, pickup time for all locations is 4 p.m. unless your child is in Extended Hours. The form for extended hours is in your August mailing package. Also, Extended Hours can be used on an ‘Occasional basis” – parents will be invoiced at the end of the month. Thank you for adhering to this policy.

FYI: Friends of MA – Buzz

If you have family members or friends who would like to be on the Buzz distribution list, please have them contact the school via email: With their permissions, we will add them to the distribution list for 2019-2020.

Volunteer with us!

With the 2019-2020 school year just around the corner, now is the time to sign up for volunteer positions!  Please review your information packages for more information or visit us online to sign up:

FYI: Police checks – For the safety of our students, some volunteer roles require a Police Vulnerable Sector Check. Because processing times can be long with London Police Services, we encourage parents who wish to volunteer with the school to complete their Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) earlier in the summer.

Got ideas on how you can volunteer for the school? Send them along through our NEW email address!

Mabel’s Labels

It’s label season! Make sure your children’s stuff returns home with them by labelling them. Visit  and then type in our school name.  When you select Montessori Academy of London, you’ll see a banner that says “You are now supporting ….” Each order supports our fundraising efforts.

Back-to-School Shopping through FlipGive

If you’re doing any online back-to-school shopping, don’t forget about our FlipGive page! There are hundreds of top brands you can shop from – and a portion of your purchase cost comes back to the school to help with fundraising! It’s a Win-win!

Inspiring viewing: “Montessori for the future”

Montessorian Jesse McCarthy makes a couple of really great points in this video that he created for the staff at Twitter in June:

  1. Helping by NOT helping: Ruby is an infant who struggles to reach for her toy. It’s hard to watch, but it’s necessary to step back and let the child.
  2. What Montessori means by “limits”: When we talk about setting up the child’s success, the limits are what’s available within the environment. We carefully set up the environment so that the children are set up to succeed.

Find his video here:

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