Dear Montessori Families & Friends,
The Winter Celebration is tonight
Tonight is the night! Our annual Winter Celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. FYI: The Main Office will close at 4 p.m. and there will be no Extended Hours after school today so that our staff can attend this event.
Friendly reminder to bring some money — Junior High students will have delicious chocolate bark for sale — cash only.
Directions: here’s a Google Map link to Forest City Community Church – 3725 Bostwick Rd: https://goo.gl/maps/LuPovPdfun22
Strategic Priority #1 Realized with CCMA Re-accreditation Visit
Over two days, on Nov. 21 and 22, a team of administrator from CCMA, completed the onsite component of our re-accreditation process; the accompanying paperwork was submitted six weeks earlier. Virginia Ramirez (Northstar Montessori), Blanca Sanchez (Kaban Montessori), Sarah Enright (Montessori Country School) and Katherine Poyntz (Executive Director of CCMA) thoroughly enjoyed their time in the school and being a part of our MA community.
Some of their overall observations that they shared with us included: the genuine interactions between teachers and students; the beautiful environments and design of layout with a full complement of materials; the high calibre of work; how happy and engaged the students were in the classrooms; and the impressive capital improvements we have made since their last visit.
In the next 6 weeks we will receive a full report from the team, where they will recommend re-accreditation for MA to the CCMA Board of Directors!
Virginia Ramirez, the team lead, shared with us:
“On behalf of the CCMA visiting group, I would really like to express our gratitude to the Montessori Academy of London team for welcoming us and embracing the CCMA Re-Accreditation process. MA is truly a model organization for many Montessori schools; and even through all the changes that you have encountered in the last five years, your commitment to Montessori remains. So, congratulations on an excellent job and being so accommodating during our stay.”
Last chance – Teacher party on Thursday
Countdown to Christmas – Only 4 spots left!
All Lower Elementary students are invited to join us for dinner, crafts and reindeer games! We will be starting the night off playing a myriad of “reindeer games”; there will be a variety of stations including decorating cookies, crafting homemade candy cane ornaments and more. Students will take home a photo of this fun event. A pizza dinner will be included with a sundae bar for dessert! Hosted by Layna, Andressa, Cindy, Shawna, Lindsey and Sarah.
- Date: Thursday, December 6
- Time: 4-7PM
- Locations: Junior 1 and Junior 2
- Ages: Lower Elementary (Years 1-3)
- Cost: $40/participant
To register, please call the Main Office at 519-433-9121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash or cheque accepted; please make cheques payable to Montessori Academy of London.
London Lightning Night in January
Have you heard? On Sunday, January 27, 2019 Montessori Academy will be attending a London Lightning game!
Join us while we raise funds for the improvements for Junior High and have a great time watching our home team annihilate the Sudbury Five. Tickets to this event are $15 and your friends and family are welcome! Your child wants to go, but you can’t? Connect with other parents in their class to see if they can tag along!
We will also be running a 50/50 draw with tickets for $2/each or 3 for $5.
As an added bonus, our very own Montessori Choirs have been invited to sing the national anthem. Choir students interested in singing will need to have a ticket for the game.
Please sign up at the Administration Office. Tickets available for purchase until January 22, 2019, and deadline to register your child to sing the anthem is January 8, 2019. Please contact Melissa Parker at email@example.com with questions.
Our Giving Tree
Come see how our tree is blooming in the lobby of the Main Office! Each donation to our annual appeal places a personalized leaf on the tree. And we’ve had some beautiful and creative submissions. Hurry before all the good spots are taken!
Misplaced your leaf or donation form? Contact Melissa Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org for a new one.
Remembrance Day Assembly – “What About Us” Audio
Here’s a link to Marty’s SoundCloud page with audio of the Senior Choir’s performance of P!nk’s “What About Us” – https://soundcloud.com/marty-kolls/what-about-us-senior-choir-montessori-academy-of-london
Casa visits to Lower El
Last Wednesday morning all of the Senior Casa children ventured over to the Elementary building to participate in some fun activities with the Year 1 and 2 students. The three Lower Elementary classrooms had three different holiday themes: Canada Day, winter carnaval and Thanksgiving. The students were broken into groups and rotated through the three themes learning about each one of these Canadian celebrations, playing games and doing crafts. The Casa children enjoyed seeing some of their peers from last year! So much fun was had by all!
Teacher Party – Baby it’s cold outside
The holidays are in the air! The children stayed warm and cozy in the Westmount classroom making pizza, drinking hot chocolate, decorating cookies and creating a beautiful Christmas tree ornament. Thank you to all of those families who participated in the event and helping us to make it a success.
The Year Six students had the opportunity to take the babysitting course this year. We learned many valuable things about taking care of babies and school aged children. We enjoyed spending our Mondays at playtime reading our babysitting manuals. We would like to give a special thank you to Kristen Crouse for taking her time teach us how to become wonderful babysitters. If you need any babysitter feel free to ask the year sixes.
Ana and Addie
WE Club decorates for the holidays
The WE club had the opportunity to go to Mount Hope nursing home to assemble and decorate Christmas trees for the seniors!
A few interesting reads….
From the Community
Meaningful Market – Wednesday, Dec. 5
Looking to do some holiday shopping that makes a difference? The Meaningful Market is tomorrow night at Innovation Works on King St. Find details on the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-meaningful-market-gifts-so-nice-they-give-twice-tickets-29772133252
Growing Chefs – 2019 events
Our good friends at Growing Chefs! Ontario have dished up their new schedule of events for adults and children! Take a look through their upcoming events on their blog page: http://growingchefsontario.ca/blog/