Montessori Buzz – Feb. 14, 2023
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Friday is a PD Day & Monday is Family Day
The office will be open on Friday, though teachers will be in all-day sessions; the office will close at 3 p.m. on Friday so that the faculty and staff can gather together as our staff holiday gathering was thwarted by Mother Nature in December. The school will be closed on Monday for the Family Day Holiday.
PD Day activities for our Faculty and Staff
Educators Isaac Murdoch and Jodie Williams will join our faculty and staff on the PD Day lead discussions that explore how we can weave Indigenous content and lessons on Reconciliation into our curriculum in thoughtful, age-appropriate ways. Exploring the Power & Potential of Indigenous Knowledge Systems will look at “how education can be a catalyst for societal change by enhancing our classrooms with the rich knowledge of the Original Peoples of this land.”
Speaking of Mother Nature messing with our plans….
Winter Concert – Centennial Hall on Feb 28
The Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall. This performance is always so special – and so much fun – because our students from Casa through Junior High perform in it.
- Arrivals: Please bring your performers to the venue for 5:30 p.m. Performance will start at 6 p.m.
- Parking: There is parking available in various lots close to Centennial Hall, including
- Central High School
- under City Hall (paid lot)
- St. Peter’s Cathedral (paid lot)
- the Canada Life lot to the left/north of the venue (NOTE: parking in this lot is not available until after 5:30 p.m.)
- RSVP: Please watch for another tear-off form coming home this week. We ask you to complete the form and return it to your child(ren)’s classroom teachers by Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Photos from the week
Casa 1 – keep going!
This little person worked so hard on the Hundred Board. The teacher’s goal for today was to lay out the tiles 1-20 in order. The child said, “Let’s keep going.” The teacher brought out tiles 21 to 50, thinking this will take quite enough concentration for today. The child got to 50 and said, “Let’s keep going.” The teacher conceded and said, “Let’s go to 70 today.” The child went to 70 and said, “LET’S KEEP GOING!” The accomplished smile at the end says it all, NEVER underestimate the child!
Waterloo Casa Valentine Crafts
LE Box lunch
The Lower Elementary students shared their beautiful Valentine boxed lunches that they each created for a classmate.
Silent reading in LE2
“When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again.” – Rumer Godden
UE2 Walking lesson
UE2’s Year 5 students soaked in this beautiful sunshine on Wednesday, while using the Walking Classroom to learn all about Idioms.
UE’s Winter Trip
Well, they found some winter! The Upper El students kicked off their Winter Trip Monday afternoon with a hike to the Ice Wall.
Merci to our Junior High students, Nathalie and Megan C., who hosted a very fun Carnaval for our Elementary students on Friday. Despite the thaw and lack of snow, everyone had a blast – especially Bonhomme! ;-D
FEB. 17 PD DAY CAMPS
Please visit their websites to find details and to register online.
SCHOOL OF HIP HOP PD DAY CAMP
Hip Hop 101 Day Camp –
try your hands at a little bit of DJing/beat making, graffiti, poetry & dance! Learn more and register through this link: https://forms.gle/ShXRF4tYwMEP7LX96
THE ACADEMY CIRCUS PD DAY CAMP
Enter the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss at the Circus! We can’t wait to see a Whos on Hammocks, Lorax on Lyra, Yertle Turtle Tumblers, and so much more! https://www.theacademycircus.com
PD DAY CAMP – SIMPLY SEWING WITH KELLY