Montessori Buzz – Feb. 9, 2021
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Re-Enrolment for September 2021 due this Friday
Re-Enrolment is due this Friday, February 12, to secure your child’s place for the 2021-2022 School Year. Please login to the MA Parent Portal and view the re-enrolment resource board for full instructions.
As a reminder, post-dated cheques (or a direct debit form for Plan C) should be submitted to the Main Office in accordance with your selected payment plan after online re-enrolment is complete. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria at 519-433-9121 x 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find a copy of our Re-Enrolment letter (PDF) here: 2021-2022 Re-Enrolment Letter – FINAL.pdf
2020 Official Receipts
Official receipts for tuition paid during the 2020 calendar year will be sent home this Friday with the youngest/only child in each family. Please check your child’s blue bag/school bag on Friday to retain your copy.
Reminder: Monday is a holiday
The school is closed Monday, Feb. 15, for the Family Day holiday.
Board recruitment: Community member
We have an opportunity for a member from the London and area community (ie. not an MA parent) to join the Board of Governors.
While all applications will be considered, priority will be given to a candidate who is experienced in financial matters and has the ability to read financial statements, connect the financial dots and challenge our executive team on financial and strategic planning. The following attributes will be considered an asset:
- business or finance degree/diploma from a post-secondary institution
- 3+ years of work experience in business and/or accounting
- accounting and finance experience, including financial analysis, budgeting, internal controls, audit and financial reporting
- CPA, CBV, CFA or other financial designation.
The full recruitment posting is available on Pillar Nonprofit’s website and the school’s website: https://montessori.on.ca/board-seeks-new-member/
Photos from the week
Casa 1 Africa study
This week, Casa 1 began our cultural study of Africa by learning about its biomes. The children enjoyed creating a beautiful sunset of the African savannah using pieces of ripped construction paper followed by experimenting with light to trace the shadow of an elephant standing near a tree in the Serengeti.
Casa 2 study the rainforests
It might be white, super cold and windy outside, but Casa 2 is hot and lavish green as we are studying South American Rainforest. We are learning about its fauna and flora, and all the wonderful foods and medicines that come from there. It’s inspiring to hear the students’ ideas when we talk about ways of saving the World’s Rainforests.
Casa 3 Silence Game
This Casa 3 student was tasked with testing her concentration, senses, and patience in the Silence Game. Their recent classroom discussions about mindfulness inspired her meditative pose. She sat in stillness for…. Wait for it…. 3 whole minutes.
Makin’ music in Lower El art
Our Year Three students were happy to return to the Art room this week to paint their clay maracas and make some music with them. Check out the cute video here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKzZxnWHoVk/
Dear Mummy: Year 4’s are studying Egypt
The Year Four students are learning about ancient Egypt this month. Last week, the class gathered for a very special lesson about the ritual of mummification. Carroll dressed up as Cleopatra proceeded to mummify an adorable pink unicorn. She assured the class that he died of old age and his spirit will go on to live a good and happy afterlife.
Waterloo Casa – concentration and coordination
Three-year-olds are amazing!! Concentration, retaining multiple steps and the appropriate sequence, motor control = care of the environment for a first-year Casa student. https://www.instagram.com/p/CK4J0jEHMqu/
Westmount Casa – Polar region art
As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (and since the Groundhog predicted an early Spring), what a better time to end our study of the Polar Regions??!! Westmount Casa celebrated this “cool” landscape by creating our own version of the Northern Lights…. aka the Aurora Borealis. The children used strips of coloured tissue soaked in water to make their own unique special creation. As much as we love winter, we also can’t wait for Spring! https://www.instagram.com/p/CLE7D65HQPF/
Lower El 2 Friday Dance Party!
Lower Elementary 2 celebrated the end of the first week back in the classroom with a dance party. Here’s a quick peek: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17983703680322515/