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Montessori Buzz – Jan. 24, 2023

Re-enrolment opens on Friday

Online re-enrolment for current families opens on Friday. Watch for an email with a link Friday afternoon. The deadline to re-register your children for the 2023-2024 school year is Feb. 10.

Tuition letter for 2023-2024

Please see this year’s Tuition Letter from Tina Sartori, our Executive Director: MA Tuition Letter 2023-2024.pdf

Elementary Hot Lunch and Milk Orders: Due TODAY!

Elementary hot lunch and milk orders for Jan. 30-June 23 are now available online. Today is the deadline to submit your order(s). Please go to the online website at and select your options. Some lunches are for Lower Elementary only and some need you to select specific choices, so please read the options carefully. 
Payments are to be made online, but you can also drop into the Main Office to pay by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Apple Pay.

FYI: New ‘Delayed Start’ policy

A new Delayed Start communication policy has been developed because of the large geographic area in which our families and staff live and to help ensure everyone gets to school safely. We only anticipate using a “delayed start” for ice and freezing rain if buses to city schools are cancelled. This new policy gives everyone a buffer of time to make it to the school safely. We will still follow in line with TVDSB if they close all schools and administrative offices, we will be closed as well.

Delayed Start
In the case of extremely bad road conditions (ie. due to ice; TVDSB buses to city schools are cancelled), the school leadership may decide on a ‘delayed start’ to the school day. In such instances, there will be no Early Hours program, and school will start at 9:30 a.m. A text message will be sent to MA families and staff by 6:30 a.m., with an email to follow; other communication channels (school website, social media) will be updated as soon as possible after. 

As with our existing School Closure Communication policy, if you do not receive a text message by the predetermined time, it is understood that school will start as usual. If on any school day you are concerned about the driving conditions, please feel free to keep your children home.

Reminder: Staff/Classroom extension on the back of the YAG

Please refer to the back page of the printed Year at a Glance calendar for a full list of staff by classroom/locations. Here’s a link to a PDF of the calendarTIP: bookmark this PDF on your mobile device or computer for easy reference.

Photos from the week

Westmount Toddler’s yummy activity

Peeling oranges and eggs helps to develop the child’s fine motor skills, develop order, strengthens finger muscles, increases coordination, and helps the child become more independent! The children especially love this work because it’s delicious!

Casa 3 snowflake

Casa 3 had fun making a human snowflake in gym class last week!

Lunar New Year celebrations!

Happy New Year to all of our families and friends who are celebrating the Lunar New Year! May your year be filled with prosperity and luck!

Year 3 collaborative art

After reading the book ‘Sky Color’ by Peter H. Reynolds, each group of Year 3 students worked together to create murals. Each mural features a unique sky, inspired by our reading. This team building exercise was no easy task. They had to communicate their ideas effectively and collaborate with respect and kindness. Everyone did so well and words of encouragement were heard all throughout the studio.

Lower El 3’s Timeline of Life

The Year 2 students in LE3 spent some time — 11 weeks — working with the Timeline of Life.

UE2 math material

Our UE 2 students were learning the Montessori materials to explore the different powers if there are different bases.

MA Alumni visit

MA Alum alert! Pieter is home from studying in Australia and Elena is studying health sciences at Western! They stopped by JH last Tuesday to pass along some wisdom to our JH students! Later that day, Hannah and Kimora, who are in Grade 12, also visited!

From the Community

LHSC clinic for sick children

LHSC’s COVID, Cold, and Flu Care Clinic has opened to sick children starting on January 11th. Cases of COVID have been high, along with flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which has put pressure on adult and children’s emergency rooms locally and across the province. Opening the clinic specifically to sick children is hoped to reduce some of this burden.
  • Where: LHSC Victoria Hospital, Building 24 (corner of Commissioners and Western Counties Roads)
  • When: Appointments are available for children Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4 – 8 pm
  • What: The clinic will see and assess children with symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, and sore throat. These are usually attributed to COVID, cold, and flu.
  • Who: The clinic is available to children who do not have a family doctor, are at high risk of severe complications from respiratory illnesses, symptoms that are worsening, or have been told by a medical professional to visit the centre.
  • How: Pediatric appointments must be made either online at  or by calling 519-685-8500 ext. 75503 *Note – the clinic remains open for adult appointments seven days a week from 9:20 am to 6:30 pm.
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