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Montessori Buzz – Jan. 29, 2019

Re-Enrolment opens Friday, Observation Week notes, plus fun photos from a variety of activities! 🙂

Dear MA Families and Friends,

Re-Enrolment for 2019-2020 opens Friday!

Re-Enrolment for the 2019-2020 School Year will open this Friday, February 1. Please look for your family’s Re-Enrolment package, which will be sent home with your child(ren) this Friday. This package includes instructions for Re-Enrolment, as well as forms that must be signed and returned to the Main Office to confirm your child(ren)’s place for September 2019.

Offers of Admission for siblings of current students will also be sent home this Friday with the Re-Enrolment packages.  If you have any questions about the Re-Enrolment process, Sibling Offers of Admission, or Tuition & Fees for 2019-2020 please contact Victoria Little at or 519-433-9121 ext. 211.

Observation Week – Sit tight. Notice. Watch.

We are delighted to welcome our Casa and Elementary parents into our classrooms next week. Upon leaving, we hope you have a greater appreciation of what your child does each day and what makes Montessori education so special. Our Toddler classrooms and Junior High program don’t participate in Observation Week; parents visit the Toddler classrooms individually, while our Junior High parents are invited to a luncheon hosted by our senior students.

For those observing next week, here are two wonderful articles from Catherine McTamaney about what to expect:

VIDEO: In case you missed it on Facebook

This short interview from Global TV Calgary does a great job hitting some major points about Montessori education. They mention the Alberta curriculum a few times because, unlike Ontario, Alberta provides funding for Montessori schools.

Boler Mountain Tubing Event on Feb. 27

Ready for some fun in the snow? Space is limited – register today for tubing at Boler Mountain!

Details to consider:

  • Children must be a minimum of 42” tall to ride; tubing not recommended for those under 5 years
  • Helmets are provided
  • One person per tube down the hill (there is a conveyor belt to the top!)
  • No ski boots or hard-toed footwear
  • If you’d like to ski, passes are available for purchase at the front desk.

We will have our own area of the chalet where we will:

  • Have tickets for hot chocolate along with water and cookies
  • Play board games for those wishing to stay inside (feel free to bring your favourites!)
  • Feature next round of Teacher Parties will be available to sign up
  • Display silent auction prizes for you to peruse (the auction will actually take place online)

This is a fundraising event for the school with proceeds supporting improvements to the Junior High kitchens.

Any questions? Please contact Melissa Parker at (Please note: due to limited numbers and high demand we cannot hold spots for this event and spots are allocated on first-come, first-served basis.)

Montessori courtside!

Big thanks to all the families that came out to the London Lightning game on Sunday, January 27!  We had our own section cheering on our choir students while they opened the festivities with the national anthem.

The school raised just shy of $2,000 in ticket sales and 50/50 earnings!

Keep an eye on The Buzz for upcoming events and initiatives that will enable you to contribute and stay involved!

Waterloo Toddler practising their practical life skills

Waterloo Toddler One’s students have been focusing on practical life skills since we came back from holidays. This includes care of self and care of the environment. The children show much pride in the work they accomplish for their environment and themselves. They have been rolling napkins and placing napkin rings around them for lunch, washing chairs to ensure they are clean for sitting, watering and dusting our classroom plants; and some of them have brought in combs and brushes from home for their person care bags to comb their hair in the mirror.

Casa 3’s Volcano

There was so much excitement in the Casa 3 classroom as the children planned, created and then watched their volcano come to life last week! Check out the video of the eruption on our Facebook page:

Emoji Teacher Party = BIG smiley faces

It was snowy, but a fun one as this group joined Jenn in the Art Studio on Monday night for her Emoji Teacher Party. Each child made a pillow with their favourite emoji, decorated cupcakes, had a yummy pizza dinner and even played a round of emoji bingo! Thanks to this great group for fun night and to the parents who braved the snowstorm to come out for pickup.

Thank you, Bill & Gregory!

Let’s raise a glass – or mug – to these guys! Thank you, Gregory and Bill, for always being out early and sticking around late — often in the worst conditions. (And thank you, Lesley, for snapping the photos — and bringin’ the Tims.)

MA in the Community…

MA students – SARI Ambassadors
Gage and Carter have been asked to be 2019 Ambassadors for SARI Therapautic Riding centre.  This will involve us making a few speeches at their annual events. Gage is currently featured in their newsletter which can been found here:

(Also, there’s a mention of Montessori alumna and past MA board member Sarah Kirshin-Neilans in the newsletter!)

From the Community

Cursive is Cool contest 2019 – now open!!

The annual celebration of handwriting is open — Cursive is Cool. Take a look through the Canadian entry requirements in this PDF:

Thames Valley Science and Engineering Fair in April
In case your child is interested, this fair is for children in Grades 4-12… Is your budding scientist interested in participating? Visit the website for information and details.

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