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Montessori Buzz – Jan. 7, 2020

Save the date: Snow Much Fun – February 23!

New this year! We are so excited to announce our first school-wide Winter Carnival, Snow Much Fun. The event will bring students, families of our school and the broader community together for a day of fun, snow-themed family activities. 

  • SNOW MUCH FUN – Winter Carnival
  • Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10am to 2pm
  • Location: Stronach Community Centre

Snow Much Fun will take place at Stronach Community Centre using the gym’s indoor space as well as outdoor recreation areas. Join us for games, prizes, food for sale, hot cocoa and apple cider, and outdoor snow games. Tickets will be for sale (cash only) at the event for activities, games and food. Admission is free. All proceeds from the event will support the upcoming renovations to the school library and music room. 

Everyone is welcome! So bring your friends and neighbours! 

Watch for Monty the Polar Bear promoting the event around the school!

Seeking Sponsors

We are still looking for sponsors for this exciting event.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact Tonya Dendrinos at or 519-433-9121 ext. 233. 

Reminder: Casa to Elementary Moving Up Session is Friday

Our Moving Up: Casa to Elementary Parent Session is on Friday morning from 8:45-10:30 am. If your Casa child is eligible to move up to the Elementary program in September and you haven’t returned your RSVP to the school yet for Friday, you can still submit it, or you can email Kristen directly at to let her know you’re interested in joining us for this event.   

MA activities from before the break….

CHF total from PJ Day 

Right before the break, the Junior High Charitable Giving Committee dropped off our PJ Day donations at Children’s Health Foundation. We were able to raise $1,477 toward this year’s initiative – the mini sports car! Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who donated spare change on PJ Day. 

Casa 3 – Musical visitors

It was so great having Shawn and Hadden visit before the break, and share their musical talents with Casa 3’s students! Hadden was a student in Casa 3 just last year, and enjoyed spending time with his teachers and former classmates. 

Carbon footprint presentation in Upper El

MA Alumna Aurora Hannay and two of her peers from CCH, Sofia and Ahmed, have started an environmental education program called Gaia Climate Education, which is directed towards elementary age students to inspire them to make environmentally-conscious decisions in the face of climate change. Aurora and her peers believe that education is the key to combating and adjusting to our changing climate, and today they presented to the Year 6 students in Upper Elementary. One exercise in the presentation had students reflect on their own carbon footprint and what they can do to reduce it. 

UE students reading to Lower El 3’s class

We love seeing the sense of community that develops over the years among our students. Older students often visit their old classrooms to reconnect with their teachers and peers. Before the break, some of our Upper El students dropped by LE3 to read to them.  

Anova holiday delivery

Each year our Junior High students put together holiday gift bags for those staying with our friends at Anova. The money for the gift bags comes from proceeds from the Pasta Dinner that the JH’s put on.This year, we made 60 gift bags to support the holiday dinner that they put on at Anova for those that have to be in the shelter over the holidays. They were delivered by the students and it was a very life-changing experience for all involved. We are all so grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community in this way.  

Holiday Lunch

As part of a long-standing school tradition, the Elementary and Junior High students and staff enjoyed their annual Holiday Lunch together at the Colborne Street Gym on the Friday before the break.Each class was involved in supporting this lunch by baking, cooking, mashing potatoes, setting up, etc. During event, some of the faculty were talking about how old of a tradition the Holiday Lunch actually is… Junior High’s Ann noted that it had been around for the 25+ years she’s been with the school. Angela, who’s been with the school for almost three decades, noted that we started this tradition with the students dining together in their classrooms, but one year the Lower El group was too big for that space. So, the Holiday Lunch moved to the Colborne St. Gymnasium… which they fill up quite easily! Thank you to the staff and students who helped prepare and serve festive meal. 

From the community…

Growing Chefs! Ontario is offering monthly cooking classes for kids ages 8-13. Take a look at the schedule for 2020 on the organization’s site:

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