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Montessori Buzz – January 18, 2022

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Moving Up families: optional survey

Because we’re not able to host our in-person Moving Up sessions this year that are noted on the Year at a Glance Calendar, Parents and Guardians with children moving up in our program received an email yesterday with information about the next level of your child(ren)’s Montessori education.If you have not received email yet, please check your junk mail folder first, and then let our Registrar, Victoria Little, know via email: looking at the Moving Up information provided, if you feel you need more details about the next level of our Montessori program, please complete this short form: 

What’s for Dinner?! Valentine’s Day Edition

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Growing Chefs is partnering with us for an exciting What’s for Dinner menu. Order your favourite frozen, family-size entrees  online and pick them up at Growing Chefs on Monday, February 7th, 2022! This month’s menu features a luxurious Red Velvet Cake – Fresh and Ready to Serve!

View the entire special Valentine’s menu and place your order online:

  • Order Deadline: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
  • Pick-Up Date: Monday, February 7th, 2022
  • Pick-Up Location: Growing Chefs (460 King St. London, ON)

Proceeds from each order support our Library Project, as well as Growing Chefs! Ontario.
For questions or more information about What’s for Dinner, contact Tonya at or 519-433-9121 ext. 233.

Last call: MA Family Cooking Classes with Growing Chefs! Ontario

This special virtual workshop on Monday, January 24, from 5 to 6 pm, is just for our MA families! Join us for a LIVE, one-hour, virtual cooking workshop with a professional chef from Growing Chefs! This interactive workshop is open to all ages and levels with parents/guardians. Together, we will learn to make their famous Macaroni and Cheese recipe, a seasonal salad and dressing from scratch!

Registration and Recipe Kits are $25. Your registration includes a companion recipe kit to make 4 servings. Recipe Kits include all the necessary ingredients for the World’s Best Mac and Cheese webinar. Kits will be available for pick up at Montessori Academy of London’s Administrative Office at 719 Waterloo St. on Monday, January 24, between 3pm and 4pm.  

Space is limited, so register online through this linkRegistration Deadline is today, Tuesday, January 18 at midnight. For more information contact Tonya Dendrinos at

Photos from the week

Monday’s weather made for horrible driving, but was EXCELLENT for snow angel making!

Pouring practice in Toddler 2

Toddler student Liam is seen in this Instagram video pouring rice using a funnel. Look at his fine-motor skills developing with precision as he successfully empties the rice into the jar. 🙂


Polar Regions Study!

In Casa 1, the students recently learned that a group of penguins on land is called a … “waddle”! A few days this past week were cold enough for OUR little penguins!

Casa 2 also started the New Year studying polar regions. The weather on Monday made it easy to relate to freezing temperatures that people, plants and animals had to adapt to. We experimented with water, snow and ice, creating beautiful art and relaxing while doing penguin and polar bear yoga! Stay warm, everyone! Spring will be here before we know it. (fingers crossed emoji! LOL)

Hey Spencer: We felt it, too…

On Friday, Spencer pretty much summed up what we were all feeling. Yep…. ready to get off of Zoom and get back to in-person learning.

From the Community

The Expert Talk: Anti-Bullying Workshop For Parents

Most anti-bullying campaigns don’t work because they don’t address the underlying cause:  Bullying is a relationship problem. Until we understand how and why it arises, we can’t help kids deal with it.  You can see detailed info on what’s going to be covered here: session will be on January 31st at 7pm ET live on Zoom with time for Q&A at the end.  It’s only $49 to register until January 24th, and then $69 after that. Anyone can use the code WG3QJ8 at checkout to get an additional $10 off.In the 90-minute live online session where participants will learn:

  • The exact red flags that may signal an unhealthy relationship is emerging
  • When to step in & how to do it so you don’t make it worse or embarrass them
  • When to let kids handle a situation on their own (and what tools and strategies to give them)
  • How to work with their teachers and school with confidence when you do need to intervene
  • And so much more …

Oxford/Gammage Superstore Pharmacy to host two COVID-19 vaccine clinics for kids 5-11

The Real Canadian Superstore located at 825 Oxford St. E. will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for kids age 5-11 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21. First and second pediatric Pfizer doses will be available. Source CTV:

Update on local COVID testing facilities

Please be aware that effective immediately, the Rapid Molecular Testing site at 105-460 Springbank Drive is no longer able to provide COVID-19 testing for school aged children. This is a result of two Provincial announcements: enhanced testing for schools to support in person learning (January 12, 2022) and updated eligibility for PCR testing (December 31, 2021).

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