Montessori Buzz – January 25, 2022
A Message from Tina
Dear MA Families and Friends,
Our Toddler and Casa students are in Week 4 and our Elementary and Junior High students are entering Week 2 on the return to school. Here is what we have observed as far as absenteeism is concerned, from highest to lowest:
The 30% absenteeism rate (students and staff) due to illness is to be reported to MLHU based on the entire school, which doesn’t really work for us, so we are going to tackle this by location/building. However there is no action that comes out of this reporting, except that you will get a template letter that indicates we have reached that number at your location/building and the symptoms to monitor for, which you already know.
We have also heard of experiences where failed screening had the individual already in isolation for 5 days, but they didn’t test positive until day 4. We have also heard of individuals being symptomatic and in isolation for 5 days and tested negative the whole time. Needless to say there are all kinds of illnesses circulating even among the high transmission of Omicron, but the bottom line remains the same – if you are unwell, you need to stay home. The school screening tool continues to be updated regularly, so please continue to use it daily. In addition to this, we received this guidance from the MLHU this morning regarding the use of RAT’s for a shorter isolation period. Refer to the online tool here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Clarification on rapid antigen test (RAT) use in symptomatic individuals
A single negative RAT test in an individual with COVID-19 symptoms is not an indication that they do not have a COVID-19 infection. However, in the case of two consecutive negative RATs, separated by 24-48 hours, the symptomatic individual is less likely to have a COVID-19 infection. Therefore, symptomatic individuals who test negative on two consecutive RATs within 24-48 hours can end their self-isolation when they have no fever and their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours in the case of gastrointestinal symptoms). Household members of the symptomatic individual who has two negative tests may also discontinue their period of self-isolation, as long as they remain symptom-free.
We know for at least the next two weeks it will continue to be challenging to manage for both families and the school. Here, we are literally taking it a day at a time, doing the best we can to keep your children and our staff safe while your children continue to learn, all while returning everyone home fulfilled at the end of the day. It’s not easy for anyone, we know that, but also know we can do hard things because we have been for so long. It’s exhausting, we know that, but we will keep showing up every day for your children because we care about them deeply, and this is the best place we can show them just how much.
Tuition for 2022-2023
Please see the attached letter from Tina about this year’s tuition fees: Tuition Letter 2022-2023.pdf
2022-2023 Re-enrolment opens this Friday
MA parents will receive an e-mail message this Friday, January 28, with instructions on completing re-enrolment for September 2022. Re-enrolment is due by Friday, February 11.
Snow Much Fun – Tickets on sale now!
Exciting news! Snow Much Fun is happening and tickets are on sale now through our school website: https://montessori.on.ca/snow-much-fun/! This year we have moved Snow Much Fun to The Factory – 100 Kellogg’s Lane, where there will be something for all ages!
Montessori Academy of London will have a private event space with Inflatable Games, Prizes, and Pizza, as well as access to all The Factory has to offer! Snow Much Fun is a fundraiser for our school’s Library.
Everyone is welcome to attend — so bring your friends, neighbours and extended family.
**Rock All Day Pass can be used the day of the event, or saved for another day.
You must purchase a ticket to attend. Tickets are limited to capacity restrictions – buy your ticket online today! https://montessori.on.ca/snow-much-fun/
For more information visit https://montessori.on.ca/snow-much-fun/
For questions about the event and sponsorship inquiries please contact Tonya Dendrinos at firstname.lastname@example.org
MA in the Community
Spotted in the most recent Fanshawe Alumni 2022 publication … Recognize these MA-zing kids in blue shirts? This photo was taken as part of our participation in the Fanshawe School of Design’s Poppy Project in November. Thanks for spotting it and forwarding, Blythe and Janet. 🙂
You can take a peek through a copy of the publication at the Front Desk.
Photos from the Week
Westmount Toddler outdoor playtime Wednesday
The cold, snowy weather was no match for the energy and excitement of our Westmount Toddlers last week.
Toddler 1 activities
The Toddler 1 students were busy working and creating beautiful art last week!
Lower El 2 research
These Lower El 2 students just completed some research on a favourite topic – bears!
Last night’s Growing Chefs Mac and Cheese workshop
Brooklyn and Elle had lots of fun and cheese at last night’s cooking workshop with Growing Chefs! MA families learned how to make their famous Mac and Cheese!
Year 4 Egypt study
The year fours attended a mummification ceremony on Wednesday conducted by an Egyptian Priestess! We love our Egypt studies!!
Updates from the Art Studio!
Fun times in the art studio!! This week the Year Five students imagined the world from an insect’s point of view. Each class worked together to create a miniature photo booth, along with photo strips featuring various photogenic little critters.
From the Community
This workshop is being hosted through Elgin EarlyON and Strive and will be facilitated by Dr. Alex Russell – Clinical Psychologist. This workshop will be relevant to educators and parents, so please feel free to share with your team and families.
This workshop will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 3, between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register through the Strive website. https://striveswo.ca/our-events/