Montessori Buzz – June 1, 2021
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Returning to school: more to come Wednesday… we hope
We are all holding our breath today as we wonder what is going to happen with the re-opening of schools. The final vote with Ford’s cabinet is Wednesday afternoon. This school closure was mandated by the province for all schools – including independent schools like MA. Therefore, it is likely that tomorrow’s announcement will impact all schools, including MA. However, we won’t know until we receive an official update from the Ministry.
We will provide families an email update on returning to in-class learning as soon as we are able to. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. We would like nothing better than to see our Elementary and Junior High students back in class for June.
More to come…
Activity Fee Refunds
Activity Fee refunds for our Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Junior High families have been processed, and cheques have been mailed to your home address. Please cash your cheque as soon as possible once received.
Class placement letters via email
Families with children moving up a level in our school will receive a Class Placement Letter via email later this week from our Registrar with details on which classroom their child will be in starting in September.
We usually acknowledge our faculty and staff members who have reached milestones at our Year End Assembly. Please join us in offering heartfelt congratulations to the following staff members on these MA-zing milestones with our school:
-Deborah – Oxford Casa 1
-Halina – Oxford Casa 3
-Cathy – Oxford Casa 3
-Shawna – Lower El 2
-Lesley – Waterloo Casa
-Layna – Lower El 1
-Tina – Executive Director
-Shireen – Westmount Casa
-Antoinette – Waterloo Toddler
-David P – Financial Director
What’s for Dinner? Summer Lovin’ and Freezer Clear-out Sale!
Our summer “What’s for Dinner?” Event is here! And it’s a menu like no other. Wood-fired PIZZA – cooked in the wood stove and then frozen so you get the authentic wood-fired taste, Turkey Burger Patties and a Summer-licious Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp for dessert.
AND just in time to stock up your freezer before summer break – a FREEZER CLEAR-OUT SALE. All the leftover quantities of the past “What’s for Dinner” events are on sale! Sale items are extremely limited, some items only have 1 or 2… so if you see a favourite grab it now, before it’s gone!
Proceeds from each order will support Montessori Academy of London’s renovation of the Elementary Lunch Kitchen this summer, so we can expand our Elementary Lunch program to Five Days a Week!
ONLINE ORDERING OPENS TODAY
Please note that the order page is different this time around. We have moved to Eventbrite for this event in order to accommodate the LARGE menu of sale items! Order online through this Eventbrite link!
- Order Deadline: Tuesday, June 15th
- Pick Up Date: Tuesday, June 22nd
- Time: Your selected time
- Pick Up Location: Growing Chefs Headquarters – 460 King St. London, ON
Wood-fired Pizza (Frozen) – $20 Each
- Pepperoni – Pepperoni, Mozzarella Cheese, San Marzano Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
- Vegetarian – Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Mozzarella Cheese and San Marzano Tomato Sauce
Burgers (Frozen) – $35
- Turkey Burgers (12 patties)
- Beet Burgers – Vegetarian (12 patties)
Entrees (Frozen) – $35
(Each order serves 4 to 5 people)
- Chicken Curry with Rice
- Sweet Potato Chili – Beef
- Sweet Potato Chili – Vegetarian
Dessert (Frozen) – $25
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Freezer Clear-out Items – $10 to $25
There are too many VERY LIMITED items to list! Scroll down the ticket order page to see what’s left!
As always, quantities are limited. Get your orders in early to avoid disappointment!
Photos from the Week
Westmount Toddler Welcome!
Westmount Toddlers welcomed a new student to our classroom: Mina! She has been a busy bee this week meeting and observing her new friends, and learning all about flowers, plants and insects!
Our Waterloo Toddlers were captured working on activities that require concentration, dexterity – and sometimes collaboration!
UE1 Guest teacher
Meghan thought presenting the UE1 Language Lesson via her puppet alter ego would help lighten the mood in last week’s Zoom session. And it did. 😀
Junior High PLACE project presentations
By Tessa Duncan, Jasmine Ryan, and Emilie Ormston-Lamarche
From late March to the end of May, all of Junior High had the privilege of participating in the Pedagogical London and City Exploration (PLACE) project. We all chose a different place in London that interested us, and based the project around this landmark. The purpose of this project was to learn about the history of our city, and to become aware of the history right in our own backyard! In the two months that we had to complete the project, we got to learn countless historical facts about our city and a specific historical place in London. There were eight components of the project: literature, French, history, creative expression, science, journal, math and interviewing someone related to the place we chose.
Something new for some of us was setting up an interview. That meant emailing or calling the person, then scheduling a time and date to host the interview over Zoom or phone call. Another new skill we learned was to enlarge an image to scale. The deadline of the project ensured the students learned valuable skills in time management and planning.
On May 26 and 27, Junior High made history by being the first group of students to present this project online!
This project has been such a tremendous learning experience for all the students involved, as the rest of the class got to learn not only about their place, but got a small snippet of information about the places their peers presented. This will hopefully pique the interest of some of the students, showing them that there is so much history right in our backyard, if only we are willing to open our eyes and see it.
From the Community
Growing Chefs! Ontario’s eNewsletter
Take a look through Growing Chefs’ June newsletter for their upcoming events.