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Montessori Buzz – June 11, 2019

Survey feedback, our new Elementary French teacher, event recaps and more!

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Survey feedback from Tina

Thank you to our families who took the time to respond to our survey. Overall, our families are unanimously satisfied with their child’s experience at the school. This parent feedback is very valuable to us and provides us the opportunity to continue to grow and improve as a school.

Take a look through the highlights of your feedback in this PDF.

Welcome, Nathalie – our new Elementary French teacher!

We are excited to announce and introduce you to Nathalie Ostroff, who will join the staff at MA as the LE/UE French Teacher. Nathalie comes to us with over 20 years of experience teaching French, in both the public and independent school sectors, as well as internationally with French & Spanish. Aside from her credentials from the Ontario College of Teachers with a French Specialty, she is also trained in the AIM method, which is utilized in our LE program. She is very excited to join our team and learn more about Montessori and MA. Nathalie will visit the school on Wednesday and Thursday this week – feel free to introduce yourself & welcome her if you get the chance!

Gym wear samples are in!

We encourage parents to visit the Main Office with their children to try samples of our gym wear on. This will help eliminate having to change sizing when school starts in September.

Each student receives a T-shirt and one pair of shorts as part of tuition; extra shirts and shorts can be purchased through the same order form. Forms have gone home and the due date for forms (and payment for optional extra shirts and shorts) is Monday, June 17. 

Can’t find your form? Download a PDF of it here

Tickets to our Big 10 raffle are selling fast!

Make sure to get your payments and ticket stubs back to the main office for Friday, June 14 to be entered in the draw! We are drawing at 9:30 am on Monday, June 17. Want more tickets?  Contact Melissa Parker to pick some up:

Some of our prize highlights:

  • Grand prize:  $1000 cash
  • Family Fun pack valued at $639 featuring gift cards to Boston Pizza, Palasad, East Park and Boler Mountain
  • Style & Grace pack valued over $713 with a beautiful freshwater pearl necklace from Nash Jewellers, salon gift card for Suki’s, Salt Therapy, 3 month membership to Movati and one adult and one kid Quip electric toothbrushes from Lynhurst Dental.

Learn more about our fabulous prizing at

All proceeds from the raffle will go towards improvements to Junior High kitchens and classrooms.

Library books due Friday

Please return any books borrowed from the Elementary Library to Rob by Friday. Thank you!

REMINDER: Summer Art Camp – Only a few spots left!

MA’s art teacher Jenn Neron is co-hosting two weeklong Summer Art Day Camps with David Moynihan’s Cottage Pottery Studio!

Week 1 – July 2 to 5 – for current LE students in Years 1-3 this school year. — Camp fee for four days: $240.

Week 2 – July 8-12 – for current UE students in Years 4-6 this school year. — Camp fee for five days: $300.

  • Morning sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon at the Cottage Pottery Studio – 253 Hyman St.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. students will walk to MA with David for lunch and outside playtime at our Elementary location
  • Children need to bring a packed, nut-free lunch
  • Afternoon sessions are from 1-4 p.m. at the MA Art studio
  • Dropoff at Cottage Pottery Studio on Hyman and Pickup at JH Art Studio – 742 Waterloo St.
  • There are no Extended Hours — either before or after the program.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be made available to the public. So if you’re interested, make sure to register soon. Payment due upon registration; please make payment to Montessori Academy of London.

If you have any questions, please call Jenn in the Art Studio 519-433-9121 ext 404.

Year-end Assembly is next Tuesday

Next Tuesday is our Year-end Assembly at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School.

All of our families are invited to join us as the senior students in each level at our school will receive their certificates.

Please note: There is no Extended Hours programming today except for our Toddler classrooms so that our staff can join us at the event.

Phys Ed updates

Track and Field
Congratulations to the Montessori Track Team!! After a couple of rain outs, we finally got to compete on Friday, May 31. After all the wait, our school finished 3rd overall on our track day!

All the hard work and practice paid off. We had quite a few personal bests from our athletes and an amazing effort from the triathlon team to help us secure third place. Well done everyone!

Senior Soccer Team
The Junior High soccer team played in a one day tournament last week at the North London Soccer Fields. Although the team lost their 4 round robin games and a player to injury, the team went into the B side of the playoffs with a great attitude. They won their first game on penalty kicks to move into the semis. At the end of regulation the semi final game was tied 1-1. Again, we went into penalty kicks, here our luck ran out and we lost. 2-0. The team played extremely well and worked very hard all day.

Family & Friends event photos

Thank you, families, friends and staff, for such a fantastic school-wide social event. And how about a round of applause for Mother Nature for a wonderful day!

Waterloo Casa yoga

On Fridays, Waterloo Casa practices yoga asanas or “poses.” They love the chance to move mindfully. Two Fridays ago, the weather was so good, that they took their practice outside (along with a special buddy visiting from CCH)!

WE water events

The WE Group’s water event was last Friday. Students in all levels of the school participated in activities that raised awareness of how vital water is to our lives.

Water Treatment Plant trip

Last Tuesday, the JH students travelled to the Water Treatment Facility on Adelaide St. to kick off their final topic in science for this year: Water!  Is there anything more important to our entire planet than water use? We are so grateful to Stan and Derrick for taking the time out of their busy working day to tour us through all of the facilities so we can gain a better understanding about how wastewater and stormwater are treated before going back into the Thames River.

We left the tour with a real appreciation and gratitude for the luxury of having clean water in our everyday life…something that far too many people around the world still struggle to have (even in our own country!). Now, when we flush the toilet, we know exactly where it goes and what happens to it! We can’t say how thankful we are for the people who manage the water treatment in our city and for the science behind making this luxury a reality for all of us.

UE Boler Mountain adventure

The Upper Elementary students went on a field trip to the Tree Top course at Boler Mountain last week. Several students found the course to be a challenge, but they ALL persevered and completed it. And, oh, the pride they felt accomplishing that goal!

Many thanks to the MA-zing teachers who guided them through the challenge (and the entire school year!).


Butterfly released in Lower El 3

Aubrey brought three caterpillars in to school a few weeks ago…. On Wednesday, she set three butterflies free.

Junior High prepping for for Artisan Bazaar

Junior High students Kimora and Lily enjoyed a lesson in making iced coffee from Denise at Locomotive Espresso. It was the real stuff, no mix here. The Junior High students served up this delicious drink at our Artisan Bazaar last Saturday….

The JH students also prepared tasty lemonade from scratch to sell at the drink stand. Thanks for all of your hard work preparing for this new event for the school….

Artisan Bazaar wrap-up

With more than 130 guests in attendance throughout the day, we had a great time at our first Artisan Bazaar at Junior High last Saturday.

Our Junior High students drew in our guests with their delicious iced coffee (donated by Locomotive Espresso) and handmade lemonade. IVANOPOBLANO was on site to dish out some incredible tacos.

Inside the Junior High building, we had two floors of vendors (20 in total) selling their products. Our biggest hits were Century Chocolates, who provided the chocolate for our Willy Wonka Musical; Maple Shamrock – crocheted stuffies and very popular reusable water balloons; and Ruckus Sauce with delicious hot sauce!

Some of our own entrepreneurial parents were there too with Mercedes Guzikowski and Circle Fun (buttons, coasters, etc); Blythe Allman and Re-Spoke Textiles; and Amanda Walton’s Little Spark Company that created amazing learning products. Dr. Wei Jing Loo donated some of her magnificent artwork, prints and greeting cards to sell at the bazaar with all proceeds coming back to the school.

In the Art Room, nine of our students sold their incredible creations – most of them selling out before the event was even over!

Guests were blown away by the creativity and talent of our students and this was a highlight of the day!

And finally, the lower level hosted a Media Swap where attendees brought their DVDs, CDs, records, tapes and books to swap/trade with others. Those that didn’t trade were able to buy items for $1 each. We even had some books left over to donate to the library!

Winners of our door prize draws:  Sonia Foster, Sajal Kizilbash, Dan Walton and Emma Purres.

Thank you to everyone that attended and made the day a roaring success!
Through donations at the door, silent auction, media swap and sales of art and swag, we raised over $1500 for the school!

Coldstream nature walk teacher party

Basia and Halina extend a HUGE thank you to the families who supported their Teacher Party: a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing and fun nature walk. We are very grateful for the parent support of this and all of our Teacher Party events!

Where in the World is MA?

Alex and Michael at Bow Falls, Alberta, enjoying the snow; it was too cold to wear their MA T-shirts! :-O

Don’t forget – if you’re travelling this summer (or any time!) and have your MA swag with you, take a photo and email it to (or reply to an old Buzz).

In the Elementary Library: Little People, Big Dreams – Maria!

MA recently received this book as a gift to share with our students. The Little People, Big Dreams books are an “empowering series which celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world.” Elementary library books are due back to the school by Friday, but the next time you’re in, take a peek through this new book. It is also available at local Indigo stores.

Happy Father’s Day!

To all our Dads, grandpas, and father figures, we wish you a wonderful weekend!

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