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Montessori Buzz – June 20, 2023

Dear MA Families & Friends,
June Final Reports available Friday!
For our Casa, Elementary and Junior High students, June Final Reports will be available in the MA Parent Portal on Friday at 3 pm.
How to access your child’s progress report:
  • Login to the MA Parent Portal
  • Select your child’s name in the top left corner.
  • Under the Progress tab, click the Report Card link and select “June Progress Report”

FYI: Two more messages coming soon…

The final wrap-up Buzz of the school year will land in your inbox next Tuesday. Also, watch for a message from our Board president this Thursday. For returning families, your first email of the 2023-2024 school year will be sent shortly after the Civic Holiday in August. Thanks! 

Action required: Elementary-JH Gym Wear forms due June 23

Please complete the PDF form linked below, and return it to school ASAP or email to Tameka at on or before June 23. Tameka will have samples in the office until tomorrow! If you need to see sizes, please come in to see her. Otherwise, you can gauge your child/ren’s sizes on the form.
For those ordering extra shirts and shorts, we now accept cash, cheque, MasterCard, Visa, Amex or Apple Pay.

MA Staff milestones, welcomes and best wishes!

We are so fortunate as an organization to have staff that are highly dedicated to the work they do at the school, in guiding students along their Montessori journey and the partnerships they create with our parent community. At the end of each school year, we take the time to honour and celebrate each one of them, as they reach milestones in their career. This year we are excited to celebrate and recognize the following staff at our year end staff gathering:
  • Roxanne Gianelli, UE teacher – 20 years
  • Andressa Calderari, LE teacher – 15 years
  • Lisa DiPasquale, Westmount Casa teacher – 15 years
We would also like to congratulate Kristine Musgrove, our Music Teacher Assistant in Upper Elementary/Junior High on her wedding that took place at the end of May!

Goodbye & Best Wishes!

We want to send well wishes to Sara Crouse, from Waterloo Toddler, who is embarking on a new and exciting journey in Kelowna, BC to support a career opportunity for her husband, Erik. And, although sad for us (but exciting for her!!) Gail Deibert-Patterson is retiring. We are so grateful Gail was able to finish her long-standing career in the early years sector here at MA. She saved the best for last in sharing her time, talent and expertise with our Waterloo Toddler community. We will dearly miss her gratuitous heart, intentional ways and the warmth and kindness she extends to all, as well as her quick-witted humour. Gail is looking forward to focusing her creative energy on her art and dedicating more time to her family, especially with her sweet grandson. We wish them both luck as they move into the next phases of their lives!!


With Toddler teacher Tiffany Hannam also preparing to welcome her first child with partner, Nate, in November, we are very excited to share with you that Andrea Thornton-Mohring (Toddler 2), Jaime Brush (Toddler 1) and Suzie Burridge (Toddler 1) will be our new staff members joining the Waterloo Toddler team.
Andrea has been working in the early learning sector for nearly 10 years. After graduating from Fanshawe College’s Early Childhood Education program, she began working in the field in a variety of early learning settings, her last several years in a toddler program.
Jaime graduated from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Program Development at Conestoga College. She brings experience working with children at all levels: infant, toddler and preschool; and she will join our Toddler program early in July. She says she is intrigued by independent learning and creating intentional, prepared environments.
Suzie began her journey as an Early Childhood Educator at Humber College and continued her studies to obtain her degree through Toronto Metropolitan University. Her most recent experience has been in a full-day kindergarten classroom in the Northwest Territories. She is excited to work with children in the toddler age group and watch their growth.

711 Waterloo Renovation Update

This summer we are finally embarking on a dream that has been percolating for many years! The centre house of our Elementary buildings will undergo significant renovations on all three floors this summer. It is a very tight deadline for all the work to be completed, so there are areas of the school that will start to be packed up in the last couple days of school in order for us to be ready for the movers at the start of the following week.
With the scope of the project, we are expecting the potential that some elements may not be completely finished for September, however we have plans in place for any areas that may be impacted and ask for patience upon our return. The Lower Elementary 1 classroom is the main priority in the project to be fully completed on time. This is also the reason our Camp Discovery program for our 4 to 6 year old students has been relocated to Oxford St. this summer since it usually takes place in the 711 building.
We are so grateful to the numerous donors in our community and beyond that have supported elements of the project to move forward, particularly the new Library space. The Library along with Lower Elementary 1, the lower level French classroom, new corridor between 719 and 711, a staff room, new cubbies for Lower Elementary 3, new meeting spaces for parents and teachers and a new resource room are all part of the plan.
In case you missed our video at the Gala on the plan of what is to come, take a peek here: 
We can’t wait to host you in our new spaces this fall!

Summer Hours and Holidays

Faculty Week is next week – Monday through Thursday; the office is open that week regular hours until Thursday, June 29, at noon. Because we will have a lot of activity going on at the Elementary location with massive renovations happening over the summer, the Admin staff will work remotely when necessary.
  • The school will close at noon on Thursday, June 29, for our year-end staff celebration.
  • The school will be closed Friday, June 30, in observance of the Canada Day holiday.
  • Starting Monday, July 3, Summer Office Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am-12 pm
  • The Office will be closed the week of July 10-14, and Monday, August 7, for the Civic Holiday.

Western Fair Tickets Discount Code for MA families & friends

We have partnered with Western Fair’s Fair Share Program! The program offers a discounted price on online ticket purchases to Montessori Families and friends.  The discount is only for online tickets.  Buy your tickets online until September 7.
To access the discount follow this link:
  • Company/Group: Montessori Academy of London
  • Access Code: 2023DR7DNVVT
As a bonus, Montessori Academy of London will receive $1 back for every General Admission sold and $2 for every Superpass sold! Feel free to share this info with family and friends!
Moving Up Celebrations: Congratulations!
Westmount Casa 
Casa 3
Waterloo Casa
Lower Elementary 3


Stay tuned! More photos of Moving Up ceremonies and Grad are coming next Tuesday in our last Buzz of the year….

Photos for the week

Westmount Casa had Bubble Day yesterday
Bubbles and beautiful weather!! 🌞 What more can we ask for as we kick off the last week of school!  So fun!
Waterloo Casa’s Messy Painting Day!
We took cotton balls, covered them in paint and then swat-swatted them to create art! How fun.
Strawberry Jam making in Casa 1
A perfect Practical Life activity for June. 🙂
UE trip to Gaia Exhibit
Upper El also visited Exeter for the Gaia Exhibit. There are two weeks left to see the installation. 🙂

Junior High Phasing Out…

The JH students headed to Palasad Socialbowl for their final social (before Grad) as a group.
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