Montessori Buzz – June 8, 2021
Message from Tina
Dear MA Families and Friends,
I woke up early Monday morning to a flurry of messages on my phone asking me if William and I were ok. I live very close to the Hyde Park and South Carriage Rd. intersection and cross it numerous times in a week. Physically, we were ok. Emotionally, we are not.
As the story broke of this horrific accident and evolved to the information that it was a targeted hate crime; it completely unravelled me. How can this be possible in London, in my neighbourhood, which is filled with families of all kinds, simply enjoying the outdoors and each other? Hearing that three generations of a family were killed and their nine year old child was in hospital, because they were Muslim, was incomprehensible to me. Then I learned this family is connected to one of our own at MA and my heart shattered.
This morning Kristen and I joined the Junior High staff and students for their morning meeting to address what happened. This group of students often deals with current events, and this one in particular had a lot to process being local. As soon as the students began to fill the screen, I was overcome with emotion for so many reasons, but Shawn captured it best when he said, “this hurts so much because from the time you enter our school, some as little as 18 months, you learn to respect and love everyone in your classroom community, so something like this is so hard for us to understand…..”
But that is just it. Love will win. It has to. We have to stand up to hate and make the world better. I told the students as painful as all of this is, I am so grateful for the community that we have, knowing each of our students will be a ripple in the ocean of good, that will spread far and wide to make things better. Maria Montessori said it best, “Within the child lies the fate of the future…a child is mysterious and powerful and contains within himself the secret of human nature.”
This social media post I saw really resonated today with me: “When the big feelings come, think small and everything will be fine-ish.” This is where I am at today, finding a small thing to be fine-ish. I also shared it with the Junior High community this morning. I listened to the song, “Cover me in Sunshine,” a duet by P!nk and her 9-year-old daughter. If you don’t get the chance to search it up, here is a taste:
“Cover me in sunshine
Shower me with good times
Tell me that the world’s been spinning since the beginning
And everything will be alright
Cover me in sunshine.”
Get outside today, close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun and imagine it is love surrounding us with a sincere and deep hug, especially for this family and to those whose lives have been severely affected across the Muslim community.
I will be at the vigil tonight. For details, I encourage you to visit the London Mosque website http://www.londonmosque.ca/news/493-ourlondonfamily.html or follow them on social media https://www.facebook.com/events/2329626983837554/?ref=newsfeed.
Some School Logistics
As far as opportunities for students to return and connect, we have two plans we are brewing. We have staff meetings to firm up details over the next two days, while reviewing two sets of guidelines we just received and writing new policies. We hope to have this all sorted by the end of the week to share with you. Refunds for Activity Fees were mailed last week and the office is now processing refunds for extended and early hours as well as the lunch and milk programs across elementary. These will be mailed next week. Thank-you for your patience as we process all of these items!
Tina Sartori, Executive Director
Staffing updates for 2021-2022
Mary-Ann Fougere will be the new Site Supervisor at our Oxford St. location, as Sarah Kneeshaw moves into our downtown Toddler program. Mary Ann worked at our school when we were still called Montessori House of Children, both as a Casa teacher and the director of Camp Discovery. She returned to Montessori most recently at Gibbon’s Park and is excited to take on this leadership role back where her Montessori roots began.
Sridevi Srikanth will join Susan Donaghy and Carroll Spence in Upper Elementary 1, as Meghan moves into our Art program. Sridevi comes to us with her Casa and Elementary Montessori training, experience teaching at the Junior High level and is a professional yoga teacher. She has worked for almost 20 years with children in a variety of schools, from Montessori to Waldorf to private programs, throughout India and Saskatchewan. Most recently she was working in Saskatoon and after a brief stop over in Brampton to be with family, she is excited to move to London with her husband and two sons.
Welcome to MA, Sridevi, and welcome back, Mary-Ann!
Last call for RAFFLE TICKETS!
The proceeds from the raffle will be used towards new appliances for the Elementary Lunch Kitchen!Buy your tickets online before midnight this Thursday, June 10. The draw will take place on Friday, June 11, at 9 am at the Administrative Office.
Don’t miss your chance to win one of the incredible prizes. A robust collection of wine, a scenic flight tour of London, Family Fun Package, MEC package with Patagonia backpack, Wellness package, Pearl Necklace and more!
To see a full listing of prizes, and to buy tickets visit https://montessori.on.ca/raffle/
We need your help to reach our raffle goal! Spread the word and share the link with your family and friends!
What’s For Dinner?
What’s for Dinner is almost 50% sold out! Get your frozen meal orders in now before we run out. Frozen wood-fired pizza, burgers, chicken curry, sweet potato chili, beet burgers and strawberry rhubarb crisp, YUM. AND there are still a few items left as part of the Freezer Clearout Sale!
Place your order TODAY to avoid disappointment! https://montessori.on.ca/whats-for-dinner/
Photos from the week
Flower arranging in Casa 1
Casa 1 students spruced up our classroom with some beautiful fresh cut flowers!
Casa 3 – ready for the next chapter!
Grade one is approaching and these two senior students in Casa 3 are ready. Counting by tens all the way up to one thousand!
The Bee’s Knees!
The capabilities of a four year old always amaze! Bella is working hard at copying the words for her ‘parts of a bee craft.’ Waterloo Casa has “bee”-n loving their study of insects! (Oh, and that CURSIVE! *sighs*)
Video from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPoURbDHZ-R/
Upper El’s Wacky Wednesday
The Year 5’s have been learning about fairy tales so we dressed up as characters from our favourite fairy tales for Wacky Wednesday today! Little Red Riding Hood Carroll is off to visit her dear sweet Grandma Meghan, while Sleeping Beauty Susan takes a nap. That Paper Bag Princess better watch out for the fire breathing dragon! Good times!
This year we have to do our Science Fair virtually. Our Upper Elementary scientists have been working on their experiments all May and today we started slideshow presentations.
MA’s Most Wanted? Our friends!!! … xo
The Upper El assignment was to create a Wanted poster for your annoying sibling…. But Bren’s sister is lovely, so he could never even pretend that she is annoying! Therefore he had to create an alternative Wanted poster. This is what he came up with! And it resonates with all of us. We miss all of you!!
From the community
Virtual Drive-in to support CHF and LHCSC
Catch Jurassic Park on June 18 at 7 pm at home! Tickets include a snack pack, silent auction access and a link to a Jurassic Park, Amazon watch party! Proceeds support mental health at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences.
Get tickets online: https://secure2.convio.net/chfou/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=100681