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Montessori Buzz – March 23, 2021

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Staffing Updates

We have a couple of staffing updates we wanted to share with the parent community, especially given that families rarely get to see our staff this year.

Bethany Payne, who works at our Oxford Casa location, began working with us in the fall as a yard supervisor. She has an extensive background working with children, and recently moved into our Classroom Assistant/Kitchen Support Staff role. In this new role, she has been working one-on-one with students through the All Kids Belong program, and also supports the lunch program; she also serves as supply staff when needed.

Tiffany Hannam, who has just completed her ECE designation, has worked at our school for many years as an Elementary yard staff member and as a Camp Discovery counsellor in the summer. Tiffany has joined our Waterloo Toddler/Casa team to support the staff members within the classrooms and help with the kitchen and lunch duties.

Congratulations to Tiffany and Bethany on your new roles!


Reminder: Report children’s absences by phone

Please call the school if your child(ren) will be absent from school for any reason. Thank you for adhering to this policy.


What’s for Dinner? Order deadline is FRIDAY!

Don’t forget to get your “What’s for Dinner?” order in before this Friday’s deadline.  Proceeds support this year’s annual appeal – renovation and expansion of the Elementary Lunch Kitchen.

  • Order Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021
  • Pick Up Date: Thursday, April 1
  • Time:  Your selected time
  • Pick Up Location: Growing Chefs Headquarters – 460 King St. London, ON


As of this morning, we are 70% sold out!

Entrees – $35 (Each order serves 4 to 5 people)

  1. Turkey Sausage Penne Bake – SOLD OUT
  2. Butter Chicken and Rice – only 2 orders left
  3. Chicken Pot Pie
  4. Turkey Burgers (12 Frozen Burger Patties)
  5. Beet Burgers (12 Frozen Vegetarian Patties) – only 2 orders left

By the Litre

  1. Pulled Pork – $20
  2. Roasted Tomato Soup – $16


  • Chocolate Chip Cookie (Spelt) Dough (2 Dozen Frozen Cookie Dough Pucks*) – $20
  • Carrot Raisin Oatmeal Muffin (Batter) Pucks – (1 Dozen Frozen Muffin Pucks*)- $20
  • Carrot Cake – $40 – (Fresh, frosted and ready to be served!) – only 2 orders left

Photos from the week

Because of our usual two-week March Break, we’re rarely in school on St. Patrick’s Day, so many students and staff took advantage of this unusual year….

Casa 3’s Leprechaun rocks

While the children were outside playing, a leprechaun visited Casa 3 and hid some magical rocks around the classroom! The students had to hunt for them and then wash them off to find a treasure inside!!

Skip counting in Montessori Casa

Charlie is working with the long chains and is mastering her ability to skip count by 6’s all the way to 216!! Why do we stop at 216 you may ask?? Well, 216 is the cube root of 6.

When Charlie lays out this material she will note when she reaches a square root of six by placing a square above the slightly larger tag (built in control of error) when she reaches the end of the chain the tag is slightly larger again. We place a square and a cube at the end. If we were to bend and stack the chain all up it would make 6 squares (because it’s the 6 chain) and the 6 squares would make a cube!

Later on in Charlie’s math career she will be able to recall this piece of work and her knowledge to help her better understand squaring and cubing of numbers.

Maria Montessori was one smart lady!!! (And so is Charlie.) View the video of Charlie hard at work on our Instagram page:

Junior High hip-hop performances

Last Friday the Junior High music class “rapped” up their hip-hop unit with a rap concert in the gym. All performers featured original raps backed up by our very own DJ Rob.

Junior High outside learning on beautiful Monday

The only thing better than Grade 8 math is … Grade 8 math outside!











Drive-in for Thrive-in Kids – movie night!

Watch a classic movie at Hyland Cinema’s Drive-In and support youth mental health!

  • Sat, Apr. 10 – Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Sun, Apr. 11 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • $45 per vehicle

Proceeds raised from this event will support the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program at Children’s Hospital. Buy tickets online through this link:

London Public Library’s Virtual Spring Break programming

Registration opens on Saturday for the LPL’s virtual Spring Break programming. Learn more on on the website:

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