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Montessori Buzz – March 26, 2019

Reminders, teacher parties, sports and more!

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Screening: Inside Montessori: Education Has a Future – RSVP Deadline is Monday!

Join us for a screening of this new documentary next week!

  • WHEN: Thursday, April 4 from 4:00-5:15PM
  • WHERE: Junior High (742 Waterloo Street)
  • *RSVP DEADLINE*: Monday, April 1

What should the purpose of education be? Inside Montessori: Education Has a Future shines a light on five Montessori schools throughout the United States to demonstrate how they inspire learners and teachers. These powerful stories of success for children from birth to high school illustrate why so many parents, children, and educators have embraced the Montessori approach to learning.

RSVP here  to attend the screening of this new documentary film that reframes the national education conversation toward creating learning environments that allow all children to achieve their full potential. To view the film trailer, visit

Note: Extended Hours care will be available at no charge while you attend this screening. Please indicate on the RSVP form if your child(ren) will require this service, so we can adequately staff this program.

Upcoming Teacher Parties – Register Today!

There are three exciting Teacher Parties coming up in April:

  • Thursday, April 11: Dissection Investigation – Lab Scientists Wanted! (Upper El & Junior High)
  • Thursday, April 18: Girls Just Want to Have Fun! (Year 3 & Upper Elementary)
  • Thursday, April 25: Escape Room – The Disappearance of Mr. Shawn Butler (Year 6 & Junior High)

Limited spaces are available for each; for a detailed description on each party please visit the school’s website or view/download a PDF of the party lists here:

Funds raised will support the school’s fundraising initiatives. To register, please contact the Main Office. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Montessori Academy of London).

Staffing update: Waterloo Toddler/Casa

Amanda Querin, Waterloo Site Supervisor, is now off on medical leave until her maternity leave begins. Lesley Prentice will split her time between teaching and the Site Supervisor responsibilities for the rest of the year, as she previously held this dual role and is familiar with the process. Candace Brannagan will now be the Site Designate anytime Lesley is absent (this is a requirement under CCEYA). Lesley already has support in her classroom from one of our past Elementary- and Casa-trained staff members, Julie O’Brien, who will continue to provide support while Lesley takes on this role for the last few months of the year. We are grateful for Lesley’s expertise and willingness to take this on with such short notice.

Once the school year ends, Candace will move into the role of Part Time Supervisor and Part Time Teacher for September to cover Amanda’s maternity leave. We are excited for Candace to take on this role for the location with her background as being both an accredited Montessori Toddler teacher, as well as an RECE. Candace also headed up our first-ever Toddler March Break camp last week! With the Toddler One class returning to 10 students in September, Candace will have the time to take on the Site Supervisor work and still meet classroom ratios.

We wish Amanda and Shane all the best as their journey into parenthood begins in the Spring!

ME to WE Ecuador service trip deposit due

Just a reminder that if you are going to travel to Ecuador for the ME to WE service trip with the school in 2020, the deposit is due to the company by March 30. If you have any questions about this please contact Kristen Crouse at or at 510-433-9121 x222.

Phys. Ed Updates

Both teams played well in the Mother Teresa Tournament before the break. The boys finished in 3rd place overall. Well done!! Games this week have the girls at St Mark on Wednesday; the boys played Monday at St Marguerite and will play Wednesday at St Michael.

Junior Hockey
The team played a great game against Matthews Hall before the break, and eventually came out on top 10-8. The last game of the season will take place on Tuesday, March 26, at Kinsmen Arena against St Mary.

Junior Basketball reminder
The girls will have an exhibition game tomorrow – Wednesday, March 27, at Princess Elizabeth P.S.

Willy Wonka rehearsals … before the Break

Rehearsals for this year’s musical – ‘Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka’ – have been going on behind the scenes. Students have been learning their parts! More details about the musical coming soon!

Beach Day photos and link to video

Thank you to all the students (and families) who donated spare loonies and toonies for Children’s Health Foundation. Beach Day is always a favourite with our students and faculty.

Toddler Camp

Last week, the school hosted its first-ever Toddler March Break camp for our youngest students. The students had a great time in their familiar learning environment. They made smoothies and frozen fruit-pops, fresh squeezed orange juice and juiced vegetables. The children especially loved pushing the handle down on the juicer and watching the juice come out the bottom.

UE Stop-motion video – Oliver and classmates

UE student Oliver shared with us a stop-motion video he and his classmates were working on before the break. How clever! 

Montessori in the Community!

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 was the official World Down Syndrome Day! Carter and Gage impressed many at the London Police station with their grace and courtesy. Their mom tells us, “People are often shocked to see Gage introduce himself and shake hands. Every time, we mention Montessori!”

The boys visited the Chief’s office, meeting the Chief and two Deputies; they also met with members of the Police Services Board, including the Mayor, who all sported their crazy socks to celebrate!

Carter and Gage’s parents are always so supportive letting us know that they love to see the Montessori teachings used everyday and how it “immensely helps Gage break down stereotypes and assumptions.”

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