Dear MA Families & Friends,
The school is closed, including the office, during the first week of the break – March 11-15. During the second week of the break, the office will be open for reduced hours March 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy your two weeks off! Classes resume on Monday, March 25!
*New* Teacher Parties for 2018-2019 – Sign Up Today!
If you attended the Family Event at Boler Mountain last week, you had first dibs at the new Teacher Party fundraisers for the rest of the school year!
Teacher Parties are an incredible support to the school’s fundraising initiatives. We are excited to announce that registration is now open! For a full list of the upcoming parties, please visit the page on our website: https://montessori.on.ca/teacher-parties-2018-2019/.
To register, please contact the Main Office. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Montessori Academy of London).
A big thank you to our teachers for donating their time and expertise to planning these special themed activities!
Holidays and PD Days 2019-2020
For your holiday planning purposes, we’ve now updated the online calendar on the school website with PD Days and holidays for the 2019-2020 school year: https://montessori.on.ca/events/ Here’s the list of them:
- First day of school is Tuesday, Sept 3
- PD day – Sept 27, 2019 – matches TVDSB and LCSB
- PD day – Oct 25, 2019 – matches TVDSB and LCSB
- PD day – Nov 29, 2019
- Winter holidays – Dec 23-Jan 3, 2020 (Please note there is no PD day before the holidays begin.)
- PD day – Jan 24 – matches TVDSB and LCSB
- Family Day – Feb 17 (Please note there is no PD day before the holidays begin.)
- March Break – March 9-20
- Easter – Good Friday 4/10 & Easter Monday 4/ 13 (The school is closed both days.)
- PD day – May 15
- Victoria Day – May 18
- Last Day of school – June 19, 2020
Camp Discovery Registration
Registration for Camp Discovery Explorers (Toddler) and Camp Discovery Adventurers (Casa) opened last week on Friday and space has been filling up quickly! If you would like to register your child(ren) for any of the Camp Discovery summer sessions, please visit our website to complete the online form: https://montessori.on.ca/programs/camp-discovery/
Reminder: Musical is in May this year
Please consider updating your printed Year at a Glance Calendars to reflect the new date for the Musical – May 14 & 15 (rehearsals will take place on May 13).
Both teams played well this past weekend in the Mother Teresa Tournament. The boys finished in 3rd place overall. Well done!! Games this week have the girls at St Mark on Wednesday and the boys played Monday at St Marguerite and Wednesday at St Michael.
The team played a great game last week against Matthews Hall and eventually came out on top 10-8. Our game this week was Tuesday morning against St Mary. 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 on Wednesday, March 27 at Princess Elizabeth P.S.
Phys Ed classes
There’s no lack of physical activity on the cold winter days.
Last Wednesday, our Year 7 students went curling.
Reminder: Beach Day is Friday!
Last week, schools across Canada and the United States celebrated the life and work of Dr. Maria Montessori – with many sharing their activities via social media. Check out what makes our Montessori environments so special by visiting our social media pages and searching #MontessoriWeek
Westmount #MontessoriWeek activities
This Casa student is “pinning” his pink tower. Notice the attention to detail, coordination, and concentration. This is Montessori in action! https://www.facebook.com/MontessoriAcademyofLondon/videos/1182873655220384/
Casa 4 Montessori song for #MontessoriWeek!
Our Casa 4 students celebrated Montessori Week by singing a very special song! https://www.facebook.com/MontessoriAcademyofLondon/videos/2208156102541288/
Oxford Casa – That s’no mountain…
Our Oxford students made it outside to enjoy some sunshine — and science. Check out this snow volcano they built!
We posted a number of videos for #MontessoriWeek on Facebook:
Casa field trip!
A chilly yet sunny day greeted our Waterloo and Oxford students when they went to the sugar bush last week!
Casa 3 visitor
Year 4 science!
In Upper Elementary our Year 4 students have been studying their biology culture unit. Protoctista, Prokaryote and Fungi – follow up work our Year 4 students.
Junior High smoothie bar
In a Montessori Adolescent program (aka Junior High), practical life skills are honed through a variety of real-world activities. Our Year 7 and 8 students are in the process of developing time management and study skills. They prepare lunch three days a week for their peers, which provides the opportunity to learn about budgeting, healthy eating, meal planning, food preparation and food safety/cleanup.
This week, our Junior High lunch program offered its first smoothie bar, featuring fresh fruit and a variety of delicious and nutritious ingredients
Junior High Cake decorating
Junior High students have just finished their sessions in art with this year’s Visiting Artist, Kate St. Laurent, of Bake Shop Studio in Wortley Village. After developing their basic cake decorating skills while working with royal icing and fondant, they have completed their final projects. Wow, these students know how to make a candy themed cake! Maybe they will be taking orders soon…
FlipGIVE – Spring has Sprung! … Almost….
With March Break, Easter and Spring right around the corner, there’s ample opportunity to take in some shopping and get prepared! When shopping online, don’t forget to check out FlipGive for some of your favourite vendors and earn money for Montessori Academy of London while you’re at it!
Click on this link before making your purchases and browse a huge array of different stores! And take advantage of some great deals, too!
From the Montessori Community…
Video: ‘Montessori: Ahead by a Century’
A recent piece from CBC News noted that students are not receiving the right type of guidance required to prepare them for an ever-changing economy and future.
We might argue that the number of guidance counsellors is not necessarily the issue, but rather supporting students in the fundamentals will help them develop into resilient, collaborative adults who can adapt to a rapidly changing world through their creativity and critical thinking skills.
The 5-minute video by Hillfield Strathallan School, Montessori: Ahead by a Century, outlines the “key competencies” that have been identified by education researcher that children will need for success in the 21st century — and how Montessori supports them all! Take a look: https://vimeo.com/304609883/1da06c9866