Montessori Buzz – May 17, 2022
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Friday is a PD Day and Monday is a holiday
Friday is a PD Day; there is no school for the students, but the school is open. The school will be closed on Monday for the Victoria Day holiday. Enjoy a safe and happy long weekend! See you on Tuesday!
Used Book Sale at the Artisan Market
Don’t miss the Used Book Sale at the Artisan Market! Join us after school on Friday, May 27, between 3:30pm to 8pm at Colborne St Church (711 Colborne St.).
So many amazing books have been donated by our families! If you would like to donate used books to the sale please drop them off at your child’s location before this Friday, May 20! Proceeds from the used book sale will go towards our Library Project!
Admissions update: JK spots still available for September
We have a few JK spots available this fall for children born in 2018. If you know of any families who are interested in providing their children an authentic, accredited Montessori education, encourage them to submit an inquiry online to get the Admissions process started!
Friends & Family Event: RSVP by May 30
Our end-of-the-year family social is coming up on June 9. Bring money to purchase food – admission is on us. 🙂 RSVP to let us know you’re joining us through this online form: https://forms.gle/ss73SbWCTkXrEi887
Photos from the week…
Art Expo Wrap-up!
What a beautiful night at Brescia. Congratulations and thank you to our Elementary Art Teacher, Meghan O’Brien, and the Art Expo volunteers for putting together such a beautiful, interactive evening of connection, creativity and community! Bravo! Find photos from the event in our Photo Album: https://montessori.myschoolapp.com/app/detail/album/photo/1589930
Westmount Toddler watering
Watering plants is a key activity for children in the Montessori classroom. It teaches children to care, to love, and to have empathy for other living things. The most important thing children will learn is to have a genuine respect for nature. Plants and animals are all living things and need water to survive, just as humans do.
Westmount Casa love letters
Calling all Westmount Grandparents & Special Friends. Your special day is coming up! This is a reminder for Grandparents (and Special Friends!) to check your mail boxes next week for a special surprise from your “love bug”! We appreciate all you do for us!
Waterloo Casa’s special friend
Friday was a beautiful day for Waterloo Casa 6 to hit Piccadilly Park. They had a very special friend join them: Tina, our MA-zing Executive Director!
Look what’s growing with Casa 2
Casa 2 is loving Spring and the planting season. We are spending lots of time pulling weeds, planting and watering. Our strawberries are already blooming and we can’t wait to pick them in a couple of weeks.
Lower Elementary math!
Lower El 3 students Robert and Daniel independently explored the Bead Cabinet last week, and made their own book of cubing. They worked on it for three days, completely on their own, after being given a lesson on squaring. So amazing! #followthechild
Education Week article on ‘invented spelling’
Montessori Jewish Day School recently shared an ‘Education Week’ article on social media with the note: “In Montessori classrooms, students learn to write phonetically before they learn to read. These Canadian researchers found that phonetic writing (‘invented spelling’) leads to better readers!” And it supports Montessori language curriculum.
Read it here: “Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading, Study Says.”
From the Community
One of our parents let us know that Peace By Chocolate, a social enterprise in Nova Scotia that the school has ordered from in the past, has had their inspiring story made into a movie that is being shown at the Hyland. Check the Hyland’s website for details.
There will be a special extended screening at the Hyland next Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. Find details on this special showing through this link.
Watch the film’s trailer: https://peacebychocolatefilm.com/
Last call for PD Day Camps
School of Hip Hop
There are still a few spots available in Friday’s PD Day Camp with School of Hip Hop. Ages 8+. Join them for a day filled with Hip Hop art, music, poetry and dance! Register online through this link: https://forms.gle/iuhUK22PRpeoLn3w5
Circle R Ranch
Enjoy a day in nature at Circle R Ranch on Friday, May 20! There’s plenty of outdoor fun and activities planned for the upcoming PD Day. Ages SK to Grade 8. The program runs from 9:00 am- 4:30 pm. Register on the Circle R Ranch website: https://circlerranch.ca/camp/pa-day-camp/