Dear MA Families & Friends,
The Musical: Take a bow!
Was that a week or what? Thank you to EVERYONE who lent a hand last week for our musical performance of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka”! To the students who put on an incredible THREE shows: Bravo! Thank you, MA families, for the extra time and energy spent helping out behind the scenes with sets and costumes, transporting your children to and from the shows, and clapping loudly and enthusiastically for our MA-zing performers. And thank you, TEACHERS, for the extra time and energy spent guiding the performers to their spectacular performances, dreaming up the incredible costumes and props, volunteering your time at the performances, and watching the children between scenes (literally running them to and from the restrooms). Is this community awesome or what?
With both of our evening performances nearly sold out, over 700 people experienced our outstanding musical.
Thank you to everyone who supported the musical by purchasing our buttons, candy grab bags and golden Wonka bars! We raised over $1,500 to go towards improvements in the Junior High kitchens.
We’ve heard rave reviews of the milk chocolate bars that were sold at the event, and you can get more at our Artisan Bazaar on Saturday, June 8, from Century Chocolates.
Our Artisan Bazaar is on June 8
Have some old records, books and tapes kicking around? On June 8, at our Artisan Bazaar, we will host a media swap where you can bring in your well-loved treasures and trade them for something new-to-you.
Want to donate items ahead of time? We will accept your records, tapes, VHS, DVD and books before the event to grow the collection.
Seeking parent volunteers…
We are also recruiting three parent volunteers to help out at the Artisan Bazaar. We need help with the admission table, Montessori Academy table and the lemonade/iced coffee sales.
Please contact Melissa Parker for more information.
Art for Charity event update
Thank you to all that attended the Art for Charity event at DermEffects on Thursday, May 9. Proceeds from the evening will be shared between Montessori Academy, United Way and Relay for Life.
Couldn’t make it to the Art Show? Dr. Wei Jing Loo is still showcasing some of her art at the DermEffects office at 1560 Hyde Park Road. You can make an appointment or pop in during office hours to explore the work. We will also feature some of her art at the Artisan Bazaar on June 8.
All funds to Montessori Academy from this art sale will go towards the 2019 Graduating Class Gift that will complement our Junior High upgrades with new cooking supplies for the kitchens, new microscopes for the science area, and classroom tables.
Family & Friends Event on June 6
Have you returned your RSVP and pizza order form yet? It went home Friday, and is due May 31. The rain date is Wednesday, June 12, as noted in your printed Year at a Glance.
If you have an hour to spare, we invite parents to volunteer that evening. Please sign up through this Google form. We’ll be in touch with you prior to the event:
The arts at MA
This tweet! Thank you, parents, for seeing the benefits of all aspects of your child’s education at Montessori Academy of London!
Our arts program is unique to our school – while it incorporates traditional Montessori (like everything we do), it has been developed and fine tuned by a number of passionate music and art educators.
In MA’s arts program, music is treated as a study of who we are culturally, a mechanism for self-expression, a mathematical activity, an aid to the development of cognition, a support for effective collaboration and a form of communication and creative expression. Visual art activities and lessons are integrated in the curriculum at all levels of the program; this integration supports the value of artistic expression relative to the rest of the child’s work both within and outside of school.
Every two years, these efforts come together in a musical performance that allows many of our students to try new activities – whether on stage performing or helping out behind the scenes. It can be a life-changing experience for many of our students!
Brazilian Carnival masks
As part of our Culture lessons, Waterloo Casa painted colourful Brazilian Carnival masks!
Campaign for Cursive – UE winner!
Year 5 student Tessa won second place in Canada for her grade in the 2019 Campaign for Cursive Contest! Congrats Tessa!
Coming soon: Grandparents’ Day photos
Watch next week’s Buzz for photos from Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day!
Lost & Found: Items left at the Wolf at the Front Desk
A few items that were left behind at the theatre last week are now with Tameka at the Front Desk; items like pencil crayons, a lunch bag and … one shoe. If your child has misplaced items like these since Wednesday, feel free to pop by the Main Office and take a look through.
From the community
10th Grickle Grass Festival
There’s kid-friendly programming during the day and then some fun for adults in the evening. Get details on the Grickle Grass website. http://www.gricklegrass.ca/
Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Celebrate 60!
There are plenty of activities for families this season at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as the village celebrates its 60th anniversary sharing its love of history!