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Montessori Buzz – May 28, 2019

Big 10 Raffle, Grandparents’ Day photos,
and community news!

Dear MA Families and Friends,

The Big Ten Raffle is here!

This year we hope to raise $20,000 through ticket sales to raise money for the school.  Students will bring home a package from the school this week with 4 raffle tickets to either purchase, sell or return to the school ($20 per ticket). Please note, tickets can only be sold to persons over the age of 19. The draw will take place on Monday, June 17, at 9:30am at the Main Office. Good luck and happy selling!

Looking for more tickets? Contact Melissa 519-433-9121 ext. 233 or email

Check out this year’s amazing prizes valued at over $6,000!

Action required: Family & Friends – RSVP and Pizza forms due Friday

We have not received many RSVP slips or pizza orders for the upcoming Family & Friends event at Storybook Gardens on June 6. Please let us know if you’re joining us and wish to order pizza at the event. RSVP/Pizza order forms are due Friday! Here’s a link to a PDF of the form:

Volunteers wanted: Also, we are looking for a few parent/family volunteers for the evening. If you can spare an hour during the event, we’d appreciate your help with the rides and activities. Please sign up through this Google doc:

Family & Friends Event snacks: We ask for families to bring enough of the following snacks and beverages to serve about 12 people:

  • Toddler, Waterloo Casa and Westmount – Washed and sliced vegetables
  • Oxford – washed and sliced fruit
  • Elementary /Junior High – drinks (no pop, please!)

As always, thank you for being supportive members of our community and this fun school-wide event!

Phys ed updates!

Track Meet at Western
Due to the weather, this week’s track meet has been postponed to Thursday, May 30. We would like to wish the athletes all the best in their events.

Roller Skating
The Year 4 students went roller skating last Tuesday at North London Community Center. For many of them, this was their first time. They all had a great time!

Junior High Soccer Tournament
Some Junior High students will take part in a soccer tournament on Wednesday, June 5. A schedule will be posted on the Junior High website.

Student/Teacher Basketball Game
The Junior High basketball players will take on some of the teachers at Carling Heights on Monday, June 3, at 12:30-2 pm.  This is an Elementary event as the students are invited to come and watch the fun! Students will leave at noon to walk to the event if the weather is nice.

Casa phys ed
Our Casa students (and some friends!) enjoyed fun activities and collaboration in their recent gym class.

Grandparents’ Day photos

Thank you to all of the grandparents and special friends of our students who stopped by on May 16. This is a very special opportunity for friends and extended-family members to get a glimpse into the work our students do each day. The students are always thrilled to be able to present their work! Here are some photos from the day’s activities:

Casa 4 Culture lesson – Cumbia dancing!

As an extension of our cultural study of South America, we were very fortunate to have Nelida and Roberto perform the “dance Cumbia.” The children thoroughly enjoyed the the grace of movement and costumes surrounding this dance from Colombia. We are truly grateful to have parents share their cultural heritage with us.

See Nelida and Roberto’s performance for the children:

Upper El science fair

There were some MA-zing science discoveries on display during the Upper El Science Fair last week. Congratulations to all our scientists for their hard work on the projects!

Slideshow of some photos from the event:

On your radar: Year-end Assembly will be held at Banting

Tuesday, June 18, is the Year-End Assembly at Sir Frederick Banting High School at 6:00 pm. There will be no Extended Hours, except for at our Toddler locations.

Flipgive for your summer purchases

Summer is fast-approaching. Need new clothes and gear for your vacation? Consider buying through Flipgive:

For each purchase made through the Flipgive site, a percentage of the order cost is donated back to the school. If you’re already shopping, why not Flipgive? Choose from hundreds of favourite brands!

Montessori in the news

Here’s a great piece on a school blending traditional Montessori education with their own education and traditions.

“How an Inuit-Montessori preschool hopes to reinvent education in the North”:

From the Community

Outdoor Movie Night in Gibbons Park 
There will be some games for the gathering while the movie is set up. Popcorn will also be available for free or by donation. Bathrooms at the park will be open. Make sure you bring a flashlight (just in case). We hope to see you there!

  • What: The Lego II Movie
  • When: Saturday, June 1, from 7:00 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: Gibbons Park near the Gazebo

Soccer Camp
Whitecaps FC offer skills camps for children. Right now, they have an early bird registration deal. Find details on the website:

Canada’s Circus in London on June 9
The school has received a limited number of free children’s tickets that are available at the front desk – first come, first served basis. See Sara or Tameka to claim yours!

Speech and language screening clinic
Connect Speech is a speech therapy practice located in London. On May 31, we are offering a free screening clinic to children ages 1-12. The goal of the screening clinic is to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to determine whether their child is on track with speech and language development or if they are in need of more help.

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