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Montessori Buzz – Nov. 15, 2022

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Heads-up: Drop-off Wednesday

We’ve been informed by the City that Waterloo Street, from Piccadilly to Kenneth, will be blocked Wednesday morning; but access to these streets will still be available for drop off, it may just be a bit busy. Please plan accordingly. Thanks in advance for your patience.


Currently in the school we are seeing an increase in illness (of all kinds!) like the rest of the province. At this point we have not received any directives from the Health Unit to change any of our current practices. We are seeing an increase in mask wearing across the levels in the school and continue to be a mask-friendly environment.

FYI: Year at a Glance updates…

Nov. 30 Moving Up Casa to Elementary session moved to January

The November 30 Moving Up session will take place in January. More information about Moving Up will be shared in the New Year.

Elementary & JH Pasta Dinner will move to the Spring

Watch for more details to come in a few months in the Buzz and through Parent Reps.
Please consider updating your printed Year at a Glance calendar with these changes. Thanks!

Friday is a PD Day

There is no school for the children on Friday; the office will be open.

The Journey to Discovery: a few spots left

We have a very limited number of spaces left for the Journey to Discovery on Friday and Saturday. If you are interested in this event, please contact Sara Heald directly via email: Attendance is required for both Friday evening and Saturday morning.
FYI: A reminder email with details on parking, etc., will be sent mid-week to those parents who have registered for the Journey.

Anne Marie Harding Financial Support Program

Applications for Financial Support will open on Friday, December 2 through Apple Financial Services, and are due by Monday, January 9, 2023. NEW for 2023-2024: Families will be eligible to apply to the program after completing only one year at Montessori Academy instead of two. All families currently enrolled in Toddler through Junior High are eligible to apply for support.  
Full details on how to apply, along with a Financial Support FAQ can be found through the MA Parent Portal under the Resources section. Or, through our website:

Sibling Applications

Applications to MA for siblings of current students are due by Friday, January 13 for the 2023-2024 School Year.  We continue to receive a high volume of applications for our Toddler and Casa programs, and would like to provide priority to our current MA families before new admissions are offered in March.
If you would like to submit an application for a child in your family, please login to the MA Parent Portal.  The online application can be found in the Resources section.  Offers of Admission for siblings of current students will be provided shortly after re-enrolment closes in February.  Please feel free to contact Victoria with any questions: or 519-433-9121 ext. 211.

Budding Artists

Budding Artists is back! Every-other year we partner with Budding Artists on this unique art fundraiser. You can choose to place your child’s artwork on a Budding Artist product as a keepsake or a meaningful gift.
You will have received your blue Budding Artists Envelope from your child’s classroom by now with your child’s original artwork inside. Follow the steps below to order your unique gift or keepsake.
  1. Enter Art Code (Found on a label on the original artwork in the envelope)
  2. Add the products you would like to your cart – checkout and pay.
  3. Products will be delivered to the school and sent home with your child in time for the holiday season.
The deadline to submit your order online is November 21, 2022.

COMING SOON: Early Bird Tickets for our 55th Anniversary Family Gala

THIS is our biggest Family celebration and major fundraiser of the year.  Join us as we celebrate 55 years of providing world-class Montessori Education. This all ages family event will include dinner, an incredible live Circus performance and a night of dancing.  Mark your calendar – Early Bird Tickets go on Sale Tuesday, November 22nd online only at

Seeking Gala sponsors

We are still in need of sponsors to offset the cost of this Grand Celebration! Email Tonya at for more information about sponsorship or the event.

PJ Day & our CHF Charitable Giving

CHF is a committee of Junior High students whose connection with the Children’s Health Foundation (CHF) is longstanding. Over the course of the school year, there will be multiple fundraisers to support the children at the hospital. The money will go to numerous different places which are being decided right now. Thank you to Juliana Pierotti for meeting with Junior High last week to assist us in choosing where our contributions will go. The first event of the year will be PJ Day on November 25. Students are encouraged to wear their comfy clothes to school and bring loose change to support this cause.  

Last chance! What’s for Dinner orders close Friday at 4pm.

Don’t miss the holiday treat and some of our favourite menu items!
  • HOLIDAY SPECIAL:  Gingerbread Cookie Dough Kits (includes dough, royal icing mix, piping bag & tip, complete recipe and a template for gingerbread house)
  • Butter Chicken With Rice
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Beef and Barley Soup
  • Chicken Leek Soup
  • Minestrone Soup (Vegan)
Order online and pick up your order at Growing Chefs Headquarters on Thursday, Dec 1.
Phys Ed updates

Senior Basketball

The boys are heading to Woodstock this week for their first round playoff game against Notre Dame.The girls are off until next week and will play St Jude in Ingersoll.

Winter weather and Gym

All students are encouraged to dress for the weather, including a hat, gloves, winter boots or outdoor shoes, and snowpants when required.

Please have your child bring indoor running shoes and wear their gym uniform on gym days under something that is loose fitting and comfortable (this makes for easy changing at the gym). There will be times that we are outside, however for those days indoors we do require our gym uniform.

*We may have some clothing in stock, however sizing is very limited. If you require some shorts or T-shirts, please contact Tameka.

Next up in December is Intramural Volleyball.

Photos from the week

Toddler practical life skills

Practical Life is a huge part of Montessori philosophy. Making sure the environment is clean is important work! These two Toddler students enjoyed the task of loading the dishes into the dishwasher after snacktime.

Casa 3 Italy study

After studying in Italy this week Casa 3 tried our hand at making biscotti.

Lower El Montessori material…

Two of our Year 1 students collaborated to work on the Europe Pin Map in LE1.

Remembrance Day

We held our first Remembrance Day Assembly in three years (!) on Friday. Thank you to the teachers and students who put together very special presentations and performances.

In case you missed these displays created by our students for Friday’s assembly… We honoured MA family members who have served in times of war and peace. Lest we forget.
Thank you to our JH students Bennett and William G. for taking photos at the Assembly. Take a look through our Photo Album for more photos of Remembrance Day, these beautiful boards, and the week at school through this link: 

Special guest chef in JH

Special guest chef Evelyn Sugrim came into Junior High today to cook authentic Guyanese dishes.
She made potato curry and sautéed chickpeas with the students. Students paired it with Naan. It was so delicious … and fun to get back into having guest chefs in the Junior High kitchen.
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