|Dear MA Families & Friends,
Welcome CCMA! Re-Accreditation this week!
Join us in welcoming the Accreditation Team from The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators to our location this week for our re-accreditation. Montessori Academy of London was one of the first schools in the country to be accredited more than 25 years ago, and we are the only accredited Montessori school in the London area.
Re-accreditation takes place every five years, and supports not only our commitment to traditional Montessori education but our school’s role as a leader within the Montessori community in Canada and beyond. In fact this year the admin team helped write the brochure on the benefits of CCMA accreditation.
Why accreditation matters
Not all Montessori schools are created equal. Because Dr. Montessori never trademarked her name or the hands-on materials she developed, any school can look like a Montessori school and even use her name. However, they may not offer a traditional Montessori curriculum – one that best reflects Dr. Montessori’s original work.
This is why accreditation counts. Accreditation helps to establish consistent standards and preserve the Montessori philosophy of education. Each CCMA school is re-accredited every five years to ensure it provides the highest-quality Montessori education available in Canada.
Our Annual Appeal has launched!
Last Friday, the Annual Appeal letter was sent home with our students and mailed to friends and supporters in our community. The Annual Appeal launched early this year to give you opportunities to spread your gift throughout the school year and will run until June 30, 2019. The letter details our needs, and features our famous Japanese Maple along with a leaf drawing on the back. We encourage you to decorate and cut out your leaf and return to us along with your completed donation form (there’s a return envelope in the package). At the Main Office, we have put up a tree that we will fill with the leaves of all our donors! Be one of the first to contribute and pick your favourite spot on the poster.
While our current special project is Junior High kitchen improvements, we invite you to choose any area of need within our school. We have come so far over the last 50 years because of the tremendous support of families and the community along the way. Your gifts to the Annual Appeal make it the most successful fundraising initiative for our school and allow us to complete these special projects. All donations made to the Annual Appeal receive a charitable tax receipt. Donate Online through this secure link.
Photo retake orders now due
Photo retake proofs were sent home last week and all orders must be submitted by Friday, November 23. Orders can be placed by returning the proof order form to the school or by completing an online order. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended hours invoice reminder
For families that use the Early/Extended Hours Program on an occasional basis, please remember that invoices are sent home at the end of each month and must be paid within two weeks. Invoices for October were due last Friday – November 16; please submit payment at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Victoria: email@example.com
Our teacher parties are special and unique activities run by our MA-zing Staff. You can sign up your child to attend for a fee, proceeds from these events support our annual fundraising efforts. There are parties for all ages in the school, from Toddler through Junior High!
Sign-ups are only open for teacher parties occurring from now until February; however, you can still see what will be coming in the Spring!
For a full list of Teacher Parties, please visit: https://montessori.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Teacher-Parties-Full-Booklet-201819-Updated-November-13.pdf.
Some Teacher Parties have already filled. Book early to avoid disappointment! Sign up at the Main Office or by phoning Reception at 519-433-9121. Payment can be made by cheque or cash. Thank you for your support!
Student teachers in Casa classrooms
As part of our community partnerships, MA welcomes every year students from Western and Nipissing Teachers’ Colleges. We have four students beginning their “alternative fields” placements with us: Jason Prior will be in Casa 3; Andrew Devoy will be at Waterloo Casa; James Renwick will be in Jr 3; and Elisa Lee will be at Westmount. We always love having these students volunteer in our programs for their alternative field placements.
Save the date: London Lightning Montessori night!
Please join us on Sunday, January 27 at 2pm to take in the London Lightning as they demolish the Sudbury Five! Tickets to this event are $15 each and proceeds go to updating the kitchens in Junior High. We will also feature a 50/50 draw where you can win the big bucks; and our very own choir students* will perform the national anthem at the game! Reserve your spots today by visiting the Main Office to register.
*based on those attending the game
Reminder: Friday is PJ Day 🙂
Bring in spare loonies & toonies for CHF and wear your coziest PJs to school!
Westmount Toddlers made applesauce – YUM!
This week the Westmount Toddlers had an opportunity to make home made applesauce. First, we cut the apples and cooked them in the crock-pot. The next day we used a food mill to strain the apples. Then, after they cooked, we enjoy our creation! This applesauce is delicious!
From the Community
Your opinion matters: Ministry of Education seeks feedback
This is very rare that the Ministry is looking for input from families, so please consider offering your opinion as a parent with child(ren) in an independently funded school in Ontario.
The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) is encouraging families with children in private and independently funded schools to complete the survey… There are 7 specific topics the Ministry is looking for input on, however, there is also the opportunity for families to share feedback through comment boxes at the end of the survey: https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents
Once you have completed the online survey, you will see a link for written submissions/additional feedback. Are there specific ideas you might consider bringing forward? … Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Independent schools received some support from the government? If we take a few minutes to offer our opinion, it could start the ball rolling.
For OFIS’s official statement on this opportunity to submit input, visit: http://www.ofis.ca/ofis_default/have-your-say-provincial-education-consultations/
Tree sale at Colborne St. United Church…