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Montessori Buzz – Nov. 21, 2017

Staffing news, Illness policy reminder, Oxford used toys request and much more

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Thank you, Barb!

From Whitehills to Oxford and now Waterloo, many of our locations have been impacted by the work of Barb Gerber. She is an inspiration to our staff and has provided hundreds of Montessori students a warm and nurturing environment to reach their full potential for more than 30 years. Barb has truly dedicated her life’s work to our school, and has decided that she will retire at the end of this school year. We will have a chance to celebrate her career later in the year, but wanted to share this decision she has made. Barb wants this year to be the best one yet, and we couldn’t agree more!


First Leadership Circle Team Announced!

We have our first 50th Anniversary Leadership Circle Team!  “The Toddler Alumni Team” is a group of five families from Oxford Casa who have pledged to donate $5,000 as a team!

Thank you Jim Middlemiss & Mary Weil, Kevin Higgins & Erin Reid, Tina Mele & Robert Riccardi, Dean Kovacevic & Maggie Kovacevic, and Michael & Shannon Robb and Family.

Click here to register your team.

Did you know? You can designate your leadership gift to any area of need within the school. Leadership Circle donations are also eligible for charitable tax receipts. To find out more contact Tonya at or 519-433-9121 ext. 233.

Illness policy reminder

It’s been a bug-y couple of weeks with a lot of sickness spreading around – in particular a nasty stomach bug. Please refer to the printed Year at a Glance calendar for our Communicable Illnesses policy under the second Yellow Tab – Information and Involvement. During flu season (fever, vomiting or diarrhea), the time at home may increase to a 48-hour symptom-free period before the child can return back to school.

Please help us provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff by adhering to this policy. If your child experiences sickness on the weekend, please continue to follow our protocol i.e. keep them home Monday. Thanks for for your cooperation. If Toddler and Casa parents have questions, please contact the Site Supervisor.

Wanted: Gently used and/or new items for Oxford Casa

Dear Family and Friends,
Please consider our Oxford Street location when you are cleaning out your toy boxes. With the yearly purge of broken items, the Oxford team is in need of gently used or new toys to help enrich their play experience for indoor playtime and extended hours program.

Below are some of the things we are looking for. If you have any of these items and wish to donate them to Oxford Casa, please bring them to 311 Oxford Street. Please remember that we still try to support the Montessori philosophy (3-5 years of age), so no Disney or fantasy toy items.

  • 2 bins of little lego ‘classic’
  • Hot wheels/small cars
  • Baby dolls with baby accessories
  • Trains
  • K’nex
  • magna tiles
  • Playfood (inside and outside)
  • realistic small plastic animals or dinosaurs
  • Playmobile
  • Nuts and bolts building toys
  • Veterinary kits

We thank you in advance for your kind gestures.  – Oxford Staff

Reminder: PJ Day is Friday! – CHF Event

Pyjama. Pajama. Doesn’t matter how you spell it, it’s loads of fun! Wear your comfy PJs on Friday and bring some loonies and toonies to support CHF.

Reminder: Holiday concert is TUESDAY, Dec. 5

Music & Dance Performances by our Casa students, and Choir, Band, and other Musical Performances by our Elementary & Junior High students!

You should have received a Holiday Concert Flyer with RSVP recently with details about this upcoming performance. Please return your Holiday Concert RSVPs to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, Nov. 24 to let us know if you’re planning to attend the performance or picking your child up either at school before he or she leaves on the bus for the performance or at Forest City Community. There are no After-school extended hours for students that day, except children in the Toddler program. Please plan to join us for this fantastic and fun performance to kick off the holiday season!

Practical Life Skills in Waterloo Toddler

The Waterloo toddlers made Mexican roll ups! This activity gave the toddlers an opportunity to celebrate each others company while making sandwiches — and gaining practical life, fine motor and social skills.


iSEE vision screening

Last week we had the iSEE Vision Screening Research Program with our Toddler and Casa students. The iSEE (Ivey Special Eye Examination) Program aims to detect visual conditions that cause lazy eye, or “eye turn,” in young children by using a special digital camera. If the exam indicated the possibility of eyesight issues, the families received a note from the examiners letting them know to see an eye doctor for follow up. This was our third year participating in the program.


Frog dissection in UE

UE has been studying the human body as a culture unit. The Year 6 very special project last week was a frog dissection… most of the students enjoyed exploring the frogs.


Babysitter Course – Year 6

The Year 6 students have been spending their last few Monday playtimes inside participating in the babysitting course. The students will study everything from diapering, disciplining, simple first aid, developmental milestones and types of games for the different ages, to name a few of the lessons. The end of the course will culminate with a final exam and then the students will receive their babysitting certificates and be off and ready to look after children!

Yoga and Mindfulness

On Friday, HeartRise Yoga teacher trainees spent the day at the school. The yoga teacher trainees each had to run a 45-minute class with our students to receive their Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) certification. We have been lucky to have worked with this yoga company for a number of years. This time around the group taught yoga to our students in Years 4-8. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes and it was a nice ‘break’ to their school day.

LE donations to Children’s Health Foundation

Last week, our Lower Elementary students gathered and organized the art supply donations that they collected for the Child Life Program at the CHF during our 1000 Acts of Kindness campaign in October. They loaded up the van on Wednesday to be delivered. Our friends at CHF were so happy to receive the generous donation; they said they were running very low on art supplies for their children, and didn’t know if they would make it until the Christmas season! Thank you again to the families who donated art supplies in October for this incredible organization!


Photos from Elementary French

In the Elementary French classroom the students build autonomy and motivation!

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