Montessori Buzz – Nov. 22, 2022
Dear MA Families & Friends,
The MA-Zing Circus – 55th Anniversary Family Gala Presented by the Hannay Family
EARLY BIRD TICKET SALES STARTS TODAY!
Don’t miss out on Gala tickets for your family or the early bird pricing! Purchase your tickets online at Montessori.on.ca/gala The first 55 Early Birds will be entered in to win a free Mystery Bag ($50 min. value) at the Gala!
This All Ages family event will include a family feast, an incredible live Circus performance, and a night of dancing! Hosted by our very own Ring Master – Adam Phares! Featuring The Academy Circus, DJ Rob and a break dancing performance by 519 School of Hip Hop. Dress up in your favourite cocktail attire and join us for this very special event!
The MA-Zing Circus will be a fantastic celebration of our 55th Anniversary, as well as the most important fundraising event of the year to support the extensive elementary renovation, including our beloved Elementary Library, planned to take place this Summer 2023.
- Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2023
- Time: 4pm to 8pm
- Location: The Hellenic Community Centre – 133 Southdale Rd. West, London, ON N6J 2J2
- Dress: Cocktail Attire
Purchase Tickets Online: https://montessori.on.ca/gala/ For questions about the event, tickets and sponsorship information email Tonya at email@example.com
CHF Event: PJ Day is Nov. 25
Supporting Creative Art Therapies to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
On Friday November 25 the school will be contributing to the community by giving back to CHF by donating loose change. Our contributions will be going towards Expanding Creative Art Therapies to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Read all about this very important program here! Thank you for participating in this event.
Budding Artists deadline extended
Budding Artists has extended the deadline to get your orders in until this Wednesday, Nov 23! Find your unique Art Code on your child’s art in the blue envelope that came home last week and order it online at buddingartists.ca.
Heads-up: Photo Retake Order forms this week!
If your child/ren had their photos retaken on Nov. 4, look out for the proof in their bags this week. Because of the delay, the due date on them has now been extended to December 2. If you meet the deadline, there will be no shipping charges added to your order.
FYI: Board recruitment – new community member
The Board is still seeking a new community member with expertise and knowledge in Human Resources, Information Technology, and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
A “community member” is an individual who is not directly involved with the school (not a parent). If you have any connections within your networks who are passionate about education and offer the experience the board is looking for, please forward this opportunity.
FlipGive for the holidays
When you shop online through FlipGive, each purchase you make earns the school money. It’s a great way for extended family and friends to support the school.
Visit https://www.flipgive.com/f/687071 and search for your favourite brands and stores. You can even earn the school money when you buy gift cards!
MA merch for sale at the office
We have a limited supply of MA merch at the front office, including cozy fleece neck warmers for $10, pom-pom winter hats for $15, thermal water bottles for $25, re-usable nylon bags for $4, and golf packs (Noodle Soft balls, 1 ball marker, and tees) for $5. Available at the front desk.
The Journey to Discovery
One of the Parent Events we’ve been able to re-introduce this year was the Journey to Discovery. It’s an engaging close look at the material and work the children experience every day in the classroom. We had a fantastic, engaged group of parents join us on Friday evening and Saturday morning. We are grateful for your time commitment to learning more about your children’s education. We also thank the faculty who joined us for the Silent Journey on Friday evening, and led the lessons in the classroom Saturday morning.
Some thoughts from the parents who joined us this year:
- Q: Tell me one word after today? A: Fortunate, grateful, inspired, excited, mind blown.
- Q: How will this change how you will explain Montessori to others? A: everything is scaffolded right from Toddler to Junior High; a very fluid process and makes sense; predictable; the ‘why’ behind concepts is explored
- Q: What was a highlight? A: learning that the materials are self-correcting; to see the process and the end results
- Q: What did you learn about the process of learning? A: That Maria Montessori designed so many materials; how much and how deep our child is learning; how amazing to hear the big words and concepts explained even to young children; the real-life application of things.
Photos from the week…
Westmount Toddler Applesauce
This week the Westmount Toddlers made apple sauce! We worked on many practical life skills with this activity…and it tasted delicious too!
Waterloo Casa Africa study
Waterloo Casa has been studying all things Africa for the last several weeks! We’ve learned all about the Sahara Desert, the African rainforest, and the Savanah. Today we are making a biome map that shows the different vegetation, climates and landscapes of the continent! https://www.instagram.com/p/ClOu41Fj6FN/
Casa 2 Fall Birthday Celebrations
At Montessori Academy of London, we celebrate our student’s birthdays with a special “Birthday Walk” recognizing a child’s birthday as a “Celebration of Life.
The “Birthday Walk” is used to symbolize a child’s journey on earth from newborn to school, marking the passage of time by walking around the Sun. It also introduces children to the concepts of months, days of the month, the rotation of the sun on its axis and how the earth revolves around the sun marking 365 days or one year. This celebration is also used to help children recognize how they have grown during the year and how they have changed since their birth. It provides a special way to highlight them as well as create and foster a sense of community in the family and classroom.
Big thanks to our families for donating delicious and nutritious birthday snacks.
Casa 2 Australia study
Last week, our Casa 2 class finished studying Australia by creating a beautiful art piece – dot painting!
Music in Casa 3
‘Accordion’ to the students in Casa 3, learning a new instrument is super-fun! ;-P
UE Frog Dissections
Frog dissections took place last week in both UE classrooms.
UE cell pizza
This is one tasty tradition! Our Upper El students made a delicious pizza as part of their study of cells. 🙂
Boys Basketball team was victorious last week. Congratulations to all of the players. 🙂