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Montessori Buzz – Nov. 27, 2018

Lots of reminders and news,
plus a bunch of fun photos!

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Board begins recruitment cycle

The Board of Governors is in the process of recruiting three new members. The Board requires specific skill sets in its Governors and Officers; this will be detailed in an email from the Board President on Thursday. You may have seen the posting on Pillar Nonprofit Network’s Volunteers page. Please keep in mind that two of the three vacancies the Board looks to fill must be from the community. So, if you know anyone outside the school community, such as colleagues, extended family members, or alumni parents, who would like to get involved, please share the opportunity with them. Watch for an email with the details on Thursday.

Financial Support for 2019-2020 School Year

Information regarding the Anne Marie Harding Financial Support Program will be sent home to all families on Friday of this week.  Financial Support is available to families with children in second year Casa through to Junior High, and who have been enrolled at the school for at least two consecutive years.  For more details, please visit the Financial Support section of our website:  Or, if you have additional questions please contact Victoria at 519-433-9121 ext. 211 or

Admissions Update – Sibling Applications

Applications to MA for siblings of current students are due by Friday, January 26 to reserve a spot in our programs for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Due to CCEYA and programming requirements, positions in certain programs are limited and we would like to provide priority to our current MA families.

If you would like to submit an application for a child in your family, please contact Victoria at or ext. 211 to receive your username and password and begin the application process.  Our online application for new students can be found here:  Offers of Admission for siblings of current students will be sent home in February 2019 along with re-enrolment paperwork.

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Did you know… today is Giving Tuesday — an international day geared towards supporting charity?  Timed around American Thanksgiving, this new tradition is based on giving back after taking the time to acknowledge all that we are grateful for.  Visit the school’s official Giving Tuesday page to learn more and make a contribution this year.

Upcoming Teacher Party – Limited Spaces Available

Countdown to Christmas – Only 4 spots left!

All Lower Elementary students are invited to join us for dinner, crafts and reindeer games! We will be starting the night off playing a myriad of “reindeer games”; there will be a variety of stations including decorating cookies, crafting homemade candy cane ornaments and more. Students will take home a photo of this fun event. A pizza dinner will be included with a sundae bar for dessert! Hosted by Layna, Andressa, Cindy, Shawna, Lindsey and Sarah.

  • Date: Thursday, December 6
  • Time: 4-7PM
  • Locations: Junior 1 and Junior 2
  • Ages: Lower Elementary (Years 1-3)
  • Cost: $40/participant

UE Bake Sale on Friday!

Dear parents and students,

We would like to inform you about a bake sale that Upper Elementary students, Ana, Elle, Morgan, and Addison are going to hold on Friday, November 30. The bake sale will be held in the Upper Elementary 1 classroom from 3:45-4:45 pm.

We are holding this as a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital. 75% of the money we make is going to the Children’s Hospital and the other 25% is going to be used to get more resources for the next bake sale we are going to hold.

All of the treats we will be making will be holiday themed and nut free. We have a variety of delicious treats like Oreo reindeer, Christmas tree brownies and many more.

We will also appreciate extra donations to help the Children’s Hospital. We hope that you will be able to attend this Holiday Bake Sale on November 30.

Morgan, Addison, Elle, and Ana

Reminder: Winter Celebration is next Tuesday

There are no after hours care next Tuesday at any of our locations  and the Main Office will close at 4 p.m. so that all of our staff can attend the Winter Celebration at Forest City Community Church. Also, if you have not returned your RSVP form, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Friendly reminder: Dress for the weather

Please make sure children are dressed properly for the weather – as demonstrated by our good friend and snow angel Gage in the photo below: snow pants, mitts, hats, neck warmers (preferred over scarves for our younger students), winter jacket and boots.

No neck warmer? No problem. We have MA Tuberz for sale at the Main Office for $10!

Casa dexterity and concentration: 3 sewing videos

Last week, after we listened to the interesting piece from the CBC about dexterity — and a lack of it in some of today’s medical students — some of our Casa students picked up a needle and thread, and got down to business. Sewing is an excellent example of practical life skills that are practised in the Casa classroom.

Will they become surgeons? Time will tell, but at least they’ll have the option — and the skills needed. In the meantime, check out these videos of three of our students practising their sewing in the Casa classroom, and marvel at the fine motor coordination and concentration they demonstrate as they complete their activity!

Phys. Ed Updates

Senior volleyball

After playing some exciting volleyball, the boys and girls teams lost out in the second round of playoffs. Both teams improved their play throughout the season and finished in the top 8 of their divisions.

Congratulations to both of our senior volleyball teams on great seasons. Please return your jersey to Dave and Janet.

Senior hockey

Montessori has a senior hockey game against Matthews Hall this Wednesday, November 28 at 8 am at Kinsmen Arena. Please feel free to come out and cheer us on!

Upper Elementary intramural volleyball
In-school tournaments will be held this week for athletes interested in taking part in the Catholic Schools volleyball tournament next week at Carling Heights. Two teams of boys and girls will have the opportunity to represent the school. The girls go Wednesday, December 5, and the boys go Thursday, December 6. Notes will be sent home with those students that are participating in these events.

Year 5 field trip
Students in Year 5 will take a field trip to Junction Rock Climbing on Friday, December 7 from 10:30- 11:30am.

CCMA visitors in Junior High

During re-accreditation last week, our Junior High students invited the CCMA accreditation team for lunch and a visit to the Junior High building.

PJ Day photos

The students all had a blast on Friday as we celebrated PJ Day and raised money for Children’s Health Foundation. Students (and staff) and all our locations enjoyed being in their cozy jammies all day. Thank you to all the students and families who donated their spare loonies and toonies for this event!

1000 Acts of Kindness – UE Food bank donations!

On Tuesday, November 20, the Year 6 students went to the London Food Bank. They were giving donations collected by the Upper Elementary students from our 1000 Act of Kindness.  Once they arrived at the London Food Bank, they were put into two groups that were able to sort the goods, look for damages, and check the best before dates. While the other group, were able to pack bags for the people who depend on the Food Bank. At the Food Bank, they were able to learn about families and people who depended on them. The staff was very happy for all the work that we accomplished.

If you were one of the families who donated food, you should be happy to know that the Upper Elementary group donated 240 pounds of food. If you are looking for a volunteer job, the London Food Bank is open four afternoons out of the week to volunteers! Thanks for donating!

MA in the community

MA Movember jam

This weekend, MA students Freddy, Jasper, and Miki attended Movem Breaks 6, Ill at Will crew’s 6th annual break dance jam in support of Movember Foundation Canada. The boys danced up a storm with some of Ontario’s best Hip Hop dancers. We’re so thrilled to see them support a great cause that is very important to Rob, our Elementary librarian and member of the Ill at Will crew. Rob and the boys are pictured with Dave, one of our Elementary yard staff and member of the break dance crew.

Abeti in Ottawa

Abeti and his mom, Carolyn, were in Ottawa earlier this week to support adoption awareness and the needs of adoptive parents in Canada. He met several federal MPs, including Rob Oliphant, Emmanuella Lambropoulos (age 27!), and Karen Vecchio. Mom says his Montessori education prepared him well for Parliament Hill!

Friendly reminder: MA Illness policy

We received a friendly reminder from the Middlesex-London Health Unit about sick days for children. Here is our own friendly reminder about our contagious illness policy – which can be found in your printed Year at a Glance calendar under the second yellow tab – “Information and Involvement” or in our full parent handbook (PDF).

A child must remain home until 24 hours fever/symptom-free, without medication. Please note: in special situations, during flu seasons, this time at home may increase to a 48-hour symptom-free period. If in doubt regarding proper procedure, please consult the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317 or

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