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Montessori Buzz – Nov. 7, 2017

719 Waterloo entrance enhancement, Spirit Wear, reminders and parent resources

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Enhancement to Main Office Entryway at Elementary (719 Waterloo Street)

The Health and Safety Committee identified the need to maintain consistency when accessing buildings across all of our locations. As a result, a buzzer and intercom system will be installed at the Main Office front entrance of the Elementary building on Friday, November 10 (during the P.D. Day), and the system will be ready for use on Monday, November 13.

The office door will be unlocked from 8:30-9:15AM and 3:30-4:15PM as these are peak office hours; if you visit the school outside of these times, please use the buzzer system and identify yourself via audio/video to gain access into the building.

Thank you for your on-going commitment to the safety of our students!

Spirit Wear on sale until Nov. 17

Order forms were sent home last Friday with each child and are due back no later than November 17. Samples are available in the Main Office until November 17. To celebrate our upcoming 50th anniversary, we’re offering some classic pieces with our 50th logo, plus some fun new items! All orders will be fulfilled before our Winter Break. Misplaced your order form? Download the 4-page PDF form here. Please remember to submit all pages of the order form with payment. Thanks!


Elementary Lunch Program

Order forms for the elementary lunch program were sent home in mid-October and were due back October 23. If you still plan to submit your order form, please note that we cannot accept orders for the lunches up to Pizza lunch on November 24 as these orders have already been placed. The final deadline that forms will be accepted is November 13. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

TVDSB Employees/MA Parents – email changes

It has been brought to our attention that all TVDSB e-mail addresses are changing. If this applies to your preferred email address that we have on file – please update Rachel in the Main Office of your e-mail changes to ensure that your Parent Rep emails and the Buzz can still reach your inbox!

The new Student Directory: The online PDF’d Student Directory will be updated in February following re-enrolment. In the meantime, if your email changes, parents are welcome to come into the Main Office and update the printed version at the front desk themselves.

Reminder: Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow!

Please join us for our annual Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow starting at 9:15 a.m. at Colborne Street United Church Gymnasium. Coffee and tea will be available starting at 9 a.m. All choirs are performing in the assembly, so please ensure your Chorister comes dressed in the proper choir attire (this gives a very polished look to the Choirs!).

  1. Black Pants (no skirts, tights or yoga pants please)
  2. Black shoes and socks
  3. White long sleeve shirt with a collar (no turtlenecks please)

If your child has Phys Ed on Wednesdays, please pack their gym uniform in a separate bag and not under their choir outfit. Thanks so much! – Conlan

Reminder: Your Opinion Matters – IVEY survey

Thank you to all the families and staff who have responded to the IVEY survey that was sent out last Wednesday. If you haven’t yet completed the quick survey, please do so by Wednesday, Nov. 15. Your input will help shape the future of our school. Here’s a direct link to the survey:

Yummy practical life skills in Toddler

The Waterloo Toddlers made banana and wow butter sandwiches. This was an opportunity for the students to practice cutting and spreading skills. Involving children in food preparation can enhance their desire to try a variety of things to eat.


Learning about Japan in Waterloo Casa

Waterloo Casa is studying Asia this fall. Typically when we study a continent, we have exercises and experiences in every area of the classroom. We are learning specifically about the country of Japan right now. In our Cultural area we have learned that Japan is made up of four main islands and thousands of smaller islands. Most of Japan is not inhabited as the main biomes of Japan are forests and mountains. Some of the articles of clothing are a kimono, and getas, which are wooden shoes. The third-year students have started making a “parts of” booklet of the various parts of a kimono. In our math area we have learned to count in Japanese and made a number book containing the Japanese symbols for each number. The students had a Practical Life experience when they made sushi for snack. They rolled out bread, spread wow butter, placed a banana on top, rolled it up, sliced it and then enjoyed it with their friends. You can also find a Zen Garden in our classroom. The students have learned that this material is very calming and relaxing. You will be sure to spot a student, and sometimes a teacher, at this table multiple times throughout the day. We are looking forward to “travelling” to many of the other culturally rich countries in Asia over the next few months.

Year 5 Culture study 

The Year 5 students studied Ancient China over the month of October for their culture project. To wrap up the unit, we enjoyed a tea party. They shared their favourite part of their culture project to the group! 

Montessori material and trial and error – link to Facebook

We shared a great little video of one of our Casa students working with some classic Montessori material. Take a look:

Junior High Odyssey Trip video

The Junior High staff and students travelled to beautiful Algonquin Park for our first ever week-long Odyssey Trip with Alive Outdoors. This experience truly changed ALL of our lives.  Last Wednesday we had over 100 parents and students watch the premiere of the Odyssey Alive Movie and it was so awesome to share this experience together.

If you aren’t sure whether you want to take the time to watch it, just watch the quick movie trailer here:

Here’s a link to the full 30-minute video: We strongly suggest that ALL of you skip the video ahead to the 20 minute mark so you can hear Alive Outdoors Owner/Founder Jal Bosley speak about our students and our school.  

We can’t speak highly enough about Alive and our new partnership with them.  We have found an organization that believes in the same things we do…and it feels really great.  In an interview for our Jr. High magazine this past week, Jal told our students that we were her favourite group in 17 years since starting Alive.  That says a lot! – Shawn

Students in the Community – Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Gala

Saturday, Nov. 4, marked the midweek point of Canadian Down Syndrome Awareness Week. The London Down Syndrome Association held its annual gala and fundraiser at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn.  With over 250 people in attendance, it was nice to see Karagan (Year 8) supported by her two peers and friends: Lily M. and Laurel B. Karagan’s sister, Trinity (age 14), has Down Syndrome. As a parent, I am so proud of these girls for graciously accepting and embracing Trinity for all she is, and showing their acceptance in the community. We continue to be proud of all MA students. Girls, you are all well on your way to becoming wonderful and contributing members of society! – Dee Eccles

Alumni Art

One of our alumni, Lillian Green, is enjoying Grade 10 in Beal’s renowned art program. Here are two of her pieces. 


From the Community

PD Day Camps

Junction Climbing – Students in Grade 3 to Grade 8

Children’s Museum PD Day camp – Children ages 4 – 12

Interesting reading….

In case you missed it on social media: Montessori education benefits all students regardless of income or socio-economic background:


Parent Resources

Upcoming events from Western’s Child & Youth Development Clinic

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