News Archive

Montessori Buzz – Nov. 7, 2023

Reminder: Monthly Extended Hours

Families who want care for the month of December must register by November 15. We cannot guarantee the availability of space if registration is not received by then. Please register through the following link:

School Closure Communication policy – Severe Weather

In the event of severe weather, the Academy will make a decision about closing the school by 7:15 am, if possible. If we decide to close the school, we will send a text message/SMS and an email to all families – through the same distribution list as our Buzz newsletter. If you have not received a text or email by 7:25 am, it is safe to assume the school is open.
We follow the Thames Valley District School Board – if the public school board closes its administrative offices and all city schools, the Academy will close, too.

Reminder: Delayed Start Policy

As we mentioned a few weeks ago in the Buzz, we also have a Delayed Start Policy. In the case of extremely bad road conditions (ie. due to ice; TVDSB buses to city schools are cancelled), the school leadership may decide on a ‘delayed start’ to the school day. In such instances, there will be no Early Hours program, and school will start at 9:30 a.m.
We ask families to please check their text messages and email first for these announcements. See the second Yellow Tab section of the printed Year at a Glance calendar for more details:

Spirit Wear orders due Friday

Final call for Spirit Wear orders. Orders with payment are due to the Office by Friday.

Save the date: PJ Day is Nov. 24

The CHF Committee is run by the students of Jr. High with an intention to raise money for the Children’s Health Foundation (CHF). Throughout the year, the JH community raises money for this cause by holding events, such as Pajama Day / Jersey Day. This year, the money earned will go towards the funding streams of Nature for Healing and Art Therapy for Mental Health. Nature for Healing aims to improve the well-being of patients by exposing them to nature, and Art Therapy for Mental Health gives children relaxing activities like painting, sculpting, or crafting.
We thank Maysee Mclean and Jennifer Baxter for coming on Friday to explain about the foundation and what our giving can support.

Fundraising: Upcoming events!

Grab your calendars and save the dates for these school-wide Fundraising events! We have a robust schedule of Fundraising Events this year with something for everyone! Proceeds from each of these events will support Fundraising projects for the school this year.
  • November, 22, 2024 – Holiday Cookie Kit Fundraiser with Growing Chefs.  Purchase your cookie dough kit in advance and pick it up at the school’s Administrative Office (719 Waterloo St.) after 3pm on November 22.  Sales are open now until November 14.
  • January, 28, 2024 – MA Day at the Factory – Purchase your Rock All Day Pass from us and join your classmates and friends for a day of jumping, fun and pizza at the Factory.  The pass is good all day – but we will all meet in the Canteen for Pizza at 12!
  • February, 25, 2024 – Winter Family Fun Fest at BGC London!  Inflatable Castles, Obstacle Course, slides and more, Carnival Games, Live Magic Show, DJ Rob, and Group Swim!
  • April, 4, 2024 – Adult Cooking Social: Wine and Italian Cooking Lesson at the Grove. This is for adults only! Learn to cook an impressive meal while meeting and dining with other parents in our community.
  • May 31, 2024 – Artisan Market. Our popular market is back! Unique vendors will be set up in the Colborne St. Gym after school on May 31. Support your local artisans at this fun community event.
Watch the Buzz for updates and ticket sales for each event!

Want to get involved?

  • Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to join the Winter Family Fun Fest Committee and the Artisan Market Committee.
  • Sponsorship – We can’t do these events without the generous support of our sponsors.  Sponsors are needed for the Winter Family Fun Fest as well as the Art Expo.
If you are interested in learning more about the events, sponsorship, or volunteer opportunities – contact Tonya Dendrinos at or 519-433-9121 ext. 233.

Acts of kindness wrap up!

Lower El Acts of Kindness donations!

A big thank you to all the Lower Elementary families for the generous donations to the Child Life Program at the Children’s Hospital. The items were picked up on Friday by members of the Children’s Health Foundation.

Junior High’s sock pledge!

Hello amazing Junior High families! Our 519 Pursuit Sock Collection has come to an end…and we have over doubled our goal of 519 pairs of socks, reaching a total of 1100 pairs! The Junior High student community would like to thank you all for your donations to this initiative. We are proud of the number of socks we were able to gather so we can give back to those in need in our community. A big thank you from the 519 Pursuit Student Committee!

Photos from the Week

Casa Parent/ Child visits

Casa 3 would like to thank those parents who attended our first Parent/Child class visit! The students thoroughly enjoy sharing their classroom with you!

Casa 4 – The World in which we live

The children have been learning about where their place is in the world starting with the planet Earth to where they live in the city of London.  They start learning about the whole world with the Sandpaper Globe which introduces the child to the idea that the earth is made up of water and land. The Coloured Globe teaches the children that the land is broken up into separate continents, each their own colour, and the water is separated into oceans. After providing the children with a sensorial impression of these concepts, they are presented with the World Puzzle Map which is then followed by puzzle maps of each continent and then their own country which is then divided into the provinces and territories. The class worked on a craft that is a visual representation of their place in the world.

UE1 Biology!

Year 4 Biology … the Parts of a Cell and the microscope.
News Archive