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Montessori Buzz – Oct. 23, 2018

Activities, reminders and photos!

Dear MA Families and Friends,

MA’s musical – new date in MAY!! 

Please note the musical date in your printed Year at a Glance Calendar is incorrect. We’ve moved the musical to May – please consider updating your printed calendars.

Toddler/Casa photo orders due Oct. 29

Toddler and Casa photo proofs were sent home on Friday, and all orders are due by October 29.  Orders can be made online or by returning the order form to the school.

Toddler Teacher Party – Saturday, Oct. 27

Teacher Parties are an incredible support to the school’s fundraising initiatives. Teachers donate their time to planning a special themed activity that students can register for out of class time hours. We truly appreciate the time and effort our teachers put into making these parties so successful.

Teresa and Alaina have a special party planned with your Toddler in mind! Come get your little pumpkins into the Halloween Spirit. There will be a morning of fall-themed activities including pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving, leaf collecting, hay bale climbing, and much more. A nutritious lunch will also be provided. By the time you come back for pick-up, your child will be entertained, fed and ready for their afternoon nap! All Toddler students are welcome to register.

  • Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM
  • Location: Westmount Toddler (362 Commissioners Road West)
  • Ages: Toddlers
  • Cost: $30 (Your payment can go directly to Alaina and Teresa at Westmount OR to the Main Office. Cash or cheque is accepted.)

The registration deadline is Thursday, October 25 by the end of the day. Spaces are limited so first come, first serve! Please contact the Front Desk if you have any other questions.

Teacher party sign-ups starting Friday!

Wait, what? Your child wants to party but he or she isn’t in Toddler? Don’t worry! You didn’t miss anything. All of the Teacher Parties for this year will be unveiled at the Halloween Boo-wling event on Friday! There are limited spaces for all the parties, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can!

Reminder: Journey to Discovery

The Journey to Discovery is coming up on Nov. 9 & 10. If you’re interested in taking part in this very special look at the Montessori curriculum, let your child’s teacher know.

Reminder: Elementary Turkey Dog Day order deadline is tomorrow!

Halloween Turkey Dog Day is Wednesday, October 31, for Upper and Lower Elementary Students. This lunch is optional, and proceeds from it will support this year’s school fundraising. Order deadline is Wednesday, October 24, (tomorrow!).

To order visit and select “Montessori Academy of London” from the drop down menu under “Child’s School”. For more information, please contact

Toddler prepping for snack time

In our Toddler program the students are introduced to purposeful tasks like sweeping, pouring and washing. Toddler aged children love to help. Here’s one of our Waterloo Toddler students helping to prepare snacks for his classmates.

Apple sauce making in Waterloo Casa

Homemade apple sauce the Montessori way!! First we pick the apples, then we wash the apples, then we peel the apples, next we slice and chop the apples. Then we add in some brown sugar and some spices. While we wait for it to cook we wash all our dishes. Finally it’s time to eat it!!! It tasted as good as it smelled.

Check out the video on our Facebook page of two 3-year-old students slicing up apples!

Westmount Parent-Child visits

Westmount Casa held our first parent-child class visits of the year.  We had an amazing turn out! Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come and watch your child in action.  This is a moment for your child to shine and to feel proud of the work that they do each and every day! We look forward to our next visit and we hope to see you there.

Apple Land trip with Westmount Casa!

The Westmount Casa students travelled to Apple Land Station.  They braved the sleet and cold air, all for a good cause…. 5 freshly picked apples each!  The children had a great time riding on the train, visiting with the animals and playing on the huge sand hill.

Montessori math in Year 1

Year 1 student Calvin is practising multiplication. By literally counting out 7-bead bars eight times, the Montessori beads help him to memorize that 7 X 8 = 56. The tactile Montessori material makes math concepts concrete for the children — so they better understand “how much” a number is rather than just reading and memorizing off of a multiplication table. Watch on Youtube:; or on Facebook: 

October is 1000 Acts of Kindness month!

Casa – Merrymount donations

For 1000 Acts of Kindness Month, Waterloo Casa has collected underwear and socks as well as art supplies for Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre. The kids are bubbling over with kindness and are so proud to bring in their contributions. #1000ActsofKindness

Lower Elementary – Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Our Junior 2 students were very interested in this presentation by Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation. A lot of great questions including this one: how do some birds end up in Another Chance’s care? (See the video link below for the answer.) The animal rehabilitation centre visited with our Lower El classes last week. The Centre was the charity of choice for Lower Elementary’s 1000 Acts of Kindness.

Indigenous Workshop

We are so grateful to have had Metis artist Brenda Collins with us last week in Elementary guiding us in creating a 6,500 tiled medicine wheel/healing circle. When completed, it will be hung in the school. Brenda explained to the students if they are at school and are feeling upset, they can go to the mosaic to touch the cool tiles on the edge as this will help to calm them and then to the wheel to see they always belong (yellow section represent their age group) and finally to the mirror at the center (because of the mosaic it will look funny and make them laugh) for them to remember to be happy with who they are. Brenda also shared more details about the seven directions in this mosaic and what they represent and how all mankind can be seen within it.

Phys Ed update

Swim to survive – Year 3

The Year 3 students ventured to Centre Branch YMCA for their Swim to Survive program last week. Their skills-based lessons continue this week!

Gymnastics – Years 1 & 2

Our Year 1 and 2 students had a blast last week at the Forest City Gymnastics Club.

Pasta Dinner video

After the annual Elementary Parent-Child Class Visits, our Junior High students host a Pasta Dinner for close to 150 people. This annual feast is not only a great social event, it demonstrates the practical skills and increasing independence that is supported in a traditional Montessori Adolescent Program.

Kudos to the students for putting on yet another incredible event for our school community! And bravo to JH teacher Shawn who put this video together…. Overnight!!

PD Day Camps for 2018-2019

To help our parents find care on PD Days, we’ve coordinated with a number of well-known organizations in the city about holding camps for us on our PD Days. We’d love for this initiative to succeed, but it will only be successful if they can get enough registrants to staff their camps.

We’ve added a list of these camps to our website for you to refer to. More details will be added to this page as we receive them. Please contact the organizations directly to inquire

Help spread the word: If you have an excellent experience with one of these camps or organizations, please help us spread the word to other families, so we can provide these camps all year long!

Alumni news

Montessori alumna Maggie MacNeil had a record-breaking swim last week at Michigan! Amazing! Check out the story online:

From the Community
Growing Chefs! Ontario annual report
Growing Chefs just released their annual report – and there’s a very special mention of Montessori Academy under Partner Profiles. Take a look at the PDF here: 

Children’s Museum family fun nights on Thursdays on Thursdays starting this week. Take a look through the museum’s calendar of events online:

Angeline Lillard – Seeking alumni participation for survey

If any families know students who went through the entire program, please forward this quick survey to them:

Angeline Lillard and her research team at the University of Virginia are seeking participants for a study of people’s lives and school histories, and we would be grateful for your participation in an anonymous online survey. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time, and will help provide important information on whether and how school experiences might relate to life outcomes.

Please access the survey through this direct link:…/…/SV_bNqefWMzwBAdmvz

We are using snowballing techniques to find participants, so please forward this to others (over 18, in North American and Canada) who might be able to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at or call (434) 982-5368.

Thank you!

Angeline Lillard
Professor of Psychology
Developmental Area Head
Psychology Department Director of Graduate Admissions and Finance

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