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Montessori Buzz – Oct. 30, 2018

Reminders, save the dates, photos and much more!

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Reminder: Photo Retake Day is Friday, November 2

Children that were absent on their photo day or who would like to have their photo retaken can attend photo retakes on Friday, November 2 at 9 am in the Upper Elementary 2 classroom.  Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  For families with children at the Westmount, Oxford, or Waterloo Toddler and Casa locations, it is the responsibility of the parent to accompany their child to the main office to have their photo taken.  Please check in at the Main Office and you will then be directed to the Upper Elementary 2 classroom.  Elementary and Jr. High students requiring retakes will have their photo taken following the Toddler and Casa children.  For questions regarding photo retakes, please contact Victoria:

Teacher Parties 2018-19: Sign Up Today!

Families who attended the Halloween Boo-wling event on Friday got the first peek at this year’s Teacher Parties! Teacher Parties are an incredible support to the school’s fundraising initiatives. We truly appreciate the time and effort our teachers put into making these parties so successful.

We have some amazing Teacher Parties for students from Toddler through Junior High this year that are now open for registration! For all the details, stop by the Front Desk or view this PDF for our Teacher Parties 2018-19 booklet! Please note that Teacher Parties occurring between March-June will officially be open for registration starting in February. Sign-up at the Main Office! Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Montessori Academy of London).

Save the date: Remembrance Day Assembly

Make a note to join us for our Elementary and Junior High Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Reminder: Register this week for the Journey


A parent’s perspective – Helia Brew:

I attended the Journey to Discovery three years ago and was absolutely blown away by the experience. Although it may seem like a big commitment because it takes place over Friday evening and Saturday morning, for me it was a valuable investment in learning about my children’s daily experiences in the Montessori classroom.

Walking through the Elementary building and getting a lesson in Math and Chemistry in lower and upper Elementary was a very eye-opening experience. The Journey also put into context the entire curriculum, as I was able to see continuity of the method and material from Casa all the way to Junior High.

I would recommend the Journey to all parents. It will answer all their questions and put into focus the high academic level their children are achieving with the Montessori method.

Register by Friday for this incredible event!

Save the date: PJ Day is Nov. 23

Hallowe’en Boo-wling event

On Friday we held our Halloween Boo-wling event at Palasad South.  With incredible costumes, bowling, laser tag and delicious pizza – a great time was had by all who attended!  We’d like to thank the parents and students for coming out on a Friday and helping us raise much-needed funds for Montessori Academy.  We also unveiled our Teacher’s Parties and held a silent auction with some great prizes along with a door prize and best costume – Victoria the skunk! We look forward to seeing you all at our next event in January!

Phys Ed updates

Reminder- For safety reasons, students are required to wear their gym uniform and have proper indoor running shoes. During the cooler/winter months, please wear your uniform under something warmer such as track pants and a sweatshirt that are easily removed at the gym.

Casa Phys Ed
Our Casa students had a blast running around the gym as part of their physical education.

Swim to Survive

Our Year 3 students completed the Swim to Survive program at the YMCA and had a few minutes at the end of class to enjoy some time together.

Senior Volleyball
The girl’s play in a tournament at CCH on the weekend of November 3. They have one more league game before the first round of playoffs start. The boys have 2 league games left and are excited to play in their first tournament of the season on November 10 at CCH. Good luck in the playoffs!!

Senior Hockey
Students in year 6-8 are invited to join the senior hockey team. For safety reasons, athletes that are interested in participating on the team must have their own hockey gear and have played organized hockey/ringette within the last six months.

Casa practical life skills

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Take a look at this video that demonstrates how a 3-year-old can focus so intently on her task:

Special guest at Oxford Casa 3

Hadden invited Junior High teacher Ann Sugrim to visit Casa 3 and bring along some beautiful artefacts from her native Guyana. The students enjoyed learning about the caiman and even got to touch their scales! Thank you Ann for visiting!

The Casas also had some other friends from Junior High join them last week.

What’s Happening In the Art Room?

Colour Theory is all the talk in the Art room lately. Year One’s have been experimenting with colour mixing and creating their floral colour wheels, while Year Three’s have been getting messy with chalk pastels and taking a modern twist on warm and cool coloured landscape drawings.

I Challenge Diabetes presentation

On Monday, Canadian Olympic rower Chris Jarvis visited our Elementary and Junior High students as part of the program I Challenge Diabetes. He’s the founder of ICD and is an Olympian who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. He spoke about the challenges he faced as a child and as an adult with type 1 Diabetes (T1D). He helped to explain to the students the different types of Diabetes, and the need for school communities to be inclusive and respectful of the needs of students and adults with T1D. Here’s a 2-minute clip of his presentation:

The T1D members of our community with presenter Chris:

During the presentation, our students with T1D helped Chris demonstrate what they must go through daily to manage their Diabetes and blood sugar levels.

Executive Director Tina also spoke to the students about running TWO half-marathons this year and hiking a major trek through the Rocky Mountains in honour of her 25th anniversary of living with T1D. Here’s a video about her big summer adventure with Connected in Motion:

Junior High Trip to Longwoods

The JH students traveled out to Longwoods conservation area where we met a man named Dan who had an incredible wealth of knowledge about nature.  We spent the afternoon collecting seeds from a variety of different trees that will be used for various conservation efforts in the very near future.  We even got to bring some seeds back with us!  We all learned so much and are so grateful for the opportunity to connect the things we have been learning in our Science and Humanities curriculum to some real hands-on work.

Here is a little bit of what Dan wrote to us after our time together:
“Hello again staff and students of Montessori Academy of London. Thank you for joining me at Longwoods to collect seeds and learn a bit about how this fits in with conservation efforts! I was really impressed by the enthusiasm for the trip, even though it took place on a cool October afternoon! Such a great group to spend time with!”

(Yeah, we dig these kids, too, Dan!)

Where in the World is MA?

Westmount teacher Lisa DiPasquali won a trip to Portugal earlier this year – she was there over the weekend and sent along this photo from her travels.

Our next PD Day is Nov. 9

Our next PD Day is on the horizon. We’ve joined with several businesses to help provide care on our PD Days – please contact the organizations and clubs directly with questions and to register!

Information on these camps is now located under the Our Families tab that we will update as we receive more details from the camps, however, the best bet is to contact them directly to find out what is available: 


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