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Montessori Buzz – October 12, 2021

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Daily screening notes

1) Texts will stop next week

Please set your own daily reminder for self-screening. Daily screening reminders will stop after Friday. However, we still need families and staff to self-screen each day before arriving at school…. Until we’re told we no longer need to.

2) Absences: screening not required

Also, if your child is not going to be at school on a given day, there is no need to complete the form. Please just call the school to make the teachers aware of the absence.


As always, we thank you for your cooperation and efforts in helping us keep our school community safe and healthy this school year!

In lieu of Class Visits this year…

October is generally the time of year for the classrooms to host what we call “Parent/Child Class Visits.” This is a time when at the end of the school day parents spend some time in their child’s class. During this time the child shows their parents work they have been doing since the start of the school year. This is always a well-attended event as families just love to see what work their child is drawn to, and it also gives parents a glimpse into our Montessori classrooms.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we are not able to hold this event this year. 🙁 Instead, the teachers will be taking a photo of each child in their classroom with a piece of work or activity that the child just loves to do. This picture will then be shared with the family over the course of two weeks (from October 18 to October 29), with an explanation and/or description accompanying the photo of the work. When you receive your child’s photo, it would be a wonderful time to ask them what they like about the activity/work and even more questions around what other things within the class that they like to do.
We hope you enjoy the photo you receive of your child at work in the classroom, and the conversation that it inspires! We are also hopeful we can resume in-person class visits next year.


Board recruitment

The Board of Governors is actively recruiting new members. We now have a parent seat on the board opening up, along with 2 community member seats. If you are interested in joining the board or know any members of the community who might be interested, please submit an application via email before October 18.
Please see the full posting on Pillar Nonprofit’s website:
To learn more about our current volunteer Board members, visit the school’s website:

Halloween Boo-ling

Our Family Halloween Boo-ling Event has sold out! Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets. To be added to a waiting list, please email Development Director Tonya at

Peer Peacekeeping

By Tesneem and Tanis
On October 1, we had Peer Peacekeeping training. Some of the activities included skits about stopping a conflict using the three responses: collaborative, aggressive and passive. We learned that our decisions are connected and can affect others by doing an activity that connected us with string.


We did the egg drop, where you had an egg, and you had some straws, tape, newspaper, and an elastic band, and then you had to make a device that will stop the egg from cracking after it is dropped from about 23 ft., and we learned about teamwork and sharing.


On Thursday, we learned not to ask closed-ended questions because then you don’t get information about the situation to help solve the conflict; asking open-ended questions gives you a story to go off of. We also learned how to solve conflict without accusing and to not pick sides and to hear both stories before coming to a conclusion.


We all found the peer peacekeeping training valuable.

Introducing our Elementary Yard Staff!

Rob, our Elementary Librarian and Yard Staff Supervisor, has put together a fantastic bulletin board in the Library! It features fun facts and information on each member of our Elementary yard staff, to allow the students to get to know the team.

Photos from the week

Westmount Toddler – Rocks rock!

One of our Westmount Toddlers is looking for rocks singing “We’re going on a rock hunt! We’re going to find some big ones!” 🙂

Thanksgiving decorating in Casa

Casa 2 loved painting the small pumpkins donated by Crosby and Felicity’s family…so much concentration, happiness and creativity!
Casa 1 enjoyed creating adorable Thanksgiving-themed decorations to share with their families this holiday weekend.

Waterloo Casa’s outdoor work

Waterloo Casa is pretty excited about all the leaves that started to fall this weekend. We spent some time Tuesday morning loading up wheelbarrows, raking and making big piles. We love fall!! Check out the video on Instagram:

From the community: PD Day Camps

Junction Climbing

Junction Climbing has opened up PD Day camps for the first time since COVID and are offering a fall and spring camp that align with two Montessori PD Days this year.
Register soon for the Nov. 12 PD Day – it’s shared with Thames Valley District School Board, so there may be high demand!! All registration and information can be found on the Junction website:
Please contact Junction directly with any questions about the camp.

The Academy Circus!

The Academy Circus will host a PD Day Camp on Nov. 12. Located at 1490 Richmond Street, corner of Windermere Road and Richmond Street, the premises are within the “Windermere on the Mount” complex.  The Academy’s day camp is for ages 4-16 runs from 9:00am-4:00pm and the cost is $70. Early drop off from 8:00-9:00am and late pick up from 4:00-5:00pm. 
There are many varieties of activities including acrobatics, dance, circus arts and games. Groups will rotate between Tumble track, circus, building forts using mats, hammock, trapeze, dance party, creative characters in stories, games, crafts and more.  It will definitely be a fun filled full day for all participants.  There will be two 15-minute snacks breaks and a half hour lunch break.  Students will need to bring their own school safe food and drinks.  Lunch room is supervised by our staff and students will have assistance with washroom breaks or other required help.
Online registration opens soon! Please contact The Academy Circus directly with any questions about the camp.
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