Montessori Buzz – Sept. 20, 2022
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Family Boo-ling Halloween Party – get tickets online!
Join us for our Annual Halloween Boo-Ling Party! Connect with other MA families and friends at this FUN, Family, Fundraising Party for Montessori Academy of London!
Wear your favourite costume! Your ticket includes Pizza, Pop, 1 hour of Bowling, Entry to our Party Room and a $4 Arcade Card. Tickets are now available online: https://montessori.on.ca/halloween/
Parent Movie Night “Inside Montessori” – Thursday, October 13
You are invited to join us for an adult-only night out (that includes wine and popcorn!) to connect with other parents in our school and to see what is in store for your child on their Montessori journey. Together we will watch the movie Inside Montessori: Education Has a Future https://insidemontessori.org/. Join us for a screening of this documentary! Note: Space is limited to 40 people.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://forms.gle/1SjgEk2DR9sFWcTg6
Outdoor Family Movie Night – waiting list
We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Family Movie Night on October 6! So much so that we’ve had to start a waiting list. If you are interested in being placed on this list, please email Sara in the office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior and Senior Choir signup – deadline is today
Last week LE, UE and JH families received an email via parent reps about the musical and choirs this year. Please complete the online form soon to let us know if your child(ren) are joining the choirs. Choir is for students in Years 2 through 8. Year 1 students participate in their own choir during school hours.
Please note: UE choir is moving to 8 a.m. on Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts.
… and a friendly reminder that students must participate in choir to be part of the musical.
Save the Date: Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30
On September 30 our school will recognize Orange Shirt Day. On this day, we ask students to wear an orange shirt to school. By wearing the orange shirts we are actively recognizing the Indigenous community and the tragedy with Residential Schools. There will be a few small lessons on Orange Shirt Day to explain to the children, in an age-appropriate way, why they are wearing the orange shirts. There will be another article coming out in the Tuesday, September 27 Buzz explaining more of what we will be doing during the day.
Make sure to get your orange shirt ready for September 30th!
Terry Fox Run 2022
Montessori Academy is hosting a Terry Fox Run on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
This Run is for our entire school community. Casa students all the way to Junior High will take part in this day. Elementary students will run/walk with their class at a predetermined time at Piccadilly Park. Casa will host their own events at their locations.
We are asking students and teachers to bring in loose change so that the school can make a donation to aid the Terry Fox Foundation in cancer research. Please come and join us to carry the legacy of Terry Fox into the future!
Montessori Academy Terry Fox Run Schedule (Updated since the Buzz was sent – UE2/LE1 time changes)
Our goal is to run 1000km as a school community!
Optional – T-shirts: If any of our students would like to order a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in this year’s run, you can order one online: https://shop.terryfox.org/collections/2022-terry-fox-run-t-shirt.
Bug Day at the Children’s Museum is Saturday!
London Bug Day, on September 24, is a free event held at the London Children’s Museum designed to educate the public about insects, and other arthropods, and familiarize them with these important animals. The event will feature cockroach races, a live insect zoo, crafts, face painting, and a monarch release at the end of the day. (Plus, MA is a supporter of this fun event!) Find more details online: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/event/london-bug-day.
Junior High Navigation Week
Written by Cameron, Sophie and Tanis
Junior High has been occupied at work these past 2 weeks. We have been challenged with organization, team building activities, summer exploration project presentations, and various workshops such as self reflection workshops like: the jelly bean video (in this video we learned that time is precious and valuable), and team building activities such as: seminar, code of conduct to build the community guidelines, a big rock paper scissors match, and Jr. High Bingo to learn more about our peers.
The summer exploration project allowed us to learn more about ourselves and others in our community. We were able to stand in front of the class and chose something that we did or learned over the summer break.
Junior High has partnered with Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) for approximately three years now. We have gone through various workshops to help and prepare us for setting up and cleaning up lunches. The Junior High’s hot lunch program’s #1 vision is for the students to learn basic kitchen and cooking skills.
Our workshops are helping us grow as people and as a community. We have done various workshops such as: how to keep organized, a Socratic seminar where we annotated the poem “The Road not Taken” and learning about the importance of referencing.
We are so excited to participate in our school’s Terry Fox Run. Students participated in a workshop where we took time in learning about him, his character traits and his goals.
Junior High students were so thrilled to get back into playing in a band. We are currently practicing for the Remembrance Day Assembly with our instruments including; the tubas, clarinets, trumpets, etc.
Students are preparing for a new adventure at Camp Arowhon and seeing the ALIVE team. Our intention and hope is to grow as an individual and become a strong Junior High Community.
Check out the photos of Navigation Week in the Junior High Google Photo Album: Junior High Navigation Week Photos.
Photos from the week
Casa 1’s big work
The first week of school for our second- and third-year Casa students was all about getting our tiny ones settled and familiar with their new classrooms. What awesome leaders!! This week the big kids were back in action, taking on BIG WORK!
Lower El Kusterman’s field trip on Friday
The LE classrooms took their first field trip on Friday and had a BERRY good time at Kusterman’s Berry Farm and Adventure Park.
Year 2 Art celebrated Dot Day!
International Dot Day was Thursday! Our Year 2 students enjoyed a reading of ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds. They were so inspired to dip into the paint and make their mark!
UE Music – the return of BAND!
After a two-year fermata, our music program is returning to normal! Last week our Upper Elementary students experimented with their band instruments for the first time!!
Junior High’s Odyssey…
After a rainy start, Junior High arrived to sunshine at their destination. Today, they hit the water for a day trip…
PD Day Camps – Oct. 7
Circle R Ranch
A PD Day Camp is being offered at Circle R Ranch for campers in SK-Grade 8 on Friday, October 7th, 2022. Register on our website: https://circlerranch.ca/camp/pa-day-camp/
The day’s program runs 9:00am – 4:30pm. Activities planned for the day include horses, campfire, arts and crafts, hay ride, outdoor games, hiking, nature connections (some programs are weather dependent). Join us for some fall season fun!
School of Hip Hop
Hip Hop 101 Day Camp – try your hands at a little bit of DJing/beat making, graffiti, poetry & dance!