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Montessori Buzz – Sept. 21, 2021

Dear MA Families & Friends,

Screening (and text reminders) to continue – Toddler through JH

Because so many parents seem to be relying on the daily text reminders, parents and staff will continue to receive a 7:15 am daily text for the next few weeks.
Why is screening continuing: The school administration has not received the official OK to stop screening, so we require parents at all levels to complete their classroom self-screening forms. Also, we need to have updated and accurate daily screening forms as they can be requested by the MLHU to support contact tracing.

Reminder: Contacting teachers

To report absences, early/late pickup, or other messages to your child/ren’s teachers, please call the school and leave a message for the classroom. If it is before or after school hours, you can dial the class extension to go straight to their voicemail. If it is during school hours, you will be forwarded to the classroom or their voicemail, if the teachers aren’t able to pick up.
Reception is not responsible for forwarding emails to teachers; please call the school directly.

What’s For Dinner?!

What’s for Dinner?!!  Growing Chefs! Ontario and MA have partnered to offer this very limited fundraiser! Pre-order frozen family size entrees of our student’s top fave hot lunch meals and then store them in your freezer until you’re ready to serve them for dinner!  Keep an eye out for today’s Buzz with all the details about this exciting fundraiser!  Funds raised from this event will support upgrades to our Elementary Library!
Orders are due before Friday, October 1. As always, only a limited number of frozen entrees are available.
Savour the flavours of Fall this October with entrees from this fantastic menu!
  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese $35
  • Shepherd’s Pie (GF) $35
  • Turkey burgers (Package of 12) $35
  • Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup – $15
  • Coconut pumpkin soup – $15 (VEG, GF)
  • Apple Crisp (Frozen) – $25



Orange Shirt Day is Sept. 30

September 30 has been named a national holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This year, we’ve teamed up with local Indigenous-led printing company Rezonance Printing for our first school-wide Orange Shirt Day. Rezonance is printing T-shirts for the children and staff.
Orange Shirt Day has been recognized in Junior High over the past several years as part of the Adolescent curriculum. This year, we will take the day to reflect with all of our students in an age-appropriate way about the importance of acknowledging the experiences of Residential School survivors and to reaffirm that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

UPDATE: At Capacity! MA Outdoor Movie Night!

Cozy up and join us for our outdoor family movie nights! Families will need to dress for the weather, bring lawn chairs and blankets as well as snacks and drinks for your own family. You will be able to access the school for washrooms.
Capacity is limited for both events, so you must register all those planning to join us, and pass screening to attend. We look forward to seeing you under the stars!

Update – it has reached capacity as of 8:30 am Wednesday! Please call the Main Office to be added to a waiting list.

Photos from the week

Learning about plants in Westmount Toddlers

Yesterday, the Westmount Toddlers took their lesson outside! They had a plant scavenger hunt and talked about the different plants they see in their outdoor learning environments.


Waterloo Toddler 1 meet their pet, Archie!

Last Tuesday in Toddler One, we were able to bring Archie, our new Toddler Class pet for the children to see. Everyone loved seeing Archie and watching him sleep.


Waterloo Toddler 2 activities!

This week, the toddlers in Waterloo Toddler 2 enjoyed making playdough with Amanda, filling the bird feeder, and helping our new pet, Archie, feel welcome! Learning that hamsters love water and food as much as toddlers do!

Casa 1 nutrition craft

This week, Casa 1 started talking about nutrition and making healthy food choices. The children have been busy turning Pine cones into Pineapples!

Casa 1 Peace Day celebration

Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace! In preparation for their celebration, the Casa 1 children created peace banners with their definition of peace hidden within!
  • Peace is: sharing ideas
  • Peace is: asking “Are you okay?”
  • Peace is: being kind
  • Peace is: helping someone if they fall
Our Casa students never cease to amaze us!


UE2 Teamwork activity: Save Sammy

Poor Sammy the worm’s boat capsized and the rescue ring went under the boat. UE2 students are working together to flip the boat, and put the ring on Sammy by only using paper clips.

Junior High regular groove resumes!

Our Junior High students returned to a more-regular routine with Civics lessons and field trips this past week! Hooray! As part of their Student Vote Canada civics lessons, the students welcomed several guest speakers via Zoom in preparation for the election.
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