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Montessori Buzz – Sept 5, 2023

Dear MA Families & Friends,

A message from our Principal

Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone had a relaxing, fun-filled summer with their family and friends. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both returning and new families to what I feel is the most amazing place to be – our School!!

This year we are looking forward to all the amazing things we have planned. From our fall classroom events and family movie night, Journey to Discovery, the Winter Concert in December, Spring Assembly in April, Art Expo in May and our year-end school-wide get together at Storybook Gardens, just to name a few.

This Buzz, which is emailed to you on Tuesdays, carries a wealth of information about what is currently happening in the school. Also, check the MA Parent Portal at the beginning of each month as it contains details of what is going on in your child’s specific location and class. Your child’s teachers are your main go-to people for any information. Our teachers are committed to your children and to you, the parents, and I know from years of experience that the relationships established with the teachers, children and parents last a lifetime.

I would like to thank the Parent Reps for the upcoming work they will be doing to support the teachers and parents. You will get to know them very soon for your child’s class. The parent reps’ main responsibility is supporting the classroom teachers in delivering important messages to you, so watch for emails from them.
I hope that you hear some great stories from your child today about their first day back at school! As well, please know that my door is always open and I am looking forward to reconnecting with current families and meeting our new ones.
Warmest regards,
Kristen Crouse, Principal

Photo days next week!

Smile! Photo days for Elementary and Junior High are next week!
  • Lower El – Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • UE & JH – Wednesday, Sept. 13

Toddler & Casa Photo Days will take place in October.
  • Westmount Toddler & Casa – Tuesday, Oct. 10
  • Waterloo Toddler & Casa – Wednesday, Oct. 11
  • Oxford Casa – Thursday, Oct. 12.

Elementary Hot Lunch Registration notes

Elementary hot lunch and milk orders for September 11 – February 2 are still available online. The deadline to order is Friday, September 29. After the deadline has passed, the orders will be closed. If you need assistance with ordering, please contact the Main Office before the deadline. NOTE: Some items require you to select different options for the meal, so please read each item carefully, as the order will not be able to be adjusted after submission.

IMPORTANT: Please review your complete balance when you place your orders online at to ensure that everything is paid in full. Payments can be made online, or you can drop into the Main Office to pay by cash, cheque, credit or Apple Pay.

Reminder: Chaperones & volunteering

If you would like to volunteer to attend a field trip in Casa or help out with Elementary throughout the year, you will need to have a valid police check on record with us.
Because the police vulnerable sector checks can take a few weeks to process, we encourage parents to apply now. Checks need to be updated/renewed every five years.

Year at a Glance Calendar (YAAG)

Watch for your printed YAAG calendar coming home this week. The tabbed section includes important parent information that we will refer to throughout the year, including policies and a staff directory on the back page. A school-wide calendar is also available on the Portal and on the school’s website –
We suggest bookmarking either the PDF of the YAAG or the link to the Portal on your device for quick reference. Classroom-specific calendars of activities will be posted on your child’s class page by the first of each month.

Western Fair ticket discount!

Montessori Academy Families and Friends can save up to 33% on Western Fair Tickets! Tickets must be purchased online using this link before Sept. 7 to receive the discount.

Reminder: Label Everything with Mabel’s Labels

Please remember to label all your new Back to School gear.  Labelling your child’s items – no matter what age – helps students retrieve lost items – and helps us identify who the lost and found items belong to.  Any method of labelling is effective.  If you order from Mabel’s Labels the school receives a portion of the sale as a donation!  Visit  or and search for “Montessori Academy of London”.

Good reading

Article: Academic benefits of Montessori article

Here’s a link to an article that was shared recently on social media by The Montessori Foundation, titled “Montessori method has ‘strong and clear’ impact on student performance.”

Photos so far…

Fabulous Phasing In!

Our students in Toddler and Casa joined their classrooms last week to get a taste of their new learning environments.

First Day at Junior High

Did you catch JH teacher Shawn with his guitar on the sidewalk? That was just the start of Junior High’s first day.

Where in the World was Montessori Academy this summer?

We had a couple of families send us photos from their grand adventures. Montessori Academy was seen at the Great Wall of China and the original, very first, Casa dei Bambini in Rome.

From the Community

‘Mindfulness with Animals’ program with MindfulMe

Here’s an opportunity for children and teens to receive some emotional regulation training this fall. It is a fully funded program. To receive an application, email  The facilitators are receiving applications over the next few weeks. Successful candidates will receive notification by Sept. 10.
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