N E W S L E T T E R NO. 145
MAY 15, 2016
All Parents and
family members of graduating students are cordially invited to attend the CASA,
ELEMENTARY AND ADOLESCENT end-of-the-year celebration and graduation on
Thursday, June 16, 2016.
GRADUATION, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM
The Casa ceremony
will begin at 10:00 am and end at 11:30 am. After the formal ceremony in the
gym, all Casa children and Casa staff will move to their classrooms at
approximately 11:30 am to say good bye to each other. Please collect your
child from his/her Casa classroom after the classroom farewell. There will be no
lunch and afternoon program for Casa children.
and ADOLESCENT GRADUATION, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:30 PM
The Elementary and
Adolescent celebration will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 3:30 pm. There will be
no after school program for Elementary Montessori students. We are aiming to end
this part of the celebration at approximately 3:30 pm. After the formal ceremony
in the gym, all Elementary children and Elementary staff will move to their
classes to say good bye to each other. Please collect your child directly
from his/her elementary classroom after the classroom farewell.
In the Upper
Elementary class this year, we have a group of 14 students completing the 9-12
level. The farewell of this special group after nine years experience in
Montessori always brings back special memories to all of us.
In the Adolescent
class this year, we have 14 students completing the Adolescent Program. It is
again a historic experience, as they are the sixth group of adolescent graduates
leaving Humberside Montessori School.
OF THE YEAR NEWS
Please read the
teachers’ end of the year news in the following pages. We hope you can get some
sense what an exciting year it was.
the neighbourhood parking lots during graduation ceremonies as our parking lot
will not be able to accommodate all cars.
Thank you to all
parents for selecting Humberside Montessori School as a destination in your
child’s life. It is only through parents’ commitment that our school can fulfill
its purpose. Thank you! We would also like to thank the Parents’ Association
Co-Chairs – Rosemary Condillac and Meera Malik and all the volunteers for
another great year and for embellishing the school through its activities. To
families not returning to us in September, we would like to thank you for your
interest in Montessori and for your trust and confidence in leaving your child
Have a great and
safe summer! See you in September!
Molly & Felix
The annual tuition fee prepayment (fee schedule attached)
is due on Friday, June 3, 2016.
The last day of school is Thursday, June 16,
First day of Summer Camp is Monday, June 20,
Last day of Summer Camp is Friday, August 26,
The first day of school will be Tuesday,
September 6, 2016.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CAMP August 29 –
September 2, 2016.
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
If you would like to enrol your child in the
Summer Camp Program, please return your application form and cheque back to us
ASAP. Spaces will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. This
program will be provided from our school location for children older than 4
years of age. Children will be bringing their own lunches, snacks, juices, etc.
However, starting Friday, June 24, 2016, the children will be preparing one
lunch per week. This will be a LIVING LIFE CAMP. Children will be involved in
sports, music, cooking, swimming program, arts and crafts, care of plants, field
trips, and lots of other fun things.
To ensure a space for your child, please
pre-register in the main office as soon as possible. Certain weeks may be full
and we may not be able to accommodate any last minute or same day registrations.
STAFF AND CLASSROOM UPDATE
Anne Marie Murphy,
the directress in Casa “A” will be moving to Elementary “A” as the new teacher
for the 6-9 class. This is exciting for Ann Marie as she is also trained as an
AMI Elementary Teacher and will be able to continue guiding children in the next
plane of development. Thank you Ann Marie for many wonderful years spent in Casa
Elisa Song, our
present staff member who is very familiar with children in Casa “A”, will
become the new directress in Casa “A”.
from the MacMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She
received her AMI Casa Diploma from The Foundation for Montessori Education in
2012. Upon graduation she worked for two years as a Casa Directress. Elisa
joined Humberside Montessori School in 2014 and worked in Casa “E” until
December 2015. In January 2016 she opened a new Casa program at Humberside
Daycare where she has been working as a Casa Directress. Elisa will be spending
the last three weeks of school, from May 24 to June 16 with children in Casa
“A”. Welcome to Casa “A”.
Alison Grinton, the directress in Casa “D”, who is expecting her second
child in October 2016. Alison will be taking her maternity leave during the
2016-2017 school year.
We are planning to
relocate the Casa “D” environment to our daycare location at 411 Clendenan
Avenue. All remaining children in Casa “D” will continue their Montessori work
at our current location at 121 Kennedy Avenue. As such, returning Casa “D”
children will join remaining Casa classrooms Casa “A”, Casa “B”, Casa “C” or
Casa “E” in September 2016. We will communicate to parents the information about
class placement for their Casa “D” children in due course. If you have any
questions about the process please contact Felix.
will be taking a leave of absence as
of July 2016. Aasiya and
her family will be moving
to Karachi temporarily, to take care of some personal matters. Thank you Aasiya
for the many wonderful years you devoted for children in Elementary “A”. We will
be missing you and will be waiting for your return in the future.
Anne Marie Murphy, our directress in Casa “A”,
is also an AMI trained elementary teacher and will be taking over Elementary “A”
as the new teacher for the 6-9 class. Ann Marie received her AMI Elementary 6-12
Diploma from the AMI Dublin Training Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Upon graduation
she worked at the Children’s House Montessori School in Dublin.
We will be relocating Elementary “A” to the
present location of Casa “D”. This will give more opportunities to all Casa
children on the second floor to get familiar with the work in lower elementary
class with more frequent, spontaneous visits.
We are excited to
tell you about our new 9-12 class which will be located on the third floor in
the current location of Elementary “A” and Kim Smith will be the new teacher.
Kim spent time
living abroad in France and the UK, where she obtained two university degrees in
music. She completed her AMI Elementary Montessori 6-12 Teacher Training in
Toronto. Kim used to work as a Music Teacher in the Adolescent Program at
Humberside Montessori. She is presently working as a 6-9 Elementary teacher in
another Montessori school, and is very eager to join our 9-12 level. Kim’s son
is also attending our Casa program.
We extend a warm
welcome to Kim as she joins the Humberside Montessori School.
ANNUAL TUITION FEE PREPAYMENT
The annual tuition
fee prepayment is due on Friday, June 3, 2016. Please use the fee table below
for your payment calculation.
TUITION IF PAID BY JUNE 3, 2016
- SEPT. DEPOSIT - PREPAYMENT DISCOUNT)
2.5 - 3.5
$880 - $320 = $7,600
3 - 6
$13,300 - $1,330
- $500 = $11,470
6 - 12
$13,300 - $1,330
- $500 = $11,470
12 - 14
$14,800 - $1,480
- $500 = $12,820
paying annually, the prepayment discount above applies ONLY to first
child in family, 10% discount applies ONLY to the second and third child.
Hot Meal Plan
Casa Full Day Only
Before School Program
(7:30 am - 8:45 am)
After School Program
(3:30 pm - 6:00 pm)
School Bus Service
ONE trip per day
TWO trip per day
NOTE: Bus price is per family (No additional
charge for siblings on the same bus).
cheques payable to HUMBERSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL.
CASA “A” by Ann Marie Murphy
When I reflect upon
Casa A this year the word “cycle” comes to mind: the ongoing cycle of activity
or work, the three hour work cycle in the morning, the three year cycle and the
cycle of life. I hope this will give you a sample of what can happen in a
regular day in the life of your child. When a child completes a piece of work it
is often referred to as completing a cycle of activity. Benjamin might choose to
polish a glass mirror and Alicia clean some dull sliver, after which they place
their dirty cloths into the linen basket to be washed by Jacob, who hangs them
on the drying wrack. Then David notices that the dry cloths need to be ironed
and returns them to the shelf, where the cycle begins again.
is a much sought after activity in Casa A. First a child sounds out the names of
the vegetables he would like to purchase, another child might write the list on
paper and then they will head to “No Frills” with Mirian. Returning to the
prepared environment they wash, chop and season the vegetables. Thanks to Hunter
we are now growing fresh herbs on our deck, to add to the flavor. At lunch they
are served by the children and thereby completing another cycle of activity.
If you happen to
wander into Casa A after recess, you might be lucky enough to be served
afternoon tea by Sienna, in lovely China cups at a beautifully laid table.
Naturally you need to have mastered all of the pouring activities and be very
responsible when using boiling water. This is what can happen in the final year
of your three year cycle. There it is again the word “cycle”. The above
activities are all part of the Practical Life area, truly it is the backbone of
a Casa environment, where children develop motor control and coordination, build
concentration, independence, self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. Working
on all of this helps the child to be more successful in the Sensorial, Language
and Arithmetic areas, of course many of these areas are also incorporated in
The cycle of life
has also been evident in Casa A. We all enjoyed the company of Oscar, our beta
fish for a year and a half, then one day a child informed me that Oscar had been
sleeping for a long time. Some of the older children helped me to bury him in a
large pot on the deck. We then welcomed Shelly to Casa A, a name democratically
voted in. He was another colourful beta fish, a precious gift from Breccan.
Suffice it to say that Shelly is now giving extra nutrients to the blooming
flowers on our deck. Spring has sprung and we are reminded of the cycle of life
and rebirth; many thanks to all, who donated beautiful flowers and herbs.
Muchas gracias to
Mirian and merci beaucoup to Melanie for all their hard work, commitment and
dedication to Casa A; ladies you are an integral part of our room.
I try desperately
to put the brakes on at this time of year but to no avail, Oliver, Esme,
Caroline, Sienna, Alexander, Liyon, Gabriele R, Breccan and Charlie are
completing their cycle in Casa; it was an absolute pleasure working with all of
you and I wish you the very best.
There is also one
more person whose cycle in Casa “A” is concluding: me! Goodbyes are never easy
as many of us know from drop offs, so I will heed my own advice and be short and
sweet. I will not be far away though, just at the other end of the hall, in a
new elementary class. I would like to say a special thank you to you for
choosing Montessori and trusting your wonderful children in my care. It has been
a marvelous journey, from which I have acquired a treasure trove of amazing
memories to last a life time. For this I say “Go raibh mile maith agat!”.
CASA “B” by Marc Vespa
As summer time
approaches I am reminded about the importance of outdoor time with young
children. As a parent and educator I am very cognizant of how outdoor time
reflects upon an individual’s overall well-being and health. When my two
children were younger it was obvious what regular outdoor time did to their
overall day. They slept better, they ate better and they behaved better! One of
the best outdoor activities is going for a walk. Taking a young child for a
walk is so simple and yet so profound. Make sure to slow down and walk at your
child’s pace. Be prepared to stop suddenly and often; to look at insects, dump
trucks, a stick on the ground or whatever it may be that catches your child’s
fancy. While walking strike up a conversation! Talking and walking go hand in
hand. Within that short amount of time along your walk you are engaging with
your child in so many ways – physically (holding hands), emotionally (with a
real nice chat together) and spiritually (by taking the time to walk with your
child, giving them your complete attention and showing them how special they
are). Put that smart phone away and tell your child “The phone stays home – I’m
going for a walk with a very special person!” Have a great summer, everyone!
With the end of the
school year right around the corner I would like to thank a few people.
you to all the parents this year that helped to make this year so memorable
and wonderful. Many thanks to all the parents who brought in fresh flowers
throughout the school year. The flowers are a big part of our class and much
anticipated every week by the children (and staff).
you to all the support staff here at Humberside! That includes Natalie in the
office, the kitchen staff, the bus drivers and those other wonderful people
who help out during the course of each day.
thank you to Khadija and Martina. What a blessing it is to the children and
myself to have your presence, guidance and patience in the class everyday!
Thank you to our wonderful student teacher, Ivanna! Ivanna is now a graduate
of the Foundation for Montessori Education and I wish her the best of luck for
the future. Her work with the children over the course of this school year
was much appreciated by all of the children and staff of Casa B!
Lastly, a big thank you goes out to the graduating children of Casa B. Your
spirit, friendship and smiles will be missed!
CASA “C” by Aušra MacLeod
Another school year
is coming to an end and it has been a wonderful year for Casa C. We have 13
children graduating this year, which makes Casa C a very mature group. All
throughout the year the children were engaged in their activities with
considerable emphasis placed on reading, writing, geography and math. The
children were particularly interested in geography this year and spent hours
making large maps of different continents and countries. They took great pride
telling me that the maps were placed on the walls in their rooms at home and
used for reference.
elementary level characteristics enabled the children to collaborate on some
projects. They worked in groups and produced some fantastic maps that would
stay at the school. There seemed to be an agreement amongst the children that
one should be framed for Casa C and the other one should be given to Felix and
Molly to be put up somewhere within the school. There was a strong suggestion
from one of the children that we check Ikea for framing possibilities!
While the older
children were immersed in geography (which, of course, required reading,
writing, visual discrimination and a lot of strategizing skills), the rest of
the children were focused on all of the other wonderful activities within the
environment. The cloths were being washed and the objects were being polished
by the younger children, while the movable alphabet and collective math
operations were very popular amongst the 2nd year children.
This is just a
short story which, I hope, will serve as an illustration of how the younger
children observe, learn and develop an interest in the activities of an older
child. As the older children were making maps and taking them home, I was
helping the children to roll up their map into a tube and tie it with a rubber
elastic. After a few weeks of this happening, a younger child approached me and
said: “Ausra, my mom is allergic to these elastics, so when it is my turn to
make this map, when I am bigger, I will not be able to take this elastic home”.
Of course, we discussed a few possible solutions and settled upon me tying a
ribbon around a rolled up map which the child is already planning to make in
I would like to say
goodbye to the wonderful graduating children: Caroline, Ethan, Evan, Henry,
Jack, Jessica, Kaeden, Luka, Madeleine, Mia, Rushford, Stefan and Victor. I
have greatly enjoyed the time that we have spent together! I wish you all the
very best in the future.
I would like to
thank all the parents for your support this year. I enjoyed every moment of my
time spent with your children. Thank you for attending the workshops. I hope
you found them informative. Thank you for bringing in the fresh flowers –
arranging them into small bouquets is one of the most popular activities amongst
gratitude goes out to Kostanca and Michelle. Thank you both for your energy,
patience, enthusiasm and hard work. I also wish to thank all the staff members
at the school who contribute daily to the success and well-being of Casa C
children. I wish everyone a safe and exciting summer!
CASA “D” by Alison Grinton
What a Wonderful
Year It Has Been In CASA “D”
As the year comes
to an end I can’t help but think, where did the time go? This school year has
flown by. All of the children in the class have grown physically, emotionally
and developmentally. There were children at the beginning of the year who
couldn’t do up their own zippers, but now they are doing up their own and their
friends too! Children in September who couldn’t read, that are now reading
stories to the whole class. It is amazing how one school year can bring so much
My favorite part of
the classroom is the kitchen. Our class is always cooking or baking something
delicious. Some of the highlights this year have been butter tarts, cinnamon
baked apples and rosemary-roasted potatoes. Khedi always jokes that we should
be opening a restaurant.
The most exciting
part for the children is when they get to ring the bell at lunch and announce to
the class what they have made and how much each child is allowed to take!
It really is
I would like to
thank my assistants Khedi and Sabeen. You truly are amazing and I thank you
from the bottom of my heart for all of the hard work and effort you put into
this class. We are a great team! I also want to thank all of the parents for
their support! Thank you for the dedication you have made to this school and to
And now to the
graduates of 2016 (Elizabeth, Zoe, Maribelle, Veronica, Kayla, Jackson, Ben,
Cole, Miles, Jai), it has been an absolute pleasure having you in my class. It
feels like we have just gotten to know each other so well and now you are
moving on. You are
each amazing in your own way and I feel blessed that I have been able to spend
this time with you. But I know that you are ready for your journey into
Elementary! I wish each of you the best!
At the beginning of
this letter I mentioned all of the change that the children go through. But I
would like to announce that I’m going through some change as well! I’m pregnant
with my second child and due in October. I am very excited!
I wish all of you a
great summer and a great year next year! I will be sure to drop in and visit!
CASA “E” by Daniella Ortega
“Our care of the
child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the
endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called
― Maria Montessori
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. The year seems to have
flown by again this year. Yet who can be surprised that time flies when our days
are so full of great work, play, joy, learning, exploring and enjoying watching
Eleanor rolling around the classroom each morning in her purple hamster ball.
Her tiny presence has been felt by all. She reminds us to be gentle, speak
softly, walk carefully, and take care to provide fresh food and water daily.
Thank you to all the children of Casa E for your loving attention to our newest
We wish you all the best in elementary Alexandra, Chloe, Claire, Cooper, Donald,
Elise, Ilyas, Myles, Noelle, Roya, Taiga, and Zayd!
Thank you to all our new and returning families for your kindness and support
this year, especially considering our struggles to protect the integrity of the
I would especially like to thank Valerie, Elisa and Ana for all your hard work
and dedication to Casa E. We would not have been able to do it without you.
I would also like to thank all the Humberside staff, Felix and Molly for all
your help and support.
ELEMENTARY “A” by Aasiya Faris Sachwani
“The child is capable of
developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity.
He has shown us the true process of the construction of the human being. We have
seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their
sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them.... The child
is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” (Montessori M. - Education and
It began like any other day.
Students came into the class and prepared the class and themselves for work.
Two third-year students decided to bring out the Racks and Tubes to work on Long
Division. One more student came up to them and asked if he could join. A
hundred-board was added. Then another student joined, followed by two more.
They visited other classrooms and brought in additional material to make the
work possible and finally seven students sat down to work on Long Division using
a seven-digit divisor! The excitement was tangible and the work brought them so
much pleasure that they decided to do one more, and then another and then
another. As an adult observer, I could not help but be amazed at the sheer
beauty of this work. The finesse with which the students negotiated the terms
of their “collaboration” would have been a true lesson for many adults. They
knew exactly whose turn it was to share or to exchange beads – their focus was
impressive. All this happened in spite of the fact that a balloon kept whizzing
past them; a couple of students had set up two chairs attached by a long string
and were “tweaking” an experiment on motion. The date on the board indicated
that there were a few weeks left to the end of term and the realization dawned
upon me that these third year students were ready to move on!
Eleven wonderful children are
completing their third year in a mixed-age classroom; the benefits of this
experience can be summed up best in Dr. Montessori’s words.
“Cooperation rather than competition becomes a
natural response to all sorts of different situations and challenges”. This
is evident not only in everyday situations in the classroom, but also in their
preparations for going out and during their actual forays outside as well. This
year the third year students have collaborated with each other and with their
younger friends to plan and execute both small-group trips and whole-class
planned and organized trips to the ROM to study Ancient Rome and Pompeii; to the
Ontario Science Centre to count the cambium rings on large tree-cookies; to
Humber River to cheer for salmon swimming upstream; to Lake Ontario for fossil
hunting … the list can go on. The most incredible part of these “exercises” –
the part that Katy and I have had the privilege of observing and guiding - has
been the excitement-filled, almost giddy, preparation and planning by the
students. Of course so much of the going out happens without me, Katy has the
honour of accompanying the students; but in our conferences upon her return, she
always reports on how the students fared outside. During one such recent
conference her comment was “these third year girls – they don’t need me there
any more – at all!”
Montessori referred to education as an “aid to life”. At the end of this term a
group of amazing children, who entered Elementary A three years ago as first
years, will be leaving the classroom, better prepared for what lies ahead for
them and for what the next phase of their education will offer them. They will
return and visit I am sure, only to find that the chairs have “grown smaller”
and that “everything feels so different now”. To these very special children,
to Avery, Haley, Isabel and Kya; to Oliver, Rohan, Niki, Henry, Sebastian, Luke
and Nate – I extend the warmest wishes for a bright and happy future. May they
be successful, happy and equally excited about life and learning wherever they
Sadly, at the end of this academic year, I will be
taking a leave of absence. My family and I will be moving to Karachi
temporarily, to take care of some personal business. I will miss each and every
child I have had the privilege to work with. I am sad that I will be missing
out on the opportunity of seeing some of them complete their three-year cycle in
the 6 – 9 environment. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all the parents for their amazing support! The work that
we do with your children is made possible only because of your unwavering belief
in the work and the philosophy of Dr. Montessori.
I would like to recognize
that this incredible year would not have been possible without the constant hard
work and unfailing support of two very special people, Katy and Jane. They have
spent the year working hard with equal measure of concern and care, and with
complete faith in every child. Thank you both! I would also like to thank
Adam, Natalie, Andrea, Elizabeth, Pat,
Veronica, Christina, Frances, Michelle, Jorge, Pacita and Tina; every day our
students are touched by the small and simple gestures of generosity that you
extend towards them, from the very simple act of being there to greet them, to
the consistently graceful response to the hundredth request for white glue!
Finally - to Felix, Molly
and Mia - thank you for continuing to facilitate this wonderful journey that is
Montessori – for the parents, for the staff and most especially for the
"No matter what we touch, an atom, or a cell, we
cannot explain it without knowledge of the wide universe. What better answer
can be given to those seekers for knowledge? It becomes doubtful whether even
the universe will suffice. How did it come into being? How will it end? A
greater curiosity arises, which can never be satiated; so will last through a
lifetime. The laws governing the universe can be made interesting and wonderful
to the child, more interesting even than things in themselves, and he begins to
ask: What am I? What is the task of man in this wonderful universe? Do we
merely live here for ourselves, or is there something more for us to do? (To
Educate the Human Potential, p. 6)
ELEMENTARY “B” by Deirdre O’Brien
been a busy year of new discoveries, new friendships and new memories.
Centimetre by centimetre we continue to hand sow our “patchwork” tablecloth with
hopes of finishing it by June. It is painstaking work, which has engendered in
all of us, much admiration and respect for the seamstresses and tailors of old.
Many thanks to Alex W’s mom for the fabric donations.
Out” trips this year included the Science Centre, ROM Crawford Lake, TSO,
Mackenzie House and of the Bloor West Village. The programmes attended offer the
children; a further extension to their work, the opportunity to demonstrate
their independence and develop their ability to navigate the TTC. They have
become very proficient and no “wrong ways” this year, quite impressive for 6-9
Reading is always a joy for the elementary child and this
year one author, Beatrix Potter, became an absolute favourite. Peter Rabbit,
Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Mrs. Tittlemouse became the talk
of the classroom.
Little did I know that a lesson about modern art would ignite so much
passion for Modigliani, particularly the style in which he painted his
Both the artists and the models took
their roles very seriously and it wasn’t long before the discovered their
own “portrait” style.
Without the help of many
outside our room we could not do all we do. Thank you to the Parent’s
Association for your continued support, to Natalie and Mia in the office and
Felix and Molly for all you do to make Humberside what it is. Many thanks to
Jane for her tireless work with the children. Many thanks to Adam for keeping
everyone fit and healthy in gym this year.
Chère, Neslihan, merci beaucoup pour votre travail acharmé. Nous
ne savons pas ce que ferions sans vous!
like to wish all the students moving onto the Upper Elementary every success and
happiness. We will miss you.
everyone has a wonderful and relaxing summer and I look forward to seeing you
all again in September.
from Niamh Grech and Jim Mallen
Once again, we have
reached the end of another successful year. Our third years are already
planning the packing for Quebec: that means only one thing; another year draws
to a close! As with all programs, their success is dependent on the
contributions of many people. ‘Going Out’ is such a vital part of the elementary
program, and we are fortunate enough to have staff and parents who value this
aspect of the program. Many people have assisted us in enriching our class by
allowing opportunities for the children to experience the larger community of
This year we
continued to visit the numerous facilities in our community and the province. We
had another incredible experience on our over-night trip to the Kawartha Outdoor
Education Centre, which we plan to repeat next year. In addition to our Physical
Education program, our students also participated again in soccer games with
Maria Montessori School, invitational cross country events, basketball, track
and field, and swim meets. Several programs included: The Terry Fox Run,
curling, rock climbing, and skiing at Centennial Park and Mount St. Louis
Moonstone Resort. The artistic aspects of our program were complemented this
year with visits to St. Marie among the Hurons, Casa Loma, Montgomery Inn,
Spadina Museum, Mackenzie House, and Black Creek Pioneer Village.
continued our tradition and volunteered their time in the local community. The
third year students visited Grenadier Retirement Residence, where they
participated in weekly activities to engage with the residents. Both classes
also performed Christmas carols for the senior’s community at Grenadier
Retirement Residence. Our first and second years assisted in the compilation of
care packages for families in need at the Sharing House.
We would also like
to thank our school community for its fundraising during Pizza and Subway
lunches, and our countless Friday bake sales! We have also planned two more
trips to end the year. Our third years have chosen Quebec City as their
destination. We would like to thank all who generously supported the children’s
fundraising efforts for this trip. While we are away in Quebec City, the
remaining students will have the opportunity to visit local attractions yet to
We both feel so
fortunate to have worked with all the children and feel privileged to be
involved in their development. It is always a sad occasion when we must say
goodbye to our third year students, but we feel confident that they will be
excellent ambassadors for Humberside Montessori School. We would like to
thank: Adrian, Alexandra, Andre, Benjamin, Drew, Ela, Eva, Evelyne, Gabriella,
Joshua, Kayla, Nigel, Sava, Trinity, Veronica, Xander and Yahvi for the fond
memories they have given us.
We would also like
to express our gratitude to our assistants Shawn and Lorrée for their daily
support in all our endeavours. Their dedication and hard work ensure the smooth
operation of our classrooms. We would be lost without them!
To conclude, we
would like to thank Felix, Molly, and Mia, our parents, all the support staff
and the Parent’s Association, who supported our aims, challenges, and goals for
the children this year. We hope you all have a happy and safe summer.
ELEMENTARY FRENCH by Marie
It is hard to
believe that the year is already coming to an end! It has been a great year of
French for the upper elementary students. In the Fall/Winter, both the second
and third year students put on a play for the rest of the school. What a
success! It was wonderful to see such effort and enthusiasm put in to making
props, memorizing lines and full group practices! In the winter, the first years
went on an outing to see ”Gregg LeRock”, a Canadian musician who writes,
composes and performs educational French songs.
As the end of the
year approaches (along with the warm weather), we are taking full advantage of
outdoor activities in High Park and going out trips. The second years will make
us of their oral French skills as they take a trip to the French bakery, “Ma
Maison”. The third years will be learning more about French Canadian Culture as
they get ready for their upcoming grad trip to Quebec City. The first years are
eager to start practicing and performing their first French play.
Thank you to the
students for your hard work and enthusiasm! Thank you as well to Jim, Niamh,
Molly, Felix and Parents for your constant support.
ELEMENTARY “D” by Aneta Kopinski
elementary environment has a dual nature: the classroom, equipped with materials
representing the integrity and heritage of human knowledge, is complemented by
the outside surroundings—our immediate neighbourhood: the local library, the
market, the park, the riverbank, and the lakeshore. The work of the child,
guided by the specific purpose that inspired him or her to leave the classroom,
provides a very valuable experience. If we agree that education itself is a
process of adaptation to one’s society, then the "going out" component in
Montessori philosophy allows a child to exercise this fundamental right, and the
level of readiness marks a child's maturity and developing sense of
year, the students spent many hours exploring different areas of High Park, the
banks of the Humber River and the lakeshore. These days, spent away from the
confinement of school usually bring lots of excitement, discoveries,
observations and memorable experiences. One of the psychological characteristics
common to elementary children is the herding instinct. By definition, they move
in clusters, they follow the same trends, read the same books and, by the same
token, truly suffer if not accepted by the group. These shared experiences in
the world outside the classroom have an invaluable ability to strengthen
friendships and the children’s sense of belonging.
aspect of these seemingly simple outings is the opportunity that only an
elementary child can appreciate. The plethora of "stuff" available to be picked
up, all the specimens (rocks, sticks, fungi, etc.) collected along the way,
provide the children with their own material for exploration and learning with a
lot of excitement and priceless emotions that accompany the process of
adaptation to their universe of so much of the unknown.
elementary child is also in a phase of her or his development that is on the
verge of transformation from being focused on "me" to "we". This
year the children participated in several initiatives undertaken and organized
by groups of older students in our school. One that later inspired a very
important discussion, prepared by the adolescent group, was the "Syrian Lunch."
This event, in addition to introducing them to new foods, allowed the students
to realize that there are people around the world that are suddenly forced to
leave their homes, their countries, and settle in remote and unfamiliar parts of
the world. The students also became aware of the fortunate fact that there are
countries like Canada where there are people that are willing to accept
refugees, and offer a new home and other basic support.
particular experience also strengthened the children’s appreciation of our
Canadian quality of life, and the peaceful coexistence of different cultures and
religions and commonly practiced respect for ethnic differences.
fall, the students took part in a Terry Fox run, contributing hundreds of
dollars to the Terry Fox Foundation. Later in the year, a food drive initiated
by the upper elementary students brought yet another realization of the fact
that there are other children and families who are less fortunate and can
benefit from support. During the course of the school year, several groups of
students also organized fundraisers dedicated to endangered animals. The
students’ devotion and compassion in organizing all of these philanthropic
events has brought us all warm feelings and trust in the enduring compassion of
fully convinced that the students transitioning from our class this year will
cultivate these human qualities in their future, in upper elementary and beyond.
Willow, Kaitlyn, Julian, Thomas, Elliot, Clara, Sophie, Truman, Mia, Jessica,
Liam and Zoe: It was a privilege and honour to assist you in your daily
work, and to watch you mature into beautiful human beings during the past three
thank you needs to be extended to all who supported the students during
this school year.
you, Elizabeth, for all your efforts and devotion.
you all a great summer vacation!
NEWS FROM THE
ADOLESCENT PROGRAM – by Nick Psarrologos and Teresa Melville
It has truly been
an amazing year and as this school year comes to a close, we look back at it
with fond memories. Students from the Adolescent Program began the year with an
exciting three-day trip to Camp Muskoka. Students were submerged in a
beautiful, natural forest setting where they experienced numerous hands-on,
educational and recreational activities, such as rock climbing on an actual rock
face, and an 18-element high-ropes challenge course that culminated in a ride
down the longest zip-line in Ontario!
The students of the
Adolescent program have worked very hard all year long on a variety of projects,
and have proudly produced creative work in all disciplines. In Language,
students continued to develop their understanding of how language is used to
express their opinions and feelings, and to support their opinions with research
and sound arguments. They have also participated in formal debates and have
studied different forms of media. This year, the adolescents also studied
several classic books including October Sky, Animal Farm and Run.
students performed a variety of experiments and worked on several projects.
Students began the year learning about Interactions in the Environment, focusing
on the interactions of different organisms and their relationship with those
ecosystems. From this students investigated different global environments under
threat and designed strategies for restoring different ecosystems. Students
completed a unit on Form and Function, using structural elements to design their
own buildings! Our chemistry unit focused on Pure Substances and Mixtures where
students investigated the properties of different mixtures and developed their
own procedural experiments on separating all elements of a complex mixture
In Dramatic Arts,
students honed their acting skills, and successfully produced and performed a
series of one-act plays for the school titled A Little Time for Us. With
the help of Russell Leon, our music teacher, students tirelessly worked on a
musical performance which they will share at The Festival of Lights. Way
to go class! We would like to thank Russell for all his help.
students studied a variety of moments in Canadian history and the connections
between local, national and global events. Students investigated a historical
figure that they selected, completing a biography and presentation where they
personified the individual. In geography students investigated the human
environment of our city, planning and taking part in various outing to
neighbourhoods in the Toronto Studies. Students completed a study of the
variety of land uses while designing their own settlements using skills in urban
This year, students
also participated in a variety of real-world, hands-on, meaningful work
opportunities. The adolescents once again opened their micro-economy business,
the Café Anglais, with much success. Students also had their first harvest of
honey from their very own apiary and collected over 80 pounds of honey!
Additionally students worked with Susan Hedley to create their very own labels
for their honey jars. You can purchase some tasty honey at the Café Anglais. In
June, for the third year in a row, the adolescents will once again stay and work
for 3 days at Plan B Organic farm where they will learn rural, organic farming
techniques and participate meaningfully in farm work.
Students will end
this amazing year with an unforgettable trip to Montreal, Quebec. The
adolescents have eagerly planned their trip and are prepared for an experience
of a lifetime!
would like to thank everyone who has helped make this year a very special one
including; Biljana our French teacher, Adam our Physical Education teacher,
Felix and Molly, and all the other staff and students who supported the
adolescents throughout the year. We also like to congratulate this year’s
graduates; Amelia, Alex, Brian, Jordan, Maaham, Evan, Nicholas, Owen, Tipelo,
Emily, Roman, Ella, Zoya, and Madelyn for having a very successful year at
Humberside’s Adolescent program and we wish them all the best in high school and
beyond. Keep in touch!
Have a great
summer, and see you in September!