Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

Happy Easter! Your update is a day early this week as there is no school tomorrow, April 19 (Good Friday), or on Monday, April 22 (Easter Monday).


Your next Parent Education Evening is coming up on Thursday, April 25.

  • From 3:30-4:00 the Toddler guides will be discussing and demonstrating the Practical Life area of the Montessori environment, both for your growing knowledge of Montessori and to give parents some ideas for the summer that will also help your children to thrive in Casa.

  • From 4:00-4:45 your children's Casa guides will discuss the child under six being a sensorial learner, and how technology can be an obstacle to the absorbent mind.

  • From 5:00-5:45 Elementary parents will have the opportunity to see how the Montessori geography curriculum works at the Elementary level.

  • There will be childcare, with pizza. Click here if you'd like to register for childcare (registration required for pizza), and please do so no later than Monday, April 22.

 For your convenience, we have digitized our "Medication Administration Form." If your child ever needs to take medication while at school, provincial legislation requires specifc written instructions from you. Please click here (and maybe bookmark it for future use) to access the form. Thank you.

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

Your next Parent Education Evening is coming up on Thursday, April 25.

  • From 3:30-4:00 the Toddler guides will be discussing and demonstrating the Practical Life area of the Montessori environment, both for your growing knowledge of Montessori and to give parents some ideas for the summer that will also help your children to thrive in Casa.

  • From 4:00-4:45 your children's Casa guides will discuss the child under six being a sensorial learner, and how technology can be an obstacle to the absorbent mind.

  • From 5:00-5:45 Elementary parents will have the opportunity to see how the Montessori geography curriculum works at the Elementary level.

  • There will be childcare, with pizza. Click here if you'd like to register for childcare (registration required for pizza), and please do so no later than Monday, April 22.

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Lyonsgate parents are welcome and encouraged to attend all Parent Education sessions, including those at higher levels your children will be moving up to in the future. We host these events to help you better understand the theoretical underpinnings and material practise of Montessori education, and we've been seeing more and more parents attend this year. We hope even more of you are able to make it to this event.


This week, your children's Montessori guides are discussing the importance of outdoor activity for developing minds and bodies. Once spring makes up its mind and we have regular nice weather, children can only benefit from outdoor adventures and exploration.

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

Sorry about all the parking lot construction chaos this week. We didn't know any work was being done until they showed up and started digging holes. Between that and the Locke St. re-construction work it has been an early start to construction season around these parts.

Also sorry (not sorry) for Mrs. Lyons's April Fools Day joke about it being a half-day on Monday. For those subjected to a moment of panic at the door, you'll be happy to know that Mrs. Lyons's children got pre-emptive revenge for you by setting clocks and phone ahead an hour so she arrived to work an hour early that day. Well done kids! We hope all of your April Foolin' went so well too.


We have a request from our Elementary students for donations of shoe boxes. They use them for dioramas. Since it's new rainboot/sneaker/sandal season we're hoping this is a good time of year to replenish their supply.  If you have some to donate, they can be brought to either the Primary campus or directly to Elementary. Thank you.

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

This past week, a number of your fellow Lyonsgate families had the bureaucratic pleasure of making sure their children's immunization records are up to date with Hamilton Public Health. This is one of those cracks in the system. Parents are required to notify Public Health each time children rececive a vaccination.

We always think it would be nice if the doctors offices just let Public Health know, but we imagine there are privacy and medical record issues, or just technological logistics, that prevent this. When children enter their second year of Casa (equivalent to JK), you will or may have been asked to complete a Hamilton Public Health vaccine/immunization history form; this is what enters children into the Public Health system and is the record that needs to be updated after each new immunization. If immunization records are not up to date, we receive a "Suspension Notice" from Public Health asking us to suspend children from school until immunizations, or records, are up to date.

When your child receives a new immunization, please report it to Public Health via:

  • Phone: 905-540-5250
  • Fax: 905-546-4841
  • By mail:
    Vaccine Program
    P.O. Box 897
    Hamilton, ON L8N 3P6
  • Online: Click here for info and access. (This new online system is designed to replace paper records — the yellow immunization cards — and make reporting easier)

Thank you. Let us know if you have any questions.


 This week, your children's Montessori guides are once again highlighting a specific material or activity from the Montessori environment and explaining what it is and how it helps children's development and learning. Be sure to read what they have to say to help reveal some of the mysteries of Montessori education (such as, "Why is my child always talking about metal insects?").

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

It was very nice to welcome everyone back from March Break this past week, especially under some warmer, snow-free, skies. We are now into the spring term — the final term of the 2018-2019 school year.

This is the term when Montessori students work to master the new skills and knowkedge they have been developing, and when they start looking ahead to next year; that can mean anticipation of a move into a leadership and mentorship role in their Montessori environment, or it can mean preparing oneself to progress to the next level of Montessori education as a first-year student in Casa or Elementary. It is a time of both conclusion and of progress, nerves and excitement.

Your children's Montessori guides will be working to make sure everyone is preparing themselves for their next step — academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.


Be sure to read the updates from your children's Montessori guides.

(We'll be back to photos next week).

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