Thank You For A Wonderful School Year

Dear Lyonsgate Families,

As the school year comes to a close, we are gifted the opportunity of both reflection and forward thinking. This has been quite the year! From monitored online screening, mandatory masks, and our Elementary campus providing online learning, to friends across cohorts once again meeting on the playground, and smiles being openly shared. Two words come to mind: resiliency and hope.

The children naturally teach us so many wonderfully wise lessons if we truly take the time to listen and observe. As adults, we sometimes tend to forget these important life skills that they share simplistically through their daily interactions. Live in the moment. Rise and fall with the emotions that we feel, and then move on. Hold no judgements. See each new day for the gift it is, full of new and exciting opportunities. Find pleasure in the small things. Celebrate life’s joys with exuberance!

Sometimes we all need gentle reminders to see and react to life through the eyes of a child.

Thank you, with all sincerity, for sharing your children with us. We are humbled by the trust you have placed in Lyonsgate (some without ever stepping foot in the school) to look after your most treasured loved ones. They bring so much joy and encouragement to one another, and to us, each and every day. Quite simply, they inspire us.

For those students moving on next year, please know that you will be greatly missed. Thank you for what you have brought into our lives. For those returning, we can not wait to hear the stories of your summers and revel in the growth you’ve experienced in just a couple of months. We look forward with great anticipation and hope to a new school year filled with shared smiles and pure joy.

With utmost sincerity, we wish you all a safe and happy summer.

Rachel Lyons, principal
Sarah Kennedy, vice-principal


Lyonsgate Classroom Updates, June 17, 2022

Toddler

Dear Toddler Parents,

This week, our older toddlers have been going over in small groups to visit their new Casa classrooms for next year. I know each of them are ready and eager to embrace new challenges, make new friends, and find out more about themselves and the wider world, but it is bittersweet for the guides in the Toddler room to watch them go. We have had the privilege of observing them build themselves into the independent young people they have become so far. It is difficult to think of the Toddler community without them. We will miss them and we will be waving from down the hall and inquiring about their well being whenever we are lucky enough to have our paths cross.

Luckily, we will have three toddlers returning to us for a second year and I am confident that they will be excellent leaders to the new students that will be joining us in the fall.

Thank you for an incredible year together. It has been a great pleasure to witness your children grow and discover themselves. After looking through some photographs from earlier this year the changes are truly remarkable. They have grown so much and they can do so many things! It is especially nice to be ending the year on such a positive note with mask mandates ending and news of people travelling again. I wish you all a summer full of wonder and precious time spent together.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa North

I say it every year, but this year really flew!

I am overwhelmingly proud of each & every student — their resilience to change, their kindness to one another (and living things, big & small), and their sense of wonderment in learning.

Thank you to the parents for sharing your children with us. It takes a great deal of trust, communication, and willingness to work together. We appreciate the relationships you’ve helped to build with our team. We are happy to be partners with you in aiding your child’s development.

Thank you to our wonderful students who invite us into their world each day, who challenge us, and who bring us so much joy. We have the best job in the world getting to watch these little humans explore, discover, and blossom to reach their fullest potential. We are forever grateful for all that they teach us.

It feels fitting for me to send off all our students — those graduating, those moving to new schools, those who we won’t see until September — with an Irish proverb about new chapters & well wishes:

Behind you, all your memories;

Before you, all your dreams;

Around you, all who love you;

Within you, all you need.

We hope we have played a role in ensuring each student has within them all that they need, that they are more independent, confident, and proud because of their time spent in Casa North. We are always rooting for them to succeed, and we know they will.

Wishing everyone a safe, restorative summer!

Best always,

Ms. O’Sullivan.


Casa South

Greetings from Casa South,

Yes, it’s that time… the end of another school year with the ease of summer living right around the corner. It’s always a bittersweet time with gratitude for all the work done, and memories of shared experiences mixed with sadness at saying goodbye.

During the year, while I see the children regularly, it’s easy to forget how much they’ve grown physically, socially, and intellectually. Looking back at photos from the first term and re-reading my school journal I realize just how much work we’ve all done together and how well we know each other now. We’ve come a long way as a class community.

I truly thank all of you for your support during my first year at Lyonsgate. Next school year it will be very good to have more connection with all parents as we transition back into a more open environment with face-to-face contact. And of course, we will welcome back our returning families, greet new ones, both new to Lyonsgate and to Casa South, and begin all over again in September.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the end of year picnic where we will celebrate our graduates and enjoy some well-earned fun together.

Until then, see you at the gate!

Ms. Robinson.

Please note: families of graduating children, plan to arrive at the park by 11:45 in readiness for the ceremony.


Elementary

As we wind down our final term of school before the summer break, we are amazed by the continuing engagement and energy of our students. While many are now drawn to working almost exclusively outdoors, tending to the garden or sketching in the shade, others continue to clamor for new lessons in language and math! (And just as their teachers are winding things down!).

This week, the students continued their study of Inuit culture and enjoyed their final field trip of the year. At McMaster University, we visited the Indigenous Circle and explored outdoor sculptures. We went to the Museum of Art for the new exhibit, “What Sustains Us,” which celebrates the relationships Inuit have with sila (weather), nuna (land), imaq (water), piruqtuminiit (plants) and nirjut (animals), with themselves, and with each other. The students enjoyed stunning photographs from Nunavik, as well as paintings and soapstone carvings. They considered how we are connected to the natural world around us and to each other, and were invited to write or illustrate a message of love for an element of nature or a cherished person in their lives. They talked about the importance of language, and eagerly sought out translations for words they discovered in Mohawk, Anishinaabemowin, and Inuktitut. It was a wonderful experience that deepened their understanding of this land and its diverse cultures.

Throughout the year, elementary students are asked time and again to consider what sustains us? How have humans met their fundamental material and spiritual needs from ancient times to the beginning of modern history, into the new millenia, and around the world today? As our students prepare to leave school for the summer holidays, they are invited to reflect on their work and learning over the past year, the challenges they have faced, and the successes they have achieved. They reminisce about special projects, favourite stories, and treasured time together. They select pieces to add to their Elementary portfolio — a curated collection of their work gathered throughout their six years in the classroom. Next week, they will prepare to say goodbye through special celebrations with their friends.

Some children are brimming with excitement for the new adventures that come with summer camps and time with family, and others are already thinking about the new challenges that the next school year will bring. It has been a joy to guide your children in their self-construction over these past months and we thank you for all your support. We wish you all a wonderful summer, and look forward to seeing everyone back in the classroom in September!

Your Elementary Team,

Marissa, Michelle, Anne, Damien, Caitlin, and Kim.


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Lyonsgate Administrative Update, June 17, 2022

🌞Year-End Picnic🌭

Please join us at Dundas Driving Park on Friday, June 24, from 12:00-4:00 to celebrate our Montessori graduates and to enjoy a picnic together with all of the Lyonsgate Montessori families.

Bring a picnic lunch for your family, and any pot-luck offerings if you would like to do so (but not required). Please bring your own cutlery.

We have reserved Pavilion #1, and Driving Park does have a splashpad area so swimsuits and towels are also a good idea.

This is a rain or shine event.


Ukrainian Welcome Event

If anyone in our school community is involved with welcoming Ukrainian newcomers to Hamilton, the City is hosting an event on Tuesday, June 21. Please click here to view the event information flyer.


Lyonsgate Classroom Updates, June 10, 2022

Toddler

Bonjour!

First off, I just cannot believe we are already here at the end of our journey; it truly amazes me to see how far your children have come since they first walked through our doors in September. I want to say a sincere thank you to each of you for trusting me with your children, not only to help guide them but to also teach them a new language, and I will say they have all absolutely blown me away with all their capabilities and new language acquisitions. I myself was quite intimated when I first started this year, thinking about how I could be the best version of myself while speaking another language. I have all of your children to thank for encouraging me to keep going! When I hear some of my friends say “bonjour” to fellow teachers in the hallways or “Merci” when something is handed to them, watching them complete a task I had asked them to do, but in French, like putting work away or washing their hands, my heart is full from all of it and I hope each and every one of your beautiful children feel pride in themselves.

As we wrap up the school year I would like all of YOU as parents to give yourselves a huge pat on the back. Your support and kindness has made this “job” fulfilling and the love you have for your children shines brightly through them each day as they enter our room. We are so blessed to have this moment in time together.

I hope everyone has a joyous summer spent with the people you love doing the things you love, whether it’s camping, cottage, or even traveling… remember to HAVE FUN and enjoy the moments, they pass quickly.

All my love and utmost respect,

Mme Craigie.


Casa North

Bonjour tout le monde,

The students of Casa North have welcomed their French language programming this term with open arms.

When they begin the year, they are wide-eyed, full of questions about what things mean, and in some cases steering clear of me or playing shy to avoid French work!

Now, French is fully engrained in our classroom! The students are singing louder and responding to books and questions during our French circle. What a pleasure for me to see some of the children playing “Madame” in the classroom or at recess. I am proud of each of them for their effort of practicing French with each other.

At this time of the school year, it’s always nice to see how much vocabulary they have learned all year long and they feel comfortable using it.

A daily joke from our students: “Madame like cerises (cherry) but she is scared of souris (mouse)! Ha ha ha!!” Two different words that sound very similar but mean two different things.

Congratulations to all our graduate students; I will miss them!

Bonne continuation!

Mme Murati.


Casa South

Incroyable! Nous sommes déjà dans les dernières semaines d’école!

I would like to thank all our families for your kind support and confidence you had in us. It has been a wonderful year of growing and learning.

Comme enseignante, c’était une expérience magnifique et un privilège de vous avoir enseigner.

Félicitations à nos chers gradués Caden, Georgia, Leo, et Mariana.

Bonnes vacances et bonne santé à vous tous! ☀️❤️

Mme Renée Perazzo.

**Mme Perazzo captured a student singing to herself in French while working this morning:

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/bSzqu-JYpu8


Elementary

This week we found a break in the rain and went out to explore the natural world within our neighbourhood. Our youngest students visited the Hill Street Community Garden <https://hillstreetgarden.org/> to identify different plants and their parts. The garden is a place where local residents can rent a seasonal plot from the city, promoting organic methods, improving food security, and encouraging community members to meet. We connected our recent biology work with our lessons in art, learning about botanical illustration. Having previously explored impressionism in art, students were now asked to pursue realistic representations with their drawing. The children were encouraged to note details about a plant or plant structure and pay attention to shape, line, and colour. Older students travelled south toward the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. They learned about the Bruce Trail User’s Code and how to read and follow trail blazes. After hiking 2.5 km, the students stopped for a snack and heard the story of how the Niagara Escarpment was formed through the shifting of tectonic plates, climate change, and the movement and melting of glaciers. On the way back to school, they stopped to look at the Chedoke Falls and the different layers of sedimentation visible up the face of the cliff. Everyone returned to school with a big appetite and an even bigger smile!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Marissa and Michelle.


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Lyonsgate Administrative Update, June 10, 2022

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

We have a few administrative updates for you this week:

2022.2023 After School Care Registration

Please find the link to register for After School Care for the 2022.2023 school year in today's update email. Also, please remember that, due to the limited spaces available, after school care is intended as a five-day-a-week program for families that require a later pick up time due to work constraints and not as extra time for socialization and play. Thank you.

Cost for both After School Care programs is $100/month, payable to “Lyonsgate Montessori School Inc.” or by e-transfer to accounts@lyonsgate.ca.

  • Casa After School Care will run from 4:00-4:30 each day.
  • Elementary After School Care will run from 3:30-4:30 each day.

At the Primary campus (Toddler and Casa) Before School Care is included for the 2022.2023 school year. Before School Care from 8:00-8:30 and arrival from 8:30-8:45 will begin in the 2023.2024 school year at the Primary campus.


2022.2023 Lyonsgate Calendar

The 2022.2023 school year calendar is now available online at https://lyonsgate.ca/lyonsgate-calendar/.

The calendar is your go-to source for updated information about what's going on at Lyonsgate, and it can be found under the "Parents" tab at lyonsgate.ca. Click on calendar items to view the details.


Illness, Screening, and Requirements

Please remember to use the provincial screening tool as soon as you have any symptom, positive test, or close contact situation (ie. household members). The screening tool provides the most up to date requirements for returning to school and you can customize it to suit your specific situation via your responses. Please read the information under the "Do Not Go To School/Child Care" sections carefully.


Hamilton Public Health Children's Vaccine Information

Hamilton Public Health continues to provide vaccinations as the best way to bring the pandemic under control and get us all back to a semblance of normalcy.

You can find the weekly children's vaccination clinic schedule at www.hamilton.ca/GetYourVaccine (you can also find that page at: https://lyonsgate.ca/covid-19-resource-page/ )

Public Health also shared a short video to share with school parent communities this week:

"Protect your kids from COVID-19. Here is a local parent in the community who chose to get her children vaccinated. Watch the video to hear why: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLWSpH7cP2E"


Lunch Menu Updates

There have been a few minor changes to the lunch menu based on feedback from schools. Find the lunch menu under your "Parents" tab here:  https://lyonsgate.ca/lyonsgate-lunch-menu/ . Find out what week of the 4-week rotation we are on on your Lyonsgate calendar.


Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend.


Lyonsgate Classroom Updates, June 3, 2022

Toddler

I can hardly believe that the year is almost over. It seems like only yesterday that we were meeting some of the children for the first time. How strange it must have been to be away from home and greeted by strangers wearing masks and shields. It is inspiring how they have been able to grow and thrive during such unusual times.

The leaps made by the toddlers never fail to amaze me. The friendships, vocabulary, coordination, and personalities that develop between the beginning and end of the year is astonishing. I am so excited for the future ahead for the Toddler Community. I will miss those that are moving on, but I am confident that they will find joy and success on the next stop of their adventure. It has been an honour getting to know them.

Mr. Davis.


Casa North

Early this week a child asked me “What does cycle mean?” and it sparked such a wonderful conversation about the patterns we see in life. We talked about the tides, day and night, the life cycles of plants and animals, and the routines of our own days and years. We’ve all been acutely aware that the school year is coming to an end. It’s an exciting time but always feels somewhat melancholy for me. We’ve spent ten months working so closely with your children, caring for them, watching them grow, and June feels like “Goodbye.” I’m immensely proud of how hard each of the students has worked and how much they’ve grown since September. I look forward to next year with our returning students, and wish the best to our friends who are moving on to a new cycle in their lives.

Thank you so much for a beautiful year,

Ms. Dewey.


Casa South

Dear Casa South Families,

It has been a pleasure getting to know and to work with your children. I have seen them grow in many ways from forming friendships to learning new practical skills. As a new assistant coming in early in January, I learnt they had been through a few changes already, so I am very thankful for them welcoming me and that we developed trusting relationships since then, especially during a constantly changing pandemic. There have been many sweet moments, moments of working through emotions, and moments that made me laugh. There have been exciting breakthrough moments, many moments of listening and learning, and moments filled with hugs. I have to once again thank Ms. Robinson and Mme Perazzo for guiding me and being natural leaders. I’ve learned so much from them. I also want to thank Mrs. Kennedy & Mrs. Lyons for bringing me into the Lyonsgate family, as it has been a wonderful experience.

I hope everyone has a safe and lovely summer, and ones full of adventure!

Best Wishes,

Ms. Jefferies.


Elementary

It has been an exciting week at Elementary! The students were thrilled to share some of their recent work with you at the Cultural Fair. Thank you for joining us to explore the terrain, weapons, homes, clothing, toys, and foods of ancient Rome. Through the past few weeks, students learned about the political evolution of ancient Rome from kingdom to republic to empire. This set the foundation for the class to learn more about Canadian democracy, political parties, and current issues in Ontario. Older students were asked to work in small groups to complete the challenge of building the tallest marshmallow and toothpick tower possible — with one important twist: they had to operate under the political structure assigned to the group: a dictatorship, an oligarchy, a democracy, or an anarchy. All of our students discussed the concept of political parties and identified issues that are important right now to people living in Ontario. On June 2, the students eagerly lined up at the Lyonsgate polling station with their voter id cards, ready to cast their ballots in the Student Vote. They loved checking in with the poll clerks, receiving instructions from the deputy returning officers, and going behind the voting screen to make their mark under the watchful eye of our scrutineers. Andrea Horvath, representing the NDP in Hamilton Centre, received 45% of our students’ votes, followed by the Green Party with 31%, and the Liberal Party and PC Party tied at 10% each. We look forward to examining our Student Vote election results, as well as those from other schools in our neighbourhood and province, and comparing them to the official results of the provincial election.

Next Thursday, June 9, all Elementary students will be heading outdoors for the morning work cycle! Students in first and second year will be exploring plants in our neighbourhood and the Hill Street Community Garden, while students in years 3-6 will be learning about the Niagara Escarpment while hiking a section of the Bruce Trail. Students should come prepared with a small water bottle they can carry, a hat, closed toe shoes, and comfortable clothing for active learning. They may also wish to apply sunscreen before coming to school.

With so many interesting things still to learn, it’s hard to believe that summer break is only a few weeks away! We are looking forward to hosting two weeks of camp for elementary students this summer, with lots of science, art, outdoor games, and water play. If your child would like to join us for some fun and adventure, please register for camp by Monday, June 20. Camp fees are due upon registration and can be paid via e-transfer to accounts@lyonsgate.ca or by cheque made out to “Lyonsgate Montessori School Inc.” and dropped off at the Primary campus.

We wish you a happy weekend ahead!

Warmly,

Marissa and Michelle.


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Lyonsgate Administrative Update, June 3, 2022

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

Thank you for finding the time to attend the Parent-Teacher conferences today. We have updates for you about hours of operation and After School Care for the 2022.2023 school year.

Hours of Operation

Please visit https://lyonsgate.ca/hours-of-operation/ for each classroom's schedule for the 2022.2023 school year. You can find this page under the "Parents" tab.

After School Care

For the 2022.2023 school year, After School Care will be available for Casa and Elementary students. There are limited spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for After School Care will be in next week's update. Please take the time to determine if your family will need after school care next year, and please note that, due to the limited spaces available, after school care is intended as a five-day-a-week program for families that require a later pick up time due to work constraints and not as extra time for socialization and play. Thank you.

Cost for both After School Care programs is $100/month, payable to "Lyonsgate Montessori School Inc." or by e-transfer to accounts@lyonsgate.ca.

  • Casa After School Care will run from 4:00-4:30 each day.
  • Elementary After School Care will run from 3:30-4:30 each day.

At the Primary campus (Toddler and Casa) Before School Care is included for the 2022.2023 school year. Before School Care from 8:00-8:30 and arrival from 8:30-8:45 will begin in the 2023.2024 school year at the Primary campus.


Lyonsgate Classroom Updates May 27 2022

Toddler

Hello Toddler Families,

I’m excited for the parent-teacher conferences next week and welcoming you into your children’s classroom in person. We’ll talk about all of the wonderful progress they have all made, especially in developing their sense of community.

Please bring any questions you have about how your toddler has been spending their days, what they are showing interest in, how they are showing us they learn, and what next  year may look like for them. We will only have 20 minutes for each conference so I ask that you do your best to be on time and to stick to the schedule for all of the other toddler parents.

Between the upcoming conferences and the chance we had to speak during the Parent Education this week, it will be lovely to have so much opportunity to talk with each other as the school year comes to a close. I hope we also see all of our toddler friends at the picnic in June.

See you next week,

Ms. Gervais.

If you still need to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference, please click here to select a time. Child care is available during your conference time.


Casa North

Hello Parents,

I am looking forward to hosting you next week — in person — for Parent Teacher conferences. As always, it will be a joy to set some time aside to focus on the successes of each of your children. It has been a busy year, and I know you will be so proud of their progress & growth since we last connected in November.

I will be using the same format as always, bringing you up-to-speed with your child’s academic development in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, French, and Culture, and sharing some observations regarding their Social/Emotional development. What a treat it will be to have the materials at our disposal — to touch, maneuver and examine — as we discuss the specific academic heights each of your children have reached this past semester. Feel free to scan Seesaw and ask about a specific material — if time permits, we can go through a presentation!

I invite you to bring your questions and comments. This is our last chance to speak before your child becomes a 2nd year Casa student or a graduate, so I have allotted much of our time for discussion.

I ask, in advance, to please be cognizant of the strict conference time you have chosen. Please arrive a few minutes early, so we can start right away, and know that we will only have a 20-minute slot per child. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with keeping things moving.

Reminder — although we always welcome books or stories from home, we ask that stickers, beads, coins, toys, & jewelry do not come to school (in your child’s backpack or on their person). Even in the backpack, these items act as a distraction to your child during the work cycle. Again, thank you for your cooperation in keeping these items at home.

See you next week!

Best,

Ms. O’Sullivan.

If you still need to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference, please click here to select a time. Child care is available during your conference time.


Casa South

Greetings from Casa South,

It’s good to see how many parents have signed up for the third term conferences. I’m looking forward to meeting with everyone to share more of how and what your children have been busy with during these past months. Also, to learn more about them from your perspective, as well as to answer any questions you might have. During our meeting I’ll provide you with more detailed information about the growth your child has experienced since we last met.

Last week’s classroom visits provided a peek into what the children are currently working with and finally gave you the opportunity to physically sit in their “office.” This may help you visualize materials and activities discussed during our conference.

As you will see, the schedule for the day is tight with many back-to-back meetings. If we all do our best to be on time with both arriving and departing according to the schedule, we should be able to keep on track. I recognize that everyone’s time is valuable.

As I write this, I realize that once again the school year has flown by, summer is in the air!

See you at the gate,

Ms. Robinson

If you still need to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference, please click here to select a timeChild care is available during your conference time.


Elementary

After weeks of preparation, the Elementary students were thrilled to plant their vegetable garden! Older students spent weeks monitoring our two garden plots for sun exposure and researching ideal growing conditions for a variety of vegetables. They created a map for where to plant beans, broccoli, cabbage, corn, and pumpkins for the best results. To protect their newly planted pumpkin patch, the children constructed a simple fence using wooden stakes and string. Younger students sowed and raised seedlings indoors until they were hardy enough to plant. They have spent weeks preparing garden beds by turning the soil and adding fertilizer, including Zeus’ eggs! Finally, after many months of caring for a colony of red wriggler worms indoors, students harvested the fresh compost and transferred it outdoors. The worm colony has been refreshed so they can continue to make compost for our class. As part of their regular weekly contributions, students also planted marigold seeds and transplanted lilies of the valley to the front flower garden. Planting these gardens gives students the opportunity to experience the life cycle of plants and their interaction with other living things, including us! We hope you enjoy visiting our garden during the Cultural Fair next week.

Elementary students are welcome to invite their parents, siblings, or other chosen family members to join us at our Cultural Fair after school on Monday, May 30th. The Cultural Fair will open at 3:15, and families are welcome to visit the fair anytime between 3:15-4:00 p.m. We politely request that visitors consider masking during the event due to the larger crowd and limited space, and as a courtesy to others within our school community. As all Elementary students will be participating in the Cultural Fair, all students should check out with Caitlin at the side gate prior to leaving for the day. Once the Cultural Fair has ended, our regular aftercare program will continue in the backyard.

We look forward to seeing you all next week!

Marissa and Michelle.

If you still need to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference, please click here to select a timeElementary conferences will take place via Zoom.


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Lyonsgate Classroom Updates May 20, 2022

Toddler

This week, the Casa children were having their show and share, where they get to demonstrate some of their favourite presentations to their families. It is a wonderful opportunity to welcome families into the classroom and to share in children’s the joy of discovery. This got me thinking about how we measure success in the Toddler room, as well as the difference between wanting and needing help.

Some of the biggest, proudest smiles that I have seen on a child’s face have happened seconds after they have said, “I can’t do it.” Sometimes the encouragement to try just a little longer is the true key to success. The hardest work can be the most rewarding when the end result is a stronger belief in our own abilities. It is usually easy to see when a child has accomplished something new or difficult. “I did it” isn’t always far away from “I can’t do it” if we take the time and encourage them to believe in themselves the way we believe in them. Show and share is everyday with our toddler friends!

Mr. Davis.


Casa North

Hello families! It was so much fun having each of you in our classroom this week. This was my first Show and Share and I have to admit I was nervous. Several of the students also seemed to have some big feelings the day that their parents were coming in. Some were more sensitive or restless, some looked for reassurance, and some worked diligently to practice the activities they were sharing. Yet, without fail, once they began their work each of them shone with pride and confidence.

As teachers, sometimes I think we can take for granted how bright and capable our students are. Sitting with families this week, answering questions, observing your interactions with your children, puts me in mind of the wonder I felt when I began working in Montessori environments. It’s a valuable reminder that, given the right guidance and bit of patience, children will rise to and exceed our expectations.

Thank you so much for making time to visit us! It has been a lovely cap to each day this week, and I hope we can have all of you in our classroom much more often in the future.

Reminder: We would love to hear any thoughts you have on your Show and Share experience. Mrs. O’Sulllivan has sent out an email and any feedback helps us improve.

Ms. Dewey.


Casa South

What a great week of Show and Share with our Casa South Families. It was beautiful to see how excited and proud the students were to show what they’ve learned, along with the new skills they’ve mastered. I have seen the same focus and happy faces myself when the children learn a new activity and eagerly want to show me. I must give thanks to Ms. Robinson and Mme Perazzo, who have taught not only our students but myself with such grace and care that I am very grateful to be on their team. It was very rewarding to see our students want to teach their parents as many pieces of work as possible, but alas we only had 20 minutes. Have a great long weekend and here’s to relishing in all the proud moments, big or small!

Ms. Jefferies.


Elementary

This week, the Elementary students enjoyed a field trip to Dundurn Castle, the 19th century mansion built for Sir Allan MacNab, to participate in the Kitchen Garden program. We explored the two-acre garden, touching, smelling, and even tasting a variety of plants from mint to rhubarb. We discovered plants grown at Dundurn Castle that could be used as food, medicine, pest deterrents, and for making clothes. The students were thrilled to make their own contribution to the garden by helping to make a new compost heap. They layered dried leaves, water, fresh greens, and compost to prepare the new children’s garden. They also harvested a variety of herbs for cooking. In the cellar kitchen, we worked in low-light conditions with 1850s tools to try our hand at making rissoles, balls of potato and herbs rolled in egg and bread crumbs. After they were fried in butter on the wood stove, students had the opportunity to eat the final product. Yum! Students enjoyed finding out about the lives of people living and working in Dundurn Castle, and comparing life 150 years ago to their own modern experiences.

We hope you all enjoy an extra-long weekend of fun!

Michelle and Marissa


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Lyonsgate Administrative Update May 20 2022

Announcement Regarding Covid Protocols

If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we can’t all agree on how to move forward out of the many protocols we have encountered over the last two years.

As you know, Lyonsgate Montessori School has been proceeding with great caution throughout the pandemic. We continue to have windows open with fans circulating the air, we have hepa air filters in each classroom and throughout the school, and we have enhanced cleaning occurring throughout the day. Even though many protocols have been lifted by the government, we continued to extend mask requirements.

As we continue to see an overall decrease in local transmission, we have also noticed a shift in society’s acceptance of the lifting of mask mandates. Therefore, masks are no longer mandatory for students or staff at both Lyonsgate campuses as of Tuesday, May 24, 2022. However, in an effort to keep your children safe, we appreciate masks being worn. If you feel strongly that you would like your child to continue wearing their mask please send an email outlining your wishes to your child's teacher. We understand this topic is one that most people feel strongly about one way or the other. We ask that you please respect the choice that each individual and family makes.

In addition to lifting the mask mandate, we will also cease emailing cohorts when there is a positive case in a classroom. This information will, however, continue to be available on our Covid-19 Advisory Page under the Parents tab of our website.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to maneuver through the many challenges of returning to “normal” schooling for all of our children.


Parent-Teacher Conference Information and Sign-Up

Please click here to select a time for your Parent-Teacher conference.

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Friday, June 3, which is a PA day to accommodate the conferences.

  • Conferences at the Primary campus (Toddler and Casa) will be in person.
  • Conferences at the Elementary campus will take place via Zoom. Please connect with either Michelle or Marissa at the time of your conference using their Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI) and passcode (these will be sent in a separate email prior to the conference date).