Lyonsgate Weekly Update | April 12, 2019

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,…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | April 5, 2019

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.…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | March 29, 2019

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…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | March 22, 2019

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…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | March 7, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, Happy March Break! Remember, Lyonsgate is closed for March Break starting Friday, March 8, through Monday, March 18. We return to school for the spring term on Tuesday, March 19. We hope you all have a wonderful time on your trips to warmer climes, or enjoy the peace and restoration of a quiet week at home together. This week, we have a little photo retrospective of the Montessori school year so far: Toddler: Casa: Elementary:……

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | March 1, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, Well, we almost had a 5-day week… March Break starts next week. March Break runs from Friday, March 8 [no school], through Monday, March 18 [no school], inclusive. Lyonsgate is closed on those dates. We return to school for the spring term on Tuesday, March 19. Be sure to read the updates from your children’s Montessori guides to learn what’s happening in your child’s Montessori environment. This Week: Toddler: This week, the…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | Feb. 22, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, No Snow Days! (Although we anxiously held our breath with the freezing rain warning early this week). Now that the weather is hopefully improving, we’re asking everyone to please commit to arriving to school on time. The Montessori school day is divided into two distinct, long work periods — Montessori work cycles. These are the periods when children are guided to engage in focused work and to achieve deep states of concentration. Late arrivals…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | Feb. 14, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, Errmmm... Hi, remember us? Your kids sometimes go to school here. We know the last two weeks have been very challenging with the weather and school closures, and we very much appreciate your patience and understanding. We have received a few expressions of frustration as school closures mean missed work days and early morning scrambles to find babysitters. The weather and closures over the last few weeks are unprecedented. There have not been back-to-back…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | Feb. 8, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, Thank you all for your patience and understanding this past week as we endured the two-day closure due to the ice storm. It’s definitely been an interesting couple of weeks with the snow storm, a teaser of a spring day, and two days of ice. We hope you all had a safe experience. Last weekend, Ms. Boyle and Ms. Moffatt attended the annual Montessori Refresher course for Casa guides at the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, where both…

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Lyonsgate Weekly Update | Feb. 1, 2019

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families, We had a snow day! And a deep freeze… Just so everyone knows, Lyonsgate takes advantage of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s (HWDSB) process to determine whether or not to close school during inclement weather. Here’s a quick summary from them about how the decision is made: When bad weather is expected, Hamilton-Wentworth Student Transportation Services (HWSTS) carriers check weather reports, road conditions and road…

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