Casa News Week of Oct 15th to 19th, 2018

This week:

We have had another wonderful week of growing our brains!  We have had so many lessons, experiences and adventures that are helping our students to develop their whole selves.

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On Saturday October 20th from 10 to 12 we will be hosting an Open House.  We are hoping that you can share this information with anyone you feel might be interested in an authentic Montessori education for their child.

Next Week:

We are excited to be hosting a guest chef on Monday.  Thank you for sending in your veggies for our Stone Soup extravaganza! Picture Day will take place on October 23rd.  Friday October 26th is a PA day.  We will be running Parent Teacher interviews for our new students next week.  Please be sure to sign up via the email you received, if you have not already done so.  We kindly ask that you do not bring your child to the interview.  If you need to arrange after school care, you should contact the office as soon as possible.

Casa Tip:

THANK YOU for labeling your child’s clothing!  We ask that you continue to do so as the seasons change.  You can not imagine how helpful this small detail is.

It is essential that your child get adequate sleep each night, in order that they may be their best selves at school.  One fantastic strategy to increase your child’s sleep is to put them to bed just a few minutes earlier each night; even if it is just by three minutes each day.  By the end of the week your child will be getting an extra 15 minutes of sleep each day!  This can have a major impact on their ability to focus, learn and manage in social situations.


UE breaking news: Mayors, Unicorns, and Wax Museums, oh my!

It’s hopping in UE!


The grade 5 students did a little research on the Candidates for Mayor in Peterborough. We are having a student vote Monday to see who the student body chooses. Have YOU done your research? Do YOU know who you will vote for in your area? We take democracy seriously in UE.

Some of the committees we made are starting to accomplish things! Halloween potluck is for sure happening! Details to follow.

Another thing you may have heard about already is our UE Wax Museum, being held on the Tuesday before Halloween! We wanted a chance to dress up and this was a way to do it without freaking out the younger students with scary costumes. Come and see us and learn a thing or two about some famous people in history! Also, could you help us organize our costume/props for the day? Thanks!!

What? The ‘Unicorns’? Oh yeah! Thanks to Brennah, Sage, and Victoria for making and selling delicious Friday treats for us. In the shape of Unicorn cupcakes. Great fundraising eats!

LE NEWS -October 15-19,2018

This week students have been working hard and playing hard. We have been talking a great deal about setting daily individual goals. Students are beginning to learn how to make sure they are challenging themselves but also ensure  they make time for the activities they enjoy.

Also, thank you so much to everyone who attended the Chapter’s Fundraiser and donated books to our classroom!

Next week Picture Day is on Tuesday, Friday is a PA Day, and Wednesday is Take Me Outside Day. Upper Elementary will be organizing some activities for students to participate in.

Read below to learn more about Take Me Outside Day or visit the link; 

Welcome To Take Me Outside

“Take Me Outside is a non profit organization committed to educating and creating awareness with Canadians about our connection with nature and our time spent outside.”


“A connection to nature and time spent outside is invaluable to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every child and youth. Research supports the links between a child’s connection with nature and their health. Increased outdoor time can be directly connected to improved physical activity levels, higher academic achievement, decreased child injury rates, increased attention spans, positive social interaction and increased engagement at school, home and in the community.”


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As a school, the decision was made to try something new this year and reverse our lunch time with our outdoor recess time. We have now come to know that this reversal has not been as beneficial a transition for our students as was thought. Therefore, starting Monday, we will be going back to our original schedule of whole school recess from 11:45 am – 12:20 pm and lunch from 12:25 pm – 1:00 pm. This change will not affect hot lunches.


We have upcoming events that you won’t want to miss!

Today and Tomorrow (instead of Friday): BOOK GIVEAWAY! Books will be set up in the halls until tomorrow at pick up time. Come have a look!

Tonight from 5-8 pm: CHAPTER’S NIGHT! Come get some shopping done and support KMS at the same time. We appreciate it!

Friday at pick up time: UE BAKE SALE! Bring a container and snatch up some tasty homemade treats! All money will go towards the UE end of the year trip.

Saturday from 10 am-Noon: PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE! Word of mouth is a strong tool. Please let someone know about this event that you think might be interested!


Chapter’s Night!


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When: Wednesday October 5-8 pm (Tomorrow)

Where: Chapter’s Peterborough (873 Lansdowne Street West)

Join us at Chapters this Wednesday for a great night to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. As a not-for-profit organization we appreciate your support. Just say you are supporting Kawartha Montessori at the cashier and 15% of all eligible sales will come back to our school!!


As you may know, we are holding our first Public Open House of the school year this Saturday from 10 am – Noon. We are proud of the authentic Montessori education and philosophy we provide our students, and we thank you as always for believing in what we do for your children. Word of mouth and referrals are powerful tools for getting our message out into the larger community. If you know anyone that you think may be interested in attending, we ask you to please forward our invitation. Let us know if someone will be coming because you spoke with them so we can thank you!

LE NEWS October 7-12, 2018

This week we had a visit from the Otonabee South Monaghan fire fighters! They showed us their equipment they use and spoke to students about fire safety. Students also had chance to ask them lots of questions about their jobs! The LE class has also been focusing on respect for their environment through their weekly jobs and daily organization and care of the classroom.

Next week is a regular week in the classroom. Don’t forget about the Chapters fundraiser happening on Wednesday night.

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Casa News: Oct 8 to 12, 2018

This Week:  Our Casa students had an exciting visit from our local fire department to talk about fire safety! Your children may have come home to remind you to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which should be done once per month. We learned what to do in case of a fire: “stop, drop and roll”, as well as “get low and go”.

Next Week:  Please don’t forget to mark Chapter’s Day on your calendars!  It will be held on Wednesday, October 17th. This evening puts “fun” in fundraising!

Tip of the Week:  Now that the weather is changing, please remember to label all of your children’s new outdoor wear so we can better ensure your child goes home with the correct clothing. Even though we are entering into cold and wet weather, we still go outside to play! Please send weather appropriate clothing to ensure your child is warm and dry.

Hope to see you at the AGM and Parent and Staff Social tonight.

Many Thanks!

Your Casa Team


Our Upper Elementary teacher Kristina, has been working hard to clean up our main library, and has now compiled a number of older and duplicate books appropriate for grades 4-8. She would like these books to be available to our school community for free before she donates them to a charity. These books will be out on display next Thursday the 18th and Friday the 19th at pick up time. Please help yourself!