UE Latest by UE Students: Thanksgiving and School: Same-Same?

(a collaborative blog by Noelle, Brennah, and Kristina)

Quick: what is the same about having Thanksgiving with your family, and being at school?

In our school there so many different ways of showing our skills! There’s math, spelling all that stuff but in UE you can also learn things that make a difference in the way you live your actual life at home. Thanksgiving to me is a hectic time of year but is also a great time of year!  At Kawartha Montessori we learn to help with real things like learning how to do things in the kitchen or taking care of younger people. On the special holidays, we like to do things that make it fun for us and easier for you parents too! We know what it means to be part of a group and not just take, take take!  We are also learning how to get along, and be givers and helpers, too.

Having Thanksgiving with all of your relatives and being at school with all of the people is very similar. As students we try our best to take care of each other and make sure everyone feels included just like a family. Just as we we are polite to our teachers we must treat all of our relatives with respect and be polite and talk to them even if at times it can be difficult. We take care of the Casa students and bring them in from recess. We also take care of our younger siblings and cousins at family events.  When you are really taking an active part in where you are, whether it is a family event or being at school, it makes the whole experience a lot more interesting for everyone, actually.

Casa News: Week of 24-28

This Week:

We had our first school-wide fire drill this morning and the students did really well!  This will happen at the end of each month so the children become familiar with the process. You can ask your children questions like “where do you go when the fire bell rings?” (answer – out of the school), “where does your class meet once you get outside?” (answer – at the back of the parking lot), “who do you stay with during a fire drill?” (my teachers).

Next Week:

Welcome October!  We will be working on a Thanksgiving craft this week and are asking that each child please bring in a Mason jar on Monday or Tuesday. If you do not have one and won’t have a chance to buy one this weekend, please let us know and we can see about finding an extra. Thank you for your help! We will also spend time this week talking about gratitude and giving thanks as we lead up to our Thanksgiving long weekend. Reminder: there is no school on Monday, October 8.

Tip/ Reminder:

A reminder that we post pictures on the password protected section of the KMS website each week.  You will not get an email notification when we post them so please check in every once in a while to see if there are new pictures of the students.  You may notice that the photos from last year have been archived so hopefully they will load faster now. In case you forget the steps to login, please see them below:

  • http://kawarthamontessori.com
  • Hover your mouse over “KMS Parents’ Page” until the drop down appears
  • Hover your mouse over “Classroom Pages” and then click “Casa”
  • Enter the password 

Remember, if you signed the photo restriction form when you registered, your child’s photo will not appear on the website. If you would like to remove this restriction, please see Dianne in the office.

Casa News: Week of June 4-8

This Week:  Casa students started the week off creating a  fresh & super healthy green smoothie in Casa Cooks!  The students utilized their kitchen skills learned throughout the year and got right to work cutting, chopping, washing, and grating fruits and vegetables.  Enjoy this delicious recipe below 🙂

Groovy Green Smoothie

*green grapes                                                                                                                                          * cucumber                                                                                                                                                * kiwi                                                                                                                                                              * celery                                                                                                                                                        * granny smith apples                                                                                                                          * 1 cup of ice

Blend ingredients in a blender and enjoy!


Tip of the Week: Sunhats! With the increasing sunshine and even on cloudy days comes harmful UV rays. Please make sure to send a sunhat to school with your child every day and/or keeping an extra hat in their backpack is also a good idea.

Happy Weekend!


Casa News: Week of May 28-June 1

This Week: 

After receiving 200 donated trees in our backyard last week, the students have done a wonderful job this week of nourishing our new trees with lots of water each day!  Using hoses, buckets, and watering cans, the entire school has pulled together to make sure our new trees grow big and strong!

Next Week:

Parent Teacher Interviews are happening next week. Please be sure to sign up for a time using the link that Dianne emailed this week.  We look forward to meeting with each of you!

Tip of the Week:

June is a busy month here at KMS.  Be sure to check the online calendar as well as keeping up with the emails from the office.

Here are a few items to make sure you have on your calendar:

June 1 – Jump Rope for Heart

June 8 – PD Day (Parent Teacher Interviews)

June 8 – Parent Social – 6:00 pm at Millenium Park

June 19 – KMS Garage Sale (after school)

June 21 – Moving Up Day (ceremony for graduating Casa students in the morning)

June 21 – School Picnic (after school)

June 22 – Closing Ceremonies and Grade 8 Graduation (morning).

June 22 – Report Cards go home

Casa News: May 7 – 11

This Week:  

Both Casa classrooms have been enjoying doing their work outside in the nice weather! Casa North has set up their “outdoor classroom” in the backyard, which the children have access to through their back door. Casa South children have been choosing to do work on the picnic table out front and on the small tables accessed through their side door. We are so lucky to have these opportunities!

Next Week: 

The Expressive Art Show is here! Please plan to walk the halls and admire art work from all of our students, Casa to Middle School.


Next Friday is a P.A Day and a long weekend! Yay!

MS Update: April 30-May 4

Hello Middle School Families!

Expert Day:

Thank you to those of you that came to see our projects on Expert Day. It was lovely to see all of you and welcome you to our classroom. Here are some photos from the day:

Coffee Program:

Our coffee program is up and running! Thank you to those of you that have supported us. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30-8:45. Thank you also to Jayda, Grace, Jack and Peyton who have been working hard to keep the delicious treats at your disposal.


Important Academic Dates:

Wednesday, May 23 – Music Written Exam (in class)

Wednesday, May 30 – Music Playing Exam (in class)

Thursday, May 31 – French Exam (10:30am)

Monday, June 4 – Science Exam (1pm)

Tuesday, June 5 – Language Exam (9am)

Wednesday, June 6 – Drama Presentation (4pm)


We will be going to Camp Wanakita with the rest of the KMS Elementary students (grades 1-8) from June 13-15. Middle School students spend one night in camp and one night on a canoeing overnight on the same lake as the camp. More details will follow in the coming days.


A.J. & Carrie

Casa News: April 23-27

This Week:  

Casa students had a fun week continuing to prepare for Expert Day and keeping busy with their classroom work. With the Expressive Arts show fast approaching, students have been creating all sorts of beautiful art!

Next Week: 

Monday is Expert Day!


Even though much of Peterborough is finally drying up, the backyard at KMS is still quite wet and muddy.  Please continue to send your children to school with rubber boots and splash pants if they are kids who love the mud!


LE NEWS -April 23-27, 2018

What’s Happened:

This week we continued to work on our group projects for Expert Day and had an opportunity to practice with our classmates. Everyone is looking forward to sharing their work with parents and students from other classes! We also had an opportunity to attend the play “Peter Pan” put on by the St. James Players. The play was a musical and a number of the actors were KMS student alumni. The acting and singing was impressive and entertaining!

Next Week:

On Monday parents are welcome to attend Expert Day from 9 to 11 and are welcome to drop in to each of the classes. Next week is also May the first and it looks like Spring is finally arriving!


Our classroom pet bunny is always available for weekend visits if anyone would like to borrow a pet for a couple of days. He is no trouble, is very social and loves cuddles!

MS Update: April 9-13

Hello Middle School Families,

We have reached the end of our first full week in a LONG time! We survived! We had a great time in Toronto on Tuesday and the students represented themselves and the school very well. We are very proud of how they managed the day and we were thoroughly impressed that everyone made it onto the bus! Well done! And thank you to the parents who got up early to get your sons and daughters to the bus! Here are some photos and a video from our day:

Coming Up Next Week:

CAT Testing will take place next week.

The Math Contest will take place on Wednesday

Stay cozy this weekend and BEWARE OF ICE!

A.J. & Carrie