Welcome back!

Welcome back!

We hope you had a wonderful, adventure-filled summer and are looking forward to hearing all the stories from our returning students next Tuesday. We also wish to extend a very warm welcome to families joining us this year. We understand that starting your child in school is mostly exciting but also a little bit scary and we’re here to support your transition.

There is an Upper Elementary parent meeting on Thursday, September 6th from 5-5.30. Holly will review with you initiatives, both planned and proposed, for this program during the year. Model United Nations commitments are due September 9th so if you cannot attend Thursday’s meeting, please contact Holly.

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members this year. Aine is the new assistant in elementary. She has an undergrad degree in Education and a Masters in Music Therapy. Aine recently immigrated from Ireland and some of the children have already asked if she can teach them Gaelic. Jennifer will be joining us as Melody’s assistant in Casa East. Jennifer has her AMI primary diploma and a BA in Music Education. We are looking forward to her musical influence in the casas. She is also a certified yoga teacher and will be offering an after school course to be announced soon.

We hope you can join us for Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 13th from 6-7pm. Please note this is a parent-only event. All staff will be present so you have a chance to meet the people your children spend their day with. Melody, Holly and a panel of parent veterans will try to answer any questions you may have about Orchard or the Montessori experience.

Please note there are no after school programs running on Tuesday. For those joining us from Ossington Old Orchard Public School on Wednesday, please send in your class assignments so Maude and Frank will know where to pick up your children.

The classrooms are all prepped and waiting. Have a peaceful long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

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