Final Wrestling Practice April 9

Wednesday April 9 is our last practice at the Canada Games Centre under the volunteer coaching of David Eikelboom and Dominic Bradford.  Only those children participating in the Wrestling Tournament will be at this practice. Pick up is from the CGC at 3:30 for all those children.  The grade 1 children will be at school that day for pick up.  Dominic will drive back any children who need to return to YMS at 3:30 for pick up or after school care.

YMS students competing at Elementary School Wrestling Tournament

On April 16th 2014, Yukon Montessori students grades two through six will return to the mat to compete in the Elementary School Wrestling Tournament, the largest elementary aged wrestling tournament in Western Canada.  YMS students have been practicing weekly since the beginning of February under the watchful eye of David Eiklebloom, and are eager to show off their skills. Go Montessori Maulers!!!

YMS Ambassadors

Thursday May 16, we spent an hour or so managing an obstacle course for the Montessori Borealis Preschool program at a local park. Like our sledding day, ski day, and walkathon events held this past year, we enjoyed being with this group of future YMS students. It was great fun to see the two groups enjoying themselves together. Kudos go out to the Yukon Montessori students who were great ambassadors of fun.

Ben guiding one of the preschool students through the slackline.
Ben guiding one of the preschool students through the slackline.

A Look Back at Education Week

During Yukon Education Week in April we opened our classroom to the general public and had an extended visit from a class of grade/11/12 students from Vanier High School who enjoyed a crash course in the work we do each day. It was great to see all the students in action together.

Vanier Students at Montessori
Vanier Students at Montessori

One more photo from our day of visitors. The group in the foreground is working on analysing the part of speech of a passage from novel we are studying

Education Week Visits

We’re Growing!! – Exciting News for the 2013-2014 School Year

Due to the success of this year and ongoing interest in the great work that we are doing at the Yukon Montessori School, we are increasing our class size and bringing in a second teacher.

We are pleased to announce that Laurie Parker will be joining us in September.

Laurie was raised in the small town of Hanover Ontario. She graduated from Brock University with a combined degree in English and Sociology, then completed her Casa Montessori diploma with the Toronto Montessori Institute. After more than 20 years of exciting Casa experience, Laurie wanted to try a new challenge and so for the past six years has worked in the Lower Elementary class of Sunshine Montessori School in Stratford Ontario. 

Every day in the classroom confirms for Laurie that Dr. Montessori was absolutely right about how children should be educated. Laurie and her husband Vance are looking forward to many adventures in Whitehorse. They have four children, a cat named Baird, and a hedgehog named Henry.

New Teacher Laurie Parker

Shakespeare in the News

Yukon Montessori School joined forces with students from Golden Horn Elementary School on April 4th, 2013 to celebrate the first Annual Midnight Sun Elementary Shakespeare Festival at the Old Fire Hall.  Leading up to the event the Whitehorse Star covered the days’ planned festivities.  They discussed some of the inspiration behind the event with Dominic Bradford, both Head Teacher at Yukon Montessori School, and the man behind the event’s inception. The story goes on to discuss some of the student’s preparation beforehand, as well as some details about the public event, Shakespeare – Unplugged, that followed the festival.  The full story can be found here, on the Whitehorse Star website with a subscription. On the event date, the Star was also able to capture some of the students shining moments.  Take a look at the Shakespearean celebration!

Montessori-Pix-Photo by Vince Fedoroff

 

Shakespeare – Unplugged

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*Update*

We are thrilled to announce that our Shakespeare Unplugged event at the Old Firehall was a great success!

Close to 100 people joined us for some Wine (picked out by Peter Turner), Yukon Brewing Beer, some Cheese and a fun evening of light hearted Shakespeare.

Thanks to our wonderful corporate partners and all those that bought tickets to the evening, we were able to raise $3500 for future arts & culture programming for the students.

A big shout out to our corporate partners:

* Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce (for the Old Firehall space)
* Yukon Brewing
* Baked Cafe
* Bella Decor
* Breath of Life Yoga
* Dr. Ross Phillips

Thanks also to all of our fabulous parent volunteers that helped make this happen.

Please check out some snapshots of the evening that were recently added to our Photo Gallery!