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October 26, 2014

After reading a book about peace and the 5 senses, Shalisa asked her class this question...



"What does peace smell like to you?"   Nadav answered:"MJDS"



In this issue:


1.         We are proud to introduce:  Our Fearless Leaders

2.         On Being A Montessori Parent

3.          Community Announcements

    • New Facebook Group for Montessori Parents
    • Welcome to the World
    • EchoAge parties
4.        Calendar Reminders


We are proud to introduce: Our Fearless Leaders


Matti, Office Director


Shalom, my name is Matti and I am the MJDS Office Director.


Coming from the background of Special Effects for Cinema and Theatre, followed by a management position in an exclusive high-end Canadian company that included working with celebrities, managing staff and running fashion/make up events -  I thought I had it all. 


After 10 years I switched to my position as Office Director at MJDS where I have been for 4 years now, I found what I was missing all these years from the glamorous world I was in:  I was missing real people, a Jewish environment like MJDS with the wonderful community sense where we really do care for each other and with great staff members that teach because they love to teach. 


I will go a long way for my young celebrities - MJDS children, and would like to welcome all the new families that joined us this year.




Sarit Yurovich-Madar, Judaic Studies Coordinator


Dear parents and MJDS community members,


I am Sarit and I have the special privilege of being both a parent and returning faculty member at MJDS. After all this time I continue to be drawn to this unique school that allows our students to discover themselves in an environment that encourages free thought and self-directed development. The emphasis on these values has given my own children the skills to learn from real life situations and create special and empathetic social relationships.


As the Judaic Studies Coordinator I value the discussions I have with our students about their explorations and recent discoveries. It is easy to see the results of their individualized learning in their enthusiasm and eagerness to share their ideas and opinions. I believe in the two major teaching philosophies of love and respect, which are central to both Jewish and Montessori values. I believe that these guide us in building successful communities and educational systems.


Jason Rybak, MJDS Health and Physical Education Program Advisor 
is also the Athletics and Community Programs Director at Avalon Children's Montessori School, as well as the Sports & Adventure Program Director at Appleby College Summer Camps. He was the MJDS Senior Class Physical Education Instructor during the first 2 years of the program and is now entering his 2nd year in his role with us (as well as being a proud father of two MJDS Elementary children).


Having studied at University of Ottawa, University of Victoria and Brock University, Jason received Level 1 Coaching Certification in Rugby, Track and Field, Baseball, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Personal Training.  He is a black belt in karate and jujitsu and has been training in martial arts for 30 years. Currently, Jason offers Women's Self-Defense Workshops across the GTA. He has been a summer camps director and head staff for over 15 years, primarily in Jewish overnight and day camps, and during this same time span, Jason has been a birthday party facilitator for many varied theme-based parties. He is very excited to take an active part in our Year of Sports and Health Initiative.


Regina, Head of School and her grandchildren: Eduardo, Samuel, Mathew and Renee


What I love most about my work at the MJDS is the relationships I make, with the children first and foremost, and also with the parents, the faculty and the staff at MJDS. It truly feels like an extended family. My journey in education began several decades ago when my own daughters entered the Casa program at a Montessori school in Mexico.  I was a young parent then; today it brings me immense pleasure that my own grandchildren are a part of the MJDS community.  Today I feel very privileged to shake hands with each student, and I am still, after 10 years as Head of School, thrilled to be on the receiving end of so many hugs every day. 


It is with much satisfaction and pride that I look back at my studies and career and see: that my research is being used; that the teachers I trained and mentored are finding fulfillment in their work; and that my former students have grown up to be wonderful people who are contributing members of their communities.  

Head of School


On Being a Montessori Parent


One very wise parent told Regina that to become a parent is not only to know the meaning of love - but also to know the meaning of fear......


Some of our fears may be well founded but most of our fears as parents about protecting our children involve situations that rarely occur. Nonetheless many of us tend to spend a disproportionate amount of time worrying about circumstances that will never happen, or planning for perfectionism, either in ourselves or in our children. Our fears and our guilt hold us hostage in a land of fantasy, la-la land.


We are happy to share with you one more in the series of articles written by Montessori teacher and author Maren Schmidt.    


Today's article focuses on having realistic expectations about both time and money. Read more here and for even more and better things go to Kids Talk News 


You can find Maren's most recent book: Build Cathedrals, Not Walls in the newly re-opened parent library in the foyer.



Community Announcements


New Facebook Group for Montessori Parents

We are very excited to share with you a new Facebook group, Montessori 101, which recently started up and now has over 6000 members. Montessori 101 is designed to help open the world of Montessori to you



Welcome to the World

Our MJDS community is continuously growing. Mazal Tov to our newest future students and their families.


The Gurvich family welcomes baby girl Dylan younger sister to Dani in Kita Gefen.


The Maierovitz family welcomes baby boy Ozi younger brother to Macabbee in Kita Zohar.

And the Pakes family welcomes brand new baby girl.



Echo Age Parties

Thank you to Matthew and Renee Sharrett for celebrating their birthday and making a donation to the school by throwing an Echo Age party. Find out how you can throw your own Echo Age party.




Parenting 101 Speaker Sessions


See brochure attached for more information 


Thursday November 20th

Talk to Me:  Communication is the Key

By Deborah Trager,  speech language pathologist


Wednesday December 10th

How to Get Your Child to "Settle Down"

Ellen Yack,  occupational therapist




Calendar Reminders


Thursday November 6 - Moving Up Night: come to learn about the wonders of our Elementary Programme    

7pm Casa to Lower Elementary  

8pm Lower to Upper Elementary


Friday November 7 - School Closed - PD Day Camp: featuring the amazing Mystic Drumz   - Registration due now !