Montessori E-News, April 18


Don’t Miss Out on Our Special Guest Speaker!1

Laura Flores Shaw
Tuesday, May 17
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: M9 Cactus Ceremony, Upper Piazza
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Presentation, Lower Piazza

Learners for Life
How Montessori education builds lifelong learning

IMG_0331While we tend to think of creative endeavours as artistic in nature, creativity is, in essence, making something that is new be it an image, a story, a connection or a hypothesis. Creativity is involved in problem solving and critical thinking and is applicable to all subjects. Montessori students create everyday as they explore with materials, design patterns and make discoveries. Montessori education also allows children to create new understanding while grounded in the experiential base of the hands on materials. Creative pursuits that are connected to a child’s interest take on greater importance for the student. Self-selected projects for the individual student, such as research, offer no limits in what questions can be asked or innovative conclusions deduced. As teachers, we look forward to watching the curious, and therefore creative, learners create new knowledge and understanding each and every day. Forget about the old joke about July and August being the best things about being a teacher–getting to watch that on a daily basis is about as good as it gets!

Montessori Magnified
An up-close look at Montessori at HSC

Ella xylophoneThe classes are alive with music in Montessori! From the vantage point of my office, I have the privilege of hearing our students and staff singing all day long! Whether it is the toddler teachers singing instructions to their wee ones, CASA children exploring melody or our older students practicing two part harmony, it surrounds me. While I appreciate the skill development on display, it is the joy embedded in those voices and the smiles that shine on the faces that impact me most. What the children are not aware of is how valuable music is in their brain development. Music is a very whole-brained activity, drawing upon the right brain functions of creativity and imagination and blending them with the patterning and order of the left brain. Music, in fact, has many correlations to the subjects of mathematics and language. In math, the value of notes, timing of rhythms and linear aspects of the music prepare a child for the logical study of math. The communication and expression of emotions inherent in music encourages oral and written expression and the order of music assists a child in grasping the patterning in grammar studies. Of course music is also a lot of fun and it reinforces for our students that learning is an enjoyable and not arduous task. We look forward to sharing new songs with you at our Caravan presentation in June. Until then I will enjoy my daily auditory previews from my desk, confident that I can now (as a result of my office placement) differentiate between a bass and treble clef!

Pride & Joy

JR_Destination Imagination

Our Destination Imagination Teams which are made up of Grade 3 and 4 and Montessori 8 and 9 students competed in the Regional and Provincial Destination Imagination competitions. All four teams placed in the top two places of their categories, which qualified them for the Global Destination Competition to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May. We are very proud of our teams and all of the hard work, dedication and innovation that they have shown. We wish all of our teams the best of luck competing in the global competition.

Congratulations to the Treblemakers who performed at CISMF this past weekend at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.  We are very proud of the students hard work and dedication to this year long commitment. 

Track & Field
Our Track and Field team competed at York University and performed exceptionally well in the running and jumping events.  Congratulations to the track and field team on their outstanding performance.

Values in Action

Wow, did our students ever do an amazing job fundraising and participating in the “Inside Ride”!  Each pod, led by the M8s and M9s, collected donations and raised awareness for the fight against cancer.  Many of the students openly discussed how cancer has affected their families and supported each other with comforting dialogue.  The M8s and M9s bonded together as Eagles, Ravens, and Owls and worked collaboratively to decide on a theme for their team costume. 

During the opening presentation, we heard from cancer survivors and were reminded of the values of determination, perseverance and hope.  It was a very powerful experience during which our students demonstrated the highest level of respect, making us all very proud.  They further supported each other with cheers of encouragement during their hour long fitness experience, while the older senior students, parents and teachers strived to ride their bikes.  With music filling the air, we witnessed the students putting their dance moves to good use and having a celebratory time.  The Junior, Montessori, Middle and Senior School students, along with our extended family of parents and staff, came together again as one community to raise over $51,000!

We are grateful to all of our families who supported the cause and encouraged their children to learn the values of empathy, generosity, and philanthropy.  They are all learning the power of one, and how they can make a change as a group.



Reminder to M3 & M4 Extended Day Parents
We try to go outside everyday during the nice weather so please ensure that your child has the proper outdoor shoes (rain boots, running shoes, etc.), sunscreen, hats and jackets.

The library book exchange will continue every Friday until the end of the year. Please remember to bring your library book bags and library books back to school so get a new one!

Earth Day


On Friday, April 22, we invite Montessori students to participate in an alternate dress day by wearing the colours of the Earth.

Tuesday, April 26 – Grade 4 & M9 Graduation Photo
On Tuesday, April 26 at 9:30 a.m., the Grade 4 and Montessori 9 Students will have their group graduation photo taken in the Kemper Lounge.

What do I wear?
GIRLS:  White short-sleeved shirts with collars, tunics or HSC shorts, school shoes, green knee socks and HSC sweaters 

BOYS:  White short-sleeved shirts with collars, HSC shorts or grey pants, school shoes, grey socks and HSC sweaters

French Play
On April 27, the M8 students will perform the French play “Café Crocodile.”  The students will stay after school until the show begins at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided for the students.

Parent Night – April 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
On April 27, there will be a stepping up night for the parents of the M4 students who will be M5s next year, and M5 students transitioning to M6s next year. Please come to meet the staff and hear about the your child’s new program.


HSC Students Love Their School!
“The best education is achieved through a partnership between school and family.”
– Marc Ayotte, Head of College

Your referrals build our community. Bring your friends, or share this invitation with them, so that we can continue to welcome great families like yours to HSC. Every family in attendance at our Early Education Open House has the chance to win a free week at an HSC Summer Camp!

Saturday April 30, 2016 – Early Education Open House

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Student led tours of our Junior and Montessori Schools

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Turkey Rhubarb live concert at HSC

11:35 a.m.
Free-time on HSC’s playground (weather permitting)

Contact Sheriann by e-mailing or calling 905-389-1367, ext. 106 to have your questions answered, reserve your spot and enter our Summer Camp draw!

We are excited to welcome Turkey Rhubarb to HSC! Visit their website to learn more about the band and hear samples of their music.


Don’t miss your chance to win a Hermes watch valued at $3,275. Can’t attend the show? A raffle ticket purchase is a great way to show your support! Click HERE to purchase your raffle ticket now.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Doors Open: 6:15 p.m.


Hillfield Strathallan College | Athletic Complex and Community Centre
299 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3

Click HERE to purchase your tickets today.
Click HERE to purchase raffle tickets.
Click HERE for sponsorship details.
Click HERE for details on our partner school Adelaide Hoodless.

Centered on a fashion show, this is an all-ages event with something for everyone. Food stations and refreshments will be provided by local restaurants. Local wines and beers will also be showcased. We encourage you to bring the entire family!

Shawn Hewson ’91 (fashion designer, Project Runway Canada judge, Celebrity Style Story contributor, and HSC Hall of Fame inductee) graciously agreed to MC this event. The designs of Lauren Woodward ’14 — a recent HSC graduate and current Parsons School of Design student — will be featured, alongside an original swimwear line designed by current Grade 12 HSC student, Carina Schiappa. Several local community boutiques and shops will also be showcased.

The event will raise funds to enhance the learning environments at both HSC and our partner school, Adelaide Hoodless, a Hamilton elementary school. Our two schools support one another throughout the year. Recent initiatives include winter clothing and book drives, reading buddy opportunities, holiday ‘wish tree’ events, and hallway and class redesign projects.


Bigger and Better: Homecoming 2016
Homecoming 2016 will be bigger and better than ever! Don’t miss any of the action, and be part of this special two-day event. Here are some highlights and ways you can get involved:

Hektor’s Home Run
Register now for the 1km or 5km races. Registration starts at 8:30a.m. at the tennis courts. Race starts 9:30a.m. after the grand opening ceremonies. Sign up here:

Grand Opening of the new HSC Tennis Courts
Join our donor families, special guest emcee Mark Hebscher, and a surprise celebrity guest to open the new HSC tennis courts. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00a.m. on the tennis courts.

Inaugural HSC Community Tennis Tournament
Great prizes and fun to be had for the tennis enthusiast. For more information and to sign up e-mail Leah Fraser at

Alumni Athletic Games
Attention Alumni! If tennis isn’t your game, join in with one of the other sports on offer. Show off your athletic prowess with slow-pitch, rugby or soccer (futbolito). To sign up e-mail Leah Fraser at

Homecoming Reunion Dinner Celebrating Classes ending in ’1 and ’6
Celebrate athletic accomplishments and reunite with former classmates at this wonderful evening of reconnection and reminiscing. Register for the Athletic Hall of Fame Awards and Homecoming Reunion Dinner by visiting
All alumni and a guest are invited!

HSC Summer Camps LogoRegistration is now open for HSC Summer Camps!  Please visit our website for more information.