Calypso Montessori News & Information

Supporting our classmate Rachel Spotzl

Posted: Oct 15th, 2018

Dear Parents,

Today I am reaching out to all of you in support of our classmate Rachel Spotzl.

Rachel attended Calypso Montessori in the 2015 school year.

Last November, when Rachel was seven years old, she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of blood cancer, leukaemia. Rachel has now spent over 250 days at the BC Childrenâs Hospital facing endless challenges. Rachel lives in our schoolâs neighbourhood but has not been able to be home or attend school for almost one year.

Since November 2017, she has received six rounds of chemo therapy, but relapsed in June of this year.

This October, her five year old sister Hayley donated her bone marrow to Rachel to help save her sisterâs life.

There is nothing more devastating than seeing your child suffer. In the face of these devastating circumstances, her family is showing great courage and resilience. They are turning their sorrow into strength by raising funds to fight cancer for their daughter and everyone around the world. Please help us support them and their cause.

I am addressing all of you because we can all feel the pain this family is going through.

If you would like to help, please consider a donation of any amount. At the end of our fundraiser, we will hand over a cheque to Rachelâs family and let them decide how they would like to use the funds.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you.


Cynthia and Ingrid

Newsletter October 2018

Posted: Oct 15th, 2018

Dear Parents

September has passed and the children have adjusted well to the classroom and their new environment. Our focus for September has primarily been the creation of a new class community. Friendships have formed and everybody has gotten to know each other.

Thank you very much to all new parents as you have helped us and your child by saying a quick good bye at the door and handing over your child to the teachers, instead of walking in the classroom. It really works wonders.

In the first month of September we have learned about Grace and Courtesy: Greeting a person, eye contact, respecting others belongings, organization skills as well as lots of Practical Life activities. Classroom rules, respect and compassion towards others is work that will continue throughout the school year.

This first week of October the children have received their first lessons in Mandarin.

Autumn has finally arrived and with our new season we are turning our attention to the changing colours of the leaves, Photosynthesis and the activities of animals as they prepare for winter. We will also be devoting some time to the study of leaves and their various functions.

In October we will continue to work on the classroom rules and start learning about Parts of the tree.

We will also begin to learn about the general idea of "Where do we live"?. We will start with the idea that our Planet is part of our solar system, Earth itself, the continents, our country, City, street and go to the specific idea of living in our house. Furthermore we will explore our community.

We are going on a Field trip on Friday October 26th 2018, to Richmond Country farms, . Further information will be sent out soon.

We will have a Halloween Party for the children on Wednesday October 31st 2018. The children can come dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We do ask not to bring any scary face masks, weapons or wear scary make up. There will be two separate parties for the morning and the afternoon class. Further details will be announced closer to the date.

We have an Instagram site where we display photos of your children every day. This site is private and not accessible to the public. If you would like to see our photos please send in a request. Our site is called Calypsomontessori.

If you have any questions please feel free to speak with us.

Cynthia and Ingrid


Posted: Jun 14th, 2018

Dear Parents

We have some exciting news.

As many parents have been requesting to add Mandarin to our program we will
include Mandarin into our curriculum starting September 2018.

We will teach the children Mandarin twice per week through stories, art, role play and songs as well as games.

Ms. Chen will use her previous teaching expertise, as she was an instructor at Richmond Mandarin school for Children Preschool age to grade 2.

We are are very excited about this and looking for ward to the coming school year .

Cynthia and Ingri