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Celebrating our Bar Mitzvah Year
June 6th, 2014


In This Issue:

  1. Shabbat Dinner Brings MJDS Community Together
  2. Sefirat HaOmer
  3. MJDS Middle School End of Year Trip
  4. Looking at How Children Succeed, through a Montessori Lens
  5. A Note From an MJDS Parent
  6. Calendar Reminders


Shabbat Dinner Brings MJDS Community Together!

Parents and Teachers alike enjoyng a Shabbat Dinner

On May 30th MJDS had their annual Shabbat dinner, with all of the hard work from the MJDS community the event was a great success! The space was beautified with flowers purchased from Mid-Flower, a MJDS student run business.

The fresh baked challah was also provided by middle school students. The services provided by the older children contribute to the development of community building.

Contributing to this event creates a connection to others and their kin. Please read this article entitled "Montessori for Ages 12-18" 

Thank you parents for helping to show your child through modeling connection, care of environment, and building positive relationships through community interaction.

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"The Shabbat dinner was a beautiful event with a touching tribute to the shinshinim. The sun was shining, the food was plentiful, and everyone who attended had a lovely time."

 -Simon Cook-Roffey, Middle School Teacher

"It was wonderful to see the MJDS community together, welcoming new families and saying goodbye to our very first Shinshinim. Thank you to Sarit and Shalisa for pulling together an incredible event that was enjoyed by all."

- Sarah Doughty, Casa Teacher

Sefirat HaOmer


49 Days of Omer

Counting of the Omer -ספירתהעומר, Sefirat HaOmer, is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot. This mitzvah derives from the Torah Leviticus 23:15-16 commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, a sacrifice containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, up until the day before an offering of wheat was brought to the Temple on Shavuot. The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the 'fiftieth day.' The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation for the giving of the Torah, around the same time as the holiday of Shavuot. The Sefer HaChinuch (published anonymously in 13th century Spain) states that the Jewish people were only freed from Egypt at Passover in order to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Shavuot Celebrations

Lower Elementary Students celebraing Shavuot
The entire school celebrated a joyous Shavuot with food, fun, and learning. Please enjoy this Photo album filled with images of a school united in spirit.

MJDS Middle School End of Year Trip

The Mid-Flower Team wishes to thank you for your generous support


This past week the Middle School students went to Niagara-on-the-Lake for their end of year trip. They went to a number of historical landmarks including Fort George and the Laura Secord house. They went to Niagara College to learn about the wine making program, and they even had time to go to a driving range and batting cages. The class went to a show at the Shaw Festival and had a wonderful time.

Unfortunately, during our bicycling outing, there was an accident, and Danilelle, one of the two teachers with the group, fell and broke her arm. She was remarkably tough and finished the ride, went to the show, and stayed for dinner and the night, before deciding to head back to Toronto. Even though Danielle was only gone for a day the whole group missed her very much. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Finally, the class would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Mid-Flower this year. Without your generous support the trip would not have been possible. 

Looking at How Children Succeed, through a Montessori Lens

We recently posted a video featuring Paul Tough speaking about his book How Children Succeed. Here is an article that was featured in the Montessori Life Spring 2014 edition to further discuss Tough's ideas in a Montessori environment.


A Note from an MJDS Parent

Just a little note to say that Lev came home talking all about the Torah lesson today and showed me his special quill and piece of parchment. Thank you for such beautiful learning, it sounds like it was a really special day with the Rabbi's visit. I could see by his demeanor that he had been touched and deeply engaged.

I also wanted to thank you all for such a nice gathering on Friday. It was such a gorgeous evening and really special to be together, and it was obvious that a lot of care and thought was put into it.

What a gift. Thank you.


Calendar Reminders


June 11th - 2:30 pm -  Caf Theatre and End of Casa Celebration
   Kita Gefen
June 12th - 2:30 pm  - Caf Theatre and End of Casa Celebration
  Kita Mazal
June 19th - 6:00 pm An Evening of Celebration:

                                                  Grade 8 Graduation

                                                   MJDS Bar Mitzvah, a Play With Music

   Welcome to Casa  Children entering Lower Elementary

June 20th - 12:00 pm- Last Day of School - Noon Dismissal


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