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Skating Lessons are now finished!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped drive and supervise our Kindergarten, Elementary and Senior Elementary students for their annual skating lessons at the Port Moody Recreation Centre.  All of the students had a wonderful time, and the staff marveled once again at how quickly their skills improved!


COI celebrates Friendship Day!


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, students in our Casa, Preschool and Kindergarten classes helped prepare a “Friendship Fruit Salad” in their class on Thursday, February 14 while the students in the Elementary and Senior Elementary classes prepared a Valentine’s Boxed Lunch for a friend in their class.

The Friendship Fruit Salad celebration is an opportunity for the preschool and Kindergarten students to prepare and enjoy a healthy snack together, but more importantly, to understand that just as each fruit adds a distinct flavour to the salad, each child brings their special qualities to our group, and in order for our community to be the best that it can be, each person contributes their unique gifts and help create a collective “sweetness”.

Elementary and Senior Elementary classes enjoyed their Valentine’s Boxed Lunch Day. Each child chose the name of a classmate or teacher for whom he or she would prepare and decorate a healthy boxed lunch, including a small sweet treat! The purpose of this activity is to involve the children in performing a thoughtful act for a classmate or teacher and to have fun!


Of all things, love is the most potent.
– Maria Montessori

Winter Concert: Lessons From A Street Kid

This year‘s Winter Concert was inspired by our school-wide theme: ME TO WE.

On December 21, the students at Children of Integrity Montessori Academy presented “Lessons from a Street Kid”, inspired and written by young Craig Kielburger (founder of Free The Children movement) as he learns about the heights of generosity on the streets of Brazil.

Craig shares a special story of selflessness when after a game of soccer with a plastic bottle, a young child named Jose offers him his most prized posession – the jersey off his back.  Jose welcomes Craig into his world and introduces him to his family – a group of street kids who take care of one another.  Although their faces are dirty, their smiles are big and the kids help Craig understand the true power of children helping children.

CRAIG KIELBURGER is an international child rights activist and founder of Free The Children, the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. With more than one million youth involved in their innovative programming, the organization has received the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the Children’s Nobel Prize).  For more information, please go to http://www.freethechildren.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2012/10/Lessons-From-a-Street-Kid_press-release.pdf


Photos by Paymaneh and Michael

We Create Change: PENNY DRIVE!


Children of Integrity Montessori Academy is taking part in Canada’s largest penny drive:


From Monday, February 4th to Friday, February 15th,join COI, Free The Children and RBC in giving the penny a special send-off as it is officially phased out.  Your support will help Free The Children reach the goal of providing clean water to 100,000 people in Adopt a Village communities around the world. 

During these two weeks, we invite you to bring in your pennies—in any amount, in a Ziplock bag —to Children of Integrity Montessori Academy, in support of clean water projects around the world.  Your participation will not only help bring clean water to people around the world, but you can also play a part in making this the largest penny drive in Canadian history!  All pennies will be counted by our students at COI and brought to a local RBC Bank. 

We invite you to share this penny drive with your friends and family!

Our school goal is to fill 20 bags ($25 worth of pennies per bag=$500)


Thank you for joining hands with Children of Integrity Montessori Academy

 in our efforts to create global change!