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Oakville’s original Montessori School gifted the opportunity to enjoy an advanced screening ahead of the release on October 19th

On Monday October 15th, Dearcroft Students were gifted the opportunity to enjoy a pre-general release screening of the film Sharkwater Extinction. A true eco warrior and inspiration to many Dearcroft Students. Rob was a shining example of how passion and perseverance can make real change on a global scale. At Dearcroft it is our goal to carry on his good work and be advocates for Ocean sustainability.  Our Dearcroft/West Wind community places a strong emphasis in our curriculum on the development of environmental awareness and stewardship opportunities for our students, both in and beyond the classroom. For nearly a decade we have been closely involved with the conservation work and remarkable legacy of Canadian environmental filmmaker Rob Stewart. Over the years we developed a great relationship with Rob as he produced the remarkably powerful and world renowned documentaries, Sharkwater and Revolution.

Sharkwater Extinction opens in theatres across Canada October 19

From award-winning filmmaker Rob Stewart, Sharkwater Extinction (2018) is a thrilling, inspiring and action-packed exposé into the dangerous underworld of the pirate fishing trade and the deceptive practices allowing shark to be unknowingly used in everyday consumer products.

Stewart’s critically-acclaimed first film, Sharkwater (2006), inspired significant changes in attitudes and laws around the world. It was a powerful tool for many conservation groups in our collective quest to protect the planet.

With Sharkwater Extinction, Stewart goes deeper to investigate the ways sharks are still being illegally exploited around the world and continues the fight to save them, our oceans and ultimately ourselves.

In 2017, while still shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Stewart tragically died while diving off the Florida Keys. The world lost one of the ocean’s greatest advocates. Now it’s up to us to continue Rob’s mission — challenging and inspiring audiences to save the sharks, our oceans, our planet and ultimately ourselves.

“Rob was a truly great Canadian and world renowned eco hero. A giant in his field. Since Rob’s loss and in memory of his incredible life and legacy, in cooperation with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have initiated the Rob Stewart Award, a memorial scholarship in Rob’s name. Supporting grad students pursuing studies in ocean research, this award is given annually to a Dalhousie student exemplifying Rob’s vision.” ~ Gord Phippen, Director of Dearcroft Montessori School

For more information about this special opportunity please visit this link: https://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/8970112-oakville-s-dearcroft-students-get-sneak-peak-at-movie-sharkwater-extinction/

https://www.sharkwater.com/

Next Level Information Night

 

You’re invited to our ‘Next Level’ Night 

Come and experience Oakville’s Original Montessori School, celebrating over 50 years of leadership and innovation.  Our campus is situated on a beautiful, historic two-acre property, within walking distance of downtown Oakville.

We are inviting families  to come discover why Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori is your Natural Choice, join us on Thursday November 1st, 2018  from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to find out more information about what Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori have  to offer your family.

This informative evening is about all levels from Toddlers to Grade 8 will be held at the main building 1167 Lakeshore Road East, for Parents of Dearcroft Montessori and parents who are interested in attending Dearcroft. This is a “must” attend event, that will empower you, we welcome any of your questions.

 

A Montessori education, due to its unique ability to identify and nurture individual strengths, does a remarkable job of creating graduates who go on to change the world. The founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia are fine examples of innovative, creative and fearless entrepreneurs who started their academic journeys in Montessori classrooms. They never stopped learning and continue to push boundaries… creating exciting new paradigms within their chosen fields. Their business cultures are outstanding examples of meaningful change and as individuals they have emerged as world ambassadors of inspired leadership.

 

Please rsvp to info@dearcroft-montessori.com

 

Thank you,

 

Dearcroft Staff

W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love and Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV

 

W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV.

As many of you in our Dearcroft/West Wind community are aware, we place a strong emphasis in our curriculum on the development of environmental awareness and stewardship opportunities for our students, both in and beyond the classroom. For nearly a decade we have been closely involved with the conservation work and remarkable legacy of Canadian environmental filmmaker Rob Stewart. Over the years we developed a great relationship with Rob as he produced the remarkably powerful and world renowned documentaries, Sharkwater and Revolution. His works highlighted the demise of shark populations, especially as a result of finning, a highly destructive and deplorable form of exploitation leading to an over 90% decline in global shark species. These films also documented increased threats to ocean health due to pollution, micro plastics, ocean-acidification and climate change. Although they tackled difficult and seemingly overwhelming problems, Rob’s message was always positive, inspiring and hopeful. Countless students around the world have been mobilized to pursue studies in marine science and conservation or become vocal advocates for conservation after seeing his breathtaking films. Having visited our campus and worked with our students, Rob became a great friend and mentor to all of us.

We were most privileged to have known him and been inspired by his incredible passion. Tragically, Rob died in a diving accident in the Florida Keys nearly two years ago while filming Sharkwater Extinction, a follow up to his first documentary Sharkwater, an incredible movie that captured over 30 international film awards, leading to tremendous global awareness and policy changes protecting sharks and marine ecosystems… inspiring countless people around the globe. Rob was a truly great Canadian and world renowned eco hero. A giant in his field. Since Rob’s loss and in memory of his incredible life and legacy, in cooperation with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have initiated the Rob Stewart Award, a memorial scholarship in Rob’s name. Supporting grad students pursuing studies in ocean research, this award is given annually to a Dalhousie student exemplifying Rob’s vision, drive and attention to detail in their research and passion for preserving marine biodiversity.Additionally we are thrilled to be adopting elements of Dalhousie’s Ocean School, a remarkably exciting and ambitious program developed for Grade 6-9 students.  Featuring both virtual reality based and hands on laboratory/ field research, this amazing initiative is led by Dalhousie’s head of Marine Science, Dr. Boris Worm. As one of the world’s leading figures in marine research and ocean education, Boris worked closely with Rob on his films and is a true visionary in environmental advocacy and education. This week, two exciting developments are unfolding as both Sharkwater Extinction and Ocean School are getting set for wide release. Please consider watching the special CTV screening described below. Airing on Saturday it documents Rob Stewart’s incredible life and legacy.

https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/w5s-hour-long-documentary-special-love-legacy-the-rob-stewart-story-explores-the-life-and-final-work-of-the-canadian-filmmaker-and-conservationist-saturday-oct-6-on-ctv/

As the term progresses we will be updating you on additional developments related to a school sponsored screening of Sharkwater Extinction and our exciting association with Dalhousie’s Ocean School. Warm wishes to you and your family for a relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Gord & Lynda Phippen & the Dearcroft/West Wind staff

Dearcroft Montessori Directors, Gordon Phippen, Lynda Phippen

Welcome back!

A warm welcome back to the new academic year.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Parent Information Session Wine & Cheese last evening.  We look forward to an amazing year at Dearcroft Montessori School and thank you all for being a part of our Dearcroft Community. Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Information night scheduled on November 1st called Next Level Program. This is a great informative evening that will provide explanations for all levels, Toddler through Grade 8.

A global presence for over a century, the Montessori method of education has enriched countless lives in schools around the world.

At Dearcroft each child is followed as an individual and a program is designed specifically to meet his or her needs.

Dearcroft builds the foundation of community,  global awareness, gratitude, a love for Canada, culture, the environment and most of all the love for learning. Children are free to be themselves, and to take initiative which inspires confidence, independence and most important, self-esteem.

Each child is celebrated, supported and guided.

Afternoon Playdate at Lawson Park for Dearcroft Students

On Tuesday September 4th, Dearcroft Students got together to enjoy an afternoon playdate full of outdoor fun at Lawson Park.

Our afternoon playdates will be happening on a regular basis  and we want to encourage all  of our new and returning families to come out to the park and enjoy some outdoor fun!

We hope that you can join us!

How to work on your Children’s Montessori Education Over The Summer At Home

What can we do at home over the summer to help with our Children’s Montessori Education?

We have many parents ask what they can do at home to help with their children’s Montessori Education. While we don’t send a lot of homework for the summer, reading is something we hope the kids are doing everyday to build their skills. Montessori children have a great reputation for being self-motivated, but we know that each child is different and has their own strengths.

https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-encourage-reading-habits/

New research indicates that children much prefer to read books and flip the pages than use e-readers.

http://theconversation.com/children-prefer-to-read-books-on-paper-rather-than-screens-74171

We often suggest that in addition to reading every evening, we hope our students have a chance to relax and unwind so that they can return to school energized.

Spending time with parents helping around the house can provide some of the most valuable tools that your child will need as they enter adulthood.

Cooking, cleaning, building and organizing are all tasks that teach practical life skills and reinforce a sense of order and a deeper ability to concentrate.

http://amshq.org/Family-Resources/Montessori-at-Home