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Dearcroft Goes Beyond Traditional Expectations of Education

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For over 50 years Dearcroft Montessori School, one of Canada’s original Montessori institutions, has been cultivating the most creative, learned, and ambitious toddler, preschool, elementary and junior high cohorts in Ontario.  Situated in the lush beauty of a historic estate in Oakville, a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario, the town centre, and the region’s affordance of nature, Dearcroft Montessori School offers more than just an education – it offers a foundation upon which to build a life.

Maria Montessori was a pioneer.  Italy’s first female doctor “developed a unique ‘scientific pedagogy’ known as the Montessori Method” which has been employed in thousands of schools for over a century all around the world.  It is Montessori’s pedagogical approach, and its evolution, that sets Dearcroft apart from other private and public school options for your children.

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A Montessori institution goes beyond traditional expectations of education, and “consciously designs social communities and educational experiences that cultivate the child’s sense of self-awareness and empathy.  Montessori learning environments allow for the respect and celebration of the individual spirit within people of all ages.”  Through this credo, students are empowered to become and understand all facets of responsibility, and citizenship, in addition to scholastic goals and expectations.

small group lessonsMontessori classrooms are functional and malleable apparatuses devoted to providing a diverse and involved approach to learning, promising “individualized, child-centred programs, enriched programming tailored to meet the needs of each student; multi-age environments; low student-teacher ratios; hands-on; experiential learning; individual and small group lessons and enriched music and French programming.”  Beyond academic pursuits, Dearcroft – within the
Montessori spirit – offers students engagement in extracurricular arts, music, language, athletics, and travel programming.

A Montessori school is not simply brick and mortar, nor is it the sum of pedagogical pursuits and educational expectation.  It is a home, a place where those who have experienced the Montessori mission can find comfort and community, even years after graduation.  It is where your child will take their first steps to truly finding themselves.

Thank You Dearcroft Community

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Dearcroft Community for such an amazing event on Friday December 7th.

Dearcroft Community, Season's Greetings, Holiday Wishes

Thank you to our supporting sponsors at Ten Thousand Villages who helped raise funds for two great causes, all proceeds that were raised during “gifts from the heart” market place will be going to global artisans from all over the world that will help put food on the table, provide schooling for children, and clean water.  “Gifts from the heart” raised $2000 and we are all so appreciative of everyone’s effort in supporting such an amazing organization that continually gives back. Fifteen percent of these proceeds will go towards the Ocean School Initiative.

We would also like to thank our community partner My Gym of Oakville who provided all the gym equipment and programming for the evening, so that Dearcroft students had a fun outlet to jump their sillies out!  We also appreciate the efforts of the Junior High students for providing all the festive games for the younger students to play.

Once again, Jon and Katherine Vellinga made our parent lounge a huge success with Zirkova Vodka holiday cocktails.  Denise and Chris Handscomb, the people behind the lovely charcuterie board, the veggie tray, and sweets joined them.  Dr. Denise Handscomb is a naturopathic Doctor, and clinic owner at Abaton Integrative Medicine and Chris Handscomb is a Financial Investment Advisor & Family Wealth Management.

Last but certainly not least we would like to thank the special man in the red suit for making a special stop from the North Pole (we all know who he is… Santa!) to spend some quality time with our lovely Dearcroft students.  It was very magical to have you!

Thank you to our parent volunteers who came in during the week to help transform Dearcroft into a Winter Wonderland full of festive fun.  To the parents who were able to provide sandwich trays, snacks and gifts for all the classroom baskets, we are so appreciative.  This is such a generous school community and we are certainly grateful for everyone’s contributions!  Proceeds raised during the raffle were $1,300, all going towards the Ocean School Initiative.

On behalf of the Dearcroft Staff, we wish you all a wonderful holiday.

February 2019 Open House

You’re invited to our ‘Open House’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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 Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to find out more information about what Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori have to offer your family.

This informative session 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.

Please RSVP to info@dearcroft-montessori.com

 

Thank you,

 

Dearcroft Staff