Science Day!

Dearcroft Students had such a blast on Science Day!
‘Scientists In School’ provided an amazing, hands-on, inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) experience.

Here is some information about what each classroom worked on during science day.

Prima Casa and Casa students
“I can be a Scientist”
“They dug for dinosaur bones and made fossils as a paleontologist. They did some investigating about sea life as a marine biologist. They flew into outer space as an astronaut. They experimented with mixing and dissolving to create an erupting volcano while trying out the sciences of chemistry, physics and geology. ”

Junior Elementary Students (Grades 1-3)
“Soil: It’s too Important to Be Treated Like Dirt”
“They became a pedologist and got dirty with a variety of soil types. They discovered that soil is composed of earth materials and decaying organisms. They tested soil samples for essential nutrients and learned how soil supports plant growth. They also investigated erosion and learned about decomposers by studying earthy creatures.


Senior Elementary Students (Grades 4 and 5)
“Fractions in Action”
“They puzzled through fraction games, learning to read and compare fractions. Challenged themselves with the Fractions jeopardy game. Battled it out in Fractions War. They also used manipulatives to explore mixed numbers and improper fractions. They applied their new skills to follow a recipe and drink the resulting concoction.”


Senior Elementary Students (Grade 6)
“Air in Flight”
“They discovered the properties of air and the principles of flight by levitating a ping pong ball. They found the best wing design and angle of attack for liftoff. They discovered the correct mechanics of propeller construction. They also built their own plane and investigated the factors affecting the direction and speed of flight.”

Junior High Program (Grades 7 and 8)
“Battles in the Tropical Rainforest”
“Students traveled around the world and explored the tropical rainforest. They made a rubber ball, experimented with adaptations of rainforest plants and discovered the importance of each creature while building a rainforest food web. “

For more information about Scientists in School please check out their website:

http://www.scientistsinschool.ca/about/

PA Day Activities for Dearcroft Families – February 23rd, 2018

February 23rd – PA DAY

 

PD Day Activities with KNB Learning and Sewing with Kay

We have organized some optional activities for Dearcroft students during our upcoming Parent Conference day on Friday, February 23rd.

If you are interested, please contact the hosts directly.

PA DAY CAMP Exclusive to Dearcroft Students at KNB Learning

PA Day camps are $99/day. These camps include both LEGO Robotics and Minecraft Education, and all regular outdoor activities and games. PA Day camps run from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Also, there is an option to do a half day, the cost is $59.

PA Day Camp Registration & Materials fee is $11.

KNB Learning™ programs are designed to engage many different learning styles – visual, kinesthetic, and experiential.

We follow the philosophy of learning through experience and play. For children, their play is their work. We continue the learning and fun over holiday breaks, through our Winter Break, March Break, and Summer Camps.

Follow these links to register:

http://Full Day LEGO, Robotics & Minecraft Education PD Day Camp

http://Half Day LEGO & Robotics PD Day Camp

http://Half Day Minecraft Education PD Day Camp

 

PA Day Camp~ February 23rd, 2018

UNICORN PILLOW CAMP!

 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sewing with Kay~ Learn, Create, Grow!

Sewing with Kay offers a fun relaxed atmosphere where a child can truly express their creative side!

Classes are designed to introduce children to the amazing world of sewing, guide them through a number of projects and help them build a sewing foundation.

To register, please email Kay to reserve your space.

sewingwithkay@bell.net

905.808.5297

407 Speers Rd Suite 205

Oakville, Ontario

Real Food for Real Kids Catering- Hot Meal Program

New for this school year 2017/2018! Real Food for Real Kids Catering…

Welcome to the Real Food Community – Parents

We have been very pleased with our Hot Lunch Program. Dearcroft has been working with Real Food for Real Kids catering. After listening to parent’s feedback we researched options that truly recognize the importance of healthy, fresh, nutritious meals that kids enjoy. Real Food for Real Kids came as the most highly respected leader in the community, with outstanding reviews from their clients.

While convenience is of importance, we recognize that many parents are looking for lunches that will help provide their children with energy for the whole day and set healthy eating patterns for life. Real Food for Real Kids strives to change the way children eat by helping them connect to real food. In addition to inspiring our children to make healthier choices everyday, Real Food for Real Kids is also committed to supporting local farmers and producers, and reducing their impact on the environment. We hope you will take some time to browse their website as we feel they are a great match to the values of our Dearcroft families. Hot meals will be available to all Dearcroft students, from toddler to Grade 8 (portion size adjusted). In fact, we have enjoyed the start of our experience with Real Food for Real Kids so much that we even have staff members ordering! We are very excited about starting this new program, and if you find it a struggle to provide a fresh, healthy lunch everyday then we encourage you to give it a try, no matter the age of your child.

https://rfrk.com/childcares/

Kicking Off Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary Festivities! Pub Night at Moonshine Cafe!

We hope you’ll join us later this term for a special evening of celebration as we kick off Dearcroft’s 50th anniversary festivities!

Join us on Thursday, March 1st at the Moonshine Cafe in Kerr Village as we gather to chase away the ‘Winter Blues’... while celebrating Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary and spring’s imminent arrival! Our MC for this milestone gathering will be long time friend of Dearcroft and resident of Oakville… CBC/Hockey Night In Canada broadcasting legend, Ron MacLean. As one of our country’s best known broadcast personalities and a truly iconic and beloved Canadian, Ron will have some great stories to share, offering insight into our country, our game and the incredible role that hockey and sport has played in binding together our great country from coast to coast to coast.

We are also excited to be joined by another ‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists. Mike will be providing our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes to warm up the first night of March. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and tickets will be available later this month. 

We’ll be raising money that evening to support a new scholarship honouring the memory of globally acclaimed documentary film maker Rob Stewart, a close friend of Dearcroft who died tragically in a scuba diving accident last year in Florida filming while filming a sequel to his remarkable movie, Sharkwater… a stunningly powerful film that alerted the world to the plight of sharks, the barbaric and unsustainable practice of shark finning and the emerging environmental crisis in the world’s oceans.

Rob’s films including Sharkwater and Revolution were Canada’s most successful environmental documentaries. They won dozens of film awards around the world… inspiring countless people around the planet with their breathtaking cinematography and clarity of message. At the time of his untimely death, Rob was considered one of the world’s leading voices defending marine conservation and environmental stewardship. An inspiration to all, his passion for protecting sharks and all forms of life in the oceans brought him global fame. As an advocate for ocean health and the critical need for educating the world about sustainable living, Rob had no equal. His vision, film making excellence and generosity of spirit made his death at age 37 a great loss to Canada and the world. A new scholarship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia has now been established in Rob’s memory to support students working in ocean science and carry on the critical research needed to support Rob’s message. In recent years, Rob visited our school on several occasions and empowered our students through direct engagement with his film making process as he edited his documentaries. He inspired our students and people around the world through the brilliance of his work. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s affect on the oceans and conservation of marine species. This will lead to future Expedition Education trips for our students to the Maritimes and field studies related to marine science. We will be forever grateful to Rob and Dalhousie (the university he worked so closely with) to bring such important information to the world.

Watch for further ticket information coming your way soon regarding our upcoming

50th Anniversary Winter Pub and ways you can help us moving forward in promoting environmental education.

 

Education Matters Seminar-February- Montessori Program in the Elementary Level

Curious about the Montessori Program in the Elementary Level and if it is right for your child?

Come for coffee and refreshments and join Anna Campbell, Director of Programming at Dearcroft, who will be answering all of your questions.

Education Matters is an informative seminar to learn more about Montessori in the older years and why it is your natural choice. This seminar will be broken into two separate sessions, Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary.

You are welcome to sign up for either one, or both sessions. We welcome friends and family to this seminar and anyone who you think might be interested in learning more about Montessori in the elementary years.

We are offering three sessions.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Dearcroft Montessori School

(The West Wind Junior High building)

1. Junior Elementary (Grades 1 -3)

 Information Session will be held between 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

2. Senior Elementary (Grades 4-6)

Information Session will be held between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

3. Elementary 

Information Session will be held between 6:00 p.m. -7 :00 p.m.

Space is limited, you can RSVP your spot to:

 s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com 

This seminar is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Montessori in the Elementary years.

About Anna Campbell: 

Anna is the Director of Programming at Dearcroft Montessori School. She is also an AMI (American Montessori Internationale) and AMS (American Montessori Society) trained teacher as well as an AMS teacher-trainer.  Anna has over 30 years experience and has created, developed and implemented the Elementary programs at Tall Pines and Dearcroft, as well as the Preschool Program at Rotherglen and Brampton Montessori Schools. Anna is a mother of two children with a background in Early Childhood Education.

We look forward to having you at this seminar.

Thank you,

Dearcroft Staff

Open House – February 2018

Please join us for Saturday, February 3, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Every February we welcome parents and children, family and friends to tour our campus and ask questions about Dearcroft Montessori.

Celebrating 50 years… Dearcroft Montessori was established in 1968 and has remained family owned and operated throughout its history by a team of dedicated Montessori educators.

As Oakville’s original Montessori School and the third oldest Independent school in our community, Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.

Our nurturing, highly dedicated staff take great pride in providing a naturally beautiful, warm and engaging learning environment for our students. Dearcroft offers programs for Toddlers to Grade 8, through a dynamic, highly enriched learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community.

Our highly experienced and qualified staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development.

What parents are saying:

“The owners, teachers and staff at Dearcroft are wonderful, caring people. The Montessori method, which allows children the freedom to focus where they’re most interested at times, and return to what challenges them most, in a compassionate way, is incredible. It’s amazing how children can flourish when properly supported, and we feel extremely privileged to have our children enrolled in such a school that provides such support. The gorgeous treed campus is a child’s wonderland. ”

According to my daughter: “We learn so much, in fun ways. We get lot’s of opportunities to do projects. My teachers are so nice. Learning from all the variety of materials is so helpful.”

Matt Gilgan ~ Parent in Junior and Senior Elementary

“Oliver, our three-year-old son has really enjoyed his time with all the schoolmates and teachers in Dearcroft and we are so thankful that he has been very well taken care of considering the big changes that he was going through with his change of school. We still remember that on the first day we brought Oliver to school that he barely looked back and cried as he entered the class. I’m very attentive on these tiny details which show that my little one felt at ease since day one. We have been incredibly impressed with Dearcroft’s nurturing, caring and professional approach to child education. I think we have met the most passionate and professional Montessori educators in Dearcroft.

 Thank you so much for all you have done in making our son feel comfortable, cared for and safe.

As a Dad, I can only wish that Oliver’s next journey will be filled with the same joy and excitement for learning that he has found in Dearcroft.

 We love Dearcroft and we are glad to be part of the Dearcroft family.”

 ~Sissy Yu and Roger Jie Luo (Oliver’s parents)_ Prima Casa

“What Dearcroft Means to me is a place where my children get to experience a community and personal relationships with their teachers.  They have been nurtured and cared for in ways that they wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere.”

~ Monica Kwias Parent

My Dearcroft…. student’s perspective:

“Dearcroft is my home, it is a safe place and I love it here. In Dearcroft no one hurts another person mentally or physically. At Dearcroft our teachers teach us not only about work but also about responsibility, kindness, initiative, and humor.”~ Senior Elementary Student

“Dearcroft means helpful because everybody helps me in their own way. I am thankful for going to the best school ever! Every year we go on a trip for 3 days. We go to Camp Muskoka!” ~ Junior Elementary Student

“To me Dearcroft means love. It means family. Whenever I’m feeling sad my friends and teachers know what to do. My Dearcroft is always trying to make the world a better place in every way we can.” ~Senior Elementary Student

“I went to Dearcroft Montessori from Casa to Grade 8 – The full eleven years. The two parts of Dearcroft that really stood out to me was the sense of community and the love of learning that has carried onto the rest of my education. The eleven years I spent at Dearcroft will forever be in my dearest memories. “~ Emma – Graduate

We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House… Saturday, February 3rd 2018. Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.

Dealing with Disobedience

Discussion Group for Parents of Children 1 – 8 years

Parents, you’re not alone!

All parents can benefit from additional support. Halton Region is offering Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) free of charge to parents. The program is delivered by accredited Triple P practitioners.

What is a Triple P Discussion Group?

  • A group course that helps parents tackle common parenting problems in one session
  • A 2 hour session that uses video and discussion to give parents ideas about how they can address specific issues in their family
  • Take home workbook with simple exercises and information

Topics for Discussion Include:

  • Common forms of disobedience
  • Why are children disobedient
  • How to prevent disobedience
Where
Dearcroft Montessori School
West Wind Montessori Junior High Building
1167 Lakeshore Rd. East.
Oakville, ON
When
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time
9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

To register please contact Shari Nelson at:
s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com

HaltonParents

Everyday parenting support from a public nurse
www.haltonparents.ca