2019: Reflecting on Another Eventful Year

Dear Parents,

Dearcroft Montessori, Director's Message

Reflecting upon yet another eventful year on our campus, following last year’s very exciting 50th anniversary year, there are many aspects of Dearcroft’s traditions that we continue to embrace and build upon.  Since mid-way through our fifth decade, we have steadily developed into a comprehensive Toddler to Grade 8 program.  We have pursued the development of academic space and teaching teams to serve the needs of families looking for a best practices, authentic Montessori experience for children, 18 month to 14 years of age.  Our students are guided by wonderfully dedicated teachers who enjoy working together to create harmonious and productive classrooms.  Learning environments where children are inspired and challenged.  A great sign of a successful school is the atmosphere one encounters upon walking in the front doors.  When visitors come to see our classes they are always amazed by the warmth of the atmosphere, level of focus and genuine degree of joy and happiness they observe.  We hear this constantly as well as familiar refrains of praise from those who host our students on class trips and school outings.  At Dearcroft, our students love school and being with their friends.  They love the community they have helped create and they reflect it beautifully when they represent us off campus as well.

As we look forward to Dearcroft’s next 50 years, we will remain true to what has made our school great while also being vigilant in maintaining our place of excellence in an ever dynamic and rapidly changing world.  Although Montessori education is timeless, many aspects that surround our school community are in constant evolution, driven by technology, changes in community dynamics and the general passage of time.  When Dearcroft was founded by my parents in 1968, Oakville was a much smaller community with a population of just over 20,000.  Dearcroft joined Appleby College and St. Mildreds on the independent school map that year and now, over half a century later we remain the third oldest Independent school in Oakville a community that is 10 times larger than it was then.  Looking ahead, it’s an interesting exercise to project how everything from population dynamics and demographics as well as general infrastructure development, including the creation of municipal facilities, can influence where people choose to live.  Certainly having a quality school in your neighborhood is a major draw for many.

As we have now been on our campus for over 40 of our 50+ years, we are looking forward to planned improvements to our faculty, updating and renovating our original school building.  As Oakville plans and carries out a massive re-build of it’s original downtown area, a little over a kilometer’s walking distance from our front gates, change and renewal will be in the air as 2020 approaches.  The natural beauty and ideal location of our campus has served us well over the decades.  Dearcroft remains a wonderful community tradition, highlighted by it’s natural beauty and perfect location in the heart of Old Oakville.  We are so fortunate to be able to serve our families in such a naturally inspiring and carefully planned setting.  In an environment that was designed carefully and with much thought, so many years ago.  In the early years, my parents, Peter and Barbara had a wonderful vision for a unique and special school community.  They followed their hearts and ambition without compromise.  Along with our amazing team of gifted and enthusiastic educators and you and your amazing children we continue on this journey of learning together.  We are thankful for the opportunity to carry on such a wonderful tradition and thank you for your part in making Dearcroft such an amazing place to live and learn.  Thank you for another great year and your contributions to the very special Dearcroft story.

Warmly,

Gord Phippen
Director

‘Gifts from the Heart’ Thank You

Thank You!

Gifts of the Heart Event

Thank you to all of our Dearcroft Montessori community who attended out pop-up shopping fundraising event ‘Gifts from the Heart’ held by Dearcroft staff and students in support of the work of Ten Thousand Villages Canada. We raised $2328 to help global artisans and also have a small portion go towards supporting our West Wind Junior High Montessori students who have been raising money for their trip to New York City this February. They will be participating in a model United Nations conference. We are so thankful for everyone’s support.

February Open House 2020

Open House:

Saturday,  February 8th 2020

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us at our Winter Open House, meet our dynamic staff and students as we tour you around our  school.

Education is perhaps the most critical component of a child’s development, with a legacy that permeates throughout his/her lifetime. As parents, we want to give our children the best start, and most importantly our children need to feel fulfilled, happy, inspired and nurtured.

One of the greatest benefits of Montessori education is building real-life skills that carry over when it is time to enter the workforce. Problem-solving, creativity, team work and responsibility run through the veins of a Montessori child.

At Dearcroft Montessori School our experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm and engaging environment for students providing programs for toddlers to grade 8.

A Montessori education 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 individual spirit within people of all ages.

At Dearcroft/West Wind Montessori  School the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development keeping in-line with Montessori best practices. All of our classrooms feature: 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.

‘Gifts from the Heart’ Shopping Event

December 13th

1:30 p.m. – 3:30p.m

Fundraising for Ten Thousand Villages

A fundraising event held by Dearcroft staff & students in support of the work of Ten Thousand Villages.

Where: Dearcroft Montessori School Gymnasium

Bake sale & creations made by Dearcroft Students

Dearcroft is hosting a pop-up shopping event to support the Ten Thousand Villages downtown Oakville store. Our gymnasium will be transformed into a Christmas shopping market with items from at Ten Thousand Villages.

Dearcroft students will also be holding a fundraising bake sale that will include homemade crafts available for purchase.

Please extend the invite to your friends and family. You may collect your child from class between 1:30 to 3:30 pm to shop for ‘gifts from the heart’.

Dearcroft Phoenix December 2019

Dearcroft Montessori, Christmas Concert, Christmas Celebrations at Dearcroft
Dearcroft Montessori Newsletter

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS MONTH: Ten Thousand Villages Pop-up Shopping

Friday, December 13th ~ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Dearcroft Gym

Dearcroft is hosting a pop-up shopping event to support the Ten Thousand Villages downtown Oakville store. Our gymnasium will be transformed into a Christmas shopping market with items from at Ten Thousand Villages.

Dearcroft students will also be holding a fundraising bake sale that will include homemade crafts available for purchase. Please extend the invite
to your friends and family. You may collect your child from class between 1:30 to 3:30 pm to shop for ‘gifts from the heart’.

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Dearcroft Workshops for November

 

DEARCROFT PARENT WORKSHOPS

Please let us know if you can join in for the following workshops we have set up for November.  These sessions are appropriate for parents from all of our classes, and we hope you can join us!

                                                                                                        

Tuesday, November 19th        Elementary Curriculum Session (Grades 1-6)

                                              Anna Campbell, Director of Programming, Dearcroft

9:15 am – 10:00 am 

Come learn about how students in the Junior and Senior Elementary program become their own ambassadors of learning and growing, and how we encourage and inspire a love of learning by going beyond and helping the student develop as a whole person.  Join us for an informative session to learn more about Montessori in the Elementary years and why it is such a natural choice.  Learn about how careful attention is paid to the development of language and mathematical skills and how these abilities assist in the integrated areas of history, geography, science, botany, zoology and peace education. Gain information on how our program allows for students to have consistency, challenge, individualized instruction, and programs tailored to their specific needs.  Bring your questions and find out how you can work closely with the school and teachers on your child’s development.

Wednesday, November 20th:            MYndfulness Movement Program

                                                        Deb Taylor

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

This informative workshop will provide a brief introduction to the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of mindfulness-based techniques, designed to give students relevancy to their lives to motivate ongoing practice.  Gain insight on Dearcroft’s 8-week mindfulness-based program for students from Casa through to Junior High.   Deb Taylor, our mindfulness instructor, will lead a variety of activities, including breath work while setting positive intentions, mindful movement for self-regulation, active listening for enhanced focus and sensory awareness for emotional regulation. These are easy to teach and lead, as parents find their favourites to continue practicing at home with their child.  A more regulated system of their own often comes as a pleasant surprise to parents as they practice with their child.  Parents will see how these engaging activities help our children and youth see through a lens of mindful awareness with compassion to themselves and others for a more ease-filled life.­­

Friday, November 22nd:         Vision and Learning Workshop 

                                              Dr. Gall from Oakville Centre for Vision

                                              2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Did you know that nearly 80% of what we learn channels through our eyes, and is processed to make sense of what we see? Vision problems can contribute to eye-use difficulties which may not be detected during a basic eye exam. A patient may have 20/20 vision clarity yet still have visual interferences, limiting school performance or making the student work twice as hard for their academic success. Learning- related vision problems are treatable with diligent effort.

 DEARCROFT NOVEMBER PARENT WORKSHOPS

Please RSVP to these events by checking the boxes below:

Parent’s Name: _____________________________________________________________________

______YES, I can attend Elementary Curriculum Session with Mrs. Campbell on November 19th
 
________YES, I can attend MYndfullness Movement Program workshop on November 20th
 
_______YES, I can attend the workshop on Vision and Learning Workshop on November 22nd