Education Matters

Your child is ready for the next level …
What’s Next?

Thinking about what to do for the elementary years and if a Montessori Program is right for your child?

Come and join Anna Campbell, Director of Programming at Dearcroft Montessori, for a free informative session to learn more about Montessori in the older years and why it is such a natural choice.

Free Information Session

Coffee and treats provided by COBS Bakery

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Elementary Information Session
9:00 am

Dearcroft Montessori
Main Building Sr. Elementary Room
1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Learn about our safe, friendly and close-knit community as well as our individualized programming that keeps children challenged and engaged. Bring your questions and find out how you can work closely with the school and teachers on the next stage of your child’s development.

About Anna Campbell:

Anna Campbell is the Director of Programming at Dearcroft Montessori School.  She is also an AMI (Association 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.

Space is limited
Please reserve your spot today!

COBS Fresh Bread

A Dearcroft Tradition skating this Winter Term

Winter Term Skating Program at Canlan Ice Sports

Our skating sessions for this year’s Winter Term Phys-Ed program for the Elementary and Junior High students is off to a great start! We are so pleased to carry on another Dearcroft tradition.

For the Senior and Junior High sessions, we will have two pads of ice at our disposal.
We use one for shinny hockey and the other for skating and developmental

In order to carry out this program tradition, we are so appreciative for all of the support
from  parent volunteers.

Montessori Peace Education

Montessori Peace Education is an integral component of the Montessori philosophy and Dearcroft curriculum. The essentials for peace education are inherent in every level of the Montessori program and practiced daily in all of our classrooms. It begins in the Toddler and Casa levels by modeling grace and courtesy and teaching respect and acceptance for all, through to programs such as Montessori Model United Nations at the Junior High level.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed “education was the most powerful and universal way through which to reconstruct society; a way to transition from war to peace”. Dr. Montessori was nominated six times for the Nobel Peace Prize. She designed powerful concepts in the curriculum aimed at fostering an understanding of the commonalities of the human experience in hopes of establishing lasting world peace.


Intergenerational Programming

Over the last few months our Junior and Senior Elementary students at Dearcroft Montessori have had the opportunity to spend quality time with our Senior Friends from Churchill Retirement Residence in #DowntownOakville.

Students love spending time walking to the Residence to participate in programming activities with their Senior friends. This article outlines all the amazing benefits of intergenerational programming and how it can improve the lives of children and older adults and the impact it has on society.

decorating cookies at Churchill Retirement Residence

Denim and Diamonds A Music and Arts Gala

Dearcroft Montessori Presents

Denim and Diamonds: A Music and Arts Gala

Thursday February 28th, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Please join us for a special evening to celebrate our students’ talents in music and arts. Throughout the school year, Dearcroft students have been studying ocean conservation as well as the historic and contemporary role of Canada’s First Nation communities and artists. In addition to in class studies, these themes have been further explored through special field trips, art gallery visits, expedition education explorations, and films like Sharkwater Extinction.

In celebration of this, we would like to welcome Dearcroft families to participate in our very own Art Gallery featuring: The Four Seasons, Under the Sea, Canadian Abstract, Still Life, Inuit Art, Portraits, Sea Animals, and Sculptures, accompanied by individual classical music performances. Students will be guiding families throughout the gallery and providing background information regarding the art on display.

To close out the evening there will be a musical performance featuring all of the students singing Canadian themed songs.

Some refreshments will be served during the evening, sponsored by the Burgess family.

Donations to Ocean School Initiative will be accepted at the door.

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.

Annual Dearcroft Christmas Party

Please join us as we transform Dearcroft into a Winter Wonderland full of holiday cheer! This  festive evening of light munchies and loads of entertainment will be fun for the whole family!
Ten Thousand Villages will be on site providing the opportunity to shop for some “gifts from the heart” with ten percent of proceeds going towards the Ocean School initiative. Each class is creating a gift basket to be raffled, with proceeds also going to Ocean School. Santa Claus will make a special visit between 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with a craft, or if you are feeling very energetic, My Gym Oakville will help get our joyous sillies out with lots of movement and gymnastics! Stop by the ‘Parent Lounge’ to enjoy a yummy cocktail with tasty appetizers! Last, but not least, we will be joined by the children’s entertainer Bumbling Bert the Magician at 7:15 p.m.

Thank you to our sponsors of the Parent Lounge

Chris Handscomb, Investment Advisor & Family Wealth Management

A very big Thank You to our Community Partners: