Category Archives: Dearcroft Events

2019 Expedition Education – East Coast

As we approach the wrap up to Expedition Education #23/Canada’s Maritimes/June, 2019… we have experienced many wonderful adventures together on the road.

A couple of days ago we were exploring the spectacular Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands where we enjoyed one of the world’s loveliest coastal drives. While visiting Baddeck on the shores of beautiful Bas d’Or Lake, we toured the fascinating Alexander Graham Bell Museum, commemorating the life of the brilliant inventor, his supportive family and remarkable band of friends and colleagues. Bell loved Cape Breton as it reminded him of his Scottish roots and the great inventor is buried nearby on his estate at Bhein Breagh. During his remarkable lifetime, he also became familiar with the career of Dr. Maria Montessori and was so impressed with her work that he in fact sponsored a series of lectures… helping bring Montessori education to North America! At the museum we also viewed the full scale replica of the Silver Dart, Bell’s aircraft that ushered in the era of flight in Canada, lifting off the frozen lake in February 1909… the first manned flight in the British Empire.

Back on the mainland of Nova Scotia, we visited Pictou and the landing site of pioneering Scottish immigrants who made landfall there on their ship the Hector in 1773. A re-creation of this 85’ ship is alongside the wharf there. From Pictou we took the ferry to beautiful Prince Edward Island. Here we have been enjoying the red earth, beautiful beaches, pastoral farmland and bountiful history of our smallest island province. Our Fathers of Confederation first met here in Charlottetown in 1864, paving the way for the creation of Canada three years later on July 1st, 1867. As we approach yet another Canada Day celebration… visiting beautiful places like these jewels of the Maritimes, has reminded us all of just how incredible the country we call home truly is! ❤️ 🇨🇦
Gord Phippen

New Third Year Casa Uniforms

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Dearcroft is pleased to showcase the new Casa uniforms for 2019 / 2020.

Did you know that our third level #Casa #uniform requirements have changed for 2019?

The new Dearcroft uniform requirements for 3rd year Casa students (age 5 only): Coolmax gym short, Dearcroft crested dry-fit T-shirt, slim sweatpant, APTUS full-zip jacket or 1/4 zip sweat top (depending on size required), white socks, non-marking gym shoes.

** Note the 1/4 zip sweat top is available in smaller sizes than the APTUS full-zip jacket and therefore either option is acceptable for the Casa uniform.

Dearcroft Montessori School uniform can be found at InSchoolwear, located at 886 Sinclair Road, Oakville (905-338-3030). Orders may also be made on-line at www.inschoolwear.com. (note – school code is “dems”)

2019 Fall Open House

Dearcroft Montessori 2019 Open House

Open House Date:

Saturday, October 26th 2019
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

CANADA’S LEADER IN ELEMENTARY EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION.

Dearcroft is Oakville’s original Montessori School since 1968.  With enriched programming, small class sizes, and a low student-to-teacher ratio, it is tailored to meet the needs of each student aged 18 months to 13.  In affiliation with Dearcroft, West Wind Junior High Program is celebrating 20 years of
leadership and innovation.  West Wind Junior High offers an academically rigorous program that encourages independence, interaction and leadership with an strong emphasis on environmental and peace education.

TODDLER TO GRADE 8

COME EXPERIENCE AN OAKVILLE TRADITION WITH A NATIONAL REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE.

Celebrating  over 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.

We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House… Saturday, October 26th,  2019.

Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.

Celebrating 20 years of leadership and innovation

Did you know that West Wind Montessori Junior High is celebrating 20 years of leadership and innovation?

Operating for over 50 years, Dearcroft Montessori School is home to the West Wind Montessori Junior High Program. West Wind Montessori Junior High is Canada’s award-winning elementary experiential education . We offer outdoor education, including a three year rotation of Fall trips to Temagami, Algonquin Park, and Ottawa. For 20 years, our unique Expedition Education program has taken groups of our students coast to coast, exploring spectacular world heritage sites and national parks in Canadian locations as diverse as the Yukon and Newfoundland.

West Wind Montessori Junior High offers a motivating education that prepares your child for life. Our challenging program is designed to prepare our graduates for a successful transition to high school.

Program Overview: 

Celebrating 20 successful years, West Wind Junior High (WWJH) is a two-year program that prepares students for success in high school and the world beyond. Inspired by the life work of Maria Montessori, the program provides an integrated, experience-based curriculum intended to stimulate and inspire. While drawing on diverse educational experiences, the program also meets or exceeds the key expectations of Ontario’s Ministry of Education Guidelines for grade seven and eight. With a strong emphasis on preparation for high school, our Junior High class averages 20 students with 2 fully qualified intermediate teachers.

Come and discover why our  Junior High program is so unique and different…. join us on Saturday, October 26th between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for our Fall Open House.

Three Professional Lacrosse Games! Great Fun And Entertainment For The Whole Family!

Dearcroft families and friends to receive 50% off tickets to the Premier Lacrosse League games August 17 and 18th.

Dearcroft Montessori friends & family are invited to save 50% off tickets to watch Canada’s National Summer sport as the Premier Lacrosse League hits Hamilton during its only Canadian stop of it’s 14 week tour based schedule. Experience the worlds best lacrosse players, get autographs, enjoy interactive games and a beer garden at Tim Hortons Field by unlocking code PLLJULIE50 at TicketMaster http://bit.ly/DEARCROFT  Take advantage of this special offer to be a part of sports history. Doubleheader Saturday August 17 at 12:30pm and Sunday August 18 for a single game at 6pm. Get your tickets now!

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.