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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

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.

Next Level Information Night

 

You’re invited to our ‘Next Level’ Night 

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.

You’re invited to our ‘Next Level’ Night
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 Thursday November 7th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to find out more information about what Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori have to offer your family.

This informative evening 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

This informative evening 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.

A Montessori education, due to its unique ability to identify and nurture individual strengths, does a remarkable job of creating graduates who go on to change the world. The founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia are fine examples of innovative, creative and fearless entrepreneurs who started their academic journeys in Montessori classrooms. They never stopped learning and continue to push boundaries… creating exciting new paradigms within their chosen fields. Their business cultures are outstanding examples of meaningful change and as individuals they have emerged as world ambassadors of inspired leadership.

Dearcroft Montessori Open House

 

Please rsvp to info@dearcroft-montessori.com

 

Thank you,

 

Dearcroft Staff

Practical Life Skills

 

Montessori students are very helpful when it comes to practical life skills.

In the classroom you will find them sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and setting the tables, washing dishes, cutting fruit, preparing snack, pouring water, serving food with utensils, baking, dusting etc… These are all tasks that they love to do, they love looking after themselves and their classroom. It fosters independence and sense of self, with a deeper understanding for their place in this world.

Our Third Year Casa students had a lesson in baking cupcakes.

 

Personal Tours of the school

This past Saturday, February 2nd, we opened our doors and welcomed many visitors to our school.

Thank you to all of our amazing Dearcroft Montessori Student ambassadors who came to school on a day off to welcome families who are interested in sending their children to Montessori School.

 

A Montessori education due to its unique ability to identify and nurture individual strengths does a remarkable job of creating graduates who go on to change the world. The founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia are fine examples of innovative, creative and fearless entrepreneurs who started their academic journeys in Montessori classrooms. They never stopped learning and continue to push boundaries… creating exciting new paradigms within their chosen fields. Their business cultures are outstanding examples of meaningful change and as individuals they have emerged as world ambassadors of inspired leadership.

Dearcroft Montessori is celebrating over 50 years of an Oakville tradition with a natural reputation for excellence. Established in 1968, it is Oakville’s original Montessori School. The campus is located on a wooded, two-acre historic property, walking distance to Downtown Oakville and beautiful parks. Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools. Our nurturing, highly dedicated staff take great pride in providing a  warm and engaging learning environment for our students. Dearcroft offers programs for Toddlers (18 months) to Grade 8, through a dynamic, highly enriched learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community.

The best way to appreciate the school is through an actual visit so that you can see the class in progress during the morning work cycle.

We encourage families to book a personal tour. We offer tours weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Times we offer tours:

9:15 a.m.

9:45 a.m

10:15 a.m.

 

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