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‘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 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

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.

 

Spring has Sprung and our Toddlers are dressed and prepared for the fun outdoors!

Spring has Sprung! Our Toddlers are jumping into the  season with such joy!

Spring is here and our Toddlers can’t wait to jump in the mud puddles and run around outside!

“We’re glad mom and dad dressed us for outdoor play – boots, splash pants and mittens will keep us warm and dry!”

We’re wearing Muddy Buddies – super cute and practical, but not required! 🙂

 

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.

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Oakville’s original Montessori School gifted the opportunity to enjoy an advanced screening ahead of the release on Oct. 19th

On Monday October 15th, Dearcroft Students were gifted the opportunity to enjoy a pre-general release screening of the film Sharkwater Extinction. A true eco warrior and inspiration to many Dearcroft Students. Rob was a shining example of how passion and perseverance can make real change on a global scale. At Dearcroft it is our goal to carry on his good work and be advocates for Ocean sustainability.  Our Dearcroft/West Wind community places a strong emphasis in our curriculum on the development of environmental awareness and stewardship opportunities for our students, both in and beyond the classroom. For nearly a decade we have been closely involved with the conservation work and remarkable legacy of Canadian environmental filmmaker Rob Stewart. Over the years we developed a great relationship with Rob as he produced the remarkably powerful and world renowned documentaries, Sharkwater and Revolution.

Sharkwater Extinction opens in theatres across Canada October 19

From award-winning filmmaker Rob Stewart, Sharkwater Extinction (2018) is a thrilling, inspiring and action-packed exposé into the dangerous underworld of the pirate fishing trade and the deceptive practices allowing shark to be unknowingly used in everyday consumer products.

Stewart’s critically-acclaimed first film, Sharkwater (2006), inspired significant changes in attitudes and laws around the world. It was a powerful tool for many conservation groups in our collective quest to protect the planet.

With Sharkwater Extinction, Stewart goes deeper to investigate the ways sharks are still being illegally exploited around the world and continues the fight to save them, our oceans and ultimately ourselves.

In 2017, while still shooting Sharkwater Extinction, Stewart tragically died while diving off the Florida Keys. The world lost one of the ocean’s greatest advocates. Now it’s up to us to continue Rob’s mission — challenging and inspiring audiences to save the sharks, our oceans, our planet and ultimately ourselves.

“Rob was a truly great Canadian and world renowned eco hero. A giant in his field. Since Rob’s loss and in memory of his incredible life and legacy, in cooperation with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we have initiated the Rob Stewart Award, a memorial scholarship in Rob’s name. Supporting grad students pursuing studies in ocean research, this award is given annually to a Dalhousie student exemplifying Rob’s vision.” ~ Gord Phippen, Director of Dearcroft Montessori School

For more information about this special opportunity please visit this link: https://www.insidehalton.com/community-story/8970112-oakville-s-dearcroft-students-get-sneak-peak-at-movie-sharkwater-extinction/

https://www.sharkwater.com/