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W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love and Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV

 

W5’s Hour-Long Documentary Special Love & Legacy: The Rob Stewart Story Airing this Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. on CTV.

As many of you in our Dearcroft/West Wind community are aware, we place 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. His works highlighted the demise of shark populations, especially as a result of finning, a highly destructive and deplorable form of exploitation leading to an over 90% decline in global shark species. These films also documented increased threats to ocean health due to pollution, micro plastics, ocean-acidification and climate change. Although they tackled difficult and seemingly overwhelming problems, Rob’s message was always positive, inspiring and hopeful. Countless students around the world have been mobilized to pursue studies in marine science and conservation or become vocal advocates for conservation after seeing his breathtaking films. Having visited our campus and worked with our students, Rob became a great friend and mentor to all of us.

We were most privileged to have known him and been inspired by his incredible passion. Tragically, Rob died in a diving accident in the Florida Keys nearly two years ago while filming Sharkwater Extinction, a follow up to his first documentary Sharkwater, an incredible movie that captured over 30 international film awards, leading to tremendous global awareness and policy changes protecting sharks and marine ecosystems… inspiring countless people around the globe. 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, drive and attention to detail in their research and passion for preserving marine biodiversity.Additionally we are thrilled to be adopting elements of Dalhousie’s Ocean School, a remarkably exciting and ambitious program developed for Grade 6-9 students.  Featuring both virtual reality based and hands on laboratory/ field research, this amazing initiative is led by Dalhousie’s head of Marine Science, Dr. Boris Worm. As one of the world’s leading figures in marine research and ocean education, Boris worked closely with Rob on his films and is a true visionary in environmental advocacy and education. This week, two exciting developments are unfolding as both Sharkwater Extinction and Ocean School are getting set for wide release. Please consider watching the special CTV screening described below. Airing on Saturday it documents Rob Stewart’s incredible life and legacy.

https://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/w5s-hour-long-documentary-special-love-legacy-the-rob-stewart-story-explores-the-life-and-final-work-of-the-canadian-filmmaker-and-conservationist-saturday-oct-6-on-ctv/

As the term progresses we will be updating you on additional developments related to a school sponsored screening of Sharkwater Extinction and our exciting association with Dalhousie’s Ocean School. Warm wishes to you and your family for a relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Gord & Lynda Phippen & the Dearcroft/West Wind staff

Dearcroft Montessori Directors, Gordon Phippen, Lynda Phippen

Education Matters Seminar-February- Montessori Program in the Elementary Level

Curious about the Montessori Program in the Elementary Level and if it is right for your child?

Come for coffee and refreshments and join Anna Campbell, Director of Programming at Dearcroft, who will be answering all of your questions.

Education Matters is an informative seminar to learn more about Montessori in the older years and why it is your natural choice. This seminar will be broken into two separate sessions, Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary.

You are welcome to sign up for either one, or both sessions. We welcome friends and family to this seminar and anyone who you think might be interested in learning more about Montessori in the elementary years.

We are offering three sessions.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Dearcroft Montessori School

(The West Wind Junior High building)

1. Junior Elementary (Grades 1 -3)

 Information Session will be held between 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

2. Senior Elementary (Grades 4-6)

Information Session will be held between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

3. Elementary 

Information Session will be held between 6:00 p.m. -7 :00 p.m.

Space is limited, you can RSVP your spot to:

 s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com 

This seminar is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Montessori in the Elementary years.

About Anna Campbell: 

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

We look forward to having you at this seminar.

Thank you,

Dearcroft Staff

Gifts from the Heart

Dearcroft Montessori Presents…..

‘Gifts from the Heart shopping Event’

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

Friday, December 8th 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
located at Dearcroft Montessori School in the West Wind Juinor High Building

fundraising

Following a Trip to Ten Thousand Villages Canada (Downtown Oakville store) our Senior Elementary students became inspired to fundraise in support of their efforts in 27 countries globally. Please join us to purchase beautiful pieces from Ten Thousand Villages, creations made by Dearcroft students, bake sale items and fair trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate!

Ten Thousand Villages is a volunteer based non-profit organization that works to empower artisans in developing countries through long term business relationships. All proceeds from the event will go to the gift of Hope funds, which support designated funds for equipment purchases or emergency needs of artisans. The fair trade philosophy helps to empower marginalized populations by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income, enabling kids to spend their time in school instead of working.

Please bring your friends and family and help make this event a success!
You can look forward to:
-Hand-crafted items from Ten Thousand Villages
-Creations made by Dearcroft students
-Baked treats packaged to take home
-Fair-trade coffee, tea & hot chocolate
-Barefoot Books
-Gift Wrapping Available
-Cash payment (no debit available)
-Visa/MC only available for Ten Thousand Villages purchases

 

 https://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/