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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

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.

We are inviting families  to come discover why Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori is your Natural Choice, join us on Thursday November 1st, 2018  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.

 

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.

 

Please rsvp to info@dearcroft-montessori.com

 

Thank you,

 

Dearcroft Staff

Dearcroft’s Golden Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 50 Years!

On Friday June 15th, at Dearcroft Montessori School at 7:00 p.m. To end this school year, Dearcroft Montessori celebrated 50 years a school! Dearcroft’s alumni, friends, and families  gathered for a relaxed, outdoor evening to celebrate Dearcroft’s Golden Anniversary with live music, great food and drinks!

 

We  were excited to be joined by our ‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists. Mike provided our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes. Catered by a long-time business in the heart of Downtown Oakville, Seasons Restaurant who give back to the Oakville Community by catering many charity events.  Serving up some special martinis and cocktails to commemorate this special occasion was  Zirkova Vodka. Zirkova Vodka is partnered with Oceanic Global- the international creative non-profit committed to protecting the environment and world’s ocean against irrevocable damage. Dearcroft is delighted to partner with these philanthropic businesses who have a commitment to giving back, locally and globally. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s impact on the oceans and conservation of marine species.

Kicking Off Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary Festivities! Pub Night at Moonshine Cafe!

We hope you’ll join us later this term for a special evening of celebration as we kick off Dearcroft’s 50th anniversary festivities!

Join us on Thursday, March 1st at the Moonshine Cafe in Kerr Village as we gather to chase away the ‘Winter Blues’... while celebrating Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary and spring’s imminent arrival! Our MC for this milestone gathering will be long time friend of Dearcroft and resident of Oakville… CBC/Hockey Night In Canada broadcasting legend, Ron MacLean. As one of our country’s best known broadcast personalities and a truly iconic and beloved Canadian, Ron will have some great stories to share, offering insight into our country, our game and the incredible role that hockey and sport has played in binding together our great country from coast to coast to coast.

We are also excited to be joined by another ‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists. Mike will be providing our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes to warm up the first night of March. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and tickets will be available later this month. 

We’ll be raising money that evening to support a new scholarship honouring the memory of globally acclaimed documentary film maker Rob Stewart, a close friend of Dearcroft who died tragically in a scuba diving accident last year in Florida filming while filming a sequel to his remarkable movie, Sharkwater… a stunningly powerful film that alerted the world to the plight of sharks, the barbaric and unsustainable practice of shark finning and the emerging environmental crisis in the world’s oceans.

Rob’s films including Sharkwater and Revolution were Canada’s most successful environmental documentaries. They won dozens of film awards around the world… inspiring countless people around the planet with their breathtaking cinematography and clarity of message. At the time of his untimely death, Rob was considered one of the world’s leading voices defending marine conservation and environmental stewardship. An inspiration to all, his passion for protecting sharks and all forms of life in the oceans brought him global fame. As an advocate for ocean health and the critical need for educating the world about sustainable living, Rob had no equal. His vision, film making excellence and generosity of spirit made his death at age 37 a great loss to Canada and the world. A new scholarship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia has now been established in Rob’s memory to support students working in ocean science and carry on the critical research needed to support Rob’s message. In recent years, Rob visited our school on several occasions and empowered our students through direct engagement with his film making process as he edited his documentaries. He inspired our students and people around the world through the brilliance of his work. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s affect on the oceans and conservation of marine species. This will lead to future Expedition Education trips for our students to the Maritimes and field studies related to marine science. We will be forever grateful to Rob and Dalhousie (the university he worked so closely with) to bring such important information to the world.

Watch for further ticket information coming your way soon regarding our upcoming 50th Anniversary Winter Pub and ways you can help us moving forward in promoting environmental education.

 

Joy Day!

On Monday December 18th the students were filled with spirit; they were dressed in their best holiday attire as they celebrated Joy Day!

 

With the holidays fast approaching, the teachers at Dearcroft wanted to plan a special morning for all of the children at the school to enjoy.

In keeping with the Montessori Pedagogy, each child was grouped based on mulit-ages, ranging from 18 months to 13 years.  Each student was put into a special group: Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph and they rotated throughout the morning, spending time at each station. The older children helped the younger children with crafts, they read stories, they danced, and they held their hands through each transition.

Joy day was filled with music, laughter, critters, creatures, stories, sparkles, stickers, glue, music, and lots of fun!

 

From our Dearcroft Family to yours, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Thank you for coming to The Fundraising Gifts From the Heart Shopping Event

Gifts from the Heart SHOPPING EVENT

On Friday, December 8th the students from the Senior Elementary class executed a plan they came up with after a visit to the downtown Oakville location of Ten Thousand Villages.  The students met the amazing energetic store manager Esther and learned that Ten Thousand Villages is largely a volunteer based, non-profit organization that works to empower artisans in developing countries through long term business relationships. Their 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.

 

From this initial visit and eventual follow up visits; ‘Gifts From the Heart’ – A Shopping Event was born.  The students wanted to put together an event to support Esther and the Ten Thousand Villages organization and learned they could fundraise for the Gift of Hope Fund. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Gift of Hope Funds, which has been established to help purchase equipment or for the emergency needs of artisans.

Students, teachers and Ten Thousand Villages’ volunteers worked hard to set-up the magical holiday shopping event in the West Wind Junior High Building.  Family and friends purchased hand-crafted items from Ten Thousand Villages, and books from Barefoot Books.  The creations made by Dearcroft students was exceptional! Everyone enjoyed the fair-trade, coffee, tea and hot chocolate and baked treats from the bake sale. Thank you to our Senior Elementary and Junior High students who handled the gift wrapping, managed the retail stations, and greeted all the visitors!

Following our event we heard from Esther and she expressed her thanks in the email written below.

“Dear all Dearcroft staff and students,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for organizing the Gifts From The Heart event held on the 8th of December. I really admire your organizational skills, all the extra time you put into this event made it successful. Indeed, it was a successful day for Ten Thousand Villages. My team and I enjoyed our time at the event.

 

All your efforts you have put into the event will be going to help the needy artisans around the world.
I have not balanced the sales yet, but we will be sending you the total amount of sales made on that date.

Please forward our appreciation to the parents who came to support the event.

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you!”

Esther Tchando

Manager, Ten Thousand Villages, Oakville

 

For more information about share the joy of giving please go to:

https://www.tenthousandvillages.ca/

 

A Positive Introduction to Sports!

Little Kickers  Oakville soccer class comes to Dearcroft!

  The Toddler and Prima Casa Classes have  looked forward to  gym time these last couple of weeks! They seemed to really enjoy their time with coach Larry  who owns the franchise for  Oakville and Southwest Mississauga. Coach  Larry tailored each class to the  specific age groups and was able to engage the children in such a fun, imaginative way.

They warmed up by doing some stretches before they played games with the soccer balls and nets.

 

During their 30 minute sessions in gym the  children  were introduced to the basics of soccer (dribbling, striking, goal scoring etc.) in a play-oriented yet structured format, using child-friendly but realistic soccer equipment.

Each child was given the opportunity to work within their ability level but taught in a group environment.

At little Kickers:

We give your children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality soccer skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment.

There are four different classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven years of age.

For more information please go to

https://www.littlekickers.ca/signupdetails.aspx?Fran=280&venueid=772