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Update- Ministry Announcement – School Closure

Dear Parents,

Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Premier Doug Ford provided the long awaited announcement that schools will not be reopening again this school year.  

It has been decided that while the Province is moving into stage 1 of reopening, both the Minister and the Premier feel that they cannot risk the safety of Ontario’s students at this time.  Although a disappointing announcement for all, considering today’s status of recovery in our province, we are understanding and supportive of this decision.

Looking ahead, while the Province continues to adjust its course, and as new information comes to light, the Education Minister did commit to providing announcements regarding the September school year before the end of June.  It was suggested that work on new protocols is already being discussed.  We as a staff and administration, continue to monitor all directives and will prepare for this input as we plan for September.

In addition to planning the logistics for reopening on campus, Dearcroft will follow all new protocols and guidelines as they come from the Provincial and Regional Education and Health Ministries. 

Of primary concern moving forward, we will prioritize the safety of our students and staff.   Like you, we greatly anticipate our return to our school campus next fall.  We will continue to update you on related developments and thank you all sincerely for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Gord Phippen, Catherine DeBorba and the Dearcroft Staff

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.

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.

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.

 

Now Accepting Applications for Toddler Program September 2018

Oakville’s original Montessori School Toddler Program!

“Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.” -Maria Montessori

The Toddler Program is for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. This is the period when children’s lives are the most formative, such that they absorb impressions from all aspects of their surroundings.

The Toddler Program is a community where a group of young children explore the world together. Toddlers work in a carefully designed environment where everything is child-sized. Children are expected to take on greater responsibility for themselves and eventually others.  Practical life activities include many of the everyday tasks children observe their parents doing at home. At Dearcroft Montessori our toddlers enjoy and take pride in caring for their environment, themselves and each other.

Our learning environment has a diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences. We have a schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted learning time. The bright and beautiful, spacious classroom encourages social interactions.

We work closely with parents in bringing the home environment in sync with the school environment. It is important that all children feel happy and safe in our school community.

We encourage you to come and book a tour of our school.

 

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.