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Retired Officer Jean Marc Lavictoire pays a special visit to Dearcroft

 

Dearcroft staff and students would like to express our sincere appreciation to retired Master Warrant Officer Jean Marc Lavictoire for taking the time to be with our students last week.

Mr. Lavictoire visited with students to share his experience in the Canadian Armed Forces and the importance of remembrance.

Older students gained insight into some of his varied experiences both on and off the field, ranging from Peacekeeping to coordinating services for injured soldiers.

They were left with a message that every action has a consequence.

Younger students appreciated light chats with this “hero” as well as a chance to share a hug with someone who has sacrificed for our country. Thank you for taking the time to bring your experience to another generation!

 

Welcome back!

A warm welcome back to the new academic year.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Parent Information Session Wine & Cheese last evening.  We look forward to an amazing year at Dearcroft Montessori School and thank you all for being a part of our Dearcroft Community. Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Information night scheduled on November 1st called Next Level Program. This is a great informative evening that will provide explanations for all levels, Toddler through Grade 8.

A global presence for over a century, the Montessori method of education has enriched countless lives in schools around the world.

At Dearcroft each child is followed as an individual and a program is designed specifically to meet his or her needs.

Dearcroft builds the foundation of community,  global awareness, gratitude, a love for Canada, culture, the environment and most of all the love for learning. Children are free to be themselves, and to take initiative which inspires confidence, independence and most important, self-esteem.

Each child is celebrated, supported and guided.

Open House – February 2018

Please join us for Saturday, February 3, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Every February we welcome parents and children, family and friends to tour our campus and ask questions about Dearcroft Montessori.

Celebrating 50 years… Dearcroft Montessori was established in 1968 and has remained family owned and operated throughout its history by a team of dedicated Montessori educators.

As Oakville’s original Montessori School and the third oldest Independent school in our community, Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.

Our nurturing, highly dedicated staff take great pride in providing a naturally beautiful, warm and engaging learning environment for our students. Dearcroft offers programs for Toddlers to Grade 8, through a dynamic, highly enriched learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community.

Our highly experienced and qualified staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development.

What parents are saying:

“The owners, teachers and staff at Dearcroft are wonderful, caring people. The Montessori method, which allows children the freedom to focus where they’re most interested at times, and return to what challenges them most, in a compassionate way, is incredible. It’s amazing how children can flourish when properly supported, and we feel extremely privileged to have our children enrolled in such a school that provides such support. The gorgeous treed campus is a child’s wonderland. ”

According to my daughter: “We learn so much, in fun ways. We get lot’s of opportunities to do projects. My teachers are so nice. Learning from all the variety of materials is so helpful.”

Matt Gilgan ~ Parent in Junior and Senior Elementary

“Oliver, our three-year-old son has really enjoyed his time with all the schoolmates and teachers in Dearcroft and we are so thankful that he has been very well taken care of considering the big changes that he was going through with his change of school. We still remember that on the first day we brought Oliver to school that he barely looked back and cried as he entered the class. I’m very attentive on these tiny details which show that my little one felt at ease since day one. We have been incredibly impressed with Dearcroft’s nurturing, caring and professional approach to child education. I think we have met the most passionate and professional Montessori educators in Dearcroft.

 Thank you so much for all you have done in making our son feel comfortable, cared for and safe.

As a Dad, I can only wish that Oliver’s next journey will be filled with the same joy and excitement for learning that he has found in Dearcroft.

 We love Dearcroft and we are glad to be part of the Dearcroft family.”

 ~Sissy Yu and Roger Jie Luo (Oliver’s parents)_ Prima Casa

“What Dearcroft Means to me is a place where my children get to experience a community and personal relationships with their teachers.  They have been nurtured and cared for in ways that they wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere.”

~ Monica Kwias Parent

My Dearcroft…. student’s perspective:

“Dearcroft is my home, it is a safe place and I love it here. In Dearcroft no one hurts another person mentally or physically. At Dearcroft our teachers teach us not only about work but also about responsibility, kindness, initiative, and humor.”~ Senior Elementary Student

“Dearcroft means helpful because everybody helps me in their own way. I am thankful for going to the best school ever! Every year we go on a trip for 3 days. We go to Camp Muskoka!” ~ Junior Elementary Student

“To me Dearcroft means love. It means family. Whenever I’m feeling sad my friends and teachers know what to do. My Dearcroft is always trying to make the world a better place in every way we can.” ~Senior Elementary Student

“I went to Dearcroft Montessori from Casa to Grade 8 – The full eleven years. The two parts of Dearcroft that really stood out to me was the sense of community and the love of learning that has carried onto the rest of my education. The eleven years I spent at Dearcroft will forever be in my dearest memories. “~ Emma – Graduate

We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House… Saturday, February 3rd 2018. Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.

Information Session “Next Level” Night Follow-up

 

 Thank you to all  parents who were able  to  join us on Thursday, November 2nd 2017 for our “Next Level Night” event.

We really enjoyed having  you and your child in our classes.

   

Parents who attended had a chance  to see the  students in action in the  classrooms and were able  to see the students’ work and learn more about the each program curriculum, ranging from Toddlers (18 months)  to Junior High (13 years).

It was such a fun and  informative night!  Our students were eager to show their parents some of the wonderful Montessori materials that they enjoy  working  with on a daily basis.

Parents also had a chance to  hear about what makes each and every one of our classrooms such a great place, and how our programs differ from a traditional classroom approach.

 We really enjoyed seeing all of our Dearcroft families  attend this event.

Sincerely the Dearcroft Montessori Staff

The Importance of an Accredited Montessori School- Tips to Consider

Tips for looking into a Montessori School for your Family

According to the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) website:

“CCMA sets standards to protect the Montessori name.  Accreditation by CCMA is a way to help schools be accountable to each other, parents, and the larger community.  It also helps establish a consistency of standards and the preservation of the Montessori philosophy of education.  For parents, CCMA provides information and education to help make good choices and support their children in Montessori schools.”

A CCMA School offers your child:

  • A carefully prepared child-centred environment
  • Mixed age (family groupings) per classroom
  • An opportunity to progress at his/her own pace
  • Activity-based learning
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Co-operation, collaboration, not competition

A CCMA School offers you as a parent:

  • Ongoing feedback on your child’s progress
  • An invitation to participate in many aspects of school life
  • An environment where parents and teachers support each other with the desire to help your child be successful

 The best way to learn about a school is to attend an Open House or Visit the school for a Tour around the campus:

  • You want to ensure that the Montessori Environment is focused more on the student’s learning than on a Teacher’s Teaching.
  • It is an individualized, child-centred program.
  • The Montessori Environment also offers an enriched program tailored to meet the needs of each student.
  • Teachers guide, coach and facilitate each child’s learning through continuous observation and assessment.
  • Low student/teacher ratios
  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Individual and small-group lessons

 

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of their greater possibilities of their future .”.

Maria Montessori

 

Ensuring that you personally visit and spend time observing various Montessori Schools to make the most informed decision will put you at ease and help you envision your child thriving in this environment.

 In Montessori Schools children are treated as a whole person; they are respected and therefore they respect one another and their classroom.

Dearcroft provides programs for toddlers through Grade 8. We offer an intimate learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community. The comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development.

 

Please visit the CCMA website at cccma.ca for information and standards.

Come Visit The Dearcroft Montessori Campus situated on a beautiful, historic two-acre property, within walking distance of Downtown Oakville.

 Attend an Open House:

Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Information Session: “Next Level” Night

Come and experience Oakville’s Original Montessori School, celebrating 50 years of leadership and innovation.  Our campus is situated on a beautiful, historic two-acre property, within walking distance of downtown Oakville.

We invite you to discover why Dearcroft Montessori is your Natural Choice.  Join us on Thursday November 2nd, 2017 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, and why we have remained leaders in excellence for 50 years.

This informative evening will provide explanations for all of our levels, Toddler through Grade 8, and will be held in the main building located at 1167 Lakeshore Road East.  This event is for our current parents who would like more details about the next program level their child is entering, as well as for parents who are interested in learning more about Dearcroft.  This is a “must” attend event that will empower you in your decision-making.  We welcome any of your questions.

We have limited childcare spots available for the evening.

Please RSVP to info@dearcroft-montessori.com and indicate how many people will be attending and what program level you are interested in hearing about.

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