Dearcroft Trafalgar Crossing Virtual Open House

Virtual Open House Dearcroft Trafalgar Crossing

297 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville

Dearcroft Growing with our Community

Toddler to Elementary

Wednesday, January 19th & February 2nd 2022

8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

 

We are excited to announce that Dearcroft is growing with our community and opening an additional location this September 2022, in north Oakville.  Dearcroft was founded in 1968 and is one of Canada’s original Montessori schools and is a long-standing pillar of Oakville’s private school community.  This new space will provide an opportunity for more children to learn in our well established Montessori programs.  

Join us for a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 19th & February 2nd from 8:00-9:00 p.m. to learn more about our new location, Montessori education and our programs offered from Toddler through to Elementary. 

The Dearcroft Trafalgar Crossing Campus, located at 297 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville, will offer programs from Toddler (18 months – 2.5 yrs), Casa (2.5 – 5 yrs), through to Junior Elementary (Grades 1 -3).

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.

To RSVP to our Virtual Open House please email: info@dearcroft-montessori.com 

Toddler Program

 

Casa ProgramCasa work program

Elementary Program (Levels 1-3)

Junior Elementary group activitieshiking, exploration, nature learning, Junior Elementary, Dearcroft Montessori
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Elementary And Junior High Students Return To Online Learning

Further to Premier Ford’s announcement today, we would like to advise you of the following information with respect to our return to school.
The Elementary and Junior High, Levels 1 to 8, will begin on-line learning on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, and return to in-class learning on Monday, January 17th, according to today’s announcement.  We will continue to follow mandated guidelines and update you accordingly as information is made available to us.
You will receive an email from your classroom teachers with a link for a class meeting on Wednesday morning at 9:30 am to begin the week.
 Work packages for Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary will be ready to collect as of 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9th.  Junior High students will not need to pick up packages.  Please watch for further details from your classroom teachers.
For registered Arts Club students, please note that Arts Club will be moving to on-line starting next week.  Mrs. Campbell will set up a Zoom link and forward by separate email.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we now pivot to on-line as quickly as possible and we hope to see our students back on campus very soon!

Return To School – All Levels Toddler to Junior High- January 5th

Further to the Ontario Chief Medical Officer’s announcement yesterday, we are planning on a return to school date of Wednesday, January 5, 2022 for all levels from Toddler through Junior High.

Dearcroft will continue to maintain our strict COVID-19 policies as we’ve already had in place, including, but not limited to placement of air filters in every classroom, keeping windows open as much as possible, and keeping our materials, classrooms and common areas clean on a daily, ongoing basis.
A new measure Dearcroft will be implementing, with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will be the use of non-fit-tested N95 masks for all staff at Dearcroft.  Non-fit-tested N95 masks meet the same NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) standards as fit-tested N95s but have not been, and are not required to be, fit-tested.  The Ministry of Education will require all licensed child care staff to have the option to wear either medical/surgical masks or the non-fit-tested N95 masks provided by government.  As soon as these masks are made available to Dearcroft, we will commence this new measure.
For those families who did not collect rapid tests before the holidays, we will have 1 rapid test available per child (1 test only, not a kit of 5 tests) to collect on Tuesday, January 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Once we have received further information on protocols from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, we will provide an update on Tuesday, January 4th.
Together, our teamwork will help us see a safe start to the second term.  We are especially appreciative of your on-going caution of keeping your children home if there is any uncertainty or symptoms that could spread to others.
The Dearcroft staff sends their gratitude for your efforts at keeping classrooms safe for all.
Thank you kindly and please stay safe, as we head into the new year.  Happy New Year to you and your family!

Director’s Letter Holiday Season

Dear Parents,

Director's Letter - Growing with our CommunityAs the Fall Term gives way to the festive season and we eagerly approach the holidays, we are so grateful for a wonderfully successful and productive start to our school year.  Everyone has worked so hard to maintain a safe, happy, and healthy learning environment built on a foundation of gratitude, positivity, and kindness.  It has been tiring and at times challenging, but everyone has risen to the occasion and all our staff and students have flourished since the return to campus.  With the winter solstice now just days away, we are grateful to know that the days will soon be getting longer and that the chance to enjoy some long-awaited rest and relaxation with our family, friends and loved ones is just around the corner.

By the time we gather again in the New Year we will have navigated nearly two years of unforeseen and unprecedented challenges.  A time of great uncertainty that we’ve weathered together, ultimately buoyed by a renewed sense of purpose and commitment.  In fact, through this period we have experienced a profound growth in interest for our programs.  Many parents are looking for more stable and secure learning opportunities for their children.  The pandemic has in fact illuminated the reality that not all children in our community and across Halton region have experienced the same level of happiness and ease of transition back into classroom-based learning.  Most of these families are looking for stability, attention to detail and strength of experience, the qualities of a Montessori education and the core values of a school community like ours.  In short, we have a lengthy waiting list at virtually all levels of our enrollment.  A waiting list that in fact rivals the scale of our total student population.

As we approach our 55th year of operation as Oakville’s third oldest independent school and our community’s original Montessori school, we are now planning the future steps essential to securing the growth and sustainability of Dearcroft’s long term path.  The Covid journey upon which we have been traveling has revealed the vulnerability of all businesses and sectors in our economy including education, exposing the importance of operational efficiencies, strategic planning, and planning despite uncertainty.  The word pivot, although now one we’re all likely sick of hearing, has in fact become a lexicon of everyday life.

With all these factors in mind, and after much consideration of the needs of our community, we are excited to announce that we are planning to open an additional location next September 2022, growing with our community in north Oakville.

Opening the 2022-2023 school year at Trafalgar Crossing, a beautiful and exciting new development at the SW corner of Dundas and Trafalgar, our new additional location will feature state of the art space created in partnership with the Sigma Group, one of Canada’s premier builders of hospitality space.  Sigma’s founders are supporters of the Montessori model of education, and we are excited to work together to create this beautiful new learning environment, which is planned primarily to serve the needs of Toddler and Casa students.

With Dearcroft soon being able to offer quality Montessori education to more families in Oakville, we will strengthen our position as a leader in our education community, adding depth of programing and helping ensure growth of a balanced pattern of enrollment at of both our Lakeshore and new North Oakville campus.

As we move forward with the opening of the new location, we will be sure to share more details of the evolution of this exciting new project! In the meantime, on behalf of all our staff, the Phippen family and indeed all members of our school community, we wish you a truly magical holiday season.  A special time of celebration, together with your family and friends.  Be well, stay safe and warmest wishes for a healthy, happy, and uplifting year ahead.

Warmly,

Gord & Lynda Phippen

Dearcroft Growing with our Community

Dearcroft Growing with our Community

Dearcroft Growing with our Community

Opening the 2022-2023 school year at Trafalgar Crossing, a beautiful and exciting new development at the SW corner of Dundas and Trafalgar, our new additional location will feature state of the art space created in partnership with the Sigma Group, one of Canada’s premier builders of hospitality space. Sigma’s founders are supporters of the Montessori model of education, and we are excited to work together to create this beautiful new learning environment, which is planned primarily to serve the needs of Toddler and Casa students.

With Dearcroft soon being able to offer quality Montessori education to more families in Oakville, we will strengthen our position as a leader in our education community, adding depth of programming and helping ensure growth of a balanced pattern of enrollment at both our Lakeshore and new North Oakville campus.

As we move forward with the opening of the new location, we will be sure to share more details of the evolution of this exciting new project! In the meantime, on behalf of all our staff, the Phippen family and indeed all members of our school community, we wish you a truly magical holiday season. A special time of celebration, together with your family and friends. Be well, stay safe and warmest wishes for a healthy, happy, and uplifting year ahead.

CBC’S Canadian Music Class Challenge – Dearcroft Students make it into the top ten for their performance of “Hey Dum, Diddley Dum”

Congratulations to our Junior Elementary Levels 1-3 students for entering into the CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge and making it into the top ten for their performance of “Hey Dum, Diddley Dum”. 🎶

Our Junior Elementary music video, where students perform “Hey Dum Diddely Dum” by Sharon, Lois, and Bram, for submission to the CBC music competition.  CBC puts on a school contest every year and they provide a list of Canadian musicians and songs to choose from.  This year the level 1,2,3 chose Hey Dum Diddly Dum by Sharon, Lois and Bram and the level 7’s chose I wonder by Shawn Mendes.

https://youtu.be/Wfe8RsYQLmA

Thank You – Toy Drive For Shawanaga First Nation

TOY DRIVE FOR SHAWANAGA FIRST NATION

Thank you to our incredible Dearcroft Montessori Community for showing your support and generosity by participating in the Toy Drive for Shawanaga First Nation.
Dearcroft held a toy drive for the children of the Shawanaga Nation.  Beginning November 29th Dearcroft collected unwrapped toys to help support the families of the Shawanaga Nation.  Each student was invited to bring in a toy of something that a student of their age might enjoy.  The toys were collected by our good friend, an  from our good friend, Doug Pawis ( an Anishnbe elder from Shawanaga First Nation)  this past Friday, December 3rd, and delivered to the Shawanaga Nation children in time for Christmas.