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. 

Dearcroft At Learn From Home – Second Term starts February 2022

Dearcroft At Learn From Home Second Term Starting Feb 22, 2022

 Registration for Second Term now open

Currently our Dearcroft Learn From Home students have been busy with various online and offline learning opportunities including:

Language: letter symbol and phonetic sounds, phonetic sound games, initial sounds
Math: numbers to 10 (symbol and quantity), teen symbol and quantity
Sensorial: smelling bottles (spices and herbs), matching colours together/to their environment, to material (provides lots of movement and dialogue for sharing thoughts and ideas about selected objects), stereognostic sense (mystery bag of objects worked with in practical life and sensorial activities)
Culture: Calendar, Seasons, Continents (Map of the World), Provinces (Map of Canada), Parts of a Tree (Arbory), Parts of a Leaf (Botany), Parts of a Horse, Parts of a Fish, Parts of a Bird
Practical Life: (Fine motor skills and gross motor skills) Nuts and bolts, cutting snippets, pouring water jug to cup, squeezing a sponge, sorting objects

For more information please email:

dearcroft.learnfromhome@gmail.com to learn more about our program

We are offering a virtual classroom learning experience uniquely designed for those unable to attend school in person.

Daily Online prep-program sessions conducted with an experienced Montessori trained teacher that will enrich your child with group and individualized lesson.

Lessons will consist of:

*Phonics

* Language

*Language enrichment

*Math

* Culture

*French

Montessori materials-based curriculum for children ages 3-7 years. All lessons are prepared and presented by experienced Montessori educators. A  daily online prep-program led by an experienced  Dearcroft Montessori School teacher providing enrichment for your child through group  and individual lessons supplemented with individualized work packages made available for non-contact pick-up.