SCHOOL CLOSURE FOLLOWING MARCH BREAK

Dear Parents,
Further to the announcement today by the Ontario Government for all publicly funded schools in Ontario to close, Dearcroft will also be closed for the two weeks following the March Break, from March 23rd to April 5th inclusive.
We request all staff and families who are currently travelling to continue to follow protocols as directed by Halton Region Health and monitor health for any signs and symptoms.  Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should seek medical advice by healthcare professionals.  If diagnosed with COVID-19, a doctor’s clearance note will be required before returning to school.
For families currently travelling, please note that we request you adhere to the 14 days of isolation upon your return to Canada, which may mean later than the date of April 5th!
Upon our return to school, the following protocols, but not limited to, will be implemented:
1.  All students and staff will be required to follow regular hand washing routines – stations in each classroom
2.  Students will be given lessons in proper hand washing technique (ie: minimum of 20 seconds etc.)
3.  Hand sanitizers are located in each classroom
4.  Increased cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces and materials will be conducted to include high-touch areas such as door knobs, light switches etc.
5.  Children or adults with symptoms of cold, cough, fever or flu like symptoms must stay home and be cleared by health professional before returning to school.
Protocols will continue to be implemented before and upon our return with student health in mind, and will be communicated as required.
It has been suggested by a health care professional that when your child returns home from school, they should wash their hands and all clothing should be removed and washed, as well as regular cleaning of home surfaces and toys.
For further information or questions on COVID-19, please visit the Halton Region Health Department website https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus
We appreciate that there will likely be more questions and we will do our best to communicate answers to you as soon as we can.  We appreciate your patience during this time, as our initial and top priority at the moment is everyone’s health and safety.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and put in place all necessary safety precautions for everyone’s return.
Kindly,
Catherine DeBorba & Gordon Phippen

 

Dearcroft Phoenix January 2020

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January – March 2020: Canlan Ice Sports

Our Skating Program for Elementary and West Wind Junior High Students started in January and will continue until March. This program teaches students the fundamentals of skating and the essential skills to participate in hockey, ringette, or figure skating.

Annual Winter Trip – Camp Wanakita: February 5th – 7th

Our Senior Elementary students participate in an annual Winter trip and this year they will be spending three days and 2 nights at Camp Wanakita. Students will enjoy a beautiful winter adventure on the 1,000 acre site, situated on the shores of Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands.

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2019: Reflecting on Another Eventful Year

Dear Parents,

Dearcroft Montessori, Director's Message

Reflecting upon yet another eventful year on our campus, following last year’s very exciting 50th anniversary year, there are many aspects of Dearcroft’s traditions that we continue to embrace and build upon.  Since mid-way through our fifth decade, we have steadily developed into a comprehensive Toddler to Grade 8 program.  We have pursued the development of academic space and teaching teams to serve the needs of families looking for a best practices, authentic Montessori experience for children, 18 month to 14 years of age.  Our students are guided by wonderfully dedicated teachers who enjoy working together to create harmonious and productive classrooms.  Learning environments where children are inspired and challenged.  A great sign of a successful school is the atmosphere one encounters upon walking in the front doors.  When visitors come to see our classes they are always amazed by the warmth of the atmosphere, level of focus and genuine degree of joy and happiness they observe.  We hear this constantly as well as familiar refrains of praise from those who host our students on class trips and school outings.  At Dearcroft, our students love school and being with their friends.  They love the community they have helped create and they reflect it beautifully when they represent us off campus as well.

As we look forward to Dearcroft’s next 50 years, we will remain true to what has made our school great while also being vigilant in maintaining our place of excellence in an ever dynamic and rapidly changing world.  Although Montessori education is timeless, many aspects that surround our school community are in constant evolution, driven by technology, changes in community dynamics and the general passage of time.  When Dearcroft was founded by my parents in 1968, Oakville was a much smaller community with a population of just over 20,000.  Dearcroft joined Appleby College and St. Mildreds on the independent school map that year and now, over half a century later we remain the third oldest Independent school in Oakville a community that is 10 times larger than it was then.  Looking ahead, it’s an interesting exercise to project how everything from population dynamics and demographics as well as general infrastructure development, including the creation of municipal facilities, can influence where people choose to live.  Certainly having a quality school in your neighborhood is a major draw for many.

As we have now been on our campus for over 40 of our 50+ years, we are looking forward to planned improvements to our faculty, updating and renovating our original school building.  As Oakville plans and carries out a massive re-build of it’s original downtown area, a little over a kilometer’s walking distance from our front gates, change and renewal will be in the air as 2020 approaches.  The natural beauty and ideal location of our campus has served us well over the decades.  Dearcroft remains a wonderful community tradition, highlighted by it’s natural beauty and perfect location in the heart of Old Oakville.  We are so fortunate to be able to serve our families in such a naturally inspiring and carefully planned setting.  In an environment that was designed carefully and with much thought, so many years ago.  In the early years, my parents, Peter and Barbara had a wonderful vision for a unique and special school community.  They followed their hearts and ambition without compromise.  Along with our amazing team of gifted and enthusiastic educators and you and your amazing children we continue on this journey of learning together.  We are thankful for the opportunity to carry on such a wonderful tradition and thank you for your part in making Dearcroft such an amazing place to live and learn.  Thank you for another great year and your contributions to the very special Dearcroft story.

Warmly,

Gord Phippen
Director

‘Gifts from the Heart’ Thank You

Thank You!

Gifts of the Heart Event

Thank you to all of our Dearcroft Montessori community who attended out pop-up shopping fundraising event ‘Gifts from the Heart’ held by Dearcroft staff and students in support of the work of Ten Thousand Villages Canada. We raised $2328 to help global artisans and also have a small portion go towards supporting our West Wind Junior High Montessori students who have been raising money for their trip to New York City this February. They will be participating in a model United Nations conference. We are so thankful for everyone’s support.

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.