Hello parents and students,
We are Hugh and Holly from the West Wind Junior High classroom. This term our classroom has been studying First Nations. Moreover, we just finished an eight-week independent study project on the Residential School System.
Residential Schools have had a lasting and multigenerational impact on First Nations all across Canada. Additionally, many modern First Nations currently lack access to education. For this reason, we are organizing an Orange Shirt Day fundraiser to help raise awareness of the lasting impacts of residential schools, as well as helping to improve the access to education for a Northern First Nation community.
We ask on Tuesday, December 15 every student wear an Orange Shirt to spread awareness of the effects residential schools have had on First Nations. Additionally, we are asking for any donations, small or large, from the Dearcroft community. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity SchoolBox North, which is helping the Wabauskang First Nation community improve their access to education. This community located in Dryden Ontario is currently lacking a classroom, and the children have to drive an hour to get to school and an hour back each day. We are trying to buy them the necessities of a classroom such as desks, chairs and computers. The donations would greatly benefit this community, and we thank you in advance for your support.
If you are able to, we ask you donate to SchoolBox North through the link below:
For more information about please check out this blog series trying to dispel myths and educate people about indigenous issues. https://apihtawikosisan.com/2013/10/from-residential-schools-to-the-first-nations-education-act-colonialism-continues/
Winter Term Skating Program at Canlan Ice Sports
Our skating sessions for this year’s Winter Term Phys-Ed program for the Elementary and Junior High students is off to a great start! We are so pleased to carry on another Dearcroft tradition.
For the Senior and Junior High sessions, we will have two pads of ice at our disposal.
We use one for shinny hockey and the other for skating and developmental
In order to carry out this program tradition, we are so appreciative for all of the support
from parent volunteers.
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.
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 Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice:
Often parents come to the realization that Montessori is the perfect alternative that can deliver all the benefits of homeschooling.
Regarding traditional schools, Maria Montessori wrote: “education is…largely directed toward the suppression or bending of the child’s will, and the substitution for it of the teachers will which demands from the child unquestioning obedience.” The Montessori Method is based around the finding that children have an inherent desire to learn. Montessori schools provide an individual program enriched with hands- on learning materials that focus on practical life skills. The classrooms are designed to mimic a forest, where children can walk freely.
Maria Montessori realized that the goal of education should be creating independence for students. She found that teachers are most effective when working as observers, directing the innate psychological development of children. A Montessori school feels like a home.
Montessori schooling has created some of the most innovative minds of our time, such as Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon founders. Montessori education provides students with freedom to pursue their own interests, inspiring a genuine life-long passion for learning.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not just by listening to words, but also by experiences in the environment.”- Maria Montessori
Schedule a tour today to discover why Dearcroft Montessori School is your natural choice.
Open House is Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.