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/
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.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30p.m
A fundraising event held by Dearcroft staff & students in support of the work of Ten Thousand Villages.
Where: Dearcroft Montessori School Gymnasium
Bake sale & creations made by Dearcroft Students
Dearcroft is hosting a pop-up shopping event to support the Ten Thousand Villages downtown Oakville store. Our gymnasium will be transformed into a Christmas shopping market with items from at Ten Thousand Villages.
Dearcroft students will also be holding a fundraising bake sale that will include homemade crafts available for purchase.
Please extend the invite to your friends and family. You may collect your child from class between 1:30 to 3:30 pm to shop for ‘gifts from the heart’.
Please join us as we transform Dearcroft into a Winter Wonderland full of holiday cheer! This festive evening of light munchies and loads of entertainment will be fun for the whole family!
Ten Thousand Villages will be on site providing the opportunity to shop for some “gifts from the heart” with ten percent of proceeds going towards the Ocean School initiative. Each class is creating a gift basket to be raffled, with proceeds also going to Ocean School. Santa Claus will make a special visit between 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit with a craft, or if you are feeling very energetic, My Gym Oakville will help get our joyous sillies out with lots of movement and gymnastics! Stop by the ‘Parent Lounge’ to enjoy a yummy cocktail with tasty appetizers! Last, but not least, we will be joined by the children’s entertainer Bumbling Bert the Magician at 7:15 p.m.
Thank you to our sponsors of the Parent Lounge
Chris Handscomb, Investment Advisor & Family Wealth Management
A very big Thank You to our Community Partners:
Celebrating 50 Years!
On Friday June 15th, at Dearcroft Montessori School at 7:00 p.m. To end this school year, Dearcroft Montessori celebrated 50 years a school! Dearcroft’s alumni, friends, and families gathered for a relaxed, outdoor evening to celebrate Dearcroft’s Golden Anniversary with live music, great food and drinks!
We were excited to be joined by our ‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists. Mike provided our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes. Catered by a long-time business in the heart of Downtown Oakville, Seasons Restaurant who give back to the Oakville Community by catering many charity events. Serving up some special martinis and cocktails to commemorate this special occasion was Zirkova Vodka. Zirkova Vodka is partnered with Oceanic Global- the international creative non-profit committed to protecting the environment and world’s ocean against irrevocable damage. Dearcroft is delighted to partner with these philanthropic businesses who have a commitment to giving back, locally and globally. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s impact on the oceans and conservation of marine species.
Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation and Excellence in Education
On Wednesday June 20th, between 9:30am and 11:30am Dearcroft will be celebrating 50 years with the Students by having a big 50th fun fair! This community event will host 14 Oakville businesses that will be giving a hands-on experience of what their business has to offer the students at Dearcroft. The students will be kicking off the event with special song called “My Dearcroft” written by three Senior Elementary Students.
The students at Dearcroft Montessori will be dressed down for the day wearing Dearcroft colours to support fellow Student, Lia Goh on her efforts to raise money for POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) For Kids with Cancer for a fundraiser to support families at Sick Kids Foundation. Lia Goh is a cancer survivor who is in the Senior Elementary class at Dearcroft and feels very passionate about supporting such an amazing cause and will be bringing the funds that she has raised over the year to the POGO gala hosted in February of 2019.
‘AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION AND WINTER BLUES’
On Thursday March 1st, at the Moonshine Cafe in Kerr Village Dearcroft Montessori alumni, friends, and families gathered to chase away the ‘Winter Blues’... while celebrating Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary and spring’s imminent arrival!
MC for this milestone gathering was long time friend of Dearcroft and resident of Oakville… CBC/Hockey Night In Canada broadcasting host, Ron MacLean.
‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists provided our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes.
We raised money that evening to support a new scholarship honouring the memory of globally acclaimed documentary film maker Rob Stewart, a close friend of Dearcroft who died tragically in a scuba diving accident last year in Florida filming while filming a sequel to his remarkable movie, Sharkwater… a stunningly powerful film that alerted the world to the plight of sharks, the barbaric and unsustainable practice of shark finning and the emerging environmental crisis in the world’s oceans.
He inspired our students and people around the world through the brilliance of his work. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s affect on the oceans and conservation of marine species.
We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our ‘dearfriends’, ‘dearalumni’ and ‘dearfamilies’ on June 15th, 2018 for our big bash! More details to follow!