The Dearcroft Montessori School, Senior Elementary, Grade 6 class, performing “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen on acoustic guitar for the CBC Music Contest called the Canadian Music Class Challenge 2020.
Dear Toddler and Casa parents,
Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Premier Doug Ford provided the long awaited announcement that schools will not be reopening again this school year.
It has been decided that while the Province is moving into stage 1 of reopening, both the Minister and the Premier feel that they cannot risk the safety of Ontario’s students at this time. Although a disappointing announcement for all, considering today’s status of recovery in our province, we are understanding and supportive of this decision.
Looking ahead, while the Province continues to adjust its course, and as new information comes to light, the Education Minister did commit to providing announcements regarding the September school year before the end of June. It was suggested that work on new protocols is already being discussed. We as a staff and administration, continue to monitor all directives and will prepare for this input as we plan for September.
In addition to planning the logistics for reopening on campus, Dearcroft will follow all new protocols and guidelines as they come from the Provincial and Regional Education and Health Ministries.
Of primary concern moving forward, we will prioritize the safety of our students and staff. Like you, we greatly anticipate our return to our school campus next fall. We will continue to update you on related developments and thank you all sincerely for your ongoing support.
Gord Phippen, Catherine DeBorba and the Dearcroft Staff
Spring has Sprung! Our Toddlers are jumping into the season with such joy!
Spring is here and our Toddlers can’t wait to jump in the mud puddles and run around outside!
“We’re glad mom and dad dressed us for outdoor play – boots, splash pants and mittens will keep us warm and dry!”
We’re wearing Muddy Buddies – super cute and practical, but not required! 🙂
‘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!
Please join us for Saturday, February 3, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Every February we welcome parents and children, family and friends to tour our campus and ask questions about Dearcroft Montessori.
Celebrating 50 years… Dearcroft Montessori was established in 1968 and has remained family owned and operated throughout its history by a team of dedicated Montessori educators.
As Oakville’s original Montessori School and the third oldest Independent school in our community, Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.
Our nurturing, highly dedicated staff take great pride in providing a naturally beautiful, warm and engaging learning environment for our students. Dearcroft offers programs for Toddlers to Grade 8, through a dynamic, highly enriched learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community.
Our highly experienced and qualified staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development.
What parents are saying:
“The owners, teachers and staff at Dearcroft are wonderful, caring people. The Montessori method, which allows children the freedom to focus where they’re most interested at times, and return to what challenges them most, in a compassionate way, is incredible. It’s amazing how children can flourish when properly supported, and we feel extremely privileged to have our children enrolled in such a school that provides such support. The gorgeous treed campus is a child’s wonderland. ”
According to my daughter: “We learn so much, in fun ways. We get lot’s of opportunities to do projects. My teachers are so nice. Learning from all the variety of materials is so helpful.”
Matt Gilgan ~ Parent in Junior and Senior Elementary
“Oliver, our three-year-old son has really enjoyed his time with all the schoolmates and teachers in Dearcroft and we are so thankful that he has been very well taken care of considering the big changes that he was going through with his change of school. We still remember that on the first day we brought Oliver to school that he barely looked back and cried as he entered the class. I’m very attentive on these tiny details which show that my little one felt at ease since day one. We have been incredibly impressed with Dearcroft’s nurturing, caring and professional approach to child education. I think we have met the most passionate and professional Montessori educators in Dearcroft.
Thank you so much for all you have done in making our son feel comfortable, cared for and safe.
As a Dad, I can only wish that Oliver’s next journey will be filled with the same joy and excitement for learning that he has found in Dearcroft.
We love Dearcroft and we are glad to be part of the Dearcroft family.”
~Sissy Yu and Roger Jie Luo (Oliver’s parents)_ Prima Casa
“What Dearcroft Means to me is a place where my children get to experience a community and personal relationships with their teachers. They have been nurtured and cared for in ways that they wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere.”
~ Monica Kwias Parent
My Dearcroft…. student’s perspective:
“Dearcroft is my home, it is a safe place and I love it here. In Dearcroft no one hurts another person mentally or physically. At Dearcroft our teachers teach us not only about work but also about responsibility, kindness, initiative, and humor.”~ Senior Elementary Student
“Dearcroft means helpful because everybody helps me in their own way. I am thankful for going to the best school ever! Every year we go on a trip for 3 days. We go to Camp Muskoka!” ~ Junior Elementary Student
“To me Dearcroft means love. It means family. Whenever I’m feeling sad my friends and teachers know what to do. My Dearcroft is always trying to make the world a better place in every way we can.” ~Senior Elementary Student
“I went to Dearcroft Montessori from Casa to Grade 8 – The full eleven years. The two parts of Dearcroft that really stood out to me was the sense of community and the love of learning that has carried onto the rest of my education. The eleven years I spent at Dearcroft will forever be in my dearest memories. “~ Emma – Graduate
We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House… Saturday, February 3rd 2018. Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.
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