Learners for Life
How Montessori Education Builds Lifelong Learning
In the school dynamic, June is a time for preparing for next steps. As teachers and parents, we reflect on the growth of each child and how well prepared they are for the next stride in their educational journey. Our toddlers now are capable and independent youngsters and our CASA students gain new skills and confidence each day. Our 5s are ready to journey upstairs to the new level of elementary, both literally and figuratively, and our elementary students have built new knowledge based on their discoveries. Of course our M9s are off to new learning adventures beyond the Montessori school. It is so exciting to send these students to this next stage of education. Although we will miss them on a daily basis, we are confident that their years with us have prepared them well for this important next step. As our graduates prepare to leave us, we are thankful for the HSC community because we know they never go too far! Our unique College allows us as teachers to indulge in the luxury of watching our graduates grow and flourish beyond our walls. On Friday night, we joined other HSC teachers at the annual graduation dinner for our Grade 12s. What a privilege to see the wonderful young men and women they have become and to reflect on how their initial educational steps were through our Montessori doors. As those grads head off to university, I am reminded that while it may look like a leap, it is just another step like the ones our toddlers, CASA and elementary students took this year. A step they were prepared for as their gait is confident and the ground of their path solid and secure.
As we head into the summer here are just a few reminders as you hit the stores for summer shopping. While the demands of toilet training allow us to make some accommodations for the toddler uniforms, students are expected to be in full College uniform from age 3 up. Please remember pants and shorts are grey for the boys or black watch (shorts, pants, tunics) for the girls, shoes are polishable black leather and sweaters need to be school ones. Socks are green for the girls and grey for the boys. The uniform provides us with a sense of pride as a College and helps children form a connection to their fellow students and our community. We thank you in advance for your co-operation.
Pride & Joy
Congratulations to Dr. Cascioli ’07, Montessori Graduate and HSC Alumni, on completing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Danielle started as an M3 student and continued as an “HSC Lifer”. Here she is pictured with three of her Montessori teachers highlighting the lifelong bonds created at HSC.
Values in Action
As we near the end of the academic year, it becomes a point of reflection. The M9s are preparing for a new step in their lives as they look toward their future. We are certain that they have learned many valuable academic skills which will serve them well, but more importantly we know that they have benefitted from many years of nurturing and the building of their love of learning. The values of our school are brought forward to the children over their years with us, and over the past year, they have modelled these important personal attributes for the younger students. Now, as they progress, we hope that they will carry our message further, teach others about our school promise, wear their pin or keep it safe as special memory of their time with us. We now look to our 8s to accept the role of school leader and to demonstrate the values of our school for the next academic year.
End of Year Trips – June 20, 2016
Twin Valley Zoo
The M3 and M4 students will travel by bus to the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo. The bus will leave HSC at 8:45 a.m. and will return in time for regular 11:30 a.m. dismissal/lunch. All M3 and M4 students will attend this trip during the morning session. The students are asked to wear their school uniforms, but to be in comfortable, weather-appropriate outerwear and shoes (hats, sunscreen, raincoats, etc. as necessary). Parent volunteers are not required for this trip.
Centreville Amusement Park
The M5 and M6 students will travel by bus to Centreville Amusement Park at Toronto Island. The bus will leave HSC at 9:00 a.m. and will return to the school at 3:00 p.m. Students are asked to wear their school uniforms, but to be in comfortable, weather-appropriate outer wear and shoes (hats, sunscreen, etc. as necessary). Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parent volunteers are needed for this trip, if you’re interested please e-mail Ms. Malar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Lion Safari
The M7s will travel by bus to African Lion Safari, departing the College at 8:45 a.m. and returning in time for regular 3:20 p.m. dismissal. The students are asked to be in their HSC uniform, but to wear running shoes and to bring a swimsuit, towel, hat, sunscreen, etc. They are also asked to pack a water bottle, a healthy lunch and $5 for a snack.
M8 and M9 students will be playing team games and putting on a talent show for one another during the morning. They will continue their day by having a picnic for lunch on HSC campus. Students are asked to bring their own healthy lunch and snacks from home. In the afternoon the students will be going swimming at Westmount Pool.
Play Day – June 21, 2016
In the afternoon students will participate in a variety of fun-filled outdoor activities.
Children are reminded to bring their gym kit and proper footwear in order to participate safely. Please provide your child with sunscreen and a hat for protection from the sun.
Graduation – June 22, 2016
The Montessori 9 and Grade 4 Graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the Virtue-Fitzgerald Centre for the Arts.
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