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H2Osandcastlesgroup1.jpgNo Summer Session would be complete without a trip to this fabulous park at the Harbourfront. It is the perfect setting for a morning of sandcastle building. There are chairs for relaxing and the backdrop is active with planes taking off and landing at the Island Airport.
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July 29, 2010. Field Trips. No Comments.

Last Day of School

Last Friday, we celebrated the end of the school year with a trip to Centre Island. The children were delighted to have both a streetcar ride and a ferry ride in one day! We couldn’t have asked for better weather, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We had a wonderful day together: playing, chatting, running in the sprinkler and enjoying a fantastic picnic lunch from RFRK. Happy Summer!
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June 25, 2010. Field Trips. No Comments.

Earth Day at Riverdale

It has officially become a tradition that Westside spends Earth Day at Riverdale Farm. This year the trip was a huge success for many reasons.
We started out our day with a 9am trek to the streetcar stop at Spadina. Heading North on Spadina, East on College then hopping off for a nice walk up Sumach.
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“I see the farm!” “I see the horses!” “There are 2, 3, 4…there are 4 horses!” were the cheers we heard as the children picked up the pace.

The weather was perfect! We could not have asked for a more beautiful day! Rolling down hills…
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Watching our friends roll down hills…
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Exploring the barns…
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And a picnic provided by RFRK!
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Yummy!
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We want to give a special thanks to all of those parents who took the time out of their busy schedules to join us for this trip. Without all of you these trips could not happen. All of you help and support is what makes Westside, Westside! Thank you!
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And thank you to Amanda, the “Super-drivers”, Lulu and all of the RFRK team for filling our bellies with your yummy food! The special care you give us is very much appreciated! Thanks!

April 26, 2010. Field Trips. No Comments.

Our Ferry Ride

Sometimes it is not about where you are going but all about how you get there!

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March 30, 2010. Field Trips. No Comments.

We made the news: Yesterday’s Field Trip to City TV

Thanks so much to Roger Petersen of City TV for the wonderful tour yesterday. We loved looking at all the TV’s, computers, meeting your colleagues and we really had fun with Frankie Flowers, who helped us all learn about the weather. Thanks to Sonia, Jayden’s mom, for being so organized to make this available for us all to view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxZADVuatXc

August 19, 2009. Field Trips. No Comments.

Bonding with Bugs and Old Mac Donald…

During the past two weeks of summer camp the children have had a chance to experience animals big and small. Our visit from Bugs without Borders taught us all the importance of insects on our earth. Seeing, touching and feeling (and smelling!) all of these amazing creatures surely gave us all a new found appreciation for them.
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After learning about insets we decided to take our knowledge out in the field (park). A trip to the Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront proved to be a place to spot many flying and crawling creatures. Exploring up and down this beautiful garden in full bloom was quite an experience! And a little pit stop to have a look at the planes landing at the Island Aiport was a must.
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Delighted with all of the insects, Week 4, Old MacDonald, began with a visit from two of Toronto’s Mounted Police Officers. The children often see the officers riding by while playing in the playground and were quite thrilled to have them stop in for a visit. (And we thought the bugs were big!)
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Sticking with the theme on Wednesday we hopped on the Queen Street car and headed down to Nathan Phillips Square where the Farmers Market takes place weekly. Here were we met by Market Maria, aka Maria Solakofski who runs the Guerrilla Gourmet. Maria led us through a sensorial experience of the market, talking to us about the farmers and the food. Keeping all of the children completely captivated from start to finish, Maria ended our trip by teaching us a dance. We all formed a circle and learned the “Bee Dance”. Fluttering their wings, buzzing and shaking their bums the children flew back to the streetcar! Thank you Maria for such a wonderful time!
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We ended the week with a trip to the Toronto Mounted Police Stable in the Exhibition Place. It was a rainy walk there, but we braved it. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Paul, the Stable Manager. Paul took us on a walk through the stables and introduced us to some of the horses. Lucky for us, because of the rain the horses were training in the ring and we were invited to go and observe.
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The children were amazed and in awe at the horses and the officers and all of their ‘tricks’ (as the children called it). The ring is where there are a variety of obstacles set up that simulate real life situations, preparing the horses for what they may encounter on the streets of Toronto. Among these obstacles there was a smoke machine, a teeter-totter that the horses had to walk across, and a giant ball that the horses pushed around.
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Paul explained that eventually, when the horses were comfortable pushing the ball they would begin to push people, simulating a mob that they may encounter on duty. All in all this trip has definitely been a highlight of Summer Camp and I would like to thank all of the officers for their hospitality!
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July 29, 2009. Uncategorized, Field Trips. No Comments.

Community Gardening

The Alex Wilson Community Garden, located at 552 Richmond Street West, is a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The area is divided up into 40 plots, each tended by someone, or a group of people, from our community. Westside Montessori School has plot #34 and our thumbs are getting green! The Garden was initiated as a memorial to the life and work of Alex Wilson, a landscape designer, writer and community activist.

The children have been to the garden for a few visits and are thrilled to see the plants growing and hear the birds singing. Last Friday afternoon, Ellery, Cameron and I went for a walk to a greenhouse at Queen and Euclid, where we looked, felt and smelled our way through a variety of plants and flowers in search of the perfect inhabitants for our plot at the community garden. We look forward to a season of gardening, meeting our neighbours and relaxing at the garden.
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May 26, 2009. Field Trips. No Comments.

Earth Day at the Farm

A farm in the middle of the city…how perfect. On Wednesday April 22nd we all got a chance to step out and enjoy a trip to Riverdale Farm. Just a few short streetcar rides away from school we discovered horses, goats, a mother pig, a donkey, chickens and GIANT chickens (also known as turkeys). We witnessed a farmer milking a cow (some of us for the first time!) and the rain held off just long enough for us to make it back to school in time for lunch. The afternoon nap was epic…

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April 28, 2009. Field Trips. No Comments.

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