Information Evening, Thursday, Nov. 6th-7PM

Construction is nearly complete, and the children are thrilled with their new classroom. On Thursday we are having an information evening where you can find out everything you need to know about our new school. One of our current parents will be on hand to share her experiences and answer your questions.

RSVP at info@westsideschool.ca or be a rebel and crash our Information Evening.

Details:

511 Richmond Street West

Thursday, November 6th

7PM

Coffee

Tea

Munchies

See you then.

October 31, 2008. Information Evenings. No Comments.

Community in our Montessori Classroom

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Community is a word we often use and it’s something we’re all seeing and becoming a part of at Westside Montessori School. I’d like to share a few stories and examples with you to give you a sense of the close connection our students are feeling towards one another.

Just this morning, Ally was “making music”; she’d taken out the basket of instruments and was banging away on the bongo drums. Of course, her classmates heard the rhythm of her beats and glanced over. One by one, her peers, starting with Aiden, tidied up their activities and approached her mat on the floor. The question, “May I please join you?” was repeated several times by a number of children, until we had a full music band: tambourine, maracas, drums, bells and a number of other instruments. The children were laughing, giggling, singing and having a wonderful time. The best part? They spontaneously, without instruction from their teachers, took the activity out and became a band of musicians all on their own. The pride and excitement on their faces was wonderful to see. Check out the photos from today.

Presently, our community includes Daniel, Sam and the other workers who are busy with our construction. The children love to say good morning to the construction crew, wave to them, watch them working through the windows in the office, shake their hands and share baked goods with them. Last Friday, in honour of Thanksgiving, the children baked oatmeal and raisin cookies to share with the workers to show how thankful we are that they are all working so hard to create a “bigger school for us”. As delighted as we all are that the construction will be over in the next few weeks, we know the children will miss the workers.

Lastly, we are excited to let you know that our community is growing. As many of you know, we have hired Allison MacNeil as our Toddler Teacher. Allison helped us out immensely during our set up week in early September and will be joining us full time in January. We have, just this week, hired an assistant for the Toddler classroom. Her name is Yonina Friedman. Many of the children had a chance to meet her last week as she came in for a morning to observe and get a sense of what we’re all about. She made such an impression; she was the topic of conversation at Ally and Cameron’s dinner table that evening!

We’d like to invite all current families and those who have enrolled for January to join us in two weeks, on Halloween Day, Friday October 31st, for a meet and greet from 9 until 9:45 am. Feel free to come in costume; we will! We look forward to introducing you all to Allison and Yonina, the newest members of our community.

October 17, 2008. Classroom life. No Comments.

Construction…

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…what makes it so captivating to children? Is it the tools? Cameron and Myron would say so. Is it the demolition and rebuild?Owen would say so. Is it making cookies for the workers? Ellery and Ally would say so. Is it the eating of the cookies? Rowan and Jack would say so. Is it the ‘new bigger school’? Aiden would say so. Is it the new water pipes? Peter would say so. The children at Westside are just as excited as we are about the loud bangs, core drilling, assembling of pipes and wall construction that they have experienced in the past week. We all come in every morning enthralled as to what is happening with the construction!

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October 11, 2008. Construction. No Comments.

Construction has started - YAY!

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The phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” is what this post is all about. Demolition is complete and the walls started going up. Better yet, the 1987 fuchsia and turquoise motif of the old space is almost history - there were three dumpster loads of junk. Actually, it’s not “junk” in 2008 it’s “good used materials that will be sorted, recycled and put to use” - by someone who actually still likes fuchsia and turquoise cupboards.

Follow along with us. When this is done, we’re having a party. So, keep your ear to the ground for details.

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October 11, 2008. Construction. No Comments.