CCMA Associate Member Status Granted!

We are very proud to say that we had a visit from the Canadian Council for Montessori Administrators recently and they could not say enough kind and encouraging words about our school and Montessori program.

The CCMA is a “legally registered Canadian, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1977 to support Canadian Montessori administrators”. The CCMA helps to ensure parents that their child’s Montessori program meets standards established by the council that encompass all Montessori pedagogy, philosophy and methodogy. As the Montessori name is in the public domain, this is of the utmost importance. It is possible for any school to call itself a Montessori school, regardless of whether they offer an authentic Montessori program or employ Montessori trained teachers.

The CCMA’s mission is to “promote standards of excellence for Canadian Montessori Educators and programmes to help children reach their full potential”! This is something that we at Westside take to heart as well.

If you would like to read more about CCMA or even look for our name on their membership page go to There is a wealth of information!

February 25, 2009. Uncategorized. No Comments.

Information Evening on Wednesday, February 25th at 7 pm

We are hosting an Information Evening at the school next Wednesday. Come in for a tour, meet us and find out everything you need to know about Westside.

A few spaces are available for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Registration began on Feb. 1st.

RSVP at, subject Information Evening.


511 Richmond Street West.
From our website click on the ‘Contact’ gear. A map is available.

Wednesday, February 25th

7 pm

Childcare available



See you then.

February 16, 2009. Information Evenings. No Comments.

Geography Lesson

Last Wednesday, my friend, Craig, came in to speak to the Casa Classroom about his home country of New Zealand. He brought the children on an imaginary road trip from the northern tip of the North Island, down the coast to Auckland, next we continued down to Wellington. We then needed to drive our car onto a ferryboat to travel to the southern island. Our journey continued south along the eastern coast of New Zealand until we reached the southern coast. At this point, Craig had us all board an airplane and fly back to Auckland, where we needed to get onto another plane to arrive safely back in Toronto.

The children thoroughly enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures Craig brought in to share with the class. The scenery in New Zealand is absolutely breathtaking. They loved pretending to buckle their seat belts, roll down their car windows, and crank up the tunes in preparation for our adventure. Pack your bags, parents of Casa children, because I’m not the only one dreaming of a trip to New Zealand!

February 7, 2009. Classroom life. No Comments.