Lucky Lucy!

At Westside, as you may know if you are a parent who has a child at our school, nature and the outdoors are important. Yes, we are downtown and yes, green space is hard to find but yes, we do our best and make it our priority.

A few weeks ago I received an email from the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods. They were promoting their Park Clean Up day and also asking for volunteers for the summer to take care of some of the new saplings that the City had planted. What a great opportunity for the children. We quickly told them we were interested and are now the new care givers to a ginkgo tree just East of the playground (pretty convenient placement!). So today we headed down to TBP to pay our tree a visit,
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weed around the base of it, make sure the mulch was adequate,
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give it some water, chat with it and give it a name.

Now the naming part is always interesting with children who are between the ages of 2 and 6. You really never know what they are going to come up with (just ask Liz about the names they gave her for her baby!). After much though, deliberation and chatter they came up with (drum roll please) Lucky Lucy. How fantastic is that! And we think Lucy is pretty lucky. She (we hope it is a she) has 40 some children who are join to make sure that she is taken good care of over the summer!

July 4, 2012. Uncategorized. No Comments.

A Really Nice Article - written by a parent of one of our graduating children

So Liz, co-owner and full time Casa teacher at the school has had an article written about her in the Grid - she has taught the son of one of the writers, Christopher Shulgan for the past 4 years. In fact, this child was one of the original first children enrolled at Westside! And he graduated, completing the entire program. It is things like this that makes all the work of opening a school worth it!
Thanks for your kind words Chris.

Check out the article here.
http://www.thegridto.com/life/parenting/an-ode-to-the-forgotten-teacher/

July 3, 2012. Uncategorized, Articles. No Comments.

Another Surprise!

2 surprise baby showers within 1 month of each other is pretty exciting! The children at Westside have had the opportunity to see not 1 but 2 of their teachers go through pregnancy this year. It has been such a special and wonderful experience for us all. From the ext a special rubs and hugs the tummies get to the very inquisitive questions that we all have to answer, it has been wonderful experience. Last week the children and staff hosted a surprise shower for Liz. While Liz will be on maternity leave for the next year, she will be in the school on a regular basis with her babe on hip. We cannot wait!!!
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And all of us here cannot wait to see the final surprise, if Liz has a boy or a girl! Stay tuned!

July 3, 2012. Uncategorized, Classroom life. No Comments.