To All The Teachers at Tall Pines
My husband and I, wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” and yet that does not seem like a strong enough statement.
I am not sure that we, as young adults, took the time to realize the importance of our teachers in our everyday lives. And yet, now as parents, we see how they have a direct impact on our children's growth. As I look back,now I distinctly remember the names of those teachers who helped me grow, taught me to laugh at myself and helped me see the potential in myself.
As parents, we have seen our children grow up in the wonderful world of Tall Pines. We have seen them develop into individuals who have an appreciation for their community and acquire a curiousness about WHY things are the way they are. We have seen both Matteo and Emilio open their minds to possibilities, to challenges and question the status quo.
As parents, knowing that we could bring our children to a school everyday into an environment where their values were based on integrity; the nurturing of a community; the focus on learning; the strive for excellence; and the learning of the social aspects of respect to others being just as important as to respect themselves. These all being an extension of the same beliefs practiced at our home.
My husband and I wanted to thank each one of you that have been involved in encouraging, mentoring, influencing and teaching our children. Your kindness. Your empathy. Your patience. Your care and your concern have not gone unnoticed. Both Matteo and Emilio will remember that you took the time to listen. That you stopped to ask them how they were. They'll remember the laugher. They'll remember the experiences and they too will remember the teachers that helped them grow and tap into their potential!
At the end of the day, what has mattered is each of YOU from Casa to the Zone. Thank you for being a part of our children’s lives in helping them grow as individuals.
Thank you, we will miss you guys!!
Matteo, Emilio, Joseph and Bianca
Yesterday our school ran a Track and Field Meet at Chinguacousy Park for the SSAF. Over 650 students attended from schools all over the GTA. It was a great day, not only for our students, but for all the students who attended.
Today was our Grades 1-3 Poetry Presentations in the gym. The students presenting were chosen by their peers after presenting in their class. It is always an amazing experience to see these wonderful students perform a poem they have memorized.
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come out to our Montessori "Let Me Show You", on Saturday. Our parents were 'wowed' and inspired by their children. Our students presented Montessori materials to their parents and showed them what they have been working on in the classroom.
The kids are getting on the bus. The ETA for the bus returning to the school is 4:00.
Over the course of the last month, we have had the privilege of welcoming authors Ted Staunton and Richard Scrimger into the Zone to guide the students with their creative writing. There have been three visits so far, where Mr. Scrimger and Mr. Staunton have taught the students extensively on how to brainstorm, compose, write, and the hardest part - finish a story.
The students have come up with some interesting ideas, from being trapped inside a video game to archaeologists digging around an active volcano! The authors will be collecting the stories for editing and sending them back to the students on how to improve their writing. What a great opportunity!
In April the authors will be returning to the school when The Zone launches it's anthology.
A couple of weeks ago we invited all the parents of students in our preschool (Infant, Toddler, Prima Casa, and Casa) to come in and watch a movie about what a day looks like to their son/daughter. It was special evening for all parents involved because most parents don't have the opportunity to spend an extended amount of time in the class. This was a glimpse into what makes us such a special place to have your son/daughter.
In September (as part of a year long Math and Science focus), we challenged our staff to "Make Math Fun Again". I hope you will join us on Thursday, November 24th as all our classes from Grades 1-8 (including all Montessori Elementary classes) open their doors and welcome you in to see what this looks like.
After a lunch break the students returned and finished up the projects....
We have two traditions here at Tall Pines when it comes to Remembrance Day. The first is an Assembly, run by our Grade 4 students, for the rest of the school and the second is that our Grade 7 & 8 Zone students take part in the Official Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Brampton Cenotaph. Both traditions allow our students to properly respect the day and also understand the importance of remembering those that have fallen in the service to our country.
Follow the child, they will show you what they need to do…….
Today, the directresses in Prima Casa 2 followed the lead of the children in their quest to stay outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Instead of going inside to work, we brought our classroom outside. Together we carried out the shelves, tables, chairs, and mats. We set up an outdoor classroom and the children could not have been happier. The level of excitement and engagement was amazing! Everyone got right to work and completed a fantastic work cycle. Who knew that we would be able to do this in November.
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Terry was an active teenager who was involved in a large variety of sporting events. Terry was only 18 years of age when he was given the devastating diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and became forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in the year 1977.
Our school will be participating in the Terry Fox run in memory of Terry, and everything he did and accomplished. Each student is asked to collect pledges. As a school if every student collected 10 dollars’ worth of pledges we would reach our goal of 3,500 dollars. Our prefect leadership team promises that if we reach our goal of 3,500 dollars they will be dying (with coloured hairspray) their hair our school colours (blue and orange).