Programs

PROGRAMS
PRESCHOOL
KINDERGARTEN
GRADES 1 TO 3
PHONICS
PHYSICAL & OUTDOOR EDUCATION
THE ARTS
FRENCH
ASSEMBLIES & PUBLIC SPEAKING
CHARACTER & CULTURAL EDUCATION
MINDFULNESS
TECHNOLOGY
CLUBS
HOT LUNCH
EXTENDED CARE
PROGRAMS

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Programs

Children's Garden School has been providing co-ed Preschool-Grade 3 programming in Leaside for 30 years. We are located on Eglinton, east of Bayview. From Public Speaking to Track & Field, our students have very busy days! Please take a few minutes to learn about what CGS has to offer. Questions? Please contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at kscott@cgsschool.com or 416 423 5017 x 43.

PRESCHOOL

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Preschool (Early Start)

Choosing a preschool program for your child is a big decision and at CGS we know that there are many factors to consider. Is the staff caring? Is the environment safe? Will my child get enough playtime outside? Are snacks and lunches healthy? Will my child be stimulated academically? At CGS Early Start, the answer is yes. Our program is an exceptional balance of academic and gross motor learning in a warm and loving atmosphere. 

Parents have a choice of full-day, half-day or extended morning programs. Extended care is available for families who need it.

Our Program

At CGS we believe that the benefits and joy to be found in academic learning are not to be missed in preschool. Fresh air, healthy food and plenty of playtime is essential but it is also a wonderful time to gently introduce academic concepts. Many children are ready, even at this young age.

Early Starters love to learn their letters and sounds during their morning circle. Making connections with their written work after the morning lesson gives them a real sense of accomplishment. Table work includes guided printing exercises (including distinguishing between upper and lower case letters). Reading comprehension comes a little later in the year as the children mature. Early math concepts are introduced through Touchmath, a hands-on math program. Students explore patterns and values and gain facility with positional language.

Early Starters also receive instruction in French, music, visual art and physical education several times per week. 

All instruction, across the preschool curriculum, is delivered in a nurturing, relaxed, exploratory way, with a focus on seasonal themes.

Child development varies widely at this age and activities are always tailored to each child's abilities and come with lots of hugs and encouragement. Early Start students are still very little and we understand that, above all, school should be fun. 

In addition to our academic program, our preschoolers also have access to our full school-age curriculum. Students participate in assemblies, special events, concerts and classroom exchanges right alongside our JK through Grade 3 students. They love to be part of the action at school and reach a high level of comfort with school routines and activities. When the time comes to move on to JK, students are ready to do so with confidence. The transition is smooth and easy for parents and children alike. 

Choosing Early Start at Children’s Garden School allows parents to sit back and enjoy their child’s early years, knowing that their child's educational needs will be met for several years to come, well beyond their preschool and JK years.

Learn more about our Early Start classroom in action on our blog. Search Preschool or Early Start to find the latest stories.

 

KINDERGARTEN

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At CGS we believe that boys and girls of this age are very capable students. They take great pride and joy in their accomplishments and absorb information quickly. Our kindergarten curriculum is designed with these capabilities in mind. Classes have a maximum of 12 students. This highly desirable ratio of 12:1 enables our teachers to give students all the support and attention they need to thrive in our enriched environment. At a time when public school classrooms have grown much larger and more chaotic, class size has become a greater concern for more and more parents.

Small class sizes ensure that boys can be happily active, but still have the structure they need to stay on task and girls can progress quickly, in an environment that meets their desire to learn.

Also of note, our JK and SK curriculums are never combined. Academic abilities develop significantly during this time. SK at CGS is not a ‘lost’ academic year as it can be in the public system where JKs and SKs are in the same classroom. Our SK program gives children the skills they need to handle Grade 1 and the increased academic expectations that come with it.

The Basics

In JK, students are introduced to our outstanding phonics program, Remediation Plus. It is a consistent, thorough program that we have used with amazing success for many years. Students are typically reading independently by October of their SK year.

Being an early reader is exciting for students and their parents, however, it is the confidence that students gain as a result of this accomplishment that we value at CGS.

Children generally achieve this early literacy with ease and from the very beginning reading is a positive experience at CGS. As a result, students approach all areas of the curriculum with enthusiasm. For children who may encounter some obstacles, the varied visual, tactile and auditory approach of the Remediation Plus program enables teachers to identify optimum learning styles for each student very early on. Methods are adjusted quickly and appropriately. Students do not fall through the cracks at CGS.

Early literacy is a big focus at CGS but it is balanced with lots of time for math. Hands-on learning experiences and collaborative strategies play a large role in the JK and SK math curriculum. You will often see students on the floor, working together to solve math problems with manipulatives, crayons and large pieces of paper. In SK students call it their 'Think. Pair. Share.' approach to problem solving. Collaborative strategies are always encouraged and basic fact mastery is never overlooked. 

JK and SK students also follow an exciting Science curriculum with plenty of hands-on experiments to spark their love of enquiry.

The Extras

Kindergarten students participate fully in extra-curricular school life, an advantage that comes along with choosing a school that goes beyond the kindergarten years. JK and SK classes host full length Assemblies, sing in their own choir for the Holiday Concert and Final Assembly and take to the stage for the Talent Show. SK students have the opportunity to join the cast of our yearly musical and take part in the Science Fair if they wish, right alongside our Grade 1-3 students. 

A Typical Day

The school day begins at 9:00 and ends at 3:30 (JK half-day is 9:00 -11:45). Children can be dropped off as early as 8:30am to the playground. Math and phonics take place in the morning and the afternoons are generally reserved for specialties like art and music.

Students receive thirty minutes of French programming four days per week, music and physical education twice per week and visual arts once per week. Students have plenty of outdoor playtime during lunch and recess. At CGS we are proud to partner with our hot lunch provider, Real Foods For Real Kids

Full-day & Half-day Options

Our full-day program has been our most popular option for several years. The afternoon gives children more time to absorb and explore the curriculum and progress in a more timely way. Given the longer day, we are mindful that kindergarten students are still very little and require lots of TLC and pacing. Routines are gently reinforced every day and students are never asked to sit for long periods of time to complete desk work. If children need to rest, they can take short breaks whenever they need too. It is usually only at the beginning of the year that children need this extra down time as they adjust to their new routines.

Our half-day JK program allows those parents who still prefer a shorter school day for their child, despite the TDSB’s move to mandatory full-days, to have access to our academic program. Half-day students may miss a specialty or two but otherwise will receive the same program as our full-day students. Please note half-days are not available in SK.

Will my child be behind if they didn’t start at CGS?

This is a common concern for parents who come to us mid-way through JK or in SK, after their child has been at public school for a year. Our teachers are very skilled at getting students up to speed with our programs and our students are incredibly warm and welcoming to those children that may be feeling shy or nervous as late arrivals. CGS students are confident little people who are always eager to share their classroom. When students come to us a little later in the school year, we work together to ensure that their transition is smooth and comfortable. New students start at the beginning of the Remediation Plus Phonics program to ensure they haven’t missed any critical steps. Once levels have been assessed, staff goes to work to integrate students into the academic program wherever they are at.

Check out our JK and SK classrooms in action on our blog. Search JK and SK separately to find all the latest stories.

 

 

GRADES 1 TO 3

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Grades 1-3

After gaining confidence and skill in Early Start through SK, our Grade 1 students hit the ground running. If your child is a new student to CGS in Grade 1, the first month is dedicated to review for all students and there is plenty of time for the staff to determine how best to help your child integrate academically and socially with their new classmates. Many students join CGS at this time to great benefit and CGS staff is there to ensure that your child’s transition is smooth and comfortable.

The Basics

Students in Grades 1-3 continue to build their language skills with our Remediation Plus Phonics Program. Creative and persuasive writing are highlighted as the children develop. Media and journalism units help stimulate enquiry. Proper grammar and spelling are always reinforced.

Math instruction intensifies as problems become more complex. Teachers draw from Nelson Mathematics, Math Makes Sense and Teaching Student Centred Mathematics by John Van de Walle, among others. Methods for teaching math vary widely from school to school and it is a subject of great debate in the educational community. ‘New’ Math (a multi-strategy, collaborative, language based approach to math) can be confusing for parents as most of us learned largely by rote. 

At CGS, children get the best of both worlds - they get the support they need to create and share the math strategies that work best for them as well as concurrent instruction in basic fact mastery - learning their doubles facts, multiplication tables etc.

Studies also deepen in Science, including mandatory participation in the Science Fair in February. French continues to be taught four days a week and Physical Education continues twice weekly, with a third day added to the schedule to accommodate trips off site to ski, skate and participate in the CGS Cross Country Meet and the CGS Track and Field Championship. Students also make use of the Leaside High fields to play soccer and baseball. Music is now three days a week, with the addition of a choral class. Visual Arts is once a week and students have fun learning about art history and working towards the Art Fair in May.

The Extras

At CGS we believe that what happens outside the traditional classroom atmosphere is vital to a well-rounded education. Preparing for Assemblies, rehearsing for the musical, competing in the Public Speaking Contest and Talent Show, outreach projects and special sports activities are all ways that children build confidence and discover their unique gifts. At CGS we help your child get the most out of what CGS has to offer. We support them to try new things even when they are feeling out of their element.

As the senior students at CGS, Grades 1-3 students take on more responsibility in the classroom and in all aspects of school life, including running for Student Government, taking part in The Principal’s Club, taking over the morning announcements in Grade 2 & 3 and helping younger students with their reading in the Reading Buddies program. 

It is important to note that in the larger private schools students do not get many of these opportunities until Grade 4 or 5. At Children’s Garden School your child can test themselves in a safe and nurturing environment and build the confidence necessary to take advantage of all the opportunities they will inevitably have when they move on to other schools.

A Typical Day

A typical day at CGS for Grades 1-3 begins at 8:30 (drop off is anytime after 8:15) and ends at 3:30. Phonics and math blocks are taught in the morning and the afternoon is generally reserved for specialty classes like art and music. Before and after school care is available from 7:45am to 6:00pm. Before and after school clubs are available each term. Take advantage of our specialty clubs in Chess, and Extended French. (Please note specialty clubs are not included in your CGS tuition.)

Even though the children are maturing, we still do not expect them to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time to complete desk work. Students have plenty of outdoor exercise at lunch and recess. RFRK hot lunch is available JK-Grade 3. (Please note this is not included in your CGS tuition.)

What comes after CGS?

There are many schools to choose from in the private system in Toronto. Entry years vary widely for boys and girls and it can be tricky for parents to determine when it is the ‘right’ time to move on to public school or to another private school. Our Director of Admission, Kelly Scott, is always there to help parents through this process. CGS has excellent reciprocal relationships with the larger private schools. Our biennial event, The Big Schools Information Night, brings Directors of Admission from all of the top schools in Toronto out to talk to CGS parents and share with them what their schools have to offer. For parents unfamiliar with the private system, this is a great introduction to a potentially overwhelming subject.

CGS students are highly regarded applicants, known for their academic skill, poise and kind and generous character. Children typically gain entry into the schools of their choice, arriving well-equipped to manage the routines and demands of their new environments. 

If you choose to transition into the public system we recommend a Grade 4 entry, when public school students move from the Primary to the Junior level. Public and private school environments are very different and each comes with its own set of challenges and benefits. Many of our families transition into public schools and are very happy with the results for their child and their family.

Private Options for Boys

Upper Canada College, Crescent School, Royal St George’s College and The Sterling Hall School are all common choices for CGS students moving on. For those families wishing to keep their children in a co-educational environment, parents typically choose Montcrest School, The York School, Bayview Glen or the public system.

Private Options for Girls

Branksome Hall, Havergal College, St. Clement’s School or The Bishop Strachan School are common destinations for CGS students. For those families wishing to keep their children in a co-educational environment, parents typically choose Montcrest School, The York School, Bayview Glen or the public system.

See our Grade 1-3 classrooms in action on our blog. Search Grades 1-3 to find relevant stories. 

 

 

PHONICS

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Phonics

Our phonics program, Remediation Plus, was brought to Children’s Garden School by our Principal Marie Bates, after discovering its' extreme effectiveness for her son. The program was originally designed for children struggling with dyslexia and other reading disorders and as such, breaks phonetic skills into logical, step by step, highly organized units. No rules are missed.

There are many checks and balances along the way to ensure their progress and genuine understanding.

Children are prone to memorization in the early years and decoding words on their own gives them the skills they need to deal with new and unfamiliar texts. Watching our students independently sound out words phonetically, finger spell, and check for vowels is a wonderful site. They see something on the page and they go to work to figure out what is happening. R+ gives them the tools they need to do it.

Many parents want to know what CGS can do for their child in the early years that their local public school or other private schools can’t. Using R+ as our main tool for teaching our students how to read is one of the biggest ways we can make a difference in the early learning of your child. Parents are amazed when their child can read independently by October of their SK year. Being an early reader is obviously exciting for students and their parents, but it is the resulting confidence that the children gain that really counts. When children feel successful in language arts from the very beginning their progress across the curriculum is greatly enhanced. 

“The obsession with teaching reading comprehension before a student knows how to read and spell is somewhat irrational and years of research have still not found their way into the classroom. Oral language comprehension exercises and storytelling that enhance vocabulary growth can occur at the same time students are learning their phonemes and learning to blend for reading and segment for spelling.” ~ Joanne Gross, Creator & President of Remediation Plus.

This is exactly what we do at CGS. Children are introduced to literacy through storytelling, games and art while they are also building specific phonetic skills with R+. Our students also receive ‘Spell Wells’ (or spelling tests) from JK on, to address the connection between how words sound and how they are properly spelled from the very beginning. (This is a notable difference from the public system where spelling tests are often discouraged.)

At CGS we work with students at whatever level they are at. If the process is slower for some, R+ helps us identify why early on. We make adjustments to ensure the success of each child. Students will always meet challenges with plenty of support and encouragement. Alternatively, if a child is progressing faster than most, accommodations are also made.

Learn more about Remediation Plus

PHYSICAL & OUTDOOR EDUCATION

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Physical Education

CGS students in Preschool- SK receive two classes of Physical Education per week. The curriculum for our youngest students builds basic skills in throwing, catching, bouncing and kicking. Students explore movement and locomotion of all kinds, with a focus on developing balance and stability. Co-operative games are a large part of the program as the children learn to work together and respect the physical space of others. The children are also introduced to hockey, basketball and soccer. At CGS we are fortunate to have gymnastics equipment on site to provide students with a comprehensive gymnastics unit, complete with balance beam and professional grade tumbling mats.

Our Grades 1-3 students receive two Physical Education classes per week, as well as an additional special physical activity once per week. Examples include Skating Days (children travel to a local arena for eight Performance Skating sessions), Ski Days (children spend two days at Earle Bales Park and receive instruction in downhill skiing and snow boarding), Cross Country training in the fall (this unit culminates in a our Cross Country Championships at Sherwood Park) and Track and Field training in the spring (this unit culminates in our Track and Field Championships at the Leaside High School Track). The regular Physical Education curriculum includes instruction in general fitness & aerobics, gymnastics, hockey, golf, soccer, tennis and basketball.

CGS students are introduced to the concept of competitive sport gently in their early years. Their opportunities to compete and perform gradually intensify as they progress in skill and overall sportsmanship. Special Physical Education highlights include our CGS Hockey Tournament and the Championship competitions mentioned above.

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is fast becoming an essential addition to every school’s curriculum. Annual class trips to places like Evergreen Brickworks, Whittamore's Farm and the Upper Canada College outdoor education facility Norval ensure that our students are exposed to a variety of outdoor activities with a focus on individual physical challenge, team building and environmental stewardship.

THE ARTS

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Music classes for Preschool through SK students are held twice per week. Grades 1 through 3 students receive music instruction three times per week (an additional Choral class is added). The CGS music curriculum helps students develop an understanding and appreciation of music, as well as introduce them to the fundamentals of musical concepts through drumming and Orff instruments. Grade 3 students are also introduced to the ukulele.

Our monthly assemblies, yearly musical, holiday concert, and talent show provide regular opportunities for choral performance. 

If you are looking to expand your child’s experience with music, you may want to take advantage of the private lessons offered on site at CGS. Our music teacher provides lessons in voice, piano, violin and theory during school hours and after school.

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The Art Studio is a place where Children’s Garden students are free to explore and create on their own terms. Classes are once a week for all grade levels. The basic elements of art (line, shape, form, value, space, colour and texture) are introduced through open-ended projects and through the exploration of artists’ work throughout history. Exposure to a wide variety of materials gives students a chance to work both two and three dimensionally.

Please check out our blog to learn more about the art program. Search 'art' to find the latest stories. 

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Our yearly musical is a big event on the CGS calendar and a very important part of the curriculum. It provides an exceptional opportunity for children to develop valuable skills outside of the classroom.

Students prepare for the musical over a three month period with in-school and after school rehearsals. Interested students from SK-Grade 3 audition to demonstrate their commitment to the process and to gain confidence. All students that audition receive a part to play. We are very fortunate to have choreographers and directors from Arts Express on site each year to guide the children through this exciting process.

Past shows include SHREK, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Cinderella and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are looking forward to The Lorax in 2016/17.

FRENCH

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Choosing what kind of education to provide for your child is a huge decision. Often these choices centre around language. Many parents want their child to be exposed to French at an early age but are not comfortable with full Immersion and many parents are extremely disappointed that French is not offered until Grade 4 in the public schools. There are also several families who have chosen long term French Immersion but come to Children’s Garden School for Nursery through JK to give their child a foundation in English before moving on.

French is a daily part of our curriculum which enables our students to gain a high level of proficiency at an early age. Even our preschool students receive French instruction two to three times per week.

Instruction is guided by the idea that to live, feel and enjoy a language is more important than ‘learning’ it, especially for children so young. Drama, art, stories and music are used to explore and expand our students’ experience in French.

Language is intrinsically linked to culture and to reinforce this connection at CGS we set aside a special day in our calendar to celebrate French culture. French story tellers, chefs or actors are invited to CGS to perform and facilitate programming with the students in French.

For those wanting to learn more, we offer the Extended French After School Program. This program is offered once per week every Term. Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration. Students are encouraged to participate September through June to maximize their benefit. (Please note this program is not included in our tuition.)

ASSEMBLIES & PUBLIC SPEAKING

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On the last Thursday of every month CGS parents join staff and students for a school wide Assembly. Assemblies are hosted by a different class each month (JK to Grade 3) and are presented by the students, with teacher support. Assembly themes like leadership, determination and empathy are taken from our Character Education program.

These presentations are a very important part of the curriculum at CGS. It is a time for students to share what they have been working on in their Character Education curriculum, in choir and in their music classes. It is an opportunity to exercise their public speaking and performance skills. As a result of these regular opportunities to be on the stage, our students think nothing of being in the spotlight. Even our Preschool students participate, building unusual confidence for such little people. Our students also learn the valuable skill of being a good audience and respecting their fellow students.

For those students that are very shy our Assemblies serve an even greater purpose. These students are given the opportunity to build their confidence over time, speaking a little louder or singing a little stronger each month. 

We have seen students blossom from quiet-as-a-mouse presenter to lead in the musical or winner of The Public Speaking Contest. Assembly days are among the most proud and moving for CGS staff as it is a time when we see our students at their best and bravest.

If you are a parent struggling with whether or not to choose a private school, it is important to note that this kind of regular opportunity to perform and present is not part of typical public school life. Experience outside of the classroom, particularly on the stage, is critical to a well-rounded education and at CGS we take great care to create meaningful events for students to be part of and contribute to on a regular basis.

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The art of public speaking remains as relevant in today’s world as ever. Being comfortable with speaking in front of a group is a skill we will likely call on many times throughout our lives. As many of us know though, it doesn’t always come naturally. It requires training, practise and confidence. At CGS, students have many opportunities to speak publicly (as described above) but our senior students go a little deeper. The Public Speaking Contest is held every year in April. Participation is mandatory for Grade 2 & 3 students. (Grade 1 students join the audience on the day of the contest to get a glimpse of what is coming up for them the following year.)

All Grade 2 & 3 students craft a speech to present to their classroom teacher, peers and the Principal. Finalists are chosen from these groups to participate in the contest. A panel of judges, chosen for their skill and use of public speaking in their professions, evaluate the finalists’ speeches based on content, memory, eye contact, voice (intonation, projection etc.) and captivation of the audience. Comments are always positive, with a few suggestions for improvement. 

Judges reinforce with the children that the most compelling speeches include a balance of facts and personal feeling.

It is an exciting morning! A winner is chosen from both grade levels and the winners have the privilege of presenting their speeches to the school community at the April Assembly. Our 2015/16 public speakers got some local news attention! Check out the Bayview Bulldog story here.

CHARACTER & CULTURAL EDUCATION

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Cultural Education

Cultural Education at Children's Garden School aims to bring global awareness to our young students through celebration, storytelling, food and art. Each year staff chooses a few cultural events to focus on. Our Mardi Gras party, Chinese New Year Banquet and Diwali celebrations have been recent highlights. Staff takes great care to communicate the deeper meanings and cultural significance of these events to students.

The CGS community becomes more and more diverse every year and we welcome input from our parents. Parents often visit classrooms to teach students about the rituals that are important in their cultures and communities.

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Character Education

Character Education at CGS is part of every school day. Good conduct and manners are always expected and reinforced. Staff is there to support and model good behaviour all along the way. Our Assemblies are also themed with a chosen character trait each month to focus learning for the children. The 2016/17 schedule of Assemblies is as follows:

September ~ Optimism
October ~ Perseverance
November ~ Respect
December ~ Generosity
January ~ Enthusiasm
February ~ Friendship
March ~ Honesty
April ~ Responsibility
May ~ Creativity
June ~ Gratitude

Children who display a particular knowledge of the month's character trait receive recognition for demonstrating their understanding with a Character Education Certificate at the Character Education Assembly at the end of each month. These informal assemblies are a chance for Marie to check in with all of the children to make sure they are making concrete character connections at school. She also gives a short speech about each child when they receive a certificate. 

Team Meetings for the Grades 1-3 students every Monday morning are also en excellent way for staff to introduce strong character concepts to their students.

 

MINDFULNESS

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At Children’s Garden School we recognize the critical importance of mindfulness for our students. As the psychological demands on human beings increase due to ever-present technology, young people need to cultivate skills to help them keep calm, focussed and aware more than ever, inside and outside the classroom. CGS has added MindUp to our health curriculum to help students begin this learning. 

MindUp, created by The Hawn Foundation, is a comprehensive program that fosters social and emotional awareness, enhances psychological well-being, and promotes academic success. Students gain knowledge and strategies that will enable them to become self-regulated learners. MindUp lessons about the brain and how it functions give students insight into their own minds and behaviours, as well as others around them.

“Mindfulness is using your brain to make the best choice that you can.”

~ Grade 3 student, CGS

CGS staff also incorporate yoga into their classroom routines. Learning tools like fidgets, stand up desks, an in-class exercise bike, 
bungie cords around chair legs and 'wobbly' cushions to sit on, all help regulate student energies in the classroom.

 

TECHNOLOGY

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Over the last few years at CGS we have taken some big steps forward in integrating technology into our classrooms. As a result of the fundraising efforts of the CGS parent body and The CGS Foundation the school has acquired SMART Boards for every classroom and a beautiful new Mac computer lab. This amazing new lab is in addition to our  iPads and Mac laptops that are available to all of our students throughout the day.

 

CLUBS

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CGS Clubs

Clubs are offered every term at no additional cost to parents and are run by CGS staff. Clubs vary and are held before and after school or during lunch hour. Cross Country is on the schedule every fall and Track and Field is a staple in the third term. Principal’s Club is offered every term. Past clubs include Computer Skills, Lego Robotics, Floor Hockey, Building Club and Puppet Making. Students are encouraged to attend at least one club per term.

CGS also offers additional Specialty Clubs. These clubs run for all three terms and are in addition to our tuition.

Please see below for our 2016/17  Term 3 schedule. 

Young Ambassadors Club                     
Monday
SK
8:25-8:55am

This new club at CGS is designed with the SKs in mind. SK is a developmental time when children begin to look outside themselves and figure out where they fit in with their peers and in the world - it is a lovely opportunity to talk about and model leadership and caring for others. Young Ambassadors will be learning about children from around the world and diversity of experience.

Stamping & Crafts Club                     
Tuesday
JK/SK
3:40-4:10pm

Printmaking, painting and sculpture made with found materials make for a fun, creative afternoon.

Tennis Club                     
Wednesday
JK-SK
8:25-8:55am

This active before-school club focuses on skill building and learning the basic rules of tennis. 

Knitting Club
Wednesday
Grades 1-3, 12-12:30pm

The kids can't wait for this one! Expert knitter Emily will share her skill with the children to help them create knitted squares that will be sewn together to make a blanket for the JK dramatic centre. 

Principal’s Club              
Wednesday
Grades 1-3
3:40-4:10pm

This year members of the Principal’s Club continue their partnership with Children of Hope Uganda and will look for new ways to contribute to the school in Barlonyo. Principal’s Club is offered every Term and has become a significant milestone for CGS students moving from SK into Grade 1.

Comic Making Club
Thursday
Grades 1-3, 8:00-8:30am

Students will create their own characters and stories and learn the basics of putting a comic book together. Storyboarding, graphic design and working with text will make for a busy morning club for our senior students.

Track & Field Club
Friday
Grades 1-3, 8:00-8:30am

This annual springtime club is always popular. Athletes meet at Leaside Field in the morning to train for the Track & Field Championships on May 29.  Events include the 100/200/300 metre races, baseball throw and long jump.

Specialty Clubs  

Extended French
Monday
JK- Grade 3,
 3:30-4:45pm

This Club is offered in all three Terms. It is an opportunity for CGS students to deepen their engagement with French in a 100% immersion environment.

Chess with Mr S. (in partnership with Focus Learning)
Tuesday
Grades 1-3, 3:30-5:00pm

Mr S. is an inspired chess teacher - he brings the skills of the game to his students in a highly engaging and fun way. Boys and girls love this club. We highly recommend it. The Club runs September to June. 

Art with Ceci
Wednesday
JK-Grade 3, 4:00-5:00pm

Ceci is so excited to be offering this after school art class at CGS for the first time. Artists will explore new media every week and create their own unique projects.

More About Principal's Club...

Six years ago our Principal, Marie Bates, decided to create a club of her own. Her inspiration came from her own desire to reach out to the local and global community.

Marie wanted to share this desire with CGS students and reveal to them, through direct experience, the power they hold to make a difference in the world.

This idea has always been an important part of the curriculum at CGS, delivered through our Cultural Studies and Character Education program. The Principal’s Club was designed as a natural extension of this philosophy and a specific call to action. The Club has far surpassed Marie’s expectations and has been an incredible success for the children, both as an ongoing fundraising initiative and educational experience.

History

In 2011/12 The Principal’s Club partnered with CanWES (The Canadian World Education Society). Based in British Columbia, CanWES built and now maintains The Mount Everest English School in Nepal, in response to an incredible need in the country for free, quality education for both boys and girls in remote areas. Over the course of the year $2,000 was raised by The Principal’s Club – an amazing accomplishment for children so young.

In 2012/13 The Principal’s Club partnered with Children of Hope Uganda. This partnership was so successful that it continues to this day. The mission at COHU is to use education as a primary tool to promote the recovery and reintegration of war-affected children in Northern Uganda. 

The Club has raised raised $9,093 for COHU to date.

Funds have supported the building of the Barlonyo Early Childhood Development Centre (a facility that can accommodate as many as 300 young children from age 2 to 7), stocked the classrooms with books and learning materials, as well as provide enough money to pay for four teachers salaries.

Club highlights this year included seeing our CGS uniforms make it all the way to Barlonyo, the Shoe Drive, Pancake Breakfast, and the Mothers Helping Mothers Mother's Day Tea hosted by The Principal's Club.

Students are eligible to join The Principal’s Club in Grade 1. Over the years joining the club has become a significant right of passage for our SK students. We look forward to what the new and returning members of the 2016/17 Principal’s Club will accomplish!

 



 

HOT LUNCH

RFRK

Real Food for Real Kids

CGS is very proud to partner with Real Food For Real Kids, a Toronto company dedicated to using whole, natural and organic ingredients. RFRK provides our students with tasty, nutritious and well-balanced lunches five days a week. We are pleased to announce the addition of the RFRK snack program in our Preschool classroom and After Care program as of September 2015.

Lunches are delivered to CGS every day and served hot in our lunch room by our RFRK Lunch Club coach. The Lunch Club Coach also educates the children about the nutritional value of their food, where it comes from and who grows it. Menus are globally inspired to help children develop and expand their palette.

Registration and administration is simple and easy for parents. Click here to learn more about this amazing company and to view sample menus.

EXTENDED CARE

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Children’s Garden School offers before and after care for those parents requiring an extended school day for their children.

Before School Care

Grades 1-3 (7:45 - 8:15am)
JK & SK (7:45 - 8:30am)

Students are supervised by CGS staff in a designated classroom. It is a peaceful time for students before they begin their busy day - a chance to complete homework, read, or play quietly with their favourite school toys. JK and SK students will join their friends in the playground at 8:30 for 30 minutes of outdoor playtime (weather permitting) before their school day begins at 9:00. Grades 1-3 students will join their classroom teacher at 8:15 as their school day begins at 8:30.

Cost: $10 per day
Parents are billed at the end of each month for days used.

After School Care

Early Start - Grade 3 (3:45-6:00pm)

Students are supervised by CGS staff in a designated classroom. After 4 is a time for students to relax after a busy day – have a snack, make a craft, play with friends, complete homework and have some outdoor playtime in the playground (weather permitting).

Cost:  
$15 per day (until 5:30pm)
$20 per day (until 6:00pm)

Parents are billed at the end of each month for days used.