Category: Children’s Garden School (CGS)

CGS gives a child a solid academic foundation at the start

The community is fortunate to have an exceptional private school, CGS, right around the corner on Eglinton Ave. E. at Hanna Rd. Parents concerned about a solid academic foundation in the early years may wish to consider this option for their child. It can have a lasting effect on a child’s confidence and attitude towards learning. Despite the best efforts of teachers everywhere, larger classes and heavy workload can increase the chance of children falling through the cracks.

CONCERNED PARENT?

If you are a concerned parent, and can entertain the financial option of attending a private school, you may wish to give CGS a call to find out what it can offer your child. Strong, consistent academics right through Preschool to Grade 3, performance arts and outdoor education all distinguish CGS programming. For more information, contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission at kscott@cgsschool.com or 416 423 5017 x 43. Preschool & JK registration for the 2018/19 school year opens November 16.

CGS Gr. 2s find way to reading with personal light lasers

Grade 2 students at Children’s Garden School on Eglinton Ave. E. in Leaside are using personal reading Flash Light Lasers to help concentrate and get in touch with their reading material. They choose a good spot (one says under the teacher’s desk is perfect) and use the light to keep their eyes on the page the whole time. If they are interrupted, the lights help them find their place quickly and easily. Overhead lights are off to minimize distraction and keep kids calm. The process helps strengthen their reading stamina. The Grade 2s were given personal lights to enhance one-to-one correspondence and to focus in on the words.

DAILY 5 ACTIVITIES

This reading self exercise is one of the school’s Daily 5 activities. Students choose from five centres: Read-to-Self, Read-to-Someone, Listen-to-Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing. Students are empowered by having choices and each centre strengthens their literacy skills in different ways. CGS students have been building their reading stamina for Read-to-Self since Grade 1. Independent and Shared Reading is modelled and slowly introduced so students know what it looks like and how to do it effectively to become better readers. Their graduation to personal flash lights has generated enthusiastic feedback on the new reading tool. Here’s some.

“Having the lights off calm me down. The flashlight is bright and it helps me read. The laser part helps me focus on each word!”

“It helps me see better”

“I think Daily 5 is a lot better with these because you can see the words more clearly in dark cozy reading spots.”

“The light helps me focus because whenever I stop I know where my place is. They’re awesome!”

“They’re very useful because they help you read books very well.’

“They’re awesome. I feel more focused on reading the words!”

“My favourite spot in Daily 5 is under the teacher’s desk. Because nobody is around me. I’m blocked with the desk. The flashlight helps me a lot because my sneaky desk spot is dark. I like them a lot and Daily 5!”

“I knew about the laser first! My teacher showed me in the morning and had to keep it a secret. I kept them a good secret. It’s a great tool!”

Bespeckled cuties and the 33rd MRUC Community Fall Fair

Upper left, these two bespeckled cuties were celebrating Terry Fox Day at CGS on Eglinton Ave. and we knew you would like to say hello. To the right, a bright poster to remind everyone of the 33rd Manor Road United Church Community Fall Fair. It is always fun and as usual The Bulldog will be sniffing around the bake table. It’s Saturday October 21 starting at 10 a.m. Centre left, a glance over to Balliol St. where the winds brought down this tree. Toronto Hydro is still dealing with pockets of stricken wires of which there are many as seen in the outage map here. Finally, Barbara Gosse of Leaside will be at St. Cuthbert’s Wednesday evening to discuss the Facts and Effects of Human Trafficking in Canada and in our own backyards. Interesting and important. Click the poster.

CGS celebrates Terry Fox at their 19th Annual Walk

Children’s Garden School couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate Terry Fox. The community came out in full strength last Friday. This was the 19th consecutive Terry Fox Walk for CGS. This small but mighty Leaside school is a top fundraiser in Ontario for schools of 300 students or less. The spirit of perseverance, hope and love that Terry Fox embodied is a guiding principal for staff and students all year long.

Students have fun with phonics at Children’s Garden School

The Children’s Garden School year is off to a great start. The JKs are already well into their phonics program, learning their letter sounds and the differences between vowels and consonants. Students add letters as they build their ‘train’, one sound at a time. Vowel ‘cars’ in the train are always coloured red to remind the children that they play a special role in every word. CGS students are working well beyond public school expectations at this grade level. Working with their teachers in small groups allows for focused instruction. Boys, often thought not to enjoy language arts at this stage, thrive in this structured atmosphere.

JK classes for the 2017/18 school year are full but there is space available for the 2018/19 school year. Registration is just around the corner on November 16. Book your tour today to see what CGS can offer your child. Is your child still not adjusting to their SK classroom? Spaces available now. New SK students will start at the beginning of the phonics program and will get the full benefit that JK students receive. Find out more at cgsschool.com or call Director of Admission, Kelly Scott at 416 423 5017 x 43.

Nine more sleeps and the kids head back to class at CGS

Nine more sleeps! It is almost back to school for the students at Children’s Garden School on Eglinton. CGS Staff is busy getting the school ready to welcome everyone on Thursday, September 7. You may have noticed their playground under construction as you drive along Eglinton, just east Bayview. The playground is looking great and Don Bates, head of operations at the school, is looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the space this week. Interactive fence panels and the pieces for an outdoor learning space are arriving soon.

31ST YEAR IN LEASIDE FOR CGS

This is the 31st year in Leaside for CGS. Leaside residents are very fortunate to have such an exceptional private school option right in the neighbourhood. If you are looking at options for your Preschool-Grade 3 child, give them a call today. Spaces still available in select programs. Contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at kscott@cgsschool.com. 416 423 5017 x 43.

CGS on Eglinton graduation and final assembly for 2016-17

It has been a truly wonderful year over at CGS on Eglinton East. The students all made amazing progress, each in their own, unique way. Their Final Assembly & Graduation was held on June 15. It is a very special event for the CGS community. It is time to reflect on the school year and to celebrate the accomplishments of all CGS students. Highlights included the Graduate slideshow, the Grade 2/3 performance of their original song, See Ya’ After Class, the announcement of The Principal’s Club fundraising total of $4,024, the Staff adaptation of So Happy Together and the annual visit from the ice cream truck.

CLOSING WORDS

Principal, Marie Bates, always closes the Assembly with some poignant words for parents to take away with them. After a year of focused academic work for the children, Marie wanted to share these words to remind parents of what an important role character plays in education, at home and at school.

Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. This is how they will change the world.

Spirited celebration of visual arts is alive and well at CGS

Arts in the schools have dwindled in recent years but the celebration of the visual arts is alive and well at CGS on Eglinton Ave. at Bayview Ave. The Grade 1 to 3 students were so excited to invite their parents to visit Art Rocks, curated by the very talented Ceci Scott. Ceci, the art teacher at CGS, has been working hard with the kids to gather their work from the term (including the Grade 2 and 3 artist-research project) to display at the show. Parents and students wandered the “gallery” and asked questions about the work Talking about their work was a very important part of the show for the artists. The children displayed their sculpture and painted works and had a ton of fun at the Life is Good Station where everyone was invited to create t-shirt slogans for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Bouthaina (French Teacher and frequent art contributor at CGS) also created a huge set of wings for everyone to be photographed with. The event was spirited and captured the all important sense of play and joy that comes from making art. Well done CGS Artists.

Young public speakers excel at CGS School in Leaside

Grade 2 and 3 students at CGS participated in their Public Speaking Contest this week. Topics ranged from the history of the NHL to animal shelters to Internet and video game addiction. The children presented their speeches to a panel of four judges (who specialize in public speaking) and an audience of their peers and parents. Children are marked out of five on Memory, Voice, Content, Posture, Eye Contact and Captivation of Audience. Contestants this year showed remarkable resilience. Little gaps in memory, last-minute nerves and unexpected distractions can all affect a speaker’s performance. CGS students met these challenges with courage and grace, finding their place, gathering focus and continuing on with the same passion and confidence they displayed before the set back. Well done everyone. For children so young, this was an exceptional accomplishment. Congratulations to Grade 2 student Gavin for winning the contest and the opportunity to present his speech to the entire school community at the April Assembly. Want to know more about how CGS supports children to thrive as public speakers? Contact Director of Admission, Kelly Scott, to find out more at kscott@cgsschool.com   Also cgsschool.com  and the CGS Blog

CGS children particpate in Toronto Science Fair at UofT

On Saturday, April 1, the winners the annual CGS Science Fair (open to SK-Grade 3 students) were invited to showcase their projects at the Toronto Science Fair at the U of T campus in Scarborough. All of the students gladly accepted and were present to discuss their findings and ideas with a new group of interested judges, parents and students from schools all over the city. It was a very exciting day as the kids also participated in a Scientists at School program when the other groups were presenting their projects to one another. Parents and students alike had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s Science Fair. Interested in CGS? Please contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at 416 423 5017 x 43 or kscott@cgsschool.com.

CGS children particpate in Toronto Science Fair at UofT

On Saturday, April 1, the winners the annual CGS Science Fair (open to SK-Grade 3 students) were invited to showcase their projects at the Toronto Science Fair at the U of T campus in Scarborough. All of the students gladly accepted and were present to discuss their findings and ideas with a new group of interested judges, parents and students from schools all over the city. It was a very exciting day as the kids also participated in a Scientists at School program when the other groups were presenting their projects to one another. Parents and students alike had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s Science Fair. Interested in CGS? Please contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at 416 423 5017 x 43 or kscott@cgsschool.com.

CGS Science Fair prepares children for U of T Fair in April

Does your child like science? Check out the students over at CGS on Eglinton. Their Annual Science Fair was buzzing with scientific demonstration and explanation last week. The Fair is optional for SK students and mandatory for Grades 1-3. Children present a hypothesis and then show their findings. They are required to explain to the judges the purpose and results of their experiment. Three winners were declared as well as three honourable mentions. These chosen participants will be joining over 500 other children at the University of Toronto Science Fair on April 1. They are eager to represent their school and have another chance to talk about their projects. Good luck CGS!

For more information about CGS, contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission at kscott@cgsschool.com or 416 423 5017 x 43. Space still available for the 2017/18 school year.