Category: Children’s Garden School (CGS)

CGS Remembers


Students at Children’s Garden School marked Remembrance Day today with an Assembly hosted by their Grade 1 class. The CGS Student Government welcomed guests and distributed poppies. The children have been focusing on Remembrance all week long. Activities included a visit to the Sunnybrook Cenotaph, writing letters to veterans and lining the halls with lovely homemade poppies.

CGS Cross Country Championship at Sherwood Park

Grade 1-3 students from Children’s Garden School (at 670 Eglinton Ave. East) competed in their annual Cross Country Championships at Sherwood Park Wednesday. The conditions were perfect. The rain held off and the sun shone through the beautiful fall leaves. The children ran the 1.5 kilometres course with great determination and enjoyed the friendly competition between their school houses — Delphinus, Draco, Pavo and Pegasus. The children have been training hard since early October during their early morning sessions at Leaside Fields. All that hard work paid off.


Thumbs up!

Joy of competing


End of the day

CGS students follow “Daily Five” program to literacy


“Yes, Daily Five”

“Yes, Daily Five!!!” These are the words you hear echoing through the Grade 1 classroom at Children’s Garden School when it’s time for ‘read to self,’ one of the five components of The Daily Five program (a program that fosters independence in literacy). The other four components are: read to someone, work on writing, listen to reading and word work. The Grade 1s at CGS are currently focusing on ‘read to self’. They are doing a great job of building their reading stamina and applying new reading strategies.

To help make reading fun for this active age group, Kara Greenwood, Grade 1 teacher at CGS, is employing all sorts of creative tools to help the children meet challenges that come up when reading and writing on their own. Students recently learned the reading strategy of flipping the vowel sound. If they are stuck on a word that just doesn’t sound right, they now know to try both the long and short vowel sounds. To help them remember to apply this strategy each student made their very own Flippy the Dolphin.


Learning to rhyme and “flip” vowels

The Grade 1s have also been working on rhyming. They had a great time making their very own magic wands (just like the wand found in the story Emeraldalicious) to help them come up with rhymes. The children enjoyed the story and figuring out that the wand only granted magic wishes that rhymed.

 “I wish for a mermaid tail that glimmers and shimmers.” Reese

 “I wish for a toy that can transform into a boy.” Charlie

 “I wish for a dog that can jog.” Eleni

Making learning fun isn’t limited to literacy in the Grade 1 classroom, students have also been learning their 10 facts with the help of a magic rainbow! If they follow the rainbow (and the numbers that correspond with each colour) they will make a ten fact. The students are making their own 10 fact rainbows to be turned into placemats to take home this week.



Learning My Ten Facts with Magic Rainbow

Looking for a creative and engaging learning environment for your child? Contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at CGS for more information on their small class sizes and exceptional staff. or 416 423 5017 x 43
Kelly Scott
Director of Admission
Children’s Garden School
416 423 5017 x 43

Children’s Garden School anxious to start new school year

Well, it’s hard to believe, but the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Parents are looking forward to getting back into a routine and children are anxious to see their friends and teachers.The students at Children’s Garden School, at 670 Eglinton Ave E., will be back at school on Thursday, September the 8th. It promises to be another great year for the kids, full of adventure and learning. Outdoor education trips are already scheduled to Norval, UCC’s exceptional outdoor education facility northwest of the city, and Crawford Lake. The fall also means Cross Country training and a focus on Optimism in Character Education. Students will be learning about Terry Fox right off the bat to prepare for their big walk on Friday, Oct 10. (CGS is ranked 21st out of 50 schools in Ontario for fundraising by the Terry Fox Foundation, an amazing accomplishment for a small school. They ranked only slightly below schools like UCC and Branksome Hall.)

Spaces are still available for the 2016/17 academic year. If you are a public school parent but want to consider options, now or after the school year has begun, contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at or 416-423-5017 x 43 and she will be happy to answer your questions.

AT CGS: Jump for Georgia teaches road, pedestrian safety

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Safety presenter Valerie Wood talks distracted driving

Staff and students of CGS, 670 Eglinton Ave. E., felt privileged to be visited by Leaside resident Jillian Walsh, mother of Georgia Walsh, at the end of the school year. Jillian has teamed up with dynamic presenter, Valerie Wood, to bring road safety education to children. The presentation was incredibly effective and captivated students from start to finish. The overall message of the presentation was one of empowerment for children. They are encouraged to know the rules and remind grown ups who are seen making unsafe choices. Distracted driving was the main focus but Valerie also talked about jay walking, running out from behind parked cars and correct helmet use. That was followed by a 15-minute Jump. CGS students gathered pledges for the Jump and raised $4,364 in just a few short weeks to contribute to the playground rejuvenation fund for Traces Manes Park. The new park that will be named for Georgia. The Jump for Georgia team has been busy locally at other schools, spreading the message of road, bike and pedestrian safety with almost 2,000 kids. Thanks to Georgia’s mom, Jillian, for bringing this life saving information to children in Leaside and beyond. Donate here to the Trace Manes Park Rejuvenation Project.

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CGS kids bring SHREK The Musical to life on Leaside stage

Students at CGS (670 Eglinton Ave. East) have been busy on stage performing their version of SHREK — The Musical. Director/Choreographer, Ashley Meideiros-Felix, and Musical Director, Lauren Crowther, are so proud of the children. The actors are only ages 5 to 9 and are incredibly capable for such young performers. Interested in finding out more about the Performance Arts curriculum at Children’s Garden School? Contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission at 416 423 5017 x 43.

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shrek ensemble

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Green lady gives big rewards for spenders, not pikers

It’s hard to imagine for many how Starbucks aficionados can become so worked up about a rewards program. It’s not like a million dollar Lotto ticket. But the reaction has been mean and nasty to the coffee chain’s decision to base rewards on how much one spends. It used to be a reward per transaction, no matter how small the amount. Locally, Starbucks watchers say the company stubbed its toe in closing the bright and airy shop at :Laird Drive and Kenrae Road.  Yes, it was small, but so much nicer than the dark cave on Wicksteed. CBC

CGS students rehearsing SHREK for presentation in May

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The SK- Grade 3 students at Children’s Garden School are very busy rehearsing SHREK, a light-hearted musical production coming to the CGS stage May 25 and 26, 2016. Directors Ashley Medeiros-Felix (of Arts Express) and Lauren Crowther (CGS music teacher) are having a great time working with the actors. The children are building their characters, learning multiple songs and figuring out when and where to be on stage, all impressive skills for such young children.


Many schools don’t emphasize the performance arts at this grade level. At CGS, musical and theatrical experience is considered integral to a well-rounded curriculum. Want to learn more? Contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission at

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Art workshop for Grades 1-3 at Children’s Garden School

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Natalie Kauffman finds kids engaged for talk about Toronto artists

Grades 1-3 students at Children’s Garden School (on Eglinton, just east of Bayview) were the lucky recipients of a very unique visual arts experience on February 5. Blank Canvases, a company dedicated to exposing Toronto students to contemporary artists from their own city, delivered a workshop in the style of Liz Pead’s work. CGS students focus on the work of many artists throughout history in their Visual Arts curriculum and they were eager to learn about the fine work being made in their own city, right now. Liz Pead works with fabric to create her striking images and the children loved using fabric and oil pastel to create beautiful works of their own. 


The Arts are an integral part of the curriculum at CGS and efforts are always being made to bring engaging and new opportunities to the children. Next up is a visit from Juno nominated singer/songwriter Craig Cardiff on April 5. Grades 2-3 students  will write a song with Craig and take it into the studio to record later in the month. Want more info? or contact Director of Admission, Kelly Scott at 416 423 5017 x 43

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Using fabric in the creation of art

CGS Principal’s Club teaches the power of philanthropy

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Learning about philanthropy at Children’s Garden School

The Principal’s Club at Children’s Garden School (on Eglinton near Bayview) is busy preparing for its next fundraising event, the Family Pancake Breakfast on February 11. This is the third fundraiser of the year for the children. The club has already raised $1100 for their chosen charity, Children of Hope Uganda. The inspiration to create The Principal’s Club (open to Grades 1-3 students) came from Principal Marie Bates and her own desire to reach out to the 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.


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.


The Principal’s Club partnered with Children of Hope UgandaThis 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 $10,193 for COHU to date.


Funds have supported the building of a playground for the Barlonyo Early Childhood Development Centre (accommodating up to 300 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. Goals for 2016 include buying several goats for families in the school community. (The children read Beatrice’s Goat and learned what a difference one goat can make to the lives of people in African villages.) The club also has plans to purchase a merry-go-round and additional swings for the playground. COHU Director, Lorna Pitcher, makes regular visits to share photos and stories from the school in Barlonyo, making this first experience in philanthropy a very powerful one for CGS students. Learn More.

Bully and the Beanstalk funny, thoughtful for CGS children


CGS students get the joke at performance of Bully and the Beanstalk

CGS students had a special treat this week when the school’s Parent Association engaged Michael McMurtry of Merry Tale Theatre to present his one man show Bully and the Beanstalk to the whole school. This creative children’s theatre featured Jack of the original Beanstalk fable in a stage presentation that was funny, thoughtful and inspiring. (picture above shows some of the funny part). Jack learned how to be brave and stand up to the bully Brandon with a little help from a great cast of characters. Two CGS students and one staff member were part of the action. Well done Grade 4 students, Isabella and Elie and Grade 1 teacher, Jordan.


The CGS Parent Association sponsors a special event/workshop for the children every term. This one counts among the best events to date. The children learned about why bullies may behave as they do and strategies to use if you are being bullied, all while being incredibly entertained. Michael’s story empowers children on both sides of the issue to ask questions and show empathy. If you have a chance to see this show or invite Micheal to your school, take it.


Michael McMurty of Merry Tale Theatre



Instructive moment from Bully and the Beanstalk


CGS teacher Jordan (right) helps tell Beanstalk fable

REWARDS: Kids feel the sun on South Bayview Thursday

cody kids Maurice Cody kids assembled outside Starbucks on Bayview Ave. Thursday morning for a reward after giving the second last morning concert of carols to coffee drinkers this Christmas season. The reward appears to have been a beverage of choice and a Madeleine cookie. These students, teachers and parents were among the lucky South Bayviewites who caught the sun as it moved in and out at mid-morning.
Shoppers at Loblaws, where the carts accumulated in the soft sunshine, said they hadn’t felt the sun on their faces in days. We are at midnight on the daylight clock. This day will be less than nine hours long (7.46 a.m. to 4.41 p.m.) December 21, 2015, will see the pattern reverse. By January 1, 2016, it will be easy to see the days getting longer.
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At Childrens Garden School on Eglinton Ave.E. in Leaside there were enough smiles to brighten any day as the staff held their annual Christmas Party. That’s principal Marie Bates in the centre.