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.
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.
Students from Children’s Garden School had a very exciting day yesterday. They presented their toy donations to the CP 24 CHUM Christmas Wish live on camera with Stephen LeDrew, host of Live at Noon. The visit to the set has become a pre-Christmas CGS tradition. This is their fourth year running. Marie Bates, Principal of the school, took a few moments to explain to Stephen how the toys are collected. Every year CGS staff hosts The Holiday Outreach ‘Night Out’ for parents. Parents bring an unwrapped toy and drop off their children at school for a fun Friday night with their friends and teachers. CGS staff is very happy to give back at this time of year and share the spirit of giving with their students. The children were very proud to donate the toys they collected.
Emily is one of many kids having a word with Santa today.
Maurice Cody School Winter Fair is seeing hundreds of parents and Cody pupils filling the school basement today (Saturday, November 28, 2015) where there are many imaginative activities ranging from a money machine to a “kids cans” game of chance to the Home Depot “Build-It” Room where kids are hammering away with their moms and dads at small construction projects. The Cody basement is a labyrinth but it is spacious and welcoming with many signs and children’s art. Cody school was built in 1928. The place is a hive of parent and teacher volunteers including Principal Andrew Howard, who was handing out stuff to kids. Altogether, this year’s Winter Fair seems like an enormous accomplishment and a great credit to the organizers.
Students apply a number of disciplines to learning math
Math anxiety is on the rise for boys and girls and is often a source of frustration for children and parents. But math can be fun, as these children in the Grade 2 math class at CGS on Eglinton Ave. E. in Leaside are learning. The challenge was the figure out how many towers they could build with 20 blocks. Kids worked in groups and successfully uncovered numerical relationships using their brains, detective glasses and team work. (We love the detective glasses angle). The students recorded and graphed their answers in order to present to their classmates.
MAKING TIME FOR PRESENTATION
Making time for presentation is a critical part of the process at CGS as it gives students a chance to explain their work (deepening their understanding) and a chance to share their ideas. Hearing what others have done offers students a variety of strategies from which to choose. Most importantly, it makes learning math socially and academically engaging. Want to learn more about CGS programming? cgsschool.com
CGS Senior Kindergarten children on postal excursion
The holiday spirit is heating up over at Children’s Garden School on Eglinton Ave. E. The SKs ventured out to deliver their letters to Santa yesterday. They had a great time on their walk through the neighbourhood. The Santa headbands (left) and Christmas carols along the way made for a very festive crew time. The JKs will deliver their letters next week.
Looking for a Preschool or JK placement? Not sure about public school and considering private options? Did you know you have an excellent neighbourhood choice right under your nose? Find out why Children’s Garden School on Eglinton Ave. E. at Hanna Rd. may be a great fit for your child at their Open House this Thursday. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit cgsschool.com to learn more.
Ready to cast ballot
Monday was a day to celebrate — across the country and at CGS in Leaside. This was the day we exercised our democratic right to vote. At the school, Grades 1-4 candidates running for Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Class Councillor presented their speeches in the morning. One of the candidates for Mayor was even away sick and still presented her speech via video. After the speeches, the children cast their ballots for their 2015/16 CGS Student Government. Congratulations to the newly elected CGS Student Government. They have good work ahead to represent their fellow students to the best of their ability.
Six children from Leaside’s Children’s Garden School (CGS) helped out at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre last week at the 10th Anniversary of booster seat legislation in Canada. The CGS students were invited to the media event at McLaughlin Lecture Hall to help demonstrate the correct use of a booster seat. They were weighed and then strapped into a booster seat correctly. Following the demonstration, the crowd watched a police simulation of what happens when you are wearing your set belt in an accident and what happens when you aren’t. The difference was beyond sobering. There are still many people not using booster seats at all or installing or using them correctly, however. Click here to refresh your memory on booster seat guidelines from Transport Canada.
There was also discussion about the deadly effects of distracted driving at the event.
Distracted Drivers ~ 3 X more likely to crash.
Distracted Drivers who reach for an object ~ 9 X more likely to crash.
Drivers who text ~ 23 X more likely to crash.
There are several Apps out there that can help manage the temptation to text and drive? Please take a few minutes now to choose the one that is right for you. CGS children were invited to the event Joanne Banfield, Manager Sunnybrook RBC Office for Injury Prevention. Judging by the pictures, the children were excellent CGS Ambassadors.
This charming picture shows pupils at Children’s Garden School on their way to a new learning adventure. CGS is at the corner of Eglinton Ave. E and Hanna Road in Leaside.