Category: Children’s Garden School (CGS)

CGS at Our Kids fair Oct. 17 with CGS open house Nov. 5

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Parents looking for a great school right nearby should mark these two dates on their calendar. CGS on Eglinton Ave. E. just east of Bayview is a renowned school specializing in the early years of your child’s education. Childrens’ Garden School is co-ed and offers programming from Preschool to Grade Three.  On Saturday, October 17, 2015 CGS staff will be at Roy Thomson Hall for the Our Kids Private School Fair. They would love you to drop in. If you can’t make it please join them for their Preschool & JK Open House  Thursday, November 5th, from 9:30-10:30. RSVP to kscott@cgsschool.com. For a private tour, arranged at your convenience, please contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission.at kscott@cgsschool.com

CGS kids give lift to booster seat event at Sunnybrook

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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.

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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.

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Le Français C’est Important à Children’s Garden School

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A peek inside the engaging French classes at CGS

Learning a second language is something most parents want for their children. How a school handles language instruction can determine which school parents chose. For many, French Immersion is too much of a commitment and following the TDSB model of waiting to introduce French instruction until Grade 4, seems too little. At Children’s Garden School they are striking a good balance, introducing French in the preschool years with two classes per week and increasing to four classes per week in JK through Grade 3. CGS is pleased to welcome Rim Khemis to the faculty this year. Rim hails from Paris and more recently from Lycée Français in Toronto. Rim has brought her comfort and facility with French to CGS students. The children are currently working in an 80% immersion environment during their French classes. Rim’s goal is a 100% immersion environment for all grade levels by December. Instruction is playful and engaging. Want more information? Contact Kelly, Director of Admission, at kscott@cgsschool.com or check out their lively blog

CGS kids and parents on Hanna Road on their way to school

going to school 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.

Kids back at CGS and looking forward to Terry Fox Walk

IMG_1450CGS staff and students are so glad to back in the classroom after the long summer. The first day of school was sunny and warm, the perfect back drop for the start of a new year. Stay-tuned for Children’s Garden School stories throughout the year here at the Bulldog. Learn more about this great Leaside school at www.cgsschool.com.

TERRY FOX WALK OCT 9

Their first school wide event, the Terry Fox Walk, is coming up on October 9th. CGS is very proud to be in the top 20 elementary schools for fundraising in Ontario, raising over $10,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation last year.

ASK ABOUT  LATE ADMISSION

Thinking about making a change even though the school year has already begun? Contact the Director of Admission, Kelly Scott, for more information on how to make a transition for your child comfortable at this time of year. Spaces available. Preschool 2016/17 is almost full. If you need a space for your little one next year, apply today!

News for parents of early-years kids from CGS and Bulldog

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The South Bayview Bulldog is pleased to announce that our Spotlight on CGS will continue for another school year. If you haven’t heard about this great private school, right here in Leaside, please  check it out. CGS specializes in the early years for boys and girls, preschool to grade 3. CGS has just launched their new responsive website. Browse their site on your cell phone, tablet, or lap top. Information is easy to read and access no matter what device you are using. We especially like their newsy blog. Even though the school year has already begun, parents may still be considering their options, given the uncertainty of the labour status in the public system. CGS can easily accommodate children joining later in the school year. Staff is on hand to make sure that the academic and social transition for latecomers is smooth. Spaces available JK-Grade 3. Contact Director of Admission, Kelly Scott at kscott@cgsschool.com or 416 423 5017 x43 if you would like more information.

Parents consider options facing an uncertain school year

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Fun, good conduct and mastery of basic facts

September is right around the corner and if you haven’t finalized a school for your child, don’t like the idea of full-day kindergarten or are worried about possible strike action in the public system, you may wish to consider Children’s Garden School on Eglinton Ave. E. near Bayview Ave. Leaside is lucky to have such an excellent private school option for the early years right in the neighbourhood. Founded in 1986 by Principal Marie Bates, CGS has been working with little ones for 30 years. At CGS, creative, fun independent learning is balanced with basic facts mastery and a strong focus on conduct. The phonics program is second to none. Boys and girls thrive equally in the CGS environment. Small class sizes and lots of one on one attention means your son can be his active self but also stay on task and your daughter can progress quickly and happily. Spaces available for the 2015/16 school year. Contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission, at kscott@cgsschool.com or 416 423 5017 x 43.

LEASIDE: CGS’s fun-filled summer camp adventure

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Buccaneers believed to be from the area of Hanna Rd and Eglinton Ave. E.

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Masked and wanted (by their parents) and a gathering of water rascals

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Nothing but laughs with good pals

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Super Hero Day (for sure) and Canada’s sport on hardwood

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Friends at work and happy card makers

CGS at Eglinton Ave.E and Hanna Rd is just half way through its summer camp. Everyone is having fun and is very busy.

Leaside’s CGS Adventure Camp fun for kids: ARRGH!

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Buccaneers believed to be from the area of Hanna Rd and Eglinton Ave. E.

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Masked and wanted (by their parents) and a gathering of water rascals

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Nothing but laughs with good pals

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Super Hero Day (for sure) and Canada’s sport on hardwood

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Friends at work and happy card makers

CGS at Eglinton Ave.E and Hanna Rd is just half way through its summer camp. Everyone is having fun and is very busy.

CGS young minds stimulated by challenges of Science

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Left, a young scientist answers questions. Right, awards for ease and clarity of presentation

If you visit CGS in Leaside, there is a good chance you may catch the students doing science experiments — whether it be “making” blood, deciding which boat will sink or float or how a catapult works — CGS students love the challenge of their hands-on science lessons. The CGS Science Fair is a chance for students who are particularly interested in asking scientific questions to delve a little deeper. The Fair is open to Senior Kindergarten through Grade 3 students. The children set up their displays in the gym and classes come to visit one by one to browse the fair and ask questions of the presenters. A panel of four judges spent time with each student to learn about their projects. Demonstrating their knowledge, without looking at their written work, was a large part of the evaluation process. The students who were able to explain their work with the most clarity, understanding and enthusiasm were recognized for their efforts with a first place win. A winner was declared for the SK/Grade 1 category and for the Grade 2-3 category. Congratulations go out to all the participants!

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Alice in Wonderland a stage triumph at Leaside’s CGS

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Every spring at Children’s Garden School, the Senior Kindergarten through Grade 3 students stage a full-scale musical production. Past productions have included Annie, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This year the children loved adapting the story of Alice in Wonderland. A musical director and choreographer are brought in from the Toronto-based Arts Express each year to produce the show.

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The children rehearse for three months and throw their heart and soul into the show. This year was no exception. The Performance Arts curriculum at CGS is an exceptional vehicle for those children who are already motivated to be on the stage and for those children who are shy, it is a great way for them to challenge themselves and try something new. Students are already looking forward to next year’s show, Shrek The Musical! More pictures at CGS blog

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The Director of Admission is Kelly Scott who may be contacted at kscott@cgsschool.com and (416) 423-5017 x 43 The CGS website is here.