Category: Children’s Garden School (CGS)

CGS Spirit at Home teaching kids online during pandemic

It’s been two months since schools were ordered to close in Ontario and it has been an unprecedented time of upheaval for educators and students. Not a moment of that two months has been wasted by our neighbourhood private school, Children’s Garden School. CGS has made a highly successful shift to what they call their CGS Spirit at Home program. The enormous task of moving staff, students (and parents) to an online format in such a short time was nothing short of miraculous, especially in the case of such young students. (CGS serves Preschool to Grade 3 children). But everyone has settled into a good routine and students are progressing.

Teachers are doing live and pre-recorded lessons, follow-up small group sessions and story times. Students have French, Gym and Creative Arts sessions as well as their usual Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) sessions. The kids even have time in the schedule for mindfulness practise. Academics aside, staying connected as a community during this time of isolation has been a top priority for CGS – making sure the children feel loved and heard, despite the varied challenges of an online learning environment. The Bulldog says well done CGS. For more information, contact Director of Admission, Kelly Scott, at

Students’ 2020 resolutions set high goal at Leaside’s CGS

We hope that everyone has had a satisfying start to the new decade! The Grade 2’s and 3’s over at CGS have set some great goals for 2020. They’ve thought about ways they can strive to improve in many areas of their lives — as students, sons and daughters, friends, and citizens. Check out some of the ideas the children have to make 2020 a productive year at home and at school. If you’re looking for an exceptional school in Leaside, give CGS a call and find out more about this wonderful neighbourhood private school. 670 Eglinton Ave E. 416-423-5017.

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CGS pupils mark Remembrance Day with forgiveness theme

Children’s Garden School on Eglinton marked Remembrance Day Thursday. The children tied this very important occasion in with forgiveness, their November Character Trait. The Senior Kindergarten class hosted the assembly and told the touching story of the Bear on the Homefront.

Students, staff and parents also joined together to recite the Kids for Peace Pledge.

I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to create peace for one and all.

CGS kids learn civic duty as they elect student government

General election day is Monday and at CGS in Leaside students are well aware of their civic duty to vote. That’s why they’ll be electing their student government on the same day as their moms and dads help elect a new federal government. Excitement is building in the halls at CGS as the race is on. Students in Grades 1 to 3 are hoping to become Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Class Councillor. Candidates are campaigning with colourful, inventive posters and preparing speeches to present to their peers. In the process, they’re to be part off the process of creating good, responsible government. CGS will be voting on Monday and they’re hoping you will be too.

Congratulations to CGS 2019 graduates on a year well done

Congratulations to the students over at CGS on Eglinton for a year well done. Their Awards Assembly and Graduation took place last week. It was a rainy day for the first time in years but it didn’t dampen spirits.

Leaside school chosen as the face of the Terry Fox Run 2019

The happy faces of four students from Children’s Garden School on Eglinton Ave. at Hanna rd. are shining from literature sent to all schools in Ontario to prepare them for the 2019 run. It was a particularly pleasant surprise for CGS JK teacher Sara A who has headed up the Terry Team at CGS for 20 years. She found the familiar faces from last October’s run when she opened the mail this week. The newsletter goes out to 9,000 schools across Canada. Watch for it!

Leafs thrill fans with 4-1 away-game playoff win over Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs looked better than many fans could remember Thursday as they whipped the Bruins 4-1 in the first game of their Stanley Cup playoff series at Boston’s TD Garden. Marner scored twice for the Leafs, once on a penalty shot, and Nylander made it 3-1 on a thrilling breakaway seen in the photo above. Here are the NHL highlights.

Bergeron scored a power-play goal at 9:31 to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Marner tied it 1-1 at 16:44.
Marner scored a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot at 2:47 of the second period for a 2-1 Toronto lead.
Nylander made it 3-1 with on a breakaway with 1:35 left in the period.
Tavares scored into an empty net with 1:19 remaining in the third period for the 4-1 final.

CGS students learn about construction of the Eglinton LRT

Staff and students at Children’s Garden School on Eglinton had some special visitors last week, Natalie from Metrolinx and Krista from Crosslinx. They were at the school to talk to staff and students about the building of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The children loved it. They learned about cut and cover construction and how much more efficient the LRT will be at moving people across the City. They also learned about how the construction of the LRT is being managed, how tunnels are built, what it’s like for construction workers labouring underground and much more. Did you know that the digging of the tunnels goes for 24 hours a day, every day, or that it takes 15 minutes to walk the stairs back to the surface if the workers need to go to the bathroom or make a phone call? Natalie and Krista created a great presentation, totally appropriate for preschool to grade three children. The JKs and SKs even played Construction Worker Hokey Pokey. The children asked great questions and left feeling inspired about how things are made and how important public transit is. Metrolinx is on target to open for September 2021. We all look forward to the completion of the project so people can start moving freely along Eglinton again. There are plans to beautify Eglinton and add bike lanes as well. The videos here show work at Laird Station. This behind-the-scenes look is exciting. Interested in a Metrolinx presentation at your school? Contact Natalie.

“God Bless Us Every One” as CGS stages A Christmas Carol

The students over at Children’s Garden School are definitely in the holiday spirit after their performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Scrooge was taken on a journey through his life, past, present and future. Along the way he learned the meaning of Christmas and how to be generous. Well done performers! For more information about CGS and their performance arts curriculum, contact Kelly Scott at

Why does salt melt ice? CGS Science Fair finds the answers

It was a busy week for CGS scientists last week. They had been charged with answering puzzling questions. Why does salt melt ice, where do the stars go during the day, what’s the effect of temperature on water volume and what are eggs made of? CGS students presented their findings to judges, teachers, parents and their peers at the 2018 CGS Science Fair. The young scientists were well prepared and knew their experiments back to front. It was very clear how much fun they had discovering the answers. It was especially wonderful to see the peer-to-peer learning that took place. The Science Fair is mandatory for Grades 1-3 students and optional for SK students. There were 12 SK students presenting this year, the most ever. Congratulations to all. May your love of science continue to grow. For more information about Children’s Garden School on Eglinton contact Kelly Scott, Director of Admission at CGS at

CGS kids elect school government and urge you to vote too

Students at Children’s Garden School in Leaside have elected their student government for the year, taking tips from the Toronto General Election which will be held Monday. Word is that one CGS candidate for school mayor even got an endorsement from John Tory. The annual exercise on civic duty and democracy saw students from Grades 1 to 4 participate in the annual October election. The kids campaign for two weeks for the positions of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councilor (one for each grade). On election day, candidates give a speech to their classmates. This year these addresses were of typically high quality — funny, engaging and heartfelt. Voting took place directly after with the new government announced before lunch.  School administrators offered congratulations to all candidates for their bravery and commitment to the process. CGS kids encourage you to vote next Monday.