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Glenburnie School
Glenburnie School
2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7G6
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Glenburnie School

2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7G6

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,950 to 17,800/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 150 (Gr. PS - 8)

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Contact Name:
Wendy Ball

Phone Number:


School Address
2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7G6

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Glenburnie School’s active, child-centred education connects theory and practice in relevant and meaningful ways. Focus is on the development of 21st Century skills and core values, through individualized, integrated academic studies. Students from PK to Grade 8 experience an exceptional broad-based educational program in maths and sciences, economics, French instruction, and The Arts (Orff, vocal, choral, instrumental, drama, and visual arts). Our well-rounded education nurtures leadership, creativity, character development, and effective communication skills, with our educators working in partnership with our students and their parents. State-of-the-art technology is integrated with activities that include time management, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and gifted education. Physical education, intramural, and varsity sports activities focus on skill development, team work, and competitive experiences. Glenburnie’s Awareness program which promotes effective thinking and learning is based on neuroscience research emphasizing personal choice, initiative, and responsibility. Glenburnie’s mission is to effectively prepare students to confidently meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in our rapidly changing world. Students in Grade 8 can earn high school credits online through Canada eSchool.


Upcoming Events Next event: October 16, 2016

upcoming events
  • October 16, 2016: Visit this school at the Oakville Private School Expo: booth #13
    St. Joseph's Banquet & Conference Centre, 300 River Oaks Blvd. E, Oakville, ON, L6H 5T1
    Join us Sunday, October 16 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Chat with school representatives, parents, students and experts face-to-face and learn about many different schools in one day, at one location.

  • October 16, 2016Our Kids Private School Expo Halton-Peel
    Glenburnie School, 2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, October 16 from 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Visit our Glenburnie Booth and chat with our staff!

    Our Kids Trade Fair - Halton Peel - Oct. 16, 2016 - 12 - 4 PM

    St. Joseph's Banquet and Conference Centre, Burlington, Ont.

     


  • October 22, 2016Fall Open House
    Glenburnie School, 2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, October 22 from 09:30 am - 01:30 pm

    Fall Open House:  Parents are invited to tour Glenburnie to meet the teachers and to discuss our program approaches and enrollment availability.  Samples of classroom reading and mathematics materials and tools, as well as samples of student work are on display. 


  • January 31, 2017New Application Deadline
    Glenburnie School, 2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Register by Tuesday, January 31 from 04:30 pm

    For currently enrolled students, the re-registration deadline is the end of January.  In early February, new students to Glenburnie School, who have been waitlisted, will be accepted for any available openings.  

    New students may be accepted for mid-year starts pending available openings at that specific grade levels.



Principal's Message

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Mrs. Meevis, Principal

I am very excited to begin my 15th year at Glenburnie, and honoured to be commencing my 5th year in the role of School Principal. The start of a new school year provides the opportunity for new beginnings and to put one’s best self forward.  Setting academic, extra-curricular, and social goals in the areas of personal development, leadership, and environmental awareness are essential keys to success.

Our school-wide theme this year, which focuses on character development and leadership is:

Together, Everyone Achieves More

 
Students will continue to learn how to lead and to grow as individuals, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to have pride in their accomplishments and in their school. I feel strongly that it is our role as educators to provide students with the best possible tools and skills for lifelong learning.

“Intelligence plus character ~ that is the goal of true education.“ ~  Martin Luther King Jr.”
 
At Glenburnie, we believe that strong, direct, and open communication is best. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom or rotary teacher(s) if you have any questions or wish to discuss the personal academic/social goals for your child.
 
We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments or to communicate via email or telephone conference.  Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet with me, if you have any concerns or questions which you would like to discuss further.
 
On behalf of the entire staff of Glenburnie School, we welcome you, and your children, to an exciting new year of growth and learning.
 
Warmest Regards,
Mrs. M. Meevis


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie’s innovative and challenging, inquiry-based academic and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education are set in a responsive, risk-taking environment. Students from Pre-K (2.8 yrs) to Gr. 8 are empowered through ongoing leadership opportunities to ‘take charge’ and be responsible for their academic outcomes as active partners in their education. At Glenburnie, we focus on excellence, task commitment, and skill development in a caring, supportive atmosphere, where students are encouraged to achieve to their personal best. Students find learning at Glenburnie challenging and fun, where successes are recognized and celebrated! Glenburnie’s signature Economics and Emotional Intelligence programs, curriculum concepts and skills, French and IT training are integrated in a cross curricular manner emphasizing real life applications. Studies also include excellent ‘Arts’ instruction (Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, and Drama/Theatre) as well as busy Sports programs, including Intramurals and Varsity sports. Our dynamic Glenburnie team values ongoing communication and accountability. Glenburnie is a school with a ‘big heart', a home away from home, where students are treated with dignity and respect.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: Math lessons address the learning styles of individual students: auditory, visual and tactile. At the start of each new unit of study, students receive a pretest to determine current functioning level in that specific concept and skill area. Differentiated lessons are taught accordingly to accommodate student needs regarding any remediation, review, enrichment or program extension required. Students complete an end of unit Post test to determine levels of success for each unit of study. Students have the option of retaking this post test if they wish to study for and to rewrite the test to improve their overall mark. At the end of the school year, all students write the standardized CTBS test (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) for an outside determination of concept and skill levels achieved in learning the curriculum mathematics concepts at that grade level.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: The Nelson Math texts are used as well as the JUMP program. Students are working a year ahead with the JUMP Math program of study.

    • Calculator policy: Students are provided with calculators to use for speedier computation. Students must first have the computational understanding of the various operations BEFORE they use their calculators.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: At Glenburnie School our early reading program consists of three components: Phonics training, development of a sight word vocabulary, and the story outline using the visual cues on each page. Classroom reading material include class chart stories, phonetic based story books, general story books and guided readers. Students also collect their own stories into a story book format which they use for their reading practices as well.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Glenburnie School says: There are ongoing reading assessment to ensure that consistent progress is being made.


    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: Writing is particularly effective when there is a real life purpose to the writing activity. Students are often required to record their observations and discoveries in math and science activities. Other times writing is for sharing and for fun! Writing can be in the form of creative stories, poetry, riddles and games. Phonetic based spelling is welcomed for the younger students, with the teacher identifying the correct spelling below the incorrect attempt. Over time, these challenging words become a part of the classroom word walls and spelling practices.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: At Glenburnie we follow the Ontario Ministry of Education Science curriculum. Emphasis is on real life applications using these various concepts and skills. Social Science and Science are taught in a hands-on approach whenever possible, integrating this new information into a range of other subject areas i.e. Language Arts, Maths, Reading,Visual and Theatre arts, IT research activities, and school trips. Students are encouraged to question and challenge what they are learning. Students also work in the STEM rooms to integrate their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to solve "What if" situations and challenges.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: Emphasis on student literature is to integrate this with other subject areas of study to further reinforce new concepts. Students are provided with flexibility in their choice of literature,and degree of challenge they wish to experience.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: The objective of the thematic approach in Social Studies is to better understand the choices and outcomes of decisions made by our earlier ancestors. It is expected that the Social Studies unit of study would be integrated with other subject areas so students can better understand the many different ways of looking at a situation.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Pragmatism

      Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: The integration of subject areas is important for students to appreciate the many facets of those areas of study.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: Foreign languages are living languages. To this end, we have adopted the AIM approach where younger students take part in dramatic role playing to develop new vocabulary and increased clarity. Our grads continually tell us how very prepared they have been in their Glenburnie studies for the challenges of French at the high school levels.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Dance
      Visual Arts
      Music
      Drama/Theatre
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie places a strong emphasis on 'the Arts' - Visual Arts, Music and Drama. Students are encouraged to risk-take in these activities and to do their personal best. Students work with a wide variety of arts materials to create 2 and 3 dimensional creative works. Our Drama and Theatre Arts programs, like the Visual Arts, are exceptional. Students are drawn to Glenburnie because of our excellent ARTS activities. A significant portion of our graduates go onto Cawthra Secondary School and Etobicoke School for the Arts. Music classes start with the Orff Training, to singing/Choirs, Recorders, Instrumental Music and Band presentations.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie provides a balanced approach to computer use. Students at all grade levels receive formal CT classes in digital literacy which often are integrated with curriculum concepts being studied. Teachers enhance lessons with Smart Boards, laptops, Chrome books and classroom computers or can work on whole class activities at one of the 3 computer labs. The school is also proactive with EMF protection throughout the school.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Glenburnie School says: Physical Education classes are regularly scheduled and teachers are free to use the gym for extra physical activity. Intramural games are offered over the lunch hour and Glenburnie students are actively involved in the PSAA Varsity Sports program, competing against other private schools in the wider community. Wellness days and movement activities are scheduled. Students and staff regularly participate in the Terry Fox and other community running events.

    • Glenburnie School 's approach to sex-ed: Glenburnie follows Ministry sex-ed curriculum content. As with all curriculum expectations, teachers adjust accordingly to meet the specific needs of their students.


    Religious Education
    • What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie's Core Values are Dignity, Respect and Responsibility. Teachers, students and parents are expected to model these core values at all times. Glenburnie teaches its own signature Values Program: 'Thinking and Learning with Awareness' which integrates current Mind/Body research on how one's emotions and feelings affect the Mind/Body's ability to think and learn with increased clarity.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie provides a nurturing, stimulating, educational environment for young minds. Each child is seen as a unique individual and is engaged in meaningful activities – exploring, risk-taking and experiencing the joy of success. The well-balanced academic program (Language Arts, Math, Thematic and Science studies) encompasses direct instruction, play-based activities, and group interactions. Specialist teachers enrich the learning experiences through French, Art, Music and Movement, Physical Education and IT classes, which are taught with a blend of academic and creative play-based activity. Glenburnie offers half and full day programs. With open minds, and passionate teachers, everything is possible!


    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Glenburnie School says about flexible pacing: Student instruction can be individualized, independent, group or whole class based pending subject area and overall objectives. Teachers pretest to determine instructional approach and functioning level for each student Students are expected to work at their personal best level. Student assessments, post tests, assignments and project evaluations are ongoing.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie School provides a rigorous academic program in a supportive, nurturing learning environment. Glenburnie offers a holistic educational approach - a responsive learning environment for optimal learning: full spectrum overhead lighting in all classrooms, EMF protectors re reduce the electromagnetic fields from technology, large expansive windows and plenty of fresh air, outdoor classroom, greenhouse and vegetable garden. Curriculum is integrated in a cross curricular fashion and balanced with strong 'Arts' and Sports programs. Students are provided with ongoing opportunities to develop 21st Century skills so they may become the future leaders our world desperately needs.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie's education philosophy is one of balance and flexibility. We are quick to adjust to the changing needs of students and our world. We integrate neuroscience and quantum physics research to further enhance our educational approaches and routines which lead to enhanced success for our students..


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Glenburnie School provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie accepts students who are achieving at an average, to high average, to gifted levels. A number of very talented students also can experience academic challenges in one or more areas which are inconsistent with their overall performance. Individualized support, remediation or program extension and enhancements are offered within the classroom setting, during lunchtime and after school tutorials, special accommodations and withdrawal support. Special Education teachers on staff address a range of student needs: from remedial to gifted. Identified/qualified students in Grade 7 and 8 may also work ahead with our 'Leap Ahead' High School Credit program.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: Accommodations: The Learning Environment: all classrooms have full spectrum overhead lighting for student comfort, higher work performance, and to reduce hyperactivity. Classrooms have large expansive windows which open for fresh air access. Classrooms are carpeted and EMF protected. Students who are learning English as a second language and short term out of country students may receive permission to opt out of the French program of study. We recognize that incoming students may need additional support to address any learning gaps not addressed in their previous schools in order to achieve at their personal best levels.

    • What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie accepts students who are achieving at an average, to high average, to gifted levels. A number of very talented students also can experience academic challenges in one or more areas which are inconsistent with their overall performance. Individualized support, remediation or program extension and enhancements are offered within the classroom setting, during lunchtime and after school tutorials, special accommodations and withdrawal support. Special Education teachers on staff address a range of student needs: from remedial to gifted. Identified/qualified students in Grade 7 and 8 may also work ahead with our 'Leap Ahead' High School Credit program.


    Gifted Learner Support Very High

    Very High

    Glenburnie School is a full-time gifted school and so offers a highly specialized environment for gifted learners.

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Glenburnie School says: Glenburnie provides differentiated instruction for program extension, acceleration, project based experiences, as well as withdrawal support for the 'gifted' student as needed. Emphasis is on 21st Century skills: leadership, oral/written communication, analytical and problem solving skills, economics and emotional intelligence education. Real life applications provide students with confidence to become critical thinkers and compassionate global citizens. STEM classes combined with exceptional 'ART' and SPORTS programs provide a well rounded, enriched educational experience.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Glenburnie School students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 8
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8


    Extracurriculars

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    What Glenburnie School says:
    • Me to We charity events throughout the school year, including trips to Ecuador and Kenya to build schools and wells.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Downhill skiing
      Sailing
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$17,200$17,400$17,800
    Day (Half day)$8,950
    What Glenburnie School says: Tuition ranges from 1/2 Day Pre-K at $8,950 to Full Day Gr. 1 - 8 at $17,800 Tuition plans: Advanced, Standard and Monthly Fee Schedules. Contact the school for Tuition rates for International Students.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo


    Student distribution:

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    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewPS - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)PS - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Glenburnie School says:

    Parents wishing to enroll their child:

    a) Submit completed applications, previous report cards, and test results if applicable and schedule a Visiting Day for their child.

    b) The visiting student will join a class at same grade level for a day, which includes an interview and academic assessment.

    c) At day's end, parents will receive a summary of the day's assessments and confirmation of acceptance.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    75%

    Type of student Glenburnie School is looking for: Glenburnie accepts average, above average to gifted students who are willing to come half way in the learning process. Periodically we do accept capable students with mild learning challenges who would benefit from additional support. Students with classrom behaviours which disrupt the learning of others are not a good fit. At Glenburnie we welcome diversity.



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 - 16 (70%)5 - 8 (70%)5 - 6 (70%)6 - 7 (70%)4 - 5 (80%)4 - 5 (85%)4 - 5 (80%)3 - 4 (80%)3 - 4 (75%)2 - 3 (70%)1 - 2 (75%)

    Notable Alumni

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    Alumni Highlights

    • Being respectful of student and staff privacy, we do not post names and photos of outstanding accomplishments.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Principal's May 2016 Message

    May 2016

    PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 

    After months of rehearsals, set construction, prop making, painting, costume creations, and more, Glenburnie’s musical production, Aladdin opened on Wednesday, April 27th to rave reviews!  As you can imagine, putting together a production of this magnitude takes a collective effort of many. I would like to thank the many staff members, in particular, Ms. Harvey, Miss Halley and Mr. Alphonso, and the talented and dedicated parent volunteers, students, and Glenburnie alumni who devoted their time and skills to help prepare for this tremendous production.  What a wonderful collaboration of artistic talent and creativity we have to celebrate at Glenburnie School!  A lesson shared from Aladdin for all of us to always remember,

    “You told me to be myself. I am who I am, right? And that’s good enough”.

    At our April assembly, I was proud to recognize many students for their personal successes in academic and/or athletic achievements. Glenburnie students stand out within the community as strong, polite and highly emotionally intelligent individuals; we are so proud of them.

    In Athletics, I would like to congratulate our Floor Hockey teams and their coaches for their continued commitment to excellence and fine sportsmanship in their recent tournaments. We look forward to our Track and Field, T-Ball, and 3-Pitch events which will take place later this month.

    Congratulations to all Gr. 7-8 students who participated in the Pascal (Gr. 9) and Gauss (Gr. 7-8) Math contests and to our Gr. 4-6 students who participated in the Byron-Gerome Mathematica, Fibonacci, and Pythagorus tests.

    Glenburnie’s Chess Team recently competed with students from other Oakville Independent Schools at the annual Chess Tournament. Our team represented Glenburnie with pride and we congratulate them on their group and individual successes. Special thanks to Mrs. Kendall and Mr. Nelson who worked with our team to prepare for this tournament.

    Glenburnie was pleased to again host the Oakville Regional Spelling Bee of Canada. Special thanks to Mrs. Sauro and Mrs. Dey for overseeing this event. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to all of our competitors. 

    Students in Grades 3 to 8 will be writing their Canadian Tests of Basic Skills this month. Please note that there is no preparation required. We simply ask that the students have a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time each day. In addition, our Grades 7 and 8 students will be studying for, and writing, their final exams later this month. This experience will serve them well as they prepare for high school.

    Our annual School Picnic is only a month away.  Thank you, in advance, to Mrs. Broomhead and our team of parent committee members who are planning this special family event. I look forward to attending this wonderful event and celebrating our year’s successes with our Glenburnie families.     

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.” ~ G.B Shaw

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    Principal's October Message

    We have enjoyed a wonderful start to the new school year! What resonates with me the most as I walk through the school and visit classrooms, are the happy faces of students who are engaged in their studies.  I am pleased to see the level of commitment, creativity, and excellence our students bring to their daily work, assignments, and projects. Our inquiry based STEM initiatives (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) are well underway.  I am delighted to see the students’ natural curiosity and critical thinking skills at work as they delve into their projects with eagerness and excitement. 

    Our students have immersed themselves in all aspects of Glenburnie School life where risk-taking, new opportunities, and fun are incorporated.  Varsity Sports, Electives, Choirs, Bands, and more, provide our students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to ignite their interests. 

    We were very honoured to welcome the Kenyan Boys Choir, a world renowned African male voice choir to Glenburnie recently.  As we interacted with this talented group of young men and listened to their music, our hearts were filled with joy and thankfulness!  At the conclusion of their performance, a few of the choir members personally thanked me, and remarked that throughout their Me to We tour of many schools, Glenburnie stood out as a school with so much heart and warmth.  What a delight to hear!  

    Many thanks to all parents who attended the recent Meet the Teacher night. We hope that you found the presentations informative as we spoke about the overall vision of Glenburnie, innovative additions to our curriculum and programming, and topics that pertain to your child’s grade level. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to ensure that your correct contact information is on file. 

    If you have not already done so, please schedule a Goal Setting Meeting with your child’s homeroom teacher  at your earliest convenience. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss the overall academic, social and emotional goals for your child with his/her homeroom and/or rotary teachers.  Goals will be revisited and celebrated throughout the year; as one goal is accomplished, a new one will be set.  I would also be most pleased to meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress and goals. 

    Glenburnie students are eagerly anticipating an array of exciting events this month including: WE DAY, Terry Fox Run, Pep Rally, Thanksgiving, our Hallowe’en assembly and activities, and more.  Please visit our website following these events to see photo updates. 

    From our Glenburnie family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

    Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.  ~ William Arthur Ward

    Warmest regards,
    Mrs. Meevis

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    September Message, 2015

    Welcome to the start of this exciting 2015/16 school year! We hope that you had a wonderful, adventurous, yet relaxing summer break.

    This is my 17th year with our Glenburnie family, and my 7th year in the role of School Principal. The beginning of a new school year provides the opportunity for new beginnings and to put one’s best self forward. Setting academic, extra-curricular, and social goals in the areas of personal development, leadership, empowerment, and environmental awareness are essential keys to success.

    At Glenburnie School, we provide learning and leadership opportunities for students of all ages, and help to instill skills which will last a lifetime. Students will continue to learn how to lead and to grow as individuals, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to take pride in their accomplishments, and in their school. I feel strongly that it is our role as parents and educators to provide students with the best possible tools and skills for lifelong learning and success.

    Teachers have been very busy incorporating curriculum updates and lessons for your children. We are pleased to announce that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will be incorporated into our inquiry based model for learning. Please be sure to visit our new STEM labs which are located: Kindergarten wing, upper Primary wing, upper Junior wing, and our Science Lab. These exploratory rooms will be used often by each grade level to further engage students in discovery learning; linking elements of the Social Studies, Science, Math, and Technology curriculums.

    At Glenburnie, we believe that strong, direct, and open communication is best. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom and/or rotary teacher(s), or our administrative staff, if you have questions, need clarification on something, or wish to discuss the personal academic/social goals for your child. We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments, or to communicate via email or telephone conference. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet, if you have any questions or concerns which you would like to discuss.

    One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.  ~ Malala Yousafzai

    On behalf of the entire staff of Glenburnie School, we look forward to working with your children this year, and are honoured to be a part of their lives.

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    Principal's May, 2015 Newsletter

    After months of rehearsals, set construction, prop making, painting, costume creations, and more, Glenburnie’s musical production, Shrek, the Musical opened Wednesday, April 29th to rave reviews! As you can imagine, putting together a production of this magnitude takes a collective effort of many. I would like to thank the many staff members, in particular, Ms. Harvey, Miss Taylor, Ms. Hewitt, Mr. Alphonso, and the talented and dedicated parent volunteers, students, and Glenburnie alumni who devoted their time and skills to help prepare for this tremendous production. What a wonderful collaboration of artistic talent and creativity we have to celebrate at Glenburnie School!

    At our April assembly, I was proud to recognize many students for their personal successes in academic and/or athletic achievements.

    In Athletics, I would like to congratulate our Floor Hockey teams and their coaches for their continued commitment to excellence and fine sportsmanship in their recent tournaments. We look forward to our Track and Field, T-Ball, and 3-Pitch events which will take place later this month.

    Congratulations to all Gr. 7-8 students who participated in the Pascal (Gr. 9) and Gauss (Gr. 7-8) Math contests and to our Gr. 4-6 students who participated in the Byron-Gerome Mathematica, Fibonacci, and Pythagorus tests.

    Glenburnie’s Chess Team recently competed with students from other Oakville Independent Schools at the annual Chess Tournament. Our team  represented Glenburnie with pride and we congratulate them on their group and individual successes. Special thanks to Mrs. Hodges and Mrs. Kendall who worked with our team to prepare for this tournament.

    Glenburnie was pleased to again host the Oakville Regional Spelling Bee of Canada. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to all of our competitors.  Special thanks to Mrs. Sauro and Mrs. Dey for overseeing this event.

    Students in Grades 3 to 8 will be writing their Canadian Tests of Basic Skills this month. Please note that there is no preparation required. We simply ask that the students have a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time each day. In addition, our Grades 7 and 8 students will be studying for, and writing, their final exams later this month. This experience will serve them well as they prepare for high school.

    Our annual School Picnic is only a month away.  Thank you, in advance, to Mrs. Brydon and our amazing team of parent committee members who are planning this special family day of fun and games. I look forward to attending this wonderful event and celebrating our year’s successes with our Glenburnie families.      

    What makes us special makes us strong.

    Despite what you see from the outside, there is beauty within. ~ Shrek: The Musical

    Warm regards,

    Mrs. Meevis

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    Founder & Director

    CHOOSE EXTRAORDINARY!

    We have the opportunity every single day to choose to be ‘extraordinary’ rather than ‘ordinary’ when making daily choices and decisions.  What would you choose?

    From the moment we wake up each day, we are faced with a myriad of choices.  Each of these choices reflect the type of person we choose to be, how we choose to behave, and the projection of ourselves that we wish to present to our family, colleagues, and to the world.

    Do we choose to strive for the extraordinary response; for greatness, to reach for the stars, to be the best we can be; or do we settle for less, for ‘good enough’, or do we simply follow the crowd?

    Raising extraordinary children requires parents to model the extraordinary.   Teaching children to think critically for themselves, to question what they are told by others, and to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, must come from parents who do the same.  Parents should take the time to talk about easy choices, or choices which may not be so easy, but can have the potential to make a profound difference in their own lives, and in the lives of others.  Parents are encouraged to ask themselves the following questions:

    1. Do you choose to make a difference, or do you choose ‘the same old – same old’?
    2. Do you choose to speak ‘your Truths’, or go with the flow of repetitive thinking or storylines that you hear from others?
    3. Do you choose to take the high road or the same road?
    4. Are your answers always the automatic ‘NO’ vs ‘YES’ which might require some additional effort and could present unexpected possibilities?
    5. Do you role model ordinary or extraordinary for your children?  If not, why not?

    Choosing to be extraordinary, one decision at a time, can bring out the very best in those around us, support worthy endeavours, perhaps support the underdog for greatness, and even chase that magic!  Every moment in our day is a moment of potential to experience and role-model the extraordinary, and make a difference in our own life, our children’s choices, and those of others.

    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do, are in perfect harmony.”

    ~ Mahatma Ghandi

    Happiness, pride, and personal satisfaction are a few of the end results of choosing ‘extraordinary’.

     

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    Principal's April 2015 Message

    PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

    It has been our pleasure to welcome back all Glenburnie students and their families from March Break. We hope that everyone is refreshed and ready for a busy Spring season at Glenburnie School. 

    There are many exciting events planned for the weeks ahead, which include: our Earth Day activities, hosting the Spelling Bee of Canada: Oakville Region, countdown to our spectacular theatrical production, Shrek: The Musical, the Grade 3/4 Speech Festival, class field trips to Joshua Creek for field and stream scientific inquiry, and our ongoing academic cross-curricular learning and leadership opportunities, projects, debates, and more. We have so many ways to celebrate the wonderful creative learning that is always in progress at Glenburnie! 

    Our recent event, Parent Day . . . the Sequel was a tremendous success. Thank you to the many parents who joined our classes to experience a sneak preview of next year’s learning for your child/ren. If you were unable to attend, but would like information specific to next year’s programming for your child’s grade level, please contact me. I would be happy to meet with you and will arrange for you to observe a class in session and/or meet a teacher from that grade level.

    As we enter the final semester for this academic school year, I encourage each and every student to make the most of every day. To reinforce this, we have posted inspirational signs throughout the school and on classroom and office doors with the slogan:

    Every Day I Play Like a Champion

    This quote will serve as a reminder of the importance of beginning each day with a positive attitude and the intention of making each day special and productive. 

    Parents are encouraged to connect with your child’s teachers to follow-up on any goals that were set during the March interviews.  As always, I am pleased to meet with parents who wish to discuss their child’s academic, social, or emotional progress, or to speak further about plans for next year’s programming. 

    We are all looking forward to the warm, sunny weather which is on the way.  Have you started to make plans yet for the summer? Be sure to stop by our Main Lobby and learn more about the wide variety of Summer Camps which are being offered this year at Glenburnie School.  

    "I don’t know about you, but I am very ready for Spring to come. I can’t wait for the sun to shine, the flowers to bloom, and to put away my boots and heavy sweaters.

    It’s a time of rebirth, a time of enjoying the great outdoors and breathe in that clean spring air.

    And I’m not the only one who loves the coming of Spring; oodles of writers, thinkers and other people whose quotes became notable have shared their thoughts on this wonderful season."

    ~ Courtesy of Disney

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    March, 2015 Message

    I am sure that all Glenburnie families are looking forward to relaxing over the March Break. Perhaps you are heading somewhere warm, or staying home to enjoy quality time together as a family. Whatever your plans are, enjoy this time to the fullest, and I wish you a wonderful adventure!

    Our interim report cards will be distributed on Monday, March 2nd.  Please take time to discuss with your child, his/her progress, celebrate successes and achievements, and set goals for the next semester. 

    Thank you to all parents who have taken advantage of our on-line booking system for Parent/Teacher Interview Day.  Parents are invited to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher and/or rotary teachers to discuss milestones which have been met, and to create goals to be achieved. As always, I am happy to meet with you to discuss your child’s academic, social, and emotional well being for this academic school year, or for next year.

    Parent Day, The Sequel will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd.  This opportunity will provide parents with a glimpse of a day in the life of a student in your child’s next year of learning. Please pre-register for this event. We look forward to seeing you!

    Our recent Coffee and Conversation gathering was a tremendous success! We are very grateful to Constable Drew Scott, from the Halton Regional Police Department who shared his informative presentation, ‘Kids and Technology’. Thank you to the many parents who attended this event to learn more about this important topic. By giving a child the gift of technology, we are giving the child access to the world, and more importantly, giving the world access to the child. It is important to discuss with your children, internet safety, and the positive and negative aspects of technology. By going on the technological journey with our children, we are teaching them how to use this incredible tool to enhance their own lives and the lives of others.

    On behalf of the staff at Glenburnie School, I would like to wish all Glenburnie families a relaxing, fun, and safe March Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd. See you then!

    "The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start!" ~ John Bingham

    Warm regards,

    Mrs. Meevis

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    February, 2015 Message

    January was another very busy month at Glenburnie!  Our students kicked off the new year with great enthusiasm, which is evident in their day-to-day work, projects, and classroom activities.  Students have been encouraged to set new and meaningful academic and social goals, and to put their plan into action, to work towards achieving their personal best.

    Our recent Parent Day was a tremendous success! Parents partnered up with their children and experienced a ‘morning in the life of Glenburnie’. They participated in a multitude of hands-on learning activities in homeroom and rotary classes. Thank you to our creative and innovative team of teachers for organizing and providing so many interesting and engaging activities for students and parents to enjoy.

    The fun and learning continues in February as we look forward to the many events and activities which are outlined in this newsletter.

    As an extension of our Physical Education programme, our annual ski trip for students in Grades 4-8 will take place this Friday, January, 30th. Please note that it is our expectation that students not attending the ski trip report to school.  Staff members will be supervising classes on this day and attendance will be taken.

    Our school-wide Emotional Intelligence theme for the month of February is ‘POSITIVITY’.   We ask parents to join us as together, we all role model positive language for our students. It is interesting how children are positive by nature, and that negativity is something that is learned through time. As adults, we may find ourselves responding to questions such as, "How was your day?" by responding with, "Not bad", rather than a more positive response such as "I had a great day"; or "Thank you for holding the door" with "Not a problem", rather than, "It was my pleasure".

     

    Keep your thoughts positive because

    your thoughts become your words.

    Keep your words positive because

    your words become your behaviours.

    Keep your behaviours positive because

    your behaviours become your habits.

    Keep your habits positive because

    your habits become your values.

    Keep your values positive because

    your values become your destiny. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

     

    Please mark your calendar for our next Coffee and Conversation gathering which is scheduled on Wednesday, February 25th at 8:45 a.m.  Along with our regular conversation and sharing feedback from our Parent Day survey, we will welcome Constable Drew Scott, who will share an informative presentation on Computer Technology and Internet Cyber Bullying Awareness. Please RSVP Ms. Roy, (jroy@glenburnieschool.com) if you plan to attend.

    As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher, rotary teachers, or myself if you would like to discuss your child’s progress, goals to date, or inquire about your child’s educational programming plans for next year.

    Warm regards,

    Mrs. Meevis

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    Loving Literacy

    The Junior and Senior Kindergarten programmes at Glenburnie School are carefully aligned to encourage progression of growth across all curriculum areas.  With regards to literacy skills specifically, both grades follow the developmentally-based Handwriting Without Tears program.  This curriculum promotes the development of strong writing habits from an early age through the use of specific manipulatives and related hands-on activities, which strengthen fine motor skills.  As students work through this program, we focus on correct individual letter formations (top-bottom), and appropriate pencil grip.

    In conjunction with handwriting instruction, letter-sound associations are also reinforced through the Jolly Phonics program.  This program is introduced in Junior Kindergarten, and continued on an “as needed” individual student basis in Senior Kindergarten.  Jolly Phonics allows students to learn the letter sounds through a multi-sensory approach, which complements the methodology employed by Handwriting Without Tears.

    In combination with both programs, students enthusiastically participate in a wide variety of active, engaging, and child-centred learning activities and discovery centres, which leads to success in the development of their literacy skills.

     

    Denise Gorrie, Senior Kindergarten Teacher

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    January, 2015 Message

    PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

    Welcome back! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome new families to Glenburnie, and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May this year bring you, and your family, great joy, peace and harmony, good health, and prosperity.  We thank you for your caring support and partnership in working together with your children. 

    The new year is a wonderful time for families to discuss their own family values and how to make a difference in the lives of others.  Discussions will set the tone for effective communication throughout the new year. Families are encouraged to seize the opportunity to celebrate personal achievements and to set individual and family goals.

    We were so proud of our Kindergarten and Primary students as they presented their holiday concerts. We wish to thank Ms. Harvey and Miss Taylor and all staff members and parent volunteers who contributed to the success of these productions.  Keepsake DVDs will be distributed within the next month. 

    Our 3rd annual Sounds of the Season event was a great success.  We thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining musical performances and wish to thank all participants. In addition, it was a pleasure to learn about the many philanthropic endeavours which take place at Glenburnie School, within our local community, and beyond. 

    As always, January will be busy at Glenburnie! Each class will explore new units of study using a variety of methods to further develop each students’ 21st Century Skills to the highest level through: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration and Leadership, Cross-Curricular Understanding, Communication, Digital Literacy, Cultural, Global and Environmental Awareness and Personal Management of one’s learning.

    Have you ever wondered what is happening in your child’s classroom? Find out on Wednesday, January 14th, when Glenburnie will be hosting Parent Day. Parents with children in PK to Grade 8 are invited to participate in this morning event and enjoy a variety of lessons alongside your child/ren. This event will serve as a glimpse into some of the amazing learning that takes place at Glenburnie School! Please visit the Community Page of our website to register.  

    We continue to enjoy working with you, and your children, and invite you to schedule an appointment any time to meet with your child’s homeroom and/or rotary teachers, or myself, to discuss your child’s individual needs and/or educational programme.  

    You are the architect of your own destiny; you are the master of your own fate; you are behind the steering wheel of your life. There are no limitations to what you can do, have, or be. Except the limitations you place on yourself by your own thinking. ~ Brian Tracy

    Warmest regards,

    Mrs. Meevis

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    Smart Moves at Glenburnie School

    The junior years, Grades 4 and 5, are often a transitional stage for students.  Girls, in particular, are just steps out of their primary years, but on a steady journey to their teens.  The ‘tween years’ are a special time; when girls navigate through their own self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-confidence.  Sometimes overlooked, this time is crucial for girls establishing themselves in their evolving world.

    Our 21st century girls know more, see more, and feel more than ever before.  At Glenburnie, we support this important time of girls’ development with our Smart Moves Club.  This ‘girls only’ club meets regularly to chat, share, role play, and joke around in a supportive and fun environment.  We deal head-on with issues our girls face in the classroom and beyond; from dealing with a poor result on a test, to jealousy, individuality, boys, and much more.

    The goal is to give our girls a voice to share their school experiences in a safe and supportive circle of friends, where strategies are developed, discussed, and practised.  Our girls have thrived by participating in role-playing exercises.  These dramatic experiences encourage girls to create their own language through dialogue, mimes, and tableaus.  The conversations that ensue after these mini-productions have been beyond our expectations.  It has given us, as teachers, a greater window into our girls’ day-to-day experiences, and as a result, we have become the learners, and they, the problem solvers.

    Within these comfort zones, we have seen our girls grow more articulate and confident with themselves, with each other, and within their school, or ‘home-away-from-home’.

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    Principal

    At our November assembly, we celebrated Glenburnie’s 30th anniversary, and honoured our school’s Founder and Director, Mrs. Sweet for her amazing vision and commitment to Excellence in Education. Thank you to our students, staff, and to the many parents who joined us for this special assembly. We look forward to many more celebrations in the years to come. 

    It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the many events that will take place at Glenburnie this month. From the eagerly awaited Kinder and Primary holiday concerts, Melton, the Warm-Hearted Snowman and Snow Biz, to our 3rd annual family event, Sounds of the Season, to our Carol Sing, we have much to enjoy together over the next few weeks. As you walk through the hallways and classrooms, extensive learning and holiday activities are in full swing.

    Thank you to Ms. Harvey and Miss Taylor for their extraordinary efforts to prepare our students for both of our holiday concerts. I would also like to thank our team of very creative parents who are helping with costumes, and all of our wonderful staff, for their invaluable assistance with these entertaining productions.

    Student progress reports which outline a culmination of your child’s academic progress this semester, have been distributed. Please take some time with your child to celebrate and discuss personal accomplishments as well as areas which he/she can further develop next semester. Please feel free to stop by to discuss your child’s progress with me, and any goals you may have for the upcoming semester.  

    As the busy holiday season begins, please remember to plan some traditional activities to enjoy as a family.  Years from now, your children may not remember the specific gifts they received, but they will always cherish and be thankful for the special memories of childhood holidays and family time spent together. 

    "Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see." 

    ~ Polar Express

    From all of us at Glenburnie School, we wish you and your family, a beautiful and joyful holiday season.

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    Performing Arts Challenge - TALENT SHOW

    This exciting event is made possible in part with the support of City Parent and The Oakville Beaver.

    Every child is a star!  Glenburnie School is proud to present the Performing Arts Challenge Talent Contest on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Children from 5 to 13 years of age from all over the region are invited to compete in the 11th edition of this annual event.

    The Performing Arts Challenge gets more exciting and competitive every year.  This year's event features grand prizes of a four hour recording session at River 16 Studio, and a 45 minute private on-stage training session with Nathan McLeod of the YTV show Life With Boys.

    This competition encourages budding young artists to discover the joy in personal expression and sharing their unique artistic vision.  Judges score each performance on both ‘Technical Merit’ and ‘Artistic Impression’ to determine the winners, letting each child know that her/his unique personality and spirit is important and valued.  At The Performing Arts Challenge, the next Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits can compete head-to-head with an up and coming Celine Dion or Luciano Pavarotti!

    "For the past 11 years, this event has helped young talent discover and express their artistic voices," explains event chair, Paul Carr.  "Spots are limited, and the most popular categories always fill up quickly, so we encourage families to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

    Each performer will receive personal feedback from the judges who come from the world of jazz, classical music, musical theatre, and television to bring a wide range of experience and viewpoints to the panel.

    Instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, and variety performers from all genres, styles, and backgrounds are invited to perform for the judges and compete for trophies and prizes.  The vocal division will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and the instrumental, dance, and variety divisions will follow at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Media and guests who are interested in attending are asked to contact Ms. Judie Roy, Head of Communications at (905) 338-6236.

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    Glenburnie School's Terry Fox Run

    Since 2008, Glenburnie School has participated in the annual Terry Fox Run.  Each year, students and teachers join together to celebrate one of Canada’s most inspiring heroes.  Prior to the run, students take part in class activities where they have the opportunity to learn more about the life of Terry Fox.  On the day of the run, which always coincides with the National School Run Day, students gather in the Gymnasium to watch an inspiring video about Terry Fox.

    Two years ago, we were very fortunate to welcome a guest speaker from the Terry Fox Foundation who awarded our school with a five year participation banner, and also spoke to our students about Terry Fox.

    Each year during the run, Glenburnie’s older students take leadership roles and run around the school field with younger students, helping them on a one-on-one basis.  Each lap is counted, with the total number of laps run by each class tallied at the end of the day.  This provides a little friendly competition among the homeroom classes.  In addition to Glenburnie’s Terry Fox Run, many of our families also take part in local runs which are organized in the area.

    Thank you to everyone in the Glenburnie Community who generously supported our Terry Fox Run this year.  We are very happy to announce that we raised more money this year than we have for the last two years combined!  Every day, and in every way, we are all helping to make a difference in our world!

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    October, 2014 Message

    We have enjoyed a fabulous start to the new school year!  As I take my daily walk throughout the school, I am always thrilled to see the happy faces of students who are engaged in their studies.  I am pleased to see the level of commitment our students bring to their daily work, and their active involvement within class discussions and debates.  Individual, group, and class projects are well underway, with homework routines well established.

    Our students have immersed themselves in all aspects of Glenburnie School life where risk taking, hands-on learning, commitment to learning, and fun are incorporated.  Varsity Sports, Grade 4-8 Electives, Choirs, Bands, and more, provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to ignite their interests.

    During both welcome back assemblies, we announced this year’s school theme:

                                         Leadership, Pride, and Investing in Oneself

    We discussed how students of all ages, can become integral parts of Glenburnie as a whole.  Students were encouraged to make each day count.  As an example, at the Junior and Intermediate assembly, students were asked to think about each school day as if it was a dollar.  Each student can either make the most of that dollar and use it well, come to school each day, ready to learn something new, or he/she can choose to waste it - it’s up to each student!

    I also shared with the students, that their parents, family, and teachers all believe in them.  Students were asked to believe in themselves, and were encouraged to choose to be happy, to learn, and to make a difference in their lives, one day at a time.  We discussed investing in themselves and made a few suggestions, (i.e., make some new friends, welcome a new student, join a club, try out for a sports team, join the choir or school band, audition for the Spring Musical, learn how to play a musical instrument, learn a new language, and more).  The rewards will follow!

    Glenburnie students recently demonstrated their strong school spirit at our first Colour Team Pep Rally of the year.  Our enthusiastic colour team captains led their teams in animated discussions of overall team objectives and celebrated their spirit with team cheers.  Thank you to Ms. Warren and the Colour Team Captains  for leading this very lively and exciting event.

    After the Pep Rally, students watched a compelling Terry Fox video.  Students demonstrated great maturity while running in their own Marathon of Hope around our playing field, and our Grade 7-8 students demonstrated outstanding leadership and motivation to their younger buddies.  Thank you to all students and parents for your generous support of our Terry Fox Run.  Special thanks to Mr. Rickels for co-ordinating and overseeing this most worthwhile event, and to Miss Hewitt for capturing so many wonderful photos which are posted on our school website.        

    "It occurs very rarely in the life of a nation that the courageous spirit of one person unites all people in their celebration of his life and in the mourning of his death."

    ~ Pierre Trudeau speaks about Terry Fox

    Many thanks to all parents who attended the recent Meet the Teacher evenings.  We hope that you found the presentations informative as we discussed the overall vision of Glenburnie School, some innovative additions to our curriculum and programming, and topics that pertain to your child’s grade level. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to ensure that your correct contact information is on file.

    If you have not had a chance to arrange for a goal setting interview with your child’s homeroom teacher, please do so at your earliest convenience.  These meetings provide parents with the opportunity to meet with their child’s homeroom teacher and any rotary teachers to discuss the overall academic, social and emotional goals for your child. These goals will be revisited and celebrated throughout the school year; as one goal is accomplished, a new one will be set.

    Above and beyond the many classroom learning and related activities which take place on a day-to-day basis, we look forward to the next month of exciting activities which include: class field trips, guest speakers, Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en activities, and more.

    From our Glenburnie family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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    September, 2014 Message

    Welcome back, everyone!  We hope that you had a wonderful, adventurous, yet relaxing summer break.  We are very excited to commence a brand new year working with each of you, along with your children.  Glenburnie School is so proud to announce that this year, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary!

    I am happy to begin my 16th year at Glenburnie, and honoured to be commencing my 6th year in the role of School Principal. The start of a new school year provides the opportunity for new beginnings and to put one’s best self forward.  Setting academic, extra-curricular, and social goals in the areas of personal development, leadership and empowerment, and environmental awareness are essential keys to success.

    At Glenburnie School, we provide learning and leadership opportunities for students of all ages and instill skills which will last a lifetime! 

    Students will continue to learn how to lead and to grow as individuals, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to take pride in their accomplishments and in their school. I feel strongly that it is our role as parents and educators to provide students with the best possible tools and skills for lifelong learning and success.

    As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~ Bill Gates

    We are very pleased to announce that the Jump Math programme has been added to our Math resources for Grades 1-5. The Nelson Math programme will continue to be used for its strong language-based problem solving. The Jump Math programme’s approach of "Guided Discovery" will be utilized to further enhance concept development. Math computation, estimation skills, and real world applications will continue to be a strong focus of Glenburnie School’s Math curriculum. There will be further information presented at the Meet the Teacher Nights.

    At Glenburnie School, we believe that strong, direct, and open communication is best. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom or rotary teacher(s), or our administrative staff, if you have any questions, need clarification on something, or wish to discuss the personal academic/social goals for your child. We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments or to communicate via email or telephone conference. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet with me, if you have any concerns or questions which you would like to discuss further.

    On behalf of the entire staff of Glenburnie School, we look forward to working with your children and are honoured to be a part of their lives.  Here’s to a year full of great learning and new adventures!

    Warmest regards,

    Mrs. M. Meevis

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    Experience the Magic of Glenburnie's Summer Camp

    Glenburnie offers a safe and enriched camp experience for all children in the community entering Grades JK to Grade 5.

    The fun never ends at our exceptional camps which emphasize learning, participation, and friendship.  Glenburnie’s Summer Camps will run from July 7th to August 1st, and include Academic, French, Vacation, and Musical Theatre.  This year’s creative and fun weekly themes, which are sure to captivate the imagination of all campers are:  Week 1: Adventures in Candy Land, Week 2: School of Dragons:  Medieval Style, Week 3: Science:  Forces of Flight and Week 4:  Pirate and Princess Quest.

    Participants in all camps will be divided into age appropriate groups and will participate in a variety of fun and education activities related to these exciting themes.  All groups will be led by Glenburnie’s highly trained and experienced teachers who will provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all campers.  Catered lunch services and extended care are available.  Camp hours are 8:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Join us for our unique brand of summertime fun!  Every Friday is Theme Day at Glenburnie Summer Camp!  All campers will be delighted to have the option of wearing a costume based on the theme of the week.  Friday afternoons are also quite special as we will feature a camp-wide event with surprises and special guests!  For more information, or to obtain registration information, please visit our website at www.glenburnieschool.com/camps/glenburnie-camps or contact Ms. Roy, Camp Registrar, at (905) 338-6236.

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    Glenburnie School's Festival of the Arts

    Each spring, Glenburnie School celebrates all aspects of the performing and visual arts at the Festival of the Arts event. Artwork created throughout the year by students across the grade levels, will be displayed gallery-style throughout the Main Lobby and Gymnasium.  Visitors to the festival are invited to peruse the gallery prior to the commencement of the musical performances.   

     This year's Festival promises to be extra special!  Students from Grades 4 to 8, along with the Junior/Intermediate Choir and the Glenburnie Concert Band, will be presenting Beatles’ songs from Yellow Submarine, in addition to acting out short scenes from this popular film.

    The Festival of the Arts is a complete celebration of the performing arts, and includes vocal and instrumental performances, acting, dancing, and film work.  Students will be involved in all aspects of creating this year's production, contributing their talents in such diverse areas as sound and lighting engineering, choreography, and both solo and ensemble performances.

    This year's Festival of the Arts will be held at Glenburnie School on Thursday, June 12th. Doors will be opening at 6:15 p.m. and the performances will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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    Principal's June Message

    It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with, observe, and celebrate the many successes which have unfolded this year at Glenburnie School.  From strong academics, teamwork, friendships, and personal growth, each student has left their mark! Glenburnie students have again demonstrated excellence in their academic, athletic, and artistic endeavours. Students and staff members can be very proud of their many successes and accomplishments gained over the past school year.

    June is a time of many celebrations: School Picnic, Award Presentations, Talent Show, Tie Ceremony, and of course, Graduation!  For those students who will be moving on to new schools in the Fall, we wish you all the very best in your studies and in life. You will be fondly remembered by all of us at Glenburnie School.

    Parents of students in Grades 3 to 8 will be advised of their child’s C.T.B.S. test scores shortly. Please remember that these results report on student performance ‘on a day in time’ and must be viewed as part of the whole continuum or ‘story’ of your child’s achievement profile. Please inform your child’s teacher how you wish to receive the C.T.B.S. results. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting, phone call, or receive the results via email.

    The partnership between school, parent, and child is essential. On behalf of all of our staff and students, I would like to thank all parents who helped in so many ways to make this school year such a success.   Whether you were a class parent or a committee event volunteer, your efforts, individually and collectively, have been greatly appreciated by all.  

    I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our parents for allowing us the privilege of working with your children. The memories created in elementary school are ones that will last a lifetime! 

    "Design this day the way you want it. If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page."   ~ Mark Houlahan

     

    All of us at Glenburnie School, wish our families a safe and happy summer vacation. See you in September!     

    Warmest regards,

    Mrs. M. Meevis

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    Glenburnie School Proudly Presents . . . Willy Wonka Jr.

    Glenburnie School’s gymnasium was recently transformed into a magical theatre, as more than 85 students participated in the ambitious musical production, Willy Wonka Jr.  The score of this lively musical, based on the classic novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, had the audience members tapping their toes and humming along to the many delightful tunes!  Audience members were very impressed by the outstanding talent and level of professionalism demonstrated by the Grades 4 to 8 students who made up the cast and crew.

     

    Auditions for the play were held in December, prior to the holiday break.  Rehearsals commenced in January and were scheduled during lunch recess periods and after school.  The show was directed by three enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, and the exceptional choreography was created by Glenburnie School alumni, Jackie Burns.

     

    The objective of the annual spring musical at Glenburnie School, is to create an exhilarating and hands-on theatrical opportunity for all participants.  Students as young as Grade 6 are given leadership opportunities to become involved as members of the stage and technical crew, set, prop, and costume design team, and as stage managers.  It is an incredibly empowering experience for everyone involved, and the memories and friendships made along the way are valued long after the curtain closes on the final performance.

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    Glenburnie's Senior Kindergarten Tie Ceremony

    In June of each year, the Senior Kindergarten students participate in a moving ceremony during which they receive a tie passed down by their Grade Eight Reading Buddy.  The special relationship between the Senior Kindergarten and Grade Eight students is fostered during the year through frequent times spent together enjoying reading and writing activities.  As the milestone of leaving Kindergarten to join the Primary Division of the school is reached, time is taken to celebrate the triumphs and successes of each student. The Grade Eight Buddies reflect upon their time together, and say a few meaningful words about the growth they have witnessed in their young buddy, and pass on a school tie to represent the new journey which lies ahead.  

    The theme of Glenburnie’s Tie Ceremony is based on the favourite story, “I Can Be Anything”.  Throughout the year, students celebrate the “blooming” of themselves and each other as they acquire new skills, and shared special friendships.  In addition to the tie presentations, the audience enjoys a slideshow which chronicles the year, and highlights many wonderful events.  It is recommended to have tissues handy!  The Kindergarten students also take great pleasure in performing a song and dance for their special guests.   After a year filled with laughter and learning, the Tie Ceremony is a very special celebration of what has been achieved, and what has yet to come for these very special students.

     

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    Glenburnie School and the Huntsman Marine Science Centre

    The Huntsman Marine Science Centre is a not-for-profit research and teaching institute in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.  The Huntsman campus, including the Fundy Discovery Aquarium, is located on the St. Croix estuary on the lower shore of the Bay of Fundy. For over forty years, the education programmes at the Huntsman have been providing visitors with information on Canada’s east coast marine ecology and economy.

     

    The Grade Eight students at Glenburnie School have had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about marine sciences at the Huntsman Centre since 1997. The on-site programmes, made up of interpretive labs and presentations, provide the students with an introduction to the marine environment in Atlantic Canada. In addition, the students are also engaged in a variety of data collecting field trips on the tidal shores and under the waters of the Bay of Fundy. Research vessels offer the students an amazing look at marine inhabitants through the use of bottom trawling and oceanographic sampling.

     

    The Huntsman Centre provides Glenburnie students with the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with their peers to learn about marine life in its natural environment. Learning by doing makes this trip invaluable. The memories will last a lifetime!

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    Principal's May 2014 Message

    Lights, Camera, Action!  After months of rehearsals, set construction, prop making, painting, costume creations, and more, Glenburnie’s musical production, Willy Wonka Jr. opened Wednesday, April 30th to rave reviews!  Performances continue on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon for local feeder schools, and Saturday afternoon.  As you can imagine, putting together a production of this magnitude takes a collective effort of many.  I would like to thank the many staff members, in particular, Ms. Bowman, Mrs. Harvey, Miss Hewitt, and Mr. Caputo, and the talented and dedicated parent volunteers,  students, and Glenburnie alumni who devoted their time and skills to help prepare for this tremendous production.  What a wonderful collaboration of artistic talent and creativity we have to celebrate at Glenburnie School!

     

    At our April assembly, I was proud to recognize many students on their personal successes in academic and/or athletic achievements.

     

    Glenburnie was pleased to again host the Oakville Regional Spelling Bee of Canada. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to all of our competitors.  Special thanks to Mrs. Sauro and Mrs. Dey for overseeing this event.

     

    Glenburnie’s Chess Team recently competed with students from other Oakville Independent Schools at the annual Chess Tournament.  Our team  represented Glenburnie with pride and we congratulate them on their group and individual successes.  Special thanks to Mrs. Hodges and Mrs. Kendall who worked with our team to prepare for this tournament.

     

    Congratulations to all Gr. 7-8 students who participated in the Pascal (Gr. 9) and Gauss (Gr. 7-8) Math contests.  Our Grade 4-6 students will be participating in the Byron-Gerome Mathematica, Fibonacci, and Pythagorus tests later this month.

     

    In Athletics, I would like to congratulate our Floor Hockey teams and their coaches for their continued commitment to excellence and fine sportsmanship in their recent tournaments. We look forward to our Track and Field, T-Ball, and 3-Pitch events which will take place later this month.

     

    Students in Grades 3 to 8 will be writing their Canadian Tests of Basic Skills this month. Please note that there is no preparation required. We simply ask that the students have a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time each day. In addition, our Grades 7 and 8 students will be studying for, and writing, their final exams later this month. This experience will serve them well as they prepare for high school.

     

    Our annual School Picnic is only a month away.  Thank you, in advance, to Mrs. Brydon and our amazing team of parent committee members who are planning this special family day of fun and games.  I look forward to attending this wonderful event and celebrating our year’s successes with our Glenburnie families.     

     

    We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams. ~ Willy Wonka

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    Principal's April Message

    It has been our pleasure to welcome back all Glenburnie students and their families from March Break. We hope that everyone is refreshed and ready for a busy Spring season at Glenburnie School. 

    There are many exciting events planned for the weeks ahead. From our upcoming Earth Day activities, countdown to our spectacular Willy Wonka Jr. musical production, our ongoing academic cross-curricular learning opportunities, projects, debates, Speech Festivals, and more; we have so many ways to celebrate our creative learning.  

    To our Grade 8 students: Graduation photos will be taken on Tuesday, April 8th. As you near the end of your academic experience at Glenburnie School, please continue to work hard, study hard, and put forth as much effort into your final exams as possible.  The rewards of your efforts will follow. 

    As we delve into the final semester of study for this academic school year, I encourage each and every student to make the most of every day. 

    Parents are encouraged to connect with your child’s teachers to follow-up on any short term goals that were set during the March interviews.  As always, I am pleased to meet with parents who wish to discuss their child’s academic, social, or emotional progress, or to speak further about plans for next year’s programming. 

    We are looking forward to the warm, sunny weather which is on the way. Have you started to make plans for the summer? Be sure to stop by our Main Lobby and learn more about the wide variety of Summer Camps which are being offered this year at Glenburnie School.  

    "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Principal's March Message

    I am sure that all Glenburnie families are looking forward to relaxing over the March Break. Perhaps you are heading somewhere warm on a vacation, or staying home to enjoy quality time together as a family. Whatever your plans are, enjoy this time to the fullest and I wish you a wonderful adventure!

    Our interim report cards will be distributed on Monday, March 3rd. It is essential to take time to discuss your child’s progress and celebrate his/her successes and achievements. 

    Thank you to all parents who have already taken advantage of our on-line booking system for our upcoming Parent/Teacher Interview Day.  Parents are invited to arrange appointments to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher and/or rotary teachers to discuss milestones which have been met, and to create goals to be achieved during the final semester of this school year. 

    As always, I am happy to meet with parents to discuss your child’s academic, social, and emotional well being for this academic school year, or for next year. I encourage parents to meet with me should you ever have any questions or concerns. 

    On behalf of the staff at Glenburnie School, I would like to wish all Glenburnie families a relaxing, fun, and safe March Break. Classes will resume on Monday, March 24th. See you then!

    "The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." ~ Oprah Winfrey

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    February, 2014 Message

    January was a very busy month at Glenburnie!  Our students kicked off the new year with great enthusiasm, which is evident in their day-to-day work, projects, and classroom activities.  Students have been encouraged to set new and meaningful academic and social goals, and to put their plan into action to work towards achieving their personal best.

    Our recent Parent Day which took place on Friday, January 31st, was a huge success!  Parents participated in a multitude of hands-on activities in a variety of rotary classes. Thank you to our creative and innovative team of teachers for organizing and providing so many interesting and engaging activities for our parents to enjoy. Artwork created by our talented parents will soon be put on display in our front lobby and photos taken throughout the day can also be seen on our front lobby digital display.

    The fun and learning continues in February as we look forward to the many events and activities which are highlighted in this newsletter.

    As an extension of our Physical Education programme, please note that our annual ski trip for students in Grades 4-8 will take place this Friday, February 7th.  Please note that it is our expectation that students not attending the ski trip report to school.  Staff members will be supervising classes on this day and attendance will be taken.

    As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher, rotary teachers, or myself if you would like to discuss your child’s progress, goals to date, or inquire about your child’s educational programming plans for next year.

    The meaning of life is to find your gift;
    the purpose of life is to give it away. ~ Joy J. Golliver

     
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    January Message

    Welcome back!  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome new families to Glenburnie, and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  May this year bring you, and your family, great happiness, peace and harmony, good health, and prosperity.  We thank you for your caring support and partnership in working together with your children.

    The new year is a wonderful time for families to discuss their own family values and ways of making a difference in the lives of others.  Discussions will set the tone for effective communication throughout the new year. Families are encouraged to seize the opportunity to celebrate personal achievements and to set individual and family goals.

    We were so proud of our Kindergarten and Primary students as they presented their holiday concerts.  We wish to thank Mrs. Harvey and all staff members and parent volunteers who contributed to the success of these productions.  Keepsake DVD copies will be distributed within the next month.

    Our 2nd annual Sounds of the Season event was a great success.   We thoroughly enjoyed the entertaining musical performances from our choirs and bands, and wish to thank all participants.  In addition, it was a pleasure to learn about the philanthropic endeavours which take place at Glenburnie School, within our local community, and beyond.  Special thanks to Mrs. Harvey and Mr. Carr for making this event so special.  For those of you who have not had a chance to see the staff holiday video, please check it out on our website.

    As always, the month of January will be a busy one at Glenburnie! Each class will explore new units where thought-provoking studies will enrich the minds of all students. We will continue to enrich the learning experience for all by extending the studies beyond the classroom. Extensions include leadership experiences involving ‘travelling back in time’ in history class, holding in-class debates, participating in class literacy activities, oral presentations, furthering computer skills through inter-related project work, hands-on experiments, field trips, and guest speakers.

    During the morning, of Friday, January 31st, Glenburnie will be hosting a Parent’s Day .  Have you ever wondered what is happening in your child’s classroom? Parents will be invited to pre-register and enjoy a variety of rotary classes through hands-on experiential learning.  This event will serve as a glimpse into some of the amazing learning that takes place at Glenburnie School!  More information will follow on this special event.  

    We continue to enjoy working with you, and your children, and invite you to schedule an appointment any time to meet with your child’s homeroom and/or rotary teachers, or myself, to discuss your child’s individual needs and/or educational programme. 


    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi

     
    Warm regards,
    Mrs. Meevis
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    Principal

    It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the many events that will take place at Glenburnie this month. From the eagerly awaited Kinder and Primary holiday concerts, Christmas on Candy Cane Lane and Santa Goes Green, to our 2nd annual family event, Sounds of the Season, to our first Me to We Drop and Shop event, to our Carol Sing, we have much to enjoy together over the next few weeks.  As you walk through the hallways and classrooms, extensive learning and holiday activities are in full swing.

    Thank you to Mrs. Harvey for her extraordinary efforts to prepare our students for both of our holiday concerts. I would also like to thank our team of very creative parents who are helping with costumes, and all of our wonderful staff, in particular, Miss Hewitt, Ms. Bowman, Mr. Carr, and Mr. Rickels for their invaluable assistance with these entertaining productions.

    Student progress reports which outline a culmination of your child’s academic progress this semester, will be distributed on Monday, December 2nd.  Please take some time with your child to celebrate and discuss personal accomplishments as well as areas which he/she can further develop next semester. Please feel free to stop by to discuss your child’s progress with me, and any goals which you may have for the upcoming semester. 

    As the busy holiday season begins, please remember to plan some traditional activities to enjoy as a family.  Years from now, your children may not remember the specific gifts they received, but they will always cherish and be thankful for the special memories of childhood holidays and family time spent together.  The following holiday quote from a favourite family classic, reminds us of the true nature of the holidays.

    And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: How could it be so?
    It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags!
    And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
    "Maybe Christmas", he thought, "doesn't come from a store."   "Maybe Christmas...perhaps...
    means a little bit more!"

     
    From all of us at Glenburnie School, we wish you and your family a beautiful and joyful holiday season.

    Warm regards,
    Mrs. Meevis ...



    Components to Success in a Classroom

    Education should be all about children!  Well-trained educators, who go that extra mile, can make all the difference in how success is experienced in the classroom.  Lessons need to be adjusted to suit individual learning styles.  Excitement and enthusiasm are generated when students experience the opportunity for ownership, influence and choice in their studies, and particularly when follow-up activities are relevant and meaningful.

    Neuroscience research confirms that students thrive in a supportive yet challenging learning environment where risk-taking in thinking and creative endeavours push back the knowledge boundaries, sparking ‘out of the box’ ideas and results.
    Our youth require leadership development, effective analytical and problem solving skills, and the confidence to effectively meet the challenges ahead.

    From the shy, quiet student, to the most outgoing, today’s students, individually and collectively, will have a powerful impact on improving their world and the lives of others.  As parents and educators, we must ensure that these students, who hold the key to our future, receive the very best, forward thinking education in economics, leadership, emotional intelligence, energy literacy, and environmental management.

    When children spend their time in a nurturing, “yes you can” environment, where the learning experiences are challenging yet fun, and individual successes are recognized and celebrated, students flourish with each new challenge.   Amazing things can happen!

    Linda Sweet  M.S. Ed.
    Founder and Director, Glenburnie School
    Pre-School to Grade 8
    Providing a progressive and innovative private school education
    www.glenburnieschool.com
    www.lindasweet.ca/blog
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    Principal's November Message

    Many amazing events continue to take place at Glenburnie School.  It gives me great pleasure to recognize our students for their many accomplishments this Fall which include: participation in Town Hall Meetings, clubs, electives, varsity sports, bands, choirs, and class projects.  Special congratulations to those students who have achieved a special goal.  Parents are asked to please take a moment to celebrate accomplishments with your child and to create a plan for other areas which he/she may like to become involved.

    Glenburnie was thrilled to host our 2nd annual Mini We Day on October 21st.  Many thanks to Mrs. Ivany, Ms. Johnston, Mrs. Churchill, Mrs. Gorrie, Mrs. Harvey, and Miss Valles of the We Team who organized this most successful and worthy event.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Hallowe’en festivities at Glenburnie, with students and teachers dressed in a variety of imaginative and colourful costumes.  Thank you to our creative teachers for organizing such a wonderful day for all to enjoy.  Be sure to check out the ‘Thriller’ performance from our October assembly that is posted on our school’s website.  Congratulations to our PK, 1K, 5I, and 8P classes who have each been awarded with a popcorn and movie party for winning the Hallowe’en Decorating Contest.

    The action continues at Glenburnie this month with another full calendar of activities and events which are outlined in this newsletter.  Please note that you can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

    Our Remembrance Day assembly will be presented by our Grade 8 and SK students on November 7th beginning at 11:00 a.m. Parents are most welcome to join us as we honour the many brave individuals, past and present, who have made it possible for us to live in freedom.

    Thank you to all Glenburnie families for your ongoing and invaluable support of our school.  At our recent Open House, we were so pleased to hear from many visitors that they were referred to us by current Glenburnie families!  We would also like to thank our Intermediate students who were courteous representatives of our school as they toured prospective families.

    We look forward to meeting with you at any time to review or re-visit goals that have been set or achieved.  The first two months of school have been very rewarding, and I look forward to the months ahead, and all that is in store, with great anticipation.

    Warm regards,
    Mrs. Meevis ...



    Play School 'Pump Up' - Enhance the Creative Mind!

    Young children just love to ‘play school’.  This timeless and creative activity provides an excellent opportunity for children to reinforce and extend their skills in reading, math, story writing, and science while having fun. 

    Our young play school enthusiasts will want to have the same teaching tools to play with as their teachers use in the classroom. Parents are encouraged to provide a selection of school supplies including pencils, crayons, markers, paper, scissors, glue, and craft materials for hours of learning fun.  Don’t forget an inexpensive calculator or two, and of course, chalk and a chalkboard! Garage sales are a great source for inexpensive resources – educational games, story books, puzzles, paper, crafty activities, and manipulative materials for counting and sorting.    A real find would be a set of Golden Book Junior Encyclopaedia which are colourful, easy to read, and include a collection of interesting information covering everything in your child’s world.

    To encourage strong academic skill reinforcement, visit local educational or book stores and pick up a selection of workbooks in phonics, math, grammar, and reading comprehension to have available in your child’s play school area.  Invite your child to help choose the workbooks. A good rule of thumb is to pick materials at their comfort level or at their previous grade level.  If your child is really keen, you may also wish to purchase workbooks at the next grade level.

    Puppet shows are a great source of creative fun for all children.  A theatre can be constructed from a recycled cardboard box, and your child’s imagination will soar as he/she decorates it with scraps of fabric for the curtains, and creates puppets from old socks, buttons, wool, ribbons, and glue.  As with all great theatre, the audience is very important.  Be sure to attend the production and provide your child with positive and supportive comments which will help encourage and extend their ideas for the next show.

    Science exploration is usually overlooked.  Why not put together a science tool box, complete with a magnifying glass, tweezers, small containers, and even an old microscope if you can find one.  You could include a starter collection of local rocks and pebbles, flower petals, a bug, and a variety of seeds from the garden or spice seeds from the kitchen. For another fun activity, take the bottom out of an old shoe box and have your child place this cardboard frame on a patch of ground, sidewalk, or garden and with a magnifying glass, observe the activity in the miniature world inside the cardboard box walls – amazing!

    Play school activities provide children with a wide range of experiences, from valuing and having fun applying various academic skills, to having extended periods of time to experiment with various materials, to improving their fine motor skills, and strengthening their interpersonal exchanges with their friends.  For parents, it is important to allow your child’s play to be open ended and to let him/her decide on their ‘play school’ games and activities.  When children have access to a variety of hands-on materials which stimulate creativity, the learning never ends! 


    Linda Sweet  M.S. Ed.
    Founder and Director, Glenburnie School
    Pre-School to Grade 8
    Providing a progressive and innovative private school education
    www.glenburnieschool.com
    www.lindasweet.ca/blog
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    Principal's October Message

    We have enjoyed a fabulous start to the new school year!  As I take my daily walk throughout the school, I am always pleased to see the level of commitment our students bring to their daily work, and their active involvement within their class discussions and debates. Individual, group, class assignments, and projects are well underway.

    Our students have immersed themselves in all aspects of Glenburnie School life where risk taking, hands-on learning, commitment to learning, and fun are incorporated.  Varsity Sports, Grade 4-8 Electives, Choirs, Bands, and more, provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose from.

    Glenburnie’s theme for this school year is to:

    Create a Culture of Empowerment with a TEAM approach.
    Together, Everyone Achieves More.

     
    Glenburnie students recently demonstrated their strong school spirit at our first Colour Team Pep Rally of the year.  Our enthusiastic colour team captains led their teams in animated discussions of overall team objectives.  Thank you to Ms. Bowman for leading this very lively and exciting event.

    After the Pep Rally, students watched a compelling Terry Fox video. Students demonstrated great maturity while running in their own Marathon of Hope around our playing field, and our Grade 6-8 students demonstrated outstanding leadership and motivation to their younger buddies.
    Thank you to all students and parents for your generous support of our Terry Fox Run.  Special thanks go out to Mr. Rickels for co-ordinating and overseeing this most worthwhile event, and to Mrs. Bejaoui and Miss Hewitt for capturing so many wonderful photos which are posted on our school website.
     
    "How many people do something they really believe in?
       I just wish people would realize that anything's possible if you try.
    Dreams are made, if people try.” ~ Terry Fox

     
    Many thanks to all parents who attended the recent Meet the Teacher evenings. We hope that you found the presentations informative as we discussed the vision of Glenburnie School, and topics that pertain to your child’s grade level. If you were unable to attend, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher to ensure that your correct contact information is on file. If you have not had a chance to arrange for a goal setting interview with your child’s homeroom teacher, please do so at your earliest convenience.

    Above and beyond the many classroom learning and related activities which take place on a day-to-day basis, we look forward to the next month of exciting activities which include: class field trips, Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en, Glenburnie’s Mini-WE Day, and more.

    From our Glenburnie family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

    Warmest regards,
    Mrs. Meevis
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    Principal's September Message

    Welcome back, everyone!  I am very excited to begin my 15th year at Glenburnie, and honoured to be commencing my 5th year in the role of School Principal. The start of a new school year provides the opportunity for new beginnings and to put one’s best self forward.  Setting academic, extra-curricular, and social goals in the areas of personal development, leadership, and environmental awareness are essential keys to success.

    Our school-wide theme this year, which focuses on character development and leadership is:

    Together, Everyone Achieves More
     
    Students will continue to learn how to lead and to grow as individuals, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to have pride in their accomplishments and in their school. I feel strongly that it is our role as educators to provide students with the best possible tools and skills for lifelong learning.

    “Intelligence plus character ~ that is the goal of true education.“ ~  Martin Luther King Jr.”
     
    At Glenburnie, we believe that strong, direct, and open communication is best. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom or rotary teacher(s) if you have any questions or wish to discuss the personal academic/social goals for your child.  We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments or to communicate via email or telephone conference.  Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet with me, if you have any concerns or questions which you would like to discuss further.
     
    On behalf of the entire staff of Glenburnie School, we welcome you, and your children, to an exciting new year of growth and learning.
     
    Warmest Regards,
    Mrs. M. Meevis
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    Ms. Leduc's June Message

    It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with, observe, and celebrate the many successes which have unfolded this year at Glenburnie School.  From strong academics, teamwork, friendships, and personal growth, each student has left their mark! Glenburnie students have again demonstrated excellence in their academic, athletic, and artistic endeavours. Students and staff members can be very proud of their many successes and accomplishments gained over the past school year.

    June is a time of many celebrations: School Picnic, Award Presentations, Talent Show, Tie Ceremony, and of course, Graduation!  For those students who will be moving on to new schools in the Fall, we wish you all the very best in your studies and in life. You will be fondly remembered by all of us at Glenburnie School.

    Parents of students in Grades 3 to 8 will be advised of their child’s C.T.B.S. test scores shortly. Please remember that these results report on student performance ‘on a day in time’ and must be viewed as part of the whole continuum or ‘story’ of your child’s achievement profile.  Please inform your child’s teacher how you wish to receive the C.T.B.S. results. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting, phone call, or receive the results via email.

    The partnership between school, parent, and child is essential. On behalf of all of our staff and students, I would like to thank all parents who helped in so many ways to make this school year such a success.   Whether you were a class parent or a committee event volunteer, your efforts, individually and collectively, have been greatly appreciated by all. 
                                  
    I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our parents for allowing us the privilege of working with your children. The memories created in elementary school are ones that will last a lifetime!

    All of us at Glenburnie School, wish our families a safe and happy summer vacation. See you in September! ...



    May Message

    Lights, Camera, Action!  After months of auditions, rehearsals, set construction and painting, costume creations and fittings, and much more, our musical production, The Little Mermaid Jr. is set to open on Wednesday, May 1st.  It is sure to be a tremendous musical success!  I would personally like to thank the many staff members, in particular, Ms. Bowman, Mrs. Harvey, Miss Hewitt, Mrs. Churchill, Mrs. Gorrie, Mr. McCammon, and Mr. Caputo, and the dedicated parent volunteers and Glenburnie graduates who devoted their time and skills to help prepare for this tremendous production.  What a wonderful collaboration of artistic talent and creativity we have to celebrate at Glenburnie School!

    Glenburnie School’s Mini We Day was a resounding success! Thank you to Mrs. Ivany, Ms. Johnston, and the We Team for organizing such a spectacular day.  Our amazing guest speakers left the audience with an unforgettable message which called upon each of us to find the potential within ourselves to achieve greatness; that being any goal to which we set our minds to achieve.  The message was clear: one person can indeed make a difference in the lives of others.  For the remainder of the day, students participated in team building and class/group activities which educated and further demonstrated our school’s Me to We initiatives.

    In Athletics, I would like to congratulate our Floor Hockey teams and their coaches for their continued commitment to excellence and fine sportsmanship in their recent tournaments.

    I am very proud of Glenburnie’s Chess Team, coached by Mrs. Hodges and Mrs. Kendall, who recently competed with students from other Oakville Independent schools.  They represented our school with pride and we congratulate them on their group and individual successes.  

    Glenburnie School was pleased to again host the Oakville Regional Spelling Bee of Canada. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to all of our competitors!  You should be so pleased with your personal achievements.  Special thanks to Mrs. Sauro for overseeing this wonderful event.

    This month at Glenburnie, students in Grades 3 to 8 will be writing their Canadian Tests of Basic Skills.  Please note that there is no preparation required. We simply ask that the students have a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time each day. In addition, our Grades 7 and 8 students will be studying for, and writing, their final exams later this month. This experience will serve them well as they prepare for high school.

    Our annual School Picnic is a month away and I look forward to sharing this special family day of fun and games with all of you.

    If you plan to enrol your child/ren in our popular Summer Camp, please do so without delay as spots are filling up quickly.  Ms. Roy, Summer Camp Registrar, will be happy to assist you with registration.

    Please join me in welcoming back Mrs. Dey from her recent maternity leave.  Mrs. Dey will be assisting with classroom coverage and special projects for the remainder of this school year.  We are also pleased to welcome Miss O’Rourke who will be assisting with the preparation of the Annual School Picnic, Summer Camp, and other projects.

    As the end of this academic school year is fast approaching, please encourage your child to continue to put forth his/her best effort.  Feel free to schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s academic and social progress with your child’s homeroom teacher or myself anytime.

    Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. ~ Paul Ryan
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    April Message

    It has been our pleasure to welcome back all Glenburnie students and their families from March Break. We hope that everyone is refreshed and ready for a busy Spring season at Glenburnie School.

    There are many exciting events planned for the weeks ahead.  From our upcoming Earth Day activities, our Mini- We Day, countdown to The Little Mermaid production, our ongoing academic cross-curricular learning opportunities, projects, debates, Speech Festivals, and more; we have so many ways to celebrate our creative learning. 

    To our Grade 8 students: Graduation photos will be taken on Tuesday, April 9th. As you near the end of your academic experience at Glenburnie, please continue to work hard, study hard, and put forth as much effort into your final exams as possible.  The rewards of your efforts will follow.

    Individual student recognition is ongoing at Glenburnie School.  Within the classroom, students are recognized for their day-to-day academic and individual accomplishments.  At our monthly assemblies, we are proud to celebrate the many school-wide sporting, music, and thematic initiatives which students have been involved, and welcome them to share individual philanthropic endeavours.

    Our Star and Student of the Month programmes recognize students who have worked toward achieving a goal or have further developed their personal integrity in keeping with our school-wide theme of Leadership and Pride. Students are nominated by homeroom, rotary and division teachers.  Global Awareness recognition is awarded to students who have initiated community leadership and awareness.

    In Grade 7 and 8, students are encouraged to spread their community spirit by finding a way to share their passion while they volunteer within the school or within their community.  Students are awarded with milestone recognition pins to thank them for their contributions.

    We are looking forward to the warm, sunny weather which is on the way.  Have you started to make plans for the summer? Be sure to stop by our Main Lobby and learn more about the wide variety of summer camps which are being offered this year at Glenburnie School.  

    As we delve into the final semester of study for this academic school year, I encourage each and every student to make the most of every day.

     

    Life is a learning process, and changes can be wonderful opportunities for growth.
    Don’t be afraid of change!  Embrace it and grow!   ~ Nishan Panwar

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