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

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

School Type:
Academic
Grades (Gender):
PK to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$9,250 to $17,400 per year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 350

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Wendy Ball

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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 recent 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.

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Glenburnie School is a private Traditional / academic day school in Oakville, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades PK to 8 with enrolment of 350 day students. Glenburnie School has an average class size of 8 to 18 students and has a tuition cost of $9,250 to $17,400. Founded in 1985, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.


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  • January 24, 2015Open House
    Glenburnie School, 2035 Upper Middle Road East, Oakville, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 24 from 09:30 am - 01:30 am

    Glenburnie School is holding an Open House on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.

    We are also pleased to offer weekly Open House tours on Wednesday mornings @ 9:00 a.m.



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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


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Tuition:

Type Tuition
Day Students $9,250 to 17,400 CDN

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Maximum installments available 12

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Discount for 3nd child 10%

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Performing Arts Challenge - TALENT SHOWexpand

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 Runexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Campexpand

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 Artsexpand

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 Messageexpand

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.expand

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 Ceremonyexpand

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 Centreexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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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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 Classroomexpand

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 Messageexpand

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!expand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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 Messageexpand

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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In the News expand

News

November 18, 2014 - The Daring Way

The Glenburnie School is pleased to host the new "The Daring Way" seminar on Wednesday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ...


September 25, 2014 - Kenyan Dream

Inspiring, life changing, emotional and magical: Two Glenburnie teachers travel to Kenya to help build a school and instill hope and growth. ...



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Curriculum & Programs

    Specialty Academics

  • Community service
  • Distance learning
  • Summer camps/program
  • Summer studies

    School Support

  • After-school program
  • Before-school program
  • Lunch program
  • Tutoring



    Arts

  • Acting
  • Choral Music
  • Choreography
  • Drawing
  • Electric music
  • Music history
  • Music Theatre/Opera
  • Music theory
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Production
  • Sculpture
  • Voice/Vocal/Singing

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Creative writing
  • Debate
  • Ethics
  • Independent study
  • Public speaking

    Languages

  • French

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Computers

  • Computer science
  • Ecology


    Academic / Social Clubs

  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Math Club
  • Science Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook

    Arts

  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Musical theatre/Opera
  • Photography

    Athletics

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Downhill skiing
  • Football
  • Ice Skating
  • Outdoor Education
  • Running
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

    Moral Development

  • Character education
  • Leadership
  • Whole Child

    Admissions & Finances

  • Entrance exams
  • Interview required
  • Sibling discounts

    Religious Affiliation

  • Non-denominational

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