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Montessori Jewish Day School
Montessori Jewish Day School
55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3J7
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Regina Lulka

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Montessori Jewish Day School

55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3J7

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$7,900 to 17,900/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 122 (Gr. NS - 8)

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Contact Name:
Regina Lulka

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School Address
55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3J7

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Montessori Jewish Day School inspires a lifetime of love and excitement for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters a respect for oneself, the community and the world. Our qualified, caring staff are dedicated to developing students' problem-solving skills and prepare them to be creative, innovative leaders of society. MJDS provides an engaging educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual growth.


Upcoming Events Next event: January 21, 2017

upcoming events
  • January 21, 2017Beyond Imagination!
    Montessori Jewish Day School, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 21 from 08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    MJDS Adult Social Night of fun!
     


  • January 26, 2017Open House
    Montessori Jewish Day School, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, January 26 from 09:30 am - 11:00 am

    See for yourself how MJDS provides an engaging educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual growth.


  • February 08, 2017Open House
    Montessori Jewish Day School, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, February 08 from 09:30 am - 11:00 am

    See for yourself how MJDS provides an engaging educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual growth.


  • February 28, 2017Open House
    Montessori Jewish Day School, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, February 28 from 09:30 am - 11:00 am

    See for yourself how MJDS provides an engaging educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual growth.


  • March 01, 2017New Enrolment Application Deadline
    Montessori Jewish Day School, 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Register by Wednesday, March 01 from 04:00 pm

    Children listed on the MJDS Wait Pool will be given priority enrollment.



Principal's Message

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Regina Lulka, Head of School

As Jewish educators and parents, we have strong requirements for our children’s education.  We seek to combine the ideals of a Jewish education – respect for community and one self, balance, a love for life and Israel – with teaching methods that challenge the class as a whole, while still meeting the interests and needs of the individual child.

As such, there is a growing awareness that Montessori philosophy, established, applied and proven over the past 100 years, can and should be offered to Jewish children.

Judaic and Montessori philosophies share many of the same ideas and values: respect for the individual, love of learning, care for the natural environment, a desire to live a moral life and make a contribution to one's community. Both place much importance on education as a tool we can use to create a better world.

The principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori are the ideal foundation for the integration of our requirements:

• Respect for the child

• A nurturing environment prepared with multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to support independence and self-directed learning

• Educators trained to observe, assess and respond to individual learning styles and paces

• Learning materials designed to maximize growth and understanding

• Freedom of movement to interact with peers and select activities

• Uninterrupted time to finish an activity successfully, thus building

self-esteem

• A “personal best” approach that eliminates peer competition

Inclusive, pluralistic and egalitarian, Montessori Jewish Day School is dedicated to instilling respect for the individual and for the community.

We introduce our children to their rich heritage – providing an engaging Jewish educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew, and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual and intellectual growth. 

MJDS children are educated toward becoming knowledgeable and committed citizens who love Judaism, Jewish culture and Israel.

Through Montessori’s core tenet that it is how and not what we learn that most shapes the developing personality, our children are uniquely prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.


Academics


Curriculum Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Montessori

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


What MJDS says: To nurture the whole child is to expose the child to endless possibility, to spark creative expression and then allow it to flourish. The development of self-confidence and the awareness of ones abilities on every level is essential to reaching one’s full potential. Our classrooms themselves provide a specially prepared environment that is filled with activities and objects that allow the children to explore their worlds in ways which are appropriate for them. Explore the Casa and the Elementary programs to find out more about our truly enriched classrooms. At MJDS, we offer a special blend of programming that helps children reach this potential through activities outside their regular classroom routine. These enhance both the Montessori aspect of their learning, and reinforce what the children are experiencing in Judaic Studies.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Jewish

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Jewish day schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • 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 MJDS says: MJDS students learn and more importantly, understand, math concepts though personal hand-son use of Montessori materials.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Montessori materials are used throughout with some supplementary work in the Middle School.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    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 MJDS says: MJDS children learn all aspect of language with interest and joy through use of materials for both English and Hebrew

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What MJDS says: We administer Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) from the University of Virginia


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What MJDS says: MJDS children learn all aspect of language with interest and joy through use of materials for both English and Hebrew


    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: Children explore advanced topics from the early years, from how the world began to basic principles of zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. We use Montessori materials and lessons foster children's natural a sense of wonder at the grandeur of the universe, the simple beauty of the physical laws, and the miracle of life.

    • 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 MJDS says: Our approach to literature is congruent with all our curriculum. Children are given the tools to appreciate and enjoy literature through free explorations, guided reading and discussion and being given the time and space to read.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What MJDS says: From the early years children are encouraged to explore the world around them and this includes the world of human achievement past and present. Following Dr. Montessori's grand vision of Cosmic Education, children see come to understand the deep interconnections between history, geography, biology and ecology. In this way they also situate themselves as part of human history with a focus on who they are as Jews in Canada in the 21st Century


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What MJDS says: Following their early exposure to human culture and achievement Middle School students use 21st century skills of inquiry, critical thinking, team work, ethics o further explore Cosmic Education, children see come to understand the deep interconnections between history, geography, biology and ecology. In this way they also situate themselves as part of human history with a focus on who they are as Jews in Canada in the 21st Century


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What MJDS says: MJDS children benefit from interacting with native Hebrew speaking teachers all day every day! They also engage in numerous hands-on experiences with interesting, creative materials purposely designed to be attractive and effective. At MJDS children start learning French in their nursery year. This they do through song, rhyme, gesture and theater. After grade 4 French continues as an adventure in learning through conversation, poetry, art, film and cooking to name a few!

    • Languages Offered: • French • Hebrew


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

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

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What MJDS says: Creative, artistic expression is celebrated at MJDS from the early years on. . MJDS offers a rich vocal and instrumental music program in English and Hebrew. Visual arts and design with a rich variety of media are incorporated into most of our work with the children. MJDS children are given the tools to develop their creativity, innovation, resourcefulness, inventiveness and risk taking.


    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 MJDS says: AT MJDS children start using computers in grade 4. We value technology and understand the use of computers as important tools at the right age.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What MJDS says: MJDS holds the first Healthy School award given by North York General Hospital in recognition of our strong physical and health education program. Starting in Nursery children attend formal phys ed classes which are developmentally appropriate and fun. The program for the elementary and Middle School years encompasses skill building, team sports, coordination, and endurance among others. MJDS students participate in inter-school events with other Jewish and Montessori schools. Our very own softball teams, the Montessori Monsters showcases our students' sportsmanship, dedication and sense of fun!

    • MJDS 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What MJDS says: Montessori Jewish Day School is an inclusive, pluralistic, egalitarian school dedicated to instilling respect for the individual and for the community. MJDS provides an engaging Jewish educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew, and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual and intellectual growth. MJDS educates its students toward becoming knowledgeable and committed Jews and responsible citizens who love Judaism, Jewish culture and Israel. Our goal is to keep the child at the centre of every Jewish experience, and to give him/her the tools to develop his/her Jewish identity.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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

    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    What MJDS says: The Casa program for 2.5-6 year olds offers French language instruction, specially designed gym program, Orff instrumentation (xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones) for the oldest children, art projects, vocal & rhythmic expression and creative movement learning.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    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 MJDS says about flexible pacing: Children are more motivated to learn when working on something of their own choosing. A Montessori student may choose his focus of learning on any given day, but his decision is limited by the materials and activities—in each area of the curriculum—that his teacher has prepared and presented to him.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What MJDS says: MJDS Strives to create a seamless, rich, experience from Toddler to Middle School, and between home and school. As such, parents, teachers and the school leadership work together to nurture each child at each stage of the child’s academic, social, emotional, and spiritual development. We believe in academic excellence achieved through self motivation, self discipline, critical thinking, time management, independence, social responsibility and confidence. MJDS children learn how to learn with joy!


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What MJDS says: At MJDS, your child will develop life-long skills including: excitement for learning, love of Judaism, Jewish Culture and Israel, the ability to speak and understand Hebrew, critical thinking and the ability to problem solve, respect for self, other and the environment, self-established high academic standards, independence and social responsibility.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    MJDS 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 MJDS says: MJDS is very supportive and invested in providing inclusive programming for all special needs children, so that they can participate in meaningful and purposeful activities. MJDS will make every effort to accommodate the needs of children who require modification of environments and programming so that each child can be included in all aspects of our programming. The Montessori program is very appropriate for every child and especially a child who has learning challenges. Research has shown that Montessori programming supports children with specials needs and is a very effective method for children with learning disabilities.

    • 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: MJDS successfully and happily accommodates and supports children with disabilities by responding to their unique circumstances and making every possible attempt to integrate them at every level.

    • What MJDS says: MJDS is very supportive and invested in providing inclusive programming for all special needs children, so that they can participate in meaningful and purposeful activities. MJDS will make every effort to accommodate the needs of children who require modification of environments and programming so that each child can be included in all aspects of our programming. The Montessori program is very appropriate for every child and especially a child who has learning challenges. Research has shown that Montessori programming supports children with specials needs and is a very effective method for children with learning disabilities.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    MJDS offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

    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 MJDS says: MJDS children think, learn and work at a level higher than that of the same age and grade children in the provincial system. MJDS offers an enriched, accelerated, inspiring curriculum to all children.

    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, Montessori Jewish Day School students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average0 mins2 mins4 mins6 mins15 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins54 mins59 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to 8
    Academic achievement reporting1 to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingNursery/Toddler to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to 8


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What MJDS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$14,000$16,900$17,100$17,900
    Day (Half day)$7,900$8,750


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentDay1%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$5,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$150,000

    Application Deadline:
    January 30, 2017

    More information:
    mjds.ca

    Application Details:

    Call our Director of School Administration for more details.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 122
    Average enrollment per grade9
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment104915911511645

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What MJDS says:

    Book a tour and learn more about the benefits of an MJDS education: E-mail  or call  Matti Shorr: adminMJDS@mjds.ca, 416*784-5071 ext 1



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Montessori Jewish Day School is looking for: MJDS welcomes children that are curious, independent and friendly. We welcome families who are seeking a truly alternative Jewish education. MJDS is the first school in Toronto that offers a fully integrated Hebrew and Judaic Studies program together with an authentic Montessori pedagogy.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 (100%)003 (80%)3 (70%)4 (10%)04 (30%)03 (30%)2 (30%)

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Our son loves school!

    Our son, Lev, is so happy to go to school, he's just glowing! We saw an acquaintance
    yesterday after school who asked him how he liked school, and he replied
    with confidence and pride that it was good - and that he is in elementary
    now. I could see that he felt so mature to be able to say that. It's
    wonderful to see and to watch him developing his own school life and
    connections.
    I know I keep saying it, but we are so grateful as a family to have found
    such a special community for Lev to learn in and be a part of. It is really
    such a gift and beautiful to see everyone there keeping everything so
    loving and interesting and full of life.

    ...



    Thank you for a great educaiton evening

    Thank you for a great evening, It was so interesting learning how the students are moving from grade to grade and the material "grow" with them.

    We usually come to see what our kids are doing in their classes but today we got an opportunity to see how it continue in older grades.

    Toda Raba,

    Yifat

    ...



    A New School Year Begins with a New Playground...and New Gardens Too!

    In addition to all of the festivities at last Sunday's Back to School party, a special update was given by MJDS parent Valerie Weiss regarding the status of the playground and the gardens. As announced, the new playground equipment arrived this week. All students were brought out to watch as the new equipment was installed (holes dug, cement poured, pieces assembled, etc.). As of this past Thursday, the awesome climbing wall was installed, along with a curved tunnel. We're sure that all MJDS students will make great use of the new pieces! In addition, it was announced that MJDS has been awarded a grant of $1,650 from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for Phase 2 of the Sensorial Garden! With this generous grant, we will be building three new raised garden beds in front of the Casa classroom windows. This will bring the number of raised garden beds to seven - one for each class at MJDS. Due to their proximity, the Casa students will be able to both visit and observe their gardens year-round. A special path will also be created with stepping stones. As well, a rain barrel and two vermicomposters will be installed, which will be used to help students study the processes of nature and the environment. The gardens will be built by the end of October. ...



    Observations of MJDS (Current Parent)

    Shalom, Today I had the pleasure to spend an hour and a half in school with my daughter Mika Sela. About a month and a half before the date Mika reminded me every day not to forget the date of my observation, which was scheduled in her presence in the office. This morning, I dropped off Nili (Mika's big sister) and Mika at 8:30 am. As Mika was leaving the car she said, "Ima, you have to be at 9:00am sharp in my class!" What can I say; I was so scared that if I went somewhere I would be late, so I just quietly waited in the car - and then finally, I was in the class. Mika was already very busy doing her Math exercises. She showed me together with Sarit, how she is using the special Math material. Then, Madame Maria Elena, the French teacher, invited the children to go to the French classroom. On their way, the kids were already singing in French with special hand movements Madame taught them. So, I learned French because with Madame it was very easy and I think I even actually remember some of the words! We went back to the class and Mika showed me how she reads, a little more Math, and then we started a lesson with Pnina about different geometric shapes. Everyone in the group was fascinated as they followed Pnina's explanation and questions. I looked around the classroom and saw how every other group in the room working at the same time was also very busy. But there was no problem to hear Pnina; no loud noises, everything was harmonic, clean and interesting. In fact, as I was saying good-bye to my daughter and rushing to work, Mika was so into the lesson she did not notice me saying to her I am leaving... In short, it was a real pleasure to spend the morning at MJDS. I was impressed by the hard work all the children and the teachers in the class - Sarit, Alla & Pnina were doing. I never regret anything I have done or chose in my life, but if someone gave me the chance to start my Day School again, I would definitely love to do it in MJDS. Kol Tuv and Toda, Liane Sela ...



    Atmosphere at MJDS (Alumni Family Testimonial)

    Dear Regina, It is hard to believe that our six years of being part of the Montessori Jewish Day School community has suddenly come to an end. We wanted to take a moment to thank you for leading this wonderful place of learning. We were impressed from the start at the opportunities for individual development and independence that the Montessori philosophy affords. As opposed to the traditional pre-school system where children are prescribed "curriculum" (and often a lot of play) because they are a certain age, we appreciated that each of our three children got exactly what they needed at the time they needed it in an absolutely engaging way. To be able to seamlessly instill a love of Judaism at the same time was just the icing on the cake. We will truly miss the calm and peaceful atmosphere, the respect granted to the children, and the staff and families that make up the MJDS community. Thank you for your dedication to making the Montessori Jewish Day School such an inspiring institution. Yours truly, Bailey and Jonathan Daniels ...



    Testimonial from Victoria, BC (Alumni)

    Hello Regina, I trust all is well with you and your family. Things are going very well here in Victoria. The boys are adjusting nicely and learning to enjoy this paradise. They did remarkable well at their new school this Winter/Spring. In what is considered the finest public middle school in the Province they produced essentially straight A's and A+'s. Their classmates think they are brilliant because of their vast range of worldly knowledge. They definitely arrived well prepared - thank you. The weather is extraordinary - every day is just about perfect. Bye for now, Lawrence ...



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