It’s been just over two months since schools were ordered to close in Ontario and it has been an unprecedented time of upheaval for educators and students. Not a moment of that two months has been wasted by our neighbourhood private school, Children’s Garden School. CGS has made a highly successful shift to what they call their CGS Spirit at Home program. The enormous task of moving staff, students (and parents) to an online format in such a short time was nothing short of miraculous, especially in the case of such young students. (CGS serves Preschool to Grade 3 children). But everyone has settled into a good routine and students are progressing. Teachers are doing live and pre-recorded lessons, follow-up small group sessions and storytimes. Students have French, Gym and Creative Arts sessions as well as their usual Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) sessions. The kids even have time in the schedule for mindfulness practise. Academics aside, staying connected as a community during this time of isolation has been a top priority for CGS – making sure the children feel loved and heard, despite the varied challenges of an online learning environment. Well done CGS. For more information, contact Director of Admission, Kelly Scott, at [email protected].