Songs, finger plays and stories are presented to our students under the direction of our music specialist, Gilda Dicloa Mills. Musical studies begin with singing and ear training exercises with our younger children, and continue with the study of instruments and various musical styles with our older children. Two concerts per school-year are presented to our families.
Gilda holds a Bachelors of Education from Queens University, a Bachelors of Music from University of Toronto and an ARCT in vocal performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, you may find Gilda performing in local concerts.
The movement class is beneficial to our student’s development in balance, coordination, self esteem and body awareness. Our students are given the opportunity to express themselves through dance and movement to different styles of music once per week. Lisa Wolsey, long-time dance student with a school affiliated with The British Association Teachers of Dance, leads our morning class.
A daily class of conversational French is taught to our students during circle time. Games, songs, pictures and real objects are used to make the study of French enjoyable and interesting.
Physical activity is a vital part of the development of the whole child. Physical activities and instruction are a part of every day at Bayside Montessori. We promote 40 minutes of physical activity everyday through the use of the gymnasium, our playground and various parks and ball fields that surround our school.
The students of Bayside Montessori are provided with various materials and encouraged to try different media and create their own masterpieces. Seasonal crafts and other activities that tie in with our units of study are a part of our school curriculum.
We ask that parents provide one morning and one afternoon snack for their child. Snacks must consist of nutritious food items excluding those that contain peanuts and/or a lot of sugar. Fruits, vegetables and dairy products are wonderful choices. Snacks must come to school in an insulated bag with your child’s name on it.
A nutritious lunch is provided each day. We follow Canada’s food guide by providing meals that contain one serving of each food group. Dietary restrictions are taken into consideration when preparing meals. Parents are provided with a rotating, monthly menu at the beginning of the school year.
Enrolment preference will be given to families with a firm commitment to the Montessori philosophy and who intend to keep their child in our program for the full three-year cycle. Existing student will be offered opportunity to make first choice in enrolment. Once existing students are served, priority will go to siblings, alumni and public wait list. The school reserves the right to adjust the enrolment placement of students at any time.
Classes are multi-aged, and Bayside Montessori School will make every reasonable effort to balance each class with respect to age and gender. Bayside Montessori School admits students of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all rights and privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It is the practice of Bayside Montessori School to offer enrolment to children with minor difficulties in speech or who speak a different language. Bayside Montessori can not offer services to children with special needs as we do not have the appropriate training or resources.