Joy is Vital to Learning

“Joy constructively affects cognitive functions. People in joyful states tend to be more creative, open-minded and better at problem-solving. The sensation refines cognitive flexibility and broaden one’s thought patterns.” ~ Michelle Brown-Stafford, educator and parent of a child prodigy   Childhood should be synonymous with the feeling of joy. At CGS we believe joy is integral…

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Math Matters More Than Ever 

In July 2023, the Minister of Education delivered a statement through the The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act and announced that, “These new measures will focus on getting back to the basics of education: strengthening reading, writing and math, and other STEM disciplines.” The Minister continued, “…we’ve listened to the priorities of parents putting…

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What is “LOVE” and What Does “FAMILY” Mean?

Valentine’s Day was a much anticipated and super exciting day at CGS. Our Principal’s Club organized a morning Mindfulness Party for the Early Starts, JKs and SKs and an afternoon party for the Grades 1-2-3s. All proceeds — almost $1000.00! — is going to the Olive Branch for Children to help others. We are so…

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February is Non-Stop at CGS

Our week started with a spectacular Lunar New Year performance that was coordinated by our CGS Early Start educator, Cheryl.   We watched with amazement as the talented Chinese Folk Dancers performed in vivid costumes, and the beautifully polished Qipao Fashion Models elegantly danced with feathered fans in hand.     The duo of Cucurbit…

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Character Trait of the Month: WARM

“A warm heart can heat us even in very low temperatures…” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan  A new term, a new month, a new character trait at CGS:   WARM ~ having, showing, or expressive of enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.  _______    In this, traditionally not warm, month of February, our focus is on equality, diversity, inclusivity, positivity and active engagement.  …

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Is Winter Over Yet?…not at CGS!

Slightly warming temperatures and the little bit of snow we’ve had hasn’t dampened our excitement for Winter as it relates to our current units of study. Our Early Start children are progressing with their pre-reading and language skills through shared seasonal books. They began to verbalize their own creative story from observation during a 1:1…

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Which Club Did You Choose?

CGS Term 2 Clubs started this week! Which did you choose? Boxercise or Ballet? Comic Book Creating or Directive Drawing?  Multi-sport, Principal’s Club or Drumming and Games?   The best way for our children to discover their strengths and develop their interests is to experience a wide variety of activities. Each term CGS offers a…

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What’s Your Word? – Principal’s Message January 2024

What’s Your Word? As we are now about halfway through the first month of a new year, I am going to hazard a guess that many of those New Year’s resolutions we all made have already gone by the wayside. A new calendar year usually triggers the need in people to make resolutions but no…

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You’ve Got A Friend in Me

Our Reading Buddies Program began last week between our JKs and our Grade 2s, not only to assist our younger readers, but to build social connections within our CGS community, too. This program of cooperative learning was initiated at CGS this year by our Grade 2/3 team of educators, Michelle and Gabrielle as a brilliant…

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Why Were There No Classes on Monday?

After a long and lovely Winter Break, our team gathered early Monday morning as usual, except without the children in the building. Instead of our usual hugs, high-fives, and hellos from CGS students, this day we were greeted with light breakfast fare and the time to enjoy casual conversation amongst our dedicated group.   Our…

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