A special, thoughtful and creative thank you from one of our very talented RMS Grade 6 students, to her teachers, Principal and Admin. staff this Thanksgiving. This amazing RMS student recorded a beautiful Thanksgiving song for her teachers to thank them for working tirelessly to keep RMS students safe, happy, healthy and engaged during the past six weeks. Please take a moment on this Thanksgiving Sunday to listen to this wonderful song. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Thanks for Giving!
Every year, the Central Park Campus of Rowntree Montessori Schools has a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support a local charity as a way to show their support to our community.
When children are invested in selecting the charity, it can help them to more fully understand the importance of giving. Volunteering in the community is a good way for children to learn about gratitude, to do something positive for the community, and to appreciate what they have. It also helps them to learn valuable life skills, including teamwork, communication, time management, and goal setting. Even our youngest students can start to understand the importance of giving back. Running a food drive is a great way for young children to be involved in a community outreach program. Having the children pick out a few items to donate from the store or pantry is a great way to start!
This year, our grade 2/3 class researched various outreach programs in Brampton to choose a local charity to support. This in-class assignment helped the students to gain a better understanding of the services offered at each organization and the specific needs of the people being helped. After narrowing down their research to four organizations, the students presented their research to the other classes and took a tally of which charity they would like to support.
The grade 2/3 students were able to use their graphing skills to view their findings in a variety of charts.
After choosing to donate the food from our Food Drive to the Knight’s Table, the students then advertised the Food Drive to each class.
The students were eager to help pack up all the food to be delivered to the Knight’s Table.
The grade 2/3 students were excited to have been included in the decision-making process of where their generous food donations would go. This entire process has helped to give them a better understanding of the importance of giving back to the community.
The Central Park Campus would like to thank all of the generous donations from our families!
From all of us at Rowntree Montessori Schools, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
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Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic… Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. As antitoxins prevent the disastrous effects of certain poisons and diseases, thanksgiving destroys the poison of fault-finding and grumbling. When trouble has smitten us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic.”
-John Henry Jowett
Everyone needs a mentor, a person who models for you how to be a great human being. We need a person you look up to and say, “I’d like to be like her when I grow up.” As an educator, I model this behaviour in front of our 5-year old students in our Prep-ONE class on a regular basis. I always show and teach them to be thankful in life. I always demonstrate gratitude towards small and larger things in our world. Each morning, I teach my students to be thankful for our school family and the opportunities we have to learn from each other.
We celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, and this is what we are celebrating this weekend. Our children are learning what Thanksgiving is and how do we celebrate it in Canada.
We have been talking to our students and teaching them to always be thankful in life and to show gratitude to their parents for providing food, shelter, and an education. During lunch time, we talk about being thankful for food, and we make sure not to waste it because too many children in our world are hungry.
The students have been creating crafts and writing small poems expressing their thankfulness and love. One student wrote the following:
Dear Mommy and Daddy,
These aren’t just turkeys
As anyone can see
I made them with my hands,
Which are a part of me,
This comes to you with lots of love,
Especially to say,
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
We take this time to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family and cherish these moments with your loved ones!