School closed today

March 24th, 2016

Dear Families,

Due to inclement weather conditions, Kendellhurst is closed today. We wish our families a safe day.

Kendellhurst Academy is OPEN

March 2nd, 2016

Our Grade School and Preschools will be OPEN today following the snow storm overnight. Please drive carefully.

Lunch Time Recreational Skating Program

February 22nd, 2016

Dear Families and Students,

Today was a great first day to our skating program! The students and teachers had a lot of fun! The walk over was sunny and perfect. Ms. Paula drove the chairs and students’ bags over, making the walk over quick for the group. The students enjoyed 45 minutes of on-ice time and made steady progress minute-by-minute! It was great to see their confidence increase with every push off the skate! Some of our more proficient skaters volunteered right away to assist new skater friends. It was great to see the team work happen without any prompting from the teachers. It was funny to watch some of the proficient skaters whiz off to the “fast side” of the rink, as they were so excited they forgot they were volunteering! A special shout out goes to Chloe and Alistair who volunteered, stuck with it and worked with some friends to build speed and confidence! Thank you to all who wanted to help out!

We’ve included some shots for you to enjoy. We will capture all the students in action over the course of the program. Stay tuned!

Kindest regards,
Ms. Paula and Mrs. Sardinha

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and January Updates and Reminders

December 18th, 2015

Dear Families and Students,

It’s been a wonderful morning of classroom parties and a visit from our special friend, Santa! Check your e-mail for photos! To help keep you organized, we have included our January Updates and Reminders below:

• Monday, January 4th: we are back to school!
• Monday, January 4th: forms for second semester clubs are due back. Please see the attached document. One form is for Grades 1-3 and the other form is for Grades 4 and up (same document). Thank you!
• Saturday, January 23rd from 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm: Kendellhurst’s Grade School Campus Open House! Kendellhurst offers a Loyalty Discount Program for Kendellhurst Senior Kindergarten graduates! More to come in the New Year!
• Thursday, January 28th, 2016: it’s already time for us to look forwardly to our School Ski/Snowboarding Trip to Blue Mountain Resorts (Grade 1 and up). Due to the lack of snow at the mountain, we have changed our trip date to Thursday, January 28th. We apologise for any inconvenience. Trip information will be e-mailed upon return to school in January! We look forward to another great day on the slopes! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

We wish our families at Kendellhurst a wonderful winter holiday! From our family to your family, merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Warmest wishes,
Paula, John, Andrew and Trinity with Roni and the Kendellhurst Team

Field Trip to the Credit River to Study Local Ecosystems and Stream of Dreams Field Trip and Workshop

June 8th, 2015

By: Ms. Lindsay Howe, Kendellhurst Kindergarten Teacher and writer for the Streetsville Village Times

Last month each classroom at Kendellhurst Academy Grade School (JK to Grade 8) visited the Credit River by Vic Johnston Park to learn about biodiversity and their surrounding environment. The students took part in a variety of fun, hands-on, educational activities. The Kindergarten students for example went on a nature scavenger hunt along the path by the Credit River to discover several items from a list. They also had the opportunity to learn about tree planting and why tree planting is so important to restore natural habitats.

John Kendell (Kendellhurst Academy Co-Director/ Owner) lead the planting excursion and showed students the mature trees that were planted by the Credit River Anglers Association and other volunteers in past years. John is the voluntary President and Chairman of the Credit River Anglers Association (www.craa.on.ca). He is renowned in the community for his commitment to the restoration of the Credit River. John has taken part in hundreds of rehabilitation projects, including raising nearly five million dollars in his efforts for the reforestation of half a million trees. Additionally, John recently received the National Recreational Fisheries Award in Ottawa from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for his conservation work and the Timothy Street medal presented by Mississauga-Streetsville MP Brad Butt.

During their excursion, Kendellhurst students also had the opportunity to explore the natural habitat and species including fish, insects, birds and other animals. They learned about pollution prevention and the importance of protecting our health and drinking water. Kendellhurst Academy works closely with The Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to support their mission of restoring and managing the natural resources of the Credit River Watershed.

In addition to being passionate about their school community, Kendellhurst students, staff and parents are also passionate about protecting the environment! In their classroom hatchery, Kendellhurst Students annually raise and stock 100 Atlantic salmon fry in the Credit River! Students raise the Atlantic salmon eggs in a classroom hatchery over the winter and monitor the growth and development of the eggs as they hatch and become baby salmon. Kendellhurst Academy supports several environmental initiatives including reforestation work done through Credit River Anglers Association, the Bring Back the Salmon Project and Credit Valley Conservation’s Stream of Dreams program.

Kendellhurst Academy Joins Stream of Dreams Initiative
Creating a Community Art Legacy as a Reminder of Environmental Responsibility

Most recently, Kendellhurst has become involved with the Stream of Dreams Mural Society. Stream of Dreams is a community beautification and stream awareness project, coordinated by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), geared at providing environmental education through community art. This initiative works to transform neighbourhoods into water-wise communities. The Stream of Dreams Mural Society visited Kendellhurst Academy on May 13th to teach students about our water and fish habitat and how we can make changes to help protect our streams, rivers, lakes and ocean. Each student took part in an educational and art infused workshop.

The dedicated volunteers from the Stream of Dreams Mural Society taught a learning workshop about watershed pollution, educating students about where our water comes from and how we can keep our water clean to protect our fish habitat. Next, the students each had the opportunity to explore their creative abilities and paint a wooden dream fish.

The dream fish were joined together to create a 3D mural. The colourful fish mural was put up on May 19th, lining the fence of Kendellhurst Academy School on Church Street. The mural is already capturing the attention of community members, who can’t help but stop to admire the beautifully painted fish. The dream fish symbolize a future of clean and healthy water. When the students see their unified fish along the fence, it reminds them about the importance of protecting the environment and valuing our local ecosystems.

For more information about the Stream of Dreams you may contact the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) www.creditvalleyca.ca or the Stream of Dreams Mural Society on the web www.streamofdreams.org or by phone at 604-522-9420, or e-mail info@streamofdreams.org.

Black History Month Assembly

February 26th, 2015

Dear Families,

We had an informative and interactive black history month assembly today, Thursday, February 26th, as a culminating activity. Throughout the month, our students have been learning about important black Canadians and Americans. Two high school students came in to do a lovely and lively African dance. Thank you Yuri and Jaden (in pic, behind). Ms. Feser lead a terrific and fun PowerPoint presentation on important Black Canadians such as Lawrence Hill, Shad, Stephan James and Measha Brueggergosman. Also, see pic of our students dressed up in various dress from the African continent. We ended the assembly with a funky groove party based on African cultural dance! In the pic, we have Ms. Feser as an African mother and a JK student as her baby. The JK “chief” is sitting in the front of the group on an authentic Tanzanian stool. The rest of the group is depicted as a bride, a young and older woman from the tribe, and children. Thank you to our student volunteers, always eager to participate!

Thank you also to Ms. Feser, who hails from Kenya, for bringing in authentic dress, woven items and drums.

Sincerely,
Ms. Paula

Chinese New Year, February 19th, 2015

February 26th, 2015

Kung Hei Fat Choy (Cantonese) and Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)! On February 19th, our students enjoyed a terrific Chinese luncheon from Organic Kids’ Catering. It was a festive day with Mrs. Wang, our Music and Mandarin Teacher, providing fun and exciting workshops on Chinese culture and traditions to each Kendellhurst classroom. Thank you, Mrs. Wang, for your hard work and care! See pic below of Mrs. Wang with our SK and grade 1 students.

Sincerely,
Ms. Paula

The Minister of State (Social Development), Candice Bergen, and Brad Butt, MP for Streetsville Visiting Kendellhurst!

February 25th, 2015

The Minister of State (Social Development), Candice Bergen, and Brad Butt, MP for Streetsville, will be visiting Kendellhurst this Friday morning Candice is in town highlighting the new Federal Tax credits for parents for childcare expenses!

March Break Camp is Full!

February 25th, 2015

Dear Families,

Our March Break camps are full. Thank you to our Kendellhurst families for choosing our camps: “Lights, Camera, Action: En Francais” and Dry Land Training and Skating!

Sincerely,
Ms. Paula

Ontario Science Centre Field Trip!

February 25th, 2015

Dear Families,

We are going to the Science Centre on Thursday, March 26th. We will attend a variety of workshops according to grade level: JK and SK will attend Science Investigators, Grades 1-2 will attend Night Sky in the Planetarium and Grades 3 and up will have “Fun with Chemistry”! Workshops will encompass science, history, philosophy, language arts and the visual arts. Please see the link below for more information on each workshop: http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/School/Curriculum/Grade/

Parent volunteers are welcome to attend, keeping in mind that spaces are limited! Thank you!

Sincerely,
Ms. Paula