Forest Grove Preschool Blog

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    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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    Experienced staff will be available for tours, registration and to discuss our outstanding programs.

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    Looking Back

    Hiat Labib - Friday, December 18, 2015

    …and just like that we say good-bye to our students for another year.

    It’s hard not to become nostalgic about the moments of laughter and learning that made up 2015.

    Highlights included a summer camp that introduced us to some wild creatures, a fundraiser for a past student that warmed our hearts, a Starbucks themed haunted house, having our first trip to the movie theater and, just yesterday, filling our school with the families that make Forest Grove the incredible place it is.

    I know that it’s normal to wish for better, more, greater experiences but the thing is, if 2016 is as wonderful as 2015 what more could we ask for? It’s important to know a blessing when you see one!

    So here is to another year as jam-packed with greatness as 2015… and… if it happens to hold a few more surprises we’re game for that too!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Cheers to 2016 from all of the staff at Forest Grove.


    Holiday Wishes 2016

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, December 03, 2015

    Please Help Us…

    Forest Grove Preschool and Peel Children’s Aid

    Have teamed up, once again, to adopt a family in need

    And we are asking for your help.

    Family # 116

    Primary Caregivers (Mother  & Father):

    Holiday wish: Walmart gift certificates, gift cards to any grocery store

    Male, age 8

    Holiday wish: Board games, Lego, Minecraft

    Clothing size: 7

    Shoe Size: 11-12

    Preferred Colours: Blue, Red

    Male, age 6

    Holiday wish: Spider Man, Thomas the Tank Engine

    Clothing size: 6

    Shoe Size: 10

    Preferred Colours: Blue

    Please bring new and unwrapped gifts to Forest Grove by:

    Thursday, December 17th 2015

    *Gift cards are suggested to avoid duplicate donations. All duplicate donations are forwarded to an alternative family.

    Save the Date

    Hiat Labib - Monday, November 30, 2015

    You’re Invited

    Join us for

    Our Holiday Open House

    Thursday, December 17th , 2015

    9:30am – 10:30am 

    Please RSVP with

    Your Child’s teacher

    Operation Christmas Child

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    For the last few weeks the staff at Forest Grove have been leaning into this holiday season. In all honesty if it were up to our students the ‘leaning in’ would be more like a swift push and the jack-o-lanterns would immediately be replaced with jingle bells so we're still trying to find our balance. 

    Although it seems a little premature to bust out the Nat King Cole and Christmas trees we knew we had to quench some of the excitement we were seeing from our students. 

    Last week we got our incredible after-school children to help us pack the boxes for our Operation Christmas Child project. The staff at Forest Grove managed to fill 33 (THIRTY-THREE!!!) boxes with tiny treasures that will be shipped to poverty stricken countries that needed our help.

    When the students heard (and read) about the premise of our gifting they provided letters and pictures in each package. All of the letters were touching and precious but one sentence had me feeling the holiday spirit more than any other, it read; "This is for YOU because every child on this planet deserves the magic of this season".  

    Here are some pictures of the box-packing courtesy of the Studio 7 after school program. 

    Discovering France

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Not all projects are created equally. Although a teacher can invest hours and even days in trying to execute the perfect project students often have different ideas when looking at a set-up of materials...especially when glitter is involved. 

    But then there are other times that an interest explodes and every project is just too beautiful and incredible not to beam over…

    The students at Forest Grove learn about a new country each month and November is ‘France Month’. We're only 12 days into this somewhat gloomy November but the classrooms have come alive with discussion of Parisian painters, Coco Chanel and the ever loved croissant. Just yesterday I sat with some students who were trying to teach me some new French greetings and when my nerves got the best of me they reassured me that, ‘everybody bonjours!’.

    I realize that three weeks into learning about France may not have the same charm with a group of 4 year olds as the first week but in the meantime I’m going to bonjour, au revoir and Frere Jacques with the rest of them because these moments are too sweet and unpredictable not to.

    Check back at the end of the month to see more of our French inspired projects. 

    Claude Monet Inspired Paintings.

    The Student’s Personal Flags.

    *I`ve never been to The Country of Friendship but this flag makes me want to go. 

    Eiffel Tower Interpretations Using Straws. 

    Wishing You MANY Treats and NO Tricks!

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Starbucks Haunted House

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    Normally this dark and stormy weather calls for a blanket and some movies but today we are so excited that this gloominess will be the back-drop to our Starbucks themed Haunted House!

    What: Starbucks Haunted House

    When: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

    From 4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Where: Studio 7

    Who: You!

    ...come hungry and indulge in some Fright Bites and Scare Drinks 

    Kids say the Darndest Things...

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    When Ms. Sabrina walked through the classroom during the lunch program,  five year old Jocelyn said, “Well you look like you’re having a great time walking where ever you want to”.

    Miss. Sabrina pointed out that it looked like Jocelyn was having a great time as well and then with the most serious of faces Jocelyn exclaimed, ‘I AM having a great time  but not as good as you, you ADULT!’

    When three year old Lucas was asked if he wanted another brother or sister he said, ‘Only if they don’t have to be a baby first. My brother is a baby and he just cries and poops and does nothing else’.

    When Piper asked to hear Old McDonald for the fifth time the teacher said, ‘Wow you must really love Old McDonald’ Piper looked at the teacher, growled and said, ‘Don’t say that! I only love my Dad!’

    The big kids of after school never hesitate to tell us exactly how they feel. When asked about the Toronto Blue Jays one of the oldest boys in the program said, “I like them when they’re winning but not when they’re losing… that’s why I don’t like the Leafs.”


    Halloween Week

    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 19, 2015

    With Halloween lurking around the corner and the talk of costumes and candy in the air it seems like the perfect time to discuss...

    Forest Grove's Halloween wEeK!

    From October 26th to October 30th all students are invited to wear their costumes to Forest Grove!

    Our week long celebration will include spider pancakes, witches brew, the monster mash, a ghoul & goblin obstacle course and so much more!

    For an inside look at our celebration don't forget to visit us at: 

    May Your Heart Be As Full As Your Tummy!

    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 12, 2015

    In case we don't see you...

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 08, 2015




    P.A Days and March Break!

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

    Dear Families and Friends,

    As we are beginning this exciting new school year, Forest Grove continues to offer programming on all Halton District School Board professional activity closures and March break. The cost is $45.00 per day and includes science, drama, art and gross motor activities from 7:15am to 6:00pm.  

    Based on popular demand, this year Forest Grove is offering all families the opportunity to preregister for the five P.A. Day closures and March Break.  This opportunity will allow us to both secure a spot for your child as well as accept a larger number of students than previous years.

    Register for all five P.A days and/or all five March break days to receive a 10% discount off the last day!

    For more information on how to register for our P.A day and March Break programs please contact Forest Grove at 905-827-3085.

    We've missed you.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 01, 2015

    Visible Learning

    Hiat Labib - Monday, September 28, 2015

    If you’ve ever considered bringing your child to Forest Grove chances are you’ve joined us for a tour first.

    During a tour we  try to explain what sets us apart; the low ratios, the high success rates, hands on learning and a foundation of collaboration but what we spend the most time discussing is the way children learn both organically and authentically while at our school.

    After all these years and all these tours you’d be surprised how tricky it is to explain how our students’ inquisitiveness, interests and excitement create the very curriculum they are taught.

    Most times I wish I had an album to illustrate the stages of visible learning and it just so happens that today I do...

    During a collaboration with our students the teacher notices that the class is both interested and 

    engaged most when discussing buildings and architecture. 

    The teacher asks the children to create a plan on how to explore this topic and to include some of their questions. 

    After analyzing the plans the teacher realizes that all of the students want to create their own abstract structure.

    The teacher then supplies the students with all of the necessary building materials as well as books and references to support their interest. 

    While referencing the shape, dimension and size of their original plans the children begin to create their buildings.

    Some students make changes to their plans in order to get their project and plans to be more cohesive.

    The finished product is then displayed in the classroom. 

    When children view their completed work it should tell a story of the skills, knowledge and experiences they gained while  learning about their interest...

    and maybe even stir up some excitement that they get to do it all over again!

    If you would like to join us for a tour to learn more about Forest Grove Preschool please visit us HERE

    Around this time...

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    We’re two weeks into the school year and as the children become familiar with their new friends, exciting classrooms and teachers it’s starting to feel like home again. 

    It’s nerve-wracking to welcome 10, 12, sometimes 15 new personalities into the classroom and hope that everything falls into place. Almost every teacher I know has a perfectionist quality about them that is daunted by the idea of having a dozen little faces looking at them and saying the dreaded words; I’m bored!   

    Yet right around this time of year- about two weeks in, we step back and breathe a sigh of relief.  We look around the science room and see the children looking at fossils through the jumbo magnifying glasses, in the drama room a crew of mini-firefighters are putting out an imaginary fire, in the art studio someone is always swirling their brush around a canvas at lightening speed and it’s then that we realize we had nothing to worry about.

    Now as wonderful as I’ve made this sound I want to guarantee you that if you ask your child what they did at school they might just say, 'nothing'  BUT  I can also promise that if you stay connected, visit us often and flip through the pages of their independent program plans you’ll see what’s really been going on!

    So here we are, the first day of Autumn with a lotttt of school year ahead of us and it feels like we’re at the beginning of one heck of an adventure but it’s all good because this home is where our hearts are. 


    Come and see what makes us stand out!

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, September 10, 2015

    Please join us for our Registration Day 

    Saturday, September 12th, 2015

    9:00am – 12:00pm

    Knowledgeable staff will be available to :

    -Provide tours
    -Discuss our programs
    -Show examples of our phenomenal curriculum 
    -Process registrations for the 2015/2016 school year!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    We're all in this together...

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

    Registration Day

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Please join us for our Registration Day 

    Saturday, August 29th, 2015

    9:00am – 12:00pm

    Knowledgeable staff will be available to :

    -Provide tours
    -Discuss our programs
    -Show examples of our phenomenal curriculum 
    -Process registrations for the 2015/2016 school year!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Welcome to the Art Studio...

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    Loud and Proud!

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    Who said tracks are just for trains? Not us.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 28, 2014

    On Wednesday morning with nothing but a set of train tracks and a wild imagination something unbelievably cool happens and all of a sudden you remember that kids are incredible.


    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 27, 2014

    FIVE DAYS OF FRIGHT... kind of

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 24, 2014

    Forest Grove is never one to shy away from holiday festivities...
    We tend to stick to a 'go big or go home' mentality. 

    Which is why our annual Halloween party will last for 5 longggg days!

     From October 27th to October 31st  children are encouraged to wear their costumes, bring in special Halloween toys/games and partake in the party. 

    *Please note that we will be making special treats for the children to eat. All treats will be gluten free, nut free and vegan! Please check with your child's teacher for more information on the exact menu.

    We Couldn't Agree More

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Not long ago I decided that I wanted to create a set of lesson plans that focused on compassion in the classroom.  What I was looking for was simple; an age appropriate manual that taught the students how and what to feel… and if that wasn’t enough I would gauge how successful it was based on their desire to help a cause of their choice.

    It took exactly 20 minutes, reading a passage from the Dali Lama and looking at a few questionable lesson plans that I realized what I envisioned was far from realistic and pushed me even further from my goal.

    So I got talking to one of the most compassionate people I know... you all know her as Miss. Hilary but we know her as Hilly. Hilly is our chief compassionate officer, advocate for the forgotten and peace enforcer… some of us even refer to her as our in-house hippy.

    I should probably break here and take a moment to say that although Miss. Hilary is a vegan her experiences with the sanctuary were not vegan based, anti-meat, or intimidating. My intention is not to come between you and your steak dinner but rather to introduce a experience that may inspire some thoughts or even better -- a discussion! 

    Miss. Hilary said the experience itself, without lectures or facts, was as compassionate as can be and that the basic message that we ALL need to live a happy healthy life,would be a beautiful introduction to a fairly complex topic.

    … and we couldn't agree more.

    If any of you are interested in visiting a safe sanctuary here are a few suggestions -- Miss. Hilary managed to snap the selfie above at Cedar Row!



    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 22, 2014



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    • Lowest rate in 5 years!
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    Better Late than Never

    Hiat Labib - Friday, September 19, 2014

    If timing is everything than this blog post may be considered a bonafied fail... on the flip side I would deeply appreciate the bonus points for getting this up during the month of September which has proven to be a wild ride. 

    The good news is that it's been so overwhelmingly, wonderfully and awesomely BUSY! We've met many more new faces than expected and our Forest Grove Family has grown. 

    Until we meet again I want to leave you with a few images from this past week. 

    Our Kids

    Hiat Labib - Friday, June 27, 2014

    Well... we did it. We did what we thought would be impossible when it was -35 outside in the middle of February, or when the air conditioner broke on the first hot day of the year or when half of the staff and more than half of the students were battling stomach-flu-zilla; we made it through another school year.

    During the last week of August the teachers meet for an orientation week and it’s then that we see their names: our students… their families. During that week we refer to them by their last names, we know the oldest, the youngest and the ones that need epi-pens. As the weeks go by we realize all that we knew was nothing in comparison to what we didn’t know.

    By October we know their favourite toys, about their siblings and their wonderful mamas, poppas and nannies. Sometime in December we’re working hard on goals and learning.  A short month later you’ll hear us use the phrase “our kids” because they are no longer our class, they’re more than that. Weeks and months pass by and suddenly we’re crammed in a doorway at the end of June saying good-bye to the families, familiarity, routines and “our kids”.

    If you’ve ever doubted that overwhelming happiness and gut-wrenching sorrow can coexist, I as a teacher, can assure you it can - in perfect balance.

    You can ask any of the staff at Forest Grove what the best part of the year was and their answers will vary from parties, fundraisers to a standout interest-based-project; but what they really mean is that the best part of Forest Grove was the moments spent with your children because without them all of those things would be a big pile of plans, ideas and aspirations.

    So, to the familiar names we’ll see on our attendances during the last week of August-- we can’t wait to get you back! And to the mystery names we’ll meet in a couple months -- we’re waiting for you… and we can’t wait for you to be “our kids” too.

    Lots of Love,

    Forest Grove

    Tell me all about your dad...

    Hiat Labib - Friday, June 13, 2014

    Once upon a time my dad fixed everything my mom broke.

    And then he locked up the bad guys and made sure that

    my sister hit the guy on the nose with the hammer thing…

    My dad made me some money and now I know how to play

    On the Blue Jays team.

    My dad doesn't do too many things everyday but sometimes he

    Leaves his office and does the best stuff ever!

    - 'Written' by a Forest Grove Preschool student at 4 years old


    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    The staff at Forest Grove often find themselves discussing the benefits of an interest based, child-lead curriculum. 

    What we fail to do is describe the beauty of watching an interest take over a room and just how wonderful it is to immerse the children in their own accomplishments. 

    Here are some of our classroom critters.... enjoy!

    Mommas (Poppas and Grannies)

    Hiat Labib - Friday, May 09, 2014

    If there’s one thing I know for sure it’s that the love of a mom, although unprecedented, does exist in relationships besides with those that birth us.

    I discovered this fact through the love of a sweetest, dearest bestie whose love is without restriction and conditions. All that she is inspired me to dig a little deeper and find a mothers love in the most unassuming and inspiring places.

    So this Sunday we would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to the mommas (of course), dads doin’ it on their own, great grey haired grannies, loving and thoughtful nannies and blonde-haired-blue-eyed best friends who do everything from change soiled diapers, teach us our ABS’s and give us a soft spot to lay our head to cry… and laugh.

    You are everything. Always.

    Happy Mother’s Day. 


    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

    I don’t know if it’s possible for traditional to go out of style since it’s… tradition, but there is something to say about scaling back, sticking to the basics and recognizing the beauty in doing things like they've been done before. Not all wheels need to be reinvented.

    Most of the staff at Forest Grove have been at this job a while and we’ve been privy to witnessing the trends of school years past; Rainbow loom anyone?

    This brings me to THE ANIMAL BASKET; the perfect wicker basket that sits on the shelf, labeled and filling to the brim with zebras, lions and bears.

    Every time I see a child grab for that basket and dive into an imaginary world of jungles and safaris I appreciate the tradition and simplicity of their play. I love hearing them roar or call a horse a neigh-neigh… I love it all.

    Maybe it’s the familiarity and comfort of knowing that 20 years from now when children plug into their academics and ‘go digital’ that the animal basket stands a chance at survival – it’s like routing for the underdog... pun (most definitely) intended. 

    Happy Easter

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!

    Just a reminder that Forest Grove will be closed on

    Friday April 18th


    Monday April 21st


    Hiat Labib - Monday, April 14, 2014

    After hearing all about his best friends trip to Turks and Caicos Finn (age 4) asked, "So what did all those turks and cakers look like anyway?"

    As Miss. Sabrina took a new parent on a tour of Forest Grove Finn stopped them and said, "Hey, I know you're a mom because of those lines on your face.... but don't worry it's not like a granny"

    Finn gave his big sister a hug good-bye and as soon as the door  closed he looked at the teacher and said, "She's gone, now you can like me the best - not her, just me!"

    Finn: "Do you love me Miss. Sue... because if you tell me you love me I'm going to let you open my snack for me"

    "One day when I'm a big big boy I'm gonna get a big dog, some money and girl that's just like my mommmy"

    Little M

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    (In case you were wondering that's a headband...with a very large bird on it)

    If we could write a blog post on every child we would… we could… particularly because there are enough magical and mind blowing things about any given character at Forest Grove that the only challenge would be how to bring our blog posts to an end.

    Today I’ll spare the words, I would… and could write about ‘little M’ and instead give you something to feast your eyes on.

    There isn't a fading doubt that if Carrie Bradshaw was a real person  she would look at ‘Little M’ in amazement because anybody; kids...people...grown-ups... like 'Little M' are the ultimate limited edition piece. 

    Gettin' With the Times

    Hiat Labib - Monday, March 24, 2014
    Our recent parent night was a great success! Between Ms. Fayes ability to turn any room into a comfortable atmosphere to some incredible ideas on how to be more efficient and available to our families and friends it proved that there is always room for improvement. 

    Like all collaborations not all needs can be met, (especially those that are beyond our ability to accommodate) However, the short list has been printed and we are starting to cross off the great suggestions that we can accommodate. 

    Our first improvement is the completion of our e-address book! Families can now look forward to having updates, invites, notifications and all other important information delivered directly to their inbox. 

    Be sure to check your Junk Mail folder in the event that we take a wrong cyber-turn and end up where we're  not supposed to.

    Should this whole 'email thing' not be up your alley just let us know and we can arrange for hard copies to be given to you via your childs teacher. 

    Dear Families and Friends,

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    It is bittersweet for us to inform all friends and families that James Hibberts last day at Forest Grove Preschool will be Friday March 28th 2014.

    Although we will miss James and all the laughter and knowledge he has brought to Forest Grove we are thrilled that he is accomplishing his professional objectives and has taken a new position that is more reflective of his long term goals.

    We are also beyond grateful and excited to welcome Ms. Katie (back) to the J.K/S.K pm program. This change of schedule will not include the introduction of new staff members as we have created a new schedule with existing (and most importantly, familiar) employees.  

    Forest Grove Preschool Academy

    We couldn't agree more...

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, March 19, 2014


    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Dear Parents/Guardians, 

    The Halton Regional Police would like to inform the public about a male who exposed himself while 
    walking on the Fourteen Mile Creek Trails. 

    On Monday, February 24, 2014 at approximately 4:45pm, two young females were walking 
    northbound on the Fourteen Mile Creek Trails just north of West Oak Trail Blvd. 

    The suspect, traveling southbound, while passing the females, pulled down the front of his pants and 
    exposed his genitals. The suspect kept walking, no contact was made with the victims. 

    Suspect Description: 
    Male, Caucasian 
    Approximately 25 years of age 
    Approximately 6’3, large build 
    Approximately 200lbs, heavy build 
    Dark short hair and short, thick beard 
    Wearing a black hooded sweater covering the majority of his face and dark track 
    White running shoes 

    The Halton Regional Police would like to encourage parents to talk to their kids about strangers and to Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS)

    Happy Valentines Day

    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 14, 2014

    Happy Valentines Day
    from two of the sweetest fire-breathing
    dragons you ever will see. 

    Simple Science

    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 07, 2014

    We're thinking it's time to pluralize the word season in 'cold and flu season' because these days the students are all into sharing when it comes to their germs. 

    A few weeks ago the JK/SK class practiced a classic experiment where they used a visual representation to show how tricky it can be to remove the germs from our hands. In this particular case we used glitter (not the best choice for little girls who took a liking to being to sparkly) and asked the kids to try to wash the glitter...err germs... off while washing their hands the same way they normally would. To their surprise the germs didn't want to budge until their hands were covered in a seriously soapy lather. 

    As soon as the students understood the visual concept they were excited and challenged by the idea. Needless to say we've had an excited group of hand washers ever since that day. 

    Forest Grove Closure

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, February 05, 2014
    Due to the incliment weather Forest Grove Preschool Academy of Arts and Technology will remain closed for the day. The safety of our staff and students continues to be our number one priority and we thank you for your understanding.

    Forest Grove Preschool.

    A Challenge

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, January 23, 2014

    Today I had two 5 year olds an 11 year old and one 6 year old ask me what a D.U.I was. My answer, 'It's when someone is irresponsible when they're driving... ask your mom and dad about the rest when you get home.' By 3:30pm today I heard and entire classroom talk about a certain celebrity getting in trouble for being DRUNK (can you believe it?!?! - it was alarming for me too).

    It's now 3:45pm and I want to initiate a challenge; If J.B makes his way to your dinner table conversation tonight discuss as you wish but follow it up by showing your children what the true definition of a hero and role model HERE

    A 12 year olds letter to her 22 year old self.

    Hiat Labib - Monday, January 20, 2014

    Sabotage Much?

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, January 16, 2014

    There’s always one – the saying is far too true.

    Honoring individuality remains the priority but what happens when an individual finds amusement in being a saboteur?

    I’ve always been fascinated by the child that marches to the beat of their own drum and breaks free of the expected.  It's the authenticity of those moments that makes teachers and parents hope that the creativity and confidence they exemplify at 2, 3, 4… years old remains intact during resume writing, child raising and relationship building.

    There is, however another type of child; the saboteur. Spending their free time going against the grain and wreaking havoc on the plans and accomplishments of others. This is an isolating experience for the child that is always being scolded by peers yet can’t help by being inspired by the cause and effect of tense situations.

    You know the type, perhaps you've called the school to discuss a situation like this one.

    According to the experts, here are some other reasons why children sabotage:

    • Wanting to stay in one’s comfort zone
    • A familiarity with failure  
    • A need to be in control
    • Need for excitement or an adrenaline rush
    • Concern about others’ opinions
    • Choosing discontent or despondency over success

    And here is what we try to do to correct the habit:

    • Remind children that they are capable of more.
    • Enlist a partner who will prevent them from exhibiting sabotaging behaviors.
    • Promise children that you will not give up on them. 
    • Celebrate successes along the way to the bigger goal.


    Hiat Labib - Thursday, January 09, 2014

    Important: Changes to Halton Student Transportation Services Cancellation Procedure

    Families of Forest Grove;

    As the inclement weather persists we ask that you familiarize yourself the Forest Grove Snow Day Policy

    as well as the Halton Student Transportation Services Cancellation Procedure.

    Recent changes to the procedure include transportation cancellations being determined on 

    weather conditions in each zone.


    Additionally, By 6:30 a.m., the General Manager of HSTS shall inform the media outlets of the

    transportation cancellation(s). This means all parents who have children in our before school 

    program will have 45 minutes to arrange for alternative care. 

    For more information please visit:

    We ask for your understanding during these times as the safety of our staff and students will always be our

    number one priority.


    Forest Grove Preschool

    Oh Canada

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    It's a c-c-c-c-COLD one out there, TOO cold to have children walking or playing outside! That's why Forest Grove will be driving all children to and from local schools until further notice. The fitness program will also be moved indoors where the students will be participating in gymnastics, yoga and dance-a-thons!

    I realize I may stand alone on this one but does anyone else ever feel the need to put on a  brave face and conquer the elements like some sort of uber Canadian super hero?! 

    I'm thinking it's just me but don't worry, it's gonna way too hot in a few months and we'll forget all about this -40 business. 

    Giving Hands

    Hiat Labib - Friday, December 06, 2013

    “Look at this toy stuff!” he said. Usually one to fight over a toy during play time it was baffling to watch him willingly (and excitedly) hand over a bag of new, unwrapped toys that I’m sure would have made his day.

    I asked him who they were for and he said, “For the people that need them more than me.”

    His response was perfect and couldn't have been more truthful and most likely the product of a conversation that was started at home.

    Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Holiday Wishes program as well as the parents who have sent in their children with donations and made a ‘moment’ out of this concept that sits so closely to our hearts.

    If you or someone you know is interested in donating we are still accepting unwrapped toys and gift cards until December 17th 2013.

    This I know for sure...

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 27, 2013


    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    The Annual Forest Grove Holiday Open House
     Friday December 13th From 9:00am - 10:30am 
    1:00pm- 2:30pm (for afternoon students).

    This once-a-year celebration is a way to switch roles with your child
    and allow them the opportunity to teach you what we do 
    at Forest Grove. 

    Please register at the Forest Grove arrival/dismissal door(s) so we're sure there are more
    than enough treats for everyone! 

    We hope to see you all there.

    Fondly, The Staff of Forest Grove 


    Hiat Labib - Monday, November 25, 2013

    Please help Forest Grove Preschool give a Christmas to remember!

    Each year the Staff of Forest Grove commit their time, energy and efforts to bring Christmas to families in need.

    Please join us in our efforts by bringing a new, unwrapped toy or gift card to Forest Grove.

    Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and to track our progress and learn more about these deserving families.

    Family #62


    Christmas Wish: Walmart gift cards to shop for her children,

    Gift cards to grocery stores

    Female, Age 3

    Christmas Wish: Dolls, Learning toys, Colouring books

    Size: 4-5

    Male, Age 5 months

    Christmas Wish: Sleepers

    Size: 9-18 months

    Family #64


    Christmas Wish: Walmart gift cards, grocery store gift cards

    Female, Age 11

    Christmas Wish: Hexbugs, Play-dough, Craft materials

    Size: 10-12

    Male, Age 5

    Christmas Wish: Beyblades, Race cars, Hot Wheels

    Size: 5 Shirt, 4 pants

    **Gift cards are highly appreciated to avoid duplicate gifts for the families, all outstanding gifts will be purchased by the Holiday Wishes Team to ensure all wishes come true**

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    The Real Deal

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Happy Hump Day!
    To see more of (puppy) Theo and (baby) Beau check out It's a fantastic 'mommy blog' with tons of incredible pictures, parenting insight and
    daily inspiration.

    By the way, these darling pictures are the real deal.
    Theo waits for Beau to fall asleep each day and then 
    makes his move...close to his body and even closer to his heart. 


    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 15, 2013
    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Halton Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who had interactions with a teenaged female on her way home from school.

    On November 7, 2013 at 5:15 p.m., a 13-year-old girl was walking southbound on Fourth Line in the area of Glen Valley Road, Oakville and observed a vehicle parked on the east side of Fourth Line facing in a northerly direction. As she approached the vehicle a man emerged from the car and engaged her in conversation. The man offered repeatedly to drive her home and she declined his offers. The girl proceeded home and last observed the man standing at the corner of Fourth Line and Glen Valley Road.

    The man is described as white, 5’8”, 50 years of age, very short salt and pepper hair with a salt and pepper goatee. He had a muscular build with broad shoulders, large nose and was wearing a black winter coat and black pants. The man’s vehicle was described as a red or burgundy ‘Smart’ car.

    Investigators are uncertain about the intentions of this unknown male and would like to speak with him.
    Anyone with information that would assist in identifying the individual in this incident is asked to contact the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2260, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at or by texting ‘Tip201’ with your message to 274637(crimes).


    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 15, 2013

    Lest We Forget

    Hiat Labib - Monday, November 11, 2013

    He died a single man with no friends or family.

    But today 700 strangers stood shoulder to shoulder to say farewell to Harold Jellicoe Percival.

    The 99-year-old was the last remaining member of the WWII’s Dambusters team.

    He had remained single after the one and only love of his life Jessie Campbell died of TB in 1935 and when he passed away no nearby family members could be found.

    But today he was buried fittingly at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

    Harold’s body was carried into the chapel to the theme music to the film The Dambusters.

    A community choir sang Jerusalem during the service and the coffin - draped in the RAF and Union flag - departed to the echo of the Last Post.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Just Dance.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 08, 2013

    Parents, teachers, caregivers, babysitters... tell me you dance!?!
    I was privileged enough to meet two very cool and super practical parents this week.
    It was their very first teacher/parent interview and the pleasure was all mine. 

    In the middle of the interview, when I was at a loss of words on how to explain 
    my wonderfully wild student (their daughter) the perfect word popped out; joyful. 

    "She is just so joyful" I said.. "and she loves to dance!"
    Her parents responded, "Well, we have nightly dance parties"
    That explained it, I didn't need to hear any more.

    If this doesn't make sense to you then I'm challenging you to 
    stand in a room with a dancing child and not feel the joy... rising. 

    When I saw the video of Deborah Cohen this week (a superwoman and supermom in her own right)
    dancing before her double mastectomy I saw the same joy as I do when I stand 
    in front of my preschool class. 

    It's a touching few minuets that made me realize
    that we all need dance parties, with our friends, with our familes...

    Like Nike says, Just do it and create a big ol' pile of joy on your dance room floor.  

    To watch Deborah lead by (phenomenal) example
    click HERE

    Happy Appreciation Day Childcare Workers!

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    So.... we have this really cool job, the type of job that saves us from some of our less cool realities. Our job is to teach, model, lead and love little humans with big minds, bigger dreams and the biggest sense of wonder you can wrap your brain around. So, for all of the Early Childhood Educators and Childcare Workers out there, we want to share the love on this 'Appreciation Day' and tell you that we're right there with ya! We hope you were celebrated today because you certainly deserve it. 

    Studio 7 Haunted House

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    The Forest Grove Haunted House
    will be:
    Wednesday October 30th
     4:15pm - 5:15pm

    The students will be escorted through the Studio 7 haunted house

    by the after-school teachers.

     If you would prefer

    that your child not attend the haunted house festivities

    PLEASE contact Forest Grove ASAP 

    as we will be mindful of your request. 

    From the Mouths of Babes...

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 25, 2013

    As previously mentioned we had author Tina Dine join the Forest Grove family for a reading of the book based on her own family. Many of the children were prepared for the event and some parents even decided to join however, nothing could have prepared the teachers for the thoughtful and deeply emotion responses the children had to Tinas questions. 

    Tina asked, "What do we do when our wishes aren't coming true?"

    Milana answered, "Sometimes we just need to sit, pray and be pateint."

    Tina asked, "How did you feel about the story?"

    5 year old Dylan responded, "When you read the words I felt like I could cry"

    "Does anyone have a wish for someone else they care for?" asked Tina

    "That all of the teachers have love." Said Simeon 

    They don't call us FOREST Grove for nothing!

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    A Visitor is coming to Forest Grove

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 18, 2013

    On Thursday October 24th exquisite author, Tina Dine will join Forest Grove for a reading of her book, The Little Red Stocking.

    The heartwarming book discusses the challenges she faced during the adoption process that brought Her daughter into her and her families lives forever.

    Adoption can be a tricky thing for a young mind to try to make sense of, so if your child is not familiar with this topic a family discussion over the weekend may be  helpful preparation for our special visitor. 

    Keep Calm and Gobble On.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving to our Forest Grove family. 
    May your weekend be filled with plump turkeys, baked goods and family time. 

    Don't forget that Forest Grove will remain closed on Monday October 14th 2013
    and will reopen on Tuesday October 15th. 


    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    “We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?" asked Piglet.
    "Even longer," Pooh answered. 
    ― A.A. Milne

    They vs. Us

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 04, 2013

    As I sat with a group of pre-teen girls in the Studio 7 After School Program chatting about everything from Miley to smoking it was clear these lovely ladies were at the beginning stages of determining what is and isn't appropriate. A combination of family influence, moral compass and faith were obvious influences yet, it was all their own. 

    I was all game in mediating this conversation until I heard, "Ew they're so weird".  Now, I'm not even sure if the topic is necessary to discuss however, there was officially a 'They' and 'They' were unlike 'Them'. 

    I swiftly pressed pause on the conversation and shared a piece of advice for all of the 'Others' they fail to understand; Rather than be afraid of what you don't understand find out what makes you the same.  

    These girls weren't pleased with my advice, like... at all. One of the more inquisitive ones said, "so your telling me (fill in the blank with whatever type of person you'd like) isn't WEIRD?" I wanted to shout out "NO, THEY'RE HUMAN BEINGS" but that would have defeated the purpose so I stated the obvious; maybe they ARE weird but what I know isn't weird is that a mom and a dad brought them into this world, they don't like to hurt or be alone, they eat, drink, sleep and laugh just like us and those things are definitely not weird."

    Victory!!! I watched the light bulb go off and I had an ultimate 'teacher moment'.  Seconds later one of the girls responded "Ya.. like actually, it's not really weird. Like, I'm cool with it.... but you know what IS WEIRD - TWERKING!!!"  

    Touche my friend... touche.

    We've Adopted!

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 03, 2013

    Forest Grove has adopted a new family member!
    Her name is Leah, she will be spending her time in the St. 7 After School Program 
    And she is absolutely wonderful. 

    Since Ms. Leah is the new kid on the block be sure to stop by 
    to welcome her to the clan!

    Education is...

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, September 26, 2013

    “Education is all a matter of building bridges.” -Ralph Ellison. 


    Hiat Labib - Monday, September 23, 2013

    All day, every day is how teachers and childcare providers refer to the new kindergarten structure that will be effective in all schools across Ontario as of 2014. Working at Forest Grove and having the luxury of sharing an open dislodge with parents has allowed us to hear the plethora of opinions regarding the program. However, there seems to be a consistent consensus among all parents; Children now require preparation for kindergarten since kindergarten is no longer preparation for grade school. 

    At Forest Grove Preschool our Pre-K program is ideal for parents that want their children to 'lean into school' rather than risk overwhelming them with the 'jump right in' approach. Our preschool program is designed to meet the needs of every family and child by allowing parents to choose the number of days, times and schedule.

    For more information feel free to call Forest Grove - we're here for you.. all day.... every day.... well, sort of. 

    Well isn't this the truth

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Forest Grove After School Program

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Forest Grove has some pretty fantastic programs which (luckily enough) get some pretty wonderful reviews from our community, families and most importantly the kids. However, every now and then we have a program or studio that slips under the radar. 

    So lets talk, After School Program for a second. 

    Kids are pretty resilient creatures they bounce back from the most horrific knee scrapes in mere moments, forget about a broken toy in record time and manage to forget about 'serious talks' in milliseconds. Yet, these wildly wonderful creatures also get tired... way tired... very tired... fall-asleep-while-talking-tired. On top of being tired add in some September jitters, new peers and a bunch of new teachers that expect their names to get memorized asap and you've created a whole lotta things going on in one little tiny body. 

    Forest Groves approach to our after school program is to acknowledge that all of these factors play a role in how we cater to 'our' kids and how to give them a program based on the freedom to choose. 

    From our homework section to wood working table, children are given a plethora of choices with as much or as little assistance they need from their after school teachers. The objective is to create a space that is inticing enough to spark curiosity after a long day yet relaxing enough to allow our students to feel like Forest Grove is their home away from home. 

    For more information on our after school program please look under our Programs tab and learn more about what makes Forest Grove such an outstanding option in childcare. 


    Hiat Labib - Friday, July 12, 2013

    Summer Camp has just started and it's already knocking our Crocs off!

    For up-to-date pictures, outings and notifications 

    please reference our Facebook page at: 

    SUMMER CAMP - Preschool Oakville

    Former preschool students, Braden and Colson give us two thumbs up.

    Please note that we are still accepting registration for both July and August.


    Hiat Labib - Thursday, July 04, 2013

    Teachers are lucky people, besides having one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs on the planet we also relish in the recognition that we get from students and families alike. If there was ever a time that positive reinforcement worked wonders this would be it. 

    During the last week of school we are given some of the most beautiful words of encouragement; some jotted down on a homemade card, others told to us as we say our final good-byes however each one is different and cherished in a way of their own. 

    On the very last day of school Ms. Alicja received the angel below along with the poem written especially for her...

     ( be warned, a tissue may be necessary if you dare read the beautiful poem and accompanying letter)


    The Little Stone Angel
    Many years ago while out for a walk, I saw something laying in the garden in front of  a coffee shop.
    As I picked it up and shook the dirt off,
    I realized, that it was a little stone angel with dirt in it's eyes.
    His wing was broken off and he was left there forgotten and alone.
    So I picked him up gently and took him home.
    As I cleaned off all the dirt and glued on his wing, I looked into his face, what a beautiful little thing.
    He has hung on my wall for many years, and has always been a comfort any time there were tears.
    He is there to remind us that no matter what happens ,if we have been tossed aside ,forgotten or damaged,
    That sometimes you are lucky to meet people in your life that will listen ,understand and somehow you have managed,
    To stretch your mended wings ,
    fly again and again and do many more happier things.
    Our children are sometimes like broken little angels. Things aren't always perfect. Some come from broken homes, have broken hearts or broken minds. They need us to pick them up ,dust them off and occasionally glue their wings back on so they can keep on flying.
    Thank you for all you do for us and all the families that have had the opportunity to have you assist us in raising our children to be creative and compassionate individuals.
    I am forever grateful to you Miss Alicja and your wonderful staff at Forest Grove. Have a wonderful summer and we will see you in September.

    Hard to believe.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, June 28, 2013

    Dear Families and Friends,

    As another year comes to an end we reflect on our 10 month journey with gratitude.

    To say that the school year was superb would be an understatement; to say that it didn't fly by would be a lie. It has been nothing short of a beautiful mess of laughter and learning as we worked together to educate and elevate the minds of our outstanding students.

    Mothers, Fathers, Nannies and Neighbors, you were our teammates and without you we never would have reached our fullest potential and for this we are eternally grateful.

    Enjoy the next chapter of this awesome adventure. We will miss you greatly but the memories are too grand to be forgotten.

    Deepest regards, 

    Forest Grove Preschool 

    Forest Grove Preschool Kids

    Forest Grove Preschool Kids

    Forest Grove Preschool Kids

    Happy Friday and First Day of Summer

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, June 22, 2013
    First Day of Summer- Kindergarten Oakville

    A visual feast of the seasons finest.


    Hiat Labib - Saturday, June 22, 2013
    Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Forest Grove will be at...

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, June 18, 2013
    Family Show - Preschool Oakville

    Change is hard.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Change is hard

    Matias, a senior kindergarten student, sat with Miss. Katie and poured his heart out and confessed that he didn't want to go to grade one, get bigger or stay at his public school because he knew that these changes meant that his time at Forest Grove was limited and to make matters worse he wouldn't be returning in the fall.

    Miss. Katie, being the pro that she is, talked him through the breakdown calmly and managed to sooth his nerves and fears. She focused on his excitement for grade TWO and pointed out that grade one is a stepping stone to get to where he wants to go.

    The moral of the story: Change is hard for all of us... and saying good-bye just flat out stinks, especially when you love something all the way to the moon and back.

    To Dad with Love.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    To Dad with Love

    Dear Dads (especially mine),

    I think it’s about time that you receive the attention you so dearly deserve. Your counterparts, Moms, are brilliant creatures but so often overshadow the quiet and unstated miracles you work.

    First and foremost, I write this from experience as I’ve been blessed with a father that makes me feel as though his love can cure everything from a broken nail to a broken heart – he is my world, he is my dad.

    So, as it goes, I don’t know a lot but I do know a phenomenal dad when I see one so allow me to begin.

    Fathers have an undeniable power even the timid or soft spoken ones – listen, it’s a ‘man thing’ and I’m not going to debate it. The proper use of their power, as well as the harnessing of it, is an interesting thing to observe as a child. At times my mother would call for my father to open a jar or help her lift something heavy and it was in his actions that lay  so many messages; I am strong, I care for my family, I am here to help… the list goes on. You can imagine the message I received when he would say, “Just leave it hun, let me do it.”

    There is no denying that fathers are frequently busy, strapped for time and can be overwhelmed by the daily stresses that dads often deal with, yet you can’t appreciate the sunny days without the stormy ones… do you see what I’m getting at here? Life is unavoidable, it happens, but it was there on that baseball field when we would throw the ball around or in the empty school parking lot when he first took my training wheels off that time stood still.  I knew that his busy schedule gave me the bike I was riding and the baseball uniform I was wearing and all the moments that followed were the quintessential icing on my Easy Bake Oven cake.

    As I grew and got older my dad taught me to toughen up and prepared me for the ‘get over it’ stage in my life (although now I find myself returning the favor and dispensing the advice back to him. It’s funny how that works actually, all those recycled lessons making us experts in our own rights). He taught me that siblings fight, sometimes poorly, but that a family sticks together and if someone wants ‘out’ let them go but it’s our dying responsibility to let them back in when they are ready.

    I see now that what I’ve written is a letter to my dad but I can’t help it because I am almost positive that if the world was filled with carbon copies of my dad we would have mastered the world peace 'thing' decades ago. Mostly what I see in this letter is that when a dad pours his heart and soul into his daughter she won’t be able to restrain from shouting his greatness from a mountain top…or even… a preschool blog.

    I love you dad, Happy Fathers Day.

    Just One of Those Days - Part Deux

    Hiat Labib - Friday, May 31, 2013

    Today was just one of those days - the wonderful kind that is! 

    After a very long and passionate interest in firefighters they finally arrived at Forest Grove. It was genuine 'awesome at first sight' from the initial sound of the siren to the multiple honks of the horn.

    By no means was this Disney Land or even a stop at Toys R' Us but we still had the opportunity to watch a little tiny wish come true.

    There is no denying that the 4 very large and very outgoing men that came out of the (also) very large truck was enough to make some of the students a little unsure but all it took was a few jokes and Ms. Melody willing to put on the 'fire gear' (lets give her a round of applause - she put that suit on in 30 degree weather!!) to realize that these were some good guys.

    The students had the chance to try on the boots, take a walk around the truck and sit in the firefighters seats... it was perfect!

    A special thanks goes out the P 261 Oakville firefighters for being such incredible and enthusiastic temp teachers for the morning... in our students minds you guys are true rockstars! 

    Firefighter kid - Preschool Oakville

    Firefighter - Preschool Oakville

    Firefighter - Preschool Oakville

    Firefighter - Preschool Oakville

    For the full set of pictures visit

    By Alicja Podgorska

    Happy Memorial Day

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Happy Memorial Day to all of our American friends and families.

    Happy Memorial Day

    Just One of Those Days.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, May 24, 2013
    It wasn't easy telling this group of children that the firefighters that they'd been expecting for a MONTH weren't going to show up due to an emergency.

    Preschool Kids Oakville

    However, it didn't damper their firefighter spirits! It was just another opportunity for the imaginary play to commence!

    Kindergarten Kids Oakville

    Keeping Calm...

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, May 18, 2013
    Keeping Calm

    It wont be long now...

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Clouds by Zach Sobiech

    Like the rest of the world, Forest Grove has been touched by the story of 17 year old Zach Sobiech and his song, Clouds. 

    Only given a year to live after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma - a rare form of bone cancer that is particularly aggressive and deadly, Zach made the decision that he had a lot of work to do before it was his time to go. Not long after the diagnosis Zach asked himself, "How do I say good-bye?" and it was with that question that the song, Clouds came to be. 

    Now that there are only months left in Zachs year long battle, Clouds has begun to circulate among young Hollywood (who made a tribute video set to the song), local radio stations and too many covers/tributes to count. To be absolutely moved by the bravery and beauty of this song I suggest taking a listen to the PS22 Chorus rendition - which you can find HERE


    Well I fell down, down, down
    Into this dark and lonely hole
    There was no one there to care about me anymore
    And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
    You were sitting there holding a rope

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

    When I get back on land
    Well I’ll never get my chance
    Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
    Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
    We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear

    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
    If only I had a little bit more time
    If only I had a little bit more time with you

    We could go up, up, up
    And take that little ride
    And sit there holding hands
    And everything would be just right
    And maybe someday I’ll see you again
    We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

    And we’ll go up, up, up
    But I’ll fly a little higher
    We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
    Up here my dear
    It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

    To support Zach please visit:

    What Friendship Looks Like:

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, May 09, 2013
    What Friendship Looks Like - Preschool Oakville


    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, May 01, 2013


    The weather is starting to take a turn for the better, buds are starting to burst and the students are starting to walk in with rosy cheeks and little beads of sweat on their heads.

    These are the seasonal signs that remind us that 'Mom Worshiping Day' is right around the corner. I know it might sound a little extreme but if Justin Bieber and Niki Minaj are adored by strangers than moms, the ladies that raised us to be all that we are...and are not, deserve some over the top love going on. 

    Having the opportunity  to hear students profess the love they have for their moms is quite a beautiful thing. We discuss the difference between a mother and a mom, the difference between someone who gave us life and someone who lights up our lives. Families come in all different shapes and sizes and every now and again a mom and a mother remain two different things in the lives of a child. 

    What we all do agree on is that moms are amazing. Nanny-moms, grandma-moms, adopted-moms they all rock our worlds and it's their caring nature and endless giving that qualifies them for the title. Moms give you the 25th hour in a 24 hours day and somehow manage to do it while keeping, what seems like, an entire universe in order. We don't ask how they do it, we hardly ever thank them but yet we know. 

    In short: Moms you're beautiful, miraculous creatures... even a Daddy's girl like me knows that.


    Friday May 10th 2013

    10:00am - 11:00am  & 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Please sign up for an hour of 


    Sign up forms can be found at your child's door.

    Dear Jack

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Jack born Feb 6, 2006

    Dear Jack,

    I’m writing this letter in faith that one day you will be able to read it, understand it, and forgive us for the mistakes we are making with you.

    Tomorrow is your birthday. Seven years ago, I was watching the first quarter of the Super Bowl and your mom’s water broke. I joked that it meant something. That you wanted to come out and watch the Steelers beat the Seahawks. I took it for granted that we would someday watch football games together and practice fade routs in the back yard.

    Of course, that didn't happen. You were diagnosed at three, and at the time, you didn't want to be with us at all. We got lots of help form those sweet ladies in Eugene. You remember driving into that special school for those two years? Those were rough days for all of us. You would scream when I dropped you off, and I would bolt off to the van before your teachers could see that I was swallowing back tears. And then, as soon as I could compose myself, I would go sit down at Starbucks and fold myself into my laptop. For three hours, I would work and work and forget that my dear boy was lost inside himself. And the work would go on when we got home.

    Forgive me, son, but I didn’t want to leave that Forgetting Place.

    For more than two years, I lived there. I was a coward behind that screen, and I know you could feel it.

    Over time, thanks mostly to your relentless mother and to those sweet teachers I mentioned, you started to see us again. You d didn't say much (you still don’t), but you could at least see us. And you decided you loved us. I could tell from the way you ran to our bedroom when you got scared at 2 am. Night was always pitch dark in that house, but you ran full speed.

    I think that is when I started to wake up, too.

    We play together every day now. You yell out our names (we waited a long time to hear you say “mommy” and “daddy!”), then turn and sprint away while we run after you with tickles in hand. The game would never end if you had your way, because you love repetition. You eat the same snacks, watch the same movies, wear the same clothes, and you never get tired of any of it. No, you find glory in the mundane.

    You are full of more delight than any person I've ever known.

    And while we love that about you, we are perplexed by it, too. Sometimes, your attachments are so surprising and so strong that we feel we must curb them for your own good. Like this weekend with the can of Bush Beans. You didn't want to eat them, you wanted to carry the can to bed with you like a teddy bear. Your mom and I, we let you do it the first night, but then we said no and you got really upset. Maybe we were wrong. But like your mom said, “beans are for eating.”

    We want you to be gloriously happy, but as your parents, part of our job is to teach you how to relate to the world that spins around you. We want you to learn to speak and listen; to read and write; to love God and love yourself; to make friends and discover passions. We were created for this: to know one another.

    Jack, can I tell you something ugly?

    I don’t want you to turn seven yet. Because the older you get the more ground I feel like we are losing. We cannot teach you fast enough or well enough. People in the checkout aisle try to talk to you now, and I usually jump in to explain your condition so they understand that you aren't ignoring them. I want them to know you’re a good boy. It’s not your fault. If anyone is falling short, it isn't you.

    My dear boy, I want you to have a future in this world, and even though right now I admit the future scares me, we won’t give up. I may feel like going back to that Forgetting Place sometimes, but I won’t live there ever again. Your mother and I, your big sisters and even your little brothers, we will keep after you: talking and praying and getting advice and praying some more. And I trust that by the time you read this, you will understand that whether we succeeded or failed as parents, we at least ran after you when you called.

    Happy Monday

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Happy Monday - Kindergarten Oakville

    During the lunch program the children were sharing the names of their parents 

    when it was Patrick's time to share he said, "My mom is Lisa and my Dad is Babe"

    I immediately knew what he meant but I proceeded to ask, "Isn't your dads name Fernando?"

    He was SO confident when he responded, "NO!! Mommy even knows his name is Babe, she says it all the time"

    Ways to help us understand.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
    Autism characteristics - Childcare Center Oakville

    Severe Weather Policy

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Dear Family and Friends of Forest Grove;

    Recent speculation about the purpose of our Severe Weather Policy has been brought to our attention. All policies and procedures can be found in the Forest Grove Parent Handbook which was distributed to each family upon enrollment.

    As in all situations at Forest Grove, safety remains our number one priority, not only the safety of our students but also their families and our staff. Our staff and customers wellbeing will not be waivered as we acknowledge that many of our Forest Grove family members have varying travel times that can be particularly dangerous during severe weather.  Additionally, we recognize the staff members that rely on public transit and whom simply do not have any alternative methods of transportation. In turn, we believe that if the Halton District School Board has deemed it too unsafe for their transit system to operate, Forest Grove is not willing to jeopardize the lives of our staff during those conditions.

    Private childcare institutions such as Forest Grove follow strict guidelines that are outlined by the Days Nursery Act of Ontario (DNA) which bind us to the Ministry of Educations expectations. These guidelines regulate student teacher ratios, program structures and our compliance with a consistent Health and Safety Policy. It is these compliances that do not grant us the option of keeping Forest Grove open and running during imminent weather. Unlike the public school system, we are unable to receive any students without the correct ratios, specific number of qualified teachers and nor do we expect supply staff to endanger themselves during these situations. Furthermore, we cannot overthrow public transit cancellations based on our own opinions or schedules.

    Forest Grove is sure to use our social media to warn parents of a possible closure ahead of time to avoid early morning confusion. Should you want to access the Halton Region bus cancellation website please visit, to receive up-to-the-minute changes.

    We would also like to thank you for your understanding and continuing to value the safety of those who care for children and have become a part of your daily lives. It can be frustrating for all those involved yet we will remain committed to our policy as it will remain unchanged for the safety and security of all of those involved.

    Thank you in advance.

    Forest Grove Preschool Academy of Arts & Technology


    Severe Weather Closure

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Forest Grove will remain closed due to severe weather and unsafe driving conditions. This is a courtesy for all staff, families and students whose safety remains our priority. Thank you.

    I am Ethan.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    My little boy, this love of mine,
    Does not know how to say;
    Please give me room for every time,
    His words get in the way.

    You would not know by passing by,
    The struggles everyday:
    But try to look him in the eye,
    You'll see it in his face.

    You may not understand how hard,
    Small tasks in life can be;
    How difficult to speak aloud,
    Or learn your ABC's.

    And just because he doesn't hug you,
    Or kiss you hi and bye;
    Doesn't mean he doesn't love you,
    Please just give him time!

    Through all the tantrums, fights and tears,
    I look at him and see;
    A little boy with tons of fears,
    Who strives for normalcy.

    Of course he sees he's different,
    But he just can't see why;
    Everybody's time is spent,
    Trying to make him 'right'.

    Open up your heart and mind,
    And just watch quietly;
    You'll see a boy who's really trying,
    Just wants to be happy.

    He's just a scared little boy,
    With every sight and sound;
    I know he plays with just one toy,
    And spins around and round.

    I know sometimes he'll yell and scream,
    He simply cannot say;
    He is not trying to be mean,
    Things have to be his way.

    All he can say is 'It's not right',
    Sometimes it seems unreal;
    He can't express though try he might,
    To tell you how he feels.

    I know that he repeats himself,
    And sometimes others too;
    Believe me that does really help,
    Anxiety to be removed.

    So please be patient and be kind,
    Love him everyday;
    I know in your heart you will find,
    A place for him always.

    He is my special, beautiful boy,
    Whom I love endlessly;
    He is my gift, my love, and my joy
    He's everything to me

    One Day at a Time.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

    Families who have loved ones that have been newly diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome often need a starting point in which they can begin to process and even comprehend such a diagnosis.

    The wonderful people at Autism Speaks have put together the 100 Day Kit to make sure families make the best possible use of the 100 days that follow a diagnosis of Autism or AS/HFA.

    Anyone can download the package and it's free!

    If you, or someone you love, can benefit from this free resource I highly recommend clicking HERE to sign up.

    Autism Speaks -Forest Grove Kindergarten Oakville

    Why Me?

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

    Why me - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    April is World Autism Awareness Month and in keeping with this months commitment to shed a light on A.S.D Forest Grove will dedicate all of Aprils blog posts to informative and reflective posts on Autism.   

    I remember stumbling upon a blog a few months ago that had a video linked to it's page. In the video the author of the blog described pivotal moments in her journey as a mother and more specifically the mother of a child who had autism. 

    Two moments stood out to me most during the brief but powerful video and both moments were defined by a state of mind. Twice that mother had fallen to her knees and spoken to her God and twice she had uttered the same words however, the first time she spoke to God was at the beginning of her journey the second time she spoke to God she was comfortable on her path, accepting of the journey and moving forward. 

    The two words that she spoke were, "Why me?"

    This mother said the first time she had spoken to God she asked this question with a great amount of rage and anger. Emphasis was put on the fact that she had been victimized by nothing but a set of corrupt genes that were beyond her control. There she sat, angry at God with a child that she deemed defected.

    I could picture her marinating in that moment,  in that diagnosis, in that specific point on the spectrum. 

    Days, months and even years passed, as they always do, and a metamorphosis began to occur. Through a support system of love and the knowledge of professionals the mother began to feel an internal shit. It wasn't until recently that she was brought to her knees again.

    The two words she spoke were, "Why me?"

    This time she asked God why she had been fortunate enough to be the chosen one, why she had been so lucky to be given a child that redefined every idea she had ever had about love, communication and trust. She looked up to God in thanks for being chosen.

    Today she blogs about the ups and downs of raising children and trying juggle all the things that moms usually do. Her state of mind is so beautifully illustrated throughout her personal writing space. Below are some of my favorite blogs that deal with mommy-hood, doing it all and Austism. 

    Cheers & Happy reading

    For the Family.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Whether you celebrate Easter for it's religious meaning or the furry white bunny that lays eggs these festive treats are sure to be a hit. When it comes to child-friendly desserts these gems are perfect for the whole family. 

    Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    ...what else would we do??

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Forest Grove Kindergarten Kid Oakville

    Yesterday I received an email from one of my all time favorite parents filling me in on a conversation between her and her son during bedtime. Read below to have a good Friday giggle;

    So last night I had parent-teacher interviews and here were Justin’s thoughts on it...

    Justin:                   "Mommy why do you have to go to school at night?"

    Mom:                    "I have to meet with the kid's mommy's and daddy's"

    Justin:                   "Why... were they bad?"

    Mom:                    "No, the Mommy's and Daddy's come to see me so I can tell        them about their kids"

    Justin:                   "Oh...?”

    Mom:                    "Remember how mommy went to see Ms. Sabrina to see how you       were doing in school ... it is the same thing?"

    Justin:                    "Okay ... Mommy, are you coming home to sleep?"

    Mom:                     "Of course ... " *At this point I could really see the wheels turning in his little head so I asked the following;

    Mom:                     "Justin, what do Ms. Sabrina and Ms. Melody do after school?"

    Justin:                    "They go home in Ms. Sabrina's green truck and sleep at Ms.       Sabrina's house!!"

    At this point he looked at me, as if to say... what else would they do? It was too funny, I asked how he knew you had a green truck, he replied... because I do!?!

    Circle Time & The Rules.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Circle Time - Childcare Center Oakville

    In a program that encourages exploration and free choice one can assume the times that are spent in a cohesive circle must be filled with some pretty important conversation. 

    Forest Grove Preschool utilizes that time of togetherness to find a common interest, spark curiosity and ignite the passion of learning. Circle time isn't just a few bells and 'the wheels on the bus'. Time, like all time at Forest Grove, is invested wisely... trust us, we believe in time well spent.

    Circle time does carry some expectations and by now (almost 7 months into the 10 month school year) the students are well aware of what they are. For the parents that don't know here are the main components necessary to having a successful circle time:

    PUNCTUALITY - Without it, not only does the child who is late miss important information, but the other students all suffer greatly by an interruption that often removes their teacher from the opportunity of...well...teaching! 

    HAVING AN OPEN HEART - Discussions bring about opinions, opinions are welcomed. Criticism, on the other hand, can turn a circle time into a long, drawn out conflict resolution circle which is never fun, especially for the innocent bystanders. 

    FEELING SAFE - Not all students are created equally. Some students need to feel the calm nurture of a circle to be able to share their thoughts and opinions on a subject. The safety of this space is only guaranteed when both punctuality and having an open heart are present. 

    Life can get in the way with rules and some are even made for breaking. However, unlike climbing a fence after the amusement park is shut, there is no prize on the other side, no perk to coming in late and disturbing someones 'moment'. 

    So after all of my sharing and insight I want to make clear that the goal is not to make others feel guilty for being late, having an outspoken child or pointing fingers. My goal is to share what we do around hear that makes us kinda special and how you can help us stay just the way we are. 


    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Stats on bullying - Preschool Oakville

    I settled in last weekend to watch a movie, being a documentary addict I decided to watch a movie called Bully. By the end of the movie I was shocked, scared and angry. 

    Since this 2011 documentary has received enough publicity (CNN did a documentary ON the documentary itself) I wont go into depth about its content and if you don't know anything about Bully I strongly suggest that you watch it firsthand.

    Since watching Bully, Forest Grove has pledged to take a stand against bullying by mentoring children and families that are seeking support on, a website sponsored by the movie.

    Click HERE to watch the trailer... what will you do to stop the bullies?

    Around the World in 5 Days

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 16, 2013

    A kids World - Kindergarten Oakville

    As this past weeks comes to an end I can't help but be a wee bit sad that March Break is over. Although I didn't use this time to travel to Suntan City I had a phenomenal time connecting and reconnecting with some of our older students over at Studio 7. 

    Forest Grove is pretty special as it has the space and layout to give specific age groups their own personal space to call their own however, this can sometimes be hard on us teachers who love our students so much!

    Getting the opportunity to spend time in so many different programs this week allowed  many of us to play a game of 'catch-up' with some fantastic students and equally as wonderful parents. 

    So... see ya March Break, you've been swell. 

    Until next time,

    Forest Grove 

    Happy Friday

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 09, 2013
    Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    "The roots go down and the plant goes up..."

    Hiat Labib - Monday, March 04, 2013
    Tree - Kindergarten Oakville

    All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandbox at kindergarten. These are the things I learned:

    Share everything.

    Play fair.

    Don't hit people.

    Put things back where you found them.

    Clean up your own mess.

    Don't take things that aren't yours.

    Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

    Wash your hands before you eat.


    Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

    Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

    Take a nap every afternoon.

    When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. 

    Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

    Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

    And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

    Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

     Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

    And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

    ~ Robert Fulghum ~ 

    10 Wishes for Today's Kids

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, February 28, 2013

    10 Wishes for Today's Kids - Child Care Center Oakville

    10 things I wish:

    1. That the media stops scaring the sanity out of your parents 24-7, so that they think the only place you are safe is tucked away in the house;

    2. That the decision-makers get down to business with true education reform so that you have the opportunity to learn to LOVE to learn, and not just learn (um, maybe) what will be on a test;

    3. That we “grown-ups” stop being so lawsuit happy, so that liability is not the first thing on the minds of educators, parks and recreation professionals, community associations, and other parents. I hope with all my might that you are actually allowed to play and have fun in this life;

    4. That you realize that you have choices, and the right to make mistakes — and the world will not stop spinning when you do;

    5. That your parents set a limit on screen time. I know, you don’t want to hear this, but trust me on this one — it’s a must;

    6. That you learn to LOVE to read. Even if they do make a movie about it, you can bet the book is better. Learn to get lost in a story and try your hand at writing your own;

    7. That you spend every moment you can outside. Check out the woods, the beach, the mountains, and everything else in between. Let nature awe you;

    8.  That you learn to be fearless, bold, and let your freak flag wave. I don’t mean live dangerously — but I do mean have the guts and gumption to really live and don’t be afraid to be yourself;

    9. That you don’t get everything you want, that things don’t always come easily to you, that sometimes you fall flat on your face, and that you figure out (um, eventually) that these are all good things; and

    10. That you get the freedom to breathe and the space to explore the world and figure out who you are in it.

    So, that’s it. I have a lot of hopes and wishes for you guys, but what I want most of all is for you to grow up knowing how to appreciate life as the rich and fascinating ride that it is, and to know how to dust yourselves off and pick yourselves up when things get tough, because they will. Oh that, and to really know how to laugh — deep, from the belly, bone-stirring laughter. It’s one of the greatest skills you can ever learn.

    Happy Friday

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, February 23, 2013

    If it's true that great minds think alike then Ms. Melody and Mr. James are the undisputed king and queen of GREAT. 

    Ms. Melody and Mr. James - Kindergarten Oakville

    I AM.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, February 21, 2013

    I believe - Kindergarten Oakville

    Since religion is a bit of an interesting topic when posting on a forum as public as this blog I would like to start this entry by saying, my purpose is to share the sermon/topic/speech (whatever you feel comfortable calling it) I listened to - not promote the source in which I found it, although I will reference it in case others may want to give it a peak.

    Now that we have that out of the way... 

    I was recently listening to a sermon from Pastor Joel Osteen called, Do you know what you will be? and I was really inspired to bring his sermon into the classroom.  Basically, Pastor Joel talked about the impact of instilling belief and the faith of success into others. 

    By making a conscience decision to share words of love we begin to start to map out the life of those around us. Therefore, when talking to a child our words of encouragement and future predictions actually impact their chances of success for the very topic we're discussing with them. 

    Naturally negative words and beliefs will draw out negative outcomes... this is something I have witnessed first hand.

    During the sermon the Pastor discussed a school experiment in which a school board selected the top 3 teachers and the top 90 students to begin learning at an accelerated pace because they were told that they were superior. By the end of the year the classes completed an additional 30% of the following years curriculum and broke record scores. Later on both the teachers and students were informed that they were chosen at random and that neither parties had been ranked on top of any standings. But how could this have been possible? Simple. Because they were told that they were the best, the most superior, the most outstanding and these words were absorbed and most importantly they were believed. 

    I loved every bit of the 30 min sermon and if you're interested you can find it on YouTube by searching the Pastor and sermon name. As the final few moments wrapped up I realized the power we, as educators, have when we spend so much time with such young influential minds. 

    The following morning when Christina came into the classroom I told her something I had been thinking for a long time, I said,"Christina you are such a vibrant young girl, I can promise you that whoever you will become in your lifetime will be a very powerful and strong person, you just have success all around you" Since Christina is 11 going on 20 she understood immediately. Watching those words jump right into her heart and  head made my day..maybe even my week. 

    Try it, you wont be disappointed. 

    Severe weather closure

    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 08, 2013
    Forest Grove will remain closed due to severe weather and unsafe driving conditions. This is a courtesy for all staff, families and students whose safety remains our priority. Thank you.

    So They Say.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 08, 2013

    So 'They' are saying that this is going to be the biggest snow storm we've had in 5 years..hmm.. since I don't know who 'They' are and the fact that 'They" usually get it wrong I'm going to just go with it and be surprised with whatever I see when I look out my window tomorrow morning. 

    Snow days can be an ongoing frustration for some families when child care is sparse and timing is limited however, we need to remember that this is, and always will be, about safety. In a best case scenario  it would be lovely to think that all of our kiddos and their families could cuddle up and drink something warm on  these snow-stopping days and if by chance you are one of the lucky ones here are some kid friendly activities that you can both enjoy. 

    1. Turn down the thermostat 5 degrees, crowd onto the couch under some blankets, and watch a family movie together. Snuggle time!

    2. Break out an old board game. Candyland or Chutes and Ladders can even be fun for teens when you play it as a timed race.

    3. Get out an old photo album and share stories of people and places from when you were your child's age.

    4. Go online and make a family account at Ancestry, and begin researching your family tree together. How far back can you get?

    5. Particulary dreary outside? Close the drapes and turn out the lights, and light candles. Tell ghost stories, or pick a book and read it aloud to your kids.

    6. Start a scrapbook! There is probably a stack of photos sitting around from a recent family vacation or summer getaway. Put the photos in order and write little notes to go with them.

    7. Mostly girls? Pretend it is a day at the spa! Give each other facials, massages, makeovers or just paint your nails together.

    8. Mostly boys? Try to take an interest in a video game, trading card game, or other favorite pastime of your little man/men, and see if you can compete.

    9. Got cleaning to do? Talk about which clothes and toys are outgrown and can be donated to a thrift store or nearby shelter.

    10. Don't forget pets! There is probably a cage that needs cleaning, a pet that can learn a trick for a special treat, or just time to cuddle when you'd normally be away from home.

    Snow Day - Preschool Oakville


    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 01, 2013
    CHILL OUT - Kindergarten Oakville
    Photograph by Alicja Podgorska

    Most people equate happiness with a sultry Caribbean beach, but a snowy mountain in Colorado may be more accurate. 
    It turns out that cold temperatures can improve your mood ( Good news at this time of the year). Researches at University of Michigan discovered that blowing cold air up  participants' noses put them in better frame of mind than did blasts of hot air. So, if you need a boost, dial down the thermostat.

    One mans garbage...

    Hiat Labib - Friday, February 01, 2013

    A little bit of donations goes a long way.. here is a small selection of the creations that your generosity helped us produce. 

    A little bit of donations goes a long way - Preschool Oakville

    A little bit of donations goes a long way - Kindergarten Oakville

    A little bit of donations goes a long way - Child Care Center Oakville

    Emma past my window.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    Emma walks past my window, all decked out in her high school uniform.

    I've become so used to seeing her that I've come to expect it, maybe even grown to miss it when she’s skipping a class or two.

    Six years ago Emma was a Forest Grove student in my after school program.

    From the very first day I introduced myself to Emma she despised me. You may think I’m being dramatic but she looked me in the eye and said, “I don’t like you, get away from me.”

    I was intrigued. There’s just something about that brand of character that I seem to ‘get’.  I also believe that a student deserves some recognition for mustering up the audacity to look a teacher in the eye and make a statement that bold!

    For the two years that followed my first introduction to Emma I gained her trust, helped her with some pretty serious conflict resolution and built a relationship based on respect.  It wasn't easy and I won’t for a second pretend that it doesn't feel like more work to build a relationship with a person (child or adult) who has no interest.

    Now I see Emma all grown, looking like a beautiful little lady and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the lessons she taught me and the challenge she gave me.  I think of her as my initiation into this wonderful school… she left me all roughed up and on a mission.  For anyone that doesn't know, a teacher on a mission is a pretty intense force to be reckoned with.  

    My goal was never to make Emma like me and had she never stopped disliking me I would have been fine.

    My goal was to like Emma. 

    I found every likable thing there was to find and I simply let her know that I recognized them. It didn't take long for Emma to start to feel the shift. 

    The point of this story isn't to talk about how I won someone over but rather how managing to find a tiny bit of light they won me over. 

    Dr. Anthony P Witham said, "Children spell love.. T-I-M-E." I couldn't agree more however, Emma taught me that there are two ways to spell it... the other way was T-R-U-S-T.


    Severe Weather Alert.

    Hiat Labib - Monday, January 28, 2013
    Forest Grove will remain closed on Monday, January 28th due to severe weather conditions. Please be advised that this is to ensure the safety of our staff, students and families.

    Forest Grove will reopen Tuesday January 29th.

    Thank you for your understanding,

    Forest Grove Prescool.

    Gentle Reminder.

    Hiat Labib - Monday, January 21, 2013

    Cold Weather Policy

    Halton Region Health Department issues EXTREME COLD WEATHER ALERTS when conditions are:

    • -15 degrees Celsius (without the wind chill). 
    • Wind chill reaching the level at which Environment Canada issues a warning for outdoor activity (-35 degrees Celsius with wind chill)
    • Extreme weather conditions, such a blizzard or ice storm

    Only in the above cases, children have an “Inclement Weather” gross motor indoor program instead of their regular outdoor time, after lunch.

    This Happened.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, January 18, 2013

    And just when we thought the bugs may be too frightening, too gross, too...much. 

    This happened. 

    Beautiful bugs - Preschool Oakville

    Thank goodness for small hands and beautiful bugs

    that always seem to find their way to one another. 

    Not Fine, thank you.

    Hiat Labib - Monday, January 14, 2013

    Usually when a student comes into Forest Grove we greet them as we would any person we love. Sometimes there is a hug, a quick snuggle, maybe even a high-five but regardless of these things that have a tendency of varying from day to day we always ask the question, 'How are you?'. 

    This simple question lets our kiddos know that they matter and we care. 

    However, there's a catch to the question; they can't say, 'fine'.

    You can be silly, yucky, smelly, tired, angry, happy, great... in fact, you can be all of those things but 'fine' just seems to fall short. 

    As we continue to learn about emotions and labeling our feelings it's only necessary that kids are encouraged to take two seconds to really reflect on how they're feeling at every given moment. Recognizing an emotion is recognizing the tone we carry with us and the beat that we march to. 

    Once we removed the 'F' word (...fine) children began going into huge amount of details explaining their emotions and why they were feeling that way. It turned out that it wasn't just the teachers that weren't pleased with the standard response but it was also the students that thrived once we removed it.

    Give it a try at home! And if your children respond with, 'fine' ask them what that means and what it feels like to be fine. I can guarantee an interesting little moment. 

    So dear parents and blog readers... have a  splendid, super, fantastic, thrilling day.... anything but fine. 

    The Darndest Things

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

    The Darndest Things - Preschool Oakville

    1.) Owen: Ms. Sabrina, my mom sounded like you last night.

    Sabrina: Did we have the same voice?

    Owen: No... just loud. 

    2.) Justin: Do you know what I did at home?

    Finn: No.

    Justin: I just put my hands on my bum and there were no teachers at my home to tell me that I couldn't.

    The Darndest Things - Kindergarten Oakville

    3.) Savia: There are two ways I can tell someone loves me. One, they look me in the eye and two, they bring me to see the sunset.

    This. Is. Awesome.

    Hiat Labib - Monday, December 31, 2012

    Trying to sum up year in review is fairly simple when you don't realize the pressure of leaving something out. 

    I put together a list of things I wanted to acknowledge as a summary of the year past. Some of my highlights included the Higgs Boson, Oscar Pistorious, Spains easy victory over Italy, Obamas re-election and of course Gangman style. 

    I was overly confident when I punched, 'year in review' into Google. After scanning a few pages I stumbled upon this video created by Google themselves and was left..well...googled (are we thinking that word could work? - I'm going with it!)

    I had overlooked victories that have taken a lifetime to accomplish, a planetary free fall and a 6 year old boy with cerebral palsy walking to his dad for the very first time. 

    So I sit here recognizing that Google can do it better and so ladies and gentleman I invite you to walk, dance and skip through 2012 by clicking HERE

    As for you 2013, be nice, keep us safe, bring us together and teach us more. And on a necessary side note we have to address the fact that, quite frankly my dear, you don't look a day over 2000.

    Happy New Year.

    Forest Grove Preschool 

    From our Family to Yours.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Merry Christmas - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

    Love It.

    Hiat Labib - Sunday, December 23, 2012
    Preschool holidays Oakville

    This simple no-bake treat is a total show stopper during the holidays. 
    If you have a few moments and a touch of creativity from now until the big day you should 
    definitely give them a try. 

    Here is what you'll need:
    • 1 package of Oreo
    • 1 package of chocolate bark
    • lollipop sticks
    • wax paper

    For decorating:
    • sprinkles (or anything else that would look cute)
    For reindeer:
    • pretzels
    • M&M's
    • white confetti sprinkles for the eyes
    • edible marker

    Dear Sandy Hook,

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    I'm not sure what the opposite of writers block is but I've been having that problem lately. The issue with this is that I'm stuck on wanting to write about the current state of affairs after Fridays tragedy. I have a bittersweet love affair with CNN that seems to honor the victims and highlight the monster that caused such horrendous pain. 

    I want to write and write and write... I want to write about the moment I figured out, the winded feeling I got and the tears that followed, the plan I immediately penned if a disaster ever came to our school - to MY classroom but mostly I wanted to write about how deeply I hurt, selfishly hoping that it would help it go away. 

    As of today some victims have been laid to rest and the shift from the incident itself to gun control, finger pointing and placing blame has started. Blame is a game that nobody can win and I can't help but ask, Too soon? I think so. 

    I'm not sure a silver lining can be of equal value in such instances but I couldn't help but feel moved by the individuals that managed to offer their skills, time and Christmas trees to commemorate the lives lost. It was Sunday afternoon that humanity started popping up in the darkest of places with a flicker of light and a sparkle of hope. It was a relief to be reminded that yes, people truly are wonderful. 

    So I want to end off this blog post, one I wish I didn't ever have to write, with images of hope just in case you too need some reminding. And remember, there is no footprint too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world. 

    Today We Pray.

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, December 15, 2012
    Today We Pray - Kindergarten Oakville

    Regardless of your culture, creed, belief or business we're asking you to join us as we pray for all of those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    You are embedded in our thoughts & prayers Connecticut.

    Stay strong. 

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, December 15, 2012
    Holiday Open House - Preschool Oakville

    Holiday Open House 2 - Preschool Oakville

    Holiday Open House 3 - Preschool Oakville

    Holiday Open House 4 - Preschool Oakville

    Holiday Open House 5 - Preschool Oakville

    Thank you to all of the friends and families that joined us for our Holiday Open House. Here are some of the snapshots that were so kindly donated by parents and friends. 

    You Matter.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Dear Families and Friends, 

    On Tuesday December 11th 2012 we submitted our completed donation to the Peel Children's Aid Holiday Wishes program. 

    With the support of your most charitable donations and great staff efforts we managed to match every child's wish and raised over $430.00 in gift cards. 

    Being a true believer in good energy I can't help but imagine the warmth that these donations hold and how it feels to know that a community recognizes those who tend to feel undeserving. 

    Together we have given a Christmas meal, presents under a tree, a means to connect and play as a family and most importantly we have said, I see you, I hear you, you matter. 

    Thank-you for opening your hearts and being such a superb mentor for your children who have witnessed your giving first hand. 

    Merry Christmas.

    Lots of love, 

    Forest Grove Preschool  

    Peel Children's Aid Holiday Wishes program Donations - Preschool Oakville

    We did it.

    In-clu-sive; enclosing and embracing.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    If you know the beautiful owner of this school then chances are you've hugged her from time to time. Ms. Alicja is just that kind of lady, she'll sing in the rain, dance in the classroom and will most definitely give you a hug. Having known Ms. Alicja for quite some time now I've been lucky enough to know that she has different hugs for different reasons, each of them with a purpose. 

    Now there are two reasons why  Ms. Alicja and her hugging tactics are being discussed. First and foremost, those loving arms of hers are open for business to anyone at any time - they don't discriminate. Secondly, her company (which she refers to as her baby, by the way) is built to be an extension of those hugs. 

    Inclusive practices is an area on this website that you may not have taken the time to read. It's simple, clear and concise and has one message; YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. 

    Throughout the years we've had families of all different shapes and sizes join us. We've grown to learn about new customs and cultures and through them we became smarter as a staff and school. 

    So what does this all mean? It's simple actually. It means the very back bone of this company is a woman who turns away no person at no time she is embracing and enclosing to all, she is wonderful and she is the creator of an institution that values this very belief system.

    This may sound too good to be true but you can always test it out, walk up to Ms. Alicja, arms extended and I can bet that she will jump at the opportunity to be ever enclosing, ever embracing, ever inclusive. 

    It's all starting to happen.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Is there anything quite as satisfying as seeing the 'after photos' of a big project? As the rooms and studios of Forest Grove come together in a celebration of all things 'holiday' I can't help but squeal with excitement. 

    Between the dusting of light snow, carols on the radio and a full room of preschoolers dancing to Jingle Bell Rock I can't help but feel like I'm 3 years old all over again. 

    Take some time to check out to see our full before and after album of some of our most beautiful projects. This is just the beginning so be prepared to check back often. 

    Jingle Bell Rock - Preschool Oakville

    If Facebook just isn't your cup of tea come in and take a gander. 

    Squeal with us - we'll be 3 years old together.

    Tah Dah!

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, November 22, 2012

    "Hows the Pinterest project" you ask... Umm pretty marvelous actually. 

    Feast your eyes on the official (child friendly) Pinterest stick wreath. 

    Hows the Pinterest project - Child Care Center Oakville

    You may think it looks a lot like a picture frame... well... you're right. 


    Happy Thanksgiving... again.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, November 22, 2012
    Happy Thanksgiving - Kindergarten Oakville

    This very website has made us some pretty good friends. We've met families from Australia, India, Germay and, of course, the beautiful United States of America.

     It's because of our growing friendships we find it necessary to give a big, fat, love-filled Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American neighbors!

      I should also note that with this greetings comes an immense amount of jealousy and sulking for just how fabulous your holiday is. Between the football, turkey dinners and THE parade I am almost ready to beg for someone to make me an honorary citizen so I can claim the holiday as my own. 

    So cheers to you on this special day, let us raise our glasses and let the holidays commence! 


    Please Help.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Please help Forest Grove in giving a Christmas to the two very deserving families below.

    Family #28

    Caregiver: Mom
    Holiday Wish: Walmart gift cards, Presidents Choice Christmas dinner

    Child: Male, 3 years old
    Holiday Wish: Books, Hot Wheels, Transformers

    Family #41

    Caregiver: Mom
    Holiday Wish: Board games to play with her children, Walmart gift cards, Presidents Choice Christmas dinner

    Child: Male, 2
    Holiday Wish: Books, sweaters, boots, cars

    Child: Female, 5
    Holiday Wish: Dolls, books, Disney princess costumes

    Child: Male, 6
    Holiday Wish: Super heroes, cars, books, construction belt

    ***Please Note: Gift cards will be used by Peels Children's Aid to purchase all outstanding wish list items. Purchasing a gift card for a specific family or individual will ensure that no duplicates are given. Any remaining gift cards will be given directly to the family caregiver.***

    Mission Possible.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    This blog has yet to be used for venting purposes but since I'm feeling a little daring today I'm just going to  jump right into it. Brace yourselves folks because I'm going after Pinterest. Let me start off by saying that my love runs deep and I have a slight obsession with all things 'pinned' however, all of us Forest Grovers have faced some speed bumps...errr... mountains in recreating a Pinterest gem.

    Is it just me or am I right to assume that Martha Stewart has both originated and mastered these crafty perfections?!?

    Please don't interpret this blog as my white flag, we WILL be victorious. So please dear blog readers, consider this my public announcement. 

    I hereby allow myself 48 hours to accept, create and conquer a Pinterest craft. Feast your eyes on the classic Stick Wreathe. 

    Stick Wreathe - Preschool Oakville

    There are a few things that I want to make clear:

    A.) We will be making the child friendly version of this very craft.

    B.) It needs to resemble this picture... in an obvious (not abstract) way.

    C.) I HAVE to post the results/picture regardless of the outcome. 

    Mission Accepted. 

    See you in 48 hours. 


    Five Things.

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, November 17, 2012
    Love letter from a past student - Preschool Oakville

    A bona fide love letter from a past student. Ivey, I love you too.

    Friends - Preschool Oakville

    Friends showing friends how to get it right.

    A Classic - Kindergarten Oakville

    A Classic. 

    Our growing Word Wall - Preschool Oakville

    Our growing Word Wall highlighted by the Autumn sun. 

    A tender moment between friends - Kindergarten Oakviile

    A tender moment between friends. 

    May We all Just Take a Moment...

    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 16, 2012
    Take a Moment - Preschool Oakville 

    I promise to keep this simple and check my 'wordy' dialogue at the door.

    Here are a few facts...

    1.) That piece of toilet paper is still attached to the the other room.

    2.)This is a preschooler that was simply following the direction, "Get a tissue for your nose."

    3.) He managed to get his nose cleaner than ever before!

    Blog + Love = Blove.

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Blove. It's a word.. kind of.  

    As our beautiful little blog continues to grow and it's roots dig down and the branches stretch up we have to give credit to the bloggers who gave us the seed of inspiration.

    Picking out a blog is just as personal as picking out a magazine, this I know for sure, but if by chance you seem to enjoy this blog and want the ultra luxe edition I strongly suggest checking out the following.

    The Rockstar Diaries is not what you may expect when you hear the name. Coming in as my number one all time favorite blog, The Rockstar Diaries captures daily life in the most simplistic and captivating way. Naomi and her husband Josh invite us to get to know their family and take us on some pretty serious adventures. Click HERE to catch up on their most recent trip to Italy. 

    Next up is THE HONEYBEE If you want a nice balance of fashion and family this one is for you. Miss. Andee Layne (yes, that's her real name) is a new Momma who refuses to give up any of the pre-Momma luxuries and amazingly enough she is achieving her goal. Oh, I can't forget to mention that her beautiful blog comes straight out of Laguna beach, California. 

    The last blog I'll mention is one you'll have to discover yourself. Stephanie Nielson is somewhat of a blogging celebrity and has touched the lives of many..mine included. As the survivor of a plane cash that left Stephanie disfigured, she managed to rise above, rearrange and be resilient with the support of an adoring husband and 5 children. She asked the question, 'Was it worth it to live if I knew I wasn't going to be beautiful again." To find out her answer, click HERE.

    I'm madly in blove with all of these wonderful bloggers and would love to know your feedback... even better, what blogs do you blove too? 

                                 Josh, Elanor & Samon of The Rockstar Diaries - Kindergarten Oakville

    Josh, Elanor & Samon of The Rockstar Diaries 

    Five Things.

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, November 10, 2012

    As the holidays continue to sneak up on us, one sale at a time, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little love list of the products that we've come to know and adore at Forest Grove. All but a few of these products have been introduced to us by families and students and they've passed the DROP, STOMP and SMUSH test!


    Autoseal Kids Trekker Cups - Kindergarten Oakville  bento box style lunch containers - Preschool Oakville Mabels-Labels - Childcare Center Oakville Preschool Oakville Kindergarten Oakville


    1.) Autoseal Kids Trekker Cups. Cool cups for kids who have outgrown sippy cups but haven't outgrown spilling! The 100% leak proof promise makes these sleek drinking cups a hit for backpack storage and kids on the go. 

    2.) These bento box style lunch containers are fantastic for giving kids options during lunch time, while eliminating the need to carry 5 different containers at once. The other great thing about this particular style of bento box is that the food is not separated by trays that stack on top of one another which seriously cuts down on messes.        

     3.) Oh, Mabels-Labels it is so obvious why you're award winning! These dishwasher and microwave safe labels are any schools best friend. Forest Grove can't begin to extend enough thanks to the parents that so diligently label their children's belongings. 

       4.) This Melissa and Doug abacus can be found almost anywhere, our classrooms included.  Whether it be colors or counting this is a great tool for an introduction to many academic subjects. We can't forget to send Melissa and Doug a little extra love for remaining non-toxic and true to the highest standards of quality.

     5.) Chapped lips? No problem! This 100% organic and all natural Eos lip balm isn't medicated but still manages to give kids that extra bit of moisture needed in colder weather. The interesting shape and solid formula makes applying the balm fun and functional.

    Together We Can.

    Hiat Labib - Friday, November 09, 2012
    Peel Children's Aid - Preschool Oakville

    A package arrived today, a 7 paged, holiday coloured package filled with wishes.

    We’re all pretty blessed to have jobs that bring such joy and hold such importance but it’s not very often that we have the opportunity to make actual wishes come true, hence our devotion to Peel Children’s Aid Holiday Wishes program.

    For years we've joined forces with the community to adopt families that need a little extra help and a lot of extra love.

    This year we are proud to announce that we have adopted not one, but two wonderful families.

    Look out for posters that will give you detailed information on the families in need.

     If you want to help make wishes come true all you have to do is:

        Pick the person or family you would like to make a donation to.

    2.)    Find a holiday wish from their wish list.

    3.)    Bring the unwrapped wish to Forest Grove by December 9th 2010

    Have you Noticed?

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

    Pssssst… I have a secret to tell you.

    I’ve changed.  Can you tell?

    If you haven’t already noticed I have a new button…

    Look to the right of this very blog post.

    It’s called, READ OUR NEWSLETTERS.

    Go on… check it out!

    Let me know what you think.

    Love always,

    Happy Thoughts.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
    Henry Ford - Kindergarten Oakville

    Happy Monday everyone! All of us (you know, the Forest Grove crew) are hoping all of you (families and friends) had a spectacular weekend. To kick this week off with a jolt of happy I thought it would be a good time to talk about happy thoughts.

    Some folks call this projection; others refer to it as affirmations. Frankly, it doesn’t matter what you call it, it all boils down to the same thing, positive thinking.

    There is no denying that a good pep talk in the mirror can set the tone for the day. With the right words and frequency people allow the possibility of greatness to come walking on in, right past the welcome mat, and into their lives.  If you haven’t already tried this I strongly suggest it.

    Well, this brings me to Jessica. After 11,000,000 views on YouTube I’m going to assume that some of the readers of this very blog have watched Jessica’s video, if you haven’t click HERE. Can you  imagine how fantastic her day was after starting it off like that?

    So here’s the question, if in between breakfast and brushing we taught our children to take 30 seconds for their own daily affirmations how would it impact their day…week…month?

    Is this something you'd be interested in introducing to your child? We'd love to know the results if you decide to give it a try.

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, November 03, 2012
    Ms. Angel - Preschool Oakville

    Zombie brains and eyeball - Preschool Oakville

    Bone readings - Child Care Center Oakville

    We're so ready - Preschool Oakville

    Tinkerbell - Preschool Oakville

    1.) Ms. Angel is ready to tend to the patients that need medical attention after the heart-stopping haunted house. 

    2.) Zombie brains and eyeballs anyone?

    3.) Not just regular bone readings, AUTHENTIC bone readings!

    4.) We're so ready.

    5.) "Tinkerbell is that you?"

    Sparkle Soon.

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Sparkle Soon - Kindergarten Oakville

    Something happens to a city after a disaster. There is a cohesiveness that creeps in and sets a mood of resilience.  New York is no stranger to resilience; in fact it’s the one place that may define the word.

    As the pictures continue to emerge and numbers continue to rise we want to send NYC some TLC. 

     It’s the least we can do, besides, that’s what neighbours are for. 

    Stay strong New York, you'll sparkle soon. 

    "If you want to become a real New Yorker, there’s only one rule: You have to believe New York is, has been, and always will be the greatest city on earth. The center of the universe."

     -Ellen R. Shapiro

    Staying the Same.

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    It's always a treat to have a former parent or student pop in and give us an update about all the changes that have happened since their time at Forest Grove. Usually we expect change, welcome it even! However, every now and again we say good-bye to a student that we so dearly hope stays EXACTLY the SAME. 

    The first time I met Avery she ran into my classroom (filled with children much older than her, may I add) and started dumping my science experiment materials all over my uber tidy table. I looked up at Avery's mom and she said, "Good luck with this one, you'll need it".  

    I was immediately intrigued by my new fearless student and quite possibly the most aware parent I had come across in a while. 

    I have no intention of ever losing track of Avery, I'm sure I'll see her name in lights, on the news or quite possibly ruling the free world (today she serves as the inspiration for this simple blog post) but what I like to hear most about my crazy girl is not how she has changed, but rather for better or worse, how she has stayed the same. 

    High-fives to big personalities and brave moms...oh, and staying the same. 

    Staying the Same - Preschool Oakville

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 27, 2012
    A Bat - Preschool Programs Oakville

                A bat cave - Preschool Programs Oakville

    A salamander holding hand - Kindergarten Oakville

    Tape spider webs - Preschool Oakville

    An imaginary moment in the sandbox - Kindergarten Oakville

    1.) A Bat with a two meter wingspan! 

    2.) A bat cave welcoming you into the science room.

    3.) A salamander holding hand.

    4.) Tape spider webs for as far as the eye can see.

    5.) An imaginary moment in the sandbox. 

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 26, 2012


    1.) A bat with a two meter wingspan! 

    2.) A bat cave welcoming you into the science room.

    3.) A salamander-holding-hand.

    4.) Tape spider webs for as far as the eye can see.

    5.) An imaginary moment in the sandbox. 

    Makeover or Madness?

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Never has Minnie Mouse caused such a commotion, usually it's her significant other that's making headlines. It seems her new look hasn't been well received despite her new designer wardrobe and more sophisticated approach. As a teacher to young children I have a strong opinion on the topic but I'll keep mine tucked away. What we would really like to know is how you feel about Minnie's makeover? 

                    Minnie Mouse Makeover - Preschool Oakville

    The Essence of Autumn

    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 22, 2012

    Ms. Alicja has been up to some creative pastimes lately. I think this is proof that you can take Alicja out of Reggio Emilia but you can't take Reggio Emilia out of Alicja! Enjoy some snapshots that were captured this weekend in our own beautiful city.


    Autumn - Kindergarten Oakville Autumn - Preschool Oakville

    Autumn - Childcare Center Oakville

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 20, 2012
    Handmade Card - Childcare Center Oakville   Welcome into the Forest - Child Care Center Oakville Mixology in science - Preschool Oakville  Healthy Lunch - Preschool Oakville Miss. Melody - Preschool Oakville

    1.) A handmade, heart filled card from a student. 

    2.) A beautiful welcome into Forest Grove.

    3.) Mixology in science! 

    4.) A perfectly packed and colorful lunch!

    5.) Miss. Melody being put in the 'hot seat' by two characters.

    The Big Box

    Hiat Labib - Friday, October 19, 2012


    The Big Box - Kindergarten Oakville 

    If you’re reading this blog and you’re familiar with Forest Grove then our approach to children and their individuality is not new to you.

    As much as the staff can teach and educate others on our philosophy sometimes a new perspective and alternative explanation works wonders.

    Toni Morrison was inspired to write a children’s book with her 15 year old son after he was told he, “couldn't handle his freedom." Not long after the incident she penned, The Big Box.

    The story goes on to describe 3 children who, based on their elders, couldn’t handle their freedom and in turn were put in a box and given materialistic possessions to fill their void.

    The story is brilliant, and as entertaining as it is for children, it’s truly a plea to adults who fail to realize the need for individuality in children.

    The message is simple as it’s littered throughout the beautifully illustrated pages;

    "I know you are smart and I know that you think
    You are doing what is best for me.
    But if freedom is handled just your way
    Then it's not my freedom or free."

    If you’re out and about and able to read this wonderful book you should definitely give it a whirl!

    Dear Parents

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 18, 2012

             Oakville Kindergarten

    Teacher parent interviews are just starting to wind down and the student goals have been set.

    Although this time of year is filled with transition and adaptation, it’s a joy to be able to connect with the families of Forest Grove.

    Our 15 minute interview times may not fee like a lot but it’s just enough time to squeeze out some details and set a goal that we, the teachers, can put into action.

    After many years of interviews we've also come to realize that there is an unintentional connection that happens.  As we sit across from each other chatting away we realize that all of the magic that our students possess comes from you.

    Dear Parents, it's obvious that the manners, sense of humor, wittiness and charisma are not a coincidence, it’s intentional and you’re doing one heck of a job raising these little people!

    But don’t worry; we know what you’re thinking, when that metal Tonka truck gets thrown across the room and hits little Suzy on the head… that one we'll blame on television.

    Keep an Eye on Forest Grove!

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Halloween - Kindergarten Oakville

    Things are starting to change around here…

    From goblins to guts, spiders to spikes

    Halloween is in the air.

    The countdown is on.

    Keep an eye on this blog,

    for up-to-date projects.

    Never too Early

    Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Bullying is a hot topic and not just because young Hollywood is sporting anti-bullying t-shirts during photo ops.  For the last few weeks multimedia and social networks has been bombarded with the issue.

    Whether it’s the CBS WKTB news anchor that stood-up to her bully while on air or the gut wrenching serenade from Jillian Jensen during an XFactor performance and finally the Amanda Todd tragedy, bullying is an undisputed crisis.

    Forest Grove is fortunate enough to deal with an age group that solves their problems by breaking one another’s block towers. However, we recognize that we still play a role that greatly impacts our students’ behaviours and beliefs.

    Children may or may not learn how to discriminate against one another from their elders (It’s a debate I’ll leave for someone else’s blog) yet, we have the power to let children know what right and wrong is.

    Join us in promoting open discussion that encourages how to be the anti-bully. Young children are more responsive to positive conversation when trying to retain information. Lessons on friendship, manners, love and beliefs can never happen to early.

    Have you discussed bullying with your child?  We would love to hear your opinions.

    Stop Bullying - Preschool Oakville

    Five Things

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 13, 2012

    Five Things is a concept started long ago and credited to a fantastic blogger that came long before us.

    Essentially, Five Things is a documentation of five moments or achievements worth sharing.

     As necessary as words are on a blog they aren't always as necessary as taking a few moments to admire Five Things.

    Five Things - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 2 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 3 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 4 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 5 - Kindergarten Oakville

    From Nature with Love

    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 08, 2012
    From Nature with Love - Child Care Center Oakville

    The quintessential Reggio activity.

    • Natural materials.
    • Children inspired project.
    • Teacher directed learning opportunities.
    • Incorporating academic components.
    • No right or wrong just creation.

    Gobble & Gulp

    Hiat Labib - Sunday, October 07, 2012

    'Tis the season to loosen our belts (is it just me or do these holiday seem to pop up quite often?) So here is a dose of healthy inspiration in between sweets and stuffing. 

    Gobble & Gulp - Kindergarten Oakville

    The variety of turkey creations are endless. An all fruit turkey with grapes, blueberries and strawberries would serve as the ultimate fruit salad. What options would you give to your child for their own turkey creation?


    Measuring Cups & Junk Food

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 06, 2012
    Measuring Cups - Preschool Oakville

    Measuring Cups 2 - Preschool Oakville

    A Lesson in Being Thankful.

    Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 06, 2012
    A Lesson in Being Thankful - Kindergarten Oakville

    It’s pretty trendy to be thankful at the moment. Holidays often bring about some kind of moral awareness that leaves us feeling warm and tingly inside. Today at Forest Grove we jumped on the thankful bandwagon and sang, danced and spoke our words of thanks to spread our own holiday cheer.

    Unlike a holiday like Christmas, that can get a little clouded with all of those beautifully wrapped gifts, Thanksgiving is easier explained and the students really seem to reflect.

    So dear families and friends connecting with us at this very moment, via Blog, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else in the social universe we want you to know that we are thankful for you.

    As Forest Grove continues to grow and expand its social butterfly wings we feel honoured that you have invested your time in reading these very words.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


    Forest Grove.

    A Long Goodbye

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

    Dearest Alicja,

    As summer has come to an end, I cannot help but become distanced in thought, imagining the goings-on at the wonderful Forest Grove. I picture you welcoming returning students, and opening your arms to fortunate new ones. I can also picture all the magnificent teachers, as they have their studios ready, anticipating the magic that will occur again this year as they teach and lead students down their paths.

    In reflection of your Graduates Taylor, now in Grade 3, and Katherine, in Grade 1 (!!), I must also comment what this Fall means in lieu of Forest Grove. This Fall, I truly miss getting the children ready for their year at Forest Grove. Our family has been with you for five years, and saying “Goodbye” is not easy to do. Thus, I look at this letter rather as an opportunity to boast how proud I am of your school, and to definitely say I would recommend your school to any parent who wants the best of the best starts for their children, as they begin their educational journey.

    With great thanks and acknowledgement to Forest Grove, each of my children has such a strong foundation built on excelled teaching, inspired curiosity about the world around them, and molded strong self-perception and esteem. Both Taylor and Kate have had the fortune of a perfect first impression about school which will carry them throughout their scholastic, professional and personal lives.

    What makes Forest Grove unique and sought after is the beautiful blending of teaching excellence and administrative professionalism and compassion. Your teachers teach with expertise, but they excite and invite their students to learn, at such a precious time in their lives.

    We will never forget Forest Grove. We wish your school continued happiness and success always. We will Miss you very much.

    Fondly with love,

    Juliana, Taylor and Kate.


    The Turkey Strut

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

    The Turkey Strut - Kindergarten Oakville

    Let's talk turkey!
    What a walk it's got!
    Strut about, strut about,
    Do the turkey trot!

    Let's talk turkey,
    What a shaky wobble!
    Strut about, strut about,
    Gobble, gobble, gobble!

    Octopus Garden Science

    Hiat Labib - Monday, October 01, 2012

    Octopus' Garden

    It started when the JK/SKs made salt dough. By adding blue sand, rocks, shells and some homemade green playdough, we created an ocean floor. We decided to join our individual sculptures together to make a shared work of art: our very own octopus garden.

     Octopus Garden Science - Childcare Center Oakville

    Louis: Coral reef with seaweed around a rock and it's connected to little sea creatures. This is a baby sea coral.

    Lily: Mine is close to his. There are rocks and one little person is in here. He lives in a cave but I don't know where he is. Oh, I found him!

    Octopus Garden Science 2 - Childcare Center Oakville

    Olivia: The waves are going really fast. The fish are running away. There is a storm. 

    Sofi: Mine is an animal living on a rock. He can eat seaweed. 

    Mahsaib: This is a snake.

    Tanya: The shells are going down in the water. The seaweed is going up. An octopus could live here.


    How Much Does the Inside Really Count?

    Hiat Labib - Friday, September 28, 2012

    In the life of a 3 year old it's definitely not the inside that counts.  The more head forming the basket the more useless the contents. Happy Friday to all of our families and friends. Enjoy!

    How much the inside counts - Preschool Oakville

    Outside of the Box

    Hiat Labib - Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Forest Grove is so outside of the box that we have staff that is willing to be put inside one. 

    Outside of the Box - Child Care Center Oakville

    The 5 W's

    Hiat Labib - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    The five W

    At Forest Grove we work hard to engage children in open ended dialogues that spark questions. By approaching situations with the 5 W’s we probe thought and give children the opportunity to dig deeper into the subject at hand.

    Have you ever asked your child about their day at Forest Grove using the 5 W’s?

    Words to Think By

    Hiat Labib - Monday, September 24, 2012

       In between paint and paste it’s easy to forget just how profound preschool can be.  

    Words to Think By

    New Website

    Hiat Labib - Friday, August 03, 2012

    What do you think about our new site?

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