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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

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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. 


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