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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


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



*9:00AM – 3:00PM

Starting January 5, 2015

For a limited time only:

  • Lowest rate in 5 years!
  • v 2 week priority enrolment for existing families (October 20th -31st)
  • Enrolment prior to November 28th, will qualify for up to a 10% discount
  • v Reggio Emilia inspired hands-on learning!

Call for more information!!

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!


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