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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


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