Happy Hallowe’en & More
Can you feel it? The chill in the air… The falling leaves… The pumpkin spice… It can only mean one thing: Fall is here! And with Fall comes Hallowe’en, arguably the best non-holiday holiday of the year. This year, it lands squarely on a Monday, so I expect we’ll be seeing all sorts of appropriate (e.g., following dress code, no real or fake weapons) costumes at school. A few of us grown-up types may even don some festive wear, and we have a bunch of fun activities planned for the day, including games, movies, and a sprinkling of allergen-free goodies. This Monday, you can be anything you want to be, so come be awesome with us!
Beyond the immediate spookiness of Monday, we have a bunch of great stuff coming up that you’ll definitely want to read about. First up is our Annual Parent Social, happening tonight, from 7 – 10pm. Have you ever wished for an easier way to meet your fellow parents? Craved some time away from home? Wondered what it would be like to have fun on a Thursday night? Well now you can do all of these things and more! All current and prospective parents are invited to The Study Academy to mix, mingle, and meet other parents. We’ll provide the food and libations; just bring yourself! We’ll also be handing out Open House flyers to parents who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) at The Study, which brings me to my next point…
Tuesday, November 8th, marks our annual Open House. For those attending, come prepared to be inspired! This once-in-a-year opportunity will allow you to meet the faculty and tour our facility, watch our neurofeedback research program in action, and check out our clubs, programs, and more! With our 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio, personalized learning, highly qualified and engaging faculty, and innovative educational research, we equip our students with the academic proficiencies, learning skills, and passion to become lifelong independent learners.
Speaking of equipping our students with invaluable skills, we have had a bunch of excellent excursions since our last blog. In late September and mid-October, our senior high school students attended the Ontario College and University Information Fairs. During these trips, they got the opportunity to browse Ontario’s post-secondary offerings, with both university and college programs to accommodate the wide range of their interests. They picked up promotional materials and other branded goodies, engaged in interactive demonstrations, spoke with school reps, and came back with a better sense of their plans after high school. Later in October, all of our high schoolers visited the Aga Khan Museum, offering them exposure to the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. One of the goals of this trip, as well as the Museum’s mission, was to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum fosters dialogue and promotes tolerance and mutual understanding among people.
While our high school students were off on their adventures, our middle schoolers also had a couple of exciting field trips at Bathurst Bowlerama and the Evergreen Brick Works. The former was a fun welcome/welcome back trip for all of our new and returning students, as well as a chance to get out of the classroom and get active. The Evergreen Brick Works, on the other hand, was a trip for the body and mind with the students’ participation in their Cycling in the City: Active Transportation program. There, they got to “explore the Brick Works through one of the world’s most energy-efficient machines – the bicycle. Students … [used] simple machines to craft and test obstacle courses and explore comparative force, while developing fundamental physical literacy skills. [One of the goals was to] get students excited about riding as transportation and recreation by designing bike routes to school, while discussing many aspects of cycling in the city and incorporating the social and environmental impact of active transportation.”
Looking forward, the middle schoolers will have a field trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario on November 11th. We’ll have many more details – and permission forms – to come soon! The week before that, on November 2nd, Grade 9 students will get a chance to shadow their parents at work through the Take Our Kids to Work Program. “The program supports career development by helping students connect school, the world of work, and their own futures.” On November 2nd, take your child to work, but make sure to tell us first!
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more exciting news and events.