Parkdale’s Sensory Room Has Re-Opened For Business!

Lorena De Lucia, Parkdale Daycare Educator After having suffered a devastating flood during the Holiday season of 2017-2018 which completely destroyed Parkdale Elementary School’s sensory room, we are extremely happy to announce that we have rebuilt our room which is now open and available to all students in need. Among other benefits, a sensory room…

Parkdale Takes Pumpkin Decorating to a Whole New Level!

Lorena De Lucia, Parkdale Daycare Educator This year, Parkdale Elementary School Daycare’s pumpkin decorating activity was truly extraordinary! It was a chance for the students to bring their favourite characters to life in the form of a pumpkin! With the guidance of educators and support staff, the children were encouraged to tap into their inner creativity…

Parkdale: Budding Scientists Reveal Secret Message

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Parkdale Budding Scientists were at it again! Today they were also magicians: they created messages that disappeared, and used science to make them reappear. First, Miss Jodi gave everyone a piece of blank paper. In a bowl, she mixed ¼ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of water. She prepared…

Parkdale: Budding Scientists Learn about Acids and Bases

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Early morning science is one of the best ways to start the day. Luckily for the Parkdale B.A.S.E. Daycare children, Miss Jodi arrived with not one, but two science experiments for them to try. First up was drawing personalized volcanoes on strips of paper, wrapping them around a cup, and making…

Parkdale: Puppet Fun!

Children at Parkdale created Styrofoam cup animal puppets this morning. They used markers to draw their animals into existence and Ms. Jodi added various animal anatomy using pipe cleaners upon request: “I made a bat. He needs wings!” “My owl has pink ears because that’s my favourite colour!” It’s amazing just how much thought and…

Collaborative Digital Storytelling

Combining their imaginations, writing and drawing skills, and throwing in a little tech has resulted in three wonderful digital storybooks from three B.A.S.E. daycares! Students at Dalkeith, Elizabeth Ballantyne and Parkdale worked for weeks to create collaborative digital storybooks with their classmates using the Book Creator App under the guidance of Ms. Jodi. They finally…

Parkdale: Taking a Bite Out of Local Produce

Mr. Ryan leaves green club students asking for more as they learn about the importance of eating local produce. It was with great enthusiasm that the students made a delicious salad from local ingredients all in anticipation of enjoying the fruits of their labour once the salad was done. It was obvious that their hard…

Parkdale: Chinese New Year Celebrations

Students from Parkdale B.A.S.E. Daycare were excited to celebrate the Chinese New Year as they proudly paraded through the school corridors displaying the colourful dragon they had made in daycare. They spent two weeks creating their masterpiece! The children sang songs and made music as they spread cheer and well wishes throughout the school. Happy Chinese New Year…

Digital Storybooks with Sound!

B.A.S.E. daycare students at Elizabeth Ballantyne, Parkdale, and Dalkeith are bringing out their creative noises in the early morning hours during their Digital Storybook Creation programs with Ms. Jodi. Using the BookCreator App on an iPad, every week the children add to their projects.  Now six weeks into the program all three daycares have imagined, written, and drawn their entire stories. Now they are recording the narration for the…