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Year At Glance for 2013 - 2014
A detailed on-line school year calendar listing all 2013-2014 events will be available under our CALENDAR Tab located at the bottom of our HOME PAGE.
August 26, 2013 - Classes begin for DP (Grades 11 and 12) Students-Elgin Mills Campus
September 3, 2013
Grand Opening Elgin Mills Campus Phase 2
First Day for Children’s House New Students only
8:30-10:30 am (September 3 & 4)
All Elementary Classes Commence
College (Grades 7-10) Classes Commence
September 5, 2013
First Day for Toddler and Children’s House Returning Students
All Children’s House Students - Regular hours
September 9, 2013- TMS Welcome Back BBQ 3:30 - 5:30 pm
September 26, 2013 - Terry Fox Walk/Run
October 11, 2013 - Professional Development Day (No Classes)
October 14, 2013 - Thanksgiving (School is Closed)
November 8, 2013 - Professional Development Day (No Classes)
November 14, 2013 - TMS Leadership Appreciation Gala
November 11, 2013 - Mid-Term Break (School is Closed)
December 19, 2013 - Last Day of School for Winter Break
December 20, 2013-January 5, 2014 - Winter Break (School is Closed)
January 6, 2014 - Return to School
February 14, 2014 - Professional Development Day (No Classes)
February 17, 2014 -Family Day (School is Closed)
March 8 – March 23, 2014 - March Break
March 24, 2014 - Return to School
April 18, 2014 - Good Friday (School is Closed)
April 21, 2014 - Easter Monday (School Closed)
May 16, 2014 -Professional Development Day (No Classes)
May 19, 2014 -Victoria Day (School is Closed)
June 13, 2014 - Transition Ceremony and Last Day of School
TMS LEADERSHIP APPRECIATION GALA 2013
Parent Luncheon 2013
Parent Luncheon 2012
TMS Winter Celebration December 2011
Check out the Gallery for pictures of the event!
50TH ANNUAL PARENT LUNCHEON MAY 2011
50TH ALUMNI REUNION 1961-2011!
NEWS: NEWS RELEASES
Richmond Hill leads the Class
As Internationally Recognized TORONTO MONTESSORI SCHOOLS breaks ground for new IB/Montessori high school!
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, April 25, 2008 – Toronto Montessori Schools (“TMS”) celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its high school campus (Grades 7 through 12) located at 500 Elgin Mills Road East. TMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and this initiative is ground breaking. TMS is a leader in partnering IB and Montessori in a middle years and high school format.
Toronto Montessori Schools provides an ideal university preparatory learning environment based on Montessori and IB principles that guide and nurture the development of each student’s potential to become a successful, informed, active, compassionate and lifelong learner who will make a positive contribution to our international community.
Dr. Zederayko, the Head of Schools, Richmond Hill Regional and Ward Councillors, Board Trustees, Baymills Ratepayers Association, TMS Founder Helma Trass, faculty and staff and friends of TMS were present at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is the largest Montessori School in North America providing excellence in education for students age 18 months to 18 years, and the only Montessori school in the Greater Toronto Area accredited by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (“CAIS”), the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (“CCMA”), the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (“CESI”) and the Conference of Independent Schools (“CIS”), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (“IBO”).
Ann Bianco - Harvey, Director, Marketing & Communication, (905) 889-6882 x 261
Photo attached: TMS Groundbreaking Ceremony
As Internationally Recognized TMS School Opens New Wing at its Elgin Mills Campus in Richmond Hill!
RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, September 3, 2013 – TMS School (“TMS”) celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new wing at its Elgin Mills Campus (Grades 7 through 12) located at 500 Elgin Mills Road East. TMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and this initiative will further enhance its TMS IB program and accommodate the growing student population. TMS remains a leader in providing a seamless transition from its internationally recognized flagship Montessori program (Bayview Campus students from18 months to grade 6) to its welcoming IB program at the Elgin Mills Campus.
TMS delivers a seamless, internationally-acclaimed educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.
Dr. Zederayko (TMS Head of School), Sheila Thomas (TMS Head of College) the Mayor of Richmond Hill Dave. Barrow, Richmond Hill Regional and Local Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the RHCC Janine Purves, MMP R. Moridi staff, faculty, staff, parents, friends and TMS students were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Internationally recognized since 1961, TMS is a lab school for a teacher training facility (Toronto Montessori Institute), provides excellence in education for students age 18 months to 18 years, is a member of the Conference of Independent Schools (“CIS”) and fully accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (“CAIS”), the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (“CCMA”), and the International Baccalaureate Organization (“IBO”).
Ann Bianco - Harvey, Director, Marketing & Communication, (905) 889-6882 x 261
Photo attached: Ribbon Cutting
The following is for CAIS BLOG by Glenn Zederayko, Head of School
TMS School Continues to Grow and Develop
After spending the summer working at a table in our library, I am pleased to be writing from my new office. More importantly, I am very happy to see that the school year at TMS is off to a very good start with plenty of energy and optimism from all members of the community. We continue to pioneer and grow our highly engaging and rewarding educational experience that seamlessly combines a flagship Montessori program with welcoming Middle Years and Diploma International Baccalaureate programs. This is our seventh year of working on this initiative and we have enjoyed a great deal of progress thanks to the work of so many members of the TMS community. Year after year, everyone works together in an incremental manner with patience and enthusiasm to ensure ongoing improvement in all areas. We have recently completed two projects to ensure both campuses continue to provide the best space and facilities for better learning. These projects are milestones in our development, and I am excited to tell you about them.
As background, we opened Phase 1 of our Elgin Mills Campus just over four years ago and relocated 106 of our students from grades 7 to 12. We celebrated the graduation of our first class of grade 12 students that spring. At that time, we had 2 homeroom classes of grade 7 students and one homeroom class of students in each grades 8 to12. Phase 1 provided more than an adequate number of excellent classrooms for learning; it also provided our students and teachers with a number of terrific specialty rooms including: an art room, music room, two science labs, a double gym, a library and a student commons.
As we begin our fifth year at the Elgin Mills Campus, we are proud that our student body has grown in a controlled fashion. This is entirely due to the excellent reputation our students and staff have earned. We currently have two homeroom classes at all grade levels with the exception of grade12, which will double next year. To provide additional space for student learning as our population grows, we were thrilled to open Phase 2 of the Elgin Mills Campus this fall. Phase 2 provides excellent new instructional areas that include two additional science labs, a drama studio, additional classrooms and a Guidance, Counseling and Learning Strategies area. Our dedicated and committed staff also makes good use of the additional space in our staff work room. Overall, our upper school campus will continue to be an outstanding environment for teaching and learning.
We are also happy to have recently completed the first year of a two year project at our Bayview Campus, the location of our flagship Montessori program for students from 18 months to grade 6 that seamlessly feeds into our welcoming IB program at Elgin Mills. This campus also houses our adult learners in our professional career college (Toronto Montessori Institute) that provides certificate programs in Montessori Teaching and allows us to function as a lab school. In case you thought we weren’t busy enough, this summer we also did the following:
· Completed work on the west side of the Bayview Campus to enhance security and improve accessibility
Added new space and opportunities for learning by our Toddler students (18 months to 3 years) with a small addition to the Toddler Gross Motor Play Room.
· Created a more welcoming reception area, a better functioning suite of offices and a new meeting room for use by members of the TMS community.
Together, these changes will allow us to complete work in the summer of 2014 which will improve our lower school art room by relocating it to a larger main floor location with natural light. We will also create a dedicated centre of classrooms to enhance French instruction.
As we continue our strategic development, TMS is pleased to have the opportunity to work with and learn from other CAIS schools. We are striving to enable our students today - and hopefully our students’ children in generations to come - to be well-prepared for university, career and life. Ultimately, my colleagues and I believe that we are all really working to help our students make positive differences in the world throughout their lives.