Gonzales Preschool Holiday Collection

This year we will be supporting Our Place. This wonderful organization offers a sense of belonging for Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. Our Place provides a home, nourishment, hope and support for many in dire need.

Our Place Winter needs:

  • *Socks and Underwear
  • Gloves and Scarves
  • Toques
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm Jackets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • *Toiletries (travel sized and new)
  • Backpacks
  • Nail clippers
  • Emery boards
  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Sturdy small comb or brush
  • Full sized deodorant
  • Individual got chocolate packets

*must be new items

They welcome all used items except underwear and toiletries. This as a great opportunity to clean out your coat and linen closet. These are only adult items but if anyone wants to do a second collection, we can drop children’s items to the single family resource center. Please drop items off at the Preschool by December 13th, there is a box there waiting for donations. Thank you!

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Thursday Parent Meeting with Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

Please join us for our Parent Education meeting beginning at 7pm this Thursday Nov 8th at Gonzales Preschool.

We are thrilled to have Kingsley Strudwich, founder of Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting. Kingsley has been facilitating for over 10 years on topics of gender diversity and consent. At our November parent education meeting, we will be exploring the concept of gender diversity and will be asking ourselves how we can raise our children to be gender inclusive, how we can work to break the gender binary in our homes and in our preschool, and how we can honour gender fluidity in our children.

Wildwood Evergreens 2018 Fundraiser

Gonzales Preschool families are now selling beautiful wreath’s and door swag.

Order yours today!

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Island Evergreen Wreath 22″ outside diameter, $25 Elegant just as is in its natural beauty, this cedar,fir and pine wreath can also act as the perfect base for your wreath decorating dreams

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Mixed Door Swag adorned with cones. Length 22″ $22 Adorned with cones, this long-lasting cedar, pine & fir swag will welcome everyone into your home with festively fragrant cheer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both Wreath and Swag are a combination of Cedar, Fir and Pine. All greens are locally picked from Vancouver Island and hand- crafted by Wildwood Evergreens.

Contact your Gonzales Preschool family by November 8th to place your order. Wreaths and swag will arrive November 24th.

All proceeds from this fundraiser help support our non-profit co-operative preschool program.

 

 

 

Introduction to Permaculture Class

Bonnie Davison, our last parent education speaker at Gonzales Preschool, is organizing this family event.

What is Permaculture?
In this family-friendly workshop, we explain exactly what Permaculture is and how it can be applied not just to your garden but all aspects of your lives. This interactive day will provide you and your family with a great understanding of the key concepts of Permaculture and takeaways for you to implement at home straight away.
Who: This workshop is designed for everyone – parents, grandparents, children of all ages and educators.
Where: The Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street, Victoria, BC
When: Saturday Oct 27 @ 10am-2pm
Bring: Lunch, snacks, water. Dress for an awesome afternoon in nature!
About the Workshop Facilitator: Josh Davis
Josh has worked and played in the outdoors for many years, from leading multi-day wilderness trips with ‘at risk’ youth, to guiding CEO’s on team building expeditions to climb Kilimanjaro. He has seen through these experiences how people change in the outdoors. He has designed corporate programs for a range of organizations including the BBC, Oxfam, Comic Relief, and The Bodyshop, and has run outdoor experiences for youth development charities such as Raleigh International, Take A Hike Foundation, British Exploring and the Chill Foundation. Josh is a passionate believer that nature can teach us a lot about ourselves and our communities. He is a certified permaculture teacher and designer and incorporates this philosophy into all aspects of his life. To learn more about Josh, visit: http://www.thechangeiwanttosee.com

Share this event with your community, and let’s come together to make a difference, and most importantly HAVE FUN!

Thursday Parent Meeting with Bonnie Davison

Gonzales Preschool is excited to have Bonnie Davison speaking at our education portion of our meeting 7pm Thursday Oct 11th.

Bonnie Davison is a passionate mother, teacher, and outdoors-woman. She is the founder of the Victoria Nature School, the Outdoor Learning Association, and Singing English Education, and is newly certified in Permaculture Design and Permaculture Design Teacher Training. Bonnie will be joining us to facilitate a discussion on family values and how they relate to our own personal values around education and our values as a preschool community. Bonnie is an engaging speaker and a wealth of knowledge.

Learn more about her at:
https://www.bonniedavison.com

Annual Welcome Back Picnic

In true West Coast fashion we braved the misty elements for our Annual Welcome Back Social event at Fireman’s Park this past Sunday morning. It was another great opportunity for our families from the 3’s and 4’s classes to get to know one another.

Yummy cookies, cupcakes, snacks, coffee and tea were provided while the kids played or had faces painted by Angela’s daughter and parents connected with their fantastic preschool community.

Thanks to everyone who came out to this wonderful event!

New music educator for the 4’s class

Gonzales Preschool is thrilled to have Eden Oliver as our new music educator for our 4’s class. Eden is a BC certified teacher with nine years of teaching experience in public and independent school settings. She has a Bachelor of Music Education on flute from the University of Victoria and has taught private lessons, pre-primary music, recorder, choir, band, jazz band, and workshops to learners of all ages.

 

 

Eden’s main musical project, West My Friend is a cascadian-third-wave-indie-prog-folk-chamber-roots group with accordion, mandolin,  guitar, and three part vocals.  Formed in 2009, West My Friend is a staple of the West Coast’s quirky indie-folk scene.  Their recent album “Quiet Hum” was described by the Georgia Straight as “…one of the sweetest and most elegant folk albums released this year…”  Visit westmyfriend.com to learn more.