Thursday Parent Meeting: World issues-How to talk about class, poverty, and homelessness with our kids in a way that feels honest?

Parent meeting is this Thursday January 10th at 7pm parent education, 8pm business meeting.

Our world is full of huge challenges that adults seem unable to “fix” or mend–climate change, economic inequality, racism and sexism, etc. For us parents, it is hard to know how to talk about the issues in our world that we want them to understand. During this parent ed session we will explore together how to talk about class, poverty, and homelessness. How do we talk with our kids in a way that feels honest but not scary? How do we maintain a sense of the humanity and complexity of the lives of those living on the margins?

Gonzales Preschool is excited to have Rev. Shana Lynngood at our parent ed meeting. Rev. Shana Lynngood has served as Co-Minister of First Unitarian Church of Victoria (with her wife Melora) for the past 8 years. She is a parent of a 12 year old daughter and 6 year old son and prior to ministry was a daycare provider for several years. When not immersed in all things related to work or family–and when is that?–Shana is a jazz aficionado, poetry enthusiast, and finds deep meaning in all things art history
We look forward to exploring these challenging topics with her as we welcome in 2019!

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!


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!


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


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:

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