Newton’s Grove School news: June 2017

Come Visit Our Future Home This Friday!

Dear Newton’s Grove Families,

We are very excited to announce our plans for this Friday, the last day of school. We will be taking all of our students to Paul Coffee Park for a day of sports, games, and a barbeque. And, in the late afternoon, we will be offering tours of our new facilities to parents!

Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors will depart for the park at 9:15, and Primary students will depart at 10:00. Please be certain your child is dressed in appropriate outdoor wear, including a hat and sunscreen. For a detailed description of the day’s activities, please see the accompanying schedule. At 1:30, there will be a special presentation for Mrs. Dix, and the Parents Committee will be on hand to share some promotions for next year. All students will return to school by bus by 3:00. Parents are welcome at any time throughout the day and are invited to enjoy the barbeque.

From 3:00 to 5:00, we will be offering tours of our new building to any interested parents (unfortunately, insurance regulations do not allow us to include minors). Your children will be supervised back at the school while you are on your tour. Any parent wishing to join a tour needs to contact Ms. Chachel in advance to sign up. We have a maximum tour size of fifteen per group, and we plan to run several tours. However, there is a limit to how many people we will be able to accommodate, and so bookin

gs will be made on a first-come, first served basis. When you speak to Mrs. Chachel, please indicate roughly what time you would like to begin your tour, and whether or not you require a hard hat and safety shoes. These items are mandatory and will be provided by the school if you do not own them. (Note: the school has CSA-approved steel toe-caps which fit over running or flat-soled shoes, but are not designed to go over sandals or high heels.) We think you will be delighted with what you see!

Please join us this Friday as we celebrate a truly remarkable year. We look forwards to seeing you there!


The Newton’s Grove Leadership Team

Schedule of Events

Departure Time:  9:15am (Gr. 4 – 12)  10:00am (JK - 3)
Location: Paul Coffey Park





10:00 – 11:30

Walk and story time

Softball tournament

Soccer & Capture the Flag

Ultimate Frisbee

11:30 – 12:15



12:15 – 1:00

Play scape

Capture the Flag



12:15 – 1:30

Ultimate Frisbee



Presentation by shelter area


Return to school

Clean-up and get ready to board busses


Return to school

Return to School

Return to School

Newton's Grove Welcomes New Families

Dear New Families to Newton’s Grove,

I wish to welcome you to our new school. We are a community of dedicated and caring educators, parents, students, families and alumni, and we are delighted that you are joining us. As we begin one of the most significant years in our history, I am excited to share with you my vision of where we are heading and how we plan to get there. 

Obviously, the move to our new campus is in the forefront of all of our thoughts. The work is nearing completion, and teachers will be packing up their classrooms by the end of June to allow the move to happen this summer. Exact dates are not known as we must wait upon an occupancy permit, but we will let our community know as soon as we have attained it. We are still anticipating offering tours beforehand, although liability concerns from the contractors and insurance company are currently delaying this process. As soon as we have approval, we will arrange for tours to begin.

Our move has inspired a spirit of renewal throughout the school. Faculty are excited about opportunities for greater programming inside and outside the classroom, based on our access to better facilities and all the green space. We are also looking at our curriculum in terms of what works best and how we can better align all of our courses. Many of you will have noticed that our new co-ordinators are not assigned to a particular division. This sharing of responsibilities across the grades will allow us to develop a more consistent program. We are also committed to integrating the use of technology to a greater degree, and incorporating technology into our best practices. Most importantly, we wish to further instill the inquiry model into all of our teaching: encouraging students to ask questions to understand underlying concepts. Our goal is not to fill our students with knowledge but rather to inspire them to be creative problem-solvers. The 21st century demands flexible thinkers, unfazed by change or new challenges. Our students will be ready for that future.

I am including with this letter our initial calendar, which we will update throughout the year, and I wish to call your attention to the first day of school. Please note there will be no regular classes that day but rather an opportunity to explore our new facilities. There will be tours and a chance to talk to teachers, administrators and other parents. Please come and spend as much time as you wish with us that day. We are on the verge of great things!

Warmest regards, 

Paul Edwards


Newton's Grove Hosts University of Law Seminars

Recently, Mr. Edwards sat down with Mr. Norman Baird, a full-time Senior Lecturer and Examiner of Criminal Law in LLB and GDL / CPE courses at the University of London. Mr. Baird is the director of QED Law, and he was at Newton’s Grove offering weekend-long revision seminars for students working towards a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

Mr. Baird’s association with Newton’s Grove developed through our Director, Dr. Amr Hassanein, who recently completed his Law degree from the University of London International Programme. Mr. Baird was interested in expanding the International Programme into Canada, and Dr. Hassanein put him in touch with Mrs. Bush, offering Newton’s Grove as a site for hosting the programme. Naturally, we were delighted to be associated with this prestigious institution.

The University of London is made up of eighteen Colleges and nine specialist research institutes. Among these Colleges are some of the best-ranked universities worldwide, including University College London, King’s College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. All three of these colleges are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for law, according to the QS World Rankings 2017. Although rich in tradition, this federation of colleges is noted for its innovation. In 1858, the University of London accepted its first female students and established the University of London International Programmes. The intent was to give students around the world access to first-class higher education. This makes their International Programmes the world’s oldest provider of distance and flexible learning.

Mr. Baird is excited about bringing the University of London International Programmes to Toronto. Currently, there are only two law schools offering programmes in this area: the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall. The very limited annual enrollment of these institutions has resulted in fierce competition and limited access, coupled with prohibitive tuition costs. Mr. Baird is convinced that there is a real demand for an affordable international Law programme, particularly for one that offers weekend or evening courses, allowing individuals to pursue their degrees while remaining in the workforce. So far, the interest in the QED seminars suggests that he is correct.

The next steps for Mr. Baird involve final certification from the University of London Consortium of Law Schools for the Toronto programme, and petitioning the Ontario Bar Association for recognition. Mr. Baird is confident that approval is imminent from the Consortium and that the Ontario Bar Association will be sympathetic to their request. Receiving an LLB from the University of London would not allow one to immediately practice law in Ontario, but it would mean that approaching the Bar would involve only an additional course after completing the degree. Since so many Ontario students currently attend law schools in Britain, it is reasonable to believe that many students would be interested in attaining their degree while staying closer to home.

At Newton’s Grove, we are proud to support Mr. Baird’s efforts and will continue to play a hosting role as this programme grows. Among our many other claims, we would be delighted to say, “Newton’s Grove, Home of the University of London International Law Programme in

Canada.” We certainly wish Mr. Baird and his staff the very best as they pursue this innovation in post-secondary education.

Fundraising Campaign – Building a Legacy for Future Generations

Dear Newton’s Grove Families,

Can you feel the excitement in the air?  Is it Spring fever?  Is it the fact that the end of the school year is just around the corner?  Or could it be the long awaited and much anticipated opening of the new Newton’s Grove campus on Goreway Drive?

You guessed it – it’s the new campus on Goreway Drive.  We don’t want to rush this school year – or summer – however, we are so excited that the new campus is in its final stages of completion and will be ready for the start of the 2017/2018 school year.

Your Newton’s Grove Fundraising Committee needs your help to put the final touches on the new campus.  To raise the funds needed to complete various capital projects – including the cafetorium, learning commons and computer labs – we invite our Newton’s Grove families to “ADD A BRICK TO OUR WALL”.  For a minimum contribution of $500, an 8” x 4” engraved tile will be added to Our Legacy Wall.  Tiles can be engraved with your name or consider honouring someone with a brick in their name.  Sample tiles will be on display at the main desk at the front entrance to the school the week of June 12th, at graduation on Thursday June 15th and at the end of year BBQ on the last day of school.

Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to be part of an important milestone in the history of Newton’s Grove School.  Order forms will be sent home with the students the week of June 5th.  A soft copy of the order form is attached for your reference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Newton’s Grove Fundraising Committee at or one of the parent co-chairs.

Thank you for your support.

Newton’s Grove Fundraising Committee Parent Co-Chairs

Andrea Pearson    Christine Fulsang

Newton's Grove Student Makes the Paper

Our grade 2 student, Nikhil, was featured in the Toronto Star on Sunday for this photo of him offering dandelions to his Mother on Mother’s Day. Such a wonderful display of respect. Way to go, Nikhil!

A Splash of Colour

Paint is now up on the walls at our future home located at 6850 Goreway Drive and we could not be more excited. We look forward to continue providing an inviting, comfortable, and colourful learning space for our students as we transition into our new building. To stay connected with the progress of our new building, make sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information.

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