Russet Group Art Exhibit

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This spring, the children in the Russet room at our Green Apple Kids location learned all about art history. They were introduced to different styles of painting and tried their hand at using different tools and techniques to create masterpieces of their own in the Artist’s Studio. We were curious to see what they would create – a landscape, portrait, still-life or something abstract? The Green Apple Gallery opened its doors to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends to present The Russet Group which featured works of art by twenty-one amazing, new artists.

The gallery hours were Thursday May 25th and Friday May 26th from 4:45-5:45pm. A $2.00 entry fee/person was requested for entry into the gallery. As well, the children’s masterpieces were “on sale” for an amount the buyer determined reasonable, but guests were asked to enjoy the price of the children’s artwork that they had set for their piece! We learned that artists often donate their work to raise money for important causes; for this reason, the teachers Ms. Meghan and Ms. Irina had chosen to donate all money received from this event to Art City Toronto which “delivers exceptional and innovative art programs to young people in St. James Town. By becoming a supporter of Art City, you help make an important difference in the lives of the children and youth in our community.” More information regarding Art City can be found on their website

Children in the Russet room helped their teachers set up the art boards, so their canvases could be hung for the show. When it was time for the art show children were so excited to share their painted works to family and friends! The Green Apple Gallery had an amazing turnout of people on both days, where guests enjoyed viewing the entire Russet Group collection. Buyers were so generous in donating money for Art City Toronto, that the grand total we donated was a cheque of $540! It was a huge success and positive energy surrounded the room.

The following week the children in the Russet room made a card for Art City Toronto where their thumbprints signed their name and attached the cheque. Next, taking a walk down the street to the nearest mailbox to ensure Art City received our donation. As a few weeks passed, the Russet room had a Thank You card from Art City Toronto director where she thanked us for the donation and creativity of the kids. Ms. Meghan and Ms. Irina were so happy and proud of the grand event…until next year!

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My Return from Mat Leave

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Jennifer is the Director at our Windermere Kids location. In honour of Mother’s Day, she shares with us some of her thoughts on coming back to work and juggling life with kids and work.

As our Windermere Kids families know I recently returned from my second maternity leave. I couldn’t believe how different it would be returning to work this time, juggling school drop off and pick up for my son and worrying about how my daughter would adjust to childcare. My son was a breeze, super easy going, no stranger anxiety; my daughter on the other hand has a different personality. Needless to say I worried about nothing. The staff here are amazing; they were able to get my daughter to settle in quickly and easily.  I feel so fortunate to know that every day she is cared for by educators that put in the effort to make connections with all of the children. I might be a little biased about it, I do work here too;)

Anyone that is returning to work knows that leaving your baby with strangers (or in my case, co-workers) isn’t easy or natural feeling. I have done this twice now, I get it. When parents come for a tour of Windermere Kids I tell them go on lots of tours, check out as many childcare centres as possible, but go on the wait list for the centre that you feel confident in. That is the most important thing. If you don’t feel good about a centre you wouldn’t leave the most important person in your world there so why go on the list. That is our goal; we want parents to feel confident that their precious little ones are being cared for by the next best thing to you.   

I hope that if a parent is struggling with the transition to childcare they come and talk to me; I can listen and offer some suggestions. Trust me, it does get better and soon they will be leaping out of your arms to get inside the room. Knowing that your children are happy, what more could we ask for as parents?

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