Montrose Junior Public School's Mission Statement
Montrose Public School is located in a multicultural area of downtown Toronto near College and Grace Streets. Montrose is a community-based school which values the contributions of its multi-ethnic, multi-generational community. The school has a population of about 175.
* The school building is shared by Montrose Daycare, an infant through school-age day care centre, and Delta Alternative Senior School.
* Montrose Public School has a variety of After School Programs, including Dance, Homework Club, Chess, and Sports. We also have our International Language Programs after school with language instruction in Portuguese, and Mandarin.
Our students are involved in experiencing education outside of the classroom. We have a vegetable garden and outdoor classroom. We have parent volunteers help with bulb planting. Our students also take field trips to High Park and Evergreen Brickworks in addition to TUSC (Toronto Urban Studies Center) to learn about nature and animals in our communities.
More Information About Montrose Junior Public School
We celebrate literacy in a variety of ways here at Montrose. Our Library has recently updated it's collection of graphic novels and we have an Author's Week each year. Guest authors read with our students and share their experiences as writers. Our Librarian also promotes the Silver Birch reading program in the Junior grades.
Montrose has had special Math Family nights and we do a monthly Math problem solving challenge for students.
Supports for Families
* We hold two EQAO information nights for families, one in the Fall and one in the Spring
* Along with School Council, we have special workshops on relevant topics such as Bullying, Raising Children, etc.
* We have a Kindergarten Open House each February and a Kindergarten Orientation in May
* We have a Welcome to Grade 1 information night in late Spring
We have two interactive Promethean Boards and a Smart Board in our Library. We have begun to refresh and replace computers in our computer lab. Last year we were able to procure 30 laptop computers that our Grade 4 to 6s use regularly. Each of our Primary classrooms has a small number of desktop computers that teachers use for research and reading programs.
Student Life - Where You Belong
Students are involved in a variety of extra curricular actvities. We have afterschool programs which include Dance Club, Sports Club, Chess Club, and Homework Club. We also have an International Language Program after school. There are also many teams that we have including a basketball, cross country, flag rugby, and track. We also have a House League program during the day.
WHAT SETS US APART
Montrose has a large focus on intergenerational relationships. We have our yearly Grandparents Day and we spend the day with our grandparents.
We are an Eco School. Students, along with sponsoring staff, conduct annual waste audits, and campaign to make others aware of the importance of reducing, and recycling. This year we are implementing a new green bin program.
We have created an outdoor classroom located at the front of the school. This includes a vegetable garden and a special area for shrubs. Students are able to plant bulbs, vegetable seeds and do drawings among other activities. We have had a wonderful working relationship with staff and students from Central Technical school. The grade 11 woodworking class built an outdoor shed to store our outdoor classroom materials in. In the future we have plans to expand the outdoor classroom (including installing wooden benches, and putting in a Butterfly Garden).
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Montrose Public School is a community-centred school. We have extensive fundraising for enrichment activities and community events. Our Community events include a Pot Luck Supper, Portugal Day Celebrations, Our Funfair and Grandparents' Day. We also have a yearly Family Valentine's Dance where parents and children dance together. Montrose has an infant through school-age daycare facility on site. We also have partnerships with Ryerson University, OISE, and George Brown. This year we have Humber College nurses assisting teachers with our Health program. We encourage regular volunteers to assist in classrooms, library, nutrition programs, on field trips, with reading, and with fundraising. Our school council runs an annual Pumpkin Carving and Holiday Craft Night. Council along with our staff planned a fantastic 50th Anniversary celebration last spring.