It is clear why many parents want to ensure their children receive a bilingual education. French is an official language for over 140 million people in 28 different countries, on five continents. As our children move through their academic careers, their experiences will be far different from our own.

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For the culinary novice or aficionado, Glebe Montessori School’s cooking classes delight everyone’s gastronomic senses!  Under the imaginative direction of Chef Scott Adams, owner of The French Baker in The Glebe and master chef at Benny Bistro’s in the Byward Market, students ages 6 to 12 have a grand time creating delicious chefs-d’œuvre and gain culinary expertise for a lifetime!

chef scotChef Scott shares his passion for artisanal cooking, sourcing seasonal foods from local growers and distributors. Students learn to whip up delectable dishes that are easy to prepare at home and establish healthy eating habits. Chef Scott not only teaches the art and ergonomics of cooking, but also chemistry! He transforms GMS’s kitchen into a science lab and invites our gastroscientists to experiment with ingredients, combinations, flavours and recipes.

Cooking is all about chemical reactions, and science is key to figuring out why we have failures and successes in the kitchen! It’s also no surprise that our students develop a taste for eclectic foods with irresistible recipes such as mango-cilantro guacamole, gnocchi and chocolate éclairs with crème chantilly! Chef Scott and his junior chefs experience a wonderful sense of camaraderie in our kitchen, welcoming new challenges, delegating tasks and expanding their culinary skills.

Register your child now for Chef Scott’s unique cooking classes, offered on Tuesdays or Thursdays at GMS, 650 Lyon St. South. Pick up service by GMS staff is available for students from Mutchmor, First Avenue and Corpus Christi schools. Please contact GMS reception at 613.237.3824 for more information.

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By Dijana Bate & Setareh Beheshti

Glebe Montessori School (GMS) has always valued the arts. Music, theatre and fine arts, taught by specialists, are highlighted in GMS’s preschool and elementary curricula.

   This year, we are taking music education a step further, through a new partnership between GMS and Ottawa Suzuki Strings (OSS). Students may enrol in private music classes offered by OSS and taught at our GMS location.

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The wonderful performers of Opera Lyra made their annual visit to GMS this month, inspiring our students with the power and beauty of opera!

Senior elementary students participated in Opera Lyra’s lively production of The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous operetta. The seniors spent two months practicing three arias from the production and our student audience was dazzled and delighted by the awesome production!

Congratulations everyone!

by Dijana Bate

Thousands of Canadian students struggle every year with mathematics, which means we are losing a generation of potential mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. In the 2012 Economist/Pearson Learning Curve survey of elementary students’ cognitive skills in math and science, Canada ranked 10th among 39 OECD countries.

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