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Ravine Wonders

At Elmwood School, the environment is a powerful teacher, inspiring endless wonder and nurturing new discoveries. Children in kindergarten through grade 3 joined together this fall to engage in field studies in our local ravine.

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Green School

This fall, students from our grade five and six classes made the trek out to the Devonian Botanic Gardens to participate in a week long venture at Green School to experience all that the gardens and natural landscape have to offer. The purpose of this week long study was to help students deepen their understanding of, and appreciation for, their local natural environments.

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Fall Treasures

I heard my teacher call my name and I know I should head back, but…

I saw an old hollow and mossy log just laying there on the path,

It was waiting to be eaten by a beaver,

I was really sad because a beaver was going to eat it.

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Welcome New Families!

Welcome to Elmwood School! We are excited by the opportunity to share with you the exemplary work students, staff and parents are engaged in across our school and community.  Elmwood School has a strong reputation for nurturing inquiry, innovation and inclusion. We have a committed and caring staff, a stimulating learning environment and a welcoming family atmosphere.  Elmwood is a place where everyone belongs!


Principal's Message

                                   “Someday is made up of a thousand tiny nows.

                                                                                                                         ~Leigh Standley


Dear Families,

We warmly welcome you to a new school year at Elmwood. Our staff began our year inspired by the words of Spencer Johnson in the Precious Present, who reminds us to be attentive to the marvelous possibilities that surround us each day when we are fully present with children.

                                    “every marvelous possibility is a bundle of very little things"  ~Leigh Standley

We also spent time reflecting on the value of creating loving learning contexts for children and drawing on the power of positive relationships. Each staff member thought carefully about what they would inspire in the hearts of children this year. Please come check out the powerful commitments displayed by our staff in the front hallway of our school.

                                                             "Touch a heart...Change a heart."   ~eric telchin

Elmwood school is a place where our children can deepen their love and compassion for one another and for the world around them. Family, school and community provide our children the rich resources and care they require to make a difference and to realize their dreams for the future.

The children and families of Elmwood bring beauty to our school community through their diversity. We look forward to coming to know our new families in the weeks and months ahead and reconnecting with our returning families as well. We thank all of our families for supporting us in creating a rich and welcoming place for everyone at Elmwood.

As your school principal, I am both a mother of two school-age boys and a dedicated educator. Parents and caregivers place tremendous trust and faith in the school and those who care for their children. Your children will always be at the center of our "relational work" at Elmwood. We look forward to growing with all of you as we inspire new possibilities in the hearts and minds of our children.

"Child, give me your hand

That I may walk in the light

                                Of your faith in me."            ~Hannah Kahn

Karen Keats Whelan, Ph.D.


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