The wonderful teachers at Building Blocks Nursery School , a privately owned school in Brampton that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this school year, were told on Wednesday May 4th that their lease will not be renewed at Heart Lake United Church for this September. Historically, the church has renewed the lease every year in February/ March timeframe. The school, which offers half day pre-school, junior and senior kindergarten programs to a maximum of 48 students per half day, has 90% enrollment for this coming fall.
The children in the area need this school and so do their parents. The teachers are so caring and loving not only to the children but to the parents as well. Everyday the teachers talk to parents at drop off and pick up. We know everything that is going on in the classroom and how our children are learning. We know what areas to help them with – academically and socially. We know that our children are ready for grade one (english or french immersion) and full days of school when they leave Building Blocks as they are taught to listen, ask questions, as well as social skills. The teachers are engaged in their program – they refine it every summer. Since I started being a parent at the school 7 years ago, the teachers have introduced Super Brain Yoga, science experiments, new games and music and art. The children love going to school – they are excited to be in the classroom. Joanne Freer and Karen Sanger, the principle teachers and owners of Building Blocks, show their passion for their students everyday. “There is such a great satisfaction in helping children discover all their strengths, and at the same time observing their sense of wonder”, says Joanne.
Without any advanced warning, the 2 board members dropped in during the school 1 hour lunch time to deliver the news to the teachers who had to continue teaching that afternoon while still reeling from the news. The week before Joanne Freer and her husband had been in the classroom on Easter Monday doing some repairs to the school equipment. One of the church board members was there as well – saying that they were planning to replace the carpets and paint the school rooms and was asking Joanne what colour she would like the classroom. Clearly not everyone knew the board’s decision. The school has been operating in Heart Lake United Church for over 10 years. Previous to that they held their classes in another church in the area.
As a parent of children in the school and believer in engaged education, I am appealing to you for your help. Please pass this story on to local news and government officials to gain their coverage and support to help us appeal to the church’s board and their Christian morals.
In the meantime, if you know of any space – other organizations – that are looking for a reliable tenant with impeccable values please contact the school at 905-846-3305 or email: email@example.com