New Student Pizza Lunch

by lolitaschmalenberg on August 18, 2014

What’s a great way to make friends? By breaking bread together and sharing stories… or in this case- PIZZA! All new students in grades 1 – 6 are warmly invited to join Lolita Schmalenberg and Michele Moskowitz for the New Student Pizza lunches next week. This is our special time with each new student to […]

Raising Girls

by lolitaschmalenberg on May 16, 2014

What a fantastic turn out we had for the Dr. Jadis Blurton session on ‘Raising Girls’. Over 150 mothers joined us for the two hour session. With humour Dr, Blurton debunked some of the myths about women/ girls, shared relevant research to highlight the significance of the mother in a girl child’s life, discussed how conversations […]

Moving on Up!

by lolitaschmalenberg on May 7, 2014

Transitions can bring both feelings of excitement and trepidation for a student but when that transition is a move to the next division in the school these feelings are often shared by both parents and child. With this in mind we try to ease the anticipated change with two events. On May 20th all grade […]

It’s a Girl Thing

by lolitaschmalenberg on April 23, 2014

Every parent naturally wants the best for their child; the ability to make good choices, friends who are supportive and caring, strength when dealing with disappointment or tough life lessons….Self- esteem, resilience, confidence and character are values we all want our children to demonstrate. Still for our daughters sometimes the road to becoming ‘all they […]

Save the Date for Michael Thompson at CDNIS

by michelemoskowitz on February 13, 2014

March 17 and March 18 Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 500 schools as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Refer to CDNIS calendar for […]

Mind Up

by michelemoskowitz on January 28, 2014

Ms. Wilde and I are finishing up a 15 week Mind Up Pilot Program in Grade 2. What is Mind Up ? It is a program implemented in the classrooms that promotes and develops attention to oneself and others. I always say “How is what you are saying and doing effecting yourself and others around […]

Awesome Action Needs Your Help

by lolitaschmalenberg on January 10, 2014

Awesome action is a teacher lead club for students in grades 5 & 6 who want to participate in local community action and find small ways to make life a bit more awesome for people in their school community. Our large-scale project for this year is a paper drive to support a group of kids […]

Fall Parenting Workshop Starts this October

by lolitaschmalenberg on September 30, 2013

Join Michele & I as we host the 4-part comprehensive parenting course- Active Parenting Now. Designed for parents of children ages 5 – 12, Active Parenting Now helps teach parents how to raise responsible, cooperative children who are prepared to meet the challenges of the teen years. The information we’ll share is current and relevant to today’s family and […]

Welcome to another amazing school year !

by michelemoskowitz on September 9, 2013

Hello Welcome to another amazing school year at CDNIS. I look forward to seeing you during the school day or  hopefully at Curriculum Night this year. I have been teaching in several classes this year already . If you have a student in Prep be sure to ask your child about Kelso’s Choice and how […]

For families going through a separation or divorce

by lolitaschmalenberg on August 31, 2013

Divorce has a significant and lasting effect on a family and most specifically on a child. Yet, statistically speaking, the rate of marriages that end in divorce in most western nations is 40% and climbing. Of those marriages, almost 50% have children whose world has fallen apart and homes have split because of the divorce. […]

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