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The Holiday Train Schedule is out!

Have you ever taken the family to see the CP Holiday Train? It’s a great way to kick off  the Holiday season! As packed and crazy it can be, it’s so much fun. One year it even snowed which made it more magical. If crowds are not your thing, you can stand at one of the train stations along the 20 like Pointe Claire, Cedar park and you can watch the train drive by lit up. By not being at the beaconsfield train station, you miss out on the entertainment, food donations and much more.


The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.

Beginning in Montreal on November 25 and 27 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 164 communities along CP’s network. Each event is free, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this holiday season.

“On behalf of the 13,000-strong family here at CP, it is my great pleasure to kick-off the 20th tour of the CP Holiday Train,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is a privilege for CP to be able to run a program like this and connect with so many communities across our network. I want to personally thank each individual who has made a donation over the past 20 years – your collective efforts have made the Holiday Train a huge success for two decades.”

The Canadian Train will depart Montreal on November 27. Kelly Prescott will join three time Juno award-winner Terri Clark and Sierra Noble to spread holiday cheer through Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to Calgary, Alta. Sam Roberts Band will then carry on through Alberta and British Columbia to the final show of the 2018 CP Holiday Train tour in Port Coquitlam on Dec. 18.

For more info on the full schedule, check out their website.



The Holiday Trail will be arriving at Beaconsfield Train Station on Tuesday November 27th at 8pm. This year’s entertainment will be Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott which starts at 8:15. Arrive early as parking is very limited.

The onboard entertainment will be from 8:15 to 8:45pm. Even Santa makes a visit!


Join the EVENT on Facebook to be reminded about this great event!


Valois Train Station in Pointe Claire is also hosting a party. Hang out there and watch the train go by. Have some hot Cocoa and enjoy the local businesses.





Have you heard of Pip & Vix Art kits for kids? Well if you haven’t- you need to know all about these amazing kits.

Spark your child’s imagination with an innovative art box from Pip & Vix Art Kits – delivered monthly! This 100% Canadian company, started by two Moms, offers subscription based art kits for kids ages 3-13+ years, designed to be fun & educational

Every month a new kit is available to stimulate your child’s creativity, while introducing different artists, techniques and art genres. The art boxes come fully loaded with tons of high quality art supplies, a lesson guide with step-by-step instructions & colour photos, and fun art facts – delivered straight to your door.



Recently, I received an art kit for my 11yr old daughter. We sat down together to work on the kit. I must say it’s pretty amazing. Opening the box and having every single item at your fingertips is wonderful! My daughter absolutely loved it.  It sparked some creativity and she was able to create the craft in her own way.

Check out our Video review to see how we enjoyed crafting together and how easy and fun it was.


You need to head over to their website and check out all the different art kits available in all ages. Start your christmas shopping today!





Dear Parents,

As the principal of the only German school in Canada educating children from all nationalities from kindergarten to high school, I am often asked: “Why a German school in Canada?”

Speaking German is no admission requirement until the age of 10 years

People are astonished when I reply that amongst our 300 students 60% do not speak German at home. Upon admission to mini-kindergarten at the age of 2 ½ years or later, most of our students know little or no German at all.

Why on earth should, for example, a Chinese or Mexican child living in Canada who has neither German parents nor ever lived in Germany, go through the hassle of learning the – admittedly sometimes complicated- German language? I then explain that our kindergarten students integrate normal German Classes and learn the language at an early age, not even noticing the excellent work their brain is performing. We admit students starting at the age of seven until age of 10/11 with little or no knowledge of German to our so-called Immersion Class, provided they are academically strong. After one year, these students will then easily integrate into the normal German curriculum (by the way, with only 10-15 students per class in the elementary school!) and eventually finish their schooling alongside with their German-native friends with the German International Baccalaureate.

The brain is like a sponge – multilingual education makes children smarter and more empathetic

Often, this leads to a stimulating conversation about multilingual education and the broadening of horizons, which goes along with multilingualism and multicultural education – not only language wise but also intellectually, culturally and socially. And no worries about not being able to help your child with German homework: In Elementary School, homework in German is done at school. We have after class study groups and a German course for parents to learn German at the same time as their child.

Finally, our conversation touches on the benefits of German culture and science. Then, I cannot help but talk about my favorite subject: our state-of-the-art science laboratory and the science and math contests, our students take part in every year with remarkable success – Leading me to a small side remark about our diverse theater, music, arts and sports after-school activities. This usually brings us to talk about the world-famous quality seal “Made in Germany”, the fact that German is the most widely spoken mother-tongue language in Europe and the European Union being the largest common market in


the world. That’s why the German Government promotes German Language learning with a network of 140 German Schools in 72 countries, teaching more than 82,000 students outside of Germany.

International School – Three Languages ​​- Two degrees

I then explain that AvH students receive a high school teaching according to German quality standards and, at the same time, an international education. In addition to German, our students learn English and French fluently. At the age of 16/17 they must make a though decision: Do they leave their friends who they grew up with to integrate CEGEP or do they stay at AvH for another year? After Grade 11 they have their Quebec High School Diploma in hand, allowing them to integrate a CEGEP and continue their studies in the Canadian educational system. Their German Language Diploma obtained at AvH will allow them to enroll at German Universities without any language test. Alternatively, and this is what most of our students decide to do, they can continue one more year at AvH and will then have the German International Abitur in hand, allowing them to directly enroll at Universities worldwide. No matter what path they choose, our AvH students are prepared to study at the most prestigious universities.

Starting small, reaching out for big

In a nutshell, our school is all about starting small, reaching out for big. Our students start at AvH at a very young age (Mini-K at 2 ½ years). Our school is like a village school in former times, beautifully located in the residential town of Baie D’Urfé in the West Island Area of Montreal: With a comfortable teacher-Student ratio of 1:12 everybody knows each other. We have one class per grade and our students often stay together for over a decade. However, our program is internationally oriented with a special focus on languages and science. Our Students regularly undertake class trips in Canada and US and to foreign countries, participate in international events and take part in all sorts of local, nation-wide and world-wide competitions. When they come out of AvH they have strong personalities, sure of themselves without being arrogant, yet aware of their strengths and capacities to excel, with a strong sensibility for social issues armed with several Diplomas, mastering at least three languages (German, English and French). Academically at the top of their game, they are prepared to integrate the most famous universities in the world and embrace the world with all the wonders and challenges life might bring to them in the future.

Limited places available in pre-K (age 3-5) and Kindergarten – Waiting List for Mini-K ( age 2.5-3)

I hope to have won your interest in our school and invite you to fill out the contact form on our webpage so one of our school representatives can contact you to discuss how your child could become a member of our AvH Family.

Sincerely yours,

Sincerely yours,


Thomas Linse

School Principal


Children’s dental health is a wide topic. As a parent, you naturally want what’s best for your children, even if they don’t always want to cooperate. Children’s oral healthcare is one area where many parents face difficulties because children are often reluctant to brush their teeth, floss, and visit the dentist. But teaching children about the significance of good oral healthcare and proper practices is an important part of being a parent because there’s a connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. For one thing, untreated gum disease can lead to a lifetime of problems with your teeth, as well as serious respiratory diseases. Because of this, dental education and proper habits should start early in life, and children should actually visit a family dentist within their first year of life, or within six months of their first tooth erupting.


There’s a great deal to teach kids about proper dental and oral healthcare, so today we’re going to go over everything you need to know about the subject, including the importance of preventative care, common issues dentists encounter with children’s teeth, treatments you can expect to receive, and the restorative services that are available at our West Island dental clinic.

Preventative Oral Hygiene Is a Key to Lifelong Overall Health

When it comes to educating children about oral healthcare and prevention, it’s important to focus not just on good practices, but also why oral health is such a big responsibility. Kids don’t necessarily need to know about the connection between gum disease and lung problems, but they should be made to understand that teeth are part of their bodies, and that good oral care is part of maintaining a healthy body. Here are some other reasons why education and prevention are so important:


  • Healthy teeth mean a healthy smile, and this increases self-confidence
  • Good oral care can prevent painful dental problems
  • Fixing and restoring teeth after the damage has been done is expensive
  • Healthy teeth mean fewer trips to the dentist
  • Strong teeth are necessary for eating and speaking properly


When kids understand why it’s so vital to keep their teeth clean, then they’ll be more likely to start good habits and maintain them for the rest of their lives. Proper oral hygiene involves daily brushing and flossing, regular trips to the dentist, and replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Practising these steps will prevent things like gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral diseases.


Toddlers and Children’s Dental Health

Dental care for infants is different than it is for toddlers and adults, and instead of using toothpaste to clean the teeth, you can rub their gums with a wet cloth or wet baby toothbrush after feeding or nursing. Pacifiers should be cleaned daily to remove bacteria. Finally, for older babies, provide a bottle of water at bedtime instead of juice or milk to prevent decay.


When your child is a toddler, it’s time to introduce them to brushing after breakfast and dinner. Be sure to use a small toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles and a non-fluoride toothpaste. Use a dollop of toothpaste that’s no bigger than a grain of rice until your child gets into the habit of spitting out the toothpaste, and then you can upgrade to a pea-sized dollop. It’s also important to get your child into the habit of flossing every day, especially if his or her teeth are touching because this can increase the likelihood of cavities.

Common Issues Seen by a Children’s Dentist

Baby Bottle Syndrome


Children’s teeth are susceptible to all the same problems as adult teeth, including cavities and tooth decay. This is referred to as baby bottle syndrome, and it most often affects the upper teeth at the front of the mouth. It’s especially common with children who often go to bed with bottles, or who are given bottles frequently as pacifiers.


The reason it happens is that bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar in milk and other drinks, and when they feed they produce an acid that’s powerful enough to damage teeth.


However, there are also other causes of baby tooth decay, including that parents can pass cavity-causing bacteria from their own mouths to their baby’s (through sharing utensils, for instance), and this can increase the chances of tooth decay and cavities. The best ways to avoid this include:


  • Not sharing utensils or otherwise passing saliva
  • Wiping your baby’s teeth after feedings
  • Not putting juice or other sugary drinks in bottles
  • Avoiding putting your baby to bed with a bottle


Thumb Sucking

Most children suck their thumbs at least for a short time, and most stop by the age of four. However, if your child’s adult teeth come in and he or she hasn’t given up the habit, then it can lead to tooth alignment problems, growth abnormalities, and even changes to the roof of the mouth. There are many tactics you can try to get your child to stop sucking his or her thumb, including praise, talking to your family dentist, and addressing potential underlying stress or anxiety.


Malocclusion refers to a number of problems with the bite, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and an upper and lower jaw that don’t meet properly. If you notice signs that your child has a bad bite, it’s important to visit a children’s dental care specialist, because early treatment is the only way to prevent further problems, such as increased risk of cavities, chipped teeth, and improper jaw development.

Treatments for Common Childhood Dental Problems

One of the most common treatments that pediatric dentists perform is filling cavities because even cavities in baby teeth need to be filled properly. The reason for this is that tooth decay is caused by bacteria that can spread, and that bacteria can even cause damage to permanent teeth before they erupt if it’s not addressed.

Another common treatment that dentists perform on children is sealing permanent molars, which involves capping molars with plastic seals to prevent cavities. Your dentist can also make recommendations regarding malocclusion, including treatment suggestions or providing a referral to an orthodontist.


Restorative Care Services from Your Trusted Family Dentist in West Island


Sometimes, restorative services are needed to fix problems like chipped teeth and other issues, and it’s important to know what services are available. If your child does chip a tooth, the procedure to correct it is similar to filling a cavity, unless it’s a front tooth, in which case a process called bonding is used. This ensures the repair isn’t noticeable when the child smiles. Like with cavities, it’s important to fix chipped teeth even if they’re baby teeth because unaddressed problems like this can lead to infections and low self-esteem.


Another restorative procedure that’s sometimes required for children’s oral healthcare is space maintainers, which are used to hold a place for a permanent tooth. This is often necessary when a baby tooth falls out early, because if other permanent teeth erupt and take up too much space, then there won’t be enough room for the tooth that fell out.


Beyond these services, our dental clinic is also capable of performing a number of other dental procedures for the whole family, including:


  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Implants
  • Bridges
  • Gum treatment


Dental health is important for overall health, but it’s also crucial for good self-esteem, having the confidence to smile and speak, and proper chewing technique. Although many children can be resistant to oral hygiene at first, starting young can help ease the process, and it will ensure that your children understand the importance of proper oral care throughout their lives.


If you do encounter any problems with your children’s dental health, there is help available nearby, and there are solutions to correct any issues and prevent future problems as well. Contact our family dental clinic in Pierrefonds today to schedule an appointment.


Centre Dentaire Pierrefonds 
13950 Boul Gouin O, #200
Pierrefonds, QC, H8Z 1Y1
(514) 624-1935


By: Robyn Maxine Eidinger


We all knew the time was coming but did we expect it too come quite so fast? I know I didn’t. It seems like only yesterday we were sleep training, bottle feeding and changing diapers. Fast forward five years, and we are preparing both physically and mentally for our not so little babies to go off to big kid school.

If you are anything like me, you have been thinking about this for quite some time. Thinking of all the ways in which you can prepare both you and your child for the transition and making endless lists to ensure nothing is forgotten. I will be completely honest, this is all new to me as well. This is my first baby that has seemingly turned into a big kid over night and I want to make sure that I have covered all my basses so that when the big day comes, we are ready or as ready as we can be.

  • Talk to them

Change, although exciting for some can be extremely challenging for others. If your child is anything like mine, then change is not something that comes easily. We have dealt with this year after year when they change classes at daycare and although she is in the same environment, knows all the kids and teachers, it is still a huge transition that requires months of pep talks. In the end, she comes around and realizes that it really isn’t that scary after all and embraces it. I am a big believer, that although they are young and might not fully understand what we are saying, it is so important to communicate. Now, not only will she be changing schools for the fist time but none of her friends are going to be attending the same school either. At first, she was petrified at the thought of starting kindergarten but she seems to have come around and after countless conversations, she finally seems excited about starting the next chapter in her life…. let’s see!

  • Making friends

Being at daycare since they were little has its benefits, but in my eyes, it also has some drawbacks. Making friends is not really a skill that is learned because the kids they are with, for the most part, are the only friends they have ever known. I know that for my little one, being in unfamiliar social settings is daunting. Although she is a very friendly and outgoing, when put in these situations, she becomes extremely shy and closed off. To try and make her transition easier and to help facilitate or jump start making friends, I have reached out to other moms via social media that have children starting kindergarten at the same school, and over the course of the summer, we have been having playdates. I am really hoping that this makes her feel more at ease school starts.

  • School supplies

How overwhelming are you all feeling about school supplies? I can remember when I was in school, school supply shopping was my favorite part of the year but now I completely understand why my mom dreaded it so much. For one, it can be quite costly! Of course, we all want our kids to be dressed in nice, new clothes on the first day, we want them to be sporting the most in style or trending running shoes, lunch bags and school bags alike. But let’s be real, it can get out of hand really fast. My approach is to just do what I can and to ensure that she has a say in what she gets. So I have been giving her 3 choices, from that she has to choose the one she wants. It’s a give and take really but it works and I’m not going broke in the process. In regards to the actual school supplies, I will be hunting for the best bargains, that is for sure! I am thankful that our school is not being overly specific with brand name items. I have been told by others, that the kindergarten supply list is nothing in comparison to other years. I guess, this is just the beginning…

  • Lunches

I have been told by many that making lunches is probably the hardest thing about leaving daycare and entering into school. I know we had it easy, at daycare my kids were given three meals and 2 snacks a day. I never had to think twice about lunches. Thankfully my little one is a good eater so I’m not overly concerned. Nonetheless, I have started to make lists of possible lunch ideas and plan on making extra at dinner time to be able to send leftovers on occasion. My plan is to prepare as much as I can on the weekend so that I really don’t have any additional stress in the morning because getting out of the house is a challenge in itself.

  • Let’s not forget about mom

So, yes, this transition will be extremely hard for the kids. It’s a new school, full of new faces, it’s to be expected. But let’s admit, it is just as hard for mom as it is for the kids. We have to come to terms with the fact that our little ones really aren’t that little anymore. That it is time to close one chapter and open another. I know I am excited, I am so proud of the person my daughter has become and I know that school with be so great for her. On the other hand, I am petrified for her. I am scared that she won’t fit in, that she won’t like her teachers, the school or just about anything. We have to remember that they sense our hesitation and fears. Please take the time for you, to prepare yourself for the transition as well. It is a huge transition for us as well, maybe not physically but definitely emotionally. My last piece of advice would be to find a way to document the big day. It might just be the beginning of kindergarten, and to some, it’s not be a big deal but to the kids, it is huge. You will appreciate having something to look back at to remember this chapter in your lives.

Keep in mind that you are not alone, all the other first-time kindergarten moms are in the same boat as you. They likely share the same excitement, fears and are just as unsure about things as you are. So, take the opportunity to connect with others and to lean on them if you have too. Who knows, you might just end up making some new, long lasting friends of your own.