Our Spring Festival Needs JARS and Anxiety Event Reminder

School spring festival help needed – we need JARS!

A long time festival favourite with Earl Haig students is back this year, the JARS! If you are new to the Festival, we are here to explain the Jars phenomenon.Jars-SpringFestival

  • Find an empty clean jar. (Empty jars (with lids) can be donated to, or picked up for filling from, the Office.)
  • Fill the jar with fun, new or like-new kid friendly items. (*see below for some ideas!)
  • Bring the jar to the school office prior to the Spring Festival (from now until May 30)
  • The Festival Elves will number every single jar!
  • On the day of the Festival buy tickets for the activities, stand in the Jars line**, when it is your turn hand in ONE ticket and you will pick a number. The jar with the corresponding number will be located by the volunteers and given to you.

* Ideas for jars: wrapped candies, crayons, lip balm, marbles, sidewalk chalk, small plastic toys, new in the container playdough, seed packets, beads, magnetic letters, post it notes, unfrozen freezies, craft supplies, toy cars, small rubber balls, band aids, erasers…anything child friendly that will fit in a jar.

** Jars have THREE release times, 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00.

Many students look forward to getting their festival jar all year long.  This is one festival fixture which depends on the contributions of ALL Earl Haig families. We have over 450 students at Earl Haig – that’s a lot of jars!  We rely on jar donations from everyone to ensure no child leaves the jar line disappointed!   We welcome separate donations of empty jars and kid friendly surprises.  Our volunteers will match up these donations prior to the festival to make sure the jar demand is met and then some!

Event reminder: “Helping Your Child Cope with Stress and Anxiety”

Just a reminder that Earl Haig School Council’s event: “Helping Your Child Cope with Stress and Anxiety” is taking place tomorrow night at 7:00PM in the Music Room. Join us to hear Child and Youth Counsellor and mental health advocate Jennifer Kay deliver a talk on childhood anxiety. Childcare is provided.

Our Next School Council Meeting Plus ‘Helping Your Child Cope with Stress and Anxiety’


Please join us!

Come join us at our next School Council meeting this Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:00PM in the Music Room! Do you have any questions for Principal McLachlan? Send them his way in advance of the meeting using this quick and easy form.

As always, childcare will be available.

Earl Haig School Council presents: Helping Your Child Cope with Stress and Anxiety

Please join us this Thursday, May 17, 7 – 9 pm in the Earl Haig P.S. Music Room (childcare will be provided) to hear Child and Youth Counsellor and mental health advocate, Jennifer Kay, deliver a talk on childhood anxiety.


  • how to help your child create the tools needed for a lifetime of wellness
  • techniques to help alleviate minor everyday anxieties and stress
  • how to develop a safe structure within the home environment
  • when to seek professional help
  • and much more

We hope to see you there!

Let’s Go, Marlies!

Just a reminder that this Saturday, March 24, we are heading to Ricoh Coliseum to see The Toronto Marlies take on The Belleville Senators (game time is 4pm).

If you purchased tickets for the game, be sure to check backpacks this week for a handout with location, ticket pick-up and post-game family skate details.

If your child’s name was drawn for one of 40 spots in the pre-game fan tunnel, you will be contacted via phone or email.

It should be a great game and we’re especially looking forward to hearing the Earl Haig Choir sing during intermission!

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Play, Eh! Help Us Redesign Our Eastern School Yard!


Before our Earl Haig community heads off for a fun and safe March break, we wanted to make sure you knew about an upcoming meeting about our very exciting eastern school yard redesign.

Please join us for this collaborative session focussed on the renewal and transformation of our eastern school yard. We want to hear your input and creativity on how to redesign the best possible space for our school and community!

The meeting runs from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, on Thursday, March 22nd, at the school. Please RSVP to Vice-Principal Richard Ng if you are able to attend.

Have a wonderful March break!


Looking Ahead to March

We’ve had a fantastic February – both weather-wise and in terms of our cupcake sale, which raised $900 (thanks to some sweet-toothed students!) – and we are now looking ahead to a busy and fun March!

Food Around the World

First up, tomorrow, March 1st, we have our wildly popular Food Around the World potluck. It will run from 6-8pm in the gymnasium. Bring a labelled nut-free dish to share, your own cutlery and plates, and get set to learn some new dance moves courtesy of Culture Shock Dance Troupe.

Let’s Go Marlies!

Next up, a reminder that Friday, March 2nd is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Toronto Marlies game on March 24th. Please send in the order form to your child’s teacher or the main office. It’s sure to be a fun game!

Call for Volunteers for the Spring Festival!

Lastly, we are hosting a volunteer kick-off meeting this Sunday, March 4th for our spring community festival (happening May/June – date to be confirmed soon).

The festival is always the most anticipated event of the year at Earl Haig PS! It’s hosted in our school yard and is loaded with food, fun, games, and entertainment all while raising much needed funds for our school! There are tons of ways for you to help make this event a success, (both before and during the event) like food prep, game set-up, volunteer to work festival stations, or help supply prizes and/or baked goods.

Whether you’re able to attend the kick-off meeting or not, please send Hilary a note if you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s festival. We can only make these great events happen with your support!


Reminder: RSVP for your seat at The Toronto Marlies game!

Just a reminder to RSVP by Friday, March 2nd to attend The Toronto Marlies game on March 24th (4pm start) with other members of Earl Haig PS. Please submit the order form that was sent home in mailbags to your teacher or to the main office by Friday. Tickets are $22 each and you can buy as many as you would like.

It’s sure to be a great game! Our very own Earl Haig Choir will be singing during intermission, there will be a family skate on the ice afterward (7pm – 7:50pm), and 40 students will be picked via a lottery draw to participate in the pre-game Fan Tunnel.

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MMMmmm… Our Food Around The World Potluck is Back!

foodAroundTheWorldGraphic-01Put your chef’s hat on and prepare a dish to share with your friends in the Earl Haig community!

Once again, families and staff are invited to our wildly popular Food Around the World potluck taking place on Thursday, March 1, from 6-8pm, in the gymnasium.

Bring a dish to share from your cultural background or simply one that your family loves to eat. Whether it’s a main dish, salad or dessert…everything will be appreciated and enjoyed. (Pizza will also be on hand.)

Please bring your own cutlery and plates and clearly label any serving dishes. Remember, all dishes must be nut-free. Please label any other special dietary considerations (gluten-free, egg-free, etc.) that your dish may include.

Afterward, Culture Shock Dance Troupe will rock our bodies and teach us some new moves!