Welcome to November, a month to remember.

100 Year anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields

Remembrance Day Assembly

All are invited to attend the school Remembrance Day Assembly on November 11 at 9:10 in the morning. Poppies and poppy stickers will be available. Donations to the Poppy Fund are welcome.

French Immersion (for Senior Kindergarten 2016-217)

Earl Haig will be hosting an information evening on November 19 at 6 pm for those interested in Senior Kindergarten French Immersion for the next academic year. Registration is open now and must be completed by December 3, 2015. For more information or to begin the registration process visit http://bit.ly/1eC6wmg

PA Day – No classes on November 13th

A reminder that next Friday, November 13th is a PA Day.  If you are still looking for something to occupy your little Eagle on the 13th, here are some local activities:

Pumpkin Patch Report

A sure sign that Fall is in full swing at Earl Haig is the arrival of the Annual Pumpkin Patch, and once again, this year’s event was a huge success! Thanks to the fantastic volunteers who got up in the wee hours of the morning to unload pumpkins, bake muffins, and spend the day with our community selling all of the orange beauties and baked goods! We raised $1166.23 which will go towards enriching the learning environment of all Earl Haig students. A special thank you to Wendy Cullen (our #1 lunchroom lady) who started the Pumpkin Patch tradition 10 years ago – long live the Earl Haig Pumpkin Patch!

Bordenball Champions!

This fall a team of 17 grade 6-8 Earl Haig girls were conference finalists at the TD East Bordenball championships.  Way to go girls!  Earl Haig is proud of you, as is Mr. Taylor.  IMG-20151106-01847

Which leads us to the second us the second question … what the heck is Bordenball?  Bordenball is a high intensity sport that melds the skills of European handball, ultimate frisbee and basketball.  Designed at Camp Borden (hence its funny name) to intensify soldier’s workouts.  According to Mr. Taylor, its an excellent game to enhance girls fitness, play outside and develop the skills for basketball.

Way to go Earl Haig Bordenball girls!

Getting to know…Principal Andrew McLachlan

Principal McLachlan
Principal McLachlan

Mr. McLachlan is one of the Danforth’s own, a Danny Boy as they (well, only me really) would say.  As a child Mr. McLachlan played in East Lynn Park, cross country skied in Taylor Creek and spent hours at S. Walter Stewart Library.  In fact, before coming to Earl Haig, Mr. McLachlan (or Mr. McDanny as some (again, only me) call him) was the principal at nearby Gledhil P.S., the very school he attended as an elementary student!

An owner of 12(!) bicycles, Mr. McLachlan personifies an active, outdoor-loving lifestyle.  As a student at Queens University, he studied Outdoor and Experiential Education.  He then began his teaching career at a Toronto Outdoor Education Centre, where among other things, he tapped trees to make maple syrup, hiked provincial parks and kept bees.

As a classroom teacher, Mr. M advocated the importance of getting students out in to the world to ‘learn on their feet’, allowing them to “grow as whole people”.  And for the kids here at Earl Haig, he sees a world of opportunity to connect with our vibrant community and explore all that Toronto has to offer, from The Beach to the ROM.

With his first few months at Earl Haig under his belt, Principal McLachlan is very appreciative of the warm welcome he has received.  He enjoys being able to visit each classroom to engage with the students and teachers (and is especially impressed with how many kindergarten students can properly pronounce “McLachlan”!)  He looks forward to getting to know each student at Earl Haig by name.

If you have any questions about the school, or if you just want to chat about the neighborhood, Principal McLachlan invites you to stop by his office.

School Photo Re-take Day – November 10 from 9-12 in the morning.

Next School Council Meeting – Tuesday November 17 at 7:00.

Stay in touch – You can get all sorts of updates  via our Twitter account @EarlHaigCouncil  and Facebook page http://on.fb.me/20yB1TH

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