Save the date – School Winter Concert! Dec 10 at 6:30 in the gym. Please note that to accommodate the 150 kindergarten students in the school this year’s concert structure is a little different. The Kindergarten students will perform from 6 – 6:30, then there will be a brief intermission to allow the students and their families to leave the gym and head home if they so choose. In past years we have asked everyone to stay, but this year you have permission to head out. Grade 1 – 8 classes (room 19 & 21, 22, 26 Recorders and 27) along with the Earl Haig Singers, Glee Club, Ukelele Club and Band will take the spotlight from 6:45 – 8:00.
Check out the Lost and Found!
Why not look for that missing mitten or shoe while at the Winter Concert? Newly labelled bins make the Lost and Found easier to navigate. Thanks to Ms. Shea and Mr. McLachlan for bringing order to chaos.
Supporting our Community
Visit the school’s front lobby and you will find a very special pine tree presented by the Earl Haig Public School Community and the Me to We Club. This holiday tree is the hub for our donations of much needed goods for Community Centre 55’s Annual Share a Christmas Programme.
The Centre is collecting items for four of their initiatives:
- The Annual Food Drive: Please send pre-packaged foods in boxes, tins or bottles.
- Teen Angel Programme: Teenaged children often get missed in our enthusiasm to give to the very young. We hear that gift cards are high on the wishlist of teens!
- Pet Lover’s Programme: Four legged, furry family members need our support too! Pet food, treats and toys are greatly appreciated by pet owners in need.
- Holiday Tree: Let’s help keep our neighbours comfy and cozy by donating new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves.
Donations will be accepted until Monday, December 14th.
Last call for QSP
Get those orders in, this is the last weekend for the official campaign! QSP sells virtual and paper magazines, excellent for reading, collages, and cutting up to illustrate school projects. The school code is 3721016.
Minions – Movie Night
Wow! Thank you to the intrepid organizing committee and ALL the students and their adults who attended the sold out showing of Minions. It was inspiring to see all the families streaming towards the school last Friday evening. Pizza and veggies were eaten, Sponge Bob prizes were won, and everyone had a great time. Stay tuned for more Movie Nights in 2016. (But one more time – thank you to the organizers Nicole Lambe, Tamara Robertson, Andrea Szego and Andria Keen!!)
Fix Our Schools
“Did you know that there is $15-billion of disrepair in Ontario’s public schools? This means schools with classrooms that are too hot or too cold, ceilings that are leaking, windows that need replacing and countless other repair items that aren’t visible until they become a problem. You won’t know a school boiler should have been replaced 4 years ago until it conks out in the middle of winter and school is closed!
With a new federal government that has promised increased funding for infrastructure, there is going to be new money flowing to Ontario. Fix Our Schools wants to ensure that public schools benefit from this new money.
So now is the right time to let our provincial government know that we want to see an increase in infrastructure investment in Ontario’s public schools!
If you are concerned about the state of disrepair in Ontario’s schools, please participate in the letter writing campaign launched by the Fix Our Schools campaign: http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=33ed0a98313433d8705b1afd3&id=47da554d03&e=22a5b0472a . All you need to do is click the links, enter your local MPP’s email address, your name and your mailing address. Very easy!”
Thanks from Krista, Co-Founder – Fix Our Schools
Mr. Taylor: The King of Borden Ball
Going into Mr. Taylor’s grade 3 gym class the student’s enthusiasm for is clearly palpable as they all wiggle and squirm waiting for the announcements to be over so the gym class can start. It’s easy to see why Mr. Taylor is such a well-loved teacher. When asked what they think about Mr. Taylor, the students all shout to me that they love him, he is “fun”, “funny” and he “gives lots of parachute time”.
Mr. Taylor has been teaching at Earl Haig for 7 years. His favourite sport to coach is track and field because it’s so diverse, but he loves coaching all the sports. While Mr. Taylor likes to win, his philosophy is to make sure everyone is included. “Winning is enjoyable” he says, but “it’s not the first goal”. His main emphases are teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship over winning.
Originally from Scarborough, Mr. Taylor did his undergraduate degree at Trent University. He followed that up with degrees at Queens and OISE for Education. He is currently doing an MA in International Education at Charles Sturt University (yes it’s Sturt, not Stuart – seriously) in Australia, hoping to maybe teach overseas one day, something I am sure his young sons Wes (age 6) and Mateo (age 3) would love. Secretly I am suspecting that Mr. Taylor really wants to go overseas so he can bring Borden Ball to the rest of the world. Go Mr. Taylor!
Next School Council Meeting – Wednesday, January 20.
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