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

Take a Survey … and have your say

festivalCommunity Festival a Huge Success
We are waiting for all the last expense receipts to be handed in, but thank you to everyone for another fantastic Earl Haig Festival! The weather was amazing, the events were a hit, everyone had a blast. We hear the Festival raised more than the previous year.

None of this would succeed without the planning committee, which started working months ago, the participation of the staff, and all the students and parents and guardians who came out on a Thursday evening to have a lot of fun in the school yard!  Click here for photos!

School Play Day
Wednesday June 17 is the School Play Day. Juniors and Intermediates will be cutting loose in the school yard in the morning, and the FDK and Primary students will have their fun in the sun in the afternoon. Please make sure your child is slathered in sunscreen, and has a hat and water bottle, as well as appropriate footwear for running, jumping, and whatever else the Intermediate students and teachers have up their sleeves.

Fundraising Success and a Survey
As the school year draws to a close we want to thank every member of the school community who has donated their time by unloading pumpkins at 6 a.m., baking cupcakes, making display boards for magazine sales, contacting businesses for donations, and any other activity required for our fundraising activities.

In the last 3 – 5 years School Council Funds have paid for:
iPads and cases
“Elmo” projectors
Sound System in the gym (portable for other events too)

Sports jerseys
Gym mats
OPHEA certified safety goggles
Basketball net and installation

Theatre productions
Anti-bullying assemblies/presentations
Scientist in the Classroom
Speakers (Literacy, Numeracy, Mindfulness)

Now we would like your input on what activities are working, which ones could use a re-fresh, and new ideas we haven’t tried before. Please take 5 minutes to answer this short survey. *Please, staff and current parents/guardians of Earl Haig students only**  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9PJW6CT

braveryTeam Thatcher
Thatcher is a student in Ms. Petropoulos’s Full Day Kindergarten Class. Thatcher has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been out of school receiving treatment at Sick Kids.These bravery beads belong to Thatcher – he gets a bead for every holiday spent in hospital, and for procedures such as chemotherapy, having blood drawn, or other tests and procedures.

Join Team Thatcher and run or walk 1km with them on June 21st (yes, it’s Father’s Day but the event is at 9 a.m.) to raise money for cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  Can’t join them? Consider sponsoring the team.  Sign up details here:

Other ways you can help:
1.  Avoid sending really ill children to school (Not the green runny nose that lasts for weeks, but anything which will really affect an already compromised immune system).
2.  For the adults – Donate blood and register with OneMatch Stem Cell Network. The health care system relies on blood, plasma and platelet donations.
3.  Educate yourself and your children – A diagnosis of cancer, while serious and frightening, does not necessarily mean incurable.
4.  Inform the school if anyone in your family has a cancer diagnosis or new serious chronic illness. The teachers and support staff are with your child for 8 hours a day and can offer support and insight into how your child is coping.
            Full Disclosure – the author of this excerpt is an employee of Princess
Margaret Cancer Centre.

 School Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 pm.
Agenda Minutes Here

Donna Quan’s Letter Home
If you have not seen this letter yet, as a result of work action,  there will be no report cards issued within the TDSB this school year. Students will receive a letter regarding their placement for the next year.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Ellis directly.
TDSB No Report Card Letter

Parents and Guardians: Please be advised that although you may not receive a comprehensive report card this year, you are still entitled to contact your child’s teacher and request an interview to go over your child’s end of year assessment.
Earl Haig: #416-393-1640


The First Week in June

Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 9.34.55 PMEarl Haig’s Butterflies made the News!



Stewart Craven – last week’s guest speaker on the topic of mathematics – knocked the socks off the parents who were able to attend.  For those of you that missed this fantastic workshop, Stewart has kindly shared a brief summary of his talk and all the resources he spoke about.
Earl Haig Workshop 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.37.43 PM The Spring Festival is on Thursday, June 4th @ 3:30 pm.
Bakers are still need for the Cake Walk.  Please email:  cakewalkeh@gmail.com if you can bake a cake for this great event.

We are still collecting Jars filled with surprises, wine bags filled with bottles and gently used purses for the purse sale. Click here to find out how you can help out.

jumpRopeForHeartJune Play Dates
As always, our fantastic Phys Ed team (with some help from the grade 8s) will organize the annual June Play Date.
June 16th – Play Day – The Junior intermediates will be in the am.  The primaries and kindies will be in the pm.
(June 17th – Play Day Rain Date)

School Council
See how busy your School Council has been this year.  All our agendas and minutes are listed on our site.

Other Information from Beyond our Walls:
Fix Our Schools Organization:  Parents advocating for a vision of safe, well-maintained TDSB schools.  Check it out at the link below.