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.


Speaking, Skipping & Snacking

The Grade 8 Cookie Sale is Wednesday May 6th. Send your cookie monsters with $1 to help out the Grade 8 Graduates.

Guest Speaker
The School Council is excited to be hosting guest speaker, Dana Chapman as she discusses  Exploring Wellness: An introduction to mindfulness and it’s role in supporting children’s resiliency and sense of well being.  Dana is an experienced TDSB teacher, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist and her talk comes with incredible reviews. We hope that you’ll be able to take time out of your busy schedule to join us (childcare is provided).

Thursday May 14th
Earl Haig Public School
7 pm – 8:15 pm
(This evening is for parents and caregivers and is sponsored by the The Ontario Ministry of Education Parents Reaching out Grant.)

Jump Rope for Heart – Get a Free Skipping Rope online
May 22, 2015
9 – 11 am
You should have received your Jump Rope for Heart package in your ‘backpack mail’ this week.  Register your child online to receive a free skipping rope!
Head to http://jumpropeforheart.ca
Click DONATE and then click ONTARIO
Click DONATE again and find Earl Haig in the list.
Follow the instructions to sign the waiver and register your child

Lunch and Snack Programme
Please remember to send in your donations for the school’s lunch and snack programme.  As we get close to the end of the school year, the funds are diminishing.
Tax receipts are available for cheques over $10 that are made out to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.  Please record your name, your child’s name address and classroom number on the cheque.
Cash and cheques made out to Earl Haig Public School Lunch Programme are also accepted.
Suggested Donation Amounts
Lunch Programme with milk:  $2.50 /day
Lunch Programme w/out milk:  $2 /day
Snack Programme:  $1 /day
As always – thank you so much for all your support.

Special Mention:
Thank you to all the parents, students and faculty for pitching in last Saturday to paint butterflies and clean the yard.  The students have already started painting their own butterflies during their class time and are excited to see their creations fly onto the fence.  Thanks to Ms. Sanderson for putting this all together.

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