Back To School

Welcome back everyone.  The School Council hopes that you have all had a wonderful summer and a fantastic first week back.

Remember to stay up to date with all school events by subscribing to our Earl Haig School Council Calendar – https://earlhaigschoolcouncil.com/calendar/

The first School Council meeting will be on September 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  The meeting goes until 8:30 pm and childcare is provided.  This meeting is especially important as School Council nominations and elections will occur.
More information will be following shortly, but we are looking for people to fill the roles of: Chair/Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, e-Communications Coordinator, Ward Council Rep and Members-at-Large.
A nomination form will be available in the school office next week and we will also send one out electronically. Feel free to nominate yourself or others (with consultation with that individual first) for any of the above positions and place it in the Council mailbox in the school office.

Please click here to get more information about your School Council  https://earlhaigschoolcouncil.com/school-council/

Important School Times:

8:40 – Yard Supervision Begins
8:55 – Entry to School
10:10 – 10:25 – Recess
11:45 – 12:40 – Lunch
2:05 – 2:15 – Recess
3:25 – Dismissal
3:40 – Yard Supervision Concludes

You can get all sorts of updates on our Blog and via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

Leaving Ladies and Final News

Leaving Ladies

Hilary Gray
(She’s the one on the left)
hilaryAt our last Council meeting, Hilary Gray, our beloved Council President, announced that she would be stepping aside as President. While we are excited for Hilary’s new teaching capacity in the TDSB, we are sad that she will no longer be able to sit as president.  Hilary has promised to mentor the council and will continue to play an active role in school events. Hilary, we thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do.

This means the School Council will be looking for new leadership at the September 2015 meeting.  If you are interested in learning more about the role, or have a great idea about being a co-president with a pal, feel free to reach out to the School Council (earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com). The first School Council meeting of the new academic year will be September 15.

Ms. Ellis
ellisAs most of you will already know, Ms. Ellis has left Earl Haig.  We want to thank Ms. Ellis for being a dynamic, caring partner to the School Council. We wish her well in her sabbatical to devote more time to her family, and at her next school. We welcome Mr. McLachlan as the school’s new principal and look forward to continuing the work of the school council with him. 

There are quite a few other teachers leaving Earl Haig this year and we want to thank them for their contributions to student life at Earl Haig and their kindness in interactions with our children.

Eco Schools
Congratulations to Earl Haig for maintaining its Platinum Eco School designation!

Fundraising Survey
Thank you to everyone who has completed the fundraising survey. Your thoughts and comments are invaluable in assisting with the direction of fundraising at the school – what kind of campaigns to undertake, and where the monies should be directed. If you haven’t completed the survey yet, there is still time. Click here – the survey should not take more than 5 minutes to complete. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9PJW6CT

What’s Going On

What’s Happening
It’s bullying prevention awareness week at Earl Haig. Students are learning about how they can stand up to bullying and to not be a bystander. As part of this theme, the Empathy & Character Assembly will be happening this Friday at 2:20pm.  Mr. Long’s class and Mr. Salsman’s class will be performing skits they specially prepared on this topic.  Students are encouraged to dress up in the class colour chosen in order to Stand Up to Bullying. Talk to your children and keep the conversation going.

This weeks School Council meeting has a special guest speaker. TDSB social worker, Nina Bregman will be talking about the duty to report and Children’s Aid.
Click here for the October Council Minutes

November 18 – 7pm – School Council Meeting (Agenda Here)
November 21 – Grade 7 & 8 Immunizations
November 21 – 2:20pm – Empathy & Character Assembly
November 26 – Mental Health Fair at Gledhill PS

Save the Date: Winter Concert is on the Horizon – December 4th – 6:30 pm

Hullabaloo Update
The Hullabaloo was an incredible success again this year.  We surpassed our goal and raised $8939.  That’s $2000 more than last year.  Thanks to everyone who supported the event.  The funds will be allocated later this year, so keep an eye on future school council agendas if you’d like to take part in the discussions. Special thanks to Chris and Stephanie for leading the charge and their dedicated committee members who worked so hard to run the event.

Monarch Park Aquatics
This aquatics program is facing termination if more folks don’t use the pool.  Take a quick look at the schedule and let’s see if we can boost attendance.
Monarch Pool Schedule

Environmental Action
Please remember to send a Tupperware container or plate with students who participate in the lunch program.

Sign up for the Team Up For Green TDSB campaign and see if we can help get some more bike racks.  http://teamupforgreen.com/

The temperature is dropping! Let’s make sure the kids are warm and dry.  Please be sure to send snowpants, warm boots and mittens.  Click here to see the TDSB winter weather guidelines that show when recess will be indoors.

Special Education Support
People for Education has released a second video for parents, focusing on special education. This four minute video—generously funded by the RBC Foundation—provides an overview of the steps parents can take if they think their child may need special education.