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.

Spooky Business

Pumpkin Patch 2013This is it folks. Pumpkins Pumpkins. Get your Pumpkins!
This great event is anticipated by students in all grades. You won’t even recognize the Kindergarden playground it will be so full of pumpkins.
Buy a pumpkin in the morning and pick it up after school.
Buy some fresh baked muffins and be the most-loved person in your office.
Pumpkins and baked goods go on sale at 7:30 am.
Hullabaloo tickets will also be on sale at the bake sale table.

Coming Up:
October 23 – The Annual Pumpkin Patch (and bake sale)
October 23 – Vision and Hearing Clinics
October 24 – Respect/Responsibility Character Assembly on Friday morning following the announcements.  Rooms 21 and 15 will be presenting.  Parents are welcome to join in
October 31 – Halloween Parade – 9:40 am.
November 7 – 2nd Annual Hullabaloo and Silent Auction

Congratulations Cross Country Runners! 

Cross Country Hug Seventeen students went on to participate in the Cross Country finals at Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, October 20th.  Honourable mention goes out to two of our Grade 3 students; Ingrid placed 14th and Ethan placed 3rd! Congratulations to all participants, parents and teachers! Way to go Eagles!  Over 100 students came out every morning to practice and run over the last few weeks. Thank you to the parents and teachers who supported them.  We had a fabulous showing and are very proud of all of our students.

Halloween Parade
Get a couple of wears out of that Spiderman or Elsa costume. On Friday, October 31st, we will be having our annual Halloween Parade at 9:40am outside on the track. Children are encouraged to wear their favourite costume.  Classes will be invited to the gym for a Halloween Dance!  The `Me to We’ group would like to “Scare Away Hunger” by collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank.  Food donations will be accepted at the front of the school and go towards Community Centre 55.

Hullabaloo – November 7
Lunch with Ms. Collins and Ms. Vlachos for you child?  A trip to the AGO with Ms. Sanderson?  How about a tea party with Mr. Bush and Ms. Kajak?  Those are some of these amazing priceless items up for auction.

Check out our Blog page to learn all about this incredible event and find out what items you can bid on.

Other Business
Help TDSB schools earn 500 new bike racks.

Information for French Immersion in the TDSB

DECA’s 5th Annual Pumpkin Parade

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33 Days of School

We have just passed the 33rd day of school (according to the JK students I spoke to today) and the activities at Earl Haig are coming in fast and furious.

What’s Coming Up:
October 20th
– Cross Country Finals
We have about 17 athletes competing at this meet – A new record for the Eagles.  The meet takes place at Ashbridges Bay.  Please have your child(ren) at school by 8:10am on Monday.
October 18 – Monarch Park 50th anniversary celebrations
October 19 – QSP Campaign Ends
October 23 – Pumpkin Patch
October 23 – Vision and Hearing Clinics
October 24 – Respect and responsibility assembly
November 7 – 2nd Annual Hullabaloo and Silent Auction

QSP Magazine Sales
We are almost at the $5000 mark.  Well done everyone! The more we sell the more our profit margin increases.  Good news as well because the campaign has been extended to Sunday October 19th.  Please place your magazine renewals on or before the 19th so that any funds raised can be used this school year for our Physical Education program.  Any orders placed after the 19th will count towards next years fundraising goal.
Orders can be placed at:  http://www.qsp.ca/Login/Index
Please use the code:  3721016

Pumpkin Patch
The annual Pumpkin Patch Planning is in full swing.  Bakers – We Need You!  We are looking for bakers to contribute items that can be sold at the bake sale table.  Please sign up at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/1015650068079 if you are able to bring something.  All baked goods must be nut free and breakfast type items are preferred.  Please bring the items to the office on 22nd or at the beginning of the Pumpkin Patch on the morning of the 23rd.
Not sure what you should bake, take a look at the TDSB approved cookbook.
Click here for a link to the TDSB cookbook.

When:  October 23
Where:  Kindergarden play area
Time: Pumpkins go on sale at 7:30am.
Coffee is free!
For all the details check out our flyer.

Hullabaloo and Silent Auction
This adult focused fundraising event is a silent auction with some pretty amazing items up for bid.  This is the perfect opportunity to meet other parents while supporting your school.  Last year over $7000 in funds were raised and used throughout the school.
Check out what snapd magazine had to say about last years event.

We are still looking for donations that can be auctioned so if you have a particular skill and are willing to share your time or expertise, let earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com know.

Tickets are on sale now. Come by the bake sale table at the Pumpkin Patch or you can email us at  earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more times to buy tickets and check out our line up of items here:

When:  November 7
Where:  Coxwell Legion
Time: 7:30 pm.

Other Business
The meeting minutes from the September council meeting have been posted on the blog. http://goo.gl/8ARqew

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 8th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference
Registration is open now at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/HowtoGetInvolved/Conferences.aspx 
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Earl Haig SS from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Keynote speaker J. Richard Gentry, PH. D., a former university professor and elementary school teacher and author of “Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write” will deliver the keynote on Raising Confident Readers from K-12.