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

January & February are busy months at Earl Haig: Check it Out!

Ms Ellis Jan & Feb Dates

School Starts September 3rd, Welcome Back!

Welcome to the new school year at Earl Haig Public School!  Please find a message from our principal, Olga Ellis, regarding the start of the year!

Just a reminder that the Earl Haig School Council is having a ‘Welcome Back’ Coffee & Cookie Drop-In in the school yard this Friday, September 6th from 8:30am-9:30am. And the first Earl Haig School Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00pm in the school library.
September 3, 2013

Dear Earl Haig PS Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to our Earl Haig families and a warm welcome to the new families joining us.  Our staff and caretakers have been busily preparing our school and classrooms in anticipation of the 2013-2014 school year.  We look forward to working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning journey.   Our staff will be out to welcome you on the school yard with their class lists at 8:55 am for entry.  If it is raining, Gr.1-8 students will be invited down to the lunchroom.  Students would have had their classroom numbers appear on their June report.   Yard supervision begins at 8:40 am for Grades 1-8.

Please have your child bring their own lunch, drinks (water bottle) and snacks to school for the first week.  We are an Eco school that encourages Litterless Lunches.  We also have students with serious Anaphylactic allergies to nuts and nut products.  Please assist us in helping to keep our school nut free.  Our lunchroom program (Gr.1-8) and K snack program will commence on Monday September 9, 2013 for those families that are interested.

Kindergarten Families: Our Kindergarten team will be out to meet you and your child at 8:55am on the north west end of the school. In the case of rain, families may come in the front doors at 8:55am and gather outside the K classes at that time. A reminder that parents are required to supervise their K children until entry pick-up at 8:55 am.  Mr. Boyd and Ms. Diez will be dismissing their classes at the front of the school and Ms. Dew will be using the door closest to her class Door 1C. Ms. Roknic’s class will be using Door 2 for dismissal on the south side of the school.

We have placed our K classes in the following rooms in order to be prepared to receive and welcome your children in anticipation of our new wing:

Mr. Boyd with Ms. Campbell-Merriam     Room 10      Lunch Supervisor-Ms. Khan

Ms. Diez and Ms. Stankovic                       Room 2        Lunch Supervisor-Ms. Chaudhry

Ms. Roknic with Ms. Dahlgren                   Room 6        Lunch Supervisor-Ms. Jan

Ms. Dew with Ms. Pang                              Room 5        Lunch Supervisor-Ms. Desai

In addition to the team of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and K Lunchroom Supervisors joining us, we welcome the following staff who have joined or are returning to our school:

Ms. Shea – Vice-Principal

Ms. Duncan- French Teacher, returning from leave

Ms. Cauchi- Literacy Media/Resource Teacher (long term occasional for Ms. Normandeau)

Ms. Iliadis- Home School Program Teacher

Mr. Caspi- Junior MID Teacher (long term occasional for Ms. Reisler)

Ms. Antoniadis- Special Education Educational Assistant

Mr. Matchett- Grade 8 Teacher (long term occasional for Ms. Simon)

Ms. Westbrook- Grade 1 Occasional Teacher (opening for Mr. Bush)

Look out for the first week packages going home with your child.

Our Parent Council is inviting all of our families out to a Welcome Back Meet and Greet with coffee and cookies on Friday September 6th from 8:30am to 9:30am in the school yard.

We look forward to a successful year of learning and fun at Earl Haig PS!

Sincerely,

Ms. Ellis

Olga Ellis

Principal

Earl Haig Public School

15 Earl Haig Avenue

Toronto, M4C 1E2

Tel: (416)393-1640

Fax:(416)393-1643

olga.ellis@tdsb.on.ca