Our Little Festival Has Quite a History!

This year’s Spring Festival will be Earl Haig’s 15th annual event! While we supersize the fun this year, we also aim to maintain the community-building and inclusiveness that have been part of our festival since it took root.

Members of the SAC recently chatted with Alisa, a founding organizer of our Spring Festival. Read on to learn how our little festival came to be!

Fifteen years ago during a challenging year of job actions, a group of parents wanted to end the year on a high note for the school community and came up with the idea for a festival. The event wasn’t intended as a fundraiser that year but was meant to re-connect the community. The organizing parents also wanted to make sure the event was inclusive of and welcoming to all. Diversity of food, event cost and types of planned activities were all carefully considered in that regard, and thus began The Festival of Nations! It was a great success and even made money!

As Alisa writes: “It was the start of I guess now 15 years of amazing community building. The event evolved as we added elements, adjusting and tweaking as we went along. While making much needed money for initiatives within the school, the larger purpose was always to create an inclusive event where all of our Earl Haig families felt welcome. It has always been an event that promoted the values and mandates of the school such as eco initiatives and our student talent show! It was an event where families could come and have a fun afternoon whether they were spending $50 or nothing. The food has always reflected the cultural diversity within the school and the events have been more about engagement and being active (crafts, old school games, planting flowers) than anything else.”

While fundraising is important, Alisa notes the true value: “Events like the Festival where [kids] see themselves being celebrated by the adults in their world – parents and teachers – are an important part of creating their sense of belonging in and being part of a community!”

We are thrilled to continue the tradition this year as we celebrate 15 years of our annual Spring Festival. Please lend a hand by volunteering for an hour or so and be sure to join us on Thursday, June 6th and be part of the fun (and our festival’s amazing history)!

* All Spring Festival proceeds support school initiatives and the Play EH! playground revitalization project.

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With a Little Help From Our Friends!

Our Spring Festival will be full of fun – we just need some more volunteers (especially in the 5:30pm onward slots) to make it run smoothly and give our hardworking station leads a chance to enjoy the festival… will you help? We have lots of cool stations that could use a little help, including:

  • Tuck Shop: AKA prizing central! This is where kids will come to claim their prize tickets for a variety of candy and toys.
  • Gift Basket Raffle: Volunteers needed to sell raffle tickets, and help with prizes, draws and distribution.
  • Creative Hair Design: Create fun hairstyles using temporary spray colour or pipe cleaners, gel and hairspray.
  • Arcade: Old school style fair games that the kids go bananas for. Most involve tossing a ball or bean bag to knock objects down for prize tickets. Volunteers needed to run the games and award prize tickets.

Please sign-up here.

Thanks to all the staff members and volunteers that have already so generously signed up to volunteer – we couldn’t do it without you!

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Earl Haig Happenings This Week

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a free, fun, week-long celebration for students of all ages and abilities. School participation in Bike to School Week enhances sustainability curriculum, builds community, and highlights the benefits of active transportation – like less congestion and healthy, energized students. So, let’s get on those bikes all week long!

PS – Scooters count too! And if your kiddo just wants to walk – totally cool too.

Freezie Friday!

We raised a whopping $600 for our playground at our first Freezie Friday. Don’t fear if you missed it, we’ll be back this Friday at lunchtime for another Freezie Friday (so pack a loonie!)

Big thank you to the volunteers who made our first go a success!