Halloween at Earl Haig

Halloween is gearing up at Earl Haig and we have a couple of additional school community initiatives to share with you.

Halloween for hunger food drive

The Earl Haig PS community is collecting non-perishable food items until October 31st in support of Community Centre 55. Collection boxes can be found in front of the school’s office. Please consider giving what you can to help scare away hunger.

Suggestions of items to donate include:

  • Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces.
  • Canned meats and fish.
  • Meat alternatives (peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts)
  • Canned goods (beans, soups, stews)
  • Canned and powdered milk
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Infant foods and baby formula
  • Pet Food

Take ’em or leave ’em costume swap

Costume swap sign

From now until Halloween, drop off unneeded costumes on the costume swap table located outside the office and walk away with a boo-tiful new-to-you costume for your kiddo this Halloween!  It’s a take ’em or leave ’em swap, so you can pick up a costume even if you don’t have one to donate. Please stop by!


Happy hauntings!

Pumpkin Patch Volunteers Needed!

We need your help to make our annual Pumpkin Patch on October 25th a great success!

Volunteer on Pumpkin Patch day

The fun begins early with unloading the pumpkins and transforming the Kindergarten playground into a Pumpkin Patch. Then, we need volunteers to sell the pumpkins and baked goods throughout the morning! Will you help? We sure hope so! Please sign up online with the shift (or shifts!) that work for your schedule: http://signup.com/go/LpZcDuJ

Volunteer ahead of time

Want to help but can’t volunteer at the event? You’re in luck! We will need bakers to donate a breakfast friendly baked good (please, no nuts!). Bakers can bring their yummy goods to the office the day before or to the Kindergarten yard the morning of the sale.

As always, thanks for your help!

pumpkins leaves baking utensils

Ward 16 School Trustee All Candidates Meeting

Candidates for Ward 16 School Trustee will be speaking at an all-candidates meeting tonight (Monday, October 15th) at 7:30 PM at D.A. Morrison Middle School (271 Gledhill Avenue). If you’re still undecided about your school trustee vote in our upcoming election (on October 22nd) and are able to come out this evening – please check it out.

TDSB all candidates meeting flyer Ward 16

Introducing Your 2018-19 Earl Haig School Council!

EH Butterfly

Please welcome the 2018-19 executive team for your Earl Haig School Council!


  • Barb Bower
  • Shannon Butcher

Past Chair

  • Andrea Szego


  • JoAnne Gould


  • Nicole Lambe
  • Stephanie Little

Communications Team

  • Michelle Loney
  • Melinda McCaffrey
  • Karen Simpson

Ward Reps

  • Susanne Chung-Yee
  • Sarah Farrell
  • Andrew Simpson

Members at Large

  • Jen Barnes
  • Nupur Deonarine
  • Pilar Hernandez
  • Sally Jacquart
  • Khanh Le
  • Dmitri Melamed
  • Emma Rohmann
  • Christopher Vincente

Since school council elections are now over, it is safe to attend school council meetings for the rest of the year!

Remember, you do not need to be part of the executive committee or a member at large to attend – we encourage all parents or caregivers to join us. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 PM (childcare is provided) to learn more about what the staff, parents and community are contributing to the education of Earl Haig’s student body. Have a great idea for a new initiative at the school? Fancy forming a fabulous fundraiser but can’t make the council meeting? Then please email your ideas or questions to earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com!

Hope to see you there!

October School Council Meeting


Please join us on Tuesday, October 16th from 7pm to 8:30pm in the school Music Room (basement) for our next School Council meeting. (Please note, childcare is available.)

At the meeting, you’ll learn about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, hear updates from Principal Root, and you’re encouraged to share any ideas or suggestions you may have. You don’t need to be on the council to attend – everyone is welcome!

Do you have any questions for the Principal? Send them his way in advance of the meeting using this quick and easy form.

Hope to see you there!

Pumpkin Patch!

Whether you’re pro- pumpkin spice latte or not, October is here and Earl Haig School Council is gearing up for our upcoming Pumpkin Patch fundraiser!

Please save the date! Thursday, October 25th (from 7:30am on in the Kindergarten play yard) to buy a HUGE pumpkin and a seasonal baked good or two. There will be jars of honey available (a limited supply) and we’re offering FREE coffee again this year to help you start your morning off on the right foot.

Our generous pumpkins are $7 each and are the perfect blank slate for your pumpkin carving artistry. You can pay for your pumpkin in the morning at the sale (cash only!) and leave it in the Kindie yard (labelled with your name) until you take it home at the end of the day.


Call for volunteers!

Interested in helping out? We will need bakers to donate a breakfast friendly baked good (please, no nuts!). Bakers can bring their yummy goods to the office the day before or to the Kindergarten yard the morning of the sale.

We will also need volunteers to help unload the pumpkins first thing in the morning and to help with sales during the event (7:30am – 12:30pm). To volunteer for day-of help, please sign up here or email us at earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com.

Earl Haig Happenings This Week

Say cheese!

Picture Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25th! We hope your student smiles for the camera (and for all of the relatives and family friends who may receive the school photo).

The pictures are being done by BrightPics again this year and they share these tips:

  • Wear bright and solid coloured clothing for best results.
  • Feel free to send a comb so that they can style their hair before the photo.
  • The photographers are trained to reduce glass glare.
  • Don’t worry if the students have any scratches or blemishes on photo day, there is an option for retouching if you place an order.

pizzaCurriculum Night

Wednesday, September 26th is Curriculum Night at Earl Haig P.S. and it’s a great opportunity to see your child’s classroom, meet the teacher, hear about learning opportunities and field trips, and ask general program questions.

Remember to fill out this form for a pizza dinner and send it back in your student’s backpack by tomorrow morning (along with payment), if you’d like the School Council to take care of dinner that night. We cannot accept walk-in orders, so please get those pizza forms back to the office tomorrow morning!

Orange Shirt Day


Earl Haig P.S. will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 28th. This is a chance to discuss the harm of the residential school system in Canada to Indigenous children and communities and its ongoing effect on survivors.

Please consider sending your child to school in an orange shirt (or other piece of orange clothing) on Orange Shirt Day.

For more information, or to read Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story about having her new orange shirt taken from her as a young child, please visit the Every Child Matters website.

Have a great week, everyone!