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Garden Variety Show this Saturday at 8pm - It's a Doozy!

Posted: 
Sunday January 24

 Garden Variety Show on January 30th at 8pm

The 2nd Annual Garden Variety Show is this Saturday January 30. Tickets are available online via PayPal:

Buy Show Tickets

Doors open at 7:30, show time is 8pm.
This is a licensed, adult-only event which takes place in the gymnasium at the Emmanuel Howard Park United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Ave. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

This year’s Garden Variety Show is shaping up to be an absolute doozy. After a hugely successful launch last year, the Garden Variety Show is back with a fantastic show for 2016. This is Garden Avenue’s annual fundraising cabaret featuring the city’s finest music, comedy, circus acts, magic and more, hosted once again by the hysterical and captivating Rachelle Elie.

We’ve got Philip and Lucinda, the world’s greatest acrobatic-comedy-kazoo duo. There’s master illusionist Ben Train whose sleight of hand and mind tricks will leave your jaw on the floor. Cabaret tunesmith Bryce Kulak has the stage presence and songwriting prowess of Burt Bacharach and Rufus Wainwright’s secret lovechild. The insanely funny Laurie Elliott won best female stand-up at the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2006 and has appeared on The Red Green Show and Video On Trial. Ben Burland took our breath away last year with his puppetry and balancing act (as seen on the poster), we have no clue what he has in store for us this time around, but you can bet it’s going to be great. Last but not least, Rachelle Elie returns to host the event. A veteran on both Canada’s comedy and fringe scenes (outstanding comedy award - Ottawa Fringe Festival), Rachelle will have you in stitches with her quick wit and quirky worldview.

We’re very happy to welcome back our beer sponsor Mill St. Brewery. Superchef Garden Dad Jonathan Spence will be in the kitchen crafting hors d’oeuvres.

Once again the Garden Variety show is produced by Luke Jackson and Eli Klein, with the inestimable help of Natasha Teoli, Heather Johnston and Madeleine Cruickshank.

Cars During Drop-off & Pick-up - a Word & a Warning

Posted: 
Sunday January 24

There was an article in the Star last week about how the most perilous part of a child's day may be at school drop-off in the morning. This is a reminder to be mindful and to take your time when driving on Garden Ave., especially during drop-off and pick-up. This is also a warning that the City of Toronto By-Law Officer dropped into the school last week to give a "heads up" that they will start ticketing idling cars on Garden Ave. starting this week. If you're caught idling, it's cost you over $100. 

Pizza Lunch - Deadline Extended!

Posted: 
Friday January 22

Good news: The deadline to submit order forms and payments for Pizza Lunch has been extended to Wednesday, January 27th!  If you didn't receive an order form, you can download the form from this website.

You can pay by cash/cheque or by email money transfer. If you wish to pay electronically send your payment to gardenavepay@gmail.com with a security password of pizzalunch.

NOTE: We recognize that paying for 18 weeks of Pizza Lunch at one time may not work for everyone. If you would like to pay in 2 or 3 installments over the next 4 months, please email gardenavepay@gmail.com to arrange your payments.

 

File(s): 
Pizza Lunch Order Form Winter 2016

TDSB Letter - Additional PA Day on 15 April

Posted: 
Wednesday January 20

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with important information about an additional Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) that has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations.

All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Most Before-and-After School Programs will offer full-day care for children currently registered in their program on the P.A. Day. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to speak to their local child care provider for further details.

The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. As always, details on the school year calendar can be found on the TDSB website at:
www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar

Thank you.

John Malloy
Director of Education

Robin Pilkey
Chair of the Board

File(s): 
TDSB Letter - Additional PA Day

Pizza Lunch Now on Thursdays - Forms Due Thursday

Posted: 
Wednesday January 20

Pizza Lunch is starting up again and will now be on THURSDAYS. It will run from Thursday 4 February through to Thursday 9 June. A Pizza Lunch Order Form should have come home in your child's bag.  If you didn't receive one you can download the form from this website. Forms are due on Thursday 21 January.  You can pay by cash/cheque or by the new and convenient interac process.  If you wish to pay electronically send your payment to gardenavepay@gmail.com with a security password of pizzalunch.  There is a place on the Pizza lunch form to indicate you have paid electronically.  This account is monitored by our treasurer and all funds will transfer directly into the Garden School Council Account.  Your bank may charge you a small fee for interac.

To run the Pizza Lunch program we need 5-6 volunteers every Thursday lunch.  If you are able to volunteer for one or more shifts, please mark your availability on your Pizza Lunch form.

 

File(s): 
Pizza Lunch Order Form - Winter 2016

Garden Variety Show - Buy Tickets & Volunteer!

Posted: 
Sunday January 17

 Garden Variety Show on January 30th at 8pm

The 2nd Annual Garden Variety Show is coming up in a couple of weeks (January 30). Tickets are now on sale - and we are looking for volunteers for the event! School Council volunteers will be selling tickets in the lobby on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the school foyer. We will be there from 8-9am and 3:15-5pm. You can also purchase tickets online: http://tinyurl.com/gardenvarietytickets. Please consider buying your tickets BEFORE the event so you can not only have time to find a babysitter, but it's also helpful for the organizers to estimate attendance. Judging from last year's attendance - and the phenomenal feedback we received - it might be a sellout! We are also looking for volunteers for the night of the show. If you are interested in helping out with setup, serving, teardown, or in any other capacity, please contact Heather or Natasha at gardenavenews@gmail.com

Download the poster (JPG, 2.2 MB)

Primary Floor Hockey Is Back! Sign up Monday 11 January

Posted: 
Friday January 8

Primary floor hockey at Garden is back. Sign up is today Friday, January 8th, and Monday January 11th.

Grade 3's will play on Day 3's during afternoon recess and Grade 1 and 2 will play during morning and afternoon recess on Day 4's.  Let's go Garden!

Take care

Mr. McClure

Junior Knitting Club (Grades 4-6) - Forms due Monday 11 January

Posted: 
Thursday January 7

Dear Garden Families,

We will be starting a JUNIOR KNITTING CLUB! Students who participate in the Jr. Knitting Club will learn to knit, make a bookmark and then have the opportunity to teach their skills to our younger primary students! 

Jr. Knitting Club will be at lunch time. It will start on Wednesday January 13th and run for 5 weeks until February 10th. Junior Knitter’s will be asked to help coach and teach our primary knitters on Tuesday’s at lunch starting February 16th. 

If you are interested in participating please return your permission form to Ms. Cochrane before Monday January 11th. 

Thanks,

Ms. Cochrane and Ms. Cox

Silver Birch Reading Program - Forms due Monday 11 January

Posted: 
Thursday January 7

Dear Families,

Students at Garden Avenue Public School are once again invited to participate in the Silver Birch reading program at lunch. This program is run by the Ontario Library Association, and students across the entire province of Ontario participate in it. There are three different types of Silver Birch books to read, and students will choose from one of the following options: Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Non-Fiction, or Silver Birch Fiction.

It will take place on Thursdays at lunch. Junior students who are participating will attend during the first part of the lunch hour (11:45-12:10), and Primary students who are participating will attend during the remaining part of the lunch hour (12:10-12:30). All students will be going outside for part of the lunch hour, so they will still need to bring weather-appropriate outdoor clothing. We will begin on Thursday January 14th and continue until the middle of April. Students who read at least five books out of their chosen option (Express, Non-Fiction, or Fiction) will be invited to attend the Festival of Trees celebration at Harbourfront on May 18th, 2016.

Permission forms can be picked up in Ms. Cox’s Room and must be returned by January 11th.

Lego Club for primary students begins Tuesday 12 January

Posted: 
Wednesday January 6
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Dear Garden Families,

Back by popular demand...it's LEGO club season!

The club will begin on Tuesday January 12th at lunch and will run 5 weeks until February 9th.

If you are a primary student and love building Lego – please return your permission form to Mrs.Bell as soon as possible. Space is limited.

Grade 4-6 Rehearsals for Garden Ave’s Junior Choir

Posted: 
Monday January 4
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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We are excited to begin Garden Ave’s Junior Choir for the Winter/Spring of 2016. Participating in a choir is a rewarding experience that teaches our students about commitment of time and energy and teaches the skill of reading music, singing and performing on a team.

Our choir will meet every Wednesday afterschool from 3:30PM-5:10PM, beginning on Wednesday, January 20th. We will begin each practice with snack time, so please ensure that your child, if they require a snack, has one. Or if they are part of daycare they can get that snack.

We will perform in May for Music Monday and I am waiting to hear back for other exciting performance opportunities! 

Please fill out the following permission form which provides me with contact details and allows your child to attend rehearsals.

Sincerely,

Ms. Zampiero

File(s): 
Junior Choir Permission Form

Save the Date: Garden Variety Show on Jan 30th!

Posted: 
Thursday December 17

 Garden Variety Show on January 30th at 8pm

After a hugely successful launch last year, the Garden Variety Show is back with a fantastic show for 2016. This is Garden Avenue’s annual fundraising cabaret featuring the city’s finest music, comedy, circus acts, magic and more, hosted once again by the hysterical and captivating Rachelle Elie.

This is a licensed, adult-only event which takes place in the gymnasium at the Emmanuel Howard Park United Church at 240 Roncesvalles Ave. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets go on sale when school reconvenes after the holiday break!

Gingerbread Houses Waiting for New Homes: Check your tickets!

Posted: 
Tuesday December 15

We have three fabulous gingerbread houses that are still waiting to be picked up. Ticket numbers #6881097, #664520 and #664583 are winners!!!  Please check your tickets. Your Holiday houses are waiting for you outside of the office. 

TDSB Governance Advisory Panel Report and Responses Published

Posted: 
Sunday December 13

On Friday 11 December, the TDSB Governance Advisory Panel Report (aka the Hall Report) was released to the public (the report was submitted to the ministry in August). The Ministry of Education issued a Statement from Minister Sandals in Response to TDSB Governance Advisory Panel Report. The statement includes Backgrounder listing the ministry's responses to each of the 20 recommendations of the panel. And the TDSB in turn issued a statement from TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey.

Girls Basketball Team News

Posted: 
Thursday December 10

Yesterday (Wednesday 9 December), the Garden Avenue girls’ basketball team participated in a tournament at Palmerston Public School. They played a total of 5 games, improved their skills and had a lot of fun!! Special thanks to Coach Paladino and Ms. Tracey for putting in so much time and effort with the team!!!  Way to go girls!!  Garden is so proud of you!!

Ms. Hardy

School Letter - Holiday Concert

Posted: 
Thursday December 10

Dear Primary Parents/Guardians,

Garden Avenue’s Primary Students have been working very hard to prepare for our Primary Winter Concert which is on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00PM in the gym. All students in Grades 1-3 have contributed to the Holiday Concert either through artwork, which will decorate the gym, a classroom performance or as a member of the Primary Choir.

It is through the dedication and hard work of our Students and our Teaching Staff here at Garden that we have been able to collaborate so quickly to create a wonderful evening for us all to share. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office.  See you at the Concert!!

Ms. Hardy
Principal Garden Avenue Public School

File(s): 
Garden School Letter - Holiday Concert (Dec 2015)

Sing-a-Long on Thursday - EVERYONE Welcome!

Posted: 
Tuesday December 8

Join us for our annual Holiday Sing-a-long on Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm. We’ll be singing holiday tunes and will be regaled by a Junior Strings performance. Weather permitting, we'll be on the front lawn of the school outside the gym doors. Weather not-permitting, we'll be in the gym. Either way, this longstanding tradition always kicks off the holiday season with verve. Stay to the end and see if you get to bring home a Gingerbread House! Hope to see you there!

Lost & Found - Check it Out!

Posted: 
Sunday November 29

With the fickle weather these days, the contents of the lost & found are starting to overflow with mittens, rubber boots, hoodies, and a variety of all-season apparel. Please take stock of your child(ren)'s gear and see if there's anything missing. There is some really great stuff in the box at the bottom of the north stairs that MUST be missed at home! Before Christmas, the contents of lost & found will be bagged up and brought to a Goodwill-type establishment...single gloves and all. So please take a couple of minutes to have a look - both at home and at school. 

Garden Apparel Going on Sale Tuesday!

Posted: 
Sunday November 29

We are thrilled to be offering, beginning Tuesday December 1st, Garden Apparel. There will be a variety of colours and styles to choose from including t-shirts and sweatshirts for both students and adults. You can either order online at https://gardenavenue2015.itemorder.com or come and see us in person in the front foyer. Please look in your child’s backpack for a letter going out on Monday with all the details. If you order by December 11th Axis Gear will deliver your apparel to the school in time for Christmas.

File(s): 
T-Shirt Sales Flyer

Garden Ave. Spirit Wear

Posted: 
Monday November 23

Have you ever wanted a t-shirt, hoodie or sweatpants with the Garden logo? Well, you are about to get the chance! Garden's teachers have teamed up with the School Council to offer Garden Bee apparel! Please keep your eyes open for a flyer and email that will be going home very soon detailing how to order.

Chess Club Starts This Week

Posted: 
Monday November 23

For those of you who have signed up for the afterschool chess program, the first class is this week (Tuesday for grades 1-6, Wednesday for JK and SK). If you have not signed your child(ren) up yet, it's not too late! Click on the registration form (below) for details. For more details on where the chess club will be meeting and other logistics, check back on the website later today (Monday).
 

File(s): 
Chess Club Flyer

Pita Pit Pilot Project

Posted: 
Monday November 23

School Council is piloting having the Pita Pit deliver nutritious, custom-made sandwiches for those staying for lunch on December 1, December 8, and December 15. Keep an eye out for a flyer being sent home with details on cost, how to order, etc. This is a pilot project which will run for 3 weeks after which we will be asking for your feedback in order to determine if we'll keep it up. This initiative would be in addition to our much-loved Pizza lunches.

About the Solar Schools Project

Posted: 
Friday November 20

You can find out more about the Solar Schools Project on the TDSB website.

The Solar Schools Project is an exciting initiative that will see solar panels installed on the roofs of 311 TDSB schools starting in the spring of 2014. As one of the greenest school boards in Canada, we’re proud that this project will generate energy equivalent to the amount used annually by approximately 4,250 households in Toronto.[...]

Girls Basketball - First practice Wednesday morn at 8:15 sharp!

Posted: 
Tuesday November 17

Attention girls in grade 5 and 6. Do you like basketball? Do you want to learn basic basketball skills? Come and join the Garden Ave Public School basketball team. First practice is tomorrow morning at 8:15 sharp in the gym. Team will practice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The team will be playing in a one day tournament in early December.
- Coach Paladino

File(s): 
Girls Basketball Flyer

School Council Meeting Thursday

Posted: 
Monday November 16

Please join us in the library on Thursday at 6:30 pm for our School Council meeting. Come for a "behind the scenes" look at what's going on in the school and to add your thoughts.