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Garden School News - Week of May 7-11

Posted: 
Sunday May 6

On May 2nd, we were treated to an extraordinary night of talent at our 2018 Talent Show. Many thanks go out to all the students who participated and worked hard in getting performance ready. Special thanks to Jonathan Spence and all the parents who helped put this year’s show together and making it such a big success. Thanks also to the Garden staff & teachers for supporting the show.

On May 3rd, students in Gr. 1 -6 took part in the OTESHA presentation. OTESHA is a Swahili word meaning ‘A reason to dream’. Thank you to Cheryl McConnell, Garden parent and secondary school teacher, and her students, for their amazing presentation and workshops. This year’s theme was about making positive choices in our everyday lives for the environment and social justice. Students in our grade 3/4, 4/5 and 5/6 classes also participated in workshops following the presentation led by Secondary School students.

On May 17, Garden Avenue students in grades 1-6 will participate in a STEM – Adventure Play Day. This event encourages students to naturally engage with inquiry-based learning through play. Throughout the course of the day, classes will rotate for a period of creative, outdoor play with recycled and upcycled loose parts. This STEM-focused adventure play program offers students the experience to lead their own play, engineer their own creations and create the playground of their dreams!

On May 17, we recommend your child comes prepared with:

  • Comfortable clothing plus running shoes for outdoor play that can get dirty
  • Sunscreen and water bottle
  • Hat
  • A change of clothes (water play will be available – weather permitting)

If you have any questions, please email Ms Cox at carrie.cox@tdsb.on.ca

Mental Health Awareness Week at Garden Avenue is coming up on May 7-May 11, 2018. Our grade six organizing team is planning an incredible event for our entire school, including dancing, yoga, and mindfulness activities during the lunch hour. All students, from kindergarten through to grade six, will be able to join in at different times throughout the week. A big thank you to our group of grade six organizers who have done a wonderful job of planning this event for our entire school!

Get ready to celebrate your favourite book characters, Garden Avenue! On Monday May 7 we will have our very first Book Character Day at our school. Students and staff who come to school dressed up as their favourite character will have their name entered into a draw for a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop. Students will also be asked to write up a mini review about your favourite character to win another chance at a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop.

Ms. Hardy

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
 ― Mark Twain

File(s): 
Parent Week at a Glance - Week of May 7-11

Talent Show - Video Available

Posted: 
Sunday May 6

The 2018 Talent Show was amazing! So many great performances by so many of our talented students.

If you would like to buy a link to the download of the video of this year's show for $10, please send us an email at info@gardenschoolcouncil.com

We have also made the video from the 2017 show available for download.

TDSB French Review

Posted: 
Sunday May 6

With over 90,000 students in Core French and another 28,000 students in French Immersion/Extended French programs come system successes and challenges. TDSB is proud of the Board’s successes in retention rate, inclusion of students with special education needs as well as accessibility and transportation. At the same time, challenges include multiple entry points, equity of access, and transportation.

As part of the Director’s Response to the Enhanced Equity Task Force Report, a review of all French Programs will begin in Spring 2018. In collaboration with the TDSB Research Department, this review will focus on the current status of all French Programs, including the structure, content of the teaching and learning, and policies and procedures related to French. We look forward to receiving feedback about the successes and challenges of the various French Programs through face-to-face consultation with parents/guardians, Trustees, staff, students and community members and an online survey (available soon!).

To find out more, including upcoming dates for the remaining consultation meetings, please follow the link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/Public-Consultations/French-Review

Your Help Needed! Fun Fair - Saturday, May 26

Posted: 
Sunday May 6

We are still looking to fill over 30 spots at the Fun Fair on Saturday, May 26. 

Help out your kids school by taking a shift at the BBQ, selling tickets, painting faces or supervising a bouncy castle.

  • 8-10am - we need 10-12 people to help with set-up
  • 10am-3pm -  take a 2-4 hour shift selling tickets, supervising an activity, serving food or making cotton candy
  • 3-5pm - help tear-down

If you can help out, let us know by sending an email to info@gardenschoolcouncil.com

 

 

 

Seedling Sale - May 8

Posted: 
Sunday April 29

Garden Grown Seedlings are back! On Tuesday, May 8 we will be selling seedlings, grown from seed by Garden families, after school.

Please support this school fundraiser and come buy our beautiful, GMO-free, pesticide free seedlings to populate your summer gardens with yummie veggies and flowers! Rare varieties include the much-in-demand Black Zebra tomatoes, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Detroit Beets, and Tithonia, which are stupendous monarch-magnet Mexican sunflowers!

Book Sale - Donations Wanted!

Posted: 
Sunday April 29

It’s time to start collecting books for the Fun Fair book sale!

Please sort through your bookshelves and if you have books to donate, drop them off into the bins in the school foyer.

It would be extra super helpful if books could be sorted into adult and childrens’. Thanks in advance.

Garden School News - Week of April 30-May 4

Posted: 
Saturday April 28

It’s here again!  The one, the only, Garden School Variety Talent Show!!! This is the 9th year in a row and it just keeps getting better.  You want piano performance?  We got that.  You want comedians?  We got that.  You want puppets?  We got that.  You want karate demos?  We got that too with loads of singing and dancing in between.  There will be popcorn, drinks and DVD’s from last year’s show.  Performers should arrive at 6:00 PM.

For future planning:  Our Kindergarten Concert, We Can Sing a Rainbow, will be on Tuesday May 8th.  The gym doors will open at 5:40 PM with the concert beginning at 6:00 PM.  Please be sure that your child has arrived to school by 5:45 and meets their teacher in their classroom.  The children are invited to wear colourful clothing for the evening.  Please note that all students will be dismissed from the Galley Avenue doors.

Mental Health Awareness Week at Garden Avenue is coming up on May 7-May 11, 2018.  Our grade six organizing team is planning an incredible event for our entire school, including dancing, yoga, and mindfulness activities during the lunch hour.  All students, from kindergarten through to grade six, will be able to join in at different times throughout the week. A big thank you to our group of grade six organizers who have done a wonderful job of planning this event for our entire school!

Get ready to celebrate your favourite book characters, Garden Avenue!  On Monday May 7 we will have our very first Book Character Day at our school.  Come to school dressed up as your favourite character and you can have your name entered into our draw for a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop.  You can also write up a mini review about your favourite character to win another chance at a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop.

Ms. Hardy

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
― Mark Twain

File(s): 
Parent Week at a Glance - Week of April 30-May 4

Mental Health Awareness Week - May 7-11

Posted: 
Saturday April 28

Mental Health Awareness Week at Garden Avenue is coming up, from May 7 to 11, 2018. Our grade six organizing team is planning an incredible event for our entire school, including dancing, yoga, and mindfulness activities. All students, from kindergarten through to grade six, will be able to join in at different times throughout the week.

We will also be running activities over lunch hours in the library for students in grades 1-6 that will be on a sign up basis for those who are interested. Please return the form that went home in backpacks last week by Tuesday, May 1 if your child is interested in participating in the lunchtime activities.

Thank you for your support of this incredible week! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Cox at carrie.cox@tdsb.on.ca 

Talent Show - Wednesday, May 2

Posted: 
Saturday April 28

The 9th annual Garden Avenue Talent Show is on Wedneday, May 2 in the auditorium at Fern P.S., from 6:30-8pm.

Performers are asked to arrive at Fern at 6pm.

There will be popcorn and drinks for sale and a show that is sure to have something for everyone: singing, dancing, comedy, piano, karate, puppets and more! 

Raffle Baskets are back!

Posted: 
Sunday April 22

The ever-popular Garden Avenue raffle baskets are back!

Soon you will be receiving a letter home confirming the theme of your child's class basket.

Please consider contributing an item or two to the basket and help raise funds for the school. Baskets will be displayed, and tickets on sale, in the weeks leading up to the Fun Fair, and we will draw the winners on Fun Fair day.

Garden School News - Week of April 23-27

Posted: 
Sunday April 22

You are cordially invited to Garden’s Annual Junior Arts Showcase on Wednesday April 25th.  Students are to arrive and meet in their classrooms at 6:15 PM.  There will be a Dance performance from each class and the Strings will be performing in the gym at 6:30 PM.  Then from 7:00 to 7:30 PM Parents will be invited to visit room 204, 205 and 207 to marvel at the Visual Art pieces created by our junior students.  Please join us for a wonderful night of Junior Art.

On Monday you will be receiving a letter about September placements.  Please take the time to let us know your intentions for your child for the 2018/2019 school year.  Please understand that a great deal of time and consideration will be devoted to student placement decisions at Garden.  If there is additional information that you feel should be considered regarding your child’s placement please submit it in writing to the office by Wednesday April 25th.  You are welcome to email me at alana.hardy@tdsb.on.ca . Your information/requests should indicate your child’s need and program preferences and not names of teachers. If you have any questions please ask in the office.

On Wednesday it is Administrative Assistant Day.  To that end I would like to personally thank Ms. Dutton for all her hard work in the office, supporting everyone; students, teachers and parents.  Her strong presence in the office everyday keeps our school right on track.  So if you see her on Wednesday please be sure to give her a great big thank you for all her care.

We are so pleased to announce that $4667.85 was raised by our dance-a-thon.  We are thrilled to be donating $2333.93 to the Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack foundation.  The rest will go towards supporting initiatives at Garden.  Thank you to all of the parents/guardians for their support it is truly appreciated.

Ms. Hardy

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
― Rick Warren

File(s): 
Parent Week at a Glance - Week of April 23-27

Volunteers Needed for the Fun Fair - Saturday, May 26

Posted: 
Friday April 20

Spring might well and truly be here and that means one thing: only 5 weeks until the Garden Avenue Fun Fair! 

We need lots of volunteers to help make the day run smoothly. Let us know if you can spare a few hours to help out.

  • 8-10am - we need 10-12 people to help with set-up
  • 10am-3pm -  take a 2-4 hour shift selling tickets, supervising an activity, serving food or making cotton candy
  • 3-5pm - help tear-down! 

Send us an email at info@gardenschoolcouncil.com to let us know! 

Spring Fun Fair poster.

Book Character Day - Monday, May 7

Posted: 
Friday April 20

Garden will be celebrating the joy of reading on Monday, May 7 by asking students and staff to dress as their favourite Book Character! 

Come to school dressed up as your favourite character and students can have their name entered into our draw for a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop. Students can also write up a mini review about their favourite character to win another chance at a gift certificate from Another Story Bookshop. I wonder who will be able to guess who Ms. Cox is when she is dressed up as her favourite character!

Our Spring Book Fair is the very next night, Tuesday May 8, from 3:30-7:30pm, brought to us by Another Story Bookshop - a perfect time to pick up a new spring book to read, or even to use your gift certificate if you win the book character draw!

Kindergarten Concert - Tuesday, May 8

Posted: 
Friday April 20

The Kindergarten Concert, We Can Sing A Rainbow, is on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm in the school gym. Doors to the gym will open at 5:40pm. Please deliver your child to their classroom by 5:45pm. Children are invited to wear colourful clothing.

Children will ONLY be dismissed from the Galley Avenue doors at the end of the performance.

We're looking forward to hearing the songs the kindies have been working so hard to learn all year!

Dance-a-Thon - Thank You!

Posted: 
Friday April 20

We are so pleased to announce that $4,667.85 was raised by our Dance-a-thon. We are thrilled to be donating $2,333.93 to the Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack foundation. The rest of the money will go towards supporting initiatives at Garden. Thank you to all of the parents/guardians for their support - it is truly appreciated.

DJ McClure and DJ CC

Junior Arts Showcase - Wednesday, April 25

Posted: 
Friday April 20

Garden’s Annual Junior Arts Showcase is on Wednesday April 25.

Students are asked to arrive and meet in their classrooms at 6:15pm.

There will be a dance performance from each class, and the strings will be performing, in the gym at 6:30pm. From 7:00-7:30pm parents will be invited to visit rooms 204, 205 and 207 to see the visual art pieces created by the junior students.

Primary Bike Rodeo - Tuesday, April 17

Posted: 
Sunday April 15

CANCELLED: The Bike Rodeo has been cancelled due to weather warnings.

The Bike Rodeo is on Tuesday, April 17, rain or shine, for all students in the Primary division (Mrs. Bell, Ms.Cochrane, Ms. Lawson, Mrs. Schultz, Mrs. Baigent and Mr. McClure).

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and practice safe bicycling skills. If your child has a bicycle, please support them to ride the bike to school or help them to get their bike to school. Your child may be asked to share their bike so that others can also participate.

When you arrive at school please lock the bikes along the East fence, by the baseball diamond. Don’t forget your helmets!

Reminder: Grade 6 Grad Photos - Tuesday, April 17

Posted: 
Sunday April 15

This is a reminder that Grade 6 Grad Photos will be taken on Tuesday, April 17.

Silent Auction 2018 - Help us make it the best one yet!

Posted: 
Sunday April 15

Silent Auction 2018 is fast approaching. The Garden community is always extremely generous in donating goods, plus their time and talent to this fundraiser.

This year, we're looking for even more great items to sell to the highest bidder on the day. Some things to think about:

  1. Big-ticket items. Do you have a family cottage that you could donate a weekend at? Sporting events and concert tickets? Trip vouchers or services to donate?
  2. Any small giftable item that could be bundled together with others to make a basket. Gift certificates, movie vouchers, jewellery, household items (new and unused) etc.
  3. NEW THIS YEAR - WINE RAFFLE! This year the raffle-basket action is no longer kids-only, we'll be collecting bottles of wine to raffle off on the day. Winner, winner!

If you have something you're considering donating, let Erica Spencer, Sarb Nagra or Sara Clark know, or send an email to info@gardenschoolcouncil.com.

Help us to make this year's silent auction the best yet!

From the Music Room - The Garden Avenue All-Star Squad!

Posted: 
Sunday April 15

The Character Education focus for the month of March was Honesty. Have a listen to the song that Rooms 102 (Ms. Lawson) and 204 (Ms. Childs) wrote, called Honesty + Truth!:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BCUWK9g-qNa4MDNTQvsbYHBXaGYgqh36/view

 

Garden School News - Week of April 9-13

Posted: 
Sunday April 8

The Toronto District School Board is working on a Multi-Year Strategic Plan and wants to hear from you!

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan will act as a high level statement of intent for the TDSB for the next three or more school years, set direction and identify system goals to support its 246,000 students and 583 schools. We value input from parents/guardians, families, students and staff and invite you to provide feedback on the draft Multi-Year Strategic Plan documents. To learn more and provide input online, please visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/MYSP.

On April 11 it is The International Day of Pink.  This is a day of action, born when a youth in a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow students decided to stand up to bullying; and hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia and transphobia.

Students and staff are encouraged to wear pink in support of diversity.  The International Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity - it's also a commitment to being open minded, to being understanding of differences and to learning to respect each other.

Don’t forget that Friday is our Dance-a-thon.  We are raising money for our school and for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund in support of First Nations reconciliation.  Let’s keep that support coming and let’s dance, dance, and dance!!

Ms. Hardy

File(s): 
Parent Week at a Glance - Week of April 9-13

TDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan - Invitation for Online Feedback

Posted: 
Sunday April 8

The Toronto District School Board is working on a Multi-Year Strategic Plan and wants to hear from you!

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan will act as a high level statement of intent for the TDSB for the next three or more school years, set direction and identify system goals to support its 246,000 students and 583 schools. We value input from parents/guardians, families, students and staff and invite you to provide feedback on the draft Multi-Year Strategic Plan documents. To learn more and provide input online, please visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/MYSP.

Dance-a-Thon - Friday, April 13

Posted: 
Sunday April 8

Friday's Dance-a-Thon promises to be a lot of fun! Please send your donation to school with your child (cash or cheque made out to "Garden Avenue Public School"). The school is raising money for technology needs and half of the money raised will go to the Downie Wenjack Fund (https://www.downiewenjack.ca/). The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action.

Silent Auction - Call for Donations!

Posted: 
Sunday April 8

The Silent Auction team is looking for donations of the following items: 

  • concert tickets
  • sporting event tickets - do you have seasons tickets to the Jays, Raptors, TFC, or dare we hope, the Leafs? A pair of tickets is always a big seller!
  • a weekend at a cottage or vacation home

If you have something to donate, let us know at info@gardenschoolcouncil.com

Talent Show Auditions

Posted: 
Tuesday April 3

Please note the audition days have changed: Juniors will now be on Tuesday, April 3 at lunch and Primaries will be Thursday, April 5 at lunch.

If you have a Junior student who will be scrambling now, tell them not to worry. If they present their idea and whatever they have to this point, it will suffice. We still have a few weeks to the show and a dress rehearsal.

The Talent Show will be on Wednesday, May 2 in the auditorium at Fern P.S. from 6:30-8pm.