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Spring Cleaning? Check Out Our Bag2School Drive!

Spring has finally sprung!  If you take this time to do any closet clean outs we have the perfect outlet for all your used textiles!

We are having a Bag2School fundraising drive!

To raise funds for our school we are asking everyone to donate unwanted used clothing.

Please give clean clothes, soft toys, bedding, drapes, belts, purses and shoes (tied together). You can bring these items in any type of bag and drop them of in the Observation Room on the 1st floor (next to Rm. 101).  Items will be collected between May 21st and May 24th.

The more we collect, the more funds we raise!
For more information on the program, please visit www.bag2school.com

GoodFood Cafe

Thursday May 2nd marked the launch of the GoodFood Cafe at Davisville.  Approximately 70 children lined up for a delicious and nutritious lunch (some kids even lined up twice!).  There are 5 more GoodFood Cafe’s this year.  If you would like to sign up your child for any or all of the lunches, forms are available on the forms page (https://davisvilleparents.com/forms/). There are also paper copies in the office.  Alvin Rebick, our Cafe Manager, is also very happy to take calls from parents with questions and orders.  His number is 416-583-5416.

Alvin would also like to assure all teachers and parents that children can be accommodated any day, whether they’ve registered for the meal or not.  They will endeavour to have enough food for every child who wants lunch.

Finally, we would like to send a special thank you to the families who generously donated extra lunches on their order forms.  Your donations will go a long way in making sure all of our kids have access to a healthy meal.

Earth Week Green Bake Sale

Thank you to all who supported the Green Bake Sale today.  We had a tremendous amount of green goodies available for our staff and students to buy at all three recesses.  Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise just under $600 that will be used to purchase books on the environment and eco-literacy resources for our teachers!  Amazing!

I would like to say a special thank you to the volunteers that baked and helped at the sale.  Without your help this wouldn’t have happened.  

If you did bake but have yet to pick up your containers, they can be found in the family room on the first floor on the window sill.

Thanks again, and don’t forget to have your child wear green on Friday for our final spirit day!

Eco Schools Update

March marks the run up to lots of eco-oriented events that our students can take part in at home as well as at school.

This week we celebrate Water Week.  A great opportunity to talk to children about the importance and value of clean, fresh water.  If you are looking for ideas to get the conversation started, the ENGO Ecologos is putting on “Water Docs” Film festival at the AGO from March 21st to 24th.  Check out the line up of films at http://ecologos.ca/waterdocs/ . TVO is marking Water Week with an extensive lineup of water themed programs and activities.  See http://ww3.tvo.org/special/tvo-marks-canada-water-week for more details. The Water Brothers site ( http://thewaterbrothers.ca ) is also a great resource.

Wednesday, March 20th Davisville JPS will have it’s monthly Anything But Car Day celebration!  While we hope that all our families will walk, bike or transit every Wednesday, once a month we celebrate our decision to leave our cars at home and stamp the children’s hands and have them sign the pavement.

Earth Hour 2013 is on Saturday, March 23rd.  Last year hundreds of millions of people participated in this amazing symbolic movement – pressing world leaders, businesses and individuals to act on climate change.  Turn off your lights from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and help keep the message strong!  Go to http://www.wwf.ca/events/earthhour/abouteh/ for more information.

On Friday from 2-3pm we will be having an Earth Hour at school where the lights will be turned off and we will be participating as a school in the classrooms.

As most people are aware, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.  Last year Davisville had an entire week of eco-activities that were a huge success.  Planning is now underway for our Earth Week 2013.  This year we will be working on a recycled art installation created by our students and families.  The installation will be a “garden” created from materials that might otherwise be going into our recycling or garbage bins.  The “garden” will be mounted on the fence for the entire community to enjoy.  If you would like to participate please go to http://pinterest.com/djpsecoschool/ and click on the recycled art board.  There are numerous examples of garden flora and fauna you can make from yogurt containers, pop bottles, cans, etc. . Once you have created a piece, please contact me at susan.bakshi@mac.com for information on where to drop off your artwork.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to get more involved in the Eco-Schools committee, please contact me at susan.bakshi@mac.com. We are always looking for extra hands and creative ideas to green our school and promote ecological literacy in the classroom.

 

Eco-Committee Announcement

Last week was the official launch of TDSBs Eco-Schools.  It was an inspiring meeting filled with ideas to help us meet our goals going forward with the eco-schools programme despite the teachers “pause”.  Davisville is very fortunate to have dedicated staff that are working hard from within to promote ecological literacy, environmentally sensitive purchases and keep on top of energy usage and waste minimization.  

As parents and members of the community at large, we are encouraged to get involved as much as we can to create a greener, more dynamic and creative environment for our children and neighbours.  To meet these expectations, the eco-committee will be working hard on numerous environmentally themed projects both inside and outside Davisville Jr Public School/Spectrum School.  These include:

School Grounds:

  • Continued development & maintenance of an Outdoor Classroom;
  • Creation of major art installation, ABC/JSA Days

Inside:

  • Lunch Hour Green Team;
  • Web-site development (with the staff).

These projects require communication, research, coordination, fundraising, and in some cases, manual labour!  If you would like to get involved with any (or all) of the projects above, please contact me via this web-site or find me at the next official ABC/JSA Day (November 14th!).  Any level of participation would be appreciated.  

Thank you!

Susan Bakshi