Thursday, 27 March 2008
From the Save Keele Pool blog:
A new development in the fight to save our pool:
The city was scheduled to begin decommissioning up to 35 neighbourhood swimming pools this June. However, it was recently revealed that Beaches-East York Councillor Janet Davis was able to find alternative funding to save two pools in her ward at G.A. Brown and S.H. Armstrong public schools.
What does Councillor Davis know that our own Councillor Bill Saundercook doesn't?
And why isn't he out there finding out?
What can you do?
Toronto City Council is meeting next Monday, March 31st. On the agenda is a Budget Committee recommendation to Executive and Council to have the 2008 Budget include funding for G.A. Brown and S.H. Armstrong pools.
Your help is needed to write letters, faxes or emails to urge Councillor Saundercook to follow Councillor Davis' lead and save our pool as she is with those in her ward. In fact, this does not apply to just our ward. If you're elsewhere in the city where there's a pool slated to close due to lack of city funding, use the below table to find your councillor and write to them as well.
What to write:
To make it easy, two sample letters are available as guides. You can copy them verbatim (personalized with your information) or just use them as reference for your own letter. However, it's important that this be done before this Friday.
See the link below for more information and sample letters:
We learned about protecting our water supply and the wetland habitats of the animals and aquatic creatures in our watershed.
Did you know that:
- 70% of the earth's surface is covered in water
- accessible fresh water makes up just 1% of all the water on Earth
- today's water molecules have been travelling around the Earth for 4.5 billion years?
- water molecules are endlessly recycled through processes like evaporation & precipitation. Water that ends up being part of us may once have been part of a glacier, a distant ocean, a wild animal -- even a dinosaur!
- we need to conserve water by turning off taps while brushing our teeth and having short showers
- water that flows down the storm drains in our streets flows untreated into Lake Ontario!
- we need to keep our lakewater clean by washing our cars at public car-washing stations and by disposing of chemicals such as fertilizers and oil properly -- keeping them out of the storm drains
Click here to see more pics from this exciting event!
Our next Eco Team Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 17, from 6 – 8pm in the lunchroom.
To join the Eco Team or subscribe to our mailing list, please write to me at:
taranimator (at) hotmail.com
Community Conservation Fair: Thurs, March 27th, 7-9 pm, Beach United Church and Auditorium, 140 Wineva Avenue at Queen Street
Do you want to find out how to save money on energy bills, install a solar panel, cut down on your driving, eat local or vegetarian, or just plant a tree in your yard? Then plan to attend the Beach Conservation Fair.
Free Expert Advice/Speed Presentations:
-Solar Electricity and Getting off the Grid
-Low Impact Electricity Purchase Options
-On Demand Hot Water Subsidy
-Home Energy Audit Rebates
-Hot Water from the Sun
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
We would like to invite you to engage in an:
EARL BEATTY P.S. DAILOGUE
· To comply with the Board’s mandate for yearly updated school administrative profiles.
· To understand the leadership skills.
· To participate in creating an administrative (Principal/Vice-Principal) profile for Earl Beatty.
Pizza and child care will be provided.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
My School Review Quadrant Meeting: Tuesday, March 25th at D.A.Morrison Public School, 271 Gledhill Avenue
Friday, 21 March 2008
"Parental involvement in a child’s education has been shown to have a significant effect on his or her achievement... The partnership of school and community representatives on a school council helps to build mutual understanding and interaction between a school and its community, resulting in benefits for both."
-- for more information, see the
Ontario Ministry of Education Guidebook:
School Councils - A Guide for Members
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Review & acceptance of last meeting’s minutes including Action Items
Follow up on outstanding action items
Parent wish list
Staffing committee – parent rep
Allocation of funds from Funfair
Discussion of staff wish list
Laurie Reid to provide a succinct overview of recent school activities and issues
Staffing model framework
Safe school update from Neil
Open Items/Group Discussion/New Business
Red Door Shelter presentation
Selection of paint
Report from Eco-Team – Evergreen Funding, beautification of main entrance
Wrap up & outstanding issues
Receipt of items for next council meeting
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Thursday, 6 March 2008
- kids did activities about Litterless Lunches
- adults discussed Heather Hale’s progress with the in-school Eco Team and other items.
Using samples of typical lunch packages, containers and accessories, the kids separated the items into 3 groups: reusable, recyclable, and garbage. They packed examples of lunches that were litter-free, low-impact, or were destined for the landfill. Because our kids are already so well-versed in what goes into a litter-less lunch, our activity was very quick!
In celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, our next meeting is on the theme of "Water Wonders". We will be joined by a staff member from the Toronto Region Conservation Authority who will be bringing some activities from the "Watershed on Wheels" program. Please bring indoor shoes! Everyone is welcome to join the Eco Team and help our kids help the environment! Contact me to be added to our mailing list: taranimator (at) hotmail.com.
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
We've had great attendance so far, let's keep the momentum going and continue to build on the energy and enthusiasm we've already seen.