Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Fun Fair needs a new Committee


Dear Parents, for the past several weeks notes have been coming home in the Thursday folder about the need for a new Fun Fair Committee. Earl Beatty's Fun Fair is the largest fundraiser of the year and needs enthusiastic and creative parents to organize it.


Past Fun Fairs have raised money to fund the following major items: computer lab furniture, audio-visual equipment, curtains for the gym stage, curriculum enhancement programs, and a smartboard.


The Fair takes place at the end of May and the planning of it should start in January to make sure everything runs smoothly.


The old Committee is happy to help with the handover and has all the information needed to plan the Fair.


If you're interested in being part of the new Fun Fair Committee please contact: Tina Lehtola, tinaslehtolaAThotmailDOT.com.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Earl Beatty School Advisory Council meeting Thurs. Dec 10th at 6pm-8:pm

All parents and teachers are welcome to the Earl Beatty School Advisory Committee on Thursday, December 10th at 6pm to 8pm in the lunchroom. Child care will be available. Please click into the link to view the minutes from the previous meeting.


EBSAC minutes Nov 12 09

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Earl Beatty Receives $4000 in funding!

The Earl Beatty Greening Team and Eco Committee is pleased to announce that our school has received funding from the City of Toronto Clean and Beautiful City Fund for our current and future greening projects around the school. Our application was sent in to Clean and Beautiful via Councillor Janet Davis' office, who passed on the good news of our success at the end of November.



The plan is to use part of the funds for our current - The Native Garden and Learning Circle - and for future projects, which will be decided through inputs from students and staff.



How much beautiful and clean, you ask? $4000!! Thanks to the City of Toronto's Clean and Beautiful Fund and to our dedicated team of Green volunteers who submitted the application. One more step in making Earl Beatty a beautiful place to be!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Make a difference - join the new Fun Fair Committee!


Dear Parents,


Your creative ideas and enthusiasm are needed to form a new Fun Fair Committee for this school year! The Fun Fair, held in May, is 5 years old but is in need of a new group of parents to organize it.


If you'd like to make a difference at your child's school please consider being on the Committee. It's a great way to meet people and work with them towards a common goal, that being organizing the largest fundraiser of the year for Earl Beatty.


The old Committee is committed to helping with the handover and has all the Fair information in an easy to use binder (processes, contact information, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and much more).


If you're interested in being part of the new Fun Fair Committee please contact:


Tina Lehtola, tinaslehtolaAThotmailDOTcom


Thank you,

Fun Fair Committee 2008/09

Monday, 16 November 2009

QSP magazine fundraiser a success!

THANK YOU!

Because of your support, our QSP magazine fundraiser was a success! You helped us raise $4,938.62 to benefit our school and our children.

Many magazines will begin arriving over the next 2 months, but some subscriptions may take up to 16 weeks to start. If you have any questions, please contact QSP directly at 1-800-667-2536. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Now you can support our children all year long by ordering online!

You may have ordered many subscriptions to support our campaign, but you might wish to renew other magazines, or order gift subscriptions later in the year. Now you can take advantage of QSP's great prices all year long - with the profit benefiting our children with each order! Just go to: WWW.QSP.CA

Thanks again for your support and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Earl Beatty School Advisory Council meeting Nov. 12th at 6-8pm


The Earl Beatty School Advisory Council meeting will take place Thursday, November 12th at 6pm to 8pm in the school lunchroom. All parents and staff are welcome to attend the first meeting of the school year with the new council. Daycare will be provided.


To see a larger version of the agenda please click into the picture.

Special Education hosting IEP & IPRC information sessions Nov. 24th at 7pm

Special Education will be hosting two information sessions for parents/guardians regarding the TDSB's Individual Education Plan (IEP), and Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) processes at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

The four Supervising Principals of Special Education will be hosting the sessions as follows:

West:
Bloor Collegiate Institute
1141 Bloor St. W., Auditorium
Joy Reiter, SW
Sandra Tondat, NW

East:
140 Borough Dr.
Council Chambers, Main Floor
Marilyn Lowe, SE
Catherine Huycke, NE

Monday, 26 October 2009

Earl Beatty needs your QSP paper order subscriptions in by Tues Oct 27th!

Keep those final paper orders for QSP subscriptions coming! There are a few final orders coming into the website as well. There's only a limited time left for subscriptions to count towards your prizes, so gently remind anyone who asked for an order form but hasn't sent one back yet.

Please make a special effort to have all orders in by the end of Tuesday! Yes, that is tomorrow!

Remember that orders can be placed any time of year at http://www.QSP.ca and that those orders will always benefit your school. Our school number is 9156.

We've made some great progress toward our goal. Earl Beatty is almost at $10,000 in subscriptions! Get those final orders in and let's see how high we get!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Note to Earl Beatty parents re: Fun Fair Committee


Dear Parents,

This note is to advise Earl Beatty parents that the Fun Fair Committee is stepping down after 5 years.

We've had a great time organizing and running the Fair, and have had wonderful volunteers helping us, but with much thought we've decided to step aside and let a new enthusiastic group, with great ideas, take over and make it their own event.

To help the new committee we have put together a binder which includes all processes and contact information we've used over the past 5 years, e.g. donors, sponsors, volunteers, and much more.

We are also more than happy to help with any questions the new committee may have.

If you're interested in being part of the new Fun Fair Committee please contact: Tina Lehtola, tinaslehtolaAThotmailDOTcom

Thank you,
Fun Fair Committee 2008/09

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Solar Neighbourhood Workshops

The Solar Neighbourhoods project has expanded to include Ward 31. Learn about City of Toronto grants and no-interest loans for solar hot water installation.

This program is only available until November 1, 2009.

Visit www.solarneighbourhoods.ca, call 416.392.6795, or attend a workshop.

All workshops run 6:30 - 8:30 PM
October 6 - Topham Park Clubhouse, 1 Tiago Ave.
October 8 - Main St. Library, 137 Main St.
October 14 - Danforth-Coxwell Library, 1675 Danforth Ave.
October 22 - East York Community Centre, 1081 Pape Ave.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Next School Advisory Council Thur Nov 12th 6-8pm

Please note that the next Earl Beatty School Advisory Council will take place on Thursday, November 12th from 6pm to 8pm.

There will not be a meeting in October.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Thank you again to all volunteers, sponsors & donors


We just wanted to thank everyone again that volunteered their time at the Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament on Sat May 30th. It was a great day, everyone had a good time, the weather co-operated, and approximately $12,000 was raised for the school and community centre. Many thanks as well to all our sponsors and donors who kindly donated to our event.


We couldn't have done it without you!


2008/2009 Earl Beatty Fun Fair Committee

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Earl Beatty's Curriculum Night Thur Oct 1st 6pm to 7:30pm




Earl Beatty students and staff invite you to attend Curriculum Night, an informative and enjoyable evening for parents/guardians on Thur Oct 1st at 6pm to 7:30pm. Teacher introductions and Principal's welcome in the gym from 6pm to 6:25pm. Teacher presentations in their classrooms 6:30-7pm, and 7-7:30pm.


Free childcare will be provided in the lunchroom which is located in the basement.


The Earl Beatty Book Fair will also take place on Oct 1st in the library (1st floor) from 6:30-7:30pm. Ms. Ling, our teacher librarian, looks forwarding to meeting everyone.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Earl Beatty School Advisory Council Minutes from Sept 10th Meeting

Here's to a great start to the new school year! A lot was covered in our first council meeting of the year, and the minutes can be read here:

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dhrkzn7p_123fkxqzmdj.

Our next council meeting is Thurs Oct 8th at 6-8pm in the lunchroom. Daycare will be provided.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Earl Beatty School Advisory Council Nominations for the 2009-10 School Year

Make a difference at your child's school and join the Earl Beatty School Advisory Council!

If you're interested please fill out the nomination form that was sent home with your child, including a brief autobiography.

Nominations will be accepted in the school office up to 4:30pm on Sept 24th; candidate profiles will be distributed to the school community on Sept 28th; elections will take place on Oct 1st from 8am to 7:30pm (the same night as the school's Curriculum Night, 6-7:30pm).




Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Minutes from our June 11th School Advisory Council meeting

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

Here are the minutes from our final meeting of the year:
Please click here to read the minutes from our June 11th School Advisory Council meeting:
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dhrkzn7p_120dms6q5ds

Thanks for your participation in making this year so positive and productive.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC


EBSAC meeting minutes from 2006 - present can be found here on our blog by searching for 'minutes' and 'EBSAC'

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Beatty Beat June Newsletter 2009

Here's the final edition of the Beatty Beat -- thanks, Erica, for putting this wonderful newsletter together for us this year!(Click for a larger version)


Tara Donovan,
Secretary, EBSAC

Beach Solar Systems and Green Roof Workshops

Saturday, June 27, 2009, 10:00am – 3:00pm at Community Centre 55, 2nd Floor, 97 Main Street (at Main Street & Swanwick Ave.)
Join Live Green Toronto as we present two separate sessions on “greening your roof”.
Learn about:
  • Costs, benefits, and requirements for solar power and solar hot water systems
  • Energy savings and benefits of green roofs and rooftop gardening
  • Sign up for a solar neighbourhood bulk-buying initiative
Session 1: 10:00am–12:00pm Solar
Speaker: Ken Traynor, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative

Session 2: 1:00pm–3:00pm Green Roofs
Speaker(s): to be determined

FREE admission; light refreshments served in the morning.
Lunch provided if you attend both sessions.
Pre-registration required.
Registration closes on Thursday, June 25.
Contact: Martina Rowley, Community Animator, mrowley@toronto.ca or telephone 647.208.1810 for questions about the event.
www.livegreentoronto.ca

Live Green Toronto aims to facilitate communities who wish to take action to green their neighbourhoods. Our goal is to help make our City's air cleaner, our neighbourhoods greener, and to do our part to address climate change.

Monday, 8 June 2009

EBSAC Meeting Agenda, June 11, 2009

Everyone is welcome to attend our final EBSAC meeting for the year, this Thursday, June 11th in the Multi-Purpose room (lunchroom) at 6:00 pm.

Click here for the agenda for our June meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Tara Donovan
Secretary, EBSAC


Friday, 5 June 2009

Summer Swim Schedules for Earl Beatty Pool 2009

Come & Enjoy the Refreshing Water at Earl Beatty Pool!

Crystal Trumper, Aquatic Recreationist at the Earl Beatty Pool sent these summer schedules.

Please note that the pool will be closed from June 21st - June 28th and opening again on Monday, June 29th.

Remember that summer swimming lesson registration is June 4th. You can register online or over the phone - but not at the centre!

Cheers,
Crystal Trumper
Aquatic Recreationist
Earl Beatty Pool
416-392-7917

Tuesday, June 2nd, 9th, 14th
Recreational Swim:
6:30 – 8:00pm

Distance Swim:
5:30 – 6:30pm
8:30 – 9:30pm

Thursday, June 4th, 11th, 18th
Recreational Swim:
6:30 – 8:00pm

Distance Swim:
5:30 – 6:30pm

8:30 – 9:30pm

Friday, June 5th, 12th, 19th
Recreational Swim:
7:30 – 8:30pm

Distance Swim:
8:30 – 9:30pm


Saturday, June 6th, 13th, 20th

Recreational Swim:
1:30 – 3:30pm

Distance Swim:
3:30 – 4:30pm


Times in Effect from June 29th – September 3, 2009

Recreational Swims
Monday – Thursday:
2:30 – 5:00pm

Saturday:
2:00– 3:30pm


Family Swim

Mon / Wed :
1:30 – 2:30pm

Saturday:
1:00 – 2:00pm


Distance Swim

Monday - Thursday:
5:30 – 6:30pm

Saturday:
3:30– 4:30pm

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Staff Appreciation Luncheon June 12th, 2009

Help us celebrate the teachers by donating a dessert to our
Staff Appreciation Luncheon on June 12th. We’re having
a catered lunch for our deserving staff, but need parent
volunteers to make desserts. Help us spoil the teachers! If
you can contribute, please email the council at the address
above.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Friday June 5th - 10am to 4pm : Join the Earl Beatty Eco-team and the Greening Committee and plant the Learning Circle Garden

We've all waited a long time - first the plan, then the removal of the old hedge, then the creation of the bed, and most recently, the learning circle itself was added just a few weeks ago. Now it is time to plant the surrounding garden! Bring your gloves, bring a shovel and a watering can. Prepare to get dirty and get the trees and shrubs in the ground.

Earl Beatty Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament - a great success!


Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time at the Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament on Sat May 30th. It was a great day, everyone had a good time, the weather co-operated, and approximately $12,000 was raised. Many thanks as well to all our sponsors and donors who kindly donated to our event.

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Earl Beatty Fun Fair Committee

Follow-up Report from Janet Davis’ Environmental Day May 16th, 2009

It was an overcast and rainy day, but the Earl Beatty EcoTeam showed that a grey day couldn’t damper their spirits and enthusiasm. The team carried two huge boxes of discarded batteries and a small assortment of ink cartridges to be
properly recycled. Cameron Smith poured the batteries into the large bins. The Janet Davis Charitable BBQ made a deal with the EcoTeam: if they sold hot dogs and drinks during the day, they could keep the proļ¬ts. The team raised a total of $517.10, a fantastic success! Congratulations and thanks to all the volunteers: Sian, Margery, Lisa, Sheila, Peter, Chris, Sam, Pam and Liza. Great work!

Click the photo for more pictures from this event.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Minutes from our May 14th School Advisory Council meeting

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

Please click here to read the minutes from our May 14th School Advisory Council meeting.

Please join us for our next EBSAC meeting:
Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the Multi-purpose Room

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC


EBSAC meeting minutes from 2006 - present can be found here on our community blog by searching for "EBSAC" and "minutes".

Honest Earl's Bargain Basement Sale and Cafe, Saturday, April 18th, 2009

The day began with bright sunshine and nervous volunteers wondering if people would come on such a beautiful day. And they did! Our first customer peaked in at 8:50am - a good ten minutes before we were slated to open. Perhaps it was our striking new signs posted along the street and the great banner hanging over the Wolverleigh doors. Even so, the sale was bustling by 10am, gently used clothing, the delicious organic, fair trade coffee (thanks again to Small World Cafe) and fabulous baked goods (thanks so much bakers!) practically flew out the door.

The Earl Beatty Greening Committee and a host of determined volunteers rang up sales to the tune of $1300.00! Fantastic! Unsold clothing went to a variety of venues, including Ages and Stages (where we can continue to make money with our account, #197), Massey House, Applewood community clothing exchange. The winter stuff is in storage for next fall. Hope to see you then.


Click here for more pictures of the event.

Community Clean Up , Saturday, April 25, 2009

Betty late than never, we can't forget to announce that Janet Davis' Community Clean-Up at Earl Beatty was a smashing success. The sun shone as scheduled and we all had a great time! Thanks to Liza for organizing everything and for all the volunteers who helped out.

Click the photo for more pictures.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Earl Beatty Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament

Just over a week until May 30th!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009 - 10am to 3pm
Earl Beatty’s 5th Annual Fun Fair
& Ball Hockey Tournament

May 30th is closer than ever, and our Fun Fair wouldn’t be complete without a delicious bake sale! We’re asking parents to please bring nut free baked goods & treats to the lunchroom the morning of the fair. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Chapman at 416 691 8627, or rlchapman(at)primus(dot)ca.

Earl Beatty is an Eco Friendly school so please don’t forget to bring your own reusable drink container for water. Bring a blanket too if you want to sit on the grass with your lunch.

We’re still looking for volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering for a couple of hours on the day please contact: Kris Wessenger-Macdonald at 416 423 2005, or kristinamariewm(at)lycos(dot)com.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Agenda for School Advisory Council Meeting Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Greetings Earl Beatty Parents, Guardians and interested Community Members;

Click here for the agenda for our upcoming EBSAC meeting, next Thursday.

6:00 to 8:00 pm in the basement Multi-Purpose Room,
(also known as the Lunch Room).

This is our second-to-last meeting of the 2008-2009 year. Highlights will include:

• Fun Fair Committee Goal

• Dress Code Review for changing seasons

• Create Election Committee for 09/10

• Fall Fundraising schedule


Looking forward to seeing you there,

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan,
Secretary, Earl Beatty School Advisory Council,

EBSAC meeting minutes from 2006 - present are all here on the blog. Just search for "Minutes" and "EBSAC".

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Janet Davis's Environment Day May 16th - HELP!

Calling all Earl Beatty Greening Supporters - we need your help!

As you all may know, Councillor Janet Davis hosts a Community Environment Day each year to help our neighbourhood recycle items that can't go in our blue boxes, have a place to put reusable items and pick up great compost, among other things.

This year, it is on Saturday, May 16th, from 10am to 2pm at Stan Wadlow Park Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale, east of Woodbine.

Why do we need your help? Janet Davis has offered the Greening Committee the proceeds from the BBQ that she hosts during that time. Each year the amount of money earned goes to a charitable or good cause, and she invited the Earl Beatty Greening Committee to participate and earn the $400 to $500 the BBQ makes for our front garden and learning circle.

What do you need to do? Come to the Environment Day and spend an hour or two (depending on the number of people we get) cooking up the hotdogs, and selling them and drinks. Whatever we make, we keep for the greening of the yard.

Please contact Liza at 416-425-5289 or email her at liza.ordubegian@gmail.com if you can spare some time. Pick up some free compost or purchase a water barrel while you are there!

Thursday, 30 April 2009

TDSB Budget: May 14, 2009 7pm - 9pm


Have your say!

May 14, 2009 7pm - 9pm
Bickford Center Auditorium
777 Bloor Street West @ Christie

Click the flyer to read the details.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Minutes from our April 16th School Advisory Council meeting.

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

Our most recent meeting featured Steve Solomon, speaker on preventing homophobia in our school and community, and a summary of the staffing model for next year.

Please click here to read the minutes from our April 16th School Advisory Council meeting.


Please join us for our next EBSAC meeting:
Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the STAFF ROOM

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary, EBSAC

EBSAC meeting minutes from 2006 - present can be found online on our community blog: http://earlbeatty.blogspot.com/

Fun Fair Meeting: Wed May 6th at 7pm in Earl Beatty’s library.


Just a reminder that the Fun Fair Committee is having its next meeting on Wed May 6th at 7pm in Earl Beatty’s library. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available.

School-ground greening and Live Green Toronto presentation

Everyone is invited to an information session by Live Green Toronto, in which Councillor Janet Davis and Councillor Sandra Bussin, council speaker, will be attending as well as Martina Rowley, an environmental specialist. Some of you are already acquainted with Martina since she did a presentation on our last Ward 16 Council Meeting. This is a great opportunity for everybody to bring ideas and projects you have in mind for your schools. Martina will be working with people in group exercises and discussions to target projects, review them and talk about potential partnerships between different groups.

Monday, May 4, 2009, 6:30–8:30pm
at S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave.
(north opposite East York Civic Centre)


Sunday, 26 April 2009

Bazar D'Artisans/Artisans Bazar at Ecole Georges Etienne Cartier, Saturday, May 2nd, 2009


Hello!
Please come to our first school Artisan's Bazaar!
Saturday May 2nd - 11am to 3pm
There will be adult vendors and kid vendors (see attached poster)
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Community Clean-Up, Saturday, April 25th from 1pm to 3pm

On behalf of the Eco Team Greening Committee,
you are invited to help clean up our school
grounds and surrounding community on
Saturday, April 25th, from 1 pm - 3 pm.

"I know we usually have it in the morning since 2003, but, I had to move it to the afternoon so that I could actually attend, as I have a course in the
morning. I promise, it will be back to normal next year. Who knows? Maybe we will like it better in the afternoon because it's warmer - I do recall on rainy days or cold days wearing gloves under our clean-up gloves!

Anyway, I wanted to remind you all that we will be covering the school
grounds and adjacent streets: Coxwell to Woodmount, Danforth to Milverton, providing we have enough people.

We will also be cleaning up the front gardens in preparation for the
planting season, so you can bring your rakes, cutters, green waste bags and the like to help out. The City has provided garbage bags and gloves.

I am planning to bring coffee fixings and drinks for the kids and possibly
some baked goods (or maybe Tim Horton donuts, we will have to see) for our
wonderful volunteers. If you have some spare time to bake, it would be
appreciated by all, I am sure. Remember, no nuts or peanuts, just in case.

I hope that we won't interfere too much with family activities, but I do
hope you all can join in this annual spring ritual.

Thanks in advance,

Liza
clean-up day organizer and clip board holder (for a lack of a better
description)"

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

For Sat. May 30th

We need people to volunteer at Earl Beatty’s
Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament

If you would like to volunteer
for a couple of hours during the day
on Saturday, May 30th please contact:
Kris Wessenger-Macdonald
416 423 2005

kristinamariewm (at) lycos (dot) com

Posted on behalf of the Fun Fair Committee

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Parent Engagement and Community Partnerships information sessions

The Parent and Community Involvement Office staff will be delivering a series of Parent Engagement and Community Partnerships information sessions during the month of April.

These sessions will enable parents to get information on:
• Getting Involved in their Child’s Education;
• School Council (Regulation 612/613);
• Volunteering in Schools;
• School Council Budgets/Funding/ Insurance; and
• Parent Protocol for Dealing with Parent Concerns

The sessions are scheduled on:

Tuesday April 21, 2009
Jarvis Collegiate,Library
495 Jarvis Street (Yonge & Bloor)
6:30 p.m. - Light Refreshments, 7:00 p.m. - Session

Thursday April 23, 2009
Richview Collegiate, Library
1738 Islington Avenue (Islington @ Eglinton)
6:30 p.m. - Light Refreshments, 7:00 p.m. - Session

Tuesday April 28, 2009
Downsview SS, Library
7 Hawksdale Road (Keele & Wilson)
6:30 p.m. - Light Refreshments, 7:00 p.m. - Session

See the attached flyer for more details.
Steve Travers
Principal
Earl Beatty Jr. & Sr.P.S.


Friday, 17 April 2009

Honest Earl's Bargain Basement Sale: Sat. April 18th, 2009, 9a.m. -1 p.m.


Don't miss the Spring Honest Earl's Bargain Basement sale, where great deals can be had on gently-used children's clothing, footwear, and sporting goods. Come out to shop, or to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with some delicious baked treats at Earl's Cafe. You'll be sure to have fun meeting other parents at the school, and remember to try your luck at our 50/50 draw (New!). Thank you for any and all contributions to this event. Front yard landscaping update: We are hoping the TDSB will complete the installation of the stone seats soon, and following that planting events will be held. More news to come... Thanks for contributing to the greening of your child's school!

Sheesham and Lotus concert Saturday April 18th, 2009


Fabulous concert organized by Acoustic Harvest Folk Club:
Sheesham and Lotus (2 musicians, each play several instruments and are great!)
They play American roots music, appeal to both adults and families.
Location: St. Nicholas Anglican Church
1512 Kingston Rd. (just east of Warden, on the north side)
Saturday April 18, 2009, at 8pm
Doors open at 7:30
Cost: $18
http://www.acousticharvest.ca/

Pegasus Studios hosting Conscious Discipline Workshop this weekend, April 18th & 19th

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Agenda for the School Advisory Council meeting Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Greetings Earl Beatty Parents, Guardians and interested Community Members;

Here is a link to the agenda for the upcoming School Advisory Council meeting.

Thursday, April 16th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the basement Multi-Purpose Room,
(also known as the Lunch Room).

Highlights for this week's meeting include:
Steven Solomon, MSW, RSW, School Social Worker with the Toronto District School Board will speak to us about his anti-homophobia workshops taking place at Earl Beatty. Looking forward to seeing you there,

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan,
Secretary, Earl Beatty School Advisory Council,

EBSAC meeting minutes from 2006 - present are all here on the blog. Just search for "Minutes" and "EBSAC".

Sunday, 5 April 2009

THE EARL'S GREEN WALK 2009

WELCOME TO THE EARLS' GREEN WALK: a chance to explore the green side of the neighborhood around our local schools. The circular route passes through the ravine and East Lynn Park and is a great way to stretch your legs, take in some fresh air, and discover some great things our schools and neighbors are doing for the environment.

THE EARLS' GREEN WALK was created by Susan Gully as part of a joint project to unite Earl Haig, Earl Beatty, and Gledhill Public Schools in collaborative environmental projects within our neighborhood.

The walk is intended to be used around EARTH DAY 2009 at a time of your choice since every day is really EARTH DAY!

The route includes 25 stops that can be followed in its entirety or shortened to accommodate different age groups and schedules. The route is away from major vehicle traffic. A couple of clipboards for the map and the route description would be handy.

THE EARLS' GREEN WALK
  • is 3 km long
  • takes 4353 adult steps
  • burns 159 calories
  • takes 1.5 - 2 hrs including stops

THE EARLS' GREEN WALK IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE

  • Physical activity
  • Opportunities for students to learn spacially, aurally and visually
  • Opportunities for students and teachers to share leadership
  • Suggestions for enriched discussions/activities to follow the walk
  • An opportunity to practice "street ettiquette" when crossing streets and walking by people's homes
  • A meaningful and positive way to experience EARTH DAY/WEEK 2009

Detailed directions describing the route's 25 stops and a map of the route are available to download, save, and print out.

For The Earls' Green Walk route details click here.

For a route MAP click here.

Please let us know what you think about Earls' Green Walk, and feel free to suggest more green stops or changes to the route.

Send comments to taranimator (at) hotmail.com.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Workshop: What Parents Need to Know About the Video Games Kids Play

You're invited to a Riverdale School Council Workshop:
April 7/09, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Riverdale C.I. Auditorium
1094 Gerrard St. East

Gamer Ed:
What Parents need to know about the
Video Games Kids Play


The debate about the benefits and/or curse that is video games doesn’t seem to end. Are they educational or a mindless waste of time? Do they encourage strategic reasoning or destructive, violent behavior?

Underpinning this debate is an age-old truth; we fear what we don’t understand and many parents today don’t know, understand or get gaming. Why do kids have this passionate love affair with video games? How can they invest so much of themselves in blowing up zombies, decorating an igloo or slaying trolls? How do kids get their thumbs and brains to work in tandem when they can’t seem to find their way to the laundry basket?

As parents, many of us struggle with issues like appropriate game play, game systems and appropriate titles. Or maybe we’re not even part of the conversation and have allowed our kids to parent themselves through the video game landscape.
What is a parent’s role in managing the video-gaming habits of their kids?


Join us at Riverdale Collegiate for an INCREDIBLE night of gaming education

We’ll explain the range of gaming options, review gaming platforms and rating guides, provide parenting strategies, and PLAY SOME GAMES!

This is a fabulous opportunity for parents to educate themselves on an activity that is defining a generation of kids.

Featuring:
- Marc Saltzman: Gaming and Technology Guru, Host of ‘Plugged in with Marc Salzman’, ‘Tech Talk’ on CFRB - Jesse Wente: Gaming and Film Critic, CBC Radio, TIFF programmer ….and the gaming talents of Riverdale students

*** Admission is Free to all students, parents, guardians and TDSB staff.


Click image at left for printable flyer:




Ethnocultural Network Meeting March 31st, 5050 Yonge Street, Ground Floor, TDSB Cafeteria, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Are you concerned about your child’s performance at school? Would you like your children to be successful in school but need more information as a parent or caregiver?

Please come and attend a meeting of the Ethnocultural Community Network, a liaison group with the Toronto District School Board

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
5050 Yonge Street, Ground Floor, TDSB Cafeteria
6:30pm to 9:00pm
A light dinner and refreshments will be served at 6:30pm.
Meeting will start at 7:00pm sharp

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Don't Miss Steve Chapelle's Seminar "Streetproof Your Child for the Internet" Monday, March 30th from 7:00 - 8:30

The Earl Beatty School Council is pleased to host Earl Beatty parent and Internet Safety expert Steve Chapelle's popular seminar:

"Streetproof Your Child for the Internet"
Monday, March 30th from 7:00 - 8:30
in the downstairs Multi-Purpose Room,
Earl Beatty Public School,
55 Woodington Ave.


In this one-hour seminar you will learn...


PARENTAL CONTROLS OVER INTERNET CONTENT
  • Teach children responsible computing rules
  • Block inappropriate internet content
  • Understand chat rooms, text messaging and blogs
  • Monitor website and instant messaging history
  • Familiarize with children’s internet friends and contacts
  • Direction on file-sharing (downloading)
COMPUTER MAINTENANCE AND PROTECTION
  • Windows update and security
  • MS-Office update and security
  • Virus and spyware removal and blockage
  • Safe email usage to minimize spam
  • Firewall understanding and utilization
  • Data protection
FREE-LICENCE SOFTWARE AND WHERE TO GET IT
  • Internet Content Control
  • Anti-virus
  • Anti-spyware
  • Firewall
  • Text Messaging monitor
  • Popup Stopper

WHAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY:

  • A greater ability to establish responsibility as it relates to the family or small office computer(s)
  • Familiarity with the latest technological terminology and activities popular among young people
  • Overcoming the sense of being outflanked by computer-savvy children.
  • Understanding the methods necessary for maintaining and protecting your computer, software, data and privacy
  • Your own copy of Streetproof Your Child For The Internet - The Parent’s Handbook
About Steve Chapelle:

An IT professional for more than 20 years, Steve Chapelle has held technical and leadership positions in Technical Support, Operations and Production. Experience has included Microsoft, IBM and Novell operating systems, as well as both corporate and home office environments.

Feedback:

"I've attended a number of seminars and workshops on Internet safety, and Steve Chapelle's 'Streetproof Your Child for the Internet' was certainly the most practical. I left the seminar knowing what I had to do and why, and with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to do it. It was time well spent." - John, parent and APSGO member (Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario)

“Streetproof Your Child For The
Internet’ is an excellent seminar. Steve details the pitfalls of internet safety and gives clear explanations of how to make our home computers safer places for our families.” - Nicole Herbert, Chair, Leslieville School Council

“Steve's information and in the format
that he explained it all was exceptional, easy to understand and fun.” - Charlene D, Toronto parent


Please visit Mr. Chapelle's website for more information:

http://stevechapelle.ca/

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Fun Fair Committee at our next meeting on Wed Apr 1st at 7pm in the school library

Please join the Fun Fair Committee at our next meeting on Wed Apr 1st at 7pm in the school library. We’re still looking for more parents to join our group to make our 5th Annual Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament a great event. Refreshments will be available so come out and bring your great ideas!

Thanks, Penny

Sunday, 22 March 2009

EBSAC March 12th, 2009‏ Minutes

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

Please click here to read the minutes from our March 12th School Advisory Council's meeting.


Our March meeting was very well-attended and action-packed. We had two special presentations: a report from the Eco Team's Greening Committee and a visit from Superintendent Kathy Cowan who informed us about the outcomes of Earl Haig's recent decision to become a K-8 school.

Please join us for our next EBSAC meeting:
Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the STAFF ROOM


Also, please save the date for our upcoming seminar:

"Streetproof Your Child for the Internet" with Steve Chapelle
Monday, March 30th from 7:00 - 8:30 in the downstairs Multi-Purpose Room (lunchroom).

Hope to see you there!


Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Ward 16 Council Meeting Tuesday March 10th at 7:00pm

Presteign Heights, 2570 St. Clair Avenue East

Agenda
  • School Signs update
  • School Promotional Brochure
  • Presentation - Live Green Specialist - Martina V. Rowley
Live Green Toronto is a new, five-year program initiated by the City of Toronto. Live Green will
  • Help identify potential funding opportunities, including financial incentives and grants for programs such as, home energy retrofits; green power generation; community gardens; water and energy conservation, tree plantings and green roofs.
  • Assist in navigating through regulatory and other approval processes
  • Co-ordinate Live Green Toronto workshops to provide the know-how needed and make connections with other experts and suppliers.

The website www.livegreentoronto.ca will provide the information

Click image at right for a printable agenda.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Bowling at Danforth Bowl - Part 2! Monday, March 16th, 2:30 - 4:30

Given the overwhelming interest in bowling with friends from Earl Beatty on the Friday of March Break, we how have a full house for that date. But for those who are still interested there is a possibility of having a second bowling event on the Monday. Please email ebsacinfo@gmail.com asap if you are interested in having your kids participate (note: adult supervision required).

The cost is about $5.00 total per child, and includes a box of fruit juice and a bag of chips. Last year's event was great fun. Hope to see you there!

Thanks, Sheila

For more information about Danforth Bowl see their website:
http://www.danforthbowl.com/

Agenda for EBSAC Meeting Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in the MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM (Lunch Room), 6:00-8:00 pm

Hello, everybody!

Welcome one and all to the School Advisory Council meeting next week, Thursday, March 12th, at 6:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (a.k.a. the Lunchroom). Please note the change of venue!

Click here for the agenda for the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Fun Fair Committee Meeting: Wed Mar 4th at 7-9pm, Earl Beatty’s library

The Fun Fair committee would like to thank all the parents who attended the first meeting on Feb 4th. Your participation was greatly appreciated! We’re looking for more people to join our group to make this 5th anniversary Fun Fair the best one yet. Please come to our next meeting on Wed Mar 4th at 7-9pm, Earl Beatty’s library, to hear what the fun is all about.

Penny Bird Rudder

Ward 16 Council Meeting Minutes February 10th, 2009.

Click here for the minutes from the February 10th Ward 16 council meeting at Duke of Connaught Public School.

Up-coming Ward 16 Council Meeting dates: March 10th, May 11th & June 9th.

Tara Donovan
EBSAC Secretary

Friday, 27 February 2009

Bowling at Danforth Bowl! Friday, March 20th, 2:30-4:30pm‏

Hey there!

It's the self-appointed Earl Beatty cruise director speaking... !
Last year I booked the Danforth Bowl on the Friday of the March Break, and it was so much fun for the families who came that I'm doing it again. We the place to ourselves for 2 hours (6 lanes), and it worked out to be about $20 per family (note: the exact amount depends on how many families sign up, and the number of kids per family). I recall that each child received a drink and chips as part of this cost, and the adults happily ordered from the wine/beer selection, and paid separately for this.

If you are interested, please reply to ebsacinfo@gmail.com asap (we had a full house sign up pretty quickly last year). Because I have to pay the Danforth Bowl for our time there, and there are so many kids involved, the sooner I know who is coming the better. Ask your friends at the school too if you like, because it's great for us to support our local bowling alley! If we get more kids wanting to come than can be accommodated, those who don't get on my list can always be organized into a second group from the school.

Cheers, Sheila

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Monday, 23 February 2009

EcoTeam Greening Committee Meeting

Click here for the minutes of our planning meeting at Small World Cafe on February 21st.

We are thrilled to share the news that Earl Beatty has been granted $2000 from the Toyota / Evergreen Learning Grounds Fund in support of our plans for the school's front yard landscape improvements. Thanks to all of you who have supported the efforts of the EcoTeam Greening Committee by donating items as well as helping out or coming to shop at the Honest Earl's Bargain Basement sales. In addition to the numerous bags of clothes that we have collectively donated to local shelters and charities, we have raised an additional $270 from the clothing that was sold through Ages and Stages (our local children's clothing consignment store on the Danforth) - bringing the total raised for this project to $4760!

So dig out those gardening gloves and sun hats, because plans are underway for Earl Beatty's spring gardening events! And please remember to save your gently used kid's clothing, footwear and sporting equipment for donation to the spring...
Honest Earl's Bargain Basement Sale:
Date: Sat. April 18th, 2009, 9a.m. -1 p.m.

If you can't hold onto these items until then, Ages and Stages will accept items in season for resale (just mention the Earl Beatty Greening Fund). More news on the sale and planting /gardening events to come in future Thursday folders and school newletters. And did we mention the amazing baked goods and delicious coffee served at the sales (compliments of Small World Cafe)...? Yum... good friends and good food... with 'green' sales and bargains galore... really, what else could you ask for?!

Thanks again,
The Earl Beatty Ecoteam Greening Committee.

Click here for a larger version of the proposed site plan for Earl Beatty's front yard.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

EBSAC February 12th, 2009‏ Minutes

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

This post includes a link to the minutes from the School Advisory Council's most recent meeting.

Please join us for our next meeting:

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 6:00 pm, location TBA.


We will be joined by a guest speaker,
TDSB Superintendent Kathy Cowan who will provide information and answer questions regarding the impact on Earl Beatty of Earl Haig retaining their grade 7 and 8 students.


Click here for the minutes and available supporting documents from the February 12th,2009 EBSAC meeting.


Here is a brief bio of Kathy Cowan:

Kathy Cowan, in her role as Superintendent of Education, is a senior
official with the Toronto District School Board. The Toronto Board is the fifth largest school district in North America with 577 schools serving elementary, secondary, and adult learners.

In her senior administrator role, Kathy has direct curriculum and operational responsibility for 22 schools serving approximately 10,000 students. The focus in the Family of Schools (FOS) is equitable outcomes and opportunities for all students through improving literacy and numeracy skills. There is a strong commitment to staff efficacy and professional development. Parent engagement and partnerships are integral to the work in the FOS. Kathy is committed to parents and served for many years as Earl Beatty's Home and School president and the Chair of the Council of Home and Schools for Toronto.

Kathy has a master's degree in Educational Administration. She was a principal of a very large and diverse elementary school in Toronto and also served as the Central Coordinating Principal of Leadership Development for the Toronto District School Board before being promoted to Superintendent of Education. She also carries the Model hools for Inner Cities portfolio and the Urban Diversity Committee Chair position, impacting an additional 73 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 29 secondary schools.



Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Councillor Janet Davis' 6th Annual Skating Party Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM



Hello Friends,
Councillor Davis would like to invite you, your friends, family, neighbours - EVERYONE - to her 6th annual Skating Party!

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Councillor Janet Davis'
6th Annual Skating Party
Sunday, February 22, 2009
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
East York Memorial Arena, 888 Cosburn Ave.

Figure skating demos, juice & cookies, prizes, kids craft table, free skating, live DJ and more!

*Children 6 years old and under are required to wear CSA approved helmets on the ice.
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Thanks so much for your assistance! We'll see you on the ice,
sincerely,

Erin George
Executive Assistant (Acting) to
Councillor Janet Davis
Ward 31, Beaches East-York
100 Queen St. W. Suite C57
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
phone: 416.392.4035
fax: 416.397.9289
email: egeorge@toronto.ca
web: www.janetdavis.ca

Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council Annual Family Skate a Huge Success!

Well, we couldn't ask for a better day! The sun was shining, it wasn't too cold and nearly 150 people participated in the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council Annual Family Skate.

The Crazy Scarf contest had about a dozen particpants; it was so difficult to choose the craziest scarf, the most colourful scarf, the cutest scarf or the longest scarf. The winners received a re-usable mug, hot chocolate, gloves or a warm headband. Thanks to all that participated.

Everyone got to join in the fun with the Spot Skate, and the youngest of the crowd had their own Simon Says game. Lots of happy winners received skate guards, laces, pucks, or skate tighteners.

The highlight of the event probably was the huge selection of yummy baked goods - including fabulous muffins from our local Cafe - Small World. Thanks to Tony and Beth for donating the muffins and their lovely organic, fair trade coffee. The Advisory Council would also like to thank the many parents who baked nut-free goodies for all to share. Everyone enjoyed them. Thanks also to Ellen and Sian for their swift hot chocolate making.

The event couldn't go on without the help of Community Centre staff - thanks to Crystal and Jesse for the music and games.

Looking forward to next year,

Liza
Advisory Council Member


Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Agenda for EBSAC Meeting Thursday, February 12, 2009 in the STAFF ROOM, 6:00-8:00 pm

Hello, everybody!

Welcome one and all to the School Advisory Council meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, February 12th at 6:00 pm in the 2nd floor Staff Room (Room #20). Please note the change of venue!

Click here for the agenda for the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Tara Donovan, Secretary
EBSAC