Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Annual Jackman Avenue Jr. PS Food Drive

It’s that time of year, and our Student Council has been hard at work organizing our annual food drive. The drive will run from Dec 7 – 22, and students are asked to bring their food donations to their classroom, where our Student Council will collect and organize in bins outside the office. The Student Council is also challenging classes to set a goal for donations to help foster community spirit and support. Food items most in need are peanut butter, pasta/pasta sauces, and canned fish. We are also asking families to consider cultural foods, for example couscous, basmati rice, chick peas, and lentils, to help support the diversity of needs and diets.  

In the past 10 years, the demographics of people accessing food banks in Toronto has changed dramatically, in almost every respect. One of the biggest demographic shifts observed in those accessing food banks in Toronto, is the reversal in the age groups at opposite ends of the age spectrum: in 2006 one third of clients were 18 and under; in 2016 one third are 45 and over. While large strides have been made in the last ten years in income support for children, there has been little done for a large cohort of older adults, especially single people, who have lost their jobs after the recession and are having a difficult time re-entering the labour market. Many of these individuals were forced to rely on social assistance after they lost work, have a disability or serious illness, and are facing ongoing struggles in keeping up with the cost of living.” (from: Who’s Hungry? Daily bread’s annual report on hunger in Toronto, 2016)

Red Nose Campaign

Our Student Council has been hard at work organizing our school’s participation in the Toronto Foundation for Student Success annual Red Nose Campaign. This campaign helps raise funds for programs across schools in the TDSB that provide breakfast and snack programs, after school programs, and other resources/supports for families in need. The Student Council will be selling red noses that light up, for $3 each, and are planning a ‘Red Nose’ Day on Wednesday, December 21, where we will take a group photo of all the students who have a red nose on! To learn more about the Red Nose Campaign, please visit; http://tfss.ca/tfssevents/rednose

Winter Concert – December 19 at 6:30 pm in GPR

Our first concert date is set, and the following classes/groups will be performing;

·        Room 210 – Grade 2 (Plytas)

·        Room 201 – Grade 2 FI (Hafner)

·        Room 102 – Grade 3 FI (Smith)

·        Portable 3 – Grade 3 FI (Pace)

·        Portable 2 – Grade 4/5 FI (Godin)

·        Room 314 – Grade 4 (Cheng)

·        Primary Choir with Ms. Singh

Please note that our GPR has limited seating capacity, and we appreciate families limiting themselves to 2 seats per family. Daycare will be provided.

Our Student Council is co-ordinating our Annual Jackman Food Drive, and we ask that families consider bringing a food donation to the concert. Our Student Council will be there to help organize the donations.

School Information Nights

School Information Night dates have been set for families to visit schools that they may be interested in attending next year. These information events allow students to visit specific schools, and to learn about their programs. We will be working with our Grade 6 students and families in the early new year as we share program options and next steps for families, and ask that you mark your calendars for these School Information Nights. For more information on schools, please visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/highschool/goingtohighschool/openhousesandinformationnights.aspx

Dates of Interest

Grade 6

Westwood MS – January 18 @ 6:30 pm (For Grade 5 students interested in Optional Attendance for Grade 6)

Grade 7

Horizon Alternative School – January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Equinox Holistic Alternative School – January 19 @ 6:30 pm

Quest Alternative School – January 24 @ 6:30 pm

Spectrum Alternative School – January 25 @ 6:00 pm

East Alternative School – January 26 @ 6:30 pm

Pizza Lunch Dates

Reminder that our next Pizza Lunch dates will be Wednesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Thanks again to all of our parent volunteers who make this possible, we truly appreciate your efforts.

Parent Council Meetings

Reminder that our Parent Council meetings are Monday, December 5 and Monday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in the Library. We look forward to seeing our parents and appreciate their support for Jackman!

Winter Break

The Winter Break is almost here, and we wish all of our families the best of the holiday season, rest, and an opportunity to create memories with family and friends. The break starts December 23 and ends on January 8, 2017. We will see everyone back for more great learning on Monday, January 9, 2017! It will be a Day 1 on the school calendar. For fun things to do over the break, check out http://www.toronto4kids.com/

Cookie Dough Orders Arrive December 15

For those families that ordered cookie dough, please note that the expected delivery date is December 15. We ask that families pick up their order in the GPR starting at 3:30.

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