December 2019 – Phase 2 update

The steering committee met with the TDSB and we are so excited to report that Phase 2 of the Field of Dreams will take place in 2020!  Construction drawings will be issued for tender soon.  We will have a brand new track/running trail, a running long jump pit, an eco storage unit and a fantastic new climber combo area (photos below)!  

We want to thank the parents for their on-going support and contributions.

We would also like to thank our corporate donors The Big Carrot, Foodland and Treasure Island, for their ongoing support and generosity!  

We are close to reaching our goal with fundraising. But it’s still not too late to get a personalized, engraved paver that will be installed in the re-design of the schoolyard, with a donation of $500.00.  We already have 70 pavers which will be featured in a very special donor designated area! 

Thank you for supporting the Field of Dreams!
Theodora Rowlands and Liz WestCo – chairs Steering Committee

Community Initiatives

Riverdale Basket Brigade
We’d like to pass along information about a fundraiser in our community – the Riverdale Basket Brigade –  a registered charity providing holiday food baskets to families in need in Toronto’s East End. You can get involved by donating your time to help fill boxes or by monetary donation (tax receipts issued for donations over $20). Learn more at their Facebook page or make a donation by clicking here.

Harvest Fest 2019

Once again, Jackman’s annual Harvest Fest was a huge success thanks to our wonderful and supportive community.

We’d like to thank all of the parents who volunteered to help make this event a success by doing the behind-the-scenes work – preparing baked goods, making pots of chilli, helping with set-up/clean-up of the event and helping man the booths during the festival. 

Thanks to all of the students and staff who worked hard to make Harvest Fest possible, especially Mr. Cressman, Ms. Csamer, Madame Pace, Principal Lee and the Jackman JETs!

A special thank you to  Jennifer, Heather, Blythe, Rolf and the rest of the  OEC committee who organized this event.

Harvest Fest is truly a community event that would not be possible without the help of incredible people like yourselves! 

In particular, we would like to give a huge shout out to our community partner, COBS bread on Danforth, and Brefny for your generous donation of delicious bread and help!

We sold out of baked goods by 6:15pm and were serving our last bowls of chilli by 6:45pm.  Hotdogs and popcorn were still going strong and despite the long line-ups, the weather held out and people had a good time.  

We are always looking for feedback and way to improve. Please reach out to parent council if you have any suggestions or feedback. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.

September 2019 – Field of Dreams Phase I update

We are thrilled that the Field of Dreams – Phase I was completed on time for the start of school in September.  Our thanks go to Allina and the TDSB for their assistance with this effort. It’s great to see kids, teachers and the community making use of the new space that has opened up.  

We are happy the basketball poles could be retained and took advantage of the revised rules around nets by installing colourful new ones! 

The sport court paint will be touched up to take care of some initial marks made. Also, the mulch area is being re-evaluated for a new portable.  

Looking Ahead…

As for Phase II, we are getting really close to meeting our fundraising goal and that means we will be committing to construction for 2020.   A meeting to finalize the plan is scheduled with the TDSB for Nov 12th. 


Thank you to those families who bought pavers at Harvest Fest.  To meet our target we will continue to offer engraved pavers as a thank you for donations over $500. We have an exciting Foodland Christmas Tree promotion planned,  along with the annual parents MVP night (thanks to Kelly Gauthier and team), and a new year Danceathon!  

Liz West & Theodora Rowlands – FOD Steering Committee Chairs 

2018-2019 Jackman School Council Financial Results

Treasurer’s general comments on the 2018-2019 financial results:

Overall, a great year for Jackman School Council and the Jackman Avenue Public School community with net revenue growth of 8.6% year-over-year, to $89,588 from $82,490 last year and 21.7% greater than 2017. A very aggressive Field of Dreams target of $53,000 and underperforming Dance-a-Thon created significant downward pressure on actuals to target objectives. Total assets for the start of this year are $154,000 to support school programs and strategic objectives such as Field of Dreams. We note 2018-2019 ‘run-the-school’ expenditures ~$41,000. 

Revenue centre comments:

  • Spring Fair: $7,400 favourable to target driven by robust donation environment ($13,000).
  • Pizza Days: $5,800 increase in net proceeds. We note expenses stayed flat year-over-year (~$16,000), contributing to a solid margin of 57%.
  • Harvest Fest: Experienced a modest increase in net revenue to target of $400 – essentially flat on expenses year-over-year.
  • Jackman Gear: $3,000 unfavourable to target, however we note the program is net positive with revenues of $4,400 vs. expenses of $4,100 We experienced downward margin pressure from early season inventory purchases for gear ($2,500 in October and November). We also point out fees from sales platform Shopify of ~$300. A review of inventory to identify top performers is underway to gauge market demand.
  • MVP: Solid performance $2,500 favourable to target.
  • Dance-a-Thon: Underachieved ~$9,000 unfavourable to target based on mismanagement. Approach is under review.
  • Field of Dreams: Unfavourable to target due to very aggressive ask of $53,000 and coming in at $25,000. We note donation environment continues to be strong, as evidenced by steady state of donation stream during the fiscal year.

Although we are encouraged by year-over-year growth of revenue to satisfy our strategic goals, obvious areas for improvement remain.

We also note ~$7,000 in unpaid liabilities are outstanding (e.g.: Math Manipulatives cheque $~$3,000, $2,500 for Indigenous Mosaic)

David Smith, 2018-2019 Jackman School Council Treasurer Co-Chair

MVP Night a Big Success!

MVP Night a Big Success!

This year’s MVP Night event on Thursday, February 21 in the Jackman GPR, was another successful night of fundraising for the Field of Dreams, and friend-raising amongst all the fantastic Jackman parents!

The school was bustling with parents and staff, excited to try out the photo booth, dance to great tunes, have their tarot cards read, sip local wine and beer in Heaps Estrin collectible Jackman cups, enjoy all the amazing food of the Danforth, and outbid one another on over 120 auction items. With over $18,000 raised toward the Field of Dreams bottom line, we are getting even closer to realizing our beautiful new playground, thanks to the generosity of local businesses, support of the parent community, engagement of Jackman staff, and volunteer hours of the MVP committee. 

We would like to thank all of you who attended, as well as our generous sponsors: 

Alcohol Sponsors: Georgian Bay Spirit Co. , D’Ont Poke the Bear, Steam Whistle 

Gold Sponsors: Angela Mandalas, Mayfair Reno Corp, Shangri-La Hotel, Riverdale Martial Arts, Massage Addict, Ticketmaster.

And, all of the other sponsors, supporters and volunteers who made the event happen. Click here to have a look at our PowerPoint presentation for the full list!

In order to make next year’s event even MORE successful, we’d like to invite you to please take a minute to fill out this quick survey whether or not you attended:

Volunteer for Jackman Maple Syrup Season!

Volunteer for Jackman Maple Syrup Season!

Winter is nearing an end and spring is just around the corner. You know what that means… Maple Syrup Season at Jackman will soon begin. Our maple tree project is a lot of fun and educational for our students, but we need a lot of help from eager parent volunteers to make it happen!

We can’t say exactly when we’ll start or what our timelines look like at this point – it all depends on the weather, as we need need the right temperatures to tap our trees. In the meantime, please consider lending a hand by signing up to volunteer for one of the following jobs.

1. Tapping Trees: When the temperatures are just right, we will organize a day to tap the trees. Several classes will be involved. It will be a great educational experience for kids. If you are interested in participating in tree tapping day, please contact Rolf at Date TBD.

2. Collecting Sap: During the school week, many classes will be involved in collecting sap. But we will need help from families on weekends and during March Break. We are also collecting weather and sap data with a shared Google doc. If you’re interested in helping in this way, please contact Mr. Cressman at

3. Boiling Down the Sap: Perhaps the biggest job, boiling down the sap is a long, slow process. We need some backyard enthusiasts to help us do this. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Email Rolf if you are eager to help in this way,

4. Maple Syrup Festival: To wrap up a successful season, we will engage the whole school with a maple syrup celebration. If you can help with serving pancakes and fresh maple syrup, please contact Mr. Cressman at Date TBD.

Looking forward to enjoying another sweet treat from Jackman’s schoolyard!

MVP Tickets On Sale Now!

MVP Tickets On Sale Now!

Don’t miss MVP (Most Valuable Parent) Night at Jackman on February 21, 2019! Our second annual adults-only evening promises to be an exciting event bringing neighbours and new friends together, for fun, conversation, dancing, great food and community-building. We’ll also be featuring a silent auction, where you can bid on great experiences, hotel stays, camps and much more.

Click to buy your MVP Night tickets now!

MVP entry tickets are $5, which includes one alcoholic drink or 2 non-alcoholic drinks. We’ll have them on sale at the doors of the school’s General Purpose Room (GPR) at the event. But we expect a sell-out, so buy them online now to avoid disappointment.

All funds raised will go toward our Field of Dreams project to build an outdoor space at the school that will be enjoyed by Jackman Avenue Junior Public School students and the surrounding community. The price to achieve this goal is steep, but as MVPs we know you are up to the challenge!

We can’t wait to see you all at MVP Night in the Jackman GPR, starting at 7:30 pm on February 21!

Jackman Store Holiday Bundles

Jackman Store Holiday Bundles

Save $ while stocking up on your favourite Jackman gear. Please note limited quantity is available for these specially priced bundles so order yours fast to ensure you get one before they are gone!  Check out our store.

Backpack and Jaguar (reg $25) bundle $20

Toque and Jaguar (reg $30) bundle $25 

Hoody and Jaguar (reg $45) bundle $40. 

Adult crew neck sweater and Jaguar (reg $45) bundle $40