Below are copies of two letters signed by School Council regarding proposed changes to public education.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2JDFFY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Date TBD.
Looking forward to enjoying another sweet treat from Jackman’s schoolyard!
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.
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!
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
Thank you to the parents, guardians, students and interested community members who dropped by the Field of Dreams table at Harvest Fest to check out the landscape drawing of the revitalization of the Jackman schoolyard. This was the first opportunity our Jackman community had to see the drawing, and we heard lots of excitement and support. If you weren’t able to visit us at Harvest Fest, you can view a PDF of the Jackman Field of Dreams plans here.
Please click here for more information on the Field of Dreams and to support the initiative with a donation. Thank you!
What a great night it was! This past Friday, Jackman was alive with Harvest Fest, our annual celebration of the gardens, eco-initiatives, and autumn season! We welcomed families and community members to celebrate the start of the new school year. There was something for everyone…dancing, enjoying baked treats, popcorn and lemonade, bobbing for apples, taking home pumpkins and books, making crafts, and meet your new Jackman School Council (JSC) members as we served chili and hot dogs!
As always, an event like this cannot happen without the incredible support of the contributors and super volunteers!
A big THANK YOU to:
- All bakers for the delicious treats
- Parents for volunteering to help with the bake sale, book sale and serving 500+ hotdogs
- All the chefs for making over 25 pots of chili
- Families for donating books and free cycle items
- Grade 6 ambassador students and parents for helping in the craft room
- Kitchen crew parents for cleaning crockpots and moving chili to and from the serving station in the GPR
- The caretakers for helping set up and clean up after this event
- All the students for making the scarecrows that greeted Harvest Fest attendees in front of the school
- Mr. Cressman and the eco-team students who helped everyone sort the waste
- The super dance music provided all night long by DJ Karen Pace
- Shelia and Gambles Ontario Produce for delivering pumpkins, apples and lemons
- Helen, “Lemonade Dave” and crew for serving 450 cups of lemonade
- The teachers and administration for supporting this event
- Our High school student volunteers for serving popcorn and overseeing “bobbing for apples”
- Everyone else who volunteered their time, enthusiasm and cleanup skills
- AND everyone who came out to celebrate, including parents, students, teachers and Jackman administration, and our local politicians.
Many, many thanks everyone and Happy Halloween!
Outdoor Education/Environment Committee and 2018-2019 Jackman School Council
Harvest Fest is this Friday and we’re still looking for volunteers, chili, baked goods and donations to make this year’s event better than ever. Please read below and sign up or let us know how you can help us. Thanks in advance for your help!
We NEED volunteers!
1. To help sell baked good and treats in the bake sale room, in shifts of 30 minutes or more from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
2. To help sell used books and to help at the popcorn stand. Please sign up for 30 minutes shifts or more if you can!
To volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for as many time slots as you can here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdeO7MyWyCtVRaQyx…/viewform
We NEED high school volunteers!
This is a great opportunity for students to earn a few volunteers hours at a fun activity. Please email email@example.com and we’ll match student(s) with Harvest Fest needs.
We NEED donations!
1. Baked goods & treats, all nut free, and meat or veggie chili. Please sign up here with offers of baked goods and/or chili: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScqV1ml1UN0h1NJAe…/viewform
2. Books, gently use sports gear & Halloween costumes for our “free cycle.” Please drop off item donations outside the school office at any time this week!
Jackman School Council is inviting all Jackman families to attend a special Toronto Marlies game on November 25. You can purchase discounted tickets for just $30 by clicking the link below to print and complete an order form, and paying for your tickets through School Cash Online or by cheque. We’ll have our own special section, and if we’re able to sell at least 125 tickets, two Jackman students will be randomly chosen to drive the Zamboni during intermission! A portion of all ticket sales will go to support families of Rose Avenue Junior Public School who were displaced this summer after a fire at the 650 Parliament Street apartment towers. If you have questions, please contact Kristina at firstname.lastname@example.org.