Jackman Field of Dreams Update

Jackman Field of Dreams Update

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!

Harvest Fest 2018: A Big Thank You/Merci Beaucoup!

Harvest Fest 2018: A Big Thank You/Merci Beaucoup!

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

See Our Field of Dreams Plans at Harvest Fest!

See Our Field of Dreams Plans at Harvest Fest!
Dear Jackman families,
We have some exiting news to share with you!  Our new schoolyard master plan drawing is complete and will be on display in the office during Harvest Fest this coming Friday. So please drop by to see the exciting new design!

PHASE 1 of the schoolyard revitalization will encompass the portable area of the schoolyard.  This tired, underused area is about to be transformed!  We have negotiated with the TDSB to pay for the asphalt replacement and complete fencing removal and we will fund a painted, multi-sport court surface and accompanying elements.  This will allow for multiple activities to take place in an exciting new space.  Thanks to the joint effort of our wonderful Jackman parent community and the TDSB, Phase 1 fundraising is complete and this work is scheduled to commence in 2019!

PHASE 2 of the schoolyard revitalization can commence in 2020 (if fundraising is successful) and will include a brand new running track, baseball diamond revitalization, running long jump pit improvements and additional elements, such as storage and designated soccer field lines!  In Phase 2, we have negotiated with the TDSB to pay for and install a new climbing structure in a new location on the east side of the asphalt.  This phase is estimated to cost us $150,000 and we are working hard to fundraise for this now.  In order to proceed with Phase 2, we MUST have the funds in place by June 2019.  In future phases, we hope to work on a new maze/sensory garden, basketball net improvements and TDSB refinishing of the remaining asphalt.

We hope you will make this dream come true by supporting the revitalization of the Jackman schoolyard.  It’s simple and easy.  Just click here and follow the directions to make a donation to the Field of Dreams!

We are excited to show you our new schoolyard plan on October 26th at Harvest Fest in the main office!

Strategic Planning/Steering Committee

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 jenniferproos@sympatico.ca 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 jenniferproos@sympatico.ca 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!

Get Your Tickets to Jackman Day at the Toronto Marlies!

Get Your Tickets to Jackman Day at the Toronto Marlies!

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 design.energy.in@gmail.com.

Jackman Marlies Order Form

It’s Walk to School Week!

It’s Walk to School Week!

All this week (October 9 to 12), join Jackman’s Eco Team and fellow Jackman families in walking to school. Each day, the Eco Team will be celebrating walkers with special surprises. Make sure to get to school a bit early each day to take part in the fun. Here’s the schedule of what you can look forward to:

Tuesday – Walk-to-school stickers
Wednesday – Snack time (fresh, local apples, cut in slices sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon)
Thursday – Craft (colour a walk to school poster)
Friday – A draw for prizes (win one of Mr. Cressman’s world-famous, home-baked, chocolate chip cookies)

Come to Jackman’s Annual Harvest Fest on October 26!

Come to Jackman’s Annual Harvest Fest on October 26!

Harvest Fest is a Jackman Public School tradition, where we come together as a community to celebrate our eco-school initiatives, the gardens and the exciting start of a new school year. There will be chili and hotdogs served, baked goods to enjoy, pumpkins to take home for your Halloween festivities, and preloved books and other goods. We’ll have dancing, bobbing for apples and other fun activities. Harvest Fest is a pay-what-you-can event. All donations will go toward covering our event costs and supporting our Field of Dreams initiative.

The 2018 Harvest Fest is Friday October 26th

5:30 – 8:00pm

Stick around for our Clean-Up After Party too!


We need your help to put on this amazing event!

Harvest Fest is a Jackman School Council-led event, but we can’t do it alone. Want to help make Harvest Fest a success? Here are some things we need people to volunteer for:

  • Make some delicious (nut-free) treats for our bake sale
  • Make a crock pot of chilli to share at Harvest Fest
  • Donate books for our pre-loved book sale
  • Donate costumes, sporting and dance gear, skates, boots and other items for our free-cycle tables (donations will be accepted in the school foyer)
  • Volunteer to help sell pumpkins, operate the book sale and free-cycle, serve food, etc.
  • Help us set up and/or clean up on the day of the event
  • Connect us to high school students looking for community volunteer hours!


Monday, October 22 – Make a Scarecrow!

In preparation for Harvest Fest, we will be making scarecrows with classrooms at the front of the school on October 22. Please come out and join in the fun!


Email Rolf Struthers (rolf.struthers@gmail.com) for more information or to volunteer your help.

Email Jennifer Proos (jenniferproos@sympatico.ca) if you want to make some chili for Harvest Fest.

Email Liz Eustace (liz@alignyo.com) with your offers of nut-free baked goods for our bake sale.

Meet Your 2018-2019 Jackman School Council!

Meet Your 2018-2019 Jackman School Council!


Yesterday, Jackman School Council held elections for the 2018-2019 school year. Each TDSB school council is made up of elected parent volunteers, as well as representatives from school staff and administration, and the community. Council’s role is to serve as an important direct link between parents and guardians of Jackman students, the school administration and the wider TDSB community. This year’s elected council includes several returning members as well as new faces, and we’re all eager to meet as many of you as possible and make this a great year. You can view this year’s Jackman School Council here.

Council advises the principal and the TDSB on issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, and criteria for selection of new principals. In addition to regularly attending monthly council meetings, council members also plan and run several fun, community-building activities throughout the year, and fundraise to meet our budgeted needs and goals.

If you’re interested in joining council this year, please let us know. We still have vacant positions for secretary, as well as outdoor environment committee, treasurer and volunteer/social co-chairs. Connect with us at jackmannews@gmail.com if you want more info or are interested in taking on one of these council roles this year!

Pizza Lunch is This Wednesday – Sign Up to Volunteer!

Pizza Lunch is This Wednesday – Sign Up to Volunteer!
Our next Jackman Pizza Lunch is this Wednesday, April 11. As always, these lunches are parent-powered, and we can’t do them without the help of parents like you to serve pizza in your children’s classrooms. If you have time to spare this week or over the lunch
hour for any future Pizza Lunch date, you can sign up online to volunteer at