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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2JDFFY

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 rolf.struthers@gmail.com. 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 paul.cressman@tdsb.on.ca.

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, rolf.struthers@gmail.com.

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 paul.cressman@tdsb.on.ca. 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

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!