Eco Blog

Eco Blog

Hey Jackman families!  We’re are Jackman’s Eco Team and we’re here to tell you about Jackman’s new eco blog!    You are probably aware of our first blog, jackmanecoteam.blogspot.ca.   It’s a great way to keep up to date on eco projects at Jackman.   

Now there’s a new blog – we call it Waste-Free-Jackman!  It’s where you will find delicious recipes for your child’s snacks and lunches.   Best of all, these foods are waste-free (unlike the ones you buy at the store).  Everything is easy to make and tasty too!   Did we mention that these recipes are waste-free?   There’s even a recipe for Mr. Cressman’s famous chocolate chip cookies.   You’ll also find recipes for sandwiches, granola bars, muffins and more. 

 

What are you waiting for?  Check out our Waste-Free-Jackman blog today!   Better yet, subscribe and you’ll get an email every time we post a new recipe. 

 

 

No More Idling!

No More Idling!

No More Idling!

Hey, Jackman… We are encouraging the community to rethink their driving behaviours… especially as the cold winter months approach.  We think Jackman families should stop idling their cars.  Did you know that there is a 1 minute idling limit in the city of Toronto?  It’s true!  It’s the law!  Truthfully, idling is bad for your car, bad for your wallet, bad for your health and bad for the world you and your families live in.  It’s just bad news.

The good news is that you can be a change-maker. Turning off your car sets a good example for your kids and also other drivers.  In the words of Mahatma Ghandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.  It all starts with you… making a positive change.  You can do it, Jackman!   For more details about our ‘No More Idling’ campaign (and other eco team projects), check out our blog, jackmanecoteam.blogspot.ca

 

 

Waste Audit

Waste Audit

Yep!  We did it again.  Another waste audit.  We saved all of Jackman’s garbage for one whole day and conducted a thorough investigation.  We will now use this data to encourage everyone to reduce garbage at school.  Are you ready for this?  The total mass of Jackman’s garbage for one whole day was 19 kg!  That’s 5 kg less than last year.  Actually, it’s our lowest waste audit score EVER.  Way to go, Jackman!

Yet, there’s still lots of work to do, many improvements to make.  Get ready to learn about some common garbage mistakes at Jackman.

We found 1kg of recyclables.  These are things that should have been placed in a recycling bin, not a garbage can.  Some papers and boxes, 6 juice boxes, several plastic food containers and plastic bottles, plastic bags, some plastic spoons and forks (yep, even they can be recycled).

We also found 3 kg of food in the garbage.  That’s actually more than last year.  Looks like the kids at Jackman are falling back into the habit of throwing their lunch foods away in the garbage.  (Ahem… 3rd floor kids!) Food is supposed to be eaten… or composted.   Food should never go in the garbage.  We hope kids can get that right.

 

We had 3kg of paper towels and other soiled papers.  That’s a lot less than last year.  Seems like our school’s green bin program is working.

 

We also found 1kg of things that should have been reused.  Things like pencils and markers, snack containers, water bottles, cups, toys and playdough.   We hope everyone can be more mindful about reusing these things.

 

There were also other ‘odd’ things in the garbage, like batteries.  Please set aside batteries for special recycling.   We also found rocks and bark… very odd.  These belong outdoors in nature.   That’s 1 more kilogram.

 

That leaves us with 10 kg of ‘real’ garbage.   Things like snack wrappers (LOTS of them), coffee cups (16 of them), black plastic, broken toys and more.  Unfortunately, these are heading to Toronto’s landfill.   With a few thoughtful changes, we can reduce ‘real’ garbage at school.

 

With knowledge comes change.  Let’s use this information to continue our waste reductions efforts at school.   Less garbage mistakes, and less real garbage in general.  Together, we can Make Less Garbage at Jackman!   For more details about this waste audit and other eco team projects, check out our blog, jackmanecoteam.blogspot.ca

Please participate in short survey for Raffle

Please participate in short survey for Raffle

We’re happy to share that this year’s Jackman raffle brought in $4,140 once the prizing and ticket costs are factored in. This money will help pay for important education programs for our children such as Scientist in Schools and Prologue to the Performing Arts.

Ultimately, we didn’t raise as much money on this year’s raffle as we have in years past. We’d like to understand why – and would like your help. Please complete our short survey. Whether you chose to participate or didn’t this year, your answers will help us plan for next year’s raffle – and make it even better.

Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G967HVV

Thanks for your support!

COBS Bread Cards available until DEC 31st

COBS Bread Cards available until DEC 31st

COBS Bread Cards available until December 31!

We have COBS bread cards available in our online shop until December 31. For $40, you get a card that can be redeemed at COBS on Danforth Ave. for a loaf of fresh bread each month for a year. And you’ll be helping Jackman School Council raise funds that support the school and your children’s education. It’s a tasty win-win!

 Visit http://jackmanschoolcouncil.org/store for your COBS cards, and all your Jackman gear needs! Online purchases can be picked up in the school office the following Wednesday.

 

Field Of Dreams December Update

Field Of Dreams December Update

Hi all, here is our December update from Field of Dreams project.
The Viability Review Participatory Design (VRPD) was submitted to the TDSB in June, 2017.  The topographical survey will be done shortly. We have been told we will have a Masterplan created by June 2018.  We are excited that this major project for Jackman has been so well received, and we will do everything to ensure it moves along in a timely fashion.

Please see the following document for all the details.

Cookie Dough Pickup, Jackman Raffle, Pizza Lunch Volunteer

Cookie Dough Pickup, Jackman Raffle, Pizza Lunch Volunteer

Collect Your Cookie Dough Orders on Dec. 7

Thank you to everyone who placed orders for cookie dough. This initiative gives us an opportunity to help a sister school by sharing some of our fundraising proceeds. We’re currently working with our school superintendent to determine which school would benefit most. In the meantime, cookie dough orders will be available for pickup on Thursday, December 7 in the school’s general purpose room. Happy baking!

 It’s Jackman Raffle Time!

All Jackman students will be sent home this week with tickets for the Jackman raffle. Each child will receive two bundles of 10 tickets each, which can be sold until December 14. Tickets are $2 each, and each provides one entry into a draw that will take place during the holiday concert for prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Please ensure that envelopes including sold ticket stubs, money and any unsold tickets are dropped off at the school office. Thank you in advance for your help and support with this important fundraising initiative, which helps fund important education programs such as Scientists in School and Prologue to the Performing Arts.

 Next Pizza Lunch is Dec. 6 – Volunteer to Help!

Our next pizza lunch is coming up next Wednesday, December 6. If you haven’t already placed an order for this or future pizza lunches, you can do so online at https://munchalunch.com/schools/JackmanAvenue.

Pizza lunches are entirely parent-powered! That means we need you to help serve pizza in your children’s classrooms. All Jackman community members who would like to volunteer for pizza lunch can sign up online at http://signup.com/go/poPGRUG. The system lists all classrooms and indicates which are in need of volunteers. Just click on the signup button for your child’s classroom and fill in the requested info.

2017-2018 Jackman School Council Budget

2017-2018 Jackman School Council Budget

Reference document:
2017-18 School Council Budget (Nov06).

We finished last year with a significant turn around of a troubling fundraising trend, and we’re starting this one with more of the same good news. Our interim results show that pizza lunch looks set to post another record, Harvest Fest came in with its strongest year and we’re raising more money than before with our own Jackman Gear. So, thank you very much for your incredible generosity!

It’d be fair to say that we have what it takes to make a difference for this year and beyond. As you’ll see in this year’s approved budget, we are increasing our support for our kids education in a wholistic way. The plan is to invest a total of $39,000 in a combination of (i) access to technology (as per Mr. Sullivan and Ms. Papadopoulos direction and the results of the parent survey), (ii) extras for classrooms, (iii) additional programs for math and sciences (IXL, Scientists in School), (iv) support for languages (RAZ Kids, A-Z Reading), (v) art and culture (Prologue to the Performing Arts) and, for the first time in years, (vi) a significant investment into physical education supplies.

In fact, we’ll be calling for help from the parent community to think out-of-the-box and see what other activities and programs we could roll out from Council to further enhance our kids’ education. Stay tuned in the weeks to come!

We also voted on a budget for each of our Council committees. In order not to steal their show, I’ll let them speak for themselves. But if you’d like to have an wholistic picture of what they are all planning, let us know and we’ll forward that information.

I’ll make an exception to that, as the $20,000 we penciled in for Strategic Planning is indeed quite significant. This is money that, if available at the end of the year, we’d like designate to the “field of dreams” – a redesign of our outdoors area to which everyone is welcome to contribute ideas. This is an expensive multi-year project for which we’ll be needing to raise well over $100,000 as we finalize the master plan and go through the stipulated TDSB process. This year’s allocation is to start “pre-funding” or, more colloquially, we’re just getting ready for the big bill!

All and all, we are forecasting net fundraising for $71,500 and expenses of c.$79,700. The shortfall of just over $8,000 can be easily managed with the available balance coming from last year. At this time, I do not foresee any significant cashflow difficulties – although some of the money we’ve raised in the past is restricted to certain uses, and that may, if there are surprises, put a little pressure towards the end of the year.

Think of it as a way to keep you engaged in our finances and what Council is up to! As always, we invite all parents to the monthly meetings. Recall that we have childcare available if needed, and above all, that all ideas and opinions are truly welcome!

Nahuel Arruda-Starzenski, Treasurer Co-Chair

PIAC Event “Nurturing Family Engagement”

PIAC Event “Nurturing Family Engagement”

TDSB’s Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) invites all TDSB parents/guardians to take part in our conference “Nurturing Family Engagement”. Please join us for an opportunity to make connections with other parents/guardians and communities while participating in informative and empowering workshops on a wide range of topics related to parenting, student learning, and school councils.

FREE registration includes: light breakfast, lunch, childminding, translation services, transportation, workshops,  keynote address from Dr Shanker, and information marketplace.

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, North York

Please see full details here