Maple Syrup update

Maple Syrup update

Wow!   What an incredible season for making maple syrup!   The trees at Jackman have been very generous this year.   And the temperatures have been ‘just right’.  Below zero degrees Celcius in the nighttime, above zero in the daytime.   We’ve collected more than 350 L of maple sap this year.  That’s a new record by far.   (Last year, we collected 215L).

 
Well, it’s time to transform all this sap into… maple syrup.   Mark your calendars.   We’ll be ‘sugaring’ at Jackman on Monday, March 26.   We will be boiling the sap down at school throughout the whole day to make maple syrup. 
 
Actually, Darwin is already ‘sugaring’ in his backyard, so we’ll have some syrup ready for tasting.  And a number of Jackman parent volunteers are making lots of small pancakes to pair with the freshly made syrup.   Yep, that’s right.  There will be pancakes for EVERYONE!   Yeah!!!!  
 
Please drop by Jackman on Sugaring Day and see the maple syrup making in action and sample this sweet treat.   We’re excited about providing Jackman kids with this unique ‘outdoor education’ experience. Please see the full post and all the pictures here.

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