Halloween Bake Sale

Halloween is the best!  At Niagara, we have our costume swap underway, and there are some great spooky decorations and artwork donning the hallways and classrooms.

In keeping with the spirit of the season we’ll be having a Halloween Bake Sale on Friday October 28th during the morning recess period and over the lunch hour. So don’t forget to send the kiddies to school with a pocketful of change (or bills!).  If we get enough goodies to sell we will extend this to after school as well!

Get your Goul-ia Child on! If you have a knack for baking cookies, please do!  Maybe grisly lady fingers or gingerbread mummies… Cupcakes your thing?  Bring in a batch!  With candy corns  on top… Perhaps slices of pumpkin spice bread, rice crispie coffins, or have fun with jello and marshmallows (the creepiest of confections).  Please send them in on Friday morning and drop them off in the staff room on the second floor.  Just a friendly reminder to please make your treats nut-free.  Thank you.

All proceeds will go towards our new playground.

TDSB International Languages Program


Ni Hao!  Hola!

The TDSB International Languages program is once again offering Mandarin classes at Niagara Thursdays from 3:30-6:00pm. This year they are offering Spanish too!  (For those interested in a Portuguese class please contact Continuing Education at 416-788-2180 for the nearest location). Your child will learn through singing songs, listening, reading and writing, drawing, and playing games.

$20 materials fee for the school year!  

Sign your child up with the instructors at any time during program hours – don’t forget to bring their OHIP info. – Spanish class is held in Rm 7 and Mandarin is in Rm 17.

Halloween Swap

It’s BAA-AACK!!!

You’ll notice that our friends at the Garrison Creek Daycare have been busy. The entrance foyer has been strung up with spooky, sparkly, and spectacular costumes for our little boos and gouls to browse through over the next week and a half.

img_3755It has become a Niagara tradition. Bring in a clean, gently used costume and trade it for another. Drop off those princess dress up clothes they’ve grown out of and exchange them for the more seasonal black cape and pointed hat.  Having a hard time convincing them to be Batman again this year?  Switch the bat suit for a slick Spider-Man number.

img_3757Costumes for the older kids are needed so maybe you have some long evening gloves, crazy neckties, or costume accessories collecting dust in your closet. Bring them in!  Be creepily creative….its frighteningly fun!

Students will be able to show off their costume creations when they are previewed during the afternoon parade through the neighbourhood on Halloween.

PIAC Conference

The TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Committee, or PIAC, is a group of parents and board members who work to provide information and advice on parent engagement to the board. They also communicate with and support school councils and organize activities to assist parents in guiding their children’s learning.
All TDSB parents and guardians are invited to this free conference for an opportunity to make connections and participate in informative and empowering workshops.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Earl Haig Secondary School
100 Princess Avenue


Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Kolari

Speaker and Author Jennifer Kolari’s inspirational address – being the parent of “that child” – will provide families with a few more tools for their toolbox that can help your child learn to be part of the team at home, at school and out in the community. By helping your child to understand the context of their behaviour they will learn better coping strategies and build success and resilience.

Workshops Include:

-What About Math?
-Secondary and Post-Secondary Pathways and Transitions
-French Programs
-Specialized Programs
-Supporting Literacy at Home with your Early Learner
-School Councils
-Homework help
(For the full list, please see the conference flyer)

Child-minding, Interpretation and Busing will be available through registration only!  For more information contact 416-395-4808.  Registration closes November 11!

Razor Blades Found in Local Parks!!

The weather lately has been fantastic for frolicking outdoors to make the most of these mild temperatures, and more often than not we head to our neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.

Just a little FYI….

This past week, several incidents have been reported to Toronto Police regarding razor blades found in two local parks – Lisgar Park, near Queen Street and Dufferin Street, and June Callwood Park, near Lakeshore Boulevard and Bathurst Street.  No injuries have been reported.


(Anyone with information about the razor blades is urged to contact Toronto Police at 416-808-1400 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).)