This Weekend in the Hood


It may be a bit of a wet weekend but that doesn’t have to put a damper on family fun.  Sure, it’ll  be a great weekend to curl up with a good book but if you’re itching to get out, there are some wonderful events going on right in our hood.  Just a hop, skip, and a puddle jump away!

Queen Street Art Crawl

Trinity Bellwoods Park : Saturday October 1st – Sunday October 2nd, 11am – 6pm

This annual outdoor art exhibition features the artwork of 200 artists with works ranging from paintings to woodwork and jewelry. There’s also a Kids’ Zone and live performances, The Craft Beer Garden, and a variety of food vendors.

Nuit Blanche

Saturday October 1st, sunset – sunrise

Ship the kiddies off to the grandparents or bundle them up and make it a family all-nighter – enjoy the citywide celebration of art featuring more than 90 contemporary art projects, by more than 300 local and international artists, as well as exhibits from local museums, galleries and institutions. Visit for details

Toronto Antique and Vintage Market

Heritage Court, Exhibition Place : Saturday October 1st 10am – 5pm, Sunday October 2nd 10am – 4pm

Tickets are $10 (cash only) and kids under 12 are free. This market features antique, vintage and retro art, furnishings, jewelry and decor.
For more information, including a full vendor list and access to show admission discounts, visit


Ontario Place : Friday September 30th 6pm – Saturday October 1st 11:59pm

Join in the celebration of Bavarian heritage, food, music, and beer.
The two-day event features three Oktoberfest sessions. The Saturday day session features family fun including games and pretzel necklace-making.  For ticket prices and more information check out

Have a great weekend!

School Council Meeting Tonight!

A little reminder that the first School Council meeting will take place tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the library on the 2nd Floor. A light meal will be provided and childcare is also available for parents who require it.

Everyone is welcome. We’ll be voting in  fresh volunteers who would like to take over the positions of executive membership: Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Ward Rep.

Reminder: Curriculum Night + Pizza

Just a little reminder that tonight is Niagara’s Curriculum Night. At 6 pm, meet your child’s teacher and find out what they are learning.

No need to rush home for dinner either – we’ve got it covered. Bring your toonies with you and trade them in for a couple of pizza slices and juice boxes. (Proceeds will go towards funding our new playground).

See you tonight!

Terry Fox School Run

imageSchools throughout Canada will be participating in the annual Terry Fox School Run on Wednesday September 28th.  Such an iconic Canadian fundraiser that began with an amazing and inspirational individual.

On Wednesday afternoon, Niagara grade students will be walking / running at Trinity Bellwoods Park.  The kindergarten kids will be running in the schoolyard.  We’ll need at least 1 parent volunteer to walk each class – if you can volunteer please contact your child’s teacher.  

imageAs part of the Terry Fox School Challenge, next week, Niagara students are asked to bring in a contribution for the The Terry Fox Foundation and Cancer Research. Our fundraising goal is $500.  If we reach it, the teachers have to do the ‘Teachers Olympics’ in front of the students. As an added incentive, the class collecting the most money gets to wrap their teacher in toilet paper!

Kindergarten Wishlist

Niagara Street School Kindergarten classes have a Wishlist of some miscellaneous items that would help make everyday learning more fun. Please keep in mind that these are not necessities.  If you have extras at home or at the office, they will gladly be accepted and happily utilized.

Items to Donate
– facial tissue
– cool types of unusual markers
– headphones not earbuds (new please!)
– beads (not tiny ones!)
– fun types of tape
– glue sticks
– outdoor chalk
– new one hundred piece puzzles
– old board games (boards, pieces, either or both)
– play money
– whiteboard markers

(I know I’m reaching a bit but…..)  Let’s be the ‘kind’ in ‘kind’ergarten!

Trusty Trustee Newsletter


Our TDSB Ward 10 Trustee sends out a regular newsletter which is quite informative. This month she shares updates on the bus situation, elementary class sizes, community events, as well as Board and Ward meetings.  To subscribe visit and click on Ward 10 Newsletters and Updates.

Some noteworthy articles include…

1) School Councils 101:  How to run an effective school council

Whether you’re new to your school council, an experienced member, or looking to get more involved, join this orientation session to access resources, learn and share best practices on how to run an effective school council.

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 30 2016 (go to tdsb website)

Date: Tuesday October 4th 2016
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Palmerston Ave Jr Public School, 734 Palmerston Ave

Childcare provided. Refreshments served.
Interpretation upon request.

2) Upcoming Board Meeting

All standing committee meetings and Board Meetings are held at 5050 Yonge St., and are open to the public.
(TTC Directions: North York Civic Centre, on the Yonge Line)

Wednesday October 26th: Regular Board Meeting – 4:30pm; Public meeting begins at 7:00PM

3) CityPlace and Fort York BIA Movie Night

Sunday September 25, 2016

The Goonies – 8pm
Canoe Landing Park

Free popcorn, ice cream, and non-alcoholic beverages beginning at 7 p.m.