Terry Fox Run

Yesterday afternoon our school participated in the annual Terry Fox National School Run.  After lunch, the kids all sat for an assembly in the gym and the grade students walked to Trinity Bellwood’s Park while the Kindergarten students went out to the school yard.

Classrooms have been collecting donations over the past week and will be forwarding all monies to the Terry Fox Foundation.  As part of the Terry Fox School Challenge we set our fundraising goal at $700. Did we reach that goal? You bet – over $1800!!

So now, during the last period on Thursday, October 6th, the teachers will participate in The Niagara Teachers Olympics in the school yard.  The classroom having raised the most money will be rewarded – they get to wrap their teacher in toilet paper!

Well done Niagara!!


Dealing with the Heat

A message from the Board re the heat advisory…..


Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you are aware, over the past few days the City of Toronto has been under a Heat Advisory issued by Environment Canada. We understand that our schools, students and staff have been impacted by the extreme heat and that many school buildings and classrooms are very uncomfortable.

Across the TDSB, while some schools are fully air conditioned and some are partially air conditioned, others have no air conditioning. We are doing everything within our means to alleviate some of the discomfort being experienced, including the following actions:

  • Using fans to provide air movement, where possible.
  • Keeping lights and computers turned off, where possible.
  • Keeping doors and windows open.
    Rotating staff and students into air conditioned areas within the school, where available.
  • Reducing strenuous activities, including gym and sports activities.
    Creating cooling stations at schools without air conditioning (a long-term project to cool large areas such as gyms and/or libraries for students and staff to access during extreme heat).

Any student with particular susceptibility to heat or with medical concerns should speak with school staff to be accommodated. As always, parents may also choose to keep their children at home during extreme weather.

We have been asked about closing schools during extreme heat. This decision would put thousands of parents across Toronto in a challenging position of having to find childcare with very short notice — something we know will not be possible in every case. Therefore, the TDSB and other school boards across Ontario do not typically close schools due to heat. As the heat wave has implications for schools across the GTA and in Southwestern Ontario, the TDSB will be engaging the Ministry of Education to develop a severe weather strategy for school boards across the province that includes protocols for high temperatures.

At this time, the forecast suggests that the high temperatures will continue into tomorrow, but cool off for the remainder of the week. Until then, please know that we are fully aware of the discomfort being felt within our schools and are working to help manage the situation as best we can until the temperature drops. Our staff are doing their best to follow our high temperature actions outlined above to help keep students as comfortable as possible under the current conditions.

We sincerely thank you and appreciate your understanding of the situation.

CPR Training Workshop At Niagara


Wednesday June 21, 2017
School Library


We are offering a workshop in CPR training just in time for summer. Before the swimming pools open for the season it would be well worth learning valuable life-saving skills don’t you think?

Niagara parent and Council Co-Chair, Peter Odle, is Red Cross certified and a former paramedic. He’ll be covering the following topics: CPR, Bleeding, Shock, Choking, Burns, Seizures, and Environmental Emergencies.

The workshop is a great opportunity to learn new skills or brush up on the ones you may have learned years ago.  All materials will be provided, refreshments will be served (bring the kids) and you’ll take home the knowledge and competence to save a life.

Space is limited to 20 people.  The sign-up sheet is located by the Council Bulletin Board to the left of the main entrance stairway.


Hop over to Hopscotch


On Monday December 12th, Hopscotch Restaurant will be donating all of the proceeds from their Grand Opening to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the student nutrition program at Niagara Street Junior Public School!

Hopscotch is opening a new restaurant in the Financial District’s Scotia Plaza at 40 King St. W.  Hopscotch is renowned for having an eco-conscience and a feel-good attitude.  Their approach to gastronomy involves using “quality fresh ingredients that have been grown and raised responsibly, from local partners and farmers, to create chef-inspired healthy dishes. Hopscotch aims to enrich the lives of others by taking on-the-go food to new heights by offering nutrient-rich food in an effortlessly convenient way.”

Their goal to enrich lives is further highlighted by their intention to support our nutrition program and give back to the community. Not only does Hopscotch have a good conscience and a healthy attitude…they, like Niagara, have a big heart!

So, on Monday, think about hopping over to Hopscotch for a visit. And don’t forget to say thank you for the coffee AND their generosity.

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).)


The Friendship Table

Next week, the Grade 2/3 class in room 7 will be transforming one of the school yard picnic tables by painting it cheerful colours and designating it the ‘friendship table’.

Have you heard of the buddy bench?  It has become quite a phenomenon.  The idea is for children to sit on the bench when they’d like to be invited to play or when they need a friend.  The same rules apply here.  A child seen sitting at the table is a signal to everyone to show support and to practice compassion and inclusion.

How positively friendly!

ADHD Parent Readiness Education Program

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD is pleased to announce their ADHD Parent Readiness Education Program. ADHD PREP is a comprehensive 12-hour, 2 day, program geared to parents of newly diagnosed children and adolescents with ADHD, and parents wishing to upgrade their knowledge on the more complex aspects of ADHD including ADHD and learning, executive functioning and self and mood regulation. Treatment options, parenting strategies and school advocacy will also be covered.

The program will occur over a two-day weekend allowing parents from outside the local area to drive in for the weekend. Pricing includes workshop materials and light refreshments each morning and afternoon.

When: Saturday May 28th – Sunday May 29th, 2016, 9AM – 4PM each day

Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, 6 Garamond Court (Wynford and DVP) Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5

Cost: $160 per person /$300 per couple (CADDAC members receive a 10% discount)

For more information visit http://www.caddac.ca.