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.

Make a Contribution to the Niagara Nutrition Program

The Niagara Street Public School Nutrition Program continues to provide your children with a light morning meal daily. Together with the Foundation for Student Success and Breakfast for Learning organizations, they provide a healthy variety of foods to ensure that our students are nourished and ready to learn.
The program is operated by Jennifer, Elaine and Steven Cho. The program provides a wide assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy and whole grains. The snack program provides food as a supplement for students in between breakfast and lunch as well as ensuring those students that didn’t have breakfast have the fuel needed to get them through the morning until lunch. Even though participation in the program is voluntary, nearly all the students eat from the snack program on a regular basis. A typical snack is a small carton of chocolate milk, whole grain cereal and fruit. This year the program is offering Iogo yogurt which has been proven to be quite popular among students.

In the past, the program has received partial funding from the Foundation for Student Success and the Breakfast for Learning organization. This year, the Nutritional Program did not receive funding from the Breakfast for Learning program. The Program relies heavily on parental contributions.  The recommended contribution is $100 for the year (or $50 per term). If you haven’t given your contribution to the program, please drop by the school office and make a donation. Cheques can be made payable to: Niagara Street P.S.

snack program


What school kids in France might have for lunch. This and info graphic below, from Andrea Curtis’ book: What’s for lunch?

So you’ve had a month now to get accustomed to what we call in our household -“the lunchtime dance”. Several pots of carefully chopped food go out in a late night/early morning frenzy of what-do-we-have-in-the-fridge-that they might possibly-eat-despair and like clockwork several pots of barely-touched food come back with an ever tightening critique of too big, too cold, too yucky, too hard or just not as good as what XYZ gets. Yes, we’ve read the how to get your kids not to swap their entire lunch for a rice crispy bar columns too, we’ve tried kid menus, we’ve tried stealth cookery, we’ve even tried bribery. It’s enough to drive this parent CRAZY (well, to be honest their dad now I’ve got so weary I’ve abdicated responsibility for lunches altogether).

On the topic of lunchtime, one of the kindergarten parents raised the issue at our latest council meeting of whether there is interest in getting a catering service for kindergarten lunches. Currently, our kids are required to bring their own lunches from home. There are catering services that can provide hot lunches at school. Here’s one example:Real food for Real Kids. Some services do vegetarian and vegan offerings.

The cost would likely be approximately $5.00 to 10.00 per day. The catering services normally require an order of at least 20 children. If there are a minimum of 20 families, then the Parent Council would likely organize a working group and ask some catering companies to do a presentation on what they could offer.

This is purely voluntary and parents would not be required to participate if they did not want to.

If you are interested in this proposal, please email the Parent Council box: niagara.parentcouncil@gmail.com indicating that you are interested and your name will be passed on to the Working Group.

Still waiting for the province to come through with their universal school lunch program…

School Lunch Matters Infographic
Brought to you by Andrea Curtis