The Gift of Giving…

You may have seen the lovely tree in the entrance hall covered in paper baubles. If you look closely, printed on each ornament is a special request. A request for an item that would help a person in need.

The Garrison Creek Daycare is asking that we all pick an ornament and bring it back along with the item to put under the tree. It’s a perfect little ‘do good, feel good’ gesture to demonstrate the spirit of the Holiday.

The deadline is tomorrow so be quick!



School Council Meeting


Just a reminder that the next Council meeting is on Wednesday, November 29th, 6-7pm, in the school library.  As always, there will be childcare and a light meal provided.

We plan to discuss and accept volunteers for the Playground Fundraising Committee and hope to rally troops for the Holiday Luncheon.  We’ll hear an update from Principal Marsh and take suggestions for fun winter initiatives (ie charity drives, family skating) and fundraising opportunities.

We hope to see you there!

Making Sense of Math

Trustee Ausma Malik and the TDSB Ward 10 Council is pleased to invite you to a special Ward Council Meeting – Making Sense of Math on Thursday October 19th from 6pm – 8pm at Dewson Street Public School, 65 Concord Ave.

The keynote speaker is Professor Trevor Brown, who will answer the questions “why is math being taught the way it is today?” and “how can we help our kids succeed in math in a fun and engaging way”.

Child care is provided and refreshments will be served.

Datenight Play Date

Datenight Babysitting is going to have a few babysitters in Stanley Park North to oversee recess-style play between 1 and 4 PM for the next two Sundays – Oct 15 and 22.

This is not a structured program but a step towards kids going to the park by themselves. Parents will check their kids in with a Datenight Babysitter when they arrive at the park, and the babysitters will watch over them as they play.  The idea is that kids get to play at the park with their friends while their parents can pool together resources to access affordable child care and get a few hours to themselves.

Kids must be 5 or older to participate.  Save your kids a spot and get your tickets now!  Play Date Tickets

Check out for more information about Datenight

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Elize Shirdel, Founder and CEO
Datenight Babysitting Inc.
Connecting Parents to Experienced, Local Babysitters

First School Council Meeting


Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday October 4th, 6-7pm in the library. Light refreshments will be available and childcare provided.

We will be voting in the new council team, so, if you would like to know more about these positions or if you are interested but are unable to attend the meeting, please see / fill out the membership form.  Council Membership Form

Everyone is welcome to volunteer for any of the positions.  Please also note that these positions are completely adaptable depending on number of volunteers, availability, and what we intend to accomplish.  The parents who show up will have a say in how the council is organized and will also help outline our objectives and goals.

Here is the meeting Agenda – Council Agenda Oct 4, 2017  You will hear about our financial plan for the upcoming year and Principal Marsh will share information regarding school business and upcoming events including an update on our new playground.

It should be a great meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.


Happy March Break!

It’s already started.  The first official day of March Break and their temptation to switch on the television and electronic devices is overwhelming.  Fine.  It shouldn’t last long.  Re-runs, parental controls, and low batteries will force them back into the land of the living.  And I’ll be ready!

I’ve been browsing online (a bit hypocritical I admit) and marking our calendar with daytrip possibilities… building ammunition to fight off the inevitable boredom and cabin fever that comes with being home for a week.  Thought I’d share a few fun finds.

Sugar Shack TO –

This weekend, try some fresh maple taffy at one of the sugar shacks at Sugar Beach.  Lots of entertainment including an ice canvas to paint on, ice sculptures and chainsaw ice carving demo, live music and free hot chocolate.

Evergreen Brickworks –

Always a fun place to visit, you can go on a nature walk, rent bikes and cycle their obstacle course, or roam the farmers’ market on weekends. This week you can learn fireside skills – including making fire starters and roasting apples – while sitting around a campfire. It’s also your last chance to skate on their beautiful rink.  It closes for the season after the Break.

Canada Blooms –

Located at the Enercare Centre, Canada Blooms has become a tradition.  Perhaps you’d like to attend a horticultural seminar or maybe just enjoy a bit of greenery this time of year. Visit the Flower Market, the Secret Path Garden, and help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a multitude of plants and flowers.

TIFF DigiPlayspace Exhibition –

Check out the interactive art installations, game designs, and new technologies. Play with robots and learn to code.  The exhibit features 23 installations from eight countries, showcasing the evolution of play in the 21st century.


The ROM’s Big Blue March Break features Out Of the Depths: A Blue Whale Story exhibition. Blue is the name of the 80 foot rare blue whale (skeleton) on display.  Partake in ocean-themed activities such as balloon sculptures, a craft corner, cookie creating, a giant digital colouring wall, and a selfie trail and photo booth.

Libraries –

We shouldn’t forget our local libraries as resources for fun.  Check out their individual March calendars for activities ranging from 3D printer demos to free movie screenings and craft clubs.

Keep warm and have a great week!