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 – sugarshackto.ca

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 – Evergreen.ca

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 – canadablooms.com

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 – tiff.net

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.

ROM – rom.on.ca

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 – torontopubliclibrary.ca

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!

Spring / Summer Program Registration


Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation program registration for Toronto and East York is Wednesday March 8th.  Check out the 2017 Spring / Summer Fun Guide for various sports, arts and swim lessons. Browse through the online version or pick up a copy at your local library, community centre or civic centre.

Registration starts at 7am sharp. Do it by phone (416-338-4386), online (www1.toronto.ca) or in person (community centre) and don’t forget to have your Family and Client numbers ready!  Don’t have an account yet?  Visit www1.toronto.ca for more information.

Have those iPads and mobiles charged and your lists and numbers ready!  I’ll have mine laid out, fingers hovering over the keyboard …. Happy registering my friends!


Ryerson Community School Open House

If your child is in grade 5 or 6 you may be interested in visiting Ryerson Community School.  This is our designated host school for grades 7 and 8.  Located at 96 Denison Ave, it is near Bathurst and Dundas beside the Sanderson Library and Scadding  Court Community Centre. The school is also home to the Downtown Vocal and Music Academy.

There will be an Open House for parents tomorrow, Thursday February 23rd, evening 6-7pm.

Education Conferences

People for Education’s 20th Annual Making Connections 2016 conference

Saturday November 12th 2016, 8:30am-5:00pm, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St.George St.

A stellar line-up of speakers and a unique opportunity to connect with a wide range of education stakeholders.

Register online ($60 – includes lunch and snacks) at http://www.peopleforeducation.ca



Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) 10th Annual Conference

Saturday November 19th 2016 at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Ave.  Register online at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/parent conference. Registration closes November 11th.

All TDSB parents and guardians are invited to this free conference for an opportunity to make connections and participate in informative and empowering workshops.

• Network • Get Info • Build Skills •

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


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!