Niagara School Curb Appeal

Members of the Niagara School Council have been getting down and dirty this summer working to improve our curb appeal. Thanks to a donation from Rock Valley Natural Stone and a bit of elbow grease (thanks Peter) we have the beginnings of a new nature trail along the north garden. We hope to eventually incorporate plants and grasses along the periphery as well.


You will also notice the addition of four concrete urns flanking the main and north entrances.  This wonderful donation from a neighbourhood condominium will help us create warm and inviting entranceways.  These urns will provide us the opportunity to add seasonal greenery and ornamentation, and even incorporate classroom art.

A quick update regarding NOELS: it seems that our expected construction of the upper deck playground has been delayed. Due to structural complications, outdoor work may not begin before next Spring.  The good news?  No construction means no disruption.


Have a Sun-sational Summer!

The kids had a busy day cleaning out desks, collecting personal items and saying their good-byes to teachers and friends. The Talent Show in the morning and the pizza lunch in the afternoon diverted attention from the ticking hands of the clock. Another school year over!

Congratulations to our Grade 6 Grads!  We wish them all the best as they move on to new schools in September. For those continuing at Niagara, you may be wondering about which class your child will be in next year and who their teacher will be.  This information will not be available until the week before school starts.  We’ll provide information as we get it but feel free to contact the school at this time.

There will still be a lot going on at Niagara over the summer months. Keep an eye out for top deck playground construction and a renovation of the north side garden by Adelaide St.  The School received a very generous donation of armourstone from Rock Valley Natural Stone and we will be incorporating it into a nature path for the children. An invitation post will go out shortly asking for volunteers to help with this.

If you know of any interesting neighbourhood events, or have information to share with the school community please let us know by providing a comment.

Niagara School Council wishes everyone a happy and safe summer vacation!

Happy Canada Day!!


It’ll be a pretty big birthday party for Canada tomorrow. 150 years in the making! How will you celebrate?

There will be entertainment, art workshops, and an artisan market at the Harbourfront Centre.

The Royal Ontario Museum is offering free admission to all visitors 10am-5pm.  Note that admission prices for Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story will still be in effect.

Check out the Redpath Waterfront Festival to see the world’s largest rubber duck and enjoy live entertainment and food at the artisan market.

Take in a free Canada Day concert at Humber Bay Park.  And why not bike there?  Bike Pirates will guide a group riding from Trinity Bellwoods to Humber Bay Park West starting at 3 pm.

Consider Evergreen Brickworks, from 11 am – 5 pm, for Canada Day celebrations with craft beer from Great Lakes Brewery, and food from a variety of vendors.

Visit Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3 for free concerts showcasing Canadian musicians.

And the candles on the birthday cake?  Fireworks of course!

CN Tower (10:30pm), Centennial Park (10pm), Humber Bay Park West (10:55pm), Ashbridges Bay (10pm), Harbourfront Centre (10:30pm), Mel Lastman Square (10:55pm),  Nathan Phillips Square (10:55pm)


Last Day Pizza Lunch

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our annual Pizza in the Playground!

The weather does not seem to want to cooperate so it will be ‘Pizza in the Lunchroom’ instead!  Yay!  The JK/SK kids will keep to tradition and have pizza in their classrooms.

The School Council will provide pizza, freezies and bottles of water for a pizza party to celebrate the last day of school. So don’t forget to NOT pack the lunches tomorrow. (Maybe just an umbrella!)

Book Sale – Friday!


There will be a book sale at the school this Friday, June 23, during the lunch hour and after school. Some of the gently used books from the Spring Fling book table will be up for grabs and this is your last opportunity to buy them up – all books priced between $0.50-1.00!  All proceeds will go to Daycare and School extra- curricular programming and support.

Pools Scheduled for Early Opening



Several pools in Toronto are scheduled for Early Opening this weekend.  This means they are open evenings and weekends until the official season begins on Friday June 30th.

Here are a couple fairly close to our neighbourhood.

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1775 Lakeshore Blvd West

Alex Duff Memorial (Christie Pits), 785 Crawford

All remaining pools will open on this partial schedule on June 24th and then begin full summer schedules as of June 30th.

Our local Stanley Park pool (700 Wellington St.), and Alexandra Park pool (275 Bathurst St.) will open on June 24th.