Winter Home and School Newsletter

Climber Update

The final TDSB invoice came through late in November and with great surprise it had changed significantly, but after a good meeting, the TDSB absorbed $4,600.  We are paying $52,300 for the climber to be installed in the spring (fingers crossed). It has been a long journey in completing the schoolyard project, and some parents who started on the original committee are no longer here to see the fruit of their labour.  We should take a moment and recognize the hard work and money that our community has put forth to improve our children’s school experience. From a backed up drainage system in the pit and a dustbowl / mud pit of a field, to a basketball court, track and grass that the kids are happy to run through while coming into school not much dirtier than before.  Thanks, everybody!

Silent Auction

The meetings have started, the fun has begun and a date is set.  Our outstanding Silent Auction will be held on March 2, 2018.  If you have never attended this extravaganza, it is a sight for sore eyes to see what can be done to our gymnasium for an evening.   As always, our Silent Auction Committee puts forth a lot of hard work and a touch of class to provide us with an evening of fun, drinks and shopping – all without any kids!  Please remember that, while it is always a fun event, the auction is only as successful as the donations we receive; feel free to reach out to your community shops or places of work.  If you have any questions, feel free to email  

Lost and Found

Our mini-mall – or as we call it, the Lost and Found – is being packed up on Wednesday, Dec. 13.  Please come and take a look to see if any items are yours; Monday and Tuesday are your last chance.

Fun Fair

Yes, we have actually started thinking about warmer days and wearing T-shirts on the sunny Saturday of May 26, 2018.  Right now all we are thinking about is adding new volunteers to our committee.  There are quite a few spots to be filled – from managing the slime table to planning the layout (an architect would be GREAT!!!) and recruiting new co-chairs (who have decided that, three fun fairs later, they are ready to pass on the walkie-talkies) – we need some new parents to pitch in.  If you are interested, please email  

Annual Giving Campaign

Just two more weeks to donate to your children’s school and get a tax receipt in the process!  There is a bright red box in the office ready for cheques, or you can donate via PayPal, which you can access by visiting this link: Many thanks to all those who have donated thus far!

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Holiday Concert – December 20th, 2017 at 7pm
  • Winter Break – December 25th to January 5th
  • Home and School Meeting – January 24th, 2018 (Grade 7 update)
  • Silent Auction – March 2nd, 2018
  • Home and School Meeting – March 28th, 2018 (Class distribution)
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch – April 13th, 2018
  • Home and School Meeting – May 3rd, 2018 (Budget)
  • Fun Fair – May 26th, 2018
  • Graduation – June 27th, 2018

Community News: Basket Brigade

A group of moms from Withrow have launched a new charity called the Riverdale Basket Brigade! Their goal is to feed 75 local families in need (either due to financial hardship, recent illness, job loss etc.) by hand-delivering a complete holiday on December 23.  There are lots of ways the Withrow community can help… from packing and decorating the baskets to delivering them directly to the families.  You can also make a charitable donation by clicking the link below (yes, you will get a tax receipt).  For more details about how you and your whole family can volunteer, please either join their Facebook group ( or email Gillian at


September News

Welcome back to another fun filled year with our wonderful Withrow community!  Just like our children, we too are happy and excited to see our friends, catch up on each others’ lives and see how all our children have grown over the summer… while we have not aged at all! 😉  There is no better way to do this than the… 

Welcome Back BBQ! 

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for YOU!  It will be held on Thursday Sept. 14th, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. If you are free, we could use some volunteers to help with set up, serving, cooking and clean up, so click here to sign up!

Reminder: please bring your water bottles / reusable cups, so we can keep as many disposable cups out of the landfill as possible. ♻️

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As you can see from last year’s event (above), it’s an annual tradition that’s not to be missed! We hope to see you there. 

Important Info

Our first Home and School Meeting will be held on Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm.  We love when parents get involved and want to have a say about what happens at our school! If you’re thinking of being a class rep, it’s especially important to join us, so you can share the information with your classroom’s parent community. Childcare will be provided.  Our meeting agenda includes:

  • curriculum discussion
  • nomination of potential Home & School co-chair
  • new volunteer page on the Home & School website
  • H&S goals for the year
  • and more…

Cobs Bread Card Fundraiser

We are thrilled to offer Cobs Bread cards once again! Fiona Boylan, owner of our local Cobs Bread franchise, is generously donating 150 cards to our school this year. Come and pick up yours at the Welcome Back BBQ!! Each card (valued at $48-$78) will sell for $30, and entitles the bearer to one (1) complimentary loaf of bread per month (one loaf per visit). All funds raised benefit Withrow! How great is that? Many thanks to Cobs Bread on Danforth (at Broadview) for their continued support! 

Withrow Spirit Wear

A BIG shout out to our Spirit Wear committee! Thanks to them, and our new TDSB vendor, we will soon be paperless; you can order items online and they will be shipped to your door. Yes, it’s true! And, in addition to Withrow’s official spirit colour, red, there will also be hoodies and sweats in black and grey options, too! We’ll share the link to our new Spirit Wear page on the vendor’s site as soon as it’s live. Note: we will be selling existing stock at the Welcome Back BBQ, so be sure to stop by the Spirit Wear table, where you can also get a sneak peek of our new Spirit Wear webpage!

Home & School Wants YOU!

Last, but most certainly not least…WE NEED YOU!!  We are currently working on a new Volunteer page on the Home & School website, and we’re excited about sharing it with you very soon!  There are so many roles, from wee to grand, that we’re sure at least one would match your skill set and fit your timelines. All of the amazing Withrow fundraisers wouldn’t be possible without the help of our parent community. You’d be surprised how much can be accomplished when each family volunteers only a few hours each year!

Thanks for reading and have a superb September…


Your School Council Executive

May Newsletter 🎉

Fantastic Fun Fair Facts 🎪

How lucky are we? There are those days where the sky is so blue, the jackets come off and the bulbs you planted last year pop out of the garden where you realize that life is cyclical, spring renews us all and… IT IS FUN FAIR TIME AGAIN!

Stop!  Fun Fair?  Really?  Now?

No, you silly Withrow Parents! You’ve still got lots of time – but mark it in your calendar for Saturday, May 27th from 11-3! I know we said it last year, but given the raging success of FUN FAIR 2016 where are we going to go with 2017? The answer to any run-of-the-mill, Type A over-achieving types (who, us?) is bigger, better and more bad%$$ than even your wildest dreams could imagine. And we know you have wild dreams. Like the one where you keep dreaming you forgot to pick up your kid. (Seriously, are we the only ones who have those dreams?)

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Hop on over to our brand new website at to take a look at what’s happening – and most importantly, to buy wristbands which are on sale now! Don’t be disappointed: wristbands are only on sale until May 25th, and give you access to all the rides and one go around on the Zorb (the ZORB IS BACK!). We also have a new inflatable ride this year. We wanted to surprise you, but when a gigantic, inflatable obstacle course appears in the field, we’ll have given away the shock value. 😉

Most importantly – we need volunteers. The Fun Fair can’t happen without you. Please go to the website and click to volunteer – a two-hour shift at the book sale or manning the BBQ is always needed, and goes by in a blink. It is the event of the year for parents and kids, and while you are volunteering, your kid is likely going to be running around jacked up on sugar and adrenaline.

Here is all you need to know to help make WITHROW FUN FAIR 2017 the best one yet.

  • Wristbands cost $25 and give you access to all the rides, plus one go in the Zorb. On sale now!
  • New attractions: there is the amazing obstacle course, a SLIME table and a photo booth. Capture those memories of a lifetime!!
  • Epic Book Sale! Now is the time to spring clean your bookshelves – don’t donate them anywhere else, we want them! We will start collecting books the week of May 8th, and they can be left by the lost and found.
  • Talent show! The entry form is on the website. Get your kids excited about singing, dancing and we’re always on the look out for magicians! What’s your kid’s hidden talent?
  • Bake Sale and Cake Walk: We will be letting you know more about this closer to the date, but please think of amazing cake themes for the Cake Walk.

We want to thank our amazing sponsors who, year after year, make the Withrow Fun Fair possible: Fatima Bregman, Claudio Cerrito, Duck Wright Real Estate Team, Bluebird MontessoriLillian Adamakis, Heinsoo Insurance, TAC Sports, Sandra Pate, Danforth Children’s Dentistry, DeFrancesca Law and Kitchen Music Studios!

Come to the Fun Fair for the whole amazing day, but please be sure to be there at 1pm when a DRONE WILL FLY OVER HEAD and take a picture of the chaos, madness and sheer joy that is the Fun Fair!! We will be selling the photos as a fundraiser after the event – money that goes back into your school! On the day of the event, take lots of pictures and post them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – we’re all over social media this year, so please tag us @withrowfunfair or #withrowfunfair.

Sometimes, when we look at our kids we want to stop time. We want to relish each glorious moment and not let them slip past. The Fun Fair is the best day to do this. When your kids look back at their school memories, we know that their day at the Fun Fair is in the highlight reel.

Let’s make it the best Fun Fair ever, Withrow! Buy a wristband, volunteer, bake, donate books, but most importantly, be there.  Be there for your kids and for you school.

What an Auction! 🎉

And the winner of the new climber is … WITHROW SCHOOLYARD!

The Silent Auction had another successful year, raising over $28,500 for our school! It couldn’t have happened without the support of our generous donors and sponsors, the school admin staff, the teachers, the parents (that’s YOU!), and by the students themselves. Well done, Withrow community!


A little bit about the event: our items ranged from date night staycation packages to a massage membership, and summer camps to a drill set… even a Nespresso machine! There was something for everyone! Add to that our fantastic bar, great food and amazing décor, and this was a recipe for a fantastic evening and a great fundraiser. As always, the students and their teachers came up with brilliant class art and the parent community generously filled the class baskets. We also want to give a shout-out to the teachers who offered experiences for our raffle, which were hugely popular!

Thanks again to everyone who worked on the auction, and also to everyone who came out to mingle and bid! What a great night! Thank you!

Climber – Coming to a School Near You… 🏫

Thank you to all of you who responded so quickly to our survey on whether we can release this years funds’ early for a downpayment on the climber. In total, we had 136 responses with nearly unanimous support (135 voted yes). The cheque has been sent out and our kids can look forward to playing on a new climber in the next school year.

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Let’s Talk About Sex – or not? 😉

We’ll be presenting the third Withrow Parent Speaker Series talk on Thursday, May 18th in the Withrow Library from 7-9 p.m.

Let’s Talk About “The Talk”

Want to learn more about discussing sex and sexuality with your children? Janice Holsmer of Growing Baby will teach us about why it’s important, tips on how to do it and when to do it. Age appropriate discussion will also be explored.

Pay what you can (suggested amount $5); babysitting will be provided.

Meeting Minutes from March 30th Home & School Meeting

Click here to view the minutes of our last meeting.

Thanks for reading,
Your School Council Executive