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…

Sincerely,

Your School Council Executive

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May Newsletter 🎉

Fantastic Fun Fair Facts đŸŽȘ

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 www.withrowfunfair.com 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 Montessori, Lillian 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!

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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 dĂ©cor, 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…Â đŸ«

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

Withrow Spring NewsÂ đŸŒ·

It’s winter! It’s spring! It’s balmy! It’s snowing! We’re in t-shirts! We’re in parkas!

The weather has been crazy lately and it just makes us want to bring on crazy spring! To get you in the mood with visions of daffodil bulbs dancing in your heads, we want to get you thinking about a few great events coming up at Withrow!

Lost and Found Update ⚠

The first day of spring will be honoured by a time trusted task – spring cleaning. The lost and found will be cleared out on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, so please check it when school resumes on Monday.

Silent Auction 🎉

Save the date, people – this year’s soiree of the season is on Friday, April 7th. Leave the kids at home, and come out to bid on your kid’s artwork, class baskets and wonderful donations from the local Riverdale community. We promise it will be a spectacular evening filled with laughter, music and cocktails!

We are still in need of more donations so if you have a special talent to share, please do so. Are you an In-house chef? Personal trainer? Dental hygienist? Chiropractor? Thai Masseuse? Think outside the box, and donate! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our silent auction committee chairs silke.willibald@gmail.com or ailidh.briar@gmail.com.

We also need volunteers to wrap room baskets, set up and host during the evening, so please consider donating a few hours of your time… it’s so fun! The sign-up sheet is HERE.

Schoolyard ClimberÂ đŸ«

It is very exciting that the yard that we have been working on, raising money for and waiting upon will be open soon. Happily, about a month after the thaw we will have access to the whole school yard! Now for the next project… Our landscape architect has sent us five proposals for our new climber ranging in dollar value from $15 – 20,000 uninstalled. TDSB estimates that the total cost for the completion of the project would be approximately 2.5 times the cost of the climber, therefore this would cost us, at most, $50,000.

Before the end of March, we will have the children vote on which climber seems most appealing to them. We will also discuss this at our next H&S meeting. Money raised from events (such as the Silent Auction and the Fun Fair) goes directly back into the school. Our Annual Giving campaign this year raised $7,600 and it is imperative that at year-end we vote to ensure we have the monies allocated appropriately in order for this to be installed. It’s important to have as much input as possible, so we will conduct the voting process for our annual budget on the internet, making it easily accessible to all parents.

Fun Fair đŸŽȘ

At times it might seem like we are asking you to donate, donate, donate. But we always give you something great in return, something that is truly the highlight of every Withrow family’s end-of-school year experience. Yes, the Fun Fair is just around the corner. This year is going to be even bigger and badder, with more rides, a slime table, the return of the best barbecue and pulled pork sandwiches, the Erica Stark bake sale, face painting, rides, Kiddie Canyon and a kick-ass talent show. The kids are already starting to plan their performances, and we might even be able to convince our now-famous choirs to sing. Mark Saturday May 27th on your calendar.

If you would like to join the Fun Fair committee this year, let us know. We have openings! Our urban planner needs someone (ideally an architect) to shadow him – he draws the map we use on the day of the event and makes sure all the rides fit! We also need a talent show coordinator, and someone to help steer our sponsorship committee or our volunteers! Please don’t be shy – we really need you! All newbies are welcome to join this great group of Withrow parents who walk around with big megaphones!

School Council Meeting Minutes 📝

The last Home & School / School Council meeting was held on February 9th. Meeting minutes can be viewed here. Many thanks to Withrow graduates Addison, Ethan, Morgan, Parker, Grace and Ginger, for taking the time to share their middle school experiences with all of the parents and students in attendance.

Canadian Parents For French – Concourse d’Art Oratoire

This year recognizes the 33rd year of the Concours et Festival d’Art Oratoire for Ontario. It is a public speaking festival where students who have won their own schools competition continue to eventually the provincial level with a opportunity to present at york University. All our juniors in French immersion have had an opportunity to present and Sophie-Claire Nicklin has been voted to represent Withrow at the next level. Congratulations Sophie-Claire and good luck!

Parent Speaker Series

Our next speaker series will be held on Thursday, March 23rd in the Withrow Library. “Making Sense of Math” by Teri Courcheme will be an interactive presentation that covers essential math skills including: games and strategies to help kids enjoy math; effective and free learning tools for key math concepts, what you need to know as a parent to help your kids with math and strategies for overcoming math anxiety – in parents and kids! Teri is a former Withrow Parent, volunteer and recipient of the Withrow 100 Citizenship Award (2012).

Next Home & School Meeting

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 30th. We will be discussing our staffing model for the year of 2017-2018 and our fantastic new climber.

Come out, hear what’s going on and voice your opinion. We love it when parents are involved in the school.

Parents Are Partners Conference

The TSDB has a special one-day conference for parents. The 2017 TSDB Parents are Partners Conference takes place Saturday, April 1st. Planned by TSDB parents, for TDSB Parents, the event features workshops and resources to help every parent support their child’s achievement and well-being, both at school and at home. Registration is open – the event takes place at the All Stream Centre; and lunch and transportation are provided with bus pickups. Registration closes March 20, 2017; admission is free.

Thanks for reading,

Your School Council Executive