Thursday 28 February 2008

Earl Beatty School has a new website!

Thanks to everyone who helped put together this wonderful resource:

Wednesday 27 February 2008

School Pools Update from Sheila Carey-Meagher, Trustee for Beaches-East Y

Here is the latest on pools in our ward…

The Budget committee at City Hall today voted in favour of GA Brown and Duke of Connaught pools remaining opened for Parks and Rec programmes for the following year. The decision goes to Council for a vote next week.

Okay that battle is nearly over and is at least headed in the right direction.

The Board is holding back on the signing of an agreement with the City to fund the pools that are jointly used by both of us. There was a motion in June to close all pools – remember that we do not get provincial funding for pools at all – if the City didn’t come up with enough money to pay for all the pools all of the time.

We are in the middle of the budget process and so it is not unusual to be playing around with different scenarios. We all need to point our collective minds at the Board – the Chair and all the Trustees – to rethink the need for pools as an instructional programme and not a frill.

This is an interim response to you all who have emailed me and there will be more information coming as things unfold.

In the mean time there is a huge pool party at GA Brown on Saturday, March 1 from 1:30 hosted by Janet Davis and me. Please come and participate and make a statement of support.

Thanks and keep the pressure up…


February 25, 2008

Sunday 24 February 2008

Action needed to Save School Pools!

February 25th and March 5th are two key dates in the struggle to save up to 78 school pools.

Our pools were provided by our taxes. We must once again convince the various levels of government (whose funding all come from our taxes) that we will not let them take this valuable community resource away. Here’s what to do:

Before Feb 25th

Tell the Toronto District School Board to work with the City and Province to keep our local pools open.
Send your comments to our school trustee, Sheila Cary-Meagher:
Copy: TDSB Chair, John Campbell:
Operations and Facilities Committee Chair, Mari Rutka:
City of Toronto Budget committee:
City Councillor, Beaches-East York, Ward 31, Janet Davis:

Before March 5th

Tell Education Minister Kathleen Wynne that our pools are a vital part of the school and community, and deserve her support:
Copy & local MPP for East York,
Michael Prue:

Ask for support from your city councillor:

Click here to go to the Campaign for Public Education website for more info.

Friday 22 February 2008

Councillor Janet Davis' 5th Annual Skating Party

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: East York Memorial Arena, 888 Cosburn Ave.
Join me for my 5th annual skating party at the East York Memorial Arena.

The East York Skating Club will showcase their talents with figure skating performances.

I'll have juice, cookies and prizes for the kids. There will be a kid's craft table and face painting for the little ones when they tire of skating. And a DJ will keep those of us on the ice moving!

Bring your skates.

More info at Janet Davis' Website:

Thursday 21 February 2008

Earl Beatty Fun Fair May 31st, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to put this date in your calendar for the Earl Beatty Fun Fair & Ball Hockey Tournament: Sat May 31st, 10am to 3pm. This day is full of fun games, activities, and food for the whole family, but to make it a great event we need volunteers to help out during the day. If you would like to volunteer for a couple of hours at the fair please contact Lisa Chapman at 416 691 8627, or randlchapman (at)

Thursday 14 February 2008

EBSAC February, 2008 Minutes

Read the minutes from the February 14th EBSAC Meeting here.

February 14, 2008

Agenda items


  • Review & acceptance of last meeting’s minutes including Action Items

  • Follow up on outstanding action items

    • status of teachers wish list

    • Fun Fair – teacher and council rep

    • Website and blog

Treasurer’s report

New Items

  • Staffing committee representation

  • MSR update

Principals Report:

  • Laurie Reid to provide a succinct overview of recent school activities and issues

  • Discussion of EQAO results

  • Safe school committee report

Open Items/Group Discussion/New Business

  • Report from Eco-Team

  • Community Center

  • Fun Fair

  • New Business

Wrap up & outstanding issues

  • Receipt of items for next council meeting

Tuesday 12 February 2008

Earl Beatty Community Center News

POSTPONED due to rain
Community Skating Party: Sunday February 17th, Monarch Park Rink from 2-4pm.
There will be games and prizes, hot chocolate and peanut-free goodies. Everyone is welcome.

The Earl Beatty Community Centre is located on the North side of the school at 455 Glebeholme Boulevard.
Office number: 416-392-0752
Recreationist, Cindy Horton: 416-392-0199
Aquatic Recreationist, Crystal Trumper: 416-392-7917
If people want notification of pool closures, they can be added to the list by inquiring at: earlbeattypool (at)

Crystal will email all on the list if there is a pool closure due to fouling, breakdown, or if the community centre itself is closed.

If people wish to become involved with the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council, they can call Cindy, Liza Ordubegian 416-425-5289, Sian David 416-466-7248 or Ellen Schwartzel 416-463-0089. AC meets first Thursday of every month.

School Advisory Council Meeting: Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the school library

Hello Earl Beatty Parent and Friend Community

On behalf of the Earl Beatty School Advisory Council, please accept this invitation to attend the School Advisory Council Meeting which is scheduled from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the school library on February 14, 2008 (apologies to the romantics in the crowd!).

The executive addresses administrative issues such as the review and approval of the previous minutes during the first hour. The second hour is more general in nature and features the principal's report, highlights from the "executive session" and new business/follow up questions.

Topics of particular interest this meeting include:

  • Earl Beatty's EQAO results
  • Safe School Committee Report
  • Report back on the My School Review process
  • Eco team update

and much more...

For your reference, click for the:

A limited number of copies will be available at the meeting but we ask that you bring your own copy to help keep costs down.


Maureen Hall,


My School Review: Thursday March 6th in the school lunchroom

Thanks to all the parents who came out to the My School Review (MSR) meeting on Thursday, February 7th. There was a wonderful energy in the room, and many great ideas will, no doubt, make a final wish list, helping take Earl Beatty in new directions. There was lots of raucous talk about the necessity for parent involvement, mindfulness toward environmental and global thinking, along with awareness and involvement in our very own neighbourhood. From making school life more fun, inclusive and welcoming to all, to reaching out to those who can support us and be supported by us, there was no topic ('cept whining) off the agenda.

There is one more scheduled opportunity to participate in the My School Review process. Come out and let us know what you'd like to see at the Earl Beatty of the future, Thursday March 6th in the school lunchroom. LUG A MUG (in an effort to "green" the coffee, tea and snacks table), and feel free to bring your children as child care will be available.