Friday 27 February 2009

Bowling at Danforth Bowl! Friday, March 20th, 2:30-4:30pm‏

Hey there!

It's the self-appointed Earl Beatty cruise director speaking... !
Last year I booked the Danforth Bowl on the Friday of the March Break, and it was so much fun for the families who came that I'm doing it again. We the place to ourselves for 2 hours (6 lanes), and it worked out to be about $20 per family (note: the exact amount depends on how many families sign up, and the number of kids per family). I recall that each child received a drink and chips as part of this cost, and the adults happily ordered from the wine/beer selection, and paid separately for this.

If you are interested, please reply to asap (we had a full house sign up pretty quickly last year). Because I have to pay the Danforth Bowl for our time there, and there are so many kids involved, the sooner I know who is coming the better. Ask your friends at the school too if you like, because it's great for us to support our local bowling alley! If we get more kids wanting to come than can be accommodated, those who don't get on my list can always be organized into a second group from the school.

Cheers, Sheila

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Monday 23 February 2009

EcoTeam Greening Committee Meeting

Click here for the minutes of our planning meeting at Small World Cafe on February 21st.

We are thrilled to share the news that Earl Beatty has been granted $2000 from the Toyota / Evergreen Learning Grounds Fund in support of our plans for the school's front yard landscape improvements. Thanks to all of you who have supported the efforts of the EcoTeam Greening Committee by donating items as well as helping out or coming to shop at the Honest Earl's Bargain Basement sales. In addition to the numerous bags of clothes that we have collectively donated to local shelters and charities, we have raised an additional $270 from the clothing that was sold through Ages and Stages (our local children's clothing consignment store on the Danforth) - bringing the total raised for this project to $4760!

So dig out those gardening gloves and sun hats, because plans are underway for Earl Beatty's spring gardening events! And please remember to save your gently used kid's clothing, footwear and sporting equipment for donation to the spring...
Honest Earl's Bargain Basement Sale:
Date: Sat. April 18th, 2009, 9a.m. -1 p.m.

If you can't hold onto these items until then, Ages and Stages will accept items in season for resale (just mention the Earl Beatty Greening Fund). More news on the sale and planting /gardening events to come in future Thursday folders and school newletters. And did we mention the amazing baked goods and delicious coffee served at the sales (compliments of Small World Cafe)...? Yum... good friends and good food... with 'green' sales and bargains galore... really, what else could you ask for?!

Thanks again,
The Earl Beatty Ecoteam Greening Committee.

Click here for a larger version of the proposed site plan for Earl Beatty's front yard.

Wednesday 18 February 2009

EBSAC February 12th, 2009‏ Minutes

Hello, Earl Beatty Parents, and friends,

This post includes a link to the minutes from the School Advisory Council's most recent meeting.

Please join us for our next meeting:

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 6:00 pm, location TBA.

We will be joined by a guest speaker,
TDSB Superintendent Kathy Cowan who will provide information and answer questions regarding the impact on Earl Beatty of Earl Haig retaining their grade 7 and 8 students.

Click here for the minutes and available supporting documents from the February 12th,2009 EBSAC meeting.

Here is a brief bio of Kathy Cowan:

Kathy Cowan, in her role as Superintendent of Education, is a senior
official with the Toronto District School Board. The Toronto Board is the fifth largest school district in North America with 577 schools serving elementary, secondary, and adult learners.

In her senior administrator role, Kathy has direct curriculum and operational responsibility for 22 schools serving approximately 10,000 students. The focus in the Family of Schools (FOS) is equitable outcomes and opportunities for all students through improving literacy and numeracy skills. There is a strong commitment to staff efficacy and professional development. Parent engagement and partnerships are integral to the work in the FOS. Kathy is committed to parents and served for many years as Earl Beatty's Home and School president and the Chair of the Council of Home and Schools for Toronto.

Kathy has a master's degree in Educational Administration. She was a principal of a very large and diverse elementary school in Toronto and also served as the Central Coordinating Principal of Leadership Development for the Toronto District School Board before being promoted to Superintendent of Education. She also carries the Model hools for Inner Cities portfolio and the Urban Diversity Committee Chair position, impacting an additional 73 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, and 29 secondary schools.

Tara Donovan, Secretary

Sunday 15 February 2009

Councillor Janet Davis' 6th Annual Skating Party Sunday, February 22, 2009 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Hello Friends,
Councillor Davis would like to invite you, your friends, family, neighbours - EVERYONE - to her 6th annual Skating Party!

Councillor Janet Davis'
6th Annual Skating Party
Sunday, February 22, 2009
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
East York Memorial Arena, 888 Cosburn Ave.

Figure skating demos, juice & cookies, prizes, kids craft table, free skating, live DJ and more!

*Children 6 years old and under are required to wear CSA approved helmets on the ice.
Thanks so much for your assistance! We'll see you on the ice,

Erin George
Executive Assistant (Acting) to
Councillor Janet Davis
Ward 31, Beaches East-York
100 Queen St. W. Suite C57
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
phone: 416.392.4035
fax: 416.397.9289

Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council Annual Family Skate a Huge Success!

Well, we couldn't ask for a better day! The sun was shining, it wasn't too cold and nearly 150 people participated in the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council Annual Family Skate.

The Crazy Scarf contest had about a dozen particpants; it was so difficult to choose the craziest scarf, the most colourful scarf, the cutest scarf or the longest scarf. The winners received a re-usable mug, hot chocolate, gloves or a warm headband. Thanks to all that participated.

Everyone got to join in the fun with the Spot Skate, and the youngest of the crowd had their own Simon Says game. Lots of happy winners received skate guards, laces, pucks, or skate tighteners.

The highlight of the event probably was the huge selection of yummy baked goods - including fabulous muffins from our local Cafe - Small World. Thanks to Tony and Beth for donating the muffins and their lovely organic, fair trade coffee. The Advisory Council would also like to thank the many parents who baked nut-free goodies for all to share. Everyone enjoyed them. Thanks also to Ellen and Sian for their swift hot chocolate making.

The event couldn't go on without the help of Community Centre staff - thanks to Crystal and Jesse for the music and games.

Looking forward to next year,

Advisory Council Member

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Agenda for EBSAC Meeting Thursday, February 12, 2009 in the STAFF ROOM, 6:00-8:00 pm

Hello, everybody!

Welcome one and all to the School Advisory Council meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, February 12th at 6:00 pm in the 2nd floor Staff Room (Room #20). Please note the change of venue!

Click here for the agenda for the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tara Donovan, Secretary

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Fun Fair Committee Meeting February 4th, 2009

The Fun Fair Committee is holding its first meeting for the May 2009 Fun Fair on

Wed Feb 4th at 7-9pm

Staff Room, 2nd floor, Earl Beatty

All parents are welcome to bring their great ideas and get involved in the 5th Annual Fun Fair!

Refreshments will be provided

Gifted Information Night Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:45 pm – 9 pm

Martingrove Collegiate Institute is pleased to host a

“Gifted Information Night”

The purpose of this evening is to share with students, parents, families, and educational staff information about programs and activities that would be of interest to gifted and high achieving learners.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Time: 6:45 pm – 9 pm

Location: Martingrove Collegiate Institute (auditorium & main lobby)

50 Winterton Drive (corner of Eglinton Ave. & Martingrove Rd.)

Contact tel: 416 394 7222 ext. 20137 (Special Education Department)

Contact email:

Guest Speaker:

Dona Matthews, PH.D.

Psychoeducational Consultant

« Giftedness is a Mixed Blessing! Academic, Social, and Emotional Stressors Experienced by

Gifted Learners

and their Parents »

Presentations and/or displays from the following groups and others:

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Shad Valley
  • International Student Exchange (ISE) program
  • University of Toronto Gifted Student Conference
  • Vendors with related books and resources

Registration IS NOT required.

Please forward any questions to the above email address.