Thursday 26 June 2014

Help Keep the Earl Beatty Garden Beautiful Over the Summer!

The Earl Beatty garden needs your help! 

We are looking for families to commit to watering and weeding during one week in the summer. All the details are available on the sign up schedule and instructions. You can sign up by emailing your name and preferred week to Karen Diakun and she will fill in the schedule.

Thank you for keeping our gardens and shade trees in good shape for now and the future,
- The EcoSchool Garden Committee


Wednesday 25 June 2014

Earl Beatty GSA Success!

A Special Post from Simmy Zaret, EB Teacher:

The Earl Beatty GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) came together back in October, when we set out on a mission to promote a safe, accepting, respectful, positive, and loving environment for our school.  

In our efforts to spread the word, we decided to create a "WE STAND UP FOR/WE STAND UP AGAINST" wall in our school. Students, staff, parents and guests were asked be photographed while holding up a message, to be included on our wall. Your children's photos are included among the hundreds we received. The response was phenomenal. Our wall, along with our mission statement, sends a powerful message spanning almost the entire length of our main hallway! 

As you may already know, our school will be receiving the GSA Award for our efforts this year.  We are "tickled pink", as we celebrate the positive outcome of our objective.  Our work has only just begun, and we're excited, proud, pumped, and can't wait to continue with our GSA initiative next year.

We hope you've had the chance to come and see our wall.  If you haven't, we hope you'll enjoy the attached photos. There's no doubt together we can all change the world.  Perhaps, in some small way, we already have!

Wishing you all the best, on behalf of the students in the Earl Beatty GSA, my co-leader Gordon Nore, and myself, Simmy Zaret

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Eco-Art Club Gets Creative!

We enjoyed Rock Painting this spring, ending our meetings with a picnic lunch and a 'Rock Planting' session in the front courtyard gardens of our school.  Here, our works of Art are proudly displayed for passer-by's viewing pleasure.
Thank you, young artists, for making Earl Beatty a more beautiful place to be!
Colleen Henry
Occ. Teacher
Eco-Art Club Members;:Zoe, Candie, Rebecca, Maya, Zoey, Olivia, Cate, Isabella, Clare, Lucan, Mairead, Jenna

Friday 13 June 2014

Canada Day in East York

Volunteers are needed for East York's 57th Annual Canada Day Celebration 

July 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Stan Wadlow Park, 888 Cosburn Avenue

For more info email

Thursday 12 June 2014

Earl Beatty SAC on June 19!

Thursday, June 19 will be the last Earl Beatty School Advisory Council meeting of the 2014/15 school year.

At this meeting we will be thanking Ms. Fernandez for all her efforts at Earl Beatty over the last three years, and wishing her well in retirement.

We will also be introducing our new Vice Principal, Kiera Vanderlugt, and our new Principal (TBA).

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 10 June 2014

ECO Club Update

Over the past 6 weeks, the Eco Club members have enjoyed several guests who have visited. One week we had Mike come in to speak about energy conservation. Students learned ways that they can make a difference, for example, turning out lights when they leave a room. Eco Club members also learned about soil, worms and composting!

Another week, Karen came in and shared her passion with us about nature and gardening. The Eco Club took a nature walk around the school and collected some nature (sticks, rocks, leaves etc) which they later used to create some beautiful art work. Karen came back another week to further teach us about gardening. The students went out to the beautiful garden to do some gardening.

The beginning of June, Blair came in to speak about solar energy. The students were captivated listening his presentation. He taught the students about the importance of solar power and different ways we can use the sun’s power for energy. Students were very excited at the end of his presentation when he passed out colouring sheets and also some sunflower seeds to plant at home!

The Eco Club members are having a great year in this club.

Mme Marois and Mrs. David

Friday 6 June 2014

Fundraing Plans for 2014/15 - Be Part of the Conversation

For anyone interested in discussing EBSAC fundraising plans for the 2014-15 school year, please meet at Sarah's (cafe/bar, NE corner of Danforth and Monarch Park) on Monday June 9 at 8 PM.

The intention of the meeting is to gather input and generate ideas to bring to this school year's final Advisory Council meeting and for advanced planning of next school year's approach.

We are not looking to collect volunteers or event leads - although you are more than welcome to raise your hand for these things! We are simply looking for ideas and input to help support and inform the council's planning efforts.

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Earl Beatty Wins The Director's G.S.A. Award

The Director's G.S.A. Awards are designed to recognize and honour three outstanding trans-positive Gay-Straight Alliance Groups (G.S.A.) in the Toronto District School Board. Each year, three $1000 awards go to student-led groups that have demonstrated a committed effort in helping create a school climate that is safer and more positive for students and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

This year's winners are:

Bendale BTI
Earl Beatty JS PS
Franke Oke SS

Earl Beatty will receive $1000 for our GSA! 

Earl Beatty's GSA ran a fabulous poster campaign where students, teachers, and the community were encouraged to stand up for someone or some group they supported or stand against something that they believed was negative. 

Posters adorned the first floor and were hugely impactful - really showing that Earl Beatty students care for their friends, their families, their neighbours, and people around the world. Together the Earl Beatty community is making their school and community a healthier, happier, safer enviroment for everyone. 


Official message from TDSB's Equity Program Advisor to the three winning schools:
Be it through meetings, healthy relationship building, school climate surveys, workshops for staff, peer education, school-wide campaigns, film-showings, debates, panels, assemblies, conferences, theatre, student videos, article writing, posters, brochures, websites, visual art, political activism, rallies, letter-writing, community partnerships, other school GSA partnerships, advocacy, and providing personal support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTTTIQ) youth . . . your GSA's have been places of support and dialogue; have pioneered programs that have increased respect for LGBTTTIQ persons, that challenge gender-stereotypes, homophobia and transphobia.

We were impressed with all the work you have been doing and highlights of this work will be featured at an award presentation at an upcoming Board meeting (we will provide you with those details as soon as they are available).

Monday 2 June 2014

Teacher Luncheon - June 20

The school year is almost over, but before we all take a well deserved break let's thank our great teachers with a luncheon on June 20. 

We would love food, drinks, treats and volunteers to help set up and clean up please! 

If you are able to contribute food and/or time to help with this event please contact Sheila Philcox