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My name is Elin Marley, and I work as a School Garden Educator. Since 2010, I have been running my school garden programme called Seedling Stories at a number of Toronto elementary schools. I also work at the High Park Children’s Garden and Teaching Kitchen, where I have had many opportunities to cook and to garden with campers, school groups, and at special events over the past 9 years.
During the garden season, I work outside with students, planting, maintaining and harvesting in the school gardens, and exploring the plants and creatures that live out there. In the winter, my lessons include cooking and baking with kids, using a wide range of local ingredients. In addition to cooking healthy foods, students learn about different plant parts we eat, practice procedural writing with recipes, apply math skills such as measuring volume while following recipes, and learn about composting the fruit and vegetable scraps we might have left over.
I look forward to cooking, baking and exploring local ingredients with Essex classes this spring!
You can follow my garden and cooking adventures on Twitter and Instagram @seedlingstories
Bag2School is back! Bring your unwanted clothing, textiles, or shoes (tied together, please) to the guidance room in the Essex kindergarten area, any time from April 25-29. Signs will be posted in the school as we get closer to the date. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Easto at email@example.com.
School Safety – Dogs on School Property
From time to time, it is helpful to review school policies to ensure that the safety of all students and staff at Essex Jr. & Sr. P.S. & Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative Jr. P.S. is a top priority. Our staff will continue to demonstrate that priority by ensuring that proper procedures are in place to ensure that our school is safe. There are so many factors to consider in maintaining a nurturing learning environment including the health and safety of students and staff. As such, we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of our school policy that dogs are not permitted on school property and emphasize our ongoing expectation that parents shall not bring their dogs on school property when dropping off or picking up their children or while school is in session.
Our schoolyard provides a safe clean area for students to learn and play. Parents are asked to comply with all signs posted when on or around school property during and after school hours.
We are asking for everyone’s co-operation in following this policy so that working together we can help keep our students, staff and parents safe while at school.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.
On June 4th, 5th and 6th, the students of Essex and Hawthorne will be performing the Lion King. We are looking for volunteers who can help us with costuming. If you are crafty, like to sew, or are creative with constructing costumes, we need your help! Please email Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawthorne II Bilingual Alternative School
Bingo Night will now take place on Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the East Gym.
Hope to see you all there!
Please note that the Bingo Night scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th has been cancelled due to inclement weather.