Dewson SJC Anti-Racism Event

Dear Dewson Parents/Guardians:
You are invited to attend
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6:00 p.m.: Doors Open & Refreshments
6:30-8:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion in Gym
6:30-8:00 p.m.: Storytelling for Kids in Library
Racism in Schools: A Panel Discussion on Power, Privilege and Anti-Racism
Please join us for an engaging panel discussion about power, privilege and anti-racism in our schools. Learn about important issues and barriers faced by racialized students, families and staff and how the whole school community can support equity and approaches to justice. We hope to “connect the dots” to the TDSB Enhancing Equity Task Force Report and Recommendations published in December 2017; the Board’s February 7, 2018 approval of the report (Helping all Students Succeed: Director’s Response to the Enhancing Equity Task Force); and next steps to improved outcomes for all students.
Gita Madan (Education Not Incarceration, Co-Founding Member)
Knia Singh (Lawyer and Activist)
Philip Cote (“Noodjmowin” – Moose Dee Point First Nation Artist and Educator)
Qaiser Ahmad (Guidance Counsellor | TDSB Islamic Heritage Month Planning Group Co-Chair)
with Sandra Whiting (Storyteller)
So that we can have an estimate for food, please
Organized by the Dewson Social Justice Committee
Free Event with Refreshments & Childminding – Everyone Welcome
Best Regards,
D. Williams
Dewson School Council Co-Chair
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Painting of Primary Wings

The School has been notified by TDSB Facilities that they will be painting the walls of the Primary wing on the first and second floor.
The painting will take place during March Break. 
Staff have been advised to remove any materials from the walls during the painting.  The School has been informed that the painting will not interfere with student learning. 
Thank You
J. Harry Quon
Note: post updated Tuesday Feb. 20/18
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Waste-Free Lunch Tips from your Friendly Essex Eco-Team

Dear Parents,

The Eco-Team has been working hard to teach our classmates about the importance of reducing waste.  We created this super awesome waste timeline that is hanging in our gym/lunch room to remind us just how long it takes for some plastics and wrappers to break down.  In 100 short years, we have dumped an enormous amount of plastic in our oceans that were plastic free for the 4.5 billion years before that. Yikes!  This is the fault of our generation and we need to fix it for future generations.

Here are some tips to eliminate waste from your kids’ lunch bags:

1) Always use a reusable lunch bag.

2) Send a refillable water bottle and get rid of juice boxes (straws cannot be recycled and take 450 years to break down).

3) Buy tubs of yogurt or apple sauce at home, and used refillable containers rather than single serve cups.  Make sure to rinse out and recycle those tubs and jars at home or else they stick around on our earth for 1 million years.

4)Fresh fruits and veggies do not have any packaging and they make good snacks.  (So do homemade cookies and muffins!)

We hope you will take the time to save the Earth.
Love, the students on Eco-Team!
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

February Heritage Month Assembly

February marks Black History/African Heritage Month and Chinese Heritage Month.  We will be celebrating with an Assembly on Tuesday February 20th at 10:30 am in the Essex Gym.  The famous Lion Dancers will be returning to entertain us.  There will also be performances from the choir and some homeroom classes.  We welcome parents to join us in the gym for this special event.
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Essex Book and DVD Sale

The popular Essex Book Sale Table is returning.  Look for gently used books and DVDs in the front lobby from February 15th through until the end of the month.  All donations ($1 per book or DVD) will go toward enrichment programming for our homeroom classes (for example Scientists in the Schools Workshops, Theatricks Drama program and STEM workshops from U of T Engineering).  We welcome donations of DVDs.  Please leave your DVDs on the table for others to purchase and enjoy!  Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts.
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Reminder: Allowances, Chores and Money Skills Workshop

Don’t forget to join us for a Hawthorne / Essex Parenting Workshop hosted by the Parent Education Network!
Allowances, Chores and Money Skills: 
Money management is a key life skill. Come for some great ideas on how to explain earning money, wants versus needs, setting money goals, budgeting and making a savings plan!
Date: Thursday February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Library on the 2nd floor
Children are also welcome to attend the workshop and there will also be childcare provided in the Library. Light refreshments will be provided.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

See you tonight! School Council Meeting Reminder

Tonight in the school library: come out and meet the school principal, other parents at the school and find out about school and school council initiatives. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Child care available.


Essex PS School Council Meeting
Tuesday February 6, 2018 6:00 pm


Welcome and Introductions

Minutes / Business Arising
Parent Orientation Handbook
Lice checks
Program booking status – Theatrix and BHM

Principal’s Report – Harry J. Quon

Treasurer’s Report

Fundraising Report
Spring Fling

Outdoor Play and Learning Committee Update
OPAL Symposium

Early Reading Club

School Funds
Classroom Funds
Scientists in the Schools
National Aboriginal History Month

Next Meeting: Tuesday April 10, 2018

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Family Adventure Passports 2018

cid:image002.png@01D39A7A.DF16FE30As valued partners of the Model Schools for Inner Cities program we are committed to support your students and families during this transition year.

As such, you will be receiving copies of this year’s Family Adventure Passport this week for distribution to your students and their families in the February report card package.

This passport offers families discounted offers to many area attractions across the GTA! We remind you that these passports are for family distribution.

Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

African Heritage Month – Parent Opportunity

February is African Heritage Month.   It is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Peoples of African Descent to Canada and the world.   During the month of February 2018, the Toronto District School Board will hold a variety of events to celebrate the rich heritage of the people and nations of Africa and the African Diaspora.
On behalf of the African Heritage Month Committee,  all parents of African Descent are invited to an event called, “#thetalk”.    Details are attached and noted below:
Join us for a talk on:
How to talk to your child(ren) about race and racism
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
5050 Yonge Street – Boardroom
Should additional information be required, please contact Michelle Munroe, Central Coordinator, Parent & Community Engagement at
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)

Spring Fling Announcement

While winter continues its mission to keep us cold and bundled, dreaming of spring can bring us warmth! Some of us have already been thinking, planning, and preparing for spring – the Spring Fling to be exact!

Every year Essex and Hawthorne collaborate to create a fun family event called the Spring Fling!
On Friday June 1st we celebrate our school, play carnival games, bounce on inflatables castles, eat together, and have a lot of fun!
This is event is also a fundraiser for our school. Last year we were able to buy two sets of Chrome books for our classrooms…(stay tuned for more information of what the money will be allocated for this year)
An event like this requires lots of planning and we are reaching out to you the caregivers of Essex and Hawthorne students to help us. Below you will find a link to a task sign up list – Have a look and see what task or project is exciting for you – and sign up! Each task will be a small piece of the larger event. Some tasks are to be completed before the event, some will happen on the day of the event — Most will require only a small amount of your time and energy. Together we can show our students what working like a team can really accomplish – a fun day for everyone!!
Here is the link:
(If you would like a paper copy of the task list it will be available in both school offices)
(If you require a translation of the task list one can be provided for you – please inquire at your students school office)
There are MANY exciting things in development for the Spring Fling – Stay tuned for more details!
Thank you in advance for committing to help make this event happen!
Posted in Announcements, Intermediate (Grades 7-8), Junior (Grades 4-6), Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1-3)