Sunday, 7 May 2017

Week of May 8th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters."                                                                                                                                                         ~ Margaret Wheatley

What a great week we had with lots of great support for our Rummage sale. Funds raised will help add to the additional costs to the grad trip.

We also have our Cake Walk that will take place on Wednesday May 10th.  Students can participate in this fun activity for a chance to win a cake!  Just bring in $2.00 and bring it to the event.

We have important presentations and activities that look at Global issues.  Our Walk for Water and Covenant House presentation will help students consolidate their learning on these important issues.

Have a remarkable week! ~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Did you know... 

...that two of our Bessborough students entered a video for a Mental Health contest and were chosen as one of the top 15!

Over the last few weeks 8A created a variety of Public Service Announcements addressing the need to bring awareness to mental health. The videos encouraged viewers to change the stigma and to reach out and help educate others about the impact of mental illness. Many groups submitted their PSA’s into the Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s Change the View contest. There was a lot of creativity, effort, and discussion that stemmed from their messages. I am excited to announce, congratulate and share that Justin Mah and Harrison Dungey’s video was selected as one of the top 15 entries! Click here to view their video.

As a result, they were invited to attend a Question Period, Award Ceremony and Meet and Greet with some of the MPP’s at the Legislative Assembly to discuss the prominence of mental health among youth and the urgency to address this issue. It was an awesome day, filled with lots of learning and sharing about what steps the provincial government is taking to address these concerns.

What an awesome way to kick of Canadian Mental Health Week! Congratulations again to both!

Ms. Wong

WE Walk for Water:

On Monday, May 8 our students will be participating in the “Walk for Water” event.  The goal of this experience is to help our students gain an understanding of how water is a vital resource that many children in other countries do not have easy access to. The students will engage in interactive activities that demonstrate how water can be contaminated, misused and what it is like to walk and carry the water needed just to survive.  This event is intended to raise awareness and continue to empathize with the world issues.  

We recommend the students bring an extra pair of shoes or wear rain boots, in case they get wet. 

Yearbook is Coming to Life!

The Yearbook committee has started to create our yearbook pages but we're still looking for more photos. If any parents have photos they’d like to share with us (Blue Jays, Holiday concerts, sports or any school event), please send to 

Be sure to send best quality and the largest file size you have (highest resolution) or if sending from your iPhone, please send “Actual Size”. For any questions, please email Sue Thurow at or Corey Ferguson at

Reminder: Enter to win the Yearbook Cover drawing contest! Any student who wants a chance to have their drawing on the cover of this years’ yearbook should drop off their entry in the office by May 15.


This week the Wellness Group watched some short videos and discussed ways to maintain and enhance positive mental health. We will share our favourite ideas during next week's announcements. Here is the link for this week's Mindful Minute:

Save the Date! - Sunday May 28th 2017

Don't forget we have our Annual Mayfair day on May 28th!  Lots of fun and activities for students and their families!

Used Bike Drive - Drop off at Mayfair

Tell friends, family and neighbours as Morning Glory & Gears' goal is to donate over 250 BIKES to youth in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood!

Do you have unused bikes cluttering your garage you could donate to their annual bike giveaway in October? 

Used bikes can be dropped off at Bessborough during Mayfair.

Please see the attachment for more information.  You can also contact Andrew MacEachern at

Athletic Council

Grade 3-4 intramurals are taking place on Wednesday at lunch. This will be the last intramural of the year. We love how student’s bring enthusiasm and energy to athletics! Thanks for a great year.

This Monday, Movement Matters will be taking place again, in the gym at 8:20am. We are inviting all grades 1-6 to join us, and participate in some fun activities, and get some exercise to start the day off right. We hope to see you there!

School Clubs

Many staff have dedicated their time to provide opportunities for students to be leaders, have an impact at the school or community. Please see the schedule below for the clubs and times these are available.

Name of Club
Teachers Involved
Student Grade/Division Applicable
Day of the Week
Time of Day
Tech Committee
Ms Surdivall
Ms Collins
Ms Rosenbloom
Rm 10
All year - lunch (Mondays)
Smoothie Chat (Aka Girls’ Group)
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ho
Staff Room
Wed All year- before school
Movie Making Club
Mr King
Ms Reid
Wednesday after school starting in January
Ms Thurow
Rm 17
Wednesdays after school
We Club
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Angheloni
Rm 31
Every Friday at lunch
Ms Cook
Ms Willoughby
Tues lunch Feb - May
Primary STEM
Ms Ho
Mr King
Rm 1
Wed October-May
Library ambassadors
Ms Surdivall
Rm 10
Tuesday, all year, lunch
Thursdays, all year, lunch
Junior Boys Club
Mr Baker
Rm 11
Thursdays @ beginning of lunch
ECO club
Ms Gamm
Ms Pornaras
Rm 2
Thursday @ lunch Jan-May
Concert Band
Mr McMillan
Ms Collins
Music Room
Thursdays after school (3:25-4:25), all year
Student Engagement
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Wong
6 to 8
Rm 31
Thursday @ Lunch
Wellness Group
Ms Buksner
Rm 9
Wednesdays, Lunch
Junior Girls Club
Ms Wong
Ms Azodi
Rm 12
Tuesdays @ Lunch - 12 pm start

Have a Say! Join Home & School!
H&S is a committee of parent volunteers who are focused on enriching the in-class and extracurricular experience of all students.  With the support of our parent community, we run events that foster school spirit and raise funds for the school.  It is fun and fulfilling to be part of a group that influences such a positive atmosphere at Bessborough.  

Next year, there are opportunities for you to get involved.  Here are positions available:

Intermediate Divisional Representative - (1 person): work as the liaison between the H&S Committee, administrators, teachers, and class parents.

Volunteer Coordination - Co-Lead (1 person): this role is ideal for someone who’d like to meet new people or expand on existing networks.  This partnership works closely with the Event Teams to help our parent volunteers find a way to contribute that works for them.  Time averages about 1 hour a month.

Communication - Co-Leads (2 people):  This job has been divided into 2 positions, though could be combined to one.  Our writer offers the voice to H&S, pulling together weekly bulletins and other communiques with help from the Committee.  Our Webmaster keeps our H&S website current with this same info.  Approximate time is 2 and 1 hour(s) per week, on average, respectively.

Co-Chair - (1 person): Robyn Israel needs a partner.  Don’t be daunted by the title – this role is a lot of fun and not as consuming as you may think (especially when you have a great team!)
Please feel free to approach us and talk about being involved.  You can contact Lisa (, Robyn ( or Stacey ( – let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll find you the right role.

Red & White on the Green
Another reminder about our Lawn Bowling Social.  The much anticipated event is coming up quickly and this year we’re going with a Canada 150 theme!  So, get your tickets now and show off your Canadian pride!  

It’s all happening on Saturday, June 3rd.  Eat, drink and bowl with old and new friends - all for a good cause.  See the attached flyer for all the details and let the good times roll!

Appreciation Corner
A HUGE shout out to Rebecca Handford for the countless hours of work she has put in over the last 2 years as the Treasurer for Home & School.  She will be leaving the role after this school year so we want to say THANK YOU for diligently keeping our books in check while always being a positive presence on our H&S executive.  Thanks Rebecca!

Visit now for details on all of this and more!

Trustee Gerri Gershon

Ward Forums
These meetings are held in the evenings in a local school.  They are attended by the Supervisory Officers for our area, some principals, parents and community members. There is an Agenda and usually a speaker as well as reports from the Board.
  • Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Community Coffee

These meetings are held in the mornings in a local restaurant (often Longo's on Laird). They are attended by the Supervisory Officers for our area, parents and community members.  There may be a report from the Board but there is no Agenda and attendees raise issues they would like to discuss.
  • Next one:  Friday, June 16th, 2017 

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