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Point tally as of Thursday Jan 17:
Go Earth, Air, Fire and Water!
Happy Pongal! Did you know that Pongal is a four-day festival, which according to the Tamil calendar, is usually celebrated from Jan 15 to Jan 18? Thai Pongal is the term to describe the Harvest Festival, and celebrates the renewal of the Earth. Over 75 million Tamil people around the world irrespective of their religion celebrate Thai Pongal. This celebration offers thanks to the sun and cattle for an abundant harvest. Pongal happens also to be the name of a sweet dish made of sweetened rice and lentils. For those who are celebrating, Happy Pongal!
Hockey jerseys: Check out Bowmore’s amazing new hockey jerseys. A big shout out to Mr. Parsons for getting not one, but three Bowmore Hockey teams up and running. See the jerseys.
January K-3 Family Fitness Evening: Thursday, January 31st. Printed copies will be available in the office as well. Download the registration form.
Snack Program House Points: Congratulations room 204, 13, and 21 for the quick return of your snack bins. You will each be awarded 50 points for your Houses! Each week the Snack Ladies will award points. It will be a randomly selected day, so get your snack bins back ASAP each day!
Movie Night: Tra-la-laaa!! Next Friday Jan 25 showing “Captain Underpants”!
Recycle Your Markers: A reminder that the Eco team has placed a box in the main foyer to collect markers and keep them out of landfill. Drop off your markers during school hours.
The countdown is on! A week from tomorrow is our Professor Jamz Danceathon! It really is going to be an amazing event with lots of energy! Visit the website for song requests and online donations www.professorjamz.com/bowmore
A few things to note:
First Nations School and UIEC Round Dance: The annual Round Dance, hosted by First Nations School/Wandering Spirit and the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, is happening on Saturday, February 2, 2019, starting at 5pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone (and most especially our First Nations, Métis, Inuit children and families) to come and experience ceremony, dancing and feasting with the FNMI TDSB staff. Everyone is welcome. See the poster.
|Extracurricular For Students
Chess: There was a try-out for grades 4-8 interested in playing on Bowmore’s chess team. Ms Davis is running chess in room 205.
|Volunteer and Donations
The Pizza Lunch Team, some of whom have organized and delivered pizza lunch for 8+ years, will be stepping down after this year. To continue pizza lunches next year, new people need to volunteer to organize and run this event. Some new volunteers have stepped up to say that they will organize if other people step up to run the lunches on the day. Need one adult per lunch room to direct the students: Junior Gym, Cafeteria, and Senior Gym. Along with the 5 adult volunteers you will be assisted by 16-18 student volunteers on pizza lunch days. If anyone is interested in experiencing a pizza lunch behind the scenes, you are welcome to shadow any of the team to see what goes into it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about shadowing or volunteering on pizza lunch.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something! To find out what jobs work for you contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com.
|Reminders (all sections)
Bowmore School Council’s Diversity and Inclusion team is a brand new committee and we will be meeting Sunday Jan 20 at 11:00 am at The Workaround (2080 Danforth Avenue, NE Corner Danforth and Woodbine). We welcome the Bowmore Community, including care-givers of children who attend Bowmore. Childcare will be provided upon request (limited spots available). To request childcare or info please contact Darryl or Marycarmen firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Bowmore is hosting a Spelling Bee on Saturday Mar 23. Register for either the English or the French bee. Deadline to register is Jan 31. Online registration is encouraged:
The paper order form for the second pizza lunch session (March – May) will be released after February 1. Alternatively, you may place the order for it now at http://bsc.schoolcouncil.net and either pay now or pay later when the orders are due. Please note that the Pizza Order deadline for lump sum payment for the 2nd session is Feb 15.
Mark your calendars! After rave reviews from the fall presentation we have invited author and international presenter, Michael Eisen, for a return visit on Wednesday Mar 6 at 6:45pm. He will touch on ways to help modern families build connections and harmony and create a culture of health and wellness. The presentation is targeted to families with children of all ages. More details will follow.
Book your sitters! Our annual 80’s themed parent’s night out, Bowmore Rocks, is coming on Saturday Apr 6 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Coxwell. More details in the coming weeks.
Grade 8 High School Course selection
For any grade 8 families who haven’t had a chance to read the school’s January newsletter, please be aware of a note from our guidance counselor Ms Domenico:
Grade 8 High School Course selection through myblueprint (www.myblueprint.ca) will begin mid-January and into the first 2 weeks of February. Students will complete their course forms for all of their desired schools. These signed forms are returned to me and act as the “application” to that school. No other information is necessary. Please note that only 1/one course selection sheet is submitted to a TDSB school. The final deadline for these forms to be returned to me, and final decisions of destination are made, is Feb 22, 2019.
Please contact Susan Domenico with any questions or concerns. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Junior and Senior Swim Teams
Starting up for 2019! Watch for permission forms coming home. Grades 3-5 will practice Tuesday & Thursday at lunch until the end of March. Grades 6-8 will practice will after school. Grades 4 + swim meet in March.
Coding and Robotics Club
For any grades 4 – 6 students interested in coding and robotics, we will start a weekly club on Wednesdays in Room 101 at lunch, starting this week.
The Snack Program needs volunteers from 8:45 – 9:45am each morning. You don’t have to commit to every day – any time that can be volunteered is appreciated! Please email Bowmoresnack@gmail.com to help, or to provide feedback on the snack program.
Jan 20: Diversity and Inclusion team meeting at 11 am
Jan 22: Sight and Sound Clinic
Jan 23: Deadline to submit Dance-a-thon pledges in order to be eligible for prizes. Even empty envelopes should be returned.
Jan 24: Grade 7 info night (CORE and Extended)
Jan 25: Wear your House Colours
Jan 25: Dance-a-thon
Jan 25: Wear white to earn House Points
Jan 25: Movie Night
Jan 31: Family fitness night
Jan 31: Spelling Bee registration deadline
Feb 1: Pizza Lunch
Feb 2: First Nations School and UIEC Round Dance, starting at 5pm See the poster
Feb 4: Kindergarten Online Registration begins
Feb 6: Beat the Winter Blues Concert
View the entire calendar at http://www.bowmoresc.com/calendar