“It’s *almost* Leap Day. Real life is for March.” — 30 Rock
According to our friends from 30 Rock, next Saturday is “Leap Day. Real life is for March.” Join the Gledhill Parent Council for this extra evening that we only get once every four years to continue to build a stronger community for our kids, our teachers and ourselves!
When: Saturday, February 29th, 8:00pm – 1:00am
Auction Time: 8:30pm – 10:00pm. Items include an 18-person suite at a 2020-2021 Toronto Marlies game; gift certificates to many local area restaurants (The Ellery, Aviator, Firkin, Tabule, just to name a few!); weeks at camps such as Jack of Sports, Impact Skateboarding, Common Threads; East York Baseball baseball clinics; several adult fitness opportunities; a youth John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs jersey; just to name a few!
Where: The Royal Canadian Legion, 1240 Woodbine Ave
Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. Event will sell alcohol, must be 19 years or older. 50/50 draw will take place at 11 p.m.
Each year Gledhill families show kindness and caring to those in need by donating new unwrapped toys and mittens to Centre 55. Over the next two weeks please help by bringing toys to the sled by the main office and by helping to decorate our tree in the main hall with mittens.
We are also collecting non-perishable food items for Centre 55 on the day of our holiday concert- Thursday December 12th.
Thank you for showing kindness and caring in our community!
Grade 4 and 5 students are running the “Scare Away Hunger Food Drive” for the Daily Bread Food Bank at Gledhill. The food drive has been extended until Tuesday November 5th, 2019! All food collected will be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank which supports many families in our community. Please bring in non-perishable items and students can leave the food in the boxes in their class, or drop it to the box in the main office! We are asking to please avoid any peanut or nut products due to the many severe allergies we have within our school. Thanks for all your support Gledhill!
Daily Bread Food Bank most needed items are:
Gledhill Jr PS will be hosting our annual Scholastic Book Fair from November 14th until November 21st.
The Book Fair will be open to students, staff and parents during the day.
We will host a family event on Thursday, November 14th after school from 330 to 6pm.
The profits made from our book fairs are used to develop our library collection, purchase classroom resources, and support our makerspace culture. Every year, our book fair is a huge success due to the support from our wonderful parent and teacher community.
If you are able to volunteer during our book fair this year, please take a few minutes to sign up for a shift or two, every little bit helps.
Here is a link to the schedule – http://bit.ly/scholastic18.
Thank you so much and happy reading!
Hello Gledhill families!
We are looking for individuals who are able to give a bit of their time tomorrow, Friday October 25th at our first Movie Night of the year!
This is one of the important fundraisers that we do that help raise funds for school initiatives! It is with parent and family help that these events are so successful!
If you’re not able to volunteer for this Movie Night, there are three more movie nights this school year that we will still need help for!
Please check out this link for volunteer opportunities on all four Movie Nights!
Mark your calendars! Movie nights for the 2019/2020 school year are as follows:
Thursday October 10 : Walk-in for Education
On Thursday October 10, 2019 Gledhill faculty, parents and students are invited to take part in a peaceful protest before school. This who are interested should meet at 8am outside the school. We will be walking along the North side of Danforth to Woodbine and back.
Wear red, bring signs and noise makers!
Orange Shirt Day at Gledhill is Monday, September 30th.
Looking for ways to continue the conversation at home? There are many wonderful books available for children of all ages that can deepen understanding of the impact of Residential Schools and promote reconciliation. The following books reflect on the residential school experience and/or reconciliation in different ways; many are available through the Toronto Public Library or through major booksellers. (Note: This list is compiled from various sources.)
The Orange Shirt Story, by Phyllis Webstad
When Phyllis Webstad turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt. It is also the story of Orange Shirt Day, an important day of remembrance for all Canadians.
Shi-shi-etko, by Nicola Campbell
Shi-shi-etko is a young girl who has four days before she leaves home for residential school. Her family has many teachings to share with her, about her culture and the land.
Shin-chi’s Canoe, by Nicola Campbell
This award-winning book tells the story of six-year-old Shin-chi as he heads to residential school for the first time with his older sister. It is the sequel to Campbell’s Shi-shi-etko.
Arctic Stories, by Michael Kusugak
This trio of stories about a 10-year-old girl named Agatha is based on the childhood experiences of beloved Inuit author Michael Kusugak. The book begins with a tale of Agatha ‘saving’ her community from a monstrous flying object.
Kookum’s Red Shoes, by Peter Eyvindson
An elderly Kookum (grandmother) recounts her experiences at residential school – a time that changed her forever. The book has been described as running parallel to the story of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. “Her tornado had arrived. It rushed up and slammed to a halt just past the wonder world she had created,” writes Eyvindson.
When We Were Alone, by David Roberston
Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s illustration, this heartwarming story of a grandmother explaining residential schools will bring you all the feels. It’s so beautiful and so gentle, and therein lies its transformative power. Julie Flett continues to dazzle with her highly original illustrations.
47,000 Beads, by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha
Peyton loves to dance, and especially at pow wow, but her Auntie notices that she’s been dancing less and less. When Peyton shares that she just can’t be comfortable wearing a dress anymore, Auntie Eyota asks some friends for help to get Peyton what she needs.
I Am Not A Number, by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer
This remarkable story of Dupuis’ grandmother and her family’s journey with residential schools deserves every accolade it’s received since being published. Dupuis is an advocate for community stories and it shows in her vivid book, a volume that has made it into classrooms and homes across the continent, sparking conversation and building reconciliation through story.
Fatty Legs: A True Story, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Margaret, an 8-year-old Inuvialuit girl, wants to learn how to read so badly that she’s willing to leave home for residential school to make it happen. When she gets there a mean-spirited nun known as the Raven is intent on making Margaret’s time at school difficult. But Margaret refuses to be defeated.
No Time to Say Goodbye: Children’s Stories of Kuper Island Residential School, by Sylvia Olsen This collection of fictional stories of five children sent to residential school is based on real life experiences recounted by members of the Tsartlip First Nation in B.C.
As long as the Rivers Flow, by Larry Loyie
Cree author Larry Loyie writes about his last summer with his family before going to residential school, in Northern Alberta in 1944. Lawrence learns things like how to care for a baby owl, and how to gather medicinal plants with his Kokom. Loyie’s story highlights how his education at home was disrupted by the residential school system.