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Healthy Kids Committee: Back to School Lunch Ideas

We hope you’re looking forward to a great start to the new school year Gledhill JPS families!

We thought it would be helpful to repost some yummy food ideas to help inspire your lunchboxes! Please share your ideas in the comments!

Hope to see you around the yard soon, Erin Spencer, Healthy Kids Committee

Between the Bread

  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Bagel Cream Cheese
  • Wraps: Cheese Tomato Basil
  • Wow Butter & Jelly
  • Cucumber & Cream Cheese
  • Spreads: Nut-free Pesto
  • Egg Salad, Scrambled Egg Wrap, Fried Egg Sandwich
  • Avocado Wraps
  • Tuna Salad
  • Salmon Salad
  • Mashed Chickpeas or Beans
  • Burritos: Bean, Cheese, Ground Beef, Lettuce/Shredded Cabbage, Salsa, Guacamole, Diced Peppers
  • Pinwheels: using a wrap, spread cream cheese, sliced ham, smoked salmon (any toppings really) and roll up and slice
  • Hot dogs or hamburgers (veggie options)
  • English muffins & cream cheese
  • Pita pockets

Other Main Ideas:

  • Mini pizzas (make your own w Naan bread or English muffins)
  • Spanakopita
  • Quiche
  • Frittata

In the Thermos:

  • Pasta (whole grain)
  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pasta shells with Butter & Parmesan
  • Gnocchi
  • Toasted Quinoa, Chick Peas & Feta Warm Salad
  • Rice & Peas
  • Hotdogs & Beans
  • Chicken or Turkey Stew
  • Vegetable Stew
  • Mujadara
  • Noodle Soup
  • Warm Potato Salad

Snacks & Bento:

  • Smoked salmon or sliced meat roll ups
  • Hummus (or any bean dip) or ranch dip with raw vegetables (cherry tomatoes, sliced peppers, carrots, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower or broccoli florets)
  • Deconstructed sushi bento: Rice, avocado, cucumber, crab, seaweed wrappers
  • Tater Tots
  • Roasted Potato Wedges (with sour cream dip)
  • Chicken Fingers or vegan versions
  • Baked Tofu Bites
  • Sweet potato or zucchini bites
  • Daal Parathas
  • Asian Noodles
  • Edamame or green peas
  • Sunflower or Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Mini Pancakes or Waffles
  • Korean Pancakes
  • Latkes
  • Yogurt and Granola
  • Muffins
  • Banana Bread, Zucchini loaf, etc
  • Fruit and Berries
Friendly reminder to keep your lunchboxes nut and garbage free.
Here’s the link to the latest Canada Food Guide:

First day FAQs

We hope everyone had a great summer vacation and are ready to head back to school. With the help of the school we’ve put together some FAQs for the start of the year.

If you haven’t already please sign up to receive emails at

When does school start?

  • First day is WEDNESDAY September 7th
  • Note: Tuesday September 6th is a PA day

Will class lists be available before the first day?

  • Yes! Class lists are expected to be posted outside of the Terry Fox Community Centre (building attached to the school, doors north of the main school entrance) Thursday September 1st – we will confirm when lists are available

What can I expect on the first day?

  • Classes will line up outside similar to last year, teachers will meet their classes and have clipboards; if you need help please find a teacher with a clipboard.
  • Kindergarten classes will line up on the pavement at the back of the school (same as last year but noted for those new to the school)

What time does school start/end?

  • Same times as last year; times are the same for kindergarten classes
  • First bell is at 8:30am – teachers on duty, second bell at 8:40am – prompt to line up
  • Lunch recess is 11:30 – 12:30
  • School ends at 3:20

Any specific COVID protocols for this year?

  • Protocols remain similar to the end of last year
  • There’s no specific requirement to wear a mask but the school remains mask friendly
  • Sanitizer and masks will be available to those that need/want them
  • There is no requirement for parents to wear masks while on school property
  • If your child has symptoms of illness please stay home

πŸ”πŸŒ­ A BIG Thank You! πŸ”πŸŒ­

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to join us yesterday at the Gledhill Community BBQ! We were happy to have so many of you join us for a beautiful (windy) evening!!

The event wouldn’t have been possible without all of the volunteers that helped out through set up, running games and photo booths, helping out with the food and finally cleaning up. Thank you to everyone that put their hands up to help out, we were a small but mighty group!

Thank you to the businesses that supported us, please show them our thanks by supporting them as well:

  • Davidson’s Valumart – generously donated all of the chips and drinks that were provided with each meal
  • Oak Park Deli – generously donated the Spanakopita for us to enjoy – they were very delicious!

We would also like to thank M&M Food Mart (3351 Lawrence Ave.) for helping us cook and distribute nearly 700 meals! And for X-Movement and Dance N Culture keeping us busy with activities.

πŸ”πŸŒ­ BBQ TOMORROW 5pm – 7pm πŸ”πŸŒ­

We are excited that we’ll be seeing so many families tomorrow at the BBQ, the weather will be nice and the BBQ will be fired up!

A few things to note:

  • BBQ starts at 5pm; a reminder BBQ Items were sold in advance, if you missed the ordering deadline please bring your own picnic to join us, there’s still lots of fun happening
  • An Ice Cream truck will be on site and accepting Cash for orders
  • 5:30pm – 6:00pm – X-Movement activity
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dance N Culture dance party
  • All night, photo booths set up and small games
  • Please also remember to bring a blanket or chair

Graduation Party for Grade 5 Gledhill Students!!!

Attention Class of 2022!

It’s time to celebrate your graduation from Gledhill Junior Elementary Public School!!

The Awkward Grade 5 DanceΒ Party

(a.k.a. The French Toast and English Muffin Grade 5 Graduation Party)

All current Gledhill Grade 5 students are invited!

The event is FREE… no financial contributions are needed as the Gledhill School Council has donated funds to cover the costs (thank you School Council!).Β 

There will be music, dancing, snacks, games and lots of fun. Β And you can leave your parents at home! πŸ™‚

Click the Eventbrite link below for all the details and to register (so we know how many students are joining).

Password: Tigers

Note that Gledhill parents are organizing this, but it is not a School Council event.

June 9th School Council Meeting Notes!!

From the virtual School Council meeting held on June 9, 2022 at 6:30pm

Welcome and attendees

  • There were 14 attendees at the meeting, including Gledhill parents and guardians, Cathy McAleese (Gledhill Principal), Janet Bambrick (Gledhill Vice-Principal), and a Gledhill staff member.

Gledhill Principal and Vice-Principal updates

  • A lot is happening in June including two track and field days and activities with the program X-movement.
  • Gledhill is hosting a group of special visitors from the Maple Bear Global School in Brazil to see how the curriculum and French immersion are taught in an Ontario junior public school. Gledhill was one of two schools selected to host the group.
  • Yearbooks:
    • The link to purchase Gledhill yearbooks was sent to parents and will be sent again.
    • There are supply chain issues with creating the yearbooks (getting paper, etc.) so everyone is hopeful that they will be delivered before the end of the school year. If they are not ready in time, there will be a way to get the yearbooks to Gledhill students who are moving on.
    • A parent asked about the price of the yearbooks as the Gledhill yearbook costs $20 and the DA Morrison yearbook costs $5. The principals weren’t sure why there is a price difference, but confirmed that they are using a TDSB-approved vendor.

Gledhill Community BBQ

  • The Gledhill Community BBQ is thisΒ Friday June 17th, 5-7pm.
  • The last day to order food for the BBQ using School Cash Online was Monday June 13th.
  • The cost of food is $3 for a hamburger, veggie burger, or hotdog and includes a bag of chips and drink. Orders are needed in advance so that the food order can be confirmed with M&M. Any questions or special requests about food orders can be emailed to:
  • ValuMart kindly donated the chips and drinks for the event!
  • Activities include a dance company attending, music, a photo booth, craft table, and games being organized by a Grade 5 Dad using some of the school gym equipment.
  • It should be a fun community-building evening; Gledhill staff have been invited to attend as well.
  • We hope to see you there!!
  • There is a volunteer form online as well for parents who are able to assist.

Use of Council funds – for approvals

  • Council approved an amount up to $2,500 to subsidize the food and any additional activity costs for the Gledhill Community BBQ. This amount is within the Council’s budget.
  • Council approved a $500 contribution towards Grade 5 graduation ceremony costs.
  • Council approved a $500 contribution towards the parent-organized grad party that will take place at a local Legion on Friday June 24th, 6-8pm. The event may be free for graduating students with this approval (TBC).
  • Council approved the purchase of freezies ($94) for students for the track and field days.

Initiate discussion about Council roles for next school year (2022/23)

  • There will be many opportunities and ways to get involved next school year.
  • Thank you to the parents who have been involved in Council and are now β€˜graduating’ from Gledhill.
  • In the Fall you will see calls for nominations for Council positions (elected positions and a variety of other roles). The current Executive will make sure there is a smooth and fair election process in the Fall (including having a parent run the elections who is not seeking a position).
  • The Council positions are also posted on the blog if anyone wants to take a look.

Thank you for the excellent school year and see you at the BBQ on June 17th!

Final Reminder – BBQ Food Orders due TODAY by 4pm

πŸ” Please get your food orders in, order cut off is TODAY **MONDAY JUNE 13th @4pm**

πŸ’² As a reminder – please order and pay online through School Cash online

More details for the day are available on the blog

Note: offline orders are accepted but cut off is still Monday; Questions on ordering or other items can be sent to

πŸ”πŸŒ­BBQ – Food Orders due Monday! πŸ”πŸŒ­

🌞 The weather is looking good for next week and we are going forward rain or shine!

πŸ” Please get your food orders in, order cut off is MONDAY JUNE 13th @4pm

πŸ’² As a reminder – please order and pay online through School Cash online

More details for the day are available on the blog

Note: offline orders are accepted but cut off is still Monday; Questions on ordering or other items can be sent to

TONIGHT @ 6:30pm – Virtual School Council Meeting w/Zoom Info

Meeting date and time: Thursday June 9, 2022, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

ALL Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting and all are considered members of the Council!

ALL parents and guardians also have voting rights at each meeting, regardless of how many meetings you attend.

Agenda items:

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Principal updates
  3. Gledhill Family BBQ update (happening on Friday June 17, 5-7pm)
  4. Use of Council funds for approval (vote):
    • $500 donation to the school for the Grade 5 graduation ceremony
    • $500 donation towards the Grade 5 graduation student dance party (that parents are organizing for Friday June 24, 6-8pm)
    • Up to $200 for freezies for the track and field days (June 23/24)
    • Up to $2500 towards food costs for the Gledhill Family BBQ
  5. Initiate discussion about Council roles for next school year (2022/23)
  6. Other business, updates, and questions

Zoom Details

Dial-in +1 647 558 0588 or +1 647 374 4685

Meeting ID: 971 8636 6025
Passcode: 367577

πŸ”πŸŒ­ Gledhill Community BBQ Update πŸ”πŸŒ­

A few important reminders