FORWARD – Join the final TDSB ward council meeting with Trustee Ausma Malik

Inclusivity Club

Staff and students are invited to participate in a positive space lunch ongoing in 307 on Mondays at lunch.  Please feel free to share your ideas about this space going forward….either in person or via email.  All are welcome.


The goal of the positive space is to provide an opportunity for safe and inclusive discussion around issues facing our community with focuses on issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, issues relating to racism, sexism, and ableism.  We can also make art and listen to music.


Thank you for your support!


Sarah Cervinka

Grade 2/3 Teacher

Essex Public School

Information about the Karen Kain School of the Arts

Karen Kain School of the Arts Flyer PDF

Information about the Claude Watson School of the Arts

Letter from the Principal of Claude Watson School of the Arts PDF

REMINDER: BAG2SCHOOL Textile Recycling Drive November 15th-19th

Remember to bring your unwanted clean clothing, shoes (tied together please), linen, belts, purses and soft bags to your parent-teacher interviews next week. Instead of being thrown into landfills as garbage, quality textiles can be re-used as affordable second-hand clothing both in North America and overseas. Any items deemed unsuitable for resale will be taken to textile recycling facilities where they will be broken down and remade into useful materials, such as fleece jackets. As an added bonus the school council is paid a small amount per kg that goes back into funding enrichment programming for our students.

Items will be collected starting Thursday Nov. 15th- Monday Nov. 19th. All bags can be dropped off on the First Floor in the Essex Primary Hallway (Guidance Room). Look for yellow signs to guide you from the front foyer.

Lost and found items will be on display in the front hall during the Bag2School Drive.  Any unclaimed items will go to Bag2School on Thursday.


PA Day Chess Tournament coming up!


November 16th is a PA day for the TDSB, the TCDSB and the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde – many, many school kids and their families will be looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend the day.

The Chess Institute of Canada (CIC) has just the thing – our popular PA Day Chess Tournaments offer students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 a fantastic day of chess lessons, strategy learning, creative challenges, CFC ranked tournament games, outdoor games & physical activities, pizza lunch & healthy snacks, ribbons, medals and more!

While we may not be currently running a chess club in your school this season, I thought I would share the PA Day Chess Tournament information with you, as it may be of interest to your school community.

If you feel that this information would be of benefit to your school community, I  would be very happy to provide you with a newsletter blurb and/or printed flyers as well as the attached eflyer to help communicate this opportunity.

New PA Day flyer – Nov 16

Depliant PA Day – Nov-Dec

If you have any questions about the upcoming PA Day Chess Tournament, or about any CIC chess programs, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Katya Rudzik
Director of Outreach
Chess Institute of Canada

Eco committee update

•Boomerang/ Waste Free Lunches are going well.

We noticed that there was a problem on Friday with pizza lunch.
We would like all children to bring their lunch boxes on Friday to ensure that pizza is eaten and there is no recycling or landfill left in the lunch room.
•Skate/ Helmet Exchange will happen in the front foyer from November 9th- November 15th.
Please bring your skates and/or helmet to exchange.
•Please be sure that your children dress for the weather, raincoats, boots, if needed.  Ensure that your children are wearing outdoor and indoor shoes to help keep the dirt outside rather than bring it into the school.There will also be a sign up sheet where you can indicate what you are bringing and what you would like to receive.
Thanks for helping in our Eco Initiatives
Eco Committee

Photo retakes Wed Nov 21

2018 Photo Retakes reminder PDF

FFFF Harvest Today

FRESH From the FARM bundle pick up
3:00-6:30 pm under the overhang behind school facing Garnet street.
Please contact Katie Kerr if you are running late for pick up. All produce must be claimed. We can not store food overnight. All remaining produce will be donated.
Thanks and Happy Harvest

The Me to We, WE Scare Hunger Food Drive! Oct 29-Nov 2

This Halloween Essex and Hawthorne will be participating in the Me to We, WE Scare Hunger Food Drive!

Hunger affects people from all walks of life, including those you might not suspect. People who experience food insecurity are often forced to make difficult choices. Parents choose between skipping meals and feeding their children. Do they buy groceries or pay the rent or electricity bill? When we come together to collect food for people struggling with hunger, we can help ensure they have the resources to feed themselves and their families. By supporting WE Scare Hunger, you can contribute to your community and also raise awareness of the root causes of hunger.

We appreciate all donated food, but there are certain items that are always in need because of their high nutritional value.

  • Baby food and formula
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fish and meat
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Rice, grains, lentils, beans
  • Dried pasta
  • Pasta sauce and canned tomatoes (whole or crushed)
  • Cans of soup and stew
  • Powdered, canned and tetra pak milk

Teachers will have food collection boxes set up to receive donations from Oct 29th to Nov. 2nd. Let’s all work together to support families in need!


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