April 19, 2018

Don't Throw Them Out!

If you're like me, you 
have some worn out pants, or some socks with holes, or some t-shirts with stains, or some bath towels that just aren't soft anymore.

And you're thinking... "What can I do with all these textiles?"   Well, one thing's for sure... DON'T THROW THEM OUT!  They don't belong in a landfill.

Instead, save them and drop them off at school.  You see, on Wednesday, May 9, we will be hosting a Bag2School event at Jackman.  Bag2School is an organization working divert textiles from the landfill.  They've got lots of ways to reuse and recycle textiles.   

It's just one more way,  our community can commit to reducing waste.  We hope everyone will participate.

Please note:  This is a one day only event!  Mark your calendars.  Wednesday, May 9.   Drop off your bags of clothes and textiles in front of the school between 8am and 10am on May 9.   

April 10, 2018

Pollinator Picnic

Did you hear? Jackman is celebrating Earth Day for a whole week. We've got something special planned for each day of the week. And on Thursday, we're hosting a Pollinator Picnic!

We recognize that bees have an important job. More than one-third of the world’s crops are maintained by bees and other pollinating insects. They play an important role in the foods we eat, the materials we use to make our textiles, and even some products essential for our everyday health.

Sadly, bees are facing a growing crisis known as CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder. CCD occurs when worker bees from a colony become disoriented and are unable to find their way back to their hives or worse, return poisoned and infect the rest of their hives.  Pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been implicated as the probable root cause of CCD, and governments worldwide are working to ban these harmful products.

The good news is there lots we can do to help. We can lobby our governments to ensure they follow through on their promise to ban harmful pesticides. We can grow pollinator-friendly plants in our home and community gardens. And we can make wise consumer choices, choosing organic and responsibly farmed products whenever possible.

Earth Week is a great time to appreciate all of the abundance our amazing Earth has to offer. At Jackman, we try to do this every day through our actions and our advocacy. That’s because at Jackman, we believe that EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY!    

April 08, 2018

Earth Week @ Jackman

EARTH DAY is on SUNDAY, APRIL 22… but at JACKMAN we’ll be celebrating ALL WEEK LONG!!!  Earth Week is April 16 - 20, 2018

Kids can get ready for EARTH DAY with these exciting lunchtime activities…

Monday - Let’s create Earth Day drawings and messages with sidewalk chalk.   We will inspire our school and neighborhood to be more eco-friendly.   

Tuesday - Plant a seed, then take it home.   You can watch it grow from a tiny seed… into a young seedling… into a beautiful flower!

Wednesday - Meet us in the schoolyard at lunch today and participate in some exciting Earth Day games.   It’s going to be a whole lot of fun!
Thursday - Bees are Important for our gardens and farms.   So, we’re hosting a pollinator picnic.   Come enjoy some fruit and veggie snacks.  Healthy and waste-free.

Friday - Make your fridge happy with a new fridge magnet!  Make an Earth Day fridge magnet at lunch today.   Inspire your family to ‘Make Every Day Earth Day’.

It’s looking like another amazing week at Jackman!

April 02, 2018

Maple Syrup

The Maple Syrup tradition continues at Jackman...  and we had our best season ever.  Take a look at the numbers...

1 idea... "let's tap the maple trees at school"
4 years... yep... we've been doing this for 4 years
6 classes... learning about tapping and collecting sap
28 days... of collecting sap
34 litres... the most sap collected in one day
214 litres... the sap we collected last year
423 litres... total sap we collected this year
9 litres... maple syrup produced at Jackman
many eager kids checking the sap buckets daily
countless hours of boiling sap (thanks Darwin & Rolf)
hundreds of pancakes
hundreds of happy pancake eaters

Take a look at the pics...

March 25, 2018

Everyone Loves a Parade

At Jackman we know that everyone loves a parade.  On Friday, we held our annual Earth Hour parade.  Hundreds of kids parading around the neighbourhood in support of Earth Hour.  Hundreds of kids committed to changing climate change.   Here are some pics of the big event.  

March 23, 2018

Earth Hour

The students in room 209 researched Earth Hour.   They wrote this report to share with you.

What?  Your electricity bill is too high?   I know how we can fix that! Participate in Earth Hour!!!  Just power down for one hour on Saturday evening. You will learn how easy it is. Soon you’ll be powering down more often and your electricity bill will be shrinking.  Do you know what else will be shrinking? Climate Change!!!! And everyone knows how important that is.  Let’s learn more about this exciting event.  

You may be wondering... what is Earth Hour is all about?  The idea began in 2007 with 2 million people turning off their lights in Sydney, Australia.   It soon spread to countries all around the world. It always happens in late March, around the time of the Spring and Autumn Equinox.  It used to be called, the Big Flick, because everyone was encouraged to ‘flick off’ their lights. Now it’s called Earth Hour, because people are helping the Earth in many ways.  We hope you will participate in this year’s Earth Hour, a.k.a., the Big Flick. 

If you think Earth Hour isn’t a big deal, think again.   It’s actually really important. Scientists know that climate change is threatening our Earth and we MUST do something about it.  Earth Hour is about raising awareness about climate change. Earth Hour isn’t just about turning off lights for one hour every year. It gives us an opportunity to think about how we can help the Earth during the other 8759 hours of the year. If we all do it, and do it more often, it will make a big difference.  So, yes, it is a big deal. 

If you and family decide to participate in Earth Hour, here are some suggestions about what you can do to make your evening a huge success.  You can go outside for a walk and watch the city and neighbourhood lights darken at 8:30. Or you can go outside to watch the stars. You can have dinner by candlelight.   You can read by candlelight. Actually, you can do all kinds of things by candlelight - play games, perform puppet shows and tell stories & jokes. Just don’t watch TV. You see, Earth Hour can be a whole lot of family fun! 

Now you know all about Earth Hour.   Share these ideas with you friends, family and neighbours.  Together we can change climate change. And maybe change your electricity bill too.   :-)

March 20, 2018

Earth Hour

On Friday, March 23, we will celebrate Earth Hour at Jackman.  It will start with an Earth Hour Parade around the neighbourhood.  Then Earth Hour will continue inside the school, as we turn off lights and other electronics from 2 - 3 pm.  Some classes may even go powerless all afternoon. 

We'd like to encourage Jackman families to participate in the global Earth Hour on Saturday night.  People all around the world will power down for one hour on Saturday night.  And so should you.  Make a family fun night...light some candles, play some board games or go for a night walk. You can reduce energy usage and have doing it.

So, you may be thinking... what's the big deal?  Earth Hour is just one hour!  What about the other 8759 hours in the year?  Does one hour really make a difference?  

We say, YES!!!  Earth Hour, while just being one hour, encourages everyone to think and talk about energy conservation.  It's our yearly reminder to make a change.   To take some action.  To commit to turning off lights and other electronics as much as possible.  Our Earth is counting on it.  Together we can change Climate Change.