February 13, 2018

The Great BIG Crunch


At Jackman, we encourage everyone to bring healthy, waste-free snacks to school.   

So on March 1st, we’re going to participate in the Great Big Crunch.  And we've got hundreds of apples to share!   One for EVERYONE! 

At exactly 2:30pm, the countdown will begin... 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... CRUNCH!  We'll all take a great big bite of a tasty apple at the exactly the same time.   Actually, there will be schools and other organizations crunching at the very same time, all across Canada.  Hence the name, The GREAT BIG CRUNCH.  

It will an EPIC afternoon snack!  Can’t wait to crunch with you!

February 07, 2018

Let it Snow!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!   Wednesday's weather was perfect for our first Winter Walk-To-School Day!   It was a big hit with Jackman kids and families!   Snow and cold won't stop us from walking to school.   Take a look at these pics...















February 05, 2018

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  :-)  The weather forecasters are predicting Wednesday's weather to be... SNOW!!!  That's perfect weather for Winter Walk-To-School Day!  

We hope everyone will walk to school on Wednesday (and everyday).   It's great exercise!   It's a lot of fun!  And it's a safe and sustainable means of travelling around the neighbourhood.   

Soon, we'll be walking in a winter wonderland!  Come a little early to join in the festivities!




February 04, 2018

Winter Walk To School Day

Winter Walk to School day is on Wednesday... just a few days away!  We hope everybody participates in this exciting event.  

Guess what?!?!   We have a special visitor celebrating with us on this special day!  Can you guess who it is?   Here are some clues...
  1. He's big!  And round!
  2. He wears a red hat.   
  3. He speaks French!
  4. He was born in 1954.
  5. He's 7 feet tall, weighing 400 lbs.
  6. He's the 'mascot' for Quebec's Winter Carnival.
Do you know who's it is?   




February 02, 2018

Super Power Your School - Part 2



Wait, there's more... the SuperPower Your School contest organizers also asked... "What is your school’s most important environmental project or program?"  Again, hard to put into 250 words, but here's what we came up with... 

"At Jackman, our schoolyard is wonderfully green.  It’s been years in the making and it’s still evolving, thanks to our dedicated Outdoor Environment Committee.  Our gardens are an important part of teaching, learning and playing.    
We have many distinctive gardens at Jackman.   There’s the ‘learning garden’, to grow beans, potatoes, squash and more.   There’s the ‘butterfly garden’, to attract butterflies and other pollinators.  There’s the ‘peace garden’, to encourage peace in our world.  And then there’s the ‘maze’, everyone’s favourite gathering space.  “Meet me in the maze,” is a familiar expression at school.  Even Jackman’s roof is a garden… our infamous ‘green roof’.  
Did you know… we make our own compost at Jackman?   We save apple cores, banana peels and other fruit and veggie scraps to create rich soil for our gardens.   
But wait… there’s more.   The best thing about our schoolyard is the trees.  At Jackman, we love trees!  And we’ve got lots of them.  They provide us shade in the summer (and plenty of leaves to rake in the autumn).   They add so much beauty to our schoolyard.  
We love all of our trees.  Still, we have a favourite tree – the maple tree.   When winter turns to spring, we tap the maple trees right here in our schoolyard.   We collect sap and make maple syrup.   We host our very own Maple Syrup Festival, right here at Jackman.  Pancakes anyone? 
Jackman just wouldn’t be Jackman without our trees and gardens.  They make our school a wonderful place to be."
There you go... a unique response from a unique school.   



February 01, 2018

SuperPower Your School - Part 1

Cross your fingers... we just entered the Superpower Your School contest,  sponsored by Staples and Earth Day Canada.  The prize... $20000 of technology for our school.  Sweet!  

In the contest application, they asked this question...  "What does your school do to help the environment?  What are your school’s creative & innovative environmental projects and programs?"  Easy peasy!  The only hard thing was narrowing it down to 250 words.  Look at how we responded...


"Jackman has a long history of passionate eco engagement.  Staff, students and parents are committed to making a difference in our school and community.   Together, we aspire to lessen our impact on the environment.   
We make great efforts to divert waste from landfills.  We promote waste-free lunches and snacks.  We are keen composters.  We are dedicated recyclers.   Every year, we conduct a thorough waste audit.   We have discovered that our garbage is decreasing over the years.  Impressive.  
A few years ago, we wrote letters to the City of Toronto, asking this simple question… “Why can’t we recycle plastic clamshell containers in Toronto?”  Inspired by our letters, the city council made a change to their recycling program.  We were proud to see our action make real change.   
At Jackman, we’re passionate about conserving energy, with frequent messaging about powering down lights and electronics.  We also recognize that walking and biking to school (instead of driving) are an important aspect of living more sustainable lives.   
Teachers are increasingly shaping curriculum with eco ideas.  Recycled art projects, math projects with eco data, eco-themed research projects and so much more.  Students are engaged with eco learning in many ways.   
We know that our ideas need inspiring communication, so we share our ideas with posters, displays, announcements and presentations.   We also blog our eco ideas online for the whole world to see… jackmanecoteam.blogspot.ca    
Being eco is reflected in everything we do.  It’s who we are!  Jackman is truly a vibrant eco school in Toronto!"



January 31, 2018

Interesting Quote

Here's an interesting quote for you...

"Good intentions and expressions of concern are not enough.  Protecting the environment is the most serious challenge we face today.  Every Canadian can and must get involved, not just today, but every day."



Dr. Roberta Bondar
(Canadian Scientist / Astronaut)





January 28, 2018

Plastic Microbeads


Did you know that plastic microbeads and microfibers are plaguing our Oceans?  But wait... Did you know they're also causing trouble right here, in our Great Lakes?   It's time to do something about this issue.  Check out these short, informative videos, by the creators of The Story of Stuff.  Prepare to be inspired.

Story of Microbeads   

Story of Microfibers



January 22, 2018

Winter Walk-To-School Day

Don't let winter get you down!   Get outdoors and enjoy it!  We'd like to encourage everyone to Walk to School... even in winter! 

So, at Jackman, we're joining schools all across Canada on Winter Walk-To School Day!   It's a day to celebrate everyone who walks to school, even in winter, especially in winter.   It's also a day to encourage more kids and families to get involved.   


Walking to school is eco friendly, great exercise and a whole lot of fun.   


Winter Walk-To- School Day is on Wednesday, February 7.   Plan to arrive at school a little and join in the festivities!

January 14, 2018

Battery Recycling

Are your batteries running out of power?  Don’t throw them in the garbage!  And don’t recycle them in your blue bin either.  

They need to be set aside for a special recycling!  


At School, you can drop them off in room 215.   We’ll make sure they get to the right place.

At home, save them in a bag or container, then drop them off at one of Toronto's Drop Off Depots.  The Depot closest to Jackman is at 400 Commissioners St. (open Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm).   They'll take batteries and other household hazardous waste and your electronic waste too.  

Batteries recycling can also be found at participating Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, The Source, and Staples stores.    You can also take batteries to Evergreen Brickworks!  Given there are so many drop off locations for recycling, there's no excuse for not recycling batteries.   

P.S.   Have you considered investing in rechargeable batteries?