New to Kindergarten this year? Come to Blake’s 3rd annual Welcome Picnic.

welcome to blakeIs your child attending kindergarten at Blake this fall? Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kindergarten Welcome Picnic!

This event is to welcome new and returning JK, SK, and French Immersion (FI) SK students at Blake to our school, but in true Blake spirit it is open to all families and students in the Blake community.

Please bring a picnic meal for you and your family. the picnic is scheduled for Thursday, August 17 5:00 pm at Phin Avenue Parkette (115 Condor Ave.) and ends whenever the kids shut it down. Please note we will be meeting at the picnic tables–just look for the balloons!

This is an informal “meet and greet” event with no set agenda. Come when you can, and stay as long as you like!

Please note the rain date: Friday, August 18, 5:00 pm. For updates, please subscribe to the Blake Families Facebook page.

Staffing model & school hours for 2017-18


Wondering what class your child will be in next year? You’ll have to check their report card when it comes home June 28. But here’s the staffing model for the next school year, with four French immersion teachers still to hire.

We welcome Jennifer Zurba  as Blake’s new principal next year.

JK/SK: Ms. Whiteside room 100

JK/SK: Ms. Church room 101

JK/SK: Mr. Fowler room 102

Grade ½: Ms. DiCesare room 206

Grade ½:  Ms. Barr room 207

Grades 2/3: Mr. Lowe room 109

Grades 2/3: Mr. Tsai room 208

Grades 4/5: Mr. Nicolaou room 308

Grades 5/6: Mr. Richman room 310

French Immersion

SK: Mme. Mulder


Grade 1: Mme. Dorcin room 108

Grade 1: TBA room 204

Grades ½ : Mme. Clark

Grade 2:  Mme. O’Sullivan room 203

Grade 2/3: TBA room 106

Grades 2/3: TBA  room 107

French core plus French prep (visual arts) Mme. Stagni

Jr. HSP: Ms. Psarplogos room 312

Primary HSP & Resource: Ms. Logan

Gym a.m: Ms. Weinberg

Gym p.m: Ms. Kiil

Music: Ms. Paton room 210

Library & prep: Ms. Dyment



Blake will have a population of 387 students in 2017-18!

With an increasing number of students being bused to the school, Blake has shifted its school hours for all students next year.

School will begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. That will extend morning and afternoon recesses to 15 minutes each.



Blake’s 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo!

Blake’s 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo!

When:   Wednesday, June 21st

9:00 – 10:00    Kindies

10:15 – 11:15     Primary grades (1-3)

Where: Blake playground, east side of school

What: 4 stations of fun and learning about bikes!

Bring: bike (or scooter), lock and helmet (students must have a helmet to participate)

For students who are not able to bring their bike or scooter, there will be balls in the field to play with, and the enclosed kindergarten playground will also be available.

Let’s have some fun!

Final parent council meeting of the year: Tuesday, June 20

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Blake Street School Parent Council is meeting for the last time this year, next Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. As always, council provides childcare and dinner.
Any items to add to the agenda? Send them to
For parents and caregivers who would like to be more involved with the parent council, there are two positions that need to be filled (details below.)
For more information on what’s required of the roles and how to put your name forward, write to
School Council Co-Chair –  In addition to performing the same duties as other council members, might: arrange for meetings; prepare agendas; chair council meetings; ensure that minutes of council meetings are recorded and maintained; facilitate the resolution of conflict; participate as ex-officio members of all committees established by the school council; communicate with the school principal on behalf of the council.
This position also ideally involves attending every meeting (or as many as possible) and being accessible to all parents as a go to resource!
It has been the tradition at Blake for the past few years to have two chairs who share this job. Ideally, these two chairs should represent the diverse community of Blake to ensure that all voices are heard. Co-chairs could be from primary or junior, catchment or non-catchment, French or English, etc
Ideally we have 2017/2018 co-chairs in place by the end of the summer so we can hit the ground running in September. Co-Chairs will receive training and mentoring from Alan & Jeanette over the course of the summer.
Currently we have 1 Parent volunteer, an Out of Catchment French Immersion parent. If you are interested or have any questions please feel to reach out. 
Pizza Lunch Coordinator –  This is a position that you can make your own by exploring new food options if that interests you, or you can continue with the well-organized plan that has been fine-tuned over the last couple of years by our excellent and dedicated volunteers. (Big shout out to Keri, who’s been instrumental in leading this group.)

Fun Fair!! Come one, come all!

Only three more sleeps until the Fun Fair on June 10th! If you have time to help set up tomorrow, your assistance would be welcome.

Remember to come early and stay late on the day of the fair! Visit the silent auction, buy some snacks from the bake sale or root beer from the stand, and enjoy the shows that the children will perform!

Fingers crossed for continued great weather!

Fun Fair Wristbands – Early Bird Pricing

Fun Fair Wristbands are available for $10 until Monday, June 5th! 
Your wristband allows you unlimited access to all games, bouncy castles, pony rides, events. *Food costs extra – you will need to buy tickets the day of the fair for food and snacks*

Return the attached order form WITH PAYMENT by MONDAY 5TH JUNE for the $10 price!!! Wristbands will be $20 the day of the fair!!!

No late order forms accepted!!!

Once pre-ordered you can pick up the wristbands at the fair.

Wristband Order Sheet 2017

It’s not too late to donate to the Fun Fair’s silent auction!

Blake’s Fun Fair is almost here! Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Don’t forget to check out the auction AND the raffle for amazing gear including a new 16G iPad in the raffle, and a BBQ pizza oven, summer camps, and gift cards for your favourite local restaurants and breweries. Come early, bid often, buy raffle tickets and support your school.
Do YOU have something to contribute to the silent auction like an hour of your expertise in a certain area, a gift card you’ll never use, or a gift you’re just not sure about? It’s not too late. Contact Katy at