News from Blake school council’s Jan. 10 meeting


Some highlights from our Jan. 10 meeting:

  • an update on optional attendance for out-of-catchment families who want to enroll their children into JK at Blake;
  • a presentation by OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning);
  • Blake’s Breakfast Club needs a new coordinator for September 2018

And lots more! Read the meeting minutes here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the council co-chairs at



Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Welcome back Blake! We hope everyone had a fun, family-filled and restful winter break. We look forward to seeing everyone back in the schoolyard tomorrow, Monday Jan. 8.

Lucky for us, this deep freeze we’ve endured appears to be coming to an end, at long last. Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures above zero by the end of the week! But there also appears to be snow in the forecast, so don’t forgot to dress warmly.

Also to note: the next parent council meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library. As always, dinner and childcare will be provided.

If you need to catch up on school news, minutes from our December council meeting are here.

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X Movement will be back at Blake in 2018

Blake’s school council voted last week to allot funding to bring X Movement back to Blake. X Movement is a program that delivers a curriculum focused on physical fitness, anti-bullying and mindfulness to students from Kindergarten through Grade 6.

You can hear more about it in the video clip below, a presentation made to our Dec. 13 meeting. You can also read the minutes from the Dec. 13 meeting here. 



Last newsletter of the year

Read the newsletter for Dec. 17 here. There’s even a marshmallow and spaghetti tower.  marshmallow tower

A big thanks to volunteer/mom Katy Pedersen for getting the newsletter out to us over the last few months.

Don’t forget: Friday, Dec. 22 is pizza lunch. Orders are due the morning of Dec. 19. Read more about pizza day here: Blake moves to Pizza Pizza.

Kindergarten classes will be hosting their winter concerts on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21—please check with your child’s teachers for more details.

And not that you needed reminding, but winter break is nearly here!

The school will be closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, re-opening on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.



How to shop for the holidays AND support Blake


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Still have some holiday shopping to do?

Might we suggest – If you’re planning to purchase books, gifts or a gift card from Chapters Indigo, you can purchase e-gift cards that will automatically donate a portion of their value to the school council, at no extra cost to you.

You can purchase the e-gift cards online here. and if it’s not so obvious how, Blake mom Meredith has been kind enough to explain the process in detail here:  Indigo fundraiser.

Happy shopping and thanks for your continued support of Blake.




Well done, Blake athletes!

Recently, Blake Street hosted a volleyball tournament. Congratulations to the boys volleyball team for their show of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship at Monday’s tournament. You were gracious and friendly hosts to Davisville, Norway, and Rosedale Public Schools. You worked hard, learned a lot, and showed steady improvement with each game. You represented Blake in a positive way and we are proud of your hard work. Go Bobcats! A special thanks to Ms. Kiil for her leadership, and to our parent coaches Valerie and Andrew Rees for their time and efforts.

Need skates? Borrow them from the Blake Skate library

We will be continuing the Blake Skate Exchange in 2017-2018.

The idea of this program is to get families out skating at the local City of Toronto rinks this winter season, without having to worry about purchasing skates for the whole family. We have a collection of hockey and figure skates in a range of sizes, as well as some helmets, that can be signed out on a short-term basis (several days at a time).


Email Ms. Kiil at with the following information:

  1. What type of skates you would like (hockey or figure skates)
  2. What are the shoe sizes of the individuals borrowing (I will help determine skates sizes, as there is a different sizing system)
  3. Dates for which you would like to borrow the skates

Please allow 2-3 days advance notice for finding the skates you need. We can arrange a time to try on skates (if needed) and for pick-up. If you would rather book skates in person, see Ms. Kiil after school dismissal. (Also, keep in mind that we do not have access to skate sharpening. While this may not be an issue for beginner/recreational skating, you may wish to bring the skates for sharpening in advance of your outing.)

Donations: If you have skates, helmets, or skate laces to donate, please email Ms. Kiil.

Questions: Email or in person after school dismissal. Reach Ms Kiil via the main office.

Hour of Code comes to Blake

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. This link has a variety of easy coding activities that children can work on independently or with an adult. Check it out.

This week a number of classes participated in the Hour of Code. In Room 13, Ms Logan’s class, students started to learn the basics of coding. Thanks to and the #HourofCode activities, our programming lesson was fun and everyone was very engaged in learning to code!

In Mr. Lowe’s Grade 2/3 class, students worked on exploring coding exercises with the Google Doodle and Minecraft!

Way to go, Blake coders!

Wanted: Co-treasurer

We are looking for a volunteer to take on the role of School Council co-treasurer. In previous years, the role of treasurer has been filled by one person. This year, we’ve split it into two, with one person (Derrick Gray) handling financial tracking and reporting and another (you?) handling transactions and depositing.

The job will involve about five hours of work per month. Specific duties include:

  • Receive cash and cheques from pizza lunches/dances/fundraisers. Count and deposit them into the School Council account at the National Bank at Pape & Danforth.
  • Write reimbursement cheques to those who require it (based on receipts).
  • Using both deposits and expenses paid, update the bookkeeping spreadsheet and send it monthly to Derrick.

If you’re interested in contributing to the school through this volunteer opportunity, please contact School Council at