News you can use: Blake’s new, electronic newsletter

Did you receive our new e-newsletter? Principal Jen Zurba and a group of parent volunteers have launched an electronic version of the school’s weekly newsletter that you can receive directly to your email inbox every Friday.

Here’s a link to the Oct. 6 newsletter, in case you missed it. If you’d like to have your email address added to the mail-out, please drop by the main office to fill out a consent form.




Islamic Heritage Month event

TDSB Islamic Heritage Month event: How To Build Strong Relationships With Your Local School

October 16, 2017
6:30 PM at Marc Garneu Collegiate Institute

The National Council of Canadian Muslims will provide parents with the tools and information required to help them better support their children’s learning and participation in the school environment with a shared goal of nurturing safe and inclusive spaces for all students.

Register here

Cross Country and Soccer Results!

Congratulations to our athletes! GO BOBCATS!

It was a beautiful Monday morning this week, when Ms. Barr, Ms. Dyment and Ms. Logan took 37 members of our Blake Cross-Country team to Ashbridges Bay to race along the sand and boardwalk. For the grades 1 and 2 it is a 1.17km fun run, with all participants receiving a participation ribbon. For grade 3 it’s a 1.5km run, with the first 30 runners moving on to the conference semi-finals. And for the grades 4, 5, and 6 runners it’s a 2km race with the top 30 advancing.

We were very excited to have two students advance this year! Congratulations to Kieran who placed 8th in the grade 3 boy category, and to Marie-Claire (MC) who placed 4th in the grade 4 girl category. Students are chosen for the cross-country team each year by being consistent KM club runners – this helps build their stamina so that they’re more successful at the meet. A big thank you also goes to our new kindergarten French Immersion teacher, Roz Morton, for doing some speed training with the students the Friday before the meet, and for making herself available two Sundays to run interested kids around the course at Ashbridges. We definitely noticed a more calm group this year as they were that much more prepared for the course!

Thanks to all the support from friends and family during the training, and on our beautiful day at the Beach. Until next October!

Our junior girls soccer team enjoyed a great tournament at Nelson Mandela this week. They played well, worked as a team, and showed great spirit.  Thanks to coaches Mme O’Sullivan, Ms. Morton, and parent coaches Valerie and Pablo.

Next school council meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 11

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More than 50 parents and caregivers showed up at our first school council meeting of the year last month. That’s a sign of a dedicated school community.

Let’s see if we can out-do that at our next school council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The meeting runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the school library.

There will be a healthy meal served (donate what you can) and free childcare.

If you missed our first meeting of the year on Sept. 19, you can have a look at the minutes here. 

Can’t make it? No worries. There are lots of ways to get involved at Blake. Check back regularly to the Blake Blog or send us a note at


Share your thoughts on street safety at Boultbee & Jones intersection


Earlier this year, Blake parents and community members approached the city to install four-way lights at Jones & Boultbee Avenues.

Though the crosswalk at Jones is monitored by a crossing guard on school days, it’s a busy intersection and southbound traffic tends to move fast downhill.

If you’d like to voice your own concerns about the intersection, here are three ways you can weigh in:

1) Sign this petition asking the city to install a four-way light at the intersection;

2) Send any stories you have about dangers you’ve encountered crossing Jones at Boultbee to Gillian at; and

3) Make a deputation to the Toronto and East York community council meeting on Oct. 17.


Prepare to feast

Don’t forget: Blake is hosting a Multi-cultural Potluck & Welcome Back BBQ in conjunction with Curriculum Night on Sept. 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Here’s how to take part, in four easy steps:

  • Make a dish to share
  • Bring it to the school yard on Thursday before or at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bring your own plates and utensils
  • Enjoy something to eat before or after you visit your children’s classroom(s)

Children are welcome. If you have any questions or have some time to help set up or clean up after Thursday’s event, please email

Missed the last council meeting? We’ve got you covered

If you weren’t able to make it to the first school council meeting of the year, or you’re having trouble processing all that information, check out this link here for the Sept. 19 meeting minutes.

We’ll be posting minutes to the Blake Blog after each meeting this year to keep you up to date.

If you have any questions or concerns about meeting items, you can contact the school council co-chairs at

School council meetings alternate between the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month. The next council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

For the Love of Reading at Blake

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Coles bookstore in the Beaches has adopted Blake school this year for its Indigo Love of Reading fundraising campaign.
That means, between September 16 and October 8, each time you shop online or in person at an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store, you, your family and friends can make a contribution to Blake’s library.
Contributors also receive a 30% discount on all books.
Get the word out by sharing this link to your social media networks.
Last year, Blake was fortunate to have been adopted by Indigo’s Eaton Centre location, which helped the school and store to raise a combined $14,000. That’s allowed the school to allocate its library budget to other areas in need.
This year, the school’s goal is to raise $6,000. More details here.

Blake Curriculum Night & Multicultural Potluck: Sept. 28



Join us for the parent council’s first event of the school year: Multicultural Pot Luck and Welcome Back Barbecue!

This happens in conjunction with the school’s curriculum night, Sept. 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share. You don’t have to make a big dish, just enough for the size of your family.  Drop it off between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. —we’ll have tables set up in the school yard (or in the gym if it’s raining.)

Once the dishes are all set out, families can help themselves to a meal while they visit the school. Please bring your own plates and utensils.

If you know what you’d like to bring, you can sign up at the parent council board at the front entrance of the school or email Larissa at