Fun Fair Volunteers Urgently Needed!


As you know, the Blake Fun Fair is coming up on Saturday, June 10 from 11:00-3:00. The Fun Fair is an amazing community event and is our school’s biggest fundraiser. We truly CAN NOT do it without your support. In order to make this day a success, WE NEED YOU!!

You should have received a form on your child’s Friday folder, but if you did not, you can still volunteer. You can download the form (Blake Fun Fair volunteering), and then you can either print it, fill it out, and send it to your child’s teacher OR you can fill it out and attach it to an email to either of our wonderful volunteer coordinators, Jodie Church and Erin Barr ( or

Remember, to make the FUN FAIR a success on June 10th, we need many hands to help. Please sign up for a 1 or 2 hour shift if possible!

Thanks again!


Kindergarten orientation night at Blake

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Blake Street Public School is hosting a kindergarten orientation evening May 24 for parents/caregivers and their children starting  Junior Kindergarten or French-immersion Senior Kindergarten in September 2017.

Families are invited to attend: May 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Spread the word: it’s a great opportunity to meet teachers, principals and other families in the Blake school community.

Questions about enrollment? Contact the school office at (416) 393-9415.




Spring Concert – April 27


Blake’s Annual Spring Concert is this Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:00. All students in grades 1-6 will be performing, and anyone is welcome to attend.
For those performing, students should arrive at their designated rooms by 6:15.
Mme Sinda- Rm. 104
Ms. Barr/ Ms. Iliadis – Rm. 105
Ms. Hunt/ Ms. Davey – library
Mr. Tsai / Mme. O’Sullivan – Rm. 106
Ms. Paton – Rm. 109
Mme. Dorcin- Rm. 108

We Are One jazz projects takes the stage

Ms. Paton’s Grade 3 students practiced for four months on this TDSB chorale project. The We Are One Jazz project performed April 19 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, featuring students from Blake, Earl Haig, Earl Beatty, Gledhill and Equinox, plus the We Are One band and special guest/jazz legend Barry Harris.

Have a listen to them singing The Big Foot Kangaroo.


Children’s author visits Blake

Blake is hosting Edmonton author Natasha Deen at the school on Wednesday, April 19.

Deen writes books for children and young adults, mixing “mystery, action, and creepy with a whole lot of humour,” as she describes it. LarkShe writes stories to help kids “find their inner superhero.”

Deen will be speaking to students in kindergarten through grade 3 in the gym April 19 at 9:05 a.m., followed by a presentation to grades 4, 5 and 6 students in the library at 10:15 a.m.

Deen’s books are for sale, and if the school community orders over $150, we get a $20 per cent discount and free shipping. What a deal!

Have a look at Deen’s books here and let Blake teacher/librarian Kelly Dyment ( know by Friday, April 21 if you’d like to place an order.





We need your help! Get involved in this year’s Blake Fun Fair

Blake parent council wants to tap into your business and neighbouhood connections!


Set for June 10, this year’s Blake Fun Fair will host a silent auction event, council’s largest fundraiser of the year. The money council raises goes directly into our school community, to support family fun nights, student learning opportunities and additional classroom resources.

How you can help:

1. Do you know a real estate agent?We are looking for local realtors to provide cash or gifts-in-kind to our fun fair. Perhaps you know:

– Lance and Brenda
– Brent and Audrey
– Teuta Geuci

2. Do you have a connection to businesses that provide the following services? Would you be willing to approach them or make an introduction by email to your contact?

– Track day experiences (Ultimate Exotics
– Flying lessons/experiences
– Family getaways (Great Wolf Lodge, Deerhurst Resort, Canada’s Wonderland)

3. Would you approach a local business to ask for a contribution?Think of your “Haunts”: stores or services you visit on a regular basis. Even a mechanic or a pet store can make a contribution!

Asking for donations can feel awkward, even if you do it for a living. To help you, we’ve created a donation request letter and a donation form to capture the right details. Here is an email you can copy and paste and send around, too. Please feel free to customize it….this is just to get you started.

“Hi (person or business’ name)

I’m a member of the Blake Street Public School community. I’m writing to you today to introduce you to this incredible school in Toronto’s east end, and to ask if you would consider supporting our annual Fun Fair with a gift of cash, services or items for our silent auction. 

Blake serves a diverse group of families, and your support will help to level the playing field for these children by providing learning opportunities, nutrition programs, extracurricular activities and other resources that Blake students may not otherwise be able to access. 

I’m attaching a letter from our committee that will give you more details. May I follow up with you at (X TIME, YOU DECIDE) about a contribution?

Thank you for your support!


If you think you can help, please send a note to Katy at or Jonah at coordinate.