Have you heard the news? We are all saddened to hear that our amazing principal Mme. Lavoie will be changing schools in the new year after 5 years at Trafalgar. For those of you unfamiliar, this is standard practice within the school district which sees both principals and vice-principals rotate to different schools. A copy of the letter from Mme. Lavoie can be found here. We look forward to meeting our new Principal M Daniel Belanger and in the words of Mme Lavoie, working together to ensure that we are providing our students with the best possible learning experiences in an inclusive and respectful learning environment.
Thank you to all of the families that have donated to the Trafalgar PAC Direct Appeal. We are truly thrilled to announce that we superseded our goal and have raised an amazing $27,500! We are so grateful to each and every family for their support and look forward to making use of these funds to provide expanding learning opportunities for the Trafalgar School Community. Way to go Trafalgar!
We want to clarify some confusion about the fees associated with the EarthBites Program. Please note that the annual request for the parent paid portion of the regular Earthbites program will be coming from the school in November for all classes. Some classes have just received a separate payment request via SchoolCash On-line for the EarthBites in Residence program outlined below.
The following divisions have or will be sending home EarthBites Fee requests to pay for the Residence “extra” sessions and supplies coordinated by the classroom teachers: F01, F03, F05, F06, 7, F10, 11, 12, F13, F16, F17. We hope this helps clarify things.
EarthBites Programs at Trafalgar
Introducing the Garden Residence Program with EarthBites
EarthBites in Residence program started in 2019 at the request of several teachers who wanted additional time in the garden, outside of their normal EarthBites visits. The goal was to provide increased outdoor education learning opportunities, using the garden, and garden materials to further in-class curriculum.
While the existing EarthBites Partnership program focuses around education of food systems, growing food, and nutrition, EarthBites in Residence looks at the garden ecosystem as a whole. We do activities to support garden biodiversity, building and beautification projects, and seasonal crafting using garden materials. The combination of both programs is providing an extensive experience and education around how natural and manufactured systems relate to each other.
In response to increased demand for outdoor education opportunities this year, due to Covid-19, all Trafalgar teachers were invited to sign up for the EarthBites in Residence program with Brendan Young, an EarthBites Facilitator. The response was overwhelming with many of the teachers wanting additional time, from requests of once per month to every week. Teachers met with Brendan and other EarthBites staff to plan out subjects and activities that would use the garden space to enhance their in-cass curriculum. Projects this year include fence building, bulb planting, garden box building, wreath making, planting flowers to support local pollinators, making bird feeders, exploring the garden’s insects, and building bug hotels.
Intermediate classes have 2hr sessions, and Primary classes have 1hr sessions. Most classes have chosen to have 5 sessions, with the option to increase as time permits. Each teacher is responsible for allocating the cost of these sessions to their individual classes. As current regulations require any field trips be walking and outdoors, many teachers have opted to use the EarthBites in Residence program as a “local” field trip option.
EarthBites in Residence is entirely separate from the school’s EarthBites Partnership Program. With the Partnership Program, workshops are given 4 times throughout the year and include 2 facilitators carrying out a seasonal lesson plan, ideas for extending the lesson, markets & feasts (currently on hold), and a nutrition component (current health regulations permitting). This program also includes all season garden maintenance (pruning, watering, planting, harvesting), costs for soil, seeds, transplants and tools, as well as full garden planning. Costs for the EarthBites partnership program are allocated to all students at the school.
Hot Lunch Refunds
Thanks to everyone who clicked on the link in their refund email to let us know the address to send their cheque to.
If you haven’t already, please click on the link in your Hot Lunch Refund email so we can put some money back in your pocket!
A very special thank you to the families who have elected to donate these funds to the PAC. We have diverted all hot lunch donations into the direct appeal which helped us get over the edge and achieve our goal. Thank you again!
- Wed 11 Nov - Remembrance Day - no school
- Tues 17 Nov - PAC Meeting Online
- Fri 27 Nov - Non-instructional Day