The 2017 Gingerbread Fair is fast approaching…

Hello Everyone!

The Gingerbread Fair is fast approaching and organizing is well underway! Friday December 8th 3:30 – 7pm. 

For those of you who are new to the school, the Gingerbread Fair is a school fundraiser and one heck of a party. It’s a great way to for us to connect and celebrate our school community. Funds raised at the event are used to enrich our students’ experience at OOOPS through extra programming and new equipment.

The school will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lots of fun activities and games for the kids, a bake table overflowing with goodies, a dance party, facepainting, raffle baskets and a visit from the Gingerbread Fairy. We’re changing things up a bit this year – the gym will be setup for families to enjoy hot dinner, treats and company together at communal tables. The stage will feature live music from the OOOPS community. A marketplace will be setup for the evening as well, with crafty contributions made by OOOPS parents and kids, at price points that allow kids to do some shopping for their families and friends.

With your help, the Gingerbread Fair will be a magical evening and a great success!


Support you Class Rep Each class has been asked to run an event or take charge of part of the fair’s festivities. Class Reps are seeking volunteers and delegating responsibilities now – they need the help of you and your fellow classroom parents. Please see the list at the bottom of this post. 

Raffle Basket Donations Help us make the baskets special! All donations welcome and keep them coming please. Basket themes will be set based on the donations that come in. Thanks to those of you who have already donated. A couple of highlights include 2 Fit Bits and a Birthday Party at Codezilla! Some ideas include: gifts cards and certificates, gourmet foodstuffs, treats, wine & beer, toys, art supplies, books, movie passes, bath & beauty products, games, kits, electronic devices, gear for outdoor winter fun… whatever you dream up. Also, if you have connections through work, community businesses etc for donations, that would be great – this includes big ticket, stand alone raffle items. Contributions can be dropped off with Teresa in the front office for safe lock up.

Bake A highlight of the event is our showpiece bake table. Please consider trotting out your best treats (nut free) for the table. Gingerbread, squares, cookies, cake pops and more. Gluten free items also welcome.

Cook A hot meal will be served up, and we rely on parents to help us with the spread. We’re looking for cooks to donate large batches of things like, noodles and tomato sauce, mac and cheese, chili, lasagna, pulled pork or whatever you’re good at. If you have restaurant connections for donated dishes, these would also be welcome.

Wine or Water A Gingerbread Fair favourite needs donated bottles of wine. Please consider donating a bottle to keep the game going all night long. Donated wine is being collected in the front office now. Also, if you happen to have a winery/brewer connection for donated wine (or craft beer) for the game, please let us know.

Get Crafty OOOPS parents are invited to donate small, homemade crafts & ornaments to sell at a Craft Marketplace. Consider hosting a craft bee with a couple of friends or your kids, or making a few extra crafts on your own. All proceeds raised from the sale of donated crafts will go directly to the school.

Musicians & Singers Students, parents, grandparents, teachers, and all OOOPS staff are invited to perform. Come sing a song, or play a few songs – either backed up by our house band or play your own instruments. This is a live music event, so no Karaoke performances with sound tracks for back up. All styles and abilities are welcome! For more information or to sign up to perform please let us know by December 1st***

Time Roll up your sleeves and pitch in to help make the magic happen!

Please reach out to your Class Reps for more information.





Rooms 12 and 19 FOOD CAFE 




Rooms 20 and 301 FRONT HALLWAY & GYM DECOR





OOOPS Spiritwear

We have a great selection of School Apparel and Accessories! ORDER NOW, so you don’t miss out on the School Spirit!  We accept Visa, Master card or Amex.  To make sure you have the right fit, check out the sizing chart under the images for each item.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact jennifer@axisgear.ca.  Garments will be at the school for pick up after December 19th.

Deadline for ordering is Dec 2nd, 2016.

All proceeds from the fundraising will go directly to the OOOPS Parent Council to be used to enrich the children’s experience at OOOPS with additional programming.  In addition, Axis Gear will donate 1% of all sales to FoodShare to support healthy nutrition programs in Toronto schools.

Thank you for purchasing this awesome gear!



Skate Swap

We’re going to hold a SKATE SWAP on Wednesday, November 2ND from 8-8:30 a.m. in the gym.

We will be collecting your old skates this week and early next week in designated bins in the office.

Please bring in your skates no later than 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 1ST so that they can be sorted that evening.

On Wednesday morning you will be able to pick up skates.

We are operating on the honour system, so please don’t pick up more skates than you dropped off so that there are enough for everybody (and if you have extra, please donate them!).

We will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so we apologize in advance if there are no skates available in your size.

If there are leftover skates, we will make them available for $10/pair on Friday, November 4TH from 8-8:30 in the gym and donate the proceeds to charity.

Any questions?…please email Virginia vwjohnson@gmail.com

Thank you!

Direct Donation Campaign

Hello OOOPS Families,

A giant thank you to those families who have already donated.

To date, 26% of our families have donated and we have raised $6,759.00.


Our goal is to get every family to donate whatever they can so we can reach $10,000.

These funds go directly to support our students in the 2016-17 school year through such as:

  • Individual classroom enrichment and resources
  • Team buses
  • New computers
  • Dance and drumming sessions and other art programs
  • Books for the library
  • Plants and supplies for our beautiful garden
  • Halloween party and the Harvest Festival
  • Special speakers and presentations

Your generosity helps support the many extra-curricular events that enhance your student’s educational experience!

Thank you for being an integral part of the OOOPS Community.


All donations over $25 are tax deductible. You will receive your tax receipt in a few weeks.

Hebrew language & culture classes provided by the TDSB at Dewson


I’m a Dewson mom from the area. There’s space in Hebrew language & culture classes provided by the TDSB at Dewson. $20/yr. Wednesday’s from 3:30-6. We Need to meet min numbers for class to run.

The class is open to all.

It would be great if you could help get the word out to the OOPS community for them to be able to take advantage of his great opportunity.

For More info & registration details see: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/Elementary/docs/International/ILE%20Brochure%2016-17.pdf

Happy to discuss further.

Jocelyn Schaffer

Our Syrian Family Update

As some of you know, the family that OOOPS helped sponsor to settle in Toronto from Syria arrived in February. We worked with other schools in the area, from which many generous people gave of their time, energy, creativity and money. Thank you to everyone of course.

The kids at OOOPS and the other schools have also been very interested, supportive and curious about this initiative, taking this chance to learn more about Syria and the plight of refugees to the types of vegetables commonly used in Syrian cooking (which they have planted in our school garden!)

We thought that you’d all like to know a bit more about how the family is settling in – as would your kids – so are sharing this brief but excellent update. The family took part in preparing this and have approved sending it to you. They are also coming to our Fun Fair on June 17th to get to know us a little too.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

Click link to see pictures: Update – Family from Syria settles in

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Message from Donna Quan (Director of Education)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to update parents/guardians on the timeline for elementary student progress reporting for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.

Grades 1 to 8:
As previously announced, teachers will complete progress reports for students in Grades 1 to 8, which will be sent home on December 10, 2015. Progress reports are designed to provide a broad sense of your child’s progress to date, as well as insight into the development of important learning skills and work habits. The progress reports will be completed in line with the Ministry of Education’s Growing Success document. Teachers will use their professional judgment in completion of these reports.

Reporting Dates for Students in Grades 1 to 8 – December 2015 to June 2016

  • Grades 1 to 8 progress reports will be sent home on December 10, 2015.
  • Term 1 report cards will be issued the week of February 8, 2016 with parent/guardian-teacher conferences scheduled for February 12, 2016.
  • Term 2 report cards will be issued the week of June 27, 2016.

Junior and Senior Kindergarten:
As part of the recent provincial agreement, Kindergarten teachers will not be completing progress reports for students in Senior Kindergarten (SK) in December 2015. Parents/guardians of Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will have an opportunity to schedule a class visit or an interview in February 2016.

We value the ongoing, meaningful communication between the home and school to support student learning. Students learn best when parents and educators work together. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, we invite you to contact your child’s teacher directly.


Robin Pilkey
Robin Pilkey
Donna Quan
Donna Quan
Director of Education