Today we launch our fundraising initiative to sponsor a Syrian refugee family in partnership with Givins-Shaw and First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Once we are matched with a family, they will provide mentorship to our volunteer team. We will identify a family here with relatives who are Syrian refugees. This process takes approximately 6-9 months.
If you would like to participate in our school initiative, please go to our campaign page 1000schools.ca/OOOPS.
We are going to be holding a popcorn sale on Tuesday November 24 to involve the children in the fundraising effort. All bags will be $2. As well Dewson is working on an educational component to be shared with teachers and parents.
Here are two videos of Angelina Jolie-Pitt visiting Syrian children in a refugee camp in Lebanon, in 2014 and then one year later.
We had a great response to our survey, with 87% of respondents supporting refugee sponsorship! We have joined the 1000 Schools Challenge initiated by Dewson Street Jr. Public School, alongside The Grove, Givens-Shaw, Palmerston, Montrose/Clinton/Delta group, and John Fisher (the list grows weekly), and are keeping in close touch with them to share resources and information. Dewson has created an excellent website that offers a comprehensive guide to the process and answers many questions. Lifeline Syria is also a great resource.
We are in the process of choosing an SAH (Sponsorship Agreement Holder) to partner with and will then begin fundraising.
The good news is that the application process for Syrians is now being fast-tracked and applications submitted now are being processed by the end of the year, with families arriving within the first two months of 2016.
If you’d like to share some videos with your children, I’ve included two below.
I’ll continue to post updates here as we move forward.
Hello OOOPS Families,
Every year parents and students at OOOPS undertake fundraising activities to support vital programming that makes our school a truly special place. Together, we raised over $38 000 last year! Thank you for all of your work and contributions. (See attached for an accounting of funds raised).
Funds raised go towards everything from individual classroom enrichment and resources, team buses, new computers, extra arts curriculum like dance and drumming sessions, books for the library, plants and supplies for our beautiful garden, the Halloween party and the Harvest Festival, and special speakers and presentations like last year’s anti-bullying presentation and the Earth Rangers visit.
Raising that kind of money takes a lot of time and individual effort. We understand that it is hard to volunteer precious time in our busy lives. Sometimes, it is easier to donate money rather than time. The more funds we raise through direct donation, the less fund raising activities will be required. This year, for instance, we would like to have fewer bake sales and popcorn sales and potentially scale down the bigger events.
In order to continue to raise needed funds, but reduce the workload for everyone, we’re asking parents to make a direct donation of $50, $75, $100 or whatever you are capable of giving. (Donations of $25 or more entitle you to a charitable tax receipt). Should a financial donation not be possible, please don’t feel any pressure – there are many ways to contribute to your child’s education, this is only one.
If you wish to support this fundraising effort, please do so by November 6th so that we can plan our fundraising goals and activities for the year. In order to receive a charitable tax receipt, cheques must be made out to TDSB – Ossington/Old Orchard P.S. and the bottom of this form needs to be filled out and submitted with your donation.
To learn more about your School Council, or if you have any questions, please join us for the next Council meeting on November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Staff room. Childcare and pizza will be provided.
Thank you for your support of the OOOPS community!
-OOOPS School Council
Our website now has a Garden section.
Click the Garden link at the top of the site to see all the great photos.