Last weekend was not only a long weekend for all of us, it marked a convergence of significant religious holidays impacting many Bowmore families. For those observing and celebrating, we hope you had a happy Easter, and a happy Vaisakhi. And for those celebrating Passover, we wish you a happy Pesach as Passover continues this week. Finally, we wish a happy Easter to those in the Orthodox community this coming weekend.
Tomorrow, Friday April 22nd, is Earth Day. Bowmore is honouring Earth Day with a renewed focus on our environment and the way we use resources. Classes will participate in a school yard clean up, and we will observe an ‘Earth Hour’ where all classroom technology, lights and electronics are turned off for the last hour of school. In doing this on Earth Day, the hope is that this symbolic gesture will spark students to think differently about their environment and their use of energy and its impact on resources.
Textile Recycling Drive
Bowmore’s School Council has partnered with the Kidney Foundation for a Textile Drive. Between Monday, April 25th and Thursday, May 12th, we invite Bowmore families to bring in old clothing and other textiles (see attached flyer for a complete list). We ask that these donated items are placed in a clear plastic bag and brought to the front foyer of the school, at the main entrance. Funds raised will be going towards the humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Items that can be, will be donated and all other items, including ripped or worn textiles will be properly recycled, thus avoiding the landfill. The Kidney Foundation will arrange pick up on Friday, May 6th, and one last pick up on Friday May 13th.
Thank you to all of the students who have brought in old batteries for our recycling program. Our collection container is in the front foyer at the school’s main entrance. The collection of alkaline batteries will continue until May 13. Accepted Batteries include AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V, and button cell (for watches, etc.,). Only single-use batteries can be recycled through this program (no rechargeable batteries). Please collect your batteries in a bag and send them to school with your child, who will deposit them into our collection container in the school’s front foyer.
Supporting Indigenous Students at Bowmore
Bowmore has a special and long standing relationship with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, or UIEC. Sean Gale, an Indigenous Student Success Teacher, is at Bowmore every Tuesday working with and supporting Indigenous students at Bowmore with any academic needs, and making connections with students and their teachers. Recently, an Indigenous Grad Coach was assigned to Bowmore as a part of the UIEC’s Student Success Team. The coach, Kyle Genaille, will be working with Grade 8 students with their transition to high school. Finally, we are honoured to host Indigenous culture and traditions circles twice a month, one for primary/junior students, and another for junior/intermediate students. These are organized by UIEC Instructional Leader Natasha Gleeson, and Tradition and Culture teacher, Thunder Jack. Students learn about various aspects of Indigenous culture at these circles, and are encouraged to share their own knowledge and traditions.
School Council has already reached 50% of its goal of raising $20,000 for next school year! If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, there is still time to do so.
What: Online fundraising campaign to help us raise much-needed funds to enrich our students’ education next year. Campaign goal is to raise $20,000.
When: Until May 2nd, 2022
How: If you are able, please consider making a one-time cash donation using the School Cash Online system: www.schoolcashonline.com
Sign in using your student’s name
Find the item name “One-and-Done Campaign”
If you are not yet signed up for School Cash Online, you can register here: www.schoolcashonline.com
Please make your donation by May 2nd, 2022.