August 18, 2018

Waste-Free Lunches

We encourage Jackman families to pack eco-friendly lunches and snacks as often as possible.  Try to reduce the amount of garbage you make when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Here are some ideas to get you started...
  • Start with a reusable lunch bag.  Brown, paper bags lunches are so 1970.  Haha!
  • Place lunch foods and snacks in reusable containers.  Wash and reuse them over and over again.  And whatever you do, kids... don't lose them!
  • Bring water to school in reusable water bottles.  And kids... once again, don't lose them!
  • Send juice and other drinks in reusable containers too.  
  • Label lunch bags and containers with your child’s name so lost containers can find their way back home. 
  • Consider sending more homemade lunches and snacks.   They make less garbage.  Store-bought foods are often packaged in disposable wrappers.
  • By the way, new lunch and snack recipes are just a Google search away. 
  • You can also find great lunch and snack recipes in our very own blog, wastefreejackman.blogspot.com
  • Remember… fresh fruit is waste free, naturally.
  • Reuse Ziploc bags instead of throwing them out.  
  • Reduce the use of disposable wraps such as foil and plastic wrap.  They can't be recycled.
  • Pack reusable forks and spoons.  Just wash and reuse.  Simple.
Together we can make our school a waste-free place.

July 19, 2018

Garden Party


Jackman’s gardens need a little summertime TLC!  Weeding, planting, harvesting, watering, cutting, composting, mulching and more.  

So, we’re planning a ‘Garden Party’ on Tuesday, July 24, 5 – 7 pm.  

Jackman staff, parents and kids are all invited.  Let’s work together to care for our school’s gardens.  Many hands make light work.  

Snacks and drinks will be provided.  I'll even make a batch of my famous chocolate chip cookies!

RSVP by emailing... paul.cressman@tdsb.on.ca

June 26, 2018

Jackman's Vegetable Garden

Have you seen it yet?  Jackman's vegetable garden is looking GREAT!   Drop by and take a peek!   A special thanks to teachers and classes involved in planting and caring for Jackman's garden this year.  The garden has never looked better.  It's watered nearly every day.  Kids love watering.   Kids love weeding too.  Check out these garden pics...











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June 24, 2018

Platinum Eco School Once Again


Jackman’s Eco Team has been working hard all year long.  Our mission?  To inspire teachers, students, parents and the community with our eco ideas and activities.  We're passionate about making a difference in our school and beyond.    

When the Eco School Auditor came to Jackman, she was very impressed with our comprehensive eco program.   She has confirmed that we are, once again, a PLATINUM ECO SCHOOL!    We scored an impressive 93.8 out of 100!   That's our highest score ever!  

Jackman's strengths:
Strong Eco Team leadership - Go JETs!
Effective communication of our Eco ideas
Effective communication of our Eco ideasStrong commitment to reducing wasteComprehensive organic waste programCreative programs to confront Eco issuesMany inspiring events, like Bike to School Week & Bag2SchoolAnd of course, our beautiful, well-maintained school gardens
Jackman's Next Steps:
Reduce paper consumption at schoolKeep recyclables out of the garbage binsKeep garbage out of the recycling binsContinue to inspire families to pack waste-free lunches and snacksLook for new ways to minimize energy useTeachers work together to implement Eco lessons and learningPromote Eco ideas that support health and wellnessPartner with local schools, businesses and organizations

We did it!  Congratulations are in order.  Another successful year for Jackman's Eco Team!  Let's do it again next year!  Who's in?