June 13, 2018

Sun Safety

Summer's here.   And you know what that means... time to get outdoors.   We want kids at Jackman to be sun safe.   Here are some tips for you...

Smother yourself with sunscreen and don't forget to re-apply.

Wear a hat!   Sunglasses too.

Hang out in the shade of a tree.   At Jackman we have LOTS of trees.

Drink LOTS of water.

Remember Jackman... you've got to stay safe in the sun!

June 04, 2018

Gardening at Jackman

Spring is Jackman's favourite season.   And if you're wondering why, let me tell you.   Spring time is GARDEN time at Jackman.  We have been waiting a long time for the schoolyard to green once again.   Finally, the flowers are blooming, trees are covered with new leaves and the bushes are greening too.    

That leaves one thing... Jackman's vegetable garden!   We've planned an exciting garden this year.   Check it out, we planted...  tomatoes, potatoes, corn, zucchini, pumpkin, butternut squash, beans, kale, lettuce, beets, carrots, garlic, onion, basil, and something new... mouse melon (it's small like a grape, tastes like a cucumber).  Also new this year, we have constructed a giant tee-pee for the beans to climb up.  

Thanks to all the teachers, kids and parents who have helped make our vegetable garden a big success.    

Next time you're at Jackman, come check out it out!   Until you do, you can enjoy these gardening pics...

June 03, 2018

Bike to School Week (Another Update)

We're creating a bike culture at Jackman.  Kids and families have once again embraced the idea of biking (and scootering) to school.  Here are the stats, in case you were wondering...

Monday...  131 bikes + 46 scooters  =  177 happy, healthy riders!

Tuesday...    176 bikes + 60 scooters = 236 kids who rode to school... it's a new Jackman record!

Wednesday...   163 bikes + 67 scooters + 2 kids rollerblading = 232 smiling kids!

Thursday...   62 bikes + 54 scooters = 116 riders... Not bad on a rainy day!

Friday...  144 bikes + 74 scooters = 228 riders... The end of a very successful bike week!

Impressive to say the least.  Check out these pics of happy bikers...

May 30, 2018

Bike to School Week (Update)

Jackman never ceases to amaze.   This is our 4th Bike to School Week and our best one yet!   Kids at Jackman LOVE biking and appreciate the benefits of biking to school.

On Monday, we counted 176 bikes and scooters and passed out tons of stickers.   On Tuesday, we had 236  That's our biggest bike week number ever!   These kids enjoyed some tasty homemade muffins.  Check out these bike to school week pics.

May 22, 2018

Energy Audit

Hey Jackman… did you know that our Eco Team has been secretly monitoring our school’s energy use over the last 4 months?!?!?

We found that many classrooms were doing a good job of keeping their lights and electronics off when not being used… but still, the third floor was having some trouble.

We decided to check again and we noticed the same thing.  So we decided to make some school announcements.  We also left ‘friendly reminder’ notes in some classrooms.  We hoped that would make a difference.

You know what?  It did.   Well, sort of.  We did another check and noticed that many classes were doing better BUT the third floor still had lights on in many empty rooms.

We wondered why this continues to be a problem.  And soon we realized that third floor students are now eating lunch in their classrooms.  It’s likely that no one has been given the responsibility of turning the lights out.

This is an easy fix... third floor classes can assign a student to be the ‘lights off’ monitor (and lunch supervisors can double-check). 

By working together, we can make a difference in our energy behaviour.    WE can do this, Jackman!