JACKMAN AVENUE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a Platinum Eco-School in the TORONTO District School Board (TDSB). This blog is written by teachers, students and parents of Jackman's Eco Team (a.k.a. The JETs). We're excited about sharing our ECO projects and ideas with you. Get ready... you're about to be inspired! :-)
Let the gardening begin. After a long winter, we are ready to plant Jackman's garden. On Friday, we planted the first veggies in Jackman's garden. And we planted something new this year... POTATOES! We affectionately call it our 'French Fry' Garden.
Potatoes seeds look familiar... they're simply, potatoes with 'eyes' sprouting. We planted them with the sprouts pointing up. We can't wait to watch them grow. Take a look at our gardening adventure...
At our Earth Day Assembly, everyone was challenged to BE GREEN. Here's Mr. Cressman's inspiring Earth Day Speech...
There’s something you should know about
me. My favourite colour is, and has
always been, GREEN! I think GREEN
is the best colour ever.
Fruit! Veggies! I just can’t
get enough GREEN. My birthday cake that my mom made me… yep, it’s GREEN! And tasty too! Thanks Mom.
When I was a kid, I love the
book, GREENEggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss. Speaking
of Seuss, the Grinch is amazingly GREEN.
Come to think of it, there
are lots of famous GREEN
characters. The Wicked Witch of the West…
she’s GREEN! So is Shrek. And Disgust from Inside Out. And, of course, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! And we can’t forget Kermit, the Frog. He’s as GREEN
as it gets.
There’s no denying it. GREEN
is great! After all, GREEN means GO. Go GREEN!
Seriously, there are so many
reasons to love GREEN. Still,
I love GREEN mostly because GREENis the colour of nature.
Plants, grass, and trees… especially trees.
Maybe that’s why being eco-friendly
is called ‘beingGREEN’.
If your actions are friendly to the earth, they are considered GREEN. If your actions are
friendly to the earth, YOU are considered GREEN. You should be proud of all your GREEN efforts. You should be proud of being GREEN.
So, on Earth Day (and every day), let’s challenge ourselves to be GREEN.
And let’s aspire to be GREENer
Walking or riding to school…
that’s GREEN. Encourage your family to leave the car at
home more often.
A waste-free lunch… totally GREEN.
Even if your apple is red.
Refilling your bottle with
tap water… that’s GREEN. And it’s healthy too.
Reusable coffee cups and
reusable juice containers … they’re GREEN! There’s no waste!
Turning the lights off / using
less energy… big time GREEN.
Working in the garden,
planting trees… undeniably GREEN!
Cleaning up litter… very GREEN.
Thanks Jackman for taking time to
make our neighbourhood clean again.
Think back to our eco
assembly at the beginning of the school year.
I encouraged everyone at Jackman to Reduce,
Reuse & Recycle as much as possible. That’s 3 very important ways to be GREEN. Composting… well, that’s brown… but GREEN!
Landfill. That’s just YUCK! Totally
To be honest, being GREEN isn’t easy. Sometimes,
it’s a lot of work! And being GREEN
isn’t convenient. Unfortunately, many people choose convenience over GREENness. Here are some examples.
Store-bought cookies are
convenient. Homemade cookies are GREEN.
Making cookies take a little time and work. But we all know which one tastes better.
Buying plastic water bottles
is convenient. Filling a reusable water bottle with tap water
is GREEN. It just takes a little thought and planning. Don’t leave home without it.
Using plastic shopping bags
when you’re shopping is convenient. Shopping with a reusable bag is GREEN. Again, it just takes a little thought and
planning. Be prepared when you go
Even though being GREEN needs an extra effort, we know just
how important it is. It may not be convenient,
but it’s the right thing to do. Do it
for the Earth!
Think about something you can
do to be GREEN at school, at home, or in the community. Make a goal. Got one?
It’s time to make GREEN happen. Go GREEN!
Forget orange, blue, red,
pink, purple… please join me. Add GREEN
to your list of favourite colours. And
let your eco actions show it.
Earth Week at Jackman was a huge success. We were inspired by the Lorax, in Dr. Seuss' classic story. We were challenged to be 'GREEN' in our Earth Day Assembly. We also enjoyed these Earth Week Activities.
Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22… but at Jackman, we’ll be celebrating ALL WEEK LONG!!!
We’ll share eco-friendly
ideas with each other. We’ll think and talk about our responsibility to take care of our precious
earth. We’ll make goals to do whatever
we can to conserve energy & minimize waste.
Join us for these exciting Earth Week events -
Tuesday - It’s time
to play everyone’s favourite game… BINGO! Of course, this game will be eco-themed.Join the game in GPR at noon. Good luck and have fun!
Wednesday - Plant a Seed
and take it home so you can watch it grow. Join us in the GPR at noon to get your
Thursday - Be inspired while you watch
the LORAX on the BIG screen!Join us in the GPR at noon for this classic
Dr. Seuss story.
Friday - Put your creativity to the
test. Make an Earth DayCraft at noon in
the GPR.Then take it home to share with
your family and friends.
Friday will be very busy because we'll also have our annual Earth Day Assembly. Oh, and don't forget the Community Clean Up. You and your class will conquer the neighbourhood to rid it of litter.
I'm sure you'll agree... it's one incredible week! It should help you get ready for Saturday's big day - Earth Day! Happy Earth Day to Everyone! Enjoy this special day with your family and friends.