Thursday, April 28, 2011

School Council - Your chance to make great things happen for our kids!

NOW RECRUITING: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, & QSP Committee Chair

These are vital volunteer roles that make great things happen at Bowmore, like:
  • Artists & Scientists in the Classroom
  • Additional drama & arts activities
  • Athletics needs like jerseys & a new scoreboard
  • Even school buses to outings and competitions!
We also provide an important role as parent advisors to the Principal and Vice Principals.

Have fun, make great things happen for our kids, and gain a deep knowledge of how our school works!

NOMINATE YOURSELF BY END OF DAY FRIDAY, APRIL 29 for the roles of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and QSP Coordinators. A link to the nomination form is below. If you have any questions about these roles, please email us at

Elections for School Council are done in two parts, to ensure the school year starts with key roles already filled:
  • EACH MAY: An election selects the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and QSP Committee Chair for the following school year
  • EACH SEPTEMBER: Another election completes the Council by selecting the remaining Committee Chairs and additional Executive Members
DOWNLOAD: Job Descriptions, School Council Key Executive
DOWNLOAD: Nomination Form - SUBMIT BY APRIL 29

  • Monday April 18 - Election guidelines and dates sent home with students and self-nomination forms available at the office (Did you get yours?)
  • Thursday April 28 - School Council Mix n' Mingle
  • Friday April 29 - Nominations close at 4 pm
  • Monday May 2 - Ad Hoc Election Committee posts the list of candidates outside the main office and determines if enough nominations were received to warrant an election
  • Wednesday May 4 - Candidates' Introduction Public Meeting (if an election is called)
  • Thursday May 5 - Election by secret ballot, if needed
  • Monday May 9 - Election results are posted outside the main office
  • Thursday May 12 - School Council Meeting to introduce new Executive for 2011/12; September election will complete the Council’s membership.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Day Picnic - Thanks for coming out!

Mother Nature may have rained on her own party, but Bowmore's first Earth Day Picnic was a rip-roaring success! Many bikes were tuned up, we cleaned up our neighbourhood, and there was music, gardening, book trading and much fun! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out, to Bike Sauce & Bicycle Commons for their amazing volunteer repair team, to Cycle Solutions for the terrific prizes, and to the bands The Ice Masters and Head First for the amazing tunes. Photos have been posted to our Facebook page - check them out!

Bowmore Spirit Wear is Back!

IT’S BACK!!!!!! 

Yes, that's right, Bowmore Spirit Wear is back and will be available to purchase at the Living & Learning Event May 4!

Also for sale at Bowmore Dance Party 2011 on June 8 (rain date June 9)!

Youth T-shirts $12 / Adult T-shirts $15
Youth Hoodies  $25 / Adult Hoodies $30

CASH ONLY. If your preferred colour or size is unavailable (or sells out), you will be able to place an order for these items. Order forms will also be available to purchase Bowmore shorts, long sleeve t-shirts, and sweatpants.

All money raised will support Bowmore athletics, including new (and much-needed!) jerseys, a new scoreboard, and safe transportation to competitions.
Go Bowmore Go!!!

Living & Learning Event at Bowmore May 4

Mark your calendars - there's lots happening at Bowmore the evening of May 4!
  • Classroom Open House - 5 - 6 p.m.
  • Book Fair - 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Cafe, pizza & bake sale - 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Face painting, art displays, chalk drawing, board games, table tennis & more!
  • Spring Concert - 7 p.m.
Don't worry about cooking dinner - instead, plan to buy pizza & baked goodies in support of Bowmore enrichment activities!

To make this possible, we desperately NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS to provide baking and table sales help! If you can provide baked goods, or help out for all or part of the evening, please email us at

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April newsletter now online

Once again, it's chock full o' information about to-the-minute Bowmore happenings!

-Bowmore student success at Sprockets Film Festival, Non-Traditional Jazz Fest, Math Contest & City Chess Tournament!
-Anti-bullying actions & Student bullying survey online- encourage your child to fill it out!
-Comic book workshop
-Report from gr. 5/6 visit to The Island School
-2011 Student/staff planning underway: parent input encouraged!
-Library news... do you have any overdue books?
-Aboriginal artist projects & drama experience
-Student thoughts on disaster in Japan
-TDSB opens earlier start for high school volunteerism credits
-Summer School eligibility & info
-Attendance/punctuality reminders
-March Eco-Hero: Wanda G! / Logo Winner: Estelle!
-School Council Call for Nominations & participation in Ad-Hoc Elections Committee- info packages coming home next week
-April 19: The NED Show hits Bowmore!

-THIS WEEKEND! Saturday, April 16- Earth Day Family Picnic & Community Clean-Up
-April 26- Anti-Bullying Parent Session
-April 28- School Council Mix N' Mingle
-April 29- Pizza Lunch
-May 4- Spring Concert, Book Fair, Living & Learning Celebration & Open House!
-May 12- School Council Meeting
-May 17,18,19- Junior Performance: ALADDIN
-May 30 (week of)- EQAO (Gr. 3 & 6)
-June 8- Bowmore Dance Party! (Details soon)
-June 24- Gr. 8 graduation
-June 29- Last day of school

Read it here

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rain or Shine: April 16 Eco-Fun at Bowmore!

Just an update- no matter the weather, fun Bowmore activities are ON for Earth Day!

The Clean-up will happen 11-12, rain or shine.

In the event of rain, the Bring-Your-Own Litterless Picnic Lunch, music, gardening, book swap, and all the other fun activities will take place in the Bowmore Junior Gym. (Full details here.)

The free bike repair stations hosted by Bike Sauce and Bicycle Commons will be covered with tents.

Spread the word, Bowmore families! Let's have some Eco-Fun!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 16 at Bowmore: Bike Repair & Rodeo, Gardening for the Family, Live Music & More!

Please help to spread the word by forwarding on to your friends, family and neighbours! See you April 16!
11 - 12 noon:
- Community Clean-Up: Come help us clean up our park and neighbourhood. Meet in the school yard for bags and gloves and get your assigned area. If you help, you're eligible for a raffle prize!
- Recycling Depot: Bring your old batteries and small electronics for recycling.

12 noon - 2 pm:
- BYOLPL: Bring your own Litterless Picnic Lunch and camp chairs and enjoy the live music!
- Book & Magazine Swap: Bring in some old books and magazines for our book swap.
- Plant Sale: Evergreen native plants and shrubs and organic veggies and herbs sale.
- Kids Garden Workshop: Vegetable seed planting, and make your own living plant necklaces and cute grass heads!!
- Free Bike Repair Clinic: Experienced mechanics from Bike Sauce and Bicycle Commons will give your family bikes a free spring tune-up!
- Bike Safety Rodeo: For kids, hosted by Leane Besky of State Farm Insurance (the first 50 participants get a FREE BPA-free water bottle!).