Monday, September 3, 2012

We've Moved!

Thank you for your interest in Bowmore School Council.

Our website has moved:

Please bookmark this new address and return often to read about Bowmore events and school news, reminders, useful school information, School Council minutes and financial reports, and much more!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bowmore School Council Annual Report

Read about all the highlights of the year, and learn more about how School Council represents your voice at Bowmore!

Goodbye from Principal Hanson

"Good-bye Bowmore, It is with deep appreciation that I write to you, as Bowmore Principal, for one last time. After five wonderful years at Bowmore, I am leaving to embrace new experiences as the principal at Kimberley /Beaches Alternative Schools...." Read Principal Hanson's goodbye message here

On June 20, we learned that our school Principal, Lilian Hanson, will be leaving Bowmore after 5 years. Ms. Hanson will be moving to a different neighbourhood school, Kimberley PS/Beaches Alternative. We wish her much success in her new placement, and are sorry to see her go. 

Additionally, due to changes in staffing allocations TDSB-wide, Bowmore is losing our second Vice-Principal. Stevan Ivancevic will be leaving Bowmore and we wish him well.

In September, Bowmore will be welcoming a new Principal, Thelma Sambrook. Ms. Sambrook comes to us from Summit Heights PS in North York. We will post a letter of introduction from Ms. Sambrook on this site soon.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Newsletter Now Online

summerAll the Bowmore News that's fit to print!

TIP: This month's issue includes some really useful information that will help with wrapping up this school year and planning for next - be sure to read, and forward to other parents who may not be on our mailing list! (And tell them they should be, by subscribing here.)

In this issue:
-School Organization Lists w/ Teacher Assignments (to cross-reference with your child's room assignment in end-of-year report card)
-Room 5 Science Enrichment - funded by School Council!
-Beauty & The Beast Report
-Sustainable City: Bowmore Students Envision a Revitalized Little India!
-Student-Led Fundraising for Free the Children
-Math Contest Report
-Track & Field Success!
-Library News - All Books Due!
-School Council End of Year Meeting Report
-Super Swim Meet News!
-Community Clean-up
-Olympic Primary Play Day Report
-TDSB Elementary School Calendar 2012-13

Download Here (PDF)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Staff Appreciation Lunch - Parent Cooks/Servers Needed!

Thursday, June 21
saladIt’s time for us to show our appreciation for the wonderful teachers, administrators and support staff at Bowmore.  These dedicated individuals are committed to making our children’s days fun and fruitful.

In return, we are planning a staff luncheon next Thursday, June 21.  We still need volunteers to bake, make main dishes and coffee/tea, and to decorate and serve.

Please email Mary Delli Colli at and indicate what you can to do help make the day a success.

Thanks for all that you do for Bowmore!

Bowmore End of Year FUN-Raiser Carnival

Friday, June 15, 4-7 pm. Please join us!
Bowmore Carnival Video
Do you and your kids like the following?

  • BBQ dinners
  • Cotton candy
  • Snowcones & other treats
  • Inflatable bouncers
  • Dunk tanks (With Special Guest Dunkee Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon!)
  • Great music and more!
Come for supper, and stay for the FUN!!
Tickets for food items and attractions will be available for purchase (cash only please).

All funds raised will support Bowmore Road Public School’s music program, including new instruments and music stands, music-related field trips, special performances and other enriched educational programming.

Thank you to our generous sponsors - let's show these local businesses that Bowmore appreciates their kindness!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Parents' Breakfast Club & Afternoon Tea


All parents are invited to join us on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:15 - 9:15 for this school year’s final Parent Breakfast Club, or the Afternoon Tea at 12:45 – 1:45. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, this is a monthly opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee, a treat and a chance to meet n' mingle with other parents, and share your thoughts and ideas with Council members (outside of the monthly meetings). Thanks to the generous support of Lazy Daisy’s Café, coffee is free!

As always, donations are gratefully accepted and will support Bowmore enrichment programs.

Final Movie Night Friday, June 8


June 8
DOORS OPEN     -  6:00 PM
WHERE: Junior Gym (side entrance, under "the bridge")

Bowmore movie nights are a fun, simple and inexpensive family night out. No cooking dinner! We sell pizza, juice and snacks for a modest cost, and free popcorn is courtesy of Ray Bernard, Royal LePage Estate Realty.
Suggested donation of $2 per person. Bring your camp chairs & join us!

We're Fans of Learning & Teaching!

An ongoing issue at Bowmore has been high summer temperatures in our classrooms, particularly in west-facing rooms. We know that in May, June and September it can be difficult to learn and to teach, when temperatures in some classrooms can reach well into the 30's.

Two years ago, School Council used fundraising proceeds to purchase a number of fans for the hottest classrooms. Since that time, new classrooms have opened up at Bowmore and the heat has continued to rise school-wide. To address this issue in the short-term, a committee was re-struck at the May 2012 Council meeting (called the "Fan Club"), to assess which rooms are the hottest and purchase a sufficient quantity of fans.

We're pleased to report that thanks to a generous discount from Seabreeze Corporation, we were able to purchase 10 high-efficiency oscillating fans, meaning that we now have enough for at least one fan in every occupied classroom. Thank you to the amazing parent volunteers who sprang into action for our kids, during the hottest May on record!

However, we know that this need is far from over. Once again this year has been a scorcher already, and we can expect that this trend will continue into the foreseeable future. That's why we will be pursuing longer-term, more permanent and eco-friendly cooling and ventilation solutions with our Trustee and TDSB officials. Please email us at if you have suggestions or if you can help with advocacy or letter writing.

Bowmore Parents ROCKED the 80's!

With great people, great music, a packed dance floor, and fabulous silent auction items, we had the recipe for an awesome fundraiser on April 28 for Bowmore Rocks. And all that fun added up to some great enrichment for our children's school, raising over $4,000 for music programs and other enrichment activities at Bowmore!

Many thanks to all the parent volunteers who schlepped, sold, blew up balloons and solicited donations for the silent auction. Also thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion, Baron Byng Beaches Branch for its gracious hospitality. Thanks to everyone's support, we had a great night for a great cause.

And a HUGE thanks to our many sponsors who donated items for the silent auction (including our talented kids and teachers!). You'll see many small neighbourhood businesses in this list below - please remember to frequent these local businesses and be sure to thank them for supporting Bowmore!

Beach Studio
Beaches Dance & Music Studio
Beaches Swim School
Bellesmere Massage –
Deb Moran RMT
Career Fit Mom
Cody Party Supplies
Cuz of You Spa
Danforth Massage –
Gillian Hegge RMT
Delta Hotels
Andrew Duff
Easy Partners
Famous Indian
Flare Magazine
Fred’s Sports Ltd
From the Fridge Door
Grace Homes
Judith Taylor Designs
Jungle Cat World
Kala Kendor
Kevin Fox Photography
Ki Pilates Studio
Kitchen Queens
Legends Estates Wines
Jennifer Linton
Louise Linton
Sandy Lok
Lorraine Kimsa Young Peoples’ Theatre
Maharaja Fashions
Maharani Fashions
Malik Family
Marilyn Dennis Show
Monkey Magoo’s
National Ballet of Canada
New Handi
New Sunrise Restaurant
Nu Creations
Pegasus Studios
Pippins Tea Company
Public Mobile
Rang Home Décor
Regency Restaurant
Rose Reisman’s Personal Gourmet
Scarboro Music
Sonu Saree
Stella & Dot – Lori Wilson
Stella & Dot – Michelle Woods
Swag Sisters
Thirty Bench Winery
Today’s Parent
Tony Kaye Colour
The Unemployed

Also Thank You to our Wonderful Student Artists: Ms. Bohnen’s Class, Mr. Comendador’s Class, Ms. Davie’s Class, Mr. Goldberg’s Class, Ms. Jarvis’s Class, Ms. Jones’s Class, Ms. Korimsek’s Class, Ms. Mallette’s Class, Ms. Moodie’s Class, Ms. Varga’s Class, Ms. Scott’s Class

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May Newsletter Now Online!


Here's the latest news about what's happening at Bowmore!

  •  EQAO Testing This Month (Gr 3 & 6) 
  • Grade/Class Planning for 2012-13
  • Flat Stanley Travels World!
  • Report from Bowmore Swim Team
  • Bowmore Speaks Up
  • National Math Contest
  • Library News
  • Jazz Band Fun
  • Gr 7/8 Math Olympics
  • Earth Day at Bowmore
  • April Eco Heroes - Congrats to Room 2 Students!
  • Recycle Used Batteries, Electronics and Other Items at Bowmore!
  • Grade 8 Students - Time to Begin Volunteer Hours!
  • Register for TDSB Summer Camps
  • QSP - Plan to Renew Your Subscriptions This Fall!
  • Swim to Survive Free Lessons for Kids & Adults
  • Track & Field Meet Report
  • Room 2 Book of Life Art Project to Show At Word On The Street!
  • Storytelling Assembly Review
  • Planning Summer Camps? Check Flyers in Front Hall
  • Reminder: Student Drop-Off Zone on Wrenson Road, Not Bowmore
Download Newsletter Here (PDF)


May 17 - Final School Council Meeting of the year

May 21 - Victoria Day (no school)

May 23 - At Home Alone – free workshop

May 23 - June 6 - EQAO (Gr. 3 & 6)

June 1 - PA Day – (no school)

June 6 - Parents Breakfast/Tea Club

June 6 - 8 - Grade 8 Trip

June 8 - Movie Night (Movie TBA)

June 12 - Volunteer Appreciation

June 15 - FUN-raiser BBQ

June 21 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon (food donations needed)

June 26 - Gr 8 Graduation

June 27 - Gr 6 Graduation

June 28 - Last day of school

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Final School Council Meeting This Thursday

Please join us!

The final Bowmore School Council meeting of the year will be 
Thursday, May 17 at 6 - 8 pm.

This will be an opportunity to meet the new School Council members, who were acclaimed at the spring elections. We will also be voting on three new bylaws, reviewing financial plans for 2011-12 and 2012-13, and voting on next year's fundraising events.

Download Agenda Here (PDF)

Documents To Be Reviewed At Meeting:
April Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Financial Report (PDF)
Bylaw - Conflict of Interest (PDF)
Bylaw - Conflict Resolution (PDF)
Bylaw - Code of Ethics (PDF)

Join us for free pizza, childcare, and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference at your child's school. Every Bowmore parent has a voice and a vote at School Council!

Previous minutes and financial reports are available on the School Council bulletin board outside the office, or online on this site (in the right-hand column).

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ward 16 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 15 - hosted by Bowmore!

Bowmore Road Jr & Sr PS is pleased to host Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher's next TDSB Ward 16 Council Meeting.

WHEN -  Tuesday, May 15, 2012
WHERE - Bowmore Road Jr & Sr PS, 2nd floor Teachers' Lounge

The theme for this meeting will be Community Use of Schools. To help us better understand how Ward 16 schools can become buzzing "community hubs", we will be joined by representatives from TDSB Community Use of Schools and Permit departments.

Hope to see you there!

Bowmore End of Year Fun-Raiser

Friday June 15,  4 - 7 pm
A fabulous party celebrating the end of another successful school year!

  • Inflatable jumpers
  • BBQ
  • Dunk Tank - dunk a teacher!
  • Snow cones & cotton candy
  • Come for supper  - stay for the fun!

More info to follow! 
If you can volunteer at the event, please email us at

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Living & Learning Open House May 9!

Please Join Us:

Wednesday May 9, 2012 - Bowmore Public School

Open House 5pm-6:30pm / Concert in Sr Gym 7pm-8pm
• Pizza dinner & baked items for purchase
• Senior School Concert
• Spirit Wear available for purchase
• Coleman camping gear to be raffled
• Raffle tickets 1/$2 and 3/$5
• Mad Science & U Got Dance workshops
• Student films
• Class displays and interactive activities
• Book Fair

Our popular BAKE SALE will take place at Living & Learning. Please bring your yummy NUT-FREE treats for sale to help support enrichment programs at Bowmore. Items can be dropped off at the school office any time that day. 

We need your help to set up and to sell pizza, baked goods and raffle tickets. If you can help that night, please email us at

Bowmore School Council fundraising enhances the TDSB curriculum by funding the following:

Scientists in the Class | Prologue Theatre | Buses | Athletic Uniforms | Athletic Equipment | Pool Equipment | New Music Instruments for Jr and Sr music programs.... and much much more! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Movie Night This Friday - HOP!

Friday, April 20
Watch a video preview

DOORS OPEN     -  6:00 PM

WHERE: Junior Gym (side entrance, under "the bridge")

Bowmore movie nights are a fun, simple and inexpensive family night out. No cooking dinner! We sell pizza, juice and snacks for a modest cost, and free popcorn is courtesy of Ray Bernard, Royal LePage Estate Realty. Suggested donation of $2 per person. Bring your camp chairs & join us!

April Newsletter Now Online!

Here's the latest news about what's happening at Bowmore!
  • Beauty and the Best performances April 17 - 19
  • Anti-Bullying week activities last week
  • Anti-Bullying education for parents - do you know what SMART means? Ask your child! (Seek assistance, Make a plan, Assert yourself, Report, Talk about it)
  • Lunch time programs return to Bowmore: Mad Science, U Got Dance
  • Grade 8 students attended building careers event
  • Cyberbulling training from Toronto Police at Bowmore
  • Bowmore students to participate in national math contest April 18
  • Library news - return those overdue books!
  • Check out the Room 19 Social Studies projects on display at Gerrard-Ashdale library!
  • Scholastic Book Fair to return to Living & Learning event May 9!
  • EQAO testing (Gr 3 & 6) to take place May 23 - June 6
  • Story Planet Workshop in Mr. Goldberg's class (Rm 2)
  • Riverdale Collegiate string orchestra performed at Bowmore
  • Dental Brushamania at Bowmore April 3!
  • This month's Eco Hero - Clare G, who encouraged kids to pick up garbage by cutting her hair!
  • New teaching strategies explored in Kindergarten classes
  • Save the date: Living & Learning Open House & Senior Spring Concert May 9! (Calling all bakers too!)
  • Staffing planning begins for 2012 - 13
  • School Council allocations report - $11,500 so far and growing!
  • Free "Home Alone" family workshop May 23
  • Call for parent volunteers for Elections Ad-Hoc Committee
  • Call for Nominations - Chair/Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, QSP Coordinator - Elections in May
  • Breakfast Club for Parents - May 2
  • Student attendance & punctuality reminder
  • Last School Council meeting of year: May 17
Download Newsletter Here (PDF)

Self-Nominations Now Accepted for May Elections

Key Executive Positions on School Council 
Are you thinking about joining School Council next year? School Council needs your help! Elections in May are for key positions on the Executive. To nominate yourself, pick up a nomination form in the school office.

Other roles will be posted in September, for self-nominations and elections that month.

Here is a brief overview of the key positions for May elections: 

Chair or Co-Chairs - Co-chairs act as spokespersons for the School Council. Co-chairs provide leadership and guidance to the Executive Committee and liaise with the Principal and Vice Principal on School Council related school matters. Responsibilities also include overseeing School Council initiatives and providing guidance and support to sub-committees, chairing School Council meetings (minimum of four per a year) including leading the development of meeting agendas, and representing School Council at various external TDSB meetings. 

Treasurer - The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the School Council financial records including issuing cheques, making bank deposits, preparing financial statements (including annual statement to TDSB) and bank account reconciliation. The Treasurer is a signatory on the bank account. The Treasurer also provides administrative support to School Council fundraising endeavours. Key candidate requirements include comfort with and basic understanding of bookkeeping and accounting principles. 

Secretary - The secretary attends and takes minutes at each School Council meeting. The secretary prepares the minutes for the subsequent School Council meeting for review. 

QSP Coordinators - The QSP Coordinators are responsible for the annual QSP magazine fundraiser for the school, which provides key funding for Bowmore student enrichment activities such as artists and scientists in the classroom. The Coordinators are responsible for the distribution and collection of all QSP related materials including forms, payments. The role is also responsible for awarding sale-related prizes to classrooms and children. 


Calling All Parents! We Need your Help for the Elections Ad-Hoc Committee!
Parent volunteers are needed to lead the Ad-Hoc Elections Committee (note: parents who participate on the ad-hoc elections committee are excluded from running for an Executive position). If you are interested in helping out with ad-hoc elections for May, please email us at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reminder: School Council Meeting Tomorrow (Thurs)

Please join us - all Bowmore parents are welcome, and everyone has a voice and an equal vote at meetings!
Thursday, April 12, 6-8 pm
2nd Floor Teachers' Lounge

  • We supply free pizza and childcare, to make it easy for you to attend!


-Draft Minutes: February 21, 2012

-Draft Bylaw: Conflict of Interest
-Draft Bylaw: Code of Ethics
-Draft Bylaw: Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Newsletter Now Online!


Hope you had a great March Break!
Here's the latest news about what's happening at Bowmore!

  • Thanks for a great Family Math Night last month!
  • Library books - do you have any hiding in your house? How to clear your account.
  • Thanks to student & parent library helpers!
  • Terry Fox's father Rolly thanks Bowmore for fundraising & awareness activities.
  • Dodge Ball Primary House League up & running with rotating lunch schedule.
  • Beauty & The Beast - Plan to attend April 17, 18 & 19!
  • Attn parents of students in grades 7 & 8 - Summer School applications now in.
  • Junior Swim Team practices going swimmingly!
  • Earth Day Fun! School Earth Hour Fri March 30 / Global Earth Hour Sat March 31.
  • Review of Grade 6 Leadership Day - Much learned about bullying, sports & making good choices!
  • Review of Senior School Career Conference - Exciting futures on the horizon for our students.
  • Review of the Half Pints Anti-Bullying Assembly for primary grades in February.
  • Primary students send Flat Stanley around the world!
  • Next School Council meeting - April 12, 6-8 pm.
  • Breakfast Club & Afternoon Tea for Parents - April 4.
  • Bowmore Spirit Wear Available Now - Get ready for spring!
  • Ward 16 Council meeting - March 29, 7 pm. (Topic: Parental Engagement)
Download Newsletter Here (PDF)

Free Family Workshop: Preparing kids to be "At Home Alone"

Free Family Workshop:
Prepare your 10-14 year old to be "At Home Alone"

At Home Alone
At Home Alone: 5 Easy Steps to Independence
Wednesday, May 23
Session A – 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Session B – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Bowmore School Council has arranged for Toronto Public Health to run their “At Home Alone” workshop at Bowmore School. This will be a great way to get ready for the summer if you are considering starting to let your child spend some time at home alone.

A free, two-hour interactive workshop for parents and their 10 – 14 year old child. The parent and child will work together during the session to develop a personal safety and injury prevention plan to meet their unique family needs.

REGISTER NOW - We are also offering this opportunity to our neighbouring schools, and space is limited.

Registration forms are also available in the School office.

For more information on the workshop purpose & approach, visit

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bowmore Rocks! April 28 - A Mom & Dad Dance Party!

Bowmore Rocks! 
Saturday, April 28 
8 pm - 1 am
Legion Hall, 243 Coxwell Ave


    •    Live 80's Cover Band
    •    DJ
    •    Cash Bar
    •    Raffle
    •    Silent Auction
    •    Food
    •    No Kids!
Tickets available by email request to

Email us a picture of you from the 80's for a chance to participate in a game and win a great prize!

All proceeds to support enrichment activities at Bowmore!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mom's Movie Night Out This Friday, March 2

Mom's Movie Night Out This Friday - BRIDESMAIDS!
Mom's Movie NightLeave the kids & pizza at home, this one's just for Mom!

WHERE: Junior Gym (side entrance, under "the bridge")

No Pizza, No Kids
Please bring a small donation for Bowmore enrichment programs. Donations of food/baked goods also gratefully accepted!
BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).

Monday, February 20, 2012

School Council Meeting Tomorrow

School Council Meeting Tomorrow, Feb 21
Please join us - all Bowmore parents are welcome, and everyone has a voice and an equal vote at meetings!
2nd Floor Teachers' Lounge, 6-8 pm
  • We supply free pizza and childcare, to make it easy for you to attend!

-Draft Minutes for approval, November 23 Meeting
-Draft Minutes for approval, January 19 Meeting

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mom-to-Mom Forms: Download here!

Didn't get the information & registration forms in your kid's backpack? No worries- here they are! A few tables still available - a great way to offload unwanted clutter in your house, earn some moolah, and benefit Bowmore!

Download M2M Information Form

Download M2M Registration Form

Hot Ticket Items
- Large toys (e.g., play kitchens, work benches, playhouses, table and chair sets, easels)
- Outdoor toys (e.g., slides, basketball nets, ride-on toys, bikes, wagons, skates, helmets)
- Baby equipment (e.g., strollers, highchairs, jolly jumpers, exer-saucers, swings, playpens)
- Small toys (e.g., books, videos, trains and tracks, CDs and DVDs—you name it, it will sell)

Also - for Bowmore parents and community members operating small businesses (no food please) - this could be a great way to make some sales and raise awareness of your work!

Cost of Renting Space
- Individual vendor with second-hand goods - $25 per space (8 ft./6 ft.)
- Business or new-goods vendor - $50 per space (8 ft./6 ft.); these spaces are LIMITED.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Newsletter Online

February Newsletter Now Online!

Have a wonderful Family Day long weekend!

February is a busy month at Bowmore... here's what you need to know!
  • Family Math Night next Thursday, Feb 23
  • Author collaborating with Bowmore students on next book
  • Kudos to Eco Heroes Vanessa R, Grace S & Haley S!
  • Bowmapalooza 2012:  March 8
  • Kindergarten Registration this month
  • An example of School Council fundraising rewards: New music instruments & supplies!
  • Visit from Trillium Brass Quintet, paid for by School Council fundraising
  • Black History Month library readings
  • Bowmore raises $400 for MS Society through Read-a-thon
  • Thanks to volunteer library helpers
  • Aboriginal storyteller visit
  • National Ballet visit, funded by School Council
  • Bowmore students attend Martin Luther King memorial concert
  • Bowmore Free the Children group: Penny drive for India's children
  • Study & Homework tips for parents
  • Reminder: Spirit Wear & magazine orders available year-round - great gifts!
  • New TDSB Elementary Academies

  • Feb 17 - PA Day (no school)
  • Feb 20 - Family Day (no school)
  • Feb 21 - School Council Meeting
  • Feb 21 & 22 - Kindergarten Registration
  • Feb 23 - Family Math Night
  • Feb 24 - Prim/Jr Pizza Lunch
  • Feb 24 - Family Movie Night (THE MUPPETS!)
  • Feb 25 - Mom-to-Mom Sale
  • March 2 - Mom's Movie Night Out! (Movie TBA)
  • March 7 - Breakfast Club & Afternoon Tea for Parents
  • March 8 - Bowmapalooza
  • March 12 - 16 - March Break (no school)
  • April 28 - Bowmore Rocks Adult Dance & Silent Auction