School’s (almost) Out. For. Summer!

Wow – it’s hard to believe that another year has flown by.

From the welcome back picnic, to the annual giving campaign, the commencement of family movie nights, the silent auction, the staff appreciation lunch, the fun fair, grade 6 grad, and things in between, it has been an exciting year!

Thank you to:

Our volunteers. It takes a village, and it could not happen without committed parents and guardians to help out during the year to help make our events a success.

We want to give a special shout out to Lisa Rolland who has not only been Co-Chair and Advisory Chair of H&S for the past 3 years, she has organized the fun fair for years and is an all-round fantastic person and volunteer extraordinaire! Big thanks also go to Eugenia Christakis, our current (and long serving) Treasurer, for overseeing our funds and the rules and regs of H&S, formerly of extracurricular programming, and is in her last year as a parent to a child at Withrow.  We are better off for the thousands of hours you have helped make Withrow such a great place!

Withrow staff. Our children see you more most weekdays then they see us, and we are grateful for the knowledge and life skills that you give to them!

Our community. Everyone is busy in their own ways and yet we find time to come together to celebrate what a special school we have, and part of the city we live in. We are fortunate to have a really active and supportive community.

Survey Results 

These are the top 8 budget proposals to be guaranteed funding. Thanks to all who submitted a proposal. Should there be money left over, we will fund each consecutive proposal in order of popularity until funds run out. Thanks for voting and look for the full Treasurer’s Report and 2019/ 20 budget in the new school year.

  1. Garden Education Program
  2. Library Reno
  3. Playground and Sports Equipment
  4. Technology
  5. OPAL (outdoor play and learning)
  6. Playground Enrichment (sidewalk games)
  7. Math Based Resources
  8. Bathroom Beautification

How to help in 2019/20

Home & School Executive – Co-Chairs typically volunteer for two years, and move to an advisory role for the third. Given this pattern there will be at least one Co-Chair position available.

Interested members can vote or be nominated for the following at the September meeting:

  • Secretary (can be shared between more than 1 person)
  • Treasurer (can be shared between more than 1 person)
  • Social media / communications
  • Website updating and maintenance

We are potentially going to explore an integrated School Council / Home & School model for next year and see if this is viable. Details need to be ironed out and it will be discussed further in the September update. Elections will be held within 30 days of school starting. So, the first H&S meeting.

If you are interested in any of the positions or want job descriptions please email 

We are seeking Co-Chairs for the Silent Auction, committee members for the Fun Fair, Teacher Appreciation Lunch, and additional volunteers for the movie nights, and class reps, to name but some positions that are more time-limited than H&S Executive.

Have a happy & healthy summer!

Your Home & School Executive

June 6th Walk-In to Support Public Education and Services

Screen Shot 2019-05-30 at 11.26.24 PMHOW TO PARTICIPATE? Join the Withrow teachers at either the Riverdale Library or Broadview Station at 8:10 am to walk together along Broadview Avenue to school. Coffee (BYO cup) and snacks will be served! Parents and kids can join us at any point along Broadview Avenue as we march towards the school. At 8:30 am we will gather at Riverdale Park East before walking together to the school. 

WHY PARTICIPATE? The attack on public education is part of a larger attack on our shared public interests: libraries, health, legal aid, social assistance, climate protections, public transit, workers’ rights, and Indigenous rights. These are all interconnected. We need solutions that centre on caring for each other and the planet, and living with justice and dignity for all. 

Education workers, students, families, and concerned citizens can stop the cuts and win this together!  On June 6th, join over 75 schools in this province wide WALK-IN!

Click here to Register to attend or be a Walk Leader at one of our meet-up points.  Also by signing up you will get a reminder about the event.

Thank You!

It takes a village, and what a village we have at Withrow!

There was rain. There was sun. There were games. There was fun.

Thank you to:

– The set up crew who persevered putting up tents in a deluge so that the outside area could be dry by start time

– Parents who ‘divided and conquered’ with the kids so one could volunteer and one could have the kids explore the fun fair

– Everyone who provided all the musical cakes and the baked goods for the bake sale

– our sponsors who donate so generously that we can have amazing inflatables

– the Admin team who were on site all day helping out 

– the clean up crew and caretaking staff who left the place as good as we found it

– teachers for letting us use their spaces, especially with our change of plan for indoor venues

– all those who volunteered their time to work together to make such a huge event happen – there were over 165 2-hour time slots and people really stepped up to help out and fill the gaps

– everyone who came despite the initial rain to have a wonderful event for everyone!

But most of all, THANK YOU to the organizing committee. We have several parents who have been volunteering their time for years to make the fun fair amazing. We will miss you! This means there are new opportunities for new people to help, which we welcome 😊

Your organizing committee:

Lisa Rolland, Derek Ceccarelli, Susanne Truelsen, Sara James, Andrea Coughlin, Laine Cole, Lisa Pedersen, Leigh Fuke, Kim Roberts, Pauline Stanley, Kristin Briggs, Stephanie Halldorson, Sam Welch, Erin Phelan, Frank Manieri, Oorbee Roy, Michele Temporale, Heather Flett, Megan Burns.

Pictures of the day will be posted to the website shortly.

If there is anything you want to comment on to help us improve the fun fair, please fill out details here –

Until 2020!!