Silent Auction Raffle Winners

Thanks to all who supported our latest fundraiser by attending, buying raffle tickets, purchasing auction items or volunteering their time and talents!! We appreciate it all!

If you weren’t at the event – or didn’t stay until the end – please check the list below to see if you’re one of the lucky raffle winners! (Where possible, we omitted last names for privacy. If you’re unsure if you won something, please check your email; we will send out a list that includes full names.)

Class Canvases

(available for pick-up in the library)

101 – Johnna/Gaspar: Nini J.

102 – Ardill/Courtney: David S.

112 – Costa/Sharma: Ryan G.

113 – Hofer/Roper/ Mitchell: Dana F.

114 – Bolduc/ Aspasia: Alejandra L.

116 – Kingstone: Laura P.

218 – Mandel: Aline N.

219 – Rashid: Florence H.

220 – Brollo: David S.

221 – Steve: Erin P.

222 – Anamali: Katherine M.

223 – Wong: Jean C.

224 – Denis: Ina M.

226 – Nickels: Kristin G.

227 – Lukusa: K Harberger

228 – Roberts: Jean C.

229 – Claire: Patrice L.

230 – Ferguson: Hugo T.

336 – Noiles: Eleni K.

337 – Mars: Adrienne L.

338 – Wu: Patrice L.

340 – Christophe: Eleanor C.

341 – McAllister: Angelina S.

342 – Cronin: Anita G.

343 – Sebestyen: Alexis G.

Teacher Experiences

(please contact the teacher to arrange)

Lunch with Mr. Parravano: Kirk P.

High Tea with Dolora Harvey: Charlotte W.

Movie and Popcorn with Mme Nickels: E. Knudsen

The Joy of Painting with Mr. Roberts: Erin W.

Treats for 2 at the Rooster with M Steve: Courtney S.

1 hour in the gym with Mr. Tarvit and Mr. Mars: Linda B.

Karaoke Party with Ms. Anastassiadis, M. Christophe and Mme. Mundell: Hallie S.

Front Row Seats to Grade 6 Grad: Sara J.

February 2018 Home and School Newsletter

Withrow Silent Auction 2018

Put a circle in your calendar, this year’s fun-filled auction is MARCH 2! Book your babysitter and check out our auction catalogue at

Come for the deals, but stay for the amazing drinks and company! Enjoy childless conversations, bid on great deals, superb class baskets and buy raffle tickets for your kid’s class art or their favourite teacher experience. So many things to do, so much fun to be had – and every dollar spent benefits our students at Withrow!

Want to contribute to this event?

Only 2 more weeks to go! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Climber Update

The cheque has been mailed, the play equipment has been ordered and we await a start date!  It is hoped to be early spring (without interfering with the Fun Fair of course)!

The Fun Fair Needs You!

The date is set, the DJ is booked and we are already imagining 11am on Saturday, May 26th, 2018.  The sun will be shining as the fair opens for the screaming kids to eat, jump and run around laughing.  We still have spots on our committee and we’d love it if you joined us! (It’s fun, we promise!) If you’re interested, please email

Annual Giving Campaign

We always feel a little sheepish sending out the letter for our Annual Giving Campaign (AGC), but every year we are always surprised by our community’s generosity and recognize that people like to give in all kinds of ways. This year’s AGC raised $5830.00, which will provide so much for our school and children.  THANK YOU! Come to our H&S Budget meeting on May 3rd and see where all the money goes.  You will also have a chance to vote on where we allocate the monies raised throughout the year.  Stay tuned!

Volunteering At Withrow

One topic has been discussed at many meetings – how do we get new faces volunteering?  How can we ensure that everything we want to do as a parent community has someone to spearhead each idea and project?  One such example would be after school programming.  We see the void, we know what needs to be done, but there is no one to lead (or even co-lead) this venture.  It is very exciting when we receive an email asking “How can I help?” and it’s even more exciting when they share what they would like to do or where their strengths lie. We truly believe that more parent involvement creates a stronger school community.  New ideas are just as welcome as new faces so, hopefully, you can roll up your sleeves and help out. It often doesn’t take much!

Withrow Spirit Wear and Fundraising With Everyday Purchases

Our kids love to wear sweats and they are proud of their school, so we have put these two ideas together for you. Visit our Withrow Spirit Wear page to see all of the options our new vendor offers.  Remember the Withrow Red is fun for students to wear at their team competitions.

Another great way we make money is through our Fundraising With Everyday Purchases.  If you were not already aware, we have partnered with The Shmooz, Mabel’s Labels, Oliver’s Labels, Snack Pack Reusables, Cobs Bread and Squeeze Please (reusable snack pouches).  We see great opportunities here and would love to partner with more, but we need someone to take lead to help grow this prosperous initiative.

Upcoming Dates

  • Silent Auction – March 2nd, 2018
  • Home and School Meeting – March 28th, 2018 (Class distribution)
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch – April 13th, 2018
  • Home and School Meeting – May 3rd, 2018 (Budget)
  • Fun Fair – May 26th, 2018
  • Graduation – June 27th, 2018

May Newsletter 🎉

Fantastic Fun Fair Facts 🎪

How lucky are we? There are those days where the sky is so blue, the jackets come off and the bulbs you planted last year pop out of the garden where you realize that life is cyclical, spring renews us all and… IT IS FUN FAIR TIME AGAIN!

Stop!  Fun Fair?  Really?  Now?

No, you silly Withrow Parents! You’ve still got lots of time – but mark it in your calendar for Saturday, May 27th from 11-3! I know we said it last year, but given the raging success of FUN FAIR 2016 where are we going to go with 2017? The answer to any run-of-the-mill, Type A over-achieving types (who, us?) is bigger, better and more bad%$$ than even your wildest dreams could imagine. And we know you have wild dreams. Like the one where you keep dreaming you forgot to pick up your kid. (Seriously, are we the only ones who have those dreams?)

withrow fun fair 2

Hop on over to our brand new website at to take a look at what’s happening – and most importantly, to buy wristbands which are on sale now! Don’t be disappointed: wristbands are only on sale until May 25th, and give you access to all the rides and one go around on the Zorb (the ZORB IS BACK!). We also have a new inflatable ride this year. We wanted to surprise you, but when a gigantic, inflatable obstacle course appears in the field, we’ll have given away the shock value. 😉

Most importantly – we need volunteers. The Fun Fair can’t happen without you. Please go to the website and click to volunteer – a two-hour shift at the book sale or manning the BBQ is always needed, and goes by in a blink. It is the event of the year for parents and kids, and while you are volunteering, your kid is likely going to be running around jacked up on sugar and adrenaline.

Here is all you need to know to help make WITHROW FUN FAIR 2017 the best one yet.

  • Wristbands cost $25 and give you access to all the rides, plus one go in the Zorb. On sale now!
  • New attractions: there is the amazing obstacle course, a SLIME table and a photo booth. Capture those memories of a lifetime!!
  • Epic Book Sale! Now is the time to spring clean your bookshelves – don’t donate them anywhere else, we want them! We will start collecting books the week of May 8th, and they can be left by the lost and found.
  • Talent show! The entry form is on the website. Get your kids excited about singing, dancing and we’re always on the look out for magicians! What’s your kid’s hidden talent?
  • Bake Sale and Cake Walk: We will be letting you know more about this closer to the date, but please think of amazing cake themes for the Cake Walk.

We want to thank our amazing sponsors who, year after year, make the Withrow Fun Fair possible: Fatima Bregman, Claudio Cerrito, Duck Wright Real Estate Team, Bluebird MontessoriLillian Adamakis, Heinsoo Insurance, TAC Sports, Sandra Pate, Danforth Children’s Dentistry, DeFrancesca Law and Kitchen Music Studios!

Come to the Fun Fair for the whole amazing day, but please be sure to be there at 1pm when a DRONE WILL FLY OVER HEAD and take a picture of the chaos, madness and sheer joy that is the Fun Fair!! We will be selling the photos as a fundraiser after the event – money that goes back into your school! On the day of the event, take lots of pictures and post them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – we’re all over social media this year, so please tag us @withrowfunfair or #withrowfunfair.

Sometimes, when we look at our kids we want to stop time. We want to relish each glorious moment and not let them slip past. The Fun Fair is the best day to do this. When your kids look back at their school memories, we know that their day at the Fun Fair is in the highlight reel.

Let’s make it the best Fun Fair ever, Withrow! Buy a wristband, volunteer, bake, donate books, but most importantly, be there.  Be there for your kids and for you school.

What an Auction! 🎉

And the winner of the new climber is … WITHROW SCHOOLYARD!

The Silent Auction had another successful year, raising over $28,500 for our school! It couldn’t have happened without the support of our generous donors and sponsors, the school admin staff, the teachers, the parents (that’s YOU!), and by the students themselves. Well done, Withrow community!


A little bit about the event: our items ranged from date night staycation packages to a massage membership, and summer camps to a drill set… even a Nespresso machine! There was something for everyone! Add to that our fantastic bar, great food and amazing décor, and this was a recipe for a fantastic evening and a great fundraiser. As always, the students and their teachers came up with brilliant class art and the parent community generously filled the class baskets. We also want to give a shout-out to the teachers who offered experiences for our raffle, which were hugely popular!

Thanks again to everyone who worked on the auction, and also to everyone who came out to mingle and bid! What a great night! Thank you!

Climber – Coming to a School Near You… 🏫

Thank you to all of you who responded so quickly to our survey on whether we can release this years funds’ early for a downpayment on the climber. In total, we had 136 responses with nearly unanimous support (135 voted yes). The cheque has been sent out and our kids can look forward to playing on a new climber in the next school year.

withrow climber

Let’s Talk About Sex – or not? 😉

We’ll be presenting the third Withrow Parent Speaker Series talk on Thursday, May 18th in the Withrow Library from 7-9 p.m.

Let’s Talk About “The Talk”

Want to learn more about discussing sex and sexuality with your children? Janice Holsmer of Growing Baby will teach us about why it’s important, tips on how to do it and when to do it. Age appropriate discussion will also be explored.

Pay what you can (suggested amount $5); babysitting will be provided.

Meeting Minutes from March 30th Home & School Meeting

Click here to view the minutes of our last meeting.

Thanks for reading,
Your School Council Executive