The Grand Erie District School Board Child & Youth Workers have been “chalking it up” to raise awareness and bring education to students, school staff & the communities around Grand Erie District School Board about Mental Health & Well-Being,
Today at OB students went outside to draw pictures & write messages our front driveway. They shared with the community what Mental Health means, healthy ways to cope and support others, how & where to get help, and positive messages to stay healthy and strong.
Last Friday April 27th from 12:00 – 1:20 p.m. Onondaga-Brant held a WE Zumba 4 Water Zumbathon Fundraiser under the direction of Mrs. Petitti and the grade 5 class! It was an enthusiastic, fun event that raised money to provide fresh and clean water to villages throughout Kenya.
Our goal is $1,500 which is enough to provide one village with their own well. If you would like to help us reach our goal log onto this link to donate:
Any donation over $5 online will receive a tax receipt.
Mrs. Petitti and the Grade 5 class
Earth Day Celebrations were today! What a beautiful, sunny, warm day to celebrate! We’d almost forgotten what these days were like. Students rotated through 10 different stations created by our Eco Team, identified by their green hats, and meant to reinforce recycling.
Eco Spirit points were awarded for wearing nature’s colors like green, putting flowers in their hair and for having a positive caring, attitude about the earth and for participating in all events with enthusiasm.
1. “Mindful Yoga “ (Leaders were Evangeline, Kelsey, Reegan, Stella)
Students were led in a series of yoga poses on mats outside to encourage students and staff to be active by taking care of our minds and getting outdoors in nature.
2. “ Snack” (Leaders were Chelsey, Hannah, Megan)
Students sat on the tree stumps and put food in compost bins such as peels from clementines to feed our worms that will create soil for our pollinator garden.
3. “Our Precious Water “(Ashley, Kallee, Scarlett)
Students competed against another team to save as much water as possible as they transfer their water carefully from their bucket to another by using a sponge. If students ran out of water they were not be allowed to
refill their buckets. Students were asked, “What happens if we run out of water?” Answers were recorded and will be sahred at next assembly.
4. Earth Bracelet – (Leaders were Mrs. Branston, Jackson, Layla)
Students re-used items to create art. Students will reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills, reduce fossil fuels which contribute to climate change. Students also created a Earth Day bracelet-one blue pony bead representing water, one green bead representing the land, and one wooden bead representing the soil. Students wore
bracelets when completed.
5. Plant a Seed! (Leaders were Tessa, Cash, Morgan) Students planted a bean seed and took the plant home to plant and watch grow. Students will learn about organic farming and learn the benefits of growing their own vegetables. Grade 8’s will be encouraged to put in their volunteer hours by helping maintain our cultural garden this year on Johnson road by watering, planting, weeding over the summer.
6. In gym-(Leaders were Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Cross when available) Scooters and/or pickle ball
7. Sort It Out! (Leaders were Mrs. Z and Kylie)
Students competed to put the materials in the correct recycling container. Plastic, Paper, Trash, Compost.
8. I wonder GOOS walk” (Leaders were Brianna and Dakota)
Students will Use GOOS (good on one side paper) to save paper and energy. Students will write I wonder questions
9. “Mindful Music” (Leaders were Chloe and Mrs. D)
Students played musical instruments and rain sticks, sang songs and chants to the Earth
10. “Chalk It Up!” (Leaders were Emilie and Mrs. Branston) Students created chalk murals on the
pavement with messages for Earth Day!
This year Ali, Blair and Cailyn sold Easter Grams to raise funds for Nova Vita. They wanted to support families that are not safe in their homes making sure they have a place to live and a meal everyday. Their efforts have put a smile on many hearts! Bravo!
Quinn and Kansas, Junior Kindergarten student, came to the office with this story for me today.
Once upon a time there was a girl firefighter named Julia. All the girls and boys washed the fire away. Then they got out carefully on the ladder. There is a mote for 1, 2, 3, 4, fires.
They also brought me a beautiful bracelet they made for me.
They certainly put a smile on my heart! Thank you girls!
One of the best things about OB students is their generous hearts. They are always coming up with ways to help others. This week, students in Mrs. Zawalsky’s Grade 1/2 class raised funds to go to Zachary Paws in Hamilton to care for peoples pets while they are faced with illness/sick/injured in the hospital and cannot take care of their pets. The students really understood about making sure our pets are cared for when we are not able to do that. Zachary’s paws will also take your pet to the hospital to visit with you. What a wonderful, caring idea! Thank you to Evangeline and Victoria for spearheading this fundraiser.
The grade 1 students are also counting the money they recieved. A big thank you also to Longo’s Market for donating the gum.
For more information on Zachary’s Paws visit https://www.zacharyspawsforhealing.com/