Can you remember the joy of autumn you felt as a child: anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, leaves swirling, pumpkins appearing on porches, the earnest planning of Halloween costumes? We know that for our students these moments provide the backdrop for an October that blends learning, community and fun, ending with the Halloween party and Dance-a-thon.
Sunnybrook belongs to a broader community here in North Toronto and we have an opportunity to contribute to a local initiative that is meaningful to everyone. I am sure you remember Georgia Walsh, the little girl who lost her life at a corner most of us pass by regularly in Leaside. A revitalization of the Trace Manes Playground is planned in her memory, and fund raising is underway to make this project come to life.
The Remember Georgia Walsh website says it so well: "Trace Manes Playground was a place that was dear to Georgia's heart. To pay tribute to Georgia and her love of outdoor play, we can't imagine a better way to give back than to revitalize the existing deteriorating Trace Manes Playground."
Together with the SPA, Sunnybrook School would like to contribute to this meaningful project, and donate the proceeds from our Halloween Dance-a-thon this year to the Trace Manes Playground Rejunvenation Project. Please take a look at the plans; they propose a tremendous improvement, and offer a wonderful play space for children in our community for years to come. We are excited to make a contribution.
There was great excitement this morning as GR 5 and GR 6 left for Camp Kandalore, while the rest of us settled in to start our second month of school. I can’t wait to enjoy Mr Hoff’s Thanksgiving dinner this week, to see all of you at Sunnybrook Reads next week, and to end the month with a rousing afternoon of costumes and dancing as we celebrate Halloween.
- Irene Davy, Principal