November 2019 Newsletter

Posted November 1, 2019

Message from the Admin!

October has been a great month of learning here at Taylor Evans. We continue to work on supporting student in learning how to be kind by teaching strategies and making announcements.

One of the exciting things we have started in Intermediate is the GSA club (Gay, Straight Alliance). All students are welcome to this club and their message is one of how can we include all students despite difference and use kind words with everyone!

One of the things that Mr. Gouk and I are passionate about is trying to encourage our children to get outside to play (Take Me Outside Day). It is important for us as adults (and especially parents) to monitor the “spare time” use of screens. Children are missing important developmental steps (physical, social, and mental wellness) when outside play time or imaginary play is limited for instance.  Remember to read, count, play cards and talk with your child(ren). Here is some information from the Health Unit:

The 24-Hour Movement Guidelines say that:

  • Children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time
  • Children ages 2-4 should have less than one hour of screen time per day
  • Children and youth ages 5-17 should have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day

For more information on ideas and alternatives to screen time read the full article here:

Ken Keesmaat       Alan Gouk

Principal                Vice Principal

Battery Recycling Continues!

Did you know when dead batteries are thrown into the garbage, most of them make their way into landfills? These batteries can leak harmful heavy metals, such as nickel, cadmium and lithium into the ground. This contaminates our local soils, groundwater, and streams. It is not good for our environment, or for us. However, it’s easy to help! Our 2019/2020 Battery Recycling Challenge is under way. Please participate! Send us your dead batteries, help us earn points for our school, and raise money for Sick Kids. If you have a large number of batteries to recycle, call or email Mrs. Cornish to arrange a convenient drop off time (Phone: 519-766-4544 | Email:

PLEASE: Remember to tape the terminals of 9 volt batteries before you send them in to us! Do you have questions about how to prepare your batteries for recycling? Click on the link below.

How to Prepare Your Batteries for Recycling:

Mrs. Cornish


Looking for Donations of Ice Skates

Dear Family and Friends of Taylor Evans,

Once again, the Grade 7 & 8’s are looking forward to going skating at the West End Arena. Last year’s opportunities were a success and we could not have done it without your help and support. For that reason, we once more ask for your help to support this endeavor. We are planning to go skating two times, once in December and once in February. Unfortunately, our school cannot provide all students with skates or helmets. For this reason, we are reaching out to parents and family to donate any used skates or helmets that you may have at home. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. Please send donations to Mrs. Zamora at the school.

If you have any questions and would like to help us, please contact Mrs. Zamora at the school. Thank you!

Important Dates in November, 2019


Talking About Mental Health November 2019 – Nature and Mental Health

Fall is here and so is that pre-winter chill!  Getting outside makes such a difference to how we all are doing inside. Spending time in nature improves our mental health and well-being.  Being outdoors is a simple way to add some much needed down time from screens. Adding some time in nature is having some much deserved peace and quiet in our busy lives. One study showed that even 5 minutes in nature improves our mood. 5 minutes! We all can take 5 minutes (or more if have it) to go outside and enjoy nature.

If you want your family:

  • To be less stressed
  • To be happier
  • To be more resilient
  • To feel better about themselves
  • To have increased attention
  • To have a better ability to learn

Then GO OUTSIDE! Take your kids outside! Enjoy and be part of nature.

Try this:

Go for a walk

Head for the woods – make a scavenger hunt

Go birdwatching – make it a game to find the names of all birds you see

Go on a bug hunt

Watch the clouds float by

Make a game of identifying all the sounds you hear outside


If you are not sure where to go, check out the links below for lots of great parks in our area.

Jenny Marino, Mental Health and Addictions Lead for the Upper Grand District School Board

Follow me on Instagram #upper_grand_mental_health

Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet

Friday November 29th is BUY NOTHING Day!

Don’t buy, give. “No one has ever become poor by giving”, Anne Frank

Celebrate Buy Nothing Day on November 29th!

Buy Nothing Day is an awareness day highlighting society’s habit of buying too many things. It is a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption and is held on ‘Black Friday’, which is one of the busiest shopping days in the United States.

 “We are also consuming and trashing clothing at a far higher rate than our planet can handle.

Today’s trends are tomorrow’s trash. The only solution is to reduce our levels of consumption.” Dr Kirsten Brodde of Greenpeace Germany

Repair, reduce, re-use, recycle – 4 R’s are best!

It’s time for a new kind of materialism, based on an economy of better, not more… that makes things which last and can be repaired many times before being recycled, from furniture to tools, cars, fridges, clothes and food. ‘Repair, reduce, re-use, recycle’ could be the new model.

Some great ideas for your family on Buy Nothing Day!

  • Instead of shopping, enjoy a day in the great outdoors by walking trails or going to the park.
  • Recycle school supplies such as binders, workbooks, pens and pencils instead of buying new.
  • Donate clothes, books, toys and games your family does not need any more.
  • Think of things you can make or do for people as gifts without spending any money.

 Either way, there’s no doubt that going without buying anything for an entire day is quite a challenge in the modern world, and will serve to make you think about what your life is really about!


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