Forest of Love Initiative
The grade 4/5 students in Mlle Raoult’s class will be selling hearts for $0.50 and putting them up. Students in any grade can buy hearts and send messages to friends.
They will be on sale from Feb 6th – Feb 15th, in the gym at lunch!
Folk Dancing Club
Begins next week. Practices will be Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Students from grades 1-8 from both schools welcome. Students should wait outside of the Junior doors and wait for a teacher to let them in in the morning. Please bring permission forms along with you to the first practice on Wednesday. Let’s dance!
Lunar New Year Assembly Monday
A quick reminder of the IL assembly to celebrate Lunar New Year on Monday at 1:15 p.m. Please see this post for all the details.
Eco Update from the EcoTeam
Good News! The Boomerang Lunch initiative officially began on January 9th, the first day back from the holidays.
For the most part, things have been running smoothly and students have been taking home any leftover waste. As with any new initiative, there are have been a few challenges. So, for the sake of clarity, here, again, is some information about what Boomerang Lunch means and why we are implementing it at Lord Lansdowne and da Vinci.
First, from the Ontario Ministry of Education:
“Ontario’s education system will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and practices they need to be environmentally responsible citizens. Students will understand our fundamental connections to each other and to the world around us through our relationship to food, water, energy, air, and land, and our interaction with all living things. The education system will provide opportunities within the classroom and the community for students to engage in actions that deepen this understanding.” Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/curriculumcouncil/shapingSchools.pdf)
A boomerang lunch means that any uneaten food and any waste material produced is returned home. Waste can then be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way at home. The garbage, compost and recycling bins have been removed from the school gym as a reminder.
Some students and their families have been asking why waste needs to be taken home, instead of being thrown out at school. Please keep in mind that this initiative is not just about diverting or minimizing waste in the lunchroom. A boomerang lunch allows parents to see what their children are actually eating during the day. After conducting a waste audit at school (see below), it was shocking to see what was being thrown away: unopened packaged foods, uneaten fruit, juice boxes, half-eaten sandwiches and much more. The environmental implications of this are serious and merit conversations about food cultivation and production, packaging, consumption and waste.
If parents know what their children are/are not eating, they will be able to cut back on avoidable food waste (food that is edible but is being thrown out). It is our hope that the Boomerang Lunch initiative can help families reconsider the way they purchase, prepare and pack food for school.
Please note that for sanitary purposes, food and waste packaging must be taken home in a resealable container or bag, even on Pizza Tuesdays. There are many litterless lunch bag and container options – even a zip-lock bag will do.
Here is information from a lunchroom waste audit conducted by Ms. Heibein and her students in December. This is what they found out:
Category For 1 Day In a Week In a Month In a Year
Actual Garbage .5kgs 2.5kgs 10kgs 100kgs
Recycling .1kgs .5kgs 2 kgs 20kgs
Food Waste 3kgs 15 kgs 60 kgs 600kgs
On the day they did the audit, ALL three types of waste were mixed in one receptacle. It was through the sorting process that they determined how much waste of each type was occurring. By making better “food” choices and “Boomeranging” (i.e. having kids pack their own lunches, packing less food, having courageous conversations about what kids “like” to eat) we can change the 600kgs/per year now being sent to landfill.
On a related note, we have been focusing on mindfulness and empathy, through various school initiatives such as Wellness Day, the Building Empathy workshops and, of course, the continuing work that teachers do in their classes. With this in mind, we are promoting a calmer, quieter environment in the gym during lunch hour. After a busy morning of learning, children need a quiet time to eat their lunch in an unhurried, more mindful manner. We are encouraging children who do finish quickly to bring quiet activities with them (such as a book, notebook or drawing pad, playing cards etc.) that will allow them to remain quiet while others are eating and until they are dismissed outside for the rest of the lunch period.
Thank you, as always, for your support!
Lost & Found
Please remember to come check out the Lost and Found bags in the front lobby because the school will be donating anything that isn’t picked up soon.