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Brown’s current TDSB Eco Schools certification is Silver.

This year, the parent Eco Committee, parent volunteers & the Eco teachers together with the Eco Club students have been putting in time and energy into several eco initiatives to maintain, and advance Brown’s certification to Gold.

Please help Brown in living up to its slogan of “Brown is Green”.

Click below on each TAB for more details.

EcoTeam Timeline: Planning for the year 2016-2017

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Brown PS - Eco Club

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Copy Paper

Paper use represents one of the largest impacts that TDSB schools and offices have on the environment.

Brown PS has been participating in the recycle of all the ink cartridges through TDSB and continue supporting the Eco certification by purchasing 100% recycled paper made entirely of waste papers captured in recycling programs. The waste paper, sometimes called “post-consumer waste” is de-inked, re-pulped, and made into new paper.

Thank you staff for saving trees and waste divert from landfill!!
Take the energy quiz with your child!

BOOMERANG LUNCHES

Brown is trying very hard to reduce both food waste generated at lunch and the amount of litter in the schoolyard. As a result we have reintroduced the Boomerang lunch. Posters are hung around the school to encourage students to return home all uneaten food and wrappers. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage parents to realize how much food their child is eating at lunch and to reduce portion size accordingly. If for example your child is only eating half a sandwich, pack them that amount, instead of a whole one. If they are only taking a few bites of their apple, try cutting the apple into slices, and putting it into a reusable container, so that the majority of the apple is not wasted. Eco-friendly fundraising coming up in February 2017 for plastic-free, waste-free and toxic-free lunch/snack containers.

boomerang lunch pic
Click here to learn more about the importance of reusables
https://youtu.be/lIM_DMxTJT8


BUY NOTHING DAY - SWAP DAY

Environmental friendly national ‘Buy Nothing Day’ was on November 25. Canada first celebrated in 1992 as a way to resist consumerism and waste http://www.adbusters.org/bnd/

Here are some eco-friendly ideas:

1. Hold a clothing, skate or toy exchange with friends and neighbours. Here’s how one Brown parent invited friends to a swap-meet at her house.  Click here for the event. It was a great success; why not try it yourself?
2. Even simpler: your children could swap a toy or book with schoolmates or neighbours.
3. Check in advance for the date of next fall’s annual Swap Day at Evergreen Brick Works. Your kids will be amazed and you don’t have to spend a dime!

Other info links:

sustainability and textiles recycling: https://nowtoronto.com/news/ecoholic/fast-fashion-consciousness-at-world-ethical-apparel-roundtable/

TRASHY TUESDAY

Ongoing ‘Trashy Tuesday’ - after dismissal bell please volunteer in the primary yard to pick up garbage and recycling. Please encourage your child and their friends to help clean up our environment! We still find the usual suspects...snack wraps, drinking boxes, ziploc bags.

Let's make it a waste free yard by using reusable containers and drinking bottles...stay tuned for upcoming fundraiser for plastic free snack & lunch containers..and more!

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PROJECT WATER REFILL

As part as our continued waste reduction and ecological literacy, Brown PS’ Eco Team showed commitment to promoting the use of reusable drinking bottles as part of an application to have new water fountains -Oasis refill station (to be installed Spring 2017) The program is funded by Ontario Eco Schools.

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Campaign 1: Brown PS Eco Club did an awareness campaign on the negative effects of disposable plastic water bottles & challenged the school to use only reusable water bottles. The children studied informational books and videos on water and learned different ways to save water at home and at school.

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Campaign 2: The Brown PS Eco Committee with the help of parents and Eco Club did a bulletin campaign named “Reuse. Don’t Dispose” to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of using disposable plastic bottles. This initiative included: posting information on ocean pollution, how long it takes for landfill garbage to decompose, reasons why water bottles are not good for our health, why reusable bottles are better, and a tap water vs. bottled water tasting survey.

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DID YOU KNOW? Brown PS has its own reusable water bottle! (Available for sale from the Apparel Committee) Other info links:

https://www.banthebottle.net/category/news/

http://www.yorku.ca/susweb/resources/documents/Bottled_water_facts_002.pdf

Pollution see fourth cause http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/specials/vanishing/
What an accomplishment Brown PS! Sustain Ontario recently featured an article about our work in the garden to inspire other schools. The Ontario Edible Education Network

EDIBLE GARDEN

Follow the Brown School Edible Garden https://www.instagram.com/brownschoolgarden/

Brown School Edible Garden Update

Aviva Wittenberg was at the school making infused water with the Primary and Junior World Changers, with the herbs from the edible garden. It was a huge success!

Thanks to the help of some of the Grade 3 and Grade 6 World Changers students who guided the little younger children along, the children all had the chance to make their own jars of infused water and smell and taste the herbs that we grew. We now have a smelling station for different children to experience. Thank you to all involved!

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Healthy cooking session by Aviva Wittenberg at Brown!

The kids made baguette topped with homemade pesto (they made it with a mortar and pestle in the class), topped with some eggs scrambled with sage and herbed cherry tomatoes. It was delicious, messy and the kids were thrilled to learn how to make “real food”!

Brown School Garden got some garlic from Plan B Organic Farms in Waterdown, ON to plant in the outdoor garden over the winter. Garlic is planted in the fall (usually sooner – but we figured we would give it a shot) and matures in the summer. If all goes according to plan, we will be able to harvest some green garlic in the spring and mature heads of garlic in Sept 2017.

The kids were really enthused about cooking so we have some more cooking sessions planned for the new year.

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FUNDRAISER TOONIE FOR TULIPS

As a result of a recent initiative, Brown PS has received 50 rare and unique tulip bulbs to plant in front of the school along the brick wall along Avenue Rd (as shown in the picture). The Eco Committee, parent volunteers and their kids will be responsible for planting the bulbs, on Tue Nov 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm (weather permitting).

In order to receive these bulbs specially created in the Netherlands for Canada’s 15Oth birthday celebration, Brown PS has pledged to fundraise to contribute to the planting and maintenance of trees along the Highway of Heroes (401), the route for funeral convoys carrying fallen Canadian Forces service men and women from CFB Trenton to the coroner’s office in Toronto.

We kindly ask for a toonie donation via your child’s teacher to help with this wonderful eco initiative that will help beautify the school environment, along with honouring those who have made such a vital contribution to our way of life, and participating in telling the story of Canadian Veterans. (For more information about the Tree for Every Hero program, please visit: http://hohtribute.ca)

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TULIP PLANTING

The Eco Committee, with the invaluable help of enthusiastic volunteers, children and parents, successfully planted the tulip bulbs! They are expected to come out of the ground in late spring. We would like to sincerely thank all who joined in the digging, working the ground, watering. It was a lot of fun doing this project with all of you!

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Creating ECO/ STEM ART with Ms Lindenbaum in room 24

A great way to get rid of recyclables and have fun!

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LIBRARY ECO BOOKS SECTION - Come and read!

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Local Educational Program beyond the TDSB to Broaden Ecological Literacy

Children in Grade 1 & 2 -English- participated in the Harbourfront Centre’s school visit to join in the visual arts & contemporary crafts.

Rod Puppets
Students created and participated in a puppet show to stimulate discussion of the history of puppets. They learned to produce a three dimensional rod puppet using collage techniques.



Clay Monsters and Masks
In this hands-on inquiry based clay programme students gained an in-depth understanding of the properties of clay. By using hand building techniques encouraged individual expression in the creation of a sculptural piece.
Highlights of our last School Community Skate to celebrate Valentine’s day organized by Parent Council.

How clean is dry cleaning?

TEA says professional wet cleaning is “the only non-toxic alternative proven to be inherently safe.” for more details click here .

Keep healthy and active with The Groove EDGEucation-Dance workshop to promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development into all areas of school and let's not forget fun !!
click here to see a video .

For the The GROOVE Experience
www.thegrooveedgeucation.com/groove-experiences/