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Amanda's Garden

posted Jun 29, 2019, 2:28 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Jun 29, 2019, 2:38 PM ]

Amanda Huxley Plaque
MGPS Butterfly Garden
On the last day of school following our awards assembly, Mrs. Martino invited family and friends of Amanda Huxley to the outdoor learning garden behind the gym for a special dedication ceremony. As we revealed the newly installed brick pathway with our engraved legacy bricks, Mrs. Martino thanked us for coming together as a community to remember Amanda and recognize her contributions to our school with a special butterfly garden planted in her memory. Our Kindergarten classes have been learning about butterflies and recently released some around the school. Many cultures and religions around the world believe that the butterfly symbolizes rebirth, "representing endurance, change, hope and life." Miss Goodish handed out butterfly clips and purple bubble wands to the group and we all enjoyed the moment as bubbles floated through the air on a beautiful sunny day. Thank you to former MG staff, Ms. Etmanski, Mrs. Longden and Mrs. Williams for attending the dedication, along with some MG alumni. Special thanks to the Huxley family and see you at our next Purple Kindness Day.

"When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

Awards Assembly 2019

posted Jun 29, 2019, 2:26 PM by MGPS Council

MGPS Awards Assembly 2019
On our final day of school, we held a special awards assembly for our Grade 6 graduating students (and a few others).

Mr. Highley presented the Mrs. Rust Creativity Award to Sarah W.
Miss Goodish presented the Fred Young Technology Award to Mia B. and Gracie M. (in Gr. 3)
Mr. McKerracher presented the Carl Hamilton Award to the entire school for putting on the MG Spring Spectacular performance and it was accepted by the 4 lead actors: Nicole B., Dane G., Alex L. and William C.
Mr. Contreras presented the Patricia Hodgeson Athletic Award to Jacob B. and Kenisha G.
Mrs. Martino presented the Principal's Award to Peyton L. for being a model for students inside and outside our school.
Mr. Highley presented the Matthew Raunig Citizenship Award for outstanding kindness and best attitude to Alex L.
Mme. Hladun presented the French Award to Damien L.
Mrs. Kisko and Mr. Highley presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Dane G.
Mrs. Martino shared congratulations to our Student of Excellence, Nicole B. for exemplifying leadership, kindness, collaboration, well-being and high academics over all of her years at Mohawk Gardens.
Mrs. Fabris presented the Environmental Award to the Green Room, the Kindergarten class of Mrs. Shepherd and Mrs. Lynds, for being environmental role models for our school.
Mrs. Whelpdale presented the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Award to the most improved student, Keith M.
Miss Goodish presented the Glyn Longden Award for Science and Social Studies to Zane A. and shared that her uncle Mr. Longden was said "to have a brain the size of a planet" and wore his science lab coat around the school sharing his passion for science and social studies.
Miss Goodish presented the John Langford Award for Drama and Dance to Quinn D. who really shined while participating in the International Dance Day.
Mr. Highley presented the Math Award to Oliver for his love of math and problem-solving.
Mrs. Kisko presented the Literacy Award to Samuel for showing a love of reading, writing, speaking and presenting.
Mrs. Fabris and Karis Huxley presented the Amanda Huxley Award for Kindness to Milo M.
Mrs. Kisko presented the English Language Learner Award to Katerina.

Mrs. Martino congratulated all of the Grade 6 students, thanked them for their years at Mohawk Gardens and wished them well in the future. She reminded them that they will always have the Mustang spirit in their hearts!

Farewell to Staff

posted Jun 29, 2019, 8:55 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Aug 16, 2019, 11:59 AM ]

After 17 years at Mohawk Gardens, Mrs. Whelpdale is retiring or, as one student shared, she is leaving us because she is "very tired." :) In recent years, Mrs. Whelpdale has served as our Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) providing support and guidance to many students and families and she will be greatly missed! Mrs. Whelpdale announced our annual year-end bingo over the announcements on our last day and, in keeping with MG tradition, Mrs. Whelpdale rang the bell in the hallway at dismissal time while we all cheered for her and the Gr. 6 students who were leaving.

We also gave our best wishes and goodbyes to Mme. Hladun (French), Mrs. Lang (Literacy), Miss Lopes (Gr. 2), Ms. Mills (Library Technician), Mrs. Podmore (ESL), Mrs. Santos (Planning) and Mr. Sowery-Quinn (Red Room Kindergarten), but we really hope they can return to Mohawk Gardens soon!

Go Mustangs!

posted Jun 29, 2019, 8:53 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Jun 29, 2019, 2:40 PM ]

MGPS Junior Boys Volleyball Champs 2019
At our Gr. 1 to Gr. 6 recognition assembly on Thursday, June 27th, we showcased all of our team efforts this year. Mr. Contreras thanked our Cross Country team, European Handball teams, Basketball teams, Relay team, Track & Field team and Mrs. Howard thanked our Volleyball teams. Our Junior Boys Volleyball team won the championship for the first time in 15 years and the plaque is hanging in the hallway by our gym. Mr. Contreras gave special thanks to Mr. Batista for his help in coaching our basketball teams and for calling the Raptors win! We also highlighted the efforts of our choir under Mrs. Haagsma's guidance and the entire school in performing at the MG Spring Spectacular under Mr. McKerracher's leadership. Miss Goodish recognized the Gr. 6 students who attended International Dance Day with her in the Spring. Mrs. Fabris acknowledged the wonderful representation of our students, Gabe and Ciaran, at the Special Athletes Track & Field meet. Mrs. Martino thanked all of the Gr. 5 and 6 student leaders who help out in primary classrooms at break time, who serve as bus buddies each day, who help as milk monitors and who helped at several school events this year. Our students should be very proud of all of their efforts this year! Way to go Mustangs!

MG Spring Spectacular

posted Jun 29, 2019, 8:45 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Jun 29, 2019, 2:44 PM ]

MGPS Spring SpectacularSpecial thanks to Mr. McKerracher, Miss Goodish and Mrs. Haagsma for arranging a Grade 1 to Grade 6 school performance for our community! It has been several years since the entire school came together for this type of performance held over two evenings (June 18th and June 19th) to accomodate all of our families. Our MCs, Dane and Nicole, along with jokes and laughs from Alex and William, lead the audience through a fun combined performance from all of the classes. The choir showed us their "true colours", our Gr. 2 classes shared their love of pizza and we know we can "count on" the Gr. 3s and 4s! We also enjoyed the sign language love song by the Gr. 6s and the Lamplighter song and dance from Mary Poppins by Miss Goodish's Gr. 3 class. We were surprised and delighted with a video of our Kindergarten students singing their zoo song. All of the students and staff involved should be very proud of their efforts!

Fun Fair 2019

posted May 29, 2019, 2:16 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 8:57 AM ]

MGPS Fun Fair Orders
Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers who helped with preparations, set-up and clean-up! Due to the rain, we needed to move indoors, which was challenging, but we made it work and it was a fun evening! Thanks to our MGPS Community, we raised over $4,500 to help run programs like Junglesport and X Movement.

Celebrate an amazing year at Mohawk Gardens Public School and enjoy an evening of delicious food, fun games and prizes on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This annual event would not be possible without the support of the entire Mohawk Gardens community.

PRE-ORDERS EXTENDED!!! $10 BBQ Meal Combos and $3 Fun Zone wristbands are available for purchase until June 9th through School Cash Online.

BBQ Meal Combo tickets and Fun Zone wristbands will be sent home the week of Fun Fair. If it is raining that evening, most of the event will be held inside the school.

How can you help?
- donate an item to your child's classroom basket (different themes from Kindergarten to Gr. 5)
- donate a jar to our Jar Walk (Gr. 5/6 & 6) - class with the most jars gets a treat!
- donate an item to our Silent Auction or share with companies you know might like to donate
- bring a baked good for our Bake Sale
- volunteer for 30 minutes at one of our many stations - email mgpscouncil@gmail.com
- bring cash for concessions, bake sale, gift basket game, jar walk and silent auction

EXTENDED!!! Please send basket and jar donations by Monday, June 10th.

Silver Certified Healthy School

posted May 18, 2019, 11:15 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated May 18, 2019, 12:59 PM ]

Congratulations to Mohawk Gardens Public School for being recognized as a Silver Certified Healthy School for 2018-2019 #HSCertES! 
OPHEA Certification

This is our first year participating in the OPHEA - Ontario Physical and Health Education Association's Healthy Schools Certification and we are so proud of our staff and students for reaching this important status that recognizes all of the healthy initiatives and programs at our school. Special thanks to Mr. Contreras and our Healthy Schools committee for completing the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process and for receiving additional grant funding for our school.

Student of Excellence 2019

posted May 10, 2019, 11:37 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated May 18, 2019, 11:09 AM ]

Nicole receives Student of Excellence Award
We would like to extend our congratulations to Gr. 6 student Nicole Bozgai for representing Mohawk Gardens Public School as our 2018-2019 HDSB Student of Excellence. Nicole attended A Celebration of Student Excellence ceremony on May 9th at Garth Webb Secondary School and you can watch Nicole receive her award from Trustee Margo Shuttleworth (at 1:03:23). Mrs. Martino and Mrs. Kisko were also there to tweet about the evening and snap some photos. Watch for the June Burlington Post article featuring all of the student award recipients from each school. All of our Gr. 6 students will be recognized at our year-end assembly during the last week of school.

MG May Marketplace

posted May 2, 2019, 11:16 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 8:30 AM ]

Sale Signs
Join us Saturday, May 25, 2019 for Mohawk Gardens Public School’s community marketplace!

Come and spend the morning shopping for new and used items in our school's gym.

Enter through Door #14 from the east parking lot.


FREE ADMISSION - Doors open to the public from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Concessions will be available for purchase.


Update: We have a great selection of vendors and families with garage sales participating in the market.


Here is a preview of vendors to look forward to: Cathy's Creations, Conant Rice Design (barnboard racks), doTERRA essential oils, Energi Love Crystal Infused Water Bottles, ENJO Cleaning, Galivan Acres Farm, Journey with Me Zyia, Lilac Lounge Spa, M&M Backyard Creations, Noah's Ark Woodworking, One of a Kind Succulent, Pampered Chef, Seacret Dead Sea Minerals, Scentsy, SELLECT Real Estate Ltd., She's Got Leggz by Andrea, S'kins of Eden, The Soap Palette, Standing Stone Wellness, Stella & Dot, Steph D Tupperware, Sunbright Aquatics, Thirty-One.


Before or after you visit the school, stop by St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church at 5324 Bromley Rd. for their annual Spring Market.


Vendors: Would you like to sell items at our marketplace? You keep 100% of your sales!

* Do you have garage sale items? * Do you make your own arts & crafts, baked treats, etc.? * Are you a home-based or local business?


The cost per table rental is $25.00 (1 table per vendor) which is payable ONLY through this special link at HDSB School Cash Online. Once you have your receipt number, please fill in the online form available here. Forms and payment must be submitted by May 15, 2019. Once payment is confirmed and form received, a table will be reserved for you and we will contact you to confirm. Please note the cost for the table is NON-NEGOTIABLE & NON-REFUNDABLE. Tables are limited and this event is operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Set up and tear down are at 9 am and 1 pm. Shoppers pay the vendor directly at the table. Vendors are responsible for their own float as school or school council will not provide any change.


If you have any questions, please contact MGPS School Council mgpscouncil@gmail.com

Why Nature Play?

posted Apr 28, 2019, 11:01 AM by MGPS Council

Adam Bienenstock April 25th
Mohawk Gardens welcomes our community to a FREE Family Event on Thursday, April 25th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Thanks to our Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant, our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) representatives on School Council have arranged for a special guest speaker, Adam Bienenstock, to give us a presentation about the importance of outdoor play for our children. While Adam shares his experiences with the adults in the gym, his wife Jill Bienenstock will be leading several fun activities outside for the children. There will also be refreshments provided. No registration is required and admission is free. Join us on April 25th!
Adam Bienenstock Access to Nature
Update: Thank you to everyone who joined us for an informative and fun learning experience on April 25th. See below for some photos from the event.
Bienenstock Mud Activity
Bienenstock Obstacle Course
Bienenstock Clay Activity
Bienenstock Whittling Activity
Bienenstock Hands
Bienenstock Plants

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