School News

Halloween Dance-a-thon

posted Oct 19, 2019, 1:49 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 1:54 PM ]

Cat Witch Dancing
Our Halloween Glow-in-the-Dark Dance-a-thon is NEW this year as we usually hold our dance on or near Valentine's Day. Bright orange/yellow dance-a-thon forms have been sent home with students and forms are due back by Oct. 29th. There are new fundraising incentives this year! 

Our 400 students will be dancing for 30 minutes each starting with the first classes right at 8:30 am and ending right before dismissal. Kids look great when they wear white or bright neon colours under the black lights - it's a really cool effect! Unfortunately, there is no available time on Oct. 31st for a hallway costume parade and/or assembly this year and it is also not safe and possibly too warm to dance in most costumes (e.g. capes, flowing garments, onesies, etc.) in the dark warm gym.

We have a parent volunteer DJ and a team of amazing volunteers working hard to make this a super fun event for our students. If you would like to volunteer that day and dance to some "monster mash", please contact - thank you for your support!

Great Big Crunch 2019

posted Oct 19, 2019, 1:42 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 1:51 PM ]

Great Big Crunch
On Thursday, October 24th, all of our students and staff will be biting into an apple at the same moment in our gym for Halton Food for Thought's Great Big Crunch event in support of healthy eating in the Halton region.

The apples are all donated by Drummond Farms apple orchard in Waterdown (with support from Tandia) and rinsed by our parent volunteers.
GBC logo

After sharing some apple facts and jokes, we will be watching the Apple Song Countdown.

What do you call an apple that plays the trumpet? - A tooty fruity!

How does a ghost eat an apple? - By goblin' it!

Dr. Eric Walters visits MG!

posted Oct 19, 2019, 1:13 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 1:19 PM ]

Eric Walters Library Display
Eric WaltersWell-known, decorated and respected Canadian author, Dr. Eric Walters, will be visiting our school on Wednesday, October 23rd and will be presenting to students in Gr. 4, 5 and 6 with a blend of drama, storytelling and audience participation. 

Dr. Walters has written over 100 books and received over 100 awards!

See Mrs. Faint's library display of books by Eric Walters.

"In June 2013 Eric became ‘Dr. Walters’ when he was granted the honorary degree of Literarum Doctorem by Wilfred Laurier University."  

"In 2015, Eric received the Order of Canada for his contributions to literacy and social justice issues."

"Eric, along with his wife Anita, and Ruth and Henry Kyatha, are the co-founders of the Creation of Hope which provides for over 400 orphans and disadvantaged children throughout the Mbooni District of Kenya."

X Movement

posted Oct 18, 2019, 12:28 AM by MGPS Council

X Movement Logo
Our students were excited to welcome X Movement aka Aussie X back to the school for their second set of workshops from October 15 to October 18, 2019. When X Movement first visited us in June 2019, they taught all of our students some dance moves. For this visit, all of our students are going outside and learning some of the fundamentals of Australian sports. Thanks to the MGPS School Council and our community for fundraising in order to support this event. For photos, see Mrs. Howard's tweets about #HavingAGo and our Little Rippas!

"Aussie X explores Growth Mindset through the Australian sports of footy, netball and cricket. The new physical skills challenge students to "Have a Go" at something new so they learn through adversity, and show students that they don't have to be sports stars to love the feeling of getting active."

On Thursday, October 17th, families are invited to come to the school at 6:30 pm to experience what our students have been learning as we all meet outside for some fun activities. All week our students have learned how to play "Aussie Footy" with Rick & Louis from X Movement and they are ready to teach you the skills they have learned! You can just drop in to see Mate or stay for an hour! We would love to see you there! Update: Thank you to the 50+ families who braved the chilly weather and the dark sky to join us for our super fun evening at the school!

Cross Country Meet 2019

posted Oct 17, 2019, 11:53 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

Cross Country Start LineWhat a wonderful day to run! Our cross country team assembled at Sherwood Forest Park on Tuesday, October 8th for a great day of running.Paxtyn Cross Country

Congratulations to all of our runners in Gr. 3, 4, 5 and 6 who ran very well and finished their distances!!! See Miss Goodish's tweet and Mrs. Howard's tweet and tweet.

Special kudos to our ribbon finishers: Declan M., Noah W., Ivy G. and special mention to our only Gr. 6 girl runner, Paxtyn H. - see Mrs. Howard's tweet.

Extra special mention to George F. for showing us all how to be truly kind!

Big thanks to our parent volunteers, Marco and Shelley, for setting up the tents and for monitoring the finish lap. Shelley also snapped some amazing photos of our runners.

Terry Fox Run 2019

posted Oct 17, 2019, 8:35 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 12:36 AM ]

Terry Fox Run BannerTerry Fox Run

Thank you to everyone who supported our students in their annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 27th, 2019.
We had a beautiful sunny day to run around our school's field and many of our staff joined in too. See Mrs. Howard's tweet and Miss Goodish's tweet about our great day!

We are waiting for final numbers - we raised over $3,400 for cancer research!

(Note: Gr. 2 students who were on a field trip on the Friday ran on Tuesday, October 1st.)

Drummond Farms 2019

posted Sep 26, 2019, 7:52 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 12:11 AM ]

Drummond Farms Logo
Back by popular demand, we are again offering a Fall fundraiser in partnership with Drummond Farms in Waterdown.

Payment through School Cash Online closes September 27th - extended to September 29th - and order forms MUST be returned by Friday, September 27th - extended to Monday, September 30th - we need your form to fill your order.

Products will be delivered to the school on Tuesday, October 8th and will be available for pickup from 2:55 pm to 6:30 pm - please enter through the front doors.

Drummond Farms provides locally grown, non-waxed, hand-picked apples, pre-portioned in bags, ready to enjoy.  
Products available for purchase include: 5 pound bag containing approximately 15 apples for $8 and the 10 pound bag containing approximately 30 apples for $15. Apple types available are: Cortland, Empire, MacIntosh and Royal Gala. Fresh apple cider in 2L jugs is available for $5.50 and pure maple syrup in 250mL jar for $7 or 500ml container for $12. 

Proceeds from this fundraiser - over $1,000 - will support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) resources at Mohawk Gardens.

Drummond Farms is also providing apples for our breakfast and snack programs at the school and they will be donating apples for all students across Halton Region for The Great Big Crunch on Oct. 24th with Halton Food for Thought.

Fortinos Fuel for Kids

posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:18 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Sep 27, 2019, 12:47 PM ]

Fortinos Fuel for Kids BBQBring your family for dinner at Fortinos (5111 New St.) on Wednesday, September 25th from 4 to 7 pm.

$5 hot dog/snack/drink combos and ALL proceeds support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) resources at Mohawk Resources Public School

There will also be amazing raffle prizes and special cake!!!
Fortinos Fuel for Kids Cake
Donations courtesy of: BeautyCounter (Emma O'Brien), CAKEbar (Chelsey Gike), Fortinos, Galivan Family, The Pampered Chef (Veronica Hurst), Rockin' Jump, She's Got Leggz (Andrea Stevens), Starbucks (Appleby Line), Stella & Dot (Laura Mitchell), Steeped Tea (Elizabeth Slaunwhite), Yogurty's (Pinedale) and MGPS School Council.

Special thanks to Dave Connelly and the Fortinos Fuel for Kids Race Team and Derren Paterson, Fortinos Manager.

What an amazing day! Dave gave a fascinating presentation to our students about his racing car and the importance of safety and then he showed us some donuts on our blacktop! Wow!!!

Thank you to the community for supporting this wonderful event at Fortinos! We raised $2,130 for STEAM resources at our school!
Dave Donuts

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!

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