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Craft Night 2019

posted Dec 7, 2019, 7:30 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Dec 7, 2019, 7:32 PM ]

Mohawk Gardens families are invited to join us for our annual winter craft night to welcome the season. Families were asked to register using a Google form.

Miss Raspopov and her Gr. 3 elves have been busy preparing several different craft activities including cookie decorating, snowmen making, "stained-glass" window ornaments, and paper snow globes with stands. After visiting the craft stations, families can enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies (from School Council) and then join us in the gym to sing some carols.

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(Note: Our Book Fair was originally scheduled to be open this evening but will now be open next week.)

Update: For pictures from the wonderful event, please see Miss Raspopov's tweet and Mrs. Kisko's tweet.

Coby's Anti-Bully Show

posted Dec 3, 2019, 8:06 PM by MGPS Council

Coby's Anti-Bully Show
Coby Magician
Mohawk Gardens welcomed professional magician, Coby, to our school on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 for performances of Coby's Anti-Bully Show.

"The anti-bullying magic show helps students and teachers identify signs of bullying. It also helps the students feel good about themselves. All while having FUN. The Anti-Bullying magic show is the story of Professional Magician Coby who was bullied as a child through his teen years. It gives students an understanding of BULLYING as seen through the eyes of the person who is being bullied."

Ask your children what they learned from Coby's show.

Join the Joy 2019

posted Dec 3, 2019, 7:48 PM by MGPS Council

Join the Joy Tree - Gr. 1
Join the Joy Tree - Gr. 3
Join the Joy Tree - Gr. 3/4
Join the Joy  Tree - SERT
For the second year, Mohawk Gardens was invited to decorate four holiday trees for the Join the Joy Holiday Open House event at Joseph Brant Hospital.

Special thanks to our Gr. 1 classes (Mrs. Brandreth, Ms. Maheu, Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Kisko), Miss Raspopov's Gr. 3 class, Mrs. Howard's Gr. 3-4 class and our Special Education team for decorating the trees. They look wonderful!

Families could attend the event on Sunday, December 1st from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and participate in some complimentary and ticketed festive activity stations including teddy bear wellness clinic, finger cast making, festive fish pond, cookie and stocking decorating, face painting and glitter tattoos, festive photo wall, photos with Santa, tasty holiday treats and a children's gift draw. 

This year the student-decorated trees have been sponsored to be displayed throughout the hospital during the holiday season.

Arctic Adventure Book Fair

posted Dec 2, 2019, 6:29 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 5:43 PM ]

Artic Adventure Book Fair

Dear Mohawk Gardens Families:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our book fair was not open from Dec. 2nd to Dec. 5th as originally scheduled. Our Scholastic Book Fair will now be open from Dec. 10th to Dec. 13th - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day with extended hours until 6:00 pm on Wed. Dec. 11th (the same night as the Terra Cotta Cookie Dough pickup).

It's that exciting time of year again!  The Scholastic Book Fair is set up in our library and will be open for sales soon. Here are some featured books and author videos to take a sneak peek of some of the amazing titles you will find at the fair.

The Scholastic Book Fair is a fundraiser for our Mohawk Gardens Library. The commission we make from the fair allows us to retain MANY of the books titles from the book fair, plus have additional credits to use through scholastic book clubs to purchase additional books. It's a great win win for all. So, if books are on your families Christmas list, purchasing them at the book fair is a two for one which gives directly back to our MG Library. 

Hope to see you at the fair!  Sincerely, Mrs. Faint, Teacher-Librarian

Dare to Care

posted Nov 21, 2019, 4:22 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 4:24 PM ]

Dare to Care
The Halton District School Board is part of an exciting pilot project kicking off this November. Ten schools within the district were selected to take part in the national award winning program, Dare to Care. Dare to Care is a Bully Prevention and Life Skills program for K-8. Our school is happy to announce that we are one of the 10 schools taking part in this pilot and our school community will receive grade appropriate student workshops, a parent session, and professional development for staff. 

Bullying behavior is not always easy for adults or children to recognize or define. A fight between friends or siblings, or rough play between children with equal power is conflict, not bullying. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally use their power to hurt, embarrass, threaten or exclude another person. Participants in the 2.5 hour Parent Information Night will learn about the scope of the problem and the correlation between bullying, mental illness, and criminal activity. As well, participants will be provided with tips and guidelines to help their children navigate both real world situations and the potentially dangerous digital world. To conclude the evening, parents will be provided with a tool belt of skills to help their children in both conflict and bullying situations. It is strongly recommended that all parents attend. The Dare to Care program is the recipient of the coveted Imagine Canada award and was recently awarded the Government of Alberta Inspiration Award for Leadership in Bully Prevention. 

The founder of the program, Lisa Dixon-Wells, will be working with our school community and presenting this informative parent session, Bully Proofing Your Child on Thursday, November 28th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in our school gym.

Terra Cotta Cookie Dough

posted Nov 21, 2019, 3:31 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 3:48 PM ]

Terra Cotta Cookies BakingWe are happy to offer a variety of fundraisers for our school to allow different options for our community. This is our fourth year partnering with Terra Cotta Cookie Co. to sell boxes of pre-portioned cookie dough which make great holiday gifts! $5 from every box sold goes back to the school to support resources used by all of our students. Each box contains 40 frozen dough drops already portioned for baking for only $13!

All products are purchased from Terra Cotta Cookie Co. in Georgetown, Ontario, which is also the company Mohawk Gardens uses for our monthly Cookie Days. All the items are made in their PEANUT and NUT FREE facility and they offer gluten free/vegan options. They use all natural ingredients with no preservatives and they are trans fat free.

View the Terra Cotta Cookie dough catalogue and complete an order form.

Payment can be made through School Cash Online and completed order forms MUST be returned by November 25th to ensure delivery. Boxes of cookie dough will be available for pickup after school on Wednesday, December 11th.

Spirit Wear 2019

posted Nov 4, 2019, 8:13 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 9, 2019, 10:41 AM ]

MGPS Spirit Wear Flyer

Mohawk Gardens Public School is pleased to offer spirit wear to our families this year. Our students are always excited to show their school pride at school events as well as on weekly spirit wear days and pink kindness days. We have partnered with a new board approved vendor whose highest priority is customer satisfaction. We are also implementing a new process, where all payment is received by the HDSB through School Cash Online rather than paid directly to the vendor. We are confident that these changes will ensure a smooth ordering process and an outstanding, quality product.


Spirit Wear sales will be accepted from October 29th to November 8th - extended until Nov. 10th!


Completed forms MUST be returned to your child's teacher by Monday, November 11th.   


Orders will not be processed without a completed form and a School Cash Online payment. 


*Please ensure type of garment, size and color choices are indicated on the order form.        


For payment, please enter your GRAND TOTAL from the form on School Cash Online: https://hdsb.schoolcashonline.com/


Questions? Please email: mgpscouncil@gmail.com


SEE SAMPLES AT THE SCHOOL: School Council volunteers will be available near the front entrance of the school on Wednesday November 6th from 2:45 until 5:45 pm for anyone wishing to see samples and sizes in person.

Gift of Giving Back 2019

posted Oct 28, 2019, 7:23 AM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 10, 2019, 8:21 AM ]

Founded in Burlington, Ontario in 2005, The Gift of Giving Back is now the largest food drive in Canada that supports, educates and empowers children to compassionately give back to their community (kids feeding kids!). An annual initiative that strengthens the community, more than 1.3 million lbs. of food has been donated to families in need. That is the accumulative donation of $2.6 million.

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Mohawk Gardens will be participating in this wonderful community event again this year. Our collection timeline starts Wednesday October 23rd and ends Tuesday November 5thOur grade 6 Food Drive Team members will help collect donations from classrooms on a daily basis, they will track and record the amount of non-perishable items our students bring in, and they will help deliver and sort our school’s donations on November 6th at Robert Bateman High School. Mohawk Gardens is 51 years old this year so it is our school goal to collect and donate at least 510 non-perishable items - wouldn’t it be great if we can achieve this amount, and hopefully more! We greatly appreciate any items that you are able to contribute to this cause! Let’s “Give the Gift, and Give Back” Mohawk Gardens!!! The class who donates the most items wins an extra recess!

Please take a look at the following donation list for items that are needed - don’t forget to check the expiry date too.  Please make sure your donated goods expire in more than 6 months from now.

  • Canned fish/meat (tuna, salmon, ham, chicken, beef)
  • Rice
  • Cooking oil
  • Cereals (whole grain like Cheerios, Shreddies etc.)
  • Canned vegetables, beans, fruit, tomatoes, soups
  • Plain oatmeal
  • Instant coffee/tea
  • Wow butter/peanut butter
  • Low sugar snacks
  • Personal care items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
  • Baby products (food, diapers, wipes, formula)
UPDATE: Thank you Mohawk Gardens community for donating over 1,000 items for The Gift of Giving Back food drive. Congratulations to Miss Raspopov's Gr. 3-2 class for bringing in the most items and earning an extra recess!

Halloween Dance-a-thon

posted Oct 19, 2019, 1:49 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 10, 2019, 8:24 AM ]

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 pledge forms have been sent home with students and forms are due back by Oct. 29th. There are new fundraising incentives this year (Halloween prize packages) which will be distributed on October 30th! To donate through School Cash Online, select Make A Donation.

Proceeds raised from this dance-a-thon will help purchase school team jerseys for sporting events and tournaments.

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. Students will receive a glow bracelet when they enter the gym and a freezie when they leave the gym. 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 mgpscouncil@gmail.com

UPDATE: We wanted to share the wonderful news with you! Unofficially, the Halloween Dance-a-thon has raised $4,000!!!
Special thanks to DJ Daddy Darren and our amazing volunteers who made this a huge success!
Halloween prize packages for students who donated $20 or more were sent home on Oct. 30th and 31st.
Miss Raspopov's 3-2 class returned the most forms (90%) so they will be winning a class party/treat TBD.
Mrs. Shepherd's KF-3 Green Room raised the largest amount (over $500!) so they will be winning a class party/treat TBD.
BIG thanks to our top 11 fundraisers (raised over $75 each) who were entered to win a $25 Indigo gift card - Congrats to Colby in the Purple Room!
Thanks so much Mohawk Gardens community for all of your support!

Great Big Crunch 2019

posted Oct 19, 2019, 1:42 PM by MGPS Council   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 8:03 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.

Special thanks to Ms. Gerdes' Gr. 2 class for sharing their apple pictures and videos.
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What do you call an apple that plays the trumpet? - A tooty fruity!

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

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