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Programs

Our school's staff and our School Council volunteer team help facilitate several programs at our school. See below for more information about each and how you can contribute and/or participate.

Milk Program - $ (coordinated by the School)
School Council does NOT handle the Milk program at our school - that is coordinated by the office and information is sent home about when Milk (white and chocolate) sales are available through School Cash Online - usually three times a year. Volunteers in Gr. 5 and 6 serve as Milk Monitors and count out the milk orders for each class each day to be picked up for second break. Milk provides students with a nutritious drink at lunchtime. All orders must be placed and pre-paid. You will have a choice of either white or chocolate. If your child is absent, unfortunately, the school is unable to provide refunds if they miss their milk. Milk is often wasted as small children may have difficulty eating both a healthy lunch and consuming a 237 ml carton of milk. Please consider whether ordering milk would be advantageous for your child. In an effort to reduce single use plastics at our school, we no longer provide straws for milk. We suggest that students bring their own reusable straw or drink without a straw. Proceeds of the milk program will be used to benefit programs such as Science/Technology, purchases of additional computer related items, staff/student learning, in-school presenters, professional development, resource materials etc.

Nutrition Program Grants
Mohawk Gardens is able to offer our wonderful nutrition programs thanks to grants provided by Halton Food for Thought, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington, Metro Green Apple School Program and President's Choice Children's Charity

Donations Always Welcome
We greatly appreciate the regular food donations we receive from St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church and The May Court Club of Oakville. Special thanks to IKEA Canada for donating several sets of plates, bowls and cutlery in 2017. We also welcome food and supply donations for our program such as apples, oranges, yogurt, applesauce and plastic spoons. Contact mgpscouncil@gmail.com if you have any questions. You can also make a monetary donation to the school at any time through School Cash Online - click on Make a Donation and choose Mohawk Gardens then indicate the designation for your funds. We also welcome funds directed to our school's anonymous "Angel Fund" which helps students in need pay for items like supplies, field trips, special food days, etc. Another option is the Halton Learning Foundation which supports students in need across the Halton region.

Breakfast Program
Served Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 8:20 am in the west hallway by the library - open to all students. Volunteers start preparing food at 7:30 am in the Snack Room, distribute the food in the hallway and then do clean up after until about 8:45 am. We are very fortunate to have the support of volunteers from Cargill Canada, RBC, Rotary Club of Burlington and the United Way but we can always use volunteers, especially on Monday mornings. We also need assistance with grocery shopping and donations are welcome too.

Snack Program
Served weekly on Tuesday at first break (10 am) to all classes in the school. 2-3 volunteers prepare the trays from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. A tray with a healthy nut-free snack such as pita and hummus, tortilla chips and salsa, apples and croissants, etc. is delivered to each class for them to snack on 'freely' during both breaks. Trays are then delivered back to the Snack Room for washing from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm by another team of volunteers. We also need assistance with grocery shopping and donations are welcome too.

Snack Room Program
Prepared weekly on Monday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for the rest of the week. Available to all students who do not have enough to eat or forgot their snacks/lunch. Choices usually include: whole wheat cheese sandwiches as well as a selection of veggies and fruit, yogurt, applesauce, muffins, granola/cereal bars, etc.

Salad Cart Program - $
New trial in Spring 2019 starting Mondays in June! Prepared weekly on Monday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and served from salad cart in west hallway during second nutrition break then volunteers stay to clean up until 1:30 pm.
Gr. 1 to Gr. 6 students (NOT available for Kindergarten students) pre-ordered through School Cash Online for Salad Cart Days. Students from each class who have pre-paid online will be called down to the salad cart to be served a variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains and meat on a plate/bowl which they then take back to class with them to eat during second nutrition break from 12:25 to 12:50 pm before they go outside. 

Lunch Program - $
Served weekly on Wednesdays (and select Mondays) at second break (12:25 pm) to students who have submitted orders through Lunch Box Orders online for Swiss Chalet, Pizza Pizza, Boston Pizza, Mr. Sub, Quesada, etc. plus special vendors like Kelly's Bake Shoppe. 2-3 parent volunteers (or Gr. 6 students) sort the orders and deliver them to the classrooms and then stay in the Snack Room to handle any concerns/questions and take back returned delivery containers. New in 2018: We are also offering a LunchBox trial of Lunch Lady to be delivered on Mondays at second break (12:25 pm). See LunchBox Orders Schedule for 2018-2019.

Cookie Day - $
Students can pre-order their Terra Cotta Cookie Co. cookies through School Cash Online for upcoming Cookie Days. 2-3 volunteers prepare the orders and deliver them to the classrooms and then stay in the Snack Room to handle any concerns/questions and take back returned delivery containers and forms.

Popcorn Day - $
Students can pre-order their Kernels Popcorn bags through School Cash Online for upcoming Popcorn Days. 2-3 volunteers prepare the orders and deliver them to the classrooms and then stay in the Snack Room to handle any concerns/questions and take back returned delivery containers and forms.

Kindergarten Mentoring Program
Are you a new JK parent/guardian? Do you have any questions or need some guidance/advice/tips? We have some wonderful SK parents who have offered to be mentors to our JK parents and can chat with you in person or by phone, text or email. Please contact mgpscouncil@gmail.com if you would like to be connected with an SK parent from your child’s room.

Birthday Book Club
Each MGPS student receives a Scholastic Book, a pencil and a sticker on (or close to) their birthday. Teachers send students to the office to select their book. Summer birthday packages are distributed in June. We have a volunteer parent who orders the books for us through Scholastic Reading Club. If your child has not received their book on or close to their birthday, please have them check with their teacher. 

MG Neighbourhood Play Group
Group of families with students at MG and Pineland who usually meet after school at Mohawk Park for an outdoor play or crafts session or meet at different parks in the community throughout the summer and winter months. Started in June 2018 by one of our volunteer parents, Carlene Stacey, as part of a Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington initiative. Join the Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MGPlay/

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington
In 2017-2018 Mohawk Gardens Public School was proudly accepted to participate in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington campaign "Choose to boost veggies and fruits." Due to grant funding, we were able to offer the veggie/fruit of the week during our breakfast and/or snack programs at the school. We were also able to host an ActiveChefs night at our school and create a cookbook for our school. Mohawk Gardens also participated in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington campaign to Power Off and Play!. We offer Technology-Free zones in our school and we support the MG Neighbourhood Play Group which was established by one of our parents. More info is available online at: https://www.burlington.ca/healthykids and https://www.facebook.com/HKCCBurlington/