Heart Heroes

One rainy afternoon in May, the girls in the junior school jumped their hearts out for Jump Rope for Heart. The event raises money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and encourages kids to grow up healthy.

The girls collected pledges leading up to the event. The top fundraising class, 6H, was awarded a pizza lunch, for raising approximately $2600. There were rewards (“sparklers”) as each fundraising target was met, such as: civvies days (including one day where teachers dress as students!), school wide NO HOMEWORK DAY! and a movie afternoon.

During the event, there was lots of screaming and cheering as the girls encouraged their peers to hang on for a few more seconds. Those who showed a lot of spirit were able to pull a number out of a bin to win a special reward, such as participating in a one-sided water ballon fight with teachers, a silly string fight on the grass field, getting the chance to paint teachers faces, or give teacher Mr. Oates a makeover.

Donations are still trickling in, but well over $18,500 was raised for the Heart & Stroke Foundation (“hard to believe that we can raise this much in a day of skipping!” says Teacher Ms. Grills). Way to go girls! It was a fun and active afternoon, as the girls were inspired to be “Heart Heroes.”


Celebrating the Love of Books: Literacy Week

iteracy Week
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The week of May 9th- 13th the junior school celebrated their love of books with Literacy Week.

The week started with guest readers coming into different classes and reading picture books. Our guest readers involved various staff members, including a reading by Head of School Gail Ruddy. Students eagerly anticipated who would be their guest reader!

The week continued with scavenger hunts in the library and dressing up as a character from a book.

The final event of the week was a book swap. Students donated gently used books on Wednesday and wonderful parent volunteers organized the books. On Friday, classes came in and picked ‘new’ books to take home. The book swap was a huge success! Many books were brought in, and the girls were so excited to select books on Friday.

I would like to thank all the students, parents and staff for all their help and support to make Literacy Week a success.

Click on the image above for a slideshow of the week’s events.

Raman Sarai
Jr. School Teacher-Librarian