Me to We Initiative

Dear Watson Community,

From Nov. 20th-Dec. 1st, our Me to We team will be gathering items for a local organization called “Jason’s Bags for the Homeless”.  Kristin Elder, the organization’s leader, fills backpacks with much needed items and delivers them herself to homeless members of our Georgina community at Christmas time.

Items needed include:

-new mitts, gloves, hats, scarves, socks

-toiletries such as travel size shampoo, conditioner, soaps, shaving cream, lotions, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, chapstick, combs, kleenex, disposable wipes, and sanitary pads

-food items such as granola bars, juice boxes, and energy bars

-dog items, such as dry food, treats, tennis balls, and toys

If you would like to donate items to this cause, please drop them off at the office or room 206 (Mrs. Williams’ class).  Thank you for your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

The Me to We Team

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We Scare Hunger!

Dear Watson Community,

Our Me to We group members are participating in the “We Scare Hunger” campaign this year.  On Hallowe’en, they will be trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood for non perishable items to be donated to the Georgina Food Pantry.  If you would consider having some items ready to donate, that would be greatly appreciated.  Donations can also be dropped off at our school from Oct. 30-Nov. 3rd.  Thanks for your support!

The Me to We Team

We Are Silent Day

Our “We are Silent” day was a fabulous success!  The day was filled with students from all grades being silent for personal causes such as mental health issues, poverty, animal abuse awareness and aboriginal issues.  We raised over $260.00 to contribute to the library on Georgina Island!

Through this endeavour, we have begun a conversation with the First Nations community on the Island.  We are excited to see how we can explore a mutually beneficial relationship through meaningful connection and education.

Thanks to our wonderful Watson Community for this great success!

We Are Silent – April 15

On Friday, April 15th, students are invited to participate in “We Are Silent”, an opportunity to take at least a moment to reflect and stand with those around the world who may not have a voice.  Students will choose who they would like to be silent for (e.g., animal rights, bullying, mental health, gender equality).

The Me to We Club, who is facilitating our school’s participation in “We Are Silent,” has been exploring the Truth and Reconciliation Report this year.  The group has decided to collect funds to support the library on the Georgina Island Reserve.  This focus supports both reading, and members of our larger school community.

Students in grade 5-8 who are participating will have brought home pledge forms last week (due April 18th).  Students from Kindergarten to grade 4, if interested in participating, are invited to bring in any loose change on Friday.

Should you wish to find out more about the “We Are Silent” campaign, please visit the Free the Children website.

Me to We – “We Are Love”

This month, the Me to We group is focusing on “We are Love.” Each student is important to Watson PS so an individual message was given to students to make them feel special.

February 24th is Pink Shirt Day – bringing awareness to the stopping of bullying.  All staff and students are invited to join us by wearing PINK on the 24th!

Along with this, we are participating in the kindness challenge again- each class will be counting their acts of kindness to draw attention to how important this is.

We are also honouring Black History Month with some discussions around the importance of equality and human rights.