Honoured to Win Human Rights Education Award

The EMSB’s B.A.S.E. Daycare Program and Spiritual Community Animation Service were honoured with the 2017 National Play it Fair! Award from Equitas, the International Centre for Human Rights Education. Every year, Equitas acknowledges the contribution a Canadian organization, school or municipality has made towards promoting the advancement of human rights education. The recipients of the award are…

Cedarcrest: Food Waste and Ugly Food

Sabrina Steen, B.A.S.E. Green Club Animator Cedarcrest Green Club students took action on food waste this week, making sure each fruit (even ugly fruit) travelled successfully from garden to plate—instead of from garden to landfill! After engaging in a discussion and sharing stories about food waste, each student participated in the process of preparing a delicious smoothie. The students enjoyed making their smoothies with three “ugly fruits:” mango,…

Hampstead: Winter Snow Globes

Ryan Oxley, B.A.S.E. Green Initiative Advisor Hampstead’s Green Club students embraced winter by making snow globes to help beautify their school garden. The students shared some great learning experiences while creating their snow globes. They discussed the cold temperatures in winter as well as the process of making natural dyes, which included shredding some beets and…

John Caboto Academy: Learning about Local Food

Ryan Oxley, Green Animator The Grade 6 students from the Green Club team at John Caboto took a closer look into the local food system and where their food comes from. Everyone was surprised to learn what grew locally and seasonally from the interactive activities played and that bananas don’t grow in Montreal. As a part of…

Dalkeith: Heart Beet Cookies for St. Valentine’s

Green Club celebrated a cozy St. Valentine’s Day by baking Heart Beet Cookies! Of course, the cookies are heart-shaped for the holiday, but the students took it a step further and dyed the dough pink. To support B.A.S.E. Daycare’s Environmental Consciousness Core, the children learned about natural food dyes, which date back to 5000 years…

Green Club: Holidays

Did you know that half of the paper we consume is used to wrap and decorate gifts? (The Recycler’s Handbook, 1990) Holiday waste, like food, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons, contribute up to an additional 1 million tons per week of waste to our landfills. (EPA) For this holiday season, Ms. Julia…

Nesbitt: Kuleshov effect

Today in the filmmaking club Ms. Jacky taught us about the Kuleshov effect. This helped us understand the power of editing and how putting images together can create different meanings. Alexis, Grade 5, gave us a blank expression and we filmed different scenarios to see how we “filled in the blanks.” Here is the video of…

General Vanier: Pollinator Hotels

Grade 4-5-6 students from General Vanier Elementary School discovered the importance of pollinators and the magic of the honeybee! It turns out that not all bugs are pests, and that some insects are essential in order for our gardens and urban ecosystems to thrive. Even scary bugs like spiders eat other pests, and others, like…

Cedarcrest: Art-Tastic Fun!

Hania Souleiman, B.A.S.E. Daycare Animator My approach to the Art-tastic class is to introduce students to different artists every week and to plan an art activity inspired by the artist of the week. I choose an artist based on their colourful palette, their expressive forms and whimsical lines, to which young children can relate. Joan…