Reminder – Ross Road Garden/Grounds Clean-up Day today, after school!

Ross Road Garden and Surrounding Grounds
Friday, April 12th
from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
rain or shine!


The History

Ecole Ross Road Elementary School is very fortunate to be located in a natural setting of greenery, which encourages free play and imagination. However, each year the school district strongly suggests the removal of all trees and bushes on the property for a low maintenance playground. The general consensus from the parents is that they are opposed to this and are willing to maintain the school grounds as a community.

Looking Ahead

Every month or two the Environment Club will be organizing a cleanup of the school property. These work parties will take place on a Friday after school from 3 – 5 p.m. and will involve the removal of weeds, branches and invasive bramble within the playground and surrounding Woodland Walk areas.

The Plan

In order to allow each family to take ownership and pride of their school, each grade will be assigned a specific Community Cleanup Day. All Parents and Students wishing to participate will come out on the designated Cleanup Day to help maintain the upkeep of the school grounds. Families will bring their own gardening gloves, clippers and shovels etc. Members of the Environment Club will be on-site to guide and instruct the daily tasks.

As a result, each family will only be responsible for one day every two years. This will also provide a sizeable group each time, which will make a daunting task very quick and manageable – not to mention a wonderful opportunity for the parents to act as role models and share the benefits of volunteering with their children.


The first official Garden and Grounds Cleanup day will be hosted by:

All English & French Grade 5 classes
Friday, April 12th
From 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Please come out Rain or Shine with your own gardening gloves, clippers and shovels. Coffee will be provided by Delany’s Coffee House in appreciation of your efforts. To reduce waste, please bring your own mug.

— Thanks, The Environment Club Team.


Seed Donations

It may be grey outside but the Ross Road edible garden is ready for greens. The compost is cooking, several classrooms have staked their garden plots, and kids in the Environment Club are eager to get outside and dig some dirt. We’re simply missing one key ingredient: seeds. If you have vegetable seed packets (preferably 2010 or newer) to donate, please drop them in the box marked Seed Donations near the PAC Mailbox under the Down stairs in school foyer. We will start planting in early April and continue through May. Here is what’s on our wish-list:

  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Broad beans
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Onions
  • Radish
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Peas

with thanks from the Environment Club