Work at Michael Garron

An update from Michael Garron Hospital about work happening Wednesday and Thursday that might affect your commute to school:

 

This notice is to inform you about upcoming work at Michael Garron Hospital.

Tree Removal

On Wednesday May 16 – Thursday May 18, hospital contractors will be onsite working to prepare the site for future construction. Preparation activities include:

  • Installing protective safety fencing around the trees on Sammon Avenue east of the Admitting entrance, to ensure they remain protected throughout the upcoming construction project.
  • Removing trees and landscaping that surround the current public parking lot on Sammon Avenue.
  • Removing several hospital benches

As the trees and landscaping are being removed, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences to sidewalks, parking & taxi stands. The contractor will have a flag person in place to safety direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic. All appropriate permits and site plan approvals have been obtained from the City of Toronto for this work.

Once MGH’s redevelopment is complete, each and every tree previously removed will be reinstated along Sammon Avenue (2021) as well as within an expansive, redesigned landscaping area off of Coxwell Avenue (2024).

Foundation Investigations – Vacuum Truck

On Wednesday May 16, 2018 & Thursday May 17, 2018, hospital contractors will be onsite at the south-east end of B-Wing, near the Sammon Avenue public parking lot, conducting investigative work of the hospital’s building foundation. Work will occur within City of Toronto Bylaw hours.

For the duration of this work there will be two trucks onsite: a vacuum excavation vehicle which will insert a long hose into the ground on hospital property, and a restoration vehicle which will repair the holes once the excavation and examination is complete.

Neighbours can expect to hear noise from the idling trucks and loud intermittent noises (15-30 minutes each) as the contractors conduct the excavation (by vacuuming earth and water into a tank). Permits have been obtained by our contractors for this work from the City of Toronto.

During this work, a total of five public parking spots will also be blocked off within the Sammon Avenue lot. Pedestrian pathways at the south end of B Wing will be temporarily diverted during this work by construction personnel.

We apologize in advance for any inconveniences this work may cause.

 For more information about Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment project visit www.tehn.ca/redevelopment or email redevelopment@tehn.ca

Advocacy update

Advocacy on behalf of the R.H. McGregor parent community is an important part of the work of the Parent & School Council (PSC). PSC advocacy efforts have been focussed on a number of important issues this school year. Click through to see an update on issues such as next year’s classroom numbers, supply teacher availability, and Michael Garron Hospital construction:

PSC Advocacy Update 2018-05-09 FINAL

Michael Garron Hospital at our PSC meeting this week

Welcome back! The PSC would like to remind parents of an important Council meeting coming up next Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00 PM in the school library. Child Care is provided.
Staff from Michael Garron Hospital will be presenting to council about the major redevelopment project they have undertaken. Council has drafted a number of questions – on topics ranging from construction timelines to communications protocols to safety concerns – and sent them to hospital staff. We expect answers to these questions to be part of the presentation on Wednesday.
We strongly encourage you to attend this meeting and hear about the project and its potential impacts on the school community. This is also the time to ask your own questions and share your views. If you are not able to attend the meeting, you are welcome to send your questions to McGregor.Matters@gmail.com and we will ask them on your behalf.

Staff Appreciation Day

A big shout out to the two McGregor parents who prepared a spectacular meal for 60, yes, 60 teachers and staff at Staff Appreciation Day on Monday! Many thanks to Lex Taman, pastry chef, and Eric Hadley, banquet chef at the Broadview Hotel. Here’s the menu below. Doesn’t it look amazing??

Mains
Chicken Souvlaki with Gremolata,
Chicken, yoghurt, parsley, lemon, olive oil

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Capers and Pomegranate,
lemon, oregano

Salad
Village salad,
peppers, cucumber, tomato, red onion, feta, lettuce
with a lemon and oregano vinaigrette

Marinated vegetables

Taboulie
parsley, quinoa, tomato, red onion, lemon

Sauces
hummus, tzatziki, toum
with pita

Dessert
Loukoumades
Donut, honey, cinnamon

Mid-Year Update

Here’s a document that’s worth spending some time with, especially if you haven’t been able to attend PSC meetings this year. It’s our PSC update–all about what we’ve accomplished to date this year, and what we still have ahead of us. Have a look, and let us know what you think: here in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter, in person, through your class parent, or at mcgregor.matters@gmail.com.

PSC Mid-Year Update

Changes to movie night: have your say

A message from our Movie Night Committee:

Movie Nights at R.H. McGregor have been a longstanding tradition and a wonderful way to bring the community together to raise funds for our school.

In order to ensure the safety of the children both at the movie and during the dismissal process, we are making some changes to the event to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and well-being. Specifically, all children will now need to be accompanied by a parent (or assigned caregiver) for the duration of the movie. Depending on the timing the community selects, this may include YMCA childcare providers.

With this change in mind, we want to provide the parent community with two options for hosting the upcoming movie night on Friday, March 2nd. Please indicate your preferred choice in this survey, linked below. This will help us to determine the best option for greatest number of families to enjoy the event.

Please complete the survey by midnight, Tuesday, February 6th. Find it here