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Walking and Talking Treaties Art Exhibit, featuring Big Kids work

Posted by Emily on April 12, 2016

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Walking and Talking Treaties
GINGKO SISTAS, ALPHA Alternative School and Jumblies Theatre
April 14 – May 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 5 – 8 pm

Walking and Talking Treaties is a collaboration between GINKGO SISTAS, ALPHA Alternative School and Jumblies Theatre for Images Festival 2016. Comprised of 30 individual pairs of handmade shoes, a video and four fabric hangings, it focuses on the legacy of treaties. One shoe per pair shares the student’s learning about indigenous history and experience with treaties, and the second represents their own family’s history.

Collectively, Walking and Talking Treaties demonstrates commitment to make visible connections as accomplices between indigenous, immigrant and settler communities.

BIOGRAPHIES

GINKGO SISTAS is a collective by Anishnaabe artist Maria Hupfield and Chinese Canadian educator Emily Chan in Toronto. We create socially engaged projects that highlight the responsibility of voice and necessity of communal dialogue. Our name comes from the Ginkgo tree: a ‘living fossil’, and the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees.

Jumblies, founded by Ruth Howard, makes art in ordinary and extraordinary places, with for and about the people and stories found there. Jumblies artists involved in creating this project include: Marianne Alas, Mackenzie Konecny, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Liam Coo, Parker Dirks, Karis Jones Pard, Rhonda Lucy, Nikki Shaffeellah, Ange Loft and others.

ALPHA Alternative is Toronto’s oldest public alternative elementary school, founded in 1972. Located near King/Spadina, it upholds the values of democratic education in promoting a lifelong love of learning.

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Join us at the ALPHA Dance Party this Sunday!!

Posted by Emily on February 18, 2016

ALPHA DANCE PARTY on SUNDAY FEB 21!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Posted by Emily on December 23, 2015

ALPHA kids performed at the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade on Monday, December 21!

Thanks to ALPHA grads Luna & Allegra, and grad parent, Jennielea, for making it all happen. More photos here.

Admissions Open Houses

Posted by Emily on December 8, 2015

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ALPHA is the oldest elementary alternative school in Toronto.

We are also Ontario’s only public democratic free school.

To learn more about our school and place your child’s name on the waiting list,
please attend one of our ALPHA Admissions Open Houses:

Wednesday, January 27 OR Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 6-8pm
Address: 20 Brant Street (Spadina Ave & King St W)

An affordable vegan dinner will be available for purchase.

ALPHA has an equity-seeking mandate and encourages applications from families that represent the full diversity of communities in Toronto, including families marginalized by ability, class, gender or gender non-conforming identities, race, Aboriginal heritage, and sexual orientation.

http://alphaschool.ca/admissions

 

Join us at the ALPHA BAZAAR on DECEMBER 5!

Posted by Emily on November 13, 2015

 

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Mark your calendars!  The 2015 ALPHA BAZAAR will take place from 11:30 to 3 on December 5th at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave.

New this year: a raffle for amazing gift baskets! You can get your raffle tickets ahead of time (ask any parent!) or buy them at the Bazaar – 1 ticket for $3, 4 tickets for $10 and 10 tickets for $20. Raffle will take place at the bazaar at 3pm. Stay tuned for more details about what’s in these mystery baskets!

Also new this year: a holiday craft fair featuring local artists!

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual Bike to School Day

Posted by Emily on May 28, 2015

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We’re featured in the Dandyhorse magazine blog this week for taking part in Bike to School Day!

Democracy is Living in Community: Talking with ALPHA Teachers

Posted by Emily on April 6, 2015

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ALPHA graduate Ariel Fielding sat down for a chat with school staff past and present: retired teachers Sue Hess and Karen Light, current teachers Emily Chan and Steve Cooper, and school coordinator and historian Deb O’Rourke. Click here for the interview.

Ariel also interviewed a group of ALPHA grads for our 40th anniversary, as well as teachers from several alternative schools in Toronto. She collaborated with another grad, Michael Barker, the photographer for the initiative.  Thanks to Ariel & Michael for this documentary project!

Half-Time Staff Opening at ALPHA Elementary School

Posted by Rob on January 29, 2015

ALPHA is the oldest alternative elementary school in Toronto.
We are also Ontario’s only public democratic free school.

Interested teachers are invited to attend an Information Night:
Wednesday Feb 18th, from 6-8pm
20 Brant Street (near King and Spadina)

This is a chance to meet current teachers, students and parents, to ask questions and learn more about the school prior to the interview process. This is also our Admissions Information night where prospective families come to learn about the school.

An affordable vegan dinner will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you on February 18th!

Please RSVP by calling the school at 416-393-1880.
For more information, see: alphaschool.ca/about/

[Applicants must be current TDSB contract teachers or on the TDSB eligible to hire list. The position will be posted in the TDSB transfer rounds this Spring.]

Interested in enrolling your child at ALPHA?

Posted by Emily on January 12, 2015

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ALPHA is the oldest elementary alternative school in Toronto.

We are also Ontario’s only public democratic free school.

To learn more about our school and place your child’s name on the waiting list,
please attend one of our ALPHA Admissions Open Houses:

Dates: Thursday, January 22, 2014 OR Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Address: 20 Brant Street (Spadina Ave & King St W)

An affordable vegan dinner will be available for purchase.

ALPHA has an equity-seeking mandate and encourages applications from families that represent the full diversity of communities in Toronto, including families marginalized by ability, class, gender or gender non-conforming identities, race, Aboriginal heritage, and sexual orientation.

http://alphaschool.ca/admissions

 

Crafts! Cafe! Treasures! Deals! All at the Bazaar this Saturday!!

Posted by Emily on November 13, 2014

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There are many reasons to come to the Bazaar this Saturday, November 15 -the cafe, deals, treasures and kid-made crafts!

Come pick up a handmade gift for everyone on your list!

ALPHA T-Shirts & Tea Towels
“Santa’s Rush” Hot Chocolate Mix
Felted Soaps
Grow-your-own Narcissus Flowers Kit
Santa’s Kiss decorations
Handmade cards for every occasion
Seasons Jars
Artful pottery & candle holders
Soup-in-a-Jar
Original artwork screenprinted on Tea Towels
Handmade buttons
Felted decorations
Mystery Bags

and of course…Make-your-own button with our famous button maker!

Saturday, November 15th, 11am-4pm at Trinity St. Paul’s Church (272 Bloor St. West)