End of the Year

End of the school year also means the end of our after school programs.During the last few weeks we did this:Seed planting May 2015

We planted some seeds in see-through plastic cups with water-soaked cotton balls.  The kids waited patiently for the sprouts to grow.  It did not take long!Pea Seed May 2015 A pea sprout.Yellow Bean Seed May 2015 A giant Yellow Bean Stalk – watch out!  And tiny radish sprouts besides it.

We went outside to playGoing Outside May 2015 and brought lots of equipmentOutsideEquipment May 2015It wasFunMay2015 When the weather wasn’t as nice we stayed inside and played Fruit & Veggie Twisterveggie & fruit twister May 2015 a card  game called “Racko”Playing Racko May 2015 and made beautiful accessories for our hair from tissue paper.Tissue Paper FlowersTissue Paper Flowers 2 We hope you have a happy and safe summer with lots of fun activities! We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our Summer Camp locations (Morning Glory PS – Pefferlaw, Sutton PS – Sutton or Jersey PS – Keswick) and that you will come back to our After School Program in September.  Registration for Summer Camp is open now and for all our other programs registration will start on Monday, August 3, 2015.


April’s Featured Program: Morning Glory PS After School Program

The After School Program at Morning Glory Public School runs Mondays to Fridays right after the school bell rings out for the day, until 5:15 pm.  Like our other after school programs, there is time for home work help, relaxing while playing board games or building with lego and doing some cool crafts or colouring before it is time for a healthy snack and outside or gym time.  In March and April staff and participants were busy doing these things:

We love to read at Morning Glory!

Reading Books 2 March 2015 Reading Books 4 March 2015 Reading Books 5 March 2015 Reading Books 6 March 2015 Reading Books March 2015 Bookworm March 2015

We played checkers, played circle games, practiced cursive writing, did a lot of drawing and enjoyed finger puppets.

Checkers April 2015 Circle Game April 2015 Cursive Writing April 2015 Drawing April 2015 Finger Puppets April 2015

Here is a cool craft we made – a “stained glass” lantern:

Craft April 2015 3Craft Making April 2015Craft April 2015 2Craft April 2015We also played Uno, with cars & planes and built lego.

Playing Uno April 2015 Playing with Cars and Planes April 2015 Playing with Lego April 2015

When we do all these things we get very hungry and it is nice to have a yummy snack!

Snack March 2015During the Unplug and Play week we went outside and played and had some cool races.

Unplug & Play Outside Mar 2015 Unplug & Play Outside Mar 2015 2 Action Relay Race Mar 2015 2 Action Relay Race Mar 2015The Morning Glory After School Program is a great place to be at and we would like to thank the staff there who let have our own classroom.  Here we can display our artwork and keep all our equipment and supplies and just “hang out”.

If you would like to join our after school program or knows someone who would like to, please register on our website https://jerichoyouthservices.recdesk.com if it is full, please put your name on the wait list. Oh, and did we mention that our staff is awesome and the program is completely free thanks to funding from United Way of York Region and the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture?!

Another Fun Experiment

The Deer Park After School Program was at it again with another science experiment! This time we explored gas with balloons. In this activity we blew up balloons without using our mouths! Instead we used vinegar and baking soda! 

When we used the baking soda and the vinegar it created an acid-base reaction. When combined/mixed they create a gas – carbon dioxide. Gasses need room to spread, so the carbon dioxide fills the bottle and then moves into the balloon inflating it! Want to make this experiment at home? Here’s how… 

What You Need:

  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • plastic bottle(s)
  • balloon
  • funnels (we used 2)


What To Do:

  1. Using your funnel pour vinegar into your bottle. You only need to fill about 1/3 of the bottle


2.  Using another (dry) funnel pour baking soda into your balloon. Fill the balloon approx. 1/2 way.



 3.  Cover the top of the bottle with you balloon.

*Make sure you don’t let the baking soda spill into the bottle prematurely.*

4. When ready, lift your balloon and let the baking soda fall into the vinegar.

5. Watch as the mixture fizzes, bubbles & expands your balloon!


Deer Park After School Program

Today we have a guest blogger; Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor at the Deer Park After School Program:

At the Jericho After School Program located at Deer Park we value Jericho’s Mission Statement and stay true to it. The children and staff enjoy the enthusiastic company and engage in meaningful conversations as well as exciting activities. 

            In a recent gym activity, the program participated in a fort challenge which ultimately was a team building exercise. It involved cooperation, valuing each other’s ideas, sharing and safety. The materials included gym mats, 3 chairs for each team, and sheets. The participants were divided into two teams and were given 20 minutes to create the best fort to their ability. The only rule was that it had to include one room!


After both teams finished they were invited to enjoy one another’s forts. This then extended into one big fort in the middle of the gym where the children were put to the test. They all had to work together in a set time limit to create the best fort they could including multiple rooms. Again the children came out on top as they created a fort with multiple rooms and had it last for more than 2 minutes before the walls fell over! All and all it was a total success!



On another date we recently did a science experiment and created a cloud! It started with one participant and quickly turned into multiple participants! All we needed was a jar, boiling water, ice and hairspray. Previously we had created ice decorations, which came in handy since we had left over ones.

Here’s how we created it: 

With an adult, boil the kettle. Pour about 2cm of boiled water into a heat proof jar. Carefully swirl the hot water in the jar so that it heats up the sides of the jar. Then Turn the lid of the jar upside down and use it as a small container to put a few cubes of ice into. Rest it on top of the jar for a few seconds.


This is where we put our ice decorations since they fit so perfectly. Take off the lid and quickly squirt in some hairspray. Put the lid, with the ice resting in it, back on top of the jar.

Watch the cloud form inside the jar.


When it is fully formed, take the lid off and watch the cloud escape.  From this activity the children were given the chance to learn
multiple science facts.


They learned that in the atmosphere there needs to be three things in order to create a cloud: 

1. warm, moist air

2. cooling

3. cloud condensation

The science experiment worked out so well, the children of Deer Park After School Program will revisit the experience. 


Kelsey Nicholls, Supervisor