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Green Team
The Green Team at St. Thomas Aquinas is committed to better our school's environmental impact in four main categories: waste minimization, energy conservation, ecological literacy and school naturalization.  The Team meets regularly throughout the year and organizes such events as the Community Clean-Ups and a range of Earth Week activities. We are proud to announce that we are currently ranked as a Gold EcoSchool for all of the environmental efforts of our student and staff community.  Let's keep up the great work: turn off the lights and monitors when they are not in use; recycle when necessary; always be aware of your impact on your world; go outside and appreciate the world around you.

Check out the link to our official Green Team website below for more details on our Team's activities and achievements.
Group Files
 CMOS project atmosphere summary.pdf
Ann Jackson was the teacher chosen to represent Canada at Project Atmosphere this year. This is a two week intensive program in Kansas City Missouri at the NOAA facility for National Weather Service Training. Read her report here!
 Environmentally yours at STA.pdf
Earth Day Presentation of Environmental Projects at STA
Group Announcements
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Environmental Art Project

 

In April, St. Thomas Aquinas has the privilege of working with Nicole Belanger, a visual artist that specializes in directing group murals.  We are grateful to MASC and the Harold Crabtree Foundation for the grant that made this project possible.  Students will be working with Mme. Belanger over the course of ten days to create a beautiful hanging mural that will decorate our atrium windows and illustrate our school’s vision of environmental stewardship tied in with our Catholic values.

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Send in Your Milk Bags
St. Thomas Aquinas students continue to collect the outer milk bags in order to make mats for Haiti.  The environmental science students have been cutting, tying and learning to crochet milk bags - saving these from the garbage, and turning them into a very useful object.   The bags are used to pack fragile equipment on the way to Haiti, and then used as sleeping mats by the people in Haiti.

Keep sending them in!
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Weather Station at STA

Don't forget to check out the local weather that is measured from on top of the STA school.  Here you can find out the precipitation, humidity, temperatures and wind gusts for any point in time.

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=IONRUSSE2&wuSelect=PWS

You can also find super accurate radar for this area by linking to the "view interactive wundermap".  You can also select the "animate" option to watch precipitation move through.  It is truly a great weather tool!  You are welcome to email Ann.jackson@cdsbeo.on.ca if you have any questions about using this site. 
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Living Locally Fair at STA.
Living Locally Fair – 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
Once again, St. Thomas Aquinas hosted the Living Locally Fair with the Russell and District Horticultural Society on Saturday January 22. Students gave up their Friday night and all day Saturday to set up tables, transform classrooms into meeting rooms and dismantle afterwards. Mrs. Jackson was extremely pleased with all the student ambassadors that weekend. Students were there to meet and greet each of the more than 900 community members that attended the fair. They helped vendors to set up and take down, handed out information and welcome bags, and collected cash donations and food for the Good neighbours food bank. In addition to the food, $576 in cash was collected at the doors on Saturday.
A sincere thank you to all the students who contributed an amazing 80 hours of community service to make the annual Living Locally Fair run so smoothly!
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Geocaching
Are you interested in Geocaching or want to learn more about it?  Would you like to learn how to use a GPS to hunt for hidden treasures all around us?  If there is sufficient interest, we could form a geocaching club.  Talk to Mrs. Jackson to let her know you might be interested!
Group Contacts
+ Bradley, Anne
+ Curtis, Amanda
+ Jackson, Ann
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