News & Announcements

Food and Fund Drive

Thank you to our Northlake Woods families for helping to raise 986 pounds of food and $428 for our Food and Fund Drive. That will provide 2,055 meals for our hungry neighbours!

Friday, October 26, 2018 is a PD Day – no school for students

Friday, October 26, 2018 is a professional development (PD) day for elementary and secondary school staff. Students will not attend school, and Extended Day Programs will operate at satellite locations. The focus for the day across all our schools will be reflecting on our Strategic Plan and Operational Goals for Student Achievement & Well-Being and School Improvement […]

October 16 is Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day

Today, October 16th, we celebrate Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Appreciation Day, a day where we recognize the commitment, hard work and passion of our early childhood educators. More than 550 educators went to work this morning to greet and care for 8,400 students in the Waterloo Region District School Board. To witness our littlest learners get excited […]

Cannabis legalization and our schools

On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legal to use, buy, possess and cultivate in Canada for persons over 19 years of age. For our students, the possession and use of cannabis is illegal. We know that this change in legislation has raised many questions and possible concerns regarding how the change will affect schools. […]

Family Movie Night October 18

Team up with Sherlock Gnomes for our family movie night on October 18! Admission is free, but bring some change for the snack bar!  Movie starts at 6:30pm.  Parental supervision is required. flyer

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Education 4 Change

Thank you so much for Northlake Woods fundraiser last year for Education 4 Change. Every dollar we raise goes directly to Ethiopia to enhance the education of the children living in the Kelafo region. 

Currently we fund a mobile school with a qualified, full-time teacher who uses a donkey and cart to travel between 5 different villages each week. We also employed a qualified, part-time teacher who teaches the children and the women of the Goble village. We have now hired a librarian. Education 4 Change has worked with approximately 2700 students and over 100 adult women to date.

This year we completed the construction of the first permanent library in the area that will allow students to borrow books and bring them home. We provided a variety of reading materials, including children’s books, novels, magazines and curriculum resources in both English and the local language, Somali. The library currently has two donated laptops.

The demand for education is greater than what we can currently serve. We would like to extend our mobile school into other villages; make improvements to the local schools such as building a science lab for the high school nearby and to provide computer access at our library. One of the ways we can reach our goals is through the generosity of fundraising.

Once again on behalf of E4 Change and Kelafo community, I would like to offer sincere thanks to the Northlake Woods school. Please visit if you would like more information about any of our initiatives. Attached are some pictures from the field.

Abdi Maawiye
E4 Change, president


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