By: Emily Chan, Grade 11 & Puneet Riar, Grade 12
PRESENTING! Your November 2009 Warrior of the month: Chanel Ly!
Congratulations Chanel! You’re November’s Warrior of the Month! So, first of all, why do you think you were nominated?
C: I don’t know exactly… I didn’t even know I was nominated until I heard I won!
ARE YOU SERIOUS! It was, like, all over school! Haha! Jokes! Anyways, what kind of extracurricular stuff are you involved in?
C: Hmm… Currently, I am coordinating Windermere’s organic garden and I teach piano at elementary schools. I’m also this year’s community service liaison.
You have such an expensive name. How does it feel to be named after a high end fashion line?
C: It’s pretty handy to be named after the brand because my name would often be spelled wrong. All I have to do is refer to the brand.
By: Jason Costa, President, Student Council 08/09
The 2009/2010 student council is as follows:
President - Nathan Dinh
Vice President – Cassandra Ly
Secretary – Lily Le
Treasurer – Bobby Lau
Communications Officer – Amy Wu
Publicity Officer – Venus Wan
Sports Representative – Alivia Ma
Community Service Liaison – Chanel Ly
VDSC Representative – Sarah Xie
Social Events Coordinator – Ping Na Huang
Grade 12 Representative – Kathy Tran
Grade 11 Representative - Yuge Liu
Grade 10 Representative – Farrah Bui
Grade 9 Representative - Amy Bui
Grade 8 Representative – To be elected in Fall of 2009/2010 School Year
Members at Large - Maria Vriniotis, Will Savvedra, Harminder Bhachu, Humayra Uddin, Hardeep Gosal
Congratulations to all those that ran for Student Council as well as those that were elected into next year’s Council!
By Chanel Ly
Looking for something organic and healthy to eat for lunch? Not feeling like a set entree or a salad wrap? Presenting, Windermere’s very own salad bar! As spring and summer arrive and as Windermere’s organic garden expands, we are able to provide our own fresh, healthy, organic greens for us to choose from. With the hard work of many, we now offer the first and best organic salad bar you’ll see. Expect many different kinds of vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, lettuce, beans, peas, radishes, tomatoes, and maybe even melons. This is great because it gives us so much more choice. The costs and details are not clarified yet, but look and listen to further updates about the bar.
Open Tuesday to Fridays @ Lunch and Break.
By Chanel Ly, Grade 11
“The dictionary definition of ‘sustainability’ is “to keep in existence or maintain,” but our definition is saving the world. Without sustainability, eventually our world will CRASH AND BURN.” -Puneet Riar, Grade 11.
What better way is there to inspire and educate students about saving the world than to hold a sustainability conference? On January 26, Leadership 11 students held their first annual sustainability conference for about 70 students in grades 4-7 from Windermere’s feeder schools.
The co-creator of 4REAL, a TV show on MTV, came to the conference to start the day off by telling us his experience of travelling the world and meeting new people, especially young leaders. The students had the chance to attend action-packed workshops throughout the day of topics such as water and energy, transportation, gardening, composting, and recycling. The workshops were led by our own leadership students, who were mentored by adult experts.
The day was ended off by intense action planning, where each elementary school developed a goal of completing a project of their choice by the end of May with the leadership students. Projects range from bike clubs, gardens, recycling programs, and even putting on a mini conference of their own.
After weeks of planning and many last minute preparations, the sustainability conference came together as a great success. The leadership students couldn’t have done it without the support of our adult mentors, Sean from Check Your Head, Mr. Schindel, Mr. Castilho, and Christine Macer. We wish the elementary schools good luck in achieving their goals!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
by Cassandra Ly
Chanel Ly: A newer, shinier, faster, red road bike.
Nathan Dinh: A better, faster, stronger city bike.
Chanel Ly: Are you talking about your own bike?
Nathan Dinh: Nooo… I’m just trying to make fun of yours.
Dan Calud – Grade 10: Money and goodies.
Mr. Rymer: Jaguar XKE 1967-1969.
Cassandra: Would you like a new watch with that?
Mr. Rymer: Sure, definitely!
by Chanel Ly
1) Walk, don’t drive! – Walking around to go trick-or-treating can be a lot of fun, so there’s no need to drive to someplace far to dig up some good treats.
2) Hand out something different. – If you don’t want to give out plain old candy or contribute to giving the little ones cavities, here are some ideas on some other things that you can distribute: granola bars, eco-friendly pencils, toothbrushes, organic candy, fair trade chocolate.
3) Collect something different. – Some of us, but not all, do not crave sweets as much as when we were little. So, instead of collecting sugar, you can collect cans or books to donate to a charity.
3) Buy a used costume or home make your costume. – To prevent spending extra cash on a costume that uses our world’s limited resources, visit a local thrift store or find materials at home to create one that’s one-of-a-kind. Homemade face paint can also be made. Make a group costume with friends! You won’t regret it.
4) Natural decorations. – If you’re planning to invade your house with pumpkins, be sure to purchase pumpkins and other vegetables such as squash from a local farm, preferably organic.
5) Use the entire pumpkin. – Let’s not let any pumpkins go to waste! Roast the seeds, make pumpkin soups or pies, or at least compost the remaining parts if they are not going to be used.
6) Flashlights with rechargeable batteries. – Rechargeable batteries can be charged over 1,000 times which removes the need to trash hundreds of conventional batteries.
7) Use 100% beeswax or soy candles. – Paraffin wax candles made from petroleum (a non-renewable fossil fuel) can release harmful toxins when lit.
8) Recycle. – After the party’s over, don’t forget to recycle as much as you can: your costume, decorations, and treats.