After School Program Blog

Smile Cookies

Last Monday we transformed formless dough lumps into delicious pumpkin snickerdoodles - which we decorated and gave to the people in our lives who love us. Cookie-grams went all over the school to teachers, custodians, and then home to brothers, sisters, dads, and moms. A few might even be sent to Newfoundland. See our snickerdoodle recipe in the comments. 

Sometimes hands are the best way to mix cookie dough. 

Sometimes hands are the best way to mix cookie dough. 



Thanks @alexmtweetz!

Thanks @alexmtweetz!


Strawberry banana and pumpkin pie. Those are the smoothies we made together. Every one tried both kinds. They were really good. The pumpkin pie one tasted like, well, pumpkin pie.  

Here's the recipe!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie


½ cup pumpkin puree

½ cup chopped banana

½ cup vanilla yogurt

1 cup milk

2 TBS honey

½ TSP cinnamon

1 TSP vanilla

Just mix everything together and blend! 

Laura and Steph. 

Laura and Steph. 

Milk mustaches are so 2012. SMOOTHIE mustaches is where it's at. 

Milk mustaches are so 2012. SMOOTHIE mustaches is where it's at. 


The ASP gives PE a good clean

On Thursday, the After School Program did something pretty wonderful. We collected a whole bunch of garbage from Princess Elizabeth's school yard. Kinda gross to think it was just sitting around...   

Laura, Nevaeh, and Shannon WORK IT. 

Laura, Nevaeh, and Shannon WORK IT. 

Panthers just doing what panthers do. 

Panthers just doing what panthers do. 

Thanksgiving Tacos

Fun times at Princess Elizabeth on Thursday! We made black bean tacos with fresh homemade salsa (thank you, veggie chopping team!), and then someone had the idea to set up all the desks into a huge harvest table.  

Is this the one where we're all saying "GOODBYE SHEE AND GREE"?

Is this the one where we're all saying "GOODBYE SHEE AND GREE"?

One of our best helpers, Essence, hams it up for the camera. 

One of our best helpers, Essence, hams it up for the camera. 

A rare Brenden bird sighting! Eating a diet of delicious black beans and sour cream, the Brenden bird defends his food with a scary warning. 

A rare Brenden bird sighting! Eating a diet of delicious black beans and sour cream, the Brenden bird defends his food with a scary warning. 

Justine surveying the troops. 

Justine surveying the troops. 

Sydney fields three cups! This is a little preview to when a whole bunch of us do it... (Video credit: Alex M.)

Close-Up Shots Extraordinaire

It's official: we have some spectacular photographers among us. Here are some stunning close-ups taken on our first Photo Picnic.  

Mushroom by Sydney.

Mushroom by Sydney.

Web by Jess.

Web by Jess.

Sunlight by ? (claim your photo!)

Sunlight by ? (claim your photo!)

Culvert by Alex.

Culvert by Alex.

Photo Picnic #1

On Wednesday, October 3 - after a mega mayo mishap (see Twitter Board story below - thanks Shee!) - we trekked to Glen Cairn Park for our first Photo Picnic. Armed with one Canon G9 and a purple grocery bag filled with delicious tuna salad sandwiches (see recipe in the Comments), we took amazing shots, played Shark on the playground equipment and ate as our shadows lengthened across the grass. 

Preparing the peepers...

Preparing the peepers...

Stephanie, Gree, Shee, and Mike gnoshing in the shade.  

Stephanie, Gree, Shee, and Mike gnoshing in the shade.  


Southwestern Bean and Corn Chili Recipe

What a great cooking day on Monday! Here's the recipe. If you make it at home, snap a picture of it, or tell what you did in the comments! Enjoy... 

Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Chili

Adapted from Chef Michael


2 TBS of vegetable oil

2 large onions, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

½ chipotle pepper, packed in adobo sauce


1 TBS cumin

1 TBS oregano

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cans of beans (your choice)

1 can of corn

Salt to taste

green onion

bunch of cilantro, chopped


1.      Add onions, carrot, bell peppers and garlic to oil in a big pot. Sauté until onions are brown and veggies are soft (about 10 minutes).

2.      Add the chipotle pepper, cumin, and oregano. Continue cooking and stirring a little longer.

3.      Add tomatoes, beans, corn, and salt, and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so it’s just high enough to simmer. Continue cooking without lid for 30 minutes.

4.      Chop green onions and cilantro, and add it to the top of each serving.


Lily Pads and Greek Nachos

We're officially into fall, but we still sweated like crazy playing outside. Our fearless leaders Justine, Miranda, and Janelle led relays and a power workout, and after an intense game of dodge ball, we started making Greek Nachos...

Here's the ingredient list (in case you want to make it at home):

Chopped red pepper, red onion, and cucumber

Chopped tomato soaked in olive oil, lemon juice and oregano

Sliced black olives

Grated mozzarella

Multi-grain nacho chips

Each group chopped, grated and assembled their own nacho tray. After 15 minutes under the broiler, the nachos were ready to eat...


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Foodie Postcard: Lyon France

Our first week is off and running! We spent a little time on Tuesday getting to know each other, and we found out tons. One of us would go back in time to try to stop the First World War, more than one would magically appear at a One Direction concert, one of us loves the Zac Brown Band, one would turn into a unicorn, and one of us was born in Newfoundland... Comment below to add things you remember people said!

Tomorrow we're making hummus with raw veggies and pita. Here's the thing: our recipe has travelled 4,042 1/5 miles ( ), all the way from Lyon, France. Thank you very much to Paul and Hélène for sending us our first foodie postcard!!


After School Program Begins Next Monday

The After School Program elves are hard at work! We'll be playing/blogging/dancing/running/cooking up a storm in t-5 days. Game day is Monday, September 23, 2013.... are you ready Princess Elizabeth??

Can't wait to read the After Schoolers homemade tweets...

Can't wait to read the After Schoolers homemade tweets...

After School Program Gives Back

The After School Program was proud to present a cheque of $500 to Princess Elizabeth Public School's Breakfast Program. The money was raised through the After School Program's "Snack Shack" initiative that was funded in partnership with Community Service Learning at Western. The students worked hard preparing and selling healthy snacks that were sold to their peers for 25 cents twice a month during the second nutritional break. 100% of the students proceeds were donated back to the school's Breakfast Program. 


The goal of the "Snack Shack" program was to teach the students of the After School Program a sense of community and highlight the importance of giving back. We also wanted to provide the students with an opportunity to share and apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in the After School Program, with regards to healthy eating.  New, fun and healthy recipes were carefully selected and then shared with the students, staff and parents at Princess Elizabeth Public School. We are so proud of the conversation around healthy eating that was started in the hallways and we hope it continues to have a positive impact. Furthermore, we are so proud to help promote the importance of healthy eating and the key role breakfast programs play in healthy schools. Thank you to all of the staff, students and parents of Princess Elizabeth for your amazing support for our program. Finally, congratulations to all of the students who participated in the program and made it such a great success!

What's Going on this Summer?

School is out for summer and there are lots of exciting things to experience in your community. Here are a few fun activities going on here in London.

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  • Museum London - Free Imagination Station on Sundays from 1:00pm - 3:45pm at the Clare Bice Creative Studio

This drop-in program at the Museum of London is for families to stimulate communication, collaboration and creativity. Let the Museum be your muse. Visit one of their many exhibitions and then drop in for an afternoon of art making  Their staff monitors will provide guidance and introduce you to a wide range of art making through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and more. They will supply the ingredients. Just roll up your sleeves and add your imagination. Enjoy quality time with your family and friends as you cook up something new together in the Imagination Station.


  • Tim Horton's Free Swim - Spend your break having fun with family and friends. Different locations around London will have free swims. Follow the link or pick up a booklet at your local Tim Horton's to find dates and locations close to you.


Do the "Harlem Shake"

The students of the After School Program created some Harlem Shake videos during their photo scavenger hunt. Here is a collection of those videos. Thanks for a great year everyone and we hope you have a safe, fun and active summer!


End of the Year Backyard Carnival

To celebrate the end of the 2012-2013 school year here at the After School Program the students enjoyed a fun backyard carnival with physical activity, healthy snacks, creative activities and fun music provided by 103.1 Fresh FM in the Fresh Summer Subway Mini with Lindsay Jackson.


Lindsay from Fresh FM played some of our favorite tunes and really set the mood for our afternoon of fun. The students also had the opportunity to give our program and Princess Elizabeth Public School a shout out on the radio! Some of our fun activities at the carnival included a photo booth with props, carnival games, face painting, bubbles, mystery fruit taste testing, and bootcamp with our fitness trainer Chelsey.  The students also enjoyed making friendship bracelets and participated in a students vs. staff soccer game. We had a blast!


We would like to thank all of the students for an amazing year! You have have inspired all of the leaders and volunteers to be more creative, outgoing and adventurous individuals.  Your energy is contagious and you are all very special students. You have grown so much over this year and we are all so proud of you. Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff for being wonderful role models for the students of the After School Program and so giving of your time and energy. It wouldn't have been the same without you!


Photography by moutonco

Snack Shack: Summer Sun (nut free) Party Mix



  • 1/4 cup unsalted air popped popcorn with no butter
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat Shreddies
  • 1/4 cup banana chips
  • 1 tbs of Smarties (optional)
  • 3 chunks of dried papaya
  • 1 greek yogurt covered pretzel



  • Using a measuring cup scoop all of the ingredients into snack size ziplock for a fun summer snack on the go.


Optional - raisins, dried cranberries, apple chips, whole wheat Cheerios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pretzel sticks or dried pineapple.


Field Trip: Boys' and Girls' Club

The students of the After School Program were fortunate to experience one final field trip for the end of the 2012-2013 school year, to the Boys' and Girls' Club of London. We packed our swimsuits and healthy snacks and joined hundreds of other youth from their community at this amazing facility. The students participated in a swim test before they enjoyed the slides and rope swings in the pool. Others played in the gym, ball pits and game rooms. They explored the Boys' and Girls' Club from top to bottom wide eyed with excitement and curiosity. We are so grateful for our trip and the awesome bus ride with their favorite songs playing. Thank you Boys' and Girls' Club of London!


Photo Scavenger Hunt

Investing in Children's Community Projects Manager, Vivette, loves to visit the After School Program and when she does she brings awesome activities for us and healthy snacks! For this visit Vivette planned a photo scavenger hunt that had us active all over the school. The students set off in teams to complete their list and capture each activity on camera with the help of a leader. Here is some of the fun we had with Vivette.

  • Warm up stretches lead by the students.
  • Crab walk
  • Burpees
  • Star jumps
  • Yoga
  • High knees
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Plank
  • and more!