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Buttonville PS

When the population of the Buttonville area grew large enough to need its own school again, a new Buttonville P.S. was built. Although the building looks very different, life for students is not so different from the 1800s. Most students still walk to school and Buttonville P.S. is once again a vibrant community school.

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Buttonville P.S. was the first school in York Region to adopt the co-operate teaching philosophy of learning through group participation (Tribes). This has meant that the school has led many school-wide collaborative projects including: large musical productions and cultural events that reflect the diversity of the school community.

Buttonville Quilt

One of the first Tribes projects was the Buttonville quilt. Created by staff and the community, it included the names of all of the first families to attend the school. It still hangs in the library today.



Terry Fox Donation

In 2013, Buttonville students raised $10 000 for the Terry Fox Foundation in just three weeks!! Terry Fox’s brother, Fred Fox came to the school to thank all 550 students for their achievement.

Terry might not have been the biggest, strongest, fastest or even the smartest, but with hard work and determination he realized he could accomplish most things he set his mind to. Terry was taught to finish what he started, didn’t matter what it was.”

            -Fred Fox

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June 16, 2013 

Pachi the Porcupine
Once again the school pulled together to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games mascot contest. Working in groups of 2-6, students entered 45 submissions! Out of over 4 000 submissions from across Canada, Pachi the Porcupine, created by Jenny Lee, Fiona Hong, Michelle Ing and Paige Kunihiro, won. Buttonville staff enthusiastically supported the contestants by encouraging students, staff and family to vote. Some votes came from as far away as Australia and the UK!


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