Project SANDBox: Yard Renewal


In a Nutshell...
Project SANDbox is Hopewell Avenue Public School's school council led initiative to create a natural playground that encourages nature play for 200 kindergarten students and 16 preschoolers. The current play structure is dated and has a compacted sand surface that prevents drainage, creating floods and hazardous icy conditions in the winter.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in contributing to our school project by leading, or joining the fundraising committee, please reach out to us at You can donate to us directly on the Hopewell SANDbox Fundraising Page 
1. Follow us on twitter @hopewellsandbox
2. Post a pic of the yard and use our hashtag: #hopewellsandbox
3. Like our Instagram at hopewellsand_box

For the next Fundraiser, the Project SANDbox team has organized for you to...  
Step inside our Virtual Dance Party Time Machine!

dance poster

Pick a decade (or all five) and learn some new moves with the professional instructors from Ottawa Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

20’s – Charleston moves to Big Band grooves – Weds 17 Feb, 7 pm

50’s – The stylings of classic Rock ‘n’ RollThurs 18 Feb, 7 pm

70’s – Boogie under the disco ballFriday 19 Feb, 7 pm

80’s – Perfect pop and questionable fashion choicesSaturday 20 Feb, 2 pm

2020’s – TikTok-worthy moves to upbeat tunesSunday 21 Feb, 2 pm

Get dressed up in the fashions of the decade or come as you are. (Or turn off the camera and dance like nobody’s watching!)

Proceeds go to Project SANDbox!!


The events will be conducted over Zoom. 

Parties are 45 minutes of dance instruction, plus a little extra time to get everyone online.

The focus is on solo movements, so you don’t need a lot of space. Dance solo, as a couple, or as a family.

No experience necessary. Rhythm and coordination optional!

How to book:

Tickets are $20 per event, per device (the whole household can log in on one device).

Tickets must be purchased in advance through School Cash Online (links above).

You will receive an email with the private Zoom ID and password one hour before the event. This will be sent to any accounts associated with your child’s record in the school’s database.

*** Purchase deadlines are: 
 12 noon on the day of the event for 20’s and 50’s
12 noon on Friday 19 Feb, for the 70’s, 80’s and 2020’s.

If you do not have a School Cash Online account, contact the organizers at A workaround exists.

Tickets are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Share the fun:

Share your outfit choices on social media with the hashtag #HopewellDanceParty and don’t forget to tag us!

 Hopewell Ave PS School Council




Questions? Please contact

Have you seen the amazing video featuring our Dolphin kinder class!
Thank you Team SANDBox for this amazing job! Special thanks to local videographer, Brooks Hunter, who donated his expertise to make this video possible. 


Thank You for the Support
$1200 was raised on Giving Tuesday - how wonderful!

click on poster for a better view

The 2020 Dogs & Cats Photo Calendar Contest

Is your cat or dog the CUTEST thing in Old Ottawa South? We dare you to prove it. CLICK HERE to reach our Fundraising page to read about Project SANDBox's fun calendar photo contest.
Good Luck!

dog cat calendar

December 1st is Giving Tuesday!
Please consider donating to help us build a Kinder Yard our smallest  students deserve. 
Click our poster to reach our CHIMP donations page. Click HERE to view a larger version of the Poster
Thank you!


                    November 2020 Communication

If you missed it, here is the email sent to all parents on November 23, 2020

Project SANDbox - We're building fun and you can help!

As you may have heard, Hopewell has a big project underway. Your school council has undertaken the "Project SANDbox" initiative to raise $140 000 to renovate the kindergarten yard this summer.  It's a huge amount to raise, so we spent last year gathering $90 000 through community fundraisers, grants, and donations.  


We had hoped to complete our project this past summer, but like the rest of the world, we've found ourselves on a bit of a detour!


This year brings us a greater challenge to complete our fundraising in a school year like no other and we need your help to get to the finish line!  Now more than ever, our kids need a fun, safe, outdoor space to play in.



You can help right now by donating to our CHIMP account: project-s-a-n-d-box-at- hopewell-ave-p-s

Just $20 for each kid at Hopewell means that we can raise over $14 000. Direct donations are the most efficient way to reach our goal!  


It’s time to give the tiniest members of our school a safe, natural playground!  One that includes:

·       increased Shade

·       improved Accessibility

·       Natural play elements

·       proper Drainage


Feel like lending a hand and getting to know more people from your awesome community?  Join us!  We need your energy with fundraising and building an amazing new yard! You can email or connect through our social media:



Please donate $20 today and 
come build some fun with us!
-The Project SANDbox team 

    September 2020 Update

COVID-19 has certainly thrown our new Kinder yard plans for a loop... to put it mildly. The Project SANDbox Team would like to share some updates of the project. 

Please CLICK HERE to get the full scoop. 

kinder yard plan

Thank you!

2019 Posts

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            Project SANDbox's Valentine's Beach Party Dance-A-Thon!  Was a great success! 

OnWednesday, February 12, a DJ spun tunes for the older students, and the little ones danced along with Monkey Rock

Monkey Rock logo  Thank you Monkey Rock for donating your time and energy to our dance, the kids (and teachers) LOVED having you. 

The school came together and raised almost $24,000 for the Kinder Yard - this is amazing! We want to send out a massive and grateful THANK YOU to all who participated and donated to this very worthy initiative. 

Prizes have been announced and students will be receiving their well earned prizes over the next little while. Some examples of what was won:
  • firetruck visit for theKinders
  • Principal for a day for the Primaries
  • tour of the "Chamber of Secrets" underneath Hopewell for the Juniors
  • A pair of AirPods for the Intermediates
Other prizes included67s tickets,passes to Mont Cascades, Class pizza partiesand more! 

You are still able to donate to SANDBox through our online CHIMP donation page.  

Tax Receipts:
For any sponsors requesting tax receipts, please have them donate via CHIMP where one will be provided immediately.

Please Find Us on Social Media! 

  tweet  For Twitter, click HERE

  IG  Like our Instagram at hopewellsand_box 
   FB logo   For Facebook, click HERE

Thank you to everyone who came out for Trivia Night! 

Everyone had an amazing time testing their trivia skills at Trivia Night - Paul Paquet was a fantastic host and Live 88.5's Dave Schellenberg kept the night moving along as the perfect MC. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the silent auction. Between ticket sales and the silent auction, the team raised $3000! 

A special huge thank you goes to Fran Morrison and her team who organized the night - so much work went into each aspect of the night and the event wouldn't have been so successful without their hours of dedicated work. 


Thank you to everyone who bid on the fantastic on-line auction prizes! And of course, thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated to allow the on-line auction to happen.

The auction raised $1000!! Amazing!  

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