Newsletter - Jan 28, 2011

Important Dates

Tuesday February 1 – African Heritage Month begins
Thursday February 3 – Lunar New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism)
Friday February 4 – Application for French Immersion deadline
Tuesday February 8 – School Council Meeting
Monday February 14 – Valentine’s Day
Tuesday February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhism)
Tuesday February 15 – Student report sent home
Thursday February 17 (evening) & 18 (a.m.) –Parent/Teacher Interviews
Friday February 18 – Professional Activity Day (no school)
Monday February 21 – Family Day (no school)
Thursday February 24 – Dance-a-thon 
Friday February 25 – Success Assembly PM
Friday February 25 – Pizza Lunch

Kindergarten Registration
February is Kindergarten Registration Month at the Toronto District School Board!

Kindergarten Registration Month is just around the corner. We invite you to inform parents and guardians of the upcoming registration period. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit their local public school for more information and to register their child for Kindergarten classes that begin in September 2011. 

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four by December 31st of that year. To attend Senior Kindergarten, children must turn five by December 31st of that year. 

To register a child, parents/guardians must bring proof of the child’s:
  • Age (a birth certificate, baptismal record or passport)
  • Address (two pieces of identification that show your address, such as your telephone bill, government correspondence, bank statement, etc.)
  • Health Card
  • Immunization (the card that shows a list of needles your child has received)

If your child was not born in Canada, verification of date of arrival is required. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. All other families should visit the International Program and Admissions Office, Toronto District School Board (TDSB), 5050 Yonge Street, for a TDSB School Admission Letter. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families shall not be shared with immigration authorities, as per TDSB Policy P.061 SCH.

Registration for Early French Immersion
The deadline for applications is Friday, February 4th. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list.  

Room 30 - Teamwork
Room 30 kicked off the New Year with a variety of activities that highlighted the importance of teamwork. 
One activity involved building a replica of a block castle. Certain members could see the model castle but could not touch any blocks, other members could use the blocks but couldn’t see the model, while others served as messengers between the observers and the builders. Students realized that at times, they might approach a problem and have a different perspective and different skills than their peers. We concluded that effective communication is an important aspect of teamwork.

We talked about why teamwork is important. We agreed that together we can accomplish more than we could alone. We decided that in order to work well as a team, we must share, listen, cooperate, respect and participate. We also recorded comments that contribute positively to teamwork and comments that are destructive. 

As a class, we discussed examples of where teamwork is visible at Regal Road and in our community. Some of the examples include sports teams, students helping each other at recess and in class, recycling programs, School Council, and staff working together.

We partnered with Evelyn, a co-op student from Oakwood Collegiate, who choreographed an easy, repetitive school dance for us. She taught the routine to a few class members who served as leaders for their peers. All of the grade 4s and grade 5s in rooms 28 and 30 practised the routine.

The choreographed dance is set to Celebration by Kool & the Gang. If all goes according to plan, we will be teaching the dance to students during the Junior Success Assembly. With any luck, students will gain some dance moves for the upcoming Dance-a-thon!

Spelling Bee
In early January, the Spelling Club came to an end with a written Spelling Bee. Students did a great job of spelling complicated words, and all showed a great improvement since they started practising in the fall. 
The winner, Rosie Burke of Room 28, has gone on to complete the written qualifier for the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee. We'll find out in early February if she is to continue on to the Regional Bee held at Ryerson University on February 27th, 2011.
Congratulations to Rosie and to all of the students who participated in a fantastic season!

Visitors to the School
Our first priority for all students is their safety.  Board and Provincial guidelines clearly outline the process that all visitors must follow upon their arrival on school property, which begins with reporting to the Main Office.   You will be issued a Visitor Badge, which must be worn visibly during your stay, and sign in and sign out.

Attendance and Punctuality
All students are expected to attend school regularly and punctually.  In the event that your child will be late or absent, please call the school and follow the prompts to leave a message.  This can be done 24 hours a day.  For students who are absent and for whom a call is not received, we will attempt to contact you.

All students who arrive after 8:40 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. must obtain a Late Slip from the office.

Lunch Policy
Please be reminded that the lunch hour is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Where children stay for lunch, they will eat with their classmates and remain on school property.  If ever there is a need to do so, a written request signed and dated, from the parent is required for each occurrence.  

If you are bringing a lunch for your child to pick up from the office, please ensure that it is labelled with your child’s name, room number or teacher.  Please instruct your child to come to the office at 11:30 a.m. for pickup.  In order to avoid classroom disruptions, students will not be called from class before 11:30 a.m.  Your cooperation is appreciated!

Use of School Telephone
All students are reminded to have sports equipment and after school arrangements made prior to coming to school each day.  The school phone is to be used for emergency purposes only.