Newsletter - April 29, 2011

Important Dates

Sunday May 1 – Yom HaSho’ah (Judaism)
Sunday May 1 – Asian Heritage Month begins
Monday May 2 – Music Monday & Federal Election Day
Tuesday May 8 – Mother’s Day
Tuesday May 17 – Buddha Day- Visakha Puja (Buddhism)
Friday May 20 – Professional Activity Day (no school)
Monday May 23 – Victoria Day (no school)
Monday May 23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
Thursday May 26 – Spring Fair
Friday May 27 – Success Assemblies (AM)
Sunday May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

Panfest

On Wednesday April 20, 2011, our two steel pan groups performed at Panfest under the leadership of our instructor Mr. Clarke.  Our students competed against students from other schools at the Bickford Centre.  Students from rooms 21, 28, 29 and 30 were in the audience also.  Our students performed very well and we are pleased with their achievements.  Regal Road was well represented.

What Day Is It?

As you know, we are following a 5-day schedule this year.  Here is information to help you plan your weeks until the end of the year.

Currently the days are as follows:
Monday – Day 3, Tuesday - Day 4, Wednesday - Day 5, Thursday - Day 1 and Friday - Day 2.

Starting May 24, the days will be:
Monday – 1, Tuesday – Day 2, Wednesday – Day 3, Thursday – Day 4 and Friday – Day 5.
This schedule will take us until the end of the year.

Green Week

Our week was preceded by the 20-minute clean-up of the yard on April 15.  During the week of April 18, the Green Club sponsored partner-planting between the grade 3 students and the kindergarten students.  We also had a waste audit and information is posted in the foyer.  Another green club initiative has to do with your green bin.  If you live in the neighbourhood and would be willing to take a bag home every week, please speak to Mrs. Abbey-Colborne.  In addition, we would like to make the boomerang lunch part of what we do over the coming months.  This would mean that students take home their lunch bags/containers, wrapping and any uneaten food.

Calling all Gardeners!

Are you dividing your plants and have cuttings to spare?  Are you cleaning out the garage and finding tools and pots to pass on?  The Eco-Schools Committee and Green Club are preparing for the third annual plant & garden sale at the Spring Fair (Thursday, May 26, 5-8pm). We are accepting donations of perennials, annuals, herbs, garden books, ornaments and tools in good condition from now until May 26.  We will send out a message on parent link closer to the fair date with a drop off location.  In the meantime, if you have any items to donate please contact:

Kathryn Walter
kwalter@feltstudio.com
tel: 416.651.3180
OR
Linda Antoniadis 
l_antoniadis@hotmail.com

Proceeds from the sale at the Spring Fair will support school initiatives geared to literacy, the arts and music, field trips, sports and schoolyard improvements.

Outdoor Mural Project

As a part of the newly renovated eastern primary playground, Grades 1, 2 and 3 students will help paint a mural on the new retaining wall.  A committee of parent/artist volunteers are coordinating this project with funding from the School Council and the RRPS Administration around the theme of bugs. We’ve been collecting pictures of bugs from the students to make into stencils that will provide content for the mural. The actual painting will take place with students during the month of May.
 
Questions? Volunteers? Please contact: Kathryn Walter kwalter@feltstudio.com 
(tel: 416.651.3180) or Mary Alton: malton@sympatico.ca

Cooperation – Room 31

This month, the students of Room 31 have been looking at the many facets of cooperation.  They participated in a number of drama activities that explored what cooperation looks like in both children and adults alike.  Students then took part in a cooperative casting process, and began rehearsing an elaborate play that was performed at the month end’s Success Assemblies.  The play taught the audience about the importance of cooperation.  The results were fantastic and the play was a hit; all students worked together wonderfully, easily exhibiting the month’s feature character trait of cooperation!

Exciting Educational Opportunity for Parents – May 3 

Randall Lindsey, an internationally renowned educator and author from California, has been invited to provide a professional development session for principals and teachers. Gerri Gershon has arranged for him to provide a workshop for parents on May 3 at 7 o’clock at York Mills Collegiate (TBC) and Ward 11 parents as well as Ward 9 parents in SW3 schools have been invited to attend.  Please take advantage of this chance to learn about Cultural Proficiency. Cultural proficiency is about educating all students to their full potential by understanding, valuing and using their cultural backgrounds, languages and learning styles to improve teaching and learning. Cultural Proficiency is a set of tools that enable educators and community members to be more effective in working with diverse communities of students. The evening session will present the tools and two communications activities designed to foster cross-cultural communications.  Guest speaker Randall Lindsey will present a session on Cultural Proficiency at York Mills Collegiate - Titan Hall at 7 p.m. “The concept of understanding differences in our cultures and how each of us fits into society is a vital skill for our teachers - as well as our sons and daughters who will be future citizens of the world.”
 
International Languages Summer Camp 2011

Location: Ryerson Community School
Time of program: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Who can attend:  students JK to grade 8
Dates of the programs: July 4 to 29, 2011
Program fee: ILE material fee- $20 for the period of July 4 to 29, 2011
                   $50 per week for summer camp
Lunch, Snacks are included
Activities include language, arts, games, sports, aerobics, and dance
Daycare is available for 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for an additional cost of $20.
This program is offered with the support of Focus on Youth. 
For more information: www.ILEprograms.ca or call 416 338-4227
Register on Saturdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Ryerson CS or
Monday to Friday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Ryerson, ask for Parthee. 
 
Brush-a-mania                             

April is a very special month in Ontario. It is Oral Health Month. School children all over the province from JK to grade six are encouraged to brush their teeth daily.  Please encourage your child to be one of the thousands of students who will brush their teeth during Oral Health Month. Your child has received a Brush-a-mania booklet that contains information regarding oral health. Initial the chart in the centre of the booklet each time your child brushes his/her teeth. It is a great way to keep track of the progress. Regal Road will be part of the one hundred schools participating in Brush-a-mania. Each school will have a dentist present important information to the students, including how to properly brush teeth.  Students will also have an opportunity to ask the dentist questions. Dr. Gary Klein will be attending Regal Road on May 4th.  Dr. Klein, the staff at Regal Road, the Rotary Clubs and Dr. Chouljian (Brush-a-mania Chair) all want to help you to encourage your children to take good care of their teeth. 

Pizza Days

Please use the calendars issued by the school to keep track of pizza days and other events.  The next pizza day is June 24.  There is no pizza lunch in May.

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. Please do not forget to sign in and  out when visiting the school.

Lunch Policy

Please be reminded that the lunch hour is from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   When 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 and 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!

Student Attendance and Punctuality 

Regular student attendance and punctuality are important in order for students to be successful at school. The Education Act states that it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their children attend school regularly. A student’s academic progress depends on regular class attendance. 

TDSB elementary schools practice the Safe Arrival Program that requires schools to perform a school-home attendance check. Notify the school when your child will be absent. Students are expected to fully participate in learning opportunities and complete all homework assignments and tests so make sure your child is getting homework assignments when they are absent.

You can help ensure that your child is in school and on time for classes by:

• being involved in your child’s education; 
• knowing the school’s schedule;
• communicating regularly with classroom teachers (use your child’s planner to send notes to the teacher);
• calling the school if your child is going to be absent;
• writing a note if your child is late due to an appointment; 
• ensuring that your child gets a good night’s sleep so that they have the energy they need for the next day.

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 1 - 7

One in five Canadian children suffers from a mental health disorder and many of these go either undiagnosed or untreated. During Children’s Mental Health Week, the Toronto District School Board joins organizations and individuals across the country in raising awareness. Be on the lookout over the next month for more information about Children’s Mental Health Week activities. There will be awareness walks, performances and presentations. This year, also marks the beginning of year-round activities to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues.

Summer Music Camps 2011 – Registering NOW!

The TDSB presents an instrumental music program for youth during the month of July 2011 for both band and string students. Choose from three different camps: Summer Sounds – a 13 day morning camp at York Mills CI for various instruments for grades 5 - 9; DownTown Summer Strings – a 2 week day camp at Lord Lansdowne PS for string students in grades 3 – 8; and Toronto Summer Music Camps – overnight orchestra camps at MonoCliffs Outdoor Education Centre for grades 5 – 8. Check our website at www.tdsbsummercamps.ca

Join us for TDSB@CNE!

You and your family are invited to TDSB@CNE. On Tuesday, August 30, the TDSB is partnering with the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) to host an awesome kick off to the 2011-12 school year and provide a day to remember for our students, families and staff. 

All TDSB elementary and secondary students will receive free admission to the CNE for TDSB Day and there will be a discounted cost for families and staff. 

Elementary students will receive a free ticket in their year-end report card and secondary students will simply need to show their student ID at the gate for entry. We will be sharing a PIN number with parents and families in May which you can use to buy discounted tickets online, in advance. We’ll let you know when tickets are available. 

This all-day event will include music, entertainment, contests, giveaways and more! There will be three concert events in the YOUR JAM Bandshell – planned just for the TDSB! We’ve started to gather a remarkable line-up of entertainers, including Max and Ruby and Franklin and Caillou, perfect for our elementary guests. We’re also working on some great entertainment for our middle and secondary students – look for the announcement of more entertainers in the weeks to come!

In addition to the stage events, TDSB guests can test their strength against the CNE strongman, enjoy discounted rides, stroll through the TDSB Student Art Show or the TDSB Student Film Festival and wander through the CNE’s Animal Farm.

Leading up to the event, there will be many ways for our students to get involved, whether it’s through submitting work to feature, participating in contests to win prizes or to audition or volunteer to be a special part of the day. Please help us build the excitement. 

You can also visit our website at www.tdsb.on.ca/cne for more information.

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. 

Planning for 2011 – 2012

Planning for the coming school year is always a very long process.  We have to work with various central departments at the TDSB to finally get everything in place.  Below you will find a sheet to send back to us with regard to student placement next year.  We will be working on it over the next few weeks.  Also we want to let you know that our school day will be shifting to ten or fifteen minutes later in order to accommodate some challenges we have been facing.  We will also be moving to a ten-day schedule in order to accommodate our schedule in the context of the collective agreement.  One thing that will make it easier is that days one to five are almost identical to days six to ten.

Student Placement - 2011

As the end of the school year approaches, we are planning for the year, 2011 –2012 school year.  The teaching staff and I will be holding meetings for placement and promotion of students in the coming weeks.  The principles that govern and structure the process of building our classes include a consideration of the following:

Gender,
Students’ abilities, strengths and achievement levels,
Students’ needs and learning behaviours and
Students’ interaction patterns that enable them to work and learn together productively.

We consider all factors that will help us to have balanced classes that will work to the benefit of all students, and the school as a whole.

As with past practice and policy, we also welcome input from parents as to the unique needs of your child.  If you wish to provide input regarding your child, please do so on the form below (see the PDF under Attachments) and return it to the office by May 13, 2011.  

We will notify you of your child’s placement for next year on his/her June report card.  Any adjustments to placements will be made in September 2011.  It is important to note that we are not asking for, nor can we accept, requests for placement with a specific teacher.

In addition, the ultimate responsibility for placement and promotion lies with the principal.

We also would like to ask that if you know your child will not be attending Regal Road next year, please send us a note, as this also is very helpful in our planning.

We thank you for your partnership with the school.

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Natasha MacFarlane,
May 9, 2011, 8:18 AM
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