Newsletter - Dec 17, 2010

Important Dates

Saturday January 1 – Gantan-sai - New Years (Shinto and International)
Monday January 3 – School Resumes
Wednesday January 5 – Twelfth Night (Christianity)
Thursday January 6 – Epiphany/Theophany (Christianity)
Friday January 7 – Nativity of Christ (Christianity)
Sunday January 16 – World Religion Day (Baha’i)
Monday January 17 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (International)
Wednesday January 19 – Kindergarten Showcase -evening
Friday January 21 – Professional Activity Day – no school
Monday January 24 – French Immersion Information session (7:00 PM)
Thursday January 27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (UN)
Friday January 28 – Pizza Lunch
Friday January 28 – Success Assembly - AM

Senior Kindergarten French Immersion – September 2011

At Regal Road, we have the Early French Immersion program.  Students enter the program in Senior Kindergarten.  There will be an information session for interested parents on Monday January 24 at 7:00 pm.  Please join us in the gym that evening for more information.  There is an application procedure to enter the program.  Forms will be sent home with every junior kindergarten child and are due in our office by 4:00 pm

on Friday February 4.  Forms will also be available at the information session on January 24.

Grade 6-7 Transitions Evening

Winona Drive Senior School is holding its Transitions Evening on Tuesday, January 25, at 6:30 pm.

Which Day is it?

TDSB schools are now on five- or ten-day schedules.  Here is an update of the days from January until March Break.  When we return on January 3, the days are as follows:

Monday – Day 3
Tuesday – Day 4
Wednesday – Day 5
Thursday – Day 1
Friday – Day 2

Starting January 24, we shift due to the PA day and the schedule will be:

Monday – Day 2
Tuesday – Day 3
Wednesday – Day 4
Thursday – Day 5
Friday – Day 1

Starting February 22 we shift again due to another PA day and Family Day and therefore the schedule will be:

Monday – Day 5
Tuesday – Day 1
Wednesday – Day 2
Thursday - Day 3
Friday – Day 4

This last schedule will continue until March Break and in fact until April 21.

Cancellation of Busses during Severe Weather

Severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation or, in extreme conditions, close schools. The decision to close schools is made by the director of education. In the event transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, the local media will be informed before the beginning of the school day. Tune in to your radio and television news stations for the latest information or visit

If weather conditions become extreme after students are in school, a decision to close schools will be made by 11:00 am and broadcast by noon. In this case, elementary students will remain in the school until they are picked up by a parent or parent designate. If there is no announcement about school closing by noon, schools will remain open for the day.

Making the Best of Winter Weather at our School

Principals are often asked how they decide whether it's too cold to allow students out in the schoolyard for recess.

Fresh air and exercise are important for children.  It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day.  Parents can help by making sure their children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots and a warm jacket are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.

Extreme cold can be dangerous, and parents want to know that their children will be safe.   According to TDSB Procedure, when the temperature and/or wind-chill factor indicates – 20C to – 28C, recesses are shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess to 20 minutes.  When the temperature and/or windchill factor indicates – 28C or lower, children will remain indoors due to the risk of frostnip and frostbite.  We check with Environment Canada for the accurate temperature.


We’ve had another successful QSP Magazine Fundraising Campaign this year, thanks to all the hard work and effort of Catherine Araujo – who went above and beyond, and Mary Romeos who was her fearless helper.  We aimed at making the QSP campaign less commercial and in doing so, Catherine came up with creative ideas to get all the students involved by focusing on literacy.  There were the Tongue Twisters, Get Caught Reading and Book Reviews, as well as selling incentives – all of which can be viewed on or above the thermometer in the foyer, and on the wall just outside the office.  The  numbers are yet to be finalized, but we sold over $14,000 in subscriptions, which will make the school at least $2,000 in profits.

The top seller was Jack from Room 30 with 23 subscriptions sold.  Jack was also the Fearless Fundraiser selling $1,175 in subscriptions.  For all his fundraising efforts, Jack not only got to enjoy Principal Mintz’s chair for a day, but he also got Vice-Principal Nanfara’s chair for a day.  


#1 - ROOM 30 - $1,962; #2 - ROOM 20 - $1,376; #3 - ROOM 13 - $1,215


ROOM 1 AM:                  George          $589 – 13 subscriptions
ROOM 1 PM:                  Isabella        $77 – 2 subscriptions
ROOM 2 AM:                  Avrie                $67 – 3 subscriptions
ROOM 7 AM:                  Ruby                $179 – 5 subscriptions
ROOM 7 PM:                  Devlin           $126 – 3 subscriptions
ROOM 12:                   Patricia         $92 – 3 subscriptions
ROOM 13:                  Thomas        $370 – 10 subscriptions
ROOM 14:                  Evan           $349 – 10 subscriptions
ROOM 15:                  Alexander         $334 – 9 subscriptions
ROOM 16:                    Olivia            $207 – 7 subscriptions
ROOM 17:                    Ellie                 $193 – 4 subscriptions
ROOM 19:                   Toni                $233 – 9 subscriptions
ROOM 20:                    Grant           $402 – 5 subscriptions
ROOM 21:                    Celeste         $202 – 7 subscriptions
ROOM 22:                    Megan          $252 – 8 subscriptions
ROOM 23:                   Nadine        $83 – 3 subscriptions
ROOM 25:                   Hiroko            $52 – 2 subscriptions
ROOM 26:                   Emma             $302 – 11 subscriptions
ROOM 28:                    Zofia           $260 – 7 subscriptions
ROOM 29:                    Roberto          $243 – 8 subscriptions
ROOM 30:                    Jack                $1,175 – 23 subscriptions
ROOM 31:                   Isabella        $116 – 3 subscriptions

BOOK REVIEW WINNERS:  Art – Linda in Room 24; Literature – Maya in Room 22

LITERACY LEADERS who “Got Caught Reading”:   Dantee, Ge, and Alexandria

Thank you to Catherine and Mary for all your time and hard work, Jill Chen for doing the award certificates, and all the volunteers who helped with this fundraiser.  Thank you to all the students, parents and guardians who sold magazine subscriptions.  Thank you for your support!

Report from the Parent Support Group

The second meeting of the year for the Parent Support Group was held on the evening of November 24th. Over 20 parents and one of the school’s primary teachers attended a workshop entitled “Walk a Mile in my Shoes”. The workshop was led by Melissa Rowbotham, Manager of Community Consultation at Integra Foundation, a mental health centre that provides services and support to children with learning disabilities and their families.

This particular workshop is intended to give participants an idea of what children with learning disabilities experience. In the hour and a half session, we were taken through a number of exercises that helped us better understand the types of difficulties that children with learning disabilities have at school. It was an interesting evening where many were able to share their experiences and ask questions. Unfortunately, the time passed all too quickly.

A special thanks needs to go to School Council for graciously funding the event. Their financial support made the event possible. Further information about Integra Foundation’s services and other workshops can be found on its website: For those unable to attend, the handout from the workshop may be downloaded through School Council’s website:

We are planning our next meeting for January, details to follow. In the meantime, we welcome your input on any topics that you would like to discuss. You can send us your suggestions through the Parent Support Group page on the School Council website.

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 to sign in, and when leaving, to sign out.   You will be issued a Visitor Badge, which must be worn visibly during your stay.

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 am or 12:30 pm must obtain a late slip from the office.

Lunch Policy

Please be reminded that the lunch hour is from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.   When children stay for lunch, they will eat with their classmates and remain on school property.  If ever there is a need for a student to leave school property during lunch, a written request from the parent, signed and dated, 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 and room number or teacher.  Please instruct your child to come to the office at 11:30 am for pickup.  In order to avoid classroom disruptions, students will not be called from class before 11:30 am.  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.

Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot. This year’s vaccine contains H1N1 as well as two other types of flu virus, which are expected to circulate in Canada. The Province is making the influenza vaccine available free of charge to anyone over six months of age who lives, works or attends school in Ontario.

Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff must be symptom-free (especially from vomiting and diarrhoea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school.

The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:

• reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before and after eating
• reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough
• watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, and/or high fever
• informing the school if your child is ill
• keeping your child at home when he/she is ill

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000.