Newsletter - March 25, 2011

Important Dates

Thursday March 31 – Graduation Photos (Grade 6 & SK)
Tuesday April 12 – School Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 14 – Baisakhi (Sikhism)
Sunday April 17 – Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism)
Monday April 18 – Pesach/Passover – begins at sunset (Judaism)
Friday April 22 – Good Friday/Holy Friday (Christianity)
Sunday April 24 – Easter/Pascha (Christianity)
Monday April 25 – Easter Monday (no school)
Friday April 29 – Pizza Lunch, Success Assemblies PM

Junior Mural Club
While the primary students (Grades 1-3) will be working on an outdoor bug mural this Spring, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Rea, and Mrs. Mahaney will be leading a group of junior students (Grades 4-6) in creating an indoor road runner mural for our gym wall.  Junior students with ideas for the indoor road runner mural should sketch their ideas and submit them to either Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Rea, or Mrs. Mahaney by FRIDAY APRIL 1. They should be sure to include the words “Regal Road” and a “Road Runner” mascot as part of their theme.  The best ideas will be combined to create the final design.  Once the design is finalised, more information will be provided on how junior students can help to paint the mural!

Earth Hour at Regal Road P.S.

Join the local community of Regal Road Public School this Saturday evening, March 26th at 8:15 pm for a gathering in the schoolyard, overlooking the city skyline, and watch the lights go out!

On March 26 at 8:30 pm, hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for an hour to demand action on climate change. Earth Hour was created by World Wildlife Fund to help us see that small actions, such as turning off lights for just one hour, taken by millions of people around the world can have a huge impact. 

Don’t forget to turn your out your own lights too!

Call to Action for Disaster Relief in Japan 

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has caused much death and destruction in Japan. However, this disaster is not confined to the East Asian nation.  Family, friends and relatives of many in our city – and in our schools – have been lost or are struggling to survive, so we are all affected in some way by this catastrophe. 
We would like to remind you that the TDSB has requested that schools coordinate Toonie Tuesday fundraising events on March 29. 

We are being asked to pull together to support the aid and recovery effort in any way you can. No donation is too small or insignificant. Hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions, in Japan have been directly affected and thousands have died. The country’s east coast was devastated by a massive 8.9 earthquake, followed by a disastrous tsunami that swallowed homes, swept away cars and boats and forced people to scramble to higher ground. Food, water and medical supplies are running low in some communities ravaged by the quake. 

The Toronto District School Board is supporting the Canadian Red Cross in its relief efforts. To contribute online, please visit In addition, a collection process will be set up in each of our schools for donations in cash or by cheque. Tax receipts are available for donations as small as $10. The need is great and so we ask students and staff, parents and area residents to do what they can. 

Pizza Days

Please use the calendars issued by the school to keep track of pizza days and other events.  Remaining pizza days this term are March 25, April 29 and 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 sign out when visiting the school.

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.   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 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.