Newsletter - Oct 29, 2010

Important Dates

Monday November 1– Samhain (Wicca)
Monday November 1 – Aboriginal Education Month begins
Friday November 5 – Dewali (Hinduism/Jainism/Sikhism)
Wednesday November 10 – School Council Meeting
Thursday November 11 – Remembrance Day
Friday November 12 – Birth of Baha’ullah (Baha’i)
Sunday November 14 – Hajj (Islam)
Tuesday November 16 – Progress Reports go home
Tuesday November 16 – Eid al Adha (Islam)
Tuesday November 16 – Louis Riel Day (Metis)
Thursday November 18 – Parent/Teacher Interviews
Friday November 19 – PA Day – no school – Parent/Teacher Interviews                      
Sunday November 21 – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikhism)
Tuesday November 23 – School Photo Retake Day
Friday November 26 – Success Assembly (am)
Friday November 26 – Pizza lunch
 

SCHOOL SCHEDULE

As you may know, all TDSB schools are on a 5-day or 10-day cycle.  Regal Road is on a 5-day cycle this year.  At Regal Road currently Monday is day 4, Tuesday day 5, Wednesday day 1, Thursday day 2 and Friday day 3.  We will continue that way until the November PA day.  Starting November 21, Monday will be day 3, Tuesday day 4, Wednesday day 5, Thursday day 1 and Friday day 2.  That pattern should continue until January 21.  We will give you dates after that in December’s newsletter.


REMINDERS FOR PARENTS
 
PARENTS, PLEASE WAIT OUTSIDE THE YARD… 
 
You may wait on the sidewalk at the front of the school or outside the fenced area of the playground during supervision times.  If you are walking through the yard, do so quickly without interaction with students.  Please follow these guidelines in order to ensure student safety.
All doors to the school are locked, except for the front doors.  
 
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 leave school property during lunch hour, 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, 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!
 
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.  
 

RESPONSIBILITY
In room 20, we discussed what a responsible student looks like.  We decided that a responsible student:
completes homework, assignments on time
is a active member of a group
asks for help when needed
is organized
takes responsibilities for his/her own actions.
 
In addition most of the students have responsibilities in the classroom such as being in line properly, being group leaders, and taking responsibility for the calendar, the library, mailboxes and many other things. All students proudly fulfill the tasks for which they have charge.
 
Having responsibilities gives us a sense of purpose and makes us feel like we belong.
 
A QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY
 
This month Room 29 has been hard at work!  With what you ask - math, science, drama? Of course, all of the above, but what about those things that make us good classroom and school citizens?  What about those things that make our school function smoothly on a day-to-day basis?  Well, this is where things like Responsibility come in. Yes, responsibility.  We’ve all heard about it from our parents, our teachers, our relatives, and even our friends but what does it really mean? Well, room 29 has been carefully thinking about this question and discussing the very meaning of responsibility and what responsibility “looks like”.  As a result of our thinking and discussing our class has created a list containing four categories of responsibility as it pertains to our school community.  They are:
 
Social Responsibility - How we interact with our peers and school staff
Environmental Responsibility – How we treat our school’s physical environment
Academic Responsibility – How seriously we feel about our own learning
Family Responsibility – How we treat and help our families
 
Room 29 is proud of the work they have done establishing this list and will be sending a clear message about it at our Responsibility Assembly on October 29th.
 

CROSS-COUNTRY
 
Regal Road’s Cross-Country team kicked off the season with a meet on Oct 4th at Ashbridge’s Bay. Many students experienced personal bests, despite the cold temperatures. Thank you to all parent-drivers and to Mrs. DeGiorgio and Mr. Rea for their assistance. An extra thank you to Mrs. DeGiorgio for washing all 70+ jerseys!
 
Four students’ results qualified them for the South Conference Finals on October 14th. Gabriela Preciado (room 26), Greyson Addo (room 30), Emily Gannon (room 28) and Lucy Straszynski (room 31) ran despite the cold, rainy weather. Each student had a top-40 finish!
 
With her first-place finish at Conference Finals, Lucy Straszynski moved on to the City Finals held on October 21st at Centennial Park. She gained the lead early in the race and held on to it despite having runners from other schools hot on her heels. Lucy finished first in the Grade 6 Girls’ race, bringing home a gold medal to Regal Road.
 
Congratulations to all Cross-Country team members on a great season!
                                                Ms. Misner and Ms. Morgan

CLUBS/TEAMS
 
Yoga Club will be starting in January on Fridays at 12 o'clock with Mme Neicov.
Spelling Bee Club - All grade 4, 5, and 6 students interested in participating in a spelling bee club at lunchtime should come to Room 30 on Tuesday, November 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
grade 5  boys basketball starting in the winter
grade 6 boys basketball starting in the winter
grade 6 girls volleyball starting in the winter
 

RELIEF FOR PAKISTAN
 
Thanks to everyone in the community for the generous donations.  We were able to collect $387.70 for the flood victims of Pakistan.


PROGRESS REPORTS

Beginning this year, the first term report cards will be progress reports. Interviews for first term will be taking place November 18th and 19th. Provincial report cards will be sent home at the end of the second and third terms. Below is a description that outlines the differences between progress report cards and provincial report cards.
Elementary Progress Report Card ----> captures general progress in working towards achievement of curriculum expectations and your child’s development of learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year.
To report on students’ development on Learning Skills and Work Habits teachers will use: E- Excellent G- Good S-Satisfactory N- Needs Improvement
On the first page, a report on your child’s development of Learning Skills and Work Habits from September to November, in the following:
Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative, Self Regulation
On the second page teachers will highlight your child’s general progress towards the achievement of curriculum expectations in all subject areas.
 
Elementary Provincial Report Card ----> captures achievement of expectations at two points in the school year and your child’s development of learning skills and work habits during terms two and three of the school year
 

WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE STUDENT SUCCESS

In order to ensure the best possible education for your child, it is necessary for them to attend school regularly. A student’s academic progress depends on regular class attendance. Research also indicates that attendance patterns and attitudes are developed at an early age. Students are expected to fully participate in learning opportunities and complete all homework assignments and tests when they are absent.

We would like to encourage families to plan extended vacations when school is not in session. Extended absences can result in gaps in student learning. Students in Grades 3 and 6 may have particular difficulty during the provincial assessments (EQAO) when they have been absent during the school year and have missed a large portion of the curriculum taught. Regular student attendance and punctuality is important in order for students to be successful at school.

You can help ensure your child’s success 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.

Let’s work together to ensure student success.


REMEMBRANCE DAY
 
November 11 is Remembrance Day. On Thursday, November 11, 2010, students and staff at Regal Road and across the city will mark the day with classroom activities and school assemblies. The First and Second World Wars touched Canadians of all ages, all races and all social classes. Many were wounded and killed in action. Those who returned were forever changed. Those who stayed in Canada also served - in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed. During Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace. 

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie, 
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Halloween provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Halloween is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security. 

TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY

If parents are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow: 

· Have your child carry a flashlight. 
· NEVER go into a stranger's house.
· NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
· Trick or treat only at homes you know. 
· Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
· Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
· Accompany your child when trick or treating.
· If you can not accompany your child then know the route your child will take.
· Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them. 
· Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know. 
· Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
· If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road. 
· Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe. 
· Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable. 
· Remind children that not everyone celebrates Halloween, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours yards or gardens. 
· With older children be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
· Set time limits when children should return home.
 
 Grades 1 - 8
 
GROWING SUCCESS
Question and Answer for Parents
 
What is Growing Success?
It is the new Ministry of Education policy on Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools Grades 1-12. This policy is implemented as of September 2010.
 
What is the difference between the Elementary Progress Report Card and the Elementary Provincial Report Card?
Elementary Progress Report Card ----> captures general progress in working towards achievement of curriculum expectations and your child’s development of learning skills and work habits during the Fall of the school year
Elementary Provincial Report Card ----> captures achievement of expectations at two points in the school year and your child’s development of learning skills and work habits during two periods of the school year
 
What are the two periods in the school year for reporting achievement of expectations?
The two periods are September to January/February and January/February to June
 
What can I expect to see on my child’s Elementary Progress Report Card?
On the first page, a report on your child’s development of LEARNING SKILLS and WORK HABITS from September to November, in the following:
 
RESPONSIBILITY
 
ORGANIZATION
 
INDEPENDENT WORK
 
COLLABORATION
 
INITIATIVE
 
SELF REGULATION
 
On the second page teachers will highlight your child’s general progress towards the achievement of curriculum expectations in all subject areas.
On both pages, teachers will focus comments on your child’s strengths and identify next steps for improvement.
 
What will the report on my child’s development in learning skills and work habits look like?
To report on students’ development on LEARNING SKILLS and WORK HABITS teachers will use:
E- Excellent
G- Good
S-Satisfactory
N- Needs improvement
Teacher’s comments will focus on your child’s strengths and identify next steps for improvement.
 
When can I expect my child’s Elementary Progress Report Card and Elementary Provincial Report Cards 1 and 2?
Toronto District School Board Reporting Timelines are
Between November 12 and 18, 2010 Elementary Progress Report card goes home
TDSB Kindergarten Progress Report for Senior Kindergarten goes home
Between February 11 and 17, 2011 Elementary Provincial Report Card 1 goes home
TDSB Junior Kindergarten Summary Report goes home
Either June 28 or 29, 2011 Elementary Provincial Report Card 2 goes home
TDSB Kindergarten Progress Report for Junior & Senior Kindergarten goes home
 
When can I expect my child’s secondary report cards?
Provincial Report Cards Grades 9 -12 will be distributed on a varied timeline. Please contact your child’s school for information about reporting dates.
 
For additional information:
Ask your school principal for additional information about assessment, evaluation and reporting.
You may also find out more at www.edu.gov.on.ca search “Growing Success”
or www.edugains.ca click on “AER Gains”
 
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