Newsletter - Sept 24, 2010

Important Dates

Monday September 27– Curriculum Night – 6:30 – 8:00
Monday, Sept. 27 to Friday, October 1 – Scholastic Book Fair
Friday October 1 – Simchat Torah (Judaism)
Friday October 8 – Navaratri (Hinduism)
Monday October 11 – Thanksgiving Day (no school)
Saturday October 17 – Dasera (Hinduism)
Thursday October 21 – School Photo Day
Thursday October 28 – Movie Night
Friday October 29 – Success Assembly
Friday October 29 – Pizza Lunch
Sunday October 31 – All Hallow’s Eve (Christianity)
 

Parent Volunteer Literacy Program

We would like to thank all the parents for their time and commitment to help make the Parent Volunteer Literacy Program a success over the past few years. We have noticed the many benefits of this program and the students have expressed their enjoyment in meeting with their volunteers. When adults read with students, they help them to increase their vocabulary and learn skills needed for literacy success. As a result of this support, children who enjoy the benefits of reading with adults also become better writers. Research has shown that reading with children one-on-one sets the stage for future academic achievements. This year we would like to continue this exciting initiative with the help of our previous volunteers, as well as with the support of new parent volunteers. The program is looking for parents to read with students one-on-one during the school day. We are inviting parent volunteers to attend an information session on Oct. 6th at 10:45am. If you are interested in supporting this initiative but are unable to attend the information session, please contact Mr. Nanfara at 416 393-1390. Thank you for helping to make Regal Road an exciting place to learn!


Volunteers Needed:

This summer Regal Road Library received many new books. If you have any time during the 1st TERM to help our librarian process these new books, your help would be greatly appreciated.  
 
Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:
 
Shelving Books / Processing New Books/ Repairing Books
 
Plus, if you have found overdue books in your home, please drop them off to the library. We will be open after school until 4pm.
 
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Michelle Flecker
(Teacher-Librarian)
REGAL ROAD PUBLIC SCHOOL  Email: Michelle.Flecker@tdsb.on.ca
 

Open House/Curriculum Night

Monday September 27, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. has been scheduled for our Open House.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to provide information about the curriculum, home/school communication and other items pertinent to your child’s progress.  When you arrive, please go directly to you child’s classroom for the presentation to begin.  If you have a second child you can go to the next classroom after that to meet the teacher.  As it is still early in the year, teachers have not yet collected a lot of data on individual student achievement.  The purpose of the evening is to give a general overview of the classroom programs for the year.


Character Development: A Partnership with Families

With a new school year ahead, we continue to develop character in all students and this is a shared responsibility between home and school. There is a need for family, community and schools to engage cooperatively to encourage students' learning and maturing as social beings.

Throughout the year, we will continue to focus on the 10 attributes identified at the TDSB and we encourage parents to reinforce these attributes at home whenever possible: Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Kindness and Caring, Teamwork, Fairness, Honesty, Co-operation, Integrity and Perseverance.

Some tips for supporting Character Development in the Home, include:
-  Use the language of character development and be clear about your values
-  Model and teach respectful manners
-  Listen to your children and spend time with children in shared activities
-  As a family, take part in community service projects or civic activities
-  Establish family traditions and enjoy family celebrations together
-  Teach your children to be responsible and discerning with their choices in media and entertainment and online activities
-  Teach your children how to resolve conflict in a peaceful, respectful way
-  Become involved in your child's school life from Kindergarten to Grade 12
-  Live character every day

For more information, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/character
 

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 to sign in and 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 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
must obtain a late slip from the office.
 
Valuables/Personal Electronic Devices on School Property
Students are requested not to bring valuables, items of importance or money to school.  The school does not accept responsibility for the above.  Every effort will be made to help students find missing items.  Personal items should be marked with your child’s name.  

A reminder that Personal Electronic Devices and Cell Phones are not permitted according to Board Policy.
TDSB Trustee election debates on Rogers TVRogers Television is hosting TDSB Trustee candidate debates beginning on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm. Please check the Rogers Television website for the debate schedule, www.rogerstv.com, Programs – The Local Campaign.
 
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.  
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 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!
 
Sabrina’s Law – Anaphylaxis Reaction
As we begin the new school year, we would like to inform you that Regal Road Public School is an allergen aware school.  There are students in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, egg and milk products.   Insect stings, medicine, latex and exercise may also trigger an anaphylactic reaction.  Anaphylactic shock involves a severe overreaction of the body’s immune system to a triggering agent (the allergen).
 
As there are a number of students in our school who have a severe life threatening allergy to nuts, we ask our families to refrain from sending to school any food, etc. that contains nut products (i.e. peanut butter sandwiches, snacks with nuts, etc.).  While we cannot guarantee a “Nut Free” or “Allergen Free” environment, you can help to reduce the risk to our students by not sending in peanuts, nuts of any kind, products containing nuts, nut oil, or nut by-products, foods that MAY have come in contact with nuts or nut products and fast food or commercial snacks where the content or exposure to nuts of commercial foods or snacks is unclear (i.e. Timbits).
 
If your child has been diagnosed with this allergy and you have not notified the school, please do so immediately.  
A written communication will be sent to the parents of children notifying them of the nature of a life threatening allergy when it is specific to their child’s classroom.  Your continued cooperation in support of our efforts to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all is greatly appreciated!
 
Respect at Regal with Room 23
This month’s character theme at Regal is respect, and our class has been integrating this theme within our classroom. We have been examining what respect looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Here are some examples:

Looks like                     Sounds like                   Feels like
Smiles                         “Thank you”                   Happy
Helping                        “Please”                        Safe
Sharing                        “Here you are”               Inclusion
 
We’ve also been focusing on attentive listening and have come up with the following expectations as a class to demonstrate showing respect while listening:
 
The 3 Fs
Frozen         (body)
Focused       (eyes)
Free            (hands)
 
As a class, we are trying to use our words and self-control to voice our problems and express our feelings by using sentences that begin with “I feel…” along with the “P” word (please).
 
The following books are being read and discussed in our class to demonstrate respect (or the lack of):
Boys Are Best                                Clarice Bean Spells Trouble                
By: Manuela Olten                                By: Lauren Child        
 
Finally, the students are busy creating their own plays in groups to demonstrate respect.  We are studying Confessions of a Gym-Class Dropout, a play by Chuck Ranberg and Patrick Daley, and using it as a reference point and sharing how the characters can display more respect towards each other.
 
 
School Book Fair is coming to Regal Road Public School.

When?
Monday Sept 24th –Friday Oct 2nd
 
Book Exchanges will be cancelled during this week so that students can review and purchase books for home
 

We hope to see you all at the Curriculum Night – Monday Sept 27th Come by Room 5
the Scholastic Book Fair will be in full swing!

Canadian Parents For French (CPF) Update

Canadian Parents For French is a national network of volunteers dedicated to the promotion and creation of French Second Language (FSL) learning opportunities for young Canadians.  Our local CPF Chapter - Toronto Midtown West was founded in 2008.  We are pleased to let you know of some of our upcoming programs for families with children in French Immersion.  If you would like to find out more about our Chapter or would like to volunteer please contact Rosemary Sutherland at sutherland.yates@sympatico.ca

FRENCH FAMILY MOVE AFTERNOONS
at The National Film Board
(150 John St., at Richmond)
 
Sunday, October 24th  from 2:00pm-3:30pm
Join us for some French Animated Short Films
(for children 5-8years of age)
Or
Sunday, November 7th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Join us for a French Feature Film
(for children 8-12 years of age)
Admission: $2.00 per person
 
French Family Story time Program
at Dufferin St. Clair Library
 
Thursday Evenings from 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm for children 6-8 years old
Oct. 14 - Dec. 2Nd  (8 weeks)
This program is FREE of charge
 
Adult French Course - Level 1
When: Thursday October 14–November 25 (7 weeks)
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Where: Rawlinson Community School
231 Glenholme Avenue
 Why: * A great way to help support your child’s French education
* An easy way to brush up forgotten skills
 Cost: $100 for CPF Members
$125 for non-members (includes Canadian
Parents for French membership fee and course manual)
 For more information about CPF please visit their website www.cpfont.on.ca
If you have any questions or require more information please contact Rawlinson parent, Natasha Taylor at nataylor1223@hotmail.com or 647-234-0929
 
 
 
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