Newsletter - March 30, 2012

Important dates:

Monday April 2 – Success Assemblies (AM)

Tuesday April 3 – School Council Meeting

Wednesday April 4 – Go Fish Performance, 2:30 pm

Friday April 6 – Good Friday (Christianity) No School

Saturday April 7 – Pesach/Passover begins (Judaism)

Sunday April 8 – Easter (Christianity)

Monday April 9 – Easter Monday – No School

Friday April 13 – Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

Friday April 13/Saturday April 14 – Baisakhi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

Sunday April 15 – Easter/Pascha (Orthodox Christianity)

Wednesday April 18 – Graduation photos – kindergarten and grade 6

Thursday April 19 – Yom HaShoah (Judaism)

Friday April 27 – Success Assembly/Pizza Lunch

 

GO FISH!

Our primary production of Go Fish was a huge success and was sold out. As a result we have added a third performance on Wednesday April 4 at 2:30 PM. There is no charge for this performance. Please join us if you were unable to get tickets to the performances on March 29th.

Showcase Concert Series

Regal Road’s steel pan groups were invited to perform at the TDSB’s Showcase Concert Series at George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts) on Tuesday March 6. Our students, along with the students from 6 other schools, put on a wonderful performance. We received many comments about the quality of the music and our students and the steel pan instructor, Mr. Clarke, are to be congratulated.

Island Natural Science School

All our grade 5 and 6 students will be going to the Island Natural Science School in April. Rooms 24, 30 and the grade 5 students from Room 22 will be going from 23 to 25 April; Rooms 25 and 31 will be going from 25 to 27 April. The cost of the trip for each student is $75.

Honesty - Room 14 and Room 15

The character trait for this month is honesty. Rooms 14 and 15 have brainstormed and carried out discussions about what it means to be honest, how we can tell whether a person is honest or not, and what are the behaviors that honest children and adults are displaying. We also read some books about what it means to be an honest and sincere person. We learned that a person who is honest always tells the truth no matter what the consequences will be. Trusting, honest children care about their friends, do their own homework, keep a promise, keep a friend’s secret, and voice their opinions in a kind, respectful way.

Don’t forget: Be honest about yourself and your feelings, accept responsibility for your own actions, think about others, so innocent people won’t get the blame for your actions.

Students in Room 14 and Room 15 will present at the success assembly on Monday April 2. The students have worked very hard and are excited about doing a mini-presentation on this month’s character trait, followed by two short skits about honesty, along with a beautiful song about having confidence in ourselves. If we believe we can do anything and we set our mind to it and believe in ourselves we can even fly.

Honesty – Room 22

This month the characteristic being featured is honesty. In Room 22, students have been having discussions about honesty and how we can demonstrate it in our school, home and community. Some of our ideas were that if we find something in the playground, we will return it to its owner or hand it in to the office. Also, if there is a disagreement we will tell the truth to an adult and take responsibility. For the assembly, a few grade 4 students will be reading and acting out a short story that shows honesty and demonstrates the consequences of dishonesty.   Miss Da Silva

 

Eco-schools update

The “Green Team” has evolved into a network of parents and staff heading up particular tasks. The following is a run down of this year’s efforts. Let us know if you want to join or if you have an idea for a project.

  • Green Club (on-going): Directed by Mrs. Abbey-Colborne with approximately 40 student participants meets once a week, making creative projects and discussing ideas for a cleaner environment!
  • Litterless lunch campaign (ongoing): Mrs. Abbey-Colborne and Mrs. Rahbek
  • Green Bin campaign (currently in a start-up phase): Mrs. Abbey-Colborne and Roland Taylor
  • Good Food Box c/o Food Share (on-going): Jennifer King
  • Battery pick-up (on-going): Karl Brown
  • Bring-Your-Own-Plate campaign at the Festival of Light (December): Kathryn Walter and Kevin Hewitt
  • Re-cycling Olympics Event (January): Mrs. Abbey-Colborne and Mr. Leverty
  • Garden table at the Spring Fair (May): Kathryn Walter

Also, the eastern playground renovation was finally completed in November with the planting of four new trees with money from the City of Toronto and the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Fund. All students were given a primer on caring for the trees in a presentation by Mrs. Abbey-Colborne. A watering schedule will be set up this month.

NOTICE: Calling all gardeners!

We will be collecting plants, garden tools and accessories again this year to raise money for the school at the Spring Fair (May 24). Please keep this in mind as you do your spring cleaning and let us know if you have plant cuttings and gently used items.

Thanks!

Contact: kawalter@sympatico.ca or call 416.651.3180

Earth Day (April 20th or April 23rd in most schools) – A time to go green…or greener!

On March 30th, TDSB schools and offices observed the annual Earth Hour, saving thousands of kilowatt hours of energy. Because Earth Day itself (April 22nd) falls on Sunday, schools may choose either Friday April 20th or Monday April 23rd as their Earth Day. Some schools go beyond the day and hold Earth Week or even Earth Month events to demonstrate their care for the environment.

TDSB students, staff, and parents have been observing Earth Day for years, and have come up with many fun and ingenious ways to mark this event.

  • Science classes from one school tested the health of the water in a nearby ravine.
  • Many students and staff organize community cleanups or campaigns to reduce the school’s impact on the environment — lights off, no bottled water, paper-free days, etc.
  • Some schools mount an EcoFair or an environmental play for students and the community.


The Board’s Outdoor Education Centres also help many schools participate in Earth Day activities. Planned activities include exploring local ecosystems, learning how to use less energy for lighting, and removing invasive plant species.

Many parents and students organize their own neighbourhood Earth Day events. For ideas and how-to information, visit www.earthday.ca.

For many TDSB staff and students, every day is Earth Day. There are now 401 certified EcoSchools across the Board, and more are expected to join this year. EcoSchools is a program created by the TDSB that now acts as a province-wide model for green schools. For more information, visit the EcoSchools page on the Board’s web site or ecoschools.ca.

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 when they are absent 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 in order to have the energy needed for the next day.

Day of Pink - April 11

One of the situations that can confront students at any age is that of being bullied or observing someone else being bullied. The TDSB already has a strong mandate against bullying and intolerance in schools and in the workplace.

To further recognize and to stand up against bullying, April 11 has been designated as Pink Day. This day is based on the actions in 2007 of two Nova Scotia Grade 12 students who marshalled their friends to wear pink in support of a younger student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. The e-mail campaign mounted by the older students resulted in not just 50 of their friends but in hundreds of students turning up the next day wearing pink in support of the bullied student.

The Pink Day that started in a Nova Scotia high school has now spread across Canada. TDSB schools have participated in Pink Day celebrations for several years, but this is the third year we are supporting anti-bullying through a Board-wide call to action. We urge every school and every staff member and student to join the anti-bullying campaign by wearing pink on Wednesday, April 11. Show your support against bullying and for tolerance.

To share your thoughts and tell the community how you're planning to celebrate Pink Day, please visit our Facebook page to become a fan at www.facebook.com/toronto.tdsb

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The TDSB is taking health and wellness beyond the classroom by launching the first-ever TDSB Fit for Life Fun Run and you are invited! This Run is for everyone. Students, staff and community members are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and train over the coming months. Teachers and coaches across the Board are creating run clubs and working with students to help train and set personal goals for the community run being held on June 9, 2012 at Downsview Park in Toronto.

Recognizing the importance of physical activity and health literacy in the fight against childhood obesity, the TDSB has responded with a variety of initiatives to promote the benefits of leading healthy, active lifestyles. These include student nutrition programs, TDSB Fit for Life, and most recently the creation of three Sports and Wellness Academies and two Health and Wellness Academies.

As part of the focus on healthy living, students are also being encouraged to raise funds for the Toronto Foundation for Student Success for nutrition programs that help ensure all students have a good start to the day.

For more information, including how to register, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/funrun.

Children's Mental Health Week is May 6 - 12

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. In addition, there will also be year-round activities to raise awareness of children's mental health issues. For more information visit www.tdsb.on.ca.

Junior Kindergarten Open House, May 7 & 10

This open house is for students who will start junior kindergarten in September and their parents.

Room 1: Monday, May 7 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Room 2: Thursday, May 10 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Student entry

We try to get the students in as efficiently as possible at morning entry. We request that parents stand away from the lines (to the side).  Please do not walk through the lines either but around. It is important to follow these requests so students can enter safely and teachers can supervise without any hindrance. 

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration is happening now. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their child now for Kindergarten classes that begin in September 2012.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four by December 31st, 2012. To attend Senior Kindergarten, children must turn five by December 31st, 2012.

To register a child, parents/guardians must bring:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate, passport or baptismal record)
  • Health card
  • Record of Immunization
  • Two forms of proof of address bearing the parent’s name and address, e.g., telephone bill, government correspondence, bank statement, credit card bill, etc.

Note:
If your child was not born in Canada, verification of date of arrival is required. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. All other families should visit the International Program and Admissions Office, Toronto District School Board (TDSB), 5050 Yonge Street, for a TDSB School Admission Letter. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families shall not be shared with immigration authorities, as per TDSB Policy P.061 SCH.

Volunteer Literacy Program

The program involves volunteers reading with students in a half hour block.  This is an extremely valuable program that supports student learning at Regal Road.  With your help we can make this “Unique to Regal Road” program even better.  For more information please contact Vice-Principal Norbert Costa @ 416-393-1390, or drop by the office.

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 again to sign out when you leave. You will be issued a Visitor Badge, which must be worn visibly during your stay. At dismissal time, please meet your child(ren) at the designated outside door.

Lunch policy

Please be reminded that the lunch hour is from 11:45 a.m. – 12:40 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 leave the school at lunchtime, a written request 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 11:45 a.m. for pickup. In order to avoid classroom disruptions, students will not be called from class before 11:45 a.m.  Your cooperation is appreciated!

Use of school telephone

All students are reminded to have sporting events and after school arrangements made prior to coming to school each day.  The school phone is to be used for emergency purposes only.

DVD ORDER FORM

 

GO FISH! – Primary Musical

Thursday, March 29, 2012

 

Student name:  _______________________________________  Room _________

 

Please supply __________ copies of the GO FISH DVD @ $5 each

 

Total $____________

 

Please return this order form with exact change (or make cheques payable to Regal Road PS) as soon as possible. 

The deadline for DVD orders is APRIL 12, 2012

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