Newsletter - February 1, 2013

Important dates

Saturday February 2 – Setsubum-sai (Shinto)

Sunday February 10 – Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

Thursday February 7 – School Council Meeting (7:00) – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Wednesday February 13 – Student Reports go home

Thursday February 14 – Nirvana Day (Buddhism)

Friday February 15 – Nirvana Day (Jain)

Thursday February 14 (evening) and Friday February 15 (morning) – Parent/Teacher Interviews

Friday February 15 – PA Day – no school

Monday February 18 – Family Day – public holiday, no school

Thursday February 21 – Dance-a-thon

Sunday February 24 – Purim (Judaism)

Monday March 11 to Friday March 15 – March Break


Welcome back

We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break. Everything is back in full gear as we prepare for our First Term Report Cards. Parents and guardians are key partners in the education of our children. As such, you are encouraged to attend the Parent Teacher Conferences taking place on Thursday, February 14th in the evening and Friday, February 15th in the morning. Classroom teachers will be scheduling interviews shortly.

Traffic safety tips: Help make this a safe winter season

Now that winter is here, we know that severe weather will be part of our daily lives for the next few months. While traffic safety is an important matter all year long, this is a particularly good time to review what we can do to keep students safe.

The need to be aware and alert at all times, on any road, and even in the most routine circumstances is key to traffic safety. This applies to students and drivers alike. Road conditions can be challenging in the winter months. So to those of us who drive, please take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children might be present.

School staff periodically reviews street and traffic safety with students. Parents can help reinforce these safety messages with children at home. Below are some tips that might be helpful to review.

  • Stop, look, and listen for traffic.
  • Only cross at corners and crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Walk on the right side of the crosswalk.
  • Wear appropriate footwear to reduce the chances of slipping.
  • Never run into the street.
  • Obey crossing signals.
  • Cross only if clear.
  • Walk on sidewalks.
  • Where there are no sidewalks, walk as far away from traffic as possible, and facing traffic.

The safety of our students is always a top priority. Let's work together to make the winter season safe so we can enjoy all it has to offer.

February 18 is a statutory holiday

There will be no classes on Monday, February 18, 2013 to reflect the province-wide statutory holiday called Family Day. The holiday occurs on the third Monday in February of each year for the purpose of emphasizing and celebrating the importance of families taking time to be together.

Because teachers are involved in professional learning on Friday, February 15 for the Board-wide Professional Activity Day, students will not be attending school on Friday, February 15 and Monday, February 18 which is the statutory holiday - Family Day.

Visit the TDSB public web site at to view the school year calendar.


Recess during cold weather

Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -28C and -20C.

If a student's medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child's school day, please contact the school office.


Cancellation of buses 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 11:00am 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. 

Grade 6 transitions

For students who will be moving on to Winona for Grade 7, please be reminded that Winona’s application forms are due at Winona by 14 February.


February is Kindergarten Registration Month

Kindergarten is the first step in a lifelong journey that will see your child learn, grow, and succeed at the Toronto District School Board.  We look forward to sharing this journey with you and your child.

Please call 416 393 1390 during February to make an appointment to register for Kindergarten. Documents required are:  birth certificate or passport, record of immunization, health card, and two forms of proof of address for the parents, showing name and address.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. For registration in Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31.

For more information, be sure to visit the Kindergarten home page.

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!




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Natasha MacFarlane,
Mar 3, 2013, 7:02 PM