Newsletter - January 26, 2012

Important Dates

Friday January 27 – PA Day (no school)
Monday January 30 – Early French Immersion Information session (7:00)
Tuesday January 31 – Deadline for Early French Immersion Senior Kindergarten and Grade 7 Extended French applications
Friday February 3 - Setsubum-sai (Shinto)
Monday February 6 – School Council Meeting, 7:00 PM (Please note change of date)
Tuesday February 14- Student Reports go home
Wednesday February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhism, Jain)
Thursday February 16 - Parent-Teacher Interviews (PM)
Friday February 17 – Parent-Teacher Interviews (AM)
Friday February 17 – PA Day (no school)
Monday February 20 – Family Day (no school)
Thursday February 23 – Dance-a-thon
Thursday February 23 – Skating Party 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Wallace Emerson CC
Friday February 24 – Pizza Lunch and Success Assembly (PM)

Early French Immersion – Senior Kindergarten

Regal Road offers the early French Immersion program starting in Senior Kindergarten.  Applications are due by Tuesday January 31 for the 2012 – 2013 school year.

French Immersion is a second language program where the students are taught in French until grade 3. Starting in grade 4 they receive one period in English each day and by grade 6 the program consists of half the day in English. For more information please attend our information night on Monday January 30 at 7:00 in the gym at Regal Road.

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. 

Lateness

After a good start to the school year, late arrivals increased slightly. Please remember that teaching begins at 9:00 a.m. and late arrivals are disruptive to the class.

Extra Clothing

During wet or snowy weather students often get wet or muddy during recess or lunch-hour. It would be useful to keep an extra set of old clothes in school for these occasions, especially if you are not available to drop by at any time.

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.

Skating Party

Come to the Regal Road Skating Party!

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6pm to 7:30pm

Wallace Emerson outdoor skating rink

1260 Dufferin St - just south of Dufferin and Dupont

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration Month is just around the corner. 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 31, 2012. To attend Senior Kindergarten, children must turn five by December 31, 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.

Island Natural Science School – Summer Camp

The TDSB Island School is offering a five-day overnight outdoor education experience for children ages 9-13 in July.  A brochure will be sent home with students in grades 4, 5, and 6 this week.

Teamwork


At this month's assembly our students were recognized for their ability to demonstrate TEAMWORK. Teamwork is an idea that involves a number of people working together to make the work of a group successful and effective.

 

Room 21 said that it is working together, cooperating, sharing and helping each other.

Room 22 said that it is working together and helping each other to accomplish goals.

Room 24 said that it is remembering to include everyone and being respectful of others' ideas. Teamwork is encouraging everyone to participate in the group.

Room 25 said that it is when everyone shares in the responsibility of the work.

On Monday of this week many of us recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day and remembered the great contribution of Dr. King to the Civil Rights Movement. However, he did not work alone.  Many people of different backgrounds worked together as a team to draw attention to injustice and to work towards changing the laws.

Millions of people came together on Aug 28, 1963 in the March on Washington to hear Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream speech” where he also reminded us that “we cannot walk alone”.  He reminded everyone that our collective freedom is tied together and that we must strive for social justice as a team.

This calls to mind a famous saying:

“United we stand, divided we fall" The basic concept is that unless people are united and working together as a team it is easy to destroy them.

Regal Road, let’s continue to work together as a school to achieve great learning in 2012!

Mrs. Finlay and Mrs. Ferguson

 

Le Travail en Équipes

À la salle 6, nous travaillons souvent en groupes. Nous travaillons en équipes en maths, en education physique, en francais, en sciences et en musique. Quand nous travaillons en groupes, nous devons écouter les autres et nous devons contribuer nos idées avec le but d’accomplir une tâche. Nous sentons vraiment un sens de satisfaction quand nous réussissons a notre but. Voici quelques idées des élèves sur le sujet de travail en équipes :

Mathieu : <(le travail en groupes) c’est quand on lit un livre ensemble.>

Tenla : « C’est quand on joue ensemble. »

Ethan : « C’est quand on aide les personnes. »

Chiara : « C’est quand on partage des choses. »

Quand nous ne sommes pas d’accord avec des personnes dans nos équipes :

Antonio : « On ne se bat pas. »

Joshua : « Nous utilisons nos mots. »

Grant : « On joue rock, paper, scissors »

 Merci ! La Salle 6

TDSB 2012 Parent Census Survey (JK-Grade 6) – February 10 – 29, 2012

All parents of students from JK-Grade 6 will be invited to complete a Parent Census Survey between February 10th and 29th, 2012.  This survey is the second part of a student data collection research project approved by a motion passed by the Board in May, 2009.  The first part, a Student Census for students in Grades 7-12 was recently completed in November, 2011.

To ensure all schools again receive reliable and comprehensive information for ongoing improvement as a system, the TDSB is striving for a high a return rate as possible from each school.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Research and Information Services office at census@tdsb.on.ca

 

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.

 

 

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Natasha MacFarlane,
Jan 30, 2012, 6:40 PM
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