Newsletter - May 31, 2012

Important dates

Friday June 1 – PA Day (no school)

Wednesday June 6 – School Council Meeting

Thursday June 14 – Volunteer Tea

Wednesday June 20 – Litha (Wicca)

Friday June 22 – Pizza Lunch

Sunday June 24 – St. Jean Baptiste Day

Wednesday June 27 – Grade 6 Celebration

Thursday June 28 – Success Assembly

Thursday June 28 – Last Day of School/student reports sent home

Friday June 29 – PA Day


Spring Fair

On Thursday, May 24th, 5pm to 8pm we hosted our annual Regal Road Public School Spring Fair. Once again it was a very successful event.  Hundreds of people were in attendance and we raised a great deal of money. Full details will be coming out in the next newsletter.  Special thanks to the Spring Fair co-chairs, Kevin Hewitt and Brad Cunningham.


Regal Road’s School-Wide Character Trait for May 2012 was INTEGRITY

In Room 21, we discussed definitions of integrity (honesty, being true to yourself, then others, responsibility, standing up for something, etc.), some situations in which we can show integrity, and the importance of demonstrating integrity in our lives.

We also reviewed many quotes and shared what we thought it meant.

Here are a few of the many interesting quotes we discussed:

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what think is right and stick to it.” – George Elliot

“Winning is nice if you don’t lose your integrity in the process” – Arnold Horshak

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson

“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” – Andre Gide

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” - Unknown

“In the end, you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song


We also learned and recited a poem by Mrs. London Smith about Integrity.

In everything

No matter when

Try to be honest

Encourage your friends

Give your best

Responsibly

In every way

To let others see

You have INTEGRITY!

 

Integrity

Integrity has been the human quality that Room 16, Grade 2/3 has been discussing.

Integrity means telling the truth, being honest and living, learning and working in an honourable manner.

We have experienced integrity when visiting a grandparent. When we make a mistake or make poor choices, we have found our best direction was to tell the truth to grandma. Somehow she seems to always know when there is an untruth afoot.

Integrity is a human characteristic that needs to be practised for a lifetime.

Friends are very valued when they use integrity as a quality in a relationship and in communication.


Author Deborah Ellis visited Regal Road

Regal Road was fortunate to have had a visit from Author Deborah Ellis in May.

Deborah spoke to the Grade 4s 5s and 6s. She is an author who is dedicated to issues of social justice. Deborah Ellis has travelled extensively and been involved in social activism and the peace movement. Ellis collected stories she heard from refugee camps around the world. Her novel, the Breadwinner, is one in which a young girl disguises herself as a boy, so she can work and support her family in Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The Breadwinner became an international bestseller. This novel has two sequels: Parvana’s Journey and Mud City which earned more than $1 million. She donated all of the earnings to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and to Street Kids International.

Deborah continues to travel each year, and interviewing people who survived difficult situations. Her commitment to social justice is the real thing. She motivates kids to think and work to create a better world. Thank you for your enriching us with your insights.     


Family outing

One of Regal Road’s parents would like to bring to your attention two awesome events for kids of all ages and a super deal to boot; CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival ‘Family Shorts’ screening:

FREE EVENT: Sunday June 3rd  12:00 p.m. - Shorts for Shorties ‘FLICK-NIC’ in Dufferin Grove Park, this event’s outdoor screening line-up can be viewed here:
http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/films/program/flick-nic-shorts-shorties/
 
$25.00 PACKAGE: Saturday June 9th 10:00 a.m. – Shorts for Shorties ‘MISSION TO THE MILKY WAY’ at the CN Tower, includes a hands-on animation workshop by the NFB which get sent home by e-mail!! AND a trip up the CN Tower. Every adult ticket includes admission for 2 kids under 12. The screening line-up for this event can be viewed here:
http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/films/program/mission-to-milky-way-shorts-shorties/

 

Bicycle safety

Now that the warmer weather has approached us children will be participating in many outdoor activities like bike riding. The Toronto District School Board wants kids to be safe while playing outdoors this summer. Parents and caregivers can "stay a step ahead" by protecting children when they ride.

Here's how:

1. An adult should always supervise children 10 years of age or younger when they are using a bicycle or other wheeled sports equipment. Even older children may need on-going supervision when riding near the road.

2 .Make sure children wear the correct helmet properly when they ride. Ontario's bike helmet law requires all children and youth under age 18 to wear an approved bike helmet when riding a bicycle. When putting on a helmet, follow the 2-V-1 rule:

• 2 fingers width above your eyebrows
• The side straps should meet to form a V below each ear
• 1 finger only should fit between your chin and fastened straps


3. Keep children away from traffic when they use wheeled sports equipment. Make sure they ride in a safe place.

4. Teach children how to:

a. steer, brake and ride in a straight line
b. wear the right safety gear, and
c. do a safety check every time they ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, use in-line skates or wear shoes with wheels.


5. Be within arm's reach when your children are learning to ride any wheeled equipment.

6. Always walk a bicycle, scooter or skateboard across a street intersection, instead of riding across.

7. Tell children that you are happy when you see them riding safely.

8. Remind children of the safety rules when they forget.

9. Be a good role model - wear a helmet and safety gear yourself. Children copy what adults do.

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.

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten Registration is ongoing. 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.

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.

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.

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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