Newsletter - November 25, 2011

Important Dates
Monday December 5 – Ashura (Islam)
Friday December 9 – P.A. Day (no school)
Tuesday December 13 – Festival of Lights
Wednesday December 21 – 28 Hanukkah (Judaism)
Thursday December 22 – Yule (Wicca)
Friday December 23 – Success Assembly (PM)
Saturday December 24 – Sunday January 8 – Winter Holiday
Sunday December 25– Christmas (Christian)
Monday December 26 – Kwanzaa (African Canadian/American)
Sunday January 1 – New Year’s Day/Gantan-sai (Shinto)                                                                                                
Thursday January 5 – Twelfth Night (Christianity)
Friday January 6 – Epiphany (Christianity)
Monday, January 9 – School Begins

Save the Date - Festival of Lights Pot Luck Dinner
Tuesday, December 13th – 6-8pm

Join us at the annual Regal Road Festival of Lights Pot Luck Dinner for an evening of great food and entertainment. 

This is the one night of the year where our families come together, each bringing their specialty dish or pot of food to share, to enjoy great company and see art projects and musical entertainment courtesy of Regal Road students.  This is the social highlight of the year! 

Greening of the Pot Luck –To help support the spirit of our Eco-School Certification, we are asking everyone to bring their own plates, utensils and napkins.  Our goal this year is to help reduce our environmental footprint and keep our waste down. Everyone who brings a plate will be entered to win a prize for their efforts. Let’s help keep the landfills free of our garbage.

We look forward to seeing you and your family on December 13th.

Green Club News
It has been a busy month for Green Club! The green club presented two assemblies to introduce the Regal Road P.S. Waste Reduction initiatives.  In an effort to engage students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, our school will be starting a Waste-Free Lunch Initiative beginning on Monday, November 28, 2011.  Any leftovers or waste from student lunches will have to be taken home, as there will be no waste disposal bins made available in the lunch rooms.  This will also allow parents to monitor their child’s lunch consumption.

In addition, we would like to start composting (Green Bin Program) at Regal Road.  The Green Bin Program collects organic waste (fruit and vegetable scraps, paper towels, coffee grinds, etc.) and turns it into compost.  Unfortunately, the City of Toronto does not offer Green Bin pick-up at Regal Road P.S.  We are asking parents or members of the community who live close to our school to offer to pick-up our green bins for City disposal on Tuesdays.  If you are able to pick-up one green bin from our school and dispose it with your Tuesday pick-up, please advise Mrs. A.C.

We would also like to welcome our four new trees in the East Yard!  The Tree Ceremony was attended by most classes; this celebration raised awareness of the importance and care of trees.  

Thank you for your support!
Green Club
(Mrs. A.C., Mrs. Rahbek, Ms Tiley, Ms Edwards)

The Good Food Box comes to Regal Road
How simple would it be if you could pick up your fruits and vegetables when you pick up your children from school? Well, you can! The Good Food Box of Toronto delivers organic and non-organic produce of exceptional quality and incredible prices to several communities across the city.  Beginning in November, you could make your life a little easier and a whole lot tastier when Regal Road becomes the newest drop-off location for this not-for-profit organization. Your family isn’t too big, and it isn’t too small. The Good Food Box aims to offer something for everyone.

For more information visit and email Regal Road’s Good Food Box Coordinator, Jennifer King (a.k.a. The Storyteller) at Happy eating!

Basketball teams
Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team on their participation in the TDSB tournament at Don Mills.  The girls represented Regal Road well by demonstrating great sportsmanship and team play.  Everyone had a great time.  Thank you to the players and the coaches for all their hard work.

Tryouts are now taking place for the Boys basketball team.  Good Luck to all who are trying out.

Junior Extended French at Rawlinson C.S.
The deadline for applications for this program is December 15, 2011.  This program is for students who will be entering Grade 4 in September 2012.

Head Lice
As is common when the new school year begins, we have had a number of cases of head lice in the school.  We recommend that you check your child’s hair frequently, especially if your child complains of itchiness, or is scratching.  
We’ve had another successful QSP Magazine Fundraising Campaign this year thanks to all the hard work and effort of Catherine Araujo and Mary Romeos with help from Emily Aneziris.  

Once again, we aimed at making the QSP campaign less commercial and in doing so tried to get all the students involved by focusing on literacy.  There were the Tongue Twisters, Get Caught Reading and Book Reviews, as well as selling incentives.   The final numbers are yet to be finalized, but we sold over $13,000 in subscriptions, which will make the school at least $3,000 in profits.  The gym will be getting a new Orienteering Kit and purple and yellow crash mats with the money raised.

THE FEARLESS FUNDRAISERS were Jack in Room 30 who sold $907 in subscriptions and got to enjoy Principal Mintz’s chair for a day, and Myles in Room 26 who sold $711 in subscriptions and got to enjoy Vice Principal Costa’s chair for the day.

ROOM 1AM-  George sold 10 subscriptions-$350  
ROOM 2AM-  Jessica sold 9 subscriptions-$339
ROOM 2PM-  Wyatt sold 6 subscriptions-$166
ROOM 6-        Ruby sold 2 subscriptions-$148
ROOM 7AM- Audrey sold 12 subscriptions-$555 
ROOM 7PM- Sofia sold 9 subscriptions-$254
ROOM 13-     Toni sold 10 subscriptions-$303  
ROOM 14-      Lily sold 6 subscriptions-$212
ROOM 15-     Alexander sold 11 subscriptions-$395
ROOM 16-     Angelina sold 1 subscription-$43
ROOM 17-     Sierra sold 11 subscriptions-$562
ROOM 20-     Elora sold 5 subscriptions-$147
ROOM 21-     Nina sold 7 subscriptions-$175
ROOM 22-     Nadine sold 2 subscriptions-$58 
ROOM 24-     Tiago sold 1 subscription-$37
ROOM 25-     Cynclair sold 2 subscriptions-$72
ROOM 26-     Myles sold 17 subscriptions-$711
ROOM 28-     Misha sold 14 subscriptions-$545
ROOM 29-     Jacob sold 3 subscriptions-$106
ROOM 30-     Jack sold 17 subscriptions-$907
ROOM 31-     Sasha sold 6 subscriptions-$186

TOP SELLING CLASS was Room 30 and they will enjoy a Treasure Hunt using the Orienteering Kit with Mr. Leverty and Mr. Rea.

BOOK REVIEW WINNERS:  Art – Jackson in Room 24; Literature – Ge

LITERACY LEADERS who “Got Caught Reading”:   Greyson A., Daniella C. and Grant B. 

Thank you very much to Catherine and Mary for all your time and hard work to make this fundraiser a success.  
Thank you to the volunteers and staff who helped with this campaign and to all the students, parents and guardians who sold magazine subscriptions.

You can still order online at Group# 9208

GREAT JOB! Thank you for your support!

General Interest Classes for Adults
Registration for the winter term began Monday, November 21!  Parents/guardians are invited to join a Toronto District School Board Continuing Education general interest class.  Classes begin the week of January 9, 2012. This program offers you an opportunity to relax after a busy day, get fit, create a work of art, or learn a new skill or language.  It's a great way to have fun and meet new people. Visit: or call 416-338-4111. 

Volunteer Literacy Program
Our Volunteer Literacy Program is up and running!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who make this extraordinary program work.

If you have been thinking about supporting the program or have done so in the past, we are still in need of a few more volunteers.

Don’t have time to come in but still want to support our Volunteer Literacy Program, there is also a fun opportunity for you to participate by reading books onto a CD for students use in the classroom.  

For more information please contact Vice-Principal Norbert Costa @ 416-393-1390, or drop by the office.

Student Entry
We try to get the student 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 to 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.   You must sign in and out, and 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. 

I Tweet, He Tweets, She Tweets, They Tweet, We all Tweet............. Do you Tweet?

Join Us ….We would love to you have as part of our growing Twitter Community

Follow us at  Regal Road PS @Regal Road

If you are receiving this electronically it is even easier.  Just click on the link above to get to twitter.

Elementary School Year Calendar 2011-2012:
Board-wide Professional Activity: December 9, 2011
Christmas Break:         December 26, 2011 to January 6, 2012 (inclusive)
        (Last day of school is December 23; school resumes January 9, 2012)
Elementary Professional Activity: January 27, 2012
Board-wide Professional Activity: February 17, 2012
Family Day: February 20, 2012
Mid-Winter Break: March 12 to 16, 2012 (inclusive)
Good Friday: April 6, 2012
Easter Monday:         April 9, 2012
Victoria Day: May 21, 2012
Elementary Professional Activity: June 1, 2012
Last day of classes for
elementary students:         June 28, 2012
Natasha MacFarlane,
Dec 1, 2011, 9:03 AM