Newsletter - October 28, 2011

Important Dates
Monday October 31 – Halloween
Tuesday November 1 – Samhain (Wicca)
Friday November 4 – Haj (Islam)
Sunday November 6 – Eid ak Adha (Islam)
Thursday November 10 – School Council Meeting (please note new date)
Thursday November 10 – Birth of Guru Nanak (Sikhism)
Friday November 11 – Remembrance Day
Saturday November 12 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
Tuesday November 15 – Progress Reports go home                                                                                                
Thursday November 17 and Friday November 18 – Parent-Teacher Interviews
Friday November 18 – PA Day (no school)
Tuesday November 22 – Photo Retake Day
Friday November 25 – Pizza Lunch/Success Assembly

Traffic on Regal Road
Please be careful when dropping off children before school and picking up after school.  With so many cars in front of the school, it can become hazardous for children.  Also, there are cars that do not stop at the stop sign which is dangerous.  Please follow all the traffic rules, use the lay-bys and do not block other motorists.

News from Room 25
Room 25 has spent the past month talking about responsibility.  Being the older grades of the school, we have been talking about how important it is to demonstrate responsibility not only in the classrooms, but also in the halls and out on the yard so as to serve as role models for the younger students. We have also talked about what it means to be responsible at home. The students have provided examples of what being responsible looks like. Some examples provided have been, "independently organizing yourself for school, standing up for others, staying focused on your school work, completing and handing your homework in on time, returning something that you borrow from another person, arriving at school on time, demonstrating maturity and being safe when walking to a friend’s home or a corner store by yourself." An acrostic poem was written by the students of Room 25 and presented at the Junior Success Assembly.
  
On another note, Rooms 25 and 31 have been practicing John Jacobson's "Double Dream Hands" dance routine. A flash mob  was performed at the Junior Assembly. Fun was had by all. Check out the Youtube video and start dancing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm7yAWpX1Mc&feature=email
 
Volunteer Literacy Program
Our Volunteer Literacy Program is up and running!!! We have 15 volunteers who meet with children from the various classrooms in the school and provide a 30 minute reading opportunity for them.

This “Unique to Regal Road” program has grown to support over 30 students. That’s over 900 minutes of volunteer time a week….and continuing to grow.

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

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 www.foodshare.net and email Regal Road’s Good Food Box Coordinator, Jennifer King (a.k.a. The Storyteller) at royalstories@gmail.com. Happy eating!

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 but around them.  It is important to follow these requests so students can enter safely and teachers can supervise without any hindrance.  

Magic Club
Do you want to amaze your family and friends?  Want to improve your presentation skills?  Come to the Regal Road Magic Club.  Open to students in Grades 4 and 5.  The Magic Club will meet Days 2 and 7 at 11:45 in Room 26, beginning Thursday November 10.  Please contact M. Kaufman if you have any questions.

CPF Toronto Midtown West Update
Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers dedicated to the promotion and creation of French Second Language (FSL) learning opportunities for young Canadians.  In 2008, the Toronto Midtown West Chapter was formed for our district.  For more information on CPF or to join, please contact Rosemary Sutherland at 416-658-7776 or sutherland.yates@sympatico.ca or go to www.cpfont.on.ca

On October 20th, Mr. David Kaufman conducted a seminar for parents with children in French Immersion programs.  We had excellent attendance; parents from Regal Road P.S., Palmerston, Rawlinson and Humewood schools came to learn ways to support their children as they acquire a second language.  We want to thank David for preparing and leading the seminar.  

UPCOMING EVENTS

French Homework Club for students in Grades 3 – 6
We are offering an After School Program to help support French Immersion Students.  The program will be held on Tuesday afternoons in the Regal Road Library from 3:30pm – 4:45pm.  Students will bring their homework, projects or reading material from class with them.  We will have some French games and/activities and books available for the students to use if they finish their work early.  

The program runs from Tues. Nov. 1st to Dec. 13Th (7 weeks) and the cost is $35.00.  There are a few more spaces available; registration forms are available in the school office and were sent out recently through Parent Link.  For more information please contact the Program Instructor – Ms. Jo Furley at jofurley@yaknet.ca 
 
Adult French Classes 
Our Adult French Course (Level One) started on October 26th.  We had a high level of enrolment in the program and will be offering Level Two in the New Year.  For more information on the courses please contact Marie Swan at swanslink@hotmail.com

Level 2 French
This is basic level French for those who have some previous French or have completed Level 1.  
Wed. Jan. 18th - Wed. Feb. 22nd (6 weeks) 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Regal Road P. S. 
Cost $120.00 for CPF Members/$145.00 for non-members.  For more information and to register please contact Marie Swan at swanslink@hotmail.com

French Animation Workshop at the National Film Board (50 John St.)
Saturday, November 19th from 2PM-4:30PM for students 6-11 years old.
Cost: $5.00 per student.  A parent must accompany their child(ren).
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Halloween is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security. 

TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY
If parents are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow: 
  • Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe or unknown. 
  • Have your child carry a flashlight. 
  • NEVER go into a stranger's house.
  • NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.
  • Trick or treat only at homes you know. 
  • Children should always stay in groups if no parent is present.
  • Younger children should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.
  • Accompany your child when trick or treating.
  • If you can not accompany your child then know the route your child will take.
  • Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them. 
  • Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know. 
  • Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk
  • If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road. 
  • Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable. 
  • Remind children that not everyone celebrates Halloween, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours’ yards or gardens. 
  • With older children, be sure to know what other events (such as parties) they plan on attending.
  • Set time limits when children should return home.
Aboriginal Education Month
November is Aboriginal Education Month in the Toronto District School Board. This year’s theme is “Identity.” Throughout the month of November, the Aboriginal Education team will be hosting and presenting various events throughout the system. In addition, schools will be conducting their own school and classroom activities. Please celebrate Aboriginal Education Month with us!

Events include the 5th Annual Parents Make a Difference Conference on November 12. Team up with your children for a one-day conference for all TDSB parents and school council members! Specific sessions will be held on Aboriginal Education issues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Earl Haig Secondary School in North York (100 Princess Avenue).

Check out the Aboriginal Education website for information on a celebration of student voice through writing and arts activities: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/aboriginaleducation 

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 will be asked to sign in and out and 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,
Nov 3, 2011, 7:30 PM