Newsletter - September 30, 2011

School Council News

On behalf of the new school council and all the parents and students of Regal Road Public School, we would like to thank the outgoing council members for all their time and efforts over the years.  Thank you to Andrea Morizio who held the roles of Treasurer and  Communications Chair, Dany LeGoaix who was Secretary, Co-Chair, and Spring Fair Lead over the years, and last but definitely not least, Kevin Hewitt, our fierce leader who wore many hats including co-chair and Spring Fair Lead for many years. The commitment and dedication of these three individuals have contributed to the success of Regal Road Public School. Although Kevin and Dany are no longer on the board of the school council, their presence will still be felt since they will be leading various committees at the school.

In addition, here are the members of our new school council:
  • Co-chairs – Kelly Banks and Brad Cunningham
  • Secretary – Jo Furley
  • Treasurer – Angela Reid
  • Communications Chair – Natasha MacFarlane


Volunteer Literacy Program

Our Volunteer Literacy Program is about to get started and we are looking for volunteers!!!

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.  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.


Cross-Country

Upwards of 80 students in grades 2-6 have been attending practices on Wednesday and Thursday mornings in preparation for this year’s Cross-Country meet at Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, October 3rd. 
 
The distances are as follows:
  • grade 2  - 1 km 
  • grade 3  -  1.5 km 
  • grades 4-6 - 2 km

Conference Finals will be held on October 13th. In order to qualify for Conference Finals, students will have to place in the top 30 runners or as a top 4 team (of 5 students). We will include the names of any students continuing on to Finals in the October newsletter.
 
We have our fingers crossed for good weather and a great time on Monday!

~ Ms. Morgan and Ms. Misner

School Calendar – 10-day cycle

Please note that there were a number of errors on the goldenrod calendar we sent home at the beginning of the year.  Please replace the goldenrod sheet with the revised 10-day calendar that was sent home with the hard copy newsletter.  


Student Data Verification Sheet

Parents will be receiving these sheets over the next few weeks.  Please make any corrections and updates to the information we have on our files and return the sheets to the school as soon as possible.  

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.  Founded in 1977, the organization has grown to over 25,000 members today.  In 2008, the Toronto Midtown West Chapter was formed for our district.  For more information on CPF or to join, please go to www.cpfont.on.ca.

Upcoming Events

Parent Survival Night (for parents with children in French Immersion) 
Come and learn how you can support your children as they acquire a new language.
Thursday, October 20th
7-8 p.m. in the Library at Regal Road P.S. 
Instructor- David Kaufman 
This seminar is FREE of charge!  

French Homework Club for students in Grades 3 – 6
We are planning to offer 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.  We will have a teacher and some FI High School Students running the program.  Students will bring their homework with them.  If there is extra time the students will read and play games in French.  The program will start in late October...watch for more details and registration forms in your child's backpack.  
 
Adult French Classes 
These classes are instructed by French Immersion School Teachers at local schools in the evenings.  This is a great way to help support your child's French education and improve your French language skills.

Level 1 French
Introduction to French language, for those new to French or reacquainting themselves with the basics.
Wed. Oct. 26th – Wed. Nov. 30th (6 weeks) 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Regal Road Public School (95 Regal Road) 
Cost: $120.00 for CPF Members /$145.00 for non-members

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

Raising a Good Student by Catherine Rondina, City Parent 
With a new school year here, families are geared up for another crack at the books. Children may be filled with anxiety over what the new school year will bring, while parents ponder the challenges their children will face. One thing is certain - not all kids start the school year with a bang. Some children struggle with academic skills, while others try to deal with developmental and emotional issues. So how can you give your child a head start on doing well in school? 

Research indicates that your interest and involvement in your child's learning and education is the key to his or her success in school. As a parent you are your child's number one role model and your participation in school life is essential. 

The time you spend with your child away from school is very important. This time allows you both to relax and be together doing things that you both enjoy. Spend this time reading together, playing games, doing projects and just being a family. These family times help your child build self-confidence and self-esteem, in addition to building a strong relationship with you. 

To keep involved in your child's school life, visit the school on a regular basis and make yourself known to the teachers and staff. Attend parent/teacher interviews and request a meeting yourself if you deem it necessary. 

Make the most of your interview time with your child's teacher. Come prepared with questions you'd like answered and don't be afraid to speak up. Discuss with the teacher how you can help your child do better in the classroom and set up a plan of action that you both feel will work for him or her. 

Schedule additional time to meet with your child's teacher if necessary. You may even want to arrange to talk on a steady basis over the telephone or correspond via email. It's important to let your child know that you in contact with the teacher and you're all working together to help him/her succeed. 

Use your child's report card as a tool to help you both understand what's happening in the classroom. The card acts as a guide to achievements, progress, areas that need improvement and any behaviour or attendance problems. You can use it to help your child set goals for the next term. 

Be open and honest with your child about progress in school. Discuss what the teacher has told you and talk about how to improve. If you have expectations for your child, make them clear. For example if you are happy with your child's effort and she continually brings home B's let her know that you won't intervene unless you see a decline in her grades. 

If your child is having troubles and your discussions with her teacher don't seem to be getting the results you wish, ask to see the principal.  

Reprinted with the permission of City Parent Newsmagazine

International Languages & African Heritage Programs

Registration began September 16 for all elementary students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.  Study a new language! Experience a new culture! Learn about your own or another heritage! 

The Toronto District School Board offers one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the country. In today’s global world, learning a new language and culture can be a great asset. Join nearly 30,000 other students! Visit www.ILEprograms.ca or call 416-338-4100.

New School Food and Beverage Policy

The new School Food and Beverage Policy took effect on September 1. 

The new policy includes nutrition standards which will apply to food and beverages sold:
  • in all venues on school property such as cafeterias, vending machines and tuck shops; 
  • through all programs, including catered lunch programs; and 
  • at all events on school property, including bake sales and sport events. 
The standards do not apply to lunches or snacks that are brought from home, and there are also a limited number of exemptions that can be used each year. 

The ministry website: www.edu.gov.on.ca has more information on the new policy.

RREEP Project 

The Regal Road Parenting and Family Literacy Centre has taken on a project called RREEP - Regal Road Educational Exchange to Philippines.  Basically, the goal of this project is to send school materials for poor children who are just starting school.  We would like to extend our project to any parents who would like to participate in any way big or small. Our goal is to have a minimum of 100 backpacks filled with basic school supplies such as pencils, rulers, scissors, notebooks, and coloured pencils etc. - the basics needed to start the school year.  We will send these backpacks along with teachers' school supplies.  Everything will be packed into special shipping boxes and sent in October to the Philippines and arrive in time during the holidays in December as a token of love and thoughtfulness from Canada.  We wish to help many needy children at Calongbuyan Elementary School in Ilocas Sur, Philippines. There will be someone from Canada there to give out these backpacks as well as document the event which we will share with everyone in the New Year. 

So when you are shopping for your child's needs, perhaps you could pick up a few extra things for the project.  Items can be dropped off and placed in designated boxes for this project in the Regal Road P.S. foyer or the Family Literacy and Parenting Centre.  There is no obligation of course, but if this tugs at your heart, then go ahead and give yourself a chance to help change some child's life and make their education a bit easier. You never lose by giving!  It always comes back somehow.

Give a little, and RREEP (reap) a lot of happiness, especially in sowing joy in another's life. For more information you can contact me at melody8kidz@yahoo.com or Catherine Araujo at  braefootcottage@yahoo.ca   (416) 993-4673. 
Thanks so much
Joyce Esguerra

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 issued a Visitor Badge, which must be worn visibly during your stay and sign in and sign out.  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,
Oct 12, 2011, 7:58 AM