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Newsletter - November 30, 2012

Important Dates

Tuesday December 4 – Festival of Lights

Friday December 7 –PA Day (no school)

December 9 – 16 – Hanukkah (Judaism)

December 21 – Solstice – Yule (Wicca)

Friday December 21 – Last Day of School for 2012

December 25 – Christmas (Christianity)

December 26 – Kawanza (African Canadian/African American)

Monday January 7 – First Day of School for 2013

Wednesday January 16 – Early French Immersion Information Night


Empathy

Rooms 25 & 31 have been spending the month talking about the meaning and importance of empathy.

Earlier this month, we marked Remembrance Day. Classroom activities involved talking and reading about the Holocaust and the Rights of a Child. Poetry was written about the impact of war.  

For our presentation during the Success Assembly, both classes came together to present Michael Jackson’s song “Heal the World”. We discussed how the lyrics highlight some of the world’s problems and illustrate how empathy can make our world a better place. Students then learned sign language for the chorus.

Mrs. Wells and Mme Misner


Dressing for Outdoors

Outdoor play is a necessary part of each day.  Please ensure that your children are dressed for the weather. As well, we recommend that you provide your children with a bag containing a change of clothes to leave a school for those times when they get wet of muddy.


Cancellation of Buses during Severe Weather

Severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation or, in extreme conditions, close schools. The decision to close schools is made by the director of education. In the event transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, the local media will be informed before the beginning of the school day. Tune in to your radio and television news stations for the latest information or visit www.tdsb.on.ca.

If weather conditions become extreme after students are in school, a decision to close schools will be made by 11:00am and broadcast by noon. In this case, elementary students will remain in the school until they are picked up by a parent or parent designate. If there is no announcement about school closing by noon, schools will remain open for the day.

Junior Extended French at Rawlinson Community School

The deadline for the on-line registration of grade 3 students for this program is 12 December 2012.  Rawlinson’s information meeting is at 7:00 p.m. on 5 December 2012.

 

Early French Immersion at Regal Road PS

This year, registration for SK French Immersion at Regal Road will be on-line.  Information will be distributed to all Junior Kindergarten students as soon as we receive it, which we expect early in December.

 

Classes for Parents!

Parents/guardians are invited to join a Toronto District School Board Continuing Education general interest class. 

Registration for the winter term begins with classes beginning the week of January 14, 2013! The general interest program offers you an opportunity to explore an interest, learn new skills, get fit, create a work of art, or learn a new language. It's a great way to have fun and meet new people. Visit: www.learn4life.ca or call 416-338-4111. The TDSB is Toronto's original provider of life-long learning opportunities.


Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot.

Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff must be symptom-free (especially rom vomiting and diarrhea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school.

The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:

 

  • reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before
  • and after eating;
  • reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough;
  • watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and/or high fever;
  • informing the school if your child is ill;
  • keeping your child at home when he/she is ill.

 

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website www.toronto.ca/health, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000.


SickKids Toy and Gift Donation Drive

No one likes to be in the hospital – over the holidays - especially a child.

In honour of those in our school community who have been in this situation, Regal Road Public School will be collecting new toys and gifts for the children at The Hospital for Sick Children this festive season.  Any new toy or gift would be greatly appreciated, but items for infants and teens are of higher priority.

Here are some ideas of the toys and gifts needed most at SickKids:

INFANTS
Rattles, Soothers, Musical Toys, Blankets, Cuddly Toys, Books

TEENS

Writing journals and paper, CD/MPV players, Music and DVDs, Pens/pencils, word searches/crosswords puzzles/Suduko, Board Games, Decks of cards, Sport items like balls, sports cards, etc., Gift Cards (HMV, Best Buy, EB Games, Chapters)

TODDLERS/PRE-SCHOOL

Duplo, Building Blocks, “Little People” sets, Crayons/Colouring books/Paper, Board Book, Cuddly toys/dolls, Trucks, Playdoh, Make believe sets like kitchen utensils, plastic food, etc.

SCHOOL AGE

Board games like Guess Who?, Candyland, Snakes and Ladders, Connect Four, etc., Decks of Cards - plain/Uno/ Go Fish, etc., Cuddly toys, Chapter books/early readers, Writing  journals, Markers/Crayons/Pencil crayons, Crayola Washable Window Markers, Crayola Model Magic,  Craft Kits/Klutz books, Nintendo DS with games

 

For Infection Control and safety of the patients, ensure the toys and gifts are new, in their original packaging, and not gift-wrapped.

Please donate what you can in the bin in the office.  Donations will be accepted until Friday, the 14th of December.

Thank you for your support in giving to a child at SickKids this holiday season!

Regal Road School Council – www.regalroadschoolcouncil.org

 

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!

 

 

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Natasha MacFarlane,
Dec 23, 2012, 8:48 AM
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