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Newsletter - March 1, 2013

Important Dates

Friday, March 8 – International Women’s Day

Monday March 11 to Friday March 15 – March Break (No School)

Wednesday March 20 – Ostara (Wicca)

Thursday March 21 – NawRuz/Nourouz (Baha’i, Zoroastrian)

Friday March 22 – Pizza lunch and Success Assembly (PM)

Tuesday March 26 – Pesach/Passover begins (Judaism)

Wednesday March 27 – Magha Puja day (Buddhism)

Wednesday March 27 – Holi (Hinduism)

Friday, March 29 – Good Friday (No School)

Monday, April 1 – Easter Monday (No School)

Tuesday, April 16 – Graduation Photos for SK and Gr. 6

 

Lateness

A couple of years ago, we altered the timetable to start the day 15 minutes later to reduce the number of late arrivals each day. Entry is now at 8:55 a.m. and instruction begins at 9:00 a.m. Late arrivals are disruptive to the class and students who are habitually late will miss instruction which cannot always be made up. Please help your child to be on time for school. 

Success Assembly - Fairness

For the February Fairness Assembly the Gr. 1 & 2 students in Rm. 17 sang and performed "The Sharing Song" by Jack Johnson. The students have been listening to this song many times throughout the year and were excited to practise and learn the lyrics.  Several students came up with the actions to accompany the lyrics. With guidance and feedback from Ms. A. C., the students developed an original performance of this song. 

Janita Panos

 

Outdoor Recess


Our yard is often wet and muddy so please send a change of clothes, including socks, to keep in the classroom.

 

 

Second Harvest


Canadians waste $27 billion of good food every day. Second Harvest is an organization in Toronto that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste. They deliver 19,000 healthy meals to community agencies serving hungry adults, children and seniors. 

 

If you bring in $1, that purchases three hot meals. Help in this small way to make a difference in our community. Collection cans are provided in each classroom. The campaign runs for two weeks.


Entry routines


Please remember when arriving at school in the morning, students walk around the outside of the school to get to the appropriate entry door. They should not be coming through the school to get to their door. Also when parents are picking up at the end of the day, please go around the outside of the building to get to the appropriate door to meet your child.

 

Litterless Lunches

Probably the last thing you want to hear about would be litterless lunches.  It’s 10 o’clock at night, the little ones are finally in bed, dishes are done, you are exhausted and then you remember, lunches for tomorrow! You groan, drag yourself out of bed, rummage through the cupboards and fridge and pull together that lunch. How to make that lunch litterless?

Regal Road started  litterless lunches November 2011. This is the second year we have been putting this policy into practice. It is a practice that is ongoing as part of every student’s education and responsibility. Some people may ask why? To engage a student in the process is the key to so many aspects of learning. Students learn by doing and involving your child in the litterless lunch can open up a whole world:  nutrition, budgeting, health, responsibility for environment, media, etc. Engaging your child in this eco-responsibility may seem small but it is a building block to awareness, accountability and action.

How? 

Reduce the garbage footprint by paying attention to small things:

  • Unnecessary packaging
  • Plastic throw-away
  • Single-serving containers

 

There usually is a cost to convenience.  Discuss this with your child and involve your child in:

  • Shopping
  • Preparing the lunch
  • Looking up new recipes and lunch menus

Self-monitoring and creativity are the founding elements of the litterless lunch.

Questions:

Dear Eco Abbey:

Garbage at school or take the garbage home, what’s the difference?

Signed:  Garbage Grump

Dear G.G.:

The idea of littlerless lunches is to first not have garbage in your lunch bucket.  Sometimes it is hard to avoid. The school has limited resources – why not reduce the cost of waste disposal at school by taking that garbage home?  Try to make it a garbageless challenge; try to avoid pre-packaged, extra wrap, single-serving containers. Go with reusable containers!

 

Dear Eco Abbey:

My child’s lunchbag is a mess – half-eaten yogurt and juice box!

Signed:  Sopping Wet

Dear S.W.:

When the lunch comes home you really see what your child eats.  Why not consider a reusable container and juice bottle so you can measure the amounts?  Ask if it was enough that evening.

We all can work together on reducing garbage.  Lunch is a good place to start!  Try your best and continue the good fight!  Thank you from Regal Road’s Eco Guardians!


High Water levels Brings Increased Risks

The Toronto and Region Conservation monitors hazardous ice conditions as thaw begins and are reminding everyone to be very careful around all bodies of water. The first hint of warming weather and the promise of spring thaw can bring extreme danger to the shores and surfaces of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes, according to Toronto and Region Conservation.

As warmer temperatures arrive, stream banks become increasingly slippery and unstable. Lake and river ice weakens, becoming thinner or with higher flows breaking with little or no warning. During this time, the potential for flooding and ice jamming is high.

Higher, faster-flowing water and extreme cold temperatures combine to create increased dangers on or near rivers, streams and ponds for people wishing to enjoy the seasonal changes. Parents and caregivers are being asked to keep children away from stream banks, ponds and lakes.                                                         


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten is the first step in a lifelong journey that will see your child learn, grow, and succeed at the Toronto District School Board.  We look forward to sharing this journey with you and your child.  Please call 416 393 1390 to make an appointment to register for Kindergarten as soon as possible as planning for the next school year has already begun.

Documents required are:  birth certificate or passport, record of immunization, health card, and two forms of proof of address for the parents, showing name and address.  To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four years-old by December 31.  For registration in Senior Kindergarten, children must be five years-old by December 31.

 

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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