Swansea Weekly Update March 9, 2017

Mumps in Toronto
Toronto Public Health has requested that the attached Mumps be sent home with students. As you may be aware, Toronto Public Health is investigating a mumps outbreak in the city. The mumps virus is found in saliva, and is spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, and sharing drinks, utensils, food or water bottles. The risk in Toronto schools is low because most schools have high vaccination rates. However, a case has been identified at a Toronto school. Please see attached letter for more details.

Swansea is going cashless!
Right now, any school fees applicable to your child will be posted on School Cash Online. Once you register, you can choose to purchase the items or activities using a debit or credit card. You will be able to see when the school has a new item posted online for purchase and you will also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school event requiring payment. If you already have an account at another school, you just need to add your Swansea students – no need to create a new account!

To register for School Cash Online, please visit https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. If you have questions about the registration process or using School Cash Online, please select the “Get Help” option on the top of School Cash Online web page. You can also contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk at 1-866-961-1803 and parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com.

We are in the process of looking to see if this system can be used for Parent Council Events & Activities, but in the meantime if you are looking to buy Pub Night tickets, please use this link: Swansea Pub Night at the Crooked Cue

Summer Program At Swansea
Attached, please find the ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School to our summer programs. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). Please indicate on the form if you are interested in the French or English program and attach a copy of your child’s First Term report card. Completed forms are to be submitted to our Main office at Swansea P.S.

Is your sitter booked for Pub Night?
Swansea Pub Night takes place Friday April 7th at The Crooked Cue and we want to see you there. Organized by a Swansea Parent Council, pub night is going to be FUN. In addition to a live band and delicious snacks, there will be a fantastic silent auction.
Our fundraising goal is to raise $15,000 for an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
Join us in support of our kids’ school. Get your

Click here to buy tickets
tickets online

Snack Program for Primary Students
As we head into March break, we are making an effort to use up all food items that we have in our fridge to avoid food wastage. Since we can’t have any deliveries during the break, the snack program will be cancelled for the week of March 20-24th as we return to school and get our new orders delivered for the following week.

Family Literacy Night
Our inaugural Family Literacy Night was a great success! We had an author, student presentations, a local bookstore and parent workshops – little bit of everything for everyone. Feedback was very positive so this is definitely something we will be offering again. If you missed it this year, you can contact Ms.Legacy for some of the parent handouts and keep your ear to the ground for next year!
A special thanks to the Parent Council who sponsored this event and the teachers who created presentations tailored to our community needs.

Join MakerKids at Swansea PS
Our mission is to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world. Our STEM-based programs for kids will expand kids’ inventiveness, build their 21st century skills and technical skills. Our programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).

Our programs
Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, gr. 5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, grade 2-4
Registration opens Friday, March 3 at 7pm. Register and more info here:
http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com

Thanks to McRock Capital for the scholarship spots available for Spring session. Please speak with Ms. George regarding a scholarship application when registering and return to Makerkids.

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, March 30, 2017, the next unit of the Adventures in Wisdom coaching program will be offered to students in grades 2-5. One program will run during the lunch hour and one will run after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. The content of the two sessions will be the same.

This brand new unit is called DreamPower. During this unit, students will learn how to live the life they want to live by learning how to create a vision, learning how to goal set to achieve their vision and then learning how to create a positive mindset through visualization and affirmations. Students will learn how to make their dreams a reality!

The program will be delivered by Jennifer Lord, a Swansea parent and Ontario certified teacher. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Swansea Hockey
Thanks to all the players who did a great job representing Swansea. The kids did a great job on the ice. Also, thanks to all the parents and school staff who made the logistics work. Monday was our final game for this season. Hope to see everyone back next year. Enjoy your March Break!

Ward 7 News
Summer Music Camps
Enrich your child’s summer vacation with music camp. Through three unique programs – Summer Sounds, DownTown Summer Strings, and Toronto Summer Music Camps – the TDSB offers band, strings and orchestral experiences for students from Grades 3-9.
Registration is open now. For more information please visit www.tdsbsummercamps.ca.

French Second Language Advisory Committee Newsletter
For news and updates on events happening this March, please read this newsletter: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/docs/FSLAC%20Newsletter%20-%20March%202017.pdf

Parents as Partners Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – This year, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies are thrilled to join together to bring one all-inclusive conference to TDSB parents and caregivers. To register, please go to this link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parents-as-partners-conference-2017-tickets-30889303739

Swansea Weekly Update: March 3, 2017

Dear Parents, as part of the TDSB new Cashless system, Swansea is one of the first wave of Elementary schools to pilot this endeavour. Moving forward, we will be using an online system to pay for trips, agendas, etc. to help make it easier for parents and staff to collect, and track, funds. Please review this Cashless Lettre with a link outlining the procedure to set up an account.

Swansea Pub Night – April 7, 2017
New Swansea fundraising event for grown-ups
- Swansea Pub Night is happening at The Crooked Cue this spring. Plan to head west to Bloor and Royal York Friday, April 7 for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S. 
Tickets are now on sale!! Get your Swansea Pub Night tickets today.
In addition to a live auction and a live band, there will be a fantastic silent auction. Proceeds are going towards an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
If you’re looking to contribute while enjoying yourself, Swansea Pub Night is for you!


Litterless Lunch Lundi
We are going trash free! On Monday February 13th, we had our first Swansea-wide Litterless Lunch Lundi. We hope you will join us by eliminating all trash from your snack and lunch each Monday. We kindly request your help to ensure your child’s snacks and lunches do not contain:
• any packaging
• drink boxes, disposable containers
• aluminum foil
• plastic wrap, plastic bags
Any waste will be sent home to be properly disposed of. Let’s all work together to live eco-friendly and take care of this place!
Greenly Yours,
The Eco Club

Pizza Lunch is on Tuesday, March 7th!

The Amazing Race Swansea
Teams have now registered and are collecting funds (at least $25/team) to participate in next week’s Amazing Race! Funds are due on March 10th. 100% of funds raised will be used to support the operation of a primary school in Kibera slums, Nairobi, Kenya. www.seedkenya.com.
Join MakerKids at Swansea PS
Our mission is to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world. Our STEM-based programs for kids will expand kids’ inventiveness, build their 21st century skills and technical skills. Our programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).

Our programs
Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, gr. 5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, grade 2-4
Registration opens Friday, March 3 at 7pm. Register and more info here:
http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, March 30, 2017, the next unit of the Adventures in Wisdom coaching program will be offered to students in grades 2-5. One program will run during the lunch hour and one will run after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. The content of the two sessions will be the same.

This brand new unit is called DreamPower. During this unit, students will learn how to live the life they want to live by learning how to create a vision, learning how to goal set to achieve their vision and then learning how to create a positive mindset through visualization and affirmations. Students will learn how to make their dreams a reality!

The program will be delivered by Jennifer Lord, a Swansea parent and Ontario certified teacher. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Ward 7 News
Director of Education posts Responsibility for Outcomes Letters for all members of Executive Council and all Superintendents of Education on TDSB website.

These letters provide senior staff with annual expectations and are part of the TDSB’s ongoing work and commitment to senior level accountability.

Distributed for the first time at the TDSB, these letters outline system and department priorities for the year and, in some cases, a sustained focus over two or three years. They are consistent with the expectations of the Board of Trustees and may be adjusted during the course of the year to take on additional priorities in response to new or changing policies.

In keeping with the Board’s efforts to promote transparency and openness with information, these letters have been posted online.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/DirectorofEducation/SeniorTeamResponsibilityLetters.aspx

March is Greek Heritage Month at the TDSB
The Toronto District School Board is celebrating Greek Heritage Month during the month of March. This year’s theme is: “Greek Heart and Soul: Philanthropia, Philoxenia, Philotimo”.
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/ArticleDetails/TabId/116/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/689/OPA-The-TDSB-Celebrates-Greek-Heritage-for-the-Month-of-March.aspx

Learn 4 Life – Spring Registration now open
Toronto Public Schools have been offering adult classes since 1855, and it’s a tradition we need to support! Classes start April 1. Put your hands to work and decorate and glaze your own pottery or sculpture. Stay active with tennis, badminton and golf. Take up a new hobby, learn a language, and meet people in your community. For more information or to register visit www.learn4life.ca

TDSB’s Student and Parent Census Month is coming in April 2017
This will be the third large-scale system-wide survey conducted by the TDSB as a way to hear the voices of students and parents in order to help the school board meet its equity, achievement and well-being mandate for all students.

The 2016‐17 census and will include a Parent Census for parents of Kindergarten to Grade 6 students and a Student Census for students in Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12 and new this year, Grades 4-6.

Broad consultation has already taken place with different stakeholder groups and the survey is now being field tested. This year’s survey will include the following topics:
Demographics – Disability, Religion
In‐School Experiences – Learning about social justice, reporting on bullying, parent perceptions of their child’s needs at school, parent involvement
Out‐of‐School Experiences – Friendships
Physical Health – Transportation to school, nutrition, social media, sleep habits, hunger
Emotional Well‐being – Dealing with problems
Self‐Perceived Abilities – Ability to express feelings
Transition to Secondary School and Post‐Secondary Aspirations – Reasons for secondary choice, transition to secondary school
For more information about the Census and its publications, refer to: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/research/research/parentandstudentcensus.aspx.

There you will find The Census Portraits: Understanding Our Students Backgrounds – a series of six-page reports based on the 2011-12 Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Student and Parent Census. The series is made up of 12 individual Portraits – eight on the major ethno-racial groupings, and the remaining four on gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and Special Education Needs.

Parents as Partners Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – This year, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies are thrilled to join together to bring one all-inclusive conference to TDSB parents and caregivers. To register, please go to this link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parents-as-partners-conference-2017-tickets-30889303739

Upcoming Events
Mar 7 – Pizza Day
Mar 8 – International Women’s Day—Amazing Race—Choir Performance at Perth P.S.
Mar 9 – Rocks and Rings (Curling Workshop)
Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Mar 13 – 17 – March Break
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 23 – Popcorn Day
Mar 28 – Gr. 4 – 8 Aboriginal Performance & Workshop (a.m.)
Mar 29 – Lockdown Practice (time to be confirmed)
Mar 30 – Popcorn Day

Swansea Pub Night Fundraiser

Swansea Pub Night – April 7, 2017
New Swansea fundraising event for grown-ups
- Swansea Pub Night is happening at The Crooked Cue this spring. Plan to head west to Bloor and Royal York Friday, April 7 for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S. 
Tickets are now on sale!!

In addition to a live auction and a live band, there will be a fantastic silent auction. Proceeds are going towards an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
If you’re looking to contribute while enjoying yourself, Swansea Pub Night is for you!

Family Literacy Night: Feb 28th 6 – 8 p.m.
Please mark your calendars for our Family Literacy Night. JK to Gr. 8 Families are welcome. All the details are here. Sign up online: https://swansea-fln.parentinterview.com/ It will be a great event!

Swansea Pub Night Returns – Friday, April 7th @ 7 PM
Book a sitter, book your spouse and plan to head to The Crooked Cue (Bloor and Royal York) for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S., Friday April 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $40 per person
Organizers are looking for items to be included in the silent auction, if you have something to donate contact Amy

Eco Club Update
Our Eco Club has decided that in replacement of trash free Friday’s, the Eco club will be starting “Litterless Lundi”. Students are asked to bring a litterless lunch every Monday. Any garbage will be sent home in their lunches. This is another effort from the Swansea Eco-team to reduce waste at Swansea!
Thank you for your support.
Stay Green,
The Eco Team

Junior Hockey Team
Thanks to all the Junior Hockey Team players each of whom played their hearts out this season. They all represented Swansea with great pride and spirit and acted in a very mature and sportsmanlike manner. Also, thanks to all the parents and teachers who made the logistics work. Cheers.

Swansea student wins at Art exhibition
Last spring, Mme Brock’s Grade 6 Art Class (this year’s Grade 7s) were invited to participate in an international student exhibition being shown in Montreal this month.

This exhibit, currently on display at CEGEP College Bois-de-Boulogne, is entitled “Les grandes oeuvres revisitées” or “Masterpieces Reimagined.” Students were asked to reinvent or reimagine a well-known work of art, allowing the viewer to see it in a different light while making reference to the original. Our students chose to reference a work by either Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, or Emily Carr. Swansea Public School was the only Ontario school that participated in this global initiative.

Pablo de Maria Campos received a symbolic prize for his hommage to Emily Carr- Indian Church. “Prix niveau primaire, hors Québec”. The jury was amazed by the skill of his composition and the way he treated some details, like a brown bear and a bird.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated. The exhibit will be on display until April 18, 2017. Insert photo

Extra-Curricular Clubs at Swansea

Art in Action
Spark your creativity and join Art in Action for a brand new Spring session. Our program has an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more. We will explore the life and work of many artists including: Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Camille Pisarro and many others.

Classes are designed for students in grade 1-8 and will be held at lunchtime on Monday’s (Mar 27 – May 29), Wednesday’s (Mar 29 – May 17) and Friday’s (Mar 31 – May 26). This session runs for 8 weeks, costs $135 and includes all supplies.
Registration begins Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Please register online at: artinactiontoronto.com. Questions? Email us atartinactiontoronto@gmail.com.

Chess Lessons at Lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesdays from March 21, 2017 to May 9, 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the registration form (link).

Lost and Found
Please have a look in the Lost and Found area in the basement of the school. Many items have name labels on them. All items will be donated to charity on March 3rd, so please pick up before then.

News from Trustee Robin Pilkey
For all the latest news from Trustee Pilkey regarding what’s happening at the TDSB and in Ward 7, please read her newsletter at: https://t.e2ma.net/message/revkq/zsfs7k

Ward 7 News
TDSB Excellence Awards 2017
Staff at the Toronto District School Board are among the most dedicated and qualified in Canada. Every day, nearly 39,000 professionals support our students and help them achieve their very best.

We want to recognize those staff who go above and beyond every day in support of students, staff, parents and the community. The Excellence Awards is our opportunity to honour and celebrate outstanding TDSB individuals and programs.

We invite you – staff, students, parents, community members – to nominate a TDSB staff member or team who work has made a difference in your life or the lives of those around you for an Excellence Award.

Ready to nominate? To start, you need to gather two letters of reference and one statement of recognition. The statement of recognition is an opportunity to deepen the nomination and can be written by the nominator. Then, you can complete the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4 p.m.

All nominees will receive a personalized letter congratulating them on their nomination as well as informing them of those who contributed to the nomination. The winners are additionally celebrated at an awards ceremony in May. www.tdsb.on.ca/excellence and read the frequently asked questions

Alternative Schools Review
Parent Consultation (West) – Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8 pm @ Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres (Library)

Parents as Partners Conference
Whether your child is just beginning on their educational journey in elementary school or closer to graduation and planning for the future, there are informative and empowering sessions for parents/guardians and caregivers of students of all ages and all stages of education. This conference is organized by parents for parents and it is FREE!
Saturday, April 1st at the Allstream Center (Exhibition Place) Registration is open: http://www.parentsaspartners.ca

Upcoming Events
Feb 27 – Litterless Lundi begins (pack a litterless lunch on Mondays!)
Feb 28 – Family Literacy Night (registration required)
Mar 7 – Pizza Day
Mar 8 – International Women’s Day—Amazing Race—Choir Performance at Perth P.S.—Parent Council Mtg
Mar 9 – Rocks and Rings (Curling Workshop)
Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Mar 13 – 17 – March Break
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 23 – Popcorn Day
Mar 28 – Gr. 4 – 8 Aboriginal Performance & Workshop (a.m.)
Mar 29 – Lockdown Practice (time to be confirmed)
Mar 30 – Popcorn Day

Swansea Weekly Update February 9, 2017

End of Day Dismissal – An important reminder for parents
Just a reminder to all parents that at the end of the day, even though the cold weather is still here, we appreciate parents continuing to wait outside to pick-up their children as it gets very congested in the hallways and makes it difficult for teachers to supervise safe dismissals. It would be helpful to continue to remind older siblings to set up a spot outside to pick-up their younger siblings as well, rather than waiting in the hallways. Thank you for your continued support in helping us watch over our students.

Next Parent Council Meeting- Wednesday Feb 15
Our next meeting is Wed Feb 15 at 6:45 pm in the library. Our special guest, Chair of Trustees, Ward 7 Trustee (and former Swansea PS Parent Council Co-Chair!) Robin Pilkey will speak to us about what’s happening at the Board. She’ll cover Enrollment, Extended French, Equity, Ward 6, George Syme and other Board programs. If you have questions for Chair Pilkey please email them to us in advance (even if you plan to ask your question in person). If you can’t come to the meeting but have feedback, appreciation, or a question or would like to volunteer, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com. See you on Wednesday!

Family Literacy Night: Feb 28th 6 – 8 p.m.
Please mark your calendars for our Family Literacy Night. JK to Gr. 8 Families are welcome. All the details are Family Literacy Nightplease watch for the registration form coming home soon that will list workshops, their locations, teachers, and the url for the online sign-up. It will be a great event!

Eco Update

    Winter Walk Wednesdays

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Wednesday for Winter Walk Day. Most of our students took part to show that walking to school is not just for warm, sunny days. As the old saying goes: there is no bad weather, just bad clothing choices! Help us increase awareness and enthusiasm for walking to school and join us on ABC Wednesdays (Anything But Cars) if you usually drive to school. Let’s keep it up every Wednesday! Bundle up, get some fresh air, and sunshine, as you take part in a healthy active lifestyle with your child every day and reduce the negative impact on the environment. Remember this tip: If you live too far to walk the whole way, try getting dropped off at a friend’s house so you can walk the last leg.

Beginning on Friday, February 10th, we will be starting “Trash Free Fridays” or “Boomerang Lunch Fridays”. We are hoping Swansea students, staff and parents will join us in eliminating all waste from snacks and lunches every Friday. Any food and wrapping that comes to school on this day, goes back home. This will definitely ease our garbage and recycling bin overflow issues, and our wonderful caretakers will love us.
Thank you for your support of our Eco initiatives.
The Eco Team

Mad Science
We are pleased to announce that Mad Science is back at Swansea!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: https://register.madscience.org/toronto/afterschool-register.aspx?action=search&org=8432

Lego Club at Lunch
We are happy to say that LEGO IS BACK at Swansea starting in 2 weeks.
The program is going to be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays starting February 21st/23rd (pending registration numbers). If one day works better for you than the other, please make a note of that in the notes section on the online registration form.
We will be building NEW AND DIFFERENT projects each week. To register online, please go to: http://bit.ly/Swansea-LEGO — Book soon to reserve your spot.

Spirit Day: Friday, February 10th
Please wear Red, Pink, and/or White and bring a toonie to support events run by Parent Council.

Lost and Found
Please have a look in the Lost and Found area in the basement of the school. Many items have name labels on them. All items will be donated to charity on March 3rd, so please pick up before then.

Ward 7 News
Alternative Schools Review
Following the June 5, 2016 Board motion, staff are conducting an Alternative Schools Review this year. As part of this review, consultation meetings have been scheduled:
Parent Consultation (West) – Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8 pm @ Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres (Library)
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email Robin at robin.pilkey@tdsb.on.ca

City of Toronto Proposed Cut to Childcare Occupancy Grant: The City is considering cutting the “Childcare Occupancy Grant” that is provided to school boards to help pay for rent, heating, lighting, maintenance and caretaking costs of childcare centers that lease space within schools. Operators will likely pass these costs on to parents in their fees. The TDSB is encouraging parents to advocate for child care funding by contacting their City Councillor, Mayor Tory, and the province. TDSB Backgrounder and Letters on City of Toronto childcare funding cuts: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/leadership/boardroom/childcarefunding.aspx

Special Education: As part of the TDSB’s Integrated “Equity Framework Action Plan 2016-2019”, you are invited to fill out the Special Education survey 2016-17 (open until end of school year) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEAC-TDSB

Parents as Partners Conference: Whether your child is just beginning on their educational journey in elementary school or closer to graduation and planning for the future, there are informative and empowering sessions for parents/guardians and caregivers of students of all ages and all stages of education. This conference is organized by parents for parents and it is FREE!
Saturday, April 1st at the Allstream Center (Exhibition Place)
Registration opens February 2017: http://www.parentsaspartners.ca

Night School Credit Courses: Offered by the TDSB in 8 night school locations across the city. Classes are held on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Reach ahead, make up a credit or work towards your high school diploma. Registration for the winter semester begins on January 9, 2017. Classes begin the week of February 13. http://www.creditprograms.ca

Weekly Update for January 26th, 2017

Extended French: Application Process Jan 9 – Feb 2
A reminder that the application process opened on January 9th. A Gr. 4 & 7 Information evening is planned for Monday, January 30th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

Pediculosis – Head Lice
During the first week of every term we do a school-wide lice check. Our recent check for the winter term revealed that we had sixteen cases of lice, with cases in almost all the grades. This number was higher than our usual number over the years.
In order to reduce this number we are asking parents to do the following:
· Do regular checks at home and if lice are found, please report it to us in order for us check students in the particular class.
· If you treat your child for lice it is important that you remove all eggs (nits) prior to the child return to school
· After treatment, continue to comb and check after the infestation for at least three weeks.
Tip: The comb that comes with the shampoo has proven to be not very effective, for better results you should obtain the “Licemeister” comb, which is very effective for removing eggs and bugs. You can obtain the comb at any drug store.
Thank you to our team of parent volunteers and the nurse who are diligent in assisting us to curb the number of lice cases in our school.

Music Room News
Does your child LOVE to sing? Are you looking for an excellent nearby choral opportunity? Swansea will be hosting auditions for Young Voices Toronto Feb. 6 at 3:15 in the music room. If you are interested in taking part, please sign up with Mrs. Ullmann. There is no obligation, and you will have the opportunity to go to a rehearsal to check it out.

    Music By The Lake

Application process is available MBTL Flyer. Due by February 16th for grades 6, 7, 8s

Guitar and recorder is in full swing! Ask your child about the BOPS program for guitar or the belts program for recorder! Students are expected to practise between classes. Guitar book prices have gone up to $10, and should be back in stock soon. If your child does not have access to a guitar, he or she is able to practise every morning in the music room from 8:10-8:30.

Our Junior and Senior choirs are hard at work preparing for our performance at the Toronto Marlies game on Feb. 12. Come on out to the game to see us! Choir members should have already purchased tickets through Mrs. Ullmann to ensure we are seated together.

Congratulations to our students who have auditioned for TDSB all city band and strings. Just going through that process is a great experience! We are proud of you!

Pizza Day Volunteers Needed
Calling all parents. Do you have an hour (literally just 1 hour, no more, no less), once or twice every month on Tuesday afternoons to give assistance feeding your child pizza? Then we would love to have you come and help us out for the Pizza Day program. There are only 9 Pizza Days remaining in the school year. If you could give us a hand with any of them we would truly appreciate your assistance.
If you are available to give assistance for an hour or two a month for Tuesday’s Pizza Days please contact Sean at tspurvis@hotmail.com . Thanks in advance

CBAM Piano Program
There is an exciting opportunity for your child to learn piano in a small group setting that’s coming to Swansea. This program is provided by a reputable school with qualified teachers for ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, rhythm and interpretation. It prepares students for RCM exams. The group environment encourages practice and motivation for children. Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music offers affordable, quality music instructions on a non-profit basis.

It is an hour lesson weekly that is recommended to start for grades 1-3 and goes up to level 8. Classes are held on Thursdays in the Music room #115 at 3:30 pm. Some spots are still available for registration. For January the yearly fee is halved at $40 per child or $38 family rate for 2 or more children each. This includes the TDSB and administration fees. Lessons are for a 9 week term and a progress report is given at the end of each term.

Rates are the following:
1st year $85.50/9 weeks; 2nd year $92.25/9 weeks; 3rd year $99.00/9 weeks
4th year $105.75/9 weeks; 5th year $112.50/9 weeks; Advanced $117/9 weeks

If the child already took lessons before, bring the piano books for determining his or her level. Exercise books are provided. Please bring cash or cheque made out to the teacher for payment on the 26th. If you have any questions, contact Bogdan Roslaniec, piano instructor at 416-537-0895. The website is www.cbam.ca for further info. Thank you.

Parent Partnership Committee on Mental Health
Calling All Parents! We are seeking your input on how we can enhance the well-being of all students in our schools. The TDSB Parent Partnership Committee on Mental Health and Well-Being invites you to attend a feedback session on what well-being means to you. All input will be delivered to the Ministry of Education to help further develop its well-being strategy.

There will be a special presentation on Mindful Parenting and Resilient Children, delivered by Heidi Bornstein of Mindfulness Everyday. Research has shown that the practice of mindfulness helps to develop a range of characteristics in children, including resilience, self-awareness, concentration and compassion. You will learn simple mindfulness techniques to support the well-being of the whole family!

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Cost: Free Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Well-Being Consultation 7:30-8:30 PM
Location: Rosedale Heights School of the Arts 711 Bloor Street East
Register: www.tdsbparentwellbeingconsultation.eventbrite.com
Childcare is available.

Weekly Update for January 19th, 2017

Vision & Hearing Testing
Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), a registered charitable foundation of TDSB is offering a vision and hearing screening at the school. The vision screening includes tests for visual acuity, colour blindness, depth perception and strabismus (eye turning in/out). The vision and hearing screenings are conducted by trained International Medical Graduates (IMG) and certified Communicative Disorder Assistant. A nominal fee is charged to cover the services administrative costs.

If a problem is detected at the screening, a note will be sent home to direct you to health care professionals for further evaluation, proper care and follow through.

The vision and hearing screening services are optional. If you are interested in having your child screened, please complete and sign the Vision& Hearing registration form and return to school as soon as possible. Please note that for a clinic to run at the school, a minimum of 25 students registered is required. Pending the required number of registered students, our vision and hearing screening is scheduled on 16th February, 2017.

For your additional information, for children 19 years and below, OHIP covers the cost of the eye examination by the Optometrist once a year.

Extended French: Application Process Jan 9 – Feb 2
A reminder that the application process opened on January 9th. A Gr. 4 & 7 Information evening is planned for Monday, January 30th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

Next Parent Council Meeting- Wednesday Jan 25
Our next meeting is Wed Jan 25 at 6:45 pm in the library. This month Principal Mary Salvarinas will be presenting our School strategic plan (the School Improvement Plan or SIP). Mr. Soble, Ms. Cameron and Mme. Stuart will also be presenting with Ms. Salvarinas. If you can’t come to the meeting but have feedback, appreciation, a question or would like to volunteer, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com. See you on Wednesday!

Volunteer Needed: Healthy Snack Program Coordinator
To assist the VP in running the Healthy Snack Program for the Primary grades
– Prepare, portion and place snacks in designated serving boxes, according to the approved menu, and deliver to classes
– Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
– Clean work station and utensils
– Available to prepare snacks to be distributed for morning recess (9:00am -11:00am)
– Work hand in hand with the VP when supplies are running low and more needs to be ordered
– ONLY 2 HOURS PER DAY, starting three days a week and growing to 5

Reminder: Pizza Day is Tuesday, January 24th

Skills Canada Elementary Cardboard Boat Race on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
On this morning, Swansea and 30 other school teams from across the GTA will attempt to build a floating structure made of cardboard and duct tape that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges. The Gym will be closed all day for this event; for safety reasons, spectators are not permitted in the gym. Pool will also be closed (swimming cancelled) in the afternoon – spectators are not permitted on the pool deck during competition, but the pool blinds will be up during the event for spectators to witness the competition.
GO SWANSEA GO!

Senior Swim Team
Senior Swim Team starting on Tuesday at lunch and Wednesday mornings at 7:30am.
Pick up forms at the pool. Starts on Tuesday January 24th.

Ministry of Education Student Advisory Council
Applications for the 2017-18 Minister’s Student Advisory Council are open! Calling all students in grades 7-12 at publicly funded schools! Watch this message from the Minister of Education www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfCH0Sr_IkQ&feature=youtu.be

Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 9, 2017 by midnight, EST. You must complete and submit your application online within one session. You cannot save your work. This is to protect your privacy and personal information. Find out what you need to complete your online application: www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/speakup/msac.html

Upcoming Events
Jan 20: PD day
Jan 23: Middle Schools Eco-Conference
Jan 24: Popcorn Day/Pizza day
Jan 25: Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Jan 27: Little Red Theatre performance
Jan 28: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Jan 30: Extended French Info Session (for Gr. 4 & 7 entry) 6 – 7 p.m.
Jan 31: Cardboard Boat Race
Feb 2: Deadline for Ext French Applications
Feb 6: JK registration packages available for pick up (Main office)
Feb 7: Popcorn /Pizza Day
Feb 10: Red, White or Pink Spirit Day
Feb 12: Swansea at Marlies Hockey Game
Feb 14: Happy Valentine’s Day
Feb 15: First Term Reports go home/Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Feb 16: Sight & Sound Clinic
Feb 17: PD Day for interviews (only for required students or by request)
Feb 20: Family Day (School Closed)
Feb 21: Pizza Day/JK Registration day Room 116
Feb 22: Pink Shirt Day
Feb 23: JK Registration day Room 116 / Popcorn Day

Swansea Weekly Update December 22, 2016

Message from the Principal and Chair of Council
It has been an exciting first few months of school. We saw another sudden increase to our enrolment in early September, creating the need to reorganize and add three more classes into our already very full new wing! All of our 875 students are all settled in now and some fabulous learning has been taking place. Literacy, Math and STEM continue to be a strong school focus. Please watch for our Family Literacy Night planned for the end of February. We hope you all enjoyed seeing students perform in our 4 Holiday concerts.

Parent Council continues to support our school initiatives. Thank you parents and volunteers- between Pizza Days, our QSP magazine drive and the Craft Sale we raised $41,400 for Swansea this fall! And watch for more exciting fundraisers coming in the rest of the school year- to be announced!
With your generosity, we’ve been able to fund many programs and events including our Welcome Back Party, free snack apple program and the Scientists in the School classroom visits. We were also able to purchase a new $10,000 sound system for our large gym and $19,000 in new IT for student use in classrooms (allowing every student to have access to technology daily).

A big thank you to our wonderfully engaged Swansea PS community- all the students, parents, staff and community members who continue to make these events and programs such a huge success, and make Swansea a great school. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and wonderful holiday season and look forward to a great 2017 with all of you.

Mary Salvarinas Heather Chiavegato
Principal Parent Council Chair

Thanks to Susan Simon, Kathy Richmond and Sharon Mittman
I’m sure all parents will join me in extending a big, warm, THANK YOU to Susan Simon, Kathy Richmond and Sharon Mittman who organized all the lovely refreshments that parents enjoyed at our holiday concerts last week. We all loved having a little bit of sugar or caffeine during these hectic days! You ladies worked so hard, and at a very busy time of year. Thank you from Parent Council.

Don’t Forget To Hand in Your Milk Day Forms!
The deadline for handing in your milk day forms has been extended to Jan 10th and the first milk day will be January 18th. If you require any financial assistance for milk day please contact the school office at cherril.george@tdsb.on.ca. If you have any other questions please email carinaneuman@gmail.com. Extra forms can be found Swansea.Milk.Form.2016

Extended French – Application Process Jan 9 – Feb 2
A reminder that the application process opens on January 9th. A Gr. 4 & 7 Information evening is planned for Monday, January 30th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

STEM team update
On Friday, December 16th, 8 groups of Grade 7 bridge builders travelled to Oakwood Collegiate to test the design, construction and strength of their bridges. At the end of the day our best bridge carried 72kg, finishing 2nd in the strength category! While two of our other groups won awards for: best design and construction, and best journal and drawing package. All of our bridge builders should be congratulated for their amazing work and how well they represented Swansea.
Mr. Mike Higgins, STEM teacher

Music By The Lake
Looking for a great gift idea for your grade 6-8 child? Send them to Music By The Lake! Last year 32 students from Swansea attended this 8 day overnight music camp at the beginning of June. Students came back thrilled! All students are eligible to enrol for guitar, choir members can register for vocals, and TDSB band and strings students can apply for those instruments. Please visit the website listed below for the online application process. Scholarships are available as well! Please feel free to talk to Mrs. Ullmann about this exciting opportunity!
https://sites.google.com/a/tdsb.on.ca/music-by-the-lake/.

Volunteer Needed: Healthy Snack Program Coordinator
To assist the VP in running the Healthy Snack Program for the Primary grades
– Prepare, portion and place snacks in designated serving boxes, according to the approved menu, and deliver to classes
– Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
– Clean work station and utensils
– Available to prepare snacks to be distributed for morning recess (9:00am -11:00am)
– Work hand in hand with the VP when supplies are running low and more needs to be ordered
– ONLY 2 HOURS PER DAY, starting three days a week and growing to 5

Boys Volleyball
The Senior Boys’ Volleyball team finished up the season on Friday, December 9th, in a 1/4 final loss to James S. Bell. Our boys represented Swansea with excellence and fine sportsmanship. Thanks so much to Sheryl Tenszen, who returned again this year to give her knowledge, good humour and time as co-Coach with Mr. Chris Higgins. Thanks also to Dave Dann and Michelle DeBrouwer for driving.

The Junior Boys Volleyball Team won their tournament in the first week of December and will be moving onto quarter- finals and possibly finals on December 22nd. Good luck to them and what a great season!

Holiday Concert Photos
Please send copies of your holiday concert photos to swanseaps@gmail.com We are compiling photos of events at the school this year so any contributions are welcomed.

MakerKids Coding Spots Still Available for Gr 5-8
Makerkids’ 8 week after school coding program begins in Jan.
http://campscui.active.com/orgs/MakerKids#/selectSessions/1720003
Classes at Swansea School, Wed Gr 5-8 (Jan 18-Mar 8) & Thurs Gr 2-4 (Jan 19-Mar 9). Spots still available for Gr 5-8 class. Waitlist for Gr 2-4 class.
http://makerkids.com/school-programs/
If you require any financial assistance for this program please contact the school office at cherril.george@tdsb.on.ca. Generously supported by McRock Capital. Questions can be directed to Sylvia sylvchong@yahoo.com

Serbian and Spanish classes
The International Languages Elementary and African Heritage program at Swansea Public School is proud to offer Serbian and Spanish classes to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. until May. There has been great interest with 2 Serbian classes (JK-2 & Grade 3-8) and 3 Spanish classes (JK/SK, Grade 1-2, and Grade 3-8). It’s still not too late to register!

To register your child, please go to the main office for a registration form. Site administrators will be available in the hallway by the main office on Wednesdays between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please bring the child’s OEN number (on the last report card), health card, emergency contact information and the $20 fee (cheques can be made out to TDSB-ILE)

For more details, you can also contact TDSB directly at 416-524-5965.

Chess Lessons- Tuesdays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesday, January 17th 2017—March 7th, 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess registration winter 2017.

CBAM Piano Class Program
Registration for this after school program will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th. For more information, please visit www.cbam.ca Or e-mail: moreinfo@cbam.ca

Upcoming Dates
Jan 9: Classes resume – first day of school for 2017
Jan 11: Sir John A. Macdonald Day
Jan 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17: Humberside Gr. 8 parent info night
Jan 20: PD day
Jan 24: Popcorn Day/Pizza day
Jan 25: Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Jan 27: Little Red Theatre performance
Jan 28: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Jan 31: Cardboard Boat Race

Weekly Update December 8th, 2016

Holiday Concerts Next Week
We hope you can join us for our holiday concerts.
Dec. 14th 2:00-3:00pm Grades 7, 8
Dec. 15th 9:00-10:00 am JK/SK
Dec. 15th 2:00-3:00 pm Grades 1, 2, 3
Dec. 15th 6:00-7:00 pm Grades 4, 5, 6

Refreshment Station at ALL Holiday Concerts – Compliments of Parent Council
Parent Council will have an assortment of refreshments for all parents/relatives that are attending the Holiday Concert. All parents/relatives are encouraged to stop by the Parent Council table and grab a refreshment of their choice to enjoy while watching the Holiday Concert.

Grade 8 Grad Dance Bake Sale
We are raising money to help cover the students’ portion of the graduation dance by holding bake sales on Dec. 14th from 2-3pm (7/8 Holiday Concert) and Dec. 15th from 6-7pm (4/5/6 Holiday Concert). We need your help. Please let us know if you can provide baked goods or volunteer your time for either of these events.
If you can help, please contact Sharon.mittmann@gmail.com or Kathy@nafor.comThe Grade 8 Graduation Committee

CODEMOBILE For Gr 5-8 on Mon Dec 12
This popular, free, introductory session is being held again on Mon Dec 12 (Gr 5-8; 3:30-6:30pm) in the school library. The Codemobile is a cool, colourful van equipped with laptops and driven by Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/code-mobile/!/ a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing coding to all kids. Permission/signup forms are available in the School Office or can be printed from here. This visit is generously supported by Swansea Parent Council. Completed forms can be emailed to Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com

Chess Lessons- Mondays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesday, January 17th 2017—March 7th 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess-registration-winter-20117-1.

MakerKids Registration (Coding Afterschool Program)
Makerkids 8 week coding program is coming to Swansea PS in January!
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to code and develop their own video game. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code that fit together. Registration will begin next Friday Dec 16 at www.makerkids.com
Classes are at Swansea School after school (3:30-5pm) on Wednesdays for Gr 5-8 (Jan 18-Mar 8) and Thursdays for Gr 2-4 (Jan 19-Mar 9) Initial questions prior to registration can be directed to Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com

**Note: There will be scholarship positions available to those students in need. Applications for these fully subsidized positions will occur when registration begins.** Supported by McRock Capital.

KKSA Applications for Grade 6
Reminder to Gr. 5 Parents that the deadline for application to Karen Kain School of the Arts is Dec 23rd. Please see kksa-2017-18-post-information-evening-flyer-v2 for details

Art in Action Registration
Join Art in Action for a brand new winter art session. Create your own great works of art inspired by famous artists such as: Mark Rothko, Andrew Wyeth, Banksy, Claude Monet, Jim Dine, Lawren Harris and Lisa Congdon.

Our program has an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more.

Registration begins Wednesday, December 14 @ 7pm at www.artinactiontoronto.com

Classes are at lunchtime on Mondays (Jan 9 – Mar 6) Wednesdays (January 11 – March 1) or Fridays (January 13 – March 24). This program is available to students in Grades 1 – 8 and the cost for 8 classes is $135.

Volunteer Needed: Healthy Snack Program Coordinator
To assist the VP in running the Healthy Snack Program for the Junior grades
– Prepare, portion and place snacks in designated serving boxes, according to the approved menu, and deliver to classes
– Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
– Clean work station and utensils
– Available to prepare snacks to be distributed for morning recess (9:00am -11:00am)
– Work hand in hand with the VP when supplies are running low and more needs to be ordered
– ONLY 2 HOURS PER WEEK

School Safety Zone
As previously mentioned, Parent Council is supporting Councillor Doucette’s speed reduction initiative on both Windermere and Morningside. A table will be set up outside of the gym at each Holiday Concert next week. Please take the time to stop and sign the petitions either before or after the show. We particularly need the support of those that live on either Morningside or Windermere as we have to collect at least 25% of those that live in the area marked for adjustment. For any questions, please contact hollystoddart@gmail.com
Thank you for your support!

Sidebar Dates
Dec 12: Popcorn Day
Dec 14: Holiday Concert Gr. 7, 8 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert JK/SK 9am
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr 1, 2, 3 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr. 4, 5, 6 6pm
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm
Dec 19: Popcorn Day
Dec 23: Final day of classes before the Holiday Break
Dec 24: Hanukkah
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Kwanzaa / Boxing Day
Jan 1: Happy New Year!
Jan 9: Classes resume – first day of school for 2017
Jan 11: Sir John A. Macdonald Day
Jan 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17: Humberside Gr. 8 parent info night
Jan 20: PD day
Jan 24: Popcorn Day/Pizza day
Jan 25: Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Jan 27: Little Red Theatre performance
Jan 28: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Jan 31: Cardboard Boat Race

Pizza Day is on Tuesday!
It’s not too late to order pizza for the remainder of the year. Please use this pizza-form-2016-17 to place your order and return to the office.

Swansea Spirit Wear
Just a reminder that the Swansea “Shark” Spirit Wear will be on display this week from November 14-17 only. Samples are available after school outside the school gym from 3:10 – 3:45 p.m. Orders must be placed by November 22nd and will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to the Holidays. Please make cheques payable to Swansea Public School. Any monies raised from this sale are directed to our Athletic Programs. Order form can be found swansea-order-form-2016.

Swansea Spirit Day!
On Wednesday November 23rd help support Swansea PS and the Toronto Raptors. Bring in a Toonie, and wear all your Raptors gear – hats, t-shirts, anything! Don’t have Raptors gear? Don’t worry, just wear purple and white. Thank you for your support; all funds raised from Swansea Spirit Days support Swansea Parent Council and school initiatives. If you have any questions, please contact carinaneuman@gmail.com

Holiday Concerts: Save the dates
Our Concert schedule for the Holiday season will be as follows:
Dec. 14th 2:00-3:00pm Grades 7, 8
Dec. 15th 9:00-10:00 am JK/SK
Dec. 15th 2:00-3:00 pm Grades 1, 2, 3
Dec. 15th 6:00-7:00 pm Grades 4, 5, 6