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.


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”.

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:

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

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