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Swansea Weekly Update: June 15, 2017

A Few Important End of Year Items for Parents: Please read carefully…..
.If you will be moving over the summer, please contact our school office to update your information. Our main number is 416-393-9080.
•Reports Cards for JK to Grade 7 students will be going home at the end of the day on June 28th. Grade 8 students will receive their report cards on June 26th. Tickets for the Grad Ceremony will be included in the Gr. 8 Report Card envelope.
•Reports cards for students entering Gr. 1 – 8 for this coming September, will not include a class placement statement. Teacher and Room assignments will be finalized over the summer and will be posted for parents beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st. These lists will be posted outside our Main office and will be displayed in alphabetical order for all students entering Grade 1 to 6. Students entering Gr. 7 and 8, will meet in the Gym on the first day (September 5th) to receive their homeroom assignments and other instructions.
•Students entering JK or SK will receive class placement information: for new JK’s a letter will be mailed to the home address in July; and for SK’s, the placement will be reflected on the June report card. Please note there is no staggered entry for JK/SK. All students will begin on September 5th.
•Our school office will close on July 7th, and reopen on August 28th.
•Swansea’s Summer school will operate between July 5th and 28th (mornings only). If you would like to register your child for this program, please contact the school’s office before June 30th.

Gr. 8 Grad Trip Parent Information
Next week we will be heading off (in the WEE early hours) for Quebec City for the Grade 8 Grad trip. While the students will be having a meeting on Friday morning to get a copy of the final itinerary and go over some expectations, here is a quick summary for you:
Departure: Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 – PLEASE ARRIVE AT SCHOOL AT 6:15am.
Return: Friday, June 23rd at ~9pm
Money: All activities and meals EXCEPT lunches are provided so the students need money for four lunches. Beyond that, the only money they require is for any souvenirs or knickknacks they might want to purchase. It is not advisable to send the students with large sums of money.
Clothing: Apart from layers for hot days or perhaps rain (it is currently calling for rain on the Wednesday), we are going whale watching so appropriate dress for that is advised.
Rules: All school rules apply, and there are to be NO electronics (apart from personal handheld devices) brought on the trip. There is no way to guarantee safety and would be left in the hotel or on the bus, so unless it can fit in a pocket, we ask that it remain at home.
Security: There is a security guard on duty every night and students are expected to remain in their rooms. There is a separation of male and female rooms; students will be advised that they are not to go into the rooms of the opposite gender – if there is a problem at the hotel (or at any point), we are reminding the students that they could be sent home (at parents’ expense).

We are looking forward to a great time!

Mental Health & Wellness Symposium
At Swansea we strive to integrate mental health and well- being into the daily lives of our students. This year our Grade 7 Mental Health & Wellness Symposium will be held on June 21st, 2017. At the symposium students will cover topics such as, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Mindfulness, Healthy Eating and Healthy Relationships.

Students will be divided into groups and they will rotate to various workshops. The morning session workshops will be discussion oriented led by facilitators. The afternoon sessions will be hands–on, students will participate in yoga, art and preparation of healthy meals.

It promises to be a very fun- filled and educational day.

WE Club News
On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 20th Swansea will be hosting its Annual Water Walk. Teams of 4-5 students will be involved in carrying buckets of water a distance of 400 metres for primary students and a 800 metres for junior and intermediate students.

Each team must raise a combined total of at least $25. All funds raised are going to WE (Free the Children) Charity. It will support the building of a well in a community in Kenya. We raised $3000 towards the well with last year’s talent show and hope to raise the remaining $2000 needed with this year’s Water Walk. https://www.we.org

Interested students must form a team of 4-5 and complete a registration form, found outside room 120 no later than Friday, June 16th. Each team member will take a pledge form and collect donations for their team, due by Tuesday, June 20th. Students must not solicit donations from strangers. Cheques can be made out to “Swansea Public School.” We hope that your son/daughter will join us for this exciting event to help build a well!

Sincerely,
Ms. Cameron, Ms. Bruni, Ms. Romano & Swansea’s We Club.

Last Pizza Lunch is Tuesday, June 20th

Parent Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in volunteering to lead one of our important fundraisers next year- QSP, Craft Sale, Pub Night or Milk Program, please contact us at swanseaps@gmail.com
Without these important fundraisers, we may have to cancel important, longstanding programs that benefit Swansea students including Scientists in the School, Apple Program (free snack apples for every student) our Holiday Fund (which helps Swansea PS families in need during the holidays) and more.

Class Coordinators Needed for Next Year
It’s a great way to connect with parents and teachers, and all work can be done from home. Duties would include sending out emails, and/or using the Remind App to inform parents about class schedules and activities. Helping to recruit volunteers, communicating to parents regarding parent council, or school initiatives. Please send an email to carinaneuman@gmail.com if you’re interested.

School Zone Safety Update

Here’s an update of the student safety initiatives Parent Council currently has in the works:
Speed Reduction to 30k along Windermere: Petitions were submitted to Transportation in November 2016. The results of the study should be in by this fall.
Speed Reduction to 30k along Morningside: Petitions were submitted to Transportation in November 2016. The results of the study should be in by this fall.
Street markings along Windermere when entering School Zone: In the works as part of the City’s New Road Safety Plan. Awaiting timeline from Traffic Management Centre, Traffic Safety Unit.
Pedestrian Street Markings at Windermere & Deforest: Traffic Operations staff have submitted an application for funding for curb depression work – which will make this an official pedestrian crossing. Once the curbs are cut, the crosswalk lines will be painted. Turnaround time TBD. In the meantime, 11 Division has been contacted for more enforcement at this intersection.
“Watch Your Speed” Program/Digital Speed sign for Windermere: We have applied to be one of the schools chosen to get one of these digital signs. Traffic Management will contact us by July 2017 to let us know which schools have meet the eligibility requirements for this round of funding.
Application for Crossing Guard for Waller and Lavinia: This remains a dangerous spot for pedestrians as cars are continue to park in accessible spots, park in the bus loading zone and back up or park over the crosswalk. Council will be submitting an application for a crossing guard to help manage the hazards at this intersection. 11 Division has recently been called to monitor the area for the last few weeks of school.

Grade 8 Graduation
On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Swansea Public School will be holding its grade 8 graduation ceremony at 6:30 pm in the gym. Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 6:15 and proceed up to the 2nd floor to report to their homeroom teacher.

Prior to Grad Ceremony, there will be a Reception for parents in the Rennie Room from 5:30 – 6:15 pm.

As to avoid any rush of photographers there will be an opportunity for pictures for a short while following the ceremony.

Following the graduation ceremony, there will be a Dance for the graduates. A letter and permission form has been sent home with each student.

Parents always ask us about the appropriate clothing for graduation and we suggest that the students should be dressed nicely, in clothing somewhat dressier than they would wear to school but not formal attire! Keep in mind that our gym will be very hot and students will be required to sit quite still for about 2 hours. They must be wearing clothes that are appropriate (meet Swansea’s dress code), comfortable and cool.

Our goal is to ensure that all our grade 8 students have the opportunity to invite their closest family members to the Graduation Ceremony. Since Swansea’s gymnasium has limited seating capacity, we are asking that each grade 8 student invite a maximum of four (4) of their closest family members to the Graduation Ceremony on June 27th. Admission vouchers indicating the number of closest family members attending the Graduation Ceremony will be issued and distributed to students at the end of graduation rehearsal on June 26th.

Please accept our best wishes for your child’s graduation and we look forward to seeing you on June 27th.

Xavier Morgan Memorial
As many of you know, Swansea P.S. lost one of our youngest students, Xavier Morgan, to a bike accident Wednesday, May 24. Our students, staff, parents and community join Xavier’s family in grieving their terrible loss. Parents are invited to contribute to a memorial fund set up by Parent Council in Xavier’s name, which will be presented to his family.

To make a donation, you may:
1. Send an e-transfer to swanseaps@gmail.com
OR
2. Send a cheque to the school Office via your child’s teacher. Please make the cheque payable to the Xavier Morgan Memorial Fund.

Thank you to the parents and community members who have generously donated to this fund

Swansea’s Lion King Jr Performance DVD
If you enjoyed watching The Lion King JR live, if your child was in the show and would love to see the final production or if you missed the show and want to know what all the fuss was about – now is your chance! Buy a DVD of Swansea’s Production of The Lion King JR and experience the magic again and again! (Please note that due to how the production was filmed the Dance Club is not visible during much of the film. We apologize for any inconvenience.) Click DVD Order form to download the order form.

Homework Help for Next Year
If you are looking for homework help for your child(ren) for next year, please have a look at this from Swansea Town Hall.

Sun Safe Behaviour
Getting students outside and active is good for their health, but too much sun can have serious side-effects. We encourage all of our students to practice “sun safety.”
What exactly does sun safe behaviour look like?
• Cover up: Even on days with a moderate UV index, students should wear a hat and sunglasses, especially if they’ll be outside for over 30 minutes.
• Stay cool: Students should stay in shady areas, particularly at midday when the sun is strongest.
• Use sunscreen: Choose sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher that include protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Upcoming Events
June 18: Father’s Day
June 20 – 23: Gr. 8 Grad trip (Quebec City)
June 20: Pizza Day
June 21: National Aboriginal Day & Summer Solstice/ SK Celebration
June 25: Eid-al-Fitr
June 27: Grade 8 Graduation
June 28: Final reports go home
June 29: Final day for students
June 30: PD day
July 1: Canada Day
July 5 – 28: Summer School (mornings only)
Sept 5: First day of School
Sept 12: Welcome Back Party
Sept 13: Parent Council Meeting

Swansea Weekly Update for April 20, 2017

TDSB French Policies & Procedures
Thanks to all parents who attended our Council meeting this week and provided feedback on the French program. If you have concerns, comments or suggestions about the TDSB’s Extended French Policy including program size, catchment boundaries, the sibling rule or balance with the English program please feel free to contact those below directly.
Swansea Parent Council

Kirsten Johnston
Program Coordinator
French as a Second Language
1 Civic Centre Court, Etobicoke, Ontario
(416) 394-6806
Kirsten.Johnston@tdsb.on.ca
Jane Phillps-Long
Superintendent of Education- LN26
1 Civic Centre Court, Etobicoke, Ontario
(416) 394-2042
Jane.Phillips-Long@tdsb.on.ca

Robin Pilkey
Trustee Ward 7, Chair of Trustees
5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
416-395-8787
Robin.Pilkey@tdsb.on.ca

Swansea will be participating in the annual School Cleanup Day
On Friday, April 21st, students and staff will help rejuvenate our green spaces by picking up litter in our schoolyard, and neighbourhood parks. This is just one of the ways that Swansea will be celebrating Earth Day!

Summer Program at Swansea: Grades 1 – 8
Here are the registration forms for our summer program. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). There is no fee for this program and a mid-morning snack is provided each morning. 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. ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School
Completed forms are to be submitted to our Main office by May 1st, 2017.

Kinder Egg Containers for Music
Only 45 more Kinder eggs to go and we have reached our goal of 210! Please send any remaining kinder egg-plastic eggs in to Mr. Corbin as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has brought them in so far! Keep them coming! Insert picture

MegaBloks
Looking to get rid of some old toys? Mr Corbin is looking for MEGA BLOKS. The plan is to turn them into music note blocks that can be combined to compose rhythms and songs. Please donate any old MegaBloks to Mr Corbin. This is your chance to get rid of some toys!

Workshop for Parent of Teens and Pre-teens
What Keeps You Up at Night? This workshop for parents of teens and pre-teens is being offered at Humberside Collegiate on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 7-8:30pm in the Lismer Auditorium. See flyer


Ward 7 News
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is reviewing before- and after-school programs and lunchtime supervision for children in full-day kindergarten (FDK) classrooms, so we can learn about areas of strength and areas for improvement. The project is being guided by Dr. Joel A. Lopata, an external research consultant leading the collection and analysis of information gathered. If you are parents/guardians of 4 and 5-year-old children who have direct experience with FDK Before- and After-School Programs and/or Lunchroom Supervision in FDK classrooms, please click here www.surveymonkey.com/r/tdsbfdk2017.

An opportunity for public consultation will take place on Saturday April 22nd between 9:30-11:30 am at the Toronto District School Board’s office located at 5050 Yonge Street. Members of the public or staff who are interested in attending are asked to register by emailing us at tdsbfdk2017@gmail.com. Child minding is available. Written submissions are also welcome at the same e-mail. Your feedback is important to us. Staff will be compiling a report to be shared with the Board.

Upcoming Events:
April 21: Earth Day Assembly / Yard Clean up
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Canada Book Day
April 24: Popcorn Day
April 26: Graduation Photos (SK and Gr. 8)
April 28: Jump Rope for Heart Event (K-6)
May 5: Chess Tournament
May 8: Children’s Mental Health Week
May 8: Popcorn Day
May 9: Pizza Day
May 10 & 11: Lion King Musical
May 14: Mother’s Day
May 15: Popcorn Day
May 16: Grad Photo Retakes
May 17: Parent Council Meeting
May 22: Victoria Day
May 23: Pizza Day
May 23 – June 5: EQAO Testing gr 3 & 6
May 26: Ramadan

Swansea Weekly Update: April 13, 2017

Swansea Pub Night success
Friday’s pub night fundraiser was a terrific success! Two hundred members of the school community came together for a terrific night out at The Crooked Cue, and over $25,000 was raised through ticket sales, a raffle, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards an Outdoor Learning Centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.

Congratulations to committee chair Kathy Richmond and her team of helpers; the concept, planning and execution came together to make a great evening, and a huge show of support for Swansea P.S. Thank you also to all the teachers and parents who donated auction items. Check out the photos on Snap’d

If you won an auction item but haven’t paid for it or picked it up yet, please email kathy@nafor.com

From Parent Council
What a success! Our Pub Night Fundraiser last Friday April 7 at the Crooked Cue was a great social event for Swansea parents as well as a very successful fundraiser. Our estimated revenue was over $25,000! All net proceeds will go to lunchroom improvements and our new Outdoor Learning Centre.

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets, contributed and bought auction items and bought 50-50 raffle tickets. And special thanks to our fabulous Pub Night Committee, particularly Chair Kathy Richmond. They all worked so hard!

Heather Chiavegato
Chair, Parent Council 16-17

From a Swansea Dad
To Swansea PS Volunteers,
I want to thank you all for all you do, to make the Swansea school and community such a vibrant, healthy, caring space to live and grow up in.

Whether it is helping out at student council, diligently looking after our children’s health at school, organizing events that help support our school. I just want you to know that I think we have the greatest Moms/Leaders, a neighbourhood could ever ask for.

I can only imagine the late night emails, the rushed/ missed dinners, school politics, and just general exhaustion that each of you have persevered over the years. Your hard work and dedication to ensure that not only your children, but all our children, have the greatest opportunities to excel both in education and as individuals. You are the heart, and soul of our community. Your generosity of time and energy, is what keeps our community thriving.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am so very lucky that my child is being raised in your village.
Thank you to each and every one of you.

Swansea will be participating in the annual School Cleanup Day
On Friday, April 21st, students, & staff will help rejuvenate our green spaces by picking up litter in our schoolyard, and neighbourhood parks. This is just one of the ways that Swansea will be celebrating Earth Day!

Summer Program at Swansea: Grades 1 – 8
Here are the ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School for our summer program. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). There is no fee for this program and a mid-morning snack is provided each morning. 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 by May 1st, 2017.

Pizza Day is Tuesday, April 18th

Save the Date: Primary Spring Concert – June 1st
The Primary Spring Concert will be on Thursday, June 1st. Students from Grades 1-3 will be participating in the evening event, as well as the strings and band ensembles from the junior division. The concert will begin at 6pm and most likely end around 7:15. Please keep your calendars open for this date. Also, if you would like to volunteer your time to help out, please speak with Mr. Corbin soon. Get ready to have a great time that night! – Mr. Corbin

Social Media Parenting Talk at Runnymede PS- Gr 6-8 Swansea parents Invited
Are you mystified by the ever-evolving world of social media that your child(ren) are exposed to? Runnymede Parent Council has graciously invited Swansea parents with children in Grades 6-8 to join them to hear Juma Inniss from The Message speak at 7pm on Tuesday April 18 at Runnymede PS (large gym). Please see Social Media Runnymedefor more information.

Juma will help guide parents in understanding the dynamics of various media platforms. Subject matter is most relevant for parents of students in Grades 6-8. Note: on-site babysitting is NOT available for children of Swansea parents.

Helping Our Kids Manage Anxiety – A Presentation for Parents April 20th
On Thursday, April 20, Runnymede Collegiate Institute (RCI) is hosting a presentation on Managing Teenage Anxiety and Stress at Home and School by MOSAICS Approach. RCI is opening this presentation to parents in its extended community. Space is limited, RSVPs are requested by April 10th to runnymedeschoolcouncil@gmail.com Please see Managing Teen Anxiety Apr 20 RCI for more details.

Ward 7 News
Public Consultation Before- and After-School Programs and Lunchtime Supervision
In response to a Motion passed by the Board of Trustees in October, TDSB is reviewing before- and after-school programs and lunchtime supervision for children in Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) classrooms, so we can learn about areas of strength and areas for improvement.

The project is being guided by Dr. Joel A. Lopata, an external research consultant leading the collection and analysis of information gathered.

To date, we have already consulted an advisory group, including Toronto Children’s Services, to review and provide feedback on the research plan, and are currently collecting data using several methods including:
– Surveys,
– Focus groups, and
– Public consultation

With already over 200 survey responses from an array of stakeholders with direct experience in FDK classrooms collected, we can safely say that engagement in this research is very strong.

Below, you will find a link to the on-line survey to share with stakeholders (e.g., parents/guardians of 4 and 5-year-old children) who have direct experience with FDK Before- and After-School Programs and/or Lunchroom Supervision in FDK classrooms: www.surveymonkey.com/r/tdsbfdk2017.

The Review requires an opportunity for consultation. Dr. Lopata will facilitate, a session to gather public input, as part of his research, on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 between 9:30-11:30 am. The session will take place at The Toronto District School Board’s office located at 5050 Yonge Street. Child minding will be available. Here is a notice of this meeting that you may wish to circulate. A copy of this notice will be shared with FDK Before-and-After School Operators.

As always, we thank you for your support. The aim is to conclude this Review by the end of the school year and to report the results and recommendations to The Board of Trustees.

Questions may be directed to Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Executive Superintendent, Learning Centre 3 and Early Years at colleen.russell-rawlins@tdsb.on.ca.

Upcoming Events:
April 14: Good Friday
April 17: Easter Monday (school closed)
April 18 – 21: Gr. 6’s to Mono Cliffs Outdoor Ed’n Ctr
April 18: 11 Division Chess Tournament/ Pizza Day
April 21: Earth Day Assembly / Yard Clean up
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Canada Book Day
April 24: Popcorn Day
April 26: Graduation Photos (SK and Gr. 8)
April 28: Jump Rope for Heart Event (K-6)
May 5: Chess Tournament
May 8: Children’s Mental Health Week
May 8: Popcorn Day
May 9: Pizza Day
May 10 & 11: Lion King Musical

Swansea Weekly Update: March 30, 2017

Final School Immunization Clinic
Grade 7 and 8 student immunization clinic is scheduled on Wednesday, 05 April 2017.
The following vaccines will be given:
• Second dose of hepatitis B vaccine to Grade 7 students
• Second dose of human papillomavirus vaccine to Gr 7 students and Gr 8
female students
• Toronto Public Health nurses will also immunize Grade 7 and 8 students who missed
their hepatitis B, meningococcal, and human papillomavirus vaccines at earlier
scheduled clinics.

Swansea Pub Night- Who’s up for a night out?

Click here to buy tickets

Summer Program at Swansea: Grades 1 – 8
Here are the ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School for our summer program. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). There is no fee for this program and a mid-morning snack is provided each morning. 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 by May 1st, 2017.

2017 Parent Census
Please find a ParentLtr_JKGrade3_March2017, guardians or caregivers of
JK to Grade 3 students regarding the upcoming Parent Census in April.

Music Program Request for Mini Shakers
Mr Corbin is looking to collect the yellow plastic eggs from inside of Kinder eggs. The goal is to collect enough to create mini shakers for the primary students to use in class. It’s also a good way to keep plastic out of the landfills! Thank you for your support.

Team Unbreakable Running Program
Swansea is excited to be partnering with Team Unbreakable, which is an initiative of CameronHelps, a charity that focuses on improving mental health through recreational running. All students, from grades 5 – 8 are welcome to come out to run with us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:45 am.

The goal is promote mental fitness through physical fitness. This running program is for students who are new to running to those that are already experienced runners. Runners will keep a log of their runs including how they feel both before and after their runs. The end goal is the Team Unbreakable 5k Run on Sunday, June 11th at 9am at Coronation Park.

We start running on Thursday, March 30th at 7:45am. No previous running experience needed! See you on the Swansea Field!

Helping Our Kids Manage Anxiety – A Presentation for Parents April 20th
On Thursday, April 20, Runnymede Collegiate Institute (RCI) is hosting a presentation on Managing Teenage Anxiety and Stress at Home and School by MOSAICS Approach. RCI is opening this presentation to parents in its extended community. Space is limited, RSVPs are requested by April 10th to runnymedeschoolcouncil@gmail.com Please see Managing Teen Anxiety Apr 20 RCIfor more details.

Hair Whisperers
Parent Council would like to thank our volunteer Hair Whisperers for helping to keep those pesky nits at bay throughout the year. Our volunteers do at least 3 school-wide checks and then many class specific ones throughout the year.

We are always looking for more Hair Whisperers! No experience necessary. We will train newcomers! Able volunteers are encouraged to contact siobhanblessing@yahoo.ca

Pizza Day is Tuesday, April 4th!

Lion King JR
Attention Swansea parents and community members the time is almost here when you can finally buy tickets for Swansea’s amazing production of The Lion King JR! The cast has been rehearsing since November! Teachers, parents and students have been making costumes, props and puppets and getting the lights set up! We now have our backstage crew with us and the Dance Club will begin rehearsing with us too! We hope that you and your family will come to see the results of all this hard work on May 10th or May 11th at 6:30 in Swansea’s gym! Tickets go on sale next week on April 6th! You can buy online or send in the paper form and payment! Tickets will be delivered to your child’s classroom on May 8th! Please support the Arts here at Swansea and buy your tickets soon! Thank you!

Makerkids Programs start NEXT WEEK – Register NOW!
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.

Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, 8wks, Gr5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, 8wks, Gr 2-4

Please register now at, http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com
Thanks again to McRock Capital for the available scholarship spots. Please contact Ms. George to discuss scholarship possibilities.

Trial classes
Explore coding, robotics and Minecraft! Join one or more of our $10 trial classes from March 27 to April 9. Classes are 2 hours and have a maximum of 8 kids. More info

Ward 7 News
Summer programs
Elementary summer school being offered at these Ward 7 schools:
Fern (grades 2-8, English & French)
Swansea (grades 1-8, English & French)
Parkdale CI (for grades 5-8)
More info here: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/aboutus/innovation/summerprograms.aspx

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: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b0878df6277125cdd4bdaf317&id=a73601bccd&e=1b342f2ea7

Upcoming Events
April 4: Pizza Day
April 5: Grade 7 & 8 Immunization Clinic/ K-6 Jump Rope for Heart Assembly (a.m.)
April 6: Gr. 7 & 8 assembly to review Dress Code
April 7: Swansea Pub Fundraiser
April 10: Passover (sundown)
April 11: JK/SK Dance-a-thon
April 12:Int’l Day of Pink – Gr. 1 – 6 Dance-a-thon
April 12: Parent Council Mtg 6:45pm
April 13: Popcorn Day/ Rock & Rings in gym
April 14: Good Friday
April 17: Easter Monday (school closed)
April 18 – 21: Gr. 6’s to Mono Cliffs Outdoor Ed’n Ctr
April 18: 11 Division Chess Tournament/ Pizza Day
April 21: Earth Day Assembly / Yard Clean up
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Canada Book Day
April 24: Popcorn Day
April 26: Graduation Photos (SK and Gr. 8)
April 28: Jump Rope for Heart Event (K-6)

Swansea Weekly Update: March 23, 2017

2017 Student and Parent Census
APRIL is the TDSB’s Census Month! This is the third administration of the TDSB’s Student and Parent Census. The success of this third Census relies on full co-operation from school communities in order to ensure a very high participation rate from all students (Grades 4-12) and parents (of JK-Grade 6 students).

This ParentLtr_Ele_March2017_v3should be returned with students for parents who do not want their child to participate in the Student Census — simply fill out the slip attached to the letter and return it to school before April.

Swansea Pub Night- got your tickets?
Time to get your tickets for Swansea Pub Night. It’s happening Friday April 7th at the Crooked Cue and it’s going to be a blast. With live and silent auction items like a BMW 5 series for the weekend and a gymnastics party for your bouncy kid and seven friends, yummy food, a one-night shark cocktail for $7, and danceable tunes from live band Arden And The Tourists, you’ll want to be there.

Click here to buy tickets
Buy your tickets today

Jump Rope for Heart
The Heart and Stroke Jump Rope For Heart campaign will be kicking off on April 5th at Swansea. There are great prizes to be earned! This year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation will give a 10% return on whatever Swansea can raise. Last year we raised just over $8,000!! On April 28th grades JK-6 (with some participating grade 7 and 8 students) will be skipping in the gym throughout the day.

Pink Day
April 12th is our PINK day activities. There will be an assembly and a dance-a-thon. Students and staff are encouraged to wear pink on that day.

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!

There are just a couple of spots still available in each session. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Saturday, March 25, 2017. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

MakerKids Robotics & Coding Spring Registration NOW!
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.

Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, 8wks, Gr5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, 8wks, Gr 2-4

Please register now at, http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com
Thanks again to McRock Capital for the available scholarship spots. Please contact Ms. George to discuss scholarship possibilities.
Trial classes
Explore coding, robotics and Minecraft! Join one or more of our $10 trial classes from March 27 to April 9. Classes are 2 hours and have a maximum of 8 kids. More info

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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 28: Gr. 4 – 8 Aboriginal Performance & Workshop (a.m.)
Mar 29: Lockdown Practice
Mar 30: Popcorn Day
April 4: Pizza Day
April 5: Grade 7 & 8 Immunization Clinic/ K-6 Jump Rope for Heart Assembly (a.m.)
April 6: Gr. 7 & 8 assembly to review Dress Code
April 7: Swansea Pub Fundraiser
April 10: Passover (sundown)
April 11: JK/SK Dance-a-thon
April 12: Int’l Day of Pink – Gr. 1 – 6 Dance-a-thon
April 12: Parent Council Mtg 6:45pm
April 13: Popcorn Day/ Rock & Rings in gym
April 14: Good Friday
April 17: Easter Monday (school closed)
April 18 – 21: Gr. 6’s to Mono Cliffs Outdoor Ed’n Ctr
April 18: 11 Division Chess Tournament/ Pizza Day
April 21: Earth Day Assembly / Yard Clean up
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Canada Book Day
April 24: Popcorn Day
April 26: Graduation Photos (SK and Gr. 8)
April 28: Jump Rope for Heart Event (K-6)