From the Principal’s Desk — April 13, 2011

2011 – 2012 Staffing Model
Next year’s Staffing Model was presented to parents on Wednesday, April 13th.  A copy of the powerpoint presentation is posted on the Swansea website.

Pink Day
The TDSB has a strong mandate against bullying and intolerance in schools and in the workplace.  To recognize this April 13th has been designated as Pink Day. This day is based on the actions of two Nova Scotia grade 12 students who, in 2007, marshalled their friend to wear pink in support of a younger student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.  This campaign resulted in, not just 50 of their friends, but in hundreds of students turning up the next day wearing pink in support of the bullied student.

Easter Chocolates
Solid milk chocolate Easter Bunnies are available in the office for $5.00 each.  All money raised will go towards the Grade 8 Graduation trip.

Cell Phones
On Monday, April 11th grade 7 and 8 students listened to a presentation on internet safety. This also included cell phones with texting and cameras.  The TDSB policy does permit students to possess personal communication and media devices (e.g. phones, iphones, BlackBerrys) while on school property.  These devices must be powered off and stored out of view.  Any student found using a cell phone will have their phone confiscated until the end of the day.  Repeat offenders will have to have their parent(s) come and collect their phone. If there is an emergency, where you need to talk to your child please contact the office and we will locate him/her for you. Thank you for your support in keeping Swansea a safe place to learn.

Community Clean-up
• Saturday, April 16 – there is a community clean-up behind the David Williams Clubhouse in Rennie Park from 10 am – 12 pm.
• Friday, April 28 – Swansea students will be cleaning up the school yard and field, throughout the day.  Volunteers welcome.
• Saturday, April 30 – E-Waste Collection Day – Swansea is hosting an E-waste collection site for all you old TV’s, computers, printers, cell phones, etc.
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Ski Boots
After our ski day in February a ski bag was left in the office.  It contains a black pair of black T2 Comfort ski boots, black Giro helmet and ski googles. Are you missing your ski equipment?

The dates for the Grade 3 and 6 EQAO tests have been set.  There will be 6 tests that will be written between Monday, May 30 and Friday, June 3, 2011.

Grade 3 and 6 teachers are working with students to prepare them for these tests.  Parents can also check out the EQAO website for further information.

Plans are underway for our 120th celebration wrap-up so mark your calendars for these historic events and please share with Swansea Alumni.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Open House
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Students will be share memories of Swansea through the decades.

Community Dance
8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Swansea School Gym
Tickets – $15.00
Tickets are being sold through the Swansea Community Centre 416-392-6796

– Karen Ridley

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