From the Principal’s Desk — April 19, 2012

Spring Concert

On Tuesday night we had the pleasure of listening to our talented music students perform at the Windermere United Church.  Our strings and band students performed under the direction of their itinerant music instructors and played a variety of lively songs.  Our Ace Recorder group performed songs from the 16th century, with period costumes to add authenticity to their performance.  Our choirs were joined by the Upper Canada Choristers, who provided a wonderful support to our young singers.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a wonderful evening of music and song, especially to Mrs. West, who works tirelessly to provide all of our students a premier music program.  I think we all agreed that “Everyone loves Saturday Night!”.


Educational Resources

The Ministry of Education has set up the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB).  This resources are available online.  Click the link below for further information. http://bit.ly/IQ8KTF
Rennie Park

Last week there was a robbery in Rennie Park around 10:00 pm.  Police were called and they set up a perimeter and caught 1 person, who has been charged.  They are still searching for 1 or 2 more suspects.  Police have increased their patrols of the park (bike and car patrols) and this will continue throughout the summer.  Police are asking kids not to congregate in the park after dark.
Grad Photos

Due to scheduling issues some grade 8 students missed their grad photos.  The photographer will be returning on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1st to complete grad photos and retakes are scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, May 14th.
Car Seat Clinic

It is estimated that over 75% of child deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle collisions could be prevented with the proper installation and use of car seats.

Toronto Police Force in partnership with Swansea Public School Safe and Caring School committee is hosting a car seat clinic in the Swansea School Parking lot on Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 am.

Please come to the car seat clinic and get your child’s car seat checked out and installed properly.
Swansea Ecoschools Update
In our quest for Ecoschools Gold, here are some important dates and information:

May 1th – Mieke Foster of Ecoschools will be at Swansea in the morning for our second waste audit. We desperately need one or two parents to help organize the students.

May 4th – Councillor Sarah Doucette will be joining us for our schoolyard clean-up in the afternoon.  Parents are welcome to come along and help as well.  Rubber gloves provided.

Apples: We love our Apple program! But we want to compost the cores. We need resealable containers so classes can collect apple left-overs and take them to the compost bin outside the kindergarten rooms.

One plant per classroom: Recently, Swansea enjoyed a visit by former student Nicholas Montgomery, who shared information about his exciting initiative – http://oneplantperclass.org/. With cuttings from Ms. Balzereit, we have already made some new plants for classrooms.

May 14th- Lisa Fisk of Ecoschools will be conducting a final audit to determine how we did this year.  We will have to wait until September for feedback on our progress.
Family Photo Night/Kindergarten Graduation Photos

Thursday, May 17th
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Edge Imaging will be coming to do family photos and kindergarten graduation photos.Family photo sittings will be $10 which will go to Swansea PS.  There is no cost for the kindergarten graduation sitting. Families then have the option of ordering a variety of packages available through Edge Imaging.

Upcoming Dates

April 24th – 6:30 pm – PART meeting – Runnymede PS
April 25th – School Council Meeting – Staffing Allocation
May 1st – Grad photos
May 2nd – 5:30 pm – Junior Concert
May 4th – Swansea Clean-up Day
May 4th – Upper Canada Choristers Concert – Grace-on-the-Hill Church
May 12th – Car Seat Clinic
May 14th- Grad Photos retakes
May 16th – Kindergarten Orientation
May 17th – Family Photo Night

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