From the Principal’s Desk – Sept. 13, 2012

Welcome Back Party

Thank you to Kimberley Wakefield and her volunteer crew for another fabulous party. What a great way to start the school year!

Swansea Parking Lot

Parents are reminded that the parking lot is for staff only.  It is very congested in the parking lot and students should be dropped off at the designated drop-off zone on Waller Ave. (north side of school).

Swansea Kids Place parents can drop off in the parking lot until 8:20 am.

Extra Curricular Activities

Many parents have asked for a list of the many activities going on at Swansea this year.  We are in the process of compiling this list and hope to have it on our website soon.  Please encourage your child to listen to the morning announcements for information about extra-curricular activities.

The first activity is Cross Country Running.  The coaches are:

Primary – Karyn Awrey, Gord Chauhan

Junior – Chris Higgins

Senior – Sonya Henderson, Lisa Stuart

Any parent wishing to help with this please contact the coaches (leave a message at the school office).

Calling all 2011 – 2012 Graduates!!

If you had ordered and paid for your graduating class composite picture and did not collect it please drop by the office to collect your photograph as soon as possible.  Swansea “S” are ready to be picked up too.

Swansea Addition

As announced last June, approval has been given for 10 classroom addition to Swansea PS.  Over the summer many architectural firms submitted their draft concepts and one firm was selected.  This decision will go to the Board of Trustees in October for approval.

We have been asked to put together a design team, whose responsibility it will be to provide local community and school input into the design of this addition WITHIN the budget and program framework that the Board has approved.

Members of this committee will include:

Trustee Irene Atkinson
Superintendent Jane Phillips-Long
Principal Karen Ridley
TDSB facility staff
1 Swansea staff rep
2 Swansea parent reps
1 rep Swansea Recreational Centre
1 rep Swansea Kids Place

If you are interested in joining our Design Team please send a letter to outlining why you are interested in this position and the skills and experience you could bring to this committee.

Please note that this is a serious time commitment for 2-3 months, with evening meetings approximately every 2 weeks.

As we move through the design process we will also be holding several information meetings to seek community input.

This is going to be an exciting fall for Swansea PS.

Programs at Swansea Community Centre

Looking for extra-curricular fun for your kids? There are spots available at programs offered through  the Swansea Community Centre. From zumba to piano and ball hockey.

International Languages – Serbian  (

This fall TDSB will offering the following international language class at Swansea PS to students from JK- Grade 8: SERBIAN

Classes run on Wednesday from 3:30 – 6:00 pm
First day of class is September 26, 2012

Registration is September 19, 2012   3:30 – 6:00 pm (in front of the main office)

For more information please call 416-338-4100

Please bring the following information upon registration:
Student’s OHIP Number
Emergency Contact Name & Telephone Number
(E.g. Neighbour, family friend, extended family)

*There is a $20 materials fee

Upcoming Dates

·         September 19th – 6:45 pm – School Council

·         September 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25 – Dental Screening

·         September 19 – 21 – Grade 7 Retreat

·         September 21st – nominations for School Council due

·         September 27th – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Curriculum Night

·         September 28th – QSP Fundraising Campaign begins

·         October 2nd – Immunizations (Grade 7 – HepB, Grade 8 girls – HPV)

·         October 12th – Photo Re-take Day

·         October 19th – TTC Photo Day (Grade 7 & 8)

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