From the Principal’s Desk — Sept 15, 2011

Since the beginning of school we have seen a significant increase in our enrollment.  We have been monitoring these numbers very closely and reporting these to Elementary Staffing.  Friday, September 16 is the official count date.  I will be reviewing these with our Superintendent and Elementary Staffing to determine our staff allocation.  This may or may not involve a reorganization of some of the classes.  I will do my best to keep parents informed and to make this transition as smooth as possible.  Our main concern, always, is what is best for all of our students. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we move through this process.

Welcome Back Party

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Swansea’s Annual Welcome Back Party.  It was the best ever. A special thank you to parent/organizer, Shana Bates, you really know how to throw a party!

Grade Seven Retreat

Grade 7 students will be participating in a Leadership Retreat in Orillia on September 28 to September 30th.  Information packages and permission forms were sent home on last Friday.  These are due on Monday, September 19th.

East African Relief

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 staff and students remembered the tens of thousands of people living in Somalia who have died and continue to die because of the famine, with a minute of silence.  On Tuesday, September 20th students are asked to bring in a toonie for the Canadian Red Cross East African Relief Fund.
Terry Fox Run

Swansea’s annual Terry Fox Run is scheduled for Friday, September 23rd at 2:10 pm.  Students are asked to bring a Toonie for Terry.  Staff and students can also sign a running shoe if they are running for someone touched by cancer.  These will be displayed in the front hall.  Who are you running for?

Cross Country Running

All students in Grades 1 – 3 will be participating in Swansea’s Primary Running Club this year.  The students will run on the field from 10:15 to 10:30 each day.  All primary students will be given the opportunity to participate the TDSB cross-country races on Tuesday, October 4th. Participation forms were distributed to the students this week.

Safe Schools Week

September 19 – September 25th is Safe Schools Week.  Our Safe Schools Committee will be planning a series of activities to make us all aware of what we can do to keep Swansea a Safe Place to Learn.

Education Day

The Ontario Public School Board’s Association has declared September 20th as Education Day.  In support the Toronto School Board Trustees are organizing all-candidate meetings across the city.


Parkdale-High Park Riding will be hosting a public meeting at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School on Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This will be an opportunity to hear directly from the local candidates of the major provincial candidates on education issues.

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