From the School Council – Dec 13, 2012

Update on Chapters Night

This year’s “Chapters Night” was a great success. Parents and community members were treated to an exceptional variety of high quality musical performances by Swansea students. The refreshments provided by our local Starbucks and No Frills were greatly appreciated. We were able to raise $685.19 through purchases made during the event. That money will be placed on a Chapters Gift Card and used to buy resources for the school. As well, many books were purchased and donated to the school in memory of Mr. Samson. We would like to extend a special “thank you” to the volunteers who helped greet people at the door, served coffee, and wrapped presents. The outstanding generosity and support of Swansea School parents towards this event was commendable.

School-Wide Lice Check – Thursday, Jan.10, 2013 (9am-11am)

If you would like to volunteer, please contact heatherchiavegato@gmail.com.

Next Education Committee Meeting – Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

All parents are invited to the January 9, 2013 meeting of the Swansea Education Committee at 6:45PM in the School Library.

If you need childcare, please contact the school (416-393-9080) 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Petition Regarding School Overcrowding

Overcrowding at the public schools in our Ward is a serious problem and one that is only going to worsen with the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten in September 2014. The TDSB’s solution of building an addition at Swansea P.S. and Keele St. P.S. is on hold because the Ministry of Education has frozen funding for this much-needed capital expansion in our Ward. We need the Ministry of Education to release funding immediately for the planned additions at Swansea P.S. Keele St. P.S. in Ward 7 of the TDSB!

We’re asking you to send this message to our Provincial Government by signing this petition:
bit.ly/RunnymedePetition

The construction of these additions must start by early Spring 2013 so the time for action is NOW. If the Ministry doesn’t release the necessary funding, there stands to be serious consequences in our Ward when Full Day Kindergarten is implemented in September 2014. For example:

  • Portables could be added to the already small play spaces in our schools, leaving virtually no room for children to play outside during recess and lunch.
  • Some students could be bussed outside of our Ward to schools where there IS room.
  • Gymnasium space could be turned into classroom space thereby limiting the manner in which our children receive physical education.

We need as many signatures as possible to get our message taken seriously so please circulate widely to your network of friends, family and neighbours who live in this neighbourhood. Our children deserve better. Families in this neighbourhood pay taxes like everyone else in the province and it isn’t right that our children are being crammed like sardines into 100-year old buildings that are falling apart while other students in the province have the opportunity to learn in spacious classrooms housed in well-maintained buildings.

Explore It! Winter Term Registrations Open Now

We’d like to thank everyone who registered for Explore It! programming in the Fall term. Exploring Magic was a sellout success! We’re happy to be offering great programs in the Winter term (starting in January), including Stuffed Animals, Music Production, Lego Land, Survivor, Cooking and Jr. Science. All program descriptions are available on our web site, where you can also register. Be sure to register soon — spots are limited and the deadline is January 6th. Registrations are first come, first served!

Visit us at: www.exploreitall.ca for more info or call us at: 416-417-0477

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