Swansea Weekly Update November 3, 2016

Volunteers and Bakers Needed for Swansea Craft Sale on Sat Nov 19.
Thought about volunteering at the school and then this is your chance! (Short and sweet!) This is a great way to get involved. On Nov 19th, we are looking for people to work 2 hr shifts only at the admissions table, snack bar, raffle table, kids art area, bake table. Or on the sale day to help in set-up and take-down.(8:30 10am or 3-4:30)
As well, the Fri eve (Nov 18), we need people for decorating and setup (5-8:30pm)
Please see the link https://swanseacraftsale.com/volunteer-general/

ALSO Donations of Baked Goods needed! See signup for further info.
https://swanseacraftsale.com/bake-sale-volunteer/
Drop-off of donations is Fri Nov 18 (6-9pm) or day of sale (9-10:30). Contact Sylvia at sylvchong@yahoo.com re: any questions about the volunteering at the Craft Sale.

November is Aboriginal Education Month
In November, we celebrate Aboriginal Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Aboriginal perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula, and to focus on treaties and the legacy of residential schools. Over the course of this month, Swansea staff and students will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Remembering our Veterans
On November 11th, we will be remembering and honouring all veterans including Aboriginal veterans as part of Remembrance Day observance beginning in the gym at 10:30 a.m.

November 7th is Inuit Day
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued the following statement of Inuit Day:
“Today is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the important relationship and history we share with the Inuit of Canada as we move forward in our journey of reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”

Louis Riel Day
On November 16, Louis Riel Day is held to honour the sacrifices and the work of Métis leader Louis Riel and to recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada and to highlight the continuing struggles that Métis continue to face.

Grade 5 Parents
Is your child excited by the Arts? Is she/he looking for a middle school experience in an arts-integrated school? If so, please join the staff of Karen Kain School for the Arts, for their Information evening that will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 6 .m. Please note that this session will be held at John English JMS, 95 Mimico Ave. For more information about the school, visit: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/home.aspx
For admissions, visit bookmark: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/Admissions.aspx

Pizza Day – Tuesday, November 8th
Just a reminder next Tuesday is our 2nd Pizza Day of the year. If you have not registered your child in the program as of yet and would like to do so please send an email to tspurvis@hotmail.com.

Swansea Spirit Wear
Swansea “Shark” & Swansea School clothing will be on sale once again this year. Samples are available after school outside the School gym beginning on November 7th to November 18th (3:15 – 3:30 p.m.) Orders must be placed by November 22nd and will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to the Holidays. swansea-order-form-2016. Please make cheques payable to Swansea Public School. Any monies raised from this sale are directed to our Athletic Programs.

Next Parent Council Meeting- Bring us your Questions and Comments!
Our next meeting is Wed Nov 16 at 6:45 pm in the library. After School, Community and Committee Reports, we’d like to hear from other parents. Bring us your appreciation, questions and comments- we’d love to hear from you! We can’t guarantee a resolution to every question or idea on the spot, but we’ll consider all feedback. If you can’t come to the meeting but have something to say, or need to contact us, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com. Refreshments will be served. See you on the 16th!

The Bulletin
We are looking for photos of Swansea students to put into our fall edition of The Bulletin. Please send pictures from school events such as sporting events, classroom field trips, the Welcome Back Party, Walk a Child to School Day, or the Halloween parade to swanseaps@gmail.com so we can put together a great collection of school happenings from this fall.

November is also Financial Literacy Month
With November being Financial Literacy Month in Canada, this is an excellent time to focus on the importance of education savings, and remind families about the TDSB’s partnership with SmartSAVER. Research shows that even a small amount of education savings can improve student achievement, well-being, equity of opportunity and outcomes. That’s why the TDSB has partnered with SmartSAVER on a board-wide campaign that helps families access free money to kick start their children’s education savings. Did you know that 6 out of 10 eligible students are missing out on free money towards their post-secondary education because they don’t know about the Canada Learning Bond? That means almost 50,000 TDSB students are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond but have not yet received it. Through our partnership with SmartSAVER, the TDSB makes it easy for families to open no cost Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and access up to $2,000 through the Canada Learning Bond with no catches, commitments or contributions. The application is available at www.tdsb.on.ca/SmartSAVER and has been translated into a number of different languages. You can complete the application in less than 10 minutes.

A message from Toronto Public Health: Protect your child from the flu.
Each year 20 to 30% of children get sick with the flu. Influenza is a virus. The infection spreads by droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. Children can get very sick from a flu infection.

Influenza vaccines are free in Ontario for children 6 months of age and older. They are safe. The vaccine helps a child’s immune system prevent flu but cannot give them the flu. The flu virus is always changing so a new flu vaccine is needed each year. There are two types of vaccines for children 2 to 17 years of age. They are given as a needle or a spray in the nose. Canadian experts advise that either vaccine can be used in children of this age.

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza infection. The vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, health clinics and at Toronto Public Health clinics. Children 5 years and older can get the vaccine at a pharmacy. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for hours, so clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs and avoid touching your face.
For more information:
1. Talk to your health care provider
2. Call our Immunization Line at 416-392-1250
3. Visit our influenza website. Vaccine information is also available in other languages.
4. Book an appointment at a Toronto Public Health clinic. www.toronto.ca/health
PLEASE NOTE: Both nasal spray and shots are currently available at our local Shoppers Drug Mart and surrounding pharmacies but only for children 5 and up.

Holiday Concerts: Save the dates
Parents, with close to 900 students at Swansea, we would like to give all students a chance to perform. As such, our Concert schedule for the Holiday season will be as follows:
Dec. 14th 2:00-3:00pm Grades 7, 8
Dec. 15th 9:00-10:00 am JK/SK
Dec. 15th 2:00-3:00 pm Grades 1, 2, 3
Dec. 15th 6:00-7:00 pm Grades 4, 5, 6

Parent Conference by PIAC
Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference: Parents and Communities Partnering for Student Achievement on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Located at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, Toronto. This free event will feature a keynote address from renown speaker and author Jennifer Kolari and an array of workshops celebrating parent engagement, networking opportunities, and access to information on various programs and services of the Board.

Child-minding, Interpretation and Bussing will be available through advance registration ONLY. For further information and registration visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference
If you are interested in a table in the Market Place, please contact latha.john@tdsb.on.ca

Upcoming Dates
Nov 3: Gr 9 Parent Info Session at ESA 6 & 7 pm
Nov 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov 6-12: Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 9: Gr 8 Info Night at Bloor CI at 6:30pm
Nov 10: Popcorn Day
Nov 11: Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:30am
Nov 16: Parent Council Meeting 6:45pm in the Library
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Silverthorn High School 7pm
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (regular) 7pm
Nov 18: PD Day
Dec 14: Holiday Concert Gr. 7, 8 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert JK/SK 9am
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr 1, 2, 3 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr. 4, 5, 6 6pm
Nov 19: Swansea Craft Sale
Nov 25: Popcorn Day
Dec 12: Popcorn Day
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm
Dec 19: Popcorn Day

Swansea Weekly Update for October 27th

Happy Halloween!
Swansea staff and Parent Council are wishing all of our families a great Halloween this upcoming Monday! Please visit the link below for tips on making it a safe and happy one!
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/security-securite/home-maison/halloween-eng.php

West Playground Rules
Parents, and caregivers, when using the playground with your child before and after school, or on weekends, please be aware of the expectations for safe play when using the equipment. The students are expected to observe the following rules during the school day:
1. Keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
2. Stay off the roof of the playhouse and away from the fence wall.
3. Wood chips are to remain on the ground. (In the winter, snow is to remain on the ground & the playground may be closed after a snowfall or during icy conditions.)
4. When using the slides, slide downwards only and remain on your bottom at all times.
5. Playing tag is permitted on the paved areas only, but not on the equipment.
6. Students are to remain on school property and inside the playground at all times. Play on the ramp and sidewalk area is not permitted.

Parents, we are also encouraging students to leave their Pokemon cards at home. A reminder as well that no wheels (scooters, bikes, rollerblades, etc.) are permitted on school property. Students who use these as a method to get to school, must walk these items onto school property. Bikes are to be locked to the bike racks provided on school property and scooters/rollerblades may be kept in the student’s locker (or classroom, in cases where a student does not have an assigned locker).
Thank you for your support!

Accessible Parking Space
Please be advised that we have students at the school whose parents need to use the Accessible parking space available on Waller Avenue. The parents who use this spot have a special permit to do so; however, often when they come to school the spot is occupied. These special needs children need to have access to the school and we ask that parents who park outside the school for drop off and pick up respect the needs of those who truly need the designated space.

Parent/teacher Interviews
Please note that Progress Reports will be sent home on November 15th, 2016. For this term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online! Next week, you will get a form via the classroom coordinators and/or the youngest sibling, outlining the procedures and giving the private Swansea code (please do not post this anywhere online). There is also going to be a 1-800 number for those who have technical difficulties. Majority of appointments are on November 17th from 3:45 – 7:45 pm and November 18th from 8:45 – 11:30 am, but some teachers have scheduled different times – which you will be able to see when you log in. Stay tuned for more details next week!

QSP Fundraiser
Thank you to all families who supported the QSP magazine and gift drive. We are still tallying the results but it looks like we will have raised close to $10,000 for Swansea this year! This money will go toward the costs for a new sound system for the large gym as well as classroom IT equipment.

If your child ordered magazines/gifts and earned 3 points or higher, they will be receiving a prize order form this week. This year, there is an option on the form to donate any prize to Sick Kids Hospital. Please make sure that this form is returned to the school by Thursday, November 3rd. And don’t forget that you can purchase or renew magazines and gift items year-round at www.qsp.ca/3721511 and Swansea will earn profits from these orders.

Cross Country
On October 19th, 65 Swansea students competed in the West Conference Finals for Cross Country. The grade 3 girls team placed 3rd in their standings and the grade 6 boys placed second. We also had many amazing individual finishes.

All the cross country coaches are extremely proud of our entire cross country team. The training, dedication, determination, will power and courage that all of our students showed is truly remarkable. Congratulations to all and good luck at the City Championships!

Calling All Bakers & Volunteers for the Swansea Craft Sale!
We welcome your delicious contributions to our BAKE TABLE at the Craft Sale on Sat Nov 19.
For more information and signup go to https://swanseacraftsale.com/bake-sale-volunteer/
We would appreciate popular items such as pies, fudge, loaves, cookies, & holiday-themed baking. All items are to be nut-free. Drop-off of donated baked goods is Friday evening before sale or day of sale.

Also volunteers needed for Nov 19th sale day, 2 hr shifts are available for signup at https://swanseacraftsale.com/volunteer-general/
Come out to a great community event and help out Swansea PS!

Lost and Found
Swansea Parents please don’t forget to take a look at our Lost and Found, located in the basement outside the lunchrooms. There are quite a few items down there, many with labels. Please send your kids to take a look if they are missing some items or please take a moment to visit the Lost and Found yourselves when you have some time. lost-found

Anyone for Skipping?
The Skipping Club resumes on November 7th and will be offered on Mondays during the lunch hour for Grades 2 – 8 students. Ms. Munt will be announcing the rest of the details to students over the next few days. Get your skipping ropes ready!

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, November 10th the next unit of the Adventures in Wisdom coaching program will be offered to students in grades 2-5. One program will run during the lunch hour and one will run after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. The two sessions will be the same.

This new unit is called MePower. Through stories, discussions and activities, students will
be developing the skills to become the leaders of their own lives. The program teaches students how to take conscious control of their thoughts, decisions and perceptions. Students will learn how to shift to a positive state of mind, changing what first felt like a hard or frustrating situation into manageable or valuable opportunity. This second session will focus on developing strategies to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and love for one’s self. In short, it teaches children how to become their own BFF.

The program will be delivered by Jennifer Lord, a Swansea parent and Ontario certified teacher. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Monday, November 7, 2016. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Neighbourhood DoDads Holiday Cards
Swansea PS is happy to announce the return of the Neighbourhood DoDads to this holiday season as a school fundraiser. The program will ensure you have the perfect greeting cards to send to your family and friends this holiday season because they are designed using the imagination and creative genius of your children. Your children create fantastic holiday themed artwork in class or at home which the Neighbourhood DoDads transforms into wonderful custom holiday greeting cards or placemats.

Last year the DoDads card creation fundraising initiatives were a great success and raised nearly $1500.00 dollars for programs and supplies at Swansea Public School. Keep an eye out for the DoDads order envelopes coming to you soon.

TDSB Consultation on Integrated Equity Framework
“We must take a more strategic and focused approach help those who aren’t reaching their potential, while also continuing to inspire, engage and raise the bar for all students”. The TDSB is reviewing its approach to ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to learn. Click on the link (below) to review the draft document, listen to the webcast with Director of Education John Malloy and provide your feedback. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/community/publicconsultations/equity.aspx

Parent Conference by PIAC
Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference: Parents and Communities Partnering for Student Achievement on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Located at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, Toronto. This free event will feature a keynote address from renown speaker and author Jennifer Kolari and an array of workshops celebrating parent engagement, networking opportunities, and access to information on various programs and services of the Board.

Child-minding, Interpretation and Bussing will be available through advance registration ONLY.
For further information and registration visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference
If you are interested in a table in the Market Place, please contact latha.john@tdsb.on.ca

Upcoming Events
Oct 27: Father John Redmond High School (Catholic) Arts Program Gr 9 Info Night 6 pm
Oct 30: Diwali
Oct 31: Halloween
Nov 3: Photo Retake Day
Nov 3: Gr 9 Parent Info Session at ESA 6:15pm
Nov 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov 9: Gr 8 Info Night at Bloor CI at 6:30pm
Nov 11: Remembrance Day
Nov 16: Parent Council Meeting 6:45pm in the Library
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Silverthorn High School 7pm
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (regular) 7pm
Nov 19: Swansea Craft Sale
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm

Swansea Weekly Update for October 20, 2016

Special Thanks from Parent Council
Thanks so much to our amazing QSP Team for another successful fundraiser. QSP raises over $10,000 for the school and great programs such as Apple Day, the Coding Truck, Scientists in the School and IT for students. Thank you to 4 very hard-working ladies: Olivia Nugent, Holly Stoddart, Debbie Tsivicas and Tara Vansen. We definitely couldn’t have done it without you!

Pizza Days
Just a reminder that the first Pizza Day of the year will be on Tuesday, October 25th. If you have not signed your child up as of yet for the Pizza program it’s never too late. There are extra Pizza Order forms in the office or you can print one from pizza-form-2016-17 to fill out and send into your child’s teacher with payment. Thanks for your participation in this very important school fundraising program.

Swansea Craft Sale-Sat Nov 19 (10am-3pm)
We are proud to have the following as Craft Sale Sponsors:
Art in Action, Bloor Animal Hospital, John Badovinac (Sutton Realtor), MakerKids
Nicholson’s No Frills, Prep Academy Tutors, Stuart Sankey (Remax Realtor)

We thank our sponsors for their generous support of the Craft Sale & Swansea School. We would be pleased to accept other businesses who are looking to give back to their community.

Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers for the bake table, make baked goods, raffle table, food table, general help night before and day of sale, as well as filling some key positions. Please contact Sylvia with any questions/details about the Craft sale sylvchong@yahoo.com

Student Vendor Table
Application deadline is extended to Monday, Oct 24. Applications are available swansea-kids-table-application-2016-1 or in the School Office.

Parent Council 2016-17
Click membersandmeetingdates201617 to see a list of all our Council members, including school and Community Reps, as well as our meeting dates for the rest of the year. All parents are welcome to attend our meetings. If you can’t attend but have appreciation, a question, or comment for Council please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com.

Monthly Community Posts
Each month Swansea Parent Council shares a Community Post where local businesses can share their upcoming events with our community. If you have a business, or if you are running a community event that you would like to promote, please send your submission to swanseaps@gmail.com by the 25th of the month and we’ll include it in our next Community Post.

Inclement Weather Activities
With the change of the season, there will be days when our students will not be able to enjoy outdoor play during the lunch hour because of weather conditions. We are therefore trying to promote indoor co-operative game activities instead of the dependence on technology. In order to keep all of our students meaningfully occupied we are soliciting parents’ donation of used appropriate board games or other indoor games. If you have any games, please drop them off in the office to Ms. George.

News from Teachers
Drum Donations
Mr. Corbin kindly asks parents if they have any extra/old/unwanted/new & donated djembe or bongo drums lying around that they would be willing to donate to the music program we would be forever grateful! If so, please bring to the Music Room.

Mr.Galati Shares Sports News
Jr Girls Slo-Pitch: Swansea finished 2nd in tournament. Advance to Conference Finals this Thursday. Coaches: Mr Turner and Mr Galati
Sr Girls Slo-Pitch: Swansea finished 1st and advance to Conference Finals. Coaches: Mr Turner and Mr Galati
Grade 4-8 Ultimate Frisbee House League is in progress. It takes place Monday and Friday mornings with the help of parent Chris Hilborn and teachers Mr. Hamor and Mr Galati.

Swansea Spiritwear
It will happen again this year; we are just in the process of revising the order form with the new vendor.

Terry Fox
Swansea was presented with a 15 year pennant from the Terry Fox Foundation. The pennant will be put up in the foyer of our school to recognize the tremendous support of our community for the past 15 years. Thank you, Swansea!

International Languages
Registration for Spanish classes will take place on October 26th, 2016 between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Details on registration location will be posted at the school on registration day. Parents will need to bring the following:

1. Child’s OEN (Ontario Education number, found on child’s report card). Exception: Children who are currently in JK, or attend private schools, may not have OEN.
2. Emergency tel. numbers (beside parents, in case of emergency who to call)
3. OHIP card number (for allergy/medical emergency)
4. Fee: $20 payable by cheque to TDSB ILE program, material fee, paid only once, for the whole duration of program year – from Nov 2016-May3/2017.

If there is sufficient interest, Spanish classes will be offered on Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., beginning in mid-November 2016.

Home Run Scholars Program
This new after school program is in partnership with the Blue Jays Care Foundation and with support from the City of Toronto. The program will support children ages 6 to 12 (grades 1 through 6) living in Toronto community housing to achieve many significant short and long-term goals, such as:
•Improve academic performance
•Enhance physical activity
•Enhance social and emotional well-being
•Improve student behaviour after school
Length of Program: November 2016 to June 2017 ( 30 weeks)
Duration: 3 days a week Time: 3:30 to 7:30 pm
Start Date: November 8th, 2016 Location: Swansea Mews
Registration date is Wednesday October 26th, between 4-6pm at the Swansea Mews Recreation Centre. Registration fee of $15 per child.
How to Enroll:
1- Call the Sports and Camp coordinator (Katie Roots 647-270-3537).
2- Complete the registration form with payment and hand in on the registration date. Registration forms will also be available on October 26th.
3- If you cannot make the registration date please contact the Sports and Camp coordinator who will call you to arrange to pick up the form.

Swansea Weekly Update October 13, 2016

Auditions for Swansea’s production of The Lion King JR!
We hope to include as many students as possible in this year’s Musical – especially students who may not have opportunities to take part in the Arts outside of school! We realize that many students are interested but are nervous about auditioning, simply didn’t hear the announcements or forgot to bring their form. Because of these possibilities, we are extending the deadline for audition forms until Friday, October 14th.

Please encourage your children to take the risk and try out. We sometimes regret the things we DON’T do and we don’t want your students to regret not being a part of this amazing opportunity. Forms are available outside the Music Room and can be returned to Room 112.
Swansea’s Musical Production Team

Swansea Craft Sale – Nov 19
Student Applications are now available!
Open to Swansea PS Students only in Gr 6, 7 and 8. Table fee is $15.
We encourage students to take on an entrepreneurial spirit and try a hand at selling their handicrafts at our famous sale. Applications are available swansea-kids-table-application-2016-1 or in the school office, must be signed by a parent and are due back Oct 18. Happy crafting!

Business Sponsorship
Are you a Swansea parent with a local/small business looking to give back to Swansea School and get some promotion within the local community? The Craft Sale is one of the school’s larger fundraisers. Your contribution to our sale would greatly support Swansea students.

Volunteers Needed
Looking for a few parent volunteers to join the Craft Sale team. This is a great way to get involved in the school! Key positions to be filled include Raffle table coordinator, Sponsor coordinator and Student Volunteer coordinator (shadow). Also general help the day prior and day of the sale is needed.

Please contact Sylvia with any questions or further details about craft sale sponsorship or volunteering. sylvchong@yahoo.com

Parent Council Meeting: Wed, Oct 19th @ 6:45 pm
We’ll be welcoming our new Council-elect and voting on our new budget. The meeting will be held in the upstairs library. All parents are welcome to attend, but if you can’t attend the meetings and/or have any questions or comments for Council please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com

For Students in Grades 4 & 7
If your child wrote the EQAO Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics in May of 2016 (while in Grades 3 or 6), the Individual Student Report that shares your child’s results was sent home this week with your child. If you did not receive a copy of this, or you have questions about this information, please call our office. An overview of our School results was shared at our first Parent Council meeting. We are proud of our very positive school results and look forward to sharing more details with you over the Fall about how we are using this and other data to inform our school improvement planning.

Fall Bike Rodeo
Our Fall Bike Rodeo, earlier this week, was a huge success. Over 70 students in Grades 2 – 5 took part. A Spring Bike Rodeo will be organized for any students that missed this opportunity. Thank you to Officer Eric for reinforcing bike safety rules with our students. bike-rodeo

Monthly Community Posts
Each month Swansea Parent Council shares a Community Post where local businesses can share their upcoming events with our community. If you have a business, or if you are running a community event that you would like to promote, please send your submission to swanseaps@gmail.com by the 25th of the month and we’ll include it in our next Community Post.

International Languages
Registration for Spanish classes will take place on October 26th, 2016 between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Parents will need to bring the following:

1. Child’s OEN (Ontario Education number, found on child’s report card). Exception: Children who are currently in JK, or attend private schools, may not have OEN.
2. Emergency tel. numbers (beside parents, in case of emergency who to call)
3. OHIP card number (for allergy/medical emergency)
4. Fee: $20 payable by cheque to TDSB ILE program, material fee, paid only once, for the whole duration of program year – from Nov 2016-May3/2017.

If there is sufficient interest, Spanish classes will be offered on Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., beginning in mid-November 2016.

Swansea Weekly Update September 29, 2016

Principal’s Message
Dear Parents,
Thank you for your patience as we reorganized our classes to accommodate the increase in enrolment this Fall. We are pleased to inform you that as part of this reorganization we added an additional Gr. 1 class and were able to dissolve the two, Gr. 1/2 split classes. We would like to welcome Ellen Kim to the newly created Gr. 1 teaching assignment. In addition, we dissolved the 3/4 split and created a straight 3 and straight 4 class. Natasha Chatterjee has assumed the Gr. 3 grouping and Ms. Romano will be teaching the newly created Gr. 4 class. Here is an updated copy of our organization for this school year.

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our Curriculum Night and participate in the curriculum presentations delivered by your child’s teacher. I hope that you found this evening informative. Parents often ask me what they can do to ensure their child has a successful school year. Attending the curriculum evening is an important first step. I have also outlined below some other school success strategies for parents. I hope you will find these useful:

Focus on the positive
Get to know your children’s ability levels and preferred learning styles. School success comes easily for some students, but for others schoolwork is tougher. When children are encouraged to compete for grades with siblings or classmates, someone is always going to be disappointed. Sometimes this is all it takes for a student to give up. Whenever possible, work with your children individually on school assignments or homework.

Set realistic and specific goals
Help your child take small steps toward improving school performance. Work together to create a plan for improvement, and help your child see all the little steps involved in achieving a goal. A long-term project is a great way to point out your child’s step-by-step accomplishments and celebrate the small successes along the way.

Get feedback from teachers
Your child’s teacher will suggest ways you can help your child with schoolwork at home. There will also be an opportunity for you to discuss all aspects of your child’s school performance during the progress reporting process in November. Don’t be afraid to speak frankly to teachers. Some situations are complex and may require time and specific strategies to be identified before improvements will occur. We believe parents and teachers are partners in assuring student success.

Teach children that mistakes are a natural part of learning
Children need to be reminded that it is OK to make mistakes. Make certain your child(ren) understand that without making mistakes, we cannot learn and grow. Tell a story about your own misconceptions or errors to help your child see that even adults can make a mistake. Children also benefit from hearing you solve problems out loud. Let your child hear you talk through a situation to demonstrate how to best handle arriving to a solution.

Offer encouragement for improvement
When children work hard, they deserve reinforcement for the effort. Be specific when giving praise. For example, “I can see that you are including more detail in your stories” is more meaningful feedback than “I like your story”.

Learning is more than a good grade
While marks are important, there are many ways to measure your child’s success. Does he/she ask questions? Does the work represent his/her best effort? Does he/she feel good about what he/she is learning? Resist using grades and tests as the only way to tell how well your child is doing, and approach tests and homework assignments in terms of the content and what your child is learning.

Homework Tips:
• Use the daily planner (grades 1 and up)
• Establish a regular homework schedule
• Establish a space that contains all the materials required to complete assignments
• Break assignments down into sections and set time limits for each section
• Minimize disruptions

Wishing everyone an enriching and positive school year!
Mary Salvarinas
Principal

News from the Music Room
Please click music-news-oct-2016 to read the notice from Ms. Ullman.

Swansea PS Spirit Day: Tuesday October 4th
Support Swansea PS and the Toronto Blue Jays! Bring in a Toonie, and wear all your Blue Jays gear – hats, t-shirts, anything! Don’t have Blue Jays gear? Don’t worry, just wear blue and white J All funds raised from Swansea Spirit Days support Swansea Parent Council initiatives. Thank you for all your support. If you have any questions, please contact carinaneuman@gmail.com

Pizza Order Form Deadline: Wednesday, October 5th
Just a reminder that any outstanding Pizza Order forms are due Wednesday, October 5th. If you still need a copy there are still extra forms located in the office, or you can print from pizza-form-2016-17.

Walk a Child to School Day: October 5th
It’s that time of year Swansea! Wednesday, October 5 is International Walk A Child To School Day! Once again we will have 3 “Walking School Buses” departing neighbourhood locations at 8am to arrive simultaneously at the school for entertainment & snacks all before the Morning Bell!

The 3 neighbourhood meeting places for the “Walking School Buses” are:
1. Northeast corner of Windermere Ave and the Queensway (entrance to Swansea Mews)
2. Southeast corner of South Kingsway & Morningside Ave
3. Southwest corner of Beresford Ave & Bloor St (by the Pizza Pizza) … the route goes down Beresford to Deforest, west over to Lavinia, south to Waller and then to the school

The class with the highest percentage of participation will win the coveted Gold Shoe Award and a Pizza Party!

Walk a Child to School Volunteers Needed
To facilitate this great event, we need 2 volunteers to help out in the following way:

Arrive at school by 7:45am LATEST
Set-up snack stations
Organize & direct student volunteers on what they should be helping out with
Tear down after the event
If you can help out please contact us at: swanseaps@gmail.com

Chess Lessons- Tuesdays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesdays in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess-registration-winter-2016. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Codemobile Visits on Wed Oct 12 and 19
This is a free, introductory session being held on Wed Oct 12 (Gr 2-4; 3:30-5pm) and Wed Oct 19 (Gr 5-8; 3:30-6:30pm) in the school library. The Codemobile is a cool, colourful van equipped with laptops and driven by Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/code-mobile/!/ a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing coding to all kids. Scratch will be the language introduced to both age groups. Permission/signup forms have been distributed already or can be printed from codemobile-slip-with-logo_20160920. Spots are limited so get your forms in quickly! Deadline is Mon Oct 3. This program is generously supported by McRock Capital. Contact Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com with any questions.

Bike Rodeo: Message to Parents of students grades 2-5
On Tues Oct 11 and Wed Oct. 12, 2016 Officer Eric, our school community relations officer, has organized two obstacle course bike rodeos. Students from grades 2 &3 are invited to participate on Oct 11th and students from grades 4 &5 on Oct 12th. The students will be scored according to how well they control their bikes and their knowledge of bike safety rules.

The Bicycle Rodeo will begin at 9:15AM and end at 10:30AM. If you would like your child to participate, please have him/her bring his/her bicycle and helmet to school on their day. Only students with helmets will be allowed to participate. Bikes should not be left unsupervised at any time. They should be locked and placed in a secure spot.
Parents are welcome to come to the school to watch the Bicycle Rodeo.

Swansea Craft Sale
Business Sponsorship
Are you a Swansea parent with a local/small business looking to give back to Swansea School and get some promotion within the local community? The Craft Sale is one of the school’s larger fundraisers. Your contribution to our sale would greatly support Swansea students.

Volunteers Needed
Looking for a few parent volunteers to join the Craft Sale team. This is a great way to get involved in the school! Key positions to be filled include Raffle table coordinator, Sponsor coordinator and Student Volunteer coordinator (shadow). Also general help the day prior and day of the sale is needed.

Please contact Sylvia with any questions or further details about craft sale sponsorship or volunteering. sylvchong@yahoo.com

Swansea Weekly Update Sept 22, 2016

Classroom Reorganization

Each Spring, the Board provides each school with a projected enrolment and staffing is aligned accordingly. During the first few weeks of school, we review the actual student enrolment and reorganize classes where required. We do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that might affect how classrooms are organized.

As a result of increased student enrolment at Swansea, we will need to reorganize some of our classes. Changes to classes at our school will begin to take place in the next few days. A letter outlining changes for classes impacted by this reorganization will be sent home with your child.

We know that for students and parents, changing classes may be difficult and may require an adjustment period. Students will be supported as they transition through these classroom changes. We ask for your support and cooperation as we move through this exercise and we know that these changes will enhance the learning experience for your child

Swansea’s Curriculum Night: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
This evening will be an opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher(s) about your child’s grade specific programming and how parents can support their child’s learning. Teachers will make brief presentations in their classrooms. As much as possible, and due to the format, this evening is for parents only.

Two Presentations will take place as follows:
· JK/SK and Grades 1 – 6 teachers will present in their classrooms at 7:00 – 7:10 p.m. and 7:30 – 7:40 p.m. (Parents may attend either presentation.)
· Grade 7 & 8 teachers will present in their classrooms at 6:45 – 6:55 p.m. and 7:15 – 7:25 p.m. (Parents may attend either presentation.)

For any parents who may not be able to attend, a handout will be made available. We look forward to seeing our parents on September 28th!

Picture Day
Our school photo day is fast approaching! Please remember to mark September 28th on your calendar, as our School Photographer will be in the school that day capturing everyone’s smiles. For more information on photo day, please visit www.edgeimaging.ca for answers to frequently asked questions.

Grade 3 Testing for Gifted Program
Next week, the grade 3 students (for whom parents have given consent) will participate in the CCAT Cognitive Abilities Test. This is a paper/pencil group test administered by classroom teachers that will provide information to classroom teachers in terms of strengths and needs (classroom profile) so that teachers can better program for all students in their class. This universal screener will better ensure equitable opportunities for each child to be considered for differentiated programming. Students meeting criteria on Gifted Rating Scale, after meeting criteria on CCAT, will go forward through School Support Team (SST) to be considered for program enrichment through an IEP or for further individual intelligence testing.

Pizza Days Forms
By now all parents should have received a Pizza Day Order form sent home by your child’s homeroom teacher. If for some reason your child did not bring home a Pizza Day Order form, please cpizza-form-2016-17. This can be printed off and returned as well.
Please note the correct deadline is Wednesday, October 5th. Please return to your child’s teacher or directly to the office.

New Railing
There’s been a few concerns expressed regarding the fact that there is no railing for the stairs along Waller Ave. in the Kindergarten yard. Great news! A brand new railing has been installed thanks to the rapid response from Swansea PS who always make the safety of our students a priority.
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Parent Coordinators still needed for the following classes:
Ms. Stuart – Grade 7
Mr. Corbin – Grade 8
Mr. Firatli – Grade 8

Parent coordinators are an important method of communication between parents and teachers. Parent coordinators support teachers in organizing or communicating with parents about class-specific activities and events. They also answer class-specific questions, help parents communicate with each other, and can be an excellent way of building community within a class. This role does not involve having to be physically present at the school, but can be an excellent and rewarding way of getting involved in your child’s classroom! If you are interested in taking on this role for your child’s class, please email Carina Neuman at carinaneuman@gmail.com

Chess Lessons- Tuesdays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesdays in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess-registration-winter-2016. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Lego Club at Lunch
Students in grades 1-6 can participate in the Lego Club during their lunch hour once per week. The program is going to be held on either Mondays or Tuesdays starting October 3rd (pending registration numbers, we may have to divide up the kids over two days like we did last year). If you cannot do one of those days, please make note of that on the registration.

Book soon to ensure your child’s spot in our program. To register for this program, please go to: http://bit.ly/swansealegolunch

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, September 29, 2016, two sessions of the Adventures in Wisdom coaching program will be offered to students in grades 2-5. One program will run during the lunch hour and one will run after school from 3:15pm-4:15pm.

Through stories, discussions and activities, students will spend the session developing the skills to become the leaders of their own lives. The program teaches students how to take conscious control of their thoughts, decisions and perceptions. Students will learn how to shift to a positive state of mind, changing what first felt like a hard or frustrating situation into manageable or valuable opportunity. This first session will focus on developing strategies to positively deal with peer groups and peer pressure.

The program will be delivered by Jennifer Lord, a Swansea parent and Ontario certified teacher. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Thursday, September 22, 2016. There are a couple of spaces still available in the lunch session and a few more spaces available in the afternoon session. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook is $80.00.

Codemobile Visiting Oct 12 and 19
Codemobile is a computer lab on wheels and has introduced over 10,000 Canadian students to coding. These are introductory one-time sessions on Wed Oct 12 (Gr 2-4) and Wed Oct 19 (Gr 5-8) afterschool. Signup/permission forms will be distributed to the students this week, or you can print it from here. This program is generously supported by McRock Capital. Contact Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com with any questions.

Welcome Back Party Thank You!
Special thanks from Parent Council to Kimberley Wakefield and her outstanding team for a fabulous event!

Bike Rodeo: Message to Parents of students grades 2-5
On Tues Oct 11 and Wed Oct. 12, 2016 Officer Eric, our school community relations officer, has organized two obstacle course bike rodeos. Students from grades 2 &3 are invited to participate on Oct 11th and students from grades 4 &5 on Oct 12th. The students will be scored according to how well they control their bikes and their knowledge of bike safety rules.

The Bicycle Rodeo will begin at 9:15AM and will end at 10:30AM. If you would like your child to participate, please have him/her bring his/her bicycle and helmet to school on those days. Only students with helmets will be allowed to participate. Bikes should not be left unsupervised at any time. They should be locked and placed in a secure spot.

Parents are welcome to come to the school to watch the Bicycle Rodeo.

TDSB Celebrates Orange Shirt Day on September 30, 2016
Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform. She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.

In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not. It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.

Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. At Swansea, we will be reminding students to wear orange shirts on September 30th. Wearing orange shirts on September 30 is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.

Swansea Parent Council for 2016-2017

New Parent Council 2016-2017
Thanks to all the parents who expressed an interest in a Parent Council position for the 2016-2017 school year. As ten people were nominated for ten positions, all candidates are acclaimed. Congratulations to our new Council members and thank you in advance for your service to Swansea P.S.!

Parent Members of your 2016-17 Council

Heather Chiavegato, Chairperson
Karen Sanford, Vice Chairperson
Nicci Stein, Secretary
Dennis Menikefs, Treasurer
Andrea Peirson, Chairperson- Communications Committee
Carina Neuman, Chairperson- Fundraising Committee
Tiffany Scobie, Chairperson- Education Committee
Holly Stoddart, Chairperson- Health & Safety Committee
Caroline Paterson, Ward 7 Representative
Susan Simon, Chairperson- Parent Engagement Committee

Other members of Council (appointed)
Mary Salvarinas, Principal
Cherril George, Vice Principal
Natalie Patterson, Vice Principal
Alicia Orr-Lombardo, Teacher Representative
TBD, Staff (non-teacher) Representative
TBD, Student Representative
Ed Gaigalas, Swansea Town Hall Representative
Charlene Elliot, Swansea Kids Place Representative
Ayan Kaillie & Sherry Ellis, Swansea Mews Representatives (shared)
TBD, Swansea Rec Centre Representative
Our next meeting (all parents are invited to attend) is Wednesday, October 19th at 6:45pm, in the library.

If you’d like to volunteer on any Council Committee or project, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com

Swansea Weekly Update for September 15, 2016

Dogs on School Property
Please do not bring dogs onto to school property either at the front of the school, nor at the back, including the playing field. TDSB policy states that for student safety dogs are not permitted on school property; we have had students harmed from dogs on the Swansea field and student safety is our primary concern.

Terry Fox Run
On Friday September 23rd, Swansea will be holding the annual Terry Fox run. This year, an ambassador from the Terry Fox foundation will be coming in to give a presentation to students. There will be an assembly at 9am for primary/junior students and an assembly at 10am for intermediate students. Students will then participate in the Terry Fox run outside the school. All Kindergarten students will participate in their own run on the same day in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Teachers will be collecting ‘toonies for Terry’ donations up to and including September 23rd.

Grade 8 Parents
2016-2017-choices-gr8-evenings-by-lcs-final are the high school Information evenings for all high schools in the TDSB. Please plan to attend the sessions for the schools that are of interest to you and your child.

Dental Screening
Annually, the Toronto Public Health provides dental screening for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. This year our screening is scheduled from Monday 19th September to Oct 4, 2016. Please see this parents-dental-letter.

Classroom News From
Mr. C. Higgins – Room 211
Welcome back to all. I teach Media to many, but not all, grade 3-6 classes and grade 8 core. My room is a technology hub, though there are many others throughout the building. This year, I will be teaching students how to use their TDSB accounts and Google apps. The first main task is resetting students’ passwords so they can use their accounts independently. This is a process and there may be glitches along the way. I am here to support my students in this task, and in all the other exciting activities that follow. If your child is having difficulty logging in, please direct him or her to approach me to resolve any issues. I look forward to a phenomenal year at Swansea PS, and I hope to meet as many of you as possible throughout the school year.

Parent Coordinators still needed for the following classes:
Ms. Chiu gr. 5; Ms. Brock gr. 6; Ms. Stuart gr 7; Ms. Dankin gr. 7; Ms. Sandhu gr.5/6, and Mr. Firatli gr 8.

Parent coordinators are an important method of communication between parents and teachers. Parent coordinators support teachers in organizing or communicating with parents about class-specific activities and events. They also answer class-specific questions, help parents communicate with each other, and can be an excellent way of building community within a class. This role does not involve having to be physically present at the school, but can be an excellent and rewarding way of getting involved in your child’s classroom!

If you are interested in taking on this role for your child’s class, please email Carina Neuman at carinaneuman@gmail.com

Skates/Helmets Coordinator Needed
The role involves:

Coordinating with one of our Vice-Principals, and Ms. Balzereit about skates and helmets.
Putting a “blurb”/ message in the Weekly Update to request skate and helmet donations;
Organizing the skates/helmets before-hand in the storeroom and sharpening the skates, if necessary.
Need to let teachers and parents know about the day for the skate/helmet fitting.
Coordinator, with the help of Chair of Parent Engagement, finds 6-8 parents to help fit skates/helmets one morning between 9:00-11:30am in December or January.
If you are interested helping out, please contact swanseaps@gmail.com

Pizza Days
Hello Parents, hope everyone is settling in comfortably to the new school year. This notice is to make all aware of the upcoming plans for this year’s Pizza Days. As some of you may know, our very popular Pizza Days are one of Swansea’s biggest sources of fund raising. The kids love these days because, well, who doesn’t love pizza, and the parents love these days because, well, who doesn’t love not having to make lunch for our kids? Due to the popularity of these Pizza Days, this year, we will be running this special day twice a month six times this year.

Tomorrow your child will be bringing home a Pizza Day Order form. A reminder to those families who can afford to give a little extra, when you do so you will be helping our students, in need of financial assistance, to participate in these fun days. Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

Art in Action
Join Art in Action and climb aboard our time machine to learn about art through the centuries. Our art adventure begins 20,000 years ago at the Lascaux caves in France famous for their Palaeolithic cave paintings. We will travel through the Ming Dynasty, visit the Vikings, learn about the abstract art movement and more.

Inspired by famous artists through the ages, our program has an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of materials such as watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more. Come be creative with Art in Action and learn how to make your own works of art. This program is for students grades 1-8. The cost is $135.00 for 8 weeks (includes materials). Registration begins: Sept 16 @ 7pm at artinactiontoronto.com
This program has eight classes and we have 2 sessions at lunch time. Wednesday (Oct 5 – Nov 23) and Friday (Oct 14 – Dec 9). Questions? Contact us at: artinactiontoronto@gmail.com

Lego Club is back!
Students in grades 1-6 can participate in the Lego Club during their lunch hour once per week. The program is going to be held on either Mondays or Tuesdays starting October 3rd (pending registration numbers, we may have to divide up the kids over two days like we did last year). If you cannot do one of those days, please make note of that on the registration.

Book soon to ensure your child’s spot in our program.
To register for this program, please go to:
http://bit.ly/swansealegolunch

Adventures in Wisdom
A life coaching program for kids grades 2-5 is starting September 29th. Programs are run either over the lunch hour, or after school. Registration is by Thursday, September 22, 2016. For more information and to register, please read this flyer.

The Code Mobile Coming to Swansea this October
The Code Mobile is visiting Swansea School on Oct 12th and October 19th after school. The Code Mobile is an initiative of Ladies Learning Code, a not-profit-organization whose goal is to inspire and educate children to become passionate builders — not just consumers of technology. These visits are being generously supported by McRock Capital. The Code Mobile is a computer lab on wheels and their visit is meant as a one-time introductory session for Swansea students to sign up for. Further details to follow.

Interested in joining Parent Council?
Each September a new Parent Council is formed. Anybody interested in being elected to the 2016-2017 Council must first contact Council at swanseaps@gmail.com and then a self-nomination form will be emailed to you.

Self-nomination forms are due no later than Monday, September 19th. Nomination forms must be dropped off at the main office to Principal Mary Salvarinas’ attention (please DO NOT hand in to your child’s teacher) or emailed directly to her at mary.salvarinas@tdsb.on.ca
If more than 10 people submit a self-nomination form, an election will be held on September 28th. If you are completing a self-nomination form, please review the descriptions of the 10 Council positions here. The new Parent Council will choose who performs each position at the Council meeting in October.

Community Safety Meeting in Swansea
Councillor Sarah Doucette will be hosting a community meeting to discuss safety in the Swansea area, following recent incidents that were highlighted in the media. Toronto Police Services (11 Division) will be there to give an update on recent investigations and to discuss community safety in the Swansea area.

Thursday September 22 from 7pm – 8:30pm at Swansea Town Hall (Council Chambers) 95 Lavinia Ave. Space is limited – please RSVP at 416-392-4072 or www.ward13.ca

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Swansea Weekly Update June 23, 2016

From the Swansea Staff
The Swansea Staff would like to thank our amazing Parent Council and all Swansea parents for their support and partnership throughout this busy school year. We appreciate the time parents have put into our volunteer programs to support with in-class activities, school field trips as well as fundraising activities. We look forward to continuing our work together in the Fall, but would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Swansea families a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.

A Few Reminders for Parents
• If you will be moving over the summer, please contact our school office to update your information. Our main number is 416-393-9080.
• Reports Cards for JK to Grade 7 students will be going home at the end of the day on June 28th. Grade 8 students will receive their report cards on June 27th.
• Reports cards for students entering Gr. 1 – 8 for this coming September, will not include a placement statement at this time. Teacher and Room assignments will be finalized over the summer and will be posted for parents beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st. These lists will be posted outside our Main office and will be displayed in alphabetical order for all students entering Grade 1 to 6. Students entering Gr. 7 and 8, will meet in the Gym on the first day (September 6th) to receive their homeroom assignments and other instructions.
• Students entering JK or SK will receive a placement letter which will confirm the teacher and room number for September. Please note there is no staggered entry for JK/SK. All students will begin on September 6th.
• Our school office will close on July 8th, and reopen on August 29th.
• Swansea’s Summer school will operate between July 5 and 29th (mornings only). If you would like to register your child for this program, please contact the school’s office before June 30th.
• Yard construction begins during the week of June 27th and will continue for the first few weeks of the summer. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parent Council
It’s been another busy year for Swansea Parent Council. Click Year end report 2015-16 to read about what we did this year and here for our financials. Thanks to Swansea teachers, staff, students and all our fabulous parent volunteers for making our school a great place. Have a great summer and see you in September!

Heather Chiavegato
Chair, Swansea Parent Council 2015-16

National Aboriginal Day – 20th Anniversary
On June 21 each year, people across Canada mark National Aboriginal Day in recognition of the rights, histories, contributions and achievements of Aboriginal peoples. The unique cultures, languages and spiritual practices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities are celebrated nationally and in our city. National Aboriginal Day is held around the time of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – which has spiritual significance for Indigenous people.

Swansea Catapult Fling
On June 20th, Swansea, led by the grade 8’s, set a World Record for most Catapults flung simultaneously. The 6-8 students have been working on building their own designs throughout the year in STEM class. While the grade 5’s have worked on constructing and modifying Popsicle stick catapults in STEM class. Together, the grade 6-8 students constructed another 250 Popsicle stick catapults to ensure that all students could take part, including the grade 4’s. The grade 8’s strategically filmed the proceedings with 13 cameras and 6 Go Pros in order to be able to verify our numbers. It has always been a social media experiment, at the urging of the grade 8’s earlier in the year. We have been sending out tweets from @swanseafling for a few weeks and have been targeting media members including the Guinness Book of Records. We will be posting a video on our YouTube channel tomorrow as well as more pictures and videos as the students edit the media. If anyone could help by retweeting or following us that would be great. Thanks to all of the staff and students who took part – 365 people flung their catapults at the same time – remarkable!
M. Higgins
STEM Teacher

Music By the Lake was a Huge Success!
With 32 students attending MBTL this year, the Swansea halls were a-buzz with talk of camp! Students who attended had four hours a day on their specific instrument, took part in high ropes course, swimming and various other sports. Students have made good friends and have come back with a year’s worth of learning! The culminating concerts on Saturday were amazing. We look forward to even more grade 6-8 students attending next year!

Please Help: Seeking choir accompanists!
Our choirs have the potential to be amazing but we need your help! We are looking for volunteers who can play piano to accompany us. Even if you are not able to commit to every week, having a few rehearsals and performances with an accompanist makes a big difference to the quality and quantity of music we can make. The choirs will be looking at attending festivals and maybe even auditioning to sing the anthem at the Rogers Centre! If you are able to help us out, please contact Mrs. Ullmann at the school.

Thank you to all the families who encouraged and listened to their beginning instrument players this year! Without your support at home the students don’t make as much progress. We look forward to working together next year to bring you even better performances and musicianship! Have a musical summer!

Volunteers Needed for Milk Day
Milk Day at Swansea is a popular and important program, but volunteers are needed to continue the program next year! The milk program runs during lunch from 10:30am to 12pm. However, if you’re not able to be at the school, there are other ways to help, such as ordering milk, or keeping track of orders and money. If you are interested in volunteering, or running the milk program for the 2016-17 school year, please email carinaneuman@gmail.com

French As Second Language Advisory Committee
The FSLAC June June 2016 FSLAC Newsletter is available to read here.

Speed limit reduction proposal for Ward 13
A reminder that Councillor Doucette is seeking support for a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 30k on Ward 13’s local, residential roads.

Swansea Parent Council has already sent a letter backing the initiative but the Councillor is still looking for as much support from the community as possible. For more information and a link to the online petition please see the letter from Councillor Doucette’s office and a Show your support for 30 km