Swansea Weekly Update – November 2, 2017

Halloween Parade 2017!




Don’t know what to do with your old costume this Halloween? SwanseaPS is seeking gently used costume donations (from JK to Grade 8 sized) for use at the school. Please bring your gently used costumes to the office. Your donations are appreciated!


Picture Retakes TOMORROW
For any students who may want a retake of their individual photo, or were absent on the original Picture Day, we have arranged two photographers to return to Swansea for this opportunity tomorrow (Friday, November 2nd). Students will be called down throughout the day. Please ensure that your child’s teacher is aware, if you child needs a retake.

Grade 8 Parents
After consulting with our Student Council and Gr. 8 students, considering parent input, and deliberating cost, location, length of time on the bus, and curriculum connections, we have worked with Brightspark to select Montreal as the destination for the grade 8 Graduation trip – leaving Wednesday June 20th and returning Friday June 22nd. There will be a presentation in the Library on Wednesday, Nov 8th at 6pm. More detailed information will follow, and packages will be available at Parent-Teacher interviews with the proposed itinerary.

Parent Council Meeting
The first parent council meeting of the year is this evening, Nov. 2nd at 6:45pm in the Library. Come meet the new council members! The preliminary agenda can be found here Childcare will be provided!

Swansea Craft Sale – Sat Nov 18 (10am-3pm)
Bakers, Bakers, Bakers Needed!
The Craft Sale is looking for donations of baked goods for our delicious Bake Table. Please signup today at http://www.swanseaps.com/volunteer/parents-sign-up/craft-sale-bake-sale-donations/. Looking for all sorts of yummy home-baked goods!
Awesome Parent Volunteers Wanted
Volunteers are needed on the day of the Craft Sale to help out, as well as the evening before to set up. A variety of positions to work including set-up, take-down, decorating, bake table, food table, raffle table and admission table. Many are just 2 hour shifts. Signup at
Sr Student Volunteers Sign up now
Grade 7 and 8 student volunteers are needed for the Swansea Craft Sale November 17 and/or 18th. If you are interested in helping your school community and earning an “S” point, take a minute to register at http://www.swanseaps.com/volunteer/students-sign-up/craft-sale-students-volunteers-sign-up/

The Shoebox Campaign
Great job, Swansea! We put together 169 boxes! Absolutely outstanding! Our boxes will be picked up on Monday, November 6th and delivered to the children at Kashechewan. We would like to thank all of the Swansea families who participated in this campaign and thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Lost and Found Notice
Our lost and found is overflowing. Please stop by the lost and found or ask you children to take a look for any lost items! EVERYTHING will be donated on Friday November 17th.

November is Indigenous Education Month
This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula. In many of our classrooms, we focus on treaties, the legacy of residential schools, as well as the achievements and accomplishments of Indigenous peoples’ in Canada.
Over the course of this month, students, staff and community members 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.
Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario – Nov. 6-10
Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to support Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships.
During Treaties Recognition Week we recognize the treaties that shape Ontario and Canada to bring awareness to treaty rights and treaty relationships.
Inuit Day – Nov. 7
This day is 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 – Nov. 16
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 encounter.

Remembering our Canadian Veterans – Nov. 11
**Swansea’s Observance will be on Friday, Nov. 10th.

Swansea Spirit Wear
Today is the last day to view samples outside the gym from 3:15-3:45 pm. Please make cheques payable to “Swansea Public School” and with the following order form drop it off in the main office by Monday, November 6th. All orders will be delivered to each student’s classroom in 5 weeks.

Art in Action
The Winter session of Art in Action began registration on October 30th. The following options are available:
Grades 1-8, at lunchtime – Monday, Jan 8 – Mar 5
Grades 1-8, at lunchtime – Wednesday, Jan 10 – Feb 28
Grades 1-8, at lunchtime – Friday, Jan 12 – Mar 9* (*7 weeks)