Swansea Weekly Update March 9, 2017

Mumps in Toronto
Toronto Public Health has requested that the attached Mumps be sent home with students. As you may be aware, Toronto Public Health is investigating a mumps outbreak in the city. The mumps virus is found in saliva, and is spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, and sharing drinks, utensils, food or water bottles. The risk in Toronto schools is low because most schools have high vaccination rates. However, a case has been identified at a Toronto school. Please see attached letter for more details.

Swansea is going cashless!
Right now, any school fees applicable to your child will be posted on School Cash Online. Once you register, you can choose to purchase the items or activities using a debit or credit card. You will be able to see when the school has a new item posted online for purchase and you will also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school event requiring payment. If you already have an account at another school, you just need to add your Swansea students – no need to create a new account!

To register for School Cash Online, please visit https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com select “Get Started Today” and complete the three registration steps. If you have questions about the registration process or using School Cash Online, please select the “Get Help” option on the top of School Cash Online web page. You can also contact the School Cash Online Parent Help Desk at 1-866-961-1803 and parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com.

We are in the process of looking to see if this system can be used for Parent Council Events & Activities, but in the meantime if you are looking to buy Pub Night tickets, please use this link: Swansea Pub Night at the Crooked Cue

Summer Program At Swansea
Attached, please find the ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School to our summer programs. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). Please indicate on the form if you are interested in the French or English program and attach a copy of your child’s First Term report card. Completed forms are to be submitted to our Main office at Swansea P.S.

Is your sitter booked for Pub Night?
Swansea Pub Night takes place Friday April 7th at The Crooked Cue and we want to see you there. Organized by a Swansea Parent Council, pub night is going to be FUN. In addition to a live band and delicious snacks, there will be a fantastic silent auction.
Our fundraising goal is to raise $15,000 for an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
Join us in support of our kids’ school. Get your

Click here to buy tickets
tickets online

Snack Program for Primary Students
As we head into March break, we are making an effort to use up all food items that we have in our fridge to avoid food wastage. Since we can’t have any deliveries during the break, the snack program will be cancelled for the week of March 20-24th as we return to school and get our new orders delivered for the following week.

Family Literacy Night
Our inaugural Family Literacy Night was a great success! We had an author, student presentations, a local bookstore and parent workshops – little bit of everything for everyone. Feedback was very positive so this is definitely something we will be offering again. If you missed it this year, you can contact Ms.Legacy for some of the parent handouts and keep your ear to the ground for next year!
A special thanks to the Parent Council who sponsored this event and the teachers who created presentations tailored to our community needs.

Join MakerKids at Swansea PS
Our mission is to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world. Our STEM-based programs for kids will expand kids’ inventiveness, build their 21st century skills and technical skills. Our programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).

Our programs
Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, gr. 5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, grade 2-4
Registration opens Friday, March 3 at 7pm. Register and more info here:
http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com

Thanks to McRock Capital for the scholarship spots available for Spring session. Please speak with Ms. George regarding a scholarship application when registering and return to Makerkids.

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, March 30, 2017, 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 content of the two sessions will be the same.

This brand new unit is called DreamPower. During this unit, students will learn how to live the life they want to live by learning how to create a vision, learning how to goal set to achieve their vision and then learning how to create a positive mindset through visualization and affirmations. Students will learn how to make their dreams a reality!

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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Swansea Hockey
Thanks to all the players who did a great job representing Swansea. The kids did a great job on the ice. Also, thanks to all the parents and school staff who made the logistics work. Monday was our final game for this season. Hope to see everyone back next year. Enjoy your March Break!

Ward 7 News
Summer Music Camps
Enrich your child’s summer vacation with music camp. Through three unique programs – Summer Sounds, DownTown Summer Strings, and Toronto Summer Music Camps – the TDSB offers band, strings and orchestral experiences for students from Grades 3-9.
Registration is open now. For more information please visit www.tdsbsummercamps.ca.

French Second Language Advisory Committee Newsletter
For news and updates on events happening this March, please read this newsletter: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/docs/FSLAC%20Newsletter%20-%20March%202017.pdf

Parents as Partners Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – This year, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies are thrilled to join together to bring one all-inclusive conference to TDSB parents and caregivers. To register, please go to this link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parents-as-partners-conference-2017-tickets-30889303739

Swansea Weekly Update: March 3, 2017

Dear Parents, as part of the TDSB new Cashless system, Swansea is one of the first wave of Elementary schools to pilot this endeavour. Moving forward, we will be using an online system to pay for trips, agendas, etc. to help make it easier for parents and staff to collect, and track, funds. Please review this Cashless Lettre with a link outlining the procedure to set up an account.

Swansea Pub Night – April 7, 2017
New Swansea fundraising event for grown-ups
- Swansea Pub Night is happening at The Crooked Cue this spring. Plan to head west to Bloor and Royal York Friday, April 7 for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S. 
Tickets are now on sale!! Get your Swansea Pub Night tickets today.
In addition to a live auction and a live band, there will be a fantastic silent auction. Proceeds are going towards an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
If you’re looking to contribute while enjoying yourself, Swansea Pub Night is for you!


Litterless Lunch Lundi
We are going trash free! On Monday February 13th, we had our first Swansea-wide Litterless Lunch Lundi. We hope you will join us by eliminating all trash from your snack and lunch each Monday. We kindly request your help to ensure your child’s snacks and lunches do not contain:
• any packaging
• drink boxes, disposable containers
• aluminum foil
• plastic wrap, plastic bags
Any waste will be sent home to be properly disposed of. Let’s all work together to live eco-friendly and take care of this place!
Greenly Yours,
The Eco Club

Pizza Lunch is on Tuesday, March 7th!

The Amazing Race Swansea
Teams have now registered and are collecting funds (at least $25/team) to participate in next week’s Amazing Race! Funds are due on March 10th. 100% of funds raised will be used to support the operation of a primary school in Kibera slums, Nairobi, Kenya. www.seedkenya.com.
Join MakerKids at Swansea PS
Our mission is to empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world. Our STEM-based programs for kids will expand kids’ inventiveness, build their 21st century skills and technical skills. Our programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).

Our programs
Robotics: Make It Move: Wednesdays, April 5-May 24, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, gr. 5-8
Coding: Code Real World Objects: Tuesdays, April 4-May 23, 3:30-5pm, $216/8 weeks, grade 2-4
Registration opens Friday, March 3 at 7pm. Register and more info here:
http://makerkids.com/school-programs/ Questions? Reach us at info@makerkids.com

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, March 30, 2017, 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 content of the two sessions will be the same.

This brand new unit is called DreamPower. During this unit, students will learn how to live the life they want to live by learning how to create a vision, learning how to goal set to achieve their vision and then learning how to create a positive mindset through visualization and affirmations. Students will learn how to make their dreams a reality!

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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Ward 7 News
Director of Education posts Responsibility for Outcomes Letters for all members of Executive Council and all Superintendents of Education on TDSB website.

These letters provide senior staff with annual expectations and are part of the TDSB’s ongoing work and commitment to senior level accountability.

Distributed for the first time at the TDSB, these letters outline system and department priorities for the year and, in some cases, a sustained focus over two or three years. They are consistent with the expectations of the Board of Trustees and may be adjusted during the course of the year to take on additional priorities in response to new or changing policies.

In keeping with the Board’s efforts to promote transparency and openness with information, these letters have been posted online.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/DirectorofEducation/SeniorTeamResponsibilityLetters.aspx

March is Greek Heritage Month at the TDSB
The Toronto District School Board is celebrating Greek Heritage Month during the month of March. This year’s theme is: “Greek Heart and Soul: Philanthropia, Philoxenia, Philotimo”.
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/ArticleDetails/TabId/116/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/689/OPA-The-TDSB-Celebrates-Greek-Heritage-for-the-Month-of-March.aspx

Learn 4 Life – Spring Registration now open
Toronto Public Schools have been offering adult classes since 1855, and it’s a tradition we need to support! Classes start April 1. Put your hands to work and decorate and glaze your own pottery or sculpture. Stay active with tennis, badminton and golf. Take up a new hobby, learn a language, and meet people in your community. For more information or to register visit www.learn4life.ca

TDSB’s Student and Parent Census Month is coming in April 2017
This will be the third large-scale system-wide survey conducted by the TDSB as a way to hear the voices of students and parents in order to help the school board meet its equity, achievement and well-being mandate for all students.

The 2016‐17 census and will include a Parent Census for parents of Kindergarten to Grade 6 students and a Student Census for students in Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12 and new this year, Grades 4-6.

Broad consultation has already taken place with different stakeholder groups and the survey is now being field tested. This year’s survey will include the following topics:
Demographics – Disability, Religion
In‐School Experiences – Learning about social justice, reporting on bullying, parent perceptions of their child’s needs at school, parent involvement
Out‐of‐School Experiences – Friendships
Physical Health – Transportation to school, nutrition, social media, sleep habits, hunger
Emotional Well‐being – Dealing with problems
Self‐Perceived Abilities – Ability to express feelings
Transition to Secondary School and Post‐Secondary Aspirations – Reasons for secondary choice, transition to secondary school
For more information about the Census and its publications, refer to: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/research/research/parentandstudentcensus.aspx.

There you will find The Census Portraits: Understanding Our Students Backgrounds – a series of six-page reports based on the 2011-12 Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Student and Parent Census. The series is made up of 12 individual Portraits – eight on the major ethno-racial groupings, and the remaining four on gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and Special Education Needs.

Parents as Partners Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – This year, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies are thrilled to join together to bring one all-inclusive conference to TDSB parents and caregivers. To register, please go to this link:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parents-as-partners-conference-2017-tickets-30889303739

Upcoming Events
Mar 7 – Pizza Day
Mar 8 – International Women’s Day—Amazing Race—Choir Performance at Perth P.S.
Mar 9 – Rocks and Rings (Curling Workshop)
Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Mar 13 – 17 – March Break
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 23 – Popcorn Day
Mar 28 – Gr. 4 – 8 Aboriginal Performance & Workshop (a.m.)
Mar 29 – Lockdown Practice (time to be confirmed)
Mar 30 – Popcorn Day

Swansea Pub Night Fundraiser

Swansea Pub Night – April 7, 2017
New Swansea fundraising event for grown-ups
- Swansea Pub Night is happening at The Crooked Cue this spring. Plan to head west to Bloor and Royal York Friday, April 7 for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S. 
Tickets are now on sale!!

In addition to a live auction and a live band, there will be a fantastic silent auction. Proceeds are going towards an outdoor learning centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.
If you’re looking to contribute while enjoying yourself, Swansea Pub Night is for you!

Family Literacy Night: Feb 28th 6 – 8 p.m.
Please mark your calendars for our Family Literacy Night. JK to Gr. 8 Families are welcome. All the details are here. Sign up online: https://swansea-fln.parentinterview.com/ It will be a great event!

Swansea Pub Night Returns – Friday, April 7th @ 7 PM
Book a sitter, book your spouse and plan to head to The Crooked Cue (Bloor and Royal York) for an evening of live music, socializing and fundraising for Swansea P.S., Friday April 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $40 per person
Organizers are looking for items to be included in the silent auction, if you have something to donate contact Amy

Eco Club Update
Our Eco Club has decided that in replacement of trash free Friday’s, the Eco club will be starting “Litterless Lundi”. Students are asked to bring a litterless lunch every Monday. Any garbage will be sent home in their lunches. This is another effort from the Swansea Eco-team to reduce waste at Swansea!
Thank you for your support.
Stay Green,
The Eco Team

Junior Hockey Team
Thanks to all the Junior Hockey Team players each of whom played their hearts out this season. They all represented Swansea with great pride and spirit and acted in a very mature and sportsmanlike manner. Also, thanks to all the parents and teachers who made the logistics work. Cheers.

Swansea student wins at Art exhibition
Last spring, Mme Brock’s Grade 6 Art Class (this year’s Grade 7s) were invited to participate in an international student exhibition being shown in Montreal this month.

This exhibit, currently on display at CEGEP College Bois-de-Boulogne, is entitled “Les grandes oeuvres revisitées” or “Masterpieces Reimagined.” Students were asked to reinvent or reimagine a well-known work of art, allowing the viewer to see it in a different light while making reference to the original. Our students chose to reference a work by either Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, or Emily Carr. Swansea Public School was the only Ontario school that participated in this global initiative.

Pablo de Maria Campos received a symbolic prize for his hommage to Emily Carr- Indian Church. “Prix niveau primaire, hors Québec”. The jury was amazed by the skill of his composition and the way he treated some details, like a brown bear and a bird.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated. The exhibit will be on display until April 18, 2017. Insert photo

Extra-Curricular Clubs at Swansea

Art in Action
Spark your creativity and join Art in Action for a brand new Spring session. Our program has an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including: watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more. We will explore the life and work of many artists including: Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Camille Pisarro and many others.

Classes are designed for students in grade 1-8 and will be held at lunchtime on Monday’s (Mar 27 – May 29), Wednesday’s (Mar 29 – May 17) and Friday’s (Mar 31 – May 26). This session runs for 8 weeks, costs $135 and includes all supplies.
Registration begins Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Please register online at: artinactiontoronto.com. Questions? Email us atartinactiontoronto@gmail.com.

Chess Lessons at Lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesdays from March 21, 2017 to May 9, 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the registration form (link).

Lost and Found
Please have a look in the Lost and Found area in the basement of the school. Many items have name labels on them. All items will be donated to charity on March 3rd, so please pick up before then.

News from Trustee Robin Pilkey
For all the latest news from Trustee Pilkey regarding what’s happening at the TDSB and in Ward 7, please read her newsletter at: https://t.e2ma.net/message/revkq/zsfs7k

Ward 7 News
TDSB Excellence Awards 2017
Staff at the Toronto District School Board are among the most dedicated and qualified in Canada. Every day, nearly 39,000 professionals support our students and help them achieve their very best.

We want to recognize those staff who go above and beyond every day in support of students, staff, parents and the community. The Excellence Awards is our opportunity to honour and celebrate outstanding TDSB individuals and programs.

We invite you – staff, students, parents, community members – to nominate a TDSB staff member or team who work has made a difference in your life or the lives of those around you for an Excellence Award.

Ready to nominate? To start, you need to gather two letters of reference and one statement of recognition. The statement of recognition is an opportunity to deepen the nomination and can be written by the nominator. Then, you can complete the online nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4 p.m.

All nominees will receive a personalized letter congratulating them on their nomination as well as informing them of those who contributed to the nomination. The winners are additionally celebrated at an awards ceremony in May. www.tdsb.on.ca/excellence and read the frequently asked questions

Alternative Schools Review
Parent Consultation (West) – Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8 pm @ Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres (Library)

Parents as Partners Conference
Whether your child is just beginning on their educational journey in elementary school or closer to graduation and planning for the future, there are informative and empowering sessions for parents/guardians and caregivers of students of all ages and all stages of education. This conference is organized by parents for parents and it is FREE!
Saturday, April 1st at the Allstream Center (Exhibition Place) Registration is open: http://www.parentsaspartners.ca

Upcoming Events
Feb 27 – Litterless Lundi begins (pack a litterless lunch on Mondays!)
Feb 28 – Family Literacy Night (registration required)
Mar 7 – Pizza Day
Mar 8 – International Women’s Day—Amazing Race—Choir Performance at Perth P.S.—Parent Council Mtg
Mar 9 – Rocks and Rings (Curling Workshop)
Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
Mar 13 – 17 – March Break
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 23 – Popcorn Day
Mar 28 – Gr. 4 – 8 Aboriginal Performance & Workshop (a.m.)
Mar 29 – Lockdown Practice (time to be confirmed)
Mar 30 – Popcorn Day

Swansea Weekly Update February 9, 2017

End of Day Dismissal – An important reminder for parents
Just a reminder to all parents that at the end of the day, even though the cold weather is still here, we appreciate parents continuing to wait outside to pick-up their children as it gets very congested in the hallways and makes it difficult for teachers to supervise safe dismissals. It would be helpful to continue to remind older siblings to set up a spot outside to pick-up their younger siblings as well, rather than waiting in the hallways. Thank you for your continued support in helping us watch over our students.

Next Parent Council Meeting- Wednesday Feb 15
Our next meeting is Wed Feb 15 at 6:45 pm in the library. Our special guest, Chair of Trustees, Ward 7 Trustee (and former Swansea PS Parent Council Co-Chair!) Robin Pilkey will speak to us about what’s happening at the Board. She’ll cover Enrollment, Extended French, Equity, Ward 6, George Syme and other Board programs. If you have questions for Chair Pilkey please email them to us in advance (even if you plan to ask your question in person). If you can’t come to the meeting but have feedback, appreciation, or a question or would like to volunteer, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com. See you on Wednesday!

Family Literacy Night: Feb 28th 6 – 8 p.m.
Please mark your calendars for our Family Literacy Night. JK to Gr. 8 Families are welcome. All the details are Family Literacy Nightplease watch for the registration form coming home soon that will list workshops, their locations, teachers, and the url for the online sign-up. It will be a great event!

Eco Update

    Winter Walk Wednesdays

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Wednesday for Winter Walk Day. Most of our students took part to show that walking to school is not just for warm, sunny days. As the old saying goes: there is no bad weather, just bad clothing choices! Help us increase awareness and enthusiasm for walking to school and join us on ABC Wednesdays (Anything But Cars) if you usually drive to school. Let’s keep it up every Wednesday! Bundle up, get some fresh air, and sunshine, as you take part in a healthy active lifestyle with your child every day and reduce the negative impact on the environment. Remember this tip: If you live too far to walk the whole way, try getting dropped off at a friend’s house so you can walk the last leg.

Beginning on Friday, February 10th, we will be starting “Trash Free Fridays” or “Boomerang Lunch Fridays”. We are hoping Swansea students, staff and parents will join us in eliminating all waste from snacks and lunches every Friday. Any food and wrapping that comes to school on this day, goes back home. This will definitely ease our garbage and recycling bin overflow issues, and our wonderful caretakers will love us.
Thank you for your support of our Eco initiatives.
The Eco Team

Mad Science
We are pleased to announce that Mad Science is back at Swansea!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE: https://register.madscience.org/toronto/afterschool-register.aspx?action=search&org=8432

Lego Club at Lunch
We are happy to say that LEGO IS BACK at Swansea starting in 2 weeks.
The program is going to be held on Tuesdays or Thursdays starting February 21st/23rd (pending registration numbers). If one day works better for you than the other, please make a note of that in the notes section on the online registration form.
We will be building NEW AND DIFFERENT projects each week. To register online, please go to: http://bit.ly/Swansea-LEGO — Book soon to reserve your spot.

Spirit Day: Friday, February 10th
Please wear Red, Pink, and/or White and bring a toonie to support events run by Parent Council.

Lost and Found
Please have a look in the Lost and Found area in the basement of the school. Many items have name labels on them. All items will be donated to charity on March 3rd, so please pick up before then.

Ward 7 News
Alternative Schools Review
Following the June 5, 2016 Board motion, staff are conducting an Alternative Schools Review this year. As part of this review, consultation meetings have been scheduled:
Parent Consultation (West) – Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8 pm @ Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres (Library)
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email Robin at robin.pilkey@tdsb.on.ca

City of Toronto Proposed Cut to Childcare Occupancy Grant: The City is considering cutting the “Childcare Occupancy Grant” that is provided to school boards to help pay for rent, heating, lighting, maintenance and caretaking costs of childcare centers that lease space within schools. Operators will likely pass these costs on to parents in their fees. The TDSB is encouraging parents to advocate for child care funding by contacting their City Councillor, Mayor Tory, and the province. TDSB Backgrounder and Letters on City of Toronto childcare funding cuts: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/leadership/boardroom/childcarefunding.aspx

Special Education: As part of the TDSB’s Integrated “Equity Framework Action Plan 2016-2019”, you are invited to fill out the Special Education survey 2016-17 (open until end of school year) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEAC-TDSB

Parents as Partners Conference: Whether your child is just beginning on their educational journey in elementary school or closer to graduation and planning for the future, there are informative and empowering sessions for parents/guardians and caregivers of students of all ages and all stages of education. This conference is organized by parents for parents and it is FREE!
Saturday, April 1st at the Allstream Center (Exhibition Place)
Registration opens February 2017: http://www.parentsaspartners.ca

Night School Credit Courses: Offered by the TDSB in 8 night school locations across the city. Classes are held on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Reach ahead, make up a credit or work towards your high school diploma. Registration for the winter semester begins on January 9, 2017. Classes begin the week of February 13. http://www.creditprograms.ca