Swansea Weekly Update: April 13, 2017

Swansea Pub Night success
Friday’s pub night fundraiser was a terrific success! Two hundred members of the school community came together for a terrific night out at The Crooked Cue, and over $25,000 was raised through ticket sales, a raffle, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards an Outdoor Learning Centre at Swansea, and to help make improvements to the lunchroom.

Congratulations to committee chair Kathy Richmond and her team of helpers; the concept, planning and execution came together to make a great evening, and a huge show of support for Swansea P.S. Thank you also to all the teachers and parents who donated auction items. Check out the photos on Snap’d

If you won an auction item but haven’t paid for it or picked it up yet, please email kathy@nafor.com

From Parent Council
What a success! Our Pub Night Fundraiser last Friday April 7 at the Crooked Cue was a great social event for Swansea parents as well as a very successful fundraiser. Our estimated revenue was over $25,000! All net proceeds will go to lunchroom improvements and our new Outdoor Learning Centre.

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets, contributed and bought auction items and bought 50-50 raffle tickets. And special thanks to our fabulous Pub Night Committee, particularly Chair Kathy Richmond. They all worked so hard!

Heather Chiavegato
Chair, Parent Council 16-17

From a Swansea Dad
To Swansea PS Volunteers,
I want to thank you all for all you do, to make the Swansea school and community such a vibrant, healthy, caring space to live and grow up in.

Whether it is helping out at student council, diligently looking after our children’s health at school, organizing events that help support our school. I just want you to know that I think we have the greatest Moms/Leaders, a neighbourhood could ever ask for.

I can only imagine the late night emails, the rushed/ missed dinners, school politics, and just general exhaustion that each of you have persevered over the years. Your hard work and dedication to ensure that not only your children, but all our children, have the greatest opportunities to excel both in education and as individuals. You are the heart, and soul of our community. Your generosity of time and energy, is what keeps our community thriving.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am so very lucky that my child is being raised in your village.
Thank you to each and every one of you.

Swansea will be participating in the annual School Cleanup Day
On Friday, April 21st, students, & staff will help rejuvenate our green spaces by picking up litter in our schoolyard, and neighbourhood parks. This is just one of the ways that Swansea will be celebrating Earth Day!

Summer Program at Swansea: Grades 1 – 8
Here are the ConEd 2017 Registration Forms – Elementary Summer School for our summer program. The program runs from July 5 – 28 (Mornings only 8:45 – 11:45). There is no fee for this program and a mid-morning snack is provided each morning. 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 by May 1st, 2017.

Pizza Day is Tuesday, April 18th

Save the Date: Primary Spring Concert – June 1st
The Primary Spring Concert will be on Thursday, June 1st. Students from Grades 1-3 will be participating in the evening event, as well as the strings and band ensembles from the junior division. The concert will begin at 6pm and most likely end around 7:15. Please keep your calendars open for this date. Also, if you would like to volunteer your time to help out, please speak with Mr. Corbin soon. Get ready to have a great time that night! – Mr. Corbin

Social Media Parenting Talk at Runnymede PS- Gr 6-8 Swansea parents Invited
Are you mystified by the ever-evolving world of social media that your child(ren) are exposed to? Runnymede Parent Council has graciously invited Swansea parents with children in Grades 6-8 to join them to hear Juma Inniss from The Message speak at 7pm on Tuesday April 18 at Runnymede PS (large gym). Please see Social Media Runnymedefor more information.

Juma will help guide parents in understanding the dynamics of various media platforms. Subject matter is most relevant for parents of students in Grades 6-8. Note: on-site babysitting is NOT available for children of Swansea parents.

Helping Our Kids Manage Anxiety – A Presentation for Parents April 20th
On Thursday, April 20, Runnymede Collegiate Institute (RCI) is hosting a presentation on Managing Teenage Anxiety and Stress at Home and School by MOSAICS Approach. RCI is opening this presentation to parents in its extended community. Space is limited, RSVPs are requested by April 10th to runnymedeschoolcouncil@gmail.com Please see Managing Teen Anxiety Apr 20 RCI for more details.

Ward 7 News
Public Consultation Before- and After-School Programs and Lunchtime Supervision
In response to a Motion passed by the Board of Trustees in October, TDSB is reviewing before- and after-school programs and lunchtime supervision for children in Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) classrooms, so we can learn about areas of strength and areas for improvement.

The project is being guided by Dr. Joel A. Lopata, an external research consultant leading the collection and analysis of information gathered.

To date, we have already consulted an advisory group, including Toronto Children’s Services, to review and provide feedback on the research plan, and are currently collecting data using several methods including:
– Surveys,
– Focus groups, and
– Public consultation

With already over 200 survey responses from an array of stakeholders with direct experience in FDK classrooms collected, we can safely say that engagement in this research is very strong.

Below, you will find a link to the on-line survey to share with stakeholders (e.g., parents/guardians of 4 and 5-year-old children) who have direct experience with FDK Before- and After-School Programs and/or Lunchroom Supervision in FDK classrooms: www.surveymonkey.com/r/tdsbfdk2017.

The Review requires an opportunity for consultation. Dr. Lopata will facilitate, a session to gather public input, as part of his research, on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 between 9:30-11:30 am. The session will take place at The Toronto District School Board’s office located at 5050 Yonge Street. Child minding will be available. Here is a notice of this meeting that you may wish to circulate. A copy of this notice will be shared with FDK Before-and-After School Operators.

As always, we thank you for your support. The aim is to conclude this Review by the end of the school year and to report the results and recommendations to The Board of Trustees.

Questions may be directed to Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Executive Superintendent, Learning Centre 3 and Early Years at colleen.russell-rawlins@tdsb.on.ca.

Upcoming Events:
April 14: Good Friday
April 17: Easter Monday (school closed)
April 18 – 21: Gr. 6’s to Mono Cliffs Outdoor Ed’n Ctr
April 18: 11 Division Chess Tournament/ Pizza Day
April 21: Earth Day Assembly / Yard Clean up
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Canada Book Day
April 24: Popcorn Day
April 26: Graduation Photos (SK and Gr. 8)
April 28: Jump Rope for Heart Event (K-6)
May 5: Chess Tournament
May 8: Children’s Mental Health Week
May 8: Popcorn Day
May 9: Pizza Day
May 10 & 11: Lion King Musical

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