Swansea Weekly Update April 21, 2016

Principal’s Message
At this time of the school year, we begin making plans for the next academic year. Please find below some information about our student placement process:
In the next few weeks, I will be meeting with each teacher to discuss the placement needs of every Swansea student. The teachers will bring to this meeting a brief bio of the students along with any academic reports that are necessary. Together, we will be able to assess what the best possible educational environment will be for every student using the following criteria: a heterogeneous mixture of students; academic achievement; a gender balance; behavioural considerations; keeping siblings apart, as required; friendships; social/emotional factors; early or late birth dates; and other unique considerations.

As you can see, there are many factors to be considered when creating balanced classes. Occasionally, there may be personal information that is unknown to the school staff that may affect the child’s placement. This might include family changes, recent learning assessments or medical situations. This type of information should be provided by parents for placement purposes. Information of this nature may be submitted, in writing, to my attention by Friday, May 13, 2016.

If you are moving out of the Swansea area or transferring your child(ren) to another school at the end of this school year (June 2016) please contact our school office staff with this information. This will assist us when planning our school organizational model for the upcoming school year.
We appreciate your understanding and co-operation as we begin this important process.
Mary Salvarinas

Summer School Registration
Swansea will be offering a Summer School Program for students in Grades 1 – 8. This program is open to all public and private school students in the area. The program will run from July 5th – 29th, and is available to both English and French students. If you would like your child to take part in this program, please complete the 2016 Reg Form Final and submit to our office along with a copy of your child’s February 2016 report card.

It’s Structure Night! Grand Opening & Open House on Wednesday, May 18 6:45 pm

    Grand Opening
    All Swansea parents, students and neighbours are invited to attend the Grand Opening of our fabulous new 16-classroom structure (including special STEM and Art rooms). It’s finally here! Special thanks to the parents and our Trustees who advocated for the addition, the staff who planned and managed the move and the teachers and students who waited patiently to get out of the portables and into their great new structure! Thanks also to our Swansea neighbours who graciously endured months of construction.

    Open House
    Swansea students have been inspired by the construction, so in addition to seeing the new wing, all parents are invited to an Open House to visit their child’s classroom (even if it is in the old wing) and view students’ projects on the theme of “structures.” Visit the Large Gym to see a display on how structure projects evolve from kindergarten to Grade 8.

    Finally, the Grad 8 Grad Dance Committee will be holding a bake sale, so bring some cash for some yummy treats.
    Please click on the Final Evening Open House for even more details on Structure Night.
    See you on the 18th!

    Entertainment at the Open House
    At our Open House you can look forward to hearing from a number of musical groups performing. The Junior and Senior strings, bands and choirs will be performing at set times. Also, select guitar and recorder ensembles will perform throughout the school. Please stay tuned for a timeline and location list of performances! If your child is a member of these groups, please make every effort to allow them to perform. We look forward to entertaining you!

    Parking Survey
    As mentioned in previous updates, Swansea Parent Council is looking to pilot a Kiss ‘n Ride program in an attempt to alleviate traffic and parking concerns.

    At this stage the pilot would take place in the fall. In the meantime, we ask that you complete the Parking Survey below which would provide us with some insight into who would actually use and benefit from this program. Any feedback would be very valuable and greatly appreciated.
    The survey needs to be completed by April 27th.

    GIRLS in STEM: Thurs May 5th at 3:15-5:30pm
    A fun, exciting and informative session is planned for Swansea School girls Gr 3-8.
    The focus of this session is to attract girls into the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through
    • some short talks by fellow Swansea parents in STEM,
    • a few hands-on activities and,
    • guest speaker, Natalie Panek.
    We want to provide our girls with real-life role models, provide engaging, practical experiences and help them to understand how work in STEM might build a better world. This is an afterschool event and will require a parental-signed form to participate. In the cases of the younger grades, will require parental/adult presence at the session. Please see this Girls in STEM Flyer20160412.

    Also, we are looking for some volunteers to help out at this session. Please contact Sylvia Chong via sylvchong@yahoo.com if interested, or have questions about this session. Signed complete permission slips will be accepted by this Friday, Apr 22 via email as well. Please send a photo of the slip by email to Sylvia.

    Swansea’s Got Talent
    Class 6B has been working on an Entrepreneurial Adventure through the Learning Partnership. The Event that they have planned for this year is a “Swansea’s Got Talent” Show. The event will be on May 11th at 6:30 pm in the Swansea gym. The students have planned out every aspect of the show from scheduling tryouts, writing bios for all participants, designing tickets and posters and writing letters to potential judges and sponsors.

    Tickets for this event will be going on sale today, Thursday, April 21st. The price is $10 for VIP tickets (first 3 rows), and $5 for regular tickets. Grade 6 students will be selling the tickets outside the office at morning and afternoon recess. The tickets will have assigned seats, so buy your tickets early to get the best seats! We hope that many of you will be able to come out to our event and celebrate the wonderfully talented students at Swansea Public School. All proceeds for this event will be going to Free the Children. Our Goal is to raise $5000 to build a well for a school in Kenya.
    Thank you,
    Ms. Cameron & Class 6B

    Pink Day
    Swansea joined with the rest of the World on April 13 to mark International Pink Day. On this day both staff and students wore pink in support of diversity in our community and to raise awareness to stop discrimination and bullying in our society.

    All the activities came off quite successfully. During the morning we had an assembly where we recognised students who displayed the attributes of good citizenship throughout the school year. Our senior choir and media club re-enforced the anti –bullying message with a song and video presentation. In the afternoon our kindergarten to grade six students had an enjoyable time at the dance-a-thon. The day was a good display of how we in the Swansea school community can learn and have fun together in a respectable manner.

    Extension on Graduating students class composite date
    Edge Imaging has extended the date for graduating students who are desirous of ordering Class Composites. These students can order the composites the same time they are ordering their individual graduating photographs.


    Sr. Coed Volleyball
    Completed the season as Conference Finalists. Second place in the West. 

    Jr. Co-e Volleyball Wrapped up their season last week and worked really hard all season

    Sr. Badminton Completed their tournament in 2nd place. 

    Upcoming teams
    Jr. and Sr. Ultimate Frisbee
    Jr. and Sr. Soccer. 
    Tryouts for these teams begin this week.

    Track Days:
     Senior Track Day: Tuesday April 19th in the afternoon.
     Junior Track Day: Friday April 22nd all day) rain day is Monday April 25th

    Fit Spirit Program About 80 girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 are participating in the Fit Spirit program. They are training for either a 5K or 10K run on May 17th. They train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday at lunch. Teachers supporting this initiative are Ms. Rundo, Ms. Orr-Lombardo, Ms. Cameron and Ms. Awrey.

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