Swansea Weekly Update December 22, 2016

Message from the Principal and Chair of Council
It has been an exciting first few months of school. We saw another sudden increase to our enrolment in early September, creating the need to reorganize and add three more classes into our already very full new wing! All of our 875 students are all settled in now and some fabulous learning has been taking place. Literacy, Math and STEM continue to be a strong school focus. Please watch for our Family Literacy Night planned for the end of February. We hope you all enjoyed seeing students perform in our 4 Holiday concerts.

Parent Council continues to support our school initiatives. Thank you parents and volunteers- between Pizza Days, our QSP magazine drive and the Craft Sale we raised $41,400 for Swansea this fall! And watch for more exciting fundraisers coming in the rest of the school year- to be announced!
With your generosity, we’ve been able to fund many programs and events including our Welcome Back Party, free snack apple program and the Scientists in the School classroom visits. We were also able to purchase a new $10,000 sound system for our large gym and $19,000 in new IT for student use in classrooms (allowing every student to have access to technology daily).

A big thank you to our wonderfully engaged Swansea PS community- all the students, parents, staff and community members who continue to make these events and programs such a huge success, and make Swansea a great school. We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and wonderful holiday season and look forward to a great 2017 with all of you.

Mary Salvarinas Heather Chiavegato
Principal Parent Council Chair

Thanks to Susan Simon, Kathy Richmond and Sharon Mittman
I’m sure all parents will join me in extending a big, warm, THANK YOU to Susan Simon, Kathy Richmond and Sharon Mittman who organized all the lovely refreshments that parents enjoyed at our holiday concerts last week. We all loved having a little bit of sugar or caffeine during these hectic days! You ladies worked so hard, and at a very busy time of year. Thank you from Parent Council.

Don’t Forget To Hand in Your Milk Day Forms!
The deadline for handing in your milk day forms has been extended to Jan 10th and the first milk day will be January 18th. If you require any financial assistance for milk day please contact the school office at cherril.george@tdsb.on.ca. If you have any other questions please email carinaneuman@gmail.com. Extra forms can be found Swansea.Milk.Form.2016

Extended French – Application Process Jan 9 – Feb 2
A reminder that the application process opens on January 9th. A Gr. 4 & 7 Information evening is planned for Monday, January 30th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

STEM team update
On Friday, December 16th, 8 groups of Grade 7 bridge builders travelled to Oakwood Collegiate to test the design, construction and strength of their bridges. At the end of the day our best bridge carried 72kg, finishing 2nd in the strength category! While two of our other groups won awards for: best design and construction, and best journal and drawing package. All of our bridge builders should be congratulated for their amazing work and how well they represented Swansea.
Mr. Mike Higgins, STEM teacher

Music By The Lake
Looking for a great gift idea for your grade 6-8 child? Send them to Music By The Lake! Last year 32 students from Swansea attended this 8 day overnight music camp at the beginning of June. Students came back thrilled! All students are eligible to enrol for guitar, choir members can register for vocals, and TDSB band and strings students can apply for those instruments. Please visit the website listed below for the online application process. Scholarships are available as well! Please feel free to talk to Mrs. Ullmann about this exciting opportunity!

Volunteer Needed: Healthy Snack Program Coordinator
To assist the VP in running the Healthy Snack Program for the Primary grades
– Prepare, portion and place snacks in designated serving boxes, according to the approved menu, and deliver to classes
– Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
– Clean work station and utensils
– Available to prepare snacks to be distributed for morning recess (9:00am -11:00am)
– Work hand in hand with the VP when supplies are running low and more needs to be ordered
– ONLY 2 HOURS PER DAY, starting three days a week and growing to 5

Boys Volleyball
The Senior Boys’ Volleyball team finished up the season on Friday, December 9th, in a 1/4 final loss to James S. Bell. Our boys represented Swansea with excellence and fine sportsmanship. Thanks so much to Sheryl Tenszen, who returned again this year to give her knowledge, good humour and time as co-Coach with Mr. Chris Higgins. Thanks also to Dave Dann and Michelle DeBrouwer for driving.

The Junior Boys Volleyball Team won their tournament in the first week of December and will be moving onto quarter- finals and possibly finals on December 22nd. Good luck to them and what a great season!

Holiday Concert Photos
Please send copies of your holiday concert photos to swanseaps@gmail.com We are compiling photos of events at the school this year so any contributions are welcomed.

MakerKids Coding Spots Still Available for Gr 5-8
Makerkids’ 8 week after school coding program begins in Jan.
Classes at Swansea School, Wed Gr 5-8 (Jan 18-Mar 8) & Thurs Gr 2-4 (Jan 19-Mar 9). Spots still available for Gr 5-8 class. Waitlist for Gr 2-4 class.
If you require any financial assistance for this program please contact the school office at cherril.george@tdsb.on.ca. Generously supported by McRock Capital. Questions can be directed to Sylvia sylvchong@yahoo.com

Serbian and Spanish classes
The International Languages Elementary and African Heritage program at Swansea Public School is proud to offer Serbian and Spanish classes to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. until May. There has been great interest with 2 Serbian classes (JK-2 & Grade 3-8) and 3 Spanish classes (JK/SK, Grade 1-2, and Grade 3-8). It’s still not too late to register!

To register your child, please go to the main office for a registration form. Site administrators will be available in the hallway by the main office on Wednesdays between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please bring the child’s OEN number (on the last report card), health card, emergency contact information and the $20 fee (cheques can be made out to TDSB-ILE)

For more details, you can also contact TDSB directly at 416-524-5965.

Chess Lessons- Tuesdays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesday, January 17th 2017—March 7th, 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess registration winter 2017.

CBAM Piano Class Program
Registration for this after school program will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th. For more information, please visit www.cbam.ca Or e-mail: moreinfo@cbam.ca

Upcoming Dates
Jan 9: Classes resume – first day of school for 2017
Jan 11: Sir John A. Macdonald Day
Jan 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17: Humberside Gr. 8 parent info night
Jan 20: PD day
Jan 24: Popcorn Day/Pizza day
Jan 25: Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Jan 27: Little Red Theatre performance
Jan 28: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Jan 31: Cardboard Boat Race

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