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

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