Swansea Weekly Update for March 31st, 2016

Working together for a safe community: An important message for Parents from our Principal
Earlier this week, I received information about an incident that occurred on our field over the Easter weekend. A number of older teens attacked another group of older teens and robbed them of their cell phones. I have followed up with Police from 11 Division for more information and they have shared that they were contacted and are investigating.

While this incident did not occur during school hours, and did not involve our students as far as we are aware, we all take a very active interest in situations that involve safety in our community. If you have any information that might assist police with its investigation, please call 416-808-1100 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.222tips.com.

Safety is an important priority for our entire community. We are fortunate to have a number of initiatives, programs, and policies that contribute to a safe and caring school. However, many incidents happen outside of school hours or away from school. With springtime’s warmer weather and longer daylight hours meaning more time is spent outdoors, it’s a good time to remind all our students, staff, and parents of the need to always be aware and alert, no matter where you are and even in the most ordinary and everyday routines.

Our staff periodically speak to students about how to stay safe, and I know that you too will want to help reinforce these messages. Attached, please find streetproofing tips that you may find helpful when discussing safety with your child. Working together, we can help make our school and our community as safe as possible.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.
Mary Salvarinas

Lost and Found Items to be donated Friday, April 8th
Spring cleaning is hitting Swansea and all of the items in the lost & found will be donated as of Friday, April 8th so please check for your kids’ stuff before it goes.
Thank you to our volunteer Helen Apostolopoulos for organizing this for us.

Little Red Theatre
The Little Red Theatre will perform the Norwegian Tale, Goose Girl/La Fille aux Oies on April 14th. Performances are in the gym, as follows:
9:00am to 10:00am: Grades 1 – 3 (English Production)
10:15 – 11:15: Kindergarten (English Production)
12:45 – 1:45: Grades 4 – 6 (Bilingual Production)

Reminder: Graduation Photos and Grad Dance tickets
Graduation photos will be taken of all grade 8 students on Wednesday April 6th. They will happen starting at 8:45am. Please come to school looking your very best! It is recommended that the boys wear white shirts.

The Grad Dance will occur on Tuesday June 28th from 8:00pm – 10:00pm right after the graduation ceremony. This is a Much Music Video dance party and food and beverages will be served. The dance is ONLY for the graduating students. The dance costs are partially covered by Parent Council as well as money raised by fundraising activities; however, this does not cover the entire cost of the dance. Grad dance tickets cost $25 and payment is due by April 6th. Please enclose payment in the envelope provided and return to your child’s teacher or the main office. If you would like to donate money to help cover the cost of a ticket for a student in need that would be greatly appreciated.

Chess Lessons- Mondays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Mondays from April 11-June 6, in the library. All students welcome. Cost $70. To register, please complete and email the registration form.

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Parents As Partners Conference 2016: April 16th
The Parents as Partners Conference 2016 is planned by parents, for parents and we are so pleased to be able to offer a selection of 80 sessions that cover a broad range of topics to provide parents with useful information and resources to help children improve their achievement and well-being at school and at home.

When: Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 8:00am-4:00pm at the Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd. More information at: http://www.parentsaspartners.ca/

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