Swansea Weekly Update for October 27th

Happy Halloween!
Swansea staff and Parent Council are wishing all of our families a great Halloween this upcoming Monday! Please visit the link below for tips on making it a safe and happy one!

West Playground Rules
Parents, and caregivers, when using the playground with your child before and after school, or on weekends, please be aware of the expectations for safe play when using the equipment. The students are expected to observe the following rules during the school day:
1. Keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
2. Stay off the roof of the playhouse and away from the fence wall.
3. Wood chips are to remain on the ground. (In the winter, snow is to remain on the ground & the playground may be closed after a snowfall or during icy conditions.)
4. When using the slides, slide downwards only and remain on your bottom at all times.
5. Playing tag is permitted on the paved areas only, but not on the equipment.
6. Students are to remain on school property and inside the playground at all times. Play on the ramp and sidewalk area is not permitted.

Parents, we are also encouraging students to leave their Pokemon cards at home. A reminder as well that no wheels (scooters, bikes, rollerblades, etc.) are permitted on school property. Students who use these as a method to get to school, must walk these items onto school property. Bikes are to be locked to the bike racks provided on school property and scooters/rollerblades may be kept in the student’s locker (or classroom, in cases where a student does not have an assigned locker).
Thank you for your support!

Accessible Parking Space
Please be advised that we have students at the school whose parents need to use the Accessible parking space available on Waller Avenue. The parents who use this spot have a special permit to do so; however, often when they come to school the spot is occupied. These special needs children need to have access to the school and we ask that parents who park outside the school for drop off and pick up respect the needs of those who truly need the designated space.

Parent/teacher Interviews
Please note that Progress Reports will be sent home on November 15th, 2016. For this term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online! Next week, you will get a form via the classroom coordinators and/or the youngest sibling, outlining the procedures and giving the private Swansea code (please do not post this anywhere online). There is also going to be a 1-800 number for those who have technical difficulties. Majority of appointments are on November 17th from 3:45 – 7:45 pm and November 18th from 8:45 – 11:30 am, but some teachers have scheduled different times – which you will be able to see when you log in. Stay tuned for more details next week!

QSP Fundraiser
Thank you to all families who supported the QSP magazine and gift drive. We are still tallying the results but it looks like we will have raised close to $10,000 for Swansea this year! This money will go toward the costs for a new sound system for the large gym as well as classroom IT equipment.

If your child ordered magazines/gifts and earned 3 points or higher, they will be receiving a prize order form this week. This year, there is an option on the form to donate any prize to Sick Kids Hospital. Please make sure that this form is returned to the school by Thursday, November 3rd. And don’t forget that you can purchase or renew magazines and gift items year-round at www.qsp.ca/3721511 and Swansea will earn profits from these orders.

Cross Country
On October 19th, 65 Swansea students competed in the West Conference Finals for Cross Country. The grade 3 girls team placed 3rd in their standings and the grade 6 boys placed second. We also had many amazing individual finishes.

All the cross country coaches are extremely proud of our entire cross country team. The training, dedication, determination, will power and courage that all of our students showed is truly remarkable. Congratulations to all and good luck at the City Championships!

Calling All Bakers & Volunteers for the Swansea Craft Sale!
We welcome your delicious contributions to our BAKE TABLE at the Craft Sale on Sat Nov 19.
For more information and signup go to https://swanseacraftsale.com/bake-sale-volunteer/
We would appreciate popular items such as pies, fudge, loaves, cookies, & holiday-themed baking. All items are to be nut-free. Drop-off of donated baked goods is Friday evening before sale or day of sale.

Also volunteers needed for Nov 19th sale day, 2 hr shifts are available for signup at https://swanseacraftsale.com/volunteer-general/
Come out to a great community event and help out Swansea PS!

Lost and Found
Swansea Parents please don’t forget to take a look at our Lost and Found, located in the basement outside the lunchrooms. There are quite a few items down there, many with labels. Please send your kids to take a look if they are missing some items or please take a moment to visit the Lost and Found yourselves when you have some time. lost-found

Anyone for Skipping?
The Skipping Club resumes on November 7th and will be offered on Mondays during the lunch hour for Grades 2 – 8 students. Ms. Munt will be announcing the rest of the details to students over the next few days. Get your skipping ropes ready!

Adventures in Wisdom: A life-coaching program for kids
Starting Thursday, November 10th the next unit of the Adventures in Wisdom coaching program will be offered to students in grades 2-5. One program will run during the lunch hour and one will run after school from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. The two sessions will be the same.

This new unit is called MePower. Through stories, discussions and activities, students will
be developing the skills to become the leaders of their own lives. The program teaches students how to take conscious control of their thoughts, decisions and perceptions. Students will learn how to shift to a positive state of mind, changing what first felt like a hard or frustrating situation into manageable or valuable opportunity. This second session will focus on developing strategies to develop a positive self-image, self-confidence and love for one’s self. In short, it teaches children how to become their own BFF.

The program will be delivered by Jennifer Lord, a Swansea parent and Ontario certified teacher. If you are interested in registering your son or daughter in the program, please email Jennifer at jenlordaiw@gmail.com by Monday, November 7, 2016. The cost of the six-week session, including the student workbook, is $80.00.

Neighbourhood DoDads Holiday Cards
Swansea PS is happy to announce the return of the Neighbourhood DoDads to this holiday season as a school fundraiser. The program will ensure you have the perfect greeting cards to send to your family and friends this holiday season because they are designed using the imagination and creative genius of your children. Your children create fantastic holiday themed artwork in class or at home which the Neighbourhood DoDads transforms into wonderful custom holiday greeting cards or placemats.

Last year the DoDads card creation fundraising initiatives were a great success and raised nearly $1500.00 dollars for programs and supplies at Swansea Public School. Keep an eye out for the DoDads order envelopes coming to you soon.

TDSB Consultation on Integrated Equity Framework
“We must take a more strategic and focused approach help those who aren’t reaching their potential, while also continuing to inspire, engage and raise the bar for all students”. The TDSB is reviewing its approach to ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to learn. Click on the link (below) to review the draft document, listen to the webcast with Director of Education John Malloy and provide your feedback. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/community/publicconsultations/equity.aspx

Parent Conference by PIAC
Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference: Parents and Communities Partnering for Student Achievement on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Located at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, Toronto. This free event will feature a keynote address from renown speaker and author Jennifer Kolari and an array of workshops celebrating parent engagement, networking opportunities, and access to information on various programs and services of the Board.

Child-minding, Interpretation and Bussing will be available through advance registration ONLY.
For further information and registration visit: www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference
If you are interested in a table in the Market Place, please contact latha.john@tdsb.on.ca

Upcoming Events
Oct 27: Father John Redmond High School (Catholic) Arts Program Gr 9 Info Night 6 pm
Oct 30: Diwali
Oct 31: Halloween
Nov 3: Photo Retake Day
Nov 3: Gr 9 Parent Info Session at ESA 6:15pm
Nov 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov 9: Gr 8 Info Night at Bloor CI at 6:30pm
Nov 11: Remembrance Day
Nov 16: Parent Council Meeting 6:45pm in the Library
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Silverthorn High School 7pm
Nov 17: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (regular) 7pm
Nov 19: Swansea Craft Sale
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm

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