Swansea Weekly Update June 23, 2016

From the Swansea Staff
The Swansea Staff would like to thank our amazing Parent Council and all Swansea parents for their support and partnership throughout this busy school year. We appreciate the time parents have put into our volunteer programs to support with in-class activities, school field trips as well as fundraising activities. We look forward to continuing our work together in the Fall, but would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Swansea families a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.

A Few Reminders for Parents
• If you will be moving over the summer, please contact our school office to update your information. Our main number is 416-393-9080.
• Reports Cards for JK to Grade 7 students will be going home at the end of the day on June 28th. Grade 8 students will receive their report cards on June 27th.
• Reports cards for students entering Gr. 1 – 8 for this coming September, will not include a placement statement at this time. Teacher and Room assignments will be finalized over the summer and will be posted for parents beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st. These lists will be posted outside our Main office and will be displayed in alphabetical order for all students entering Grade 1 to 6. Students entering Gr. 7 and 8, will meet in the Gym on the first day (September 6th) to receive their homeroom assignments and other instructions.
• Students entering JK or SK will receive a placement letter which will confirm the teacher and room number for September. Please note there is no staggered entry for JK/SK. All students will begin on September 6th.
• Our school office will close on July 8th, and reopen on August 29th.
• Swansea’s Summer school will operate between July 5 and 29th (mornings only). If you would like to register your child for this program, please contact the school’s office before June 30th.
• Yard construction begins during the week of June 27th and will continue for the first few weeks of the summer. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parent Council
It’s been another busy year for Swansea Parent Council. Click Year end report 2015-16 to read about what we did this year and here for our financials. Thanks to Swansea teachers, staff, students and all our fabulous parent volunteers for making our school a great place. Have a great summer and see you in September!

Heather Chiavegato
Chair, Swansea Parent Council 2015-16

National Aboriginal Day – 20th Anniversary
On June 21 each year, people across Canada mark National Aboriginal Day in recognition of the rights, histories, contributions and achievements of Aboriginal peoples. The unique cultures, languages and spiritual practices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities are celebrated nationally and in our city. National Aboriginal Day is held around the time of the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – which has spiritual significance for Indigenous people.

Swansea Catapult Fling
On June 20th, Swansea, led by the grade 8’s, set a World Record for most Catapults flung simultaneously. The 6-8 students have been working on building their own designs throughout the year in STEM class. While the grade 5’s have worked on constructing and modifying Popsicle stick catapults in STEM class. Together, the grade 6-8 students constructed another 250 Popsicle stick catapults to ensure that all students could take part, including the grade 4’s. The grade 8’s strategically filmed the proceedings with 13 cameras and 6 Go Pros in order to be able to verify our numbers. It has always been a social media experiment, at the urging of the grade 8’s earlier in the year. We have been sending out tweets from @swanseafling for a few weeks and have been targeting media members including the Guinness Book of Records. We will be posting a video on our YouTube channel tomorrow as well as more pictures and videos as the students edit the media. If anyone could help by retweeting or following us that would be great. Thanks to all of the staff and students who took part – 365 people flung their catapults at the same time – remarkable!
M. Higgins
STEM Teacher

Music By the Lake was a Huge Success!
With 32 students attending MBTL this year, the Swansea halls were a-buzz with talk of camp! Students who attended had four hours a day on their specific instrument, took part in high ropes course, swimming and various other sports. Students have made good friends and have come back with a year’s worth of learning! The culminating concerts on Saturday were amazing. We look forward to even more grade 6-8 students attending next year!

Please Help: Seeking choir accompanists!
Our choirs have the potential to be amazing but we need your help! We are looking for volunteers who can play piano to accompany us. Even if you are not able to commit to every week, having a few rehearsals and performances with an accompanist makes a big difference to the quality and quantity of music we can make. The choirs will be looking at attending festivals and maybe even auditioning to sing the anthem at the Rogers Centre! If you are able to help us out, please contact Mrs. Ullmann at the school.

Thank you to all the families who encouraged and listened to their beginning instrument players this year! Without your support at home the students don’t make as much progress. We look forward to working together next year to bring you even better performances and musicianship! Have a musical summer!

Volunteers Needed for Milk Day
Milk Day at Swansea is a popular and important program, but volunteers are needed to continue the program next year! The milk program runs during lunch from 10:30am to 12pm. However, if you’re not able to be at the school, there are other ways to help, such as ordering milk, or keeping track of orders and money. If you are interested in volunteering, or running the milk program for the 2016-17 school year, please email carinaneuman@gmail.com

French As Second Language Advisory Committee
The FSLAC June June 2016 FSLAC Newsletter is available to read here.

Speed limit reduction proposal for Ward 13
A reminder that Councillor Doucette is seeking support for a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 30k on Ward 13’s local, residential roads.

Swansea Parent Council has already sent a letter backing the initiative but the Councillor is still looking for as much support from the community as possible. For more information and a link to the online petition please see the letter from Councillor Doucette’s office and a Show your support for 30 km

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