Swansea Weekly Update November 3, 2016

Volunteers and Bakers Needed for Swansea Craft Sale on Sat Nov 19.
Thought about volunteering at the school and then this is your chance! (Short and sweet!) This is a great way to get involved. On Nov 19th, we are looking for people to work 2 hr shifts only at the admissions table, snack bar, raffle table, kids art area, bake table. Or on the sale day to help in set-up and take-down.(8:30 10am or 3-4:30)
As well, the Fri eve (Nov 18), we need people for decorating and setup (5-8:30pm)
Please see the link https://swanseacraftsale.com/volunteer-general/

ALSO Donations of Baked Goods needed! See signup for further info.
Drop-off of donations is Fri Nov 18 (6-9pm) or day of sale (9-10:30). Contact Sylvia at sylvchong@yahoo.com re: any questions about the volunteering at the Craft Sale.

November is Aboriginal Education Month
In November, we celebrate Aboriginal Education Month at the TDSB. This month provides an opportunity to centre Aboriginal perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curricula, and to focus on treaties and the legacy of residential schools. Over the course of this month, Swansea staff and students will be recognizing a number of important days to deepen knowledge and learn together about our shared history and build stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Remembering our Veterans
On November 11th, we will be remembering and honouring all veterans including Aboriginal veterans as part of Remembrance Day observance beginning in the gym at 10:30 a.m.

November 7th is Inuit Day
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued the following statement of Inuit Day:
“Today is also an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the important relationship and history we share with the Inuit of Canada as we move forward in our journey of reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”

Louis Riel Day
On November 16, Louis Riel Day is held to honour the sacrifices and the work of Métis leader Louis Riel and to recognize the many contributions of the Métis to Canada and to highlight the continuing struggles that Métis continue to face.

Grade 5 Parents
Is your child excited by the Arts? Is she/he looking for a middle school experience in an arts-integrated school? If so, please join the staff of Karen Kain School for the Arts, for their Information evening that will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 6 .m. Please note that this session will be held at John English JMS, 95 Mimico Ave. For more information about the school, visit: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/home.aspx
For admissions, visit bookmark: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/Admissions.aspx

Pizza Day – Tuesday, November 8th
Just a reminder next Tuesday is our 2nd Pizza Day of the year. If you have not registered your child in the program as of yet and would like to do so please send an email to tspurvis@hotmail.com.

Swansea Spirit Wear
Swansea “Shark” & Swansea School clothing will be on sale once again this year. Samples are available after school outside the School gym beginning on November 7th to November 18th (3:15 – 3:30 p.m.) Orders must be placed by November 22nd and will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to the Holidays. swansea-order-form-2016. Please make cheques payable to Swansea Public School. Any monies raised from this sale are directed to our Athletic Programs.

Next Parent Council Meeting- Bring us your Questions and Comments!
Our next meeting is Wed Nov 16 at 6:45 pm in the library. After School, Community and Committee Reports, we’d like to hear from other parents. Bring us your appreciation, questions and comments- we’d love to hear from you! We can’t guarantee a resolution to every question or idea on the spot, but we’ll consider all feedback. If you can’t come to the meeting but have something to say, or need to contact us, please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com. Refreshments will be served. See you on the 16th!

The Bulletin
We are looking for photos of Swansea students to put into our fall edition of The Bulletin. Please send pictures from school events such as sporting events, classroom field trips, the Welcome Back Party, Walk a Child to School Day, or the Halloween parade to swanseaps@gmail.com so we can put together a great collection of school happenings from this fall.

November is also Financial Literacy Month
With November being Financial Literacy Month in Canada, this is an excellent time to focus on the importance of education savings, and remind families about the TDSB’s partnership with SmartSAVER. Research shows that even a small amount of education savings can improve student achievement, well-being, equity of opportunity and outcomes. That’s why the TDSB has partnered with SmartSAVER on a board-wide campaign that helps families access free money to kick start their children’s education savings. Did you know that 6 out of 10 eligible students are missing out on free money towards their post-secondary education because they don’t know about the Canada Learning Bond? That means almost 50,000 TDSB students are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond but have not yet received it. Through our partnership with SmartSAVER, the TDSB makes it easy for families to open no cost Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) and access up to $2,000 through the Canada Learning Bond with no catches, commitments or contributions. The application is available at www.tdsb.on.ca/SmartSAVER and has been translated into a number of different languages. You can complete the application in less than 10 minutes.

A message from Toronto Public Health: Protect your child from the flu.
Each year 20 to 30% of children get sick with the flu. Influenza is a virus. The infection spreads by droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. Children can get very sick from a flu infection.

Influenza vaccines are free in Ontario for children 6 months of age and older. They are safe. The vaccine helps a child’s immune system prevent flu but cannot give them the flu. The flu virus is always changing so a new flu vaccine is needed each year. There are two types of vaccines for children 2 to 17 years of age. They are given as a needle or a spray in the nose. Canadian experts advise that either vaccine can be used in children of this age.

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza infection. The vaccine is available at doctor’s offices, health clinics and at Toronto Public Health clinics. Children 5 years and older can get the vaccine at a pharmacy. Flu viruses can live on surfaces for hours, so clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs and avoid touching your face.
For more information:
1. Talk to your health care provider
2. Call our Immunization Line at 416-392-1250
3. Visit our influenza website. Vaccine information is also available in other languages.
4. Book an appointment at a Toronto Public Health clinic. www.toronto.ca/health
PLEASE NOTE: Both nasal spray and shots are currently available at our local Shoppers Drug Mart and surrounding pharmacies but only for children 5 and up.

Holiday Concerts: Save the dates
Parents, with close to 900 students at Swansea, we would like to give all students a chance to perform. As such, our Concert schedule for the Holiday season will be as follows:
Dec. 14th 2:00-3:00pm Grades 7, 8
Dec. 15th 9:00-10:00 am JK/SK
Dec. 15th 2:00-3:00 pm Grades 1, 2, 3
Dec. 15th 6:00-7:00 pm Grades 4, 5, 6

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 Dates
Nov 3: Gr 9 Parent Info Session at ESA 6 & 7 pm
Nov 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
Nov 6-12: Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 9: Gr 8 Info Night at Bloor CI at 6:30pm
Nov 10: Popcorn Day
Nov 11: Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:30am
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 18: PD Day
Dec 14: Holiday Concert Gr. 7, 8 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert JK/SK 9am
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr 1, 2, 3 2pm
Dec 15: Holiday Concert Gr. 4, 5, 6 6pm
Nov 19: Swansea Craft Sale
Nov 25: Popcorn Day
Dec 12: Popcorn Day
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm
Dec 19: Popcorn Day

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