Swansea Weekly Update: September 14, 2017

 Welcome Back Party

Thank you to Welcome Back Party Team!
What a fun event we all enjoyed on Tuesday! The weather was great, attendance was huge, the teacher dance was entertaining and activities and food were terrific. Thanks to the many parent and student volunteers, especially the hardworking parent volunteers led by Kimberley Wakefield. Welcome Back Swansea!

 Grade 8 Students Rock Bake Sale at Welcome Back Party

Congratulations Grade 8 students- you raised a record $640 with your Bake Sale at the Welcome Back Party on Tuesday!   Thanks to all students who baked and worked shifts at the table- there are S points coming your way.   Thanks also to the Grade 8 Grad Dance Parent Committee who oversaw the sale.  And thanks to all you Swansea parents and students who ate it all up!   All proceeds will help keep the Grade 8 Grad Student Dance ticket prices low, so every student can attend.  

 International Language Programs at Swansea

The TDSB will be offering Serbian and Spanish lessons for students on Wednesdays at Swansea.  Registration is on October 4th and programs begin on October 11th.  Please see SWANSEA PS International Languagesfor details.

Parent Council Meeting: TONIGHT Thursday, Sept 14th @ 6:45 pm in the School library (second floor)
All parents are welcome to attend. If you’re considering joining Council this year, this is a great way to find out what we’re all about. If you can’t attend the meetings or have any questions or comments for Council please email us at swanseaps@gmail.com

Interested in joining Parent Council?
Each fall a new Parent Council is formed. Anyone interested in being elected to the 2017-2018 Council must complete a self-nomination form.

Self-nomination forms are due no later than Friday, September 22nd. Nomination forms must be dropped off at the main office to Principal Mary Salvarinas’ attention or emailed directly to her at mary.salvarinas@tdsb.on.ca.  Forms forwarded to the Principal via your child’s teacher will not be accepted.   Please note that the self-nomination form includes a biography of not more than 150 words.  Forms with biographies that exceed 150 words will not be accepted.

If more than 10 parents submit a self-nomination form, an election will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd.  If you are completing a self-nomination form, please review the descriptions of the 10 Council positions here

The new Parent Council will choose who performs each position at the Council meeting in October.  To learn more about what is involved in being on Council, please attend the last Council meeting of 2016-17 which will be held tonight, September 14th at 6:45pm in the school library.

Megan Davies,  Chairperson, Election Committee 2016-17

Lunch in Rennie Room

The Rennie Room in the Community Centre is available for children accompanied by a parent or caregiver to eat lunch. This is a smaller, quieter environment than the regular school lunchroom. There is a cost involved to eat in the Rennie Room; the fee will depend on the number of users sharing the cost of the permit. Families needing financial assistance for this program may contact our Vice-Principal Cherril George. Any families who are interested in eating in the Rennie Room in the upcoming year, please send an email to marni.halter@gmail.com

Spark your creativity this fall with Art in Action!

Join Art in Action for a brand-new fall program!  Our classes have an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more.  Create your own great works of art inspired by famous artists such as: Georgia O’Keeffe, Steve Driscoll, Michael Snow, Wolf Kahn and more.  This art enrichment program is geared for success with approachable step-by-step classes. Create a new piece each week.

Registration begins – Tuesday, September 19th @ 7 p.m. 

Course Fee – $135.00 for 8 weeks (includes all supplies)

  • Grades 1 – 8 Monday, Oct. 2 – Monday, Nov. 27, lunchtime
  • Grades 1 – 8 Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Wednesday, Nov. 22, lunchtime
  • Grades 1 – 8 Friday, Oct. 6 – Friday, Nov. 24 (*7 weeks), lunchtime

To register: Art in Action     Questions? Contact: artinactiontoronto@gmail.com

 Chess Lessons- Tuesdays at lunch

Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesday October 3, 2017—November 21, 2017 in the library.  All students welcome.  Cost $85

To register, please complete and email the registration form or via this link:


 MakerKids Robotics at Swansea

Robotics: Make it Move
Create a robotic invention from scratch!  Using Arduinos, industry-used microcontrollers, kids will code, wire and build a robotic invention. Through experimenting, team-work, beta-testing, kids will take responsibility for their projects from start to finish becoming independent thinkers and engineers.  They will code using drag-and-drop blocks of code – perfect for beginners and advanced students.  MakerKids will provide secure logins, laptops and robotics materials to use.

Fall session is 8wks; Cost=$223

Tues 3:30-5pm (Oct 17-Dec 12)

Wed 3:30-5pm (Oct 18-Dec 6)

Online registration begins Thurs Sept 21 at 7pm.  https://makerkids.com/school-programs

Please contact danielle@makerkids.com for any further questions.

CBAM Piano program is back at Swansea

Classes begin on Thursday, September 14 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, in room 207 until June.

The program is provided by a non-profit school with qualified teachers for ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, rhythm and interpretation. It prepares students for RCM exams. The group environment encourages practice and motivation for children. Recommended to start in grades 1-3 and up to level 8.

If the child already took lessons before, please bring the piano books for determining his or her level.

Hourly rate depends on level and a registration fee of $90 applies for the year or $86 for more than one child. This includes the TDSB rental fee. Terms are for 9 week increments and report cards are provided each term.

Contact Bogdan Roslaniec, piano instructor at 416-537-0895 with questions. www.cbam.ca.

 Sponsorship of Swansea Craft & Bake Sale

Are you a Swansea parent or have a friend with a local/small business looking to give back to Swansea School and get some promotion within the local community?  The Craft Sale is one of the school’s larger fundraisers.  Your contribution to our sale would greatly support Swansea students.  This year’s Swansea Craft Sale is Nov 18.  Please contact Sylvia with any questions or further details about craft sale sponsorship.   information.swanseacraftsale@gmail.com

Upcoming Dates:

Sept 21 – Rosh Hashanah/ Int’l Day of Peace

Sept 22 – Parent Council Self-Nomination Forms Due

Sept 22 – Autumnal Equinox

Sept 25 & 26 – Groove Assemblies

Sept 27 – Picture Day

Sept 28 – WE day

Sept 30 – Yom Kippur/ Orange Shirt Day

Oct 3 – Curriculum Night (6:45 – 8 p.m.)

Oct 3 – Parent Council Election

Oct 4 – Walk to School Event

Oct 6 – PD Day

Oct 9 – Thanksgiving Day


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