Weekly Update December 8th, 2016

Holiday Concerts Next Week
We hope you can join us for our holiday concerts.
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

Refreshment Station at ALL Holiday Concerts – Compliments of Parent Council
Parent Council will have an assortment of refreshments for all parents/relatives that are attending the Holiday Concert. All parents/relatives are encouraged to stop by the Parent Council table and grab a refreshment of their choice to enjoy while watching the Holiday Concert.

Grade 8 Grad Dance Bake Sale
We are raising money to help cover the students’ portion of the graduation dance by holding bake sales on Dec. 14th from 2-3pm (7/8 Holiday Concert) and Dec. 15th from 6-7pm (4/5/6 Holiday Concert). We need your help. Please let us know if you can provide baked goods or volunteer your time for either of these events.
If you can help, please contact Sharon.mittmann@gmail.com or Kathy@nafor.comThe Grade 8 Graduation Committee

CODEMOBILE For Gr 5-8 on Mon Dec 12
This popular, free, introductory session is being held again on Mon Dec 12 (Gr 5-8; 3:30-6:30pm) in the school library. The Codemobile is a cool, colourful van equipped with laptops and driven by Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/code-mobile/!/ a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing coding to all kids. Permission/signup forms are available in the School Office or can be printed from here. This visit is generously supported by Swansea Parent Council. Completed forms can be emailed to Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com

Chess Lessons- Mondays at lunch
Tamara Makharadze is a professional chess master from Georgia and will be offering chess lessons at lunch on Tuesday, January 17th 2017—March 7th 2017 in the library. All students welcome. Cost $80. To register, please complete and email the chess-registration-winter-20117-1.

MakerKids Registration (Coding Afterschool Program)
Makerkids 8 week coding program is coming to Swansea PS in January!
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to code and develop their own video game. Scratch is a popular introductory programming language made by MIT that uses building blocks of code that fit together. Registration will begin next Friday Dec 16 at www.makerkids.com
Classes are at Swansea School after school (3:30-5pm) on Wednesdays for Gr 5-8 (Jan 18-Mar 8) and Thursdays for Gr 2-4 (Jan 19-Mar 9) Initial questions prior to registration can be directed to Sylvia, sylvchong@yahoo.com

**Note: There will be scholarship positions available to those students in need. Applications for these fully subsidized positions will occur when registration begins.** Supported by McRock Capital.

KKSA Applications for Grade 6
Reminder to Gr. 5 Parents that the deadline for application to Karen Kain School of the Arts is Dec 23rd. Please see kksa-2017-18-post-information-evening-flyer-v2 for details

Art in Action Registration
Join Art in Action for a brand new winter art session. Create your own great works of art inspired by famous artists such as: Mark Rothko, Andrew Wyeth, Banksy, Claude Monet, Jim Dine, Lawren Harris and Lisa Congdon.

Our program has 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.

Registration begins Wednesday, December 14 @ 7pm at www.artinactiontoronto.com

Classes are at lunchtime on Mondays (Jan 9 – Mar 6) Wednesdays (January 11 – March 1) or Fridays (January 13 – March 24). This program is available to students in Grades 1 – 8 and the cost for 8 classes is $135.

Volunteer Needed: Healthy Snack Program Coordinator
To assist the VP in running the Healthy Snack Program for the Junior grades
– Prepare, portion and place snacks in designated serving boxes, according to the approved menu, and deliver to classes
– Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
– Clean work station and utensils
– Available to prepare snacks to be distributed for morning recess (9:00am -11:00am)
– Work hand in hand with the VP when supplies are running low and more needs to be ordered
– ONLY 2 HOURS PER WEEK

School Safety Zone
As previously mentioned, Parent Council is supporting Councillor Doucette’s speed reduction initiative on both Windermere and Morningside. A table will be set up outside of the gym at each Holiday Concert next week. Please take the time to stop and sign the petitions either before or after the show. We particularly need the support of those that live on either Morningside or Windermere as we have to collect at least 25% of those that live in the area marked for adjustment. For any questions, please contact hollystoddart@gmail.com
Thank you for your support!

Sidebar Dates
Dec 12: Popcorn 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
Dec 13: Gr 8 Info Night at Runnymede CI (Specialized Programs) 7pm
Dec 19: Popcorn Day
Dec 23: Final day of classes before the Holiday Break
Dec 24: Hanukkah
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Kwanzaa / Boxing Day
Jan 1: Happy New Year!
Jan 9: Classes resume – first day of school for 2017
Jan 11: Sir John A. Macdonald Day
Jan 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17: Humberside Gr. 8 parent info night
Jan 20: PD day
Jan 24: Popcorn Day/Pizza day
Jan 25: Parent Council Meeting 6:45 p.m.
Jan 27: Little Red Theatre performance
Jan 28: Chinese/Lunar New Year
Jan 31: Cardboard Boat Race

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