Weekly Update for February 25th, 2016

Reminders for Parents
Now that our portables are no longer occupied, Doors 6 and 7 (in the East yard) are locked during the day. This is part of our regular procedures and parents or visitors to the school are reminded to use the Main Doors, also known as Door 1, located on the Windermere Avenue side of the school, to gain entry into our building.

Dogs are not permitted on TDSB property. If you are walking to or from school with your child, and are also walking your dog, please ensure that your dog is on a leash. We have some students who have various allergies related to animals, as well as students who are afraid of dogs. Thank you for your support.

Character Assembly and Anti-Bullying Speaker
For our March 10th assembly, we will be reviewing and celebrating the Character Traits—Teamwork, Fairness and Honesty. Our Safe Schools Committee has also arranged a speaker for this morning, named Anthony McLean, who will be speaking to our students about anti-bullying. Anthony is the founder of an organization called iEngage and more details can be found on the website www.iengage.ca
Since 2005, iEngage has delivered high-impact presentations at over 400 schools in the Greater Toronto Area. All of the presentations are upbeat and infused with comedy, hip hop and a multimedia component to keep students engaged.

Anthony combines powerful teaching and practical strategies for a presentation that audiences love! He has been featured on Breakfast Television and CTV Morning Live talking about his program supporting anti-bullying and overall student wellness.

We are looking forward to a great Assembly!

The Amazing Race: Wed, March 9th
Students are invited to sign up their team of 4 or 5 students from grades 1-8 byFriday, February 26, and start collecting donations. Each team must raise
at least $25. During the race, teams will complete challenges in classrooms around the school. The fastest team and the team that raises the most
money will win an ice cream party. We are raising funds to support SEED Junior Academy, a primary school in Kibera, Kenya. SEED is a registered Canadian charity run by Ms. Bruni. http://seedcan.net/

Music News
Guitar club has started Tuesday mornings at 8:15.
Recorder ensemble meets Tuesday at first recess.
Both senior and junior choirs are still in progress.
The Music room is open to students every morning and after school and at
first recess for extra help or just to practice.

Club News
Dominos Club
Ms. Legacy is starting a Dominos Club this week for grades 5 & 6.
It will be on Wednesday at lunch in the Library.

Training for new Bibliotekkies will start after the March Break.
Bibliotekkies are library volunteers who work at recess, get paid with candy and have 2 parties each year. Ms. Legacy only takes 10 new Bibliotekkies each year. There are 2 training sessions and then a test.

S.T.E.M Bridge Challenge
Seven students worked for a couple of weeks to build a bridge, for the 1st Annual Oakwood Collegiate S.T.E.M Bridge Challenge.

We took three bridges to the competition. Each of the bridges got through the first round of holding 70lbs. without breaking. In the final round one of the bridges finished second in the weight category, holding 125 lbs. The same bridge was first overall because of its construction, design and the fact that it only weighed 294 grams. Although the students worked on three different teams the winning group decided that it was a Swansea Group Award as they all helped one another. They are already planning on how they will defend the title next year!

Entrepreneur Project
Class 6B is working with two entrepreneurs from the community. We are planning a “Swansea Has Talent” There will be 3 categories: vocal and instrumental acts, dance acts, and other talent such as comedy, magic etc. We are hoping to get celebrity judges to judge the event.

There will also be 2 age categories: 10 and over and under 10. Announcements will begin by the end of this week to let students know about the upcoming tryouts which will begin the week of March 21st.

Art in Action Registration: March 2nd
Art in Action believes that children have a natural artistic expression to be discovered and developed. We are focussed on sparking that creativity through inspiring visual art projects. This curriculum based, art enrichment program is geared for success with approachable step-by-step projects. Students will create their own unforgettable works of art with a different project each week.

Students will learn about famous artists like: Christopher Pratt, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Toulouse Lautrec and more. Students will also learn about important principles of art like positive and negative space, hues and shadows, blending, proportion, perspective and other art techniques.

Students will be working with: watercolours, acrylics, stencil techniques, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and other supplies.

We offer two classes at lunch time: Wednesday (March 23 – May 11) and Friday (April 1 – May 27), 8 classes for $135.

Registration begins at 7pm on March 2nd at: artinactiontoronto.com. Please contact us at artinactiontoronto@gmail.com with any questions.

Scrabble Tournament Volunteers & Prizes Needed
Swansea needs prizes for the West End Scrabble Tournament that we are hosting in the gym on March 3. If you have anything small or big to donate — e.g., novelty or event t-shirts, hats, pens or buttons; in-the-box new word games (Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle), event tickets, etc. — please contact email michellehuangeditorial@gmail.com . Anything to reward the 100+ players for showing good sportsmanship and coming up with winning words!

We still also need volunteers for the March 3 tournament, in shifts of two hours or less. If you can help out on the day, please also send an email to the above address.

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