Weekly Update for February 4, 2016

Construction Update & New Lunchroom
We are all moved in and enjoying our new learning spaces, classrooms and lockers! The contractor remains on site to address the remaining work that still needs to be completed. The yard work, landscaping, staff parking lot paving, and the removal of the nine portables currently on site will take place in late spring.

Now that we have moved, we are pleased to let you know that we have created a space for a new Grade 7 & 8 lunch room. This lunchroom opened this week in B4. As well, all of our existing washrooms for boys, girls and staff are getting a facelift and construction is currently underway beginning in the Primary Boys’ Washroom.

African Heritage Month
February is African Heritage Month. This month grew out of the precursor Negro History Week which was created in 1926 by American historian Carter G. Woodson and an association for study of African Life and History. In 1976, the celebration grew to include the entire month of February and in 1995 M.P Jean Augustine introduced a motion, which was passed in the House of Commons to celebrate African Heritage Month across Canada.

Schools in TDSB commemorate the month by participating in a variety of events that celebrate the history, culture, successes and struggles of people of African descent. At Swansea teachers will engage students in many activities and events that acknowledge the rich legacy of the African Diaspora in our community. On February 10th the International African Inventors Museum, will be coming to Swansea to display some of the many contributions and inventions of people of African Heritage.

Lunar New Year
The Year of the Monkey begins on Monday February 8th and last until January, 27th 2017. People born in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, and 1920 are considered “Monkeys”.

The New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a very festive occasion which lasts several days. It is the most important annual event where people who celebrate the Lunar New Year bring the whole family together and celebrate

The Swansea school community wish all staff, students and community members celebrating Lunar New Year a Happy and Prosperous year.

First Term Reporting
JK, and Grades 1 -8 report cards will be sent home on Monday, February 8th. Please note that parent/teacher interviews for this round of reporting will be arranged only as needed by the teacher, or if requested by the parent. Teachers will be contacting parents for any students that require an interview.

Cardboard Boat Race
On January 27, Swansea Public School hosted the annual Skills Canada Elementary Cardboard Boat Race. Thirty teams from schools across the GTA and beyond were invited to compete at this event, testing the students’ ability to design and build a floating structure that would outperform all others in speed and weight challenges. For several weeks, a group of senior Swansea students worked with M. Pigeon in the science lab and at the pool designing, building, and testing their floating structures. The 2016 edition of the Cardboard Boat Race was a great success, and our students represented Swansea very well at this fun-filled exciting STEM event.
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Next Sub Day
The second Sub Day is this Tuesday Feb. 9th for gr 7 and 8 students.
Please note: there will be a special Sub Day on Tuesday February 16th for gr 6 students who are away on Feb. 9th.

Scrabble Tournament Volunteers Needed
Swansea School is once again hosting the West End Scrabble Tournament and parent volunteers are needed. No knowledge of Scrabble is necessary! The tournament is in the Swansea gym on Thursday, March 3. Volunteer shifts are maximum two hours long, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. To sign up, send an email to michellehuangeditorial@gmail.com

Come out to support our Swansea Scrabble teams as well as scores of other students from across the west end!

Parking
As parking remains to be a safety issue at Swansea, Police Officers will continue to come and administer tickets to offenders. We’re also moving forward with the plan for our “Kiss n Ride” or “Drop Zone”. Thank you to those parents who have already come forward with either their ideas or offers of assistance. However, in order for this to work we require many more volunteers that are able to give 15 minutes of their time at either pick up or drop off once or twice a week. These essential volunteers would be escorting groups of kids safely from their cars to the schoolyard. Able parents are encouraged to contact hollystoddart@gmail.com.

In the meantime, please read this great article recently posted in the Toronto Star:
http://m.thestar.com/#/article/yourtoronto/education/2016/01/20/parents-dangerous-

Also, some research completed by, Parachute Canada, on child pedestrian incidents containing important facts and injury Child Pedestrian Incidents – Fact Sheet

TDSB Parent Conference 2016: Parents as Partners Save-the-Date: April 16, 2016
The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities’ Parent Academies are partnering to bring one INCLUSIVE conference on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Registration information will follow. Please see the attached SaveTheDate for details.

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