Weekly Update for January 28, 2016

Additional PA Day for TDSB: April 15, 2016
Additional PA Day Letter information has been added to the calendars of all schools in the TDSB.

Social Media Presentation
A social media presentation was held at Swansea this week. Two Social Media Information Brief were presented by Chris Vollum: a daytime session for Gr. 5 – 8 students and an evening session for parents. We have attached the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Privacy Tips from these workshops if you were unable to attend. Chris shared a number of social platforms and apps, as well as strategies to focus on building character, integrity, values and influence online while minimizing the risk of bullying, cyber-bullying and loss of reputation.

We would like to thank the Swansea Parent Council, and Chair of Education, Tiffany Scobie, for organizing this speaker.

Junior Kindergarten Registration
Registration packages will be available at the Swansea P.S. office from Feb 1st through to Feb 22nd. Registration forms included in this package are to be completed and returned for processing on the date specified in the package—either Feb. 23rd or Feb. 25th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Your child may also attend on the registration date for a JK orientation and tour.

If you are not able to pick up the registration package and forms during school hours, you may contact the office at 416-393-9080 to make an alternate arrangement.

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. Please contact your child’s teacher, after Feb. 8th, if you wish to make an appointment.

Family Literacy Day
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.
We encourage Swansea families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together every day. For a list of 15 new activities for 2016, please visit: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/15-minutes-of-fun

Valentine’s Day Cards Fundraiser
The Neighbourhood DoDads FUNdraiser will be sending home an envelope containing your child’s beautiful, handmade artwork to be made into Valentine’s Cards that could distributed to classmates and friends. This order envelope needs to be filled out and returned back to their teacher no later than Friday, January 29th, so that the students can write on their cards and distribute them to their classmates and friends in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Holiday Greetings card campaign raised almost $1,000 for the school and we are looking forward to continuing to raise funds for Swansea PS!!!

Grade 8 Grad Dance Committee – Volunteers Needed
In a few short months the class of 2016 will graduate from Swansea PS. In keeping with tradition, grade 8 parents organize a dance for the graduates to follow the graduation ceremony (which will be held on Tuesday June 28th). If you are interested in helping plan this event the first meeting of the Grad Dance Committee will be held in the school library on Thursday January 28th at 6:45pm. If you cannot attend but would like to help out please contact megan.davies@sympatico.ca

Creative Club – Lego Club Starts today!
Gr 1s and Gr 2s from Ms. Bruni and Mr. Allen will start Thursday January 28th and will participate in the program every Thursday for 5 weeks at lunchtime until February 25th.

Gr 2s from Ms Mark’s class and Mr Ramanauskas and Gr 3s from Ms Awrey and Ms Romano’s class will start Friday January 29th, every Friday for 5 weeks at lunchtime until March 4th (due to the PD day on Feb. 12th).

Gr 3s from Ms Kye’s class and the Gr4s from Mme Yam, Ms Sandhu, Ms Wright, Ms Chatterjee, and the Gr 4s from Ms Romano’s class will start the program Friday January 29th, every Friday for 5 weeks at lunchtime until March 4th (due to the PD day on Feb. 12th).

Gr 4s from Mme Munt’s class and all the Gr 5s and 6s will start the program Thursday March 3rd and will participate in the program every Thursday for 5 weeks at lunchtime until April 7th (due to March Break).

We’re looking for interested volunteers to help combat the parking issues at Swansea. One idea that we’re looking at piloting in the spring is the Parent Safety Program’s Kiss n’ Ride. We would also welcome any other ideas that you may have. Please contact hollystoddart@gmail.com for further information. Thank you!

What is the Parent Safety Program?
• The main purpose of the PSP is to eliminate or at least reduce the number of traffic hazards, which create a safety risk for children
• It is a Community based, non-confrontational program
• The program creates an organized “kiss ‘n’ ride” zone at the school during drop off and pick up
• The program depends on the active involvement of concerned parent volunteers

Gr 7 & 8 Immunization Clinic by TPH
Toronto Public Health (TPH) nurses will be at Swansea PS on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – AM to provide vaccines for Grade 7 and 8 students who require meningococcal vaccine. Please note that Meningococcal vaccine is now mandatory. Students who are not up to date can be suspended from school. TPH nurses will also immunize Grade 7 and 8 students who missed their hepatitis B vaccine at first clinic and Grade 8 female students who missed their human papillomavirus vaccine at first clinic.

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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