As some of you know, the family that OOOPS helped sponsor to settle in Toronto from Syria arrived in February. We worked with other schools in the area, from which many generous people gave of their time, energy, creativity and money. Thank you to everyone of course.
The kids at OOOPS and the other schools have also been very interested, supportive and curious about this initiative, taking this chance to learn more about Syria and the plight of refugees to the types of vegetables commonly used in Syrian cooking (which they have planted in our school garden!)
We thought that you’d all like to know a bit more about how the family is settling in – as would your kids – so are sharing this brief but excellent update. The family took part in preparing this and have approved sending it to you. They are also coming to our Fun Fair on June 17th to get to know us a little too.
Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!
Click link to see pictures: Update – Family from Syria settles in
The purpose of this letter is to update parents/guardians on the timeline for elementary student progress reporting for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.
Grades 1 to 8:
Reporting Dates for Students in Grades 1 to 8 – December 2015 to June 2016
Junior and Senior Kindergarten:
We value the ongoing, meaningful communication between the home and school to support student learning. Students learn best when parents and educators work together. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, we invite you to contact your child’s teacher directly.
Director of Education
Today we launch our fundraising initiative to sponsor a Syrian refugee family in partnership with Givins-Shaw and First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Once we are matched with a family, they will provide mentorship to our volunteer team. We will identify a family here with relatives who are Syrian refugees. This process takes approximately 6-9 months.
If you would like to participate in our school initiative, please go to our campaign page 1000schools.ca/OOOPS.
We are going to be holding a popcorn sale on Tuesday November 24 to involve the children in the fundraising effort. All bags will be $2. As well Dewson is working on an educational component to be shared with teachers and parents.
Here are two videos of Angelina Jolie-Pitt visiting Syrian children in a refugee camp in Lebanon, in 2014 and then one year later.