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Welcome back to all!!
As the students return to school, it is a great pleasure to see how excited the children are to renew their friendships and to make new friends. Learning about school routines and meeting new teachers is also a high point during this early period of time.
A special welcome is extended to our new families. It is our hope that you will feel informed and comfortable with the many school experiences that will occur this school year. All parents will be kept informed through “Apple Seeds”, a newsletter distributed on the last Friday of every month, either by email, or by hard copy for those families who do not have internet.
I invite all of you to please familiarize yourselves with our Mission Statement which stresses that we all have a role in the education and development of our children. As we work towards meeting our common goals, open communication with your child’s teachers and with the administration is of paramount importance in making your child’s school year a positive experience.
Please join me in welcoming our new staff members: Kevin Maxted (JK/SK Teacher), Parvinder Khurana (ECE), Michael O’Brien (Head Caretaker) and Angie Theofilopoulos (1/2 Teacher) who will be filling in for Dina Ikosipentarhos during her leave. BIG THANKS to the custodial team for giving us a gleaming, shiny school to start our year.
For safety purposes, our school has a buzzer system which is Ministry mandated. It is important that you please get your children to school on time. We strongly urge you to get your children to school on time to avoid frustration and disruption to everyone’s learning. Doors will be locked at 8:40 a.m. Buzzer doors will be operated after the playing of O Canada. Parents/students wishing to enter the school after this time will have to “buzz in”. Our aim is to continue to serve our community, however, please remember that we have only one person in the office responsible for letting people in, along with all the other daily duties. At the end of the day, doors will be opened at 3:19 p.m. Parents rriving earlier than 3:19 are asked to go directly into the back school yard via the south driveway where students will be dismissed at 3:20, once the playground construction is completed (in approximately 1 month). Please do not walk through the Kindergarten play area to reach the back. The daycare staff is supervising the children and it will be difficult for them to do so if there is traffic through that area.
Kindergarten students will continue to be dismissed at the side door from Room 9 and 10. Students from Room 15 will be dismissed outside of the central doors. We will be reinforcing that there is to be no loitering in the halls and no adults in the school unless they are volunteering or meeting with a staff member. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thanks to everyone for ensuring a successful beginning to the school year. I look forward to reacquainting myself with the children and their families as well as getting to know all the new students who have joined our school community.
Let’s work together to ensure that we make this school year the best it can be for the children.
FRIDAY MAY 23RD
6:30 IN THE STAFFROOM
We have moved this month’s council meeting in order to meet with Councilor Mike Layton.
We have invited him to the meeting to discuss the Kindergarten Playground, located south of the building.
There are more kids than ever using the space due to full day kindergarten and before and after programs. The playground needs to be renovated because it is an unsafe and an unacceptable area for our children.
Below are just some of the issues and concerns we have:
- eroding dirt/mud slopes that are too steep for play, where no vegetation will grow
- exposed retaining wall foundations
- fall heights greater than allowable
- fences that are climbable, too short, or are not installed to code
- too much asphalt – heat island effect, poor drainage/infiltration, deteriorating
- surface, we would like more green space for our kids
- storage shed is a barrier and obstacle (creates hiding opportunity)
We have some wonderful ideas and a new design proposal for this space, (thanks to the generosity of one of our parents), which will have a positive effect on the entire yard and the school population.
But these things costs money.
We are committed to raising funds to make this happen, but it will take time and energy from all of us. We will be asking Mr. Layton for his support and guidance in using local community resources where available.
We will be working with the TDSB to find solutions that are financially viable and acceptable to everyone.
This meeting will also be the first time we are sharing the proposed design for the space.
This is a very important meeting so please come out to show your support and to show Mr. Layton that we are a united and strong community.
Childcare and pizza will be provided.
DAY OF PINK
is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities (http://www.dayofpink.org/en/info).
We invite everyone to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and participating in our activities.
PLEASE SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL WEARING PINK ON APRIL 9TH
Additionally, we will be holding a bake sale of pink cupcakes and cookies and treats. All proceeds will go towards this important cause.
WE NEED BAKERS!
WE NEED SELLERS!
Please respond to Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
All baked goods need to be dropped off to the staff room by 8:15 am on the 9th.
Thanks for participating!