January 2020 News

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that all of our students, their families and staff enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing holiday.

The final few weeks of 2019 proved to be very exciting and educational for our students and staff. We kicked off December by participating in the TDSB’s Hour of Code Week. Our annual food drive wrapped up as a huge success with over 700lbs of non-perishable food collected. Special thanks to Mme Rovas and the Students Leaders group for organizing the drive.

This year’s concert theme was Winter Around the World. The students who performed did an amazing job. Special thanks to Ms Warson for directing, Mme Dibon-Smith (programs and backstage support), Mme Mahaney (set design) and all the homeroom teachers that helped support their classes, decorated the gym and worked behind the scenes.

Student safety is a priority at all TDSB schools. As the temperatures continue to fall we are reminded that winter is here to stay for a while. Safe behaviours are reviewed regularly with students at all times but during the winter months our focus moves to not throwing snow nor sliding on ice as children can get hurt. Reinforcing this with your children is always appreciated. Please do remember to dress your child appropriately for the weather – hats, gloves jackets, snow pants and boots are essential for our students to enjoy the outdoors daily through the winter months. Families are also reminded to be cautious of children in the parking lot and please do not park in the PSP student drop off area.

Our students in Grades 1- 5 are looking forward to this year’s skating program which begins the week of January 14th. Classes will be skating for a double period every other week. Please return permission forms sent out in December as soon as possible and look for specific dates and times from your homeroom teachers.

This year our grade 4 students will be participating in the Swim to Survive program. The programme is offered in partnership with City of Toronto, the TDSB and the Lifesaving Society so there is no cost to your school or students! The Swim to Survive program teaches children three skills as a sequence: a roll entry into water, treading water for one minute and swimming two laps continuously. Each group of students receives three classes of in-water instruction that are approximately 45 minutes in length. Students will be bringing home more information in the New Year.

Looking forward to an amazing 2020!
M. Kanalec