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October News

October News

Welcome back once again to all our returning and new families.  The students and staff have all settled into their new routines. Thank you to the families that have returned their hard copy and online data verification packages – if you have not returned the hard copies please do so as soon as possible.  If you are still not able to access the online forms please contact the office for assistance. We are excited to be using School Cash Online this year and have piloted it as part of the ordering of School Council lunches – we appreciate your patience as we learn the new system.  

School Council kicked off two fall fundraising campaigns – the Big Box of Cards and World’s Finest Chocolate.  Special thanks to the Council volunteers that are leading these campaigns. 

Two very successful fire drills as well as a lockdown practice were held in September. One additional fire drill will be carried out in October. Our Safe and Caring Schools Committee will be meeting next week to audit the safety of the school/grounds and  to discuss school climate. The committee would like to thank the Council for sponsoring the new Sensory Pathway that was installed in our main hall. On September 26th we ran to remember Terry Fox in support of the Cancer Society and on the 30th we wore Orange  to recognize the harm that the Residential School System did to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children and to recognize that “Every Child Matters” 

The Cross Country Team has trained hard in preparation for their first meet at Centennial Park on October 2nd.  Thanks goes out to Ms. Vucinich and Mme Pappalardo for leading the team as well as the other staff coaches and parent volunteers for supporting the team.  Thank you as well to Mme Rovas for starting up the kilometer club – this has helped not only our athletes in their training but also the overall fitness of our students and staff.

Friday October 11th is a professional learning day for staff.  The school will not be open for students. We look forward to working together as a team on school improvement priorities and compliance/mandatory training.

On behalf of all the staff at SAB we would like to wish all our students and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend.

Yours in education,

M. Kanalec

STEM – Online Resources

STEM – Online Resources

The STEM resources listed below are available to students via their STEM Google Classroom or via this website. Login credentials are provided in class. Students are encouraged to login at home if they wish, however, very rarely are any of the resources assigned as homework.

Access codes are provided by Mr. Gard. Please speak with him or send him an email if your child is having difficulty accessing these resources from home.

In order to gain access to Google Classroom, students should use the Chrome browser and login via AW. AW is the TDSB’s intranet that authenticates their access to Google’s suite of education products, including Google Calssroom.

Academic Workspace (AW)

Resource Type Information Link

Defined STEM is a K-12 project based learning solution that provides engaging, authentic lessons built around careers. Our cross-curricular projects provide opportunities for students to deepen understanding and apply their knowledge in real world scenarios.

(Grades 1-5) (Available November 1, 2019)

Students have their own login credentials.

Defined STEM
Knowledehook Math

Knowledgehook is an excellent resource connected to the Ontario Math curriculum that enables students to practice their math skills in an engaging environment.

(Grades 3-5)

Students have their own login credentials.

mPower Math

mPower is TVO’s online math/STEM program that is aligned with to the Ontario Math Curriculum. Teachers can assign accounts or parents can create accounts for their children.

(Grades K-6)

Login accounts can be created by teachers or parents. Mr. Gard does not assign mPower accounts in his STEM program.

Microsoft MakeCode Block coding

Microsoft MakeCode can be used to code various devices including Micro:bits, Playground Express cards, Lego, and Cue. We used this resource in our Innovator’s Club last year.

(Grades 1-5)

SAM Labs IOT, Block Coding

A Block coding resource for SAM Labs IOT equipment, Micro:bits, Sphero Sprks, and other devices. We will use it exclusively with SAM Labs. 

(Grades 4-5)

Google Workbench
Scratch Block Coding

Scratch is a popular online block coding program developed and maintained at MIT. We use this resource to teach students the basics of coding.

(Grades 1-5)

All students have their own login credentials.


School Start-UP Forms – Online

School Start-Up Forms – Online

The TDSB is moving to collecting School Start Up Forms online this year using Permission Click. These forms include Walking Excursion, Severe Weather, Use of Technology, Media Consent Release, Code of Conduct and Medical Forms.  

 A broadcast message will be sent by TDSB to all parents/guardians (priority 1 or 2 contacts with an email recorded in Trillium) through School Messenger on Thursday, August 30, 2019 to communicate the new process for digital forms.

An email will automatically be sent to the parent/guardian who is the primary or secondary contact (Priority 1 or 2) with an email in Trillium. The email will include a link for parents/guardians to complete the forms for each of their children and will be sent the next school day after attendance is taken and the student becomes active for the current school year. The email will come from the email address.

About Us

Ecole Sir Adam Beck JS is a dynamic dual-track English and French Immersion TDSB public school located in the idyllic Alderwood community in Toronto, ON. We belong to the TDSB’s Learning Centre 4 and Ward 3. Mr. Michael Kanalec serves as our Principal and Mrs. Amira Kamel-Zia as our Vice Principal.