Principal's Blog

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We hope this finds all of our students and families well. Upon receiving the news that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed until at least May 31, we continue to move along on our journey of remote learning and teaching. Our primary focus remains the health and well-being of our students, staff and their families, while continuing to support students learning at home in a variety of
ways.

Our staff have embraced the Google classroom learning platform. Many have started to use video conferencing to connect with students remotely based on their own knowledge and comfort level as well as consideration of student and family circumstances. It is important for students and families to remember that remote learning for each class will be different and is based on the teacher’s professional judgement. Educators are welcome to use video conferencing but are not required to do so. The common goal is to
engage all students through a variety of different ways and using different strategies and online tools.

Watching your child participate in a virtual meeting with their classmates and teacher for the very first time can be an exciting event. There may be the temptation to photograph or record the session as a keepsake or to share with family/friends. Please note that any recording (video, audio, or picture) of any online activity either for personal or public use is not permitted and goes against TDSB’s Online Code of Conduct. As we participate in various online activities whether it be through G Suite for
Education or other supported online resources we are committed to everyone’s privacy, safety and well-being. Thank you for your continued support of our ‘Learn at Home’ initiative.

As we head into the final stretch of the 2019- 2020 school year the planning and organization process for next September has already begun. I want to reassure parents that staff and administration put a great deal of time and thought into the organizing of classroom groupings each year taking into account the Ministry of Education’s Primary Class Size which places a ‘hard cap’ of 20 students in Primary classes (Gr.1- 3). Teachers will meet with school administration to discuss the needs of each student. The
following factors are taken into consideration:

  • The academic needs and learning style of the child
  • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child
  • Support programs – care is taken when placing students who are supported by
  • special programs i.e. IEPs, Special Education, ESL
  • A range of ability levels of the students in the class
  • The class size (primary caps)
  • Parental input shared with the teachers regarding the following:
    • Academic needs and learning style of their child
    • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child.

(Please note requests for specific teachers will not be entertained.)

We appreciate your trust in our professional judgement in balancing the considerations mentioned above.


Keep well and keep safe!
M. Kanalec

Dear Parents/Guardians,


As we head into the final stretch of the 2017-2018 school year the
planning and organization process for next September has already begun.
I want to reassure parents that staff and administration put a great deal of
time and thought into the organizing of classroom groupings each year
taking into account the Ministry of Education’s Primary Class Size which
places a ‘hard cap’ of 20 students in Primary classes (Gr.1- 3). Teachers
will meet with school administration to discuss the needs of each student.
The following factors are taken into consideration:

  • The academic needs and learning style of the child
  • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child
  • Support programs – care is taken when placing children who are withdrawn for special programs i.e. Special Ed., ESL
  • A range of ability levels of the students in the class
  • The class size (primary caps)
  • Balance of males/females where possible
  • Parental input shared with the teachers regarding the following:
    • Academic needs and learning style of their child
    • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child.
      (Please note requests for specific teachers will not be entertained)

We appreciate your trust in our professional judgement in balancing the
considerations mentioned above. The final decision for class placements
is the responsibility of the Principal.

March came in like a lion and we hope that it exits more like a lamb.
Cooler than normal temperatures have lingered and we are anticipating a
wet April. Please ensure your child has the appropriate spring weather
wear – splash pants, boots and rain jackets along with a spare change of
clothes.

We have transitioned from skating to swimming. The grade 3, 4 and 5
students were excited to start their 9 week swimming program this past
Tuesday. Our Eco-School Team led us in celebrating the Big Gulp on
March 22. We tracked how many students and staff used reusable water
bottles and learned the importance on not purchasing and using plastic
water bottles that were harmful to the environment.


Wishing all of our students, families and staff a wonderful Easter long
weekend.,

Mr. Kanalec

 Thank you to all parents/guardians who attended interviews during the month of February. Ongoing home and school communication is integral to your child’s success and we will continue to work in partnership to support every student in their learning. We appreciate all the very positive comments and feedback from parents and their ongoing support of our dedicated staff as we work together for the common goal of supporting every child’s success. 

The office was extremely busy with kindergarten registrations this past month. Families of newly registered kindergarten students will be able to meet with teachers and staff as well as representatives of our School Council and partner groups of the Alderwood Centre when we open our doors during Education week in May. 

Earlier this week we email blasted out a very important update from the TDSB regarding the change to our bell times for the upcoming year. Please note that the FDK dismissal times will continue to be staggered for next year. 

As of September 2020, the start and end times of our school will change to: 

  • Kindergarten and Grades 1-5 Start time (morning bell): 8:35 a.m. 
  • Kindergarten end time (afternoon bell): 2:50 p.m. 
  • Gr 1-5 end time (afternoon bell): 3:10 p.m. 

Please note that supervision will continue to be provided 15 minutes before the morning bell and 15 minutes after the afternoon bell. 

The lost and found has become a happening place over the winter months. Please remind your child or make time as a family to drop by to reclaim misplaced items. All unclaimed items will be bundle up and donated. 

We expect the erratic weather to continue into March. Please send along extra clothing such as socks, and pants with your child/children. Indoor and outdoor shoes are a must. We monitor the outdoor conditions very closely on a daily basis to ensure that our students are not at risk to extreme temperatures and conditions. The icing over of our entire field and colas has made it necessary to have a number of indoor recesses. As a staff we make every effort to ensure that on these indoor days we offer DPA for our students or take them on walks on the salted sidewalks in the community so that they benefit from some fresh air. 

We have also had an extra active cold and flu season amongst our students and staff. Please remember to always protect yourself; wash your hands; cover your cough and sneeze into something other than your hands. 

From all of us here at SAB – we would like to wish all of our students and their families a wonderful and safe March Break 

Yours in partnership, 

M. Kanalec