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November 14, 2016

Hello Armour Heights Families:



I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Thank you to all the families who have donated coats, snowpants, mitts, boots and hats to help children stay warm this winter. Some of these items will be kept at Armour Heights to help students who may forget to dress for the weather. We will also send some winter wear to some neighbouring schools and/ or community organizations to help others stay safe in the coming months. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and consideration. Many students have suggested the need for a Food Drive and a Health and Hygiene Drive, so please stay tuned for updates. At Armour Heights we want to recognize needs locally and globally and empower our students to take action. Thank you again for your continued support.

Please make sure that you have a valid Armour Heights decal displayed in your vehicle. Parking enforcement will be visiting in the coming weeks to ticket vehicles that are not permitted to park in our lot. Please also be advised that vehicles are not permitted in the ‘Bus Loading Zone’ at any time and you may not leave your car unattended in the ‘Kiss n’ Ride’ area. Cars parked illegally are subject to ticketing.



Every year we look at short term and long term plans and objectives and review our School Improvement Plan. For 2016-2017, we are focused on growth in 3 key areas: Student Achievement, Equity and Well-Being. We utilize a variety of data sources to inform our practice, such as report card data, attitude surveys, school climate surveys, EQAO results and ongoing assessments. On Tuesday, November 29th at 9:00am, I welcome parents/ guardians to join me as we review our School Improvement Plan and discuss strategies to help us achieve our goals both at school and at home. Your persective is an important part of this process and I encourage you to attend on the 29th.

Finally, Armour Heights is a nut-free school. Students are not permitted to bring any foods that may contain nuts of any kind (i.e, Nutella, peanut butter cookies, chocolates with peanuts, etc.). We are also allergy aware, which means that students are asked to refrain from bringing certain foods, depending on the classroom and risks of exposure to other children with fatal allergies. For example, there are students with severe fish, egg, sesame, shell fish allergies and we ask that families are mindful of such classroom allergies and refrain from sending foods with fatal allergens. Your child`s teacher and/ or classroom parent will be sending a reminder of allergy alerts in your child(ren)`s classroom(s). Thank you for your help in keeping all of our children safe.

Important Items for This Week:



Monday- Day 3



No Choir

Robotics at 3:30pm



Tuesday- Day 4

Robotics at Lunch



Wednesday- Day 5

No Choir



Thursday- Day 1

Pizza Lunch

Parent- Teacher Conferences (Evening)

Friday- PA DAY

Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

Athletics

Programs

Upcoming Dates:

November 29- Parent Engagement Meeting at 9am (School Improvement Plan Focus)

December 1- Pizza Lunch

December 2- PA Day

December 6- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 8- Winter Concert at 6pm (For 2/3s, 3 and 5/6s)

Have a wonderful week,

C. Birnbaum


November 7, 2016



Hello Armour Heights Families:

This Friday, November 11th we are inviting the Armour Heights students to please dress in a red shirt (or pink) to honour the brave men and women who have served and are serving our country. We look forward to all the students participating in our ceremony and showing their pride in being Canadian. Please note that parents are welcome you to attend our ceremony as well. Please let Ms. Rosenberg know (peninah.bader-rosenberg@tdsb.on.ca) by Thursday if you are planning to attend, so that we have the gymnasium set up correctly. Our aim is to have the students down in the gym for 10:30 to start our ceremony.

Parking Lot Reminders

Thank you very much for respecting the procedures in place for keeping our students and families safe in our parking lots. Please remember to drive slowly through our lot and follow the one-way loop. Parking spaces will open up and the flow of traffic is manageable when drivers do not stop and/ or double park.

If you are using the “Kiss n’ Ride" lane in the morning, please make sure that your child is able to get out of the car quickly and independently. Children are expected to exit the vehicle on the passenger side (by the sidewalk), not on the driver’s side. Finally, there is not a benefit to letting your child out of the vehicle at the back of the lane. Please wait in the queue and pull up to the front of the Kiss n’ Ride lane to let your child out. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Items for This Week:

Monday- Day 3

Choir at lunch (Grade 2-4)

Robotics (3:30-5)

Tuesday- Day 4

Robotics at lunch

Wednesday- Day 5

Choir at lunch (Grade 5-6)

Thursday- Day 1

Friday- Day 2

Remembrance Day Assembly begins at 10:30

Athletics

Programs

Upcoming Dates:

November 15- Progress Reports go home (SK- Grade 6)

November 17- Pizza Lunch

November 17- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 18- PA Day (AM Parent Teacher Conferences)

December 1- Pizza Lunch

December 2- PA Day

December 6- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 8- Winter Concert at 6pm (for 2/3s, 3 and 5/6s)




October 26, 2016

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope your week is off to a great start. There are some exciting things happening at Armour Heights! As you may have heard, our students in grades 1-3 will begin skating in November following a rotating schedule. Also, our grade 4, 5 and 6 students will be swimming this year at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. Please look out for forms indicating your child’s scheduled dates and times, which extend into March.

Halloween:

Next week is Halloween and we recognize that not all students and families observe this celebration. At Armour Heights, there will be some classroom parties and festivities on Monday afternoon. Please inform your child’s teacher if you would prefer that your child not participate in Halloween festivities. We are committed to prviding an inclusive environment by ensuring that all students feel welcomed and that all children are engaged in meaningful programming every school day. 

Please remember the following expectations for Halloween:

  • Costumes for school may not depict violence (blood, weapons, etc.)
  • Fake weapons (guns, swords, knives, etc.) are not permitted at school, as per our Safe School Policy
  • Costumes are to be worn in the afternoon only UNLESS OHERWISE SPECIFIED BY THE CLASSROOM TEACHER
  • Students must be prepared for a day of learning on Monday

Program Area Review Team (PART) Update:

I would like to recognize the commitment and dedication of our parent community. Thank you to those parents/ guardians who took the time to attend the Program Area Review Team (PART) community consultation meetings last week. Many voices were heard from the Armour Heights Community advocating in the best interest of our students and families. Yesterday there was a final PART Committee meeting and it was decided that a proposal to have Armour Heights PS remain a Kindergarten to Grade 6 School will be presented to the Board of Trustees on November 23, 2016. We need to recognize the efforts of our FSA Co-Presidents Krista McClure and Mary Beth White, who presented the needs of the Armour Heights community with sincerity and passion. I truly appreciate their leadership and time spent engaging the community and advocating on behalf of our students and families. I will continue to keep you updated.





Address Verification:

Armour Heights Public School is currently closed to optional attendance. This means that we are unable to accept students living outside our designated boundaries (based on home address). We will be conducting a review of home addresses in the coming weeks. If you have moved and you no longer reside within our boundaries, we are not able to accommodate your child. Please notify the office immediately of any address changes (for student safety and for boundary review purposes). Families who inform the school of such changes will have the opportunity to discuss transition timelines. Those who choose not to disclose changes of address may be subject to a more abrupt school change, which is not in the best interest of your child(ren). Please click HERE to explore our school boundaries.Please note that the optional attendance status is updated every January for admission in September. Our status in currently CLOSED.





Parking Lot Reminders:

Please remember that the Visitor’s Parking Lot (East Lot) is a one-way loop. Vehicles must enter the lot off of Belgrave and stay to the right. The Kiss n’ Ride Lane is to be used only if your child(ren) is/ are able to enter or exit the vehicle safely and independently. Please do not idle or leave your vehicle unattended in this lane. If you plan on leaving your car, you must find a parking spot. If you do not find a spot initially, please continue driving SLOWLY around the loop until a spot becomes available. Please do not park in front of the dumpsters or in the bus lanes. Finally, please make sure that you have an Armour Heights decal displayed in your vehicle if you are parking in our lot.

Important Items for This Week:

Wednesday- Day 5

  • Grade 5/6  Choir at Lunch

Thursday- Day 1

Friday- Day 2

  • Robotics at Lunch

Athletics

Programs

Upcoming Dates:

November 1- Sight and Sound Clinic

November 2- Photo Retakes

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 15- Progress Reports go home (SK- Grade 6)

November 17- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 18- PA Day (AM Parent Teacher Conferences)

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


October 17, 2016



Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We have an eventful week ahead. We are really excited to kick off our Fall Book Fair. A huge thank you to Mrs. Pearl and the volunteers who have made this opportunity possible for our students. Please click HERE for a schedule for this week, along with some FALL BOOK FAIR INFORMATION.

As you know, there is currently a Program Area Review (PART) underway and you received some information about this through a letter that went home with your child. There are two public consultation meetings taking place this week on Monday and on Thursday at York Mills CI at 7:00pm. It is important to review the different scenarios presented as related to schools eventually feeding into York Mills and affiliated feeder schools (i.e. St. Andrew’s JHS). You may find information about this process, including minutes from previous meeting HERE. Please pay particular attention to the ways these scenarios impact not only Armour Heights, but the other feeder schools as well. For more information, please visit:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/StrategyPlanning/CommunityInvolvement.aspx

Select “Program Area Reviews” from the first drop down and then select “2016 - York Mills CI Cluster Review JHS” from the next drop down menu.

Please consider joining us for our first FSA Meeting of 2016-2017. We will be meeting in the Staff Room on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. I will spend some time sharing some information about the PART process noted above, along with some school improvement priorities as related to various sources of data, particularly EQAO. Child-minding will be made available upon request. Please email me before 4pm on Monday to secure a spot for your school-aged child.  I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Important Items for This Week:

Monday- Day 3

Book Fair

Choir (Grade 2-4) at lunch

Robotics (3:20- 5:00)

(Program Area Review Team) PART Public Meeting at York Mills CI at 7pm

 

Tuesday- Day 4

Book Fair

FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Wednesday- Day 5

Choir (Grade 5-6)

 

Thursday- Day 1

Book Fair

PART Public Meeting at York Mills CI at 7pm

 

Friday- Day 2

Robotics (11:45- 12:30)

 

Athletics

Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 1- Sight and Sound Clinic

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 15- Progress Reports go home (SK- Grade 6)

November 17- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 18- PA Day (AM Parent Teacher Conferences)

Have a fabulous week,

C. Birnbaum






September 28, 2016



Hello Armour Heights Families:

I am very excited to welcome families to Curriculum Night tomorrow evening. Please remember that we will be starting in the gym with a welcome and brief introduction at 6:30pm. There will be two classroom presentations. The first classroom presentation will begin at approximately 6:45 and the second classroom presentation will begin at approximately 7:15 (there will be announcements to indicate timing). Please email corey.birnbaum@tdsb.on.ca if you require child minding. In your message, please indicate the number of children requiring care during Curriculum Night.

 Orange Shirt Day

At Armour Heights we are very committed to teaching and learning about the perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Each day we acknowledge the traditional territories upon which our school is situated and we try to incorporate indigenous teachings and perspectives at all grade levels. On Friday, we will be commemorating ‘Orange Shirt Day’ at Armour Heights by asking that all students and staff wear an article of orange clothing.

Phyllis Webstad, a member of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation in British Columbia, was forced to attend St. Joseph's Mission Residential School, as her relatives before her. She entered the school in 1973 wearing a brand new orange shirt which was immediately confiscated by the staff and replaced with a uniform.  She never saw the shirt again, and began to associate the colour with the traumatic experiences in the school and the loss of language and cultural identity she suffered.

 

In 2013, Webstad transformed her negative experiences into something positive by creating a Nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day.  Celebrated annually on September 30th, this day acknowledges the residential school system in Canada, honours those who survived, and remembers those who did not.  It is a day to demonstrate, by wearing orange, that all students matter.

 

Orange Shirt Day has been marked in schools across Canada in a variety of ways, including Orange Ribbon campaigns, commemorative walks, and wearing orange shirts. Over 6,500 survivor statements have been collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which concluded in 2016 after six years of research and testimonies.  Senator Murray Sinclair has stated that “reconciliation must fall in the hands of Canadians, not solely with Indigenous peoples.”  Ultimately, wearing orange shirts on 30 September is a visual reminder of our shared past as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in shaping our shared future.







Thank you for your continued partnership,







C. Birnbaum






September 26, 2016







Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. I apologize for the late-breaking update for this week. We have an exciting week ahead and I look forward to seeing families at Curriculum Night on Thursday evening beginning at 6:30pm. Curriculum Night will kick off in the gym with staff introductions, updates from Mr. Barta, Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Pearl as well as a brief overview of school priorities for 2016-2017. Our first classroom presentations will begin at 6:45 and the second group of classroom presentations will begin at 7:15. Please be on time for classroom presentations as you don't want to miss out on important information. Once again, I am excited to see parents/ guardians at Armour Heights on Thursday night.

Recently, I have received a number of calls or emails regarding classroom routines, schedules and/ or conflicts. Although, I am more than happy to help find answers to such questions or alleviate concerns, it is often best to speak to your child's teacher first. More often than not, misunderstandings and/ or conflicts can be resolved more efficiently by your child's teacher. If you are not able to resolve the matter after speaking with your child's teacher, I am here to support and work together to resolve any conflict or matter that may arise.

A note from Mr. Offor...

Mr. Offor's class is learning to knit.

It's a great way to learn about art, creativity and patience.

However, we are short on supplies.

If you have knitting needles you could donate, size 7 or 8, we would really appreciate your help.  If you know of anyone who might be able to donate some needles of that size, please spread the word.

Also, if you have extra yarn that you would like to get rid of, we would be happy to use it to make some scarves.

Thank you!

Important Items for this Week:









  • Choir (Grades 2-4) on Monday *Please email Tanya if your child is interested tanyahenderson@rogers.com
  • Lice Check on Tuesday
  • Choir (Grades 5-6) on Wednesday *Please email Tanya if your child is interested tanyahenderson@rogers.com
  • Terry Fox Run on Thursday
  • Curriculum Night at 6:30pm on Thursday
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

October 5- Photo Day

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

October 18- FSA Meeting

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 15- Progress Reports go home (SK- Grade 6)

November 17- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 18- PA Day- (AM Parent Teacher Conferences)

Have a great week,

C. BIrnbaum


September 26, 2016

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Every September, schools review actual student enrolment as compared to initial projections from last April, and reorganize classes where required. We do our best to plan for the new school year, but there are always factors, such as new or departing students, that might affect how classrooms are organized. In addition, to ensure smaller class sizes, the Ministry of Education sets out specific class size requirements to benefit student learning.

As a result of changing student enrolment at our school, we will need to reorganize the Kindergarten classrooms to best support our students. This means that we will be closing one Kindergarten classroom and students from room 110 will be moving to rooms 103 or 104. Families of those students directly impacted have been contacted by phone and a letter home. Changes to classes at our school will take place by Monday, September 26, 2016.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Rodriguez for over two years of service to the students, staff and families in the Armour Heights Community. She has gotten to know many of our students as a Primary Drama, Dance and Music Teacher last year and we will miss her very much. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Rodriguez. We wish her the very best in her new role at Highfield Junior School.

We know that for students and parents, changing classes may be difficult and may require an adjustment period. Students will be supported as they transition through these classroom changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher. 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

C. Birnbaum


September 19, 2016































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was wonderful to see so many families at our Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday. Thank you again to the AHFSA for organizing this event and many thanks to our staff and families for supporting the BBQ. I look forward to seeing you at our New Family Welcome on Tuesday morning at 9am in the Staff Room. This will be a great opportunity to meet some other families who are new to Armour Heights and some volunteers on our School Council (AHFSA). I am also looking forward to seeing you again at Curriculum Night on September 29th at 6:30pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

1)   If you plan on volunteering at school (i.e., Field Trips, Pizza Lunches, Scientist in Schools, etc.), please make sure you have a parking sticker for your vehicle and a completed Vulnerable Sector Check (Police Check). You may visit the main office for both of these items. We will be monitoring our parking lots during the day and any unauthorized vehicles (without a valid TDSB or Armour Heights decal) could be ticketed and/ or towed.

2)   Birthday treats (i.e., cupcakes, doughnuts) are not permitted at Armour Heights. We celebrate student birthdays at Armour by announcing the special day during morning announcements and by calling students down for a birthday surprise from the office on their special day. You may speak with your child’s Teacher about donating a birthday book to the classroom or sharing stickers or pencils with his/ her classmates. Please also consider Mrs. Pearl’s Birthday Book Program!

3)   Please do not send your children to school with toys. Items such as Shopkins, Lego figurines, Pokemon cards, etc. can be a distraction. Often these types of toys go missing and students become very upset. It is best to leave them at home as they are not permitted at school.

4)   It has come to our attention that some medical information has not been updated. If your child no longer requires an epi-pen or symptoms and/ or medical conditions have changed, please advise the office immediately.

Please note that some schools across the TDSB will require realignment in the coming weeks. Realignment/ reorganization occurs when actual enrolment is significantly different than the projected enrolment we received in the Spring. At Armour Heights, our actual enrolment from grade 1-6 is on par with the projections we used to create our school organization for 2016-2017. Our actual Kindergarten enrolment is lower than we expected. We have not received any information about realignment at Armour Heights, but I will share any related information as it unfolds.

Important Items for This Week:

  • New Family Welcome on Tuesday at 9am
  • Terry Fox Assembly on Thursday at 9:30am
  • Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 27- School-Wide Lice Check

September 29- Terry Fox Run

September 29- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm

October 5- Photo Day

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

October 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Have a terrific week,

C. Birnbaum


















September 12, 2016































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It has been nice to see all of our children settling back into the routines and participating in community building activities with their classmates. We had a wonderful first week and we anticipate an exciting week ahead. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday from 5:30- 7pm.

Last week, we conducted our first fire drill of the 2016-2017 school year. Each year we are required to conduct three fire drills in the Fall and three again in the Spring. Our students did a fabulous job staying calm and exited the building quickly and quietly. We are also required to conduct two Lockdown and/ or Hold and Secure drills each school year. We will be conducting our first Hold and Secure drill on Monday. In this case, all exterior doors will be locked, all classroom doors are closed and regular operations may continue within the classrooms. A Hold and Secure would be called if there were a danger outside the school, in the nearby vicinity. We will not inform the students of this drill beforehand, however, you may certainly do so if you feel that your child would respond more positively to the practice with advance warning.

This year, we are really looking to further enhance our Library. Over the past two years, we have made adjustments to the space in order to encourage more effective collaboration and engagement. There are fewer, but more powerful fixed workspaces and widespread access to mobile devices, such as iPads, Chromebooks and laptops. We have also created a "Makerspace", which is an area of the Library, or Learning Commons, where students can imagine, invent, design, create and build. To compliment our 3D Printer, we are asking for a few donations to further enhance our Makerspace and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) at Armour Heights. Please consider donating any materials that will inspire open-ended design and construction such as: Lego, K'nex, cork, fabric samples, copper foil tape, and /or LED lighting.

We are also planning to investigate the world of Virtual Reality (VR), using Google Cardboard. If you have an old cell phone and you're not sure about what to do with it, why not donate it to Armour Heights? For every compatible phone donation, the school will purchase a pair of Virtual Reality Glasses to pair with the cell phone. For more information about Virtual Reality and how it can enhance engagement and learning, please click HERE. All Makerspace and/ or Google Cardboard Cell Phone donations may be directed to the Library. We thank you in advance!

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Class Parent Meeting on Wednesday at 9am
  • Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday at 5:30pm
  • Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 20- New Family Welcome at 9am

September 22- Terry Fox Assembly at 9:15am

September 27- School-Wide Lice Check

September 29- Terry Fox Run

September 29- Curriculum Night

October 5- Photo Day

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

October 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


















Hello Armour Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It is hard to believe that we are about to embark on the final week of school for the 2015-2016 school year. As always, I appreciate your partnership in our children’s learning. I feel so fortunate to serve such a dynamic community with dedicated parents and staff, supporting such incredible students.

It will be extremely hot this week, so please make sure that your child comes to school with a water bottle, hat and sunscreen. We continue to remind students about sun safety and we strive to make the classrooms as comfortable as possible with the resources and supplies we have on hand.

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure that you inform Mrs. Szerepi if your child(ren) will not be returning to Armour Heights next year. Please note that you will receive your child’s Report Card (JK-Grade 6) on Wednesday at dismissal. Report Cards will not be released early. If your child will be absent and you are unable to pick up your copy of the Report Card, it will be mailed to you. With your child’s Report Card, you will also receive a list of staff and classrooms for 2016-2017. You may use this information along with class placement details noted on your child’s report to determine class placement for next year. On a final note about class placements- this is not an easy process and our staff members take this very seriously. Although I did receive some parent input, these are not treated as “requests”. We use this information in conjunction with a number of other sources of data and strive to create balances classrooms based on academics, social/ emotional factors, behavioural considerations, maturity, capacity for leadership, gender and overall class size. Please help your child get excited about next year by modeling enthusiasm and optimism.

Finally, please take a moment to check the lost and found before summer break. Any unclaimed clothing as of Wednesday at 4pm will be donated to local, community agencies.

 

Important Items for This Week:

Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm on Monday

STAR/ Recognition Awards at 9:30am on Tuesday

Last Day for Students on Wednesday

“Clap Out” at 3pm on Wednesday

PA Day on Thursday (No School for Students)

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 6- First Day of School for JK-Grade 6

September 15- Welcome Back BBQ

September 29- Curriculum Night

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

November 18- PA Day

December 2- PA Day

December 26- January 6 (inclusive)- Winter Holiday

January 9- Welcome Back!

 

Have a terrific week,

C. Birnbaum


















Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to wish all of the Armour Heights Dads a Happy Father’s Day. I hope your children spoiled you and you were able to enjoy some time this weekend!

It looks like we are in for a hot start to the week. Parents, please remind your child(ren) to bring a refillable water bottle to school. It is important that everyone stays hydrated. On a similar note, children are encouraged to wear sunscreen and bring a hat to school as they will be outside for at least 15 minutes for morning recess, 45 minutes at lunch and another 15 minutes in the afternoon. We are fortunate to have many shaded areas on the field. Please speak to your child about being safe in the sun and we will do the same at school.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for supporting our Grade 6 Grads though Freezie Fridays and the victims of the wildfires in Fort McMurray by purchasing Kits containing a Blue Jays shirt, a TFC scarf, a hat, and a ball. Together, we raised over $900 to support grad initiatives and over $700 to support The Canadian Red Cross and their relief efforts in Fort McMurray. A special thank you to the incredible students who led these initiatives. I sincerely appreciate all the support from our Armour Heights Family!

 

Important Items for This Week:

Junior Journalists Meeting on Monday at Lunch

FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm

Volunteer Appreciation on Wednesday at 7pm

NO FREEZIE FRIDAY THIS WEEK

















Upcoming Dates:

June 27- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 28- STAR Award Assembly at 9:30am

June 29- Last day for students

June 29- Grade 6 “Clap Out” at 3pm

June 29- Report Cards go home

June 30- PA Day- No School for Students

September 6- First Day of School for JK-Grade 6

September 15- Welcome Back BBQ

September 29- Curriculum Night

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

November 18- PA Day

December 2- PA Day

December 26- January 6 (inclusive)- Winter Holiday

January 9- Welcome Back!


















Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. I would like to wish those celebrating Shavuot, a very happy Shavuot! 

Further to last week’s staffing updates, I would like to share the news that Ms. Klement will be returning to Armour Heights in September. I know that I speak on behalf of the students, staff and families that we are thrilled to have her return.

Also, Ms. Kim and Mme Rubinoff will no longer be assigned to Armour Heights, as their Long Term Occasional assignments conclude as of June 30, 2016. Please join me in thanking them for their commitment and dedication to our children.

Finally, I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported our recent Freezie Friday fundraiser, the student-led Fort McMurray support initiative and our Fun Fair two weeks ago. I would also like to thank our volunteers for making last week's Helmet Safety Rodeo a success. These initiatives would not be possible without the dedication of so many volunteers and the support from our entire community. I am hoping to share some final fundraising totals with you before the end of this week. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Important Items for This Week:

Pizza Lunch on Thursday

The ‘Big Show’ on Thursday at 1pm

AHCCP BBQ at 4:30pm

Athletics

Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm

June 27- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 29- Last day for students

June 29- Grade 6 “Clap Out” at 3pm

June 29- Report Cards go home

June 30- PA Day- No School for Students

September 6- First Day of School for JK-Grade 6

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

November 18- PA Day

December 2- PA Day

December 26- January 6- Winter Holiday

January 9- Welcome Back!

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


















June 6, 2016

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to begin this week by wishing those observing Ramadan a Ramadan Mubarak. I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!

June is an exciting time of year, but at this time we also experience some different emotions as well. For our students, they may be thrilled about counting down the days until summer, but our children may also experience nervousness about what next year might bring. Even the anticipated change in routine might impact our kids. At school we are engaging in celebrations of learning and community, while at the same time ensuring that our students are ready to transition to a new grade or environment. This is also the time of year when teachers build classes for 2016-2017 and schools make staffing decisions and consider teaching assignments. As always, we appreciate your trust and partnership.

At our last FSA Meeting in April, I shared information about our school organization. We also had a discussion about projected enrollment and the impact this had on our staffing. Based on these projections, we were in a position where three teachers needed to be declared surplus to Armour Heights. It is with sadness for the Armour Heights Community that I share with you that Mr. Wilson, Mr. Kahn and Ms. Rose have been deemed surplus to our school. In other words, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Kahn and Ms. Rose will not be returning to Armour Heights Public School in 2016-2017. Fortunately, they have all secured wonderful opportunities for themselves both personally and professionally. Mr. Wilson will be teaching at Norseman Public School, Mr. Kahn will be teaching at Bessborough Elementary and Middle School and Ms. Rose will be teaching at Regal Road Junior Public School. Although this is a loss to the Armour Community, these incredible individuals will leave a legacy behind as we have all been inspired by their work. I know that they will go on to do amazing things for their new students, families and colleagues. Please join me in wishing them luck in this new chapter of their careers.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Grade 3 EQAO
  • Helmet Safety Rodeo on Thursday
  • PA Day on Friday (No School for Students)
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- ‘The Big Show” at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm

June 27- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 29- Last day for students

June 29- Grade 6 “Clap Out” at 3pm

June 29- Report Cards go home

June 30- PA Day- No School for Students

September 6- First Day of School for JK-Grade 6

October 7- PA Day

October 10- Thanksgiving

November 18- PA Day

December 2- PA Day

December 26- January 6- Winter Holiday

January 9- Welcome Back!

 

Have a great week,

C. Birnbaum


















May 23, 2016

Dear Armour Heights Families:

We have some exciting news here from Armour Heights!

This Saturday is the Fun Fair, so don't forget to come! Also bring extra money for a kit that includes a Blue Jays shirt, a Toronto FC scarf, a Rogers Cup hat and a sponge ball for only $5.00. The money raised from the kits will go to support victims and families impacted by the Fort McMurray fires. These kits will also be available for purchase next week during recesses.

This Friday is Freezie Friday, so don't forget to send your child to school with a loonie or a toonie!

This Tuesday we had a Principal and Vice Principal for the day it was Josh and Ari. Then this Wednesday we had another Principal and Vice Principal for the day and it was Isabella and Jaxson.

We can't wait to see you at the Fun Fair this Saturday!

Important Items for This Week:

Upcoming Dates:

May 28- Fun Fair

May 30- June 9- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

June 2- Pizza Lunch

June 3- Freezie Friday

June 9- Helmet Safety Rodeo

June 10- PA Day

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- 'The Big Show" at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 27- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 29- Last day for students

June 29- Grade 6 "Clap Out" at 3pm

June 29- Report Cards go home

June 30- PA Day- No School for Students

 

Have a great week,

Isabella and Jaxson (Principal and Vice-Principal for the Day)


 

May 16, 2016































Hello Armour Heights Families:

Firstly, I would like to welcome those of you who are new to the Armour Heights Family and are receiving this, your very first e-blast! It was wonderful to meet some of our youngest learners on Tuesday at our Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Visits. This is such an exciting stage in your child’s learning and on behalf of the students, staff and parents we are thrilled to welcome you and your family to Armour Heights!

Please note that the 2016-2017 TDSB School Year Calendar has been approved. The 2016-2017 school year at the TDSB begins on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 following the Labour Day long weekend. For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please visit:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar/SchoolYearCalendar20162017.aspx

Our school calendar is updated frequently. Please be sure to visit our website at: www.armourheightsps.ca for regular updates and check out our calendar at: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/Calendar.aspx

Thank you very much for joining us at our K-6 Open House on Wednesday. It was lovely to see so many families in attendance. I was especially impressed by the students who showed parents/ guardians around their classrooms and the school with such pride. Thank you very much to everyone who supported the Spring Book Fair and the Grade 6 Bake Sale. Finally, thank you to all the staff members and families who supported our JK/ SK students in the Kindergarten Concert. It was incredible to see our children take the stage with such confidence. Thank you for being partners in your child's learning!

 

Important Items for This Week:

**Please also note that the school is closed on Monday, May 23rd for Victoria Day.

Upcoming Dates:

May 23- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 24- Grade 6s to visit St. Andrew’s at 9am

May 25- “Tikkun Olam” Social Justice Fair at 5050 Yonge St. (Some Grade 4 A.C.T. Initiatives will be on display)

May 24- 26- Dental Screening

May 28- Fun Fair

May 30- June 9- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

June 2- Pizza Lunch

June 9- Helmet Safety Rodeo

June 10- PA Day

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- ‘The Big Show” at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































May 9, 2016































Hello Armour Families:

I would like to start by wishing all the Moms a Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you were treated to a very special day today!

It was nice to see so many families at the Blue Jays Game on Thursday night to see our children perform the National Anthems at the Rogers Centre. Our kids sounded great and represented Armour Heights extremely well. Thank you to Tanya for organizing this memorable event for our school community and for directing this group of talented students. We have an exciting week ahead and I am looking forward to seeing many families again this week!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is on now in the Library. Please click HERE for more information about the Book Fair... Don’t forget about the RAFFLE!

We also welcome our newest Armour students/ families to our Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Visits on Tuesday. New families have already received invitations to visit at specific times. Please email me if you have any questions about our Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation. Speaking of Kindergarten, I can’t wait to see our JK/ SK students perform at the Kindergarten Concert on Wednesday at 5pm. Doors to the gym will open at 4:30pm and seats may not be saved before this time. Finally, everyone is welcome to our Open House on Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. Families are welcome to visit between 6-6:45pm to explore examples of student learning in K-6 classrooms at Armour Heights. Please remember to treat yourself to something delicious at the BAKE SALE.

Thank you very much to those parents/ guardians who provided input for class placements for 2016-2017. Please remember that requests for specific teachers will be disregarded. Input relating to specific learning needs, learning styles, strengths, social, emotional, and/ or specific learning behaviours will be taken into consideration. Please also note, that placement in a low end of a combined grade classroom (i.e., a grade 4 student placed in a grade 4/5 classroom) will not provide any child with enrichment by virtue of being with older children. The expectation in ALL classrooms, combined or single grades, is that instruction is differentiated and that groupings will exist to promote guided/ small group instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners. Please remember that students in single grade classrooms might function a grade or two above and/ or below others academically, socially, emotionally, etc. For more information about combined grades, please CLICK HERE. In all cases, our team will work towards building balanced classrooms based on a variety of information sources. Thank you once again for your input and continued partnership.

Important Item for This Week:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Welcome to Kindergarten Visits on Tuesday
  • School-Wide Panoramic Photo at 9am on Wednesday
  • Kindergarten Concert at 5pm on Wednesday
  • Open House at 6pm on Wednesday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 23- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 24- 26- Dental Screening

May 28- Fun Fair

May 30- June 9- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

June 2- Pizza Lunch

June 9- Helmet Safety Rodeo

June 10- PA Day

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- ‘The Big Show” at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































May 3, 2016































Hello Armour Families:

My apologies for the late e-blast this week. This week is Education Week and we have some very special events happening at Armour Heights this week. Education Week takes place during the first full week in May. It is an annual event celebrated by school boards and schools across the province. It is a time for students, teachers and parents to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement.

Please join us tomorrow as Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kahn's classes present their social action initiatives at our first ever A.C.T. Fair. Parents are welcomed to visit between 10:00- 11:30am or 12:30- 2:00pm to check out these incredible initiatives.

A few gentle reminders:

Please remind your children that they may not re-enter the school following dismissal (please help us reinforce this expectation as it is for everyone's safety and well-being).

Please DO NOT stop and/ or park your vehicle in the Bus Loading Zone. You could be ticketed and this is also inconsiderate to others.

I strongly encourage students and families to take advantage of the nicer weather and walk/ ride to and from school. This alleviates congestion in our lots, it is the greener choice and the much healthier choice as well.

Important Items for This Week:

  • A.C.T. Fair on Wednesday (Parents invited from 10-11:30 or 12:30-2pm)
  • Armour Heights Paperless Day on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • AHPS Blue Jays Night on Thursday Evening
  • Scholastic Book Fair begins on Friday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

May 6- 12- Scholastic Book Fair

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 11- Spring Kindergarten Concert at 5pm/ Open House at 6pm

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 24- 26- Dental Screening

May 28- Fun Fair

May 30- June 9- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

June 2- Pizza Lunch

June 9- Helmet Safety Rodeo

June 10- PA Day

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- 'The Big Show" at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Enjoy the rest of the week,

C. Birnbaum


































April 20, 2016

Hello Armour Heights Families:

On Tuesday night, we received information about an incident that occurred on our field late on Monday night. Three older teens encountered three other teens and robbed them of money, skateboards and cell phones. I followed up with the local police division yesterday for more information and they shared that they were contacted and are investigating.

While this incident did not occur during school hours and did not involve our students, we all take a very active interest in situations that involve safety in our community. If you have any information that might assist police with its investigation, please call 416-808-3200 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or at www.222tips.com

Safety is an important priority for our entire community. We are fortunate to have a number of initiatives, programs, and policies that contribute to a safe and caring school. However, many incidents happen outside of school hours or away from school.  With springtime upon us and warmer weather and longer daylight hours meaning more time is spent outdoors, it's a good time to remind all our students, staff, and parents of the need to always be aware and alert, no matter where you are and even in the most ordinary and everyday routines.

Our staff periodically speak to students about how to stay safe and we did so again today.  I know that you too will want to help reinforce these messages. Attached, please find streetproofing tips that you may find helpful when discussing safety with your child.

Finally, should you ever see unusual activity happening on school grounds after hours, please contact the TDSB's Call Centre at 416-395-4620. Working together, we can help make our community as safe as possible.

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.   

C. Birnbaum


































































April 18, 2016































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the fabulous weather with friends and family this weekend. It looks like we are in for a gorgeous week, so please consider using Anything But Cars (ABC) for drop-off and pick-up. Not only is this an environmentally sound choice, it is also a healthy way to enjoy our community! Now that the weather is getting nicer, please remember that a parent or guardian MUST accompany students if they are going to continue playing on school grounds after 3:20pm. All students not accompanied by an adult will be asked to leave the premises. Also, please remember that students and families may not re-enter the building for any reason once they have been dismissed. Students may not come in for water, washroom or forgotten materials after dismissal has occurred. This is to ensure student safety and to maintain a level of security in the building.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Armour Heights Silent Auction on Saturday. It was lovely to see so many people having a great time ‘eating, drinking and bidding’! My sincere appreciation to all of the families who attended, the donors, the bidders, the volunteers and a huge thank you again goes to Barbara and Jean for their hard work and commitment to making the event such a success. On behalf of the Armour Heights students, staff and community... Thank you!

I don't know about you, but I am very excited for Wizard of Oz this week! Please make sure that you buy your tickets to see the Emerald Cast on Tuesday at 6:30pm and the Ruby Cast on Thursday at 6:30pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

At our FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening, I presented our School Organization for 2016-2017. Please note that this organization is subject to change due to re-organization.

 

School Organization for 2016-2017:

JK/ SK- A

JK/ SK- B

JK/ SK- C

Grade 1

Grade 1/2- A

Grade 1/2- B

Grade 2/3- A

Grade 2/3- B

Grade 3

Grade 4/5- A

Grade 4/5- B

Grade 5/6- A

Grade 5/6- B

Home School Program (HSP)- A

Home School Program (HSP)- B

Health and Physical Education

Drama, Dance, Music

Library/ Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM)

Resource Support

ESL Itinerant Support

At Armour Heights, our staff takes a great deal of pride and devotes a lot of time designing balanced classrooms. I realize that many parents have been engaged in ongoing dialogue with their child’s teachers about learning style and/ or specific strengths/needs and I trust that this information will be considered as we build classes for 2016-2017. If you would like to provide additional input, you may do so using this Parent Input Form. If you choose to complete this optional form, please return it to me in a sealed envelope to my attention by May 6, 2016. Please note that I will not accept requests for any specific teacher. Classroom placements will be shared on June 29, 2016.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Robotics Club on Monday at Lunch
  • Wizard of Oz Dress Rehearsal on Monday (pm)
  • Wizard of Oz Dry Run (Ruby Cast) on Tuesday
  • Wizard of Oz Performance (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm on Tuesday
  • Wizard of Oz Dress Rehearsal for students on Wednesday (am)
  • Wizard of Oz Dress Rehearsal on Thursday
  • Wizard of Oz Performance (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm on Thursday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Junior Journalists meet on Friday at Lunch
  • Athletics
  • Programs 

Upcoming Dates:

May 4- A.C.T. Student Fair

May 4- Paperless Day

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 6- 12- Scholastic Book Fair

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 11- Spring Kindergarten Concert at 5pm/ Open House at 6pm

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 24- 26- Dental Screening

May 28- Fun Fair

May 30- June 9- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO

June 2- Pizza Lunch

June 9- Helmet Safety Rodeo

June 10- PA Day

June 16- Pizza Lunch

June 16- ‘The Big Show” at 1pm

June 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

  


































































April 4, 2016































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It looks like we’re not quite through with winter just yet! The forecast looks like we’re in for some sub-zero temperatures throughout the week, starting with some snow. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather including boots, snowpants, winter coat, mitts, neck warmer and a hat. The students should be prepared to go outside this week.

Please be extra careful walking and driving, especially with the snowy conditions. Please exercise caution when driving through our parking lot and be patient. As a courtesy, I am asking again that you please refrain from parking in the bus loading area and in front of the dumpsters. It is also very unsafe to double park alongside the Kiss n’ Ride Lane and invite your child to run across the lot through traffic. During pick up, please park your vehicle in a parking space if you are leaving your vehicle. You may wait in the Kiss n’ Ride Lane if you remain inside your vehicle. If you arrive and there are no spots available, simply circle the lot until one becomes available, or park your vehicle on Belgrave and walk to the appropriate pick up area. We need to work together to ensure everyone’s safety and we must be positive role models for our children as well. Thank you for your cooperation. 

The silent auction is only 13 days away and I am looking forward to seeing you there! Friday April 8th is the last day to purchase tickets. They will be on sale before and after school at the main gates.  Be sure to book your babysitter ahead of time.  Please remember that the silent auction is cash and cheque only and remember to bring a lot of toonies for games.

I would like to thank all of our parents for making our 1st annual online auction an amazing success.  You raised over $3,000 that will go directly back into school programs. Thank you to our Armour Heights Staff who donated their time and resources to provide these unique experiences for our students. Once again, thank you everyone for supporting this incredible community event!

Important Items for This Week:

Robotics Club at Lunch on Monday

Choir at Lunch on Monday and Wednesday

Connected Parenting: An Evening with Jennifer Kolari at 7pm on Wednesday (hosted by John Wanless PS)

Pizza Lunch on Thursday

Math Club at Lunch on Thursday

Athletics

Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30p

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 19- Wizard of OZ (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm

April 21- Pizza Lunch

April 21- Wizard of Oz (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 11- Spring Concert at 5pm/ Open House (with a STEM focus) at 6-7pm

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 28- Fun Fair

 

Have a terrific week,

C. Birnbaum


































































March 21, 2016































































Hello Armour Families:

Welcome back! I hope you and your family were able to enjoy March Break and are ready for an exciting Spring at Armour Heights. Even though we have gotten a taste of mild weather, it is still cold and wet, so please remember to send your child back to school with indoor and outdoor shoes along with an appropriate jacket. The field is muddy and although we do try to keep the children away from such areas, it is a good idea that our children continue to bring waterproof footwear for outdoor play. We will also continue to reinforce the expectation of keeping coats on during recess times.

 

With mild temperatures on the horizon, please do consider walking to and from school. Not only does this help to alleviate congestion in our parking lot, walking is a healthy and eco-friendly choice! Please consider the following Pedestrian Safety Tips for Parents:

Children under nine should be accompanied by adults or older children when crossing the street. At this age, their judgment and perceptual skills are still immature, yet they often eagerly try to cross streets on their own in order to demonstrate some independence. Teach your children the rules of the road - start when they're young. Think of it as gradually training your children about safety until all the connections are in place. By the time your child reaches age nine and can act independently, the road safety rules will be second nature.

  • Teach children how to cross the street safely. Teach them to stop (before stepping onto the road), look left, right and left again, and listen for traffic before stepping out into the street. Teach children to wait until the street is clear and to keep looking until they have crossed the street. They should also look the driver in the eye before crossing.
  • Teach children to recognize pedestrian crossing signals but not rely on them. Before crossing, children should also be sure the traffic has stopped. Remind them to continue across if the light changes to "Don't Walk" while they are in the crosswalk.
  • Teach children to be extra alert when crossing at a corner with no traffic lights.
  • Teach your children to stop at driveways, alleys and areas without curbs and to never run out onto the street.
  • Teach children about the dangers of crossing the street between parked cars or when not at a corner. Children should cross only at corners and pedestrian crosswalks, not diagonally or between parked cars.
  • Teach children to respect the role of the crossing guard and to understand his/her signals.
  • Teach children that wherever possible they should walk on the sidewalk. In areas without sidewalks, teach children to walk as far away from the road as possible, facing approaching traffic (when there is no choice but to walk on the road).
  • Teach children that playing games at railway crossings or around trains can be deadly. Teach children that the only way to cross railway tracks is to use designated railway crossings.

Follow the same rules that you want your child to follow. You may want to cut across the street in the middle of the block, but you want your child to learn to cross at the intersection. Be a good role model

Reprinted with the permission of Safe Kids Canada. Visit www.safekidscanada.ca for more safety tips on keeping children safe.

 

As we reestablish routines and expectations after March Break, please consider that regular student attendance and punctuality are important in order for students to be successful at school. The Education Act states that it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their children attend school regularly. A student's academic progress depends on regular class attendance.

Please notify the school when your child will be absent by calling our Safe Arrival Line at 416-397-2959.

You can help ensure that your child is in school and on time for classes by:

  • being involved in your child's education;
  • knowing the school's schedule;
  • communicating regularly with classroom teachers (use your child's planner to send notes to the teacher);
  • calling the school if your child is going to be absent;
  • writing a note if your child is late due to an appointment;
  • ensuring that your child gets a good night's sleep so that they have the energy they need for the next day.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir on Monday and Wednesday
  • Robotics Club on Monday at Lunch
  • Junior Journalists Meeting during PM Recess on Monday
  • School-Wide Lice Checks on Tuesday
  • Grade Photo Retakes on Tuesday afternoon
  • Junior Journalists Meeting during PM Recess on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Math Club at Lunch on Thursday
  • Friday is Good Friday (School Closed)
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

March 28- Easter Monday

April 6- Connected Parenting: An Evening with Jennifer Kolari at 7pm (hosted by John Wanless)

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 19- Wizard of OZ (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm

April 21- Pizza Lunch

April 21- Wizard of Oz (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 12- Spring Concert/ Open House (with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focus)

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 28- Fun Fair

Have a great week,

C. Birnbaum


































































March 7, 2016































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to invite you to register for the 2016 TDSB Parents as Partners Conference. This year, the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities' Parent Academies have partnered to bring one inclusive conference to the Allstream Centre on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

For more information and to register, please visit www.parentsaspartners.ca All parents/guardians of TDSB students are welcome. Register today - space is limited!

 

At Armour Heights, we are proud that our staff is among the most dedicated and qualified. Their focus, dedication and commitment helps build strong, healthy relationships and allows our school community to thrive.

The Toronto District School Board wants to recognize the great work of outstanding staff members across the system. Those who go above and beyond to support our five strategic directions. As part of our Years of Action, we are committed to inspiring and supporting our staff and recognizing, celebrating and demonstrating best practice is critical to that.

We invite parents and community members to nominate a TDSB staff member or team whose work has made a difference in your life or those around you. Nominate someone for an Excellence Award today. Nomination deadline is Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 4 p.m.

The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 5050 Yonge St. Learn more at www.tdsb.on.ca/excellence

 

Important Items for This Week:

Athletics

Programs

Upcoming Dates: 

March 14-18- March Break

March 24- Pizza Lunch

March 25- Good Friday

March 28- Easter Monday

April 6- Connected Parenting: An Evening with Jennifer Kolari at 7pm (hosted by John Wanless)

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 19- Wizard of OZ (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm

April 21- Pizza Lunch

April 21- Wizard of Oz (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 11- Spring Concert (5:30)/ Open House (6:30)

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 28- Fun Fair

 

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


































































February 29, 2016































































































































Hello Armour Families: 

My apologies for the delay in releasing this week’s blast; I assure you that this delay was not Oscars-related! It looks like we are in for a blast of winter in the coming days. There have been questions about school trips and programming during inclement weather conditions. Severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation or, in extreme conditions, close schools. The decision to close schools is made by the director of education. In the event transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, the local media will be informed before the beginning of the school day. Tune in to your radio and television news stations for the latest information or visit www.tdsb.on.ca. Student safety is our foremost concern and decisions to modify schedules or cancel programs will be based on current and anticipated conditions with everyone’s well being in mind. I will also utilize available communication networks (i.e., Twitter, E-Blast) to inform you of any late- breaking news.

While traffic safety is an important matter all year long, this is a particularly good time to review what we can do to keep students safe. The need to be aware and alert at all times, on any road, and even in the most routine circumstances is key to traffic safety. This applies to students and drivers alike. Road conditions can be challenging in the winter months. So to those of us who drive, please take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children might be present.

School staff periodically review street and traffic safety with students. Parents can help reinforce these safety messages with children at home. Below are some tips that might be helpful to review.

• Stop, look, and listen for traffic.

• Only cross at corners and crosswalks.

• Make eye contact with drivers.

• Walk on the right side of the crosswalk.

• Wear appropriate footwear to reduce the chances of slipping.

• Never run into the street.

• Obey crossing signals.

• Cross only if clear.

• Walk on sidewalks.

• Where there are no sidewalks, walk as far away from traffic as possible, facing traffic.

The safety of our students is always a top priority. Let’s work together to ensure everyone’s safety.

If you have been watching the news lately, you may have seen Armour Heights students featured on CTV and Global. On Friday morning, some grade 4 and 5 students participated in the 2nd Annual Glen Park Winter Classic. This was a celebration of opportunity and sport. Proceeds from the event were donated to KidSport Canada, an organization dedicated to helping provide kids with the opportunity to engage in sports. In fact, two years ago our Armour Heights Hockey Team partnered with Brock Public School and delivered 20 bags of brand new hockey equipment to help students play hockey for the first time. Two years later, students from Brock PS were playing at the Winter Classic on Friday and they looked great! We have now secured 15 sets of equipment to help Armour students get an opportunity to play hockey next year. The video has been posted on our homepage at: www.armourheightsps.ca

Our Grade 4 students were also featured this evening on Global and the focus was A.C.T. (Armour Changing Tomorrow). The purpose of this program is to empower students to get involved, have a voice, take action and make a difference in the local and global community.  The A.C.T. program uses a project based learning model that incorporates many areas of the curriculum. Please check out the video, which has also been posted on our site: www.armourheightsps.ca

Great things are happening at Armour!

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir (Scene 1 and end of Scene 5) on Tuesday at Lunch
  • Choir on Wednesday
  • Grade 5s depart to Mono Cliffs on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

March 14-18- March Break

March 24- Pizza Lunch

March 25- Good Friday

March 28- Easter Monday

April 6- Connected Parenting: An Evening with Jennifer Kolari at 7pm (hosted by John Wanless)

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 19- Wizard of OZ (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm

April 21- Pizza Lunch

April 21- Wizard of Oz (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 11- Spring Concert/ Open House (with a STEM focus)

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 28- Fun Fair

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 22, 2016































































Hello Armour Families:

I am often asked about my beliefs around homework. As an educator, I firmly believe that homework must be purposeful and meaningful. It must provide students with an opportunity to reinforce concepts, to practise strategies taught at school and to make connections to the real world. As a parent, I know that staying connected with your child and his/ her learning is crucial. As partners, Parents/ Guardians play a vital role in the teaching and learning process. 

Please keep in mind that ‘more work’ does not necessarily yield positive results. In fact, ‘extra work’ may frustrate or confuse children. Drilling or constant repetition will not provide our children with the ability to critically think, problem solve, reason or communicate their thinking. At home it is very important to engage your child in conversations about what he/ she is learning at school. Please have them explain strategies and make connections rather than simply providing ‘the answer’. The process of learning should be exciting and often children require the adults in their lives to help deepen their understanding with meaningful connections and modelled enthusiasm. This will help them find purpose and joy in the learning process, both at home and school. 

At home, the most important homework is helping your child build strong, positive attitudes toward Reading, Writing and Math. Independent activities, such as homework, should meet your child’s level of understanding, as it is not intended to frustrate your child or strain relationships at home.

If your child’s Teacher has not provided your child with homework... Please treat this as an opportunity to experience the joy of learning with your child! Here are some ideas:

  • Involve your child in using numbers to solve problems and make everyday decisions. You might ask the following:

“We need six tomatoes to make our sauce for dinner, and we only have two. How many more do we need to buy?”

“Four guests are coming to eat dinner with us. How many plates will we need? How many utensils?”

  • Read every day! To encourage your child to read critically, ask questions:

“ What is this book about? Why are you interested in reading it?”

“What does the author of this news article want us to know or think about?”

“Does the writer want us to believe something?”

“What does this magazine’s theme say about children, teenagers and parents?”

“How has the author used words and images to communicate the message?”

I encourage you to embrace these opportunities to build connections with your child(ren) and foster a positive attitude and love for learning. As always, thank you for being partners in your child’s education.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Staff Appreciation Lunch (Courtesy of AHFSA) on Monday
  • Grade 6 Grad Photos at 1pm on Wednesday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 































































Upcoming Dates:

March 2-4- Grade 5 Students to Mono Cliffs

March 3- Pizza Lunch

March 14-18- March Break

March 24- Pizza Lunch

March 25- Good Friday

March 28- Easter Monday

April 6- Connected Parenting: An Evening with Jennifer Kolari at 7pm (hosted by John Wanless)

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 19- Wizard of OZ (Emerald Cast)- 6:30pm

April 21- Pizza Lunch

April 21- Wizard of Oz (Ruby Cast)- 6:30pm

May 5- Pizza Lunch

May 5- AHPS Blue Jays Night

May 10- Welcome to Kindergarten Visits

May 11- School- Wide Panoramic Photo

May 12- Spring Concert/ Open House (with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focus)

May 19- Pizza Lunch

May 28- Fun Fair

 

Have a fabulous week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 15, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

I hope you enjoyed your Family Day Weekend! I would also like to wish those who celebrated the Lunar New Year last week, a Happy New Year!

Thank you to those who were able to join us on Tuesday at the FSA Meeting. It was a pleasure to share some of the exciting things happening throughout the school to engage our students and promote a culture of academic achievement. Of course, a leading contributor to academic excellence is a solid home- school partnership. On Tuesday, Term 1 Report Cards were sent home with students in Grades 1-6 and JK Summary Reports were also sent home with our JK Students. It is extremely important to use this opportunity to review strengths, needs and next steps for improvement with your child(ren). Please emphasize that everyone needs to work on something and please consider establishing some specific and measurable goals with your child(ren). I encourage everyone to revisit these goals frequently so that our children feel accountable and empowered to take responsibility for their own actions and personal/ academic growth. We are blessed to have such an engaged community that is focused on the social, emotional, physical and academic well-being of our children. I thank you for your continued support and partnership with our dedicated staff at Armour Heights.

We should be experiencing some snowfall early this week. Please make sure that your child is prepared with boots, snowpants, gloves, a hat and layers to keep him/ her warm. The temperature should be suitable for outdoor play and we expect our students to play respectfully in the snow. Throwing or kicking of snow will not be tolerated. We encourage students to build structures or roll/ pile the snow and they are aware of the expectation that snow must stay on the ground. This rule also applies to outdoor play before and after school.

Please note that all parents, volunteers and/ or visitors to Armour Heights PS must have an Armour Heights parking decal displayed on their windshield. You may obtain this decal from Mrs. Szerepi in the office. Visitors may use the East lot and must be parked in a parking spot. Any vehicles parked without a valid sticker might be ticketed and vehicles parked or stopped illegally in front of dumpsters or in the bus lane could be ticketed or towed. If you arrive and cannot find parking, please circle (following the one way loop) until a spot becomes available, or park your vehicle on the road and walk to greet your child by the door. Toronto Parking Enforcement has already started ticketing and this will continue in order to ensure the safety of all those using our lot. Please also note that the West Lot is for Staff use only. Unauthorized vehicles parked or stopped in this lot could also be ticketed or towed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Mrs. Clodman and Mrs. Rose’s classes skating on Tuesday at 9am
  • Jump Rope for Heart Event on Tuesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Prologue to the Performing Arts Live Theatre Performance for K-3- “Visions of Turtle Island” on Friday morning (Courtesy of AHFSA)
  • There will be no Choir this week
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

February 22- Staff Appreciation Lunch courtesy of AHFSA

February 24- Grad Photo Day at 1pm

March 2-4- Grade 5 Students to Mono Cliffs

March 3- Pizza Lunch

March 14-18- March Break

March 25- Good Friday

March 28- Easter Monday

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 8, 2016































































Hello Armour Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend.  Thank you to those who attended our Breakfast and Presentation on Friday Morning. Together we explored the signs of technology and/ or gaming overuse and we discussed strategies for setting limits and avoiding common pitfalls when it comes to technology addiction. It is so important that we maintain connections within our families and take an active interest in our children’s activities. Thank you for being partners in our efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness by promoting mindfulness and wellness within our Armour Heights Family.

Please note that it is extremely important that you call our Safe Arrival Line to make the school aware of any absence. You may leave a message at 416-397-2959 with your child’s name, teacher/ grade and reason for absence. If your child is absent unexpectedly or late, this will generate an automated call. 

There are two key ways to make these calls stop:

  • Ensure that your child arrives on time
  • Call in your child’s absence

When you receive an automated call, make sure you listen to the entire call and verify at the conclusion of the message (otherwise the system will call you right back). If you receive an automated call and you believe that your child is at school, please hang up and phone the school immediately. Please remember that our Safe Arrival Line has been established to ensure the safety of all students. Thank you for your cooperation.

February is Black History Month. African Heritage Month is an opportunity for staff and students to reflect on the history, achievements and experiences of people of African descent in Canada and throughout the world. The experiences of African Canadians are evolving, complex and contemporary. They go beyond heroes, heroines and particular historical dates.































































Canada is made up of people from many different backgrounds and they have all contributed to the formation of this country; however, these experiences have not been fully acknowledged in our history books. Studying African heritage is important because it gives students a fuller picture of the experiences and contributions of all Canadians.































































Throughout the month of February, schools across the TDSB will engage in local initiatives and participate in community events to celebrate African Heritage Month; however, the importance of studying African heritage is not limited to the month of February. We celebrate the achievements of people of African descent in Canada and around the world this month and embed issues of equity throughout the year in our teaching and learning at Armour Heights.

Save the Date! On Saturday, April 16th from 7:00pm-12:30am, please join us for our annual Silent Auction. We are excited to throw a "Reunion" in honour of Armour Heights Public School’s 70th Anniversary! Please join us for food, dancing, silent and live auctions. Don't miss this opportunity to mingle with other Armour Families (all grade levels). This event is always a ton of fun and everyone is welcome! All proceeds from the auction will be used to enhance the programming at Armour Heights. More details to come; please plan to join us for a fun night out!

On February 9th, you will receive your child’s report card. These Elementary Provincial Report Cards are written for all students in grades 1-6. Term one report cards communicate your child’s strengths, needs and next steps as they relate to achievement of the curriculum expectations for each subject area as well as their achievement of the learning skills.































































Junior Kindergarten students will receive a summary report at this time. This summary is a means of communicating to parents/guardians a profile of their child’s interests, strengths, development and learning.































































Page 3 and 4 of the report card provides parents/ guardians and the student with an opportunity to comment on student achievement, goals and home support. The response form links formal reporting to the process of assessment, reporting and communication about the student’s learning that continues throughout the year. Please use this form to focus your conversations about goal setting and next steps after you have reviewed the report card with your child.































































I encourage each and every parent/ guardian to maintain a positive, open line of communication with your child’s teacher(s). Learning is a partnership and we look forward to continued success in term two.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Kindergarten Registration in the Gym on Tuesday
  • Mrs. Clodman and Mr. Hook’s classes to skating on Tuesday
  • Grade 1-6 Report Cards/ JK Summaries sent home on Tuesday
  • FSA Meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday
  • Armour Heights Junior Speech Competition on Wednesday
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday Evening
  • PA Day on Friday/ Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday Morning
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

February 15- Family Day

February 16- Jump Rope for Heart Event

February 18- Pizza Lunch

February 18- Regional Speech Competition at Rockford PS

February 19- K-3 Prologue Performance

February 22- Staff Appreciation Lunch courtesy of The FSA

February 24- Grad Photo Day at 1pm

March 2-4- Grade 5 Students to Mono Cliffs

March 3- Pizza Lunch

March 14-18- March Break

March 25- Good Friday

March 28- Easter Monday

April 7- Pizza Lunch

April 12- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 13- International Day of Pink

April 15- PA Day

April 16- Silent Auction at 7pm

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 1, 2016































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It looks like we are in for some more rainy weather this week, so please be sure to send your child with waterproof boots. Although, we will be closing off parts of the field due to excessive water, it might be a good idea to pack some extra socks and/ or pants just in case.

Please don’t forget to RSVP for our Parent/ Guardian Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker, Catherine Bancroft on Friday at 9:00am. This light breakfast and presentation will take place in the Library and I hope to see many of you there. The focus will be on technology and gaming addiction and how it can impact our youth and connections within the family. This workshop will address the appropriate use of the computer and computer games in youth.  Parents will be provided with appropriate strategies to both prevent and identify this problem in youth. This workshop will also inform parents of the signs they should look for if it is becoming a problem, strategies to put in place and what parents can do if they feel there is a problem with their child. There will also be an emphasis placed upon mindfulness at home. Please use the link below to RSVP for this presentation:

http://goo.gl/forms/bStjMgLEKt

Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday at 4pm.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Kids Lit Quiz Competition on Monday
  • Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Fineberg’s classes to skating on Tuesday at 9am
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Speech Arts Team Meetings on Thursday and Friday at Lunch Recess
  • Parent Breakfast and Guest Speaker on Friday at 9am- RSVP
  • Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off Assembly on Friday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 10- Armour Heights Junior Speech Competition

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day

February 16- Jump Rope for Heart Event

February 18- Pizza Lunch

February 18- Junior Regional Speech Competition at Rockford PS

February 19- K-3 Prologue Performance

February 24- Grad Photo Day at 1pm

March 2-4- Grade 5 Students to Mono Cliffs

March 3- Pizza Lunch

March 14-18- March Break

Enjoy the week,

C. Birnbaum


































































January 25, 2016































































Hello Armour Families:

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy the long weekend. As you may have heard last week, an additional P.A. Day has been added to the 2015-2016 school year. All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations. The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. Please click HERE for the letter from our Director of Education. All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Please do not miss our upcoming parent breakfast and special presentation on Friday, February 5th at 9:00am. Catherine Bancroft from CAMH will be joining us to speak to Parents/ Guardians about technology and gaming addiction and how it can impact our youth and connections within the family. This workshop will address the appropriate use of the computer and computer games in youth.  Parents will be provided with appropriate strategies to both prevent and identify this problem in youth. This workshop will also inform parents of the signs they should look for if it is becoming a problem, strategies to put in place and what parents can do if they feel there is a problem with their child. There will also be an emphasis placed upon mindfulness at home. Please use the link below to RSVP for this presentation:

http://goo.gl/forms/bStjMgLEKt 

A light breakfast, tea and coffee will be provided.

As a final reminder, Armour Heights is pleased to encourage participation in the West Region 3 Spelling Bee competition in April again this year; registration will be open during the month of January. You can register online. To register online, go the Spelling Bee of Canada website www.spellingbeeofcanada.ca and on the pull-down menu for region, check WR3 Schools. Skills, in addition to literacy, gained by participating in the spelling bee include public speaking, listening and study skills, and perseverance.  Every participant receives a certificate, which is a great way to start a portfolio of accomplishments.   

Important Items for This Week:

  • AHPS Students to sing the National Anthems at the Raptors Game on Tuesday
  • Police Visits to Kindergarten and Grade 1 Classes on Wednesday
  • Police Visits to Grades 2, 3, and 4 Classes on Thursday
  • Kids Lit Quiz on Thursday at Lunch
  • Programs
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

February 4- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Parent Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker at 9am

February 5- Jump Rope for Heart Kick-Off Assembly

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day

February 16- Jump Rope for Heart Event

February 18- Pizza Lunch

February 19- K-3 Prologue Performance

February 24- Grad Photo Day at 1pm

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































January 18, 2016































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. This week we observe “No Name-Calling Week” at Armour Heights Public School. Launched in 2004, “No Name-Calling Week” invites educators and students across the country to engage in dialogue about eliminating name-calling and bullying in their communities. We must continue to work together to foster a school climate where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to create a more vibrant and diverse community.

As an important part of our Mental Health and Wellness strategy, we have implemented several practices aimed at eliminating the stigma around mental illness as well as actions for students, staff and families to help us become more mindful and self-aware of our mental health. Please be sure to ask your child(ren) about our “Mindful Monday” exercise that we facilitate every week. The students really look forward to this opportunity to spend a few minutes reflecting on time, space, sounds, colours and/ or friendships. In addition to opportunities directed specifically at students, we are also very fortunate to welcome Catherine Bancroft from CAMH, who will be our guest speaker for Parents/ Guardians on February 5th at 9am. This workshop will address the appropriate use of the computer and computer games in youth. Parents will be provided with appropriate strategies to both prevent and identify this problem in youth. This session will inform parents of the signs they should look for if it is becoming a problem, strategies to put in place and what parents can do if they feel there is a problem with their child. Catherine will also spend some time discussing impacts of technology on families, in addition to mindfulness. There will be an RSVP sent out later this week. I really hope you can make it. Tea/ coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Finally, please note that the West Parking Lot is for Staff use only. All parents, guardians and caregivers must use the visitor’s lot on the East side of the school. The only exceptions that will be made are for individuals who require accessible parking (i.e. wheelchair accessibility). There are no other exceptions. Thank you for your co-operation.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir at lunch on Monday
  • Mrs. Powell and Mr. Hook’s classes skating at 9am on Tuesday
  • Junior Journalists meet on Tuesday at Lunch
  • Choir at lunch on Wednesday
  • Grade 4, 5, 6 Speech Arts participants meet during pm recess on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Kids Lit Quiz on Thursday at Lunch
  • PA Day on Friday- No school for students
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 26- Armour Heights Raptors Night!

January 27-29- Grade 5 Trip to Mono Cliffs

February 4- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Parent Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker at 9am

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day

February 16- Jump Rope for Heart

February 19- K-3 Prologue Performance

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


































































January 11, 2016































































Hello Armour Families,

We certainly had a taste of winter last week. Most of our children did a great job with remembering their winter coats, mitts, hats, neck warmers and snow pants, but we had several students without boots. Please help your child dress for the weather. Students will only be kept indoors during extreme weather conditions, in accordance with the TDSB’s Cold Weather Guidelines. All children must be prepared for outdoor play everyday.

This is a gentle reminder that scheduled supervision for grades 1-6 begins at 8:30am. Please DO NOT leave your child unattended before this time. Staff members are outside to greet students between 8:30 and 8:45am each day and we kindly ask that parents/ guardians refrain from entering the pavement/ playscape area behind the school, so that we can supervise our children effectively.

Finally, please remind your child(ren) that snow must stay on the ground. For safety reasons, the throwing or kicking of snow is not permitted. We encourage students to enjoy the snow by building with it, sliding on it and even lying in it, but students may not throw or kick it under any circumstances. Thank you for your support.

 

Spelling Bee Registration

Armour Heights is pleased to encourage participation in the Spelling Bee of Canada again this year. Spelling Bee registration is available online through the Spelling Bee of Canada website. Armour Heights  families should check “WR3 Schools” on the pulldown menu. The website is www.spellingbeeofcanada.ca.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir for Grades 2-4 on Monday at Lunch
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at Lunch
  • Junior Speech Arts Meeting during pm recess on Wednesday
  • Kids Lit Quiz at Lunch on Thursday
  • Junior Journalists Meeting during pm recess on Thursday
  • Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 21- Pizza Lunch

January 22- PA Day

January 26- Armour Heights Raptors Night!

January 27-29- Grade 5 Trip to Mono Cliffs

February 4- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Parent Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker at 9am

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day

February 16- Jump Rope for Heart

February 19- K-3 Prologue Performance

Have a fabulous week!

C. Birnbaum


































































January 4, 2016

Hello Armour Families,

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to enjoy some time with family and friends over the holidays. Just a gentle reminder that if you are taking an extended holiday and your child(ren) will be away, please be sure to call the Safe Arrival Line at 416-397-2959 to report the absence.

Please note that Monday will likely be the coldest day we have had so far this school year. Please be sure to send your child with a warm coat, hat, mitts and boots for outdoor play. As always, we will monitor the temperature, but in all likelihood the children will be outside for recess times on Monday, so please help your child dress for the weather. Please also be sure to send indoor shoes back to school, if they were taken home over the break. 

Please remember that the parking lot gets busier at this time of year. Please exercise caution when driving through the lot and please be sure to follow the one-way loop. If you are planning on leaving your vehicle, please find a parking space in the East Lot and do not park or idle your vehicle by the dumpsters or in the bus lane. We will have additional monitoring in our lots beginning this week and unauthorized vehicles will be tagged or towed. Please make sure that you have an Armour Heights sticker displayed on your windshield if you are coming into the school to visit and/ or volunteer. You may ask Mrs. Szerepi for a sticker, if you do not have one.

I am looking forward to a successful start to 2016. Thank you, as always, for being partners in your children’s learning.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Mrs. Powell/ Ms. MsLean’s classes skating from 910am on Tuesday
  • Grade 1-3 Woodworking Workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 21- Pizza Lunch

January 22- PA Day

January 26- Armour Heights Raptors Night!

January 27-29- Grade 5 Trip to Mono Cliffs

February 4- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Parent Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker at 9am

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day


Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































December 14, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families,

It is hard to believe that I am writing the final weekly update of 2015! Thank you very much to all of the parents, families and friends who attended our Winter Concert last week. Our students were incredible and I truly appreciate the support shown to all of our children from everyone in attendance. A special thanks to Mrs. Rosenberg and our dedicated staff for making this special event possible.

We have a very exciting week ahead. In order to really spread the festive cheer, we encourage your child(ren) to show their spirit during our theme days this week:

Monday- Blue and White Day

Tuesday- Red and Green Day

Wednesday- Armour Wear/ Crazy Hat/ Hair Day

Thursday- Christmas Sweater/ Team Jersey Day

Friday- Holly Jolly PJ Day

Students will also participate in our annual Sing-a-longs in the gym on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. Please remember to continue to send in your warm winter items to help the PB & J class fulfill their goal of filling 90 stockings for the Fill-A-Stocking campaign to support the Out-of-the-Cold program. The items that are needed include:

New or gently used socks, hats, gloves, underwear (new), scarves, and/ or ear-muffs.

Finally, a gentle reminder to notify the office of any absences due to early/ extended vacations by calling the Safe Arrival Line at 416-397-2959.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir for grades 2-4 at lunch on Monday
  • Mr. Hook and Ms. Fineberg’s classes skating at 9-10am at The Cricket on Tuesday
  • Armour Heights Child Care Program welcomes Santa for Breakfast, starting at 7:30am on Wednesday
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 at lunch on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

December 21- January 1- Winter Break

January 4- Welcome Back!

January 6-8- Grade 1-3 Woodworking Workshops

January 7- Pizza Lunch

January 21- Pizza Lunch

January 22- PA Day

January 26- Armour Heights Raptors Night!

January 27-29- Grade 5 Trip to Mono Cliffs

February 4- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Parent Breakfast and Special Guest Speaker at 9am

February 9- Kindergarten Registration

February 9- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 9- Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 11- Parent- Teacher Conferences (PM)

February 12- PA Day/ Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 15- Family Day

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































December 7, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. It seems as though the mild temperatures are here to stay for another week, at least. Happy Chanukah to those who celebrate!

I would like to thank those of you who attended the FSA meeting last week. We had some very insightful discussions and I genuinely appreciate the home-school partnership that exists at Armour Heights.  The topic of homework came up and I felt that it would be timely to reiterate the importance of finding purposeful and authentic learning opportunities in anything we do as families. For example, we can encourage Reading, Writing and Math with a single “Family baking night” or even a science experiment. I encourage parents to not only set routines for homework from school, but also to instill family-based learning opportunities that will allow you to connect in different ways with your child(ren). Please have a look at these terrific documents from the Ontario Ministry of Education to support learning at home:

Reading and Writing with Your Child: Kindergarten to Grade 6

Doing Mathematics with Your Child: Kindergarten to Grade 6

Congratulations to our Robotics Team who competed at the First Lego League Robotics Competition over the weekend. Our students showed “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition”. Special thanks to Mr. Offor, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kahn who coached our team and to all parents who continue to support Robotics, coding and programming initiatives at Armour Heights. I am very proud of our teams who continue to represent Armour so incredibly well.

Please join us on Wednesday at 6:00pm for our Winter Concert. Students in Mrs. Azeroual, Mrs. Clodman, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Offor, Mr. Nitsou, Mrs. Pearl, Mr. Barta and Mrs. Rosenberg’s classes will be performing. The cost of admission is an item for our “Fill-a-Stocking” campaign. I look forward to seeing you there!

If you haven’t done so already, please complete the Programs Survey. Even if you haven’t registered for a Lunch Program before, you might be able to tell us the reasons why and what programs you might like to see offered in the future. You will not be asked to identify yourself during this quick survey. Thank you!

Thank you very much to those who have donated winter jackets, snowpants, skates and/ or helmets. We are still accepting donations. Please help keep children warm and active this winter!

Important Items for This Week:

  • Giving Tree Wrapping on Tuesday
  • Choir for Grades 2-4 at lunch on Monday
  • Mrs. Clodman/ Mrs. Azeroual’s classes skating at The Cricket at 9-10 on Tuesday
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 at lunch on Wednesday
  • Winter Concert at 6:00pm on Wednesday
  • Grade 1-6 Progress Reports go home on Thursday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

December 16- AHCCP Breakfast with Santa at 7:30am

December 21- January 1- Winter Break

January 4- Welcome Back!

January 6-8- Grade 1-3 Woodworking Workshops (information forthcoming)

January 21- Pizza Lunch

January 22- PA Day

 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 30, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

I am often asked how we decide whether it's too cold to allow our students out in the schoolyard for recess. Fresh air and exercise are important for children. It keeps them physically fit, and helps them stay alert all through the school day.

Parents can help by making sure their children come to school prepared to spend time outdoors. Hats, mitts, boots and a warm jacket are important to keep students comfortable during lunch and recess.

But extreme cold can be dangerous, and parents want to know that their children will be safe. When the temperature is predicted to drop below -15C, the City of Toronto may declare a cold weather alert. We are very sensitive to the needs of our students and pay close attention to the weather, especially when the windchill is below -20C. When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower children will remain indoors due to risk of frostnip and frostbite.

When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -20 to -28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess be 20 minutes depending on local conditions. During extreme weather conditions, students may wait inside up to 15 minutes prior to the entry bells. At dismissal times, we kindly ask that parents/ guardians/ caregivers wait outside in the interest of student safety. We cannot allow individuals into the building if they have not been accounted for. In cases of extreme weather (see guidelines above), we are currently exploring indoor options for those parents/ guardians/ caregivers who have children in Kindergarten and Grades 1-6, as a result of the different dismissal times.

The TDSB Severe Weather Protocol sets guidelines for when to allow students outside for recess, when to make outdoor breaks shorter, and when to keep students inside altogether. Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, school staff keeps one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students - a perfect balance of fun and safety.

 

In an effort to keep everyone safe this winter, we are always willing to accept donations of new or gently used snow pants, coats, hats and mitts. We keep these on hand for students who may not be dressed for the weather and to help children stay warm this winter.

 

Are your children currently enrolled in a lunchtime program? Have you considered a lunchtime program? We would love to hear from you, so please complete this quick Lunch Program Survey by clicking on the LUNCH PROGRAM SURVEY LINK.

Our students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 have started skating again this year! We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club for donating ice time to Armour students on Tuesday mornings. This is a free skate and a schedule has been provided to all of the Grade 1, 2 and 3 classes. If you have any used skates and/ or helmets, please consider donating these to the school. We have several students who borrow skates every year, so this is a great way to help everyone enjoy this wonderful winter activity! Please drop off skates or helmets to Mr. Barta or Mr. Birnbaum. Thank you!

At Armour Heights PS we value our instructional time and respect the learning that takes place every day. We understand that arrangements for trips/vacations are made ahead of time and some cannot be helped, but we would like to advise you that our students are taught right up until the end of the day on December 18th. If your children must be away from school during instructional days, please be advised it is the family’s responsibility to inform the office by using the Safe Arrival Line or writing a note, and arrange for the child to catch up after s/he returns. It is an exciting time and we need to concentrate on keeping the students engaged, interested, and learning! We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Important Items for This Week:

Choir for grades 2-4 at lunch on Monday

Ms. McLean and Ms. Fineberg’s classes skating from 9-10am on Tuesday

FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm

Choir for grades 5-6 at lunch on Wednesday

Pizza Lunch on Thursday

Boys Volleyball Tournament on Friday

Athletics

Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

December 7- 13- Hour of Code

December 7-8- Giving Tree Wrapping

December 9- Winter Concert at 6pm (Grade 2/3s, 3s and 5/6s)

December 10- Progress Reports Go Home

December 16- AHCCP Breakfast with Santa at 7:30am

December 21- January 1- Winter Break

January 4- Welcome Back!

 

Have a fabulous week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 23, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to thank the parents who attended our School Improvement Planning session last Monday. We discussed the 4 key areas of our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being; Literacy, Mathematics, Community, Culture & Caring and Pathways. We explored school data, goals for 2015-2016, strategies and actions. It was very useful to engage in this meaningful conversation with parents. As partners, it is important that we work together and align our focus in order to maximize levels of student achievement, engagement and well-being. I truly appreciate your feedback in this process.

We have several students who have parents’ permission to walk home on their own after school. In the interest of student safety, we are kindly asking that these students leave the school grounds immediately following dismissal. Recently, we have had a number of students in grades 5 and 6 stay and play on our field after school. These students were doing so without any parental supervision and this has caused a great deal of concern. Students may only stay on school property after school, if accompanied by a parent or caregiver. All other students are expected to leave school property and go home. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all of our students safe.

Important Items for this Week:

  • Choir for Grades 2-4 on Monday at Lunch
  • Mr. Hook/ Ms. Azeroual’s classes Skating at The Cricket Club at 9-10am on Tuesday
  • Giving Tree Kick-off Assembly on Tuesday at 1pm
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at Lunch
  • Kids Lit Quiz at Lunch on Thursday
  • Athletics
  • Programs 

Upcoming Dates:

December 1- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 3- Pizza Lunch

December 7-8- Giving Tree Wrapping

December 9- Winter Concert at 6pm (Grade 2/3s, 3s and 5/6s)

December 10- Progress Reports Go Home

December 21- January 1- Winter Break

January 4- Welcome Back!

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 15, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Families:

I would like to begin by thanking everyone who contributed to our Remembrance Day Assembly last week. It was very special to have the support of our friends and families from the Canadian Forces College for this important occasion. I would also like to thank the students who presented, the parents who attended and Mrs. Rosenberg and the staff who organized this special event. We are very fortune to enjoy our freedom and we have many brave men and women to thank and honour.

This week is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week at Armour Heights. Students in each classroom will spend time each day throughout the week addressing bullying, beginning with a common definition:

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

We will use this opportunity to explain the different forms bullying can take. These include:

  • ·      Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
  • ·      Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
  • ·      Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
  • ·      Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites

As we become more familiar with the signs of bullying, we will explore the roles of the aggressor(s), victim(s) and bystander(s) and most importantly, we will empower our children to take action against bullying of any kind. At Armour Heights, it is everyone’s responsibility to act respectfully and address bullying when we see, or hear of it.

Please join me on Monday morning at 9am in the Staff Room for some tea or coffee as we discuss our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. I will share our goals for 2015-2016 along with some data that informs our practice and helps us establish these objectives for student achievement and well-being. Our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement focuses on 4 specific areas:

  • ·      Literacy
  • ·      Numeracy
  • ·      Pathways (Transition Planning)
  • ·      Community, Culture and Caring

I am looking forward to sharing this plan with you and I welcome your input as we explore some of the strategies and resources that will be used to support continued growth at Armour Heights.

I am thrilled to announce that our Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00pm. This performance will feature Mrs. Clodman and Ms. Azeroual’s Grade 2/3s, Mrs. Powell’s Grade 3s and Mr. Offor, Mr. Nitsou, Mr. Barta, Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Pearl’s Grade 5/6s. Following the performance, you will have an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom.

Finally, do you have a child in grade 4, 5 or 6 who currently competes provincially or nationally in the following sports/activities; swimming/synchro swim, gymnastics, track and field, figure skating, dance, rock climbing, tennis or hockey? If so, please click HERE for information about the High Performance Athlete Program Open House at St. Andrew’s JHS on December 2, 2015.

Important Items for This Week:

  • School Improvement Planning- Parent Input Meeting at 9:00am on Monday
  • Mrs. Clodman/ Mrs. Powell’s classes skating at 9:00am on Tuesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Grade 4s to Forest Valley on Friday
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

November 24- Giving Tree Kick off Assembly at 1pm

December 1- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 7-8- Giving Tree Gift Wrapping

December 9- Winter Concert at 6pm (Grade 2/3s, 3s and 5/6s)

December 10- Progress Reports Go Home

December 21- January 1- Winter Break

January 4- Welcome Back!

































































Have a wonderful week!































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































November 8, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. I would like to wish those who are celebrating Diwali this week, a very happy Diwali! This is also a significant week as we will be observing Remembrance Day. This year, we welcome our guests from the Canadian Forces College, who are not only neighbours, but also friends and family of Armour Heights. Please note that our Assembly will be suitable for all ages and we will observe a moment of silence at 11:00am on Wednesday.

Please note that we are expecting some cooler temperatures this week, so please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately and to keep their coats on when outside.

As you may already know, ETFO and CUPE have both reached tentative agreements with the Province and these are pending ratification later this week. Various extracurricular activities and programs will be reintroduced gradually. Please note that Progress Reports (previously scheduled for November 10th) will be sent home on December 10th.  Please see the LETTER from Director Donna Quan and Chair of the Board, Robin Pilkey. There will not be a day dedicated to Parent- Teacher Conferences, however Teachers will be requesting interviews with families where there are concerns with progress. If you wish to schedule a meeting, you may speak to your child’s Teacher, but please understand that our Teachers are currently completing Progress Reports, so your patience would be appreciated. Although we are unable to reschedule Curriculum Night, we are exploring ways to invite families into the school and potentially visit their child(ren)’s classroom(s). Also, please note that this Friday is a PA Day, so there is no school for students.

Please check our CALENDAR frequently, as new events are being added daily.

Finally, a special opportunity from The Armour Heights Child Care Program…

Back by special request and just in time for the holidays!  Do you love the smell and taste of fresh baked cookies?  Having trouble channeling your inner “Martha Stewart”?  The Armour Heights Child Care Program has the solution!  Once again we are offering Nut-free Gourmet Cookie Dough.  Each pail will make between 7 and 10 dozen mouth watering cookies and is only $16.00.  All pails are labeled with easy instructions.  Just scoop and bake!  100% Nut Free! No peanuts or tree nuts ever! 

ORDER FORM































































































































All orders are due by Thursday November 12, 2015. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, all proceeds will continue to benefit the children who use our community-based, non-profit program!

Cookie Dough Pick Up Day is Friday November 27, 2015!  Please mark your calendars as we do not have room to refrigerate your dough! Thank you!

 A.H.C.C.P.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Sight and Sound Clinic on Monday
  • Choir for Grades 2-4 at Lunch on Monday
  • Remembrance Day Assembly beginning at 10:30am on Wednesday
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 at Lunch on Wednesday
  • Photo Retakes on Thursday Morning
  • PA Day on Friday- No School for Students
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 16-20- Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

November 16- School Improvement Planning- Parent Input Meeting at 9am

November 19- Pizza Lunch

November 20- Grade 4s to Forest Valley

December 1- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 9- Winter Concert (SAVE THE DATE)

December 10- Progress Reports Go Home

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 1, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

It was wonderful to experience the spirit of Halloween on Friday afternoon. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful weekend and a safe and enjoyable Halloween, if you celebrated. Please remember that we want to reinforce healthy food and snack choices at school. Please do not send your child to school with many Halloween treats. Not only do these become a distraction for our students, they do not represent necessary components of a balanced, nutritious lunch/ snack. It is also important to note that we do have many students with severe allergies, so please check the ingredients to make sure that nuts, or other allergens are not present.

In consultation with Health Canada, a Canada-wide recall has been issued for all lots of the Allerject epinephrine auto-injectors by Sanofi Canada. A similar recall is taking place in the United States, where it’s sold as Auvi-Q. Allerject is used as an emergency treatment by patients who are at risk and/or have a history of serious allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. This recall is due to issues that may potentially affect the delivery of the required amount of epinephrine. If you have a child using this product, please contact your health care provider or pharmacist for more information about this recall. If your child has an epi-pen at school, please make sure that this is up to date. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Finally, Photo Retakes have been scheduled for the morning of Thursday, November 12th. We will be calling students who wish to have retakes and siblings who wish to have photos taken together.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir for Grades 2-4 at Lunch on Monday
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 at Lunch on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Programs

*Please note that Athletics/ Extracurricular Activities have been postponed due to current ETFO job action.

Upcoming Dates:

November 9- Sight and Sound Program

November 11- Remembrance Day (Assembly at 10:30am)

November 12- Photo Retakes at 9am

November 13- PA Day

November 19- Pizza Lunch

December 1- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

Have a terrific week,

C. Birnbaum


































































October 26, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

Thank you very much for supporting last week's Scholastic Book Fair! We could not have done it without our staff, particularly Mrs. Pearl and the dedicated team of volunteers. The Book Fair really helps to create a positive buzz around literacy and our students were engaged and truly enjoyed the experience.

Many families have already received the most recent letter from our Director, Donna Quan and the Chair of the Board, Robin Pilkey relating to the current labour situation and Progress Reports. Please click HERE for this letter. Please note that my ability to respond to emails and phone calls will be impacted during this challenging time. Please be patient, as response times may be longer than usual. Please trust that I am focused on ensuring the safety and well being of all students while maintaining a culture for meaningful learning and student achievement at Armour Heights.

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that some members of our Armour Heights Family have been using an aggressive tone and unkind words to other members of our community (i.e., toward other parents and/ or staff members). Please remember that when we are trying to resolve a conflict or when advocating for an opportunity, we must always model respectful language and attitudes toward one another. As Principal of Armour Heights, it is my expectation that every stakeholder in our community (i.e., students, staff and parents) are treated with dignity and are spoken to in a respectful manner. Our children need the adults in their lives to be champions of respect and kindness. Things may not always unfold the way we would like, but often a polite approach elicits a more favourable outcome.

I would like to recognize and thank the families who followed our drop-off routines last week. Our parking lot seemed to run more smoothly with the designated "Kiss n' Ride" lane, marked with pylons. I will do my best to ensure that these pylons are set up before 8:30 each morning. Please remember that this lane is for the drop off of children in grades 1-6, who are able to gather their own belongings and exit the vehicle quickly on the passenger side of the car. There is no benefit to letting your child off toward the back of the lane, in fact this ends up holding up the rest of the line and we end up with a backlog of vehicles on Belgrave. Please be patient and wait until you pull up to the front of the line to let your child(ren) out of the car. Please remember it is very discourteous to cut in front of the other people who have patiently waited in the lane. Everyone's time is valuable and we must work together to ensure that our lot is safe and runs efficiently.

Please remember that Kindergarten dismissal is at 3:05pm and the students in grades 1-6 are dismissed at 3:20pm. It is imperative that students are picked up on time. It is the school's responsibility to ensure the safe dismissal of all students and for this reason, we kindly ask that all students leave school property once they have been dismissed. Students/ Parents are not allowed back into the building after dismissal unless they have an appointment. Furthermore, students/ families may not re-enter the school to use the washrooms or get drinks of water, so please plan accordingly.

As Halloween approaches, please note the following expectations surrounding the celebration of this event with your child(ren). Students are NOT to come dressed up in the morning of October 30th, unless there is a specific classroom activity that requires a costume (this information would only come from your child's teacher). Parties and celebrations will not happen before lunch and options for meaningful programming will be available for those who do not celebrate. We are equitable in our practice, so please speak with your child's teacher if you would prefer that your child not participate in Halloween-related activities. Students may NOT bring toy replicas or other items resembling guns, knives or any other weapons, as accessories to their Halloween costumes. Please also note that students may NOT bring fake blood as part of their Halloween costumes. Thank you for your co-operation. 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir- Grades 2-4 on Monday at Lunch
  • Choir- Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at Lunch
  • Classroom-based Halloween celebrations on Friday afternoon only
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 5- Pizza Lunch

November 9- Sight and Sound Program

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 13- PA Day

November 19- Pizza Lunch

December 1- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


































































October 19, 2015































































Hello Armour Families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend! We are very excited about our Fall Book Fair that kicked off with some browsing on Friday. Please check out the Book Fair Schedule HERE. I am also looking forward to seeing parents/ guardians on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm for our first FSA Meeting of 2015-2016. Child minding will be available during the meeting.

Recently, you may have noticed some TDSB vehicles in our parking lot. We have been experiencing some difficulties with our boilers, but technicians have been working throughout the weekend to fix them. We have been given a number of portable heaters in order to maintain safe temperatures inside the school and I have been advised that the boilers should be operational by mid-day on Monday.

Finally, this is just a friendly reminder to only use the Kiss n’ Ride lane in the mornings for quick drop off of students in grades 1-6. If you have a child in Kindergarten or you are planning to get out of your vehicle, please use a parking space on the East side of the school. Also, when pulling into the Kiss n’ Ride lane, please pull all the way up to the front and do not let your child out in the middle of the lane as this causes a backup onto Belgrave. Let’s work together to make our parking lot safe and manageable for everyone.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  •  Book Fair on Monday- Thursday
  • Choir- Grades 2-4 on Monday at Lunch
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm
  • Choir- Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at Lunch
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Kids Lit Quiz on Thursday at Lunch
  • Robotics on Tuesday and Friday at Lunch
  • Athletics
  • Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 5- Pizza Lunch

November 9- Sight and Sound Clinic

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 13- PA Day

November 19- Pizza Lunch

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































































































 October 13, 2015































































Hello Armour Families:

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for and as I have said many times, I feel so fortunate to serve such a caring, dynamic community. I truly hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend and were able to spend some time with family and friends. We have much to be grateful for and at Armour Heights we strive to "give back" whenever possible. I strongly believe that charity is about much more than simply dropping money in a jar; I believe in social action and awareness. I am extremely proud of the work of some of our Junior students, who took action last week and made our "Afternoon at the Ballpark" a huge success. A number of students recognized that we must take action to help the migrant refugees from Syria. Not only did our students campaign to collect money for the event, they also went classroom to classroom to make others aware of the crisis. Overall, our entire school came together to watch an exciting Blue Jays game while also working as a community to raise awareness and funds to support the Canadian Red Cross. Thanks to the work of our Students, Staff and Parent Volunteers, we raised about $650. I am so proud of our efforts and I know that we will continue to respond as a community to local and global issues by taking action and raising awareness.

We have a very exciting week ahead of us. Please remember that Friday is Photo Day for the whole school. We recognize that there will be a few students away at the Cross Country Meet on Friday, but we will do our best to work around such conflicts. Also, our Fall Book Fair is coming to Armour Heights! Students will have an opportunity to browse and create wish lists on Friday. Please have a look HERE for more information. Please note that Lunch programs start this week and the link to the schedule is available in the upcoming dates section below. Finally, please note that we will be conducting our first Lockdown Drill of the year this week. We recognize that many students tend to have questions about this and sometimes the answers are not easy, however we do our best to reassure the students. Although I would prefer that the Lockdown practice is unexpected, I leave it to parents to determine whether they would like to discuss this beforehand with their children. We will conduct one Lockdown drill this week and another in the Spring.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir for Grades 2-4 on Monday at Lunch
  • PALS Training on Tuesday afternoon
  • Choir for Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at Lunch
  • Kids Lit Quiz on Thursday at Lunch
  • Book Fair Browsing on Friday
  • Photo Day on Friday
  • Cross Country Meet for Qualifiers in Grades 3-6 on Friday
  • Programs
  • Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

October 22- Cross Country City Finals

                  -Pizza Lunch

October 23- Boys Slo Pitch Tournament

                  -Girls Football Tournament

November 5- Pizza Lunch

 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































 October 5, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend! Last week our students really got into the spirit as we supported the Toronto Blue Jays by wearing blue, white and anything Blue Jays! We also participated in our Annual Terry Fox Run on Thursday. A special thanks to all the volunteers, students, staff and families who contributed and supported this important event. We are really looking forward to our Cross Country Meet tomorrow at Earl Bales. Let’s work together to limit the number of vehicles travelling to and from the meet. Please carpool, if possible. Also, please don’t forget to sign your child out when they are leaving and sign them back in when they return.

I am also pleased to announce that the Fire Department visited Armour on Friday and were extremely impressed by our emergency and evacuation procedures. We have completed our required fire drills for the Fall and we will be conducting a lockdown drill in the coming weeks. Speaking of Community Helpers, many parents/ guardians may have noticed a Police Officer at the school on Thursday; this should not be a cause for alarm. We frequently work with our community partners at 32 Division in order to maintain an open line of communication in support of our students and community. Rest assured, you would be informed in the case of an emergency.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone that our East Parking lot is for visitors and it is a one-way loop. I have noticed several vehicles entering through the exit off Wilson and I have also seen cars driving the wrong way through the one way loop. Please follow the arrows that are clearly marked on the pavement/ signage. I would also ask that you reverse into spaces in order to maximize visibility when leaving. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Cross Country at Earl Bales on Monday beginning at 10am
  • Choir on Monday for Grades 2-4
  • Robotics at lunch on Tuesday
  • Choir on Wednesday for Grades 5-6
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Kids Lit Quiz on Thursday at lunch
  • Robotics at lunch on Friday
  • Athletics

 

All classes will be collecting donations to the Canadian Red Cross to support the relief efforts for the migrant refugees. Students may bring donations, or you may donate online HERE.

 

Upcoming Dates:

October 12- Thanksgiving

October 13- Lunch Programs begin this week

October 13- PALS Training (pm)

October 16- Photo Day

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































 September 28, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Families.

Firstly, I would like to wish those families who observed Eid al-Adha last week an Eid Mubarak! I also hope that those families who observed Yom Kippur had an easy fast and a Shana Tova!

Now that we are settling into our routines at Armour Heights, I would like to remind you of a few expectations. It is very important that you phone the Safe Arrival line at 416-397-2959, when you know that your child will be away. A note to your child's Teacher is very helpful, however this information doesn't always make it down to the office, so please leave a message on the Safe Arrival Line as well. This is for the safety of our children. You will receive an automated call when an absence has not been called in.

If there have been changes to your home address, contact numbers and/ or authorized pick-up people, please notify the office of these changes ASAP. Once again, this information needs to be up-to-date for the safety of all students.

If you are visiting the school, please begin your visit at the office. Parents and visitors are not permitted inside the school unless they have signed in and have been given a Visitor's Badge. Please understand that every adult must be accounted for at all times. Please do not accompany your child to his/ her classroom, no matter the age. This is a rule that students are aware of and when adults forget about this important rule, we are sending the wrong message to our children.

We have over 350 birthdays to celebrate each year! We celebrate birthdays with an announcement and a birthday surprise from the office on the special day. You may also dedicate a Birthday Book to the school or classroom, however birthday treats or snacks are not permitted. Not only do we want to maximize instructional time, we also want to adhere to nutrition guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education. We appreciate your co-operation on this.

The parking lot has been running fairly smoothly, thanks in part to the many students and families who have been walking or riding to school. In the morning, please remember to only use the Kiss n' Ride lane if you are dropping off your child(ren) in grades 1-6. If you are dropping off a child in Kindergarten or if you would prefer to stay, please be sure to park your vehicle in a parking space. The Kiss n' Ride lane is only for quick drop offs and you may not use this lane to park or idle your vehicle in the mornings. Likewise, if you are using this lane for pick-up at the end of the day, please do not get out of your vehicle. Please use a parking space if you are planning to get out of your car.

We are kindly asking that parents wait by the parking lot at morning entry between 8:30 and 8:45am. We are finding that many parents/ guardians/ caregivers are standing near the playscape or on the field and this impacts our ability to decipher whether or not these are Armour parents. We kindly ask that all adults leave the pavement, field and playscape areas after 8:30am, so that our Staff can effectively supervise our children. If you have a child in Kindergarten and a child in grades 1-6, please drop off the older child first and walk to the Kindergarten entrance using the path at the front of the school.

Finally, given the state of the current labour negotiations between the Elementary Teachers and the Province, our Curriculum Night scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th, has been postponed. I will send out notification once we are able to set a new date and time. Please also note that given the current labour situation, you will likely stop receiving regular classroom communications (i.e., newsletters, e-blasts, websites). The safety and well being of students continues to be apriority and day-to-day instruction will not be impacted by this job action. You may continue to communicate with your child's teacher using their preferred means of communication (i.e., calling the school, written notes, agenda, e-mail, etc.) Please continue to check HERE for updates regarding the status of the Labour Negotiations.

A Call for Action:

In recent weeks and months, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking refuge in Europe after fleeing their homeland to escape violence and unrest. The conflict in Syria is currently in its fifth year, with half the country's population now dependent on humanitarian assistance. It is estimated that more than 350,000 refugees and migrants have entered Europe so far this year. Many of them are men, women and children fleeing the war in Syria, while others have fled Iraq and Afghanistan.

At Armour Heights and across the TDSB, we will be collecting contributions to support the efforts of the Red Cross to provide relief in the form of food, water, first aid and psychological support. Beginning on October 5th, all classrooms will have a collection jar for donations, or you may also donate online HERE to make a donation.

 

Important Item for This Week:

Terry Fox Assembly on Monday morning

Choir (Grades 2-4) in the Studio on Monday at Lunch

PALS Training on Tuesday Afternoon

Choir (Grades 5-6) in the Studio on Wednesday at Lunch

Terry Fox Run on Thursday

Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

October 5- Cross Country Meet at Earl Bales at 10am

October 7- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm- **Postponed**

October 12- Thanksgiving

October 16- Photo Day

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































September 21, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights families:

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! It was lovely to see so many families at our Welcome Back BBQ. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Armour Heights FSA and the volunteers who made the evening possible. I look forward to many more opportunities to welcome families into our school to explore curriculum and celebrate our childrens' achievements. Please note that Curriculum Night is currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm, however this is depending on the status of the current labour situation. I will keep you updated about our Curriculum Night, but you may also check HERE regularly for updates on the provincial labour negotiations with ETFO.

At Armour Heights, we believe in a HANDS-OFF policy. Students are expected to keep their hands and feet to themselves and avoid activities that involve aggressive play and/or touching. Activities that are not acceptable include "play-fighting", wrestling, piggy-backing, tripping, pushing, shoving, body-checking, poking, punching, and other forms of rough play in classrooms, stairwells, hallways, and on the playground. During recess, students may play organized games such as basketball, soccer, baseball, frisbee, co-operative games and foot hockey as well as activities such as skipping and tag. TACKLING is not allowed at any time. Thank you for your help reinforcing these expectations.

I am often asked how we foster positive relationships at Armour Heights. At our school, we use a restorative approach to discipline. When a behavioural concern is reported, the following five restorative questions are asked:

1. What happened?

2. What were you thinking at the time?

3. What have you thought about since?

4. Who has been affected and in what way?

5. What do you think you need to do to make things right?

Appropriate behaviour is a responsibility shared by all. By using this process, it is our hope that students will begin to repair the damage done to any relationships. Depending on the circumstances of each situation, a variety of other consequences may be applied as well.  When we speak about progressive discipline, this refers to the range of consequences that may be applied after considering the nature of the offence and the age, past history and developmental abilities of the student. Consequences may include:

  • Discussion with Teacher, Supervisor or Principal
  • Parent contact/involvement
  • Restorative Reflection Sheet Assignment
  • Repairing damaged relationships
  • Mediated Conversations
  • Behaviour contracts
  • Written Action Plan
  • Removal of privileges
  • Exclusion from optional activities
  • Detentions before/during/after school
  • Withdrawal from class
  • Community service
  • Suspension
  • Payment for damages

Important Items for this Week:

  • Lice Check on Monday
  • Choir Begins for Grades 2-4 on Monday at lunch
  • Choir Begins for Grades 5-6 on Wednesday at lunch
  • Terry Fox Assembly on Friday morning
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

September 30- Terry Fox Run

October 5- Cross Country Meet at Earl Bales at 10am

October 7- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm (*Please watch for updates)

October 12- Thanksgiving

October 16- Photo Day

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Have a lovely week!

C. Birnbaum


































































September 14, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

Congratulations to all of our students and families on a successful first week! Our students are settling nicely into the routines of their classrooms and school. It was lovely to see so many Parents/ Guardians at our New Family Welcome on Friday morning. I can’t wait to see everyone on Wednesday for our Welcome Back BBQ at 5:30!

Please remember that morning supervision for students in grades 1-6 begins at 8:30am, on the North pavement and field. Parents are not permitted in this area during morning supervision, as this could impede the ability for our Staff to supervise the students. Parents/ Guardians may walk their child(ren) to the gate and hand their child(ren) off to a Staff Supervisor, in a safety vest. Students must line up at 8:43 and the entry bell will sound at 8:45am. Kindergarten entry begins at 8:40am at their designated door and students must enter by the 8:45 bell. If students are late, they must first sign in at the office. It is extremely important that a Parent/ Guardian and/ or designated pick up person is present for dismissal at the end of the day. Kindergarten students are dismissed at 3:05pm and Student in Grades 1-6 are dismissed at 3:20pm. Please make sure that you have a contingency plan in place in the event that you are running late.

As a reminder to Parents, we need to work together in order to effectively solve problems that may arise. If you have a concern, please gather as much information as possible (i.e., your child’s perspective might only represent one side of the story). You may call the school or write a note to arrange a meeting or conversation with the teacher to discuss your concern. Most situations can be resolved at this point through dialogue and co-operation among those involved. If your concern has not been resolved at this point, you may contact me to further address your concern.

Student safety and well-being is our foremost concern. On Friday afternoon, we conducted our first Fire Drill of the 2015-2016 school year and our students did a terrific job evacuating the building in an orderly fashion. We are required to conduct a total of 3 Fire Drills and 1 Lock Down Drill in the Fall and 3 Fire Drills and 1 Lock Down Drill again in the Spring. For the practice on Friday, students were aware that the Fire Drill was going to occur, however future drills will be conducted with less notice. Please note that these practices will not be conducted in extreme cold or inclement weather conditions and students will receive feedback and reassurance that we are safe and prepared in the unlikely case of an emergency.

Are you wondering how you can get involved at Armour Heights? There are a number of volunteer opportunities at the school and they can work around your schedule. Mrs. Pearl is looking for a team of Library Volunteers. If you are interested, please send her an email at: Janice.pearl@tdsb.on.ca We also have several classrooms in need of Class Parents. This is a fabulous way to support your child’s teacher and connect with other parents in the class. If you are interested in finding out more about being a Class Parent, please email Lisa at: hemilisa@gmail.com

Finally, I would like to wish those celebrating Rosh Hashana, a Happy New Year!

Important Items for This Week:

  • Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday at 5:30pm
  • Ward Forum with Trustee Arp at Armour Heights on Thursday at 7pm
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

September 21- Lice Check

September 30- Terry Fox Run

October 5- Cross Country Meet at Earl Bales at 1pm

October 7- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm

October 12- Thanksgiving

October 16- Photo Day

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

I am looking forward to seeing you at our Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday!

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































September 7, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families!

Welcome back to what promises to be an exciting 2015-2016 school year. I hope you were able to enjoy some time over the summer with family and friends. I am very excited to see our Armour Heights Family on Tuesday morning.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to families who are new to Armour Heights Public School. Thank you for subscribing to receive e-blasts from Armour Heights PS and the Armour Heights Family and School Associaltion (AHFSA). We are committed to providing regular communication. I strive to send one weekly update (typically on Sunday evening). Please follow us on Twitter as well for regular updates, photos and reminders @TDSB_ArmourHts. Please bookmark our website: www.armourheightsps.ca and check our school calendar: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/Calendar.aspx

Please join us in the Staff Room this Friday, September 11th at 8:45am for our “New Parent Welcome”. This is a great way to meet other parents in the community! If you are able to join us (even for a quick coffee/ tea), please take a moment to complete this RSVP Form.

 

Some Reminders for the First Day

  • ·      All Students start school on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:45am (There is NO staggered entry for Kindergarten this year).
  • ·      Staff members will be outside at 8:30am with nametags and/ or signs and students are expected to assemble with their Teacher(s).
  • ·      All Kindergarten Students will meet their Teachers on the West side of the building.
  • ·      Students in Grades 1-6 will meet their Teachers on the East side of the building.
  • ·      Non-Homeroom Teachers and Support Staff will be wearing safety vests and they will be circulating with class lists to help students find their Teacher(s).
  • ·      Parents are not permitted to enter the building with their children (goodbyes, photos, waves, etc. must take place outside, before the class enters the school).
  • ·      Scheduled supervision begins at 8:30am and students may not be left alone before this time.
  • ·      Dismissal for Kindergarten is at 3:05pm.
  • ·      Dismissal for Students in Grades 1-6 is 3:20pm.
  • ·      We are a Nut-Free/ Allergy Aware School, so please make sure that your child’s lunch/ snacks are nut free. Your child’s teacher will communicate other classroom allergies that we must be aware of to keep everyone safe.
  • ·      Please remember- ALL VISITORS MUST BUZZ IN AND SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE.


Attendance Reminders

  • ·      If your child is going to be absent, please call the Safe Arrival Line at: 416-397-2959, otherwise you will receive a call from our automated Safe Arrival Call Out System.
  • ·      We suggest that children remain at school over the lunch hour, however if you are signing your child out, please provide a written note to your child’s teacher and come in to the office to sign him/ her out.
  • ·      Please notify the school and/ or your child’s Teacher in writing if there is a change of pickup person. These arrangements cannot be made over the phone.

 

Parking Lot Reminders

  • ·      The West Lot is for Staff Parking Only
  • ·      The East Lot is for Parent/ Visitor Parking
  • ·      The East Lot is a One-Way Loop (Please follow the arrows)
  • ·      Please back into a parking space if you are planning on getting out of your vehicle (this applies to drop-off and pick-up times especially).
  • ·      Please Do Not park/ idle your vehicle in the Bus Loading Zone in front of Door 1.
  • ·      Please use the “Kiss n’ Ride Lane if you are letting your child out of the vehicle and he/ she is able to independently gather belongings and enter school property (this lane needs to keep moving and cars should not be stopped for more than 10-15 seconds).
  • ·      Please drive with extra care in our parking lot and watch for children at all times.

 

Welcome Back BBQ

  • ·      Welcome Back BBQ is on Wednesday, Spetember 16th at 5:30pm
  • ·      You will be receiving a pink order form after the first day. Please return this order form ASAP!
  • ·      I am looking forward to seeing you there!

 

This is an exciting time of year as it represents a new beginning. Please encourage goal setting and let’s work together to foster a love for learning as we embark on a new school year. It is a privilege to serve such a dynamic community and I look forward to continued growth and achievement in 2015-2016.

 

Important Items for This Week:

·      First Day of School for all students (K-6) on Tuesday

·      New Parent Welcome on Friday at 8:45am (RSVP FORM)

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 11- New Parent Welcome at 8:45am

September 16- Welcome Back BBQ at 5:30pm

September 30- Terry Fox Run

October 7- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm

October 12- Thanksgiving

October 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Thank you for being partners in your child’s learning!

 

C. Birnbaum


































































June 22, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in our Armour Heights Family. I hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful weekend with family and friends. I would also like to wish those who celebrated Ramadan on Thursday, a Ramadan Mubarak!

It is hard to believe that we are ready to embark on the final week of school for the 2014-2015 school year. It has been an incredible year filled with innovative learning opportunities, friendships and excitement. It is important to note that our children will be feeling a range of emotions this week; they will be filled with joy now that summer is here, they will have feelings of sadness saying goodbye to teachers, classmates and friends and many might feel nervous about what the future has in store for them. These are all natural feelings at this time of year and as educators and parents, we need to be there to listen and validate these emotions. As adults, we have lived these experiences and we can offer advice and positive support to further build resilience in our children.

Please note that Lip Sync has been changed to Tuesday morning, due to a scheduling conflict. The performances will begin at 9:15am on Tuesday. Please also note that the last day of school for students is on Thursday and students will receive an envelope with an end of year newsletter and a notice of classroom placement for next year. We are still trying to finalize a few staffing assignments and these will hopefully be sorted out by the end of the week. In any case, teaching assignments are tentative and are subject to change at any time.

I would like to thank the entire Armour Heights Community for your patience and support through the process of determining distribution of final marks/ reporting. As you know, final Elementary Report Cards are not being completed this year. As an alternative, Kindergarten students will be receiving Letters of Placement and students in grades 1-6 will be receiving a Summary of Marks Report. These are both legal documents which will be signed and stored in each student’s Ontario Student Record (OSR). As a system, the decision has been made that these documents will be mailed centrally during the week of July 13th to the current address that the school has on file. These documents cannot be picked up or delivered before this time. Through ongoing communication, you should have an idea of how your child has progressed over the final term. Your child’s teachers are committed to maintaining an open line of communication to discuss your child’s progress. These circumstances are unfortunate and I truly appreciate your understanding and continued partnership.

Letter from Director, Donna Quan

Summary of Marks FAQs

Important Items for This Week:

  • Grade 6 Ultimate Frisbee Semi-Finals on Monday Afternoon
  • Lip Sync Rehearsal on Monday Afternoon
  • Lip Sync on Tuesday Morning at 9:15am** Date changed
  • Grade 6 Graduation on Wednesday at 3:00pm
  • STAR Awards Assembly on Thursday at 9:30am
  • Grade 6 Clap out begins at 3:00pm on Thursday
  • PA Day on Friday

Upcoming Dates:

Week of July 13th- All Summary of Marks Reports/ Kindergarten Placement Letters mailed

September 3- PA Day

September 7- Labour Day

September 8- First day of school for students!

September 16- Welcome Back BBQ

October 7- Curriculum Night

October 12- Thanksgiving

November 13- PA Day

December 21- January 1, 2016- Holiday Break

January 22, 2016- PA Day

February 12, 2016- PA Day

February 15, 2016- Family Day

March 14-18, 2016- March Break

March 25, 2016- Good Friday

March 28, 2016- Easter Monday

May 23, 2016- Victoria Day

June 10, 2016- PA Day

June 29, 2016- Last day of school for students!

June 30, 2016- PA Day

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































June 15, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was very nice to see so many families at ‘Showcase 2015’ last week. Our students did a wonderful job in their class/ grade dances and the student-directed numbers were absolutely brilliant! Thank you to Mrs. Rosenberg and the entire Armour Heights Staff for coming together to make this show a success.

We have more excitement coming up this week, as the students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will be involved in the first ever Armour Heights Pan Am Games on Wednesday! Please be sure to check out our Twitter feed @TDSB_ArmourHts for updates.

I would like to follow up on the letter that you received earlier in the week relating to final Elementary Report Cards. Firstly, I share your disappointment over these unfortunate circumstances and I am exploring the feasibility of a few options in order to provide you with information about your child’s achievement. As always, our staff is committed to providing you with ongoing communication throughout the year and this will not change. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, I encourage you to speak with your child’s teacher. Please trust in the fact that if there has been a dramatic improvement or decline since the first term, you will be contacted (if you haven’t been in regular contact already). As I explore options for sharing details of your child’s achievement, please be advised that this information will not be shared electronically, or by email. I am committed to ensuring that our students and families have access to reporting information and I will keep you informed once an efficient solution is determined. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Important Items for This Week:

  • FSA Meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday
  • ABC Wednesday! (Anything But Cars)… Hint, Hint… There are some mystery ABC days scheduled for this week and our Eco Team will be on the lookout!
  • Armour Heights Pan Am Games (K-5) on Wednesday

Upcoming Dates:

June 21- Father’s Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out

June 26- PA Day

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































June 8, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend! We have a very exciting week ahead including both the Grade 5 and 6 Ultimate Frisbee City Championships, Track and Field City Championships, Showcase, Grade 6 Swimming and much more. We are so fortunate that we are able to provide so many opportunities that encourage healthy relationships and team- building amongst our children. Furthermore, we maintain an understanding that student engagement happens in so many different ways. In order for our children to properly access curriculum, they must be engaged and feel connected to the school environment. In order to meet everyone’s needs, we understand that exposure to Athletics, The Arts, clubs, committees and teams will help establish meaningful connections for our children. Our children possess a multitude of strengths and talents and through a wide variety of experiences, our students are more likely to have an opportunity to truly shine. Curriculum cannot be simply ‘covered’; content must be taught to meet the needs and interests of ALL learners. In order to achieve this objective, students must feel safe as part of the classroom and school community. A cross-curricular approach using big ideas, including The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Science and Technology, Social Studies (including social responsibility and character development), allows us to deepen the delivery of content in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy and make learning more authentic. Opportunities like Track and Field, Eco-Team, PALS, Showcase, Lip-Sync, Robotics, Choir, Skating, Swimming and Curling may test our students’ limitations, but more importantly, these experiences may even help us teach important lessons about perseverance, co-operation, leadership and resilience... All while hopefully encouraging our children to further develop a love of learning and build deeper connections with one another. I feel blessed to serve such an incredible community of students, families and educators. Together, we continue to provide our children with a unique learning experience, rooted in an understanding that high levels of academic achievement will not occur in the absence of student engagement and safe, healthy relationships.

Finally, a very important notice from Mrs. Pearl...

The Armour Heights Library has been a hub of activity throughout the school year. A lot of learning took place inside the four walls. Students were constantly coming through the doors. Many books were borrowed and read. To keep up with student interests many books were also purchased.

Now it is time to return all of those borrowed books. Over the next few weeks please search your homes, cars, cottages, backpacks and even classrooms for the library books. Return them to the box marked “return bin” in the library. Beginning Monday June 8th reminder letters will be sent home to students who may still have outstanding books.

This summer our school library will be inventoried. This is to ensure that our online library catalogue accurately reflects our library collection. Library and Learning Resource staff will be inventorying our collection this August. It is extremely important that we have all of our books on the shelves.

A special note to graduating students. Your current library card goes with you to your new school in September. It will be “locked” if you still have outstanding materials at Armour. Make sure to clear your card before you leave.

I thank you in advance.

Happy Hunting

Mrs. Pearl

Important Items for This Week:

Grade 5 and 6 Ultimate Frisbee City Championships on Monday morning

Track and Field City Championships on Tuesday

Showcase on Wednesday at 1:30pm

PALS and Kindergarten Helper Appreciation Lunch on Thursday at lunch

FSA Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm on Thursday

Our Final Freezie Friday on Friday at lunch

Programs and Clubs

Upcoming Dates:

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 16- 19- Grade 6 Grad Trip to Ottawa

June 20- Nelson Mandela Freedom Walk

June 21- Father’s Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































June 1, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families: 

I would first like to acknowledge the genuine care and dedication demonstrated by our staff over the past month with classroom placements for 2015-2016. Although the process is far from complete, the level of consideration and time devoted to building balanced classrooms genuinely amazes me. As you can imagine, the whole process is not easy and I am comforted knowing that decisions are being made in the best interest of our children. 

As we prepare for the excitement and uncertainty in the coming weeks, I am reminded of an article by Margarita Tartakovsky, in which she described 10 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids. In the article, she shared that children will face various challenges in life and what helps them navigate these kinds of challenges is resilience. “Resilient kids are problem solvers. They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions”. Resilence needs to be taught and we have to work to equip our children with the skills to handle the “unexpected” or the “uncomfortable”. Tartakovsky writes that “We have become a culture of trying to make sure our kids are comfortable. We as parents are trying to stay one step ahead of everything our kids are going to run into.” The problem? “Life doesn’t work that way.” Furthermore, she writes that a parent’s job isn’t to be there all the time for their kids but to teach them to handle uncertainty and to problem solve.

Here are the 10 tips for parents that she describes in her article:

1. Don’t accommodate every need. Overprotecting kids only fuels their anxiety.

Example: A child gets out of school at 3:40. But they worry about their parent picking them up on time. So the parent arrives an hour earlier and parks by their child’s classroom so they can see the parent is there.

2. Avoid eliminating all risk. The key is to allow appropriate risks and teach your kids essential skills. “Start young. The child who’s going to get his driver’s license is going to have started when he’s 5 [years old] learning how to ride his bike and look both ways [slow down and pay attention].”

Giving kids age-appropriate freedom helps them learn their own limits.

3. Teach them to problem-solve. Support your child in figuring out how they can handle challenges. Give them the opportunity, over and over, “to figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

4. Teach your kids concrete skills. Skills such as teaching a shy child how to greet someone, and start a conversation, goes a long way.

5. Avoid “why” questions. “Why” questions aren’t helpful in promoting problem-solving. If your child left their bike in the rain, and you ask “why?” “what will they say? I was careless. I’m an 8-year-old.” Ask “how” questions instead. “You left your bike out in the rain, and your chain rusted. How will you fix that?” For instance, they might go online to see how to fix the chain or contribute money to a new chain.

6. Don’t provide all the answers. Rather than providing your kids with every answer, start using the phrase “I don’t know,” “followed by promoting problem-solving.” Using this phrase helps kids learn to tolerate uncertainty and think about ways to deal with potential challenges. Also, starting with small situations when they’re young helps prepare kids to handle bigger trials. They won’t like it, but they’ll get used to it.

7. Avoid talking in catastrophic terms. Pay attention to what you say to your kids and around them. Anxious parents, in particular, tend to “talk very catastrophically around their children.” For instance, instead of saying “It’s really important for you to learn how to swim,” they say, “It’s really important for you to learn how to swim because it’d be devastating to me if you drowned.”

8. Let your kids make mistakes. Failure is not the end of the world. Letting kids mess up is tough and painful for parents. But it helps kids learn how to fix slip-ups and make better decisions next time.

9. Help them manage their emotions. Emotional management is key in resilience. Teach your kids that all emotions are OK. It’s OK to feel angry that you lost the game or someone else finished your ice cream. Also, teach them that after feeling their feelings, they need to think through what they’re doing next. “Kids learn very quickly which powerful emotions get them what they want. Parents have to learn how to ride the emotions, too.” You might tell your child, “I understand that you feel that way. I’d feel the same way if I were in your shoes, but now you have to figure out what the appropriate next step is.” If your child throws a tantrum, she said, be clear about what behavior is appropriate (and inappropriate). You might say, “I’m sorry we’re not going to get ice cream, but this behaviour is unacceptable.”

10. Model resiliency. Of course, kids also learn from observing their parents’ behaviour. Try to be calm and consistent. “You cannot say to a child you want them to control their emotions, while you yourself are flipping out.”

Parenting takes lots of practice and we all make mistakes. What I do know is that resiliency helps students find success at school... resilient kids also become resilient adults, able to survive and thrive in the face of challenges. Let's work together to raise resilient children.

 

Important Items for This Week:

•    Track and Field Conference Finals at Esther Shiner Stadium on Monday

•    Ultimate Frisbee Conference Finals Grade 5 and 6 Green at Forest Manor on Tuesday

•    Bike Rodeo on Thursday morning for Grades 1-4

•    PA Day on Friday- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

•    Programs

 

Upcoming Dates:

June 8- Showcase Rehearsal at 1pm

June 9- Track Meet (City Championships)

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm

June 12- Final Freezie Friday!

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 16- 19- Grade 6 Grad Trip to Ottawa

June 20- Nelson Mandela Freedom Walk

June 21- Father’s Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day

 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































May 25, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to take this opportunity to send warm wishes to those observing Pentecost and a Happy Shavuot to those celebrating.

What an amazing weekend! On Friday evening, many students in our Primary and Junior Choirs sang both the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada at the Blue Jays Game. Our students sounded absolutely incredible and represented our Armour Heights Family extremely well. A huge thank you to Tanya, our incredibly dedicated Choir Director, who volunteered her time and organized this special opportunity for our children. Thanks to Mrs. Rosenberg and all the parent chaperones, who helped everything run so smoothly.

It was terrific to see so many families at our Annual Fun Fair on Saturday. We couldn’t have asked for better weather! Thank you to Barbara, our 2015 Fun Fair Chair and the incredible volunteers, who made the event possible. It was wonderful to see so many families who came early and stayed late. Our kids had a great time and it was exciting to have so many members of our Armour Heights Family together for such a fun event. Thank you everyone for your continued support and commitment to enriching our children’s learning.

Thank you again to everyone who has been walking to school, now that the weather is cooperating. Please consider options other than cars for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up. Let’s enjoy our beautiful community and think ABC (Anything But Cars)! This is also a perfect time to review Street Proofing Tips. Please click HERE for some important community safety reminders that every student should know.

You are invited to Showcase 2015! Your child has been rehearsing for what promises to be a special celebration of dance. Please click HERE for your invitation to Showcase on June 10th at 1:30pm in the Gym. We hope you can make it!

Finally, please click HERE for a notice shared with all schools by Toronto Public Health regarding Blacklegged Ticks. The risk in Toronto is low, however this notice contains important information.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Welcome to our Principal and Vice Principals for the Day on Thursday
  • Assembly on Thursday Morning
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Freezie Friday on Friday
  • Athletics
  • Programs


Upcoming Dates:

June 1- Track Meet (Regionals)

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 8- Showcase Rehearsal at 1pm

June 9- Track Meet (City Championships)

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 16- 19- Grade 6 Grad Trip to Ottawa

June 20- Nelson Mandela Freedom Walk

June 21- Father’s Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day































































































































Have a fabulous week!

C. Birnbaum


































































May 18, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families: 

Happy Victoria Day! I hope you and your family were able to enjoy the fabulous weekend. I would like to begin by thanking everyone for your support for the relief efforts in Nepal. On Friday, students in Ms. Fineberg and Mr. Hook's classes organized a bake sale to support the Canadian Red Cross as they provide assistance to the people in Nepal following the powerful earthquake that devastated parts of the country. To date, we have raised nearly $1000 from donations collected at Peter Pan, voluntary classroom collections and the bake sale on Friday. All classrooms are collecting donations and you can also contribute directly  HERE.

Now that Spring is here, it is important that we consider how our students dress for success. The Guidelines for Appropriate Dress at Armour Heights are to be respected by all students, staff members and volunteers, regardless of grade or gender. It is important to remember that our students are expected to participate in a wide range of activities like playscape, gymnastics, sitting on the carpet, etc., and they need to be comfortable and safe when doing so.

Please consider the following Guidelines for Appropriate Dress at Armour Heights:

  • Skirts and shorts should sit mid-way between hip and knee (short shorts/ skirts are unsafe on playscape, slide, etc.)
  • Bottom of shirts must touch the top of pants at all times (including when student raises his/ her hand, sits down, etc.)
  • Sandals must be sized properly (Flip flops are not safe for several activities, including physical education, dance and stairs)
  • Undergarments should not be visible
  • Straps on tank tops must measure the width of two fingers
  • Please ensure that written messages or graphics on clothing are appropriate

Thank you for your support in reminding your child to dress for success at school.

On Friday morning, we will be taking a panoramic photo of all students and staff at Armour Heights. Please remind your child to wear an Armour Heights spirit shirt if they have one. If not, students will be encouraged to wear green, grey or white.

Finally, I would like to recognize all of the children and families who are walking to school. Not only is this an environmentally responsible choice, it is a heart healthy one as well. Let's take full advantage of this beautiful weather and enjoy our amazing community by walking to and from school together!

Important Items for This Week:

  • Track and Field Meet at Esther Shiner Stadium on Thursday
  • School Panoramic Photo on Friday Morning
  • Freezie Friday on Friday at Lunch
  • Armour Heights Blue Jays Night on Friday at 7pm
  • Fun Fair on Saturday!
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

May 28- Pizza Lunch

May 29- Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 21- Father's Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day

 

Have a lovely week!

C. Birnbaum

 


































































































































May 10, 2015































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:































































































































I would like to wish all of our Mothers a very Happy Mother's Day! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. I would like to recognize the entire cast of Peter Pan for a most incredible production last week. Our students did a wonderful job and once again, we are extremely thankful to have such dedicated volunteers and staff members who make this all possible. A huge thank you to Tanya, our talented Choir Director, who continues to inspire our children with her vision. Thank you to all the Armour families for your continued support!































































































































As a follow-up to the communication that was sent home last week regarding the job action, please have a look at this UPDATE. I will continue to post or forward updates as they become known. I also encourage you to visit the TDSB site and click the "Labour Negotiations" tab for regular updates as well.































































































































As presented at our FSA Meeting on April 21st, our School Organization for 2015-2016 is as follows:































































































































JK/ SK- A































































JK/ SK- B































































JK/ SK- C































































Grade 1































































Grade 1/2- A































































Grade 1/2- B































































Grade 2/3- A































































Grade 2/3- B































































Grade 3































































Grade 4- A































































Grade 4- B































































Grade 5/6- A































































Grade 5/6- B































































Grade 5/6- C































































































































Please note that this information is subject to change due to increase/ decrease in enrolment and/ or potential reorganization. Specific teaching assignments will not be shared until the final day of school. We are currently in the process of building balanced classes, based on social, emotional, gender, behaviour, and/ or academic strengths/ needs. Thank you for being partners in your child's learning.































































































































Important Items for This Week:































































































































  • Peter Pan Cast Party on Monday at Lunch
  • Grade 6 Transition Visit at St. Andrew's JHS on Thursday Morning
  • Freezie Friday on Friday
  • Programs
  • Athletics
































































Upcoming Dates:































































May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 21- Track and Field Meet at Esther Shiner

May 22- Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

     - School Panoramic Photo at 9am

     - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO (Grade 3- May 26, 27, 28/ Grade 6- June 1, 2, 3)

May 28- Pizza Lunch

     - Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm































































































































June 21- Father's Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day































































































































Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































May 4, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making our Open House a success last week! It was wonderful to see our students proud to share learning artifacts with their families as they led tours through the school and into their classrooms. I am always proud to see our students engaged in learning and I am excited to witness the innovative ways that our educators help make thinking visible.

Thank you as well to all families who came early to support our students who performed in the Spring Concert. Our children were fabulous and the show was uplifting as is the spirit of Spring! Thank you again to Mrs. Rosenberg, Ms. Roth, Ms. Azeroual, Ms. McLean, Mr. Kahn and Mr. Wilson for encouraging and inspiring such amazing performances. Thank you as well to Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Newman, Mr. Barta and Mrs. Weintraub for all the behind the scenes support. Kudos to our Assemblers for their leadership and cooperation!

Thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Book Fair. Thanks to your support it was a huge success. Proceeds from this Book Fair go to supporting classroom libraries and the Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa. Thank you to Mrs. Pearl and the many volunteers who made this all possible!

I would also like to thank all families and children who participated in this year’s Welcome to Kindergarten visits on Tuesday. It was wonderful to welcome the newest and youngest members of our Armour Heights Family. Thanks to our incredible Kindergarten Team for organizing such a special day. We look forward to sharing this exciting time in your child’s education with you!

Weather permitting, Monday is our Armour Heights Track and Field Day for ALL Students (JK- Grade 6). Please be sure to send your child with a hat, sunscreen, appropriate footwear and a water bottle. We will monitor the weather and if deemed unsuitable, we will reschedule to this Thursday.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Armour Heights Track and Field Day on Monday (JK- Grade 6)
  • Peter Pan Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday at 9am
  • Peter Pan on Wednesday at 6:30pm
  • Rain Date for Track and Field Day on Thursday
  • Freezie Friday on Friday
  • Programs
  • Athletics

































































Upcoming Dates
:

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 14- Grade 6 Transition Day at St. Andrew’s JHS (8:45-10:45am)

May 15- Freezie Friday

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 21- Track and Field Meet at Esther Shiner

May 22- Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

     - School Panoramic Photo at 9am

     - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO (Grade 3- May 26, 27, 28/ Grade 6- June 1, 2, 3)

May 28- Pizza Lunch

     - Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm































































































































June 21- Father's Day

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Awards Assembly (am)/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































April 27, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Firstly, I would like to recognize our fabulous cast who performed in the Armour Heights production of “Annie” last week. After months of rehearsals and hard work, Annie was a huge success! I would like to thank our incredibly talented and dedicated Choir Director, Tanya for her commitment to our children and investment of time. Tanya continues to expect greatness from our students and they consistently deliver. I am always amazed by the vision and passion that Tanya possesses. On behalf of the entire Armour Heights community, we are so fortunate to have Tanya as a role model for our children. I would also like to thank Mrs. Rosenberg for her time and dedication to the production of Annie. Through the Dramatic Arts, Mrs. Rosenberg continues to engage students of all ages. I truly appreciate the mornings, lunches and afternoons that have been devoted to our talented performers. I also want to thank Mr. Hook, Mrs. Pearl, our Caretakers and the staff members who moved schedules and classrooms to make this production a reality. Finally a huge thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped with sets, lighting, sound, tickets, make-up, posters, programs, props, etc… It really does take a village!

I am really looking forward to welcoming the newest members of our Armour Heights Family on Tuesday for our Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Visits. Parents of JK students, beginning school in 2015-2016, will be visiting along with their child to experience a Kindergarten classroom at Armour Heights. Children will have an opportunity to engage with other JK learners in a classroom setting as they work at a variety of centres. Parents will have the opportunity to speak with members of the Kindergarten Team, members of our School Support Team, Marilyn (Director of the Armour Heights Child Care Program) and members of the FSA. Following their visit, they will even have a chance to stop by our Book Fair in the Library. Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our Armour Heights Family this week!

Speaking of Book Fair, please click HERE for more information!

Finally, I am looking forward to welcoming you to our Open House this Thursday at 6:45pm. The purpose of Open House is to empower our students to share the way they learn within the classroom environment. Please be sure to ask your child to show you work samples, features of the classroom, preferred learning tools, etc. I would also encourage all parents to try to better understand how guided instruction happens in your child’s classroom and how learning can be extended at home. Please remember that Spring Concert begins at 6:00pm for students in Ms. Roth, Ms. McLean, Ms. Azeroual, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kahn’s classes. Classrooms will not be opened before 6:45pm.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Book Fair (Monday- Thursday)
  • Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation Visits on Tuesday
  • Spring Concert Rehearsal on Wednesday morning
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Spring Concert on Thursday at 6:00pm
  • Open House on Thursday at 6:45pm
  • Freezie Friday on Friday at Lunch (JK-Grade 6)
  • Athletics
  • Programs

Upcoming Dates:

May 4- Armour Heights Track and Field Day (JK-6)

May 6- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 14- Grade 6 Transition Day at St. Andrew’s JHS (8:45-10:45am)

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 22- Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

            - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO

May 28- Pizza Lunch

May 29- Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go Home

June 26- PA Day































































































































Have a wonderful week!































































C. Birnbaum


































































April 20, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who supported the students and programming at Armour Heights by attending the Silent Auction on Saturday evening. I know it was a fabulous event and I especially want to thank the FSA and everyone involved in organizing this year’s “Block Party”! Thank you as well to everyone who donated items and/ or time... our children benefit greatly from your ongoing generosity and support.

If you haven’t had a chance, please be sure to check out our most recent newsletter HERE. Our Junior Journalists take a lot of pride in their writing as their articles demonstrate purpose, creativity and passion.

We have an exciting week ahead and I look forward to seeing many of you at the FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. I will be sharing our School Organization for 2015-2016 (NOT Teaching Assignments) and we will have a few teacher representatives present to speak and address questions.

Finally, The Grade 2,3,4 production of “Annie” will take place on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Our students have been working really hard and I am really looking forward to enjoying this production with families and friends of Armour Heights.

Important Items for This Week:

  • PC Ponzi to visit classes on Monday and Tuesday to discuss personal and community safety with our Primary students and cyber safety with our Junior students
  • “Annie” Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday morning
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Staff Room
  • “Annie” on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm in the Gym
  • Freezie Friday at Lunch on Friday
  • Optional Parent Input Forms for Class Placements Due on Friday at 4pm (Please let the office know if your child will not be returning to Armour in 2015-2016)
  • Athletics
  • Programs and Clubs

 Upcoming Dates:

April 27-30- Book Fair

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Pizza Lunch

             - Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 6:45pm

May 4- Armour Heights Track and Field Day (JK-6)

May 6- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 22- Panoramic school photo at 9am

             - Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

             - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO

May 28- Pizza Lunch

             - Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go home

June 26- PA Day

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































April 13, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weekend. I would like to wish those who celebrated Orthodox Easter a Happy Easter!

The April Issue of The Armour Heights Gazette will be available online tomorrow, so please check HERE. This issue will feature many amazing articles written by our Junior Journalists!

VERY IMPORTANT- The Silent Auction is less than one week away and ticket orders are due tomorrow. Please make sure that you submit your ticket order right away. The Silent Auction is a great night to meet, mingle and fundraise to support programming for our children. There are some incredible items and beautiful one-of-a-kind classroom creations to bid on. Please come and support our school on April 18th.

































































Important Items for This Week:

  • Dental Screening on Monday to Wednesday
  • Blue Spruce on Tuesday afternoon
  • Blue Spruce on Thursday morning
  • Character Assembly on Thursday afternoon
  • Silent Auction on Saturday Evening!
  • Athletics
  • Programs (Spring Lunch Programs begin this week!)

































































Upcoming Dates:

April 18- Silent Auction

April 20/21- PC Ponzi Visits (Primary-Personal Safety/ Junior Cyber Safety)

April 21- Annie Dress Rehearsal (am)

April 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 22- Annie at 6:30pm

April 24- Freezie Friday!

April 24- Optional Parent Input Forms Due for 2015-2016 Class Placements

April 27-30- Book Fair

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Pizza Lunch

             - Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 6:45pm

May 4- Armour Heights Track and Field Day (JK-6)

May 6- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 22- Panoramic school photo at 9am

             - Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

             - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO

May 28- Pizza Lunch

             - Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Clap Out/ Report Cards go home

June 26- PA Day

Have a fabulous week!

C. Birnbaum


































































April 7, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you were able to enjoy the long weekend. Once again, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who celebrated. We have an eventful week ahead and please be sure to remind your child/ children to wear pink this Wednesday. With Autism Awareness Day last week and International Day of Pink this week, there have been many meaningful conversations about inclusion, tolerance, empathy and most of all, respect. Each and every day our Student Announcers remind us of the ‘Golden Rule’ with hopes that our children will internalize the true meaning of what it means to be respectful, kind individuals.

The International Day of Pink is a day of action, born when a youth in a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow students decided to stand up to bullying; and hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination and gender-based bullying. We encourage staff, students and parents to not only wear pink in support of diversity, but to also engage in conversations and activities to challenge gender stereotypes. Across the world discrimination continues to be the leading source of conflict. Discrimination includes ableism, ageism, classism, racism, sexism, among many other forms. Stereotypes (ideas) may lead to prejudices (attitudes/feelings), which may lead to discrimination (actions) and affect how we work, study and treat one another; they create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. The International Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity - it's also a commitment to being open minded, to being understanding of differences and to learning to respect each other. 

Important Items for This Week:

Tuesday

  • Lice Check
  • Social Media/ Internet Safety Presentation for students in grades 4-6 at 1pm
  • Social Media/ Internet Safety Presentation for Parents at 7:00pm in the Gym  **There is still space (Please RSVP to AHFSA@rogers.com)

Wednesday

  • International Day of Pink
  • Spelling Bee at Rockford PS (4:30pm for Primary/ 6:30pm for Junior)

Friday

  • Dental Screening Begins

Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

April 14- Blue Spruce (PM)

April 16- Blue Spruce (AM)

              - Character Assembly (PM)

April 18- Silent Auction

April 20/21- PC Ponzi Visits (Primary-Personal Safety/ Junior Cyber Safety)

April 21- Annie Dress Rehearsal (am)

April 21- FSA Meeting- 7:30pm

April 22- Annie at 6:30pm

April 24- Freezie Friday!

April 24- Optional Parent Input Forms Due for 2015-2016 Class Placements

April 27-30- Book Fair

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Pizza Lunch

             - Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 6:45pm

May 4- Armour Heights Track and Field Day (JK-6)

May 6- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

May 22- Armour Heights Blue Jays Night

            - Freezie Friday!

May 23- Fun Fair

May 25- June 4- EQAO

May 28- Pizza Lunch

May 29- Freezie Friday!

June 4- Bike Rodeo at 8:30-11:30am

June 5- PA Day

June 10- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 22- Lip Sync at 1pm

June 24- Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm

June 25- Last Day for Students/ Clap Out/ Report Cards Go Home

June 26- PA Day

*Please be sure to import our Google Calendar, which is updated regularly!

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































March 30, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It looks like we are inching closer to Spring-like weather this week. Although temperatures should be above freezing, students are still expected to wear their coats and dress appropriately when outdoors. Our field is still muddy and we are monitoring conditions closely when making decisions about where the children can play. Speaking of recesses, excitement was in the air last week when Mr. Barta delivered new sets of outdoor equipment to each classroom. We are committed to ensuring widespread engagement, cooperation and inclusion during outdoor play. Each teacher will be reinforcing expectations for recess and we will be discussing the importance of taking care of this equipment.

I have received many questions about the 2015-2016 School Year Calendar. Although the Ministry of Education has not yet approved the TDSB calendar, the Draft has been posted HERE. Once the calendar is approved, I will update the school calendar on the Armour Heights PS Website.

Please remember that the school will be closed this Friday for Good Friday and again on Monday for Easter Monday. I would like to take this opportunity to wish those who celebrate Easter a Happy Easter. I would also like to wish those who celebrate Passover a Chag Pesach Sameach.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Choir- Grade 2-4 meets at Lunch Recess on Monday
  • Junior Journalists meet during AM Recess and Lunch Recess on Tuesday
  • Choir- Grade 5-6 meets at Lunch Recess on Wednesday
  • School closed for Good Friday on Friday
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

April 6- Easter Monday

April 7- Social Media Presentations (Day for students/ Evening for parents)

             - Lice Check

April 8- International Day of Pink

             - Spelling Bee at Rockford PS at 4:30pm

April 10- Dental Screening begins

April 14- Blue Spruce (PM)

April 16- Blue Spruce (AM)

              - Character Assembly (PM)

April 17- Freezie Friday!

April 18- Silent Auction

April 20/21- PC Ponzi Visits (Primary-Personal Safety/ Junior Cyber Safety)

April 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 22- Annie at 6:30pm

April 24- Optional Parent Input Form for Class Placements Due by 4pm

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 6:45pm

May 6- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother's Day

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)































































































































Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































































































March 23, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families!

I hope that you were able to spend some time with family and friends over the March Break. I am really looking forward to reconnecting with the students, staff and families as we embark on an exciting final few months of the 2014-2015 school year.

As you know, I am one who embraces technology and the world of possibilities that can be unlocked with access to a variety of tools. Over the break, I made it a point to not only connect with my own children, but I challenged myself, as a parent, to rely on some good old fashioned activities. Rather than pressing play on the DVD player during that long car ride, I opted to invent games like “word scavenger hunts” or “how many ways can we make the number _____?” (using adding, subtracting and even tactile materials) These activities taught me a lot about my children and it made me think about how we can support learning just about anywhere, by simply using the environment and tools around us. Some other activities that I would highly recommend to support both literacy and numeracy at home include baking and/ or following a recipe/ procedure, counting change or determining how to create a variety of denominations using money (especially now that we often rely less on cash). Rather than simply thinking of a number between 1 and 10, how about finding a number between 286 and 304, for example. Or even incorporating decimals or fractions for children in grades 3-6, such as, “I’m thinking of a number between 4 and 5, what could it be?” The possibilities are endless and I highly recommend finding learning opportunities wherever possible. This will create purpose and build excitement along with a love for learning. Please also remember, we don’t need to know all the answers to our children’s questions, but we do need to encourage them to problem solve and find appropriate, reliable resources to support their natural curiosity.

I am very excited to welcome everyone back for what promises to be an exciting home stretch to a great year! We will be reviewing routines and expectations with the students. Please help us by reinforcing the expectations that we keep out hands and feet to ourselves. We also want to encourage inclusion and mutual respect rooted in an understanding that everyone has different strengths and needs and that equality or fairness is not sameness. Please remember to send your child(ren) with appropriate clothing for the weather. It will be cold again this week and our field will be muddy. Please also remember to send indoor shoes with your child(ren).

I would like to express my appreciation to our volunteers and community for helping make our parking lot a more pleasant place! Our parking lot is a one-way loop and it runs smoothly when we refrain from double parking and by using designated parking spaces when getting out of our vehicles. Please use the “Kiss n’ Ride” lane for morning drop off if your child is able to get out of the vehicle independently with his/ her belongings (on the passenger side) in 20 seconds or less. Do not use the Bus Loading zone for pick up or drop off.

Please remember that students are not permitted to stay on school property after dismissal, unless a parent/ guardian directly supervises them. Furthermore, students may not enter the school after 3:20 to collect belongings, get a drink or use the washroom. Our Caretakers will not open classroom doors for security reasons. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Finally, our staffing process for 2015-2016 has begun. Over the coming weeks, we will be determining the most effective school organization for next year along with teaching assignments. School organization will be discussed at our next FSA Meeting on April 21st at 7:30pm. Teaching assignments will remain confidential until June 25th, as this is always subject to change. Classroom placement meetings will begin in late April/ early May and as you know, our staff members spend a great deal of time building balanced classes. As part of this process, I do welcome your input, however I will not accept requests for specific teachers. Input can be based on learning styles, social/ emotional/ academic needs and this information will be used in conjunction with input from our staff. You may access the Parent Input Form HERE. Please return this form in a sealed envelope to my attention no later than Friday, April 24th. Class placements will be communicated on your child’s Report Card in June.

Important Items for This Week:

Upcoming Dates:

April 3- Good Friday

April 6- Easter Monday

April 7- Social Media Presentations (Day for students/ Evening for parents)

April 8- International Day of Pink

             - Spelling Bee at Rockford PS

April 10- Dental Screening begins

April 14- Blue Spruce (PM)

April 16- Blue Spruce (AM)

                - Character Assembly (PM)

April 18- Silent Auction

April 20/21- PC Ponzi Visits (Primary-Personal Safety/ Junior Cyber Safety)

April 21- FSA Meeting- 7:30pm

April 22- Annie at 6:30pm

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 6:45pm

May 7- Peter Pan at 6:30pm

May 8- Freezie Friday!

May 10- Mother’s Day

May 18- Victoria Day (School Closed)

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































March 9, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to wish everyone who celebrated Holi, the Spring festival of colours, a happy and colourful Holi!

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Family Movie Night on Wednesday evening. It was such a terrific night as it brought students and families together for a cozy night out with dinner, pajamas and popcorn! A huge thanks to the parent volunteers and to the grade six students who helped everything run smoothly!

Thank you to the parents who have dedicated some time to share some ideas on how to improve the level of safety in our parking lot. I sincerely appreciate our volunteers who genuinely have the best interest of our students in mind. The feedback toward our “Kiss n’ Ride” system in the mornings has been overwhelmingly positive. Please remember to let your child out when you pull up to the front. There is no benefit to letting your child out early as you will still need to wait until everyone ahead of you clears the lane. Besides, you could delay the entire lane if you drop your child off in the middle of the lane. If you are interested in volunteering from 8:25-8:40 one morning a week, please email me directly.

I would like to acknowledge our Hockey Team for their partnership with Brock Public School. Last year, we were awarded 16 full sets of hockey equipment, including skates, helmets, sticks and protective gear. These sets of equipment will be used to help schools start up hockey programs in their communities. Brock Public School was the first recipient of this gear and they put it to good use! They participated in the TDSB hockey league for the first time this season and their team consists of players with experience and others who had never set foot on the ice before. On Friday, March 6th, Brock Public School invited our team to McCormick Arena to join them on the ice as a celebration of our partnership and most of all... for some fun. Thanks to Mr. Barta and our parents, our students were able to appreciate the impact of sport and engage in some important lessons related to character and the power of giving. We can’t wait to build a partnership with another school community and continue our friendship with Brock! Please check our Twitter feed for some pictures.

Speaking of Twitter, Jessie, one of our Junior Journalists suggested a “Hashtag of the Week” as a way to celebrate our fundraising efforts for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Together, we have raised $4535 through our Jump Rope for Heart Campaign (2nd Place in Ontario!) So, if you use social media, please be sure to include the hashtag of the week... #ArmourJumpsToNewHeights. You can also find Jessie’s original article in February’s Newsletter by clicking HERE.

Just a friendly reminder to please inform the office of any travel plans that may extend over school days. It is very important to phone our Safe Arrival line at 416-397-2959 to inform the school of any absences.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Math Olympics at Dublin Heights on Wednesday afternoon
  • Grad Photo Retakes at 1pm on Thursday
  • Dance-a-Thon on Friday
  • Athletics
  • Programs/ Clubs

 

Upcoming Dates:

March 25- 27- Mr. Offor/ Mr. Nitsou’s grade 5s to Mono Cliffs

March 26- Pizza Lunch

March 31- Character Assembly (PM)

April 3- Good Friday

April 6- Easter Monday

April 7- Social Media Presentations (Day for students/ Evening for parents)

April 8- Spelling Bee at John Ross Robertson

April 18- Silent Auction

April 20/21- PC Ponzi Visits (Primary-Personal Safety/ Junior Cyber Safety)

April 21- FSA Meeting- Staffing Focus (7:30pm)

April 22- Annie at 6:30pm

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Spring Concert/ Open House at 6pm


I wish everyone a terrific week and a safe, enjoyable March Break next week!

All the best,

C. Birnbaum


































































March 2, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families: 

I would like to start this week by thanking our dedicated and caring staff for spending many lunches and recesses indoors with the students over the past month. The safety of our children is always our foremost concern and making decisions to spend weeks at a time indoors is never easy. Thanks to our incredible educators, these decisions could be made in the best interest of our kids, while trusting that the students would be engaged and supervised effectively. I am so grateful for the genuine care demonstrated by our Armour Heights Team!

Based on the forecast, it looks like our children will be able to enjoy some time outdoors this week. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather. We will continue to keep a close watch on temperatures (including wind chill) and I will make decisions based on TDSB/ Environment Canada Guidelines. Please help reinforce the expectations that snow must stay on the ground and that everyone is responsible for keeping their hands and feet to themselves.

Our Parking Lot continues to be an area of concern, especially at drop-off and pick-up times. Beginning this week, I am pleased to announce that we have some Parent Volunteers who have been gracious enough to offer their time to help maximize visibility and offer reminders to those who might require them. Please note the following:

Kiss n’ Ride Lane

Starting this week, the Kiss n’ Ride lane will be clearly marked with pylons in the morning. Please only use this lane if your child is able to get out of the vehicle independently on the passenger side. Please make sure that all knapsacks and lunch bags are in the passenger or back seat, so that the driver does not need to get out of the car. Each vehicle may stand for a maximum of 20 seconds. Vehicles will be asked to move up to the front of the Kiss n’ Ride lane before letting their child(ren) out, as there is no benefit to letting your child out early once you are in the lane. Volunteers will be present to assist. If the driver does need to get out of the car for any reason, please use the parking spaces.

Bus Loading Zone:

Please do not park or stand in this area at any time. Even if there is no bus present, this lane must remain clear for emergency vehicles and/ or evacuation procedures. This is a No Stopping Zone.

One Way Loop:

The parking lot is a one- way, counter-clockwise loop. Please do not stop or Double Park in the lot as this is both dangerous and inconsiderate. If there are no spots available, please continue through the loop until a parking spot becomes available.

Unauthorized Vehicles:

Vehicles that do not have a valid TDSB or Armour Heights decal on the windshield will be issued a warning. Following a warning, the vehicle may be ticketed or towed.

Staff Lot:

Please do not use the West Lot for any reason. We have a number of staff members who arrive at different times in the day and are sometimes unable to find parking. We will have no choice but to have unauthorized vehicles ticketed or towed.

Remember, please exercise both caution and patience in our parking lot. Our children need us to work together to keep them safe.

Finally, please remember to update your home address and/ or contact information with the office. It has come to our attention that many phone numbers that we have on file are no longer valid. For safety reasons, we require up-to-date contact information. If you have any questions about this, or simply want to make sure, please call the office at 416-397-2950.

I am really looking forward to seeing many families on Wednesday evening for Family Movie Night!

 

Important Items For This Week:

  • Parking Lot Safety Advisory Committee Meeting #2 on Monday at 2:45pm
  • Family Movie Night on Wednesday at 5:30pm (Dinner available from 5pm)
  • Athletics
  • Programs and Clubs

Upcoming Dates:

March 11- Math Olympics at Dublin Heights (PM)

March 12- Grad Photo Retakes (1pm)

March 13- Dance a Thon

March 16-20 March Break

March 25- 27- Mr. Offor/ Mr. Nitsou’s Grade 5s to Mono Cliffs

March 26- Pizza Lunch

March 31- Character Assembly (PM)

April 3- Good Friday

April 6- Easter Monday

April 7- Social Media Presentations (Day for students/ Evening for parents)

April 8- Spelling Bee at John Ross Robertson

April 18- Silent Auction

April 21- FSA Meeting- (7:30pm)

April 28- Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) visits throughout the day

April 30- Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 7pm

 

Have a wonderful week,

C. Birnbaum


































































February 23, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Happy New Year to those who celebrated the Lunar New Year, which began on Thursday, February 19th!

Thank you for your continued support raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  On Friday students participated in our Jump Rope For Heart event and by the red, sweaty faces it's clear that it was a huge success. So far our school has raised close to $3500 dollars online, surpassing our initial goal of $3000. The online total doesn't include the envelopes that have been returned or the cash donations made so far. We are now the second highest school for online fundraising in Ontario. Way to go Armour Heights! This week we have several events planned to continue trying to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation to ensure that one day a defibrillator will be located in all elementary schools in Canada. Below is a list of this week's events. We ask that any student who would like to join in on the fun make a cash donation or $2 for each event.  Please try to return all envelopes to the school by Monday, March 2nd. Thank you again for your support.

Here are this week’s events:

Monday- Raffle tickets will be sold all week for $2. Prizes will be listed for any students interested. The raffle will be held on Monday, March 2nd.

Tuesday- Grade 4-6 Dodgeball Tournament 11:45-12:30. Entry fee is $2.

Wednesday- Grade 1-3 Dodgeball Tournament 11:45-12:30. Entry fee is $2.

Thursday- Paint a Teacher Red or Tape a Teacher to the Wall. For $2 students can pay to dip a paintbrush in red paint and create a masterpiece on a living canvas or they can buy a piece of tape and stick it to the teacher... literally!

Important Items for This Week:

Parking Lot Safety Advisory Committee Meeting at 3pm on Monday

Pizza Lunch on Thursday

Character Assembly on Thursday

Family Movie Night Order Form/ RSVP Due on Thursday (FORM)

Athletics

Programs/ Clubs

Upcoming Dates:

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm (Dinner at 5pm)

March 13- Dance a Thon (PM)

March 16-20- March Break

March 23- School Resumes

March 26- Pizza Lunch

March 31- Character Assembly (PM)

April 3- Good Friday

April 5- Easter Sunday

April 7- Social Media Presentations at Armour

April 8- Spelling Bee at John Ross Robertson

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 16, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you were able to enjoy your Family Day Weekend! On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the FSA for the Staff Appreciation treats last week. We are extremely grateful to have the support of such an amazing community!

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s FSA Meeting. We managed to address some very important issues, particularly ones related to the safety of our students and community. Our parking lot is an area of concern, particularly at drop off and pick up times. Despite many reminders and warnings, there are individuals who repeatedly ignore common parking lot agreements by parking in the bus loading area, double-parking and ignoring reminders to keep the one-way loop moving. Several parents have expressed interest in forming an advisory committee for matters of safety in our parking lot. Our first meeting will take place on Monday, February 23rd at 3:00pm. We will explore ways to possibly involve volunteers and we will discuss improvements to signage. Please email me if you wish to attend.

Due to technical difficulties, our newsletter will be delayed for an additional day. It will be posted online on Tuesday evening and an alert will be sent out as well. Paper versions of the newsletter will be sent with Friday Files to families who have requested paper communication. This issue of the “Armour Heights Gazette” will feature our Junior Journalists and will include information about Movie Night on March 5th, staffing updates, news relating to clubs and sports as well as some other interesting columns. Don’t miss out!

Finally, a reminder that students are not allowed sharing food (snacks and/ or lunch). This rule is in place for a few reasons. Armour Heights is an “allergy aware” school and we have several students who have life-threatening allergies. A simple gesture like sharing a snack could be fatal. We also want parents to trust in the fact that the food you send with your child is the food he/ she consumes. Students have dietary needs and parents have every right to know what they are eating. On the same note, students are asked to package uneaten food and bring it home so that parents can get a sense of how much or how little their child has eaten. I am sharing this reminder now because there might be some confusion about this rule following some of the classroom celebrations that took place last week. Please help us reinforce this expectation.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Newcomer Kids Program on Tuesday
  • Hockey game at Pleasantview on Tuesday at 8am
  • Boys Basketball on Tuesday at 3:20pm at Armour Heights
  • An Evening with Social Media Expert Paul Davis at John Wanless- 7pm on Thursday (RSVP Link: http://goo.gl/MbwP4G)
  • Jump Rope for Heart Event on Friday
  • Junior Speech Arts Regionals at Rockford on Friday afternoon
  • Athletics
  • Programs/ Clubs

































































Upcoming Dates:

 February 23- Parking Lot Safety Advisory Committee Meeting at 3pm

February 26- Character Assembly (AM)

           - Pizza Lunch

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm (Dinner begins at 5pm)

March 13- Dance a Thon

March 16-20 March Break

March 23- School Resumes

March 25- 27- Offor/ Nitsou’s Grade 5s to Mono Cliffs

March 26- Pizza Lunch

March 31- Character Assembly (PM)

April 3- Good Friday

April 6- Easter Monday

April 8- Spelling Bee at John Ross Robertson

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


February 9, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you were able to enjoy the wintery weekend! Please make sure that you use extra caution this week as we are expecting more snow, along with some freezing rain. We make every effort to clear, mark and/ or salt icy areas, but we ask that you please watch your footing on all walkways. Please continue to be patient and extremely careful in our parking lot.

We are expecting some less extreme temperatures this week and as always, we will look for every opportunity to have the students to get outside for recess, provided it is safe to do so. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather and help reinforce the expectation that "snow needs to stay on the ground".

I would like to congratulate our Kids Lit Quizzers who did a terrific job competing in last Thursday's regional competition and made outstanding hosts! It was an honour to host several schools from Public, Catholic and Independent Districts. A special thanks to Mrs. Pearl and Mrs. Powell for their work with our teams. I would also like to recognize our incredible Staff and our wonderful parents for their support. I am extremely proud of our Kids Lit Quizzers, or Pigeons!

A final reminder that Spelling Bee Registration Forms and Payment are due to the office by Monday morning at 9:00am. The Registration form may be downloaded HERE. Any forms completed after Monday, must be sent directly to Spelling Bee of Canada.

I am looking forward to our FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Staff Room. There are several updates and discussion items on our agenda, particularly ones related to ways that we can continue to provide a caring and safe school community for students and families. See you there!

This week Armour Heights will be participating in the Heart and Stroke's Jump Rope for Heart program. A big thank you goes out to all the staff and students who have volunteered to help make this year's event our biggest one ever! Our school is trying to reach a goal of $3000, so we need everyone's help.































































Did you know that more than 8 in 10 Canadian children between 5 and 17 are not active enough to support optimal health and development? This puts children at risk for serious heart disease at a very young age-but it doesn't have to be this way.

LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Register your child online to receive a free skipping rope and earn gift cards for Chapters Indigo. Please try to support your child's fundraising efforts and donate to get them started. Each student has been given an activity booklet, which explains how to register online and a donation envelope for any donations that are not going to be done online. 

Our Jump Rope for Heart event is scheduled for Thursday, February 12th. During the entire week students will be involved in other jumping related activities, learning why their heart is so valuable and how to live a Heart Healthy lifestyle. Collection envelopes should be brought in by March 1st 2015.































































Thank you so much for your support! Jump Rope for Heart benefits us all-your child gets active and learns to be heart healthy and we all help to support vital heart disease and stroke research and education. Thank you to Mr. Barta and Ms. Rosenberg for organizing this event.

On a final note, our Junior Journalists have been working on some fabulous articles for our newsletter. Due to scheduling limitations (i.e., late-breaking events like Kids Lit Quiz), our February Newsletter will be published and posted online on Monday, February 16th.

 

Important Items for This Week:

  • Junior Speech Arts Meetings on Monday and Wednesday at Lunch
  • Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday from 9:00am- 2:00pm
  • Term 1 Report Cards Go Home (Grade 1-6)/ JK Summaries Go Home on Tuesday
  • Newcomer Kids Program on Tuesday at Lunch and After School
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm
  • Armour Heights Speech Competition on Wednesday Afternoon
  • Jump Rope for Heart Event on Thursday
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Thursday Evening
  • PA Day on Friday (No School for Students)
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Friday Morning
  • Athletics
  • Programs and Clubs

 

Upcoming Dates:

February 16- School Newsletter Posted Online

Family Day (School Closed)

February 19- Social Media Safety Presentation at John Wanless PS (7-10pm)

** A MUST for parents of students in grades 4-6. RSVP HERE

February 20- Junior Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 26- Character Assembly (AM)

February 26- Pizza Lunch

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm

March 13- Dance a Thon

March 16-20 March Break

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 2, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to recognize Mrs. Rodriguez and Mr. Jackson’s Grade 6 students who hosted our January Character Assembly to introduce African Heritage Month in February. They did a fabulous job paying tribute to the many ways Black Canadians and people of the African Diaspora have helped shape our society. They recognized the invaluable contributions they have made to our province, country and world while making connections to the character themes of teamwork and fairness. Throughout the month of February, we will engage in activities to reflect, celebrate and bring to life the diversity in our community. 

Once again, I kindly ask that you do not double park in the parking lot, especially during entry or dismissal times. Last week, a student was let out of a car that was double-parked and was nearly struck by a vehicle attempting to go around this double-parked vehicle. I realize that our parking lot can be frustrating to navigate, but I am asking for your cooperation in the interest of student safety.  By double parking, you are inviting your child to run across a busy parking lot and into traffic... Besides, it is not courteous to the drivers behind you. As general rules, please use the East Lot, do not leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss n’ Ride Zone, do not park in the Bus Loading Zone, back your vehicle into parking spaces, continue around the loop if no spaces are available and be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

Finally, Kids Lit Quiz, the Sport of Reading, will hold its North Toronto final at Armour Heights on Thursday. One hundred and sixty excited students with a passion for reading will be here. Selected from their schools’ book clubs, forty teams of avid readers will compete to become a national quiz whiz team finalist. Finalist teams from each round will advance to the Canadian Nationals on February 9th.Students from Public, Catholic and Independent schools from across the GTA will join together at Armour for this exciting literacy event. In their teams of four, students will work together to answer 100 questions from ten categories. Teams will be introduced to the quiz categories moments before the event. Like sport, the quiz challenges readers on many levels and teams work to answer questions, on potentially any children’s book published in English! Quiz Master Wayne Mills, founder of Kids Lit Quiz, travels the world to run all national events. With his top hat in hand he adds a touch of excitement to the quiz, as not only does he engage teams of students, he also excites an audience full of adults. He does this by giving them the opportunity to answer literacy questions between each category. We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s Regional Final. Good luck to our Kids Lit Quizzers!

Important Items for This Week:

Upcoming Dates:

February 8- School Newsletter posted online

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

-Kindergarten Registration begins (9am- 3pm)

-FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 12- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 13- PA Day (No School for Students)

- Morning Parent Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 16- Family Day (School Closed)

February 20- Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 25- Character Assembly (AM)

February 26- Pizza Lunch

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm































































































































Have a terrific week!































































C. Birnbaum


































































January 26, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I truly believe that learning should be a fun, engaging and meaningful process. When students see purpose and value in what they are learning, they will often feel more connected to topics and driven to persevere through challenges. This week I have included some fun ways to support learning at home. These activities might even take some of the stress out of homework. There are learning opportunities everywhere!

Supporting Numeracy at Home:

•   Ask your child to help you solve everyday number problems.

“We need six tomatoes to make our sauce for dinner, and we have only two. How many more do we need to buy?”  

“You have two pillows in your room and your sister has two pillows in her room. How many pillowcases do I need to wash?”

“Two guests are coming to eat dinner with us. How many plates will we need?”

•   Practise “skip counting”.

Together, count by 2’s and 5’s. Ask your child how far he or she can count by 10’s.Roll two dice, one to determine a starting number and the other to determine the counting interval.

Ask your child to try counting backwards from 10, 20, or even 100.

•   Make up games using dice and playing cards.

Try rolling dice and adding or multiplying the numbers that come up. Add up the totals until you reach a target number, like 100.

Play the game backwards to practise subtraction.

•   Play “Broken Calculator”.

Pretend that the number 8 key on the calculator is broken. Without it, how can you make the number 18 appear on the screen? (Sample answers: 20 - 2, 15 + 3). Ask other questions using different “broken” keys.

Supporting Literacy at Home:

Reading aloud to your child is the best way to get him or her interested in reading. Not only is it fun for the whole family, but it will also help your child to learn what reading is about. Encourage your child to write also. Here are some things you can do to help make reading and writing fun for your child:

•   Read all kinds of materials - stories, poems, informational books, magazines, newspaper articles and comics. Read stories aloud with drama and excitement! 

•   Use different voices for different characters in a story. Use your child’s name instead of a character’s name. Make puppets and use them to act out the story.

•   Re-read your child’s favourite stories as many times as your child wants to hear them, and choose books and authors that your child enjoys.

•   Read stories that have repetitive parts, and encourage your child to join in. Point to the words as you read them. This will help your child make the connection between the spoken words and the words on the page. 

•   Discuss the themes of a story, and ask questions about the characters. Ask questions that make your child think about what might happen next or what he or she might do in the same situation.

•   Discuss the main ideas in an informational piece, such as a newspaper article. Encourage relatives and friends to give your child books or other reading materials as gifts. Take your child to the local library. Look at CD-ROMs, videos, magazines, and the Internet, as well as books. Get a library card, which is free, so that he or she can borrow books.

Always remember to have fun. The more you enjoy yourself, the more your child will enjoy the experience.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideLit.pdf

































































Important Items for This Week
:

•   Character Assembly on Tuesday Morning

•   Newcomer Kids Program Begins on Tuesday(Lunch and After-School)

•   Grade 6 Grad Photos on Wednesday

•   Pizza Lunch on Thursday

•   Athletics

•   Programs/ Clubs

































































Upcoming Dates
:

February 5- Kids Lit Quiz Regional Competition at Armour (ALL DAY)

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

                    -       Kindergarten Registration begins at 9am- 3pm

                    -       FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 12- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 13- PA Day (No School for Students)

                    - Morning Parent Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 16- Family Day (School Closed)

February 20- Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 25- Character Assembly (AM)

February 26- Pizza Lunch

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm

Have a lovely week!

C. Birnbaum


































































January 19, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

 

I would first like to recognize all of the students who represented Armour Heights so well at last week's Toronto Raptors game. Our performers sounded great and all of the students who came to support made me extremely proud. A special thank you to Tanya, Mrs. Rosenberg and all of the parents who supported our children.

 

Are you interested in French Immersion? Did you know that there are several entry points to support different learners? You may apply for French Immersion if your child will be entering Grade 4 (Junior Extended) or Grade 7 (Intermediate Extended), before the application deadline of January 29, 2015. If you would like to find out more about Junior Extended French Immersion, there is a Web Chat scheduled for Monday, January 26th at 8:00pm (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/TDSBtalks.aspx).

 

Please note that students and/ or parents are not permitted to return into the building following dismissal at the end of the day. If students forget belongings, including homework, agendas, etc., they must wait until the following day. You may email or write a note to your child's teacher, but we really want to teach the students to take responsibility and manage their belongings.

 

We have received calls recently asking staff members to co-ordinate play dates and/ or after school arrangements. For the safety of our students we cannot help to coordinate these plans. We ask that you please make these arrangements before school and communicate any changes to pickup routines to your child's teacher in writing. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

 

Kindergarten Registration at Armour Heights begins on Tuesday, February 10th at 9:00am. If registering on February 10th, there is no appointment necessary if you arrive before 3:00pm. I will be available to meet new families and answer any questions. Families will be able to register their child(ren) for Junior Kindergarten if they are turning four years old before December 31, 2015.

Please bring the following documents to register:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)

  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification that show your address, such as a phone bill)

  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a list of needles your child has received)

  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was not born in Canada. Families who are permanent residents and refugee claimants may register directly at the school. Children without immigration status are welcome in our schools and information about them or their families will not be shared with immigration authorities. To register, please visit the International Programs and Admissions Office at 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, for a TDSB school admission letter.

*Please note: only parents or legal guardians can register a child for TDSB programs. 

 

As an extension of the regular literacy programme, students are invited to participate in the annual Spelling Bee competition. It will be hosted by Spelling Bee of Canada. This programme will help to develop your child's vocabulary, learn new word definitions, be able to research and learn sentence structure, improve their reading comprehension, reasoning and public speaking skills. Participation is voluntary and extracurricular.

The Spelling Bee programme has three age-related categories - Primary (ages 6 - 8 born 2006 - 2008), Junior (ages 9 to 11 born 2003-2005) and Intermediate (ages 12 - 14 born 2000- 2002). Your child will be placed in one of the three categories based on his or her age as of December 31, 2014.

The cost for participation is $35.00 per package; this covers the cost of the Primary, Junior or Intermediate official e-spelling manual & Spelling Bee Pronunciation Coaching CD. 10% of the registration fee will be given to our school. All participants will compete in the Annual Community Spelling Bee. The Bee for our school is called WR3 and will take place on Wednesday, April 8th at John Ross Robertson P.S. Every child will receive participation certificates.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each age categories will receive cash prizes and trophies, with the 1st place per category participating in the Ontario Championship May 3, 2015 in Toronto. 

If you are interested in registering your child for the WR3 Spelling Bee, please send this FORM, along with a cheque for $35.00 (made out to Spelling Bee of Canada) to the office.

 

Important Items for This Week:

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 27- Character Assembly (AM)

January 28- Grad Photos

January 29- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Kids Lit Quiz Regional Competition at Armour (ALL DAY)

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

                   - Kindergarten Registration begins (9am- 3pm)

FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 12- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 13- PA Day (No School for Students)

                    - Morning Parent Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 16- Family Day (School Closed)

February 20- Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 25- Character Assembly (AM)

February 26- Pizza Lunch

March 4- Family Movie Night at 5:30pm

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































January 12, 2015

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to begin by wishing a Happy New Year to those who celebrated the Mahayana New Year last week. I would also like to wish those who observed Orthodox Christmas last week a Merry Christmas!

I hope you have recovered from our freeze last week. Although winter is here to stay, it seems as though we are in for some more manageable temperatures this week. Please note that we are constantly monitoring the temperature when making decisions about indoor/ outdoor recesses. Often, we will opt to have the students go outside for even a shortened recess when temperatures are below -20C (with windchill). Students remain indoors when the windchill factor indicates -28C or lower (as per TDSB Weather Guidelines). There were a few exceptions last week, when it was simply too cold for the students to be outside. Please note that when outdoors, the students are monitored closely for signs of frostnip, frostbite or difficulty breathing. Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play. Outdoor boots, jackets, snowpants, neck warmers, hats and gloves are essential for a Canadian winter!

A number of parents/ caregivers have been dropping off lunches for children during the instructional day. Given the volume of lunches that are being dropped off every morning, we can no longer interrupt classes to call students down. We kindly ask that if you are dropping off a lunch for your child(ren), please label the lunch clearly with your child’s name and leave it on the table outside the office. When possible, let your child(ren) know that you will be dropping off a lunch, so he/ she knows to come down and check the table. Students will be called down if their lunch is not picked up within the first 5 minutes of lunch. Thank you for your cooperation.

 If your child is absent, please be sure to call our Safe Arrival Line at 416-397-2959. Our automated system will call you if you have not reported your child’s absence. In the event that the automated system calls you, please be sure to listen to the entire message, follow the prompts and confirm at the end of the call. If you do not confirm and simply hang up, the system will call you again. Remember, the system will also phone you after 6pm if your child arrives late to school, so let’s work together and have all our children ready to learn before the morning bell at 8:45am.

Important Items for this Week:

  • Junior Speech Arts Meeting at AM Recess on Monday (Grade 4,5,6 Students)
  • Kids’ Lit Quiz Practice at Lunch on Monday
  • Grad Volunteer Meeting/ Information Night on Monday at 7pm
  • School-Wide Lice Check on Tuesday
  • Armour Heights Students will sing the National Anthems at the Raptors Game on Wednesday at 7pm

ATHLETICS

CLUBS AND PROGRAMS

Upcoming Dates:

January 23- PA Day (No School for Students)

January 27- Character Assembly

January 28- Grad Photos

January 29- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Kids Lit Quiz Regional Competition at Armour

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

- Kindergarten Registration begins

- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 12- Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 13- PA Day (No School for Students)

- Morning Parent Teacher Conferences (Teacher/ Parent Requested)

February 16- Family Day (School Closed)

 

Have a lovely week!

 

C. Birnbaum


































































January 5, 2015































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

Firstly, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year; I wish you the very best for 2015! I am really looking forward to welcoming everyone back refreshed and ready to learn.

If you have decided to take an extended vacation, or your child will be absent for any reason, please be sure to notify the school by calling our Safe Arrival Program line at: 416-397-2959. As communicated prior to the break, we now have an automated call out system that will call you (at home/ cellular contacts) if your child is away and the absence was not communicated to the office. Furthermore, if your child is late for school (i.e., he/ she arrives to class after the bell), you will receive a call between 6-7pm. If you do receive a call, it is very important that you listen to the entire message, as you will be asked to verify at the end of the call. If you don’t verify, the system will call you back. Most importantly, if you do receive a call reporting an absence that you were not aware of, please contact the school immediately. This system will further support our commitment to ensuring the safety of our children.

Please remember to send indoor/ outdoor shoes back to school if these items were taken home over the break. The temperature will be dropping and we will do our best to have the students get outside when it is safe to do so, in accordance with our cold weather guidelines. Please make sure that your child(ren) is/ are dressed for the weather.

Important Items for this Week:

  • Open House at St. Andrew’s JHS for Grade 6 Students/ Parents/ Guardians on Thursday at 6:45-8:30pm

Upcoming Dates:

January 12- Grad Meeting for Volunteers at 7pm

January 13- Lice Check

January 14- Choir to perform at the Raptors Game- 7pm

January 19- School Support Meetings (SST)- PM

January 23- PA Day (No School for Students)

January 27- Character Assembly (PM)

January 28- Grad Photos

January 29- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Kids Lit Quiz Regional Competition at Armour (5:00pm)

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

-       Kindergarten Registration begins

-       FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 12- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

February 13- PA Day (No School for Students)/ Parent/ Teacher Conferences (AM)

February 16- Family Day- School Closed

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































December 19, 2014































































































































Dear Armour Heights Families,































































































































What an incredible start to the school year! We continue to focus on raising the bar for student achievement through increased student and community engagement, innovations and a culture of kindness and caring.































































































































I thank our FSA, Classroom Parents and volunteers for supporting our students and staff as we work together toward raising responsible citizens; it certainly does take a village...































































My sincere gratitude is extended to you for your commitment, care and dedication to enriching the lives of our children.































































































































I wish you the very best for this holiday season and a Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. May the spirit of the season spark joy and appreciation for those around you. May the year 2015 bring continued success, health and much happiness for all.































































































































Happy Holidays!































































































































Sincerely,































































































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































December 15, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:































































































































Thank you to all the Parents/ Guardians who supported our students at the Winter Concert last week. It was lovely to see so many people come together to celebrate our children's achievements and enjoy the spirit of the season together. Please don't forget to send in non-perishable food items, toiletries, gently used toys or clothing to help families in need; the items collected will be delivered to community agencies on Thursday.































































































































Our lost and found bin has been sorted and the items are now on display outside the office. If you are missing items, please visit the lost and found table or encourage your child to do so. We will make efforts to deliver lost and found items with name tags to the classrooms this week.































































































































Finally, I would like to recognize our Robotics Teams who participated in the Tournament at Victoria Park CI on Saturday. They have been preparing for months and their hard work and teamwork really paid off. They represented Armour with tremendous pride and demonstrated perseverance and cooperation throughout the day. A special thanks to Mr. Offor, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Kahn and all the parents who supported these students. Congratulations!































































































































Important Items for This Week:































































































































-This Week is School Spirit Week...































































Monday is Green and Red Day!































































Tuesday is Holiday Sweater OR Team Jersey Day!































































Wednesday is Blue and White Day!































































Thursday is Crazy Hair OR Backwards Hat/ Clothes Day!































































Friday is Pyjama Day!































































































































-Sing-a-longs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning































































-Character Assembly on Thursday morning































































-Armour Heights Child Care Program is hosting "Breakfast with Santa" at 7:45am (Please RSVP to Marilyn at: mmcnickle@ahccp.ca)- Students not affiliated with the Child Care MUST be accompanied by an adult.































































-Athletics































































-Programs and Clubs































































































































Upcoming Dates:































































December 22- January 2- Winter Break (No School)

December 25- Christmas (Christianity)

December 26- Kwanzaa (African Canadian/ African American)

January 1- New Year’s Day/ Gantan-sai (Shinto)

January 5- Mahayana New Year (Buddhism)

January 5- Twelfth Night (Christianity)

January 6- Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)

January 6- Epiphany/ Dia de los Reyes (Christianity)

January 7- Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)

January 8- St. Andrew’s Information Night for Grade 6s at 6:45-8:30pm

January 12- Grad Meeting for Volunteers at 7pm

January 13- Lice Check

January 14- Choir to perform at the Raptors Game- 7pm

January 23- PA Day (No School for Students)

January 27- Character Assembly (PM)

January 28- Grad Photos

January 29- Pizza Lunch

February 5- Kids Lit Quiz Regional Competition at Armour (5:00pm)

February 10- Term 1 Report cards go home

-       Kindergarten Registration begins

-       FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

































































Happy Holidays!































































































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































December 7, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:































































































































We have an exciting week ahead and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Winter Concert on Wednesday at 6:00pm. It was also nice to see those who were able to attend last week's FSA Meeting. It is always a privilege to discuss matters relating to student well-being and achievement with our community. I will keep my remarks brief this week as our Newsletter has now been posted HERE.































































































































Please also take a look at the following documents:































































Important Items for this Week:































































  • Information Session for Grade 6 Ottawa Trip on Monday at 6:00pm
  • Ice Hockey Tryouts on Tuesday and Wednesday at Forest Hill Arena at 12:00-1:00pm
  • Winter Concert on Wednesday at 6:00pm
  • "Meet the Teacher" for parents/ guardians of students in Room 110 on Thursday at 6:00pm (Hosted by Ms. Dama/ Mrs. Lutchmedial)
  • Robotics Tournament on Saturday at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute 
































































Upcoming Dates:































































December 15- School Support Team Meetings (SST)- PM

December 16-18- Sing-a-longs

December 17- 24- Hanukkah (Judaism)

December 18- Breakfast with Santa- 7:45am (Thanks, AHCCP)

December 18- Character Assembly (AM)

December 21- Solstice Yule/ Litha (Wicca/ Pagan)

December 22- January 2- Winter Break (No School)

December 25- Christmas (Christianity)

December 26- Kwanzaa (African Canadian/ African American)

January 1- New Year’s Day/ Gantan-sai (Shinto)

January 5- Mahayana New Year (Buddhism)

January 5- Twelfth Night (Christianity)

January 6- Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)

January 6- Epiphany/ Dia de los Reyes (Christianity)

January 7- Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)

January 12- Grad Meeting for Volunteers at 7pm

January 13- Lice Check

January 14- Choir to perform at the Raptors Game- 7pm

January 19- School Support Meetings (SST)- PM

January 23- PA Day (No School for Students)

January 27- Character Assembly (PM)

January 28- Grad Photos

January 29- Pizza Lunch































































































































Have a wonderful week!































































































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































December 1, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It is hard to believe that it's already December! We have a busy few weeks coming up, so please continue to check our Calendar, Athletics and Programs/ Clubs pages regularly. Please note that the start time for our Winter Concert has been changed to 6:00pm on December 10th. I apologize for any confusion this may cause, but this change is in the best interest of our youngest performers of the evening. 

A reminder to families to please drive with caution in our parking lot. Our East Lot is for visitors and it is a one-way loop. If you arrive and there are no parking spaces, please continue moving your vehicle until a space becomes free. Please do not double park as this makes it difficult for other drivers to move through the lot. I also ask that you please reverse in to your parking space so that you may exit quickly and more importantly, so that we keep our students and families safe. Once again, please do not park in the bus loading zone and do not leave your car in the Kiss n’ Ride area. Thank you very much for your cooperation.































































































































Finally, I look forward to seeing you at our FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Staff Room.































































































































Important Items for This Week:

  • Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4 on Monday at 10:30am
  • Coping with Stress/ Anxiety session at Lawrence Park CI with Dr. Korenblum on Monday at 7:30pm at Lawrence Park CI
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Staff Room
  • Last day of the 11th Giving Tree Family Gift Drive on Thursday
  • PA Day on Friday- No school for students 

Upcoming Dates: 

December 7- School Newsletter #2 Posted Online

December 8- Information Night for Grade 6 Ottawa Trip

December 9/10- Hockey Tryouts at Forest Hill (12:00-1pm)

December 9- Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal

December 10- Holiday Concert at 6:00pm (Mrs. Lenet, Mrs. Russell/ Ms. Bleiman, Ms. Dama/ Mrs. Lutchmedial, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Clodman, Ms. Fineberg, Mr. Hook, Mr. Nitsou, Mr. Offor, Mrs. Rodriguez/ Mr. Jackson’s classes)

December 13- Robotics Tournament at Victoria Park CI

December 16, 17, 18- Sing-a-longs

December 18- Character Assembly (AM)

December 22- January 2- Winter Break!

January 5- School Resumes!

 

Have a lovely week,

C. Birnbaum


































































November 24, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed this weekend’s “warm-up”! It looks like we are in for some more reasonable temperatures this week (still hovering around freezing, though). A gentle reminder to please send your child with both indoor and outdoor shoes. The outdoor shoes should be waterproof at this time of year as we will be dealing with snow, slush and/ or rain for the next few months.

As you know, last week was Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week at Armour Heights. Classrooms spent time discussing the meaning of “Bullying” and made meaningful connections to this month’s character focus- Empathy. Please continue to engage in conversations with your child about how to recognize power imbalance and/ or repeated, aggressive or harmful actions. Through community circles, daily announcements and an ongoing focus on character education, we strive to build a common awareness of bullying so that we can work together to stop it. Students should be empowered to use their words (i.e., “I Messages”) and understand that there are many adults in their lives who are there to help (i.e., teachers, parents). Thank you for being partners in ensuring everyone’s safety.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to boost engagement and achievement in Mathematics. This is a question that is being asked across the province and it is certainly a focus of our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. I suggest that we start by shifting our focus slightly from product to process. In other words, when working with our children on Math, I suggest that we really spend time focusing on how they got the answer, rather than just the “right” or “wrong”. If we celebrate a brilliant strategy to a great question, our children will likely be more inclined to spend more time working on it. If they constantly hear the word “wrong”, that is a quick way to turn anyone off anything (let alone a page filled with 40 math questions).  I have included below some examples of open-ended math questions (courtesy of Marian Small) that illicit many “right” answers and promote the use of a number of strategies. Please encourage your child to explain his/ her thinking- please give them a try and have some fun with Math!

 

Grades K&1

•   What’s important about the number 5? What makes 5 a special number?

•   Show 7 in as many ways as you can.

Grades 1&2

•   How are the numbers 10 and 15 alike? How are they different?

•   Choose 2 numbers to compare. Tell which is greater and how much greater. Tell how you know.

Grades 2&3

•   The answer is 42. What might the question be?

•   A 2-digit number has more tens than ones. What might the number be?

Grades 3&4

•   A number describes how many students are in a school. What might the number be? Why do you think so?

•   Create a word problem that can be solved by subtracting 2 large numbers. Solve the problem, and tell how you subtracted.

Grades 4&5

•   You multiply 2 numbers and the product is almost 400. What could the numbers have been?

•   How are the numbers 350 and 550 alike? How are they different?

Grades 5&6

•   Create a sentence that uses each of these numbers and words: 21, 84, share, almost.

•   Describe 100 thousand in as many ways as possible.

•   Fill in the blanks to make this statement true: 72 is ___% of ____.

•   About how many days have you been in school so far? How did you estimate? What operations did you use?

 

Important Items for This Week:

•   The Giving Tree Begins

•   Raising Empathy Presentation at 8pm on Tuesday at John Wanless PS

•   Pizza Lunch on Thursday

•   Character Assembly on Thursday at 1pm

•   Boys Volleyball Tournament at John Wanless PS on Friday (PM)

•   Clubs/ Programs

•   Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

December 1- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4 (10:30am)

                          - Coping with Stress/ Anxiety session at Lawrence Park CI at 7:30pm

December 2- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 5- PA Day- No School for Students

December 7- School Newsletter #2 Posted Online

December 8- Information Night for Grade 6 Ottawa Trip

December 9/10- Hockey Tryouts at Forest Hill (12:00-1pm)

December 9- Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal

December 10- Holiday Concert at 6:30pm

(Mrs. Lenet, Mrs. Russell/ Ms. Bleiman, Ms. Dama/ Mrs. Lutchmedial, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Clodman, Ms. Fineberg, Mr. Hook, Mr. Nitsou, Mr. Offor, Mrs. Rodriguez/ Mr. Jackson’s classes)

December 13- Robotics Tournament at Victoria Park CI

December 16, 17, 18- Sing-a-longs

December 18- Character Assembly (AM)

December 22- January 2- Winter Break!

 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


November 17, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would first like to recognize our “Assemblers” for their work in co-creating and presenting our Remembrance Day Assembly. In partnership with the Canadian Forces College, Mrs. Rosenberg and the “Assemblers” gave our students an opportunity to reflect and show appreciation for those who have given of themselves to bring peace and ensure our safety. There were many meaningful conversations in classrooms leading up to, and following Remembrance Day last week. 

It was wonderful seeing families and teachers engaged in dialogue focused on how to advance learning for our children. I strongly believe that when parents and teachers build an effective partnership with common language and ongoing communication with sharing of strategies and ideas, our children will realize enhanced outcomes. Thank you for your participation in this round of Parent- Teacher Conferences; this is a pivotal point in the term where we revisit goals, review strategies and refine the teaching/ learning process.

It is going to feel like Winter this week! The forecast indicates that we are in for a full week of temperatures below freezing. Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather (coats, mitts, hats, neck warmers). As mentioned last week, it is important that each student has outdoor shoes and indoor shoes in order to maintain a clean learning environment inside our classrooms. Of course, recesses will proceed as usual unless temperatures drop below -28 Degrees Celsius, including wind chill. In these cases of extreme cold, students will remain indoors for recess times. If temperatures fall within the -20 to -28 Degree range, recesses will be shortened in order to keep the children safe. Please prepare your child for outdoor play this week as we are not at risk of experiencing this type of extreme cold… Yet… Thankfully!

I have also received some questions about the lunch period for students in grades 1-6. As you may recall, we changed our lunch procedures last October in order to provide students with a more structured, contained eating environment (in their classrooms) and free up the gym for House Leagues during lunch. This has been very successful, evidenced by the increase in student participation during intramurals. We realize that 15 minutes does not seem like a long time for many students to eat (while for others it is still too long!) Since students eat in the classrooms, classroom teachers are now able to use his/ her discretion and have the students begin eating earlier so that they may have more time to eat. If you are finding that your child is not finishing his/ her lunch, please write a note or communicate this concern to your child’s teacher. Quite often, this may also be due to students wandering, rather than using their time to eat- please also have a conversation with your child as well.

This week is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week at Armour Heights. Using the definition from the Education Act, we will further develop a common understanding of what bullying looks like and feels like.

“Bullying” means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where,

(a) the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of,

(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or

(ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and

(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education.

Each classroom will be involved in the further development of bullying prevention and awareness with a daily focus this week. Some topics for discussion may include physical, verbal, electronic, written forms of bullying, cyber-bullying (risks of social media and our digital footprint), keeping hands and feet to ourselves, power imbalance, the distinction between conflict and bullying and ways to access or seek support for bullies, victims and bystanders. Please take this opportunity to have meaningful conversations at home about bullying. A positive school climate is our shared responsibility.

Items to Note for This Week:

  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
  • Mr. Kahn/ Mr. Wilson’s Grade 5 Students to Mono Cliffs Outdoor Education Centre (Monday- Wednesday)
  • Girls’ Volleyball Tournament at Blythwood on Friday
  • Clubs and Programs
  • Athletics

 

Upcoming Dates:

November 24- December 4- Gift collection for “The Giving Tree”

November 25- An Evening with Dr. Karyn Gordon at John Wanless PS (8:00- 9:30pm)

November 27- Pizza Lunch

                      -Character Assembly (PM)

November 28- Boys Volleyball Tournament at John Wanless

December 1- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4 (10:30am)

                    - “How to Develop Coping Mechanisms to Succeed” Session at LPCI- 7:30pm

December 2- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 5- PA Day (No School for Students)

December 7- School Newsletter #2 Posted Online

December 8- Information Night for Grade 6 Ottawa Trip

December 9/10- Grade 4-6 Ice Hockey Tryouts at Forest Hill (12:00-1pm)

December 9- Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal

December 10- Holiday Concert at 6:30pm

December 13- Robotics Tournament at Victoria Park CI

December 18- Character Assembly (AM)

December 22- January 2- Winter Break!

Have a terrific week!































































C. Birnbaum


































































November 10, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Last week ended on a very special note as our students in grades 1-6 had the opportunity to welcome Canadian Author, Marie-Louise Gay to our school. She spoke about the writing process and how writers can find their inspiration. Our students were extremely engaged and asked insightful questions. Each classroom will be receiving some signed copies of her books ("Stella" and "Any Questions?") and they are available in the Library if students are interested in signing them out. Thank you to the Kids Lit Quizzers and Mrs. Pearl for organizing this wonderful learning opportunity. 

Just a reminder to please send your child(ren) with indoor and outdoor shoes. This is especially important at this time of year because of the changing weather and sometimes muddy conditions. Students are asked to change their shoes before entering the classroom to ensure a more sanitary, safe learning environment. Please also note that in the interest of safety, students will not be permitted to participate in Physical Education (Gym) without proper footwear. Outdoor shoes create excessive dust on the gym floor and boots are not suitable for physical activities in the gym. Thank you for your support!

Parents/ Guardians are invited to a session focused on Mental Health and Well-Being in our children.  Dr. Marshall Kornblum is a Child-Psychiatrist at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children and Families. The Presentation is called "How to Develop Coping Mechanisms to Succeed" and will take place on Monday, December 1st at 7:30pm. Please click on the link in the Upcoming Dates section for more information.

Finally, please note that the Direct Donation Campaign has been extended! This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute whatever you can in order to help further enhance programming at Armour Heights. Your children benefit from opportunities like Scientist in the School, Art Supplies, Choir, technology enhancements and much, much more thanks to donations from families and the incredible support from the FSA. You may still receive a Tax Receipt if you donate by November 17th. Thank you!

Important Items for This Week:

  • Sight and Sound Clinic on Monday
  • Remembrance Day on Tuesday (Assembly begins at 10:30am)
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Thursday evening and Friday morning
  • PA Day on Friday (No School for Students)
  • Athletics
  • Clubs/ Programs

  

Upcoming Dates:

November 17-19- Mr. Kahn/ Mr. Wilson's 5s to Mono Cliffs

November 19- Girls Basketball Tournament at Blythwood

November 27- Pizza Lunch

                            -Character Assembly (PM)

November 28- Boys Volleyball Tournament at John Wanless

December 1- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4 (10:30am)

             - How to Develop Coping Mechanisms to Succeed at Lawrence Park CI at 7:30pm

December 2- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

December 5- PA Day

December 7- School Newsletter #2 Posted Online

December 9/10- Ice Hockey Tryouts at Forest Hill (12:00-1pm)- Grades 4-6

December 10- Holiday Concert at 6:30pm

December 13- Robotics Tournament at Victoria Park CI

December 18- Character Assembly (AM)

December 22- January 2- Winter Break!

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 2, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you and your family enjoyed the weekend. For those who celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a safe, enjoyable time and the rain didn’t dampen your spirit! Friday’s festivities were a reminder of how incredible Armour Heights’ school spirit really is. Once again, please refrain from sending Halloween treats to school as snacks in the coming days/ weeks. Not only are these unhealthy snack choices, they may also contain allergens that may seriously harm other students. Speaking of candy, I do encourage students to donate candy to our Annual Candy Drop Off to support the “Out of the Cold” program. Please see HERE for more information.

Last week, our Assemblers led a wonderful assembly focused on Respect and Responsibility. They presented our newly updated School Song (which will be updated on the Website). We also celebrated some of the many examples of Respect and Responsibility and many classrooms, clubs and teams were acknowledged. I would also like to share a note from our Health and Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Barta:

With October coming to an end the Fall Sports at Armour Heights have all wrapped up. The students who participated on the various teams did an outstanding job representing our school with respect and demonstrated remarkable sportsmanship. The Girls Softball team advanced to the playoffs, but they were defeated in their semi-final game against Rolph Road. The boys Softball team faced some very challenging teams and were unable to qualify for the playoffs in their division. The Boys and Girls Football teams both advanced all the way to the North Conference Finals but were defeated by Blythwood. Congratulations to both teams as they were able to bring back two banners which will be displayed in the gym. Finally, our Cross Country team did an amazing job practising regularly and competing at the meets in October. Many students advanced to the North Conference Finals and some even placed in the top 10 in their age group. One student, Matthew M. was able to qualify for the TDSB Cross Country City Championships on October 27th at Centennial Park. He ran his fastest time of the year and finished 15th overall in the city of Toronto for Grade 6 Boys! What a remarkable accomplishment by all of our Knights! Thank you to all the coaches for their time and efforts and to all the parents for their support.         – Mr. Barta

It truly takes a village to raise our children and it makes me proud when I see such frequent examples of student leadership and citizenship amongst our students.

Finally, some very unfortunate news… On Friday at approximately 5:45pm a staff member’s car was broken into that was parked in our lot. The window was smashed and a purse was taken along with a few other valuables. This happened at a time when parents were picking children up from childcare. Please exercise caution and do not leave any valuables in your vehicle (even for a short time). If you see or hear any suspicious activity, please call 32 Division and let me know by phone or email. Let’s work together to keep each other safe.

Important Items for This Week:

  • There will be No Choir on Monday and Wednesday this week
  • Photo Retakes at 1pm on Tuesday
  • Microsoft PD Session for Staff and Parents at Summit Heights PS at 6:30pm on Thursday (Please Email me for more information)
  • Author Visit on Friday Afternoon (Marie Louise Gay)

Upcoming Dates:

November 10- Sight and Sound Clinic (All Day)

November 11- Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

- Progress Reports Go Home

November 13- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 14- PA Day- Parent/ Teacher Conferences (AM)

November 17-19- Mr. Kahn/ Mr. Wilson’s 5s to Mono Cliffs

November 19- Girls Basketball Tournament at Blythwood

November 27- Pizza Lunch

                            -Character Assembly (PM)

December 1- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4 (10:30am)

December 5- PA Day

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































October 27, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

First of all, I would like to extend my warm wishes to those in our Armour Heights family who celebrated Diwali last week and to those who observe Hijra. Happy Diwali and Muharam Mobarak!

As you know, elections will be taking place at Armour Heights PS on Monday. I have been working closely with Toronto Police and Elections Officials to ensure the safety of our students. We have secured additional Elections Staff, who will be greeting voters at the door by the staff parking lot. The Officials will usher the voters directly to the gym and they will be escorted out of the building once they are finished. We have a schedule in place to ensure that all students on the main floor are secure within their classrooms at all times. Voters will not be permitted anywhere else in the building aside from the gym. Our priority is the safety and security of our students. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I would like to extend my appreciation to the parents who attended our first FSA meeting of 2014-2015 last week. I am extremely thankful for all the support and keen interest in raising the bar for student achievement and well-being at Armour.

Based on the comments raised at the meeting, I feel that it is very necessary to once again remind families about parking lot safety. Please note that the West Lot is for Staff Parking only. The East Lot has been designated for guests and families of Armour Heights PS. This lot is a ONE-WAY loop. There are 3 key areas to remember:

  1. Kiss n’ Ride: This is the area along the sidewalk on the North part of the Visitor Lot. Please DO NOT leave your car unattended in this area. Please DO NOT double park your vehicle.
  2. Bus Loading Zone: Please DO NOT park or idle your vehicle in this area.
  3. Parking Spaces: If you are planning to leave your vehicle, this is the area for you! In the interest of child safety, please remember to back in.
If you arrive and there are no available parking spaces, please be patient and continue looping around in the lot. If we all work together, peak traffic times can go very smoothly.































































Based on the feedback shared at Tuesday’s meeting, we have also made adjustments to our entry supervision. The Staff Supervisor designated to the gate on the North part of the pavement will circulate a few times in the morning to greet students and monitor the pavement area in front of the portables. Please continue to encourage independence by allowing your child (grades 1-6) to walk across the contained pavement independently. Let’s work together to minimize the number of adults in our pavement area in the morning.

We continue to consider various ideas in order to alleviate the crowd on the sidewalk by the Visitor parking lot after school. I would encourage parents/ caregivers of students in Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Clodman, and Ms. Roth’s classes to meet their children by the main entrance. We will continue to monitor the situation in search of better options. I truly appreciate your feedback.

I have received a number of questions relating to Halloween. Costumes are permitted, however your child’s teacher may have some specific expectations relating to timing, themes and/ or inclusion. Under the Province Safe School legislation, students may not bring toy replicas or other items resembling guns, knives or any other weapons, as accessories to their Halloween costumes. Such items may cause unnecessary fear, anxiety and misunderstanding and must be kept away from the school. In addition, staff will remind students that they cannot bring to school any toy costume accessories, including fake blood, as part of their Halloween costume.

This applies to all students at all levels, including Kindergarten. Please note that while the celebration of Halloween is not part of Ontario Curriculum, some classes may choose to weave Halloween celebrations and/or traditions as part of the daily work and curriculum expectations for specific grades. Individual teachers may send notes home to inform you of expectations and/ or options for wearing a costume. Regular instruction and programming will continue as we take extra care to be inclusive in our practice at school and to ensure that everyone feels safe as per Board policy and protocol. If you have any concerns/ questions, please don’t hesitate to let your child’s teacher know.

In the days following Halloween, please refrain from having your children bring candies to school. Aside from the candies not being a healthy snack choice, they also may contain nuts, peanuts or other allergens. As always, if you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or I.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Elections in the Gym (all day) on Monday
  • Mrs. Rodriguez/ Mr. Jackson's class Curling on Monday
  • Mrs. Clodman/ Mrs. Powell's classes Skating on Tuesday
  • Character Assembly (PM) on Wednesday
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • Halloween on Friday
  • Programs
  • Athletics

Upcoming Dates:

November 4- Photo Retakes at 1pm

November 6- Parent Learning Session (Microsoft) for Parents at Summit Heights at 6:30pm

November 7- Swimming begins for Mr. Nitsou’s 4/5 and Mr. Hook’s 4s

November 10- Sight and Sound Clinic (All Day)

November 11- Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

- Progress Reports Go Home

November 13- Parent/Teacher Conferences (Evening)

November 14- PA Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences (AM)

November 17-19- Mr. Kahn/ Mr. Wilson’s 5s to Mono Cliffs

November 19- Girls Basketball Tournament at Blythwood

November 27- Pizza Lunch

Have a spooktacular week!

C. Birnbaum


































































October 20, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

We have an exciting week ahead with Book Fair beginning and our first FSA Meeting of 2014-2015. We are looking at temperatures in the single digits this week, so please make sure that your child/ children is/ are dressed for the weather. We continue to remind students to keep their jackets/ sweaters on during recess, however many are leaving articles of clothing outside. Please reinforce the expectation that students must keep their sweaters/ jackets on during outdoor play. On a similar note, our Lost and Found is filling up, so please encourage your child to visit the bin to locate any missing items.

Please note that students are not allowed back into the building after they have been dismissed at the end of the day. It is the responsibility of the students to ensure that they have all items with them before they leave (i.e., lunch bags, homework, etc.) Teachers and Caretakers will not open classrooms following dismissal. Please help your child learn from such mistakes by having him/ her place a checklist in his/ her agenda to refer to before leaving class for the day.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We continue to remind students that running near/ standing on rocks can be extremely dangerous. Students are never permitted to run in hallways or play tag games near the playscape. We also discourage the riding of scooters on school property or cartwheels, summersaults and acrobatics during outdoor play. Student safety is our foremost priority and we trust that our children will respect the rules in place to keep them safe. There are regular reminders by teachers, lunchroom supervisors and on daily announcements, but it would be helpful to provide reminders at home as well. We really appreciate your support in keeping everyone safe!

Important Items for This Week:

  • All students will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair this week (Thank you Ms. Pearl and student/ parent volunteers!)
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm
  • Athletics
  • Clubs/ Programs
  • Calendar

Upcoming Dates:

October 27- Elections in the Gym

                   - City Finals for Cross Country at Centennial Park

October 29- Character Assembly (PM)

October 30- Pizza Lunch

-Robotics Tournament at Lescon

October 31- Halloween

November 4- Photo Retakes at 1pm

November 11- Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

- Progress Reports Go Home Today

November 13- P/T Conferences (Evening)

November 14- PA Day- P/ T Conferences (AM)

November 19- Girls Basketball Tournament at Blythwood































































































































Have a fantastic week!































































































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































October 13, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family, friends and/ or loved ones. We have much to be thankful for and as I’ve said countless times, I feel blessed to serve such a wonderful community of students, staff and families.

Please note that Toronto Police Services, 32 Division is looking to hire a Crossing Guard for Avenue Rd. and Wilson for morning (entry) and afternoon (dismissal) shifts. Shifts are 35 minutes and the job is effective immediately. If you, or someone you know might be interested, please call Police Constable Amoah at (416) 808-3255 for more information.

Are you wondering how you can help your child with Math at home? Have you considered how to extend learning beyond the classroom? Please check out this document for some great ideas:































































































































Doing Mathematics with your Child

Remember, we need to work together to help our students understand when to apply certain strategies and why they are important. Let’s help our children explore the critical thinking behind mathematics, while having some fun at the same time!

Important Items for This Week

Upcoming dates:

October 20-23- Book Fair

October 20- Curling Begins for Grade 6s

October 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

October 27- Elections in the Gym

October 28- Skating Begins for Grades 1-3s

October 29- Character Assembly (PM)

October 30- Pizza Lunch

October 31- Halloween

November 4- Photo Retakes at 1pm

November 7- Swim to Survive Begins for Grades 4/5s

November 11- Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

           - Progress Reports Go Home Today

November 13- Parent- Teacher Conferences- SK to Grade 6 (Evening)

November 14- PA Day- Parent- Teacher Conferences- SK to Grade 6 (AM)

Have a terrific week!































































































































C. Birnbaum


































































October 5, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights Families:































































































































Our Newsletter has been posted online. Please click HERE to view/ download. 































































































































Important Items for this Week:































































































































-PHOTO DAY ON MONDAY!































































-Lunch Programs begin this week!































































-Athletics Updates































































































































Upcoming Dates:

October 13- Thanksgiving (School Closed)

October 20- 23- Book Fair































































































































October 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

October 23- Pizza Lunch

October 27- Elections

October 29- Character Assembly (PM)

October 31- Halloween

November 4- Photo Retakes at 1pm

Have a great week,































































































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































































































September 29, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy the fabulous weather over the weekend. I am really looking forward to seeing you to Curriculum Night on Wednesday evening. Please begin your visit in the gym at 6:30pm, where I will welcome you and briefly review some highlights of our School Improvement Plan for 2014-2015. The first classroom visits will begin at 6:45-7:05pm and the second visits will begin at 7:10-7:30pm. Please be on time for presentations in your child’s classroom. We kindly ask that children not attend Curriculum Night, however if your attendance relies solely on childcare, please contact me directly to discuss alternatives.

I am very proud of our students for their commitment and participation in the Terry Fox Run this year! Our students did such an amazing job encouraging one another during the event and worked together to earn support for this year’s campaign. Of course, a huge thanks goes to Lisa and Elise for all of their time and effort. Together we raised a total of $6090 (which shatters our goal of $5000!) So now the students have earned a special theme day, which we will be voting on shortly. Congratulations everyone!

We have received several calls to the school recently to help facilitate play dates. For safety reasons, we are not able to help with these plans. Please make these arrangements prior to the school day and communicate changes to pick up schedules with your child’s teacher in writing, in advance.

As you may have heard, Pokemon cards and other trading cards/ collectibles are not allowed to school. These items are very special to many students and they are causing a disruption to teaching and learning. Furthermore, we do not want such important belongings to go missing or to be the source of peer pressure or exclusion. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring our students’ safety and well being with food items and lunches. Please do not send any food items that contain nuts/ peanuts. In some classes we also have students with severe, life threatening allergies to other types of foods, which your child’s teacher has likely shared information about. I recognize that this limits lunch options in some cases, but please understand that this is asked in the spirit of safety. We really appreciate your ongoing support.

As you are aware, sharing of food items is not permitted. As an alternative to food for birthdays, we ask that you either participate in the “Birthday Book” Program or encourage your child to share a birthday pencil, eraser, stickers with his/ her classmates. Please speak to your child’s before sending anything to school. For other school recognized celebrations, your child's teacher will communicate the procedures and expectations.

Important Items for This Week:

•   Pizza Lunch on Tuesday

•   Curriculum Night at 6:30pm on Wednesday

•   Cross Country Meet at Earl Bales on Thursday

•   Athletics Schedule

Upcoming Events:

October 4- Eid al Adha (Islam)/ Yom Kippur (Judaism)/ Dasara (Hinduism)

October 5- School Newsletter #1 Posted Online

October 6- Photo Day

         -Paid Lunch Programs Begin this week (for 9 weeks)

October 13- Thanksgiving (School Closed)

October 20-23- Book Fair

October 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

October 23- Pizza Lunch

October 29- Character Assembly (PM)

October 31- Halloween

November 4- Photo Retakes at 1pm

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































September 22, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the fabulous weather this weekend! It was lovely to see so many Armour families and friends on Wednesday at our Welcome Back BBQ. I would like to thank Riza, Megan, Mary Beth and the FSA for organizing such a wonderful school community event. I am really looking forward to welcoming parents/ guardians back into the school for our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, October 1st at 6:30pm.

Earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to meet our Class Parents. A huge thanks to Lisa for co-ordinating this terrific group of dedicated volunteers. Our Students, Staff and Community are so fortunate to have Class Parents to support programming and communication at Armour.

On Friday morning, our whole school met in the gym for our Terry Fox Assembly. Mrs. Rosenberg worked with a group of students who created a captivating and inspiring presentation for our children. I was equally impressed by our audience who showed tremendous maturity and focus. Of course we connected Terry's bravery and courage to the Character Traits we focus on throughout the year. Please help your children collect pledges for our Annual Terry Fox Run on Wednesday, September 24th at 1pm. Students have also been asked to bring in a "Toonie for Terry". Thank you to Elise and Lisa for all of your work in helping us work toward achieving our $5000 goal... We can do it!

As you may already know, our Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Results were published last week. You may access our school's Report HERE. Although we do have much to celebrate, there are still specific areas that require our intentional focus. We use this data along with many other sources of information to inform our School Improvement Plan each year. I will speak about our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement in the gym at the beginning of Curriculum Night on October 1st. I look forward to seeing you there.

I have been very impressed with the way our children are following the entry procedures in the morning. Our students are ready to learn each and every day as they line up to enter the school. We want to keep the pavement area between the North and South gates as clear as possible, so please encourage independence and send your child (grades 1-6) to walk from the South gate to the North gate on his/ her own (or with a partner). A Staff member will be present to greet students as they enter the North gate. Morning supervision begins at 8:30 and there are Staff members spread out welcoming and supervising students.

Finally, please note that this week's Pizza Lunch has been postponed and rescheduled to next Tuesday, September 30th. Please be sure to send your child with a lunch on Thursday this week. I apologize for any inconvenience and/ or confusion.

Important Items for This Week:

•   School Support Team Meeting on Monday afternoon

•   Terry Fox Run on Wednesday at 1pm (Kindergarten- Grade 6)

•   Robotics begins this week

•   Choir begins this week

•   Athletics Update

•   Rosh Hashana on Thursday and Friday (Shana Tova to those who celebrate)

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 30- Pizza Lunch

October 1- Curriculum Night (6:30pm

October 2- Cross Country Meet     

October 5- School Newsletter #1 Posted Online

October 6- Photo Day

October 13- Thanksgiving (School Closed)

October 20- 23- Book Fair

October 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

 

Have a fantastic week!

C. Birnbaum


































































September 14, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It is certainly starting to feel like fall outside, so please help your child dress for the weather. A light jacket for those cool mornings and rain boots for those wet days will definitely come in handy. All students are encouraged to have a pair or indoor shoes and a pair of outdoor shoes in order to keep our classrooms clean and our students safe.

It was very nice to meet parents who are new to our Armour Heights Family at our New Parent Welcome last week. Thank you to Tracy and the FSA for organizing this year’s Meet and Greet. We have a busy week ahead and I am really looking forward to seeing our school community at our Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday at 5:30pm. Please be sure to show your school spirit and wear some GREEN and/ or YELLOW at the BBQ!

I am pleased to report that our first two weeks of Full Day Kindergarten have gone very well, thanks to our outstanding FDK Team in partnership with our phenomenal parents. Our JK and SK children are transitioning to the full day routine, including snack and lunch. Many parents/ guardians of JK/ SK students have expressed interest in ordering hot lunches from Lunch Lady. Given the successful transition, we will now extend the optional Lunch Lady offering to our Kindergarten classes. Furthermore, our JK/SKs will also participate in upcoming Pizza Lunches as well! Stay tuned for more information.

I want to extend my appreciation to all the parents and caregivers who are helping to keep our students and families safe by following our Parking Lot “Agreements”. There have been fewer double parked cars and vehicles idling in the bus loading area. Thank you for working together to ensure everyone’s safety. Once again, please remember to follow the arrows in the East Lot, as it is a one-way loop. Finally, please remember that the West Lot is for Staff Parking Only.

Important Items for This Week:

  • Lice Check on Tuesday
  • Welcome Back BBQ at 5:30pm on Wednesday
  • Terry Fox Assembly on Friday at 9am
  • For this week’s Athletics schedule, please check HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

September 24- Terry Fox Run

October 1- Curriculum Night (6:30pm)

October 2- Cross Country Meet     

October 5- School Newsletter #1 Posted Online

October 6- Photo Day**

October 13- Thanksgiving (School Closed)

October 20- 23- Book Fair

 































































Have a wonderful week!































































































































C.Birnbaum

**Date changed due to conflict with Cross Country Meet


































































September 7, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

 

I would like to extend my appreciation to our staff and families for making our first week a huge success! During my classroom visits last week, I enjoyed seeing the "getting to know you" activities and community builders happening throughout the school. These help students learn more about one another and they allow teachers to better understand the interests and strengths of our students. In the coming weeks, our staff will continue to have the students engage in similar activities as well as familiarize themselves with academic strengths and needs through diagnostic assessments. These will inform programming decisions tailored to smaller groups and individuals in the learning environment.

 

If you haven't done so already, please be sure to return the opening package of forms to the school. It is important that we have these documents to ensure the safety of all students. Also, if some of your friends are wondering why they haven't received this e-blast, please remind them to complete the email permission forms at the following links:

Armour Heights PS/ FSA Permission

TDSB Permission

 

Please follow us on Twitter at:

@TDSB_ArmourHts

 

Check our Website frequently at:

www.armourheightsps.ca

 

I have received a few questions regarding drop off and dismissal. In the morning, students in grades 1-6 may be dropped off at the North East part of the pavement. A staff supervisor will be at the gate to receive the children. Morning supervision begins at 8:30am until the entry bell at 8:43am (when students line up with their classes). We kindly ask that parents refrain from entering the pavement area in front of the portables unless they are entering the school for Childcare or visiting the Office. Please watch your child as they walk towards the North East gate and wave or establish eye contact with the staff member on duty. Kindergarten supervision begins at 8:40am outside, by the designated classroom doors. Members of our Kindergarten Team will be outside every morning to greet the children. If students are late, they must sign in at the Office.

At dismissal, the Kindergartens will be dismissed at 3:05pm outside at the same designated areas. Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed at 3:20pm from the following doors:

 

North West "Junior" Doors- Ms. Fineberg, Mr. Hook, Mr. Nitsou, Mr. Offor, Mrs. Rodriguez/ Mr. Jackson.

 

North East "Main" Doors- Ms. Roth, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Clodman

 

South East "Parking Lot" Doors- Ms. McLean, Ms. Azeroual

 

Please help us keep the exits clear so that students/ teachers can establish contact with the appropriate parents/ caregivers.

 

Finally, please help keep our students/ families safe by observing the following parking lot "agreements":

-If you are getting out of your vehicle, please make sure that you are parked in a parking space (not in front of the dumpster)

-If you wish to remain in your vehicle, you may use the Kiss n' Ride area along the North sidewalk

-All other vehicles must follow the loop and keep moving until a space becomes available.

-Do not double park, as this prevents vehicles from moving through the lot.

-Do not stop your vehicle in the Bus Loading Area (even for "a second").

-Back your vehicle into spaces, when possible

-Please help promote active, healthy living by walking to and from school and leaving your vehicle at home

 

Important Items to Note for This Week:

 

  • Please join us for our New Family Welcome at 8:45am on Thursday Morning, presented by our FSA!

  • Here is the athletics/ activity schedule for the week:

 

Monday

7:45 Cross Country (Grades 1-6)

11:45 Girls Football Tryouts

Tuesday

7:45 Girls Softball Tryouts, Boys Football Tryouts

3:30 Boys Softball Tryouts

Wednesday

7:45 Cross Country (Grades 1-6)

11:45 Girls Football Tryouts

Thursday

7:45 Girls Softball Tryouts, Boys Football Tryouts

11:45 Robotics Meeting

3:30 Boys Softball Tryouts

Friday

7:45 Girls Football Tryouts, Boys Softball Tryouts

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 16- School-wide Lice Check

September 17- Welcome Back BBQ at 5pm

September 19- Terry Fox Assembly

September 24- Terry Fox Run

October 1- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm

October 2- Photo Day

October 5- School Newsletter #1 posted online

October 13- Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 20- 23- Book Fair

October 29- Character Assembly (pm)

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

C. Birnbaum


































































September 1, 2014
Hello Armour Heights Families:
 
I would like to welcome everyone back to another great school year at Armour! I hope you and your family were able to take full advantage of the summer. I can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday morning. I would like to extend my thanks to our Caretaking Team, Teaching Staff and Support Staff for getting the school and classrooms ready for our students.
All students in grades 1-6 begin school on Tuesday, September 2nd. Scheduled supervision begins at 8:30am and all teachers will begin to make their way out to the paved area shortly after 8:30 to greet students. Mr. Barta, Mrs. Rosenberg, Ms. Marshall, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Pearl will be outside, wearing yellow vests, to help students locate their teachers. Ms. Fineberg, Mr. Hook, Mr. Nitsou, Mr. Offor and Mrs. Rodriguez (Burford) will all be stationed on the West side of the pavement (Ball Hockey Court). Ms. Roth, Ms. Azeroual, Ms. McLean, Mrs. Clodman, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kahn will be waiting on the East side of the pavement, near the North Gate (baseball diamond). Parents/ Guardians, it is important that you say your goodbyes on the pavement. Community-building and opening activities will begin at 8:45am.
 
Some Important Reminders:
  • We are committed to regular and ongoing communication, however due to Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), we can no longer send you e-mail correspondence unless you complete two forms using these links:
  • www.tdsb.on.ca/survey/CASL 
  • http://goo.gl/JcDTcd
Both forms are required, so please take a few moments to submit them. Thank you!
  • Please Follow Armour Heights PS on Twitter @TDSB_ArmourHts
  • Please remember to provide your child with a lunch and some nutritious snacks.
  • If you are planning to visit the school, please buzz in at the main doors and sign in at the Main Office. All visitors to the school are expected to have a pink visitors badge. This is for the safety of all our students.
  • You will receive an opening package from the school on the first day. Please complete these important forms ASAP and return them to the school (particularly Medical Concerns).
  • Please check our website regularly at: www.armourheightsps.ca.
  • Be sure to set a reasonable bedtime for your child and establish routines, such as daily reading and exploration of real-world math every day. Predictability and structure will help ensure success for your child.
  • When you ask about your child's day, be sure to ask in a way that will promote responses that are greater than a single word. For example, "Did you have a good day?" would yield a yes/ no response. Here are some other ways to ask the same question:
    • What was the best thing that happened at school today?
    • What was the worst thing that happened at school today?
    • Tell me something that made you laugh today.
    • How did you help somebody today?
    • How did somebody help you today?
    • When were you the happiest today?
    • What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
 
I am truly looking forward to a year filled with continued success and growth. We are partners in your child's learning and I am honoured to serve the students, staff and families of Armour Heights Public School.
 
Have a terrific week!
 
C. Birnbaum
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
September 11- New Parent/ Families Welcome at 8:45am
September 17- Welcome Back BBQ at 5:00pm
September 18- Terry Fox Assembly at 9:00am
September 22- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- pm
September 24- Terry Fox Run
October 1- Curriculum Night at 6:30pm
October 13- Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)
October 20- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- pm
October 21- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm
October 29- Character Assembly (pm)
October 31- Halloween

































































June 23, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

It is hard to believe that we are entering the final week of the 2013-2014 school year. It has truly been a memorable year and I know that our students will reflect on the past 10 months and consider all the wonderful learning opportunities that they were able to partake in.

Our grade 6s returned from a memorable trip to Ottawa last week and I would like to thank all the staff members who made this trip possible. Overnight trips take a lot of behind the scenes work, not to mention the reshuffling that needs to take place both at home and at school. On behalf of all the grade 6 grads, thank you to Mr. Offor, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Durkee.

Yearbooks are ready! A special thank you to Shelley and everyone involved in making the yearbook a reality. Yearbooks will be sent home on Monday. These cannot be mailed, so if you are unable to receive your copy of the yearbook, we can hold it in the office.

Please join us for some lemonade, cake and sweets as we celebrate the retirements of Marilyn Ferley and Patti Durkee. This will take place on Monday in the Gym at 3:05-4:00pm. All parents and students (past and present) are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing you there!

Report Cards will be sent home with your child(ren) on Friday. We are unable to hand them out before the end of the day. If you are unable to receive your child’s Report Card on Friday, they will be mailed to your home address. Your child’s Report Card will contain information about which classroom he/ she will be in next year. You may use this information in conjunction with the newsletter to find out his/ her tentative teacher for next year. Please also note that a variety of factors were considered when building balanced classrooms. Please help get your child excited about his/ her class placement for next year!































































































































Families who are new to Armour Heights will be contacted in order to provide you with information about classroom placements, routines and procedures.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-BLASTS:

This message is to inform you about the introduction of Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) law, which takes effect on July 1, 2014. CASL prohibits the sending of any type of electronic message that is commercial in nature unless the recipient has provided consent first. As a result, Armour Heights Public School and the Armour Heights Family and School Association require your consent to receive any electronic messages which contain advertising or promotions regarding school fundraisers, lunch programs, field trips, purchasing of student photos, Fun Fair tickets, or similar events and offers.

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Items to note for this week:

  • Lip Sync Rehearsal at 9am on Monday
  • Lip Sync at 1pm on Monday
  • Retirement Celebration in the gym for Mrs. Durkee and Mrs. Ferley on Monday at 3:05-4:00pm
  • Grade 6 Graduation at 3pm on Wednesday, followed by a reception, dinner and dance.
  • Awards Assembly on Thursday at 9:15am
  • Friday is the last day for students/ Grade 6 Clap Out/ Report Cards and Newsletter go home

Upcoming Dates:

September 1- Labour Day

September 2- Welcome Back!

September 17- Welcome Back BBQ

September 24- Terry Fox Run

October 1- Curriculum Night

Enjoy the week,































































C. Birnbaum


































































June 16, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day spent with family! Thank you once again to those who were able to attend Showcase last week. Our students were a delight to watch on stage and it was evident that they enjoyed sharing their talents with the school community. Thank you once again for supporting The Arts at Armour!

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who made Bike Rodeo a success this year. It was great to see our students taking an active part in thinking about healthy living and bike safety.

It was wonderful to see so many parents at last week’s FSA Volunteer Appreciation event. This was another reminder of how fortunate the students and staff are to have such a supportive community at Armour Heights. Thank you again for being partners in your child’s learning.

As you know, our first Math Olympics took place on Thursday. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 participated in a variety of events that tested their thinking, reasoning and communication skills in Mathematics. The students had a great time at events like the “QR Code Scavenger Hunt”, “The Math Octothalon” and they enjoyed extending patterns at the “Tower” event and investigating at the “Mystery Package” event. We certainly ended the day on a high note with our annual Jump Rope for Heart Event… An active and memorable day for all involved!

Items to note for this week:

  • School Support Team (SST) on Monday
  • Our Grade 6s leave for Ottawa on Tuesday
  • Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4s on Tuesday at 10:30am
  • Girls on the Run 5km Run at John Polanyi CI on Tuesday afternoon
  • FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm
  • Freezie Friday (Last one!) at 11:45am on Friday (.50 for a small juice freezie and $1.00 for a jumbo freezie)

Upcoming Dates:

June 23- Lip Sync (Rehearsal at 9am/ 1pm)

June 25- Graduation at 3pm

June 26-Character Assembly (STAR Awards)- 9:15am

June 27- Last Day for Students/ Report Cards/ Grade 6 Clap Out

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































June 9, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend as we have another busy, yet exciting week ahead! We wish our Grade 5 and 6 Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Teams the best of luck as they compete at the City Championships on Monday. We also wish our students competing at the Track and Field City Championships the best of luck on Tuesday. Our athletes continue to represent Armour Heights extremely well as they demonstrate outstanding work ethic, teamwork and sportsmanship. We are very proud of our students!

Please note that when dropping your child(ren) off in the morning, students in grades 1-6 must walk across the pavement to the new fence (where the pylons used to be), and enter through that gate on the North part of the pavement. Staff supervision begins at this entry point at 8:30am. Students may not stand/ play on the pavement between the portables and the new entry door. Please watch your child(ren) as they walk from the East Parking Lot and enter the gate on the North part of the pavement, where staff supervision begins. Please also note that students must walk their bikes and scooters once on school grounds in order to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions about supervision and/ or entry/ exit procedures, please email or call me at the school.

Items to Note for this Week:

  • Grade 5 and 6 Ultimate Frisbee City Finals on Monday
  • Track and Field City Finals on Tuesday
  • Bike Rodeo on Tuesday
  • Showcase on Wednesday at 1:30pm
  • FSA Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm on Wednesday
  • Elections in the Gym on Thursday
  • Math Olympics (K-6) on Thursday
  • Jump Rope for Heart on Thursday
  • Freezie Friday on Friday at 11:45 (Juice Freezies for .50 and Jumbo Freezies for $1.00)**Last one of the year!
  • AHCCP BBQ on Friday

Upcoming Dates:

June 15- Father’s Day

June 16- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- AM

June 17-20- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa

June 17- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

June 17- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4s- 10:30am

June 17- Girls on the Run 5K Run at John Polanyi (PM)

June 18- Project Giveback Fair (PM)

June 23- Lip Sync (Rehearsal at 9am/ 1pm)

June 25- Graduation at 3pm

June 26-Character Assembly (Awards)- AM

June 27- Last Day for Students/ Report Cards/ Grade 6 Clap Out


































































June 2, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. It’s looking like we will experience a bit more beautiful weather this week, with a possibility of some rain.

It was terrific to see so many families at the Blue Jays game on Friday night. Our students sounded fantastic and really represented our school very well. Thank you again to Tanya for organizing this opportunity for the students and families of Armour Heights. This was truly a special event!

Please continue to discuss safety tips with your child(ren) on a regular basis. You can find tips here.

You may have noticed that new fences have been installed in order to enhance student safety and supervision.  We have added fences and/ or gates in the following areas:

-Along Wilson Avenue (Beside the West Lot), with a gate on the path

-An enclosure outside Room 104, for future Full-Day Kindergarten Entry/ Dismissal

-A gate at the North Field entrance

-A Fence with a gate and utility vehicle access just North or our new front entrance

-A gate by the East Parking Lot

-A Fence behind the portable, by the East Parking Lot

Please help us by closing the latching gates behind you. Also, please note that jumping over fences is prohibited and students will be asked to walk to the nearest gate to exit. Once again, the fences were built in order to enhance supervision and help keep children safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call me at the school.

A Message From The Library:        

The Armour Heights Library has been a hub of activity throughout the school year. A lot of learning took place inside the four walls. Students were constantly coming through the doors. Many books were borrowed and read. To keep up with student interests many books were also purchased.

Now it is time to return all of those borrowed books. Over the next few weeks please search your homes, cars, cottages, backpacks and even classrooms for the library books. Return them to the box marked “return bin” in the library. Beginning Monday June 9th reminder letters will be sent home to students who may still have outstanding books.

This summer our school library will be inventoried. This is to ensure that our online library catalogue accurately reflects our library collection. Library and Learning Resource staff will be inventorying our collection this August. It is extremely important that we have all of our books on the shelves for them to scan.

A special note to graduating students. Your current library card goes with you to your new school in September. It will be “locked” if you still have outstanding materials at Armour. Make sure to clear your card before you leave.

I thank you in advance.

Happy Hunting

Mrs. Pearl

Important Items to Note:

-Grade 6 Students will be working on EQAO on Monday and Tuesday

-Help us develop a Technology Plan at our “Learning with Apple” Session for Parents and Staff on Tuesday at 3:30-6pm

-PA Day on Friday- No School for Students 

Upcoming Dates: 

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 10- Track and Field City Finals

June 11- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation at 7pm

June 12- Elections in the Gym- ALL DAY

June 12- MATH OLYMPICS!

June 13- Freezie Friday at lunch

June 15- Father’s Day

June 16- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- am

June 16-20- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa

June 17- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4s- 10:30am

June 17- Girls on the Run 5K Run at John Polanyi (PM)

June 23- Lip Sync (Rehearsal at 9am/ 1pm)

June 25- Graduation at 3pm

June 26-Character Assembly (Awards)- AM

June 27- Last Day for Students/ Report Cards go home/ Grade 6 Clap Out

 

Have a great week!

C. Birnbaum


































































May 26, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was amazing to see so many families, friends, graduates, future Armour students at our Fun Fair on Saturday. We couldn’t have asked for a better day or a better event for that matter! A HUGE THANK YOU to Barbara Patten Halldorson, who put a great deal of time and energy into organizing the Fun Fair (and made it look easy, at times!) Barbara, on behalf of the entire community, we thank you for your hard work in making this a memorable community event! I would also like to thank Jennifer Stuart, Erin McGrath, Christine Papoushek, Lizzie Duncan, Darlene Remlinger, Angela Lloyd, Dawn Johnston, Lydia Basile, Glenn Kaul, Tracey McLean, Tanya Henderson, Jennifer Sokolowsky, Petra Synnerdahl, Celia Hitch, Heather Glionna and Heidi Miller for all of your work on the different committees/ events. A big thank you as well to all of the parent volunteers, student volunteers and staff members who dedicated time at the Fun Fair to help out in a variety of ways, like ticket sales, greeting, hat sales, BBQ, activities, baking, banking, dancing, etc.... Without the support of so many wonderful people, an event like this would not be possible. THANK YOU AGAIN!

EQAO begins this week for Students in Grades 3 and 6. The Primary and Junior Assessments are a snapshot of how our students have grasped concepts over the past few years. We know that our students have been prepared and are ready to embark on this experience with confidence. The Grade 3s will begin on Monday morning and the Grade 6s will begin on Thursday morning.

Please note, there has been a slight change to our School Organization for 2014-2015, due to an increase in enrolment. There will be two Grade 5/6 classes and one Grade 6 class next year as opposed to one Grade 5 and two Grade 6 classes. I will keep you updated, should further changes become necessary.

Items to note for this week:

  • Grade 3 EQAO- Begins Monday Morning
  • Eglinton Lawrence Education Day Candidates Forum (Tuesday May 27 at Lawrence Park CI, 7pm)
  • Character Assembly on Wednesday at 1pm
  • Grade 6 EQAO- Begins on Thursday Morning
  • Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • FREEZIE FRIDAY at Lunch on Friday (2 Welch’s Juice Freezies for $1.00)- All Proceeds to support Grade 6 Graduation initiatives
  • AHPS Blue Jays Night on Friday Night!
  • PIAC Conference (Saturday May 31 at Earl Haig SS)

Upcoming Dates:

June 3- Staff/ Parent “Learning with Apple” Session (3:30-6pm)

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 10- Track and Field City Finals

June 11- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 12- Elections in the Gym- ALL DAY

June 12- MATH OLYMPICS!

June 15- Father's Day

June 16- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- AM

June 16-20- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa

June 17- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4s- 10:30am

June 18- Project Giveback Fair (PM)

June 23- Lip Sync (Rehearsal at 9am/ 1pm)

June 25- Graduation at 3pm

June 26-Character Assembly (Awards)- AM

June 27- Last Day for Students/ Report Cards go home/ Grade 6 Clap Out































































































































Thank you for being partners in your child's learning!

C. Birnbaum


































































May 19, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed your Victoria Day Long Weekend! We have many exciting things happening this week. As you may have noticed, construction for Full-Day Kindergarten is well underway. Our new portable is nearly operational and will be ready for safety inspection shortly. Renovations to room 103, the adjacent washroom and cubbies have been happening over evenings and weekends in order to minimize disruptions to student learning. You will also notice new fences and gates in the next few days, which will enhance the safety for our children.

We are also very excited that work on our much anticipated “Stage Project” has officially begun. We are outfitting our stage with a new motorized screen and mounted projector that will integrate with our existing sound system. Thank you very much to our FSA for making this project a reality. We are really looking forward to incorporating these enhancements to our already incredible productions!

Finally, work has also begun on our new entrance. We are hoping to unveil the students’ mosaics this week! The walls in the new foyer are also being primed and prepared for beautiful student paintings... please stay tuned for more updates!

Please pardon our appearance during this exciting time!

As we carefully consider staffing and classroom placements for 2014-2015, we kindly ask that you inform your child’s teacher and/ or the office if your child will not be returning to Armour Heights next year. This information is very important as we endeavour to create balanced classrooms. Thank you in advance for your support!

Items to note for this week:

  • ·      Grade 6s to visit St. Andrews JHS on Tuesday- 8:45-10:40am
  • ·      FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm
  • ·      Grade 6 Ultimate Fisbee Tournament on Thursday
  • ·      Grade 5 Ultimate Frisbee Tournament on Friday
  • ·      Fun Fair on Saturday

 

Tips for supporting Math at Home:

 

Be Positive About Math!

  • ·      Let your child know that everyone can learn math.
  • ·      Let your child know that you think math is important and fun.
  • ·      Point out the ways in which different family members use math in their jobs.
  • ·      Be positive about your own math abilities.
  • ·      Try to avoid saying, “I was never good at math” or “I never liked math”.
  • ·      Encourage your child to be persistent if a problem seems difficult.
  • ·      Praise your child when he or she makes an effort, and share in the excitement when he or she solves a problem or understands something for the first time.

Encourage Your Child to Give Explanations.

  • ·      When your child is trying to solve a problem, ask what he or she is thinking. If your child seems puzzled, ask him or her to tell you what doesn’t make sense. (Talking about their ideas and how they reach solutions helps children learn to reason mathematically.)
  • ·      Suggest that your child act out a problem to solve it. Have your child show how he or she reached a conclusion by drawing pictures and moving objects as well as by using words.
  • ·      Treat errors as opportunities to help your child learn something new.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguidenum2012.pdf































































































































Upcoming Dates:

May 24- Fun Fair!

May 26-29- EQAO (Grade 3- May 26-28)/ (Grade 6- May 29-June 2)

May 28- Character Assembly (PM)

May 29- Track and Field Conference Finals

May 30- AHPS Blue Jays Night!

June 3- Staff/ Parent “Learning with Apple” Session (3:30-6pm)

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 10- Track and Field City Finals

June 11- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 12- Elections in the Gym- ALL DAY

June 12- MATH OLYMPICS!

June 15- Father's Day

June 16- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- AM

June 16-20- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa

June 17- Sound Sense Presentation for Grade 4s- 10:30am

June 18- Project Giveback Fair (PM)

June 23- Lip Sync (Rehearsal at 9am/ 1pm)

June 25- Graduation at 3pm

June 26-Character Assembly (Awards)- AM

June 27- Last Day for Students/ Report Cards go home/ Grade 6 Clap Out

  

Thank you for being partners in your child’s learning!

 

C. Birnbaum


































































May 11, 2014































































































































Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms in our Armour Heights Family! I hope you were treated to a very special day today (Mother Nature certainly cooperated!)































































































































Please take a look at our May Newsletter HERE































































































































Grade School Musical II was a hit! Thank you, Tanya for all that you do for our students. We are so fortunate to have you and your creativity, passion and dedication. Your vision is nothing short of inspirational! Special thanks to Mr. Hook and Mrs. Rosenberg for their time and dedication to our Musical/ Theatre Arts Program. Thank you as well to all the staff and parents who supported this production. It truly takes a village and our children really reap the rewards. 































































































































Thank you Mr. Barta and the entire staff for putting together an incredible Track and Field Day. Our students were focused on participating and competing respectfully. Well done!































































































































I also want to thank Ms. Pearl and all of the volunteers and staff members who supported the Book Fair. The proceeds from the Book Fair go toward student support and additional books for our students.































































































































Items to note for this week:































































































































-Eco-Schools Audit on Monday at 9:00am































































-School Support Team on Monday morning beginning at 8:30am































































-Boys Soccer Tournament on Monday (At Armour)































































-Girls Soccer Tournament on Wednesday (At Armour)































































-Track and Field Meet on Thursday (At Esther Shiner Stadium)































































-Ultimate Frisbee Match on Friday (At Summit Heights)































































































































Upcoming Dates:

May 19- Victoria Day

May 20- Grade 6 Visit to St. Andrew’s JHS

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- Innovations Fair at Dublin Heights (PM)

May 23- Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

May 24- Fun Fair!

May 26-28- Grade 3 EQAO

May 29-June 2- Grade 6 EQAO

May 29- Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

May 29- Pizza Lunch

May 30- AHPS Blue Jays Game!

June 3- Parent/ Staff Learning with Apple 3:30-6pm

June 4- Shavuot (Judaism)

June 6- PA Day (No School for Students)

June 9- Math Olympics!

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 12- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- School Support Team (SST)- AM

June 17- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm































































































































































































Have a terrific week!































































































































C. Birnbaum


































































May 5, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

We have an exciting week ahead of us! Please make sure that your child/ children is/ are dressed for our anticipated Track and Field Day on Monday. It promises to be a terrific day full of fun and participation!

It was wonderful to see many families on Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again this week for Grade School Musical II.

Items to note for this week:

  • Track and Field Day on Monday
  • Monday is the LAST DAY to purchase tickets to Grade School Musical II
  • Grade School Musical II Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday morning
  • Grade School Musical II on Thursday at 7pm
  • May Newsletter will be sent home on May 11th

Upcoming Dates:

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 12- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- am

May 12- Eco-Schools Audit at 9am

May 19- Victoria Day- No School

May 20- Grade 6 Transition Visit to St. Andrew’s at 8:45-10:40am

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- FOS Innovations Fair at Dublin Hts. (pm)

May 24- Fun Fair!

May 26-29- EQAO

May 30- AHPS Blue Jays Night!

June 2-5- EQAO

June 3- Parent/ Staff Learning Session with Apple- 3:30-6pm

June 6- PA Day- No School for Students

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 12- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- School Support Team (SST)- am

June 16-18- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































April 28, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

Firstly, I would like to recognize the incredible AHFSA Silent Auction, Dinner and Dance on Saturday evening. Thank you for welcoming me to this unbelievable community event in support of our students. This was yet another example of how truly remarkable the Armour Heights community is. Thank you to Carolyn Acton for taking the lead in organizing this year’s event. I would also like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions in the planning of the event:

Jennifer Stuart, Lori Burt, Riza Pay, Dani MacDonald, Tanya Henderson, Tara Sweeney, Kae and Perry Edwards, Lisa Hemi, Mary Beth White, Heidi Miller, Tracey McLean-Thompson, Tracy Barber, Beth Franc, Christina Pearce, Megan Dickinson, Susan Martin, Krista Koteff, Lizzie Duncan, Christina Turner, Brent Acton, Anna Neilson, Kelly Haslett, Lori Dussault, Angela Clark, Sophie Binaris, Wendy Milic, Martha Johnson, Darlene Remlinger, Erin McGrath, Janine Keough, Angela Lloyd and Sydney T./ Kiana B. (for their help with daytime security).

A huge thank you once again to everyone who supported the AHFSA Silent Auction, Dinner and Dance!

I would also like to remind families about the various allergies in our school. In addition to nut allergies, we also have egg, wheat, sesame seed, and fish allergies (to name a few). We are a nut free school and any foods containing nuts are not permitted at Armour Heights. Furthermore, we would kindly ask that you consult with your child’s teacher to find out whether there are other serious, anaphylactic allergies in the classroom. Given that the students eat in their classrooms, certain ingredients could be harmful to those within close proximity. Out of respect for your child’s classmates, please be aware of the allergies and pack lunches accordingly. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety and well being of all our students.

I would also like to thank the families and students who attended our first “Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation” for new families. It was wonderful to meet many of you for the first time and it was nice to see how well your children interacted together and engaged with the activities in a JK/ SK classroom. This may even be your first Armour Heights e-blast, so once again, welcome!

Items to note for this week:

  • Book Fair (Scheduled visits on Tuesday and Wednesday. Last minute shopping on Thursday during the day). The Book Fair will be open during Open House on Thursday evening!
  • Track and Field Day on Wednesday (K-6)
  • Spring Concert on Thursday at 6:00pm
  • Open House on Thursday at 7:00pm 

Upcoming Dates:

May 7- Equity and Social Justice Conference at York U -(Grade 6 Me to We Reps)

May 7- Grade School Musical II (Dress Rehearsal)

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 12- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- am

May 12- Eco-Schools Audit at 9am

May 16- Grade 6 Transition Visit to St. Andrew’s at 8:45-10:40am

May 19- Victoria Day- No School

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- FOS Innovations Fair at Dublin Hts. (pm)

May 24- Fun Fair!

May 26-29- EQAO

May 30- AHPS Blue Jays Night!

June 2-5- EQAO

June 6- PA Day- No School for Students

June 10- Bike Rodeo

June 11- Volunteer Appreciation

June 12- Showcase at 1:30pm

June 16- School Support Team (SST)- am

June 16-18- Grade 6 Trip to Ottawa































































































































Have a fantastic week!































































































































C. Birnbaum


































































April 21, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

I would like to wish those who celebrated Easter a very Happy Easter. I hope you were able to enjoy time with friends and family over the weekend!

With promised sunshine upon us, I strongly suggest that we spend some time revisiting some safety tips with our children. Let’s work together to ensure that your children know the following:

  • ·      His/her name, address, and phone number
  • ·      To dial 9-1-1 in an emergency
  • ·      To communicate with you when they feel unsafe or afraid
  • ·      To keep you informed as to his/her whereabouts at all times
  • ·      Never to admit to being alone in the home when answering the telephone
  • ·      Never to invite strangers into the house or answer the door when alone
  • ·      Never to approach or enter a stranger’s car
  • ·      Never to travel or play alone – always be with friends
  • ·      To trust their feelings and say “NO” to an adult if that adult wants them to do something that is wrong
  • ·      Not to accept gifts from strangers
  • ·      To tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you
  • ·      That no one has the right to touch any part of his/her body that a bathing suit would cover
  • ·      That if he/she is being followed, or approached to closely, to run home or go to the nearest public place and yell for help
  • ·      To report to your school authorities or a police officer anyone who acts suspiciously towards him/her
  • ·      Never to play in deserted buildings or isolated areas
  • ·      Never to enter anyone’s home without your permission
  • ·      To avoid taking shortcuts through parks and field
  • ·      Never to show his/her money and if attacked to give up the money rather than risk injury
  •        That a police officer is a friend who can be relied upon when he/she is lost or needs assistance

At the school, the safety of your child is our most important priority. As a staff we have implemented these safe school procedures:

  • ·      Teachers discuss streetproofing issues with the students
  • ·      Students are sent in pairs to the washroom and our staff checks washrooms and entrances regularly
  • ·      Doors are locked after students have entered the school
  • ·      Signs are posted directing visitors to come to the office and sign in
  • ·      Staff approach individuals they do not know and ask them to identify themselves
  • ·      Visitors and volunteers wear badges identifying themselves as guests in the school

 Together we can keep our school and community safe for children. If you would like to discuss matters relating to caring, safe and accepting schools, please join me on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:30pm in the Staff Room for our Caring and Safe Schools Meeting, followed by our FSA Meeting at 7:30pm.

Here are some important items to note for this week:

  • ·      Caring and Safe Schools Meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm
  • ·      FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm
  • ·      Pizza Lunch on Thursday
  • ·      Kindergarten Orientation (for new families) on Thursday afternoon (scheduled visits)
  • ·      Parent Input Forms for 2014-2015 Class Placements due Friday (FORM)
  • ·      Silent Auction on Saturday at 7pm at The Cricket Club (I can’t wait to see you there!) Thank you for supporting our students!

Please check our School Calendar HERE

Please check for Athletics Updates HERE 

Upcoming Dates:

April 26- Silent Auction at 7pm

April 27- Yom Hashoah

April 28- Book Fair Begins

April 29- Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal (AM)

April 30- Track and Field Day!

May 1- Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 7pm

May 7- Grade School Musical II (Dress Rehearsal)

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 12- School Support Team Meeting (SST)- (am)

May 19- Victoria Day

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- Innovations Fair at Dublin Hts. (pm)

May 24- Fun Fair!

May 26-29- EQAO

June 2-5- EQAO


































































April 14, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

I would like to take this opportunity to extend wishes to those celebrating Mahavir Jayanti, Baisakhi and Passover this week and Easter next weekend. Happy Holidays!

If you have a child in grade 4,5 or 6, please take a few minutes to complete our School Climate Survey before April 21, 2014. Please visit: www.schoolclimate.ca (Use code: 5-PZU-726-G). Thank you!

I am looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming FSA meeting on April 22nd where I will be sharing our School Organization for next year, along with some staffing updates. Please note that specific teaching assignments will not be shared until June, as they are always subject to change.

I also encourage parent input as we prepare for class placement meetings in the coming weeks. You may access the form HERE. As noted on the form, I will not consider requests for specific teachers. We welcome information from parents about their children that will assist school staff in creating balanced classes for 2014-2015.

Thank you to those who have already RSVP’d for the Silent Auction. I am looking forward to seeing you there! We appreciate your continued support.

Key items to note for this week:

  • School Support Team (SST) Meetings on Monday morning.
  • Good Friday (No School)
  • Next Week: Easter Monday (No School)

Upcoming Dates:

April 20- Easter

April 21- Easter Monday

April 22- Caring and Safe Schools Meeting at 6:30pm/ FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24- Welcome to Kindergarten- PM

April 26- Silent Auction

April 27- Yom Hashoah (Judaism)

April 28- Book Fair begins

April 29- Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert (AM)

April 30- Track and Field Day!

May 1- Spring Concert at 6pm/ Open House at 7pm

May 7- Grade School Musical II (Rehearsal)

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 12- School Support Team (SST)- AM

May 14- Visakha Puja (Buddhism)

May 19- Victoria Day

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- Innovations Fair at Dublin Heights

May 23- Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

May 24- Fun Fair!

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































































































April 7, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

I hope were able to enjoy the wonderful weather over the weekend. Our April Newsletter has been posted on our website. Please click HERE to access it directly.

Some highlights from the Newsletter:

  • Armour Heights Athletic Wear Information- Click HERE to access the order form.
  • School Climate Survey information for parents/ guardians of students in grades 4,5,6. Our goal is 100% parent response. www.schoolclimate.ca (Use code: 5-PZU-726-G)
  • A Parent Input Form for 2014-2015 Class Placements is attached to this newsletter.

Key items to note for this week:

  • Dental Screening continues on Monday
  • International Day of Pink is on Wednesday, April 9th. Please show your support!
  • Yearbook cover and back page submissions are due on Friday (for all students in grades 4,5,6). The question asked for cover submissions was: What comes to mind when you think of Armour Heights? The back page must focus on the theme of “Home”.

Upcoming Dates:

April 7- School Climate Survey Begins (Gr. 4-6)

April 9- International Day of Pink

April 13- Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 14- Baisakhi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

April 14- School Support Team (SST)

April 15- Passover (Judaism)

April 18- Good Friday

April 20- Easter

April 21- Easter Monday

April 22- Caring and Safe Schools Meeting at 6:30pm/ FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24- Welcome to Kindergarten- PM

April 26- Silent Auction

April 27- Yom Hashoah (Judaism)

April 28- Book Fair begins

April 29- Character Assembly (AM)

May 1- Open House/ Spring Concert at 6pm

May 7- Grade School Musical II (Rehearsal)

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm

May 11- Mother’s Day

May 12- School Support Team (SST)- AM

May 14- Visakha Puja (Buddhism)

May 19- Victoria Day

May 20- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

May 21- Innovations Fair at Dublin Heights

May 23- Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

May 24- Fun Fair!


































































March 31, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

With temperatures expected to stay between 5 and 10 degrees this week, most of the ice and snow should be gone by Friday. Unfortunately, that will mean a muddy field for the next little while. Please continue to send your child to school with either rain boots or winter boots in order to ensure their comfort and warmth during outdoor play. We will likely have “pavement only” recesses until the field is suitable for play.

Now that spring has finally sprung, please turn off your vehicles while waiting for your child in the parking lot. Not only is idling your vehicle detrimental to the environment, it is also hazardous to our children and their families. Please also consider walking to and from school and enjoying some fresh air!

I hope you received your invitation to the Silent Auction with your child’s Friday File. If not, you may access it here. I hope to see you on April 26th!

We have an exciting week of sports this week. Grade 1s and 2s have been enjoying floor hockey during recesses. Our grade 5s and 6s have Ultimate Frisbee and Floor Hockey this week. Please check out our Athletics page here.

Items to note for this week:

  • Lice Check on Tuesday
  • Blue Spruce on Tuesday (PM) and Wednesday (AM)
  • Character Assembly (Honesty) on Wednesday (PM)

Upcoming Dates: 

April 7- School Climate Survey Begins (Gr. 4-6)

* Please look for parent links/ information next week.

April 13- Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 14- Baisakhi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

April 14- School Support Team (SST)

April 15- Passover (Judaism)

April 18- Good Friday (Christianity)

April 20- Easter (Christianity)

April 21- Easter Monday (Christianity)

April 22- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24- Welcome to Kindergarten- PM

April 26- Silent Auction

April 27- Yom Hashoah (Judaism)

April 28-May 2- Book Fair

April 29- Character Assembly (AM)

May 1- Spring Concert/ Open House

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm


































































March 24, 2014































































Hello Armour Heights families:

Firstly, a Norooz Mubarak to those who observed the Persian New Year last week! I hope you enjoyed the first weekend of spring.































































































































Please be advised of a few emerging safety-related items:

  • When driving, please monitor your speed in the parking lot. Please be especially patient around the school as there are students, parents and caregivers walking and their safety is our shared responsibility.
  • Please note that the school’s main entance has changed. As discussed in the fall, we have changed our main entry door from Door 1 (by the East parking lot) to Door 5 (Across from the portable). You will notice a childcare buzzer and a school buzzer at this entrance. Please use the appropriate buzzer and start your visit at the main office. The main reasons for switching the main entrance is to enhance visibility of visitors and to create a more welcoming environment for our students, families and guests.

We have recently started our staffing process for 2014-2015. I will provide updates at the upcoming FSA Meetings. Please note that there will be a parent consultation form sent home this year. This is an optional form for parents/ guardians to provide input that will be considered during our class placement meetings for next year. Of course, parents MAY NOT request specific teachers, but information about academic, social, emotional needs and learning styles will certainly be considered.

Important items to note for this week:

  • Ultimate Frisbee Tryouts and Floor Hockey this week (please check here for times)
  • Spelling Bee Practice on Tuesday at Lunch
  • Family of Schools Regional Spelling Bee on Wednesday at Armour (5pm)
  • Me to We will be selling refreshments on Wednesday evening in support of Free the Children
  • Pizza Lunch is on Thursday at 11:20am
  • Earth Hour will be observed on Friday

Upcoming Dates:

March 29- Earth Hour

April 1- Blue Spruce (PM)

April 2- Blue Spruce- (AM)/ Character Assembly (PM)

April 7- School Climate Survey Begins (Gr. 4-6)

April 13- Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 14- Baisakhi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

April 14- School Support Team (SST)

April 15- Passover (Judaism)

April 18- Good Friday (Christianity)

April 20- Easter (Christianity)

April 21- Easter Monday (Christianity)

April 22- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24- Welcome to Kindergarten- PM

April 26- Silent Auction

April 27- Yom Hashoah (Judaism)

April 28-May 2- Book Fair

April 29- Character Assembly (AM)

May 1- Spring Concert/ Open House at 6:30pm

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm































































































































Have a terrific week,































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































































































March 17, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights families:

I hope you enjoyed your March Break! I am looking forward to my visits with each class on Monday morning to see and hear the enthusiasm and excitement amongst the students! Although spring is around the corner, it looks like winter is not going to leave us very quietly. Please make sure that any winter clothing that went home over the break (i.e., boots, snow pants, etc.) returns, as we will likely experience some sub-zero weather over the next two weeks.

Please check out our March newsletter here.

Important things to know for this week:

  • ·      Our Grade 5s will be heading to the Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre from Monday-Wednesday.
  • ·      There will be Spelling Bee practices for Primary/ Junior participants this week (beginning on Tuesday at lunch).

Upcoming Dates:

March 16- Magha Puja Day (Buddhism)

March 16- Purim (Judaism)

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day (Christianity)

March 17- Holi (Hinduism)

March 17-19- Grade 5 Overnight to EOEC

March 20- Ostara (Wicca)

March 21- Nourouz (Baha’i Zoroastrian)

March 24- School Support Team (SST)- AM

March 25- Blue Spruce (PM)

March 26- Blue Spruce- (AM)

March 26- Spelling Bee Regionals at Armour- 5pm

March 27- Pizza Lunch/ Character Assembly-PM

March 29- Earth Hour

April 7- School Climate Survey Begins (Gr. 4-6)

April 13- Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 14- Baisakhi (Sikhism, Hinduism)

April 14- School Support Team (SST)

April 15- Passover (Judaism)

April 18- Good Friday (Christianity)

April 20- Easter (Christianity)

April 21- Easter Monday (Christianity)

April 22- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24- Welcome to Kindergarten- PM

April 26- Silent Auction

April 27- Yom Hashoah (Judaism)

April 28-May 2- Book Fair

April 29- Character Assembly (AM)

May 1- Spring Concert/ Open House at 6:30pm

May 8- Grade School Musical II at 7pm































































































































Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































March 3, 2014

Hello Armour Heights families:

It’s looking like it will be another cold one this week! Please make sure that your children are dressed for the weather as we will look for opportunities to get the students some fresh air. It seems as though the wind chill warning may last until Tuesday, so we will likely minimize outdoor play or keep the students indoors until the weather cooperates.

Parents and caregivers, please help us keep our students safe and secure by refraining from waiting in the stairwell or hallways. We know that it is cold outside, but we cannot have adults in our building who have not signed in at the office. On a similar note, please help us encourage independence amongst our students by allowing your child to walk into the school or to supervised areas on his/ her own.

Important items for this week:

  • Dress Rehearsal for The Jungle Book on Tuesday (All classes invited)
  • Jungle Book Musical at 7pm on Wednesday
  • Character Assembly (AM) and Dance-a-Thon (PM) on Thursday
  • No School for Students on Friday
  • Newsletter available on the website on Friday

Upcoming Dates:

March 10-14 March Break

March 17-19- Grade 5 Overnight to EOEC

March 26-      Spelling Bee at Armour at 5pm

March 27-      Character Assembly (PM)

                        Pizza Lunch

April 4-           Newsletter

April 18-         Good Friday

April 21-         Easter Monday

April 22-         FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

April 24-         Pizza Lunch

April 24-         Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation (PM)

April 26-         Silent Auction

April 28-         Book Fair Begins

April 29-         Character Assembly (AM)

April 30-         Spring Concert/ Open House at 6:30pm

 

Have a great week!































































C. Birnbaum


































































February 24, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I am very excited to report that our Mosaic Project is well underway and they are looking incredible. I am extremely proud of the way students are taking pride in their accomplishments and working together.

We continue to have conversations with our students about safe play outside. Please help us by reinforcing key messages like:

-Coats must stay on

-Snow/ ice must stay on the ground (building snow structures, rolling snowballs, etc. are great alternatives to throwing snowballs)

-Games that involve tackling or grabbing others are not permitted

-Students may not always like what staff members (Teachers, Noon Hour Assistants, Support Staff) have to say (i.e., put on your mitts, zip up your coat), but we all need to be respectful because student safety is our priority.

A huge thank you to the parents who attended last week’s Social Media Presentation. This is one of the biggest challenges facing parents today, but the scary thing is that many parents either don’t know it, or prefer not to come to terms with it. A key message that was loud and clear is that you need to take an honest interest in your child’s activity online. Social Media is not a private place, so please make sure that you or your children never share personal information online. A special thanks to our amazing FSA for organizing this valuable event.

Important items for this week:

-We need a few volunteers to help with “Grouting” for our Mosaics on Tuesday. Please email corey.birnbaum@tdsb.on.ca if you are able to help (even for an hour or two).

-Pizza Lunch is happening on Thursday. Students will receive their pizza at 11:20am in order to ensure sufficient time before recess.

Upcoming Dates:

March 4-        Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

March 5-        Jungle Book at 7pm

March 6-        Jungle Book (Daytime Encore Performance)- 10am

Character Assembly* Date Change            

Dance-a-thon (PM)

March 7-        Ministry Designated Day

Newsletter Goes Home

March 10-14 March Break

March 17-19- Grade 5 Overnight to EOEC

March 26-      Spelling Bee at Armour at 5pm

March 27-      Character Assembly (PM)

Pizza Lunch

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 17, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed your Family Day Weekend with loved ones and friends. We have an exciting week ahead. We are thrilled to welcome Mosaic Artist, Chantal LeBlanc, who will be working with all students throughout the week as we create three magnificent works of art. Our students suggested “Family”, “Education” and “Social Responsibility” as the themes that represent our core values for the three mosaics that we will be creating together. We will begin the week on Tuesday morning with an assembly in the gym to introduce the project to the students.

I look forward to seeing you at our FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Staff Room.

Food for thought:

Would you ever drop your child off at an unfamiliar park in the city, without supervision? Of course not, right?

Many might argue that allowing our children time on social media sites is much more dangerous than the park example. The World Wide Web has many more visitors than any park we could imagine and inadequate supervision could lead to a number of strangers having access to our children and other personal information. Students today are growing up in a world much different than in years past. Social media has added many complex layers that we, as adults, must dedicate time to understanding. Please make it a point to join us on Wednesday evening at 6:30-8:00pm for a presentation entitled, “Social Media, Children and You.” Our guest speaker, Steve Chapelle will provide parents with necessary tools to be proactive as opposed to reactive. This evening is brought to you by our FSA, so please RSVP by emailing ahfsa@rogers.com.

Important Items to Note:

-All Classroom Parents and members of the FSA Executive Team have been asked to complete a criminal background check. In addition to these groups, many parent volunteers who help out frequently have been asked to do the same. We are currently receiving clearance from Toronto Police for most of the individuals who sent in forms in the fall. As we move forward with this implementation, we will expect that any individual volunteering in the classroom, class trips or any school related event, will be screened by Toronto Police. This process has been subsidized, so please email or call the office for more details. Please also note, children are NEVER left alone with volunteers. All visitors (including volunteers) must sign in to the office before visiting any classroom. All teachers, support staff and student teachers have received necessary criminal background checks. Student safety is our top priority; so if you have any questions or concerns, please call me.

-We are looking to hire Lunch Supervisors for Full-Day Kindergarten next year. This is a paid position with a 6.25 hour responsibility every week. There is a Police Check that must take place followed by an interview process. If you, or someone you know might be interested in applying for this position, please email me at corey.birnbaum@tdsb.on.ca for more information.































































































































Upcoming Dates:

February 26- Character Assembly (AM)

February 27- Pizza Lunch

March 4-        Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

March 5-        Jungle Book at 7pm

March 6-        Jungle Book (Daytime Encore Performance)- 10am

           Dance-a-thon (PM)

March 7-        Ministry Designated Day (No school for students)

- Newsletter Goes Home

March 10-14 March Break

March 18-      FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

March 26-      Spelling Bee at Armour Heights at 5pm

March 27-      Pizza Lunch

                        -Character Assembly (PM) 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































February 10, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

 I hope you enjoyed the weekend. Please click on the link to view our February Newsletter:

http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/armourheights/docs/AH%20Gazette%20Feb%202014.pdf

This Week:

  • Term 1 Report Cards go home on Tuesday
  • JK Registration from 9am-2pm on Tuesday
  • Teacher Requested Interviews throughout the week
  • Valentine's Day on Friday

Upcoming Dates:

February 17- Family Day- No School

February 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 19- Social Media Presentation (Internet Safety)- 6:30-8pm at Armour Heights

                    - Importance of Empathy Presentation at 7-8:30pm at the Fairlawn Avenue United Church

February 20- Junior Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 18- 25- Artist in the School- Kindergarten to Grade 6 (Mosaics)

February 27- Pizza Lunch

March 4-        Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

March 5-        Jungle Book at 7pm

March 6-        Jungle Book (Daytime Encore Performance)- 10am

                       Dance-a-thon (PM)

March 7-        Ministry Designated Day (No school for students)

                     - Newsletter Goes Home

March 10-14 March Break































































































































 Have a wonderful week,

 C. Birnbaum


































































February 3, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Dress for the Weather:

With the temperature climbing, we can expect full recesses once again! Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather. The field will likely be slushy this week, so winter boots are a must and snowpants are highly recommended. Please help us keep our students safe by reminding your child to keep snow and ice on the ground.

Term One Reporting:

It will soon be time for Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss your child's progress over the first term. Report cards for students will be sent home on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. This year, there has not been a Professional Activity Day designated for morning Parent-Teacher Conferences, therefore meetings may take place over the week of February 10th at mutually agreed-upon times.

 At the end of Term One, Teachers may meet with Parents on a "needs" basis. If the teacher feels it is important to meet to discuss on-going concerns or a significant change in the student's progress, the teacher will request a meeting. Similarly, if a parent feels it is important to meet at this time (in addition to regular home-school communication) --and the teacher has not requested a meeting-- the parent may initiate the request. Please also note the option to have a phone conference with your child's Teacher as a method of discussing your child's progress.

Social Media and Internet Safety:

People of all ages, especially the young, continue to get themselves and others into trouble because they fail to understand that social media are not private places. There is increasing concern surrounding students' access to social media and internet safety. Please join us on Wednesday, February 19th for a Social Media presentation entitled "Social Media, Children and You", brought to you by our FSA. Steve Chappelle, an expert in the I.T. field, will be our guest at Armour Heights from 6:30-8pm for a presentation that is a MUST for any parent. Together, we can help keep our students aware and safe in an increasingly complex and growing online world. Please confirm your attendance by emailing ahfsa@rogers.com.

 This Week:

•   Lice Check on Tuesday.

•   Kids Lit. Quiz at Queen Victoria PS on Tuesday.

•   We are hosting a Boys' Basketball Tournament on Tuesday from 3-5pm.

•   Ms. Newman's students are going to "A Day with the Marlies" at the Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday.

•   February Newsletter will be available online on Friday.

 Upcoming Dates:

February 10- SST (am)

February 11-    Report Cards Go Home

                        JK Registration

February 17- Family Day- No School

February 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 19- Social Media Presentation (Internet Safety)- 6:30-8pm at Armour Heights

                    - Importance of Empathy Presentation at 7-8:30pm at the Fairlawn Avenue United Church

February 20- Junior Speech Competition at Rockford (PM)

February 18- 25- Artist in the School- Kindergarten to Grade 6 (Mosaics)

February 27- Pizza Lunch

March 4-        Jungle Book Dress Rehearsal

March 5-        Jungle Book at 7pm

March 6-        Jungle Book (Daytime Encore Performance)- 10am

                       Dance-a-thon (PM)

March 7-        Ministry Designated Day (No school for students)

                     - Newsletter Goes Home

March 10-14 March Break

 































































Thank you for being partners in your child's education,

 C. Birnbaum


































































January 27, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families,

Thank you to those parents who attended and participated in last week’s FSA Meeting. Some key items that I discussed were:

  • Snow/ Ice Removal- The safety of students continues to be our key focus when determining whether students should stay indoors. We have come up with a long-term solution for our paved area and we continue to consider a variety of options for outdoor play.
  • Parking Lot Safety- We will be monitoring our lots more frequently and reporting unauthorized vehicles parked in our lots. Please ensure that you have an Armour Heights Parking Sticker.
  • Pizza Lunch will be starting at 11:15am this week in order to ensure that the students have sufficient time to finish their lunches before recess.
  • Artist in the School- With the support of the FSA, we are thrilled to have a mosaic artist work with our students from February 18-25. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will participate.
  • Our iPads have arrived! We have 10 iPad Airs and 10 iPad Minis for all students to share. We are committed to putting technology in the hands of our students and inspiring innovation and creation.
  • JK Registration is on February 11th from 9:00am-2:00pm. Please spread the word! Full-Day Learning is coming to Armour Heights in September. We are looking for JK/SK Lunchroom Supervisors. If you are interested, please email me at corey.birnbaum@tdsb.on.ca for more information. You may also visit http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/KindergartenRegistration.aspx for information about Kindergarten Registration.

LUNCHTIME HOUSE LEAGUES:

House Leagues for students in Grades 1-4 will begin the week of January 17.  Students in Grades 1&2 will be combined and students in Grades 3 &4 will be combined and organized into teams. Both groups will be participating in a floor hockey house league. Grade 1 and 2 students will play their games at morning and afternoon recesses. Grade 3-4 students will play their games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at lunch. Each week announcements will be made so students know when they will be playing in the gym. If your child is enrolled in another lunchtime program they should attend that and can miss their house league game that day. If you have any questions please email mark.barta@tdsb.on.ca

Once the team sports have ended in early February the Grades 5 and 6 students will be invited to participate in morning house league programs from 8:00-8:45am.

This week:

Grade 6 Grad Photos on Tuesday at 9:00am

Girls on the Run Meeting on Tuesday at 3:30pm

Grade 6 Ottawa Trip Information Session on Wednesday at 6:30pm

Character Assembly (Teamwork) on Friday at 1:00pm *Rescheduled date

Upcoming Dates:

February 4-   Lice Check































































































































February 7-   Newsletter goes home

February 10- SST (am)

February 11-    Report Cards Go Home

                        JK Registration

February 17- Family Day- No School

February 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 18- 25- Artist in the School (Mosaics)

 *PLEASE NOTE: Friday February 14th is a regular school day. There is not a specific day dedicated to Parent-Teacher Interviews. More information to follow.

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum

 


January 20, 2014

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. The temperature is expected to drop again this week, so please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. We continue to explore a variety of contingency plans for outdoor play. The safety of our students remains our top priority and with the icy conditions on our pavement and field areas we opted for indoor recesses last week. We will continue to work toward clearing areas of the pavement so that our students could possibly have a place to play outdoors this week. Many classes have been going for nature/ community walks in order to get some fresh air. Rest assured, we are looking into various possibilities for safe recesses and outdoor opportunities for our students. Kudos to our students for working together to make the best of our indoor lunches last week by choosing a movie, co-operative game or quiet activity during the noon hour.

 Here are some important items for this week:

FSA Meeting on Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Staff Room.

Members of the Armour Heights Choir singing at the Toronto Raptors Game at 7:00pm on Wednesday at the ACC.

Silent Auction Planning Meeting at 7:00pm on Thursday at the Cricket Club (Lansing Room).

PA Day on Friday- No School for Students.

 

Math Tips for Home:

Understanding and Managing Data

Every day we are presented with a vast amount of information, much of it involving numbers. Learning to collect, organize, and interpret data at an early age will help children develop the ability to manage information and make sound decisions in the future.

Sort household items. As your child tidies up toys or clothing, discuss which items should go together and why.

-Show your child how you organize food items in the fridge - fruit together, vegetables together, drinks on one shelf, condiments on another.

-Encourage your child to sort other household items - crayons by colour, cutlery by type or shape, coins by denomination.

Make a weather graph. Have your child draw pictures on a calendar to record each day's weather. At the end of the month, make a picture graph showing how many sunny days, cloudy days, and rainy days there were in that month.

Make a food chart. Create a chart to record the number of apples, oranges, bananas, and other fruit your family eats each day. At the end of the month, have your child count the number ofpieces of each type of fruit eaten. Ask how many more of one kind of fruit were eaten than of another. What was your family's least favourite fruit that month?

Talk about the likelihood of events. Have your child draw pictures of things your family does often, things you do sometimes, and things you never do. Discuss why you never do some things (swim outside in January).

-Ask your child if it's likely to rain today. Is it likely that a pig will fly through the kitchen window?

Upcoming Dates:

January 28-   Grad Photos (9:00am)

                        Character Assembly (pm)- Teamwork

                        Girls on the Run (3:30pm)

January 29-   Grade 6 Ottawa Information Session for Parents at 6:30pm

January 30-   Pizza Lunch

January 31-   Grade 1-6 Spelling Bee Registration Deadline (Registration Form)

February 7-   Armour Heights Gazette

February 10- School Support Team (am)

February 11- JK Registration

                        Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

February 17- Family Day- School Closed

February 18- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

February 18- 25- Artist in the School (JK- Grade 6)

February 26- Character Assembly (Fairness)- AM

 

Have a wonderful week!

C. Birnbaum 


































































January 12, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families,































































I hope you enjoyed the "mild" weather as of late. The students were definitely ready to take to the outdoors after the extreme cold advisory was lifted last week. As noted in our newsletter, we always keep an eye on the weather conditions in order to make informed decisions regarding recess and outdoor safety. Please note, that with the temperature hovering around zero, everyone needs to be mindful of the icy patches on walkways, paved areas and the field. We will make efforts to break up the ice and salt regularly to ensure the safety of all students, families and staff members.































































































































Please click on the link below to view/ download our January Newsletter:































































































































January Newsletter































































































































Have a terrific week!































































































































C. Birnbaum


January 5, 2014































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. May the New Year bring you and your loved ones good health, happiness and much joy. I would like to wish those celebrating Orthodox Christmas this week a very Merry Christmas.

We are very excited to welcome our students back and devote time to rebuilding safe and caring classroom communities. We have an exciting week ahead and here are some important items to note:

 

  • On Thursday we welcome a delegation of Principals, Vice-Principals and Teachers from China to Armour Heights for the day. They are looking forward to learning from our staff and students and we are excited to welcome their ideas about effective teaching and learning in schools.

  • There is a Parent Information Night at St. Andrew's JHS for Grade 6 Parents on Thursaday evening at 6:45pm.

  • Our January Newsletter goes home on Friday. Please check our website:www.armourheightsps.ca and click the Newsletter Archive tab. Remember, the Newsletter link is always posted on Twitter first! Be sure to follow us at: @TDSB_ArmourHts.

Upcoming Dates:

January 16-    Mayayana New Year (Buddhist)

January 19-    World Religion Day (Baha'i)

January 20-    School Support Team Meeting (am)

January 21-    FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

January 22-    25 Students to sing at the Toronto Raptors Game! 

January 24-    PA Day- No School for Students

January 28-    Grade 6 Grad Photos (9:00am)

                        Character Assembly (pm)- Teamwork

January 30-    Pizza Lunch

January 31-    Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

 

Have a wonderful week,

C. Birnbaum


































































































































December 16, 2013































































































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was wonderful to see so many families and friends at our Holiday Concert last week as our students in Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Clodman, Mr. Hook, Mrs. Durkee, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Offor’s classes performed. This was certainly a reflection of the holiday spirit amongst our “Armour Heights Family”! Congratulations as well to our Robotics Teams who represented Armour incredibly well at Runneymede CI on Saturday, December 14th. Under the leadership of Mr. Offor, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kahn, along with the support of so many families, “Team Fire” won the Robot Design Award and “Team Ice” won the Innovative Design Award. We are very proud of our students for their teamwork and outstanding accomplishments.

Please note that we have been keeping a close eye on weather conditions and there are plans in place for extreme weather conditions, such as indoor “warm-up stations”, shortened recess procedures and indoor recess procedures. Please help your child remember to bring a winter coat, snow pants, boots, gloves, neck warmer and a hat.

Items to Note for this Week:

  • Ice Hockey Tryouts on Monday morning and/ or Wednesday morning at Forest Hill (students invited to Monday morning’s tryout have been informed).
  • Holiday Sing Alongs taking place on Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning (following our Character Assembly for Kindness and Caring at 9:00am).
  • There is no school for students on Friday (Ministry Designated Day).

Online Safety Tips:

Technology changes swiftly and online trends amongst our children often shift very rapidly as well. Please take a keen interest in your child’s activities online and be sure to monitor regularly. Please try to keep internet access restricted to public, high traffic areas at home. It may also be useful to establish some “rules”. Here is an example:

1.   I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission.

2.   I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable.

3.   I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring a parent along.

4.   I will talk with my parents about posting pictures of myself or others online and not post any pictures that my parents consider to be inappropriate.

5.   I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away.

6.   I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

7.   I will not give out my passwords to anyone (even my best friends) other than my parents.

8.   I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or mobile device or jeopardize my family’s privacy.

9.   I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.

10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

Excerpted from: http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/

Upcoming dates:

December 23-           January 3- Winter Break!

December 25-           Christmas Day

Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)

December 26-           Kwanza (African Canadian/ American)

January 1-      New Year’s Day

Gantan-sai (Shinto)

January 5-      Twelfth Night (Christianity)

January 6-      Epiphany/ Dia de los Reyes (Christianity)

Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)

January 7-      Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christianity)

January 9-      Delegation of Elementary Principals to visit from China (all day)

                        St. Andrew’s JHS Parent Info Night (6:45pm)

January 10-    Newsletter goes home

January 16-    Mayayana New Year (Buddhist)

January 19-    World Religion Day (Baha’i)

January 20-    Scholl Support Team Meeting (am)

January 21-    FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

January 22-    25 Students to sing at the Toronto Raptors Game! (Ticket order form)

January 24-    PA Day- No School for Students

January 28-    Grade 6 Grad Photos (9:00am)

                        Character Assembly (pm)- Teamwork

January 30-    Pizza Lunch

January 31-    Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

 

Have a wonderful week,

C. Birnbaum


































































December 2, 2013































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your family. To those who celebrate Hanukkah, Chag Sameach! There are some significant highlights from last week that I want to recognize. Firstly, I am so proud of our Me to We Club who took the initiative to raise awareness for men’s health by organizing the Movember Photo Booth Campaign on Friday. Not only did they manage to raise over $100 in one morning, they were also able to start a school-wide conversation about men’s health, prostate cancer and mental wellness. Our “Men of Armour Heights” Movember team raised nearly $2000 to support these health initiatives. Thank you everyone for your support!

Our Boys’ Volleyball Teams competed very successfully in their tournaments on Wednesday. We wish our Grade 6 Boys’ luck as they attempt to qualify for the Conference Semi-Finals. Congratulations as well to our Grade 5/6 Girls’ Basketball Team who advanced to the Conference Semi-Finals. I was thrilled to hear about how well our Robotics Team did at their practice tournament last week. Finally, thank you to everyone who has participated in this year’s Giving Tree Campaign. We are amazed at how many ornaments have been taken from the tree. There are still several ornaments left, so please help us provide kids and families in need with special gifts this season.

 

Need to Know Items for This Week:

  • Please join me in the Staff Room on Tuesday at 2:00pm to review the preliminary drawings for Full-Day Kindergarten (for implementation in the Fall of 2014). 
  • There will be a Caring and Safe Schools Meeting on Tuesday at 2:30pm. You are welcomed to attend this meeting, as we will discuss all matters relating to the safety of our students as well as the caring culture at Armour Heights.
  • Our monthly newsletter, The Gazette will be sent out on Friday. If you would like a paper version, please inform your child’s teacher. The newsletter will be sent by e-blast and will be available on our Website under the “Newsletters” tab.

Upcoming Dates:

December 9- Ice Hockey Tryout #1 at Forest Hill Arena (7:30am-8:30am)

December 11- Winter Holiday Concert (Grades 2,3,5,6) at 6:30pm

December 14- Robotics Tournament

December 16- School Support Team (AM)

                        -Ice Hockey Tryout #2 at Forest Hill Areana (7:30-8:30am)

December 17- Sing Along

December 18- Sing Along

December 19- Character Assembly (Kindness and Caring)

                        -Sing Along

December 20- Ministry Designated Day

December 23-January 3- Winter Break!































































































































Enjoy the week!































































C. Birnbaum
































































































































































































November 24, 2013































































Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was wonderful to see many parents/ guardians at our FSA Meeting last week. I would like to thank our FSA along with the entire Armour Heights Community for an incredible Direct Donation campaign. We are so fortunate to have the support of so many in order to enrich the teaching and learning happening at Armour every day.

We are very proud of the students in the Me to We Club who took the initiative to organize a Bake Sale last week in support of the Haiyan disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Together we raised over $1000, which will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross and matched by the Federal Government. Well done!

Finally, we are in our final week of Movember. Please help our "Men of Armour Heights" as they look to raise awareness and money to support world-class men's health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. You may donate here:

http://moteam.co/men-of-armour-heights

Need to Know Items for this week:

  • Our Girls’ Basketball team will be competing in a tournament at Blythwood on Monday. Our Boys’ Volleyball Teams will be competing on Wednesday at both John Wanless and Armour Heights. Our Robotics Team will be competing in a Practice Tournament on Tuesday. Good luck and have fun! 
  • Pizza Lunch is on Thursday. 
  • Our monthly Character Assembly will be taking place on Thursday at 1pm. Our Character focus for November has been Empathy. We will also introduce our Character focus for December- Kindness and Caring. 
  • Have you noticed the Giving Tree in the main hall? Please take an ornament to support a family and/ or children by providing them with a special gift for the holiday season. Our generosity can definitely help others enjoy this special time of year.

Upcoming dates:

December 3- Caring/ Safe Schools Meeting at 2:30pm

         - Review of FDK Drawings with interested parents/ guardians at 2pm

December 6- Grade 3/4/5 Police Presentation (AM)* Rescheduled from Nov 6th

                        -Newsletter goes home

December 9- Ice Hockey Tryout #1 at Forest Hill Arena (7:30am-8:30am)

December 11- Winter Holiday Concert (Grades 2,3,5,6) at 6:30pm

December 14- Robotics Tournament

December 16- School Support Team (AM)

                        -Ice Hockey Tryout #2 at Forest Hill Arena (7:30-8:30am)

December 17- Sing Along

December 18- Sing Along

December 19- Character Assembly (Kindness and Caring)

                        -Sing Along

December 20- Ministry Designated Day

December 23- January 3- Winter Break!

Supporting Literacy at Home:

Children respond well to routine, so if possible, make reading together something that you and your child look forward to every day. Here are some ideas about how to make the most of this time together:

Create a daily reading time:

• Set aside a special time each day when you can give your full attention to reading with your child.

• Find out what your child is passionate about and learn as much as you can about this topic.

• Go to the library together or browse online for material.

• Use books featuring your child’s favourite character from a specific TV show.

• Use great websites from home or your local library (like the ones in the back of this guide) to read online.

• Include a spot for games, puzzles, comics or software.

• Read books and other materials in your child’s first language. This will help your child with reading in English and French and other languages as well. 

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


































































November 17, 2013































































Dear Armour Heights Families:































































































































It was wonderful to see so many Parents/ Guardians working in partnership with their child’s teachers to determine strategies and next steps to enhance academic achievement. We continue to maintain high standards for all students and it is through ongoing dialogue that we can ensure consistency and support for our children. Thank you for being partners in your child’s learning!































































































































I look forward to seeing you at this week’s FSA Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. I will spend time speaking about how we continue to provide a Caring and Safe learning environment at Armour and ways we can work together to ensure the safety of the entire community.































































Our Me to We Club has organized a Bake Sale, which will be taking place on Wednesday, November 20th. This student-led initiative is in support of disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. All proceeds from the Bake Sale will go to the Canadian Red Cross. Every dollar raised will be matched by the Government of Canada.































































































































Finally, we will be having our first Lockdown Drill later this week. Much like a Fire Drill, these are conducted in order to prepare for an emergency situation. A lockdown is initiated when there is a threat and a school cannot be evacuated. We will practise a “Hold and Secure”, which is a partial lockdown that would be initiated when a serious incident is occurring in the community, but not on school property. In this case, the doors are to remain locked, interior doors are to be closed and the blinds are to be closed. Students and staff may continue their usual school activities in the school building. Each school year, a minimum of two lockdown practices are to occur. During a serious emergency, the office staff will be in constant communication with emergency personnel at the scene and will follow lockdown procedures. If you believe that your child may respond negatively to this practice, please give him/ her advanced notice that this will be happening later in the week. There will not be any loud noises (i.e, sirens, alarms, etc.), nor is there any reason for concern. We appreciate your co-operation.































































































































Please continue to check our website at: www.armourheightsps.ca































































 































































Also, please follow us on Twitter @TDSB_ArmourHts































































































































Upcoming dates:































































November 25 - Girls’ Basketball at Blythwood































































November 26- Practice Robotics Tournament































































November 27- Boys’ Volleyball (Armour)































































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November 28- Character Assembly (Empathy)- 1pm**changed from Nov 27th































































Pizza Lunch































































December 6- Grade 3/4/5 Police Presentation (AM)* Rescheduled from Nov 6th































































Newsletter goes home































































December 9- Ice Hockey Tryout #1 at Forest Hill Arena (7:30am-8:30am)































































December 11- Winter Holiday Concert (Grades 1,3,6) at 6:30pm































































December 14- Robotics Tournament































































December 16- School Support Team (AM)































































Ice Hockey Tryout #2 at Forest Hill Areana (7:30-8:30am)































































December 17- Sing Along































































December 18- Sing Along































































December 19- Character Assembly (Kindness and Caring)































































Sing Along































































December 20- PA Day (No School for Students)































































December 23-January 3- Winter Break! (School Closed)































































































































Have a terrific week!































































C. Birnbaum

November 11, 2013

 

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Firstly, our thoughts are with our community and those around the world impacted by the terrible disaster in the Philippines. Our Me to We Club will discuss ways that we can support disaster relief efforts beginning this week.

A very big thank you to those parents who participated in our Caring and Safe Schools Meeting on Tuesday. We discussed matters relating to communication, noon hour, outdoor play, safe entry and parking lot safety. Details and action items will be shared at the upcoming FSA Meeting on November 19th at 7:30pm.

We have a very special week ahead beginning with our Remembrance Day Assembly, beginning at 10:30am in the gym. Our students have planned a special ceremony, which will include special guests from our neighbouring Canadian Military College. A Poppy will be given to each student and we kindly ask for a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion to support our Veterans and their families.

On Tuesday, Progress Reports for students in SK- Grade 6 will be sent home. Please review this report with your child as it outlines progress toward the achievement of the expectations for your child's grade. Most importantly, please continue to engage in ongoing dialogue with your child's teacher(s).

On Thursday evening and Friday morning, we will be hosting Parent-Teacher Conferences/ Interviews. If a time has not yet been confirmed with your child's teacher, please be sure to let him/ her know that you would like to meet and a suitable time will be arranged. I encourage you to spend a great deal of your time discussing "Next Steps" as these will help propel your child's learning forward.

Please also note that Friday is a PA Day, so there is no school for students.

Upcoming dates:

November 15- PA Day

November 19- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

November 27- Character Assembly (Empathy)- 1pm

November 28- Pizza Lunch

 

Supporting Literacy at Home:

 

Critical literacy is the practice of examining and discussing the underlying messages in print or in other media in order to understand the world in which we live. Children are practising critical literacy skills when they think about the purposes for writing and talk about how texts (that includes books, websites, magazines, posters and so on) represent different points of view, beliefs and perspectives. In this stage, your child:

-Is able to read and understand different types of texts more precisely and quickly and with expression

-Is able to read, write and create a variety of media to express opinions and points of view (such as creating and watching videos, blogging, and reading graphic novels)

-Is interested in the social aspect of reading and writing and enjoys sharing thoughts and ideas about the texts he or she chooses (such as by sharing ideas in discussion with friends, on social media sites and through instant messaging)

Please visit our website at: www.armourheightsps.ca

 

Please follow us on Twitter: @TDSB_ArmourHts

 

This week on Twitter:

-Snapshots of learning from each classroom

-Glimpses of students at work (and at play!)

-Ideas for Social Action

 

If you are not following, please do. If you are following, please encourage someone else (Family, Friend) to follow! Our friends at Summit Heights are within 3 followers!

 

Thank you for being partners in your child's education,

C. Birnbaum

 


November 4, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Please check out our Newsletter at:

http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/armourheights/docs/AH%20Gazette%20Nov%202013.pdf

 


October 28, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Book Fair! I saw many smiles on students’ faces as they left the library last week. Many books have also been added to classroom libraries (so, many smiles on teachers’ faces as well!) A huge thank you to Ms. Pearl and all the volunteers who made the Book Fair a success!

We have a great week ahead. Please be sure to check the Athletics tab on our website for information about Boys’ Volleyball and Girls’ Basketball Tryouts this week. Some grade 6s are going curling on Monday, some grade 2s and 3s will be skating on Tuesday and some grade 4s will be swimming on Friday. If you have not received information about these activities, not to worry, your child’s teacher (grade 1-6) will be sharing these scheduled times with you as the dates approach.

Thursday is Halloween! Students are welcome to wear costumes to school, but this is not mandatory. Students may not wear costumes that depict violence, nor will props such as swords, toy guns, etc. be allowed. Students wearing masks, may be asked to wear them on top of their heads, so that faces can be identified (especially during recess and lunch). There will be some classroom celebrations and of course, healthy food choices are suggested. Please be aware that we do have students with severe allergies to nuts, fish, sesame, egg and dairy. Please speak with your child’s teacher or class rep for more specific details. We are also mindful that not everyone celebrates/ observes Halloween. Students who do not participate in Halloween activities will receive meaningful programming on Thursday.

Reminders:

Lunch Routines:

We are now two weeks into our new lunch routine and the feedback has been very positive. Of course, the benefits are that students in grades 1-3 do not need to transition to another space to eat, they are in smaller, quieter areas and the gym is now available every day at lunch for activities. Although lunch is scheduled for five fewer minutes than before, time is no longer spent walking and getting settled in the gym. More importantly, teachers are able to keep a closer eye on who might require more time to eat.

Indoor/ Outdoor Shoes:

With the weather changing rapidly, it is very important that students wear appropriate outdoor shoes to school, such as rain boots. Students are given time to change into their indoor shoes when they return from recess. We all need to work together to keep our classrooms and school clean.

Illness:

It is that time of year when we hear a lot of coughs and sneezes. We all want to provide our children with a safe, healthy environment at school. If your child has fever, nausea and/ or flu-like symptoms, please allow your child the appropriate time to recover at home.

Upcoming dates:

November 4-             Photo Re-takes (PM)

                        Grade 2/3 Police Presentations (AM)

November 5-             Caring and Safe Schools Meeting at 2:30pm (Parents/ Guardians welcome)

November 6- Grade 3/4/5 Police Presentations (AM)

November 7- Grade 5/6 Police Presentations (AM)

November 8- Sight and Sound Clinic

November 11-           Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

                        JK/SK Police Presentations (PM)

November 12-           Progress Reports Go Home

November 14- Evening Parent/ Teacher Conferences

November 15- PA Day- Parent- Teacher Conferences (AM)

November 19- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

November 28- Pizza Lunch































































































































TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY

Halloween provides an opportunity for parents and children to spend time together creating costumes, carving pumpkins, planning trick or treat activities and participating in family parties. Halloween is a big event at schools and provides opportunities for parties, creative activities, art programs and impromptu history lessons. Halloween is also a time for students, parents, and schools to take extra care to ensure safety and security.

If parents are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic safety rules to follow:

• Children should NEVER eat any treats until parents have had a chance to go through them and inspect them. Parents should look for tampering of packages and discard any they believe to be unsafe or unknown.

• Have your child carry a flashlight.

• NEVER go into a stranger's house.

• NEVER trick or treat with people you do not know.

• Trick or treat only at homes you know.

• Children should always stay in groups and should ALWAYS be accompanied by an older person.

• Accompany your child when trick or treating.

• If you can not accompany your child then know the route your child will take.

• Flame resistant (retardant) costumes are in order. Keep costumes short and remind children to stay away from pumpkins with candles in them.

• Remind children to stay away from pets they do not know.

• Remind children of road safety rules. Cross only at corners. Do not criss-cross the road. Go up one side of the road and down the other side. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing on-coming traffic if there is no sidewalk

• If adults are driving their children, drive slowly, with lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of the road.

• Children should wear their own shoes when trick or treating. Wearing costume shoes/boots can be dangerous and uncomfortable.

• Remind children that not everyone celebrates Hallowe'en, and to avoid any homes that have no lights on. Also remind children not to run through neighbours yards or gardens.

Have a wonderful week,

C. Birnbaum


October 21, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

Cricket Club Activities

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Cricket Club as our students in grades 1-3 will have the opportunity to skate; our students in grades 4-5 will engage in the Swim to Survive Plus Program; and the Grade 6s will have the opportunity to go curling this year. Classes have been arranged in teams and you will receive information from your child’s teacher about scheduled times/ permission forms. Please note that some classes will be visiting this week for orientation and a review of expectations (walking excursion). The programs will begin next week for scheduled classes. All students involved in skating or curling MUST wear a CSA Approved helmet when on the ice surface at all times.

Pizza Lunch Clarification

There was some confusion about Pizza Lunch for this month. Please note that Pizza Lunch is this week, On Thursday, October 24th.

Book Fair

You are cordially invited to participate in our annual “Book Fair” supporting our school library. The fair will take place in the Armour Library and begins on Monday October 21st and runs through until Thursday October 24th.

You are most welcome to come in and browse or shop at our before school or after school events. If you wish to assist with your child’s selection, this would be a valuable experience of sharing time together. On the attached schedule you may note the details regarding the times of the sale and the times allotted to your child’s class. The books available will mostly be paperbacks, ranging in price from approximately $5.00 upwards. The average price is probably around $7.00. We do accept Debit, Visa, Master Card, personal cheques made payable to Armour Heights Public School, and of course cash.

If you are not accompanying your child, and your child wishes to make a purchase, please send any money in a sealed envelope, fully labeled with the amount, student’s name and teacher’s name, and if possible the wish list that the child created on Mondays’ browsing visit. The classroom teacher will store the envelopes until the scheduled time for shopping.

On Monday October 21st the students will have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair to “browse” and create a wish list. This will serve as a guide for the parents to get a general picture as to the sorts of books your child is interested in possibly purchasing. Please go over these lists together.

We are happy to once again have the “Build a Classroom Library” program. You can help your child’s classroom increase its library. Each teacher has created a “wish list” with titles they would like to see in their classroom libraries. When you visit the book fair simply select one or more titles from the wish list, locate the book on the shelves and purchase the book. You will then be asked to fill out a bookplate that will be placed inside the donated book.

Building a child’s personal library is a very valid means of encouraging your child to read, so we hope that you will support this school event. Children who do not wish to purchase books for themselves will be permitted to help choose titles for the school library.

Movember

Men of Armour Heights… This one is for you (Together we can achieve greatness!)

It's that time of year again when the upper lip starts to get a little bit chilly.  We had a very successful campaign last year and looked really handsome doing it.  We raised over $2000 and a lot of awarness for mens health issues.

Fight for your right to change the face of men’s health, enlist for Movember and join our team now:

HTTP://MOTEAM.CO/MEN-OF-ARMOUR-HEIGHTS

 A moustache is the mark of a man, and today it’s a symbol to spark conversations about important health issues. Only a few generations have been given the opportunity to make a difference in their hour of need, pledge to grow a moustache for change, or support those that do.

 Find out more about why you should join me by taking a look at the causes we are fighting for:

HTTP://CA.MOVEMBER.COM/PROGRAMS

 Thanks for supporting Gen Mo and helping us change the face of men's health.

PS. If they ask you at work, just tell them that you are now a “Man of Armour”!

Twitter

We have been challenged to a friendly “Race to 300” by our friends at Summit Heights! They think that they will attract 300 Twitter Followers before we will. If you aren’t on twitter yet, please sign up:

https://twitter.com/signup

Once you are on Twitter, please follow @TDSB_ArmourHts

Tell your friends and family… Help us win our first “Social Media Race”!

School Security

Thank you everyone for your increased vigilance last week following the media release by Toronto Police, 53 Division. During challenging situations like these, we always revisit the systems we have in place and review them with staff, students and the community as a whole. The safety of our students is our foremost priority. It is important to note that although we have effective systems in place, we all need to work together in order to ensure they are followed. Here are a few important reminders:

-Please do not enter the school unless you have been buzzed in

-Always check in with the office when visiting the school (No exceptions)

-Staff, Students and guests are asked to report any visitor not wearing a pink visitors’ badge

-Please continue to discuss community safety and street proofing tips with your child

Thank you for your continued focus on the safety and security of our students.

Upcoming Dates:

October 29-         JK/SK/1 Police Presentations (AM)- Personal Safety

October 30-         Grade 1/2 Police Presentations (AM)- Personal Safety

November 1-      Newsletter Goes Home

November 4-      Photo Re-takes (PM)

                                    Grade 2/3 Police Presentations (AM)- Personal Safety

November 6-      Grade 3/4/5 Police Presentations (AM)- Personal Safety/ Bullying

November 7-      Grade 5/6 Police Presentations (AM)- Bullying/ Cyber-safety

November 8-      Sight and Sound Clinic

November 11-   Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

                                    JK/SK Police Presentations (PM)- Personal Safety

November 12-   Progress Reports Go Home

 

EQAO Results Update & School Improvement Planning:

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s FSA Meeting. As part of my Principal’s Report, I discussed the recently published EQAO results from 2012-2013. More importantly, I also reviewed some plans for school improvement based on the information we have to inform our practice. You may find our school’s results here:

http://eqaoweb.eqao.com/eqaoweborgprofile/Download.aspx?rptType=PBS&_Mident=20745&YEAR=2013&assessmentType=3&orgType=S&nF=PP~fslash~FpYZzRQEyRM6HJAyWWebb6eXnuCW0rG5jX3qse4s=&displayLanguage=E

Highlights

Primary Assessment (47 Students):

Reading 74% (6% Above Provincial Average)

Writing 83% (6% Above Provincial Average)

Math 85% (8% Above Provincial Average)

Junior Assessment (39 Students):

Reading 79% (2% Above Provincial Average)

Writing 74% (2% Below Provincial Average)

Math 67% (10% Above Provincial Average)

Note: The percentages noted refer to the percentage of students at or exceeding provincial standard.

When tracking the cohort that graduated last year, 20% of students went from below grade level to at/ exceeding provincial expectations.

Females are outperforming males in all areas (except equal in grade 3 math)

About 15-18% of our students speak a language other than English at home

More than half of our students are “stuck” at a high level 3 and require targeted skills and strategies to enable them to move to a level 4

Using a variety of sources of information, the teachers and support staff have committed to the following school improvement initiatives:

•   Intervene with students at level 1 and 2 with intensive support and intentionally focus on students at level 3 with guided, differentiated support.

•   Promote awareness of learning goals, success criteria and provide focused descriptive feedback in order to increase student independence.

•   Monitor students with grade specific, rich EQAO-like questions from SK- Grade 6.

•   Build a resource library with leveled books that reflect cultural and ethnic diversity.

•   Engage in strategic purchasing of technology (hardware and software) and engage in Professional Development opportunities.

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


October 14, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I wish you and your Family a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed the weekend with family and/ or friends. This week is also Eid al Adha and I wish all families observing an Eid Mubarak!

Please note that through daily morning announcements and classroom discussions, there will be a focus on community and street safety over the coming weeks. The emphasis will be on staying alert when walking near or on roads, looking and listening for traffic and always crossing at stop signs, traffic lights or pedestrian crossings. Safety is our foremost concern and through consistent messaging, we hope to build this understanding and awareness.

During morning announcements, our student announcers also make every effort to provide reminders about lunchtime programs. If you think your child may still forget about his/ her activity, please tape a note in his/ her lunch bag reminding them of their activity. Please also note that our lunch procedure is changing beginning this week. All students will be eating in their classrooms. Since students will no longer be transitioning to the gym and will be eating in smaller spaces, we believe that this will give students more time to eat every day. We are also excited to be able to provide houseleagues in the gym over the lunch hour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays… More details to come!

We have a very exciting week ahead. The Eco-Schools Kick Off is taking place on Tuesday at John Ross Robertson. We are very excited to be a certified Gold Standing Eco-School and we will look at ways to becoming a Platinum Eco School this year! Our Girls’ Softball Team is competing at Rolph Road as well. Good luck, girls!

Our Second FSA Meeting is on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm in the Staff Room. I hope to see you there.

On Wednesday, our Boys’ Softball Team is playing at Vradenburg for their tournament. Our Girls’ Football team is also playing at a tournament at John Polanyi CI. We wish both teams the best of luck! Junior Choir also meets at lunch.

On Friday, the Cross Country Finals will be taking place at Earl Bales for grades 3-6 athletes who placed in the top 40 for their race. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Barta at Mark.Barta@tdsb.on.ca.

Upcoming dates:

October 21-   Book Fair Begins

October 21-   First Day of Curling (Grade 6)* Specific Classes Only

October 22-   First Day of Skating (Grades 1-3)* Specific Classes Only

October 24-   Pizza Lunch

October 25-   Sight and Sound Forms Due

October 25-   First Day of Swim (Grades 4 and 5)* Specific Classes Only

November 4-             Photo Re-takes (PM)

November 5- Staff Meeting

November 8- Sight and Sound Clinic

November 11-Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30am

November 12-Progress Reports Go Home

 

Safety Tips:

Drivers are reminded to do their part to keep children safe near school buses. Drivers should follow these tips:

• Stop and never pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing.

• Leave space around school buses and avoid blocking school bus loading zones so children can enter and exit safely.

• Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours.

• Always obey the rules of the road and watch for children, especially in school zones.

• Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings.

Parents can also help keep their children safe by reminding them to be aware of their surroundings when they are on or near school buses.

Have a terrific week!

C. Birnbaum


 































































October 7, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

It was wonderful to see many Parents/ Guardians at Curriculum Night on Wednesday evening. I spoke about “Parents as Partners” and it is truly evident that this partnership is alive and well for the sake of our children. Ongoing communication is especially important as we work together to keep our students safe, engaged and as we raise the bar for academic excellence at Armour Heights!

We have an exciting week ahead. Our Cross Country Meet is this Wednesday at Earl Bales Park and the race begins at 10:00am. The Armour Heights tent will be set up near the starting line and students are asked to check in there when they arrive. Runners must wear their Armour Heights school spirit shirt for the race. There will be extra shirts at the race if anyone needs one. Our athletes have been working very hard and we wish them the best of luck as they represent Armour Heights with pride!

On Thursday, we will be taking a school photo outside by the basketball court at morning recess. We ask that students wear their Armour Heights Spirit T-Shirts for the photo, if possible.

A reminder that Friday is a PA Day, so there is no school for students. Please also note that on Monday the school will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Hopefully you received the first issue of “The Armour Heights Gazette” in your child’s Friday File. If you did not, it is available here:

http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/NewsletterArchive.aspx

In the future, our newsletter will be available in paperless form on our website the first Friday of every month. This publication will provide useful information, but more importantly, it will represent the voices of our students! I hope you enjoy the first issue.

Upcoming dates:

October 14-   Thanksgiving Day

October 15-   FSA Meeting (7:30pm)

-       Girls’ Softball at Rolph Road

-       Eco Schools Kick Off at John Ross Robertson

October 16-   Boys’ Softball at Vradenburg

October 21-   First Day of Curling, Swim and Skating to begin this week

October 25-   Sight and Sound Forms Due

October 31-   Pizza Lunch

 

Supporting Numeracy at Home:

As children count, they learn to connect quantities (such as five buttons) with their number names (such as the word five) and symbols (such as 5).

·      Develop your child’s awareness of the symbols used to represent numbers by making it a game. Look for number symbols in your home and neighbourhood: on the television remote, on the microwave, on the telephone keypad, in flyers and media, on signs and on team sweaters.

·      Play a number version of I Spy. For example,“I spy something that has the number five on it,” or “I spy something in this room that there are three of.”

·      Ask for your child’s help to count items in your home.“I wonder how many chairs we have around the table? In this room? In the house?” Count windows, light switches, lamps or beds. You might record “how many” by using a combination of numbers and pictures.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideNum2012.pdf

Enjoy the week!

C. Birnbaum


 

September 30, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you and your family were able to enjoy the beautiful weekend weather. Last week was certainly an exciting one. Our Terry Fox Run was a huge success thanks to the support of the entire community and our organizers, Lisa Hemi and Elise Yanover. We raised over $5,000 to support cancer research. Well done!

Birthdays/ Student Safety:

As a reminder to all families, birthday celebrations in classrooms are not permitted. We truly want to make every student’s birthday a special one, which is why we announce birthdays every morning and we encourage your participation in the Birthday Book Club. Students may also share stickers and/ or pencils with their classmates to mark their special day. We are especially aware of the diverse food allergies that exist in our school, therefore in-class celebrations with food may heighten the risk. Thank you for understanding.

Curriculum Night:

We are really looking forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night on Wednesday. The evening will begin at 6:30pm in the gym, where I will speak about some school improvement plans for 2013-2014.  Each classroom teacher will host two 20 minute sessions in order to accommodate parents/ guardians with more than one child at Armour. The first classroom presentations will take place at 6:45pm- 7:05pm and the second presentations will take place at 7:10pm- 7:30pm.

Character Assembly:

Our character focus for the month of September has been Respect. Our monthly Character Assembly will take place on Tuesday morning at 9:00am in the gym. We will celebrate the many examples of Respect and introduce the character focus for October- Responsibility.

The Armour Heights Gazette

Please look out for the first issue (limited, collector’s edition) of the Armour Heights Gazette on Friday!

Upcoming Dates:

October 9         - Cross Country Meet at Earl Bales Park

October 11       - PA Day (No School for Students)

October 14       - Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)

October 15       - Eco-Schools Kick-off Event

- FSA Meeting (7:30pm)- Staff Room

October 21       - Curling/ Skating. Swimming begins this week

October 31       - Pizza lunch

 

Supporting Numeracy at Home:

When children first begin to count, they learn important mathematical ideas: • One-to-one correspondence (one number for one object) • Stable order (we count 1,2,3,4,... not 1,2,7,5,...) • Cardinality (the last number counted tells how many).

•   Have your child count toys, kitchen utensils, items of clothing as they come out of the dryer, collections (such as stickers, buttons or rocks) and any other items your child shows interest in counting.

•   Mix it up! Have your child count a set of objects but start at different places in the set (for example, start counting in the middle of the set rather than at the beginning). This helps to develop the idea that the counting of objects can begin with any object in a set and the total will still be the same.

•   Sing counting songs and use counting in meaningful ways in games, such as Hide-and-Seek. Counting games, rhymes and songs exist in every culture. Some counting songs and rhymes help children to count forward and backward as well.

•   Have your child skip count (counting by twos, fives or tens) to count larger groups of items quickly. Use such objects as blocks, pasta pieces, toothpicks or buttons.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideNum2012.pdf

Have a terrific week!

Corey Birnbaum

 


September 23, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you had a great weekend with friends and/ or family! Last week was certainly a special one. Thank you to everyone who attended our New Family Coffee/ Tea and our first FSA Meeting of 2013-2014. I am really enjoying the opportunity to place names with faces as I continue to get to know the wonderful members of our Armour Heights Family. Last Wednesday, students in grades 1-5 had a chance to participate in a number of team building challenges, which were led by Dynamix. On Friday, the week concluded with our Terry Fox Kick-off Assembly. We also had 10 students participate in “We Day” at the Air Canada Centre. These students were selected based on their passion and willingness to inspire our “Me to We Club” to lead our school in participating in local and global social action.

 

This week, we have our Lice Check on Tuesday, our Terry Fox Run on Wednesday and Photo Day on Thursday. Also, please don’t forget about our first Pizza lunch of the year, which will take place over lunch on Thursday. We are also very excited to start Choir this week! Students in Grades 2-4 will be rehearsing on Mondays at lunch and students in Grades 5-6 will be rehearsing on Wednesdays.

 

Have you checked out the athletics page on our Website? If you have, then you’ve noticed that Mr. Barta has updated all Practice, Tryout and Cross Country Meet information. If not, click here:

 

http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/Athletics.aspx

 

  Don’t forget to set www.armourheightsps.ca as your homepage.

 

 Follow us on Twitter:

 

 @TDSB_ArmourHts

 

 Looking Ahead:

 

October 1-      Character Assembly (9:30am)

October 2-      Curriculum Night (6:30pm-7:45pm)

October 4-      School Newsletter goes home         

October 11-   PA Day

October 14-   Thanksgiving Day

October 15-   FSA Meeting (7:30pm)

 

Supporting Literacy at Home:

As you are listening to your child read…

·      If it’s a book being read, show your child that you are enjoying the book by being curious and asking questions.

·      Make connections to what he or she already knows.

·      Rephrase what you are hearing.

·      Be patient. Make sure your child has enough time to figure out tricky words.

·      After reading, talk about interesting and puzzling parts of the book.

If you’re stuck, here are some “talk starters” to get your conversation going:

·      What did you notice about ...

·      What else could you have done ...

·      What would you do if ...

·      What would happen if ...

·      How do you know that?

·      Convince me about that!

 

 

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideLit2012.pdf

 

Have a terrific week!

Corey Birnbaum

 


September 16, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are as excited as I am for a great week ahead! To those who observed Yom Kippur, I hope you had an easy and meaningful fast. It was wonderful to meet some of our new families last Monday at our New Parent Meet and Greet. A special thanks to our FSA for hosting such a wonderful event. In fact, the response to the Meet and Greet was so positive that we will be hosting another New Family Coffee/ Tea at 7:00pm on Tuesday before the FSA Meeting at 7:30pm.

A huge thank you to Carolyn, Tracey, Kelly, Riza and all the volunteers who made the 2013 Welcome Back BBQ a success! Despite the uncertain weather, everyone came up with a plan that worked to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable event. It was wonderful to meet many Armour Families and see some familiar faces.

A big thank you to Lisa and all the Classroom Parents taking the time to meet on Friday. The role of the Classroom Parent is very appreciated as they help us build the sense of community while enriching the teaching and learning happening at Armour Heights.

I am pleased to report that we conducted our first Fire Drill for 2013-2014 and it was a positive learning experience for all involved. We were able to exit the building in two minutes in a safe, orderly manner. This was the first of three drills for the fall.

As mentioned earlier, I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening for our New Family Coffee/ Tea at 7:00pm, followed by our first FSA Meeting at 7:30pm, which will take place in the Staff Room at Armour.

On Friday, 12 Students in grades 5 and 6 will be heading to the Air Canada Centre for “We Day 2013”. This will kick off our Me to We Club, which will focus on Social Action at school, community and global levels. Students in grades 5 and 6 were invited to persuade me in writing to take them to “We Day”. Students will be selected for “We Day” on Monday morning. Our Terry Fox Kick-off Assembly will also take place on Friday at 9:00am.

Literacy Tip:

Children develop the skills for reading and writing through both talking and listening.

You help your child learn about how words work when you:

 

·      Sound out letters in print, such as signs on the street

·      Sing word games in which your child replaces beginning sounds to make new, funny words

·      Invent spelling by using the letters your child knows to spell new words

Talk also builds your child’s capacity for understanding new things. This kind of talk goes beyond telling your child something (such as, “It’s time to brush your teeth,” or “Wash your hands before dinner”) to having a conversation with him or her. Here are some ways to get this kind of talk going in your home:

• Talk with your child about problems and solutions. Talk about how you might manage day-to-day problems, such as finding time to make dinner, so that you will be ready to watch a favourite TV show or go online together.

• Make sure your child has time to think. It sometimes takes time to think of what to say next. Be ready to wait for what your child has to say. If he or she says, “I don’t know what I think,” wait for a better answer – there’s one in there somewhere!

• Talk with your child in his or her first language. Children transfer their knowledge of one language to another very well. Speaking in your first language will help your child with English and French and other languages as well. It will also give your child opportunities to learn more about his or her own cultural history.

• Ask questions that will lead your child to talk about his or her ideas. Instead of telling your child something, try to ask a question that will lead your child to talk about what he or she thinks. For example, instead of telling your child how you are planning to celebrate a family event, ask for ideas about making a plan. (Be ready for creativity and to help your child follow through with the plan!)

It is very important both to listen to children read aloud and to continue to read to them even after they become independent, fluent readers. There are many different ways of reading together: taking turns reading pages, reading in unison and stopping to talk throughout the reading. Children choose books about topics that interest them, and your interest in the same books will lead to rich conversations that will build talking and listening skills.

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideLit2012.pdf

Looking ahead:

September 23- School Support Team- SST (9:00am)

September 24- Lice Check              

September 25- Terry Fox Run

September 26- Photo Day

October 1-      Character Assembly (9:30am)

October 2-      Curriculum Night (6:30pm)

October 11-    PA Day

October 14-    Thanksgiving Day

 

October 15-    FSA Meeting (7:30pm)

 

Please check our website regularly at: www.armourheightsps.ca

Enjoy your week!

Corey Birnbaum

 


September 9, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. L'Shana Tova to those celebrating Rosh Hashana. Our first week was a huge success. Students and Staff were thrilled to be back and there was an exciting buzz throughout the school. There was a lot of talk about expectations, routines and goal-setting. As teachers continue to build classroom communities with their students, they are also learning about the students' interests, along with academic and social strengths and needs in order to develop a program that is differentiated and meets the needs of all students.

An important note about morning supervision (8:30am- 8:45am):

This week, we will begin setting up pylons on the pavement on the East side of the school to distinguish where our supervision area begins. Please note that the paved area in front of the portable will not be supervised in order to ensure the necessary supervision on the field, pavement (North/ West Side) and Playscape. Staff supervisors will wear reflective vests and there will be a staff member supervising near the pylons in order to help parents/ guardians establish visual contact from the parking lot. We kindly ask that you supervise your child until they enter the supervised area, beyond the pylons.

We have a very exciting week ahead. On Monday, we welcome new families to our New Families Meet and Greet in the Staff Room at 8:45am. Our Welcome Back BBQ will take place on Wednesday at 5:30pm. There is also a meeting for Class Parents on Friday at 12:35pm in the Staff Room.

Looking Ahead:

September 17- FSA Meeting at 7:30pm

September 20- Terry Fox Kick Off Assembly

September 23- School Support Team

September 25- Terry Fox Run

October 1- Character Assembly (9:30am)

October 2- Curriculum Night (6:30pm)

 

Please bookmark our calendar:

 

http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/armourheights/Calendar.aspx

 

 If you haven't done so already, please check out our new website:

 

http://www.armourheightsps.ca

 

Follow us on Twitter: @TDSB_ArmourHts

 

Have a great week!

 

Corey Birnbaum


 

September 2, 2013

 

Hello Armour Heights Families:

 

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with family and/ or friends. We are very excited to embark on a new school year that will be filled with learning and excitement. We are looking forward to welcoming our students and building caring and safe classroom communities rooted in respect, inclusion and kindness.

Weather permitting, we will greet all students (grades 1-6) on the pavement area in the school yard, beginning at 8:30am. (if the weather does not cooperate, we will meet inside the gym). Please look for your child's teacher and check-in with him/ her when you arrive. Mr. Barta, Ms. Bader, Ms. Marshall, Mrs. Weintraub, Mrs. Pearl, Ms. Newman and I will be outside to assist parents/guardians and students find their teachers. Please note that Kindergarten students are on a staggered entry schedule and may head directly to the classroom at their scheduled time.

 

You will receive information from your child's teacher outlining specific classroom expectations and routines. We value our home- school partnership and ongoing communication through student planners (grade 2-6), phone calls, meetings and/ or e-mails help keep lines of communication open in order to ensure clarity, consistency and accountability.

 

Please note that the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) falls earlier than usual this year. We wish students, parents/ guardians and staff who celebrate Rosh Hashana, L'Shana Tova. Please be advised that we will have several guest teachers at Armour Heights on Thursday and Friday. There has been a tremendous amount of planning and forward thinking in order to ensure a smooth end to our first week back, but please help us prepare your child(ren) for this anticipated change in routine this week.

 

We have a great week ahead! Teachers have some great activities planned to help "break the ice" and build positive learning spaces. On Tuesday, there will be an assembly in the gym at 1:00pm for students in grades 1-6 for introductions and to review school expectations and routines.

 

Looking ahead:

September 9- New Parents/ Families Meet and Greet (8:45am)

September 11- Welcome Back BBQ (5:30pm)

September 17- FSA Meeting (7:30pm)

September 20- Terry Fox Kick-off Assembly

September 23- School Support Team- SST (9:00am)

September 25- Terry Fox Run

September 26- Photo Day

October 1- Character Assembly (9:30am)

October 2- Curriculum Night (6:30pm)     

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at 416-397-2950.  

Thank you for being partners in your child's education!

 

Corey Birnbaum


 

August 26, 2013

Hello Armour Heights Families:

 

I hope you and your families have enjoyed the summer and are excited to begin another great school year at Armour! I feel privileged to serve such a supportive and welcoming community alongside such a talented and dedicated staff.

I am committed to providing you with regular updates through ongoing communication via email, web and Twitter. Thanks to the dedication of several parents, I am proud to announce that the new Armour Heights PS website is up and running. Please visit www.armourheightsps.ca for regular updates, calendar items, resources and more! You can also follow us on Twitter @TDSB_ArmourHts for regular updates.

My priority is to ensure a caring and safe learning environment for students, staff, parents/ guardians and community partners. In partnership with our FSA, I look forward to engaging families through our New Families Meet and Greet on September 9th, Welcome Back BBQ on September 11th, Curriculum Night on October 2nd and a variety of performances and celebrations of our students' success. We are also dedicated to engaging our students with innovative teaching strategies while maintaining high expectations to ensure student achievement.

In order to ensure a smooth and successful transition back to school, I would like to communicate a few useful items about classroom placements and first day routines. Firstly, it is important to note that student placements take considerable time and attention by the staff. Our goal is to create positive, viable learning groups where social and academic learning can thrive. There are many factors teachers consider during student placements, such as academic needs, learning styles, social skills, diversity of strengths and needs, ratios of boys to girls and the number of students in each class. Please help your child(ren) get excited about school (teacher, class, etc.)

There will be a slight change in procedure for obtaining class placements. Please note that class lists will be posted in the showcase between the Library and the Caretaking Office, inside the school. Lists will be posted Wednesday (between 10am-2pm), Thursday (between 10am-2pm) and Friday (9am-11am). We will not be posting class lists for viewing outside the school in order to ensure our students' and families' privacy. If you would like to share any information with me, please feel free to visit the office. I would also ask that parents/ guardians and visitors refrain from visiting classrooms this week as our staff is busy preparing for the school year.

On Tuesday, September 3rd, all Armour Heights Staff will be outside to greet our students (if weather does not cooperate, we will meet inside the gym). Please look for your child's teacher and check-in with him/ her when you arrive. Mr. Barta, Ms. Newman, Ms. Bader, Ms. Marshall, Mrs. Weintraub, Mrs. Pearl and I will be outside to assist parents/guardians and students find their teachers.

I am really looking forward to getting to know all of our students and the entire Armour Heights Family. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at 416-397-2950. I wish you all the best for a wonderful final week of summer!

Thank you,

 

Corey Birnbaum

 


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Armour Heights Public School!

Armour Heights is a dynamic and vibrant school community. Whether you are a long-time Armour Heights family or a new family to our school, we believe you will be impressed with the energy, dedication, and talent of our teaching and support staff. Over the course of the year your child will experience an excellent academic foundation with a rich arts and extra-curricular complement. This year we will address academic achievement through a school-wide focus on literacy and numeracy. Our staff meet regularly to examine and share best practices for reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. We look forward to our various performances, unique clubs, sports programs, teams, our choir and celebrations of student success. We are very proud of the work we do here at Armour Heights Public School. Each year our staff, students and community work together to improve practices and build upon a safe, secure and enriching environment.

Thank you for your support and best wishes for a wonderful year at Armour Heights Public School.  Mr. C. Birnbaum Principal

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