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Genuis Hour at Millwood

In 2015-2016 our students will continue to be challenged to be more creative, inquisitive, self-motivated and engaged in their learning. One of the ways we will do this is with our students cycling through a "Genius Hour Classroom." In this classroom it is our hope that we will prepare our students for a future that we can't possibly begin to imagine. As A.J. Juliani states "if we want our students to change the world, we must change our classrooms to foster inquiry and innovation." This is our school's next step in this direction. Of course the other inquiry-based strategies we have started to develop will continue in our other classrooms as well. 

Millwood Marvels Assemblies

One of the changes that we are implementing for 2015-2016 is that we are changing the nature of our monthly assemblies. We will no longer be recognizing individual students at the front of the assembly as "Millwood Marvels".

Our plans are not all ironed out as of yet, but suffice it to say we will continue to have a different monthly assembly format next year.

We will continue to focus on Character Development both in and out of the classroom. Our staff understand the value of "teachable moments". Staff are encouraged to address every situation with the gravity they feel it deserves in order to ensure that our students feel safe and feel free to take risks while under their direct supervision and elsewhere as well.

Congratulations to our incredible Head Caretaker Liz Cutajar who has resigned from her position as of June 26th.

The news was shocking to our staff as we didn't expect our energetic, hard-working and positive "Liz" to move on to something different at this stage.

We know that you too will miss her smile and the flexibility she always showed in ensuring Millwood was the clean and safe place that it has been for the past two years under her watch.

Congratulations Ms. Cutajar on an oustanding 26 year career and for your amazing work over the past year with our current staff. You will be missed.



Our Graduation night was fantastic. Thank you to all our parents, students, staff and friends of the school who helped make it be the successful evening that it was.

Our students represented themselves in a manner that demonstrated what super children they really all are and our community members and staff shone as they always do at our school.

Bravo to all!


Please scroll down on my Twitter account for the link to the letter that was e-mailed out to all students on June 16th regarding report cards.

Thank you,

Colin Pinkney


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know the end of the school year always brings many changes for our schools. Unfortunately with our projected enrollment dropping slightly we are losing some great but less experienced staff. We wish them well moving forward and know that because we live in such a small world our paths will cross again. Please join me in thanking them for their hard work at our school and wishing them well in the future in their new locations.

James Fisher – Princess Margaret JS
Michael Brown – Palmerston PS
Devon McKinney – Parkdale PS
Jennifer Betty – Rawlinson PS
Clementine Chounga (Sache) – to be determined
Alfia Harooni – to be determined
Tamara Vojvodic – to be determined

Fortunately we are pleased to have several staff returning to our Millwood team after their leaves.

Julie (formerly Carette) Lulham
Anna Miller

And finally we are pleased to announce that we have new teachers joining us too. Ms. Lee and I interviewed these two teachers and they both come to us with glowing recommendations so we’re most excited to have them at Millwood.

Amanda Riddell – currently at Hollycrest next year will be Hollycrest a.m. Millwood p.m.
Stacy Chen – currently at the Waterfront School

We will share details regarding your child’s next class with you as we approach the new school year. Please follow our Millwood Junior School website and/or my Twitter TDSB@Colin for up-to-date information.

Thank you for your ongoing support,



Home and School Meeting June 10th @ 7:00

This is an important gathering and good time to share your perspectives on what we all need to focus on going forward. The Home and School Association at Millwood definitely helps to set this school apart from others. We would love to have you join our hard-working team. As per the school sign we would love to have new parent volunteers. As they say "Many hands make light work." 

For more details on the meeting please see the site listed above.

Thank you!

Amazing Parents and Guardians

On June 4th our Kindergarten parents/guardians showed that they too are keen on keeping the Millwood tradition of working hard to help support our students and their families alive. We had a Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony and party that you had to see to believe.

Thank you to all of our parents/guardians that are committed to making Millwood the truly great spot it is in the many ways you do.

For those of you who are willing to take the extra step, please come out to our next Home and School Meeting on June 10th at 7:00. Childcare will be provided for school-aged children. New faces are most welcomed and wanted! Thank you!!

No Crossing Guard?

Unfortunately whenever our crossing guard Don, or the crossing guard at Mill Road and Bloor, takes ill we do not have a replacement through TPS. We will have our full team out whenever everyone is well again.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have been informed by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) that given the ongoing job action (work-to-rule) by elementary teachers across the province, EQAO will not be sending assessment materials out at this time.

As a result, EQAO testing for Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will be postponed until further notice.

We will continue to work closely with EQAO and provide an update to parents/guardians should more information become available.

Thank you,

Colin Pinkney and Kimberly Lee
Principal and Vice-Principal Millwood JS

We Want You!

Please join our amazing group of parents that regularly participate in the meetings and then are actively involved in raising funds that help make our school the great spot it is. We NEED new participants to keep things going! Parents from French Immersion classes please join your school community even if you live outside the traditional Millwood boundaries. 

Home and School - May 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Parent Council - May 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Welcome To JK At Millwood Day

On Monday morning our super team of Early Childhood Educators, Ms. Hartford, Ms. Lee and myself will host our new parents and students as we welcome them to our super school. Students will participate in a variety of activities with their parents and everyone will have the chance to learn more about the great things happening in our school!

See you there 2015-2016 JK parents and students!

Concerts a Great Success!

Congratulations to our hard-working staff and all of our students for their outstanding work over the past three evening concerts. Children danced, sang, played our many instruments and more.

Our fantastic mc's set the tone for each of the events and showed our youngest students one of the many future responsibilities that they too may have as they get older at our school.

A special thank you to our parents, families and friends who ensured that our students performed to a packed gym every night. Having everyone come together for such wonderful events reminded us all how lucky we all are to be part of the Millwood community and school.

Volunteer Tea

We hope that all of our volunteers are able to attend on Thursday morning! Please return your forms asap. Thanks again for helping to make our school the great spot it is.

Third Concert

Our third and final Spring Fling Concert will take place this Wednesday evening at 7:00.

Soccer Team Tournament on Tuesday

Good luck to our boys who are playing tomorrow in their area tournament. They are looking like a super squad and we wish them the best of luck.

Our girls will be playing in a few weeks.

Thank you all for supporting the different initiatives as you have!

Our Green Elephant Sale raised more than $900 and our Bake Sale to support the Relay for Life up at Silverthorn raised more than $400!

Bravo Millwood Parents!

Scientists in Schools

Thanks to our hard-working Home and School Association (please join this fun team!) we are hosting even more Scientists in Schools sessions at our school this week. Thank you for volunteering to support these 1/2 day sessions!


As part of our partnership with Silverthorn just up the road we are supporting their Relay for Life by holding a Bake Sale on Wednesday the 22nd during the last recess. If you would like to donate some good for this sale which will raise money for Cancer research please drop off your items as advertised in the office.

Thank you!


On Wednesday, April 22 Millwood is hosting the Green Elephant Sale!

Small and medium toys are $2.00, and large toys will be $5.00. We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday April 20th. A note is being sent home in the Wednesday Envelope. This session will include our large graduating class photograph. Remember NOT TO WEAR GREEN.

BUSY April 20th :)

Please don't forget that on April 20th at 7:00 p.m. our School Council is hosting Dr. Joanne Cummings.

This evening will focus on the issue of bullying that occurs in every school, and in other settings as well, in some way. Meaningful research will be shared and discussions will take place to allow you to leave the evening feeling better equipped to deal with this tough topic with your children and with others.

Please see our note home (picture of note on Twitter feed) for further details.

We hope to see you there!!

AND a busy April 22nd!

Green Elephant Sale all day long. As you know money will be raised by selling the items you have donated.

Also on the 22nd we are supporting Silverthorn's Relay for Life initiative. Two of our grade 5 girls are leading the charge and many of our students will make the trip up the road to see this annual celebration/fundraising effort. 

In order to support this initiative that raises money for Cancer Research the girls are asking for items so that they can run a Bake Sale during the last recess that day. Items may be brought to the school on the 21st or 22nd.

WE WANT YOU! (as part of our Home and School team)

Every year at Millwood our parents prove to be an outstanding resource in supporting our children in and out of the classroom. There is no doubt that our parents help make Millwood the great spot it is! People from far and wide know about our great school because of the hard work that our parents and staff do for our kids.

However, we want YOU to get involved in a new and exciting way. We want YOU to join our Home and School Association and be active in supporting our initiatives. Many of you came out to vote in order to guide our foci. Thank you for that. Now we want YOU to help out with all of the work that is required to give our kids all of the extras they receive. 

Thank you very much for thinking about getting involved in new ways. We want parents from our French Immersion and English stream to be part of our team!

#weneednewbloodtokeepthingsgoing :)

Check out to learn more about how you can get involved. Thank you!

Spring Flings

There are three dates for the Spring Fling all of which start at 7:00.

April 15th
April 29th
May 6th

Please be sure to talk to your teachers and check their websites for when we hope your child can participate in this annual tradition at Millwood.

Grade 3 Parents in our English Program

If you are able to help out with our Crawford Lake trip on April 9th please talk to Ms. Lisowski or Ms. Glinos asap. They are short a couple of volunteers. Thank you!


Every class once again engaged in age-appropriate discussions to challenge our children's understandings and ensure that we are all on the same page. Thank you to everyone that supported our yearly initiative again this time round.


On Monday the 13th of April we will be having another spirit day at Millwood. As our beloved Toronto Blue Jays open their home schedule on the 13th we'll celebrate their return home. Students will be encouraged to wear anything blue, anything with a Blue Jay logo on it, or any type of baseball item. Yes, baseball hats will be allowed.

Grade 4 and 5 Girls' Soccer 

Our permission forms are due to Mme. McKinney before morning recess on the 8th. The first try-out will take place after school on our field. 

We want your child to come on out and have some fun with this extra opportunity!

STEM DAY Success

Thank you & Congratulations to our staff, students and parents who helped make Monday (our BIG school-wide every-class-is-open STEM day") a great success. Seeing our children explain their learning, their understandings and the processes involved with such confidence helped ensure that it was a day I will never forget.

Your participation in the event and having approximately 200 parents in attendance, along with some TDSB staff from other settings, ensured that our students felt celebrated as they should.

We will continue to move forward with our STEM (STEAM with the "A" for "Arts") initiatives and are actively looking into new ways to infuse our school with even more student-choice and opportunities to be creative.

All in all it truly was a wonderful celebration with outstanding achievement levels by staff and students alike.


Spring Flings

There are three dates for the Spring Fling all of which start at 7:00.

April 15th
April 29th
May 6th

Please confirm with your child's teachers which date(s) your child will be participating in. Thank you.

YMCA Before and After School Partnership

There is no doubt that we are a busy school! The YMCA Before and After School program that we house is a part of what helps make Millwood a great spot. However, due to the unique experiences we offer our students, families, and our community, sometimes there is a need to relocate the YMCA program to accommodate the school demands.

Instead of simply assigning the YMCA spots they don't want, we work together to ensure that our children have the best opportunities we can provide as part of our programming and as a part of their program. For example, many of our YMCA students love to use the gym after school, but sometimes we have other situations that need this specific space so we work together to create a schedule to maximize the gym usage.

Thank you all for understanding the need to be flexible with assigned room locations in order to maximize the opportunities for our kids who attend this before and after school program.

School Council

April 16th is our next one... :)


We hope you can join us for the morning on the 30th as per all of the other notes/e-mails etc.

Chris Glover is hosting a WARD COUNCIL MEETING at our school!

Tuesday, March 31st, 7-9 pm
Millwood Junior School - Library
222 Mill Road, north of Bloor (Agenda TBC)

This is an opportunity to bring forward issues, ideas and solutions. Your participation, input and feedback are vital to the process of ensuring quality public education for all our students at TDSB.

Swim Team

Our Millwood Swim Team is having another fantastic year. The group of students from all of our grades and with a variety of skill sets has worked hard regularly to improve their strokes and abilities.

Today our fastest junior students competed at Harbord Collegiate and represented the school fabulously. We sent lots of great athletes who displayed even better attitudes and efforts.

Next week we host our friendly swim meet for all of our participating children with some of our neighbouring schools.

Thank you to Ms. Lee and Ms. Dag who have done a wonderful job leading this initiative. Thank you also to all of our other parents who allowed this system to work as well as it has. It really does take a huge effort to pull these opportunities off.

Welcome Back!

It was super seeing all of our kids and staff re-energized today as we returned to our fantastic school after the March Break.

Thank you to everyone for participating in our BEACH DAY on Friday.

It was great to see so many of our children and staff dressed up as they were. A lot of fun was had throughout the day and treats were given out in the afternoon.

Hot Lunches

With the overwhelming popularity of the new program we are expanding the opportunity to purchase the hot lunches from Monday through to Thursday. All orders are done online.

Parking at Millwood in the North Lot

Thank you all very much for your input into this issue at our school. In the recent Parent Survey close to 90% of parent respondents felt that this lot was unsafe and about 60% of the respondents felt the lot should be closed at some point. The school agreed with these parents and with School Council. Therefore, after reviewing a variety of options we decided that the following changes will be in place after the March Break. Please note that this will be a trial that we will go with until the end of June 2015. At that point we will revisit our plans and see what is and isn't working.

After the March Break the following rules will be in place in our North Lot.

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. The lot will be closed. A chain will go across the entrance to the lot and cars will be unable to enter or exit the lot. All parents wanting to drop off their children will be encouraged to use our Kiss N'Ride on the south side of the school or park on a neighboring street. The school can be easily accessed with legal parking on both the east side of the school and the west side of the school (on the other side of the forest).

End of day - The lot will be open. However, no cars will be allowed to park directly on the north side of the school near the doors or on the slope going in or out. 

Thank you for supporting our work to ensure that our kids are SAFE. Most parents that want to drive their children to school are faced with the reality of parking a little distance from the school and walking their child in. Our school will be no different in that way.

If you have any questions or concerns please talk to Ms. Lee or Mr. Pinkney

Photo Days

On Friday March 6th our grade 5's had their graduation photos taken. These photos will be used in our yearbook for the graduating students.

Please note that this year 8x10 photos will not be given to the graduates at the end of the year as per years past. As we are focusing on spending our money on other initiatives such as the technology in every classroom this tough decision was made. If you have any questions about this choice please speak to Mr. Pinkney. This cut will save the school between $600-$1000 every year.

However, should any parents want the spring photo taken at the end of the year with the rest of the school's students, all parents will have the option of buying these individual photos just as everyone has the option of buying packages from our fall school-wide photo sessions.

Please note the GRAD GROUP PHOTO will be taken on the day of the spring photo shoot here at Millwood.

Spring Photo Shoot Date? April 20th

RAFFLE Tickets

Thank you to all of the parents that have been busy supporting our amazing raffle. That being said, we need to BOOST our sales as our numbers are lower than what they traditionally are! The money raised will help give our children the unique opportunities we all want them to have.


Grade 5 Trip - UPDATE

8:30 a.m. March 3 Meeting for Interested Grade 5 Parents

This meeting will take place in the library for any parents who have any questions regarding the trip to Albion Hills.

With a last-minute cancellation we have another unique outdoor educational learning opportunity for our grade 5's. Please stay tuned for details. The opportunity will occur between March 11th and the 13th. The paperwork and other details will be coming home shortly.

Please note that were this trip to work out as we wish, this second unique experience would not be a new yearly Millwood Tradition as this situation is based on situations beyond our control.

The paperwork is going out on the 26th. Please review it carefully and talk to your child's teachers should you have any questions/concerns.

Here is a link to the website from Albion Hills

Thank you for supporting our staff and your students with this incredible last-minute opportunity.


With the change of plans for our grade 5's (see above) our STEM Open House will take place on the 30th of March.

As you have likely seen on our school sign all of our staff has been learning about using STEM-based practices in their classrooms with our students.

As part of this process, every student in our school was challenged with a question to come up with a plan for our now vacant play area just west of the bus loop. Every class and every student worked through this process in a different way, and many classes are still working through this process, which is exactly what we had hoped for.

As part of our celebration of the students' and teachers' work we would like to invite you to a STEM Morning at Millwood on NEW DATE Monday March 30th.

Here is the tentative plan:

9:10-9:20 A quick overview of what STEM is and what it isn't in the gymnasium with Ms. Lee and Mr. Pinkney
9:20-10:00 Visit our primary classrooms to see what our younger students have been up to with their STEM projects
10:00-10:40 Visit our junior classrooms to see what our older students have been up to with their STEM projects

We hope you can make it and see some of the great work being done at your school!

Popcorn Sale    

The fundraiser is part of our announcements every day. Listen to our morning announcements for details. :)

Parking Survey

Please note that a Parking Survey was sent to all of our parents today. Complete the survey by Monday, February 23rd to have your say. Thank you.

Ash Trees To Be Removed

The Urban Forestry Operations staff have recently found park trees within Millwood Park area that are dead or dying as a result of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. The area with the highest concentration of infestation is the woodlot directly behind our school. Removal of these infected trees directly behind our school will begin on or about the 2nd of March 2015.

Please keep a safe distance from any work being done. 

The Urban Forestry Renewal program will assess the suitability for regenerative planting at a later date.

Additional information concerning EAB in Toronto is available on the city's webiste at Please contact 311 should you have further questions regarding the planned tree cutting.

New Partnership For Millwood and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto (BBBST)

After having worked closely with BBBST for several years when I was the principal at Lambton Park I am most pleased to share that BBBST has generously offered to offer programming to some of our oldest kids here at Millwood.

Two groups will run this term with our boys' group "Game On!" taking place on Wednesdays and our girls' group "Go Girls!" taking place on Thursdays. Both of these programs were extremely popular with the students at my former school.

We hope that this new Millwood partnership can continue to support our Millwood students in a variety of ways as we move forward together.

Walk To School Wednesdays Starting Again...

What: Walk, bike, scooter, skateboard or ride the school bus to school.

When: The last Wednesday of every month.

Why: To stop air pollution!

The classroom with the greatest number of participants will win the coveted Emerald Shoe Trophy!

The first Walk To School will be Wednesday, February 25th.

Pancake Tuesday A Great Success!

Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to make this day a success.

See the Twitter feed for pics...


Upcoming Evenings To Be Aware Of...

Home and School Meeting - February 11th
School Council Meeting - February 19th
And please note the meeting on the 23rd at 7 p.m.

Information Evening Regarding our French Immersion Students' Pathways - February 23rd @ 7:00 p.m.

The meeting on the 23rd will be hosted in the gym. Chris Glover and Susan Winter will be present. 


As you have likely seen on our school sign all of our staff has been learning about using STEM-based practices in their classrooms with our students.

As part of this process, every student in our school was challenged with a question to come up with a plan for our now vacant play area just west of the bus loop. Every class and every student worked through this process in a different way, and many classes are still working through this process, which is exactly what we had hoped for.

As part of our celebration of the students' and teachers' work we would like to invite you to a STEM Morning at Millwood on NEW DATE Monday March 30th.

Here is the tentative plan:

9:10-9:20 A quick overview of what STEM is and what it isn't in the gymnasium with Ms. Lee and Mr. Pinkney
9:20-10:00 Visit our primary classrooms to see what our younger students have been up to with their STEM projects
10:00-10:40 Visit our junior classrooms to see what our older students have been up to with their STEM projects

We hope you can make it and see some of the great work being done at your school!


Kids Kitchen Update

If you are having a hard time ordering food online, please go to the calendar, click on the day that you want to buy for and then your menu should appear. Thank you.

Staff Appreciation Day

Our Millwood staff felt much appreciated on the most unique of school days today. Staff entered the building to see every door decorated in a unique way. The doors were amazing and I have included the doors as part of my Twitter on the right of this page for you all to see.

Staff were then treated to a wonderful full breakfast and then an even bigger diverse lunch. Incredible stuff in honour of our hard-working staff.

Thank you to all of the parents that helped make everybody at our school feel appreciated and respected today. We are a school that is unlike most others. Our parents showed once again that they are a big reason why Millwood is Millwood!


Teachers will be conducting interviews in the upcoming days. If you did not return your child's form and you want to talk to one of your child's teachers please just call them (or the school) and set up an appointment (416 394-7070).

Skating on Sunday

A lot of fun was had at the skating event on Sunday. I brought my daughter Aoife out for the fun and everyone was in super spirits. You may have noticed a few updates in the Twitter feed.

Thank you once again Home and School Association for providing our students (and families) with another great opportunity.


Don't forget your forms! All due on Friday.

Interview Form

Please note that NEW this year all parents are being asked to return the forms that teachers have handed out. Your child's form will have specific information for you to consider before signing and returning the form.
Thank you!


This continues to be an issue so please note that our Parking Lot may be closed at certain times in the near future to ensure our students are as safe as can be. Thank you.

Gymanstics at Millwood

How lucky our students all are to be able to participate in gymnastics here at the school. Our hard-working staff have got the training required to be able to offer this unique experience to our students once again this year.

The program starts on MONDAY February 9th.

Please remember that proper clothing is essential in order to participate. Students must dress appropriately.

No jewelry or "bling bling" can be worn. Students must wear non-baggy shorts, tights, or athletic shorts. Students with long hair must have it pulled back, all earrings must be taped up, and students will only participate in bare feet. It is also worth noting that students may not wear singlets or dance shoes. 

Interview Notes

Please watch out for the personalized interview notes you will receive from the homeroom teachers. Not all parents are asked to come in for an interview at this time, but all parents are welcome to ask for an interview.

Scholastic Book Fair

Stay tuned for details regarding our book fair that will take place from Feb 10- Feb 12

Photo Days

Grad Photos - March 6th
Entire School Spring Photos - April 20th

School Council Safety Discussion

At the next School Council Meeting we will be discussing the Parking situation once again. Clearly some changes have to be made. Thank you to those of you trying to follow the rules that are in place. 

Orders Are Due Soon

If you are going to participate in the Pizza Lunch forms will go home on the 28th and are due back in early February.
After much discussion and research you will now also have the option of getting food online from Kids Kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well. In order to participate in the Tuesday and/or Thursday lunch program you must participate in the one or both of our Friday lunch-time programs.

If you have any questions please contact a school administrator.

Skating Together

Our annual Family Leisure Skate will take place on Sunday, February 8th from 12:30 - 1:30 at the Martingrove/West Deane Outdoor Rink.

We hope to see you there!

Recess Kits

The Recess Kits have been ordered by our hard-working and generous Home and School Association. You will know when they arrive!


Unfortunately our situations with pick-ups and drop-offs aren't quite as we would like it yet. We have notified the police and the parking authority to support our efforts to keep our children safe.

Your support in ensuring that all of our kids and community is safe is also much appreciated. We realize that this may mean that parking on a neighbouring street (where permitted) and then walking to the school may be best. Obviously not everyone can use the parking lot to the north side of the school or use the bus loop as a "kiss and ride" spot.

Silver Birch and Prix Tamarac starting soon

Look out for great new books that are hitting the Millwood library shelves. Please encourage your child to read these books and get involved with this opportunity to read a variety of publications.

Robotics Update

After doing extremely well in the Toronto showdown, two Millwood Robotics teams have advanced to the Provincial Finals. They will be taking on the province's best on January 17th. We wish them the best of luck and know that once again they will do us proud (even if they don't win all of the awards this time!).

Welcome back

Our students are already working hard this morning which is great to see. :)

Please remember to dress your child warmly as we want our kids to be outside to take their breaks and learn through play when they can/should be. Thank you!

Happy Holidays to You All

The Millwood staff wish you the best over the holiday season. We hope that you have a restful, healthy and safe holiday with your loved ones.

Thank you for your many gifts and donations to our donation drive along the way.

We look forward to seeing you all on January 5th ready for a great year full of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication! :)


Holiday Concert

The 17th is quickly approaching!

The show starts at 7:00 sharp. We are expecting the students to arrive at 6:30.

Here is our tentative programme for the evening:
- Primary Choir
- Old Toy Trains
- Hot Chocolate
- Room 8 - Singing - Vive le vent
- Room 1 - Dance to "Santa Clones"
- Recorder Ensemble - Jolly Old St. Nicholas
- Junior Choir
- Imagine
- Seven Feet of Snow
- We Wish You a Swingin' Holiday
- Finale - Primary and Junior Choir combined - Winter Fantasy
- Words from Mr. Pinkney/Ms. Lee 
- Outdoors at the front of the school for Hot Chocolate and carolling (Junior Choir will organize just outside the main doors to help lead the singing)

As you can see not all of our children are participating in this evening. The Spring Flings will be concerts that will challenge every child to join in the fun.

Robotics at Millwood

As you all know we have a phenomenal Robotics program at our school. You will have also noticed from my Twitter feed on the right that they had an incredible weekend event.

Congratulations to all our students for representing the school and the program in the way that you did! Also a big Congratulations to Mr. Osokin who won the "Coach of the Year" after his amazing work with the children.

Parking Lot

Please remember to drop your child off at the end of the loop. Your child should then walk around the school using our new path to their yard.

Do NOT drop your child off in front of the side doors. I hope that everybody can follow this rule going forward.

Thank you.

Point of Clarification re: Chaos Dance

Thank you all for welcoming Ms. Lee and I to Millwood! We have learned a lot about many of the routines and school norms since our arrival earlier in the year and know we've both ended up at a super school.

That being said, we first heard about the Chaos Dance for the first time ever two days ago! Given that we didn't know about it and that there is so little time left in 2014 at school we have committed to exploring options around a Chaos Dance in February.

Home and School Meeting on December 10th at 7:00.


Please get all of your gifts that you are sharing in our lobby by the 17th. Thank you!


Don't forget about the Home and School's Special Holiday Event on the 11th. E-mail as appropriate and then send in your money to them here at the school.

It should be a super evening!


It certainly is a busy time of year so please be sure to be on top of all of the notes going home and the important events for your child. Thank you!

Of course if you ever have any questions please contact your child's teacher at our general number and they will get back to you at a time when they are available to do so.

NO SCHOOL on the 5th of December

Please remember that there is no school for our students on Friday December 5th. We'll see you again on the 8th!


Our Small green shirts that weren't available are now here!

If a child wasn't on the Cross-Country team they'll get their shirts today or tomorrow.

If a child was on the Cross-Country team and wore a medium on the day of their race(s) please simply bring back the medium shirt if you would prefer a small one.

Thank you for your patience. 


Please check out for the latest information on French Immersion registrations procedures and other French opportunities for your children within the board.

Please don't miss the deadlines! They are firm.


Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Flu season is here again. In Canada, flu season tends to run between October and April. The Ontario government is encouraging Ontarians to avoid getting sick this flu season by getting their annual flu shot.

Toronto Public Health is recommending that whenever students and staff experience flu-like symptoms, they are sent home and do not return to school until they are no longer infectious to others. Therefore, ill students and staff should be symptom-free (especially from vomiting and diarrhea) for at least 48 hours before returning to school.

The primary concern is for the health and safety of all students and staff. Please note that no special measures are required when there is a case of influenza in a school or daycare. However, everyone should do their part to stop the spread of the flu. As parents, you can also assist by:

- reminding children to wash their hands often especially after using the washroom and before and after eating;

- reminding children to cover their sneeze and cough;

- watching for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and/or high fever;

- informing the school if your child is ill;

- keeping your child at home when he/she is ill.

For more information, please visit the Toronto Public Health website, contact your family doctor, or Telehealth Ontario. 1-866-797-0000.

Yoga tomorrow morning at 8:10 Grade 3's

I don't normally post information regarding clubs and teams here, but I wanted to be sure you were all aware of this opportunity.

Please rely on your child to share information on the goings-on at our school. "The Arts, Sports, Clubs and Much More" webpage has a listing of everything your child could possibly do outside of the classroom at our great school.

Girls' Basketball Parents

Please note that the schedule has CHANGED. The final game is now at 1:15 and the girls will be picked up from John G Althouse at 1:45.

Please pass this on to your friends if you know their child is on the team and they may not check this site frequently.

Thank you!

Holiday Concert December 17th

The annual holiday concert is taking place on the 17th of December this year. Please note that this is not the event when every class participates. At this concert some classes choose to participate and our choirs share their work. Your child's teacher will let you know if your child is indeed a part of the show.

The Kindergarten students have planned their informal Sing-A-Long for December 10th at the start of the school day. We hope that you will join in the fun that morning.

School Parking Lot

Please note that if you are dropping your child off in the school parking lot you must drop them off at the far end of the lot (the west side). Students must then use the new path to get to their own playground.

Cars are not allowed to stop close to the side doors of the school or on the hill. Students are not allowed to walk through the lot without a parent/guardian.

Our school side doors will be locked at 8:45.

The best alternative for many of you will be to use the many neighbouring streets that do allow parking and for you to walk your child in. This will ensure your child is safe.


We realize everyone is in a rush to get their children to school and start their own days, however it is important to be mindful of the rules related to dropping off your children at Millwood. There are clear signs indicating where to stop and where not to stop. The bus loop is a drop-off spot and that is all. You may not park there.

We will be reviewing our own parking procedures on the school premises with our Safe Schools Committee on Monday. It is possible that we may change our rules around who uses our parking lot (the north side lot) before school.

Of course stopping your car on Mill Road on either side of the road also slows everyone down and presents safety concerns as well.

If you do drive your child to school every day please consider parking on one of the neighbouring streets. There are many side streets both to the east of the school and to the west of the forest that would allow you to park and walk your child to school safely.

Thank you for doing your part to help ensure all of our Millwood students are safe!

All of the information for the French Programs for your child are  now on the  website.

As mentioned many times previously, please note the deadlines as the dates have all changed this year.

Our virtual library is an amazing way to engage readers and to access information in safe TDSB-approved environments.

I hope this link works and takes you there directly.

IF and WHEN you get a phone call regarding your child being absent or late for school PLEASE LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE CALL. You will get a chance to punch in the appropriate number to let us know whether your child is sick etc.


Remember that if you know your child is going to be away to contact the school before 8:45. There is no need to call the school just because you get a message.


STARTING ON MONDAY the 17th... There are new SAFE ARRIVAL procedures at our school. Please check your e-mails for details. Thank you! (This is a TDSB initiative)

**School Council - September 20th @7:00 p.m.

Thank you all for attending the Parent-Teacher Interviews. As you all know "It takes a village to raise a child" so your support for our school and partnership with our staff is a key part of Millwood's history of successes.

Don't forget about the Home and School Information and Budget Decision Evening on November 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

Please note proxies will not be accepted for this vote as they are not part of the H&S Bylaws. We encourage everyone to attend the Budget meeting to hear the Budget Presentation, ask questions, and make an informed decision. Hope to see you there!


Reports Home - November 7th
French Immersion and French Programs in TDSB Information Night - November 10th at 7:00
Remembrance Day Assembly - November 11th at 10:35
Book Fair - November 11th, 12th and 13th.
Home and School Budget Review - November 12th at 7:00
Photo Retakes - November 13th
Interviews - November 13th and 14th (a.m. only)
School Council - November 20th at 7:00

Learn English with Us

The TDSB offers free English as a Second Language classes in communities across the city, to adults who are residents of Canada or are applying for residency.
Build your literacy and English language skills. Learn about your community and the services available. Prepare for further education, citizenship and language proficiency tests. Improve your conversation skills. Discover our bilingual programs, where English is taught with the help of other languages.

Visit or call 416-338-4300.


Boomerang or Litterless Lunch

Our school is once again re-emphasizing the need for students to bring litterless lunches to school every day. If you have any questions or concerns about this system please talk to your child's classroom teacher. Many schools have run this program successfully for years and this is an important part of our students' learning.


Before and After School Parking

Please note the information that was e-mailed to you all today. The Police and Parking Authority are once again involved as we are concerned about our students' safety. YOU MUST FOLLOW THE RULES that are posted and have been shared.

In the bus loop, staff and parents have also let the authorities know that people double-park their cars and leave them there which in turn strands other cars. These types of situations are obviously unsafe as well.

Remember no matter how big of a rush you believe you are in before or after school, nothing is more important than student safety.

Thank you.

International Languages Elementary and African Heritage Programs

In an increasingly global world, learning languages and cultures benefits children today and helps them build skills for the future.

Broaden your child’s horizons with our International Languages and African Heritage programs. We teach more than 50 languages and cultures, to 30,000 children each year, in neighbourhoods across the city.

Enrollment is ongoing. Register your child today!

Visit more information.

Parent Rep Note Home

Please be aware that the note from your child's Parent Rep has gone out. There is a lot of important information in that note so please take the time to read it.

It is worth noting that every class does their own parties so the list of celebrations described in this note may be different than your child's teacher's plans.

Talk to your child's teacher should you have any questions or concerns about this issue. We understand that different people celebrate and don't celebrate different holidays and want to be sure all of our students feel safe and included in a meaningful way in everything the class does.

Budget Home and School Meeting on Wednesday November 12th at 7:00

Parent Rep Meeting on this same date but starting at 6:30

Grandparents' Tea October 31st at 1:00. The parade starts at 1:15!

Girls' Baskeball Tournament Details on Mr. Pinkney page

PHOTO RETAKE DAY is on November 13th. Please mark this date down. :)


Our next School Council Meeting is on November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and join us. 


PIAC Conference

Registration is live for the 8th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Earl Haig SS, 100 Princess Avenue from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.

Keynote speaker J. Richard Gentry, PH. D., a former university professor and elementary school teacher and author of “Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write” will deliver the keynote on Raising Confident Readers from K-12.

Workshops will run throughout the day and include topics such as: Building Skills in Reading and Writing; Family Storytelling; French … helping your child to succeed; and many more. There will also be an information marketplace that will feature an array of community agencies.

Child-minding, interpretation, and bussing will be available through registration only. For additional information please visit

Our next School Council Meeting is on October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and join us.


If your child is on an Individual Education Plan you will know it is scheduled to go home today with your child. Most, if not all, of the IEP's will be going home today, but due to technichal glitches with the server and the program itself we may be slightly delayed in sending some of them home. We apologize for this situation however there is nothing that can be done on our end to resolve this issue beyond what we are trying to do now.

Teachers will communicate with parents if they find themselves in this situation.


Are you available to help with Pizza Days at Millwood? If so we would love to have your assistance. The children LOVE these days, but we need adults to make it work.

If you are able to help keep this Millwood Tradition alive please contact Katie Groulx by e-mail at

Thank you.

Home and School

Millwood Home & School Association enriches the school year of each and every student at Millwood through a variety of events such as the Back to School BBQ, Bi-Annual Fun Fair and Monthly Hot Meal Friday. The students and staff at Millwood also benefit from the many school purchases funded by the Home & School Association. Recent purchases included Smart Boards, Musical Instruments and a Bike Rack. We also provide funding for Plays and Presentations, Scientists in School and Teacher Web Pages.
New Volunteers are welcomed each school year to assist with activities for the school and in the classroom. Any and all assistance you can offer benefits the students, the staff and the school overall. Your support will ensure another fantastic year at Millwood!

Please follow the link to be connected to the Millwood Home and School Website.

Late Bus?

If the bus is running late, and I am aware of it, I will send out a quick Twitter message. This is available to for you to see on the right hand side of this page. If you need to contact Stock Transportation please try 416 244-5341.

French Programs Application Deadline

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board’s French Immersion or Extended French programs, we offer an online process for applying to:

• Early French Immersion (EFI) which begins in Senior Kindergarten;
• Junior Extended French (JEF) which begins in Grade 4
• Middle Immersion which begins in Grade 4 (available in a limited number of schools)

We guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants.

Transportation is provided as per the Board’s Transportation policy.

This year, there is an important change to the timelines for applying for these programs for September 2015.

• Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 3rd 2014 and December 5th 2014.
• Applications for Junior Extended French or Middle French Immersion (for a child currently in Grade 3), must be completed online between January 5th 2015 and January 29th 2015.

Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.

Please note: families with an older sibling currently in a French program are still required to complete an online application for the new student.

Further information on French as a Second Language programs and the application process is available online at

Millwood will be hosting an Information Evening on November 10th at 7:00.

Reminder to call school if your child will be late or absent

One measure of keeping our students safe is to ensure we can account for any absences or reasons for being late to school. We would like to remind you that if your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, we ask that you contact the school immediately and report the reason for the absence. If we are not informed about the absence, we will make attempts to contact you to determine the reason for the absence. Please call 416 394-7074 to let us know.

Thank you for your continued cooperation to keep your children safe and accounted for.


West Conference Cross-country Meet Race Times:


October 2nd and 3rd - Grade 1 – 8 Meet

10:00 Grade 1 Girls 1000 M
10:10 Grade 1 Boys
10:20 Grade 2 Girls
10:30 Grade 2 Boys
10:40 Grade 3 Girls 1500 M
10:55 Grade 3 Boys

Transition start line to chalet area

11:20 Grade 4 Girls 2000 M
11:40 Grade 4 Boys
12:00 Grade 5 Girls
12:20 Grade 5 Boys
12:40 Grade 6 Girls
1:00 Grade 6 Boys
1:20 Grade 7 Girls 3000 M
1:40 Grade 7 Boys
2:00 Grade 8 Girls
2:20 Grade 8 Boys


Mme. Belcourt is now off on leave. We have done everything we possibly can to ensure that the children have and will receive a consistent program and one that builds on one day to the next. We are now in the process of trying to find the appropriate teacher to fill this role. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Note that our teachers and staff are not available to supervise students until 8:40 (and not until 8:45 in our Kindergarten yards) as previously discussed.

Please do NOT drop your children off before those times as they are not going to be supervised by our staff.

Also, the staff from the YMCA childcare is not responsible for supervising students that are not a part of their program. There are rules and regulations in place that they must adhere to so they can not simply look after who ever shows up early for school along with their own children.

Thank you for your understanding. If you require assistance in setting something up you may want to talk to other Millwood parents or family friends who may be able to help you.


We do have available spots in our childcare. Please see Cathy Tavarez for more details. The program is available for children from 2.5 years up to the age of 12.


Due to the kindergarten class trip scheduled for October 10th, the kindergartens only will have pizza day on Thursday, October 9th. N.B. The rest of the school will still have pizza day on Friday.


Thank you very much for volunteering on the 3rd! It is great to have such an enthusiastic group of parents wanting to help!

However, unless you hear from us please meet us at Centennial Park. We will be in our usual spot near the south baseball diamond.


The shirts are here and have started to be handed out. The Cross-Country members are receiving their shirts first.

We had an issue with the company's supplier so others may have to wait for the proper size. Please see my page for more details.


Don't forget our Photo Day is on the 26th!

This day will focus on individual and class photos. We plan to offer sibling photos in the spring.


As per the morning announcements this morning, the first pizza day is on October 10th.


Please get your orders in!


Please note that at the end of every month all materials not claimed in the Lost and Found are cleared out. Please check this area regularly to ensure that your items are not simply lost.


Please be sure all forms are in ASAP. Thank you.


Thank you all for supporting the QSP drive. The funds raised go directly back to support school initiatives and student achievement.

School Council

Please don't forget that we will meet this Thursday night at 7:00.

Helpers Making A Difference

The grade five students at our school are now fulfilling a number of different roles around the school. Their understanding of "The Millwood Way" helps to ensure that the positive character traits they have developed over their years at home and at school can be shared with our younger students. Way to go future leaders!!

Kindergarten Yard Open at 8:45

After much discussion we have a plan to ensure that one of our Early Childhood Educators will continue to be out in each of our kindergarten yards starting at 8:45.

Jr. Baseball Team Tryouts and After School Practices

The current plan is to have girls play on Mondays and Wednesdays and the boys to play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please note some of the information on one of the forms that was recently sent home was incorrect.

Girls - See you on Monday with your gloves and everything else you have/need.

Co-Chair Note in Wednesday Envelope

Please note that there is an important note regarding the open Co-Chair role in your Wednesday Envelope.

Curriculum Night (Rain or Shine!)

Thursday, September 11th
4:45 Food Available
6:00 First class presentation
6:30 Second class presentation

Terry Fox Fundraising

Toonie Fridays are Back... this Friday please bring $2 and wear your pj's and next Friday please bring your $2 and show us your wacky hair! :)


• The BUSSES have priority in the Bus Loop
• As a courtesy, we allow Drop-Off and Pick-Up for students who can exit & enter vehicles quickly and unassisted on the curbside only.
• Parents/drivers must stay in their vehicle at all times and students must be ready with all their belongings.
• Putting back-packs, etc. in the back hatch or trunk is not recommended, unless your child can access it alone without assistance and then close the back hatch or trunk door.
• If your child requires assistance to exit/enter the vehicle, please park in our parking lot at the north entrance of the school. (Entrance near the TTC Bus Shelter).
• Kindly drive into the loop as far south as possible. It takes only a few seconds for 4 or 5 cars to enter after you; causing congestion on Mill Road and creating a very dangerous situation when cars are passing you on the left to get in front of you.
• Parking is not allowed on either side of Mill Road. The Police Parking Authority frequently comes by and does ticket vehicles.
• Kindly pass this information to grandparents, caregivers or anyone driving your children to school. Think SAFETY before CONVENIENCE.
Thank you for your cooperation!


Important September Dates

Home and School Brief Meeting 7:00 - September 10
September Welcome Evening - September 11
Registration for Monday Macedonian and Serbian Classes - September 15 3:45-6:15
School Council - September 18
Terry Fox Run - September 24
PHOTO Day - September 26

-- Grade 5 Awards

June 2014   

Academic Awards -- Mike Wills and Vinay Groodoyal

English    Emma Basic                        French     Lauren Riha


P1    Dejan Nikolic                   P2    Antonija Jakova        Room 21    Chelsea Moore

TDSB Schools On The Move Athlete Award -- James Fisher

Male    Connor Hillis                    Female    Taylor Chira

Citizenship Award -- Chris Minifie

Brandon Compta

Principal's Award for Leadership -- Greg Freeman

David Walji

Expressive Arts Award -- Leanne Slempers and Stephanie Kribs

Carly Wawrow            Ashtar Esmander

Most Improved Student Award -- Lovenia Gorman and Tatiana Carapet

English    Alex Ceho                    French    Stefan Prica



It's a Date!

Subway Lunches - Friday

October 3, 17 & 31
November 21
December 12
January 16
February 6 & 27
March 13
April 10 & 24
May 8 & 22
June 12

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Pizza Lunches - Friday

October 10 & 24
November 7 & 28
December 19
January 9 & 30
February 20
March 6 & 27
April 17
May 1, 15 & 29
June 19



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