MILLWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL
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! :)
Thank you Ms. Sweeney
Ms. Sweeney who taught our small group instruction class and prep coverage since September has come to the end of her term. We thank her for her work with our students and her flexibility to help ensure the safety of our kids was never in doubt when we were short-staffed. We wish her well.
We welcome Ms. Alfia Harooni who will be taking over this role until the end of the year. Ms. Harooni comes to our team after recently doing a similar job up at Wellesworth PS
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
- 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.
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.
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!
SPECIAL EVENT ON THE 11th
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!
BUSY TIME OF YEAR
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 SCHOOL SHIRTS HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED
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.
FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION
Please check out www.tdsb.on.ca 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 www.toronto.ca/health, 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.
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.
PARKING and SAFETY
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 www.tdsb.on.ca 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!
REMINDER IMPORTANT DATES APPROACHING
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 www.ESLtoronto.ca 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.
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 www.ILEprograms.ca 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.
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 www.tdsb.on.ca/parentconference.
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.
PIZZA DAY HELP?
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 email@example.com
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.
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 www.tdsb.on.ca/french.
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.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR X-C
West Conference Cross-country Meet Race Times:
ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE!
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.
YMCA CHILDCARE ON-SITE at MILLWOOD
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.
VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CROSS-COUNTRY
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!
LOST and FOUND
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.
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! :)
FROM THE MILLWOOD BUS LOOP
• 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
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
Principal's Award for Leadership -- Greg Freeman
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