MILLWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL
Budget Planning Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7:00 (the 21st)
Grandparents' Tea October 31st at 1:00. The parade starts at 1:15!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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