Grade 1 - 4 Olympic Play Day Cancelled
With the warm weather of last week and the deep freeze that we had over the weekend, the playground and the colas area has become very rutted and hard. The Grade 5's had been planning races that required running and it was felt that it would be unsafe for the children to be racing on the uneven ground. As a result, the play day planned for this afternoon has been cancelled. It is expected to get colder later in the week, so we will see what the conditions are next week. Sorry about that. It is fine for the children to be outside at recess as they are able to be careful and they are not racing.
When the weather is bad, please reflect on whether you need to access the parking lot. This morning, predictably, the ice and rain created a slippery situation in which some cars and trucks had difficulty leaving the lot. This resulted in much frustration. This is a reminder that it might be faster to park on one of the side streets and walk your child to the school.
Thanks to Officer Rick for coming by 3 days last week to work in our Bus Loop and educate parents about how to make effective use of the loop. He handed out flyers reminding parents to remain in their cars and to have their child ready to get out on the sidewalk side where the supervisors are. The circulation in the loop was much better. Let's keep it that way.
There is no School Council Meeting in February
Next Meeting - March 20, 2014
Congratulations to Rm 23 - Winter Walk Day
Highest Participation Rate of students walking to school.
Wednesday is Winter Walk Day across Canada. The Millwood class with the highest number of students who walk to school will win the Emerald Slipper. Come on Millwood - let's walk to school on Wednesday. This will help to raise awareness of the importance of walking - and lesson the unnecessary traffic around Millwood.
Parent Tips on Reading
This is a reminder to visit the Classroom Web Pages to see what you can to at home to help your child with his/her reading. I have included a weekly 'tip' that may be of some help.
FOCUS ON MANNERS
We are having to remind students to always say, "Please" and "Thank You" when at school and to always be polite and respectful. We have noticed that these responses are not as automatic as they should be. Parents, you can help us by working together and reinforcing these core values at home as well.
There is a workorder in to repair the locks on the Kindergarten gates by Room 23. Please use caution when dropping students off and keep the gates closed as much as possible. With all the doors being locked during the day, there is much more foot traffic cutting through the Kindergarten yard.
See the Classroom Web Pages link for 'strategies' you can use at home to help your child with reading.
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WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD CAN BE FOUND ON www.tdsb.on.ca. PLEASE CHECK THE SITE FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES OR CANCELLED BUSING DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS. The Severe Weather Guidelines for when recess is shortened is also included.
****Junior Kindergarten Registration will be in February, 2014. In January, registration packages will be available. Students born in 2010 and living in the Millwood area are welcome to come and pick up a registration package and sign up for a meeting time in February. For further information please call the office at 416-394-7070.****
The most current information on Millwood is found on the Principal's UPDATE. Please check out the link weekly as the activities, sports, and current events for Millwood are included.