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MILLWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you all very much for your input regarding the changing of the school day at Millwood. Principals and vice-principals often end up making decisions such as these by simply doing what they believe is best for kids. In other cases entire Boards of Education, or School Districts, unilaterally have made changes such as the ones we proposed to you all because of their researched opinions.

However, at Millwood we hope that you all know, and all feel that, it was important for Kim and I to get all of your ideas and feelings before making changes such as these. We certainly didn’t want to make any decisions related to these issues in a rash manner. Over the past few months we reviewed the possible changes with our staff, we discussed the ideas with School Council, we held one meeting before school and one meeting in the evening where we sought your opinions, and we sent out a survey so that we could understand the reasons why you did or didn’t support the changes. Of course our doors have always been open and many of you have come to speak to us directly with your supportive ideas.

On its own the process that we have undergone together has been most rewarding. We have received written feedback from a high percentage of our families and almost every staff member. Whether the feedback was in support of the changes or against the changes there were a lot of passionate responses on both sides of the two questions. We appreciate that many of you took the time to share your family stories, your research and your ideas and for that we truly thank you. It was fantastic to see the commitment to our school and our students through your lens.

As you all likely know, the results of the survey were never intended to be the sole determinant in how we plan on moving forward. It was your thoughts, along with our ideas, that would be the driving force for our next steps. We have stated that repeatedly.

That being the case, the results of the survey questions that were returned to the school are worth sharing. 55% per cent of you are in favour of changing the school times to an earlier start time and an earlier dismissal time. Close to 70% of you are in favour to change the structure of the school day . When given the same survey our staff was overwhelmingly in favour of both changes.

However, as stated on many occasions these numbers were never going to be looked at in isolation. Your ideas on both sides of the argument spoke volumes.

For that reason we are going to proceed as follows:

1) 2016-2017 – There will be no change to the school day or to the school day structure.
2) 2017-2018 – The school day structure will change and the school day may shift slightly earlier.

Please note that all of our plans with regard to these issues are subject to change. There are circumstances that are beyond our control that we don’t foresee as affecting Millwood at this time. An example of such a case would be an externally mandated bus schedule change.

Once again thank you very much for your passionate responses on both sides of the issues. We appreciate working with you all every day and recognize that Millwood is a great school in large part because of your efforts, ideas and contributions.

Kimberly Lee and Colin Pinkney – Vice Principal and Principal, Millwood JS





Our roofing work has begun... please remember to respect the fencing that is in place and not to use the doors that are blocked off. Thank you!



 
Raffle tickets (please and thank you)! :) If every
family sells a booklet we will raise more than $3500! 


May 7 - Fun Fair 11 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.





In case you missed it...  Concerts...

• Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00pm
(Rooms 2,3,7,8,P1,13 and Ukelele Club)
• Tuesday, April 26th at 1:00pm
(Rooms 9,10,11,14,24, Ukelele Club, Junior Choir and Recorder Ensemble)
• Thursday, May 12th at 7:00pm
(Rooms 5,6,P2,15,25, Junior Choir and Recorder Ensemble)




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BYOD-Bring Your Own Device

Some of our students know as much or even more about the devices in our homes and at Millwood than we all do. There is no doubt that many of our students are and will be leaders in the world of technology. Based on our experiences in #geniushour and our conversations with our children the students in general at Millwood, we want to take the technology they use in their daily lives and make it a part of their classroom experience. Educational research consistently demonstrates that if students are given new opportunities that are available with some technological choices their achievement levels rise. It is our goal to move beyond simply doing what we did in the past to help our students learn.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) allows children to access the technology they are familiar with in new and educational ways. BYOD would not be a chance for your children to engage in any kind of activities that would not deal with the learning goal of the class.

It is important for you to know that students are not required to BYOD. Instead, we invite you to send your child to school with a personal device. Devices and other technology are available for student to use at school.

Digital citizenship

We are always concerned with the possibility of our children damaging or losing their devices. By taking specific steps and having clear strategies for how our devices are stored and used we can minimize any risk. However, ultimately students are responsible for damaged, lost or stolen personal electronic devices just as they would be with their outdoor clothing or any other personal items they bring to school. At other sites in the Toronto District School Board many students help ensure that their devices are safe by purchasing protective cases for them and having clear routines with their teachers.



Our "Everyone is An Athlete Olympics" will take place on June 9th at Centennial Park Stadium. We will be asking for volunteers. More details will come for this unique Millwood tradition. This day will not be tied to our Millwood Track and Field team.





The roof is being replaced to ensure continued safe working and learning environments for our students and staff. Due to the high volume, the jobs must be completed during the school year and in daylight hours. As much works as possible will be done outside of regular school hours.

The Facilities and Health and Safety teams are working closely with us to ensure that we have a safe working and learning environment for all of our staff and students during this work.

More information about this initiative is available on the TDSB website




Safety First!

Please remember to follow the rules of the road at the end of the day!

The safety of our kids is of paramount importance. It is important that you follow the parking and other road rules in and around the school. Please also be sure not to leave your car at any point in the bus loop. Poor decisions with your car could have drastic consequences. If you are in a rush after school please plan ahead.


Don't be surprised if members of the Toronto Police Services are around in the upcoming weeks. Along with the students being safe, we don't want anybody to get a ticket!

Thank you.







Check out Mr. Pinkney's Update for information from the Toronto District School Board. Topics and details relate to unique programs that are available and more...

 

We are now only sending forms and information out to our YOUNGEST & ONLY students. This initiative is part of our amazing Eco-School team's work as we push toward becoming a Platinum-level Eco-School. Thank you for your understanding and support of our small, but significant, steps.



Don't forget... If you are interested in getting involved in supporting our Pizza Days, as so many of you already do, please talk to Ms. Groulx. Once again she is doing an outstanding job leading this opportunity this year for our children and she truly appreciates your active support.

 
Our teachers all have websites that they maintain. Please be sure to have a look at their sites regularly so that you know what they want to be sure you are aware of.

Also please follow the Twitter feed on the right side of this page for the most frequent little updates.


Don't forget that we have several books in my office specifically for you. Several parents have started to sign out books which is fantastic. The books relate to many pressing issues including positive discipline with your kids and raising an anxious child.


Congratulations to everyone involved in the #Geniushour initiative at Millwood. Ms. Glinos, Mme. Samayoa and I will be proudly sharing our journey thus far at an International Education Tech Conference in Niagara Falls in the spring. This is a most exciting opportunity for our team!

Ms. Glinos' hard work, and others' supportive efforts, to get the program up and running has paid off for our kids and will now help educators from across North America move forward with this progressive process. Bravo!



WALK TO SCHOOL is on the last Wednesdays of the month.  Thank you Eco-Club for leading this initiative.


Please check out this new opportunity Millwood!


Earn money for our school while you shop… (please look for more details in your e-mail)


Parents, did you know that the money you spend on every day things like groceries, gas, clothes, birthday gifts etc. could be raising money for Millwood Junior School? By simply purchasing gift cards to buy these items through the FundScrip program, we can feel good that part of the money we spend goes back to the school and directly benefiting our kids. 

What is the FundScrip program?

It’s an innovative program that lets you earn cash rebates for our school based on things you buy every day. Each month you spend hundreds of dollars for things like food, gas, clothing, pharmacy items, restaurant meals, electronics, home renovations, toys, books, movies and so on. All you have to do is pay for some, or all, of your purchases using Gift Cards bought at face value from FundScrip participating retailers and a percentage of every gift card purchased is contributed to our school’s fundraising efforts.

FundScrip list of participating retailers: http://www.fundscrip.com/retailers

How to order your Gift Cards and support Millwood Junior School...

Visit the FundScrip website at www.fundscrip.com and click on the “Support a Group”. Enter group Invitation Code: 7KJD2V. Fill in the required information. Once you have completed the sign up process, you will be sent a confirmation email. Click the link in the confirmation email to complete your registration. Now you are ready to login, place orders and start supporting Millwood Junior School. :)

We hope that you find that this system is a great way to help the school even if you're too busy to actually get involved in all the ways you would like. Thank you once again for your ongoing support.





 

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Subway Lunches - Friday






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