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Winter Holiday Plans

Many people consider the Winter Holidays a great time of the year to give to others. Millwood and our community is consistently generous and this time of year is no different.

After a series of conversations with a variety of stakeholders Millwood is changing our Winter Giving customs.

This year instead of giving to the CHUM Christmas Wish Foundation we will be collecting donations for the Free The Children organization that we worked with in the Spring last year. More information about this organization can be found here. Of course you can donate as you wish, where you wish, but our school will be tracking donations for the Free The Children organization done through the school.

Staff gifts will also be left to each of you individually to decide what you would like to do and don't want to do. There is absolutely no obligation to get gifts for our staff. The change with gifts to staff is occurring because last year we had some classes give extremely generous gifts to the staff and other classes decide not to do anything for the staff simply because of a decision by an individual Class Parent. This led to some misunderstandings in the community. I was also made aware of some upset parents who didn't like the inconsistencies in the school about their own gift giving opportunities.

So in closing on this topic, please feel free to join us in making a difference for Free the Children this winter. In addition should you wish to give any staff members a gift this holiday season please feel free to do so.

Thank you Millwood for your ongoing support.

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:

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

Visit the FundScrip website at 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.

Our GIFT OF MUSIC is approaching!  This year it will take place on Wednesday December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

It will feature the Primary Choir, the Junior Choir and our Recorder Ensemble.


Thank you for supporting the fun of National Jersey Day!

Check out the #nationaljerseyday hashtag on Twitter for more information.

One of the great things about our school is the unique opportunities that many of our children enjoy outside of regular class time.

While some schools struggle to get teams and clubs going most of our children in grades one through five partake in unique leadership or group-based activities.

I can't write about all of the things going on right now, but all of our Robotics teams are meeting at every break during the day, and after school, to prepare for their competition on Saturday the 28th. Our volleyball team is also gearing up for their upcoming tournament at James S. Bell on Wednesday the 18th.



Please see a few photos from our Assembly on the right side of this page through my Twitter feed.

Once again this year, the Millwood Remembrance Day Assembly was (in the words of some of our visitors) "stunning", "incredible for an elementary school", "moving" and "unbelievable". Make no mistake about it, I would agree with the sentiments shared to me after the morning gathering.

The Junior Choir, the Primary Choir, the Recorder Ensemble, the Core French class and the m.c.'s/tech crew all did a wonderful job. Equally importantly the entire student population did a fantastic job of recognizing the occasion and remembering as they all did in their own ways.

Thank you to all of our students and staff for making the Remembrance Day Assembly such a success. It really was the special occasion the day deserves.

Congratulations Millwood for once again showing why Millwood is such a fantastic school. You should be proud.


Thank you to all of the parents that have already stepped up to help ensure that the Book Fair that starts on the 9th and runs through until the 12th is a success.

As I have mentioned previously, our fantastic Parent Volunteers make a big difference at our school. If you're not currently involved please consider coming out to the next School Council or Home & School Meetings. We need positive outgoing people like you! :) Lots of people volunteer in lots of different ways and we would love to have you join our busy teams.

The MONEY from this 2015 Fall Book Fair will once again be used to buy books, books and more books. Class wish-lists will be offered to our teachers again this year to help develop the options for our kids in the classrooms. As a school we need to continue to buy even more take home materials for our students to read at home so we'll spend more money on these take-home books as well this year. These new resources will supplement the new online reading options you all know about, and many of you use as well. And finally this year we don't need to buy any new library shelving so we're hoping to get even more books than last year for our active library led by Mme. Dobson.

Thank you Millwood for your ongoing support! I will let you know the specific details about the money we raise and how we spend it when that information becomes available.

Labour Update

Update Page Here

ERIC WALTERS at Millwood

All of our grade 3, 4, and 5 students heard Eric Walters on Tuesday morning.

He discussed the Creation of Hope that many of our students were involved with and also shared some of his extremely entertaining stories.

Thank you Home and School for paying for this unique opportunity for our students! 

Parents you may want to show your child a picture on my Twitter account to the right side of this page of the editing that even Eric Walters has to do as part of his writing process. After more than 80 books he continues to need to revise and revise and revise and revise his work.


We're Still in the News!

Kansas City TV AND Omaha TV featured our students on Thursday evening as did Global TV locally. 

Here is a link to Millwood in Omaha News

The KC story was the same FOX TV story.

As you all know almost every media outlet covered our day here and we have received a lot of positive feedback from many sources.

If only the Blue Jays had won... :)

There are some days of note quickly approaching...

Oct 29  - Photo Retake Day early in a.m.

Oct 30 - Grandparents' Tea 1:15 Parade commences

Weekend - Don't forget to push your clocks back an hour 

Nov 2 - French Immersion Information Evening at Millwood 6:00 p.m.

Nov 3 - Eric Walters visit

Nov 9-12 Book Fair during the day

Nov 11 - Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov 11 - Home and School Meeting POSTPONED

Nov 12 - No Parent Interviews in the evening

Nov 13 - PA Day no school

Nov 18 - Home and School Meeting 7:00 p.m.

THANK YOU TO OUR ENTIRE MILLWOOD COMMUNITY for making today's Blue Jays celebration such a success. 

Today we showed our true love of fun and spirit to the world.

Here's to the Blue Jays doing well in Kansas City! We have a unique interest in this series as well, because after our friendly wager with the school in Kansas City, we don't have to come up with a display featuring their mascot "Slugger".

Be sure to watch the different newscasts to learn a little more about our pep rally with our new friends in Kansas City.

Do YOU have the BLUE JAYS spirit? Of course you do! All of our children are encouraged to do some BLUE JAYS related art at home and bring it in.

On Friday October 23rd our students will be Skyping with students from Kansas City to show off how much spirit we have and how we love to have fun! 

Some of our grade 2 and 3 students will also be sharing some of their Blue Jays related ideas with our new friends down south.

OK! OK! Millwood! Millwood! Let's Play Ball!


This week don't forget... School Council Meeting on Thursday at 7:00.

The Grandparent Tea at Millwood is unique. Last year when I saw it for the first time I couldn't believe how special this day was for our community and our extended families. Don't miss out on the opportunity to volunteer and work with our other parents to celebrate the fall season++ on the 30th of October!

Thank you parents for your continued support of the school. Our Home+School Association's work makes a significant difference.

We have recently purchased another 20 Chromebooks that will be used to support student learning in new and engaging ways.

Your hard work, and financial support, help give our students opportunities they may not otherwise have and help make Millwood the great school it is.


WE SOLD 143 pumpkins! Thank you Millwood parents, staff and students!

Pumpkins for sale before and after school on October 14th. 

Because we are able to offer our students so many unique opportunities both at school and at home, both our Home and School Association and our School Council expressed an interest in supporting some students from other schools and their programming options. We are thrilled to share that we may have found a unique situation that fits our interest perfectly.

"Thinking Forward" is an organization that I loved working with while I was at Lambton Park. They came into our school and worked with our students and staff to create character development programs through the arts that allowed our students to become fully engaged and shine with their finished work. They also ran special events on the weekends every now and then at our school and others to help engage the communities they work in with the schools they attend.

This programming is done with the support of volunteers, but they do require funds for resources and to run the organization effectively.

Millwood is planning to support some of our city's inner-city students by holding a Pumpkin sale on Wednesday October 14th before school and after school. Thinking Forward representatives will be selling the small pumpkins with a suggested minimum donation of $5 at Millwood. They will be here from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. (approximately) on the 14th. The money we raise and donate will be used to support unique programming options for some of our most deserving students in our great city.


Thank you students in grade one for coming up with the idea of celebrating our Blue Jays with a Spirit Day. We will have our Spirit Day on Thursday October 8th to be on the same day as the Blue Jays start their playoff run.

If you don't have any Blue Jays clothing, or baseball clothing, wear blue to join in on the fun!

Did you see our new Volunteer Board in our front entrance way? We would LOVE for YOU to be part of everything we do at Millwood.

Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered to be a "Classroom Parent". Every class has a rep now! 

We are also looking for Volunteers to support the parents who have already taken a lead role for the unique family tradition we have at the end of the month. Take a look at the board for more details.

Roast turkey slices with gravy, stuffing, peas & corn & a homemade pumpkin cupcake?

Available EVERY DAY from October 1 – 30, 2015. Place your order on-line at  Orders must be placed by 10am the previous business day.

French Programs Application Deadline

We will have our Information Night on Monday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Please note the timelines for applying for these programs for September 2016:

• Applications for Early French Immersion (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 2 and December 3, 2015.

• Applications for Junior Extended French or Middle French Immersion (for a child currently in Grade 3), must be completed online between January 4 and January 28, 2016.

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

Thank you parent volunteers that have already helped us in too many ways to list. If you know one of these parents, please thank them as they clearly help our school be the great spot it is.



Is your child in grade 2 or grade 3? Here is another chance to have your child experience a fantastic experience at Millwood. The sign-up will be on Tuesday at noon. Please encourage your child to join and make the commitment with Ms. Park and Ms. Slempers.



As you know we are changing our format for our monthly assemblies this year. However, we have not had a chance to finalize our plans as a staff and due to the labor issues will not be able to do so quite yet. We will recommence these assemblies after we have a chance to talk about our next steps together.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

At Millwood JS we are participating in the tdsbCARES: Refugee Crisis Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross as they provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing war and hunger in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Our school is discussing some of these issues and situations in some of our classes in age appropriate ways.

The TDSB fundraising appeal will run until December 11th. The federal government has announced that they will match all eligible donations made by that date (up to $100 million) and set aside each dollar in its own Syria Emergency Relief Fund.

For more information or to make a donation online, please visit the TDSB website at and click on the Refugee Crisis Appeal banner.

Thank you for your support,

Kimberly Lee and Colin Pinkney

Fire Drills and Lock-down Drills


As part of our Safe Schools initiatives, and as mandated by the Ministry, we regularly perform lock-down drills and fire drills at Millwood. We do talk to the children about the importance of the drills, but on the other hand certainly don't want any child to be unnecessarily anxious about these events. If you have any questions or concerns please talk to your child's teacher.




As many of you will remember we did a thorough examination of the parking lot last year. It was decided for everyone's safety that the lot would be closed from 8:45 a.m.- 9:15 a.m.. There are no in and out privileges during that time. 

Last year many parents were thrilled with the decision to close the lot. Parents that previously parked in the lot simply parked their cars on the neighboring streets either on the other side of the forest or on the streets that run east off Mill Road.

Cars will not be able to enter OR exit the Millwood parking lot between 8:45 and 9:15.

Thank you!

Hot Lunch Program - If you are interested in having your child participate in our hot lunch program please sign up through Kids Kitchen. If you have any questions please contact your child's teacher. This program is scheduled to start on Monday.

End of Day Pickup

Please do not come in through the main doors or the doors near our parking lot to pick up your child.

All of our students are dismissed out into the back yard. The exception is Mr. Azzopardi's class who dismisses the class through his exterior door into the front yard area.

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.


It's a Date!

Subway Lunches - Friday

October 2, 16, 30
November 20
December 4, 18
January 15
February 5, 26
March 11
April 8, 22
May 6, 20
June 3, 24

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Pizza Lunches - Friday

October 9, 23
November 6, 27
December 11
January 8, 29
February 19
March 4
April 1, 15, 29
May 13, 27
June 17



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