MILLWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL
Despite our best efforts and intentions to reach all of our regular volunteers with a personalized invitation, it appears we may have missed some of you. We apologize for that!
If you were missed and are able to join us on June 24th at 8:20 for a light breakfast and at 9:00 for an Assembly then please contact the school office and let them know you can attend.
Thank you very much to ALL of our volunteers. The countless extra hours some of our parents put in, combined with our supportive parent community, along with our staff help make Millwood the great spot it is.
Once again on behalf of the school I apologize for missing you with the invite if we did!
Principal, Millwood JS
June (some upcoming highlights)
23 - Grade 5 Graduation 6:30 at Silverthorn CI
24 - Volunteer Assembly and Light Breakfast 8:20 a.m.(details sent home on 15th)
28 - K Olympics at Millwood
28 - Report Cards Sent Home (they will not be given out earlier than this)
29 - Last Day of Classes for students
Please help your child(ren) understand strategies they can use to stay safe.
Every morning on the announcements we are mentioning certain ideas and our classrooms are also discussing these points and more in age appropriate ways.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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.