MILLWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL
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 in advance!
BLUE JAYS SPIRIT DAY
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 www.kidskitchen.ca 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:
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.
• 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 www.tdsb.on.ca/french.
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.
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 www.tdsb.on.ca 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.
PARKING LOT CLOSED AGAIN STARTING ON MONDAY SEPT 14th
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.
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.