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Cedarvale Marketplace

Our friends at Cedarvale are having their annual Marketplace on Saturday, April 22nd.  Join in the fun, if you can.

Lunch & After-School Clubs

Message from West Prep's SAC:

REMINDER West Prep Spring After 4 / Lunch Programs

We have some great after 4 and lunch programs for the spring session. Some of the programs have online registrations and others require you to send a cheque to the school.

Programs will begin the week of April 3 and run for 8 weeks.

Most programs will end the week of May 22nd. Monday programs will end on June 5th(to make up for Easter and Victoria day).


Monday:
• Yoga (lunch ) Grades 1-6
• Chess (lunch) Grades 1-6
• Ukulele (after school ) Grades 1-4

Tuesday:
• Computer Coding (lunch) Grades 2-6 ** Only 5 spots left**
• Cooking (after school) - Grades 1-4 ** Only 3 spots left**

Wednesday:
• Art and Drawing Program (lunch) Grades 1-4
• TenTen Sports (after school) Grades 1-6 ** Less than 10 spots left**

Thursday:
• Hogwarts Express (lunch) Grades 1-4 ** Only 5 spots left** - Hop on the Hogwarts express and step inside a world where magic is real! In this fun program we’ll do as Harry,Hermione, Ron and Ginny do... we’ll discover our wands and learn magic spells, we’ll make chocolate frogs and butterbeer, we’ll follow a Marauder’s Map and we’ll even play Quidditch!

TDSB Census

APRIL 2017 is the TDSB’s Census Month! This is the third administration of the TDSB’s Student and Parent Census. The success of this third Census relies on full co-operation from all school communities in order to ensure a very high participation rate from all students (Grades 4-12) and parents (of JK-Grade 6 students).  

Please find the TDSB F.A. Q.  for the Student and Parent CensusFrequently Asked Questions

All elementary students will receive the following letter: -  Parent & Student Census  -

Summer School

Free Summer School Programs at Deer Park! Kindergarten to Grade 8 July 5 - July 28, 2017

The program is offered to everyone, regardless of academic standing, and is locally developed by the school, to meet the unique needs and interests of our schools in our community. We program to ensure engaging, fun learning experiences.

Literacy and Numeracy skills are reinforced through creative and integrated themes. Our focus will be Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM), Eco-Literacy and Healh and Well-Being.

Potential enrichment activities could include: Robotics/Coding, Maker Fest, Aqua-culture, Culinary Science, Eco-studies, Excursions, Fitness, Horticulture, Elements of Construction, Avian Husbandry  and much more!

  • Free to everyone (may be some costs for excursions/special events)
  • Class size approx. 22-24, for all grades
  • Free nutrition program for all students
  • 9 am -12 pm
  • TDSB teachers  

Registration forms are available and you can download a pdf copy or use the Excel version. Questions?  Call Ms. Clarke at 416 393 1550 or send an email to nadine.clarke@tdsb.on.ca.

At the TDSB we provide a wide range of enriching summer programs for children, youth and adults.

For more on all TDSB Summer School programs, please click here.

Earth Hour

To raise awareness about climate change, the Toronto District School Board is once again holding its own special Earth Hour on Friday, March 24th, from 2:00-3:00 pm in advance of the annual global Earth Hour. West Prep will be as electricity-free as possible as we celebrate Earth Hour!

Why bother turning out the lights for an hour? Isn't it just symbolic? Yes...and no. Perhaps, WWF's website puts it best, "Turning off lights for one hour won't solve climate change. But the strong collective message generated by people around the world turning off their lights together helps WWF create the political space and demand for the large-scale change that will".

The underlying goal remains to raise awareness about the link between climate change and the unthinking use of resources. Have you tried an Earth Hour Electricity Walk? Or check out Ontario EcoSchools' Earth Hour campaign kit for other initiatives you can do in your school and use our Earth Hour checklist as a reminder to save energy and spread awareness!

Last year the TDSB was able to reduce our use of electricity by 18% during Earth Hour! These results can only be achieved when everyone pitches in. 

Don't forget to help your community go dark on Saturday, March 25th between 8:30-9:30 pm, when the rest of the world will be turning off its lights! For more ideas go to the global and Canadian Earth Hour websites.

Things To Do During March Break

Mumps Awareness

Toronto Public Health has asked all TDSB schools to share the following letter regarding a recent mumps outbreak in the city of Toronto.  Please click on the image for the full transcript.

SAC Lunch Schedule

West Prep SAC are offering the following lunch-time programs for the remainder of the school year.  Please read through the entire document.

Learn 4 Life

Learn 4 Life - Spring Registration now open!

Toronto Public Schools have been offering adult classes since 1855, and it's a tradition we need to support!

Spring Learn4Life registration is open now! Classes start April 1. Put your hands to work and decorate and glaze your own pottery or sculpture. Stay active with tennis, badminton and golf. Take up a new hobby, learn a language, and meet people in your community. For more information or to register visit www.learn4life.ca

January News

Happy New Year!

To those we have not yet seen in 2017, we hope the year has begun well for you and your family. A big Thank You to all of our West Prep families on behalf of our entire staff; thank you for your kindness, your holiday wishes your thoughtfulness and incredible generosity. We are very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community! Thank you!!

Weather
Canadian winters can be wonderful but when the weather is cold, school staff keep one eye on the thermometer and the other on the needs of our students; a perfect balance of fun and safety. It’s important that children come to school dressed for the weather by wearing layers of clothing, along with their snow pants, mitts or gloves, a hat and boots. As the weather will fluctuate going into the next few months, all students need to have outdoor shoes and indoor shoes, with emphasis on outdoor shoes (boots) being worn outdoors and indoor shoes (runners) being worn in the classroom. This will not only allow for student comfort in their learning, but also help our caretaking staff in keeping our classrooms clean.

For those days when the temperature and/or wind-chill factor dips to -28C or lower, students will remain indoors due to risk of frostbite. When temperature and/or wind-chill factor indicates –20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess to 20 minutes depending on local conditions. If a student's medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, please contact the school office. As educators we realize the need for children to have an opportunity to get exercise and free play time outdoors, however, weather conditions will sometimes warrant that indoor recesses, lunch periods and pre-entry periods to be shortened or eliminated as necessary for student and staff safety.

Term 1 Report Cards
On February 14th, students will be receiving their Term 1 Report Cards. The Term 1 Report Card captures student achievement from September 2016 to late January 2017. Teachers have collected a wide range of data by having students complete tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, performance tasks etc., as a means to evaluate student understanding and thinking processes in relation to the Ontario Elementary Curriculum. As a result, students, parents and staff are able to look at student achievement on the Report Card as a qualitative representation of learning over this period of time. The patterns of learning that are evident serve as a springboard for conversations around goal setting and setting up the parameters for further success and improvement.

For the Term 1 Report Card, staff are available for Parent Teacher Interviews on the evening of February 16th and on the morning of February 17th. Teachers will contact families for interviews if students are demonstrating academic challenges and/or if there are concerns around specific learning skills and work habits (i.e., responsibility, organization, independent work, initiative, collaboration, self-regulation). As always, your child`s teacher is available to set up a mutually convenient time to discuss your child`s progress throughout the year.

Volunteers
West Prep is very fortunate to have an amazing group of parents and caregiver volunteers to support all of the programs that we have. Our families volunteer for a variety of different activities throughout the year all in benefitting over 540 students. This being said, we are looking for a few more volunteers to help us on a variety of fronts. For example, every Wednesday, West Prep students enjoy pizza lunch, supported by a wonderful group of volunteers. If you are available to volunteer your time for pizza lunch or any other activity at school, we would love to have you out to support your child`s school. There are many ways to volunteer, please email westprepparentscouncil@gmail.com to find out how you can help. Thank you in advance for your support.

Kindergarten Registration
Registration for incoming 2017-2018 Kindergarten students at West Prep begins on Monday, February 6th . Please share with any family or friends, who reside in our catchment area, to call Ms. Ramcharan in the office at 416-393-1633 to set up an appointment to register for kindergarten. To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31. For more information please visit our Kindergarten Registration website at http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/westprep/KindergartenRegistration to learn more about Kindergarten.

Morning Snack Program
We continue to qualify for and receive financial support from the Toronto Foundation For Student Success (TFSS) to have a nutrition program at West Prep. With the heating system repair work almost completed, the plans are in the works to provide a whole school morning snack program. We'll start after March Break, and introduce it twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays to start with a full week roll out. An information letter to parents will be sent home that will include a call out for volunteers and a payment request form in order to help fund the whole school snack program. A big THANK YOU to Ms. Vickie, for her ongoing commitment and leadership in coordinating the snack program!

Sports & Clubs
The Health and Physical Education program is in full swing this winter season. We are currently working on various volleyball skills including bumping, setting and serving. We continue to participate in daily circuit workouts based on both strength and balance. We will end our volleyball unit at the end of January and begin floor hockey for February. Intramurals will also start at that time. The first will be grade 3 and 4 ball hockey. I will pass on more information to teachers and students in the coming days. We are also competing in inter-school sports throughout the winter. Currently our Hockey team is in the middle of their schedule. Girls Volleyball is practicing and getting ready for their tournament, and the boys are working hard towards their basketball tournaments. It is a busy time in the West Prep sports world! Go Wolves!!!  For more information regarding all of our extracurricular and intramural programs please see Mr. Appel.

Musical
Our students, or should we say, our actors have been rehearsing diligently for the last few months in preparation for this year’s musical …. ‘The Lion King’! Mrs. Wyatt, Mrs. Worobec and Mr. Wilson have been working with the children regularly on Mondays after school getting ready for their debut in April. If you would like to help with set-design, costumes or any other facet of the theatre, please speak to Mrs. Worobec.

Schoolyard Supervision
A general reminder that staff supervision of the schoolyard begins each morning at 8:35a.m. Children should not be left at school any earlier as they will be left unattended. After school, teaching staff also supervise in the school yard until 3:35p.m. After this time, children need to be supervised and accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up
As much as we encourage children to walk to school, there will be times that families will need to drive to school to drop-off or pick-up children. If you drive, we ask that you Do Not Park or Stop your vehicle in No Stopping areas around the school. The following locations are the safest to drop-off or pick-up children:

Designated Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area and Time Limits around the School
• Old Park Road - 15 Minute Parking: 8:15-9:15 am & 11:15 am-1:15 pm & 3:00-4:00 pm
• Ridge Hill Drive - 20 Minute Parking: 8:30-9:30am only
• Shallmar and Ridge Hill West of Aldburn have longer time limits for parking
• Aldburn Cres. (Westbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
• Glenarden Rd.(Northbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm

Parking and Safety in School Zone
When you need to park your vehicle, we have found that Shallmar Blvd. is a good area to park your vehicle and to walk safely across the street with the help of our crossing guard. On the west side of the school, Aldburn Rd. on the south side is also viable, but further away from the school as possible. Please make sure to walk with your child on the north side sidewalk.

AVOID: The corner of Aldburn Rd. and Glenarden Rd. Both streets are two-way streets and being narrow, they become heavily congested in the morning and after-school. A reminder that Toronto Parking Enforcement is aware of cars parking illegally on the sidewalk and in some cases in private driveways during the morning drop-off and the after-school pick-up. There have been a few families that recently received parking tickets for illegally parking/stopping their cars. Please make sure to check signs and be advised that Toronto Police Services, Toronto Parking Enforcement have become more vigilant, as we have had a few close traffic incidents as of late. We ask that you be mindful of where you park or stop your vehicle in relation to student safety. Let’s all do our part to make sure that all of our students and families are safe at all times. We are meeting with City of Toronto officials, including Councillor Joe Mihevc to review pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the school.

Grade 3 & 6 EQAO dates
The Education Quality and Accountability Office, as related to the Ministry of Education, oversees reading, writing and mathematics testing for all students in Ontario in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. West Prep grade 3 & Grade 6 students will be taking part in the EQAO testing during the period of May 23rd to June 5th. We ask all families to try and avoid scheduling appointments and vacations during these dates.

West Prep Forest of Reading Club – Year 16!
Once again I am in awe of the great student readers we have at West Prep. The Forest of Reading Program is a tradition for all our students. The Kindergarten to Grade 2 students vote for the Blue Spruce picture books read to them in the library. The grade 3 students vote for the Silver Birch Express books, which are read to them in class and during Library time. And the junior students read independently in order to vote for Silver Birch Express, Non Fiction and/or Fiction. They may come to the Library every afternoon recess and Wednesday at lunch to read, borrow, chat and/or blog about the books.

The West Prep Library Blog – www.westpreplibrary.edublogs.org - gives students a space to communicate their responses to the books. Our Library Bibliotechies have each chosen one book for which they are the “expert” and many of them are preparing iMovie Book Trailers for their book. The great part of a blog is that everyone can respond from school and from home. Ask your child to show you the site – I’m sure you will enjoy reading their responses, and viewing the activities, websites and trailers.

The Forest books are always a great compliment to our curriculum programming and I would like to thank all the teachers and students for their enthusiasm and support!

Mabel’s Fables Book Fair
Mable’s Fables Book Store has brought in some wonderful authors to speak to our students over the last 2 years. This year we are very excited to have a Mabel’s Fables Book Fair in the Library from Tuesday, February 7 to Friday, February 10. The books will be set up on Tuesday in the morning so classes can come in peruse them that afternoon and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday students can come in and purchase. The Book Fair will be open until 6:00pm on Thursday so parents can come in to shop with their children if they wish. Note: Parents may wish to purchase a book to donate to our West Prep Library in honour of West Prep’s 75th Anniversary. We have prepared special 75th Anniversary stickers for you to sign and place in the book.

West Prep Virtual Library Access from Home!
The West Prep School Virtual Library has a new look! It is easy to navigate and has age-appropriate, educational links, chosen by teacher-librarians. Best of all - it can be accessed from home. The kids love the Scholastic site, BookFlix, which reads aloud popular fiction and nonfiction books. PebbleGo is a great resource for the primary science and social studies. And the junior students will find the Encyclopedia Brittanica a great resource for information on a wide variety of topics. Many of the resources require login and password information, which you will find in your child’s agenda.

Library Hours
Students are always welcome in the Library Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 to 8:45 and from 3:20 to 3:45 – unless I am on yard duty or at a meeting or rehearsal. Students may scan out books, complete homework, study for tests or just sit and read!! Of course, they may also use the computers for research and skill improvement.

No matter what the medium
— literature, graphic novels, newspapers, magazines, online zines, and webpages — the act of reading itself is the key to linguistic improvement!!

Dance-a-thon
Coming up on Thursday, February 16th West Prep’s amazing SAC has organized this year’s dance-a-thon! Our students will be boogie-ing and woogie-ing and shaking all about to the sounds of Bounce Entertainment. Envelopes have been sent home with information on how students can win an ice cream party for their classroom. All funds raised through the dance-a-thon will help us purchase technology for our school. We have been very fortunate in year’s past with several West Prep families taking an interest in helping us to enhance our technology complement. From computer monitors, to interactive projectors, hovercams, ipads, chromebooks and Mac computers all to support learning at West Prep. On behalf of all of our students and staff, a big thank you!

Continuing Education - Learn English
Adults can build literacy and English language skills for FREE for eligible learners. Learn about your community and the services available. We offer a wide range of classes from beginner to advanced to help you improve your conversation skills, further your education, and prepare for citizenship and language proficiency tests. For more information visit www.ESLtoronto.ca or call 416-338-4300. 


Upcoming Dates
Feb 6-10 Kindergarten Registration
Feb 6 Hockey game vs. Williamson Rd. -12pm
Feb 6 Visiting Actor Jeremiah Sparks
Feb 7-10 Mables Fables Book Fair - Library
Feb 7 Jr. Ski trip
Feb 9 Gr. 6 Boys Bball tourney - @Brown
Feb 13 Hockey game vs Brock – 12pm
Feb 14 T1 Reports sent home
Feb 16 Dance-a-thon 
          Grade 5 Boys Basketball Tournament 
          Parent-Teacher Interviews – pm
Feb 17 PA Day - Parent-Teacher Interviews – am
Feb 20 Family Day
Feb 23 STARS Assembly: Teamwork
Feb 24 Author: Sharon McKay visiting Junior students
Mar 13-17 March Break
Apr 3 SAC meeting – 7pm
Apr 11 Junior classes at National Ballet performance
Apr 14 Good Friday
Apr 17 Easter Monday
Apr 25 The Lion King – Cast B – 4pm
Apr 26 The Lion King – Cast A – 4pm
The Lion King – Cast B – 7 pm
Apr 27 The Lion King – Cast A – 7pm

African Heritage/Black History Month

February Is African Heritage Month at the TDSB!

African Heritage Month is an opportunity for the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians to be affirmed. Throughout February, a number of activities are taking place at school. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 150 years of African Heritage.” From in class activities to whole school performances, West Prep will be celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary by recognizing contributions of Canadians of African Heritage. 

Our grade 6's are making announcements every morning that have a question attached for students to submit a response into the African Heritage Month container in the office.  From all of the correct responses, one will be drawn and that student will win a prize.

Here's Thursday, question:
    
Which legendary Canadian jazz pianist, organist, composer has won multiple Juno Awards, and in 1994 was appointed an officer of The Order of Canada?
 
IF you know the answer please make sure to write it down with your name and class attached.  The correct answer that is drawn, that student will win a prize.

Good Luck!

Room 124

During the next few weeks, Mrs. P's classroom will be participating in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (energydiet.ca). Together they will be working to be more energy aware and reduce the size of their carbon footprint.

As part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, they are asking all of us to support their efforts and commitment to being more energy aware by signing their classroom pledge form at: http://energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca/2017/main/pledge/5466.

By following the link provided and completing the pledge form, you are agreeing to reduce your carbon footprint and to support Room 124 in reducing their carbon footprint.  The more community members they can recruit in the effort, the closer they will get to completing this challenge. They only need 150 signatures, so please help us spread the word.

To check out their progress in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge this year, please visit Room 124's classroom page at:

http://energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca/2017/main/classroom/5466.

On behalf of Mrs. P's students....Thank you for your support.

Ward Forum

Optional Attendance

TDSB News:
Optional Attendance - Information for September 2017 Now Available

Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. Students also have the opportunity to access schools outside of the school that is designated to serve their residential address by applying on optional attendance. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. Learn more about Optional Attendance, including definitions of the classifications, as well as links to full school listings. Please note the majority of elementary schools in Ward 11 are closed to optional attendance, including West Preparatory Jr. P.S.  Those schools with "limited" status in Ward 11 include, Cottingham, JR Wilcox, McMurrich, Spectrum and Winona. All 3 secondary schools are open to optional attendance.

Important Dates - Elementary

  • February 17, 2017 - Optional attendance forms due at elementary schools
  • March 10, 2017 - Deadline for parents/guardians of students to be informed of the status of the application request
  • March 24, 2017 - Deadline for parents/guardians Course selection sheets due at elementary school

Please Note the Following:

  • It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to deliver the Optional Attendance application to the school or schools of choice. 
  • Priority of placement in the requested school will be based on a lottery if applications exceed the space available at the requested school.
  • If admitted, a student is expected to continue at the requested school until graduation.

Optional Attendance Form Elementary

 

From Our SAC:

Lunch Program Update:

Due to the request of some parents that have not ordered their lunches yet, lunch ordering is reopened until 9am Friday January 13th. Lunches must be paid for by 9am, Friday, January 13th or the order will be cancelled.

Please use Pay Pal, cheque or cash. If paying by cheque/cash, please bring it to the office.

We will be re-evalutating the lunch programs in the spring session. Please remember that all of the work for the lunch programs is done by volunteers. We need some new volunteers in order to keep the lunch program going.

Login now if you need to order:  https://westprep.hotlunches.net

Lunch & After-School Programs: Jan-Mar 2017

Winter Programs begin the week of January 16th.  There are some clubs that have limited spaces available.  If you would like your child to participate please speak to the Ms. Solomos in the office for more information.

First Lego Robotics

With the help of parent volunteers, Mr. Burgess and Mr. Wenzel are starting West Prep's first ever Lego Robotics Club, starting in early January. Both Primary and Junior students will be selected to be a part of this new team in the hopes of representing West Prep at FirstLego Robotics competitions down the road.



Lunch Programs

From our SAC:


SAC is pleased to welcome back our expanded lunch program! We will be organizing weekly Pizza (on Wednesdays) and Subway (on Tuesdays) lunches. Pizza & Subway lunches are run by volunteer parents. We welcome new parents to get involved and thank our core group of volunteers who continue to make these lunches possible. Please indicate online if you are able to volunteer.

We are also welcoming back the Lunch Lady, a third party provider who  offers hot lunch services on Mondays and Fridays. Please visit their website at www.thelunchlady.ca for more information.

As previously mentioned, over the course of the year there are three registration periods; Fall, Winter & Spring. For each of these periods you will be asked to register approximately a month in advance for the term. You may select the weeks you want  to receive Pizza or Subway, unfortunately we do not accept orders one week at a time.

All orders need to be completed online using our hotlunches system. This is also the system we use to send out email communications - we encourage all parents to register even if they choose not to participate in the lunch program. If you do not have access to a computer, computers in the library are available.

Please Note:

  • All orders must be paid in full by Monday January 9thorders that have not been paid will be cancelled. Payment can be made either online via Paypal or by cash or cheque handed in to the school office.
  • Deadline for ordering is Friday December 23, 2016 no exceptions
  • Subway Lunch will run every Tuesday starting January 10th
  • Pizza Lunch will run every Wednesday starting on January 11th
  • Lunch Lady will run every Monday and Friday
  • There will be no lunch programs on P.A. Days or Holidays. Please be advised that there are no refunds in the event of absences.

***** Orders will not be accepted after December 23rd, order now! *****

Lunch & After-School - Jan. - Mar. 2017

From our SAC:

We have many NEW and some returning favourite after 4 and lunch programs for the winter session. All registration forms and links are attached.

Some of the programs have online registrations, others may have alternate registration. Programs will begin the week of January 16, 2017 and run for 8 weeks (except the Monday programs which run for 7 weeks), ending on March 9th.

Many of these programs have capacity limits so sign up early.

If you have any questions, please contact
West Prep Parent Council westprepparentcouncil@gmail.com

Monday
    Yoga (lunch ) Grades 1-6 
    Chess (lunch) Grades 1-6 
    Ukulele (after school ) Grades 1-4

Tuesday
    Computer Coding (lunch) *NEW* Grades 2-6 - learn how to write computer code in Javascript in a fun and engaging way 
    Cooking (after school) - Grades 1-4

Wednesday
    Lego Animation (lunch) *NEW* Grades 2-6 - In LEGO Animation, students will learn to use stop-motion animation and become the writer, director and producer of their own LEGO® movie 
    Art and Drawing Program (lunch) *NEW* Grades 1-4 - The Art program is a step by step method to drawing by teaching the relationship of basic shapes, and building up to elaborate, creative pieces. 
    TenTen Sports (after school) Grades 1-6

Thursday
    Magic (lunch) Grades 1-6 
    Break Dance / Hip Hop (lunch) *NEW* Grades 1-4 - Dance like they do in all the hottest music videos! students will explore the coolest dance moves around in a fun and supportive environment - learning basic break-dancing and hip hop moves.


Leading to Reading Program

December - News

https://inlovewithbeauty031.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/large.jpgCan you believe that it is December already? With a mild start to the season, it’s hard to believe that December is upon us. As we head into cooler weather, it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast in order for students to have the appropriate weather related clothing at their disposal. A reminder that All students should have two pairs of shoes at school; one pair for indoor wear for gym and classroom use, and the other for outdoor use, i.e. boots. This way their feet will remain warm and dry outdoors and comfortable and dry in their classroom. In some cases, having a change of clothing is also beneficial for some of our younger friends.

Traditionally, the month of December is a month of sharing our good fortune with others. This has always been the case with the kindness and generosity that is embraced by the West Prep community. Please see below for two very important fundraising events coming up this month. Our girls’ club is organizing this year’s involvement in Toy Mountain and Ms. Solomos and SAC are organizing our annual contribution to the North York Harvest Food Bank. We thank you in advance for supporting these two worthy causes in any way that you are able to do so.  Wishing everyone a very festive and family filled month of December.

North York Harvest Food Bank
We are very proud to continue to support our local North York Harvest Food Bank in the “FIGHT AGAINST HUNGERHoliday Food and Fund Drive: December 1st - 16th.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 3 food bank users are families with children
  • 15,000 people use a food bank regularly in northern Toronto
  • $1.00 donation provides up to 3 meals for one person

North York Harvest Food Bank is a charitable organization serving north Toronto families. It is entering its third decade committed to feeding those in need and working to reduce hunger. By supporting the North York Harvest Food Bank, we support families in need in our community and teach our children valuable lessons of empathy and generosity. Our fundraising target for this year is $1000. Can you help us reach this goal or go beyond?

To support the “Fight Against Hunger”, we are planning on having two Bake Sales in the upcoming weeks. Our first fundraising Bake Sale will be this Thursday, December 1, during Family Movie Night followed by our second Bake Sale on Thursday, December 15th during the school day. Everyone will have the opportunity to buy scrumptious nut-free baked goods at a cost of $.50 cents to $2.00 per baked treat during both Bake Sales. If you are able to support either Bake Sale with goodie contributions, please send in your Bake Sale items (individually packaged, if possible) to the school office for the Dec. 1st Bake Sale by Wed. Nov. 30th and for the Dec. 15th Bake Sale by Wed. Dec. 14th. All donated baked goods are greatly appreciated.

Aside from our Bake Sales, West Prep is happy to provide a large bin for students and families to drop off any non-perishable food items from Dec. 5th – Dec. 16th. Please feel free to bring any non-perishable items to the office. Thank you for your support of this very worthwhile endeavour the “Fight Against Hunger.”

West Prep Girls Club
https://mgtvwbay.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/toys-for-tots-2014-lots-of-toys-close-up.jpgWith Ms. Gilbert’s, Mrs. Klein’s, Mrs. Orlando’s and parent support our young ladies of the West Prep Girls’ Club will be hosting their third annual toy drive. They will be collecting and sorting toys to donate to CTV’s Toy Mountain. Please drop off any new and unwrapped toys to room 214, (Ms. Gilbert’s room,) by Wednesday, December 16th if you are able to help. On behalf of the West Prep Girls’ Club, thank you for your generosity and for helping to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.

 West Prep Spirit Wear
Come by the office to take a look at your favourite West Prep spirit wear item. West Prep Wolves t-shirts, toques or hoodies are available in children’s, and adult sizes. Whether it’s for your child, family members, West Prep alumni or yourself, there's something for everyone. Our always popular t-shirts come in a variety of colours, navy-yellow, grey-black and light pink-dark pink combinations. There is also a newly designed version of our warm West Prep toques with a pom-pom on top. Our very versatile West Prep hoodies come in varsity grey and blue lettering and navy blue with yellow lettering. Come by the office to take a look and get the West Prep Spirit wear item that is the perfect gift for your child, family, friends, or for yourself.

Junior Playground
Our new junior playground has been the highlight for many of our junior students, as they have been enjoying challenging structures geared towards their age group. Our junior playground would not have happened without the efforts of our dedicated SAC volunteer committee, our School Trustee Shelley Laskin, our City Councilor Joe Mihevc and the generous donations from so many West Prep families, alumni and friends of West Prep. A big thank you to everyone for making our Junior Playground a reality. There will be an official opening ceremony, on Thursday, December 8th at 2:30pm.

Holiday Showcase
Please join Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Worobec with the support of the West Prep teaching staff as we spread a little holiday cheer on Thursday, December 15th at 1:30pm. Join us, as our Primary & Junior students will be showcasing their talents with some holiday inspired music. Our Kindergarten students will put on a musical showcase in the spring.

Sports Excellence
What an excellent start for our West Prep Wolves thus far. Our cross-country team sent a few runners to the city finals, with excellent showings, our Borden ball team won the conference championship, our boys softball team lost a close game in the conference finals, and our Flag Football team won the city championships! A big Thank You to all of our coaches who have been volunteering to teach our student-athletes, not just in the classroom but in the gym, the field and courts around the city. Thank you as well to all of our volunteer drivers, not only for driving, but for being an excellent cheering squad for our student-athletes. Our boys volleyball teams and girls basketball teams are currently competing in the hopes of winning in their respective divisions, good luck to everyone participating. We are looking forward to our girls’ volleyball teams, boys’ basketball teams and coed hockey team in the near future. If you have any sports related questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Appel, our Head of Health & Physical Education.

Digital Tools for Learning
Last year our Information Communications & Technology (ICT) committee took a look at several web-based supplementary literacy and numeracy programs to enhance student learning in and out of the classroom. As we all continue to work in a 21st century learning environment, the use of online tools has become more prevalent. The program that was most relevant for our students and staff was Pearson Education’s Successmaker. Staff and students have been working with Successmaker in numeracy and will now engage in Successmaker’s Reading program as well. The programs allow students to practice various curriculum strands at school and at home and giving teaching staff as well as parents the opportunity to track student progress. Students are able to login to Successmaker using their student i.d. and password that their teacher provided for them.

Student Data Verification
There are a few outstanding Student Data Verification sheets. If you have not sent in your child’s form, please do so as soon as possible. In order to ensure that we maintain accurate student data and contact information, we ask that you review the information on your child's Data Verification Sheet. The form must be signed and returned to the school with or without any revisions or changes to the information on the form.

Lost & Found
Our Lost & Found area is now located just outside the office area near our big mural. Items such as jackets, boots, hats, lunch bags, baseball gloves, and everything in between can be found here! Please make sure to clearly label your children’s clothing and other important items. All unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.


Toy Drive

Traffic Safety

Help Make this a Safe Winter Season

As winter approaches, we know that severe weather will be part of our daily lives for the next several months. While traffic safety is an important matter all year long, this is a particularly good time to review what we can do to keep students safe. The need to be aware and alert at all times, on any road, and even in the most routine circumstances is key to traffic safety. This applies to students and drivers alike. Road conditions can be challenging in the winter months. So to those of us who drive, please take extra care on the roads, in parking lots, and in and around school areas where children will be present.

Our staff periodically review street and traffic safety with students, you can help to reinforce these safety messages at home, by speaking to your child/ren, but more importantly by simply following and abiding them yourself. As adults we must demonstrate and follow traffic rules to show a good example. Below are some tips that might be helpful to review. 

  • Obey crossing guards and their signals 
  • Only cross at corners and crosswalks 
  • Stop, look, and listen for traffic 
  • Make eye contact with drivers 
  • Walk on the right side of the crosswalk 
  • Wear appropriate footwear to reduce the chances of slipping 
  • Never run into the street 
  • Cross only if clear 
  • Walk on sidewalks 
  • Where there are no sidewalks, walk as far away from traffic as possible, facing traffic

The safety of our students is always a top priority. Let’s work together to make the winter season and the entire school year safe for everyone.
 
Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up
As much as we encourage children to walk to school, there will be times that families will need to drive to school to drop-off or pick-up children. If you drive, we ask that you Do Not Park or stop your vehicle in No Stopping areas around the school. The following locations are the safest to drop-off or pick-up children:

Designated Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area and Time Limits around the School

  • Old Park Road - 15 Minute Parking: 8:15-9:15 am & 11:15 am-1:15 pm & 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Ridge Hill Drive - 20 Minute Parking: 8:30-9:30am only
  • Shallmar and Ridge Hill West of Aldburn have longer time limits for parking
  • Aldburn Cres. (Westbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
  • Glenarden Rd.(Northbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm

Parking and Safety in School Zone
When you need to park your vehicle, we have found that Shallmar Blvd. is a good area to park your vehicle and to walk safely across the street with the help of our crossing guard. On the west side of the school, Aldburn Rd. on the south side is also viable, but further away from the school as possible. Please make sure to walk with your child on the north side sidewalk.
 
AVOID: The corner of Aldburn Rd. and Glenarden Rd. Both streets are two-way streets and being narrow, they become heavily congested in the morning and after-school. A reminder that Toronto Parking Enforcement is aware of cars parking illegally on the sidewalk and in some cases in private driveways during the morning drop-off and the after-school pick-up. There have been a few families that recently received parking tickets for illegally parking/stopping their cars. Please make sure to check signs and be advised that Toronto Police Services, Toronto Parking Enforcement have become more vigilant, as we have had a few close traffic incidents as of late. We ask that you be mindful of where you park or stop your vehicle in relation to student safety. Let’s all do our part to make sure that all of our students and families are safe at all times.

Lates & Abscences

 

Attendance and being on time for school are important factors in school success for all children. Beginning in kindergarten, students who attend school regularly score higher academically compared to their peers who are frequently absent.[3]. Sadly, frequent unexcused absences become a strong predictor of undesirable outcomes in adolescence and later on in life.

In all schools, lessons are sequential in nature and learning can be disrupted if students miss crucial learning objectives which are focussed on at the start of class. Arriving late to class, we also have to take into account that students can feel self-conscious about their tardiness, in other words everyone is looking at them when they enter which can cause unneeded anxiety.

Living in a city like Toronto, we all understand that on occasions we will be late, particularly after inclement weather or heavy traffic, sometimes for reasons beyond our control. However, whenever possible, we should be avoiding medical appointments, family trip or other appointments to name a few occasions where students are late or pulled away from school.

Together our goal is to move each and every child forward, academically, socially and emotionally. We cannot do this without your support. Being on time, avoiding unnecessary absences and lates and working together with your child’s teacher are key factors in ensuring that your child, our student, will be successful this year and years to come.

The last day of school before the holiday break is Friday, December 23rd. We look forward to having all children present until this day. If however, your plans include early leave, please do not forget to contact your child's teacher and the school office.

Movie Night


On Thursday, December 1st,
The West Prep School Advisory Council presents a special FREE showing of the hit film, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS!!!    Doors open at 5:30. Movie starts at 6:15.

Read about THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media.

Children and students must be accompanied by an adult.  Gym mats will laid out, so bring your blankets and wear your jammies!  Pizza is available to order ahead of time through the Hot Lunches system.

THE PIZZA ORDERING DEADLINE IS END OF DAY WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30th.... SO PLACE YOUR ORDERS A.S.A.P. TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!!!  Pizza will NOT be available for purchase at the event; it must be pre-ordered, no exceptions. 

Popcorn and bottled water will also be available for sale at the event. (No outdoor food or drinks, please!)

This is a FREE event, but we will be collecting voluntary donations for the North York Harvest Food Bank at the door. See their list of suggested food

items to donate. Additionally, there will be a bake sale to raise money for the food bank.

These free events can only happen with your help! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please e-mail jodyhewston@gmail.com.

Ron Moorish Presentation

West Prep Bingo

News You Can Use

Keeping Kids Safe


Drivers are reminded to do their part to keep children safe near our school.  Toronto Police Services have been in contact with us regarding cars speeding in and around our school as well as drivers dropping off children in unsafe areas and causing traffic jams and putting our students at risk.




Drivers should follow these tips:

  • Stop and never pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing
  • Avoid blocking student drop-off and loading zones
  • Always obey the rules of the road and watch for children, especially around the school
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and obey school crossings and school crossing guard instructions
  • Parents can also help keep their children safe by reminding them to be aware of their surroundings when travelling to and from school

Parking and Safety in School Zone
We encourage all families to walk to and from school on a regular basis.  It’s good for our physical being and for the environment as well. It also helps to alleviate the parking and cars stopping on nearby streets. A reminder that Toronto Parking Enforcement is aware of cars parking illegally on the sidewalk and in some cases in private driveways, especially on Aldburn Cres. and Glenarden Rd.during the morning drop-off and the after-school pick-up.  There have been a few families that received parking tickets for illegally parking/stopping their cars recently.

Please make sure to check signs and be advised that parking enforcement has become more vigilant, as we have had a few close traffic incidents as of late.  We ask that you be mindful of where you park or stop your vehicle in relation to student safety. 

For safety reasons, we remind everyone to park in the designated parking areas for student drop off and pick up.


Designated Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area and Time Limits around the School

  • Old Park Road - 15 Minute Parking: 8:15-9:15 am & 11:15 am-1:15 pm & 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Aldburn Cres. (Northbound/Westbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
  • Glenarden Rd. - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
  • Ridge Hill Drive - 20 Minute Parking: 8:30-9:30am only
  • Shallmar and Ridge Hill West of Aldburn have longer time limits for parking

   

Rememberance Day

On Friday, November 11, students and staff at West Prep will mark Remembrance Day with a school assembly. During Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community and remembering all of those before us that have sacrificed their lives. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace.

This year’s Remembrance Day marks the date and time when fighting stopped on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) which makes this the 97th anniversary for the end of the First World War. It is also the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

All students and staff will be given a poppy on Friday to wear; we ask everyone to bring a small donation so that we can support our local veterans legion.  Families are invited to join us in our gym starting at 10:30am on Friday, November 11th for West Prep's solemn commemorative assembly to honour those that have sacrificed for all of us to have the rights and freedoms that we enjoy.

TDSB French Programs

Learning a second language is an advantage for students and studies show it is a key factor in academic success. A second language enhances overall skills in learning, expands career opportunities, promotes understanding among cultures, and creates multilingual world citizens. The TDSB offers a variety of French as a Second Language Programs in elementary and secondary schools. 

In addition to the Core French program provided in all schools, the TDSB offers two specialized French programs for students in K-6:

These programs are open to all students. Application to these programs is made online the year the student is in JK (French Immersion) or Grade 3 (Extended French).

Please note:

  • You must apply by the deadline
  • You must have a Toronto address
  • All communication about the program will continue through the original email address provided as part of the online application
  • While admission to a TDSB French Immersion/Extended French program is guaranteed to on-time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity

For more information on TDSB French programs and deadlines for applications please visit the TDSB's French Programs webpage.

 

Dr. Bob Ehrlich



Dr. Bob Ehrlich, West Prep volunteer, and former student was recently featured on CTV news doing what he truly loves doing...helping young people achieve their full potential.  Click on the image above to see Naomi Parness' feature on our favourite West Prep doctor....Bob Ehrlich, West Prep alumni!

Trustee Ward Forum

Public Health Info

Message from Toronto Public Health
Dear Parent/Guardian:

Re: Protect your child from the flu
 
Each year 20 to 30% of children get sick with the flu. Influenza is a virus. The infection spreads by droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. Children can get very sick from a flu infection.
 
Influenza vaccines are free in Ontario for children 6 months of age and older. They are safe. The vaccine helps a child's immune system prevent flu but cannot give them the flu. The flu virus is always changing so a new flu vaccine is needed each year.
 
There are two types of vaccines for children 2 to 17 years of age. They are given as a needle or a spray in the nose. Canadian experts advise that either vaccine can be used in children of this age.

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza infection. The vaccine is available at doctor's offices, health clinics and at Toronto Public Health clinics. Children 5 years and older can get the vaccine at a pharmacy.
 
Flu viruses can live on surfaces for hours, so clean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs and avoid touching your face.
 
For more information:
1. Talk to your health care provider
2. Call our Immunization Line at 416-392-1250
3. Visit our influenza website. Vaccine information is also available in other languages.
4. Book an appointment at a Toronto Public Health clinic

75th Anniversary Decades Rooms Slideshow

You Are Invited

Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 7-9pm to celebrate our 75th anniversary!



Make sure to join the database for more information by emailing: wp75mail@gmail.com

Don't forget to check out our alumni Facebook page: West Prep 75th Anniversary Page

Lunch & After School Programs

Our Fall Lunch & After-School programs are now set up.  Thank you to our parent volunteers and SAC for organizing. 

West Prep 2016-2017

If you are new to our school, Welcome! If you are returning, Welcome Back. Happy to have you and your family with us for the 2016-2017 school year. The first week has been a busy one but I hope your child(ren) and your family are adjusting to the September routines. Throughout the year we will be sharing general school information through our webpage: schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/westprep, through our twitter page: @tdsb_westprep and through email newsletters. Here at West Prep, we pride ourselves on being a Gold Eco School and will continue doing our best to minimize the amount of paper that we send home.

In the last few days, your child has received several forms that need to be reviewed and in some cases, signed off with the correct contact information. We ask that all forms are signed and returned to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. The medical information form and updates of contact numbers and emails are especially important and time-sensitive.

Below, you will find lots of information that will help you and your child navigate the school year. Please refer to the Grades 1 to 6 student agendas for other useful and important information regarding the school expectations and procedures.

West Prep School Hours
K-6 Entry Bell                          8:45 am
Morning Recess Gr. 1-6             10:15am -10:30 am
Lunch – Kindergarten                11:25am - 12:40pm 
           Gr. 1-6                        11:40 am -12:40 pm
Afternoon Recess Gr. 1-6           2:00pm -2:15 pm
Dismissal – Kindergarten             3:10 pm 
            Gr. 1-6                       3:20 pm

Morning Entry
All children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver on the school yard until teacher supervision begins at 8:35am. Classroom teachers will meet their class in designated areas in the playground and will bring students into the building. We ask all families to say their goodbyes outside before students enter the building in order for the school day to commence.

Rainy and Cold Weather Entry Plan
On very wet rainy days and very cold weather days (below -20 degrees celsius), the playground door to the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) will be unlocked. Students and parent/caregivers can wait in the MPR under the supervision of duty teachers, starting at 8:35am, and until the entry bell at 8:45am. At the entry bell, students will line up with their teachers in designated areas in the gym and MPR, at which time they will walk through the school to their classrooms after saying good-bye to their parents.

Dismissal
Kindergarten and Primary staff will dismiss students to parents/caregivers in the same area in the yard that students were dropped off, starting at 3:10pm(Kindergarten) and at 3:20pm(Gr.1-3). Students that are not picked up on time will be brought to the office and wait until parents/caregivers arrive. Students in grade 4-6 will be dismissed at 3:20pm. For students in grades 1- 6, the time period from 3:20pm until 3:35pm can be used at the discretion of teachers for remediation. Students will not be kept behind unless teachers inform parents.
 
Student Pick-Up
If there is any change in the drop-off or pick-up routines (e.g., the usual adult who meets your child at dismissal will be different) of your child, please inform your child’s teacher as well as the school office. We cannot dismiss a child to an adult unless they are on our school list. Students are not to be left unattended in the schoolyard after 3:35pm as school supervision ends at that time. Students left unattended will be brought to the office until their parent/caregiver picks them up.

Visitors
All visitors (including parents) MUST first check in at the office to sign in. Please do not go directly to classrooms. This helps us to ensure that we maintain a safe school environment and reduces interruptions to student learning.

First Aid Station
Accidents sometimes happen, cuts, scrapes and bruises that may require a bandage or ice. When this happens students know to come to the our first aid station by the office and our office staff will do their best to provide the appropriate attention. For more serious injuries, parents/caregivers and emergency contacts are called immediately. Please make sure the school office has your most up to date contact numbers.

Anaphylaxis and Asthma
It is important to alert and update your child’s teacher and the school office of any medical information that will help us to manage your child’s health and well-being at school.

Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials, and can result in death within minutes. Although foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, and sesame seeds are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine, or latex can also cause a reaction. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. The TDSB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and works with Toronto Public Health and other partners to ensure the successful implementation of Sabrina's Law. The TDSB has procedures for the prevention and management of anaphylactic reactions. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we want to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are exposed to a severe health risk when such products are consumed in their environment or shared with them. As prevention is the best approach, we ask that you speak with your child about not sharing their snacks or lunches with other students and please do not send any snacks or lunches with your child that contain peanuts. If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform your child’s teacher or office staff immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken and to ensure everyone’s co-operation for a safe learning environment.

Asthma
If you have not so already, please let the office know if your child has physician-diagnosed asthma . If required, your child is encouraged to carry his or her asthma medication puffer(s) or you can provide them so that it can be administered at the office.

Absences
If your child(ren) will be away, it is imperative for you to call the school office at 416-393-1633 any time. Follow the prompts and press #1 on your keypad to report your child’s absence by leaving a voicemail message before 8:15am. Please indicate your child’s name, teacher, and reason for the absence. If your child will be away for several days please let the school office know, along with the expected date of return.

Safe Arrival Program
Daily attendance is taken twice per day as part of our school’s safety procedures. If the school is not able to account for a child, the Board’s automated message system will call all contact numbers to verify your child’s absence. Calls will be made automatically shortly after classroom attendance folders are brought to the office after morning announcements and after lunch. If you receive a call, please follow the prompts and indicate the appropriate reasons (illness, appointments, etc.) for the absence. To avoid these calls, you must call the school before 8:15am to let the office know of your child’s absence

Lates
Students are considered late when the playing of O’Canada begins. If your child is late at the beginning of the day, they will line up in the hall outside the main office to sign-in with a staff member. They will be given an admit slip in order to enter class. Teachers will not allow students to class without an admit slip.

Persistent Lates and Absences Punctuality and attendance at school are tracked regularly. Parents will be contacted if their child has a high number of lates and/or absences. Following Board policy, persistent lateness and absenteeism will be referred to TDSB Social Work Services and may be subject to consequences up to and including suspension.

Signing Out Early
All students should be in class for the entire school day. However, instances do occur when students need to be signed out of school early. Families are encouraged to make appointments after school, in order for students to not miss school. When students do have to leave before the school day is over, parents/caregivers need to come to the office to sign-out their child and wait for them to be called to the office. Parents/caregivers are asked to not go to their child’s classroom as it will disrupt classroom learning.

Extended Absences
If your child will be absent from school for an extended period of time, you are required to complete a Temporary School Leave form, that must be signed by Mr. da Luz. Please come to the office to pick up this form.

Phone Communication
If you need to get in touch with your child, please do not call or text them during the school day. Cell phones are to be turned off and put away during school hours. If you need to get in touch with your child, please call the school office at 416-393-1633. We strongly advise that children do not bring cell phones to school as they may be misplaced or taken.

Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found area is located outside the school office. Smaller items of value (e.g. glasses, watches, keys, etc.) will be kept in the office. Items left in the lost and found will be donated to charity organizations if not claimed over a period of time. Please be aware that the school is not responsible for lost items.

Bicycles, Rollerblades, Scooters, Hoverboards & Skateboards (All Wheeled Toys)
For everyone’s safety, the aforementioned wheeled vehicles/toys are not to be ridden on school property from 8:00am until 4:30 pm. We encourage students to walk or ride to school, but they need to dismount and walk or carry their wheeled vehicle/toy as soon as they get onto school grounds. All bicycles must be locked up at the bicycle racks by the playground area.

Lunch Supervision
Lunchroom supervision is provided by Board staff for students who do not go home for lunch. If your child is staying for lunch, they are not permitted to leave the school grounds unless a parent/guardian’s written permission note is submitted to the office. Students are expected to behave responsibly over the noon hour, following the rules in the lunchroom and playground. Failure to comply may result in withdrawal of school lunch privileges.

Grade 6 – End of Week Lunch Privileges
Although we prefer grade 6 students to stay on school grounds during lunch time, we recognize their growing sense of independence and responsibility. With parental permission, grade 6 students have the option of going out for lunch as long as they have written permission from their parents/caregivers. Without a note, students will not be allowed to leave the school, alone or with others, including non-custodial parents. Students are reminded that permission notes need to be given to the office staff at the time they are to sign out. Upon returning to school, students are required to sign back in. Failure to promptly return to school and/or behave appropriately within our community will result in withdrawal of their end of week lunch privileges.

West Prep School Advisory Council (SAC)
West Prep has an active School Advisory Council and all parents are encouraged to attend monthly meetings, serve on committees and volunteer for a variety of opportunities available throughout the year. School councils are an excellent way for parents to get involved in their child`s education. Our school has an elected school council that is an important forum for involving all members of the school community in issues that affect the education of our students. The school council is made up of an elected committee of parents, staff representatives, appointed community members, the vice-principal, principal, and a general membership which includes all parents of children attending the school. The first SAC meeting is on Monday, September 19th at 7pm in our school library.

Curriculum Night – Thursday September 29th 6:30 – 8pm
West Prep’s curriculum night will be held on Thursday September 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to come to the school and meet our staff and learn more about what students will be learning this year. Look forward to you joining us on the 29th.

75th Anniversary – Thursday October 20th 7-9pm
We are very excited to celebrate the 75th year of our school’s history on Thursday, October 20th! Starting in October, students will be working on activities related to our history as a school and we will be opening up our time capsule from 25 years ago. Then on October 20th, during our student assembly, our students will add to 75th year time capsule. The evening celebration will have decade rooms, student performances, a few speeches and most important getting together with former and current students and staff. Our alumni group has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1740041552892730/ please check it out to find out more about the 75th Celebration on Thursday, October 20th!


Upcoming Dates:

Curriculum Night -- September 29 6:30pm-7:30pm
P.A. Day -- October 7
Thanksgiving -- Monday October 10 
Parent-Teacher Conferences -- November 17 & 18
P.A. Day -- December 2
Christmas Break -- December 24 - January 8
School Resumes -- January 9
P.A. Day -- January 20
Parent-Teacher Conferences -- February 16 & 17
Family Day -- February 20
March Break -- March 13-17
Good Friday -- April 14
Easter Monday -- April 17
Victoria Day -- May 22
P.A. Day, Assessment & Evaluation -- June 9
Last Day of Classes -- June 29


Please be sure to bookmark our school calendar for the most up to date list of upcoming events: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/westprep/SchoolCalendar  

Wishing the entire West Prep school community a great year!




Mr. da Luz
Principal – West Preparatory Jr. P.S.



Welcome Back!

Thank You!!

 
What a fantastic evening, this past Thursday, June 9th was; West Prep's 2016 Fun Fair!  The biggest testament to its success was the number of young fans saying how 'awesome' it was, but even more revealing was the number of unerasable smiles on young faces as they ran from one part of the yard to the other to get to the next big thing at Fun Fair.

Fun Fair could not have happened without the dedication and countless hours put in by all of our volunteers on the Fun Fair committee and the countless of Fun Fair volunteers that showed up early in the morning, in the afternoon, during and after the fair was finished; the few that stayed behind in the wee hours to roll up inflatables and muscle them into the truck.  All of this to ensure that our students, and more importantly our extended community can enjoy and share time together .... Thank You Everyone!!


Message from our SAC:

Dear West Prep Community,

We hope you enjoyed this years fun fair . At this time we'd like to extend our thanks to everyone that in one way or another contributed to making Fun Fair a successful and awesome event .Without all of our wonderful volunteers this would not be possible.

This includes West Prep Staff who year after year have supported us unconditionally. As well, our awesome caretaking team who are there from the start and are the last ones to leave . A very special thank you goes to our Principal Mr. Da Luz and and our Vice- Principal Mrs. C. for supporting us, providing space to prepare for the fair and providing a helping hand as well. You two are the best.

We can't wait to see you all at next years fun fair .
Have a great summer everyone !!
WP Fun Fair Committee

Fun Fair

Our West Prep Fun Fair is on June 9th! Don’t Forget to:

*Sign Up to volunteer – We are still in need of at least 30 volunteers for our second shift - 6:45 - 9 p.m. Even if you can only help with part of the shift we could use your help! Only with your help can we make the fun fair a success – sign up online atwww.westprep.hotlunches.net

*Pre-Order Your Wristbands – Save time & money with unlimited access to all rides for $20 (games and food require tickets) www.westprep.hotlunches.net

*Contribute to the Bake Sale – we welcome all your family favourites. Please drop off your Nut Free baked goods in the office on Thursday June 9th. We will package them up!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far - it is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 9th!

WP Fun Fair Committee

Fun Fair - Please Help

We need you! The success of our Fun Fair is due in large part to our wonderful staff and parent volunteers! Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far, we will be in contact with you next week.

We still need over 100 volunteers to help with set up prior to the Fun Fair, manning rides, games and concession stands as well as take down at the end of the fair. This year we are asking for volunteers to sign-up thru our online system to facilitate the process, please see the attached document for instructions. There are 4 available time slots:

1 – 4 p.m. – Fun Fair Set Up
4:45 – 7 p.m. – Fun Fair Booth
6:45 – 9 p.m. – Fun Fair Booth
9 – 10 p.m. – Clean up and take down

Summer Playdates


Message from West Prep's SAC:

Last summer we launched the popular West Prep Social Club, which convened every two weeks over the summer for informal play dates. We're happy to announce that the Social Club is back for 2016! These offer existing West Prep kids and parents a chance to reconnect, and new families a chance to engage with the school community before starting class in September.

Bring your bats and balls, scooters and any other toys you want, wear a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen! (We'll supply the freezies...)

Here are the 2016 dates and locations:

Saturday, July 9th - West Prep Playground (Subject to change, depending on the level of access to the playground during construction.)

Saturday, July 23rd - William Saunders Memorial Park

(This park has a splash pad, so bring bathing suits and towels!)

Saturday, August 6th - West Prep Playground (Subject to change, depending on the level of access to the playground during construction.)

Saturday, August 20th - William Saunders Memorial Park

(This park has a splash pad, so bring bathing suits and towels!)

All play dates start at 1:00 pm and last about two hours ... Of course, you are welcome to stay and play as long as you'd like!

We can't wait to see you there!

13 Division Community BBQ

West Prep Helping Fort McMurray

Canadian Red Cross | May 03, 2016
Alberta Fires Appeal A massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., has threatened a dozen communities in the area since it started spreading on May 1.

A mandatory evacuation has forced all 70,000 Fort McMurray residents to leave their homes in search of safety – the largest fire-related evacuation in the province’s history. The fire has destroyed homes in several areas and is threatening downtown.

Canadian Red Cross is on alert with personnel and stock ready to deploy to the affected area as needed.


Message from Rm 208 students:

As you are aware of the situation in Fort McMurray, we are planning a school wide effort to support the Red Cross in their efforts to help the residents of Fort McMurray.  Each class will be given a mason jar to try and fill it with as much loose change as possible.  Each class is challenged to be the first to fill up their mason jar first!

Please help us support Fort McMurray by sending any loose change you have with your child from Thursday May 11th to Friday May 20th.

On behalf of all the students in Rm 208... THANK YOU!!

Junior Kindergarten Orientation

West Preparatory Public School is happy to invite all incoming 2016-2017 Junior Kindergarten families to our Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, May 19th at 4pm. 

Join us to find out more about Kindergarten at West Prep.  You will hear from our current Kindergarten staff, SAC representatives and other important and exciting information.  Hope you can join us on Thursday, May 19th at 4pm.

 

 

Learning Centres

Message from Trustee Laskin & the TDSB:

Learning Centres (LC) are part of a new strategy to improve school effectiveness and student achievement. Beginning in September 2016, all TDSB schools will feed into one of four Learning Centres. While the Board will continue to be guided by a strong central governance structure and central administration support, these Centres will be hubs of resources to support schools in meeting the learning needs of students. For parents, the Learning Centre model aims to be more responsive to their child’s learning needs, improve communication, help identify and respond to learning gaps, and bring more timely and successful resolution to disputes. Each centre will be staffed by:

  • Learning coaches who will provide extra support for teachers in the classroom
  • Seven superintendents, led by an executive superintendent
  • Staff from the TDSB’s professional support services department, including psychologists, social workers and counsellors

Click on the following link to learn more about the Senior Team positions and responsibilities and the Superintendents placed in the Learning Centres.

As you can see from the boundaries for Learning Centres in the map below, each superintendent has responsibility for fewer schools and school administrators, allowing for more time to spend with schools and and connecting with parents/guardians and the community. The geographic boundaries of Learning Centres were established with the following considerations:

  • Equal number of students/parents served by schools and Trustee
  • Equal distribution of students and schools
  • Equal number of school Principals per Superintendent
  • Equal mix of socio-economic communities

Further details relating to, for example, who the Superintendent will be for your school will be communicated shortly. 

 

EQAO - Grade 3 & Grade 6

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in grade 3 and 6:

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will be conducting their yearly assessment or reading, writing and mathematics during the week of May 31st  to June 3rd .  There are 6 booklets for students to complete in each of the curriculum areas.  Each booklet takes approximately 1 hour to complete.  To make it more manageable for students to complete, we have scheduled the tests to be spread out throughout the week.

Students need to be present at school during this assessment time period (May 31st  to June 3rd).  Please ensure that your child is on time for school and that there are no interruptions to his or her attendance due to any appointments during this week.

It is an expectation that all students fully participate to the best of her/his ability.  Accommodations for extra time are provided to every student during the assessment as long as it is in one continuous setting.

For students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), there are related and targeted accommodations, which will be facilitated by staff,  in order to support students to demonstrate their most consistent learning and achievement.  Further information related to accommodations will be sent home to the parents of those students with IEPs.

For more information, please visit http://www.eqao.com/en or http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/research/docs/Cpbweb_36e_0909.pdf.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Donating Hair

Grade 4 student, Adia E. did something that many kids her age have never thought of doing.  She decided to donate her hair to help make wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss, including cancer.  Through the organization "Locks of Love", Adia had the courage to highlight her spirit of generosity during last month's Good Citizen Assembly.  Adia's schoolmates, her classroom teacher, Mr. Bozza as well as her mom and dad, were on hand to share in this amazing moment. 

On behalf of all of us at West Prep, we are so proud of Adia, her courage, her kindness and huge heart to help those in need!  Way to be Adia! 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Playground Community Meeting

Alice in Wonderland - April 13 & 14

We are so excited to share with you this year’s musical “Alice in Wonderland”!

Students and staff alike have been working extremely hard over the course of the year and are now ready to showcase their talents today and tomorrow.


Hope to see you at one of our showings.


Message from our Directors
Please see below for any details that you may have missed:

Alice in Wonderland

Performances for Cast A : (students in Rm. 215, 214, 120, 116, 207, 204)*
Wednesday April 13 – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday April 14 – 6:30 p.m.

Performances for Cast B: (students in Rm.210, 213, 113, 217, 216, 201)*
Wednesday April 13 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday April 14 – 1:30 p.m.

For evening performances:
Drop Off: Children should arrive at school at 6:00 p.m. and go to their homeroom classes. Their teachers will be there to meet them and get them ready for the performance. Please do not stay with your child once you drop them off. Please do not come early as there will be no one to supervise. (“But don’t be late!” said the White Rabbit)

Entry to the school is through Exit 5 (buzzer entrance) in the playground only.
If you are staying for the performance – the house will be open at 6:00. Please make your way down to your seats.

Pick Up: Please wait for all performers to leave the auditorium before you exit. Children may be picked up in their homeroom classes after the show.
If you are attending an evening performance and don’t need to drop off a child, please enter the auditorium through the doors on Old Park Blvd. (gym doors)

*If your child has changed to an alternate Cast, please drop off and pick up in the alternate homeroom they have been assigned to.

West Prep ECO Team

A message from our ECO team to the entire West Prep community.


Hello West Prep parents!!

We are the West Prep ECO Team, and we are here to talk about how we use plastic water bottles.  

Here are some facts:

  • Plastic water bottles can fuel up to 1.3 million cars each year

  • It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly

  • Plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1 000 years to decompose

  • Many people drink bottled water because they believe it to be of a higher quality, cleaner and better tasting, but that’s not necessarily true

  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190 000 homes

  • Bottled water isn't always as safe as tap water – only 6% of bottled water factories were tested between April 2008 and March 2009. (Source: Canwest News Service, March 26, 2009)

We are writing to let you know the consequences of using plastic water bottles and to try and encourage you and your child to use reusable water bottles instead of plastic water bottles. In the future working together, us students and staff can win a Water Refill Station for the whole school, to use everyday. When our school stops using plastic water bottles, we would have a safer, and cleaner environment.

Thank you for the support West Prep, and remember West Prep “Stopping pollution is the best solution!!”    

 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

From Toronto Public Health:

Early Abilities (Speech & Language, Vision, Hearing)

Seek early intervention.  Discover your child's potential.

Our children begin communicating at an early age.  They learn to use their vision, hearing, and speech skills to help them get attention, protest, request, comment, ask and answer questions.

When one or more of these skills are delayed or impaired, don't wait and see. We are here to help.

New Name! Same Great Services!

We have changed our name from Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services to Early Abilities (Speech & Language, Vision, Hearing) but not our commitment to provide high quality services.

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Health Services for Newcomers

Are you new to Toronto? Maybe even new to Canada? Check out these great health services to help you get settled in.

baby hand on a computer mouse

Free E-Learning Courses for Speech and Language Development

FREE e-learning courses for parents/caregivers on how to create a stimulating speech and language environment that can support your child's communication development.

Timeline concept: Hourglass on computer keyboard background

Speech and Language Program Registration Deadlines

If your child was born in 2012 and needs a speech and language assessment, you must register them before the August 31, 2016 deadline.  

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
416-338-8255 (voice)
416-338-0025 (TTY)
416-338-8511 (fax)
earlyabilities@toronto.ca   

Services 

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Preschool Speech and Language Program

A community partnership designed to deliver speech and language services for infants, toddlers, and preschool children in the city of Toronto.


Pediatrician checking baby's eyes

Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program

A community partnership designed to provide services to children (0-6) diagnosed with low vision or blindness by an ophthalmologist.


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Infant Hearing Program

A community partnership designed to identify infants born deaf or hard of hearing, and children (0-6) who may get permanent hearing loss.


 

Day of Pink @ West Prep

International Day of Pink is Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Remember to Wear Pink!

The International Day of Pink is a day of action, born when a youth in a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow students decided to stand up to bullying; and hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia and transphobia.

We encourage staff and students to wear pink in support of diversity!

Around the world discrimination continues to be the leading source of conflict. Discrimination includes ableism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia, among many other forms. Stereotypes (ideas) may lead to prejudices (attitudes/feelings) which may lead to discrimination (actions) and affect how we work, study and treat one another; they create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence.

The International Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it's also a commitment to being open-minded, understanding of differences and to learning to respect each other.

Please remember to wear Pink.

Students & Stress

The Top 5 Ways For Students to Handle Stress 
Sean Hakim


More and more students often say they are stressed out. Knowing there is no sure-fire way to eliminate stress completely, students can take the following steps to at the very least reduce it.

Encourage a Healthy Diet
Eating dark leafy vegetables give your body a dose of folate which aids your body in creating mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Adding tryptophan through foods like turkey, pumpkin seeds, and free-range organic eggs produces a pleasant calming effect. Studies have also shown eating fermented foods produces a healthy gut which in turn can inhibit anxiety and depression.

Engage In Exercise
Endorphins can boost one’s mood tremendously. Playing a sport at least once a week gives students a release and also something stress free they can look forward to on a regular basis. Something as simple as taking a quick 30 minute walk, or sitting in the park can also relax the mind before tackling homework or a school project.

Introduce Basic Meditation
10 to 15 minutes a day of quiet reflection can work wonders on stress levels. It allows the student to take some time to connect with themselves and prepares them for the day ahead. A basic meditation can be guided, or just simply observing one’s own breathing. Before going to school in the morning would be the ideal time, but it can equally be useful after school to de-stress.

Reduce Media Consumption
An over indulgence and reliability on media, especially social media, has been shown to increase stress levels. We’ve all seen students, not to mention adults, glued to their phones for the latest Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat updates. Disorders are now being created for those who can’t go to bed at night before checking out the days events so they will be in the know first thing in the morning. Encourage a media-free morning, for at least 30 minutes when they wake up, and a media-free evening at least 1 hour before bedtime. Engaging in and depending less on media can help a student feel more centered and less stressed out.

Find Time To Socialize
Sometimes as adults we think kids socialize too much. However, when they are stressed out, laughter among family and friends can be the best medicine. It is well known that laughter sends more oxygen to the brain, and reduces stress. Not only that but it can make you live longer too.


Parent Input Letter - Classroom Placement

Message from the School Office:


Dear Parents/Guardians

As we begin to plan for the 2016-2017 school year, all schools follow an established class placement process. Our teaching staff is fully committed to ensuring the best possible placement for students as we follow a process that takes into consideration a number of factors. The following are key criteria used in placing your child and creating next year’s classes: 

  • Balance of class sizes
  • Balance of achievement levels
  • Balance of gender
  • Students’ abilities and strengths (Learning Profiles)
  • Students’ needs and learning skills/behaviour
  • Student social dynamics that will enable them to learn together productively
West Prep teachers are committed to establishing classes that will provide for the best learning opportunities for each and every child. This being said, we recommend that you speak to your child's teacher and let them know of any information that you feel will help when it comes time to place students in next year's classes.  Additionally, once you have spoken to your child's teacher, you may wish to provide a letter or email addressed to Principal da Luz with any additional insights that you believe may be helpful in placing your child.  All correspondence must be received by no later than April 29th 2016.

The letter should state the unique qualities about your child that we are not aware of or describe a learning environment that will support your child’s progress. Please note we will not accept requests for specific teachers. The information you provide will be taken, when possible, into consideration by staff during class placement meetings. Your child’s class placement for the 2016-2017 school year will be noted in his/her June report card. If there are any adjustments to class placement that need to be made, they will be done in September 2016.

The placement decisions are the professional responsibility of staff who work closely with your child throughout the year. However, the final placement decision of any particular student rests with the Principal and is based on what is best, not only for each individual, but for the school as a whole.

Thank you for your support.

Alice in Wonderland

West Prep's musical: Alice in Wonderland is coming on April 13th & 14th!!!!! 

Tickets are $5/each and if you don't get them from Mr. Wilson, they will be available for pickup on the day of the show. Don't forget it is reserved seating, so the earlier orders will get better seats.

If you would like tickets for you, your family or friends, please email Mr. Wilson (david.wilson@tdsb.on.ca) your order by Friday, April 1st with the following information:

1. Your Name:
2. Show time:
3. Number of Tickets:
4. Show times:
    Wed. Apr.13 @ 1:30pm & @ 6:30pm
    Thur. Apr.14 @ 1:30pm &  @ 6:30pm

 
See you there!

West Prep SAC

A message from the West Prep School Advisory Council:

SAC 2016 Calendar Reminders

SAC Council Meetings

We have two remaining council meetings for the 2015-16 school year. All meetings are held in the school library commencing at 7p.m.

  • Monday, April 4th
  • Wednesday, May 18th

LICE CHECK – April 8th
Please be advised that on Friday April 8th, West Prep P.S. will be having a professional company in to screen for head lice. Should you have any questions or concerns please call the school office at (416) 393-1633.

Thank you to everyone who submitted the School Advisory Council’s (SAC) Voluntary Health & Wellness Fee ($10) in the fall. As mentioned previously, these funds are being used to support health and wellness initiatives at our school including lice checks.

FUN FAIR – Thursday, June 9th
Spring is here which means Fun Fair is just around the corner! In the next few weeks we will be sending out information about volunteering for Fun Fair. Please consider one of the 3 timeslots; 4:45-7 pm, 6:45-9 pm or 9:00-10pm. We need 150 volunteers to make the fair a success!

We still have sponsorship opportunities available at all levels – if you are interested, please contact Michelle Tennen at squishy@hotmail.com

  • Platinum ($1,000) – banner on inflatable ride, included on fun fair flyer as platinum level sponsor, included in Tweets & website
  • Gold ($500) – joint banner on inflatable ride, included on fun fair flyer as gold level sponsor, included in Tweets & website
  • Silver ($250) – included on fun fair flyer as silver level sponsor
  • Friends ($100) – listed on sponsorship banner displayed at fun fair

 

Construction at West Prep

As we approach October 20th, 2016, our 75th anniversary, we have started doing some cleaning and 'spiffing up' our environment.  Some painting and some building will make West Prep shine for at least another 75 years! Here's a list of the projects that have either started or will be started in the near future:

Ball Hockey Court
Construction crews have been working daily on getting the ball hockey/soccer court up and running in the next few weeks. Metal goalie nets, new asphalt, new timbers surrounding the court with a new entrance on the north side of the court, instead of the east side and a new seating area to resemble the rest of our yard is being completed.

Anti-Climbing Structure
Unfortunately, during off-hours, individuals have used the accessible entrance area on Old Park Rd. to climb up dangerously to access the gym and multi-purpose roof.  As a result, crews are putting up an anti-climbing structure. Crews should be finished the installation in the next few weeks.

Playground Structure
Working with architects and TDSB design and construction, plans are being finalized for the construction of our new playground structure in the northeast corner of our schoolyard. If all goes well, our playground construction will commence in early summer. Grading of the area will be occurring as well as the installation of 3 new play structures, a seating area and a pathway to tie in the area to the remainder of the playground.  The goal is to have this project completed before the end of the summer break.

Steam-Hot Water conversion
Our biggest project by far. Crews have begun working in the boiler room and will soon start into the hallways and classrooms. As we head into the summer months, West Prep will be closed in order to complete the project on time. The school office will re-open on Tuesday, August 30th.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

As construction continues, it goes without saying that students, staff and families need to be very diligent and flexible with all of the construction activities that are ongoing.  We ask all families to be mindful of our children playing near the construction fencing, of workers moving equipment in and out of the building and other activities that affect our daily routines during and afterschool hours.

In the next few months, we will benefit from a new heating system, a safer building area, a new ball hockey/soccer court and new playground structures!  Schools around us will definitely be envious!

 

Dental Screening

Letter from Toronto Public Health

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Toronto Public Health (T.P.H.) provides dental programs to children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.  To identify children with oral health problems, a screening program is offered to students in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Health requirements for mandatory health programs. The screening is an assessment by a dental hygienist using sterilized instruments. The dental hygienist will assess the need for topical fluoride, scaling, sealant and any other obvious dental needs.

As a follow up to the screening, only parents whose children are identified as requiring dental services will be notified. A note to that effect will be sent home with your child/ren for your information and action. You may also receive a phone call from T.P.H. dental staff to assist you in accessing care.

Please be advised that this screening assessment does not replace the dental examination done by a licensed dentist.

If you do not wish your child/ren to be screened, please inform the school (by contacting your child's teacher).

For additional information, please visit us at
http://www.toronto.ca/health/dental/children_youth.htm .

Dr. Hazel Stewart
Director
Dental and Oral Health Services

Online Learning

SuccessMaker LogoAs you may have heard from your child in recent days, many classes at West Prep have embarked on a new online math and reading program.  We are pleased to pilot SuccessMaker, a K-8 Ontario Curriculum-connected online reading and math program that is personalized to each student’s learning level. The program is designed to be used by students both at home and at school.

The program is highly interactive, addressing multiple learning modalities and making students active participants in their learning. The game-like formats of many activities are challenging and motivating so students remain engaged. Students from kindergarten through grade six will have access to program and, most importantly, from what we have noted thus far, can't wait to use it.

SuccessMaker see how it worksAs we are beginning our journey, students will become familiar with the program at school and are encouraged to use it at home to support math and reading skills development. Students should work independently during the sessions in order for them to gain valuable learning. Each online math session lasts about 15 minutes in length and reading sessions are about 20 minutes.

Staff are in the process of providing student username and password information and students are beginning to use the program here at school. 

Students can login by going to https://success.pearsoncanada.ca/lms/sm.view

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

 

 

Ball Hockey Court

We are very excited that construction of our Ball Hockey Court has begun! Over the next month (hopefully less), construction crews will be busily working on making the area safer and installing actual nets for our students to enjoy this area of our playground.

Please help us to remind children that this area is out of bounds during school hours as well as during after-school hours. The sooner that our crews are able to finish, the sooner we all have access to our new Ball Hockey Court!


International Night

Please click on the pic to find out more information on this wonderful event!

Black History Month

February is Black History/African Heritage Month and our students are learning and celebrating the great contributions made by many people of Black/African heritage.

Classes were engaged in a variety of learning opportunities, where they were able to learn and celebrate together.

Every morning we started our day with a song or two by Afro/Caribbean artists followed by a Black History Moment during morning announcements.  Our grade 6 students shared their learning about a famous person or an event that stood out for them and then asked a quiz question to the entire student population.  Students were asked to write their answer on a piece of paper and bring it to the office to be entered into a draw at the end of the week to win a West Prep spirit wear tee.

Join us on Monday, February 29th at 10:30am in our gym as we assemble together to celebrate Black History/African Heritage Month at West Prep .... Join us!
 

Dance-A-Thon!

West Prep's Annual Dance-a-Thon

Thursday, February 11, 2016

From West Prep's School Advisory Council (SAC):

One of the most talked about events every year, is West Prep's annual Dance-a-thon. Students come down to our dance hall (gymnasium) and boogie-woogie their time away!  Our Dj spins music to the delight of our young dancers to keep them going as long as they can. 

This year all funds raised by SAC, will go to support West Prep's Technology improvement projects, with the purchase of chromebook laptops, tablets, multimedia classroom centres, desktop computers and  digital educational subscriptions.  SAC's objective is to support the long-term technology plan developed by staff to enhance the educational experience of our children.

All Students will be participating in the Dance-a-thon.  Each student who submits an envelope with donations will be eligible to submit a raffle ticket to be entered in a draw.  Students who raise $25 or more will receive a second raffle ticket.

Prizes include:

  • Principal for the day
  • Lunch with your favourite teacher
  • An Ice Cream Party for your class
  • West Prep Spirit Wear 

This is a great opportunity to raise funds for West Prep and show our school spirit! Click here to download the Pledge form.  On behalf of all of the students, Thank You for your generous contributions and support.

 

Giving Tree


Rm. 208/Ms. Tom & Ms. DaSilva, Rm. 211 /Mr. Collins & Ms. A, and Rm 118/Ms. Stewart are hosting a Valentine's fundraiser for the North York Harvest Food Bank.

You most likely have noticed our Giving Tree outside of Ms. Shindo's class and the office. Our Giving Tree will have hearts growing out of the branches. The idea is that students (staff and West Prep families) can purchase hearts (made by kindergarten) for others. In the interest of health we are not using chocolate, but the idea of sharing and thoughtfulness will be highlighted.

When: Monday, Feb 8-Feb 11
Morning and afternoon recesses

Where: Outside of Rm 208 & Rm 118

Cost: $0.50 each or 3 for $1.00

Extended French & French Immersion

Please Note: While admission to the French Immersion/Extended French program is guaranteed, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity.

French Programs

Learning a second language is an advantage for students and studies show is a key factor in academic success. A second language enhances overall skills in learning, expands career opportunities, promotes understanding among cultures, and creates multilingual world citizens. The TDSB offers a variety of French as a Second Language Programs in elementary and secondary schools. 

In addition to the Core French program provided in all schools, the TDSB offers two specialized French programs:

These programs are open to all students. Application to these programs is made online the year the student is in JK (FI) or Grade 3 (EF).

Please note:

  • You must apply by the deadline.
  • You must have a Toronto address.
  • All communication about the program will continue through the original email address provided as part of the online application.
  • While admission to a TDSB French Immersion/Extended French program is guaranteed to on-time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity.

TDSB - Optional Attendance

Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. The "Find Your School" section of the TDSB website identifies the designated schools for each residential address.

Students also have the opportunity to access schools outside of the school that is designated to serve their residential address by applying on optional attendance. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure

Each year in January, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year.

A school classified as limited can accept students on optional attendance. A limited school is not obliged to accept all students who apply on optional attendance. Acceptance is conditional upon space being available in the appropriate grade and program.

A school classified as closed cannot accept any students on optional attendance. Only students residing within the school's attendance area will be accepted.

If a school is classified as limited, and you are interested in applying to that school, please contact the school's principal.

Additional P.A. Day

From the TDSB:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with important information about an additional Professional Activity Day (P.A. Day) that has been added to the calendars of all schools in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

All TDSB schools will have a newly designated P.A. Day on Friday, April 15, 2016. This additional P.A. Day has been mandated by the Ministry of Education as a result of provincial labour negotiations.

All TDSB schools will be closed to students on Friday, April 15, 2016. On this day, teachers will be taking part in professional development on provincial education priorities identified by the Minister of Education.

Most Before-and-After School Programs will offer full-day care for children currently registered in their program on the P.A. Day. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to speak to their local child care provider for further details.

The remainder of the 2015-2016 school year calendar remains unaffected. As always, details on the school year calendar can be found on the TDSB website at:

www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/Calendar

Thank you.

Pizza & Subway Lunch

Important Reminder About Pizza & Subway



The new term of pizza and Subway lunches begins on January 4th. All students need to re-register for the new term as the last session ended on December 16th.




The winter term runs from January 5th to March Break.

Lunch & After-School Programs

All West Prep families are invited to sign up their children for our lunch and afterschool programs.  Programs begin next week and time is running out to sign up!


The DUCK TAPE ART PROGRAM (grades 3-6) and MAKING STUFFED ANIMALS ART PROGRAM (grade 1-3) have not yet been filled. We only have a few students registered and unless we can get a few more participants in each program, we will be unable to run them this term.


Programs will begin the week of Jan 11, 2016 and run 8 weeks long. Below are a list of the programs being offered. There are 3 NEW programs running this term.

Monday
Yoga with Nadia Gr. 1-6 (11:40-12:40)
Ukulele Kids club Gr. 1-4. (3:20-4:30) NEW

Tuesday
Lego ( 11:40-12:40)
Explore IT -Duck Tape Art Gr. 3-6 (11:40-12:40) NEW
Cooking with Lesley Gr. 1-6 (3:20-4:30)

Wednesday
Ten/ten sports Gr. 1-6 (3:20-4:25)

Thursday
Explore IT- Art (making stuffed animals ) Gr.1-3 (11:40-12:40) NEW
Magic with Baldini Gr.1-6 (11:40-12:40)

Please contact Samantha Diamond sapeck111@gmail.com  for any questions/concerns.

In order to secure a spot in any of these programs (especially COOKING and UKULELE), please register ahead of time.

Giving Spirit

As the holiday season approaches many children look forward to receiving gifts from family and friends. However, our children with the support of their families and teachers, are in known to be in the giving spirit . 

Thanks goes out to Ms. Ritza, Ms. Solomos, Mrs. Klein, and Ms. Stewart's and Mrs. Tom's grade 6 and Kindergarten classes in organizing a successful bake sale in support of the North York Harvest Food Bank.  So many yummy goodies were donated and baked and our students enjoyed every single morsel of goodness! 

Thanks also goes out to our Girls club headed by Ms. Gilbert and Ms. Klein as they organized a hugely successful Toy Drive in support of the Salvation Army and CTV's Toy Mountain.  Our girls were able to accumulate over 200 new and unwrapped toys!  Congratulations on an excellent initiative to support needy children in our city!

On behalf of the entire West Preparatory staff, we would like to thank all our families for your support, your beautifully written cards and gifts!  Thank you for all that you do to support your children and our school.  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday break!

Holiday Toy Drive

The West Prep. Girls Club will be hosting their second annual toy drive. They will be collecting and sorting toys to donate to CTV’s Toy Mountain.

Please drop off any new and unwrapped toys to room 214, (Ms. Gilbert’s room,) by Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Thank you for your generosity and for helping to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter.

Movie Night - Dec. 4th!!

This Friday, December 4 is West Prep movie night! Come out and enjoy a free showing of Disney-Pixar's massive hit film, INSIDE OUT. Doors open at 5:30/ Movie starts at 6:15.

A few things:

PIZZA is available NOW to order through the Hot Lunches system! It will be ready for pick up at the event. Additionally, a very limited amount of pizza will be for sale on a strictly first come first, first served basis. Pre-orders will be available until Wednesday evening.

Water, popcorn and some other snacks will also be available for sale. No outside food or drinks, please.

VOLUNTEERS! We need you... Especially between 5:20 and 6:30. You can sign up on Hot Lunches, or by e-mailing westprepparentcouncil@gmail.com

Children and students must be accompanied by an adult.
Gym mats will laid out, so bring your blankets and wear your jammies!

Read about Inside Out on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media.

This is a FREE event, but we will be collecting voluntary donations for the North York Harvest Food Bank at the door. See their list of suggested food items to donate.

Progress Reports

Please click on the image to the left, a letter from the Toronto District School Board, updating families on elementary progress reports for the 2015-2016 school year. The letter outlines reporting timelines for all TDSB elementary students for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year and can be found in Translated versions.

 

Student Data Verification Update

In order to ensure that we maintain accurate student data and contact information, we ask that you review the information on your child's Data Verification Sheet that was sent out on Thursday, November 12th.  The form must be signed and returned to the school with or without any revisions or changes to the information on the form.

Info Changes
Clearly print the new information on the form with your signature and return the form to the school.

No Info Changes
If there are no revisions, please sign the form and return to your child's teacher

If there are any changes to your child's information throughout the school year, please inform the school office to ensure accurate information regarding your child is maintained and secured.

Thank you for your assistance.
Ms. Ramcharan & Ms. Solomos

Movie Night - Dec. 4th

On Friday, December 4th, The West Prep School Advisory Council presents a special FREE showing of the Disney-Pixar hit film, INSIDE OUT!!!

Doors open at 5:30. Movie starts at 6:15.

Read about Inside Out on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media.

Short film collaborations by Mr. Wenzel and Mr. Pearson's classes will precede the main feature.

Pizza is available to order ahead of time through the Hot Lunches system. Popcorn and bottled water will also be available for sale at the event. (No outdoor food or drinks, please!)

Children and students must be accompanied by an adult.

Gym mats will laid out, so bring your blankets and wear your jammies!

This is a FREE event, but we will be collecting voluntary donations for the North York Harvest Food Bank at the door. See their list of suggested food items to donate.

These free events can only happen with your help! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please e-mail jodyhewston@gmail.com or westprepparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Join us on Friday, December 4th to watch Inside Out together!

Bingo Night

What a wonderful evening of fun and community spirit we had on Thursday, November 12th for our annual Bingo Night!  The event itself was fantastic; prizes, raffle, bake sale, pizza dinner, we can all agree that our children had a great evening.

Events like these cannot occur without the amazing support of dedicated parent volunteers and school staff that come together for the benefit of our kids.
 

A big Thank You to Ms. Rymal, Ms. Ritza, Ms. Gilbert, Ms. Solomos, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Papachristos and all of the West Prep staff who were able to attend and bake for the evening festivities.  A big Thank You goes out to all the parents that were able to set up tables & chairs, sell popcorn, pizza and baked goods, lift boxes, sell school spirit wear, sweep the floor and the countless other jobs that were done together to allow for our kids to have a great evening.

We would be remiss if we didn't say a humungous THANK YOU to our SAC co-chairs, Jesse Ungerman and Shawna Sklar for coordinating with the most excellent Bingo Night Event Manager, Stacie Fields!  Thank you Stacie for putting together one of our school's most successful Bingo Night's ever.  A job very well done!

On behalf of West Preparatory school, Thank You ALL for your support!

Remembrance Day

We will be commemorating Remembrance Day on Wednesday, November 11th starting at 10:30am in our gymnasium with a solemn assembly.  We invite West Prep families to join us as we remember the sacrifices that so many have made for all of us.

Students and staff will be receiving a poppy to wear on November 11th.  We ask that everyone bring a small donation (suggested $.050 to $1) to donate to our local Royal Canadian Legion. 


In Flanders Field - by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

New Gifted Secondary Attendance Areas

At a recent TDSB Board meeting it was decided that the placement of students in Secondary Gifted Intensive Support Programs will look different in the near future.

Please see below:

The Committee considered a report from staff (see PSSC:049A, page 61 and revised map attached) presenting recommendations following a review of access to secondary gifted intensive support programs.
 
a) That the placement of students with a gifted exceptionality in secondary Gifted Intensive Support Programs (ISPs) be based on home address and be determined through an IPRC review process;
b) That students currently in existing 2015-16 secondary Gifted Intensive Support Programs (ISPs) be unaffected and remain in their current school until graduation or withdrawal from the program;
c) That the new placement process begin in 2015-16 school year, in time for the September 2016-17 school year.

Amazing!!

Wonderful news from our School Advisory Council:


Dear West Prep Playground Donors,

Less than a year ago, we embarked on an ambitious community journey: to raise $100,000 to renew our school playground.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that thanks to your generosity, we have achieved that goal!

Each dollar raised will be matched by funds provided through the City of Toronto.

This is an exciting time for our school and our community and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for all the support!

Over the coming months, we will be working with City of Toronto and TDSB staff to negotiate a community use agreement, finalize plans for the playground and issue the RFP. It is our goal to break ground in summer 2016.

We will continue to keep you informed as our work moves ahead.

If you know someone who is considering making a donation, please share this email with them and let them know that we will continue to fundraise beyond our goal. Every dollar we raise will be used to enhance our community space for all of our children and grandchildren.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jessica Ungerman at jessicaungerman @ gmail.com or Karen Rosen at krosen1142 @ rogers.com


Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our community!!

TDSB - Labour Negotiations

From the TDSB website: tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/LabourNegotiations

The continued withdrawal of services by ETFO and CUPE is having an impact on the normal operations of our schools. It is simply not possible for elementary principals and vice-principals to perform the many duties and tasks that nearly 11,000 elementary teachers and 15,000 CUPE support staff are not doing during this labour action. As ETFO has directed its members to not prepare report card comments or complete or package progress reports (see September 29 update below), we are unable to issue Kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary Progress Report Cards between November 6 and 12, as previously scheduled. Should a tentative agreement be reached with ETFO, we will revisit the situation.

In addition, ETFO has directed its members not to conduct parent/guardian interviews that are related to progress reports unless the teacher identifies a concern about a student’s progress (see September 29 update below). We also regret to inform you that ETFO has recently announced that beginning Wednesday, October 28, they are directing elementary teachers to withdraw from all voluntary extracurricular activities (e.g. sports and clubs). Read ETFO's media release.

Read the parent/guardian letter sent today regarding fall Progress Report Cards.

A new round of talks are expected to be scheduled. Please check back soon for updates. tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/LabourNegotiations

Halloween

This year, West Prep will be hosting some superheroes, ghouls, princesses and other fine creatures roaming our halls on the afternoon of Friday, October 30th.  We will be having our annual Halloween parade starting at 1pm.  Parents and families are more than welcome to join us!

As much as we encourage good-spirited fun with Halloween, we have to be respectful of some of the guidelines that we as a community have decided on around Halloween costumes. These guidelines have been put in place in order to ensure student safety and to be respectful of our younger children. 

  • Halloween props, especially pretend weapons are to be left at home (i.e. wands, swords etc.) These items can be lost or used inappropriately
  • Students are asked to not wear masks, especially masks that limit vision and breathing....not to mention scary masks 
  • Costumes that have fake, yet realistic looking blood are scary and are not be worn at school

Being respectful of our guidelines will ensure that everyone in our school community will be able to enjoy Halloween safely and in a fun manner.

Happy Halloween!

Yonge-Eglinton PART

Message from Trustee Shelley Laskin:

Yonge-Eglinton Program Area Review

For the schools directly involved, I want to thank the representatives and the administration for  your commitment to participate in the Yonge-Eglinton PART and for asking questions, making suggestions and sharing your community’s concerns. Below is a note that further explains what will be shared at the public meeting Tuesday. For those, not directly involved, I thought you also might be interested.

Due to increasing population growth in the Yonge and Eglinton area, Eglinton P.S.’s boundaries and grades are being reviewed. There may be significant changes to your school over the next couple of years and parents are encouraged to attend the first public meeting for the Yonge-Eglinton Review. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Hodgson Sr. PS (282 Davisville Avenue). For those unable to attend this meeting, the same presentation will occur on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. at Forest Hill CI (730 Eglinton Avenue West). These meetings will give parents, guardians, and community members an opportunity to review, provide feedback, and ask questions about a number of potential program and accommodation solutions that are being examined by the Program Area Review Team (PART) to cope with enrolment pressures in the Yonge-Eglinton area. The Program Area Review Team will be putting forth the following model for your feedback at these meetings:

2016

  • Redirecting the current shared attendance area between Eglinton Jr. PS and Northlea E & MS to Northlea E & MS
  • Reducing Forest Hill Jr. and Sr. PS’ Extended French grade 4 entry cohort to 1 class going forward so the program can remain at the school through to Grade 8
  • Re-aligning intermediate boundaries for Hodgson Sr. PS, Glenview Sr. PS, and Forest Hill Jr. & Sr. PS
  • Planning for the transition of programming at Hodgson Sr. PS to become a middle school with the addition of Grade 6s in 2017

 2017        

  • Changing the grade structures at Eglinton Jr. PS (JK-5 English track and Grades 4-5 Extended French), Davisville Jr. PS (JK-5 English track, no change to French Immersion program), Maurice Cody Jr. PS (JK-5 English track), and Oriole Park Jr. PS (JK-5 English track)
  • Changing the grade structure at Hodgson Sr. PS to Grade 6-8

2020

  • Assuming Davisville Jr. PS’ replacement building is complete, Grade 6 English track cohort will remain at Davisville Jr. PS from 2020 onward, feeding into Hodgson Sr. PS at Grade 7 (reversal of grade change pending space pressures at both schools at that time).

2022

  • Changing an attendance area boundary between Eglinton Jr. PS and Maurice Cody Jr. PS (contingent on there being space available at Maurice Cody Jr. PS and continued space pressures at Eglinton Jr. PS)

A more detailed analysis of this model (as well as materials provided at all working meetings) can be found on the TDSB website: Yonge-Eglinton Review.

A document containing answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ regarding this review can also be found on the website, under ‘Helpful Information’. 

The Program Area Review Team`s recommendations will be shared at a final meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at Hodgson Sr. PS.

Happening @ West Prep

What a great month at West Prep!  The month of September saw the start of many different activities, clubs, teams and events for our budding student-artists, student-athletes and student-musicians.

Cross-Country
Congratulations to all of our Cross-Country runners for their hard work and personal achievement in last week's event at Ashbridges Bay.  Students in grades 3-6 will be notified shortly if they have qualified for the south conference meet coming up on October 16th at Ashbridges Bay as well.  (students in grade 1 & 2 do not move forward in the next round)  Thank you Coach Burgess, Gilbert, Shindo and Appel as well as all of our training staff here at West Prep for preparing our student-athletes.  West Prep families, please check our calendar for upcoming practice runs: westprephpe.com

Borden Ball
Our grade 6 girls Borden Ball team was put together under the tutelage of Mrs. Ustianov this year, and after some dedicated practices the team played last Friday in the TDSB's Borden Ball tournament.  For many of the girls, this was the first time that they ever played Borden Ball (think soccer and basketball put together) and with Coach Ustianov's enthusiastic coaching, our West Prep Wolves won the championship match!  Congratulations ladies, our first banner of the year!


Junior Choir
Thank you Mrs. Worobec and Mr. Wilson for organizing another fine group of singers.  Our junior choir rehearses twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library at lunch.  Experience is not necessary, just a willingness to get together with others and sing!  New members are welcome! 



Lunch & After-School Programs
This week marks the first week of our SAC organized lunch hour and after-school programs at West Prep.  Thank you to our parent volunteers Jessica Ungerman and Samantha Diamond for coordinating all the programs that we are lucky to have at our school.  A reminder that in order for programs to run, there must be enough students partaking in each program.  If you would like your child to participate in any of the following programs, please contact westprepparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Slo-Pitch
Our grade 5 & 6 slo-pitch teams continue to work hard in preparation to face-off against the competition.  Our boys are dedicated and look forward to follow in the Blue Jays footsteps in achieving a championship season.  Our Grade 6 team played in their tournament today, played hard but unfortunately came up on the losing end.  Well done boys, it was good effort. Good luck to our grade 4 & 5 team as they prepare for their upcoming tournament.

Flag Football
The CFL and the NFL have nothing on our flag football coed team!  Mr. Papachristos and Mr. Burgess have been leading our student-athletes through drills and getting them ready for the upcoming flag-football games. Good luck Wolves!

 
Alice in Wonderland Musical
With last year's grand spectacular production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Worobec, Mrs. Wyatt and dedicated staff have let our West Prep community know that this year's grand spectacular production will be 'Alice in Wonderland'!  Details on auditions and subsequent rehearsal information can be found on the Musicals tab located to the left.  We can't wait to see this year's performances by our wonderful cast of student-actors!

 
Lunch Programs
Once again, West Prep SAC has organized another year of healthy lunch programs for our students.  Pizza lunch on Wednesdays, every second Tuesday Subway lunch and Lunch Lady Fridays!  For more information please click on the School Council tab on the left. 

 
Healthy Start
In cooperation with Toronto Foundation for Student Success, and Food Share Toronto, we are excited to roll out West Prep's Healthy Start food program.  As part of our Health and Wellness strategy, our goal is to impart healthy eating and living habits to our children by offering a no-cost nutritious start to the day.  Starting on Tuesday, November 3rd, from 8:10am - 8:35am, students are invited to our multi-purpose room to start their day with a healty snack.  If you are able to support our Healthy Start program please contact us at westpreparatorypsjr@tdsb.on.ca we would love to have you!

Get Moving Program
In cooperation with the North York Community House we are happy to announce that the 'Get Moving After-School Program will be offered at West Prep on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-6:00pm.  The program is fully supervised by North York program leaders who will provide healthy snacks, homework assistance, excursions and arts-based activities for students at no-cost to families!  If you wish for your child to participate in this program, please contact the program coordinator, Kim Nguyen at 647-780-8605.

 Go Jays Go!
Starting this Thursday, October 8th, and for all Blue Jays playoff games, we encourage all West Prep students, staff and families to wear their Blue Jays gear or any blue-themed clothing to support our championship bound Blue Jays!  Go Jays Go!!

 

Cross-Country Meet

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Location: Ashbridges Bay - 1675 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7

Time:
Please have your child to the school gym for 8:00 a.m.

Please pack weather appropriate clothing for your child, (if it is raining a change of shoes/clothes for after the race is suggested.) Grade 1-2 will eat lunch once they return to school; grades 3-6 need to bring a lunch.

Races start at 10:00 a.m., with girls in grade 1. Approximately every 15 minutes the next grade/gender run.

Grade one and two students will return to school at approximately 11:45am and students in grade 3-6 will return to school at approximately 1:30pm.

If you choose to drop off and/pick-up your child please make sure to sign them in/out with Ms. Gilbert (grade 1-2) and Mr. Burgess (grade 3-6.) at Ashbridges Bay.

If you are able to volunteer or have any questions please contact Mr. Burgess or Ms. Gilbert.

SAC Meeting

Our first School Advisory Council meeting of the 2015-2016 school year is on Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm in our school library.  We invite all West Prep families to join us!

School councils are an excellent way for parents to get involved in their child`s education.

The West Prep SAC, is a group of parents who help support our school and students through various activities, such as fundraising (to enhance student life – currently we are working on a playground improvement project), school wide events (such as bingo night, movie nights & fun fair), after-school programs and lunch programs such as pizza and subway lunch. We also provide advice and recommendations to the school’s administration and work directly with our trustees on various projects.

We regularly distribute various communications to keep families informed of upcoming school events both by email and letters distributed in class to students.

Get Connected / Get Informed
There are various sources of information available to parents & guardians of West Prep students:

How To Register for E-mail Communications
Step 1: Log on to https://westprep.hotlunches.net
Step 2: On the right side on the page under “Login” select “Click Here to Register”
Step 3: Enter access code: WPHL (note – it is case sensitive), complete all fields then click on “Register Now”
Step 4: After registering, click on "Students" (at the bottom of the page) to add your children to the system

You can add two additional e-mail addresses to your profile once you have registered.

Should you have any questions or concerns please email: westprepparentcouncil@gmail.com
 

Sports Season Begins

What a start to the West Prep sporting season! 

Cross-Country

Our cross-country team is up and running and preparing under the tutelage of Coach Burgess and his team of dedicated and enthusiastic cross-country coaches!  Our qualifying meet is on Friday, October 2nd at Ashbridges Bay.  All students in grades 1-6 are asked to bring in their signed permission form by Monday, September 28th in order to be registered for the meet.

Borden Ball

Yes, we have a Borden ball team at West Prep. Our girl's team has been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be competing in their initial tournament coming up on Friday, October 2nd.  Thank you Ms. Ustianov for organizing and getting our grade 5 & 6 girls involved in a fun and fast paced game.

Slo-Pitch

This year we are lucky to have two slo-pitch teams running out of our school, a grade 5 boys and a grade 6 boys team.  The boys have been doing their best Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista impressions and will be representing West Prep in games in the near future.  Thank you coaches Collins, Wenzel Burgess and Appel.


Football
Our flag football team has been working hard during their morning practices.  Practicing their cuts their spin moves and snatching opponents flags to impede their progress.  The team is having a blast and looks competitive.  Thank you Coaches Papachristos, Appel and Burgess for your commitment.


For more information regarding teams, practices and other sports related information at West Prep, please take a look at our West Prep Health & Physical Education website: westprephpe.com

Go Wolves!!










West Prep's Terry Fox Run

West Prep is once again pleased to support The Terry Fox Run For Cancer Research by holding our very own walk/run. Last year we raised over $900!! This year we will walk on Wednesday, September 30 from 9:15 to 10:15 with a rain date of Thursday, October 1. All money raised through our event will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research.

Our walk will follow the belt line, the path along the Allen Expressway, Aldburn Road and then back into the schoolyard. The course is approximately 1 kilometer in length and students will be encouraged to complete the course as many times as they want. Teachers and parents will be on hand to supervise and assist students along the way.  

All students are encouraged to take part and we kindly ask that each child contribute a toonie ($2.00) towards the event. Of course, if you wish to contribute more to this cause it is most welcome; however, no tax receipts will be issued. Alternatively you can donate online on our very own West Prep Supports Terry Fox website. We also invite you to participate by walking, jogging or by cheering the children on as they complete their laps.

We are very proud to be associated with The Terry Fox Foundation and believe that our involvement will launch a successful, positive and meaningful school year. On Monday, September 28 we are having an assembly with a speaker from the Terry Fox Foundation to reinforce for the students the importance of our participation.

We hope to count on your support. Let’s keep Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer alive.  A permission form is linked here for you to sign so that your child can participate. Thank you for your support!

West Prep’s Terry Fox Committee

Reminder!!!
Your child needs to come to school dressed appropriately for the weather with a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and running shoes on this day!

A New Beginning

Welcome back everyone!  On behalf of all us at West Prep we hope that your summer was fun-filled and full of adventure. 

As we start off the 2015-2016 school year, we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the hard work and commitment that Chief Helder, Fredy and Edison put into making our school super clean inside and outside over the summer.  A big Thank You also goes out to Ms. Ramcharan and Ms. Solomos for the countless hours they dedicated to get us prepared for the start of the year. 

A new school year always brings hope, enthusiasm and anticipation with unlimited possibilities for children and families alike.  Our staff will be here to provide each and every West Prep student the opportunity to succeed this year and prepare for future successes. 


2015-2016 School Hours

ENTRY BELL, Kindergarten to Grade 6              

8:45 am

AM RECESS , Grades 1-6

10:15 -10:30 am

LUNCH,  Grades 1-6                       

11:40 am -12:40 pm

LUNCH, Kindergarten                    

11:25 am- 12:40 pm

PM RECESS  Grades 1-6

2:00 -2:15 pm

DISMISSAL, Kindergarten         

3:10 pm

DISMISSAL,  Grades 1-6                 

3:20 pm



New Morning Entry Procedure for Kindergarten to Grade 6 Classes

You may have noticed our Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 students practicing a new entry system last June.  That was our trial run for the new entry system we started on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year.  All of our students from K-6 will now be entering together starting at 8:45am.  Each class has a specific area to lineup at and a specific door to enter through.  Our kindergarten friends enter through the main buzzer door (Door #5) while the Grades 1-6 students will enter through Door #4, Door #6 and Door #6A. Already in the short time that we have introduced the new entry procedure we have noted a quicker and safer entry into the building and fewer students arriving late to class.  Please do not forget, when O’Canada begins, if a student is not in class they will be marked late.  So please make sure that your child/ren are in class prior to the start of O’Canada at 8:55am.  Please also help us to facilitate entry and dismissal times by waiting on the bottom/lower level of schoolyard to allow for students to enter or exit safely and quickly at the start  and end of the school day. Dismissal will be from the same spot that your child lined up in the morning. 

Welcome New Staff
We are very happy to welcome Mr. Modesto Garvida, Special Needs Assistant to our school.  Mr. Garvida comes to us with many years of experience supporting students at a variety of ages.  We are also very pleased to welcome back Mrs. Shindo and Ms. Ustianov who will both be teaching grade 1.  Welcome everyone! 

Safe Arrival Program (Reporting Absences and Lates to the Office) 416-393-1633, Press #1
One way to keep students safe is to ensure students have safely arrived at school. If your child is going to be late or absent for any reason, it is important that you contact the office immediately and report the reason for the absence.  At the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) we have an automated call-out system that will attempt to contact you if your child is late or absent on the day where the school was not previously informed.  When you receive the call, you are required to listen to the entire message and follow the prompts accordingly.  You will be asked if you are aware or unaware of your child's absence. If unaware, you will be asked to call the school immediately.  In the evening, all parents/guardians of students who were late that day will receive a call informing them of their child's tardiness.  With this in mind, it is important that your contact information on file at the office is current and up to date.  Please let the office know immediately if your contact information changes at any time throughout the school year.  We emphasize that regular attendance is essential to the safety, academic success, and well-being of all students.

Secure Entry and Access Systems
A reminder to parents that we have a secure access system installed at our main entry (Door #5) that gives our school staff more control over who enters our school. This means that when you arrive at school the outside doors will be locked and a buzzer system will need to be used to gain access to the school. Using this system will provide a safe and welcoming environment and a single point of entry where visitors will be welcomed and directed to the main office.

NEW Daycare Secure Access System
West Prep Childcare Centre now has a new entry door camera/buzzer system in place.  The entry door system is similar to the one that we employ at our main entrance (door #5).  If you are daycare parent, please make sure to connect with West Prep Childcare at 416-783-4302 to learn more about the hours of operation for the new entry door camera/buzzer system. 

Special Lunch Programs
Once again parents have the opportunity to purchase a well-balanced nutritious and hot lunch available to children through Pizza Lunch on Wednesdays, Subway Lunch on Thursdays and Lunch Lady on Fridays. The West Prep Parent Council/SAC organizes this optional lunch program for purchase throughout the year. If you do not have access to a computer, computers in the school library are available to register your orders.  Please go  to westprep.hotlunches.net for more ordering information and to register. 

Sports & Clubs at West Prep
Studies have shown that children that participate in extracurricular activities, music, arts, sports will be better adjusted students and will find academic success at a higher rate.  At West Prep we have many clubs, sports teams, intramural activities and arts programs that our children can tap into.  Please check our website for information throughout the year and encourage your child/ren to get involved.

Lunch & After School Programs
We are very fortunate that our School Advisory Council (SAC) is able to organize a rich and meaningful lunch and afterschool program for West Prep students.  The following programs will begin the week of October 5th, 2015.

Monday
Yoga with Nadia (lunch )
Kangoo ( after school ) 

Tuesday
Lego ( lunch)
Cooking with Lesley ( after school) 

Wednesday
Ten Ten Sports  (after school) 

Thursday
Magic with Baldini (lunch )

For more information on how to register your child or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: westprep@hotlunches.net

2015-2016 West Prep Staff List
Communication is key for children to be successful at school. If you would like to communicate with any of your child’s teachers, please feel free to call the school at 416-393-1633 to set up a mutually convenient time to chat. We hope that you get a chance to touch base with your child’s teacher to start the year off right. 

Grade

Teacher

Room

Kindergarten

Mrs. Yotis/Mrs. Francis

205

Kindergarten

Mrs. Lynn/Mrs. Shahinaj

206

Kindergarten

Mrs. Tom/Mrs. Da Silva

208

Kindergarten

Mr. Collins/Ms.Ameyaw

211

Kindergarten

Mrs. Sharpe/Ms. John-Siegel

212

1

Mrs. Shindo

210

1

Ms. Gilbert

214

1

Ms. Ustianov

215

1/2

Ms. Soanes

213

2

Mrs. Gershater

113

2

Mrs. Reiken

116

2

Ms.Stein

120

2/3

Mrs. Lightheart

217

3

Mrs. Wyatt

204

3

Mrs. Orlando

207

3

Mr. Pearson

216

3/4

Mr. Wenzel

201

4

Mr. Appel

121

4

Mr. Bozza

123

5

Mrs. Papachristos

124

5

Mr. Mateus

110

6

Mr. Papachristos

109

6

Ms. Stewart

118

HSP

Mrs. Klein/Ms. Ritza

122

Resource

Mrs. Lampropoulos

112

ESL/French Office

Mrs. Bohonos/Mrs. Tanzer

107

Health & Physical Education

Mr. Burgess

126

Music Office

Ms. Larter/Mr. Wilson

202

Library

Mrs. Worobec

203


Update on Negotiations

As you may already know, Elementary Teachers are in a work to rule situation in the TDSB. For up to date news, please go to the TDSB website at tdsb.on.ca.  Additionally, our support staff (office staff, caretaking, EAs and ECEs) who are part of CUPE are also on work to rule.  We continue to work together, supporting one another and committing ourselves to the success of all West Prep students.

West Prep Calendar
We will continue updating our whole school calendar with information regarding upcoming events, tryouts, clubs, school functions and other useful information.  Please click on the sidebar link - School Calendar - to open up the West Prep calendar. 

Student Safety

Parking and Safety in School Zone
We encourage all families to walk to school regularly, if possible.  It’s good physically and environmentally to do so. It also helps to alleviate the parking situation at the school. A reminder that Toronto Parking Enforcement is aware of illegal sidewalk and private driveway parking, especially on Aldburn Cres.. For safety reasons we would like to remind everyone to park in the designated parking areas for student drop off and pick up on those streets. Please check signs and be advised that parking times have changed for this year.  Please do not park in the West Prep Parking lot as spaces are limited.  In addition to West Prep childcare staff, and West Prep teaching staff, we must also provide parking for our school psychologists, social workers and other board personnel throughout the day.  Please be mindful of where you park your vehicle in relation to student safety, our community and parking enforcement personnel. 

Designated Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area and Time Limits around the School
Old Park Road - 15 Minute Parking: 8 :15-9:15 am & 11:15 am- 1:15 pm & 3:00-4:00 pm
Aldburn Cres. (Northbound/Westbound Side) - No Stopping/No Parking, 8am to 6pm
Ridge Hill Drive - 20 Minute Parking: 8:30-9:30am only
Shallmar and Ridge Hill West of Aldburn have longer time limits for parking.   

Life-threatening Allergy Alert! Anaphylaxis: Taking the Necessary Precautions
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can be life threatening without immediate medical intervention. This medical condition can cause a severe reaction to specific foods or other materials, and can result in death within minutes. Although foods such as peanuts, milk, eggs, and sesame seeds are the most common cause of anaphylaxis, insect stings, medicine, or latex can also cause a reaction. In recent years, anaphylaxis has increased dramatically among students. The TDSB is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and works with Toronto Public Health and other partners to ensure the successful implementation of Sabrina's Law.  Although this may or may not affect your child's class directly, we want to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. Students who have severe allergies to such food substances are exposed to a severe health risk when such products are consumed in their environment or shared with them. As prevention is the best approach, we ask that you speak with your child about not sharing their snacks or lunches with other students and please do not send any snacks or lunches with your child that contain peanuts.  If your child has health problems of any kind, please inform your child’s teacher and office staff immediately so that the necessary health protection steps may be taken to ensure for a safe learning environment.  Whether you are living with the allergy yourself, caring for someone who is, or concerned about people in your community, more information about life threatening allergies is available on the Anaphylaxis Canada’s web site at http://www.anaphylaxis.org/

Lockdown and Fire Drills
At the beginning of each school year, our students and staff prepare for the year ahead by establishing the foundations for a successful year.  The safety of students and staff is a top priority at our school and to that end, as with all emergency drills, it is essential that we are prepared and understand the importance of procedures that will help ensure the safety of everyone in our school.  Two key parts  of emergency safety plan is practising for a lockdown and fire drill. All schools are required to conduct a minimum of two lockdown drills and six fire drills each school year. Lockdown drills, like fire drills, are an essential component to ensuring student and staff safety. It is important that all staff and students are prepared and know how to respond in cases of emergencies. The drills last approximately 5 minutes and ensure plans are effective and can also systematically identify any safety concerns.

Welcome Back!

Message from Donna Quan, Director of Education and Robin Pikey, Board Chair:

Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

On behalf of Toronto District School Board staff and Trustees, we would like to welcome you and your child back to school on September 8, 2015 when our elementary, middle and high schools open for another academic year. Whether this is the first year of school for your child or the start of a new grade, the first day of school is always an exciting time. Please take a moment to visit our website for some useful tips on getting your child off to a good start. Our dedicated principals, vice principals, teachers and support staff are looking forward to seeing you and your family on September 8, 2015.

We would also like to provide a brief update on contract negotiations between teachers, support staff, the Ontario government and school boards.

Secondary Teachers

A tentative agreement has been reached with Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). While the agreement must still be approved by their members, we are very pleased with this progress. With their approval, we are expecting that there will be no disruption to any high school extracurricular or after-school activities. Please note, local negotiations between the TDSB and OSSTF District 12 (TDSB) are ongoing.

Elementary Teachers and Support Staff

Contract talks with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Maintenance & Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC) are continuing and we remain hopeful that contract agreements will be reached very soon. If new contract agreements are reached with all of our teacher federations and support staff unions, there will be no further disruption in our schools.

For more information and important updates with regards to labour negotiations, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@TDSB) and Facebook.

Should you have any questions about the first day, please contact your school directly.

We hope that you had a great summer holiday and look forward to seeing you next week for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Sincerely,
 

Donna Quan
Donna Quan
Director of Education

Robin Pilkey

Robin Pilkey
Chair

Summer is Here

Dear West Prep Families:

The end of the school year has arrived and in between the sighs of exhaustion and relief, we heard excited young voices shouting “School’s Out – Summer’s Here!”  What a fantastic year we had!!  As you prepare for the summer break and enjoy some much deserved time with family and friends, please take a look at this last post for the 2014-2015 school year.

Marks Summary Reports
Marks Summary Reports, which include 2015-2016 class placement information, are being mailed out by the TDSB and should arrive the week of July 13th.

Departures
We would like to thank our SNA Mrs. Mary Valmas for her time here at West Prep.  Mrs. Mary is moving onto Forest Hill P.S. and will continue to support students there.  We wish her all the best at her new school and know that the students there are very lucky to have her.  Mrs. Irma Reyes who has been with us for the last 5 years will be moving to Beverley Heights School.  Her kind and caring spirit will be missed by so many of our students and staff that she has supported.  We wish Mrs. Irma all the best in her new school too!

Arrivals
We would like welcome Mrs. Shindo back to West Prep.  We hope that her year away with the new addition to her family was full of enjoyment and wonder.  Both students and staff are looking forward to her return in September.

Technology
This past year we took a big leap into establishing a technology-friendly learning environment for the 21st century.  Our entire school was outfitted with WiFi, enabling students and staff to access the world wide web from anywhere in the school, including the gym.  Our library computer lab was upgraded with newer computers and new Mac computers were purchased, in addition to new mobile computing Chromebooks allowing for all students and staff to have access in a variety of different formats.  With SAC support, we will continue to improve upon and provide technology capabilities and possibilities for all of our students.

Playground Renewal Project
Donations for the project continue and SAC is on its way to accessing the funding to get the project underway.  You can see the plans by clicking on www.westprep.info/playground or email at westprepplayground@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Our SAC has come up with some innovative ways to get the fundraising word out about the project.  One of the ways, is through a program called Echoage.  Take a look at the Echoage program to see how you can help the playground project while teaching your child about gratitude and giving back!  http://echoage.com/charities/west-prep-playground-renewal-project-and-parent-council

New Morning Entry Procedure
You may have noticed our Kindergarten and Grades 1-6 students practicing a new entry system in June.  This was our trial run for the new entry system we will be starting this upcoming school year.  All of our students from K-6 will now be entering together starting at 8:45am.  Each class will have a specific area to lineup at and a specific door to enter through.  Our kindergarten friends will enter through the main buzzer door (Door 5) while the Grades 1-6 students will enter through Door 4, Door 6 and Door 6A.  During the process of implementing a new procedure, there will be some growing pains to establish it.  We appreciate your patience and support as we work together through this to make sure that we establish safe and efficient school entry routines.

West Prep Specialist Teachers
We are looking forward to having dedicated teachers, specialists in other words, to enhance the learning of our students next year.  Mr. Wilson and Mr. Burgess, Music and Health and Physical Education (HPE) teachers, will be expanding their roles to teach a larger portion of our Grades 1-6 students.  We have also called upon Ms. Larter to teach all the Kindergarten students in a new role as Music and Movement teacher.  All three of our staff will be able to use their specialized training in music (Mr. Wilson & Ms. Larter) and HPE (Mr. Burgess & Ms. Larter) to support all of our students.

New Daycare Secure Entry System
West Prep Childcare Centre will have a new entry door camera/buzzer system in place by September.  The entry door system will be similar to the one that we employ at West Prep.  If you are daycare parent, please make sure to connect with West Prep Childcare at 416-783-4302 to learn more about the hours of operation for the new entry door camera/buzzer system.

2015-2016 West Prep Staff List

Grade

Teacher

Room

Kindergarten

Yotis/Francis

205

Kindergarten

Lynn/Shahinaj

206

Kindergarten

Tom/Da Silva

208

Kindergarten

Collins/Ameyaw

211

Kindergarten

Sharpe/John-Siegel

212

1

Shindo

210

1

Gilbert

214

1

Katz

215

1/2

Soanes

213

2

Gershater

113

2

Reiken

116

2

Stein

120

2/3

Lightheart

217

3

Wyatt

204

3

Orlando

207

3

Pearson

216

3/4

Wenzel

201

4

Appel

121

4

Bozza

123

5

Papachristos V

124

5

Mateus

109

6

Papachristos L

110

6

Stewart

118

HSP

Klein/Ritza

122

Resource

Lampropoulos

112

ESL/French Office

Bohonos/Tanzer

107

Health & Physical Education

Burgess

126

Music Office

Larter/Wilson

202

Library

Worobec

203

Summer Playdates
If you’re looking for things to do with your child this summer, try and find activities that allow them to be physically and mentally active. Walking or riding on the Belt line, cooperative games here in our school yard, explore the neighbourhood together and don’t forget to visit the public library to check out some excellent summer reading and exciting activities.

This summer, SAC will be hosting four playdates for families to get their children together throughout the summer months.  Incoming kindergarten students and their parents are especially welcome to attend, as these playdates will be a great way for little ones and their parents to make new friends before the school year starts. All playdates begin at 1pm.  Please remember to bring sunscreen and water, as well as any balls, bikes or other toys that you enjoying playing with!  Below are the dates and locations:

Saturday, July 11th:  West Prep playground
Saturday, July 25th:  Walter Saunders Memorial Park (Click for map / North of Eglinton West, West of Marlee--bring a bathing suit and towel as this park has a splash pad
Saturday, Aug. 8th:    West Prep playground
Saturday, Aug. 22th:  Walter Saunders Memorial Park

School Office Hours
Our school office will be closed for the summer and will re-open on Monday, August 31st at 8:30am.  Office hours will be from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

In Appreciation…
To all of our West Prep volunteers, we cannot thank you enough for your support.  From volunteering in your child’s classroom, helping to drive student-athletes to games, volunteering for our amazing Fun Fair, helping with Scientists’ in the School, reading to our students, delivering subway lunch and handing out pizza…..so many different ways that we have benefited from the extra hands, extra eyes and especially extra hearts!  We are very lucky to have so many dedicated individuals who support West Prep so selflessly to make it a gem of a great school community!

Thank you Karen and Kathleen for all of your hard work as SAC co-chairs. Your leadership and commitment to West Prep students, staff and families has been wonderful!  With SAC’s fundraising efforts, we have been able to purchase new technology for our school, allow for all students to go on field trips, purchase new sporting equipment for our teams, and in general enhance every students’ experience at West Prep. – Thank you!

Lastly I would like to thank every single student, and family that I had the pleasure of meeting this past year for making my first year as Principal at West Preparatory Jr. Public School such a magnificent and rewarding experience.  I look forward to working together with students, staff and all of our families to continue to build and foster a positive and active school community together.

Like Mrs. Crljen and I said to our students on the last day of school: Have a safe and exciting summer break, and no broken bones this summer!!  J

See everyone back for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8th.

Mr. da Luz

Fun Fair - Volunteers

A friendly request from our SAC Fun Fair Committee to everyone who has not yet signed up to volunteer to please fill in the form below, e-mail volunteers4funfair@gmail.com or sign up on westprep.hotlunches.net to help make this year's Fun Fair the best one to date!  Please volunteer!

We need 150 volunteers and are counting on you to be one of them!!!!

We need assistance with manning rides, games or the concession stands requires many hands and is a fun way to give your time.  All volunteers must check in at the VOLUNTEER BOOTH 15 minutes before their scheduled shift.  

All volunteers will be contacted by phone or email prior to the event to confirm their volunteer times.

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Volunteer’s name ______________________________

Volunteer’s phone # or email _____________________

Child's Name __________________________________

Teacher's Name________________________________

The time slots to help out are as follows:      

  • 4:45-7 pm –Class booth  (check in at 4:30 pm)
  • 6:45-9 pm – Class booth  (check in at 6:30 pm)
  • 9:00-10pm- Take down

Fun Fair - Wristbands

From our West Prep SAC - Fun Fair Committee

Advance Wristband Order Form

Once again we will be selling Ride Wristbands for $20 each. Wristbands can be purchased in advance of Fun Fair online using our Hot Lunches ordering system. Tickets and wristbands will also be available for purchase at Fun Fair.

Ride Wristbands provide unlimited access for all inflatable rides and the motorized cars. Wristbands are a great way to provide a full night of rides for one price.

Please Note - Tickets are required for all food, games and other attractions                            

Ride Wristbands purchased in advance will be distributed to students on Thursday, June 11th (the day of Fun Fair) before dismissal.

Please complete your order online by Wednesday, June 10th  

Online Ordering Instructions

  • Step 1: Log on to your account at www.westprep.hotlunches.net If you haven’t already set up an account, please do so by selecting “Register” and entering the access code: WPHL.
  • Step 2: For each child you have registered, click on the “orders” button to place your wristband order.
  • Step 3: Complete your Wristband order by adding in the quantity you want to purchase. When you enter a quantity the line price is automatically calculated and the total is displayed at the bottom.
  • Step 4: Click on the “Update Lunch Order” button at the bottom of the page to view a summary of your order. Select your payment option. To pay online, click on the “PayPal Payment” button. To pay by cheque or cash please print the “Remittance Form” or use the form below and return it to school with your payment. Please make your cheque payable to: West Prep P.S. Please note, for cash payments we are not able to provide change.

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West Prep P.S. Fun Fair Wristband Remittance Form(for cash & cheque payments)

Student Name__________________________    Class# ___________Total $_________

West Prep Fun Fair!

From West Prep SAC - Fun Fair Committee

Like always we will have a bake sale during our Fun Fair on Thursday, June 11th. We are hoping that everyone will donate baked goods to be sold during the Fun Fair.

It is an easy way to contribute to the success of the evening!!

Anything you like to bake would be appreciated….muffins, cookies, cakes or brownies are just a few ideas. Please send your donated baked goods with your child the morning  of the Fun Fair.  We will package them to be sold.

Please keep in mind our *PEANUT/NUT FREE *environment.

Let’s all do what we can to help West Prep. All of the monies raised the night of the Fun Fair will be used to improve our children’s experience at school.

*Please package small items (cookies, brownies) in groups of two

*Label all containers with you childs name and room number

*Baked goods to be drop off at the school office

We thank you in advance for any and all donations.

 

Award-Winning Poet

Polar Expressions Canada is a Canadian publisher dedicated to the task of creating books showcasing the very best poems and short stories written by Canadians of varying backgrounds, ages, and occupations.  They run contestes aimed at writers of all ages, with the purpose of encouraging Canadians of all ages to use writing as an outlet for expressing their thoughts and emotions.  .

Just recently they announced the winners of their annual national poetry contest and we are extremely proud to announce that a poem submitted by West Prep grade 6 student, Marko S. in Ms. Stewart's class was chosen!

Congratulations Marko on an outstanding accomplishment!

Playground Renewal Project

On the weekend current West Prep student and future West Prep student, Ryan and Cody put together a lemonade stand for charity because they have seen a few in the neighbourhood.  So they set up a little table and sold lemonade and cookies and decided that the charity that they would like to support was the West Prep Playground Renewal project.

Ryan and Cody's parents originally thought that they would be able to raise $10-$20, but so many people were out walking in the neighbourhood that they ended up raising $50!!

The boys had such a great time doing this that they have now put out a challenge to all of the students at West Prep from Kindergarten to Grade 6 to try and do something similar

Congratulations Ryan and Cody, your charitable ways will go a long way in our school's playground renewal!

Toronto Public Health

Please see the letter from Toronto Public Health:

Kindergarten Book Review

KINDERREVIEW: EMMYLOU ON LITTLE PEA

558650_10152084806975287_393097160_nWest Prep kindergarten student, Emmylou in Ms. Sharpe's class was recently featured in KinderLit.ca for her review on the book "Little Pea" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace. Check out our famous reviewer below!

This week we welcome Emmylou, aged 5, who told us about one of her very favoritest books ever. Little Pea was written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace. It was published in 2005 by Chronicle Books. She dictated her review to her parents, who also run this website…


41Q9WQC99HLI like this book. I like to read this book five or six times every night. (Editor’s note: This is true. I know because I tuck her in…) It is about a baby pea who doesn’t like to eat candy, he only likes spinach. That’s funny, because most kids like candy but hate spinach, like me. (Editor: She only thinks she hates spinach, but she actually kind of likes it. She just doesn’t know when she’s eating it.) I would eat his candy, and he could have my spinach, and then we would both have what we like and not have to eat the other thing.

My favorite part is when his daddy comes home and he gets on the spoon and then his daddy jumps on the other end of the spoon and he flies up in the air and Little Pea says “Again! Again!”

I would tell other kids they should read this book, because it’s really funny. The drawings are so so so so cute! If I was one of the peas in the book I would be Little Pea, because he’s so cute.

Q: What would you rate this book out of ten? Ten is the best book in the world, and one is a book you don’t like at all.

Twenty-one.

Teamwork by Rm 216

Mr. Pearson's class performed their meaning of teamwork at a recent assembly.

Kinderlit.ca

West Prep grade 4 student, Kieran in Ms. Stein's class was recently featured in KinderLit.ca for his review on the book "The Unwanteds: Island of Silence" by Lisa McMann.  Check out our famous reviewer below!

KinderReview: Kieran on Island of Silence

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This week we welcome Kieran, age 9, who has strong opinions about The Unwanteds: Island Of Silence, by Lisa McMann. Island of Silence is the second book in her The Unwanteds series. It was published in 2013 by Aladdin, a imprint of Simon & Schuster.


IOSThis fabulous book by Lisa McMann is one of the most thrilling books I have ever read. This book is about a teenager, Alex Stowe, and his friends in a magical world called Artimé. Strange things start to happen, like two strange orange-eyed teens showing up. But meanwhile in Quill, Artimé’s rival, Aaron Stowe (Alex’s brother) is making a masterful plan to return himself to power only if no one gets in his way.

Meagan Ranger, Lani Haluki, and Samheed Burkesh, Alex’s friends, go on a adventure and get metal thorns sown into their necks like the silent, orange-eyed teens. Mr. Today, who taught Alex all his magic in Artimé, one day walks into Aaron’s so-called base, and Aaron kills him. This causes Alex and all of Artimé At to lose their magic, because Mr. Today created magic and without him there is no magic. Alex spends time thinking and eventually comes up with a plan and takes charge over everything.

I like this book because it is a book full of magic, wonder, and adventure. It is good as long as you can read every word. Some of the words are hard, like “hesitation” and “delightful.” It’s a good book for grades 3-12. I really liked the names of the characters, and I give a lot of credit to the author because she gives me wonderful ideas.

You have to read the rest of the book to find out what happens to Alex and Artimé!


Do you know a kid who’d like to release their inner critic? Have your little scribe write about one of their favorite books, and they could get published by Kinderlit.ca!

Track & Field 2015

What a great day at Birchmount Stadium yesterday for the West Prep Track & Field team! Congratulations to all of our students on achieveing personal bests, trying their best, representing West Prep so well and having a tonne of fun! Thank you to all of our families who came to support and cheer on our student-athletes as well as Mrs. Klein, Mr. Appel, Mr. Burgess and all of our coaching staff.

Mr. Burgess will be reaching out to all grade 4-6 students who finished in the top 4 of their event regarding upcoming practices to prepare for the Conference Finals on June 2nd.

Congratulations everyone!

Information Re: ETFO Work to Rule

Please click the image to the right to read the information sent out by the TDSB regarding the recently announced ETFO strike.

2015-2016 Jr. Kindergarten Invitation

West Preparatory Public School and the West Prep School Advisory Council are happy to invite all incoming Junior Kindergarten families to our Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, May 21st at 4pm. 

All new and incoming Junior Kindergarten families are welcome to join us to find out more about Kindergarten at West Prep.  You will hear from our current Kindergarten staff, SAC representatives and other important and exciting information.  Hope you can join us on Thursday, May 21st at 4pm.

 

 

Healthy Schools

West Prep's Healthy Schools committee is happy to welcome Marni Wasserman for a Parent Talk on Healthy Eating, Healthy Life on Thursday, May 7th from 6-8pm.

Here's a quick bio about Marni:

Simply said, Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats.

She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies. Marni has also made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has articles in the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine Magazine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious.

Join us here at West Prep's gym to hear more about Healthy Eating, Healthy Life with Marni Wasserman.

Information Re: ETFO Strike Action

From the TDSB:

Please click the image to the right to read the information sent out by the TDSB regarding the recently announced ETFO strike.

Mental Health Awareness Week @ West Prep

Mental Health Awareness Week - May 4th - 8th, 2015

Monday May 4th - “Mindful Monday”

  • Positive affirmations on sticky notes in the main staircase
  • Mindfulness workshop for students

Tuesday May 5th - “Take Time to Create Tuesday”

  • Creating with Chalk outside
  • Jump Rope for Heart kick off

Wednesday May 6th- “We Belong Wednesday”

  • Singing “O Canada” in the hallways to have a sense of belonging to West Prep and Canada
  • Come and support our school Ultimate Frisbee team as they play a game against OOPS

Thursday May 7th “ Taking Care of Ourselves Thursday”

  • Fruit Sale by Grade 2’s (Reiken, Soanes and Katz classes)
  • 6:00 - Marni Wasserman presentation for teachers and parents (FREE)

Friday May 8th - “FIT Friday”

  • Whole school DPA over announcements in the morning
  • Grade 5 and 6 Public Health Workshops on managing stress (in the library)

New & Revised Ontario HPE Curriculum

Letter from the Toronto District School Board:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In February, 2015, the Ministry of Education released the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum to all school boards in Ontario.

The well-being of our students is a core component of the TDSB’s vision for education and our school is committed to the success and safety of every student. It is important that the curriculum is current, relevant and age-appropriate to support students with the best information possible to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

The curriculum is not new; it has been revised. The majority of the curriculum has been taught in our schools since 2010. Some of the updates address current issues relevant to student health and well-being and better reflect Ontario’s growing and diverse population. These updates include topics concerning healthy relationships, consent, mental health and online safety.

It is the role of the Ministry of Education to develop curriculum and it is the role of the school board to implement it. The school has no control over the content of the curriculum. However, our staff is committed to teaching the new curriculum in a professional and respectful manner that is both developmentally and age appropriate. As is our usual practice with revised curriculum, staff will be participating in training sessions related to curriculum delivery and will also have access to the resources and supports they need.

Parents are encouraged to read the full curriculum and parent resources, available on the Ministry website at 
www.edu.gov.on.ca .

If you have further questions about the content of the curriculum, please contact the Ministry of Education at 416-325-6870. More information about the delivery of the curriculum will be shared in September 2015.


 

Healthy Schools Committee

It is often said "you are what you eat" so as parents we are constantly trying to get our children to
have healthy meals and snacks. This can feel difficult and time consuming. Here are 2 easy recipes that your children just may ask for second helpings!

Kale Chips: from There She Glows
Ingredients:
1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Wash & kale leaves.
2. Place kale leaves (stems removed and leaves torn) in a bowl and drizzle with oil. Massage oil into kale with hands until the leaves are thoroughly coated.
3. Place kale leaves in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with pepper, salt or other desired seasonings. Bake for 10 min. Rotate the pans and bake for 7-10 min. more until the leaves are crispy. Enjoy!


Blueberry & Zucchini Muffins: from Ambitious Kitchen
Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
• 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk will work)
• 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffin liners. Either way I recommend using non-stick cooking spray. This guarantees that they muffins will not stick to the liners or the pan.
2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the following wet ingredients: zucchini, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract, olive oil, applesauce, egg and milk until well combined. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
4. Even distribute batter among muffin tins, filling about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove muffins and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 12 muffins.
Muffins can be frozen; individually wrap muffins in Ziploc bags or store them in a large freezer bag. Reheat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave or simply thaw them at room temperature.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

We know that mental well-being is vital to academic success. Yet mental well-being can often be overlooked.

Why Children's Mental Well-being Matters

The fact is that children and youth can suffer from all of the same challenges that confront adults – anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and more. Research consistently indicates that 1 in 5 children experience mental well-being issues. This statistic translates into approximately 40,000 students in the TDSB.

We also know that there’s a direct link between the availability of social, emotional, psychological and physical supports and student achievement. In a world where we cannot keep our students immune from all sorts of challenges, making sure we pay attention when they are struggling is a must for educators.

Here at West Prep our Healthy Schools Committee has been working hard to prepare some fun and meaningful activities for the whole school next week for Mental Health Awareness Week.  

For parents and our West Prep community we are happy to invite Marni Wasserman, Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist to talk to us on Thursday, May 7th from 6-8pm, and it is FREE!

Let's all partake in making Mental Health Awareness Week meaningful for everyone!

For more information about mental health, click the following link:
http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/your-mental-health/children/

Movie Night

West Prep's SAC is hosting a free Movie Night on Friday, May 1st at 6:30pm in our gym. 

"Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

All West Prep students (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to attend the screening of this great family movie.  Popcorn and water will be available for sale and everyone is encouraged to come early for best seats in the house.

Hope to see you on Friday, May 1st at 6:30pm!

Mental Health & Well-Being Parent Symposium

On 9 May 2015, the first annual Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Symposium, “Parents as Partners – Taking Action Together” will take place at Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  The day will feature workshops for parents that will:
 

  • Increase parent engagement in supporting mental health and well-being of their children
  • Raise awareness regarding mental health issues
  • Provide an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of what mental health and well-being supports are available within the TDSB and the community
     

To register please click here or visit www.tdsb.on.ca/mentalhealth.  

Earth Day @ West Prep!

Our Kindergarten friends had a great time during Earth Day.



Science Rendezvous

Our friends at U of T have sent us the following:

Science Rendezvous is a free, all-day science festival, experiencing its 7th consecutive event at University of Toronto on Saturday May 9, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm at College and St. George Street. Science Rendezvous aims to highlight and promote science in all its aspects, with the ultimate goal of improving student enrollment and public investment in science and technology in the future. Science Rendezvous showcases the best and brightest in science and technology in Canada. The public will get a chance to meet with world-class researchers, participate in hands on experiments and activities, watch amazing demonstrations of the integration of science, architecture and human ingenuity, and most of all, have fun while experience science in a whole new way! This one-day event will make science accessible to people of all ages and from all backgrounds!

While you’re here, why not take a look at our main events: the Science Carnival and The Amazing Science Chase!

Parent Input Letter

From the School Office:

Dear Parents/Guardians
 
As we begin to plan for the 2015-2016 school year, all schools follow an established class placement process. Our teaching staff is fully committed to ensuring the best possible placement for your child and we follow a process that takes into consideration a number of factors. The following are key criteria used in placing your child and creating next year’s classes:

  • Balance of class sizes
  • Balance of achievement levels
  • Balance of gender 
  • Students’ abilities and strengths (Learning Profiles) 
  • Students’ needs and learning skills/behaviour 
  • Student social dynamics that will enable them to learn together productively

Our staff is committed to establish classes that will provide for the best learning opportunities for each and every child. If you wish to provide additional information that you believe may be helpful in placing your child, please provide a letter addressed to Mr. da Luz, by April 16th 2015. (NO EMAILS please)

The letter should state the unique qualities about your child that we are not aware of or describe a learning environment that will support your child’s progress. Please note we will not accept requests for specific teachers. The information you provide will be taken, when possible, into consideration by staff during class placement meetings. Your child’s class placement for the 2015-2016 school year will be noted in his/her June report card. If there are any adjustments to class placement that need to be made, they will be done in September 2015.

The placement decisions are the professional responsibility of staff who work closely with your child throughout the year. However, the final placement decision of any particular student rests with the Principal and is based on what is best, not only for each individual, but for the school as a whole.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Crljen & Mr. da Luz

Forest of Reading

Did you know that Mrs. Worobec has a blog called the West Prep Forest Blog? Take a look and find out more about all the amazing books that students have been reading and making video comments on. Here are a few examples:










West Prep Hot Lunches

Message from SAC:

Pizza & Subway Online Ordering 
www.westprep.hotlunches.net

The new term for weekly pizza lunches will begin after March Break, on Wednesday, March 25th. As always we will be offering cheese & pepperoni pizza as well as chocolate and 2% milk.

Subway lunches will be offered every other Tuesday starting on Tuesday, March 24th. Once again there will be two options. You may choose to order just a sandwich for $5 or a sandwich package (includes a juice box and a nut free snack) for $6.

NEW – All orders need to be completed online. We will continue to accept both cash and cheque payments for all orders. Please order for all the dates you want your child to have Pizza or Subway, unfortunately we do not accept orders one week at a time.

Please complete your order online by Wednesday, March 11th

Online Ordering Instructions
Step 1: Log on to your account at www.westprep.hotlunches.net If you haven’t already set up an account, select “Register” and enter the access code: WPHL.

Step 2: For each child you have registered, click on the “orders” button to place or edit your lunch order. Once an order has been paid you will not be able to make any further changes to the order.

Step 3: Complete your order for Pizza lunch by adding in the quantity for each item. For Subway orders, please ensure that you complete all sections to ensure your child receives the correct order.


Lunch & After-School Programs

Thank you Wes Prep SAC coordinators Jessica and Samantha for your tireless work in organizing our lunch and after-school programs for our children to enjoy. 

Message from West Prep SAC

-- WE ARE NOW PAPERLESS --

LUNCHTIME AND AFTER 4 PROGRAMS FOR SPRING SESSION 
            - Session begins the week of March 30th -

MONDAY
In the Mix (3:20-4:20)

TUESDAY
Lego (11:35-12:35)
Art  (11:35-12:35)
Cooking w/ Lesley (3:20-4:30)

Wednesday
Ten-ten sports (3:20-4:30)

Friday
Kangoo (3:20-4:30) 

DEADLINE to sign up is Friday March 13, 2015.

We are no longer sending home paper forms, all forms can be accessed at https://westprep.hotlunches.net 

To register for programs, please print off the program(s) form that you are interested in and send in your cheque to the school office. We hope this can help keep and support our paperless environment.

Ward Forum

Ward Forum on March 3rd at Northern Secondary School from 7-9

Presentation and Hands-On Learning Opportunity – Social Media 101: A Twitter Primer

With the support of OPSBA, TDSB, Ward 11 Principals, Teachers, ECEs, Parents and hopefully a few students! If you are not already on Twitter, come and learn how. After a presentation, we will organize breakout sessions with an assigned "expert" for each table to support interactive learning. For more details click on Ward 11 Forum Notice March 3, 2015 – hoping for a great turnout.

Back By Popular Demand

If you did not get a chance to get your very own West Prep T-shirt before the holidays, here's your chance.  Orders are due by March 4th for March 13th delivery.



Thank you to Mr. Burgess, Jody Hewston and Jamie Silverman for their support and dedication to the launching of our new West Prep logo.  Their job was made easier by the many students who had to make some very tough decisions deciding on the name and eventual design for the West Prep Wolves.

Thursday, November 13th saw the unveiling of the t-shirts and colour combinations available for students, families and staff alike to get their very own West Prep Wolves gear!

If you would like to get your very own West Prep Wolves t-shirt, please click on the order form.  Feel free to print out the form, fill it out and send it in to your child's teacher or bring it by the school office.

Colour combinations include:
Navy Blue t-shirt & Yellow design
Grey t-shirt & Black design
Light Pink t-shirt & Dark Pink design

Size range from Children's X-Small to Adult 2X-Large
Child Sizes (age approximate)
XS (age 4-5)
S (age 6-8)
M (age 10-12)
L (age 14-16)


African Heritage Month Project

Our Grade 6 students are engaged in a fantastic project:

West Preparatory Junior Public School is putting together a video presentation for our end of February STARS Assembly that will celebrate Black History Month and introduce/incorporate the upcoming March character trait of "Attitude".

Attitude is defined as one's viewpoint, outlook, perspective, stance, reaction feelings, or position. A "Positive Attitude" is a state of mind in which you see the bright side of life, expect the best to happen and are willing to persevere and work hard.

Continuing with this month's character trait of "Teamwork", and next month's character trait of "Positive Attitude" we are looking to you for a video response to be included in our presentation.

Please respond to only one of the following three questions in the form of a short 25 second or less video response (phone, ipad, camera, your choice of video recording device). We are hoping to aggregate separate parent, student and community member/leader responses so that we can put a video together to showcase during our assembly.

Please email your video response to westpreparatorypsjr@tdsb.on.ca by Monday, February 23rd, 2015 or even sooner if possible.

Questions (Please Choose One)

* What does Black History Month mean to you?

* African-Canadians have contributed in all areas of Canadian society, enriching the Canadian educational, political, business, religious, and cultural landscape. Please share an example of how African Canadian/Black people have contributed to Canada (past, present, and/or future).

* What does attitude have to do with success?

We look forward to hearing from you.



TDSB Special Education Information Session

The Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) are collaborating with the TDSB in delivering a conference for parents/guardians on Special Education topics. The conference is entitled Special Education: Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking and is being held on Saturday, 28 March 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Workshops are offered in the morning on topics designed to support parent understanding of and involvement in meeting the special education needs of their children. Staff from TDSB Special Education, Student Support Services, Caring and Safe Schools and the Research and Information Services Department, as well as representatives from a broad spectrum of outside support agencies, are featured presenters.

The afternoon offers an opportunity for parents to network more closely with other parents as well as TDSB and agency staff, for small group discussion and Q&A.

The day will include a “Marketplace” hosted by a variety of SEAC associations and other service agencies.

The conference is being funded with the support of SEAC (through a SEAC-acquired Ministry of Education Parent Reaching Out Grant) and Director Quan, as well assistance from the Parent and Community Engagement Office. The attached poster has been developed to engage community interest in attending the conference and it will also be available on Direct Line.

To register for the conference please follow this link: Register


Measles Information

Please click on the letter from Toronto Public Health for more information regarding the recent measles outbreak in Toronto and the importance of vaccinations.

KEY MESSAGES 
  • The TDSB takes its lead from Toronto Public Health with regards to vaccinations
  • The TDSB helps with the exchange of information between parents and Toronto Public Health 
  • Toronto Public Health oversees vaccination requirements, including exemptions which can be granted on medical, religious and philosophical grounds. For those wishing to be exempt, a form must be submitted to Toronto Public Health — not the TDSB 
  • It’s important to note that parents must submit vaccination information to Toronto Public Health; every time a child has a needle, a parent should let them know 
  • The immunization/vaccination rate at each school is a snapshot in time and does necessarily reflect the current rate — as students may have received the required immunization/documentation within days of the compiling that information 
  • The data that has been circulated among media recently is as a result of a Freedom of Information request to TPH and does not necessarily reflect current rates
Should you have additional questions, please contact Toronto Public Health :

Phone: 416-338-7600
8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
publichealth@toronto.ca 

 

African Heritage Month

Every February, the TDSB celebrates African Heritage Month, a time to learn about and pay tribute to the many ways in which Black Canadians and people of the African Diaspora have helped shape our society, and to recognize the invaluable contributions they have made to our province, country and world. This year’s theme is A Continuum of Excellence...Past, Present, and Future.

West Prep will engage in a variety of initiatives that reflect this history and the countless triumphs and struggles they have experienced over hundreds of years.

And, while we feature African Heritage Month in February, it’s important that learning does not stop there. The best outcomes are realized when all students of all backgrounds are engaged in positive learning about African heritage.

African Heritage Month Student Contest
The TDSB African Heritage Committee is sponsoring an arts contest featuring three categories:  essay, poetry/spoken word, and original artwork.  Submissions should be in keeping with the theme for the month and must be about the contributions of African Canadians both past and present.  Students can also include how they see themselves and others contributing to Canadian society in the future.  For more information about this contest, please visit http://goo.gl/pfmfna.

Mental Health Workshops

We are very excited to partner with Toronto Public Health and our Public Health Nursing team to provide the following workshops here at West Prep.  

  • All workshops will be from 6pm-8pm in the West Prep Library
  • Each workshop is limited to the first 20 registrants to email: westpreparatory@tdsb.on.ca  
  • Workshop participants will receive an email confirmation to confirm their invitation 
  • Workshops are intended for parents & caregivers only; childcare is not provided

The sessions are meant to be interactive and hence the number of maximum participants per workshop. We are hoping to continue to partner with local providers to set up future workshops for the benefit of our entire school community.

Hope to see you at one or all of the sessions.


Interesting Read

Our School Psychologist forwarded this interesting article on what many of us already know about sleep and children.  Take a gander when you get a chance. 

How quality of sleep impacts academic performance in children: Study finds link between sleep quality and grades of schoolchildren in math and languages

Montreal, January 8, 2015 - Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it's well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night's sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages - subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.

In findings published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine, the researchers reported that ... continue reading ...

Grade 7 Open Houses

Many of our grade 6 students will go to their local area grade 7 school.  However, to help in making an informed decision when choosing a grade school, TDSB schools host open houses and information nights for parents and grade 6 students each year. Open houses take place beginning in January and are an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses.

There are several academies and alternative schools in the TDSB that may be of interest to you and your child.  These schools provide a diverse learning environment and curriculum design that may benefit some children.  Here you will find a list of TDSB academies and TDSB alternative schools and their open house evenings: tdsb.on.ca/ElementarySchool/SchoolChoices/Elementary

Open House Dates for schools in our local area
Glenview      Tuesday, January 27, 2015 
                    6 pm to 8 pm
                    6 pm French Immersion Presentation 
                    6:30 pm Extended French Presentation 
                    7 pm English Presentation

Forest Hill    Wednesday, February 4, 2015
                    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm




























Winona Drive
     Thursday, January 15, 2015
                         6 pm to 7:30 pm


























J.R. Wilcox
Thursday January 22nd at 6 pm in the library

Cold Weather

Recess During Cold Weather

Elementary school students are kept indoors for recess and lunch times for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightning in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recesses and lunch hour may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -28C and -20C.

If a student's medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if parents have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child's school day, please contact the school office.

Dressing for Cold Weather
The best prevention against the hazards of exposure to extreme cold is to dress your child properly for cold weather.

The Canada Safety Council recommends the following: 

  • Layers of clothing that are thick, loose fitting and lightweight are the best. They give the most protection because layers of air, trapped between layers of fabric, are warmed by the body and provide insulation
  • The outermost layer of clothing should be tightly woven and windproof. Clothes that provide sufficient warmth when children are inactive are often too warm after some movement or physical activity
  • When sweating begins, the trapped air insulation is replaced by moisture, which will conduct cold. Once the activity is stopped, evaporation of the sweat in the clothing causes cooling. With that comes a chill
  • If clothing is worn in layers it can be taken off or put on as required
  • Natural fabrics, such as cotton and wool, are recommended above synthetic fabrics because they stand up to wetness. Wool is especially good because it doesn't lump and continues to hold warmth when wet.

As much as 70 percent of the body’s heat can be lost through the head. A warm hat with ear and face protection should be worn. Most people don’t need to worry about breathing in cold air, as breath is adequately warm when it reaches the lungs.

Grade 4 Extended French Application

Applications to the Junior Extended French program are made the year your child is in Grade 3 for entry in September of Grade 4. It is an entirely online process. All communication will be sent via the email address you provide. Please check your email regularly, including junk mail folders.

Please visit the application site www.tdsb.on.ca/pars

  • You will need your child’s date of birth and OEN. The OEN is a 9-digit number found on any report card from the TDSB
  • For non-TDSB students, please select the “Non-TDSB Student” option and follow the steps to generate an identification number. You must then return to the PARS site and follow the application procedure with this number
  • Please select Junior Extended French from the drop-down menu and complete the application process

On-time applicants will be offered a placement online via the email address you have provided. You MUST take action to accept this placement by the deadline requested when you are offered a placement.

Offers of placement will be on-going through the weeks and months following the close of the application period. Please check your email regularly, including junk mail folders, and follow any instructions.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Application process opens: January 5, 2015
Deadline for applications: January 29, 2015

Please note:

  • while every effort will be made to place students in the school identified as their area JEF school, this is not always possible. In cases where the number of applications in a given area is greater than the number of spaces in the school, students may be redirected to schools with available space.
  • Placements are made based on the address you provide prior to the application deadline. If your address changes between the application deadline and the fall of the Grade 4 year, there is no guarantee of placement in your new area.

Junior Extended French Application

In a limited number of areas in the TDSB, there is the option for the Intermediate Extended French program which begins in Grade 7. Applications to the Intermediate Extended French program are made the year your child is in Grade 6 for entry in September of Grade 7.

  • Eligible students by home address should complete the application for grade 7-entry Extended French and submit it directly to the Extended French school by January 29, 2015.
  • Parents will be notified of placement by the Extended French School.

Students who are not in the catchment of a Grade 7-entry Extended French school may apply under Optional Attendance and will be offered placement if there is available space. There is no transportation for students accepted under Optional Attendance.

West Prep 'Nuit Blanche'

Art Installations

For some time now our grades 4, 5 and 6 students have been working hard on our very own version of 'Nuit Blanche'.  Students in Mrs. Papachristos', Mr. Bozza's, Ms. Stein's, Ms. Stewart's, Mr. Mateus' and Mr. Papachristos have worked in groups or alone in creating some beautiful art installations.  

They created two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and/or multimedia art works that explore feelings, ideas, and issues from a variety of points of view.  They were tasked to solve the artistic problem of how to create, develop and mount an art installation about the human impact on the environment. 

What you will see below is their hard work, their creativity and sense of importance when it comes to the environment.  The results are amazing.  We are all so proud of their efforts!  Well done Juniors!

 

Holiday Concert Review

What a wonderful evening!  When our staff first started talking about the holiday concert, the idea was to create a memory for students and families.  Mr. Wilson, Ms. Worobec, Ms. Stein, Ms. Ustianov and Ms. Soanes and all of West Prep's team came together to create an amazing evening to celebrate the musical arts.

From December 2014
Thank you to all of our families that came to support our students in their musical debuts!  I know we are all looking forward to the Spring series of musical arts at West Prep!

Holiday Concert

Mr. Wilson and West Prep teachers have been working with our Grade 1 to 6 students, getting them ready for this year's Holiday Concert. 

West Prep cordially invites you to join us on Thursday, December 11th at 6:30pm to our Holiday Concert. 

6:30 – 7:15pm     Primary Concert
7:15pm               Intermission
7:30 – 8:15pm     Junior Concert

West Prep families are invited to attend the entire evening’s showcase. Parents arriving for the second half of the evening, the Junior concert, will be seated during the intermission.

Important Information:

Primary: Students should arrive at school between 6:05 - 6:15 p.m. and go to their regular classrooms. Pick-up will be from their classrooms only. The auditorium will open for seating at 6:15pm.

Junior: Students should arrive no later than 7:15pm in their music ensemble rooms. After the concert, students will be picked up from the music ensemble rooms as well. Junior Choir students please arrive at 6 pm.

Students are encouraged to Dress Nicely!

Winter Lunch Programs

We are very happy to have the following programs available for all students at West Prep during the Winter Term (January – March 2015).  All programs are voluntary for families to participate in and we are happy to help if there is a need for any West Prep student to be able to participate in these programs.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Please visit www.westprep.hotlunches.net for ordering information.

Every other Tuesday -- Subway Lunch (Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24 and March 3rd)

Wednesdays -- Pizza Lunch (Jan. 7th - March 11th)

Fridays -- Lunch Lady (Starts Jan. 9th.)

To learn more and register please visit their website at www.thelunchlady.ca  If you have any questions, allergy concerns or need assistance to place your order, please call Khadija at 416-901-2829 or email hadija@thelunchlady.ca

Please Note: There will be no lunch programs on P.A. Days (Jan. 23 & Feb. 13) 

Lost & Found

Has your child misplaced a jacket, a lunchbox or boots?  Our Lost & Found has been growing, and we need to get the items to their proper home.  Please come by our Lost & Found, situated near the office and check to see if any items that you thought were gone are actually waiting to be picked up here at school.

Friday, December 12th, we will be donating any Lost & Found items that have not been claimed.  Please, please, do come by and check and see if any of the items belong to your child before Thursday, December 4th.

Holiday Toy Drive

West Prep's Girls Club is organizing an amazing event!

The ladies have decided to organize a toy drive of new and unwrapped toys for children from infant to 17 years of age. The Girls Club will then donate all the toys to our local Fire Hall Station 135.

Can you help our young samaritans?

Please bring a new or unwrapped toy, or gift cards to Room 216 and our ladies will gather, sort and then donate all the toys to Fire Hall Station 135.

On behalf of the West Prep Girls Club  ..... THANK YOU!!!!!

Go Green

As you may be aware, West Prep is part of the TDSB's Team Up For Green, to win bike racks for our schools.

We would love for you to help us by participating. It’s FREE, easy and quick to Team Up For Green. All you have to do is:


Simply sign up for Toronto Hydro’s green programs and services
• Switch to paperless billing
• Set up automatic payments
• Sign up for peaksaver PLUS
• Download saveonenergy coupons

Why are bike racks so important?
With additional bike racks, we’d be able to provide safe bicycle parking to encourage staff and students to ride to and from school.

Research shows that using active modes of transportation is better for our kids’ wellbeing, and better prepares them to learn and work.  To sign up or to learn more, please go to TeamUpForGreen.com.

The initiative ends November 30, 2014.

Rememberance Day at West Prep

Thank you to Ms. Worobec, Mr. Wilson and our Remeberance Day committee for organizing a heartfelt ceremony on November 11th. We were honoured with the presence of our friends from Living Life residence and Dr. Albright who spoke to us about his experience as a young man during World War II.

If you were not able to attend, here's a snippet of our event.

Kids Have Stress Too!

Session is Full, new sessions are being added.  Stay tuned for more details.




Kids Have Stress Too!

For parents who have children 4-9 years olds

A three hour interactive session program that helps parents to better understand stress in children

The program covers:
 What is “stress” for your children?
 How does stress affect your children?
 How to help your children cope with stress.

There are many reasons why children experience stress. This program will help parents learn effective ways to support children deal with stress. It is facilitated by a Toronto Public Health Nurse. There is no charge to attend this group; however you need to call to register. We are limited to 30 participants per session.

Dates: Thursday November 20, 2014 (FULL!) or
Thursday December 4, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Place: Davisville Public School, 43 Millwood Road
To register call for either date, please call: 416-393-0570

Welcome Jon Klassen to West Prep!

We are so excited to host Jon Klassen to West Prep P.S. on Tuesday, November 18 at 9:45 am in our gym. We invite parents and caregivers to join us if you can for what is sure to be an exhilarating and informative presentation.

Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children's books and an animator. He studied animation at Sheridan College and now lives in California. He won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Cat’s Night Out. He won both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration, recognizing the 2012 picture book This Is Not My Hat, which he also wrote. He is the first person to win both awards for the same work.

He is coming to West Preparatory Jr. P.S. to show how he creates his books, and to share his brand new book, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole! 

See you on Tuesday morning!


 


Congratulations

Ms. Stein's grade 4's and students across the northern hemisphere planted Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens to monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. This spring, when plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners will report their observations and data. One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography, and the arrival of spring is revealed.

Thank you for planting an official Journey North Test Garden! Congratulations Ms. Stein's class on being citizen scientists in this global study of climate and seasons.

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