April 3, 2021 - Closure of In-School Learning
Dear Parents/Guardians of the Grove and AMG,
You will have received a message from the TDSB announcing that all schools
in Toronto will be closed to in-person learning as of tomorrow. You can read
the message in its entirety below. The announcement was made late in the
afternoon but of course, our teachers were ready. For Wednesday, you will
receive communication from your classroom teacher with a schedule and how your
child will connect with their class. This will look different from grade to
grade and class to class.
If by Wednesday morning you have not received communication from your
child’s teacher or are unable to connect please contact either Ms. Munro (
we will try to assist you. If you require a device please let your child’s
teacher or Ms. Munro know. Devices will be provided on availability and may
take time to distribute.
Attendance will continue to be taken through the period of remote learning.
Please email your teacher if your child will be absent from remote
learning for the whole day, morning or afternoon.
I expect more announcements and information in the days to come. Take care
and see you 'remotely' tomorrow.
Message from the TDSB:
This is a very important update about the status of in-person learning at
the TDSB. Toronto Public Health (TPH), has just announced that
all schools in Toronto, including
those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April
7, 2021 and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021.
This TPH order is
being made under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act in
an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For the remainder of this week, students and staff will move to remote
learning and the April Break scheduled for next week will continue as normal.
Please note that, unlike the closure
in January and February, this applies to all TDSB students in all TDSB schools.
School-aged children will not be permitted to attend daycares located inside
TDSB schools during the closure, however, pre-school-aged children will
continue to be permitted to attend.
While we recognize that you may still have a number of questions, please
know that we will share additional information once we receive it. In the
meantime, we wanted to ensure you received this initial information as soon as
possible. We know that this TPH order will impact our families in a number of
different ways but we will do all that we can to support students and staff
through this period. Teachers will be connecting with families about next steps
on remote learning in the days ahead.
Week of April 1st, 2021
A short update before heading off into the long weekend. Based on the latest announcement from the Minister of Education school will remain open and continue in-person on Tuesday, April 6th and the April Break April 12-15th will continue as planned. I wish you all an enjoyable, restful and safe long weekend.
Kindergarten – Self-Regulation Webinar for Parents
Are you a kindergarten parent or guardian? Interested in learning more about Self-Regulation in the Early Years? Join Mariela (Rm. 7 Kindergarten teacher) for a WEBINAR on April 22: “Self-Regulation, Setting the Stage for Lifelong Learning”. In this interactive webinar, you will learn how stress affects children’s behaviour, and the importance of relationships in self-regulation and learning. More details will be provided in our upcoming principal’s weekly messages.
Ms. Presedo’s – Room 17
The children in Room 17 have been exploring geometry. Through their work, they learned about Wassily Kandinsky, a well-known artist. Kandinsky saw colours when he heard music, and heard music when he painted. He deployed colour, line, shape, and texture to create a rhythmic visual experience that evoked an emotional response. Inspired by Kandinsky and their knowledge about shapes, lines and colours, the children produced remarkable pieces of art. The website Chrome Music Lab provides experiences to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more.
Week of March 25th, 2021
Learning from the Week
8B - Ms. Brotman's Class
Elementary Summer School 2021 – Registration Now Open!
The focus of the Elementary Summer School Program is to support student learning and engagement through the month of July. Programs, embedded in Literacy and Numeracy, are developed by the local summer school principal to reflect the local school focus. Thirty-eight programs are offered to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8, from July 5 – 30, 2021, in-person or online through virtual instruction.
Registration is now open! Click here for a full list of participating schools and registration information.
Kensington Community School - Summer Program
Kensington Community School is once again offering free AM summer school programs this July.
The program will be in person and we will also offer a virtual option if there is enough interest. You can indicate your preference when registering.
This program focuses on math and literacy, and we will accept students who have completed JK, up to students who have just finished grade 8.
The program runs from Mon-Fri., July 5th to July 30th, from 9AM-12PM.
You can register for summer school at this link, or contact Principal Dan Fisher for more info @ email@example.com
If you need full-day care and would like to add PM summer camp to your child's day, St. Alban's Boys and Girls' Club will also be running a summer camp at Kensington this summer, for children in grades 1-8.
July 5th to July 30th Half day from 11:30am-5:00pm ($120/week)
August 3rd to August 13th Full day from 9:00am-5:00pm ($150/week)
Register for summer camp at this link, and click on the "+" sign near the bottom of St. Alban's page to get started.
ASD After School Skills Development Leisure Program - Spring 2021 Session
We are pleased to inform you that a remote Spring session of the ASD Afterschool Leisure Program will run from April 20 - June 17, 2021. The program is available to students in grades 4-10 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward the attached letter which includes the link for registration to the parents of the Grades 4 - 10 students with ASD in your school.
The registration period will remain open until Friday, April 9, 2021.
AMG Fundraising Community Feedback Survey
Hello, AMG Grown-Ups!
Following the success of our fundraising efforts, we are seeking feedback from the AMG community on how the proceeds should be spent. Please take a moment to provide your feedback via the survey We appreciate your feedback! -AMG Parent Council
Grade 8 Virtual School Families - Yearkbook
As we navigate the ongoing changes and restrictions, we are thinking about ways to celebrate the Grade 8 students and their upcoming graduation.
As of right now, we are prohibited from a larger gathering to celebrate graduation. As you know, the office, including our wonderful admin Michelle Sheehan, and Ms. Machado, have arranged for grad sweatshirts to be created. We will also have a printed yearbook for the students. Further plans to celebrate will be shared closer to the date.
For the yearbook, we would like to arrange for grad photos to be taken. Due to COVID-19, a photographer cannot come to the school. If your child would like to be included in the yearbook please provide the following by Monday, March 29th.
- Two portrait photographs, as you would see in a yearbook, from the chest up. One photo should be a silly/fun picture and the other a more formal graduation pose. We are asking Grade 8s to wear a button-down shirt or turtleneck if they have one and to look their best. Photos are to be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo files need to be named with your child's first and last name. If you are unable to email because the size of the file is too big you can share a link through Google Drive, Dropbox or some other method and I will access it that way.
- Click the link to complete a Graduation Yearbook Profile. This is the text that will be placed alongside the graduation photo.
We are still in the process of determining how we will share these photos with you, in addition to the yearbook. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
Week of March 19th, 2021
TDSB Statement: Tragic Events in Atlanta
I would like to reiterate the statement from the TDSB, please click on the title to read the statement in its entirety and to access support and resources if needed.
“In the wake of the horrific shooting on Tuesday evening in Georgia, the thoughts of the students and staff of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) are with the victims, their loved ones, and Asian communities in the Atlanta area and beyond. Of the 8 people who lost their lives, 6 were Asian women. The shooting occurs at a time when acts of anti-Asian racism and violence are rising — here in Canada, in the U.S. and internationally. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the TDSB has heard from educators, students and community members about their experiences confronting anti-Asian discrimination and its harmful impact on mental health, well-being and safety.”
Learning from the Week
Stronger Together Mural!
One of the fun activities for our MarchON, started by the Primaries. Students can draw a self-portrait on a 4x6 card. Once completed, all self-portraits will be put together to create a larger mural in the main hallway. The work has already begun, take a look.
Rock, Paper, Scissors... Probability
Students in Rm. 23 are learning about theoretical and experimental probability in a Rock, Paper, Scissors game.
Students have challenged at least 3 classmates to test when they use theoretical or experimental probability in order to win.
Both schools participated in a Kiki Ballroom Workshop presented by the Toronto Freedom School and the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance. Ballroom started as a form of Trans celebration and Black resistance to transphobia and racism in New York in the 1970s. The students loved learning how to vogue and playing Ballroom trivia Jeopardy over zoom.
From the grade 8s:
“Ballroom is very unique and entertaining”
“I liked it, it was fun to vogue!”
“I learned a lot from it and it was a good experience.”
Final Day - Grade 8 Graduation Sweatshirt
This is a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, March 19th) is the FINAL day to make a purchase of the Exclusive Grade 8 Graduation Sweatshirt. If you haven't responded regarding your approval for your child/guardians name to appear with the rest of the graduating class on the back this is your last chance to respond. Changes will not be granted after tomorrow. Please follow the school cash online link to make a purchase. These sweatshirts are only $20 as half of the cost is being covered by our Student Council. Thank you. Michelle
Dates to Remember:
Friday, April 2nd - Good Friday Holiday - No School
Monday, April 5th - Easter Monday Holiday - No School
April 12th – 16th April Break Holiday - No School
Support for Families - Grocery Gift Cards
We know that many families are struggling at this time, and we are pleased to let you know that Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) is again able to support students through our Food for Kids program. AMG has received $50 grocery gift cards for families at our school. We would prefer to do this anonymously unfortunately we need permission to share contact information with the TFSS who will be disturbing these gift cards directly. If your family would benefit from these gift cards please let us know. You can email Michelle, myself, your child’s teacher or any other staff member. Times are tough please do not hesitate to reach out if needed.
Learning this Week:
The Kindergarteners in Rm. 7 continue to explore Spatial Reasoning through various hands-on, building challenges. While constructing an OBSTACLE COURSE, the children explored spatial relationships by connecting words, actions and symbols. View their WOW work and find out why Spatial Reasoning is so important: Build an Obstacle Course
The Grade 4 students are learning about the properties of rocks and minerals and are experimenting with how some rocks are formed, using melted wax and modelling clay. See below for a few examples.
Students from Room 22 have been working hard on setting SMART GOALS as part of an Integrated Language/Media Literacy assignment with Ms. Webb & Ms. Catarino. Each student created a Google Slideshow identifying an area of Reading, Writing, Oral Communication and Mathematics that they would like to improve upon in Term 2. They set individual goals with strategies outlining what will help them and what they need to do in order to achieve their goals. Take a peek and see if you can use any of their strategies to help you improve in some areas of learning as well! Enjoy!
SMART GOALS - Google Slides
TDSB Online Survey for Students and Parents/Guardians
The TDSB will be surveying both parents/guardians (JK to Grade 12) and students (Grades 6 to 12) during the week of January 25 to learn more about experiences to date related to mental health and well-being, student engagement, and learning. Please watch for an email with a link to the survey and/or check the TDSB website. Thank you in advance for your participation.
If your family requires any Mental Health and Well-Being Supports and Resources https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Resources-During-Covid-19
AMG Spirit Wear
The AMG Parent Council is excited to announce the opening of the online AMG Clothing Store 2021!
Just for our graduating class, we've added an extra print option on the hoodie and long sleeve tee.
Net proceeds will go to funding AMG school initiatives such as providing specialized math and science programming, organizing guest presentations, improving the library, sports equipment and so much more! We are offering a variety of options and sizing for toddlers, youth and adults so the whole family can show some school spirit.
AMG Direct Donation
Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we have raised $3395 for the school via our direct donation campaign! This is an incredible show of community spirit and engagement from this community. We are all so grateful for your support! AMG parent council will be working with the school on a wish list of items to be purchased with the proceeds. We look forward to reporting back on how your contributions have made a difference to the school.
And if you didn't have a chance to donate, it's never too late :) Simply visit schoolcashonline.com
Once again, thank you for your support!
Attendance continues to be taken each morning and afternoon, if your child will be absent please let the teacher and the office staff know so it can be recorded in our safe arrival system. If a reason for the absence is not recorded you will receive an automated call from the TDSB.
Thank-you for those who are calling the Safe Arrival Phone Line. Unfortunately, as the office staff is not working from school they are unable access that phone line. Please let them know by email (Michelle.Sheehan@tdsb.on.ca or Branka.Dakic@tdsb.on.ca).
(Only new flyers) Elementary Alternative Schools
We know that students learn in a variety ways and thrive in different learning environments, which is why we have a number of elementary alternative schools that offer students and their parents something different from mainstream schooling.
Flyers for upcoming open houses:
The Grove Community
Hawthorne II Bilingual
January 15th, 2021
Announced by the Government of Ontario and sent in a message from the TDSB:
All schools in Toronto will remain closed to students until Wednesday, February 10th. During the closure period, remote learning will continue.
We will keep doing what we are doing. Thanks for all the positive messages recognizing the work of our staff. Keep them coming! Your supportive words are very encouraging and helps to keep the morale up.
AMG School Council
AMG School Council Meeting this Tuesday, January 19th starting at 6:30 PM . The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Please use the following link.
Here is the link for the parent council meeting:
AMG Council, Tuesday January 19th, 6:30 PM - Zoom
Grade 8 French Dialogue Animations
The grade 8s have been coding short animations with French dialogue using Scratch. Here is just one example of their work. When you open one just hit the green flag to play them.
Grade 8 to 9 Transition
Navigating the Grade 8 to 9 Transition TDSB Zoom Info Session Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Session topics include:
- Course Selection,
- Using myBlueprint
- Important Timelines
- Indigenous Programs
- and Q & A
Please see the attached flyer
Virtual Big Brothers Program for Boys Grades 5-8 - Game On!
Game On! is an exciting program developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, for boy’s ages 10 to 14. The goal of Game On! is to provide boys with information and support to make informed choices about active living, balanced eating and overall well-being while focusing on anti-violence and bullying prevention. Participant’s social and leadership skills will grow within a group setting with trusted mentors as they discuss relevant topics throughout the year in a 8 week curriculum.