Principal's Blog

October 19, 2021

Important Information for Families Interested in the Early French Immersion Application Process – JK and SK Entry (Sept 2022 only)

Early French Immersion Program - Application Information

For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's Early French Immersion program, we offer an online process to apply. The entry point to Early French Immersion is moving to Junior Kindergarten. There will be one transition year wherein students who will be entering Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten in 2022 will be eligible to apply to the Early French Immersion program during the November 2021 application period. Moving forward (2023), the only entry point for Early French Immersion will be Junior Kindergarten.  Attached please find an important information package.

To apply for the Early French Immersion Program for September 2021, applications must be completed online between November 1 and November 26, 2021.

An offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) is guaranteed to all on-time applicants and will be made in the weeks following the close of the application window. Please note: Families with an older sibling currently enrolled in the same French program and who will be in attendance next year are still required to complete an online application for the new student. Please select the “sibling option” within the online application. For more information about the Early French Immersion application process, please join us for a  Virtual Information Session on one of the following dates:

  • November 8, 2021, 7 p.m. 
  • November 15, 2021, 10 a.m. 
  • November 23, 2021, 7 p.m. 

 

For more information about French programs, the application process and important dates, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/french

 

October 18, 2021

Become a voting member of SAB School Council!

Want to become more involved in what’s happening at school and make a direct impact?

School Councils are an excellent way for parents/guardians to become engaged in the school. The purpose of the Council is to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system. Through regular meetings and planned activities, Council is an important forum for involving parents/family/community members in matters that impact the education of students.

You are automatically a member of Council if you have a child enrolled at SAB or in virtual school and we encourage you to participate in Council activities throughout the year.

If you would like to have a stronger voice, consider becoming a voting member. There are 12 vacant positions available for a one-year term, including Co-chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications coordinator(s), Fundraising coordinator, Equity position (new role) and members at large.

Please complete and submit the self-nomination form 2021-sab-school-council-nomination-form-final (1).pdf by Friday, October 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. to the SAB School Office or via email at sabschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Eligibility:

  • All parents/guardians with children in our school, whether in-person or virtual, are eligible to be elected.
  • A person is not eligible if employed by the Toronto District School Board, unless reasonable steps to inform about that employment have been communicated to the people who are qualified to vote in the election.

Election process:

  • You must have a child(ren) registered at our school or in virtual school to vote.
  • The election shall be held during a virtual meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021.
  • The list of candidates and brief biography (if provided) will be shared at the meeting.
  • If there are not enough interested candidates, all nominees will be acclaimed.
  • Successful candidates will be notified at the meeting or via email if absent.
  • Following the election of 12 members, specific positions such as co-chairs, secretary and treasurer will be nominated and voted in from the floor.

QSP Reading Together Magazine Fundraiser

The QSP Reading Together Magazine Fundraiser promotes literacy and encourages families to read and learn together while supporting our school. To participate, follow these 4 easy steps by October 21!

Go to: shop.qsp.ca

Find our school using the search bar

Shop and Save! Select your favourite magazines and add to your cart

Complete your order and be sure to include Student Name at checkout. Please expect magazines to arrive 6-8 weeks from the time of order

 

Virtual Ward Forum

Etobicoke-Lakeshore School Councils, Parents/Caregivers, Community Members, and School Staff and Students are invited to join Trustee Nunziata at his next ward forum on:

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meeting Agenda

  • Election of Ward 3 Representative and Alternate for the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (See PIAC Roles and Responsibilities)
  • Election of Ward 3 Representative and Alternate Representative for the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee
  • Update from Ward 3 Superintendents
  • Guests Alice Rubin-Vaughan and Sara Zimmerman will provide a presentation on Student Mental Health and Dyslexia Awareness

To register your Nomination for the PIAC Election, please ensure that you complete the Nomination Form by Tuesday, October 26.
Please Note: Nominations will not be taken from the floor.

How to Join the Meeting: The video conference will be Zoom. In order to participate you must register by noon on Tuesday, October 26. Registrants will be emailed a meeting link and dial-in numbers prior to the meeting. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online registration form:

Virtual Ward 3 Forum on October 27 – Registration Form

We hope to see you there!

 

September 28, 2021

 

 

Good afternoon SAB Families,

The first two weeks of school have flown by. Students and staff have all settled into a nice routine and we are thrilled to be back in person. Below I have listed a few reminders and updates:

  1. Daily Screening – please be sure to complete your child’s screening every morning and sign and date their form. We are required to call the families of children with incomplete or missing forms which is a very time-consuming task.
  2. Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Masking – Thank you for wearing your mask when dropping off and picking up your child. Modelling by the caring adults in our community helps to keep us all healthy and safe.
  3. Student Absences Due to Illness – Each child returning to school following an absence due to illness is required to submit a signed Back to School Confirmation Form: . A hard copy of this form will be sent home with your child this week.
  4. Preparing for the Weather - We will continue to head outdoors for recess and daily physical activity rain, shine or snow. Please send your child to school each day prepared for the weather. (rain boots and jacket and appropriate outdoor gear).
  5. Items Being Dropped Off - Please put items dropped off at the main office in a plastic bag – clearly labelled with your child’s name and classroom number/teacher name.
  6. Terry Fox Walk/Run - Our Terry Fox run will be held on Wednesday September 29th during phys. Ed. classes. In order to adhere to Covid "distancing" cohorts will be running on the path around the school yard as we did last year. This year we will not be collecting Toonies for Terry, instead donations can be made online: http://www.terryfox.ca/SirAdamBeckJuniorEtobicoke
  7. School Council Meeting - Our School Council will be having their next meeting on Monday September 27, 2021 at 6:30PM. All are welcomed to attend. The meeting will be virtual and can be accessed through the following link: meet.google.com/xxy-xhdw-cqw

September 8, 2021

Our bell times will remain the same this year.

Morning Entry

Entry for all grades (FDK to Grade 5) is 8:35 AM

End of the day dismissal

Dismissal for Kindergarten students is 2:50 PM

Dismissal for students in Grades 1-5 it is 3:10 PM.

Important Reminder Re-Bussing - bussing for eligible students in the French Immersion program is scheduled to begin on Wednesday September 15, 2021

  • As was the case for the 2020-2021 school year, the TSTG will once again be implementing a phased-in start for student transportation to start the 2021-22 school year to ensure that we both provide more consistent service for families, but also that students with special education needs in the TDSB and TCDSB are prioritized and receive bus service beginning the first week of school
  • From September 9 to September 14, 2021 – only students with special education needs (excluding those in the gifted program) who travel to school on mini buses, mini vans, taxis and Wheelchair accessible vehicles will be provided with student transportation.
  • Starting September 15, 2021 – all other eligible students will be provided with student transportation, unless there is a significant driver shortage or other unforeseen issues related to COVID-19.

June 7, 2021

It is hard to believe that we are heading into the final month of the school year.  Ironically the character attribute assigned to June is perseverance. I am sure that we all agree there has been no year in recent history that has called upon each one us to show the highest level of perseverance in every aspect of our lives.  Together we will continue to support our students by problem solving, collaborating, celebrating the learning we continue to experience and mapping out the path for the month ahead in preparing for next school year. 

 This week we were treated to two special presentations.  Our French Immersions students were wowed by the magic of Marc Trudel and our English program students were amazed by magician, Scott Dietrich.  We look forward to a school wide Mad Science presentation – Crazy Concoctions on June 10th.  We thank our Council for facilitating the return of Jonathan Hood. Jonathan’s powerful discussion centred on empowering parents to talk about race, bias and privilege.  Plans are in the works by the AAASI daycare to commission a mural for their storage bunker adjacent to the main entrance of the school.  Their anti-racism committee is in the final stage of selecting an artist to bring to life a theme of diversity, inclusion and hope.  We look forward to seeing the completed project.

 As the month unfolds our thoughts will be with those students who will be Moving On to grade 6.  We extend our best wishes and know that they will continue to make us proud as they venture off to middle school.  Report cards and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will once again be distributed electronically starting on June 25th.  The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will be asking families to complete an online Selection Form for In-Person or Virtual Learning in mid-August. After receiving this data, we will have a better understanding of the number of students returning in-person relative to those electing to continue remotely.  Traditionally class placements are sent home with the June report card.  We will be sharing class placement information for next year at the end of August. Having the most up to date information will help to minimize re-organizing in September.  

May 7, 2021

Last night we hosted our annual Full Day Kindergarten information evening.  The event was held virtually and was extremely well attended.

Thank you to the families that participated as well as the Staff, School Council and Toronto Public Library representatives who were in attendance.

A special thank you to our two Grade 5 Moving On student ambassadors who did a wonderful job sharing their experiences with the new families.

The powerpoint presentation and resources presented by the TPL have been uploaded to the "Students" tab of our website.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms in our community!!

 

April 29, 2021

This past month the Government of Ontario announced that all schools in the province, including those at the TDSB, will be moving to remote learning following the April break. This decision was in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the spike in hospital admissions. The government indicated that data will be assessed on an ongoing basis and health officials will be consulted to determine when it will be safe to resume in-person learning. We understand that this announcement was difficult to hear. The multiple transitions between in-person and remote learning this school year have been a challenge for everyone. We will continue to do everything we can to support our students, staff and families. Please continue to follow health advisories.
Every month the TDSB recognizes different heritages. In May we recognize Asian and Jewish heritage month. We continue to be saddened by the extremely violent acts of anti-Asian and anti-Semitic racism that are being reported around the world and in our own country. As a school community we will continue to work within the TDSB Equity Policy to further our commitment to the elimination of discrimination, promotion of fairness, equity, acceptance, and inclusion. We thank our School Council and the school community for supporting us in our journey. Council sponsored anti-racism webinars and the purchase of classroom books related to diversity and inclusion are powerful examples of how our School Council is directly supporting our commitment to nurturing a more inclusive, equitable and just world for our students.
I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of virtual classrooms over the past weeks. I continue to be impressed by our students and would like to complement them on their hard work, independence and on following our school agreements of attentive listening, mutual respect, appreciation and participation. I would also like to recognize and thank our entire staff - teachers, ECEs and support staff - for all the work they have put into programming for our students and making the very best of a very challenging situation
We look forward to the day when everyone can return to in person learning. And when we do return it will not be to “normal” it will be to “better”
Keep well and stay safe.

 

March 31, 2021

We would like to thank the entire school community for their continued support and diligence in using the updated TPH screening tool and student health pass. Please continue to monitor the symptoms and close contacts of the entire family. It is so important that your child’s health pass is signed and dated each day. Forgotten forms or signatures results in significant delays as this requires our office staff to call each family and carry out the screening questionnaire. Unfortunately, the warm weather has seen an increase in families congregating in our playground after school. Our staff continues to work incredibly hard at providing the safest possible environment for our students each day and we depend on our families to support the messaging of mask wearing, distancing and cohorting after school. Let’s continue to work together to curb the spread of the variant and keep our students in school.

As we head into the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year the planning and organization process for next September has already begun. I want to reassure parents that staff and administration put a great deal of time and thought into the organizing of classroom groupings each year taking into account the Ministry of Education’s Primary Class Size which places a ‘hard cap’ of 20 students in Primary classes (Gr.1- 3). Teachers will meet with school administration to discuss the needs of each student. The following factors are taken into consideration:

  • The academic needs and learning style of the child
  • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child
  • Support programs - care is taken when placing children who are supported by special programs i.e. Special Ed., ESL
  • A range of ability levels of the students in the class
  • The class size (primary caps)
  • Parental input shared with the teachers regarding the following: i) Academic needs and learning style of their child ii) The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child; (Please note requests for specific teachers will not be entertained) We appreciate your trust in our professional judgement in balancing the considerations mentioned above. The final decision for class placements is the responsibility of the Principal. March came in like a kitten with warmer than expected temperatures. April showers arrived earlier than expected. Please ensure your child has the appropriate spring weather wear – splash pants, boots and rain jackets along with a spare change of clothes.   Wishing all of our students, families and staff a wonderful Easter long weekend and spring break.

March 1, 2021

We would like to thank the entire school community for their support and diligence in using the updated TPH screening tool and student health pass.  Please continue to monitor the symptoms and close contacts of the entire family.  It is so important that your child’s health pass is signed and dated each day.  Forgotten forms or signatures results in significant delays as this requires our office staff to call each family and carry out the screening questionnaire.

In an effort to further improve air quality and to help prevent the spread of COVID/Variants, this week schools were notified that every occupied classroom, portable and Wellness room will soon be outfitted with an institutional grade HEPA filter. Units will be distributed to schools, starting with elementary schools in areas of the city where there have been higher incidents of COVID-19. It is expected that all elementary schools will have units by the end of March.

Thank you to our School Council for hosting Jonathan Hood last week.  Jonathan’s webinar on Race and Anti-Racism was very well received by the 50 families that were able to attend.  We look forward to Dr Michael Ungar’s presentation on children and resiliency.  Mark your calendar and we hope you can join us next Thursday night at 6:30PM.

Thank you as well to the School Council for purchasing 36 new Chromebooks.  These new devices in addition to the borrowed devices returned by families after pivoting back have been re-deployed to each primary and junior classroom.  This infusion of technology establishes a 2:1 ratio of students per device and provides our students with alternative ways to accessing the curriculum and showing their learning.

Each year, as we transition from winter into spring we are faced with some erratic weather.  Warm days of thaw followed by intense cold spells often results in large icy areas on our playground and field.  We appreciate Mr Jasinski for always working so hard and doing his best to keep the snow and ice clear from our walkways.  We do understand there are extra challenges as parents/guardian are careful to avoid walking through classroom cohort reception and dismissal zones.  Please do exercise extra caution as you navigate the school property at drop off and pick up times.

Keep well, stay safe and healthy,

February 3, 2021

Report Card and Interview Update

We are looking forward to providing all Parents/Guardians with the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress in school this term. We know that children benefit most when parents and teachers work together as partners in learning.

Parents/Guardians will be invited for an interview this term in the following circumstances:

  • Students who are or may be at risk for promotion to the next grade
  • Students whose placement in an alternative or special education program is being considered
  • Students whose achievement has not improved or has declined significantly

In addition to the above, Parents/Guardians will be granted interviews upon their request.

Kindergarten Communication of Learning and Elementary Provincial Report Cards will be sent home electronically the week of February 8, 2021.

We are using the online interview booking system again this year.

To book your interview, please follow these steps:

Go to www.schoolinterviews.ca

Click on: Make a Booking (top right corner)

Enter the code for November Interviews: Code emailed directly to families

Enter your details and select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with. Select the appointment time that best suits your family.

When you click FINISH, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically. Check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately.

Things to consider:

  • The online booking program will be open for bookings on Wednesday February 3, 2020 at 10 AM
  • The closing time or last time to book an interview will be Sunday February 7, 2021 at 12 noon.
  • Teachers have set their availability throughout the week of February 8, 2021.
  • If there is “x” in the box, the teacher is unavailable at that time
  • If you do not book an interview before the closing time, and the teacher has suggested that an interview is necessary, a time will be assigned for you.
  • Please contact the teacher directly by email or school phone (416 394 7670) if you have any special circumstances regarding scheduling an interview time.

Update Switching Process Between Virtual and In-Person Learning

Back in December families were surveyed in order to get an idea of who may be interested in moving between the virtual and in-person learning platforms. Since that time families who indicated interest in a move have been contacted directly by our main office to confirm their requests. With our Superintendent and the IT Services Department, we are working through the task of ensuring space in each model so that students may make the move to their desired method of learning for the remainder of the school year.

As part of that process, we have been asked to inform you that no further switch back, other than for Human Rights reasons, will be taking place this school year. Families who have made the request will be contacted as soon as possible to confirm whether or not the switch is possible at this time. Those who completed the December survey will be prioritized, and then new cases will be considered individually according to space and need.

February 1, 2021

It is hard to believe that we have arrived at the mid-way point of another school year.  The uncertainty we face with regards to pivoting between remote and in-person learning continues to be a challenge we all face.   We are all working extremely hard and putting forth our best efforts for our students.  It was appropriate to end the month of January by recognizing Bell Let’s Talk day.  For anyone living with a mental illness, stigma is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome.  There is no better time to be reminded that talking is the best way to start breaking down the barriers associated with mental illness and accessing mental health support. Mental health and well being resources during COVID can be found at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/In-Person-Learning/Resources-During-Covid-19

The provincial stay at home order has also resulted in the postponement of the administration of the CCAT for our grade 3 virtual school students.  Toronto Public Health has strongly recommended not to proceed until the provincial emergency order has ended on February 10th. The recommendations of TPH are being followed and plans are being made for after the emergency order is lifted.  Information will be communicated directly to the students/ families affected.

Reports cards and student IEPs (Individual Education Plans) will once again be distributed electronically.  Please look for messaging from the board with regards to dates and how to access these documents.  We will be opening up our online booking system on Wednesday February 3rd – please be sure to book your parent/guardian- teacher conference.  A separate email will be sent out to all families with instructions next week.

Kindergarten registrations will take place in February.  If you have a child who was born in 2017 or know a family that is interested in registering please have them register online:  https://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth Lastly, we would like to remind you of the extra-long weekend coming up.  Friday February 12 is a PA Day and Monday February 15 is Family Day.   Please take this time to enjoy with your immediate family. The purpose of this holiday is emphasizing and celebrating the importance of families being together.

January 15 2021

Reminder of a couple of important deadlines:

January 29 - Deadline for families of Grade 3 English programs to apply for Middle French Immersion Grade 4 entry next September 2021.

Click Here to Apply Middle French Immersion

January 29 - Deadline to request switches between Virtual School and In-Person School - Please email Mr Kanalec:  Michael.Kanalec@tdsb.on.ca

 

January 2021

Happy New Year to all our students, families and staff. I am sure we all agree that 2020 was unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetime.  Despite the challenges and struggles our focus remains on the positives and the learning we all experienced.  Pivoting numerous times to remote learning allowed us to collaborate, problem solve, persevere, be empathetic and connect using authentic 21st Century platforms.  We must remember that in our ever-changing world we are preparing our children for jobs and careers that have not yet been created.

The Government of Ontario announced that the province will be in the Grey (Lockdown) Zone until Saturday, January 23 to further slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this announcement, the government has said that all elementary schools in Southern Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will be closed to students until at least February 10, 2021.  During this time, all in-person schools will be shifting to remote learning, while virtual schools will continue as normal.  Further to this, all in-person elementary schools will follow their regular school schedule/timetable. In some cases, there may need to be minor adjustments which will be communicated to families by your child’s homeroom teacher on Monday, January 4.

All childcare programs serving infant, toddler and preschool-age children located inside TDSB schools will be permitted to remain open during the Lockdown period, however parents/guardians should confirm details with their individual child care operator. While schools are closed, all TDSB Extended Day Programs and Before- and After-Schools Programs will also be closed.

While the TDSB has distributed more than 70,000 devices to students this year, we know that some students may still require a device for this remote learning period. Most families have indicated their need for a device through their child’s teacher.  These families will be contacted directly, and curbside pick up will be available on Monday January 4, 2021.  Please connect with your child’s teacher or the main office if you require any further assistance.

A new year brings forth hopes for a better world.  A better society, where everyone is respected and valued for who they are.  Our hopes for an improved and healthier environment that will support many future generations, and mostof all our hopes for an inclusive world, where everyone can live in peace and harmony.

Keep well and stay safe,

December 1 2020

This week all families should have received an important message for the TDSB regarding fresh air in schools during cold weather.  We continue to do everything we can to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Daily self-assessments, tracking Back to School Confirmation Forms, regular hand washing, mask wearing and physical distancing are some of the most important things we can do. In addition, according to Toronto Public Health, increasing fresh air is an important strategy in our schools and classrooms.

 As we head into the colder months of the year, open windows will continue to be an important step to increase fresh air in classrooms and schools. Toronto Public Health is recommending that windows in classrooms should be opened for a period of time, at different points of the day to introduce fresh air into the space and increase air flow. While heating systems will be turned up, we still expect that schools will be cooler than normal.

We recognize it is very much a balance between introducing more ventilation at various times during the day and maintaining a comfortable indoor air temperature in classrooms. Please keep this in mind as your child gets ready for school each day by considering an extra layer of clothing to ensure comfort throughout the day.

Please continue to model proper mask wearing and physical distancing at drop off and pick up times.  Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools safe for staff and students.

Reminder to our families that our Gr 1-5 instructional day ends at 3:10 PM.  With the cooling temperatures and additional winter gear we thank you for your patience as your child may arrive at their dismissal door between 3:10 – 3:20. We will continue head outside for recess and physical education classes through the winter months.  Proper boots, splash/snow pants and gear are essential. 

Teachers work hard to streamline the end of the day transition with their daycare, bussed and walker student drop offs.  Student supervision and safety is our primary focus.  A reminder to parents wanting to pick up their child from the bus line - our bussed students are tracked through a separate daily bussing attendance.   If you need to pick your child up before he/she boards the bus, notifying the office is necessary before doing so.  Thank you for helping to keep our students safe.

On behalf of all the staff at SAB – we would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe winter break.

Happy Holidays,

November 1, 2020

Fall is the perfect season to go out for a walk/run.  We are very pleased to have raised $850 to donate to Cancer research through our Toonies for Terry online campaign.  Thank you to Ms Vucinich, Mme Dibon-Smith and Mme Rovas for supporting the event through their phys. ed. programs.  We encourage our families to continue walking to school as much as possible each week in support of our Eco schools Walk to School initiative.  This will decrease the cars on the roads around our school and alleviate the congestion in our busy parking lot.

 

October’s orange and black spirit day was a big hit!  Families who will be trick or treating are reminded to carefully review the Halloween Safety Tips in addition to the extra COVID precautions published by Toronto Public Health.  Thank you for enjoying your Halloween  treats at home and not sending treats to school with your child.  Keeping Halloween goodies at home helps to keep our allergy sensitive students safe and supports the healthy eating messages delivered by our phys.ed team. 

Fall and winter weather conditions will be arriving shortly.  Our classes will continue to go outside regularly throughout the day.  Please check the forecast daily and help your child select the appropriate outerwear.  Our operational guidelines have been adjusted to include the controlled and staggered use of student lockers.  Teachers in adjacent classrooms will work together to ensure students are able to access their assigned lockers in a safe and physically distanced way.

We appreciate everyone’s effort in keeping their child home when they are not feeling well and having them return with a signed Back to School Confirmation Form.  Together we are doing our part to flatten the curve.

October 8, 2020

Good afternoon SAB families,

 

As we wrap up the first four weeks and head into the Thanksgiving weekend we wanted to provide you with some updates.

Lockdown and Fire Evacuation Fall Drills

Each fall and spring we practice fire evacuation and lockdown drills.  Today we held our first lockdown drill.  It was very successfully carried out.  Our staff is very sensitive to the  importance of these drills as well as the potential that they can be frightening to some children.  Students are prepared in an age appropriate way by each homeroom teacher prior to our practice drill.  This helps to alleviate anxiety and move the focus to helping keep each other and ourselves safe.  Please take a moment to speak to your child and have them share with you what they learned about today’s lockdown drill and this week’s fire drills.

 

Non-Instructional Times:  Before and After School, Recess and Lunch

 

We wanted to thank all of our families for continuing to model appropriate mask wearing and physical distancing at drop off and pick up.  Thank you as well for keeping the family pets at home (dogs are not allowed on school property during the operational day).  As our students settle in to their new routines a new comfort level quickly develops.  Our entire team – admin, teachers and lunchroom supervisors - continue to stress the importance of physical distancing while dining in classrooms and while outdoors at recess.  With masks removed for eating, the importance of physical distancing and staying in your seat during the eating portion of lunch cannot be stressed enough.  We ask that each family review this expectation with their child regularly.  We would also like to send out a big thank you to our lunchroom supervisors.  Many of whom are parents and members of our community.  They continue to do an amazing job in providing a caring and safe environment for all of our students.  Thank you.

 If you have time to spare throughout the week and would like to join our lunch supervision team – please reach out to Mme Kamel-Zia ( Amira.kamel-zia@tdsb.on.ca).

Home School Connections

Traditionally we host a School Council sponsored welcome back barbeque along with our curriculum night at the end of September.   This year this event cannot take place.  We are pleased that we were not required to re-organize during this round of in-person to virtual school transfers.  Many of our teachers have already connected with their families in a variety of  meaningful ways.   This includes communication through:  phone calls, classroom email updates, classroom newsletters, Google classroom messages and virtual communications.  If you have not already heard from your child’s teacher by the end of next week, please feel free to reach out to them or the admin team with any questions.

 

Halloween – Orange and Black Day

We have reflected on how our costume spirit day will look like this year.  Because of the complexity of many costumes and the need for hands on assistance with many of our youngest students we have decided that costumes should be enjoyed at home this year.  Instead we will have an orange and black spirit day on Friday October 30. 

Updated TDSB Student Health Pass

 

We understand how busy life is during the hustle and bustle of the morning.  Thank you to all the families that screen their child every morning and sign their health pass.  This helps to streamline our entry into school in a safe and organized way.  Please find attached the latest screening tool for families.   Updated Student Health Pass.pdf  

 

Religious Holidays and Thanksgiving Message from Toronto Public Health

 

Dear Parent or Legal Guardian:

 

Re: Safer Holiday Planning During COVID-19

 

With religious holidays and Thanksgiving approaching, here are some reminders to keep everyone as safe as possible. Remember to:

 

  • Wash your hands often and stay home when you are sick.
  • Keep two metres distancing from others not part of your household.
  • Wear a mask or face covering, in indoor public places.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is difficult with others that are not part of your household.
  • Avoid touching your face. Cover your cough or sneeze with inner elbow or a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces.
  • Download the COVID Alert app.

 

Avoid non-essential travel

 

There has been an increase in COVID-19 among people who recently travelled in Canada and abroad. Restrictions on non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada are still in place. All travellers returning from outside of Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Have guests from out of town?

 

If you have relatives or friends travelling to Canada to celebrate the holidays with you, please remember that they are required to quarantine for 14 days. See Government of Canada website on travellers entering Canada.

 

Keep gathering sizes small

 

Smaller, outdoor gatherings are safer than indoors. Reserve close contact to members of your household and essential supports, and keep a physical distance and wear a mask from everyone else. Add a virtual event to include family and friends from out-of-town and anyone who is feeling unwell. This year, avoid buffet style food service. Instead, serve food on individual plates to avoid passing and touching items.

 

For more information, please visit toronto.ca/covid19 or call us at 416-338-7600.

 

Yours truly,

 

Nicole Welch BSc. MSc. RN

 

Toronto Public Health Director

 

Wishing you all a safe and thankful long weekend.

 

Regards,

 

Michael Kanalec

September 29, 2020

Good afternoon SAB families,

 

This week we were pleased to meet our new Toronto Public Health Liaison who came in to do a site visit.  Their mandate was to assess how we are doing in response to the health and safety measures put in place to support our re-opening.  I am very proud to announce that the hard work of our staff combined with the support of our community resulted in extremely positive feedback.  One area however was identified as an area in need of improvement – recess time.  It was clearly observed that our students were misinterpreting recess as an all-out mask break time.  Many students were congregating, playing tag and soccer without being masked and in breach of social distancing guidelines. 

 

Updated SAB Student Mask Policy

 

As such we have informed our entire faculty and student body that masks will be worn inside at all times and  outside of the building when physical distancing in not being followed.  Of course if a student would like to remove themselves from an outdoor group gathering or game and take a mask break they will be free to do so as long as they adhere to physical distancing.  Other outdoor breaks like DPA (daily physical activity) and physical education classes will continue to take place outdoors under the direct supervision of a homeroom or gym teacher.  During these times there will be more opportunities for students to engage in physical distancing activities while simultaneously taking a mask break and safely participating.

 

Updated SAB Parent/Guardian Mask Policy – See attached poster  Parent Guardian Mask Required.pdf  

 

Mask guidelines continue to be updated in response to significant increases in COVID-19 cases in Toronto, Ontario, and in schools across Ontario including TDSB.

 

Parents/guardians who are on school property temporarily (e.g., drop off/pick up) must wear masks and physically distance.

 

Students/Staff Absence Due to Illness or Showing Symptoms of COVID-19  while at School

 

Please note one of the three must be carried out to return to school:

 

  1. they have been COVID-19 tested and have a negative result
  2. received an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider
  3. self-isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms   

 

If symptoms appear at school, they must wait in the Wellness Room until picked up or arrangements can be made with the direction to self- isolate and seek testing for COVID-19.   9858-COVID-19-Decision-Guide-for-Schools.pdf 

 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in helping to keep our students, staff and community safe.

 

Regards,

 

M Kanalec

 

September 24, 2020

Good afternoon SAB Families

 

Apologies for the additional update but we continue to experience difficulty with the google form link initially circulated.  We believe we have resolved the issues.  Please use the new link embedded in the original message below.

 

Good morning SAB Families,

 

Please review the following important information:

 

1.  Student Start Up Packages (In-person learning only) + Medical Update - Anaphylaxis and Severe Asthma

 

Last week an important start up package was sent home with each student.  Please note the online component has not been released by the school board.  More information will be coming soon on start of the year forms which are currently deactivated. Once activated, start of the year forms will be automatically sent to contact emails of all active students in your school. 

 

IMPORTANT - We have reached out to all of the families of students with life threatening conditions that are in our system - anaphylaxis and severe asthma.  Please notify the school immediately if your child has a life threatening condition that we are not aware of - 416 394 7670.

 

2.  COVID-19 Operational Guidelines

 

Please be advised that our operational guidelines change very often in response to the current COVID numbers.  Our system works very closely with Toronto Public Health.  The most up to date procedure for students and staff:

 

If an Employee/Student shows symptoms of COVID-19 or they are in close contact of someone with COVID-19 they should be encouraged to go for testing or speak to their healthcare provider

 

They should self-isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms unless:   they have been tested and have a negative result  or,  received an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider 

 

Therefore families/staff have 3 options:

 

A.  Self-isolate for 14 days

 

B.  Provide a negative COVID result

 

C.  Provide an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider

 

3.  IMPORTANT Intent to Transition between In-Person Learning and Virtual School

 

All families that are considering transitioning between In-Person Learning and the Virtual School are asked to complete the Google Form link by Wednesday September 30. 2020 - 4PM.   Please note that this is firm deadline to register your intent.  Also the transition day will be Tuesday October 13, 2020.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScih2tWz4xQ6yTVQCE4-3QTvx3XpBZnQ_ON8SuoMjGK5aWz_g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Please contact our main office if you have questions.

 

Regards,

M Kanalec

September 11, 2020

Important Information:  Sir Adam Beck Re-Opening

 

Good afternoon SAB Families,

 

Please review this information carefully as part of our re-opening plan.

 

This week staff collaborated in the completion of two key tasks: 

 

  1. Class and staff re-organization as a result of the approximately 25% of SAB students who have registered for the Virtual School.

 

The reduction in students returning to in-person schooling has resulted in the reorganization of many of our homerooms.Students from the collapsed classes as well as a number of students from other classes were moved to meet the size caps as directed by TPH and TDSB.

 

This afternoon we began reaching out to families of students who were affected by the re-organization.We will continue to contact affected families next week prior to their scheduled stagger in day.

 

Tuesday September 15:  SK + Gr 5 classes (including 4/5 split classes)

 

Wednesday September 16:         JK, Gr 1 + Gr 4

 

Thursday September 17:             Gr 2 + Gr 3

 

  1. Finalizing our SAB re-opening plan which includes preparing the interior of the building with distancing, directional flow and hygiene signage and preparing the playground to receive students next week (ie. before school class drop off, after school dismissal zones and cohorted recess zones)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 

New Bell Times

 

8:35 AM – Entry All Grades (FDK to grade 5)

 

2:50 PM – FDK Dismissal

 

3:10 PM – Grades 1-5 Dismissal

 

DROP OFF/PICK UP COHORTS ZONES

 

  • Please drop your child and pick up from the assigned zone.  Whenever possible, signage will indicate the Zone
  • To maintain social distancing please leave promptly after dropping off your child, you will not be able to accompany your children in their classrooms

 

FDK  Zones** Please note resurfacing construction continues on our FDK playground

 

Rm 113 – FDK Playground  by the East  FDK class door

 

Rm 114 – Toddler’s Playground (across from the FDK playground)

 

Rm 115 – Naturalized Garden

 

Rm 116 – Naturalized Garden

 

GRADE 1 – 5 Zones

 

WEST COLAS, staff and signs will present to assist in directing students and families

 

Room 120 south ball hockey court, 

 

 Room 212 north ball hockey court,

 

Room 209 north funnel ball court

 

EAST COLAS, staff and signs will present to assist in directing students and families

 

Rooms 208, 210, 206, 121 and 122

 

North Field and Perimeter - staff and signs will present to assist in directing students and families

 

Room 214 – The rocks,

 

Room 201 – west rink fence/walkway,

 

Room 202 – south rink fence/walkway

 

Room 213 – sail shade area

 

EXTERNAL VISITORS

 

All school visitors must:

 

●  Call the main office to make an appointment

 

  • Conduct a COVID-19 health screening at the designated school entrance

 

● Enter the school through the main school entrance

 

● Wait to be invited into the school office to ensure appropriate physical distance

 

● Sign-in and out for safety and contact tracing

 

● physically distance while in the office

 

● Wear a mask/face covering

 

Parents/Guardians Visitors

 

In the case where families would like to speak with someone at the school, please call or email the school directly. Parents/caregivers who require a meeting with a teacher/school staff to discuss non-emergency issues, will do so by phone or virtually where possible.

 

Parents/caregivers who are picking up a child who needs to leave outside of the

 

normal school hours may be permitted to enter for pick up. Please note that one parent/caregiver will be permitted inside the building with a mask/face covering in this case.

 

INFORMATION FOR BUSSED STUDENTS ONLY

 

 

MASKS/FACE COVERING 

 

All staff and students will be wearing masks while inside the school

 

Parents and students should remember:

 

  • To pack multiple snug and comfortable masks/face coverings each day  ( please contact the school if you are unable to purchase masks for your child. 
  • That schools and buses will have extra masks on hand for those who forget.
  • To bring a breathable bag (paper or cloth) to store soiled masks, as well as a bag to store masks during outdoor breaks.
  • That staff will ensure regular outdoor breaks throughout the school day to take a break from wearing masks/face coverings.

 

Proper Use of a Mask/Face Covering

 

  • Do not share your mask/face covering with others.
  • Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off a mask/face covering.
  • Place the mask/face covering over your nose, mouth and chin.
  • Avoid touching your face and mask/face covering while using it.
  • Change your mask/face covering as soon as it is moist or dirty.
  • After wearing for a day, disposable masks/face coverings should be discarded and not used again.
  • Do not leave your mask/face covering tucked under your chin, hanging from your ear, or on your forehead.
  • Remove the mask/face covering by the ear loops without touching the front of the mask.
  • After wearing reusable cloth masks/face coverings, put in a plastic bag or directly in the laundry bin to be washed after use.
  • Launder cloth masks/face coverings with other items using the hot cycle and dryer, or follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. 

 


 

Types of Masks/Face Coverings

 

A good cloth mask or face covering should:

 

  • Be at least two layers of tightly woven cotton or linen.
  • Cover over nose, mouth and chin, and be easy to breathe through.
  • Fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops without gaping or impairing vision.
  • Be comfortable to avoid the need for adjustments when wearing.
  • Maintain its shape after washing and drying.
  • Not contain non-breathable materials such as plastic.

 

Students
Students can wear either a mask or face covering, including:

 

Disposable Masks – these masks are available in drug stores and many retail outlets, or can be ordered online. They are 3-layered, with stretchable elastic ear loops. After wearing for a day, these masks/face coverings should be discarded and not used again. Non-medical or medical versions of these masks are appropriate.

 

Reusable Masks – these masks look very similar to disposable masks but are made from cloth material that provides protection. Reusable masks can be used daily but need to be washed in hot water frequently. They can also be purchased at many retail outlets or ordered online, however the quality of these masks may vary.

 

Reusable Homemade Masks or Face Coverings -  these masks can be made from household or purchased fabric/materials. For instructions on making masks using fabric, visit the Government of Canada website. Note: Homemade masks and materials are not tested against any standards and may not be as effective in blocking virus particles that may be transmitted by coughing or sneezing. .

 

Masks Not Recommended for Use
Some commercially available masks have exhalation (breathable) valves or openings that make the mask more breathable for the person wearing it. However, these masks also allow infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask. Masks with exhalation valves are therefore not be used because they do not protect others from COVID-19 and do not limit the spread of the virus.

 

Use of Face Shields as an Alternative to Masks

 

A face shield features a looser fit and transparency, but is not an alternative to a mask. When used alone, face shields are not as effective as masks/face coverings. However, face shields can be considered for use only in certain circumstances (e.g., when masks are in short supply, when wearing masks interferes with speech clarity, for those impacted by heat stress, etc.).

 

In situations where a student, staff or visitor is not wearing a mask due to an exemption, but would like some additional protection, a face shield may be considered as an alternative measure of protection. 

 


 

Exemptions and Accommodations

 


Some students, staff and visitors will be exempt from wearing masks/face coverings in TDSB schools, buildings and on school buses. We need to be respectful and understanding of students and staff who cannot wear a mask for medical or other exemptions/accommodations.

 

Exemptions may be made for, but are not limited to:

 

  • Individuals with a medical condition that make it difficult to wear a mask, including:
    • Medical condition, mental health condition, cognitive condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask or face covering.
    • Medical condition that makes it difficult to breathe.
    • People who are D/deaf and hard of hearing or are communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, and where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication (note: TDSB has ordered different types of clear masks).
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance.
  • People who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

 

To learn more about mask and face covering requirements for TDSB students and staff, including more information about the process for determining exemptions, please read the TDSB Mask Guidelines.

 

We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to prepare for the safe return of all students and staff.

 

A final update will be sent out early next week if required.

 

Please do not hesitate to call the main office if you have any questions or concerns.

 

We will get through this together.  We will work together, cooperate with each other and follow the guidelines put into place to keep everyone healthy and safe.  We will be prepared, we will remain calm and the children (your children) in our care will benefit by feeling safe and reconnected.

 

Continue to be well and safe.

 

Regards,

 

Michael Kanalec

September 4, 2020

Dear SAB Families

 

Hope you all continue to be safe and well.

 

Please take time to review the important SAB return to school information   SAB Update September 4.pdf  

 

Looking forward to our return to school - either virtual or in person.

 

Keep well

M Kanalec

August 25, 2020

Good Afternoon Sir Adam Beck Families,

 

We sincerely hope that you are all keeping safe and well!  As you already know from the local news, social media, community conversations, and TDSB emails, the return to school during our “new normal” is extremely complex.  We have hesitated to send you detailed plans as there have been many changes during the summer planning process.  Our main goals continue to be the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families as well as providing the best learning opportunities for our students.

 

Please review the attached SAB update.  SAB Update 08-25.pdf  

 

We will continue to keep you updated as SAB specific plans are finalized over the coming weeks.

 

Continue to keep healthy and safe.

M. Kanalec