William G Miller Public School

February 19, 2019
Good morning,
 
I trust that you are having a great long weekend.
 
I wanted to let you know that we will be having a movie night on Thursday, March 7. It will be great to bring the community together before March Break to enjoy dinner and watch Ralph Breaks the Internet. More details to follow.
 
Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:
February: Online registration continues for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.
February 18 – Family Day (no school);
February 19 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;
February 19 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;
February 20 – Epelle-moi Club (room 1)
February 21 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;
February 21 – Board Games Club at lunch (grades 5 – 8).;
February 21 – Eco-club
February 22 – Folk dance at lunch.
February 23 - 4th Annual BlackHistory Month Celebration  on Saturday, February 23rd from 11:30 AM – 1:00PM at Church of the Nativity (10 Sewells Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 3G5)  
February 26 – Grade 6 parent information evening for Kearney Outdoor Education trip at 5:45pm.;
February 26 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;
February 27 – Grade 5 – 8 Ski Trip to Lakeridge Ski Resort
February 27 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.;
February 28 – Pizza lunch
February 28 – Character education assembly which will include a presentation from Dmytriy Pereklita, One Piece a Day (https://waterfront-magazine.com/one-piece-a-day/ & https://twitter.com/onepieceaday1) Thanks to Ms. Sivam and our Eco-club for arranging this.;
March 5 – Grade 8 graduation photos.:
March 6 – Sight and Sound Clinic 
March 7 – Electives day for grades 1 – 6.;
March 7 – Movie night at Miller!! Dinner at 6:00pm and movie at 7:00pm. Featuring Ralph Breaks the Internet.
March 8 – Grades 6 – 8 dance.;
March 11 – 15: March Break (no school);
March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip; &
March 30: Parents as Partners Conference (more information below).
 
SAVE THE DATES:
April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical
April 25 – STEM Night
May 16: Spring Fair
 
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: INSPIRING YOUR CHILD TO LEARN & LOVE MATH Module # 4 – Counting Ahead ... Please take a few minutes and watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=sKiviX5cUL8 (ENGLISH) or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgYZl72EkqA (FRENCH)  This video is the third of five videos published by http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/fr/index.htm (FRENCH) & http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/en/(ENGLISH) that I will be highlighting in the coming weeks. All resources are available in English and French.
 
SPRING FAIR: The Spring Fair Planning Committee continues to prepare for the 2019 Spring Fair. Please emailmillerspringfair@gmail.com to find out how you can volunteer. Also, organizers are collecting unopened McDonald’s, Burger King or other kid’s meals toys to hand out as prizes at the Spring Fair.
 
PARENTS AS PARTNERS CONFERENCE: The Parents as Partners Conference  will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019. This conference is presented by the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities' Parent Academies and is an all-inclusive conference for TDSB parents and caregivers. http://www.parentsaspartners.ca/
 
SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day.https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx
 
LOOKING FOR BOARD GAMES: Do you have board games that you are looking to get rid of? We are looking for gently used board games for students to use during indoor lunches and a couple grade 7 students in Student Voice are starting a games club.
 
AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH: February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board and we’re proud to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. This year’s theme is Out of many we are one: Across differences our commonalities uplift our African heritage, culture and people. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1270/February-is-African-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB Thanks to Ms. Jupiter and her class who have created a beautiful display in the main hallway. Please check for photos on Twitter.
 
CHINESE HERITAGE MONTH: The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month during the month of February and the theme this year is “Year of the Pig: Happy, Easy Going, Honest, Trusting, Sincere, Optimistic & Sociable.” https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1271/February-is-Chinese-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB Mme. Cotterchio’s art students are creating some beautiful art for Chinese Heritage Month. Please take a look at the photos on Twitter or enjoy next term you are in the school.
 
MILLER ROBOTICS: Mlle. McCormack has entered a junior Lego team in the May competition. More details to follow.  Encourage your child to speak with Mlle. McCormack if they are interested.
 
PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Spring Fair – Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information and/or to find out how you can volunteer.
Pizza Lunch – Our next pizza lunch is February 28. Parent volunteers are needed if you are available.
Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).
 
Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.
If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.
Have a great week!
Matt Johnston
Principal

 

February 11, 2019

Good evening,

 

I trust that you are having a great weekend.

 

Thanks to our grade 8 parents who are hosting a bake sale this Wednesday to support the grade 8 trip to Montreal. If you would like to donate any of you nut free baked goods or help out please email rjss.santos@gmail.com.

 

The Spring Fair Planning Committee continues to prepare for the 2019 Spring Fair. Please emailmillerspringfair@gmail.com to find out how you can volunteer. Also, organizers are collecting unopened McDonald’s, Burger King or other kid’s meals toys to hand out as prizes at the Spring Fair. Donations can be sent to the office.

 

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

February: Online registration for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.

February 11 – Creative writing club for grades 4 – 8.;

February 11 – Ski Day forms due.;

February 11 – Junior boys basketball quarter final game at Miller after school.;

February 12 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

February 12 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

February 12 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;

February 12 – Report cards sent home.;

February 12 – Ward 22 Forum Meeting with Trustee Sriskandarajah at Meadowvale PS (6:00pm – 8:30pm). See theattachment  for additional information.;

February 13 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball tournament at Miller.;

February 13 – Bake Sale run by our grade 8 parents & students for their Montreal trip and graduation.;

February 14 – Board Games Club at lunch (grades 5 – 8).;

February 14 – Anthony McLean (https://www.anthonymclean.org/k-6) presentation for grades 1 -8 on positive school climate and African Heritage Month.;

February 14 – Parent/teacher/student conferences (evening);

February 15 – PA Day for parent/teacher/student conferences (morning);

February 18 – Family Day (no school);

February 26 – Grade 6 parent information evening for Kearney Outdoor Education trip at 5:45pm.;

February 26 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

February 27 – Grade 5 – 8 Ski Trip to Lakeridge Ski Resort 

February 28 – Pizza lunch

February 28 – Character education assembly which will include a presentation from Dmytriy Pereklita, One Piece a Day (https://waterfront-magazine.com/one-piece-a-day/ & https://twitter.com/onepieceaday1) Thanks to Ms. Sivam and our Eco-club for arranging this.;

March 5 – Grade 8 graduation photos.:

March 7 – Electives day for grades 1 – 6.;

March 8 – Grades 6 – 8 dance.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

March 30: Parents as Partners Conference 

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:  INSPIRING YOUR CHILD TO LEARN & LOVE MATH): Module # 3: Making It Count - Take a few minutes and watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=mozNg40SWHc (ENGLISH) or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-QhzFU5SBU (FRENCH)  This video is the third of five videos published by http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/fr/index.htm (FRENCH) & http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/en/(ENGLISH) that I will be highlighting in the coming weeks. All resources are available in English and French.

 

PARENTS AS PARTNERS CONFERENCE: The Parents as Partners Conference will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019. This conference is presented by the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Mental Health and Well-Being Parent Partnership Committee and Model Schools for Inner Cities' Parent Academies and is an all-inclusive conference for TDSB parents and caregivers. http://www.parentsaspartners.ca/

 

Are you looking for more support when it comes to using TECHNOLOGY? Are you interested in accessing Google Read & Write at home? Are you looking for more engaging apps to use at home? Please fill out the following Google Form ( https://goo.gl/forms/Vx8UmIdTbc4mTfbY2 ) to help us determine what sessions we will create for parents & students to attend at William G Miller. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack and Ms. Sivam for organizing this.

 

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

 

LOOKING FOR BOARD GAMES: Do you have board games that you are looking to get rid of? We are looking for gently used board games for students to use during indoor lunches and a couple grade 7 students in Student Voice are starting a games club.

 

AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH: February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board and we’re proud to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. This year’s theme is Out of many we are one: Across differences our commonalities uplift our African heritage, culture and people.https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1270/February-is-African-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB Thanks to Ms. Jupiter and her class who have created a beautiful display in the main hallway. Please check for photos on Twitter.

 

CHINESE HERITAGE MONTH: The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month during the month of February and the theme this year is “Year of the Pig: Happy, Easy Going, Honest, Trusting, Sincere, Optimistic & Sociable.” https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1271/February-is-Chinese-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB Mme. Cotterchio’s art students are creating some beautiful art for Chinese Heritage Month. Please take a look at the photos on Twitter or enjoy next term you are in the school.

 

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club –Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We –Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders –If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

 

MILLER SPORTS:

Boys Basketball – Both teams played in their qualifying tournament this past week and advanced to the next round.

Girls volleyball - practises for our grade 5 -6 team and both grade 7/8 teams continue this week.

Folk Dance – Fridays at lunch. See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Spring Fair – Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information and/or to find out how you can volunteer..

Pizza Lunch – Our next pizza lunch is February 28. Parent volunteers are needed if you are available.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

February 4, 2019

Good morning,

I trust that you are having a great weekend. I’m sure many of you are preparing to watch the Super Bowl.

February is African Heritage Month and Chinese Heritage Month at the TDSB (more information below). Our main hallway has displays that have been prepared by Mme. Cotterchio and Mrs. Jupiter for both celebrations. They are very informative and highlight the incredible talent of our students. Visit our Twitter feed on our website to see them if you are unable to visit the school.

Thanks to the parents who were able to attend the Spring Fair planning meeting this past Wednesday. This event is a fantastic way to bring our community together. The Spring Fair Planning Committee is looking for others to get involved. Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com to find out how you can volunteer.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

February 4: Online registration for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.

February 4 – Creative writing club for grades 4 – 8.

February 4 – Student Voice at lunch

February 4 – Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.;

February 4 – Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.;

February 5 – Jr boys basketball tournament at Joseph Brant PS

February 5 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

February 5– Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

February 5 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;

February 5 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise at lunch.;

February 6 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise before school.;

February 7 – Board Games Club at lunch (grades 5 – 8).;

February 7 – Intermediate girls volleyball tournament at Jack Miner Sr. PS

February 8 – Intermediate boys basketball tournament at Samuel Hearne Sr. PS (the tournament date was changed from the original date of February 7 due to a conflict);

February 8 – Folk Dance at lunch. Please see Mme. Lipp if you are interested;

February 8 - Burundian Drumming at lunch.;

February 12 – Report cards sent home.;

February 12 – Ward 22 Forum Meeting with Trustee Sriskandarajah at Meadowvale PS (6:00pm – 8:30pm). See the attachment  for additional information.;

February 13 – Bake Sale run by our grade 8 parents & students for their Montreal trip and graduation.

February 13 – Junior girls volleyball tournament at Miller.;

February 14 – Anthony McLean (https://www.anthonymclean.org/k-6) presentation for grades 1 -8 on positive school climate and African Heritage Month.;

February 14 – Parent/teacher/student conferences (evening);

February 15 – PA Day for parent/teacher/student conferences in the morning (no school).;

February 18 – Family Day (no school);

February 26 – Grade 6 parent information evening for Kearney Outdoor Education trip at 5:45pm.;

February 26 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

February 27 – Grade 5 – 8 Ski Trip to Lakeridge Ski Resort. Spaces are still available.;

February 28 – Pizza lunch;

February 28 – Character education assembly which will include a presentation from Dmytriy Pereklita, One Piece a Day (https://waterfront-magazine.com/one-piece-a-day/ & https://twitter.com/onepieceaday1) Thanks to Ms. Sivam and our Eco-club for arranging this.;

March 5 – Grade 8 graduation photos.:

March 7 – Electives day for grades 1 – 6.; &

March 8 – Grades 6 – 8 dance.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:  INSPIRING YOUR CHILD TO LEARN & LOVE MATH): Module # 2 - Count Together ... Please take a few minutes and watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=vD0GmnwhBro (ENGLISH) or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2411JZufaY (FRENCH)  This video is the second of five videos published by http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/fr/index.htm (FRENCH) & http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/en/(ENGLISH) that I will be highlighting in the coming weeks. All resources are available in English and French.

Are you looking for more support when it comes to using TECHNOLOGY? Are you interested in accessing Google Read & Write at home? Are you looking for more engaging apps to use at home? Please fill out the following Google Form ( https://goo.gl/forms/Vx8UmIdTbc4mTfbY2 ) to help us determine what sessions we will create for parents & students to attend at William G Miller. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack and Ms. Sivam for organizing this.

STUDENT SAFETY:

  1. Drop Off & Pick Up - We continue to work with the parent community to ensure our children stay safe during drop off and pick up. We have been told that Toronto parking enforcement will be present this week. Thank you to the majority of parents who follow established procedures to ensure safety. Three point turns are no permitted in our drop off/pick up zones as it creates unsafe. PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NEVER A VALID REASON TO CREATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. Please review the attached flyer  which has been distributed several times this year and appears in the agenda.
  2. Crossing Guard – We continue to work with Toronto police, the city councillor’s office, and Toronto at Your Service (311) to ensure there is a crossing guard at the Lawrence Ave and Bennett Rd intersection consistently. Please continue to review road safety with your child(ren).

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

LOOKING FOR BOARD GAMES: Do you have board games that you are looking to get rid of? We are looking for gently used board games for students to use during indoor lunches and a couple grade 7 students in Student Voice are starting a games club.

AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH: February is African Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board and we’re proud to recognize the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians. This year’s theme is Out of many we are one: Across differences our commonalities uplift our African heritage, culture and people. https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1270/February-is-African-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

CHINESE HERITAGE MONTH: The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month during the month of February and the theme this year is “Year of the Pig: Happy, Easy Going, Honest, Trusting, Sincere, Optimistic & Sociable.” https://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1271/February-is-Chinese-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club –Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We –Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders –If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Boys Basketball – practises for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

Girls volleyball - practises for our grade 5 -6 team and both grade 7/8 teams continue this week.

Folk Dance – Fridays at lunch. See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Spring Fair – Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information and/or to find out how you can volunteer.

Pizza Lunch – Our next pizza lunch is February 28. Parent volunteers are needed if you are available.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

January 28, 2019

Good evening,
 
I trust that you are having a great weekend.
 
It’s that time of year when we have to start to lay the foundation for the 2019 Spring Fair.  Please join the Spring Fair Planning Committee on Wednesday January 30, 2019, @ 7 pm in the Miller School library. The intent of the meeting is to review last year’s framework, gather new ideas and establish committees and leads for the various committees so that the planning can begin. Please emailmillerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information.
 
Are you looking for more support when it comes to using TECHNOLOGY? Are you interested in accessing Google Read&Write at home? Are you looking for more engaging apps to use at home? Please fill out the following Google Form ( https://goo.gl/forms/Vx8UmIdTbc4mTfbY2 ) to help us determine what sessions we will create for parents & students to attend at William G Miller. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack and Ms. Sivam for organizing this.
 
Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:
January 28 – Creative writing club for grades 4 – 8.
January 28 –Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.;
January 28 – Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.;
January 28 & 29 – Toronto Public Health presentation on Mental Health & Well-being for grades 7 & 8.;
January 29 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;
January 29 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;
January 29 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;
January 29 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise at lunch.;
January 30: Walkthrough Wednesday at 9:15am. An opportunity for parents to walk through Miller and see what is happening.;
January 30 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise before school.;
January 30 –Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.;
January 30 – Boys Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.;
January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library. Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information.
January 31 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise at lunch.;
January 31 – Grade 7/8 girls volleyball game after school at Miller.
February 1 – Folk Dance at lunch. Please see Mme. Lipp if you are interested;
February 1 - Burundian Drumming at lunch.;
February 4: Online registration for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.
February 5 – Jr boys basketball tournament at Joseph Brant PS
February 7 – Int. boys basketball tournament at Samuel Hearne Sr. PS
February 26 – Grade 6 parent information evening for Kearney Outdoor Education trip at 5:45pm.
February 26 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;
February 27 – Grade 5 – 8 Ski Trip to Lakeridge Ski Resort
 
SAVE THE DATES:
March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip
April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical
May 16: Spring Fair
 
RESOURCES OF THE WEEK:  INSPIRING YOUR CHILD TO LEARN & LOVE MATH (Resource of the week): Module # 1 - Count Yourself In ... Please take 10 minutes and watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=179&v=A-VxlJWY_Es (ENGLISH) or https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=YXCi1uLjQ8I (FRENCH).  I have attached the related fact sheet in French  and English . This video is the first of five videos published by http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/fr/index.htm (FRENCH) & http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/parent_engagement-math/en/(ENGLISH) that I will be highlighting in the coming weeks. All resources are available in English and French.
 
STUDENT SAFETY:
  1. Drop Off & Pick Up - We continue to work with the parent community to ensure our children stay safe during drop off and pick up. We have been told that Toronto parking enforcement will be present this week. Thank you to the majority of parents who follow established procedures to ensure safety. Three point turns are no permitted in our drop off/pick up zones as it creates unsafe. PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NEVER A VALID REASON TO CREATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. Please review the attached flyer  which has been distributed several times this year and appears in the agenda.
  2. Crossing Guard – We continue to work with Toronto police, the city councillor’s office, and Toronto at Your Service (311) to ensure there is a crossing guard at the Lawrence Ave and Bennett Rd intersection consistently. Please continue to review road safety with your child(ren).
 
SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx
 
LOOKING FOR BOARD GAMES: Do you have board games that you are looking to get rid of? We are looking for gently used board games for students to use during indoor lunches and a couple grade 7 students in Student Voice are starting a games club.
 
TAMIL HERITAGE MONTH: The TDSB is celebrating Tamil Heritage Month in January 2019 with the theme of “Remembrance. Resilience. Recognition.”
 
MILLER ARTS:
Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.
Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.
Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.
 
 
STUDENT LEADERSHIP:
Eco-club –Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.
Me to We –Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.
Student Equity Leaders –If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Ms. Sivam.
PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.
Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.
Safety Patrollers - Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.
Student Voice - Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.
 
MILLER SPORTS:
Boys Basketball – practises for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.
Girls volleyball - practises for our grade 5 -6 team and both grade 7/8 teams continue this week.
Folk Dance – Fridays at lunch. See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.
 
PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Spring Fair – The first planning meeting is January 30 at 7:00pm in the library. Please email millerspringfair@gmail.com for additional information.
Pizza Lunch – Thanks to organizers & volunteers for their support this past Thursday.
Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).
 
Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.
If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.
Have a great week!
Matt Johnston
Principal

 

January 21, 2019

Good morning,

What a cold day! I hope you are having a great weekend. Based on tomorrow’s forecast, students will have an early entry and be inside for recess and lunch. I have attached a TDSB fact sheet and letter regarding severe weather protocol.

I wanted to share some exciting news. Our Junior/Intermediate Choir and Burundian Drummers have been selected to perform at the 133rd TDSB Music Festival at Roy Thomson Hall in May 2019. Congratulations to participants and thank you to the teachers, Mrs. Vernon-Baker, Mr. Ndayisenga, & Mrs. Jupiter.

Do you have board games that you are looking to get rid of? We are looking for gently used board games for students to use during indoor lunches and a couple grade 7 students in Student Voice are starting a games club.

It was brought to our attention last week that the crossing guard at the Lawrence & Bennett crossing has been absent. We have been working with Toronto police, the city councillor’s office, and Toronto at Your Service (311) to address the issue. I have been told there should be a crossing guard present on Monday.

We continue to work with the parent community to ensure our children stay safe during drop off and pick up. Our Toronto police community resource officer was present one morning this week and we have been told Toronto parking enforcement will be present this week. Thank you to the majority of parents who follow established procedures to ensure safety. PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NEVER A VALID REASON TO CREATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. Everyone is in a rush in the morning. Please review the attached flyer which has been distributed several times this year and appears in the agenda.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

January 21 – Final day to return pizza lunch order forms.

January 21 – Meeting at morning recess in room 31 for grade 4 – 8 students interested in a writing club.

January 21 –Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.;

January 21 – Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.;

January 22 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

January 22 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

January 22 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;

January 22 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise at lunch.;

January 23 –Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.;

January 23 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise before school.;

January 23 – Room 27 technology session at Apple.;

January 23 – Rooms 25 & 27 skating at Heron Park (PM).;

January 23 – Boys Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.;

January 24 – Grade 5/6 girls volleyball team practise at lunch.;

January 24- Room 10 at Hillside

January 24 – Room 25 technology session at Apple.;

January 24 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

January 25 – Folk Dance at lunch. Please see Mme. Lipp if you are interested;

January 25 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.;

January 25 – Room 12 to Hillside.

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.;

January 28 & 29 – Toronto Public Health presentation on Mental Health & Well-being for grades 7 & 8.;

January 30: Walkthrough Wednesday at 9:15am. An opportunity for parents to walk through Miller and see what is happening.;

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

February 4: Online registration for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.

February 4 – 8 – Variety Village will be facilitating sessions for students that encourage inclusion, acceptance, awareness and teamwork all week.

February 26 – Grade 6 parent information evening for Kearney Outdoor Education trip.

February 26 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

RESOURCES OF THE WEEK: 

1.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? http://wodb.ca/A website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong.

2.) French as a Second Language Advisory Committee Newsletter – A monthly newsletter is published at the following link (https://t.e2ma.net/webview/tmtxp/a529896a7560f8c1dd08f80e680573e3 ) with many useful resources. Their website (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/fslac ) contains a wealth of information as well.

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

TAMIL HERITAGE MONTH: The TDSB is celebrating Tamil Heritage Month in January 2019 with the theme of “Remembrance. Resilience. Recognition.”

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club –Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We –Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders –If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Boys Basketball – practises for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

Girls volleyball

– Our junior team has been selected.

- Try-outs for the intermediate team continue this week.

Folk Dance – Fridays at lunch. See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Spring Fair – The first planning meeting is January 30 at 7:00pm in the library.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to organizers & volunteers for their support this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on January 24.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

January 14, 2019

Good evening,

What a cold end to last week. On Thursday and Friday of last week we modified morning entry, recesses, and lunch due to the temperature. The TDSB has a policy (PR519 - Severe Weather) in place regarding weather; hot, cold, snow or otherwise. When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower children will remain indoors due to risk of frostnip and frostbite. When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates –20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess maybe 20 minutes depending on local conditions. I have attached a TDSB fact sheet and letter regarding severe weather protocol. As a reminder, supervision of students in the school yard begins at 8:35am. Students are not permitted to wait in the school unless they are being supervised by school staff for their safety.

We continue to work with the parent community to ensure our children stay safe during drop off and pick up. Thank you to the majority of parents who follow established procedures to ensure safety. PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NEVER A VALID REASON TO CREATE UNSAFE CONDITIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. Everyone is in a rush in the morning. Please review the attached flyer which has been distributed several times this year and appears in the agenda. Drivers choosing to make three-point turns on Bennett Rd are creating unsafe conditions. Thank you to the drivers who are choosing to turn left on Ravenview Drive, the street south of the school, and follow that road through the community to avoid a three point turn. I have made contact with our community liaison police officer and Toronto parking enforcement to support us in our continuing efforts to keep our students safe.

We hosted ‘Welcome Back’ assemblies for our junior and intermediate students and visited each primary class to encourage students to set goals and get involved at Miller, review expectations, and introduce restorative practices/community circles. I have attached the powerpoint which outlines the message delivered to students. Please take a few minutes to review with your child.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

January 14 - Restorative practices/community circles presentations in grades 7 & 8 classes.

January 14 – Student Voice

January 14 – Boys Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.

January 14 – Boys Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.

January 15 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.;

January 15 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

January 15 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

January 15 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

January 16 – Boys Junior Boys Basketball practise at lunch.

January 16 – Boys Intermediate Boys Basketball practise after school.

January 17 – Burundian Drumming at lunch.;

January 18 – PA Day;

January 23 – Rooms 25 & 27 skating at Heron Park

January 24- Room 10 at Hillside

January 24 – Room 25 goes to the Apple Store

January 24 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

January 25 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.;

January 28 – Toronto Public Health presentation on Mental Health & Well-being for grades 7 & 8.;

January 30: Walkthrough Wednesday at 9:15am. An opportunity for parents to walk through Miller and see what is happening.;

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

February 4: Online registration for junior kindergarten students in the William G. Miller PS catchment area begins. If you are outside the William G. Miller PS catchment area and will be applying under optional attendance please contact the school office. Please refer to the link (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/KindergartenMonth) or contact the school office for additional information.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

 

LOST & FOUND: Please take a look through our lost and found bins for misplaced items. Clothing will be donated to a local organization on Tuesday, January 15.

 

RESOURCES OF THE WEEK:

1.) http://mathies.ca/apps.php A variety of math related APPS that you support fractions, decimals, ratios, money, etc.. They can be down loaded or played through the Mathies website.

2.) French as a Second Language Advisory Committee Newsletter – A monthly newsletter is published at the following link (https://t.e2ma.net/webview/tmtxp/a529896a7560f8c1dd08f80e680573e3 ) with many useful resources. Their website (https://www.tdsb.on.ca/fslac ) contains a wealth of information as well.

 

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

TAMIL HERITAGE MONTH: The TDSB is celebrating Tamil Heritage Month in January 2019 with the theme of “Remembrance. Resilience. Recognition.”

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club –Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We –Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders –If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

MILLER SPORTS:

Boys Basketball – practises for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

Girls volleyball

– Our junior team has been selected.

- Try-outs for the intermediate team continue this week.

Folk Dance – Fridays at lunch. See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Spring Fair – The first planning meeting is January 30 at 7:00pm in the library.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to organizers & volunteers for their support this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on January 24.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

 

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!

I hope you have had a fantastic holiday. I am very excited about the many opportunities at Miller in 2019. Please see the attached January calendar that was sent home before the break.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

January 7 – Classes resume.;

January 8 – Welcome Back assemblies for our junior and intermediate students. The purpose of the assemblies is to encourage students to set goals and get involved at Miller, review expectations, and introduce restorative practices/community circles. Administration will visit each primary class during the first week for the same purpose.

January 8 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.;

January 8 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

January 8 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

January 10 - Restorative practices/community circles presentations in grades 1 – 6 classes.;

January 11 – Folk Dance begins at lunch. Please see Mme. Lipp if you are interested;

January 14 - Restorative practices/community circles presentations in grades 7 & 8 classes.

January 15 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

January 18 – PA Day;

January 24 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.;

January 28 – Toronto Public Health presentation on Mental Health & Well-being for grades 7 & 8.;

January 31: Walkthrough Wednesday at 9:15am. An opportunity for parents to walk through Miller and see what is happening.;

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

FOOD & CLOTHING DRIVE: What a response! Thank you for your incredible generosity. Thanks to the students from our WE group (Mme. Alousis & Mlle. Lee) and Eco-club group (Ms. Sivam & Mrs. Thibault) for organizing.

SPIRIT WEEK: Our Student Voice leaders did a fabulous job of running a spirit week before the holidays. Visit our school website or Twitter to see some great pictures.

LOST & FOUND: Please take a look through our lost and found bins for misplaced items.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:  I'm re-sending the same resource that I sent before the break. Several parents have asked me for a list of educational APPs. Please see the attached list of assistive technology APPs. Also, I suggest you visit the following links for other suggestions: 1.) YouCubed APPs & Games https://www.youcubed.org/resource/apps-games/ & 2.) Mathies on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id1183505802 or Mathies on android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.ca.mathclips.catchball

SEVERE WEATHER: The TDSB has a policy (PR519 - Severe Weather) in place regarding weather; hot, cold, snow or otherwise. When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates -28C or lower children will remain indoors due to risk of frostnip and frostbite. When temperature and/or windchill factor indicates –20 to –28C, recesses may be shortened to 10 minutes and lunch recess be 20 minutes depending on local conditions. Staff will monitor students for signs of frostnip, frostbite or difficulty breathing. I have attached a TDSB fact sheet and letter regarding severe weather protocol.

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club – Thanks to the group for organizing the clothing drive. Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We – Thanks to members for running a food drive to support SCHC. Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders – A group of students have been meeting with Mrs. Board, Ms. Sivam, and our student equity program advisor (SEPA). If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Mrs. Board or Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball

- Our intermediate team lost their semi-final goal in the city finals. Congratulations on an outstanding season. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani & Mme. Kostich for coaching.

Boys Basketball – practises for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

Girls volleyball

– Our junior team has been selected.

- Try-outs for the intermediate team continue this week.

Folk Dance - Begins January 11th at lunch. Folk dance permission forms are due to Mme. Lipp (room 35). See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Spring Fair -

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to organizers & volunteers for their support this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on January 24.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

December 17, 2018

Good morning,

From our kindies singing their version of the Queen classic ‘We Will Jingle’ to the Burundian Drummers to the Boomwhackers, our students showcased their incredible talents at our Winter Concert. Please visit our website or Twitter for some video highlights. Thank you to the many parents, friends and family members who attended the concert. A huge thank you to Mme. Alousis and Ms. Sivam for organizing the evening.

Also, thank you to the many parents who supported the grade 8 trip to Montreal by purchasing dinner and snacks at the Winter Concert. The support of the grade 8 parents who organized and volunteered is greatly appreciated.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

December 17 – 21: Spirit Week. Please see below for additional details. Thanks to Student Voice for organizing.;

December 17 - Final day to bring in items for our food drive and clothing drive.;

December 17 – Grade 7/8 boys basketball try-out after school.;

December 18: Food and clothing picked up by Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (https://www.schcontario.ca/food-bank.html ).;

December 18 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.;

December 18 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

December 18 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

December 19 – Intermediate girls basketball team compete in the city finals.;

December 20 – Grade 3 Craft Club with Mme. Alousis. Please see her for more information.;

December 21 – Folk dance permission forms are due to Mme. Lipp (room 35). See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.;

December 21 – Grade 7 & 8 Dance in the afternoon. Payment can be made online.;

December 21 – Final day of classes before break.;

January 7 – Classes resume.;

January 11 – Folk Dance begins at lunch.;

January 15 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

January 18 – PA Day;

January 24 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.;

January 28 – Toronto Public Health presentation on Mental Health & Well-being for grades 7 & 8.; &

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

SPIRIT WEEK:

December 17- Sport Jersey Day

December 18-Miller Day

December 19-Cozy Sweater Day

December 20-Wacky Hair Day

December 21-Pajama Day

LOST & FOUND: Please take a look through our lost and found bins for misplaced items.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:  Several parents have asked me for a list of educational APPs. Mme. Freeman provided the attached list of assistive technology APPs at our last staff meeting. Also, I suggest you visit the following links for other suggestions: 1.) YouCubed APPs & Games https://www.youcubed.org/resource/apps-games/ & 2.) Mathies on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id1183505802 or Mathies on android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.ca.mathclips.catchball

SCHOOL BUS DELAYS: The following link is very helpful when there are delays. This site is in operation each day. https://busplannerweb.torontoschoolbus.org/Cancellations.aspx

SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING THE BREAK: Holidays can take students away from friends and their usual school supports. Changes to routine can cause some young people to feel stressed, isolated and alone. Adult support is very important at this time. I've attached a resource from Headspace, an Australian organization, that I provided to teachers to support students as we approach the break. I thought some parents may find it useful. Please note the resources listed are Australian based.

FRENCH for PARENTS: Are you interested in learning French? The TDSB's Learn4Life program is now offering: French for Parents. This French course is designed for parents whose children are attending Immersion or Extended French classes. The course will focus on introducing basic French: grammar, reading, and conversation for parents trying to assist their children with their courses. Please click here for additional information.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club – Thanks to the group for organizing the clothing drive. Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We – Thanks to members for running a food drive to support SCHC. Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders – A group of students have been meeting with Mrs. Board, Ms. Sivam, and our student equity program advisor (SEPA). If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Mrs. Board or Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Willy Wonka Musical – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball

- Our intermediate team won the conference finals and are competing at the city finals on Wednesday.

- Our junior team lost a tough semi-final game in the conference finals. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani & Mrs. Alleyne for coaching.

Boys Basketball – try-outs for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

Girls volleyball

– Our junior team has been selected.

- Try-outs for the intermediate team continue this week.

Folk Dance - Begins January 11th at lunch. Folk dance permission forms are due to Mme. Lipp (room 35). See Mme. Lipp for a permission form.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to organizers & volunteers for their support this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on January 24.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

December 10, 2018

Good morning,

Our Winter Concert is this Thursday, December 13th. Grade 8 parents and students will be selling pizza, samosas, cookies, hot chocolate, and other drinks starting at 5:00pm. Proceeds will go towards the grade 8 trip to Montreal. Additional information about the Winter Concert can be found below.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

December 10 – 14: Our Me to We group has organized a food drive for a local organization, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (https://www.schcontario.ca/food-bank.html ). We are requesting that you send medium to large boxes to the school as we prepare for the food drive.

December 10 – 14: Miller Clothing Drive continues- Please make sure that the clothes you are donating are new or gently used as they will be donated to a local shelter. You can bring your donations to the small gym and place them on the stage. If you have questions ask the ECO-CLUB members.

December 10 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

December 10 – Basketball try-outs for grades 7 & 8 boys after school.;

December 11 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 23.;

December 11 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

December 11 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

December 12 – Basketball try-outs for grades 4 – 6 boys at lunch.;

December 12 – Our junior and intermediate female basketball teams have qualified for the conference finals.

December 13 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing. If you are able to volunteer please meet at the small gym at 11:25am.;

December 13 – Grade 3 Craft Club with Mme. Alousis. Please see her for more information.

December 13 – Winter concert: 5:00pm-Dinner available / 5:45pm-Doors open / 6:00pm-Kindergaten classes perform / 6:15pm-Brief intermission to allow kindergarten parents to leave / 6:20pm-Concert Resumes

The following classes/groups will be performing:

Mrs. Cloutier-Thornes/Mrs. Phillips  Mrs. MacNeill/Ms. Brandon  Mme. Coppens

Mme. Golpayegani  Mr. Orelus  Mme. McCormack   Mme. Mavrodin  Ms. Stangolis  Mrs. Noakes  Mme. Larocque

The primary choir, jr/int choir and the Burundian drummers will be performing as well. The remaining primary and junior classes will participate in the Spring Concert.

December 14 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.

December 17 – 21: Spirit week presented by Student Voice. More details below.

December 21 – Grade 7 & 8 Dance in the afternoon. Payment can be made online.

December 21 – Final day of classes before break.

January 7 – Classes resume.

January 15 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

SPIRIT WEEK:

December 17- Sport Jersey Day

December 18-Miller Day

December 19-Cozy Sweater Day

December 20-Wacky Hair Day

December 21-Pajama Day

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://centraledesmaths.uregina.ca/index.php Math exercises, activities, and resources for students of various ages, including a link for careers in math. Available in French and English.

FRENCH for PARENTS: Are you interested in learning French? The TDSB's Learn4Life program is now offering: French for Parents. This French course is designed for parents whose children are attending Immersion or Extended French classes. The course will focus on introducing basic French: grammar, reading, and conversation for parents trying to assist their children with their courses. Please click here for additional information.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club – Member are currently running a clothing drive to support members of our community. Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Me to We – Members are currently running a food drive to support SCHC. Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Alousis or Mlle. Lee.

Student Equity Leaders – A group of students have been meeting with Mrs. Board, Ms. Sivam, and our student equity program advisor (SEPA). If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Mrs. Board or Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. They continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball - Our junior and intermediate female basketball teams have qualified for the conference finals. Thanks to Mme. Kostich, Mlle. Golpayegani & Mrs. Alleyne for coaching.

Boys Basketball – try-outs for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams continue this week.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on December 13.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018 https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

December 3, 2018

Good morning,

It was an honour and privilege to have the TDSB Director, Dr. John Malloy, visit William G. Miller PS this past Monday afternoon. He spent time meeting students and staff, saw Junglesport in action, visited five classes, heard our Burundian drummers and met with student leaders from our student council and student voice groups. Here is the video he posted on the TDSB website https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Director-of-Education/School-Visits (we are the third school on the list). I have included the two documents I shared with the Director: Miller Overview & our School Improvement Plan.

I have some bittersweet news regarding our vice-principal, Alison Board. At the November 29th Board meeting it was announced that Ms. Alison Board has been promoted to Principal at Malvern PS as of January 2019. I want to thank her for her strong leadership and commitment to the school community over the past three months. The following letter was sent home this past Friday.

 

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

December 1 – Congratulations to the Miller robotics team who competed at the First Lego League tournament hosted at Woburn CI (https://www.firstroboticscanada.org/events/category/fll/list/ ). They were awarded the 2nd Place (out of 24 teams) Project Award. Thanks to Mlle McCormack and Mrs. Noakes for coaching our team.

December 3 – 14: Miller Clothing Drive - Please make sure that the clothes you are donating are new or gently used as they will be donated to a local shelter. You can bring your donations to the small gym and place them on the stage. If you have questions ask the ECO-CLUB members.

December 3 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

December 3 – Basketball try-outs for grades 4 – 6 boys at lunch.;

December 3 – Basketball try-outs for grades 7 & 8 boys after school.;

December 4 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 23.;

December 4 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

December 4 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch. Check out the great promotion video they created: https://twitter.com/MsJSivam/status/1067446888117325826/video/1 ;

December 5 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

December 6 – Grade 3 Craft Club with Mme. Alousis. Please see her for more information.

December 7 – P. A. Day (no school);

December 10 – 14: Food drive for a local organization, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (https://www.schcontario.ca/food-bank.html ). We are requesting that you send medium to large boxes to the school as we prepare for the food drive.

December 13 – Winter concert: 5:45pm-Doors open / 6:00pm-Kindergaten classes perform / 6:15pm-Brief intermission to allow kindergarten parents to leave / 6:20pm-Concert Resumes

The following classes/groups will be performing:

Mrs. Cloutier-Thornes/Mrs. Phillips                Mrs. MacNeill/Ms. Brandon     Mme. Coppens

Mme. Golpayegani                                          Mr. Orelus                                  Mme. McCormack

Mr. Rama Naiken                                            Mme. Mavrodin                         Ms. Stangolis

Mme. Larocque                                               Mrs. Noakes                           

The primary choir, jr/int choir and the Burundian drummers will be performing as well.

The remaining primary and junior classes will participate in the Spring Concert.

 

December 13 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

December 17 – 21: Spirit week presented by Student Voice. More details to follow.

December 21 – Final day of classes before break.

January 7 – Classes resume.

January 15 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.

January 30 – Spring fair planning meeting at 7:00pm in the library.

SAVE THE DATES:

March 22 – 25: Grade 6 Outdoor Education Trip

April 3 & 4: Willy Wonka Musical

May 16: Spring Fair

 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://matoumatheux.ac-rennes.fr/accueil.htm Interactive math exercises and activities for ages 6 to 16. Available in French and English.

FRENCH for PARENTS: Are you interested in learning French? The TDSB's Learn4Life  program is now offering: French for Parents. This French course is designed for parents whose children are attending Immersion or Extended French classes. The course will focus on introducing basic French: grammar, reading, and conversation for parents trying to assist their children with their courses. Please click here for additional information.

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Student Equity Leaders – A group of students have been meeting with Mrs. Board, Ms. Sivam, and our student equity program advisor (SEPA). If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Mrs. Board or Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Eco-club – Interested students are encouraged see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

 

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

 

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball

- Our grade 7/8 team won their quarter final game this past Wednesday. They play in the conference semi-finals this week. Thanks to Mme. Kostich & Mlle. Golpayegani for coaching.

- The grade 4-6 team have advanced to the conference quarter finals this week. Thanks to Mrs. Alleyne & Mlle. Golpayegani for coaching.

Boys Basketball – try-outs for our grades 4-6 and 7/8 teams are this week.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on December 13.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is this Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

 

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018 https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

November 26, 2018

Good morning,

I hope you have had a great weekend.

Are you interested in learning French? The TDSB's Learn4Life program is now offering: French for Parents. This French course is designed for parents whose children are attending Immersion or Extended French classes. The course will focus on introducing basic French: grammar, reading, and conversation for parents trying to assist their children with their courses. Please click here for additional information.

 

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

November 26 – 30: Junglesport at Miller. Permission forms were sent home this three weeks ago. I have attached a copy. Here's a sneak peak: http://www.junglesport.ca/school-programs/elementary-school#main-content#main-content

November 26 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

November 26 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

November 26 – Early French Immersion application process closes. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 27 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 23.;

November 27 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

November 27 – Robotics Team practicing after school.;

November 27 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch;

November 27 – Grade 5/6 girls basketball tournament at Brookside PS.;

November 27 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided. Click here for a copy of the agenda.;

November 28 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.;

November 28 – Grade 7/8 girls qualifying basketball game at Joseph Brant PS at 3:30pm.;

November 29 – Grade 3 Craft Club with Mme. Alousis. Please see her for more information.

November 29 – Robotics Team practicing after school.;

November 30 – Safety patrol, PALs, & office helpers pizza lunch at 11:40 in the library.;

December 1 - Miller robotics team competes at the First Lego League tournament hosted at Woburn CI ( https://www.firstroboticscanada.org/events/category/fll/list/ )

December 7 – P. A. Day (no school);

December 10 – 14: Food drive for a local organization, Scarborough Communities for Healthy Communities (https://www.schcontario.ca/food-bank.html ). We are requesting that you send medium to large boxes to the school as we prepare for the food drive.

December 13 – Winter concert. The following classes/groups will be performing:

Mrs. Cloutier-Thornes/Mrs. Phillips                Mme. Mavrodin                      Mme. Coppens

Mme. Golpayegani                                         Mr. Orelus                               Mme. McCormack

Mr. Rama Naiken                                            Mrs. MacNeill/Ms. Brandon   Ms. Stangolis

Mme. Larocque                                               Mrs. Noakes                           

The primary choir, jr/int choir and the Burundian drummers will be performing as well.

The remaining primary and junior classes will participate in the Spring Concert.

 

December 13 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

January 26 – TDSB Opportunity Fair: An event to learn more about the many employment opportunities in the TDSB. Visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Employment to learn more.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://championmath.free.fr/index.html Math resource in French and English.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Student Equity Leaders – A group of students have been meeting with Mrs. Board, Ms. Sivam, and our student equity program advisor (SEPA). If your child is interested please encourage them to speak with Mrs. Board or Ms. Sivam.

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Eco-club – Interested students are encouraged to meet this Thursday & Friday at lunch. Please see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

 

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

 

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball

– Our grade 7/8 team went undefested and won their qualifying tournament this past Wednesday. They play a qualifying game this Wednesday at Joseph Brant PS. Thanks to Mme. Kostich & Mlle. Golpayegani for coaching.

-The grade 5/6 team have their tournament at Brookside PS on November 27. Thanks to Mrs. Alleyne & Mlle. Golpayegani for coaching.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to the volunteers who helped this past Thursday. I know parents and students appreciate pizza lunch. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on December 13.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is this Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

 

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018 https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH: In November, the TDSB celebrates Indigenous Education Month. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curriculum. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1250/November-is-TDSB-Indigenous-Education-Month

HINDU HERITAGE MONTH: In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1251/November-is-Hindu-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

November 19, 2018

Good morning,

It was great to speak with many parents this past Thursday and Friday at the parent/teacher conferences.

I hope many of you had an opportunity to enjoy the snow on Thursday night and Friday! Please ensure your child(ren) comes to school prepared for the weather conditions (winter boots, hat, and gloves, etc.). We will continue to reinforce this message at school as some students chose not to wear the warm clothing you send with them. I recommend that each item is labeled with their name. As a reminder, school supervision begins at 8:35am. Due to supervision regulations students are not permitted to be in the school building unless they are being supervised by a staff member.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

November 19 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

November 19 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.;

November 19 - 26 – Early French Immersion application process is open. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 20 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 23.;

November 20 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

November 20 – Robotics Team practicing after school.;

November 20 – Grade 7/8 girls basketball tournament at Miller.;

November 22 – Robotics Team practicing after school.;

November 22 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch;

November 22 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

November 26 – 30: Junglesport at Miller. Permission forms were sent home this past week. I have attached a copy of the parent letter and permission form. Here's a sneak peak: http://www.junglesport.ca/school-programs/elementary-school#main-content#main-content

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion program.;

November 27 – Junior girls basketball tournament.;

November 27 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

November 28 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.;

November 30 – Safety patrol, PALs, & office helpers pizza lunch at 11:40 in the library.;

December 7 – P. A. Day (no school); &

December 13 – Winter concert. The following classes/groups will be performing:

Mrs. Cloutier-Thornes/Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. MacNeill/Ms. Brandon, Mme. Mavrodin, Mme. Coppens, Mme. Golpayegani, Ms. Stangolis, Mr. Orelus, Mme. McCormack, Mr. Rama Naiken, Mme. Larocque, Mrs. Noakes                            

The primary choir, jr/int choir and the Burundian drummers will be performing as well.

The remaining primary and junior classes will participate in the Spring Concert.

 

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: A number of learning activities for English and Mathematics have been developed by the TDSB. www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/Get-Involved/Homework/Learning-Materials

 

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

PALs – Students have been trained by Toronto Public Health. They have been leading students through a variety of activities during recesses and lunch. Encourage your child to participate in the various of activities.

Eco-club – Interested students are encouraged to meet this Thursday & Friday at lunch. Please see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

 

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Students continue to practice with teachers. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

 

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball – Our grade 7/8 team have their tournament this week. The grade 4-6 team have their tournament on November 27.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to the volunteers who helped this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on November 22.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

 

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018 https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH: In November, the TDSB celebrates Indigenous Education Month. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curriculum. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1250/November-is-TDSB-Indigenous-Education-Month

HINDU HERITAGE MONTH: In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1251/November-is-Hindu-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

November 12, 2018

Good morning,

It was great to see parents and family members at our Remembrance Day Ceremony this past Friday. Thanks to the teachers and students who planned and participated in the ceremony. Also, I was very proud of how our students handled themselves as we recognized the service and contributions of Canadians past and present.

Everyone seemed to have a great time at our first movie night. It is always great to bring the Miller community together. A HUGE thank you to our organizers and volunteers who made the evening happen.

I miss the heat of summer already! My winter boots, hat, and gloves have been put to good use this weekend. Please ensure your child(ren) comes to school prepared for the weather conditions. We will continue to reinforce this message at school as some students chose not to wear the warm clothing you send with them. Also, school supervision begins at 8:35am. Due to supervision regulations students are not permitted to be in the school building unless they are being supervised by a staff member.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

November 12 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

November 12 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.

November 12 - 26 – Early French Immersion application process is open. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 13 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 23.;

November 13 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

November 13 – Robotics Team practicing after school.

November 13 – Progress reports will be sent home with an interview confirmation time.

November 13 – Grade 7 Immunization

November 15 – Robotics Team practicing after school.

November 15 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch

November 15 – Photo re-take day

November 15 – Parent/Teacher interviews (PM)

November 16 – PA Day for parent/teacher interviews (AM)

November 17 – PIAC’s 12th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference! Visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Conferences for more information.

November 22 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

November 26 – 30: Junglesport at Miller. Permission forms were sent home this past week. I have attached a copy. Here's a sneak peak: http://www.junglesport.ca/school-programs/elementary-school#main-content#main-content

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion program.;

November 27 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.; &

November 28 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.

December 7 – P. A. Day (no school)

December 13 – Winter concert. The following classes/groups will be performing:

Mrs. Cloutier-Thornes/Mrs. PhillipsMme. MavrodinMme. Coppens

Mme. Golpayegani Mr. OrelusMme. McCormack

Mr. Rama NaikenMrs. MacNeill/Ms. Brandon Ms. Stangolis

Mme. LarocqueMrs. Noakes

The primary choir, jr/int choir and the Burundian drummers will be performing as well.

The remaining primary and junior classes will participate in the Spring Concert.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://nlvm.usu.edu/fr/nav/vlibrary.html Math resource in French and English.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

PALs – Students were trained by Toronto Public Health this past week. Encourage your child to speak with Ms. Norbraten if interested.

Eco-club – Interested students are encouraged to meet this Thursday at lunch. Please see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Representatives met this past week and will continue to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Girls Basketball – Practises continue for our junior and intermediate basketball teams.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018

https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to the volunteers who helped this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on November 22.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH: In November, the TDSB celebrates Indigenous Education Month. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curriculum. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1250/November-is-TDSB-Indigenous-Education-Month

HINDU HERITAGE MONTH: In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1251/November-is-Hindu-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

November 5, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend. It was nice to see the sun for several hours today.

November is going to be another busy month. The November calendar was sent home this past Friday. I have attached  a copy for your convenience. Please note our first movie night  of the year is this Thursday, November 8. Additional information can be found below.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

November 5 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

November 5 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.

November 5 - 26 – Early French Immersion application process is open. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 6 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in large gym.;

November 6 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

November 6 – Robotics Team practicing after school.

November 6 – School Photo Orders Due (edgeimaging.ca/order ). Order forms were sent home this past week.

November 7 – PALs Leadership Training in the afternoon. P.A.L.S. is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability. Encourage your child to speak with Ms. Norbraten if interested.

November 8 – Movie night at Miller!! Dinner at 6:00pm and movie at 7:00pm. Featuring the Incredibles 2. See flyer for additional information.  Parent volunteers are needed starting at 5:00pm. Please email me or SC.WilliamGMillerPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca if you are able to volunteer.

November 8 – Robotics Team practicing after school.

November 8 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch

November 8 – Eco-club meeting in room 4 at lunch.

November 9 – Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:30am.

November 11 – Remembrance Day. The City of Toronto host many ceremonies: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers-the-wars/remembrance-day/civic-remembrance-day-services/

November 13 – Progress reports will be sent home.

Nevember 13 – Grade 7 Immunization

November 15 – Photo re-take day

November 15 – Parent/Teacher interviews (PM)

November 16 – PA Day for parent/teacher interviews (AM)

November 17 – PIAC’s 12th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference! Visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Conferences for more information.

November 22 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

November 26 – 30: Junglesport at Miller. Permission forms will be sent home so everyone can participate in this fabulous opportunity. Here's a sneak peak: http://www.junglesport.ca/school-programs/elementary-school#main-content#main-content

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion program.;

November 27 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.; &

November 28 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Youcubed - Inspire ALL Students with Open, Creative Mindset Mathematics www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

PALs - P.A.L.S. is a peer-led playground leadership program that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability. Encourage your child to speak with Ms. Norbraten if interested.

Eco-club – They had their first meeting this past Friday. Interested students are encouraged to meet this Thursday and Friday at lunch. Please see Ms. Sivam or Mrs. Thibault if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. The council continues to meet with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Flag Football – Our grade 7/8 team competed at their tournament this past Thursday. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack for coaching.

Girls Basketball – Try-outs are starting for our junior and intermediate basketball teams.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON EDUCATION: The Ontario Government is looking for your feedback on the education system in Ontario. Their goal is to prepare Ontario students for success, improve their academic achievement and equip them with the tools needed to enter the working world. Consultation closes on December 15, 2018 https://www.ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Movie Night on November 8th - Parent volunteers are needed starting at 5:00pm. Please email me or SC.WilliamGMillerPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca if you are able to volunteer.

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to the volunteers who helped this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on November 22.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION MONTH: In November, the TDSB celebrates Indigenous Education Month. This month provides an opportunity to centre Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities across the curriculum. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1250/November-is-TDSB-Indigenous-Education-Month

HINDU HERITAGE MONTH: In 2016, the Government of Ontario declared the month of November each year as Hindu Heritage Month. On April 18, 2018, the TDSB Trustees voted to recognize the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1251/November-is-Hindu-Heritage-Month-at-the-TDSB

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

October 29, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend. It is hard to believe we are at the end of October.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

October 29 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 2.;

October 29 – Robotics club for grades 4-8 at lunch.

October 29 – Grade 7/8 girls basketball try-out at 3:15pm.;

October 29 – Early French Immersion application process opens. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

October 30 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in large gym.;

October 30 – Junior Choir in room 38 at lunch.;

October 31 - 

Kindergarten parade takes place in the morning. 

Grades 1 - 8 students can wear their costume in the afternoon. Their parade will start at 1:05pm.

Alternative activities will take place in the library.

November 1 – Grade 7/8 Co-ed Flag Football Tournament at Meadowvale PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8 Trip meeting with Brightspark representative at 6:00pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8-9 Transitions Information meeting with our guidance counsellor at 6:30pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS. See attachment for additional details.

November 6 – School Photo Orders Due (edgeimaging.ca/order ). Order forms were sent home this past week.

November 8 – Movie night at Miller!! Dinner at 6:00pm and movie at 7:00pm. Featuring the Incredibles 2. See flyer for additional information. Parent volunteers are needed starting at 5:00pm. Please email me or SC.WilliamGMillerPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca if you are able to volunteer.

November 13 – Progress reports will be sent home.

November 15 – Photo re-take day

November 15 – Parent/Teacher interviews (PM)

November 16 – PA Day for parent/teacher interviews (AM)

November 17 – PIAC’s 12th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference! Visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Conferences for more information.

November 22 - Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

November 26 – 30: Junglesport at Miller. Permission forms will be sent home so everyone can participate in this fabulous opportunity. Here's a sneak peak: http://www.junglesport.ca/school-programs/elementary-school#main-content#main-content 

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion application.;

November 27 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.; &

November 28 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: https://www.khanacademy.org/

HALLOWEEN SAFETY: We know many students will be participating in Halloween activities in their communities. Please review the safety pamphlet from Toronto Police Service with your child(ren).

EQAO RESULTS: Individual EQAO results were sent home with grade 4 and 7 students this past week. If you did not receive your child’s individual report please contact the office.

GRADE 8-9 INFORMATION: Our guidance counsellor, Erin Nicholson, has been into each intermediate class to introduce the grade 8-9 process. She will be using the following blog (http://eastregionguidance.blogspot.com/ ) to provide information to parents/guardians. The TDSB website (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School ) has many resources, including a list of all secondary schools information nights.

TDSB MULTI-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: This plan – and its action plans – lays the ground work for how we will transform student learning, create a culture of well-being, provide access to learning opportunities, allocate resources strategically and build strong partnerships. http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Leadership/Boardroom/Multi-Year-Strategic-Plan

ECO-CLUB: Mrs. Thibault or Ms. Sivam attended the Eco-schools kick-off this past Friday. The City of Toronto is seeking feedback on how to reduce single-use and takeaway items--such as coffee cups, plastic bags, take-out containers and plastic cutlery-and would like to hear from you. Please visit https://bit.ly/2xvdLya to participate in a short survey. The survey closes today. Encourage your child to speak with either teacher if they are interested in participating in the group.

MILLER ROBOTICS: Please encourage your child to speak with Mlle. McCormack, Mrs. Noakes or Mme. Cotterchio if they are interested.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Representatives met Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga this past week to select various positins.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – The cast list has been posted. Thanks to Ms. Cloutier-Thorne.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming – Members continue to practice. Thanks to Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country – 13 runners competed at the city finals. Congratulations to all runners. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, Mlle. Lee and Mrs. Thibault.

Flag Football – Our grade 5/6 team competed at their tournament this past Tuesday. Practises continue for the intermediate team. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

Girls Basketball – Try-outs are starting for our junior and intermediate basketball teams.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Movie Night on November 8th - Parent volunteers are needed starting at 5:00pm. Please email me or SC.WilliamGMillerPublicSchool@tdsb.on.ca if you are able to volunteer.

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Thanks to the volunteers who helped this past Thursday. Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on November 22.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

October 22, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend. I wanted to let you know our first movie night will be Thursday, November 8. It will be great to bring the community together to enjoy dinner and watch the Incredibles 2. See flyer for additional information.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

October 22 – Municipal Elections: Visit https://myvote.toronto.ca/candidateslist for a list of TDSB trustee candidates running in the William G. Miller PS area. Depending on your address you may be voting for candidates in a different ward.;

October 22 - Primary choir at 11:50am in room 4.;

October 22 – 26: Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;

October 23 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 4.;

October 23 – Grade 5/6 Co-ed Flag Football tournament at North Agincourt PS.;

October 23 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. View the agenda here. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided. Click here to read the welcome letter from the MAC chairs.;

October 23 – Jr/Int Choir in room 38.;

October 24 - Scheduled walkthrough has been postponed until Wednesday, November 28.;

October 25 – Cross-Country City Finals;

October 25 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

October 29 – Grade 7/8 girls basketball try-out at 3:15pm.;

October 29 – Early French Immersion application process opens. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 1 – Grade 7/8 Co-ed Flag Football Tournament at Meadowvale PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8 Trip meeting with Brightspark representative at 6:00pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8-9 Transitions Information meeting with our guidance counsellor at 6:30pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS. See attachment for additional details.

November 8 – Movie night at Miller!! Dinner at 6:00pm and movie at 7:00pm. Featuring the Incredibles 2. See flyer for additional information.

November 13 – Progress reports will be sent home.

November 15 – Photo re-take day

November 15 – Parent/Teacher interviews (PM)

November 16 – PA Day for parent/teacher interviews (AM)

November 17 – PIAC’s 12th Annual Parent Involvement Makes a Difference Conference! Visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Conferences for more information.

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion application.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://www.wouldyourathermath.com/ Whichever option you choose, justify your reasoning with mathematics.

GRADE 8-9 INFORMATION: Our guidance counsellor, Erin Nicholson, has been into each intermediate class to introduce the grade 8-9 process. She will be using the following blog (http://eastregionguidance.blogspot.com/) to provide information to parents/guardians. The TDSB website (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School) has many resources, including a list of all secondary schools information nights.

ECO-CLUB: Mrs. Thibault or Ms. Sivam attended the Eco-schools kick-off this past Friday. The City of Toronto is seeking feedback on how to reduce single-use and takeaway items--such as coffee cups, plastic bags, take-out containers and plastic cutlery-and would like to hear from you. Please visit https://bit.ly/2xvdLya to participate in a short survey. The survey closes October 28, 2018. Encourage your child to speak with either teacher if they are interested in participating in the group.

MILLER ROBOTICS: Please encourage your child to speak with Mlle. McCormack, Mrs. Noakes or Mme. Cotterchio if they are interested.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class has selected a class representative. Representatives met Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga this past week to select various positins.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – Mrs. Cloutier-Thorne held auditions this past week.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming - Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country – Over 40 runners competed at the conference finals on October 18. Over 10 runners qualified for the city finals. Congratulations to all runners. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, Mlle. Lee and Mrs. Thibault.

Grade 7 & 8 Female Soccer- They lost their quarter-final match this past week in penalty kicks. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani and Mme. Kostich.

Flag Football – Practises continue for our junior and intermediate teams. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

Grades 4-6 Male Soccer – They won their qualifying tournament. The team will play in the conference semi-finals on Monday. Thanks to Mr. Rama-Naiken and Mr Orelus.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Lunch Room Supervisors - If any community members are available at lunch hours and are interested in working occasionally as a supply lunch room supervisor - please contact Ms. Board for more information.

Pizza Lunch – Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on October 25.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: This past week we had our third and final fire drill of the fall. We also participated with several other local schools in the annual shelter in place drill with the Toronto East CAER Community Siren Test. 

ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH: This year, the TDSB’s theme for IHM 2018 is, “Our Journey Continues...”

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1242/October-is-Islamic-Heritage-Month-

SOMALI HERITAGE MONTH: The theme, “Educate Elevate Excel.” from last year was selected again.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1241/October-is-Somali-Heritage-Month

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

October 15, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend.

TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 IS PHOTO DAY!!!!

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

October 15 – School Picture Day. A flyer was sent home this past week.;

October 15 – Primary choir at 11:50am in room 4.;

October 15 – 19: Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;

October 16 – Primary Choir at 11:50am in room 4.;

October 16 – Jr/Int Choir in room 38.

October 17: Grade 5/6 Boys soccer tournament. Thanks to Mr. Rama Naiken and Mr. Orelus.;

October 17: First STUDENT COUNCIL meeting at lunch. Each grade 4 – 8 class will be selecting their representative.;

October 18 – Annual shelter in place drill with Toronto East CAER Community Siren Test at 2:05pm. Multiple schools in the area will also be participating. Click here for additional information.;

October 18 – Musical auditions for grades 4 – 6. Thanks to Mrs. Cloutier-Thorne.

October 18 – Cross-Country East Finals;

October 19: Eco Schools kick off at Guildwood PS. Encourage your child to see Ms. Sivam or Ms. Thibault if they are interested in joining the Eco Schools leadership team.

October 23 – Grade 5/6 Co-ed Flag Football tournament at North Agincourt PS.;

October 23 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided. Click here to read the welcome letter from the MAC chairs.;

October 24 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.;

October 25 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

October 25 – Cross-Country City Finals.;

October 29 – Early French Immersion application process opens. Visit: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Application-Process/Early-French-Immersion

November 1 – Grade 7/8 Co-ed Flag Football Tournament at Meadowvale PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8 Trip meeting with Brightspark representative at 6:00pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS.;

November 1 – Grade 8-9 Transitions Information meeting with our guidance counsellor at 6:30pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS. See attachment for additional details.

November 26 – Deadline to apply for Early French Immersion application.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: http://cemc2.math.uwaterloo.ca/mathfrog/ A bilingual resource of math games.

TDSB DIGITAL LEARNING TOOLS CONSENT FORM: Student privacy continues to be an area of focus for the TDSB and our parents/guardians. This September all schools have been asked to obtain parent/guardian consent for the use of district provided Digital Learning Tools including G Suite for Education and Desire to Learn (BrightSpace). At the following link, please find a list of district provided digital learning tools that are available to all students and teachers. bit.ly/TDSBDLT . The attached consent form was sent home with your child yesterday. Please return the consent form to your child's teacher if you haven’t already.

GRADE 8-9 INFORMATION: Our guidance counsellor, Erin Nicholson, has been into each intermediate class to introduce the grade 8-9 process. She will be using the following blog (http://eastregionguidance.blogspot.com/) to provide information to parents/guardians. The TDSB website (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School) has many resources, including a list of all secondary schools information nights.

MILLER ROBOTICS: Please encourage your child to speak with Mlle. McCormack, Mrs. Noakes or Mme. Cotterchio if they are interested.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Eco-club – Encourage your child to speak with Mrs. Thibault or Ms. Sivam if interested.

Student Council – Each grade 4 – 8 class will be selecting a representative. Representatives will have their first meeting on October 17 with Mr. Allen and Mr. Ndayisenga.

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Musical Auditions – Interested students are encouraged to see Mrs. Cloutier-Thorne if interested.

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to speak with Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming - Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – Interested students are encouraged to see Mme. Mavrodin if you are interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country – Over 90 runners ran at the area meet this past Wednesday. Over 40 runners qualified for the conference finals on October 18. Congratulations to all runners. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, Mlle. Lee and Mrs. Thibault.

Garde 7 & 8 Female Soccer- They went undefeated at their tournament this past Thursday. They will play their quarter final match this week. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani and Mme. Kostich.

Flag Football – Practises continue for our junior and intermediate teams. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

Grades 4-6 Male Soccer – We wish them luck at Wednesday’s tournament. Thanks to Mr. Rama-Naiken and Mr Orelus.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Welcome Letter - Click here to read the 2018-2019 Welcome Letter from the MAC chairs. MAC positions are still available.

Pizza Lunch – Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on October 25.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH: This year, the TDSB’s theme for IHM 2018 is, “Our Journey Continues...”

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1242/October-is-Islamic-Heritage-Month-

 

SOMALI HERITAGE MONTH: The theme, “Educate Elevate Excel.” from last year was selected again.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1241/October-is-Somali-Heritage-Month

 

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

October 9, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you are having a great long weekend.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

October 8 – Thanksgiving (no school);

October 9: Final day to purchase William G. Miller PS spirit wear. (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). See below for additional information.;

October 9 – 12: Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;

October 10 – Cross-Country East Qualifier;

October 15 – School Picture Day.;

October 18 - Toronto East CAER Community Siren Test Drill at 2:05pm

October 18 – Cross-Country East Finals;

October 23 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

October 24 - Walkthrough Wednesday. An opportunity for parents/guardians to walkthrough William G. Miller PS. Please meet at the office at 9:15am.

October 25 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

October 25 – Cross-Country City Finals

November 1 – Grade 8 Trip meeting with Brightspark representative at 6:00pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS..

November 1 – Grade 8-9 Transitions Information meeting with our guidance counsellor at 6:30pm in the small gym at William G. Miller PS. See attachment for additional details.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Math Before Bed https://mathbeforebed.com/start-here/

TDSB DIGITAL LEARNING TOOLS CONSENT FORM: Student privacy continues to be an area of focus for the TDSB and our parents/guardians. This September all schools have been asked to obtain parent/guardian consent for the use of district provided Digital Learning Tools including G Suite for Education and Desire to Learn (BrightSpace). At the following link, please find a list of district provided digital learning tools that are available to all students and teachers. bit.ly/TDSBDLT . The attached consent form was sent home with your child yesterday. Please return the consent form to your child's teacher if you haven’t already.

SPIRIT WEAR: William G. Miller Spirit Wear is now available!!! The link to order is (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). The deadline has been extended until October 9. Sizing samples are available at the school for students and parents to try on. We are encouraging students who plan to participate in cross-country, track & field in the spring and/or folk dance in the spring to purchase a t-shirt. This will be a means for us to minimize lost jerseys, make jersey distribution easier for coaches when dealing with many students & it is more hygienic.Also, the spirit wear is great for students to wear on field trips.

GRADE 8-9 INFORMATION: Our guidance counsellor, Erin Nicholson, has been into each intermediate class to introduce the grade 8-9 process. She will be using the following blog ( http://eastregionguidance.blogspot.com/ ) to provide information to parents/guardians. The TDSB website ( http://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School ) has many resources, including a list of all secondary schools information nights.

MILLER ROBOTICS: The robotics team had their first information meeting this past Thursday. Please encourage your to speak to Mlle. McCormack, Mrs. Noakes or Mme. Cotterchio if they are interested.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to sign up outside room 38. Thanks to Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming - Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – A letter was sent home with interested students. Please see Mme. Mavrodin if you are interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country - Practises continue this week. Participants are preparing for this week’s meet. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, Mlle. Lee and Mrs. Thibault.

Borden Ball – Congratulations to our girls who are area finalists. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani, Ms. Sivam and parents who helped drive to the tournament.

Flag Football – Practises continue for our junior and intermediate teams. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

Garde 7 & 8 Female Soccer- Practises continue. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani and Mme. Kostich.

Grades 4-6 Male Soccer – The first try-out is on Monday at lunch. Thanks to Mr. Rama-Naiken.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Pizza Lunch – Organizers are looking for parent/guardian volunteers to help on October 25.

Miller Advisory Council (MAC) – Our next MAC meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30pm. To view past agendas, principal’s reports & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

ISLAMIC HERITAGE MONTH: This year, the TDSB’s theme for IHM 2018 is, “Our Journey Continues...”

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1242/October-is-Islamic-Heritage-Month-

SOMALI HERITAGE MONTH: The theme, “Educate Elevate Excel.” from last year was selected again.

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/474/ArticleID/1241/October-is-Somali-Heritage-Month

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

October 1, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend.

Congratulations to the 18 Miller runners who competed in the 51st Brock Gordon cross country meet on Saturday at Thompson Park. We had one runner in the top five, another two in the top ten, and three others in the top twenty. Congratulations to all competitors. It was great to connect with parents who came out to support the runners. Thanks to Mlle. Lee who was able help out.

This past Thursday students, staff, and some parents participated in the Terry Fox Walk. Thanks to Mrs. Stangolis for organizing. Miller raised over $500. Thank you!

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

October 1 – Students are requested to return the attached TDSB Digital Learning Tools consent form. More information is located below.;

October 1 - 9: William G. Miller PS spirit wear is on sale (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). See below for additional information.;

October 1 – 4: Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;

October 1 – Nutrition Program begins.;

October 2 – Borden Ball Tournament;

October 2 – 4: Grade 3 Universal Screening Testing will take place in class.;

October 5 – PA Day (no school);

October 8 – Thanksgiving (no school);

October 10 – Cross-Country East Qualifier;

October 15 – School Picture Day.;

October 18 – Cross-Country East Finals;

October 23 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

October 25 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

October 25 – Cross-Country City Finals

TDSB DIGITAL LEARNING TOOLS CONSENT FORM: Student privacy continues to be an area of focus for the TDSB and our parents/guardians. This September all schools have been asked to obtain parent/guardian consent for the use of district provided Digital Learning Tools including G Suite for Education and Desire to Learn (BrightSpace). At the following link, please find a list of district provided digital learning tools that are available to all students and teachers. bit.ly/TDSBDLT . The attached consent form was sent home with your child yesterday. Please return the consent form to your child's teacher by October 1st.

GRADE 3 UNIVERSAL SCREENING PROCESS: As part of the TDSB’s Universal Screening Process for Grade 3 students, all grade 3 students will take the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test, a standardized group test of ability. If you DO NOT want your child to take this test, would you were to inform me in writing no later than Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The attached letter contains additional information. It was sent home two weeks ago.

ONLINE SAFETY: A couple very concerning online ‘challenges’ were brought to my attention this past week. These challenges are facilitated by several popular online platforms like Instagram and WhatsApp. Here is some additional information related to the challenges: https://beta.ctvnews.ca/national/canada/2018/8/23/1_4065352.html & https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewrossow/2018/02/28/cyberbullying-taken-to-a-whole-new-level-enter-the-blue-whale-challenge/#525967f92673:It was a reminder to me of how important it is to stay informed and monitor the online habits of my children.The following website has some great information for parents related to online safety: https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/helping-parents-raise-smart-media-kids

SPIRIT WEAR: William G. Miller Spirit Wear is now available!!! The link to order is (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). The deadline has been extended until October 9. Sizing samples are available at the school for students and parents to try on. We are encouraging students who plan to participate in cross-country, track & field in the spring and/or folk dance in the spring to purchase a t-shirt. This will be a means for us to minimize lost jerseys, make jersey distribution easier for coaches when dealing with many students & it is more hygienic.Also, the spirit wear is great for students to wear on field trips.

GRADE 8 YEAR-END TRIP: We are looking for input from grade 8 parents/guardians. The following survey was distributed at Meet the Teacher night and sent home through an email. Please return by October 1st.

BOOK FAIR: All of the items that were ordered from the Book Fair have been delivered to the students. If there are any outstanding orders or issues, please leave a message at the office for Mme Alousis this week.

MILLER ROBOTICS: The robotics team had their first information meeting this past Thursday. Please encourage your to speak to Mlle. McCormack, Mrs. Noakes or Mme. Cotterchio if they are interested.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

Safety Patrollers - Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

Student Voice - Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

MILLER ARTS:

Junior/Intermediate Choir - Interested students are encouraged to sign up outside room 38. Thanks to Mme. Vernon Baker.

Burundian Drumming - Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

Primary Choir – A letter was sent home with interested students. Please see Mme. Mavrodin if you are interested.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country - Practises continue this week. Participants are preparing for Saturday’s Brock Gordon meet. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, and Mrs. Thibault.

Borden Ball – Try outs continue for our junior team. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani & Ms. Sivam.

Flag Football – Try outs continue for our junior and intermediate teams. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

Garde 7 & 8 Female Soccer- Try outs have started. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani and Mme. Kostich.

Grades 4-6 Male Soccer – The first try-out is on Monday at lunch. Thanks to Mr. Rama-Naiken.

PARKING & STUDENT DROP OFF SAFETY: If you are driving your child to school, please use the kiss and ride at both north and south driveways which are outlined by school pylons.  Drivers are reminded to keep to the right side in the loop and ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING as it causes an unsafe disruption to the flow of traffic. For student safety, DO NOT use the parking lot entrance to make U-turns.  We ask this out of concern for the safety of all students. Please review the STUDENT SAFETY REMINDERS  attachment.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

PIZZA LUNCH – Thank you to organizers and the parent/guardian volunteers who helped out this past Tuesday.

MILLER ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC) – Our first MAC meeting was held this past Tuesday. To view the agenda, principal’s report & future meeting dates please visit our website (http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/School-Council/Agenda).

WELCOME TO OUR NEW SUPERINTENDENT NADIRA PERSAUD: On behalf of the Miller community I would like to welcome our new Superintendent Nadira Persaud. We look forward to her first visit. I would like to thank Kerry-Lynn Stadnyk and wish her all the best in her new learning network.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: This past week we had a lockdown drill and ou second fire drill as per TDSB requirements. We will have one additional fire drill this fall. Our next lockdown drill will take place in April.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: A Parent's Guide to the Fundamentals of Math

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

September 24, 2018

Good morning,

I trust that you had a great weekend.

It was great to see many of you at the Welcome Back BBQ and Meet the Teachers Night this past Thursday. I want to thank the many parent & student volunteers who made the BBQ possible. I really appreciate Kristan and Jennifer Erner organizing the event. Having music was a great touch. Thanks to our DJ.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

September 24 – Final day to return your pizza lunch order forms.

September 24 – 30: William G. Miller PS spirit wear will be on sale (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). Additional details found below.

September 24 – 28 -Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;.

September 25 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome. Child care is provided.;

September 27 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to parent volunteers for organizing.;

September 27 - Terry Fox Run/Walk. Parents/guardians are welcome to join.;

September 28 – William G. Miller PS will recognize Orange Shirt Day (http://www.orangeshirtday.org/);

September 28 - Deadline to return agenda money, student information updates in the first day package, student verification forms and student nutrition forms.;

September 29 - Brock Gordon Cross Country Meet. Ms. Norbraten will be distributing information about this meet at Thompson Park.;

September 30 – Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters;

October 1 – Nutrition Program begins.;

October 2 – Borden Ball Tournament;

October2 – 4: Grade 3 Universal Screening Testing will take place in class.;

October 5 – PA Day (no school);

October 8 – Thanksgiving (no school);

October 10 – Cross-Country East Qualifier; &

October 15 – School Picture Day.

SPIRIT WEAR: William G. Miller Spirit Wear is now available!!! The link to order is (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). Sizing samples are available at the school for students and parents to try on. We are encouraging students who plan to participate in cross-country, track & field in the spring and/or folk dance in the spring to purchase a t-shirt. This will be a means for us to minimize lost jerseys, make jersey distribution easier for coaches when dealing with many students & it is more hygienic.

GRADE 3 UNIVERSAL SCREENING PROCESS: As part of the TDSB’s Universal Screening Process for Grade 3 students, all grade 3 students will take the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test, a standardized group test of ability. If you DO NOT want your child to take this test, would you please inform me in writing no later than Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The attached letter contains additional information. It was sent home on Thursday of this past week.

SAFETY PATROLLERS: Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten and our community police officer for training over 50 students to be safety patrollers. Please support them as they work to ensure the safety of all students.

BURUNDIAN DRUMMING:Interested students are encouraged to see Mr. Ndayisenga or Mrs. Jupiter.

STUDENT VOICE: Students who are interested in school leadership are encouraged to join Student Voice. Please see Mrs. Norbraten if you are interested.

JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE CHOIR: Interested students are encouraged to sign up outside room 38. Thanks to Mme. Vernon Baker.

MILLER SPORTS:

Cross Country - Practises continue this week. Participants are preparing for Saturday’s Brock Gordon meet. Thanks to Mrs. Norbraten, Mme. Larocque, and Mrs. Thibault.

Borden Ball – Try outs continue for our junior team. Thanks to Mlle. Golpayegani & Ms. Sivam.

Flag Football – Try outs continue for our junior and intermediate teams. Thanks to Mlle. McCormack.

PARKING & STUDENT DROP OFF SAFETY: If you are driving your child to school, please use the kiss and ride at both north and south driveways which are outlined by school pylons.  Drivers are reminded to keep to the right side in the loop and ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING as it causes an unsafe disruption to the flow of traffic. For student safety, DO NOT use the parking lot entrance to make U-turns.  We ask this out of concern for the safety of all students. Please review the STUDENT SAFETY REMINDERS  attachment.

MILLER ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC): We encourage parents/guardians to become involved in their children’s education by supporting our School Council.  The Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meets once a month.  The first meeting will take place on September 25 at 6:30pm in the library.  Child care is provided..

ELEMENTARY HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM: You should have received an email containing a letter regarding the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum (HPEC). Visit the following link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/HPEC2010 to find a copy of the Letter to Parents regarding the 2010HPEC as well as the Guide to the Re-issued 2010 Health & Physical Education Curriculum (2010HPEC).

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: Doing Mathematics with your Child

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

 

Principal

 

September 20 - WELCOME BACK BBQ & MEET THE TEACHERS IS TONIGHT!!!

Welcome Back BBQ (5:00pm – 6:30pm): Volunteers will be selling  beef ($4), chicken ($4) & veggie ($4) burgers, hotdogs ($3), chips ($1) and beverages ($1). The attached flyer was sent home with your child.

Meet the Teachers Night (6:30pm – 7:30pm): We hope that you will be able to attend and make these important connections with our school staff. Each teacher will have two brief presentations (6:30pm & 7:00pm) in their classroom to accommodate parents who have more than child in the school.

September 17, 2018

Happy Monday!

We trust that you had a great weekend and are enjoying the beautiful weather.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:

September 17 – Pizza lunch order forms will be sent home.

September 17 – 21 -Kilometer Club Continues - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;

September 17 – 21: Book Fair in the library. Additional information is found below.;

September 17 – 30: William G. Miller PS spirit wear will be on sale (https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com). Additional details found below.

September 20 –

Welcome Back BBQ (5:00pm – 6:30pm): Volunteers will be selling  beef, chicken & veggie burgers, hotdogs, chips and beverages. The attached flyer was sent home this past Friday.

Meet the Teachers Night (6:30pm – 7:30pm): We hope that you will be able to attend and make these important connections with our school staff. Each teacher will have two brief presentations (6:30pm & 7:00pm) in their classroom to accommodate parents who have more than child in the school.

September 21 – Deadline to submit pizza order forms.

September 21 – We’ve extended the deadline to submit the Miller Advisory Council nomination form.;

September 25 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome.;

September 27 – Pizza Lunch. Thanks to MAC for organizing.

September 27 - Terry Fox Run/Walk. Parents/guardians are welcome to join.;

September 28 - Deadline to return agenda money, student information updates in the first day package, student verification forms and student nutrition forms.;

September 29 - Brock Gordon Cross Country Meet. Ms. Norbraten will be distributing information and times about this meet at Thompson Park.; &

September 30 – Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters (http://www.orangeshirtday.org/).

October 1 – Nutrition Program begins.: &

October 15 – School Picture Day.

PARKING & STUDENT DROP OFF SAFETY: If you are driving your child to school, please use the kiss and ride at both north and south driveways which are outlined by school pylons.  Drivers are reminded to keep to the right side in the loop and ABSOLUTELY no parking as it causes an unsafe disruption to the flow of traffic. For student safety, DO NOT use the parking lot entrance to make U-turns.  We ask this out of concern for the safety of all students. Please review the STUDENT SAFETY REMINDERS  attachment. Also, the City of Toronto (http://toronto.ca/visionzeroTO) and TDSB (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Road-Safety) has several resources to review pedestrian safety with your child.

SAFETY PATROLLERS: It is not too late for grade 5 & 6 students to join. Complete and submit the attached form if your child is interested.

BOOK FAIR INFORMATION: Each student will have an opportunity to preview the books in the library on Monday, September 17. Students will not be able to purchase books on Monday. For the remainder of the week, students who bring money will be permitted to visit the book fair to make their purchases. The book fair will be open Tuesday & Wednesday until 4:30pm. On Thursday, the book fair will be open from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

STUDENT VERIFICATION FORMS: Student verification forms have been sent home. Please take the time to review the information and make the necessary changes. Please sign and return the form before September 28. 

SPIRIT WEAR: William G. Miller Spirit Wear is now available!!! The link to view items/order is https://wgmiller2018.itemorder.com. Sizing samples are available at the school for students and parents to try on. We are encouraging students who plan to participate in cross-country, track & field in the spring and/or folk dance in the spring to purchase a t-shirt. This will be a means for us to minimize lost jerseys, make jersey distribution easier for coaches when dealing with many students & it is more hygienic.

CROSS COUNTRY: Practises started this past week. It is not too late for students in grades 2 - 8 to join. All participants who regularly attend practises make the team. Our goal is for a minimum of 100 runners to compete. The permission form has been attached. Please encourage your child to participate.

MILLER ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC): We encourage parents/guardians to become involved in their children’s education by supporting our School Council.  The Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meets once a month.  The first meeting will take place on September 25 at 6:30pm in the library.  Please see the 2018-2019 MAC elections package  for additional information about MAC and a nomination form for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline has been extended to September 21st.

ELEMENTARY HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM: This past week you should have received an email containing a letter regarding the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum (HPEC). Visit the following link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/HPEC2010 to find a copy of the Letter to Parents regarding the 2010HPEC as well as the Guide to the Re-issued 2010 Health & Physical Education Curriculum (2010HPEC).

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: This past week we had a fire drill as per TDSB requirements. We will have two additional fire drills and a lockdown drill this fall.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: //homeworkhelp.ilc.org/ Provides a variety of math resources, including online tutoring, for students in grades 7 & 8.

Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.

If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.

Have a great week!

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

September 10, 2018

Good morning,

We trust that you are having a great weekend. We’ve had a great start to the year. It has been great to see many of you this past week. Throughout the year, I will send a weekly update each Sunday to highlight school events. The attached September Calendar  was sent home with your child this past Friday.

Here are a few important dates at William G. Miller PS:
September 10 - Kilometer Club Begins - Please encourage your child to run one or two laps each recess.;
September 14 –Hillside Outside Education Centre trip for room 32.;
September 17 – 21: Book Fair in the library.;
September 17 – 28: William G. Miller PS spirit wear will be on sale. More details to follow.
September 20 – Welcome Back BBQ (5:00pm) & Meet the Teachers Night (6:30pm – 7:30pm). We hope that you will be able to attend and make these important connections with our school staff. Each teacher will have two brief presentations (6:30pm & 7:00pm) in their classroom to accommodate parents who have more than child in the school. The Welcome Back BBQ & Meet the Teachers Invitation  was sent home this past Friday.;
September 19 - Deadline to submit Miller Advisory Council nomination form.;
September 25 - Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meeting at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome.;
September 27 - Terry Fox Run/Walk. Parents/guardians are welcome to join.;
September 28 - Deadline to return agenda money and student information updates in the first day package.;
September 28 - Student Nutrition Program forms due.;
September 29 - Brock Gordon Cross Country Meet; &
September 30 – Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters (http://www.orangeshirtday.org/).
October 1 – Nutrition Program begins.: &
October 15 – School Picture Day.
 
PARKING & STUDENT DROP OFF SAFETY: If you are driving your child to school, please use the kiss and ride at both north and south driveways which are outlined by school pylons.  Drivers are reminded to keep to the right side in the loop and ABSOLUTELY no parking as it causes an unsafe disruption to the flow of traffic. For student safety, DO NOT use the parking lot entrance to make U-turns.  We ask this out of concern for the safety of all students. Please review the Parking and Student Drop Off Reminders  attachment. Also, the City of Toronto (http://toronto.ca/visionzeroTO) and TDSB (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Road-Safety) has several resources to review pedestrian safety with your child.
 
CROSS COUNTRY: Ms. Norbraten will be hosting a meeting this week for students interested in cross-country. This is a great opportunity for students in grades 2 – 8 to be physically active and get involved at Miller. All participants who regularly attend practises make the team. Our goal is for a minimum of 100 runners to compete. Please encourage your child to participate.
 
MILLER ADVISORY COUNCIL (MAC): We encourage parents/guardians to become involved in their children’s education by supporting our School Council.  The Miller Advisory Council (MAC) meets once a month.  The first meeting will take place on September 25 at 6:30pm in the library.  Please see the Miller Advisory Council nomination form  for additional information about MAC and a nomination form for the 2018-2019 school year.
 
RESOURCES OF THE WEEK: www.mathies.ca This site has a variety of math related games, tools, and activities.
The TDSB website has some terrific resources to support parents (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/Welcome-Back) and students (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/Welcome-Back-Students) throughout the school year.
 
Please remember to visit our website: www.schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller/ and follow us on Twitter: @WGMillerSchool.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please let the school know.
 
Have a great week!
 
Matt Johnston
Principal

 

August 30, 2018

WELCOME BACK TO WILLIAM G. MILLER PS!

On behalf of the staff at William G. Miller PS, we would like to extend a warm and friendly welcome to our students and their family.  We trust that you had a wonderful summer with your children and that you were able to enjoy many shared activities.  We wish a very special welcome to families who are new to our school. Thank you for believing education will be stronger when we work together.

It is an honour to be the principal of William G. Miller PS. I look forward to another year of partnering and collaborating with such an incredible school community. Your on-going support of our academic program and the many co-curricular activities is greatly appreciated.  It is exciting to be a part of a school community that believes in all students receiving a “well rounded” education.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

At 8:35 am our kindergarten teachers will greet their students in the kindergarten outdoor learning area.

For students in grades 1 – 8, they will be greeted by their teachers at the back of the building at 8:35 am.

The school day starts at 8:45 am, lunch break will run from 11:35 am to 12:25 pm and the school day ends at 3:15 pm.

Opening day updates will be posted on http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/williammiller and Twitter @WGMillerSchool .  Also, when you post back-to-school photos to social media please include the hashtags #WEAREMILLER and #TDSBfirstday. The TDSB has many ‘Welcome Back’ resources that you may find useful. Please use the following link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/Welcome-Back.

STAFFING

I am pleased to announce the following staffing updates:

  • Mrs. Sophia Alleyne: Grade 4 English (AM - room 21). The grade 4 English students will join Mrs. Thibault (room 5) for the afternoon.;
  • Mlle. Francine Lee: Senior Kindergarten French Immersion Program (room 9);
  • Mr. Eric Sassa: Grade 2/3 French Immersion Program (room 22); &
  • Mrs. Rebecca Noakes: Grade 5/6 English Teacher for French Immersion Program  (room 31).

For the full list of teaching staff please see the 2018-2019 School Organization attachment.

Also, our Welcome Back BBQ/Meet the Teacher Evening will take place on Thursday, September 20. Please mark your calendars. Additional information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Please note, the Toronto District School Board has moved from SchoolConnects to SchoolMessenger as its automated call-out system for our Elementary Safe Arrival Program. Please view the attached SchoolMessenger document for valuable information.

On September 4, the TDSB will be launching a month long road safety campaign aimed to raise awareness of drivers and promote road safety around schools. Please review the attached STUDENT SAFETY document as we prepare for the first day of school.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school’s office if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a great start to the school year,

Matt Johnston

Principal

 

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
 
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our students and families a fantastic summer break.  We have all worked very hard this year; students, staff members and parents have worked on many projects within the school that have been so meaningful.  Three school events that I am most proud of are the Family Math Night, our Arts Showcase and the Spring Fair.  These projects showcased the amazing pool of talent that exists within our school community.  We have much to be proud of at William G. Miller Public School.
 
At this time of the year we recognize the contributions of our departing staff members as they move on to new opportunities.  The following staff members will be moving from the school this year: Ms. Conliffe, Ms. Thompson, Mme.  Brown and of course, Mme.  Lebreton retired in January.  We also had some amazing long-term occasional teachers who have been a great part of the team this year:  Ms. Sivam, Mssr. Panu, Mssr. Sassa, Mssr. Simms, Mr. Alexopulos, Mr. Saleem and Mlle. Lee.  We wish them all the best in their new schools next year in the TDSB.
 
Ms. Carol Culp, our Vice-Principal, is also leaving at the end of the school year.  We would like to thank her for her leadership and commitment to our student’s achievement and success. 
 
We will be welcoming new staff members to the school in September to strengthen our amazing Miller team.  Hiring is still ongoing throughout the summer and the staff roster is not yet complete.  Please see attached for the list to date.  Student Report Cards noted destination classrooms for next year, and this information also reveals the name of your child’s new teacher for the coming year.
 
Finally, I would like to thank our parents, guardians and caregivers for your amazing support this past year.  Thank you for believing education will be stronger when we work together.
 
Best regards for a relaxing summer,
 
Matt Johnston

 

Principal