Trip Forms

Our class is going on its next trip to the Ontario Science Centre on Friday, December 15, 2017.  This is a free trip, so please sign the blue form and return it to school on or before Friday, December 8, 2017.  To find out more about the Science Centre and their programs, please visit the site: Ontario Science Centre.  Students can sometimes get a Map Pass for this venue through the Toronto Public Library.  Just check with your local branch for more information: Toronto Public Library, Map Pass.

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No School Day

There will be no school on Friday, December 1, 2017.  It is a Professional Development Day for teachers.  School will resume on Monday, December 4, 2017.

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French Immersion Registration Deadline

Tomorrow is the last day to register your Junior Kindergarten child for French Immersion in the 2018-2019 school year.  Please follow the link to do so: Registration

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Parent Academy Event

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Parent Council Meeting

Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  Light refreshments and child-minding will be available to families attending that evening.  The meeting will begin at 6: 30 p.m. upstairs in the Tumpane library.

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Public Health Information

From our public health nurse:

Please be sure to check out our Into Kids Health monthly newsletter.

November 2017

                  Safety First!

In this issue:

  • Learn fire prevention safety tips
  • Find out what to do in the event of a fire
  • Learn how to protect your kids as they spend time online

Home Fire Safety

In October, “Fire Prevention Week” activities help families and people of all ages learn about fire safety. September and October are also busy months for families with “Back to School” so November is the perfect time to do your fire safety homework!

Follow these tips to help keep your home and family safe.

Smoke Alarms / Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

  • CHECK that all home alarms are working, batteries are replaced, and any alarms getting close to being 10 years old are replaced – nothing lasts forever!
  • PLACE alarms on each level of the home (including the basement), near all sleeping areas. Follow manufacturer’s installation and maintenance instructions.

Home Fire Escape Plan

  • PLAN and PRACTICE your home escape plan.
  • CHOOSE your outside family meeting place:     ___________________.
  • ASK children about their fire drill experience at school. Children will have already practiced at least one of the six required fire drills that schools do each year (by law).

Check out this Home Escape Plan video.

If you live in a high-rise building, make sure you know the emergency procedures (posted on every floor) as well as the fire safety features in your building. Check out “Fire in your High-Rise” for more information.
Here’s a GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITY for you to do! 
Download and complete the “Alarmed for Life” package together! It includes a home fire safety checklist, reminders and instructions for developing a home fire escape plan.

Article provided by Toronto Fire Services.

The Three C’s of Internet Safety
Simple tips to help keep your kids safe
while playing online

Trying to keep kids safe while they are online can be confusing for parents. A simple way to approach any website or app that your child is using is to remember the three C’s of internet safety — Content, Contact, Conduct.
1. Content: Know and explore the games, apps and websites your child wants to use, to see if they are age appropriate. Review the program’s terms of use to see what the minimum age is for use.

2. Contact: Know where and how to report inappropriate content/messages. Enable controls and privacy settings on apps/services to limit who can see posted photos or videos. Make sure that no one can speak to or message your child without their permission.

3. Conduct: Set and discuss limits on what your child posts and shares online. Discuss their reasons for sharing publicly and whether it could be misused to embarrass or cause distress.

Bonus tip: A parent or safe adult should always supervise the online activities of young children. 

Article provided by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection with the support of Toronto Police Services. The Canadian Centre is a registered charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children, and strives to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, to assist in the location of missing children and to prevent child victimization. For more information from the Canadian Centre about internet safety visit kidsintheknow.ca/parents.

CANADIAN CENTRE for CHILD PROTECTION is registered in Canada as a trademark of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc.

Did You Know?

There are an estimated 2.3 billion people online globally and over 4 billion “Google searches” per month in Canada.

Toronto’s Official Christmas tree is usually 15-18 metres long and takes two weeks to decorate. The 2016 tree had close to 700 individual ornaments and 3,810 metres of energy efficient lights (525,000 lights).

Community Corner

Free City passes – Sign out passes at the Toronto Public Library for FREE admission to Toronto attractions such as the Ontario Science Centre, the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and much more!

Toronto History Museums – Free admission until November 30, 2017
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Mackenzie Investments has arranged free regular admission at nine Toronto History Museums from now until November 30.

Rouge Park Guided Walks in November
Join a guided walk through Rouge Park in November. Themes and leaders vary throughout November.

Toronto’s Nature Trails
Explore Toronto’s nature trails with your family. Trails wind through woods, across wildflower meadows and along rivers, wetlands and ponds. They are a great way to experience nature, enjoy Toronto’s urban forest and see wildlife – herons, hawks, deer, rabbits, muskrats and butterflies to name a few.
Solar Observing at the Science Centre
January – December 2, 2017
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots. This program is offered for FREE by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Cost for parking is not included.

Illuminite
Saturday November 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Yonge-Dundas Square

Come and join the festivities of this 10th anniversary of the tree-lighting at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Cavalcade of Lights
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Nathan Phillips Square

The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square is an annual holiday tradition featuring the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, live musical performances by some of Canada’s top performers, a spectacular fireworks show and skating parties on the iconic outdoor rink. All free!

For more FREE family-friendly activities, see activeto.ca.

Just for Kids

Help your kids learn about fire safety in a fun way. Visit Sparky the Dog for information, games, videos and fun activities for kids on fire safety

Toronto Public Health eChat

Toronto Public Health offers free, confidential and anonymous online counselling for Toronto residents. Learn more about our eCounselling service.
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Ward Meeting with Trustee Lulka

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Field Trip Fun

Last week, our class went on its second field trip of the year.  We visited Black Creek Community Farm, just up Jane Street. Since we had never been and thought we might see some animals we read about pigs and made some piggie art.

Alas, when we arrived we only saw chickens, ducks and roosters.

This farm hosts students and teaches children about farming in our community, outdoor skills such as fire building when camping and nature observations such as animal tracking and scat identification.  It is largely a vegetable farm.

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Children got to participate in three different centres on our excursion.  They went for a nature walk in the woods, made apple cider in the green house and cooked bannock bread over an open fire.

 

 

While it was very chilly everyone did a great job.  Thank you to the families who came out and supported us.

We hope to return to the farm in the spring to see what a change of season will bring.  Parents interested in programs at Black Creek farm such as week long camps, PA day camps, food purchasing and day trips can go to the website to find out more by clicking on the link.  Black Creek Community Farm 

This week we tried making bannock bread in class, although not over an open fire this time, but rather in out school stove.  We voted on the kind to make, choosing from bread with raisins, blueberries or fried bread.

 

Later we discussed what we could also make with apples, besides cider and voted to make apple cookies.

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We read some books that reminded us of our trip activities and voted on our favourite part of the trip.  Those who weren’t able to attend voted on the activity they would have liked to try.  Here were the results:

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If you would like to enjoy some of the books we read this week they are listed below and available at the Toronto Public Library.  I think our favourite was Old MacDonald Had a Truck.  To enjoy it and some others check them out at the end of this post.

Pigs by Gail Gibbons

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin

Little Fox in the Forest  by Stephan Graegin

Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Apples by Gail Gibbons

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Interviews

Ms Cardarelli and Mrs. Akthar will be having interviews in room 115, as Daycare is using our classroom.

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Character Award Winners

Last week we attended character award celebrations in the gym with other students from Tumpane.  Awards for character education, from the months of September and October were given out on this day, recognizing students who showed respect and responsibility.  We celebrated their success, and congratulate them on their hard work.

Here is one of the videos we watched at the assembly about respect.

In November, we are looking for students who are consistently demonstrating empathy.

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