3420 Trelawny Circle December 2011
Mississauga, ON L6N 6N6
Principal: Ms. D. Howard
Superintendent: Joy Uniac 905-569-9946 Office Manager: Mrs. L. Minicuci
Trustee: Meredith Johnson 416-706-9215 Office Assistant: Mrs. A. Odd
Back by popular demand is our Choir & Carols evening, on Wednesday December 14th at 6:30 p.m.
This event will feature the Trelawny Maple Leaf Choir and all interested students and families, as we
spend some time together singing carols of the season, outdoors, in the back tarmac area of the school.
Thank you in advance to our School Council who have volunteered to organize and provide hot
chocolate. So dress warmly and come out to enjoy a truly Canadian seasonal event!
As well, Trelawny P.S. will be having a Food & Mitten drive again this year in support of the Eden
Community Food Bank. Donations of canned or boxed non-perishable items and/or mittens will be
accepted in our front foyer, on, under, and around our Christmas tree. Donations may be made from
December 5th until the 16th. Thank you in advance for your support for families in our community.
GUYS’ LITERACY NIGHT
Thank you to Mr. Pacifico, Mr. Doran, and Mr. Janco for hosting this very special event, where a great
many dads came out to spend an evening of quality time with their sons or grandsons. It was a very
successful evening and a ‘first’ here at Trelawny!
ST. MIKE’S MAJORS HOCKEY
What a fun day we had at the Hershey Centre on November 23rd as we cheered on our beloved St.
Mike’s Majors in a very exciting game against the Brampton Battalion. Unfortunately the Majors lost the
game, but they sure showed what it means to try your best. With lots of scoring, and lots of fun planned
for the spectators, the students and staff were kept busy watching all the action. Thank you to all the
parents who were able to join us, and to all the families who supported us by letting your children
participate in this Trelawny tradition!
NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
December 6th has been proclaimed a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
Women. This day marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women in 1989 at l’Ecole
Polytechnique de Montreal. December 6th represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the
phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women
and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of
gender-based violence. It is also a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to
eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Canadians are encouraged to observe a minute
of silence on December 6th and to wear a white ribbon as a commitment to end violence against women.
With the drop in temperature, please ensure that your child wears a warm jacket, hats and mitts to
school every day. Boots are also necessary once the ground freezes and especially once the snow
arrives. We strongly recommend that you label all items with your child’s name.
TD BANK GRADE 1 BOOK GIVEAWAY PROGRAM
Since 2000, in co-operation with Ministries of Education and school boards across the country, the
Canadian Children's Book Centre has given a free Canadian children's book to every Grade One child in
Canada. This annual book giveaway program distributes over 420,000 books to Grade One children as
part of the celebration of TD Bank Canadian Children's Book Week.
This year, our Grade One students were lucky to receive a book written by JoEllen Bogart and illustrated
by Barbara Reid entitled, "Gifts”.
As always, Timbertots will meet in the library on the last Wednesday of the month from 9 until 10 a.m.
This great program is for future 2 and 3 year old students of Trelawny. New faces are always welcome.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 21st. Hope to see you there!
PRINTER CARTRIDGES and JUICE POUCHES
The library is still collecting used printer cartridges, cell phones and digital cameras. Don't forget to
bring in these used items and put them in the green collection box which is in front of the library.
We’re also collecting Kool-Aid or Del Monte drink pouches, so please send those in as well!
KINDERGARTENS – HIBERNATION DAY!
On November 28th the Kindergarten classes had their Hibernation Day. Students and teachers wore
their pajamas to school and enjoyed bear stories, songs, movies, activities, and even a bear snack of
fish (crackers). We are now ready for a long winter sleep. Zzzzzzz.
TRELAWNY EcoSchools NEWS
The EcoTeam at Trelawny is encouraging all students, teachers and parents in our community to
conserve energy and reduce waste. Some ideas to save energy include keep computer monitors, TVs
and lights on when in use only. To reduce waste, use reusable dishes and cups, use both sides of
paper, compost scrap foods, recycle plastic, glass and metal cans. Remember, we can all do a little to
help a lot.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR FRENCH IMMERSION—JAN. 27, 2012
For the 2012-2013 school year, parents must now register children for entry into Grade 1 French
Immersion by Friday, January 27, 2012. A parent information night was held at each French
Immersion school in Peel on November 22, 2011. For Trelawny students going into Grade One French
immersion, the school would be Plum Tree Park P.S.
If you are interested in French immersion, a brochure called "Is French immersion right for my child?" is
available at all schools or on the board website at www.peelschools.org. You can also visit the
Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) website at www.cpfont.on.ca.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
December 1 & 15 – Pita Days
December 8 – Pizza Day
December 14 – Choir & Carols evening
December 21 - Timbertots
December 22 – Sharing Assembly – 9:00 a.m. (please note Thursday this month)
December 23 – last day of classes for 2011
January 9 – classes resume
January 12 & 26 – Pita Days
January 19 – Pizza Day
January 16 – Professional Learning Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
January 25 - Timbertots
January 27 – Sharing Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
February 1 – School Council meeting – 7:00 p.m.
February 1 – 14 – CCAT testing
At the Sharing Assembly for November, the following students were recognized for being
Kindergarten Grade 3
Daniel M. Matthew F.
Laura I. Loren D.
Maria A. Abdulla S.
Grade 1 Grade 4
Jovan T. Joshua H.
Hannah H. Angelina O.
Grade 2 Grade 5
Scarlett V. Kiyomi K.
Yahya S. Bryan C.
Congratulations to all our winners!
PARENT SCHOOL COUNCIL
Our School Council started this year with several wonderful events to benefit students and families of
the Trelawny community.
The Cyber-Bullying Prevention evening that School Council hosted for parents was well attended and
offered great tips to parents of children who spend time online. The QSP magazine sales fund-raiser
recently wrapped up. If you have not done so and are interested in purchasing a subscription, Trelawny
will still receive credit for purchases made online through www.qsp.ca .The proceeds from this effort
have been earmarked to fund a variety of library programs that benefit all the Trelawny students as well
as future students who currently attend the monthly Timbertots preschool program. In addition, School
Council volunteers have been busy on Thursdays, selling pizza and pita lunches for Grades 1-5 and
cookie snacks for kindergartens. We have received great feedback on the pitas, new this year. Look for
popcorn sales to start up this Friday, December 2. Save time on your busy Friday mornings! For a
toonie your child can have a tasty, healthy and satisfying popcorn snack at last recess.
On behalf of all the students who ultimately benefit from our fund raising efforts, we thank all the families
and friends who considered QSP for their subscriptions this year and have supported pizza, pita, cookie
and popcorn sales.
School Council meeting minutes are now ONLINE!! Get all the information through the Trelawny School
webpage. Click on the Parent Council tab at the top of our school’s main page and scroll down to the
School Council Minutes. The most recent approved minutes will be posted monthly.
If you would like to know more or have any questions, please contact School Council by e-mail at:
email@example.com . Join us, and get involved in enhancing your child’s school
We are in desperate need of volunteers to help with our pizza days. If you have a Board-approved
Criminal Reference Check and you are available for approximately 45 minutes on two Thursdays per
month, please contact the school office to let us know. We thank you in advance for helping to ensure
that Pizza Days can continue!
Students can access “Learn 360” through the OERB (Ontario Educational Resource Bank). The login is
PDSBstudent and the password is OERBS. Once in the site, do a search to locate ‘Learn 360’.
TRELAWNY WOODS ADOPTED BY RESIDENTS - Cecilia Barua
On Saturday, October 22nd, approximately 30 residents came out to participate in the first Community
clean-up of the Trelawny Woods Park. The city of Mississauga provided the garbage bags and gloves.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of all the participants, a total of 15 large bags were filled! It’s hard to imagine
how such a small park could have as much garbage as it did. Not only is this an eye sore, it is
hazardous to the parks’ natural inhabitants like the red fox seen by two groups of people during the
clean up. The community can now enjoy a much cleaner park and take in its true beauty.
The Lisgar Residents’ Association has adopted Trelawny Woods Park and is committed to removing litter
and monitoring the park for vandalism and safety concerns.
If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved, please contact Marya
(Environmental Co-Chair, LRA) by email at manderson0@ rogers.com
A big thanks goes out to those that came out to help.
Quote: “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ~Author Unknown
Tips for ensuring your child's safe arrival to and from school
Take your child to the bus stop and meet them there after school.
Help your child set up a buddy system. Children should walk in groups of at least two.
Pre-arrange a contact person your child knows who can pick him or her up in the event of an emergency.
Make sure the school has a list of people your child can be released to. This also applies to day camp,
swimming lessons, and other activities.
Avoid placing your child’s name in a clearly visible location on their clothes, lunch box and other belongings
because it advertises who they are. A stranger may read their name and call out to them, fooling your child
into believing this person knows them.
Closing schools because of bad weather
During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of bad weather.
The board decides by 6:45 a.m. whether to cancel buses or close schools. To find out if busing is cancelled or
schools closed, visit www.peelschools.org or call 905-890-1010 or
1-800-668-1146. You will receive one of the following messages:
Peel District School Board buses are cancelled. Schools remain open for students and staff, but buses
are cancelled. Buses will remain cancelled all day. All activities that require busing will also be cancelled.
Permits, night school classes, daycare and other activities in schools will operate as usual.
All Peel District School Board schools and board offices are closed. Due to weather conditions, schools
and board offices are closed to students and staff. All activities in schools and board offices are also
cancelled, including daycare, night school and permits.
All evening programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled. Due to weather
conditions, all activities in schools and board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses
and events. The buildings will be closed.
All weekend programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled. Due to weather
conditions, all activities in schools and board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses
and events. The buildings will be closed.
Winter bus safety
The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months:
Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening.
Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.
Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.
Dress properly—winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.
Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus.
Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street.
Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.
On very rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions or mechanical problems. Talk to your
child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:
When possible, wait with your child for the bus.
Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.
Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a "safe" stranger is.
Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.
PARENTS!....Do you want your children to be Empowered? Inspired? Motivated? Educated about
African and Caribbean Heritage?
If YES, we are pleased to announce English Creole classes on Saturday mornings.
Students will experience Creole language instructions and gain a greater understanding of Caribbean people,
Caribbean cultures and the contributions made to multicultural Canada through the ARTS. All
students will experience the expressions of Creole through fun-filled activities such as: music, drama, dance,
visual arts, crafts and media literacy.
To learn more about this very dynamic program offered at Morning Star M.S., Fletcher's Meadow S.S.,
and Calderstone M.S., contact International Languages, Continuing Education by:
Phone: 905-890-1010 ext. 6610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://www.peelschools.org/alt_programs/con_ed/international_lang/courses/index.htm
Prevent the flu—It’s in your hands
Hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Always wash your hands with
soap and water when they are dirty.
Clean your hands before:
touching your eyes, nose or mouth
touching/preparing food or drinks
eating or drinking
caring for someone in your home who can easily get sick (baby, elderly or someone who has an unhealthy immune system)
Clean your hands after:
touching pets or other animals
touching raw meat, particularly chicken
touching surfaces such as a railing or grocery cart
touching objects sick people have touched
touching blood or body fluids such as urine, vomit or feces
contact with those who have a cold, the flu, diarrhea or virus of any kind
wiping your own or a child’s nose
sneezing or coughing
using a facial tissue
using the washroom
What to do when you cough or sneeze:
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve
put used tissues in the wastebasket
clean your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer
For more information call Peel Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu.
Hypothermia: What it is and how to prevent it
What is it - Hypothermia, sometimes called exposure, occurs when the body can no longer produce more heat
than it is losing and its internal temperature drops below 35 ºC or 95 ºF.
How it happens - It doesn't have to be extremely cold outside for hypothermia to occur. There is a risk of
developing hypothermia at temperatures 10 ºC or under. Conditions that can lead to hypothermia include
wind, wetness and cold. Wind chills the body, water absorbs body heat and wet clothing lowers body
Initial Signs (Mild Hypothermia)
bouts of shivering
grogginess and muddled thinking
Worsening Hypothermia (Moderate Hypothermia)
violent shivering or shivering stops
inability to think and pay attention
slow, shallow breathing
slow, weak pulse
shivering has stopped
little or no breathing
weak, irregular or non-existent pulse