ALWAYS FREE ISSUE NO.1
THE ECD NEWS
THE ERNEST C. DRURY SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF / NOVEMBER 2010 / VOLUME 1
From the desk of
the Vice - Principal
I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce myself and
share some personal information about my background. I
presently live in Burlington after having a number of "home"
towns such as: London, Prescott, Pickering, Belleville, and
Summerside, PEI. My friends call me Janice with a name sign,
“I” from non-dominant shoulder across to dominant shoulder.
I was born in Exeter, Ontario (north of London). I attended
O.S.D. (now named Sir James Whitney School) in Belleville.
After graduation, I attended Gallaudet University and
received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Then I
went to the University of British Columbia for a diploma in Deaf
Education. Receiving a Masters of Education from the University of
the Western Ontario in London was a highlight of my education, so
far; and it was the incentive to attain my Principal Qualiﬁcations. I
have had a variety of experiences teaching in both elementary and
secondary programs at Robarts School for 15 years. My most recent
position of responsibility was as Educational Coordinator in Robarts
School and then the ECD elementary program.
My education philosophy: Believing that all students can learn, with the support
and encouragement from ECD staff, I will provide opportunities to ensure that all students
experience a happy, caring and stimulating environment where they will recognize and
achieve their full potential. Learning is celebrated in all forms - through challenge,
engagement and accomplishment - so that each individual will gain knowledge of their rights
and responsibilities as a contributing bilingual citizen in our society.
My newest challenge is as vice-principal. I am pleased and
proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff.
You, as parents/guardians, should be inﬁnitely proud that
your child is part of this wonderful school. Thank you for
your high expectations and endless encouragement. Please
support your child to develop, practice and improve their
work habits. This will help now and in the academic and
work worlds when your child has graduated from ECD. I
look forward to meeting you possibly during Parents/
In closing I would like you to keep in your mind that your
child will thrive and succeed with your love, commitment
and caring as we work together to provide our on-going
support and bilingual approach.
From the desk of the Principal
by Antony A.L. McLetchie 1) Criteria for
••• Achievement REMINDER:
Dear ECD students/ Learning Skills are
families…. outlined. The E.C.D. school council is
hosting the Annual Family
2) If your child’s
Holiday Dinner this year on
Hard to believe December is teachers have
Thursday December 16,
here now. In the last three requested an
2010. Order form for ticket
months many things have interview with
is enclosed with this
been happening here at you, they have
school. (Food drive, “checked” the
assisting the Toronto Food interview box
bank, soccer tournament in located in the Remind you all December
Rome, NY, Class of 2010 course comment 17th is the last day of school
Graduation, spirit week, section of the before the holiday.
ﬁeld trips, and studying!) report card.
On behalf of staff of Ernest
You should have received We hope that you and your C. Drury School of the Deaf-
your child’s report card by child will discuss his/her Secondary School, I would
now. Remember this report card achievement like to wish your family a
reporting period only cover and reﬂections. Please sign restful holiday break and a
the ﬁrst half of semester the “Parent’s/Guardian’s healthy New Year!
one. If you are concerned Response” section and have
about your child’s mark, your son/daughter return
Antony A.L. McLetchie
please make time to meet or this part of the report card
discuss with your child’s to the ofﬁce by December 6,
teacher. There are many 2010.
ways your child can
improve their marks before
Hopefully, the achievement
semester ends on Jan. You
information and teacher
may notice there are some
minor changes in the report
provided on the mid-term
card format. The Ministry of
report, will assist your son/
Education has made few
daughter in attaining
changes to the Provincial
ECD hand how important it is to donate
good quality food to people who
expressed how impressed they
were with the attitude,
Secondary may only get one box of food for an
entire month. In addition, we
cooperation and work ethic of our
students, who actually had to be
learned to sort the products coaxed into taking breaks!
Experiences according to the established
classiﬁcation system used by Daily The entire experience was exactly
The Gift Of Bread. This highly effective what our school needed to get a
system gets food out to families better understanding of why our
Volunteering and individuals in a speedy
food drive at ECD and those in the
GTA communities are so very
by Trish Doyle important. Now the students
••• After working at our respective know exactly what happens to the
For the students and staff at E.C. stations for a couple of hours, food they donate, and how to give
Drury Secondary, a trip to Daily everyone got to enjoy a break and dignity and respect by donating
Bread Food Bank was a chance to relax; then it was back to work quality food.
o f fe r o u r t i m e a n d s h o w a until lunch time. Daily Bread
compassionate and collective provided a wonderfully healthy ECD would like to thank the staff
spirit. During the month of meal, with no shortage of food for at Daily Bread Food Bank for this
October, the entire school body got even the hungriest of volunteers. unique opportunity. As well, we
to dig in and get busy. We helped thank each and every student and
sort the tons of food which Daily Next it was on to a tour of the staff member who came along to
Bread deals with on a regular large warehouse facility. Students give the gift of volunteering.
basis in servicing needy families and staff were surprised to learn Thanks to Tony McLetchie, our
and individuals in Toronto. that frozen and fresh food items Principal, for his support, and
were donated to Daily Bread in ﬁnally we thank everyone who
ECD had three separate trips to addition to dry goods. Items such donated food items to Daily Bread.
Daily Bread Food Bank. Each trip as milk, bread and frozen
transported a third of the school vegetables are either purchased T h e e x p e r i e n c e fo r a l l w h o
to the Toronto food bank for a full through cash donations, or given participated was heart-warming
day of hands-on volunteering. by restaurants and businesses. and inspiring. It is our hope that
Upon our arrival, students and this wonderful opportunity will
staff were given various jobs at After the tour we returned to our encourage more support for our
separate sorting stations. We stations and worked for an upcoming annual food drive at
were shown how to carefully additional hour or so before ECD.
check food items for expiration boarding the bus back to school.
dates and damage. We saw ﬁrst S u p e r v i s o r s a t D a i ly B r e a d Trish Doyle
Donations made by staff & students to the
2010 Food Drive
STAFF BROWN BLUE ORANGE BURGUNDY PURPLE
Nov. 1 - 5
Nov. 8 – 12 55 24 12 12 16 33
111 24 12 31 16 33
Nov. 15 – 19
166 99 33 5 38 47
Last year by
this time we
Nov. 22 – 26
There is still time
Nov. 29 – Dec 1 to donate!
Spartan Parliament Healthy Nook
We will be opening a Healthy Nook in our school beginning on
January 4, 2011. We will provide HEALTHY food only to the students
Hello Everyone! My name is and we will encourage them to eat healthy food from our school’s
Isabel Lainez and I am one of the cafeteria. Junk food will be no longer be provided at our school
Student Parliament Presidents. I because of the new governmental rules. We are very aware of nut
wanted to do this job this year allergies here and there will be NO nuts in our Healthy Nook. We
because I wanted to encourage to hope that our parents will be pleased about our students eating
the students and staff to value healthy food instead of junk food. It is very important for our
education. I want to improve our students to learn about healthy food to make better choices. We need
cooperation with each other here at your help for suggestions of food that is HEALTHY for our Healthy
E. C. Drury. I also hope to improve Nook. Please let me or Rimsan Jawfer know of any ideas that you
our school activities and give you have. We’re looking forward to doing this in January.
more educational activities outside By: Chris Grundy
of class this year. It should be a
great year! Should the most “private” schools, or
schools that have dorms for
Hello! My name is Joey Government command students to sleep in. Those
Wilkins and I am one of the Student all schools to only schools will be providing healthy
food, but the schools that have
Parliament Presidents. I wanted provide healthy food, d ay - t o - d ay s t u d e n t s w o n ’ t
this job this year because there's not junk food? provide as much food, because
not a lot of fun activities here at those students will bring over
E.C.D. I think that we can make this their own food. Those students
a great year by cooperating with In my opinion, I disagree could bring as much junk food as
because if the government they want and then obesity will
each other and doing our best with orders healthy food only and not get worse, and then the
everything. I also wanted to help include junk food then all the government could decide to boot
educate students about bullying and students in the school will not junk food out of local stores. This
to change things here at this school. eat the healthy food because is simply not fair for other
I am ready to do my best this year. they will want junk food for students.
awhile. That make both healthy By: Kari McMinn
Upcoming Events – and junk food equal. I have a few
reasons for wanting both junk •••
Mark your calendars!! and healthy food. If we eat the My opinion is the government
More information will be given on healthy food all the time without command the schools to provide
junk food, we will feel that we healthy food, not junk foods
the announcements. because the government is
are tasting nothing special with
December 6-10 - Winter Activities the healthy food. Most students worried about the children who
want to eat the junk food are obese with low activity
and Spirit Week levels. I disag ree with the
because it tastes cool to them. If
December 15 – Dessert Auction the students sit on chairs government wanting us to have
without exercising then it will healthy food in all of the schools.
January 6 – New Year’s Game Night continue to make them to fat. I think the students will go to
They want to have both healthy restaurants for fast food during
February 10 – Valentine's Dance food and junk food. I want to be lunch time. They look at other
fair by having both healthy and people who are allowed to choose
junk food so students can learn if they have junk food or healthy
Pizza Days: h ow t o b a l a n c e t h e i r fo o d food and that is not fair because
choices. they don't get to choose. I think
December 9, 2010 By: Alyssa Brown the Char ter of Rights and
••• Freedom allows equal rights to
January 12, 2011 choose our food in Canada. I
In my opinion, I COMPLETELY
disagree. I have several reasons think the government wanted to
February 16, 2011 see us be more active and eat
for this statement. First reason
Survey Question: Let us know your is, Junk food isn’t completely to more healthy meals in Canada.
blame for the teen’s increasing They want to encourage us to
opinion on our bulletin board near have higher ﬁtness levels and be
the lobby. obesity. Our lack of movement,
sports, things like that is. Since more active in the future. I want
we don’t have any sports or daily to allow people to control their
1. Do you want to see a student meals because they have to take
produced newsletter? physical activities that we must
do, we feel less needs to actually care their body after they ﬁnish
move around and just sit in front school.
2. Would you like this By: Lenesha Hall
newsletter to be printed or of a computer all day pretty
online? much. Second, it is not fair for
Halloween Spirit Week Terry Fox Run for
by Jeri Cripps
1 Place – BROWN TEAM Cancer Research
During the week of October From
25th, students participated Newfoundland to
in a door decorating Thunder Bay,
contest and a pumpkin Terry Fox ran
carving contest! 5,373 km,
Door Decorating Contest million steps!
Points were rewarded to During the week
the door that was the most of September
creative and the door that 27th, we tried to
was the scariest. reach that target
The Purple team won for by adding up the steps of our staff and
the door that was most students. We didn’t come close to our target
creative! but it helped us realize how far he actually
On September 30th at 9:45 a.m. our entire
2nd Place – ORANGE TEAM school went for a run/walk to support the
Terry Fox Cancer Research Foundation. This
year we had quite an impressive outcome!
The Brown team won for raising
the door that was the $1000,
3rd Place – BLUE TEAM raising
From hat days to “coin week” and pledges, our
school showed great pride and spirit in
Everyone did such a great raising funds towards a great cause. Let’s see
job and it was great to see if we can double it next year.
such enthusiasm! - Jeri Cripps
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Judging for the pumpkin
carving contest was based
on Teamwork and
Rome Soccer Tournament
by David Sykes
The road to Rome is paved with
high expectations. It’s a ﬁve
hour drive back home to E.C.
Drury and without success, it’s
a miserable one! This year it
was miserable leaving Milton;
the weather was nice in Milton
but overcast skies
foreshadowed rain ahead (as
did the weather report), and
the athletic director at Rome
was predicting a MUD BOWL!
On Friday night the round
robin game saw ROME lose to
FAITH, meaning the only way In this game our Spartans made NO MISTAKES,
we would meet our old rivals would be to lose our start to ﬁnish. ECD hammered their opponents,
ﬁrst game. producing several scoring attempts in the ﬁrst and
second quarter, but no ﬁnish. At the half it was 0-0
It was a wet rainy afternoon when our E.C.D. and our Spartans were frustrated by the FAITH
Spartans took the ﬁeld. A mud bowl was in the defence which was fearless, blocking shot after shot
works! Our ﬁrst opponents were MESSIAH from from big kicks off the foot of Brett, Henry, Jake,
Waterdown, N.Y., largely a hearing team. On the Justina, and Stephanie. Our defence was also doing
opening play we had the ball and backed it towards a fantastic job with Rimsan leading the core and
our own goal, the defence kicked the ball directly shutting down clearing and attacking attempts by
into an oncoming attacker who conver ted the FAITH mid ﬁelders. Ultimately we only gave up
MESSIAH’s ﬁrst goal within 10 seconds of the about 4 scoring opportunities.
opening kick off.
In the second half, Domenic Versace solved the
After that disaster of a start, MESSIAH continued to FAITH defence two times! With a 2- 0 lead, Jake
press with the score moving as follows: Morden iced the game with a third marker later in
1-0 (MESSIAH-ECD) the 4th quarter.
1-2 (MESIAH-ECD) E.C.D wins again! 3-0
2-3(MESIAH-ECD) A very big thank you to our supporting staff, Kathie
2-4(MESIAH-ECD) Russell, Genny Bresett, and Alan d’Eon. Their
3-4(MESIAH-ECD) support, encouragement and timely assistance was
3-4(MESIAH-ECD) greatly appreciated.
A very big thank you to James Baldwin for
With only ﬁve minutes left, HENRY AGGREY is coaching them so well. Many thanks to residence
tripped in the penalty zone! On the penalty kick, counsellors, parents and families who gave their
Henry is conﬁdent and elects to take the kick time and support to ensure that we could get
himself, and his shot is money, calm and directly together and enjoy soccer.
into the corner.
Asking the head referee after the game what he
4-6 ECD WINS!! thought was the difference he replied, “Skills
prevailed”. Way to go team! You deserved the
SATURDAY sees the championship game match up victory!
as ECD vs. FAITH
Waste Audit – What's in our school's Garbage?
by Mike Watson, Jamal Green, Depinder Gill
and Lauren Tosti
On November 4th, our science class went
to the Junior school to weigh all of our
garbage and recycling with John
Watson and Kathy Lewis. Tomas
Garbor came to help us from
Lucia's class too. We had to empty
our garbage bags onto a tarp. We
looked for things that are not
supposed to be put in the garbage
and then we put them in the right
places. When we ﬁnished sorting
everything, we weighed all of the
different bins to see how good we are
doing with our recycling. We saw that
we have been doing well with our
recycling by not putting it in the
garbage, but there were a lot of brown
paper towels and paper coffee cups in the
garbage that should go in the GreenCart.
We also found a lot of clear clamshell
containers in our blue boxes that should go
in the garbage. We learned that we are
recycling 78% of all of our garbage! Great
We had some time left so we did
the garbage from the business ofﬁce. We
saw a lot of things like food and paper
towels in the garbage. They should be
using green carts in their ofﬁces. We
were surprised by the amount of paper
we found in their garbage! There were
some conﬁdential information that was
put in the garbage. Anyone can steal
the information so it needs to be
shredded. We weighed their garbage
and recycling. We learned that they
are only recycling 40% of their
garbage! John Watson, the man from
Halton Waste Management who
helped us with the weigh-in that
this amount of recycling is the
same as the residential program
before it started the Green Cart Program.
Our next project will be ﬁnding out where
most of our germs can be found. We want to know
where you think they can be found. Tell us what
you think on the bulletin board across from room
220 (Genny's Science Lab).
World of Coop
by James Baldwin
Our afternoon Cooperative Education
class has many interesting placements.
Isabel and Aaron have been getting a lot
of experience over at the elementary
school assisting Scott Garant’s grade 8
classes with Art and Drama exercises.
Pratheepan has been busy assisting
Kenny at the cafeteria while
N i c h o l a s h e l p s o u t Ke v i n a t
Spokes’n’Slopes. Featured in our
photos are Sally who has been
helping out at Rogers and Laura who
has been assisting sign production
over at Clarion Sign and Display. -J
from the SHS Team
E.J. Thiel/Allison Nowickyj
Just a reminder to
everyone, that there are
students in our school who have life
threatening allergies to peanuts and nuts.
Please do not send any food items with your
children that contain peanuts or nuts.
Yes ﬂu season has arrived! Protect yourself
and your loved ones by getting your ﬂu
shot. Also remember to wash your hands
2010-2011…here we come!!!
by Kelly Bodden
We’re back and well
underway!!!!! September and
October have been a busy time
and we feel great about our
start! We are participating in a
Annual Food Drive
wide variety of learning
activities that will develop
students’ academic, social,
Survivor Video Auditions Due
physical, and emotional
SAC Christmas Dinner
Keeping up our yearly
tradition, we entered our
classroom work into the
competition at The Milton Fall December 18/10 -
Fair. We walked over and January 4/11
visited the fair and were lucky
to learn about a variety of P.D. Day
domestic as well as exotic January 3/2011
animals. Next, we focused on
Terry Fox and his legacy. We Survivor Begins
discussed the importance of the January 4/2011
run and why it is so crucial to
be involved and raise funds. SHSM Portfolio Workshop
We have celebrated birthdays in
class, explored certain Review Week
businesses and attractions in January 17 - 21 /11
our local community, are
swimming to maintain our Exams
health, and have started up our January 24 - 28 /11
recycling program once again.
We work very hard and are Start of Semester Two
looking forward to a great year. January 31/2011
SCHOOL ADDRESS SAC Christmas
225 Ontario Street South
Milton ON. L9T 2M5
Steps to Academic Success
Parents As Active Partners in Your Child’s Education
School and learning are two of the most important things in a young
person’s life, and are essential for successful positive development. Because
it has such a great effect on your child’s future, it’s crucial that you get
involved in your child’s schooling and do what you can to help her/him
make the most of her/his education.
DEVELOP GOOD STUDY HABITS
-Set aside a quiet/private area to study and do homework.
-Develop a routine and timetable with your child that incorporates all
interests, clubs, teams, work, sports, lessons and school work.
DEVELOP GOOD ORGANIZATIONAL AND TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
-Make sure your child is using the school agenda to plan for assignments,
projects, quizzes and tests.
-Get in the habit of helping your child bring all the right books and
homework home and back to school again.
-While still providing your child with independence, check the binders to
make sure he/she is organized.
ENSURE GOOD ATTENDANCE
-Try to ensure that your child arrives to class on time and attends school
-If your child is missing school more than 10% of the time, contact teachers
to ensure missed work is completed.
-If you do not see your child doing homework, contact the teachers and
become informed on the expectations.
- Hand in homework in a timely manner.