May 2012 Newsletter by 1YJWzRJ6


									3420 Trelawny Circle                                                                               May 2012
Mississauga, ON L6N 6N6
Phone #905-824-0360
                                                                                         Principal: Ms. D. Howard
Superintendent: Joy Uniac 905-569-9946                                             Office Manager: Mrs. M. Kinoshita
Trustee: Meredith Johnson 416-706-9215                                                 Office Assistant: Mrs. A. Odd

       The Peel Board’s Education Week theme of “You are the smile” is well celebrated at Trelawny, not
       only during Education Week, but throughout the year! We had a very busy but fun Education
       Week at Trelawny. Thank you to the many families who attended our Open House and Book Fair.
       We hope you enjoyed spending some time with your child playing a game, and that you noticed the
       amazing art work and other displays of student work throughout the school. Thank you also to the
       staff and students for preparing the classrooms and the hallways and for truly “showcasing” all the
       wonderful program opportunities that our students experience every day! Special thanks to Mrs.
       Davis and Mrs. Campbell for organizing our week of activities!

       NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON FRIDAY MAY 11 TH – This will be the second of two Ministry-
       mandated Professional Learning Days for staff in Peel. At Trelawny we will be involved in School
       Success planning, looking at school data, and professional learning focused on Equity and
       Inclusive education in Literacy and Numeracy.

       Please read the important information page in this newsletter regarding bussing for students for the
       2012-2013 school year. Please note that eligibility to ride the bus changes as students change
       grades, and that no grade 5 students at Trelawny are eligible to ride the bus.

       Thank you to staff, students, and parents for supporting us in many ways at Trelawny. We recently
       collected funds to support our sponsored child in Tanzania, Sylvester. This is an on-going
       commitment that staff and students have made and we will continue this collection next school

       Supervision on the school grounds begins at 8:30 a.m. each day. We kindly request that you not drop
       students off prior to this time.

       As well, if students arrive at school after 8:45 a.m., parents/guardians are asked to escort students to
       the office, sign them in, and then we will ensure that students safely reach their classrooms. Thank
       you for your cooperation in this regard.

       In a continued effort to reduce vehicular traffic in and around the school grounds, we continue to
       encourage all students and parents to walk, even a short distance, to school each day. We have a
       walkway from Snowgoose Lane to the back school yard as well as sidewalks at each end of the school
       driveway. Why not park a block or two away and start the day with a walk to school? Thank you for
       helping us reduce congestion and for considering walking to school!

       Trelawny will be practicing our lockdown procedure in May. Fire alarm drills and lockdown practices
       are standard safety routines in all public schools. They ensure that staff and students know what to do
       in the event of an emergency. Procedures are reviewed with students by the classroom teachers prior
       to our practice. Please be aware that you may not be able to access the school during these safety
Organizing classes within a school is a very significant task. Many factors are carefully taken into
consideration before the process begins. Teachers and administrators meet as groups to discuss class
groupings and to build tentative classes. We do our best to use the information available to create classes
that are balanced in terms of students' academic, social, and learning-style needs, in an effort to promote
success for all students.

As a parent, you may have some other information about your child that might help us with your son or
daughter's placement. If you have any information that you believe would have a significant impact on your
child's class placement, please send a written note to the school office, addressed to Ms. Howard, no
later than Friday May 25th. Please do not request specific teachers, as teaching assignments may
continue to change.
All schools in the Peel District School Board ensure compliance with the Primary Class Size initiative as
required by the Ministry of Education. For the 2012-2013 school year, the Ministry continues to expect that
90 percent of JK to Grade 3 classes across the Board will have a student teacher ratio of 20:1. The
remaining primary classes will have a ratio of no greater than 23:1. This supports ongoing and quality
assessment of student learning and progress, allows for increased individual and small group instruction in
the classroom, and more frequent communication between teachers and the home.

In order for our Board to be fully compliant with this Ministry expectation, many elementary schools will
need to reorganize their classes in late September, and may have a change in staffing. Principals do not
have the option of not reorganizing in these situations.

Due to the possible need to reorganize classes, parents should be aware that:
- the name of your child's teacher for September will not be communicated until the Labour Day weekend,
when class lists will be posted, as last year
- your child may have a change of class or teacher at Reorganization Day in late September
- there may be an increase in the number of blended classes (combining two grades in one classroom)

Although reorganization in September creates some challenges, the benefits of ensuring smaller class
sizes allows for greater success for our students. This information is also discussed with the School
Council. We hope that it is helpful to all our families in better understanding the Reorganization process.

If you are moving out of the Trelawny community in the next two months or over the summer, would
you please advise the office in writing so that the proper paperwork can be prepared. Thank you. This
is also a perfect time to remind parents to inform the office immediately of any changes to personal
information (phone numbers, addresses, contact names & numbers) to ensure that your child’s
information is correct and up-to-date.

Trelawny welcomes Ms. Caitlin Osselton to Mrs. Hsu’s Grade 1/2 class for the remainder of the year.
Ms. ‘O’ is a recent graduate from teacher’s college and she is gaining experience and sharing her
knowledge with the class!

Our Grade 3 students will be writing this annual Provincial Assessment task between May 23rd and
June 6th. If your child is in grade 3, please try to not schedule appointments or holidays during this
time. We appreciate your cooperation. The EQAO assessment is based on the Ontario Curriculum
and will give the students an opportunity to show what they know and how they can apply their

Edge Imaging will be at our school on Thursday May 24th to take any individual and/or sibling photos.
Please send a note in your child’s agenda if you would like him, her, or them to have their photo taken.
As will be noted on the flyer from Edge, no money is due on photo day, and proofs will arrive
approximately 2 weeks later. We will also take the annual whole school photo as well as the
‘graduating’ grade 5 class photo on this day.
Please ensure that the office has your current emergency contact information. This includes home, work
and cell phone numbers, as well as babysitter’s name and number. For your child’s safety it is
essential that we have this information. Without parents’ permission, we cannot release children to an
adult unless their name and number are on file. If any information has changed, please forward a note to
the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued cooperation in this matter.

Thank you to parents who remember to contact the school when your child will be absent.
Please dial 905-824-0360, and press ‘1’ when the recording begins, to leave your message.


If there’s anything worth celebrating, it’s the impact Music and Music Education has on our lives!!

Nothing is more powerful to championing music education than the positive experience and memories it
generates. Music Monday is an annual National event founded by the Coalition for Music Education that
has been creating celebration experiences since 2005.

Music Monday is celebrated on the first Monday of May each year at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 11 a.m.
Mountain time, 12 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Atlantic time and 2:30 p.m. in
Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our Maple Leaf Choir will be performing on Music Monday, May 7th at the Living Arts Centre at 12:30
p.m. We will be singing two numbers-Artza Alinu and Galop. This performance will be televised by
Rogers Cable TV and will take place in the Atrium (staircase). Parents, relatives and friends are
welcome to attend. Please come and show your support for the quality music education program at
Trelawny Public School. At 1:00 p.m. we will join the choir members of Eagle Plains P.S. as we sing
together ‘Tomorrow Is Coming’, the Music Monday song by Luke Doucet. During our performance,
hundreds….no….thousands of musicians all over Canada will be performing the same song at the
same time. Wow!

The Trelawny School Council, in partnership with the Peel District School Board’s Parent
Involvement Committee, reminds parents and caregivers of our upcoming workshop on
   Wednesday, May 16th at Trelawny P.S., from 7-9 PM. Alyson Schafer will present
   “Democratic Parenting 101.” With practical tips and ideas all parents can begin to use
immediately, she will help parents and related caregivers regain balance and harmony in their households,
while maintaining firm and appropriate boundaries
Please consider attending a School Council meeting in May, June, or September! Our May meeting
is May 2nd and the June meeting is June 6th. We meet at 7 p.m. in the Library. We
hope to see you there.

We are looking for volunteers to help with many positions in September. If you are interested in any of the
following positions, please call the office or send a note:
        - Attendance check – this requires approximately 30 minutes. You would commit to a morning or
           afternoon of your choice. We will train you.
        - Fun Friday Treat helpers – you would commit to approximately one hour on Fridays. We will
           train you.
        - Pizza & Pita helpers – you would commit to helping order and/or deliver pizza or pita on
           Thursday mornings
        - Literacy helpers – you would commit to one morning or afternoon per week for 8 weeks.
Please note that you require a Peel Board-approved criminal record check (CRC) for these volunteer
positions. The process to get a CRC requires you to first meet with Ms. Daphne Howard to begin the
process. Please call or drop by to arrange to meet and get the process started. Thank you for your help at
If you have a child who was born in 2007 or 2008 they are eligible to begin school in September.
Please call the office for a registration package.

As mentioned last month, the Grade 3 EQAO assessment will be administered between May 30 th and
June 10th. It is important that students attend school at this time. It is appreciated if appointments or
family vacations could be scheduled around these dates. Parents are encouraged to read about
EQAO testing at the official site,

April was a very fun month in the library. Students in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 participated in the Blue
Spruce Reading Program. Students were read 10 picture books by Canadian authors during the month.
Our special voting day was held on April 27th. Our results have been sent to the provincial headquarters
where results will be tabulated from all students voting throughout the province. Trelawny’s winner along
with the province-wide winner will be posted in our June newsletter and announced at our May assembly.
The books are now available for students to take home and to share these wonderful works of literacy with
you. Blue Spruce books are identified by a special label on the spine of the book.

Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 have been busy reading Silver Birch Express books for the past few months.
Students had to read at least 5 books to qualify to vote. Again, the winning titles will be posted in the June
newsletter and announced at the May assembly.

Our Spring Book Fair was an amazing success. A big thank you to all of the families who supported
Trelawny through the book fair. Proceeds of the book fair go towards buying new books and replacing
well-used books for the library.

Students in Grades 1-3 will hear author Brian Cretney on May 2nd in the library. Brian has written 2 picture
books: “Tooter’s Stinky Wish” and “Last in Line”. We are looking forward to Brian’s visit as he tells us
about the writing process and how he wrote his stories as well as a little bit of history, science and art! To
find out more about Brian Cretney and his books, visit his website at .

Our Timbertot meeting for May will be held on Wednesday, May 30th in the library from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Trelawny had a very successful readathon in March. We raised $1,900 for the MS Society. Students who
raised money and selected a prize should be receiving their rewards by the middle of May. The MS
Society would like to thank everyone for their participation. Money raised from the Readathon goes towards
operating grants and research scholarships. Way to go Trelawny!

May 2 – School Council 7 pm in the Library
May 2 – Author Visit – Brian Cretney – grades 1-3
May 3 – Scientist in the School – grade 3
May 3 – Medieval Times – grade 4
May 7 – Music Monday – Choir at Living Arts Centre
May 9 – Country Heritage Park – grade 2 & 3
May 11 – PL Day – no school for students
May 15 – Country Heritage Park – grade 1
May 16 – School Council Presentation– Alyson Schafer – 7 p.m.
May 17 – Jump Rope for Heart
May 21 – Victoria Day – schools closed
May 22 – French Excursion – grades 4 & 5
Continued on next page
May 23 – Grade 5 student orientation at Lisgar – a.m.
May 23 – Grade 5 Parent Information Night at Lisgar – 7 p.m.
May 24 – Spring photos
May 25 – Sharing Assembly – 9:00 a.m. – “Lend a hand” theme
May 25 – Spirit Day – “Backwards Day”
May 23 – June 6 – EQAO
June 6 – School Council
June 7 – Volunteer Celebration
June 11 – Report Card Writing & Assessment Day – no school for students
May 3, 17, 31 – Pizza Days
May 10 & 24 – Pita Days

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for being “Optimistic”
at the April Sharing Assembly:

                     Kindergarten                        Grade 3
                     Eliyana L.                          Liam G.
                     Hanna B.                            Ally A.
                     Carter M.                           Adam P.

                     Grade 1                             Grade 4
                     Carl Vincent F.                     Jana A.
                     Raza M.                             Julien L.

                     Grade 2                             Grade 5
                     Anna O.                             Sarah S.
                     Alex N.                             Saiba A.

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