3420 Trelawny Circle May 2012 Mississauga, ON L6N 6N6 Phone #905-824-0360 www.trelawny.ca 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. TRANSPORTATION 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. FUNDRAISING 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 year. STUDENT SAFETY 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! LOCKDOWN PRACTICE 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 practices. CLASS BUILDING 2012-2013 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. MOVING? 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. STAFFING NEWS 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! EQAO 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 knowledge. SPRING PHOTOS 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. EMERGENCY CONTACTS 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. ARRVIAL CHECK 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. MUSIC MONDAY AND THE MAPLE LEAF CHOIR 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! SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2012-2013! 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 Trelawny! KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 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. EQAO 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, www.eqao.com. LIBRARY NEWS 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. AUTHOR VISIT TO TRELAWNY 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 www.bc4books.com . TIMBERTOTS Our Timbertot meeting for May will be held on Wednesday, May 30th in the library from 9:00-10:00 a.m. MS READ-A-THON UPDATE 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! DATES TO REMEMBER 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 TRELAWNY TIMBERWOLVES 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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