Walnut Grove PS
April 2019 Newsletter
Walnut Grove’s Daily Schedule
Entry Bell 9:15
Period 1 9:15 - 9:55
Period 2 9:55 - 10:35
Period 3 10:35 - 11:15
Nutrition Break A 11:15 - 11:35
Nutrition Break B 11:35 - 11:55
Period 4 11:55 - 12:35
Period 5 12:35 - 1:15
D.P.A. 1:15 - 1:35
Nutrition Break C 1:35 - 1:55
Nutrition Break D 1:55 - 2:15
Period 6 2:15 - 2:55
Period 7 2:55 - 3:35
All parents and visitors entering the school during school hours must be buzzed in through the front doors and sign in and out at the office.
You are also reminded to wear a visitor’s badge while you are in the school. For safety reasons, it is important that we know who is in the school at all times.
Your child’s safety is very important to us, for this reason please make sure to call the automated attendance line at 1-855-209-6155 for each day that your child is going to be absent from school or will be coming in late.
An attendance call can be made at anytime however you need to call before 9 a.m. for the current school day. Safe arrival calls will be made each day for students that have an unexplained absence.
If a student arrives late to school, after the 9:15 a.m. entry bell, they must report to the office to sign in and receive a late slip before going to their class. Please help your child arrive to school on time up establishing and encouraging morning routines.
If your child will require to take or have any medication (eg. Epi-pens, inhalers) while at school due to asthma, allergies or other medical conditions please inform the office. You will be given a medical form that will need to be completed by your family doctor and returned to school with the medication. No medication can be administered at the school without having a current medical form completed and on file at the school.
There are several students and staff who have severe food allergies in our school. For that reason, we ask to you please do not send any food items as a treat for a birthday or special celebration. If you wish to celebrate, sending materials to support learning in our school such as pencils, crayons, books, etc. would be appropriate. Thank you for your understanding.
Kiss and Ride
We understand that there are a lot of cars in the morning and after school using the Drop Off lane. We are asking for your patience and understanding and to follow the guidance of the teachers on duty.
Please note that children should never exit from the driver's side and even if they are seated behind the driver they should exit from the curbside.
Thank you for helping us in making Walnut Grove a safe school for all of our students.
Nutrition Break Routines
We encourage all students to remain at school during both Nutrition Breaks, to participate in the variety of extra-curricular activities offered. However, we recognize that some families want their children to come home for lunch. In order to ensure student safety at all times, we have established some expectations for Nutrition Break Routines:
· parents/guardians will be asked to complete a form indicating their wishes for daily routines for lunch for their children – these will be kept on file to ensure that routines are being followed
·anytime that those routines are changed, parents/guardians will be required to contact the school (by phone or in writing) indicating the change in routine
· if students go home for lunch, they are expected to remain home for the entire break (40 minutes)
· students are expected to return ON TIME for next period
STUDENTS WILLL NOT BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL PROPERTY AT NUTRITION BREAKS EXCEPT TO GO HOME FOR LUNCH WITH PARENT PERMISSION. Students will not be allowed to go to the plaza across the street, nor are they allowed to go to a friend’s house for lunch.
Help protect students with severe allergies by keeping lunches, snacks
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that affects some children. We ask that you help us take care of these students by sending lunches and snacks for your child that are free from peanuts or nuts, because these foods are the leading cause of anaphylaxis.
Please read the label of any food you plan to send to school with your child. If the label says, "May contain nuts or peanuts," please do not send it to school.
You can get a complete copy of the Peel board's anaphylaxis guideline from the school office.
Supervision in Yard
Yard supervision for students begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should not be dropped off, or be arriving on school property, prior to 9:00 a.m. When outside, students need to play in their designated area and remain visible to the supervisor in the schoolyard.
Parents play an important role in the development and education of their children and in the success of the school community. At Walnut Grove, we welcome and encourage the participation of parents and community members, and are grateful for the countless hours our volunteers contribute throughout the school year.
To volunteer at our school, you must complete a short interview and a criminal record check. This Criminal Record Check must have been completed within the last 6 months, must include a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) and must be an original copy. A police background check is required for all school volunteers in Ontario. Even if you want to accompany your child on a field trip, you need this background check.
Once you have completed the process, you are on file with the Peel District School Board as being a school volunteer. All returning volunteers will be mailed an Offence Declaration Form that must be filled out and returned to the board office each year. You will not be able to volunteer with the Peel board until you have returned this form.
If you have any questions about criminal record checks or the offence declaration form, please call the board office at 905-890-1010 ext. 2832.
Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.)
Walnut Grove students are welcome, with the permission of their parent/guardian, to bring a device from home to use at school for educational related purposes only. Students are expected to demonstrate good digital citizenship through the appropriate, responsible, legal and ethical use of technology. Parents are asked to sign a BYOD contract around the safe use of technology at school as outlined in the school’s code of conduct. Parents please look for this contract in your child’s agenda within the first few weeks of September.
If a student does not have access to a personal device, a school device (e.g., Net book, Chrome book, I Pad), may be made available for their use while on school property.
Spring is finally here and with the warmer weather, we really encourage students to start walking or riding their bikes to school. It is a much healthier alternative to being driven to school. As well, it eliminates the traffic coming through Kiss and Ride. Please read the section below for Safety Tips when walking or biking to school.
April is a very busy month, with lots of exciting events planned. We will be celebrating both Education Week and "Pink Week" during the week of April 8-12. Our school focus continues to be on Equity and Inclusion for all, and there are many activities throughout the week for students to participate in, to deepen their understanding around these issues, not just in their school or neighbourhood, but in the world around them. To celebrate Education Week, there will be a Spring Concert presented by students in the following classes: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1/2. 2A, 2B, 3/4, the Junior Choir and the Dance Fusion Group. Parents will have an opportunity to pre-order tickets for this concert. There will be a Book Fair running all week, and the Book Fair will be open from 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 11th as well. At our monthly Character Assemblies, on April 25th we will present this year's recipients of Awards of Distinction.
On April 24th, we honour and recognize our Office Staff on Administrative Professional's Day - they work so very hard each day making sure that the needs of students, teachers and parents are met.
Our annual Family Fitness Night will be held on Thursday, April 25th - please see the details in this newsletter for more specifics on a fun-filled evening for families.
There are many Holy Days that are celebrated in April. We wish all of our families joyful celebrations of their faith.
Safety When Walking and Biking to School
Safety Tips to Follow When Walking or Biking to School
Now that Spring has arrived, walking or biking to school is a great option for many of our students. This type of exercise contributes to improved overall health and fitness. It also reduces the number of cars on the roads, and particularly the number of cars coming through Kiss and Ride. As we promote walking and biking to school, we also want to remind students and families of the importance of SAFETY when doing so. Here are some simple yet highly effective SAFETY tips for walking or biking to school:
Parents should help students plan routes to and from school
Don’t take shortcuts – stick to the planned route
Go directly to and from school – do not make unplanned stops or go to friends’ homes without permission
Young children should always walk/bike with an adult
Older students should walk/bike with friends
Always use sidewalks and public pathways, and avoid walking close to the street
Never accept rides from someone you don’t know
If a stranger approaches, stay with your friends and NEVER accept any rides or offers of other things from strangers – REPORT any of this to an adult immediately
Always follow the directions of the Crossing Guard
Pay attention to and follow the road signs and traffic lights
Always walk bikes across streets – never ride bikes when crossing the street
If you are biking to school, always wear a helmet
When riding a bike, always be considerate of those walking on sidewalks or on pathways – use a bell to signal that you are coming from behind, and SLOW DOWN
Avoid using devices or earbuds while walking or biking – you should always be aware of your surrounding without distractions
Traffic Safety at Walnut Grove
Kiss and Ride
- always pull your car up as far as possible to allow more cars in the K&R lane
- Never let your children out of the car in the middle lane; students can only exit a vehicle from the K&R lane closest to the school
- Drivers must remain in their cars - this is not a parking area- pull up, students get out of the car, car leaves
- SLOW DOWN
- Enter to the right, NOT the left - please follow the arrows
- Always follow the directions of the staff who are on duty - they are there to help keep your children safe
- Be patient- if everyone follows the same rules, the K&R runs quickly and efficiently
Bus Lanes at the Front of the School
- this is NOT a pick up or drop off area for cars
- DO NOT enter this driveway while the buses are loading or unloading at the beginning and at the end of each day
- DO NOT run through the bus lanes to and from the street - this VERY DANGEROUS - use the sidewalks, as it only takes an extra minute or two
Traffic on Pinestaff and Tappett
- be considerate of the Buses - do not block their entry into the front driveway, and allow them out of the driveway and back on to the road
- Please model for children how to cross the street safely - darting in between moving cars on the roads is not only dangerous, it teaches kids to ignore safety
- please follow the directions of the Crossing Guard - she is there to help students and families cross safely
- Cross with crossing guards, and at the lights
- Do not block entrances and exits
- Slow down
Parking Cars on the Street
- obey the signs - many parents have received tickets for parking in areas that they shouldn't
- Do not block entrances/exits
- Use sidewalks to bring children to and from the school - never dart between buses
Overall, we have staff who are out on supervision duty in the morning and after school, to ensure student safety. We are asking for your help too. Please follow the directions of the staff on duty; they are there to help keep you and your children safe. Please be respectful to them when they ask you to wait, use the sidewalk , move forward or park elsewhere. They are trying to keep everyone safe.
April Faith Calendar
Character at Walnut Grove
This month the Character focus is Responsibility. Our Equity focus is the Local and Global Community. Responsibility means being accountable for and reliable in your actions and commitments.
You show RESPONSIBILITY when you:
· Set goals, stay focused and stick with the task until completed.
· Do your share of the work.
· Recognize and learn from your mistakes.
· Follow through with your commitments.
· Demonstrate initiative and perseverance in overcoming difficulties.
Things to consider when thinking about the Local and Global Community:
What makes us good citizens? How can the concepts we’ve been learning about make us more active, responsible citizens of the world, both toward other people and toward the Earth itself? This theme coincides nicely with Earth Day. How do different people and cultures show good citizenship toward the Earth? What lessons can be learned from these cultures and communities?
Character Trait Winners at Walnut Grove
K1- Samuel K., Aiza M., Janelle O.
K2- Pehar D., Serena N., Harry P.
K3- Ryan S., Milan S., Zachary D.
K4- Lael M., Jayson A., Basima W.
K5- Raunik S., Milan S., Amayah P.
1/2- Shivum B., Yuvraj B., Avneet
1A- Jass D., Kabeer K., Tavisha M.
1B- Sukhraj D., Ketan S., Gurjot G.
1FA-Manmeet G., Adam S., Harpreet S.
1FB- Tharina S., Aamirvir G., Avnoor B.
2/3F- Dilpreet K., Ashir S., Asante B.
2A- Sabiq, Sathana, Saihaz
2B- Harkirat S., Jaiveer S., Merry S.
2FA- Aarohi S., Aneesa P., Ishwa D.
3A- Nikita, Pari, Jobind
3B- Samiyah, Chethan, Gurjas
3FA- Tanisha B., Sarina S., Zakir S.
3FB- Kimberly D., Nikhil S., Gyan P.
4A- Neshiny, Amarveer, Varun, Jagtesh
4B- Jainil, Yuvraj, Tanvi
4FA- Shelese C., Hakim S., Sahee S.
4FB- Ruixing, Armaan, Arjan
5A- Japji K., Nyasa C., Pranavi K.
5B- Niiethavan S., Prabhveer K., Dia S., Bibek S.
5C- Jonathan G., Randeep S., Zohra S., Jasmine S.
5FA- Ruhani, Karman, Arjun
5FB- Shivam, Ishar, Abhir
6A-Simran S., Sarvesh P., Ravneet G.
6B- Bhavneet K., Shaan S., Jasleen G.J.
6C- Hrishi T., Colleen H., Palveer C.
6FA- Sonya N., Ashraj B., Armaan S.
7A- Zubair N., Gurkirat P., Subha R.
7B- Jasraj S., Jasmine C., Ishrat K.
7C- Salina, Kelvin, Harman, Jiya
7FA- Elyana N., Jason W., Apinaya J.
7FB- Fina G., Krish K., Mehar S., Jashandeep M.
8A- Kirandeep K., Nana W., Amneet B.
8B- Ishva S., Tegbir D., Khushi J., Muskan S.
8C- Manavpreet P., Savrajpal S., Vatsh D.
8FA- Amrit M., Harjaap G., Sahib
8FB- Arujaa, Ennah, Jessica
All Stars in the Gym:
Ayden H., Krish S., Aarav M., Dontae N., Jaskirat J., Nicole Z., Sian M., Mehar M.,
EMPOWERING MODERN LEARNERS at Walnut Grove
Staff continue their work on EML this month. After a PD session focusing on supporting our ELLs at our March Staff Meeting, teachers are planning 'small moves' to implement in the classroom. They are identifying their 'challenge of practice' and linking it to an EML Element, (e.g. a new 'Model of Learning' for ELLs), and then implementing a small initiative to empower their students to learn better.
We also continue to outfit our classrooms with tools to support modern learning. We retrofitted Tech Tubs in our Junior and Intermediate FI classrooms with new bilingual Chromebooks, and re-allocated iPads to the Library for KG use on their STEAM periods once a cycle. Our staff continue to use news apps everyday (e.g. geo-trekking) to best capture our students' learning.
The weeks of March 25th and April 1st were our schoolwide STEAM weeks. Students in every class will be participating in a STEAM challenge and then showcasing it on our Family STEAM Night on May 8th. Staff have been preparing for weeks as they collaborate to plan assessment tools that capture 21st Century Skills that students must demonstrate in STEAM education.
Equity at Walnut Grove
Our Indigenous Committee lead a powerful art activity for teachers at our March staff meeting. This was an activity that teachers can use with their students to encourage self-expression and alternative ways to communicate deep and layered ideas and concepts through any type of creative medium. This activity emphasized the importance of not only attending to pencil-paper tasks for students to show their learning and communicate their ideas.
The committee also shared highlights of their trip to the Mohawk Institute Residential School, and brought back resources for staff to pursue their learning and bring it back into the classroom for our students.
eco schools news - Spring is here!
The staff and students in our Eco Team are please to announce that we have been awarded the Whole Foods Garden Grant of $2000 and the Peel Eco Schools Grant of $250 to support our work of Environmental Stewardship at school. The team is excited about the food growing projects that we can now begin and the opportunities to network with community organizations for students to learn about the impact they can have when they exercise environmental stewardship. The Eco team at Walnut Grove will be sharing details about how our families can work with us towards this end on Family STEAM Night (May 8). Students have already begun sprouting their tomato plants.
The tomato seeds that our students are sprouting are special! Half of them will have gone to outer space! Walnut Grove has partnered with Tomatosphere, a not-for-profit research organization that provides schools with seeds and then students grow and report data online. Everyone is very excited about our growing projects.
We are also looking to purchase hydroponic growing systems with our grant moneys. There is a lot of excellent learning for students when they can grow food at school.
April is Earth Month, and the Eco Team is planning Earth Day (April 22) activities for the whole school on April 23rd and April 24th. We are looking forward to Tweeting out the great work our students will be engaged in on those days! Stay tuned!
French Speech Competition
Walnut Grove students participated in the French Speech Competition (Festival d'art oratoire) at the Peel District School Board office on March 21st and 26th. They competed in four categories: Grade 7-8 Core French, Grades 4-6 and 7-8 French Immersion and Grade 7-8 French Plus. Students were asked to choose either a picture or sentence prompt, and then had 15 minutes to prepare a short speech relating to the prompt. They presented their speeches to fellow participants, audience members and judges from the board office. The participants were accompanied by their families and Mlle. Ristic, who provided them with support and confidence. Congratulations to all of our participants: Ahana G., Sia A., Jashandeep S., and Saihbaaj G, for sharing their speeches. Sia will also be representing our school at the provincial level festival, to be held May 4th 2019 in Toronto. Good luck!
Autism Awareness at Walnut Grove - April 2
Pink Week at Walnut Grove - April 8 - 12
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Peel District School Board schools will recognize Day of Pink. Unlike Pink Shirt Day, which is meant to combat all forms of bullying, we celebrate Day of Pink in Peel to specifically stand against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
At Walnut Grove, the staff and students have prepared a plethora of activities to engage and to create a "respectful school climate ... that values all students, staff and families, regardless of their race and ethnicity; gender; gender identity; place of origin; citizenship; religion; creed; cultural and linguistic background; social and economic status; sexual orientation; age; ability/disability; and any other immutable characteristics" (Peel District School Board: Policies and Regulations).
Activities will include:
- wearing a Walnut Grove Pink T-shirt
- lessons by grade level
- morning music and daily announcements
- a Home-School Conversation Challenge for our families
- a Pink Parade
- Library Read Alouds
- Pink Rainbow messages
Education Week at Walnut Grove - April 8 - 12
'We Inspire Inclusion' is Walnut Grove's Education Week theme this year. Staff and students will be exploring various equity themes and responding to them through the arts.
We will have our annual Scholastic Book Fair in the Library all week, and On Thursday, April 11th, we will have our Spring Concert. Student art work focusing on inclusion will be up in the hallways and we invite our community to drop by to celebrate the excellent work the children have put together.
We look forward to a great turn out and another excellent evening of community involvement at Walnut Grove.
News from the Music Department - April 2019
Mrs. Locke is continuing the STRINGS unit. Students in grades 4-8 will be invited to expand their knowledge of strings by learning to play FINGERSTYLE.
Enjoy these videos of fingerstyle from Grade 6s in Ms. Shergill’s class:
Grades 3 are learning the ukulele for the first time!
Grade 1-2 students have started our Boomwhacker unit
Grade 3-8 students have started learning how to play the piano (a new instrument to Walnut Grove!!):
JR. CHOIR!!! We have 2 upcoming performances: O Canada at the March assembly (Thurs. March 28 @ 9:30 & 10:20am); Spring Concert (Thurs. April 11 @ 12:00 & 6:30pm)
Sneak Peek: Jr. Choir
-Our Spring Concert is Thursday, April, 11th. Come join us for a night of beautiful music. We have been working really hard preparing our pieces for you!!
-Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing to learn and develop their skills in the First Steps of Music Program, Semester 2
-Within this program, students are learning call and response echo songs, simple rhythms, story songs, and are getting opportunities to compose their very own songs
- Grade 3 and 4 students are continuing to learn and develop their skills in the First Steps of Music Program, Semester 2
-All Grade 1-4 students, have begun to explore the wonderful world Bucket drumming during the months of February-April
-Grade 3 and 4 students have also started learning the Recorder
-Grade 1 Choir has begun!
- This is a special opportunity where all Grade 1 students come to Ms. Gianarakos’ room on Day 1s during First Nutrition Break to sing!! Woo hoo!
-Grade 3 and 4 Xylophone club has begun!
- Grade 3 and 4 students come to Ms. Gianarakos’ room on Day 5s during First Nutrition Break to practice their xylophone skills and learn songs in pop culture that they are interested in- It's a fun time!
Save the date:
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW SPRING CONCERT
Featuring: 1A, 1B, 1C, ½, 2A, 2B, ¾ and more...
Thursday April 11th, 2019
Doors open 6:00 pm
Concert begins 6:30 pm
Save the date:
Shake It Up Shakespeare presents MacBeth
at The Rose Theatre:
Tuesday April 30th, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Tickets available here when available.
Character Assemblies: Link to the Assembly Schedule for the year
Thursday, April 25 - Please feel free to join us!
9:30 - Grades 2,4,6,8, FDK
10:20 - Grades 1,3.5,7, Splits
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April - Earth Month
Earth Month encompasses the international celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2019. This is the most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Initiated in 1970, this event has been considered the birth of the environmental movement.
Each year, more than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month to accommodate the profusion of events and projects. Here are some ways that you can celebrate earth week with your family:
- create a backyard or schoolyard habitat
- plant a garden or tree
- start a recycling program at home
- organize a carpooling campaign in your neighbourhood to reduce air pollution
- pick up trash in your neighbourhood
- read a book about an endangered species
- make a visit to your local zoo, aquarium or museum
- visit a local park, wildlife area or farm to provide a fun opportunity to learn about the environment and life
News from the Wolf Den - April 2019
On Friday, March 1st our Senior Girls Basketball Team competed in the NPPHEA Division 4 tournament at Castlebrooke Secondary School against 7 other schools. Our Wolves went undefeated in the round robin to advance to the quarterfinals where they came out with a 38-4 victory and moved into the semi-final game. This was another solid victory that led our team to the championship match against McLure Public School - a team we had already defeated in the round robin. McLure put up a good fight, leading early in the game and bringing an intensity we hadn’t seen before, but one that we matched. This was our most intense, high-energy game throughout the entire tournament and ended in a loss by 3 points. Coaches Simone and Ristic couldn’t be more proud of the effort and spirit of our team every second of every game throughout the tournament. “A successful person never loses.. They either win or learn.” Our team was hugely successful and has so much to be proud of. A big thank-you and good luck goes out to our graduating grade 8 players! To all of our grade 7s, we are hungry for next year!
Senior Girls Badminton
At long last, the senior girls badminton team finally attended their tournament on Tuesday March 19. The girls tournament had been delayed several times due to inclement weather days in February but the girls rose to the occasion despite the many rescheduled dates. The girls played with a great deal of skill and athleticism and made their coaches (Ms. Harris and Ms. Jackson) very proud.
The doubles teams (Genesis and Tanvi as well as Zeel and Keianna) fought hard and both made it to the quarter finals. Genesis and Tanvi even made it all the way to the semi finals! The singles players (Shivani and Mehar) also played extremely well, with both girls making it to the finals. A special shout out goes to Shivani as she took home the gold in the girls singles division. Her high level of skill, training and athleticism was evident as she seemed to effortlessly make her way into the top spot. Well done girls, you made us proud!
In the Gym
In the gym students have been practicing and developing their basketball skills. We encourage all students to participate in a variety of sports including basketball, fitness and hockey. We learned the basic fundamentals of basketball, following the “BEEF” acronym, bend, elboy, extend and follow through.
During the fitness unit students learned about how take care of their bodies while maintaining an active lifestyle. Students participated in fitness centres in the their gym class along with a beep test. The beep test helps students build their stamina while competing against their friends. The best score for the beep test was 13.2 and was achieved by a grade 8 student.
During the hockey unit, students worked on their stick handling skills and finishing skills. Students also played in variety of hockey games to improve their skills. As of right now, the tryouts for the junior boys hockey team are underway and the boys are applying their learning from class at the tryout.
For basketball we held 2 intramurals, grade 7/8 and grade 5/6 . They were a total of 8 teams and each student gave their very best. The winner of the 5/6 intramural GOLDEN STATE. Currently the grade 7 intramurals are being held for the final game between L.A CLIPPERS and L.A LAKERS. We are all excited and can’t wait for the last one!
Grade 1/2 Sports club
The grade ½ sports club is officially underway and students are thoroughly enjoying the extra time they have to play in the gym during nutrition breaks. Students have played a variety of tag games and dodgeball games so far. Our grade 1 DPA leaders have been doing a fantastic job of leading games and making this time fun for the students!! Thanks Wolfpack!!
The ⅚ basketball league has come to a close after a fierce competition. A big thanks goes out to the Wolfpack refs for being so responsible and attending every single game! A big congrats goes out the to Golden state Warriors for coming first and an honourable mention goes to the Philadelphia 76ers for placing second. All members deserve a round of applause for their hard work and dedication to their teams. Next up will be the grade ⅚ ball hockey intramural. Please stay tuned to the announcements for our sign up!
Celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day
Celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Peel schools will pay tribute to administrative professionals on Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 24, 2019. The day will be celebrated with special activities and events that provide teachers, students and parents an opportunity to thank the administrative staff who help support student success each and every day.
The Peel board appreciates the important job administrative staff do each school day and April 24 provides an opportunity to give these individuals the recognition they deserve.
What is Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a legislated committee that makes recommendations to the board on matters affecting the education programs and services for students with special needs. SEAC meets monthly during the school year and consists of three trustees and representatives from organizations within Peel.
An important focus for SEAC members is to bring forward the views of their organizations and assist parents in navigating the school system. You can reach out to your trustees or the appropriate organization to discuss any matters regarding special education or join us at one of our monthly meetings. All meetings are open to the public and includes a set time for questions from the community.
For more information about SEAC and the meeting schedule visit, http://peelschools.org/parents/specialed/specedac/Pages/default.aspx
Online parent portal to access important student information
Last year, the Peel District School Board launched ParentConnect, an online parent portal to access important student information.
What is ParentConnect?
ParentConnect is a safe and secure website, created by the Peel District School Board, that acts as a single point to stay informed and to access all electronic services provided to Peel board parents and legal guardians.
The parent-friendly website will allow you to:
- view school-based alerts and information
- access real time absence reporting
- view current and historic elementary report card information
- get up-to-date busing information
- review secondary school credit history and diploma status
- and more
To learn more about the benefits of ParentConnect, visit our school website or www.peelschools.org/parentconnect
Peel Learning Foundation
Did you know that 1 in 5 students in Peel Region face barriers related to poverty that prevent
them from fully participating in school.
In partnership with the Peel District School Board, the Peel Learning Foundation was created to enable Peel board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources to help them overcome barriers.
In its first year, the foundation will support Peel board students through:
Student Emergency Needs program
Depending on the need, the foundation will support individual students with food and clothing, medical supplies, eyeglasses and transportation costs, or where there is an emergency situation that requires a compassionate response.
Student Backpack program
The foundation will provide backpacks filled with school supplies that students need to fully participate in regular classroom work. The backpacks will be provided to students in need in a respectful and confidential manner. They are tailored for students in kindergarten to grade 3, grades 4 to 8, and grades 9 to 12.
Individuals or organizations who are interested in learning more about and supporting the foundation can
visit www.PeelLearningFoundation.org. You can also follow the foundation on Twitter (@PeelLearningFDN) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PeelLearningFDN), and use the hashtag #CreateHope to join the conversation.
Using social media safely
With the growing number of social media sites, it is no surprise that social media is the most common form of communication for children and teenagers. Posts, status updates, comments, instant messages, video uploads, tweets and texts have become a regular part of their lives. While there are many positive benefits to using social media, including staying connected with friends and expressing your interests, students must be cautious in their use of these networks.
Among the most popular social media platforms used are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Whatsapp Messenger. Many of these platforms are free and are available on smartphones and other electronic devices. These platforms are easy to navigate and often allow information to be shared instantly, not only with friends, but with strangers. On social media, it is important to remember that the world is watching.
Here are some tips, provided by the Canadian Safe School Network and GetSafeOnline.org, to keep your children safe and help them make smart choices when using social media:
Set some boundaries for your child before they get their first ‘connected device’ (mobile, tablet, laptop or games console). Once they have it, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it or the settings.
Have a conversation about what is appropriate online behaviour and what actions could have huge repercussions that could damage their reputation and be harmful to others.
Talk to your child about the kind of websites they look at. Encourage them to speak to you if they come across something they find worrying or upsetting on websites, games or social media.
Discuss with your child what is safe and appropriate to post and share online. Written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the internet forever, even if it is subsequently deleted.
Explain to your child that being online doesn’t give them anonymity or protection, and that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face. Users should only accept people they know in order to protect themselves from spammers, strangers and others who may be using social networking sites to commit crimes.
Unlike when they’re meeting someone face-to-face, children don’t always know who they’re actually ‘talking’ to online, even if they think they do. Tell your children they must never email, chat, or text with strangers, and it’s never okay to meet a stranger in the real world.
Ensure your children set their privacy settings appropriately. Take the time to learn how privacy settings work on your children’s favourite sites, and teach them how to control their privacy.
Tell your children never to share personal and private information with anyone online. This includes, but is not limited to, his or her full name, age, birth date, address, phone number, social insurance number, credit card information and parents’ full names.
Limit the amount of time that your children spend on social media platforms and talk about the importance of healthy and appropriate use of technology.
Keeping children safe in and around storm sewers, waterways
Rising and fast moving water in lakes, ponds and creeks is increasingly likely during spring. Children playing in and around storm sewers and watercourses, entering storm sewers through the outfalls, and entering storm sewers through access covers is dangerous. The following information will help keep children safe:
water flows in storm sewers and watercourses are unpredictable and may change quickly
toxic gases may be present in and around storm sewers and watercourses
access is restricted, making rescue attempts are difficult
tragic falls could take place
Please review this information with your children and let them know how dangerous storms sewers and waterways are.