April 2016 Newsletter
From the Office
Reminder: Friday, April 15th is a PD Day in the TVDSB
Teachers learn too!
Throughout the school year, teachers are engaged in professional learning to enhance their practice. Our school goal is to improve students' numeracy skills through a deep understanding of foundational number sense, number flexibility, and problem solving as we make thinking visible.
Algebra in FDK / Primary
Mrs. Edmonds and Mrs. Gibson are collaborating to find engaging ways to introduce algebraic concepts in the early years/primary divisions. Students are loving the learning!
We are all different. We are all valuable.
Our school goal is to create a safe, inclusive, and healthy learning environment to encourage character development and resiliency. (artwork courtesy of Mrs. Durham's grade 4/5 class)
Teachers learn too!
Algebra in FDK / Primary
Be A Champ Day is a motivational day to
encourage everyone to create the
school cultures they want!
TVNELP will be held at Annandale on April 1st and April 28th from 9:30-10:30
This program is for all FDK students that are attending school in the Fall 2016 for the first time.
Annandale encourages all parents/guardians and their child(ren) to attend both sessions as well as an additional classroom session in May.
If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Phillips (519-688-3498)
FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Can you believe that spring is finally here. And with Spring comes Festival time too! Both bands will be travelling to Woodstock on April 7th to compete at the Woodstock Rotary Festival of Music at the Salvation Army Church on Juliana Drive just off Hwy 59/Norwich Ave. It is an exciting place to perform because the accoustics are amazing. For $3.00 at the door, you can hear the Gr 7 band at 10:05 and the Gr 8 band at 10:45 plus any competitors.
On April 28th, the Honour Band is heading down to a band share at Summer's Corners. This band of 20 Grade 7 & 8 musicians are working on Star Wars, Louie Louie, Party Rock Anthem, James Bond, and Fidgets AND they still have 1 or 2 (or 5 or 6 other pieces) in their folders.
Keep May 19th open on your calendar - it's our always exciting SPRING CONCERT! All three bands will perform that night and there may just be some other performances as well. Please make soccer, football, dance, etc arrangements now - coaches really appreciate notice in advance, and so do band directors!
June 2nd is our year end band trip to perform at the Kingswood Music Theatre in Vaughn. The cost of the trip will be $60.00 and a number of students have already covered their entire trip by selling chocolates as a fundraiser ... and speaking of our Chocolate Fundraiser .....
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISING PARTICIPANTS
(for both band & Forest Cliff trips from Mrs. Kingsbury the chocolate fundraiser co-ordinator)
Thanks to all the students who met the deadline of returning unsold chocolate BY April 1, 2016. Chocolates can no longer be returned because the music department can't return any chocolate after April 1 - so please don't ask me to make exceptions - I can't and won't.
All money for chocolates is due by April 6th (and of course, before is much appreciated!). The bands (and I) are away on April 7th, so I wouldn't have been around to collect money that morning - sooooo - be sure to bring in your money by April 6th in order to get in on the draws for a Wal-Mart gift card as well as a selfie stick. Simply put - If your money isn't back in time ... you are NOT eligible for the draws.
If you have questions about due dates and timelines for chocolates, ask BEFORE the dates have passed.
Sports and Intermurals
"Trivia Français" contest starting this week!
Connecting Families for Mental Health and Well-Being
8:30 - 3:00 p.m
King’s University College
266 Epworth Avenue,
Executive Director, Parents for Children’s Mental Health
Additional break-out sessions, lunch and childminding will be provided.
The Special Education Corner
By Mrs. Phillips (Learning Support Teacher)
Please click here to access information about Special Education in Thames Valley!
Parents of children with special needs have a new online resource thanks to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Special Education Department: www.tvdsb.ca/programs.cfm?subpage=218773.
If your child is struggling with issues and you’re not sure where to turn, OECYC in Woodstock offers FREE Walk in Counselling. Please click here to view this website for more information.
World Autism Awareness Day
The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Annandale will be supporting this day by wearing BLUE! Countries all over the world support this day by lighting up their monuments in blue.
-Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
-Autism prevalence figures are growing
-Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
-Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
-There is no medical detection or cure for autism
APPS FOR April
-First, Second, Third Grade Reading Comprehension
-Reading Comprehension –Fiction/Non-Fiction (Abitalk)
-Reading Comprehension (Interactive Learning Success)
-Story Pals (Expressive Solutions) $$
Individual Education Plans (IEP)
If your child is on an IEP, you will receive their IEP by April 20th. Please take a look at the following link to review what an IEP is.
If you have any questions on any of this information or Special Education, please call Mrs Phillips at 519-688-3498.