Walnut Grove PS
January 2020 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., Chrome book, I Pad), may be made available for their use while on school property.
Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Walnut Grove families for your most generous contributions to our December Holiday Giving initiatives. We collected 3 police cars full of food items for our annual “Cram The Cruiser” event. Our Christmas tree was full of hats, mittens and scarves, which were donated to a Women’s Shelter. The Toys for Tots collection was amazing, with hundreds of toys being donated through the police department. We are so proud of our students and staff for going above and beyond in these initiatives – teaching and modelling empathy is so very important. The work that we do to give back to others, and to be part of the community is meaningful and necessary.
A very special thank you goes out to our Kindergarten team, for the work they have done to prepare the students for the Holiday matinee concert on Thursday, December 19th. There is nothing sweeter than the little voices of children singing and reciting. They were simply wonderful!
On behalf of our Vice Principals Mrs. Tulloch-Harvey and Mrs. Rofaiel, I would like to wish all of our Walnut Grove families a very happy and healthy New Year ahead!
Our next scheduled School Council meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, from 5:15 – 6:15 pm in the Staff Room. New members are always welcome to join us. Among other things, we will be discussing fundraising events for the new year.
Character at Walnut Grove
January’s focus is on Anti-Bullying and The Rights of the Child
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically, verbally, or online and excluding someone from a group on purpose. At Walnut Grove, we want all of our students and families to be aware of what bullying is and how to prevent it from happening. At Walnut Grove, we have many initiatives that are happening such as the Student Led Club, PALS, the Anti-Bullying Club, Friendship Club and Social Club. Together we can bring about awareness and stop bullying!
Rights of the Child:
Children have rights, too! What does every child have the right to? What is the difference between a "right" and a "need"? Caring adults have a responsibility to ensure that the children in their care have these rights. What about children in other countries? How can we help make sure that all children in the world have their rights? The United Nations created the Declaration of the Rights of the Child document, a wonderful resource for this theme.
Character Trait Monthly Winners
Kindergarten: Sadhika, Ghunveer, Avantheka, Harry, Arjun, Moksha, Manreet, Rhea, Cameron, Manha, Zoe, Avishan, Eshana, Milan, Bavanjot
Grade 1: Sa'Mya, Ryan, Mehar, Parmesh, Kate, Aruhi, Rohaan, Basilio, Jacqueline, Praan, Udayvir, Shanaya
Grade 2: Harkirat, Elenah, Pranav, Tyanna, Jaden, Faran, Tavisha, Niya, Manmeet, Jayani, Jasraj, Rafay, Guvir, Shivam, Praneeta, Pari, Ketan, Shagana
Grade 3: Sahej, Shaan, Yuvraj, Ayden, Maya, Saanvi, Gia, Satnam, Asante, Sathana, Neil, Kaushi, Staphy, Harshini, Jivin
Grade 4: Abdul Rehman, Harrachna, Mehar, Pawan, Raya, Aaditya, Tishana, Zurie, Jayden, Harkirat
Grade 5: Ekam, Elanah, Jaideep, Karam, Himmat, Neshiny, Paramveer, Jaskirat, Andrew, Deepal, Nicole, Agamjot
Grade 6: Aqil, Simrit, Ian, Anjalie, Jasraj, Neha, Ava, Krish, Matilda, Karman, Luvneet, Amaia,
Grade 7: Gracy, Hirshpreet, Jarnail, Raghav, Anmol, Harkeerat, Thabishana, Gunwaris, Rithikha, Sonya, Tyler, Jagjot
Grade 8: Bhavneet, Sarina, Luvisha, Sahib, Arleen, Abinash, Hazeeqa, Aden, Aaron, Sarah, Iknoor, Musharriff, Hartaj, Galvin, Kalia, Rattan
All Stars in the Gym Winners: Alyssa, Mehar, Kiaan, Nakshitha, Pearl, Nathaniel, Zoiya, Jagjot
What's Happening at Walnut Grove
Fundraising at Walnut Grove
Toys, Food, and Hats, Mittens, & Scarves Drive - December 2019
WE CRAMMED 3 CRUISERS WITH OUR NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS, AND HATS, MITTENS, AND SCARVES !!!
There were so many donations, that our officers had to send a truck in for all the toys the next day. There was just not enough room! We collected around 200 unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign!
We would like to extend a genuine thank you to our parents and community members for their generous donations. We are blessed to have the opportunity to share a little this holiday season.
Way to go Walnut Grove!
The winners of our Gingerbread House draw were:
Adam (K2), Harpreet (2A), Rapreet (1A), Sahej (3A), Farhan (2B), Devanshi (6A), Gaurav (4/5F), Bela (3/4F), Amaia (6FA), Saleena (8FB), Shanaya (1C), Devan (5FA)
Thank you to every family that donated so generously... your contributions will make many of our community members happier during the holidays.
News from the Peel District School Board
Report your child’s immunizations to the Region of Peel online
When registering for school for the first time, parents and guardians are required to provide up-to-date immunization information for their children. This includes registering for kindergarten.
You can update your child’s immunizations online. The online immunization tool allows you to attach a photo of the immunization record. When reporting online, an Ontario Health Card is required.
Report immunizations online at: www.peelregion.ca/immunize
After you report your immunizations online you will be given a reference number. Keep this number for your records. You will need to give this number to your child’s school when registering.
If you do not have online access or your child does not have an Ontario Health Card, take a copy of the immunization record to the school. Make sure your child’s name and date of birth are visible on the record.
Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 if your child does not have an immunization record or if you have any questions about immunization exemptions.
For more information, visit www.peelregion.ca/immunize
Peel Public Health shares tips to help prevent the flu
It’s flu season and we want to make sure students stay as healthy as possible this year! Influenza (flu) spreads easily from one person to another and Peel Public Health has some tips to help reduce the risk of catching the flu and spreading it:
- Get your annual flu shot: The flu shot is your best defence against the flu. There are many locations across Peel where you can get your flu shots:
Family Doctors’ offices
Peel flu clinics
- Keep children home when they’re sick: If your child develops flu-like signs and symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue), keep them home from school. Contact your health care provider if symptoms are severe.
- Practice good hygiene: Help your child get into the habit of covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and throw tissues in the trash. Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or elbow, if they don’t have a tissue. They should also avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is how germs are spread.
- Wash your hands: Encourage your child to wash their hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after they cough or sneeze.
For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu.
It's time to register children born in 2016 for kindergarten
We inspire success, confidence and hope in each student…and it all starts in kindergarten! If your child was born in 2016, they can start kindergarten in September 2020. You can register your child at any time during regular school hours—just visit the school they will be attending to register.
Peel schools will also hold Kindergarten Registration Week from Jan. 13 to 17, 2020. Visit Walnut Grove PS from:
Jan. 13 to 17, 2020 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2020 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
What you will need to bring to registration
Proof of child's age (one of the following)
Canadian birth certificate
Permanent Resident Card
confirmation of permanent residence
Proof of address (one of the following)
bank statement/client slip (directly from financial institution)
credit card statement
federal government forms (e.g. Social Insurance Number, Service Canada documents)
Proof of custody – children must live with their parent(s) unless provided documentation supports an alternate living arrangement.
Proof of immunization – proof that your child has been immunized/vaccinated.
Keep your child’s eyes healthy
Did you know that vision problems in children often go unnoticed because kids don’t know any different? As many as 10 per cent of preschoolers will have vision difficulties that can affect the development of their sight if not treated. However, if caught by the age of 5, treatment will be most effective.
The Region of Peel recommends regular eye exams for your child to help find eye problems early and get the right treatment.
The best way to ensure good eye health is to have your child’s eyes checked by an optometrist. Yearly eye exams for children 19 and under are covered by OHIP.
What to expect at your child’s eye exam
An optometrist will complete:
- General vision testing in both eyes.
- Eye muscle testing.
- Eye coordination testing.
- A general health assessment of the front and back of the eyes.
If needed, the optometrist will write a prescription for glasses for your child.
For information on overall vision health, common signs of a possible eye problem and the programs available to you within Peel, visit www.peelregion.ca/vision-health
Help your family stay warm this winter
Canada Safety Council recommends the following tips for staying comfortable and preventing hypothermia when working or playing outdoors:
- Wear a warm hat—most body heat is lost through the head. Children should keep an extra hat at school.
- Wear layered clothing. Layers allow warm air to stay trapped around the body.
- Protect your feet and hands. Wear loose waterproof boots. If the boots have liners, carry an extra pair to replace damp ones or take an extra pair of socks. Invest in thick socks to keep your feet warm. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Carry an extra pair of mittens to school, on outings, etc.
- Prevent dehydration and exhaustion, which can lead to hypothermia. Drink plenty of fluids and pace yourself when doing vigorous activities.
- Stay fit by exercising and eating well—people who are fit are less susceptible to hypothermia.
- If you stay indoors, avoid moving from a hot environment to a cold one. Excessive sweating caused from an extreme change in temperature increases the risk of developing hypothermia.
- Eat high-energy food such as nuts and raisins. A balanced diet will also help keep you warm and healthy in the winter.
- If you are travelling (on the road or in the wilderness) carry emergency supplies.
Winter bus safety
The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months.
Allow extra time to get to your bus stop.
Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening.
Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice.
Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces.
Dress appropriately—winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm.
Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus.
Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street.
Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt.
Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:
When possible, wait with your child for the bus.
Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.
Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a "safe" stranger is.
Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.
Bus cancellation and closing schools due to bad weather
During the winter months, we may need to cancel buses or close schools because of inclement weather.
Information regarding details of cancellations or closures will be available on Twitter @Peelschools, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peelschools/, www.peelschools.org and www.stopr.ca or by calling 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146. It is usually also announced on the radio and television stations listed below:
VIRGIN RADIOFM99.9 BREAKFAST TELEVISION NEWS AM680
CFNY FM102.1/AM640 CJCL AM590 CHFI FM98.1
NEWSTALK1010 AM EZ ROCK FM97.3 CJBC (FR) AM860
FM Z103.5 FM93.1 FM Q107
CHIN FM100.7/AM1540 CBC99.1 CITYPULSE
GLOBAL NEWS CITY NEWS CTV
CFRB – (Bell Media)
One of the following messages will be announced:
Peel District School Board buses are cancelled
This means that schools remain open for students and staff, but buses are cancelled. Bus cancellations could occur in all or parts of municipalities. Buses will remain cancelled all day. All activities that require busing will also be cancelled. Permits, night school classes, child care and other activities in schools will operate as usual.
All Peel District School Board schools and board offices are closed
This means that all schools and Peel board offices are closed to students and staff. All activities in schools and board offices are also cancelled, including child care, night school and permits.
All evening programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled
This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.
All weekend programs and permits at the Peel District School Board are cancelled
This means that all activities in schools and Peel board offices are cancelled, including continuing education courses and events. The buildings will be closed.
Peel District School Board program offers flexible school options for student athletes, artists
Train More. Rehearse More. Learn More.
Does your child/teen have an intense sports or arts training and competition schedule that makes it difficult to attend school regularly? The Peel District School Board’s Peel Region High Performers Program will offer flexible timetabling to accommodate student athletes and artists with demanding practice, competition, rehearsal and/or performance schedules.
The Peel Region High Performers Program is available to students in grades 4 to 12 at Britannia Public School, Dolphin Senior Public School and Mississauga Secondary School.
Applications are open
For more information and applications, visit www.peelschools.org/HighPerformers.
Apply for French Immersion by Jan. 31, 2020
If your child will be starting grade 1 in September 2020, one of the important choices you will make is whether you want to consider grade 1 French Immersion (FI).
The application form for grade 1 FI for the 2020-21 school year are available online at www.peelschools.org/French. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
Applications received after the deadline will not be included in the random selection process and will be placed on the school’s waitlist.
The FI school for our area is Walnut Grove PS. The phone number is (905) 796-4572.
Applying for Grade 1 French Immersion
The Peel board has a limited number of spaces available for grade 1 French Immersion. They are not offered to students on a first come first served basis. A computerized random selection process randomly ranks all applications that are received by the deadline and assigns the available spaces in rank order. Once available spaces are filled, the remaining students are placed in rank order on a school’s waitlist. Each school has its own waitlist.
Students must apply to and, if accepted, attend the French Immersion school based on the home address. Flexible boundaries are not available for Grade 1 French Immersion.
How to get more information
For more information about French Immersion and how you can support your child:
Our work has just begun.
Did you know that 1 in 5 students in Peel Region face barriers related to poverty.
That’s more than 27,000 Peel board students.
The Peel Learning Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to enable Peel District School Board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources that help them overcome barriers. To date, we have supported more than 500 students through the Student Emergency Needs and Student Backpack programs. The support we provide can be as simple as providing funds for food or transportation, a winter coat, or a backpack filled with school supplies.
This type of support can enrich a student's school experience and help them achieve success. Any teacher, staff or support person can speak confidentially to their school’s principal, vice-principal or supervisor when they encounter a student in need, who will then reach out to us to ask for help.
There are many ways that you can support the foundation. A gift will help us achieve great things for students. To learn more, visit www.peellearningfoundation.org/how.
You can help us create hopeful tomorrows.