Walnut Grove PS

January 2019 Newsletter

Walnut Grove PS

Principal: P. Lone

Vice Principals: S. Rofaiel, T. Maharaj

Superintedant: Patrika Daws

Trustee: Carrie Andrews

About Us

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

Dismissal 3:35


School Security

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.


Student Absences


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.


Late Arrivals

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


Medication

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.


Birthdays

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

peanut-free


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.


Volunteers


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.

Principal's Message

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 2 police cars full of food items for our first “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.

Thank you for your support for our Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Fundraiser – we raised approximately $3000, which will be put toward DPA Equipment and rainy day activities for all of the students in the school. We will also be using some funds to bring in guest speakers to support our school goals with Indigenous education and We Rise Together. These “in school” presentations allow all students to participate, and really focus on our school success goals, and the focus/goals of the school board.

A very special thank you goes out to Ms. Leaton, Mrs. Locke and Ms. Gianarakos, for all of the work they did to prepare our students for the holiday concerts – the students had so much fun, and did a great job in their performances.

We are looking forward to our upcoming winter events: Grade 6-8 winter dance, French Carnival, Tea and Talk, special presentations, field trips, to name a few.

On behalf of our Vice Principals Ms. Maharaj and Mrs. Rofaiel, I would like to wish all of our Walnut Grove families a very happy and healthy New Year ahead!

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School Council

Our next scheduled School Council meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Staff Room. New members are always welcome to join us. Among other things, we will be discussing our School Council sponsored Family Movie Night on January 24th, 2019.

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: Rehana, Eliott, Angad, Eeshwar, Nehal, Shasmeen, Arpen, Deven, Masroor, Hamdan, Mannat, Zoe, Seerat, Aria, Japneet



Grade 1: Josephine, Jaden, Ekjot, Harsika, Seerat, Ashleen, ajay, Arjun, Aggum, Pearl, Gavin, Jasraj, Onkar, Hisham, Mannat


Grade 2: Sosen, Aryan, Avleen, Gurleen, Ajitesh, Balkaran, Sayana, Sabeeka, Ajay, Kapiison, Sheena, Anokhi


Grade 3: Govin, Simran, Seerit, Zayne, Actorka, Kevin, Manav, Krista, Raena, Nimrit, Viren, Samraj, Jugaad, Dilsirat, Rishan


Grade 4: Nyziah, Ashmeet, Gurneet, Ayaan, Riya, Ikam, Krish, Elanah, Abhay, Jaideep, Noah, Aryan, Angel


Grade 5: Tarjni, Suraj, Gurshaan, Taon, Lovedeep, Samia, Jasraj, Johnjeet, Keishore, Arshdeep, Ayaan, Sarah, Shivam, Angad, Haya, Lakshman, Giya, Shania


Grade 6: Ravneet, Harshkumar, Sharvesh, Harkeerat, Saumyaa, Gurman, Saham, Jarnail, Tanya, Shelly, Sairah, Neiah


Grade 7: Chatanpreet, Sarnoor, Hazeeqa, Subha, Hartaj, Jasmeen, Gurleen, David, Janani, Tuka, Karishma, Silas, Luvisha, Galvin


Grade 8: Ryan, Anmoal, Yuvraj, Jasmine, Jal, Rasika, Aliya, Aditi, Saiyam, Anjali, Saibaj, Ling-Wei, Dhruv, Bellini, Hita



All Stars in the Gym Winners:

What's Happening at Walnut Grove

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Empowering Modern Learners

Walnut Grove Scores high on EML Journey Assessment

"An ever-changing world requires us as learners and educators to be willing to innovate our practice in response to the needs of modern learners in a dynamic global context. This journey requires a collective commitment to invest in all learners. In Peel, we ensure that a culture of high expectations and opportunities to achieve personal excellence are provided to every student, every day. When we EMPOWER others, better ideas emerge. Together, we can inspire and ignite active and critically engaged citizens - today and in the future."

Peter Joshua

Director of Education

Peel District School Board


The Empowering Modern Learners (EML) initiative is an integral component of the PDSB's Student Success Plan, along with Engage Math and Equity. The trio is referred to as E-cubed. At Walnut Grove, we embrace all three foci and continue to work them into our school improvement plans, theories of action, and collaborative inquiry work with staff development.


There are 6 EML elements:

- Learning Culture

- Informative Assessment

- Access to Technology

- 21st Century Competencies

- Learning Environments

- Models of Learning


At Walnut Grove, as usual, we are well on our way on the EML Implementation Journey and moving steadily in the right direction. Teachers integrate the 6 components into their daily professional practice and continue to grow as we move towards the final step of the journey - the 'Innovation' phase.


To that end, our Leadership Team plans regular PD at our monthly staff meetings around EML elements. Staff are working in learning groups to delve deeper into an EML component they wish to commit to exploring more closely to support their students. This is both challenging and exiting work, and we are happy to be sharing our EML stories with our parents and community members on each of our newsletters in the new year.


The PDSB identifies EML work as a moral imperative and we are proud to take this to heart at Walnut Grove.

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Indigenous Education at Walnut Grove PS

In alignment with the Peel Board’s initiative to integrate Indigenous knowledge and beliefs within the curriculum, our school community has taken up many opportunities to create awareness amongst our school staff and students. Our students actively participated in Treaties Recognition Week in November by participating in a school wide Book Relay. Grade level books were selected and read in the classrooms on specific days with class discussions and lessons that followed. Slides explaining treaties and their role in the Canadian government were also shared during Walnut Grove’s morning announcements. Back in September, we also observed Orange Shirt Day along with other Peel Schools. Our students proudly displayed their orange shirts and many classes created artwork to highlight the message behind Orange Shirt Day. Looking forward, we are excited for our upcoming Indigenous Student Committee which will give our students leadership opportunities to plan activities and initiatives aimed at continuing to build greater awareness about the Indigenous cultures and practices. We appreciate our parent communities support in all our school learning initiatives.

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Equity in Action - Rising Black Stars Group

Walnut Grove's Rising Black Stars Boys Group is back for our second year. The group focuses on initiatives that empower and mentor Black male students, and help to develop skills of self-advocacy and self-confidence. This year we have engaged our students in discussions and lessons about Black History and important Black figures and role models. Students have participated in team-building activities and have plans to use their leadership and teamwork skills to give back to the Walnut Grove school community. So far this school year, The Rising Black Stars have participated in a workshop led by Jordon Veira, a social entrepreneur, arts educator and upcoming author. They also engaged in a powerful discussion via Skype with an engineering student from New York, discussing his path to success and how he worked through obstacles. Finally, a few of the students in the group have taken on a mentorship role with younger students at Walnut Grove and we are looking forward to expanding this mentorship program in 2019. The Rising Black Stars have accomplished quite a lot since September and we are looking forward to the new year, continuing to “rise together and shoot for the stars”!​
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Fundraising at Walnut Grove, 2018

Toys, Food, and Hats, Mittens, & Scarves Drive

Students and staff have again poured out generously for our food drive, Toys for Tots campaign, and the Hats, Mittens, & Scarves drive this holiday season.


WE CRAMMED 3 CRUISERS WITH OUR NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS, TOYS, AND HATS, MITTENS, AND SCARVES !!!


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!

Holiday Cheer for Climate at Walnut Grove

News from the Music Department January 2019


News from the Music Department

January 2019


Congratulations to all the participants in our Winter Concerts. You did a fabulous job!!


Extracurricular activities in the Music Rooms beginning January:



Units:

Mrs. Locke is beginning an exciting KEYBOARDING unit grades 4-8. This is the first time to have keyboarding at Walnut Grove. Student are reminded to bring non-bluetooth headphones to class for a more focussed learning time.


Grades 3-5 students will begin their boomwhacker Composition Unti.


Miss Leaton:

  • Grade 1-2 students are starting Bucket Drumming in January. Stay tuned as we put our rhythm reading skills to the test!

  • Grade 3-8 students are starting the recorder, make sure you find your recorders over the break! They will be the opportunity to order recorders in January if you need to.

  • Starting in January: Grade 4-6 choir is coming!! Watch the announcements in January for our first meeting!


Ms. Gianarakos:

-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, will begin to explore the wonderful world of Orff instruments and Bucket drumming during the months of January-March

-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!




Save the dates:

Character Assemblies: Link to the Assembly Schedule for the year


Next assembly:

Thursday, Janaury 24 - Please feel free to join us!

9:30 - Grades 2,4,6,8, FDK

10:20 - Grades 1,3.5,7, Splits


Please follow us on Twitter:

@musicatthegrove

@missleaton

@MsGianarakos

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News from the Wolf Den- January 2019


January 2019 Newsletter

In the Gym


Over the last few weeks we have been brushing up on our volleyball skills and students have had the opportunity to develop their bumping, volleying and serving skills while playing in the gym. All classes have had the opportunity to use the volleyball nets to play a variety volleyball and net games and we have had a great time! Next up, we will start our badminton unit in early January and then move into the all time favourite basketball unit!! Get ready for an awesome 2019 Wolves!!!



Teams at the Grove


Congratulations to the Jr. girls and boys triple ball teams on all their hard work and success at their tournaments on December 3rd and 4th 2018! The girls worked hard with Mrs brown and Ms. Aly to develop their bumping, volleying and spiking techniques and the girls really came together as a team on the day of their tournament! With the help of their grade 7 student coaches, Madison and Saleena the girls were able to place 4th at the tournament! Congrats girls!!

The Jr. boys meshed well together as a team early on and developed some serious skill throughout their lunchtime practices. Each of the boys on the team had a special skill or talent that contributed to the overall power and effectiveness of the team. The boys played hard but were faced with steep competition at their tournament and ended up placing 5th. A few weeks later the boys defended their title as they won in their match against the Walnut Grove teachers with a landslide win of 38-24! Congrats Boys!!



Intramurals


5 /6 Soccer Intramurals - teams are eager for the final match which will determine who wins the CUP!. Top team in each conference will play in a final game for the cup. The top team is the Eastern Conference is Toronto FC and the top team in Western Conference is La Galaxy. The championship game being held on Friday. All league members are invited to attend.


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Grade 3/4 Dodgeball Intramural

Throughout November and December, the Grade 3s and 4s have been participating in an Intramural Dodgeball League. The round robin competition has come to an end, and the the winning team, I Don’t Hit Me, will face off against the staff and referees during the last week before the holidays.

Mrs. Brown will be starting up the Gr. 5 /6 Basketball Intramural in January. We know how excited students are to play and showcase their b-ball skills. Sr. Wolfpack members will learn and reinforce the rules by helping to ref each game. The league consists of 5 teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference. Fair play will be reinforced, which means all students, regardless of ability, will get a chance to play. Remember: eating your lunch during your nutrition break is necessary. Your teacher will not give you permission to eat during instructional time!


The Senior Basketball Intramural began during the last week of December. The grade 7 teams will be playing every day 3 at NB1 and the grade 8 teams will be playing every day 4 at NB2. Students are encouraged to check their google drive to see what team they are on and what days they will be playing! Our Wolfpack refs have been trained and are ready to enforce fair play and will encourage a positive experience for all players!


Lastly, Grade 1 students please make sure to pay close attention to the announcements in January as Grade 1 sports club will be starting up in January on Day 4 at NB1!


December All Stars in the Gym

Congratulations to the following students for their dedication to sport, athleticism and sportsmanship!


Jass (1A)

Satnam (23F)

Anaik (3FB)

Justin (4B)

Talon (5B)

Zaara (6C)

Malachi (7FA)

Simone (8B)



News from the Peel District School Board

It's time to register children born in 2015 for kindergarten

We inspire success, confidence and hope in each student…and it all starts in kindergarten! If your child was born in 2015, he or she can start kindergarten in September 2019. You can register your child at any time during regular school hours—just visit the school he/she will be attending to register.

Peel board elementary schools will hold Kindergarten Registration Week from Jan. 14 to 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in the evening on Jan. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to meet school staff, register their child and learn more about the Start with a Smile kindergarten program.

Peel board elementary schools will also hold a Kindergarten Registration Week with special registration activities during Jan. 14 to 18, 2019. Visit Walnut Grove from:

  • Jan. 14 to 18 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Jan. 17 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m.

The kindergarten registration form can be completed online before new families attend. The following documents must accompany the registration form:

What you will need to bring to registration:

Proof of child's age (one of the following)

  • Canadian birth certificate

  • Canadian passport

  • citizenship card/certificate

  • Permanent Resident Card

  • confirmation of permanent residence

  • work permit

  • refugee permit

    Proof of address (one of the following)

  • Ontario driver's license

  • utility bill

  • bank statement/client slip (directly from financial institution)

  • credit card statement

  • federal government forms (e.g. Social Insurance Number, Service Canada documents)

  • purchase agreement

    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

    You can register your child for kindergarten at any time—complete the registration forms one at www.peelschools.org/kindergarten and visit the school your child will be attending next school year during regular school hours to complete your registration.

    For more information, visit www.peelschools.org/kindergarten

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 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.

Minding Your Mindset

With the beginning of a new year, you may be thinking about the resolutions and goals you want to set for both you and your family. Your mind is a powerful force that has the potential to help you exceed even your loftiest goals, but it also has the potential to hinder you from reaching your goals. It’s all a matter of mindset.

What Do You Mean By Mindset?

“Mindset” refers to a series of beliefs that people hold about themselves and the world. It’s the reason people think and act the way they do and it influences their outlook on life. Your mindset has a big impact on your overall wellbeing and sense of achievement in life.

Types of Mindset

There are two different types of mindsets. People who possess more of a growth mindset are likely to stick with a task even when it proves difficult. They tend to believe that they can learn and develop through dedication and hard work. They are also more likely to:

  • Welcome challenges

  • Be open to new ways of learning

  • View mistakes as opportunities for learning

  • Recognize their weaknesses and work to improve them

People who possess more of a fixed mindset are likely to shy away from challenges. They tend to believe that traits like intelligence or talent are set at birth, and as a result, likely unchangeable. They are also likely to:

  • Engage in negative self-talk (“I can’t”)

  • Avoid tasks where there is a risk of failing

  • Struggle to accept setbacks

  • Try to hide or justify their mistakes

    Changing Your Mindset Is Possible

    Feel like you could be stuck in a fixed mindset? Here are some tips for developing a growth mindset.

  1. Instead of “I can’t do it,” try “I can’t do it…yet.” If you believe that you can, you have a better chance at succeeding, even if it doesn’t happen right away.

  2. Challenge accepted! The next time you are faced with a tricky task, try to embrace it. You might struggle along the way, but each new try will lead to more success.

  3. Work hard. Many of the goals you set for yourself won’t come easily. They will require hard work. But, when you work hard for something, the rewards feel really good.

  4. Setbacks are opportunities for learning. Believe it or not! Making a mistake does not mean you have failed, but you may need a different strategy. Achieving perfection on the first try is often unrealistic.

  5. Be open to new ways of doing things. By tackling a challenge in a new way, you may be very surprised (and happy) with the outcome.

Remember!

Mindsets can change over time and we as individuals are not typically all growth or all fixed, all of the time. However, fostering a growth mindset from an early age can help children and youth to experience and enjoy life to its fullest. When children and youth learn that putting forth effort, accepting challenges, and overcoming difficulties can make them smarter or stronger, they tend to try harder and achieve more. When children and youth know that their brains are capable of growing and improving, they can unlock their full potential and amazing things can happen!

For updates and to follow along with the work of the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.

Adapted from Reach Out Australia (2018).

School doors remain locked during the school day

We wanted to share a reminder with our school community. The front doors of our school will be locked during the school day. This is part of the Safe Welcome program, originally announced by the Ontario Government in December 2012, for all elementary schools in Ontario. As part of this program, portable doors will also be locked during the school day.

A camera and buzzer unit is located by the front door and will be linked to a monitor in the main office of the school. Anyone who wishes access to the school once the school day has begun—parents, Peel board staff and visitors—will request entry by pressing the buzzer. Staff in the main office will be able to see and speak to the person, and release the door lock to provide access.

We have long had the practice for Peel schools that all outside doors, with the exception of the front door, would be locked during the school day. While we acknowledge that locking doors will not in itself prevent all risks to the safety of students and staff, it is an important step in providing an additional level of security.

Thank you for your continued support for the safety and well-being of all students and staff in our schools.

Nutritious lunches help children learn

Use Canada’s Food Guide to help your child get nutrients and energy needed to have a successful school day.

  • Try to give your child some choice about what to take for lunch. If possible, get your child involved in preparing meals.

  • Give your child a variety of healthy choices. Keeping your child interested in lunch is the first step to making sure it is eaten.

  • Make the food easy to eat. If it will take your child a few minutes to unwrap a sandwich, it may be skipped.

  • Resist the temptation to routinely send sweets, pop, chips and cookies in your child's lunch. Save treats for special occasions.

  • Try to avoid fast food or pre-packaged, convenience lunches, which are often high in salt and fat.

  • Do your best to role model healthy eating behaviours for your family.

  • If your child’s school is on the Nutrition Break schedule, divide your child’s lunch into two separate segments (e.g. half a sandwhich and half an apple x 2) to help your child save food for the second break as many children eat everything at first break.

    To speak to a registered dietitian about healthy food choices, call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-5102.

    For more information about the policy, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools. If you have questions about how we are implementing the School Food and Beverage Policy, please call the school.

Excel Hoops basketball preparation program to open September 2019

Open Information Night will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Initial Men’s tryouts will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019

Initial Women’s tryouts will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019

The Peel District School Board will enter into a partnership agreement with Excel Hoops to offer a basketball preparation (prep) program. Beginning September 2019, the basketball prep program will be offered at Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton and will be geared towards student athletes who train year-round in basketball.

The basketball players, who are selected by Excel Hoops to be a part of the prep program, will be registered as Turner Fenton students. They will be expected to meet the full academic requirements of their courses and adhere to Turner Fenton’s Code of Conduct.

Excel Hoops will be hosting an Open Information night on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, for parents and prospective players to ask questions and learn about everything the program will have to offer. Tryouts will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 for the Men’s team and Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 for the Women’s team. For more information and to apply for the prep program, visit www.excelhoops.com.

Time for school - A parent’s guide to reporting school absences

All parents/guardians of elementary students need to report their children's absences or late arrivals from school via our automated School Messenger SafeArrival system.

Use one of the following methods to set-up your new SafeArrival account. Please ensure the number and email address that you are using to report your child’s absences are those that we have on file at the school.

SchoolMessenger app (free from Apple or Google Play)

  1. Download the SchoolMessenger app

  2. Tap Sign Up to create your account

Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.ca

  1. Go to the above website

  2. Click Sign Up to create your account

Interactive Toll-free Phone

  1. Call the toll-free number: 1-855-209-6155

  2. Listen to and follow the instructions to report an absence

As always, please report your child’s absences before the start of the school day. Late arrivals and/or early departures should be reported as soon as possible. If your child’s absence is not reported in advance, the automated notification system will contact you and will provide an opportunity to verify the absence. By reporting your child absent in advance on the SafeArrival toll-free number, website or SchoolMessenger mobile app, you will not receive a call.

As always, if you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact the school.