Walnut Grove PS
June 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.
Where has the school year gone? It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back to school! I want to thank all of our Walnut Grove families for another wonderful school year. Your continued support for all that we do at Walnut Grove inspires us to keep growing and moving forward. I know that we are incredibly fortunate to have the staff that we do – they are truly here for students, and give their best to them each and every day!
As the school year comes to a close, I’d like to share a few things to keep in mind:
If you are moving, please let the office know as soon as possible – students must attend the school within their home address boundary, as we cannot accept Flexible Boundary requests, due to our Enrolment Cap
If you will be on vacation when school starts on September 3rd, please let the office know in June, so we know that you haven’t moved and that your child/children have a class placement
Report cards will be sent home on June 26th, and will include the name of next year’s teacher – no changes will be made to classes at this time – any changes that may be made will happen at Re-Organization in September (3rd week)
The last Pizza Day is June 14
Sub Day finishes on June 26th
Bussing information will not available until the last week of August, and parents can access this information from home by going on to the Peel Board website, clicking on STOPR, then following the prompts and O.E.N. 9 digit number from the Report Cards
Courtesy Seating requests will be collected in the office – no seats will be assigned until mid-October, based on availability
once again, we will NOT be purchasing student Agendas next year – we encourage all families to use Classroom websites that teachers set up and maintain (e.g., Google Classroom, See Saw)
Please sign up for School Cash Online for next year if you haven’t yet done so – it is the preferred method for payment, and easiest (cash will always be accepted if you choose not to use this format)
GOODBYE TO OUR GRADE 8 GRADUATES! It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to our amazing Grade 8 graduating classes. They have been such as joy to have at Walnut Grove over the past 6 years. They have become wonderful leaders in the school and in the community, and we are so proud of each and every graduate. They will be moving on to a variety of different Secondary Schools, based on the programs that they have chosen, and we wish them every success in this new phase of their lives – they are ready, they are excited and they will be successful!
WELCOME to our new Junior Kindergarten students and their families! The “Start With a Smile” evening was a great opportunity for our new little ones and their parents to experience a bit of life in Kindergarten – we are very excited to welcome these children to Walnut Grove.
THANK YOU STUDENT GOVERNMENT!
Our Student Government has worked very hard throughout the year, to provide activities for all students, to hear input from all grades and to organize initiatives that support the school and the students. They have raised approximately $2000, and have asked me if they could put the money toward the purchase of additional fans for each classroom. . Thank you Student Government and to the teachers who worked all year with them.
Every year, schools experience changes in staff, and with Walnut Grove being such a large school, with such a large staff, we are no exception.
I am so thankful to have had such amazing LTO teachers this year, and in June, we say Thank You and Goodbye to the following long term occasional teachers: Ms. L. Tran (DECE), Ms. B. Singh (2A), Ms. S. Kaur (3A), Mr. Beattie (8A and Guidance), Ms. Gutt (8A), Ms. Gianarakos (Music and Dance), Ms. King (T.A.)
I would also like to say Thank You and Goodbye to staff members who are moving on different schools and assignments: Ms. Sandal, Ms. Trigiani, Ms. Quintiliani, Mrs. St. Pierre and Mrs. Brown. We wish you well in your new schools!
We have added some amazing teachers, T.A.’s and D.E.C.E’s to our staff, and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following staff members: Ms. Nagpal (1FA), Ms. Pace-Michaels (Core French), and Mrs. Nunez (Gr. 2/3). We still have a few more positions to hire for, but we will definitely be ready for September.
I wish all of our Walnut Grove families a safe, happy and healthy summer vacation, and we look forward to seeing everyone back refreshed and ready for learning on September 3rd.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!
Thank you to our School Council members who served our school community this year: Rajeev Kumar, Bob Nagra, Neha Marwaha, Nayan Brahmbhatt and Joti Shah. We truly appreciate the work that you have done to support Walnut Grove.
I would like to especially recognize and thank Mr. Rajeev Kumar for being our School Council co-chair for the past 6 years while his son was attending Walnut Grove. He has bee a constant positive support and advocate for our school. His son Dhruv is moving on to the Grade 9 IB program at Turner Fenton, and so his time at Walnut Grove has come to an end. I am so very thankful for the time and commitment Rajeev has given to Walnut Grove, and he will be greatly missed.
2019-2020 School Council Election Information:
Sept. 9 - Nomination Packages to be sent home to all families
Sept. 16 - Completed Nomination forms to be returned to the school no later than 4:00 pm
Sept. 20 - School Council Nominee Biographies to be sent home to all families
Oct. 3- School Council ELECTIONS to be held during the day and evening
Oct. 4 - Winners of the Elections will be notified by the Principal
Oct. 10- First School Council Meeting for the 2019-2020 school year
Character at Walnut Grove
This month the Character focus is Good Character. Our Equity focus is Circles and Cycles. When thinking about Good Character, we are looking at consistently showing good character throughout the year.
Things to consider when thinking about Circles and Cycles:
The concept of the circle is used to show students how they can continue to examine their own lives and the world around them. It can also show how, by learning, they can help others to learn, making an ever-widening circle of people who are open-minded and inclusive. What have students learned? What do they want to learn more about?
May Character Trait Winners
K1 - Farhan, Parbhkirat, Ayesha
K2- Anisha, Sahib, Anhad
K3- Udayvir, Harish, Ayden
K4- Sehraj, Samarveer
K5-Saamia, Amyra, Armin
1A- Tyanna AJ, Aydin
1B- Gurjot, Ashleen, Pranav, Samaira
1C- Deetya, Baani, Harpreet, Nakshitha
1FA- Gunreet, Jayden, Kamsika
1FB- Kaden, Mannat, Roja, Aiesha
1/2- Sahej, Ayden, Pahul
2A- Ishan, Saihaz, Ayaan
2B- Anna, Riquan, Balkaran
2FA- Sounish, Ajay, Ishika
2/3F- Satnam, Jivin, Parmansh
3A- Nand, Aman, Kulnoor
3B- Gurjas, Roopbir, Jenis, Ekroop
3FA- Harshini, Raza, Matthew
3FB- Ashaan, Bela, Viren
3/4- Arman, Agam, Annie
4A- Sahel, Jagtesh, Jovan, Sorosh
4B- Himmat, Muhammad, Paramveer
4FA- Aaditya, kabi
4FB- Anabiya, Tabish, Mehar
5A- Sukhsahej, Jason, Tarjin
5B- Kalea, Paavan, Jasraj, Sarina
5C- Ranyodh, Devanshi, Ayaan
5FA- Raghav, Evan, Ayaan
5FB- Krish, Tanush, Ava
6A- Ashon, Manav, Aliya, Raphael
6B- Saanvi, Kavleen, Sukhman
6C- Tanya, Gunwaris, Aansh
6FA- Amneet, Rajan, Tyler
7A- Avni, Tanishq, Tanya
7B- Heetayu, Aaron, Devanjit
7C- Ayush, Zain, Hursh, Muneet, Sumaira
7FA- Paulina, Apinaya, Tanvi
7FB- Hodan, Sajan, Bhavna, Julian
8A- Anmoal, Mehakpreet, Jay
8B- Sahil, Shejuana, Jaziba
8C- Partap, Auvleen, Saiyam
8FA- Kory, Harjaap, Mehar
8FB- Denrick, Naila, Brahmjot
All Stars in the Gym: Avleen, Dipesh, Dilrup, Bobby, Ravneet, Aman, Jamil, Sajan
Awards of Distinction 2018-2019
Gurman B., Student Gr.5:
Gurman B. is a grade 5 student who shows enthusiasm each and everyday and confidently demonstrates a willingness to learn and try new things to achieve his personal goals. He is involved in numerous extra curriculars like student goverment and dance pak and was an embassador for Mr. Joshua.
Rumman H., Student Gr.7:
Rumman Harris- Rumman is a student in grade 7. She displays leadership in all activities and demonstrates kindness, acceptance and inclusion to everyone. She sets an exemplary example for all of her peers daily by encouraging her peers to have a growth mindset towards their learning and will drop everything to help a peer in need. She has a kind heart and displays this for her peers and in her learning environment everyday. She goes above and beyond in her school work and through her actions and attitude.
K. Gutt, Teacher:
As a new teacher to our school, Ms. Gutt quickly fit in as part of the Walnut Grove family. She is always willing to go above and beyond to help not only her students, but also her teaching team. She gives up her free time, even outside of her scheduled hours to work with students and teachers alike. She values the opinions and ideas of her students and encourages her students to be themselves and try their best. She treats all students fairly and equally and demonstrates care and consideration for each individual child.
Ms. Gutt is dedicated, passionate and incredibly hard-working. She contributes to the school climate and culture with professional and passion in many areas: the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Eco-Committee, the Indigenous Committee and the Black History Month Committee. Ms. Gutt also plays an integral role in the Counting On You program at Walnut Grove. She developed a unique Photography workshop to meet student interests and maintain after-school engagement and attendance over the course of nine weeks.
Ms. Gutt's contributions are outstanding on many levels and she is someone who stands out above others as deserving and having incredible integrity. Kat would never presume to be nominated for or receive such an award, making her the ideal candidate and recipient.
Pamela Lone, Principal, Walnut Grove PS
(Student Address at Assembly)
Today we recognize Ms. Lone for her amazing work with us at our school. Ms. Lone is the leader of our school and she is always committed to make sure that we have a safe, inclusive, and fun learning environment. She has high expectations and she believes in us…she believes in the students, in the teachers, and she does everything to ensure that we are all able to achieve these high expectations
Ms. Lone demonstrates all of our Character Traits:
Respect: She demonstrates respect by acknowledging everyone in the school and understanding their needs and strengths. She greets students and staff in the hallways, she supports all of our extra-curricular events and team competitions. She makes sure that our voices are heard and understands how to acknowledge our differences.
Inclusive: Ms. Lone has created a school where we all feel included. We can wear the clothing that makes us feel comfortable, we can engage in activities that we feel are meaningful to us; we can see ourselves represented and have our voices heard at our school. Ms. Lone recognizes and celebrates with our families on our various special days and she ensures that we all learn about each other and include each other.
Cooperative: Ms. Lone cooperates with all people in the Walnut Grove community. She listens carefully to you, to your parents, and to staff, and always demonstrates respect for the feelings of others. She helps the staff to work together to get great things done at our school.
Honesty: One thing that Ms. Lone does very well is that she always does what’s right for the students, staff and parents. She stand up for what is right and speaks the truth with confidence. She is happy to have conversations to really understand what the truth is. She is always happy to share her ideas honestly in order to make good things happen.
Responsibility: Ms. Lone is an expert at responsibility. See all the things we do at Walnut Grove? We wouldn’t have been able to do all these things if it weren’t for Ms. Lone commitment. She has excellent organization skills and she plans way ahead of time to make sure that events and meetings run smoothly and successfully.
And last but not least, Caring: Ms. Lone cares about everyone in our school. She cares that we are all feeling safe, happy, and that we are all able to do our work to the best of our ability. She cares that we can try our best to learn and to help one another learn. She cares that we too care for each other…like members in a wolf pack! She cares that we are successful and that we are well. She has made our school an excellent place to learn and grow…like the words in our school song.
So today we recognize Ms. Lone as we present her with this Award of Distinction, and we thank her for her excellent work with us at our school Walnut Grove.
Ms. P. Lone - Award of Distinction
Award of Distinction Recipient 2018-2019
Award of Distinction Recipient 2018-2019
Ms. K. Gutt
Award of Distinction Recipient 2018-2019
What's Happening at Walnut Grove
1st Annual STEAM Night a Huge Success!
The first Annual Family STEAM Night was a huge success at Walnut Grove this week. On May 8th, over 400 community members poured into our school to participate in various STEAM activities including: building rockets and catapults; coding robots; composing music; designing textiles, wood-working, eco booth, and much, much more.
School spirit was at an all-time high with the celebration of the school’s 5th Birthday and the recognition of Principal Pam Lone’s Award of Distinction.
The event was sponsored by a School Council Pro Grant and there were many exciting STEAM prizes for the raffle at the end of the night. Parents and community members enjoyed the activities thoroughly and expressed their excitement about the power of STEAM education.
In fostering environmental stewardship, global citizenship and social justice, the Eco Booth hosted representatives from SEVA Food Bank in Malton to recognize the new partnership established through the school’s summer growing project and ‘Harvest Share’ in the Fall. Parents took away tomato seedlings to grow and bring a basket of the harvest back for the food bank.
Group Composition using Tech in the Music Room
School Council Support
Parents on council applied for the pro grant that made this night possible, and attended and supported staff on STEAM Night.
Ms. Lone recognized by School Council
Parents show their appreciation for Ms. Lone's Leadership for the past 5 years at Walnut Grove on the occasion of her receiving the 2018-2019 Award of Distinction.
School Council Support
News from the Eco Team
September Harvest Share!
On STEAM night this year, the Eco Team introduced a new and exciting partnership with SEVA Food Banks. We sent home nearly 40 tomato plants and asked that the harvest from these little plants be donated to the food bank in September.
As a result of our new community connection and Eco Initiatives this year, we have aspired to host our first Harvest Share week in September. We will be collecting fresh fruits and vegetables from your own gardens to share with SEVA Food Banks.
Please consider saving some of your late August harvest to donate to this important cause in the first weeks of September.
News From the Wolf Den - June 2019
In the Gym...
Grade ½ Sports Club
The Grade ½ sports club was a wonderful opportunity for the little youngsters to learn about the world of sports. Coming to the gym on Day 4’s every week, they played a variety of sports and sports-related games. The students had engaged in all activities with enthusiasm and energy. They learned and developed various techniques and skills, thanks to the supervision of their teachers, having a fun and active experience every week . Thank you to our amazing Wolfpack members for leading a variety of fun games and activities each week!
⅘ Hockey Intramurals
The ⅘ hockey intramurals provided students with an opportunity to play a competitive, yet enjoyable sport. In this intramural, students were split into teams, named after many professional NHL leagues and attended their respective team matches every Day 2. The hockey intramurals allowed everyone to participate in an atmosphere of sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance. Through their effort, determination and hardwork, the grade 4 & 5 students have led an amazing and successful hockey intramural.
Junior Boys Hockey Tournament
Our Junior Boys hockey team trained hard and worked with dedication towards this year’s tournament as they placed first, bringing home a banner! We are so proud of our boys for working hard and never giving up which led them to have an incredible undefeated record throughout the entire tournament! We would like to thank the assistant coaches for putting their time and effort into the team while helping the boys develop an advanced hockey mentality. Great job Wolves!
Junior Girls Hockey Tournament
The Walnut Grove Junior Girls hockey team walked into the tournament prepared and committed to get the job done. The devotion and determination of our girls was displayed as they battled hard, storming into second place! We are so proud of them as they didn’t fear any time and were always ready to give their best effort in every game played! Congratulations Girls!
Senior Boys Hockey Tournament
Our Seniors Boys hockey tournament was an amazing learning experience as all students demonstrated their incredible hockey skills while working their best in every game. They fought through every game and made it all the way to the quarter finals where they had an outstanding win and continued to the semi finals! We are so proud of our boys for never giving up and the hard work and determination they displayed. Good job boys, you fought hard!
Senior Girls Hockey Tournament
Along with the Seniors Boys, the Senior Girls had their hockey tournament on the same day. They fought their hardest in ever game, winning all games played with determination and dedication! They had a hard fight, and were sadly defeated in a close penalty shootout in the semi finals. Nevertheless, they played with a good attitude and showed amazing sportsmanship throughout every game. Good job girls, we are proud of your hard work!
Walnut Grove’s first ever Skip-a-Thon encouraged by Camp Ooch was held on Friday May 24th, 2019. During the Skip-a-thon, students engaged in skipping games such as Helicopter, Limbo, and other fun activities using jump ropes. Everyone enjoyed themselves a lot throughout the entire event, while also raising a total of $1400 for our great cause!
Senior Boys and Senior Girls Softball Team
The Softball teams have recently finished their tryouts and teams have been made! The teams are working hard to prepare for their tournament on June 14! Wish them luck!!
Track and Field
Students have been working hard to practice skills such as shot put, discus, javelin, long jump and short distance running in class. Tryouts are complete and the team is almost ready! Please wish students luck for their upcoming tournament on June 19.
Senior Girls and Boys Softball
This year Walnut Grove will have Senior Softball 3-Pitch teams for the second year in a row. This is a chance for students who excelled in the Baseball and Cricket Units in the gym to attend a competitive divisional tournament showcasing their batting and fielding skills.The tournament will be held at Sesquicentennial Park on June 14th, 2019, and we are anticipating a great, active, and successful day full of sunshine!
All Stars in the Gym (MAY):
Congratulations to the following students for demonstrating a passion for physical activity and a keen sense of sportsmanship in the gym and school community:
Ravneet Sahota (1C)
Avleen Nepali (2A)
Aman Nijher (3A)
Dipesh Joshi (3/4)
Jamil Ashiru (5A)
Dilrup Hothi (6B)
Sajan Mistry (7FB)
Bobby Dharni (8A)
A BIG THANK YOU to our Wolfpack!
This year our Wolfpack has been a tremendous force in promoting sportsmanship, fitness, and fun around our school. Participation in extracurricular physical activities, intramurals and sports has been higher this year than ever before and our Physical Education team could not run the awesome programs we offer without the support of such an amazing committee of passionate individuals. To our Grade 8 Students who are all heading off to new schools and new adventures: We will miss you and all of the enthusiasm you have brought to the Wolf Den over the last six years together! Thank you for your dedication and for inspiring staff and students to do great things and be great people, whatever their passion might be.
So long and see you soon, Grads!
Rajit, Jovan, Nitish, Aaryan, Parneet, Karanvir, Amjot, Mehar B., Steven, Zeel, Vatsh, Aryan P., Bethanai, Elijah R., Mehar M., Elijah W., Dhruv, Trinity, Ennah, Japnam, Genesis, and Yasser.
All the best in your future endeavors, stay active in your new ‘Wolfpacks’, and always remember you have a home in our Wolf Den.
Have a great summer, everyone!
News from Peel District School Board
Walnut Grove celebrates National Indigenous History Month
In 2009, the House of Commons officially recognized June as National Indigenous History Month following a unanimous motion.
The flag of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be raised at all Peel schools throughout June to demonstrate that Peel schools are safe, inclusive and welcoming environments where students, staff and families who identify as Indigenous are accepted and supported.
Staff and parents from across Peel will participate in a number of activities in June to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.
Walnut Grove celebrates Pride Month
Pride Month takes place in June to celebrate and recognize the impact the 2SLGBTQ+ community has had on the world, as well as the struggles it has faced and continues to face.
The Pride flag will be raised at all Peel schools throughout June to demonstrate that Peel schools are safe, inclusive and welcoming environments where students, staff and families who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ are accepted and supported.
Staff and parents from across Peel will participate in a number of activities in June to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians.
Promoting Wellbeing in Your Children This Summer:
The Importance of Structure
From the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team
Summer vacation is almost here! Children can barely wait to put away their backpacks and spend their days free. Although this might be true for many, children and parents rely on structure to help guide the day, even in the summer. Structure holds kids and allows them to feel safe, knowing what to expect throughout the day and the week. Although it is crucial for children to have unstructured, free time each day, it is important for there to be some routine and structure (however you define it) to help children manage their emotions. Parents and children should sit down and discuss the summer plans, whether it is camp every day or multiple weeks off in a row, kids need to know what to expect.
Things to consider:
Know your child. Is your child someone who does better with structure or unstructured time? How do they respond during school year vacations and summers past? Think ahead about summer plans based on who they are.
Create structure somewhere and communicate it. Children do better when they know what to expect and understand the overall plan.
Structure doesn’t have to mean committing to camps or organized activities but it can include doing expectable activities like reading in the afternoon, attending regular events (story hour at the library on Wednesdays), and having regular days to play with friends.
Although not vital, many children do best when they participate in some organized activity.
Make sure your child is getting plenty of time to eat, sleep, read, and play - with peers, with family, alone, and outside.
What to look out for:
Loneliness. Often, when children lose the structure of school, they can become socially isolated and lonely, which can lead to poor mental health. Stay tuned in to whether your child is maintaining regular, healthy social contact with peers.
Increased anxiety. Many people (especially children) experience increased anxiety when structure is lost. Look for symptoms of irritability, excessive worry, preoccupation, trouble sleeping, change in appetite (more or less), change in energy (more or less), trouble concentrating, and physical symptoms (belly aches, headaches, etc.).
Increased screen time. Often children turn to the screen (television, computer, or video games) to help manage boredom over the summer. Although this moderate screen time is reasonable, excessive screen time can create other psychological and physical issues.
For updates and to follow along with the work of the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.
Peel board recognizes Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on June 11
The Peel board will recognize the contribution of school crossing guards on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, June 11. The board encourages students, parents and staff to take a moment to thank the neighbourhood crossing guards who help to ensure a safe journey to and from school for thousands of students every day.
Register today for Adult ESL or LINC classes
Do you know an adult who is interested in improving their English language skills for work, study or daily life?
Through the Continuing & Adult Education department, the Peel District School Board offers a wide variety of English language classes that help adult learners experience success in Canadian English in both listening/speaking and reading/writing. Courses are designed for a range of basic, intermediate and advanced English (Levels 1 to 8) as well as the more experienced learner needing to prepare for an IELTS exam.
Classes are ongoing - Register anytime.
All learners who complete a session will earn a certificate of learning from the Peel District School Board. Certificates of completion at Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 and greater can be submitted as proof of language proficiency for Canadian Citizenship applications.
Classes operate from six locations in Brampton and Mississauga with three specially designed adult centres at:
- Bramalea - Adult Education Centre – Bramalea Secondary School, 510 Balmoral Dr, Brampton, Door #33
- Brampton - Adult Education Centre - #300 - 7700 Hurontario Street, Brampton
- Mississauga - Adult Education Centre - 100 Elm Drive West, Mississauga, Room 117
To learn more or to register, call 905-270-6000, then press 2
Also visit www.peelschools.org/adulteducation or follow us on Twitter: @PDSBLearnESL
Summer activities that boost learning
Kindergarten to grade 4
Sorting and stacking – Teach classification skills with dinnerware. Ask your child to match and stack dishes of similar sizes and shapes. Also have your child sort flatware – forks with forks, spoons with spoons. This is like recognizing the shapes of letters and numbers.
Comic strip writing – Use comic strips to help with writing. Cut the segments of a comic strip apart and ask your child to arrange them in order. Then ask your child to fill in the words of the characters (orally or in writing).
Float and sink – Encourage hypothesizing (guessing). Use several objects – soap, a dry sock, a bottle of shampoo, a wet sponge, an empty bottle. Ask your child which objects will float when dropped into water in a sink or bathtub. Then drop the objects in the water, one by one, to see what happens.
Grades 5 to 8
Follow the news – As a family, choose an important news event to follow for a day or two. Ask each person to find as much information on the topic as possible – read newspapers, look at online news webpages, listen to the radio and watch TV news. Then talk about what everyone learned.
Pro and con: what do you think? – Make a family game of discussing a special issue. For example, "Teenagers should be allowed to vote," or "There should never be any homework." Ask your children to think of all the reasons they can to support their views. Then ask them to think of reasons opposing their views. Which views are most convincing? For variety, assign family members to teams and have them prepare their arguments pro and con.
Stretch, run, walk – Ask your child to do at least one kind of exercise every day. For example, run or walk briskly for 10 minutes. Walk, when possible, instead of driving, for any distance less than a mile. Have your child make a week-long exercise plan. Try to think of a modest reward for sticking to the plan and exercise with your child.
Let your voice be heard – Promote good citizenship. Help your child write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper about an issue affecting children – for example, suggest that a bike path be built near the school or that a city event be planned for youngsters. Children are citizens, and their ideas are worth hearing.
Summer break is around the corner! The psychological and physiological benefits of summer are hard to beat. However, while summer allows for a break from the routine and structure of the school year, for some children and youth, it can be stressful to be away from school. So, while the stressors change when the last school bell signals summer, they don't disappear.
Here at a few tips for summer well-being to keep everyone safe and having fun in the sun!
Get outside. With longer and warmer days, try to spend more time outdoors which increases our vitamin D intake and allows us more time to exercise and connect with nature. A minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended for all children and youth. Healthy body = healthy mind.
Always stay hydrated. Replace sugary sports drinks & sodas with water; add slices of fresh fruit like strawberries, lemons, limes or watermelons to your water for a delicious flavor. Staying hydrated prevents heat related illness: symptoms are headache, cold sweats, exhaustion, nausea and/or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Get plenty of rest. During the hot summer heat, making sure you get plenty of rest is important to prevent heat exhaustion. While playing outside, take frequent shaded breaks and use sunscreen. Getting 8-10 hours of sleep every night is important for recuperation and growth.
Wear safety gear. Whether you are riding your bike or swimming in a pool always wear the recommended safety gear. Being safe reduces stress for everyone! A good rule is that if you are not doing an activity safely; you will not be allowed to do it.
Be safe on-line. Some students will stay in-touch over the summer primarily on-line. Remember that some people will use electronic media to embarrass, harass, or threaten their peers. When there is cyberbullying occurring remember to save it, report it, and block it. If the incident is criminal call Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Constant communication for the win! Using open ended questions with children and youth can help identify fears, anxieties and concerns. Ask questions like, “How are you feeling about going to summer camp?” In addition, communicating expectations about what is going to occur during the summer will help to ease transitions. Saying, “I am inviting relatives to stay with us in July” or saying, “You will need to be in bed by 9 pm on weekdays this summer” allows children and youth time to adjust to what will occur.
Over summer break remember that HELP is always available:
Peel Children’s Centre maintains a Crisis Response Service (24/7/365) if your child is experiencing a serious mental health problem at 416-410-8615
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. 1-800-668-6868.
We Welcome the World Centres
The Peel District School Board’s We Welcome the World Centres located in Brampton, Malton and Mississauga, are the first point of contact for all newcomer families to become familiar with the educational system in Peel. The centres are open all year—including the summer months— from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to providing literacy and numeracy assessments, the We Welcome the World Centres provide newcomers with a host of services including: reception, orientation, interpretation and referrals.
At each centre, parents/guardians and students will discover:
settlement service information
age and grade appropriate educational and related program resources
information about various community supports
translation of materials to support the reception and assessment process
computer portals— providing information on Peel resources
For more information about the We Welcome the World Centre and the services they provide, call 905-366-8791.
Preparing for the summer sun
Excessive exposure to the sun can lead to health concerns such as sunburn and skin cancer. As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer, it is necessary to apply sunscreen to protect ourselves from too much sun damage and burns.
In summer, we are exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) rays. This exposure is a risk factor for developing skin cancer and cataracts later in life. The UV index is the measure commonly used in Canada to assess the strength of the sun’s UV rays risk on a given day.
What is the UV Index?
The index scale ranges from 0 to 10. The higher the value, the more intense ultraviolet rays.
The UV index is calculated daily by Environment Canada using ozone and weather information. It can vary from day to day with changes in the ozone layer – the thinner the ozone layer, the higher the index reading.
How to protect your family from the sun?
- Wear a hat (preferably with a broad brim), sunglasses and protective clothing on sunny days.
- Use sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater whenever you're outdoors.
- Encourage your children to play in shady areas if they are outside for a long period of time.
- Remember that sunburn can occur even on a cloudy day, as up to 80 per cent of UV rays can penetrate light clouds, and 40 per cent of UV rays can bounce back from sand, water or concrete.
On the road again—how to keep your cyclist safe
Here are some tips you can review with your child to ensure bike season gets off to a great start:
The right fit
- children should be able to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground
- a bike that is too big or too small can be a safety hazard
- the helmet should fit—if it's too loose, it could fall off, if it's too tight, it's uncomfortable
- a young child's bike should be equipped with a bell and reflector
- older riders should have a light and/or reflectors
Follow the rules
- no riding on busy streets
- no riding at night
- stop for all STOP signs
Actions that cause injuries
- driveway ride out—not stopping and looking both ways before entering the street
- running the stop sign
- turning without warning
- cycling in the dark
- following the leader—one child goes through a stop sign or misses a parked car but the second cyclist doesn't
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS REGARDING
SCHOOL START UP TRANSPORTATION PROCEDURES
FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
If your home address will be changing during the summer, please notify the office staff at your child’s school prior to June 28. Late requests will not be reflected in the planned bus routes to commence in September and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school. Parents will be responsible for their children getting to and from school until appropriate transportation service is arranged.
The distance criteria for transportation eligibility must be more than: 1.0 kilometer Kindergarten and Grade 1
1.6 kilometers for Grades 2 – 4
2.0 kilometers for Grades 5 – 8
3.8 kilometers for Grades 9 – 12
If your child is moving to grade 2, grade 5, or grade 9 in the 2019-2020 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.
Parents who receive letters in June of this year indicating that the transportation eligibility status for their children is being revised due to eligibility reassessment are reminded that this change will occur effective September 3, 2019.
All transported kindergarten and grade 1 students are required to be met by a parent/caregiver when disembarking from their bus on their return trip from school.
Courtesy transportation, which is assignment of ineligible students to available, empty seats on buses, will not be initiated prior to October 1. No exceptions.
Please be aware that during September and early October, STOPR priorities are eligible students requiring transportation service, bus overloads, and route timing adjustments.
Requests for additional or adjusted bus stop locations, route adjustments, and challenges to eligibility status will not be addressed until late October.
Please be patient. STOPR provides transportation services for approximately 65,000 students to 350 schools on 1,400 buses. This is accomplished with an operations staff of 15. Every effort is made to complete required adjustments as quickly as possible, but there are limitations to the volume of changes which can be appropriately communicated and implemented each week.
The STOPR offices are open during the summer months (July, August)
Internet: www.stopr.ca. This website provides up to date delay and inclement weather cancellation information in addition to policy, procedures and frequently asked questions
Businfo.stopr.ca. This website allows parents to access information specific to “what school do I attend” and “am I eligible for transportation”. This site also provides parents access to specific bus stop location and pick up and drop off times for their children if eligible for transportation
Telephone: STOPR: Phone: 905 890-6000
Toll free: 1-800 668-1140