Walnut Grove PS
May 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.
It is nice to see and feel that Spring has almost arrived. The best sign of spring is in our own gardens at the front of the school. The bulbs that our Grade 1 students planted two years ago have started to sprout!
April was just full of many different activities, and by far, The Day of Pink and Pink Week stand out as simply amazing! At Walnut Grove, we are committed to teaching, learning and practicing fairness, inclusiveness and equity. I am so proud of all of our students and staff for the activities they participated in to show that they value the rights of all individuals, and that they are welcoming and inclusive each and every day, not just during Pink Week.
The week of May 6-10 is Children’s Mental Health Week. We continue to focus on mindfulness and activities and practices that support mental health and wellness for staff and students.
Again this year, our family of schools will be performing at the Castlebrooke Arts Night – this year the Fusion Dance group will be performing. Thank you to Mrs. Dubey, Mrs. Bhatia and Ms. Stankovic for working with this group all year long.
EQAO provincial assessments will be written by our Grade 3 and 6 students between May 21 – June 3. Please help your children be ready each day well rested and having had a good breakfast – both will give them energy for the assessments
On Wednesday, May 8th, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, our School Council will be hosting our first annual STEAM Family Night, in partnership with our leadership team of teachers. Students and their families have an opportunity to participate in a STEAM activity of their choice (submitted choice forms). There will be refreshments and draws for prizes as well. Please come out and support our School Council and our staff and students for a fun evening of STEAM!
Our next and final School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:00-7:00.
Character at Walnut Grove
This month the Character focus is Honesty. Our Equity focus is the True Worth and Beauty. Honesty means being truthful, trustworthy and sincere in what you say and do
You show HONESTY when you:
Tell the truth - be sincere, genuine and trustworthy.
Take responsibility for your actions and words.
Admit to your mistakes.
Play by the rules.
Do what is right, even when no one is watching.
Things to consider when thinking about True Worth and Beauty:
Beauty is not always about what we see on the outside, but who we are on the inside. What kinds of things make
someone beautiful? What is beautiful about us? Older children will find a striking difference between what they
find valuable and beautiful and what the media portrays. Younger children can list all the different things they find
beautiful and marvel at the variety therein.
Character Trait Monthly Winners
Kindergarten: Parmesh, Isabella, Ayesha, Anesha, Sahib, Anhad, Aruhi, Siddhi, Sabeeka, Kiya, Jayden, Harman, Saamia, Amyra, Armin
Grade 1: Tyanna, AJ, Aydin, Gurjot, Ashleen, Pranav, Samaira, Deetya, Baani, Harpreet, Nakshitha, Gunreet, Jayden, Kamsika, Kaden, Mannat, Roja, Aiesha, Sahej, Ayden, Pahul
Grade 2: Ishan, Saihaz, Ayaan, Sukhjot, Gurleen, Neil, Jayson, Vaikhan, Aarohi, Asante, Makayla, Xiemara
Grade 3: Baani, Mehtaab, Pari, harkirat, Vrinda, harrachna, Gaurish, Zakir, Yamuna, Rym, Venila, Naamanjit, Simran, Annie, Jannat, Prabhjot
Grade 4: Krish, Armaan, Ajithan, Ashmeet, Amrin, shiven, Pranay, Devan, Surleen, Abijail, Ravijot, Furqan.
Grade 5: Simrit, Ria, Harveer, Harleen, Harshika, Gaurav, Ranyodh, Devanshi, Ayaan, Jasmine, Luvneet, Angad, Sahej, Ava, Asath
Grade 6: Lakzan, Rahid, Brandon, Salma, Saanvi, Kavleen, Sukhman, Hirshpreet, Aansh, Bhakti, Jagjot, Vashnini, Sairah
Grade 7: Sarah, Harkaran, Khushmeet, Sia, guleen, Dhruv, Muskan, Sukhmani, Afshan, Royston, Akshi, Bhajneek, Madison, Akshotam, Sarina, Bhavna
Grade 8: Bobby, Nitish, Hudaa, Ishva, Kranvir, Sagana, Khushi, Joban, Zeel, Lisa, Mathuraan, Vasharna, Sahib, Hita, Arav, Marcus
All Stars in the Gym: Ajay, Makayla, Zayne, Shlok, Karmine, Athena, Saleena, Japnam
What's Happening at Walnut Grove
Family STEAM Night on May 8
Drop in to participate in a STEAM activity with your child. There will be a variety of centers to choose from. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. Don't miss this fun night at Walnut Grove!
EQAO’s elementary tests measure students’ ability to:
· make sense of what they read in different kinds of texts
· express their thoughts in writing using appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation and use appropriate math skills to solve problems
The best way to support your child in writing the tests is by supporting his or her success at school throughout the year. You can use the test materials released at www.eqao.com to help your child become familiar with the format of the provincial tests and the types of questions asked.
Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the EQAO on the following days:
· Grade 6 May 21-24
· Grade 3 May 27-May 31
EML at Walnut Grove
ECO Schools News
This month, the Eco Team has been busy working on several initiatives. Our tomato plants are growing nicely in the growing boxes and the team is preparing for the transplants and the launch of our Summer Growing Project with our families in the community. Once it is time to harvest, families will be able to donate a basket of fresh, locally grown tomatoes to SEVA, a local food bank in Malton. This project promotes both Environment Stewardship and Social Justice.
Our Eco Team has also celebrated Earth Week by providing fun hands-on activities for our students to engage in during the last week of April. Students built bird seed feeders and viewed and discussed media related to various environmental topics.
We are looking forward to one more big project before the end of the school year - the Bike to School Campaign. We encourage all of our students who are able, to consider participating in our Bike to School campaign in June. As a pre-amble, our community nurse is coming in this month to educate our students on road safety through the Walk & Roll program.
Exploring the Compost Cycle during Earth Day activities
Learning about the role of earthworms in a vermicompost bin
Calculating Water Consumption Rates
News from the Wolf Den
News from the Wolf Den
Hey Wolves! Spring is here, bringing a lot of outdoor activities for everyone! The Wolf Den has been bursting with enthusiasm and activity this month.
In the gym
As the hockey unit concludes, students have been developing baseball/softball assets and have been accompanied by the warm weather, enjoying their outdoor P.E classes. They have been practicing various strategies such as pitching using an “underhand throw” along with enhancing their abilities to catch and throw the ball comfortably using a glove. Various styles of baseball/softball have been played to expand our mindsets to adapt to several game situations. Soccer-Baseball, otherwise known as “Kickball” is always a school yard favourite! Students are also getting practice for the upcoming softball team tryouts in mid-May.
Teams and Intramurals @ The Grove
In the month of April, Walnut Grove hosted a Basketball Tournament for the grade 3s and 4s inviting various schools from our Family of Schools to come together and share their love for the game! The boys and girls on the grade 3 basketball team played an incredible championship game and placed in first for their tournament. Grade 4 boys and girls had an amazing run through their tournament. They too played in the championship game and finished 2nd overall after losing to Red Willow. Way to go, Wolves!
The grade 7 and 8 basketball intramural season came to an end as the Detroit Pistons (grade 8) faced the LA Lakers (grade 7) in a hard fought Championship All-Star game where the Detroit Pistons came out victorious! We will miss this beloved intramural until it starts up next year.
The Senior Ball Hockey teams have been selected and are currently preparing for their upcoming tournament on May 14th @ Century Gardens. Good luck to both the boys’ and girls’ teams!
Finally, we want to extend a HUGE congratulations to our Junior Boys and Girls Ball Hockey teams. This year for the first time ever, we attended a Junior Ball Hockey tournament hosted by Ingleborough PS and brought two outstandingly talented teams to represent our school. Both of our teams played in the championship matches! The Junior Boys placed 1st overall, bringing home another banner to be hung in our school gym. Our Junior Girls placed 2nd overall, with a close, nail-biting finish against a very talented Ingleborough team. We are SO PROUD of our juniors and the class they show at every tournament we attend.
Family Fitness Night
On Thursday, April 25th, our staff and amazing Wolfpack put on another successful Family Fitness Night where families of several students came into the school to participate in fun, active games and enjoy some healthy snack recipes! Our stations included:
Fun & Fitness in the Gym
Eat Well with Canada’s Food Guide and Healthy Snack Recipes
Drumfit & Dance
Mindfulness in the Zen Den
We were lucky enough to have so many talented and passionate teachers to plan and prepare this evening, along with our amazing student Athletic Council, and our fabulous Public Health Nurse, Alicja, who is always willing to come into our school and assist in promoting healthy habits.
We can’t wait until next year for some new, exciting stations and welcoming back all of the amazing families who attend this evening to sweat it out with us!
All Stars in the Gym
Our April All-Stars were amazing in showing dedication and sportsmanship both in the gym and in the school community. Way to go, Wolves!
Ajay Singh (1C)
Makayla San Vicente (2/3F)
Zayne Mirza (3B)
Shlok Patel (4FB)
Karmine Dharni (5FA)
Athena Kao (6FA)
Saleena Banga (7FA)
Japnam Dhaliwal (8FB)
Get Outside and PLAY!
The time we have all been waiting for is finally here. The warm weather has finally made its way to Canada. Enjoy the weather by going outside and playing! There’s only a billion things to play outside so take advantage of our beautiful weather and endless opportunities to be active with friends and family. Now’s the chance to play street hockey, soccer, baseball, football, freeze tag, biking, running, and anything your heart desires. Now’s the chance to do anything you ever wanted to do for the past long, cold winter months. Don’t waste it, because it’s not long until those winter months will be back! Eddie Harris Jr. once said, “The sooner you step away from your comfort zone; the sooner you’ll realize that it really wasn’t all that comfortable”. So get those legs moving, Wolves, and challenge yourself to be the best version of you.
And remember Wolves, “Don’t be afraid to be a beginner. It never gets easier, you just get better.”
Until next time! Yours truly,
News from the Peel District School Board
Walnut Grove puts the spotlight on Asian Heritage
In December 2001, the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
Throughout May, students, staff and parents from across Peel will participate in a number of activities that promote the understanding of the many contributions made by Asian Canadians.
At Walnut Grove, students will be engaging in classroom lesson related to Asian Heritage Month themes. There will be announcements and a special Tea and Talk for our Grade 1 students.
40 hours to graduate – Start this summer
All students in Ontario secondary schools are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement in order to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students are encouraged to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer after grade 8.
Research shows that early involvement in community service helps students build a spirit of civic responsibility which can be expanded as they move through secondary school.
The community involvement component is an opportunity for students and parents to work together, independent of the school. With parent support, your teen is responsible for finding and completing 40 hours of community service.
Parents should provide assistance to their teen in the selection of community involvement activities. Here’s how to get started:
Spend some time with your teen going through the list of eligible and ineligible activities by visiting www.peelschools.org/students/40hours
View the volunteer opportunities posted at www.peelschools.org/students/40hours/volunteerjobboard/
Create a resume using myBlueprint to capture a potential supervisor’s attention while showcasing your teen’s skills.
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
Peel schools honour police officers during Police Appreciation Week
The Peel District School Board will pay tribute to police officers by holding Police Appreciation Week from May 13 to 17, 2019. Peel students and staff will show their appreciation for the tremendous job being done by police to protect schools, homes and communities. Police Appreciation Week coincides with National Police Week. National Police Week pays tribute to the work of police officers across Canada.
During this week, students, staff and parents in schools throughout Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will honour the work of police officers and thank them for enhancing public safety and security.
May 15 – Celebrate Peel IT Support Staff and Media Support Services Appreciation Day
This year, the Peel District School Board will recognize the contributions of its IT support staff and media support services on May 15, 2019. The Peel board appreciates the important work of these individuals to ensure that innovative, reliable and adaptable solutions are available to support student success through equitable access to technology. We thank them for providing quality service and for supporting students and staff every day.
Celebrating and Promoting Children’s Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health Week is happening May 5-11 in Ontario. It’s a time to focus on the important ways we can promote and nurture the mental health and well-being of our children.
Mental Health: A State Of Well-Being
Did you know that we ALL have mental health? It is more than just the absence of illness. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community (World Health Organization). Indigenous teaching reminds us that mental wellness is a balance of the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional parts of ourselves and is enriched when individuals experience purpose, hope, belonging and meaning in their lives (First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework). A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health when it comes to success at school, in friendships and in life.
Here are some key tips and strategies to nurture your child’s mental health and resilience from your PDSB Mental Health Resource Team:
- Safe, responsive relationships between adults and children is our greatest tool for promoting positive development and mental health in youth. When a child has consistent, caring adults in their life both at home and in the community, when they know they are loved and valued no matter what, and have someone trusted they can turn to when a problem arises, their resilience is bolstered.
- Listen and validate feelings. Encourage children to talk about their thoughts and feelings, and show lots of love and acceptance. Keep the conversation flowing by asking open-ended questions and spending quality time together at mealtimes and by participating together in activities your child enjoys.
- Help Your Child Develop a Positive Sense of Self. A child’s self-perception is linked with their mental health. Help them set realistic goals; praise them for effort as well as achievement by providing genuine, realistic praise. Foster positive connections with their cultural or faith community. A child with high self-esteem believes they are a good person, understands their positive qualities and strives for a successful, happy life.
- Model and Teach Healthy Ways to Manage Stress. While it’s important to try to protect your child from overwhelming or toxic stress, not all stress is bad. In fact, some stress helps us motivate and prepare us to perform our best, and there is bound to be some stress after a disagreement with friends or being cut from a sports team. Give your child the tools they need to cope with stress and big feelings in a healthy way: establish healthy habits including exercise, getting enough sleep and proper nutrition; practicing gratitude and deep breathing, journalling or talking with a trusted adult are just a few examples.
- Notice Changes and Reach Out for Help. If you notice signs that your child feels sad or overly anxious about normal situations like going to school or meeting new people, take note. A change in mood or behaviour that lasts more than two weeks, impacting social problems, academic issues or family problems could be sign of a mental health concern. Keep the lines of communication open with your child’s teacher and other caring adults in their life to discuss observations. Remember, there is no age too early for a child or family to see a mental health provider; in fact, it might benefit the whole family by providing resources and support to caregivers who may be struggling, too.
Where Can I Get Help?
At school, your child can reach out to their teacher, coach, guidance teacher or school administrator as a starting point, to talk about their mental health. Every PDSB school is also assigned Social Work and Psychology staff to provide consultation and direct service to students, and assist students and families to get connected to helpful resources in the community.
For more tips on building mental health and resilience, visit bit.ly/ResiliencyTips
For updates and to follow along with the work of the PDSB Mental Health Resource Team, find them on Twitter @MHRTPeel.
Adapted from Caring for Kids (2019) and Very Well Family (2018).
What is an IEP?
Education is full of acronyms and IEP is one of many that a parent/guardian of a child receiving special education support will encounter.
An IEP is an Individual Education Plan. Developed at the beginning of the school year, it lays out the accommodations and modifications to the regular curriculum that help your child learn and be successful. No formal identification is needed but you, the parent/guardian should be involved in the development as you provide valuable input. It can be overwhelming so there are pamphlets, webpages, and Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representatives who can help you understand and make informed contributions.
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. Let's thank the professionals who help our children with their speech and language challenges.
For more information, please visit www.peelschools.org/parents/specialed/iep
Using social media safely
With the growing number of social media sites, it is no surprise that social media is the most common form of communication for children and teenagers. Posts, status updates, comments, instant messages, video uploads, tweets and texts have become a regular part of their lives. While there are many positive benefits to using social media, including staying connected with friends and expressing your interests, students must be cautious in their use of these networks.
Among the most popular social media platforms used are Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Whatsapp Messenger. Many of these platforms are free and are available on smartphones and other electronic devices. These platforms are easy to navigate and often allow information to be shared instantly, not only with friends, but with strangers. On social media, it is important to remember that the world is watching.
Here are some tips, provided by the Canadian Safe School Network and GetSafeOnline.org, to keep your children safe and help them make smart choices when using social media:
Set some boundaries for your child before they get their first ‘connected device’ (mobile, tablet, laptop or games console). Once they have it, it can be more difficult to change the way they use it or the settings.
Have a conversation about what is appropriate online behaviour and what actions could have huge repercussions that could damage their reputation and be harmful to others.
Talk to your child about the kind of websites they look at. Encourage them to speak to you if they come across something they find worrying or upsetting on websites, games or social media.
Discuss with your child what is safe and appropriate to post and share online. Written comments, photos and videos all form part of their ‘digital footprint’ and could be seen by anyone and available on the internet forever, even if it is subsequently deleted.
Explain to your child that being online doesn’t give them anonymity or protection, and that they shouldn’t do anything online that they wouldn’t do face-to-face. Users should only accept people they know in order to protect themselves from spammers, strangers and others who may be using social networking sites to commit crimes.
Unlike when they’re meeting someone face-to-face, children don’t always know who they’re actually ‘talking’ to online, even if they think they do. Tell your children they must never email, chat, or text with strangers, and it’s never okay to meet a stranger in the real world.
Ensure your children set their privacy settings appropriately. Take the time to learn how privacy settings work on your children’s favourite sites, and teach them how to control their privacy.
Tell your children never to share personal and private information with anyone online. This includes, but is not limited to, his or her full name, age, birth date, address, phone number, social insurance number, credit card information and parents’ full names.
Limit the amount of time that your children spend on social media platforms and talk about the importance of healthy and appropriate use of technology.