February 2015 Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers



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February 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers:

It’s hard to believe but half of the school year is over but we still have a long way to go. The temperature has been very cold. Be assured that if the cold temperature continues students will be kept inside during the day.


Thank-you to everyone who attended our Annual Community Breakfast/Literacy Day Celebration on January 30. This is a tradition I am very proud of. It was wonderful that parents were able to take a few minutes out of everyone’s busy schedule and have some food, talk and visit classrooms.

Sincerely


Sandra Buie

Principal


REPORT CARDS

Please note that Term 1 Report Cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday February 11. The report cards reflect an update on students’ learning skills but also include an academic progress component. Parent-teacher interviews will be held on Thursday February 12 after school /evening and Friday February 13 in the morning; Friday February 13 is a PA day.


ANNUAL FUN MATH NIGHT

Do you find Mathematics confusing? Does the thought of doing Mathematics activities just frustrate you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we have the solution for you! On Thursday February 12, from 5:30-7:00 pm we are going to have our annual Mathematics Night! Please drop by each of our fun stations that will focus on the different Math strands such as Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Probability, Geometry and Spatial Sense, and Patterning and Algebra. The stations will be located on the first floor in the library right through to the entry of our school! We will have many cool I Pads apps, websites, and other fun activities that you can use at home to help you improve your Mathematics skills in fun ways!



SYNERVOICE

A reminder to parents not to call the main office to report an absence but to please listen to the whole message and to go straight through, select #1 to the attendance office.


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten Registration will take place on Thursday February 12 from 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-7:00, (interview evening), Tuesday February 17 from 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:30, and on Thursday February 19 from 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:30.

Children born in 2011 are eligible to attend Junior Kindergarten in September 2015 and children born in 2010 are eligible to attend Senior Kindergarten in September 2015. Children presently in Junior Kindergarten at Albion Heights will be registered automatically in Senior Kindergarten.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Many of our teachers use their own time to provide the students at Albion Heights the opportunity to join many extra-curricular activities. Please see the attached sheet that outlines all of the offerings.


FAMILY DAY

Family Day is on Monday February 16, 2015. There will be no school on that day. I wish everyone a relaxing day with your family.


SCHOOL WEBSITE

A reminder to check our schools website at http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/albionheights.


MATH HOMEWORK HELP

Homework help provides live one-on-one tutoring with Ontario math teachers every Sunday to Thursday from 5:30pm-9:30pm for Ontario math students in grades 7-10. Homework Help is run by TVO’s Independent Learning Center with support from the Ontario Government. Log on to https://homeworkhrlp.ilc.org/


PARENT WORKSHOP

Please see the attached flyer. You are invited to come out on Thursday Feb 19 and Thursday Feb 26 to hear Mr. Baldev Mutta- CEO of the Punjabi Community Health Services will provide practical hands on skills for raising children. Grandparents, parents and children are invited to attend this first session. On Feb 26 parents and children are invited to hear Mr. Mutta speak on nutrition, homework, family time etc. Please see the attached flyer, fill out the tear off and return to your child’s teacher by Feb 17.


ENTREPRENEURIAL ADVENTURE PROGRAM

Ms. Bonilla, Ms. Davis, Mr. Pak and Mr. Curtis are participating in the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program again this school year, The Entrepreneurial Adventure program is designed to assist students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and their teachers in developing enterprising skills. Students, teachers and partners work together to learn more about planning, teamwork, risk management , marketing as well as develop personal enterprising qualities. The program matches a volunteer from the business community with a classroom teacher. Together the teacher and business partner work with the class to identify a venture concept and then celebrate its success. Profits from the venture are usually donated to a local charity. The venture is a film festival. More information to follow.


CONSULTATION MEETING

Your local trustees are holding a public meeting to hear from you about the Minister’s directives and the Wilson Report. Please see the flyer for details.



DATES TO REMEMBER

Feb 5 – Ski Trip

Feb 10 – Book Fair begins

Feb 12, 17 and 19 – Kindergarten Registration

Feb 12 – Parent-Teacher Interviews

Feb 13 – Parent Teacher Interview/No School

Feb 16 – Family Day/No School

Feb 19 – Character Assembly

Feb 19 – Parent Workshop

Feb 26 – Parent Workshop

Feb 27 – Black History Assembly/12:45
MATH PROBLEMS

See attached.


LISTEN TO THE STUDENTS

Dare to Dream



On Thursday January 15, seven grade 8 students were chosen to attend a Dare to Dream conference. The conference took place at the Science Center. The conference taught us about Science, Technology, Math and Engineering and other career choices. For the students who were having trouble figuring out their future, this conference helped us understand that the road to success may have a few twists and turns but eventually you will reach your destination.

By Banojah and Sidoney from Ms. Krikorian’s class


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