Weekly Update

Weekly Update

The Spring Fair is approaching and the fundraising committee will hold a meeting for all of those who wish contribute with ideas for our most important fundraising event of the year.
Date: February 9th
Time: 7 pm
Please email: jackmannews@gmail.com for location details.

Extended French Programs – Grade 4 & Grade 7 – Deadline to Apply February 2, 2017

Please Note: While admission to the Early French Immersion (SK entry)/Junior Extended French (Grade 4 entry) program is guaranteed at the entry points to all on time applicants, admission to a specific school is not guaranteed if the school reaches capacity.

Junior Extended French (Grade 4) – Online Application Process (www.tdsb.on.ca/PARS)

 

Extended French programs are designed for students who do not speak French at home. The Junior Extended French program begins at the grade 4 level. Students in this program spend 50% of their day in French instruction from grade 4-8 at the Extended French school. The subjects taught in French are French Language Arts, Social Studies and The Arts. English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science are taught in English. Designated school pathways exist to ensure that students have a continuation of program from the grade 4 entry to the end of grade 12. 

 The application process for admission to Junior Extended French begins in January. It is an online application process. It is not a first-come, first-served process. Learn more about the application process and deadlines. All late applicants will be placed on a wait list.

The attendance area for an Extended French school is created by “associated” English feeder schools. To locate the Junior Extended French school in your area, you must first confirm the English school for your home address, then visit our Extended French Location Finder.

Note: Attendance areas as well as associated feeder schools for Junior Extended French programs may be changed at any time in accordance with Board policy and procedures. Placement in an associated French Immersion school cannot be guaranteed if a school reaches capacity.

 

IMPORTANT DATES Extended French Grade 4:

Application process opens: Monday, January 9, 2017

Deadline for applications: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Intermediate Extended French (Grade 7 Entry) – Application Form Required (sent home with Grade 6 students on December 20, and also available min the office)

 In a limited number of areas in the TDSB, there is the option for the Intermediate Extended French program which begins in Grade 7. Applications to the Intermediate Extended French program are made the year your child is in Grade 6 for entry in September of Grade 7.

Eligible students by home address should complete the application for grade 7-entry Extended French and submit it directly to the Extended French school by February 2, 2017.

Parents will be notified of placement by the Extended French School. 

Students who are not in the catchment of a Grade 7-entry Extended French school may apply under Optional Attendance and will be offered placement if there is available space. There is no transportation for students accepted under Optional Attendance

February is Kindergarten Registration Month

At the Toronto District School Board, our elementary schools offer Full-Day Kindergarten. Our educators recognize that children come to school with diverse backgrounds and rich experiences. Our Kindergarten programs will build upon these experiences and support your child to learn, grow, and succeed. At the TDSB, we believe our youngest learners benefit from engaging in a variety of rich and authentic learning, both indoors and outdoors. Our classroom programs are designed to bring The Kindergarten Program 2016 to life by providing children opportunities to learn through play, inquiry, and exploration. Throughout the two-year Kindergarten program, classroom educators support the children in developing their sense of belonging, well-being, and problem solving skills. Throughout the day, children explore literacy, mathematics, science, physical education and the arts.

To attend Junior Kindergarten in September, children must turn four-years-old by December 31. To register for Senior Kindergarten, children must be five-years-old by December 31.

Visit the Kindergarten website at http://www.tdsb.on.ca/kindergarten to learn more about this program and how to prepare your child for school. Visit your local school during February to register.

 Your child’s lifelong journey of learning begins at the TDSB!

Please contact the school to make an appointment to register, or attend one of our two all-day registration events (9-6pm) for registration, set for February 15 & 23, 2017. Please call the school to make an appointment to register at 416-393-9710.

How to Register for Kindergarten

Registration for all TDSB Kindergarten programs begins in February. We look forward to welcoming you and your child! We have set aside two days in February, the 15th and 23rd, as opportunities to register between 9-6 p.m. We also take appointments.

Step 1:

Find your local school Visit: tdsb.on.ca/schools for more information

Step 2:

Call the local school for an appointment and bring the following documents:

  • Proof of age (birth certificate or passport)
  • Proof of address (two pieces of identification

that show your address)

  • Proof of immunization (the card that shows a

list of needles your child has received)

  • Verification of date of arrival, if your child was

not born in Canada

Please note, to register a child for Kindergarten you must be the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Report Cards for Term 1

Report cards for Term One go home on Tuesday, February 14. In developing your child’s report card, teachers use the Growing Success document set out by the Ministry of Education as the basis for their assessment, evaluation, and reporting practices. The document can be found online at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/growsuccess.pdf

Parent-teacher interviews are being scheduled for Thursday, February 16 from 4 – 8 PM, and on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM. Interviews will be scheduled on an as needed or requested basis, and teachers will contact parents should an interview be appropriate given the student’s strengths and areas of need. Parents are also invited to request an interview to discuss their child’s progress. Teachers will send home information in the near future in regards to booking an interview appointment.

Island School Overnight Visits for Grades 5 & 6

 

Our Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating in one of three planned 2-night/3-day trips to the Island Natural Science School, located on Toronto Island. This is a wonderful learning experience for our students, who will be learning about natural sciences through inquiry and experiential learning opportunities. We thank our teaching staff who will also be participating as supervisors on one of the three planned trips; Mr. Baker, Ms. Mohammed, Ms. Archibald, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Selberg, Mr. Palantzas, Mme. Pace, Mms Hafner, Ms. Maric-Jones.

 

Parent Council Meetings

Please note that our next Parent Council meeting is on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 pm in the Library. We look forward to seeing many of our parents and working in collaboration with the Council to enhance programming at Jackman PS.

Do You Have Website Design Experience?

Calling all website designers! Parent Council will be launching a new website in the near future and we could use the voluntary help of a graphic/web designer to give our site a fresh look! If that person is you, please email us at jackmannews@gmail.com

 Spring Fair Silent Auction

Have you or your family received any gifts suitable for re-gifting? We are looking for donations for our coming spring fair silent auction. Gifts large and small are suitable. Our talented auction organizers can bring together and transform the not quite right gifts into great auction items!

Please support Jackman and the School Council. Deliver any donated items to the office.

 

Thank you for your support!

Jackman School Council Fundraising Committee  –  Many hands make light work.

Scholastics Book Fair

Our Library is hosting a Scholastics Book Fair from Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17. Classes will be scheduled a time to visit the Library to review the selection of books and to make wish lists that they can take home to share with parents. All funds raised through the book fair go back into the Library to help enhance programming and resources. With March Break around the corner, this is a great opportunity to pick up a selection of books to read over the break. Thank you for your continued support.

PA Day

 

Please mark your calendars – February 17 is a PA Day, and there are no classes for students. This time will be used to support parent/teacher interviews, which are being scheduled for Thursday, February 16 from 4-8 PM and on Friday, February 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM.

 

Family Day – Monday, February 20

Monday, February 20 is Family Day, a school-wide holiday. We hope tht all of our students have an opportunity to connect with their family and friends.

 Pizza Lunch

Our next Pizza Lunch is scheduled for February 22.

Arts Performance – February 24

BBoyizm Dance Company will be visiting Jackman on Friday, February 24 in the afternoon. This Prologue for the Performing Arts presentation, sponsored by the Parent Council, brings the world of hip-hop and street dancing experience to our Junior students. To learn more about BBoyizm, visit Prologue’s website at http://prologue.org/artists/bboyizm/

March Break

Mark your calendar, this year’s March break runs from Monday, March 13 to Friday March 17.

 

 Extended French Web Chat – January 30 @ 8PM

 

Join us for our Junior Extended French live web chat on Monday January 30 from 8-9pm. You’ll hear all about the program from our experts and have the chance to get your questions answered. See you then!

 

Web Chat link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/AboutUs/TDSBtalks.aspx

Special Education Webcast with Director of Education – February 2 @ 7PM

Join us here on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a live webcast on special education with Director John Malloy and Executive Superintendent of Special Education & Section Programs, Uton Robinson.

Submit your question by emailing SpecialEd@tdsb.on.ca. We’ll also accept questions during the live webcast.

Please note that due to time constraints, not all questions will be answered during the live webcast. We look forward to hearing from you!

Web Cast on Special Education with Director link: http://www2.tdsb.on.ca/stream/Director/LiveWebcast.html

 

RESP and Canada Learning Bond Information

 

Open a no-fee, zero contribution Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account and apply for the Canada Learning Bond. The Canada Learning Bond is a grant from the Government of Canada to help kick-start the education savings account of eligible kids with up to $2,000.

Who is eligible for the Canada Learning Bond?

  • Child born 2004 or later; and, 
  • Family has received the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS)

     

     

    Start My FREE RESP” online to complete your application today.

    If you qualify, all you need to start is:

     

  • The Social Insurance Number (SIN), name and date of birth of the child who this is for
  • The Parent/Guardian’s SIN and contact information

    SmartSAVER will donate $25 to the TDSB for each eligible application. These funds will be used to enhance technology in the classroom.

     

    RESP / Canada Learning Bond link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/aboutus/innovation/smartsaver.aspx

     

     

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Dr. Karyn Gordon is coming to Westwood Middle School- Monday, January 23rd

On Monday, January 23rd at 7:30 pm, renowned parenting expert Dr. Karyn Gordon is coming to Westwood Middle School to speak on “Motivating Your Kids/Teens”. Please click on the link below and visit http://dkleadership.org/ for more information on Dr. Gordon.
Westwood Middle School is located at 994 Carlaw Ave, near Carlaw Ave and Mortimer Ave.

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Carols by Candle light- Friday, Dec. 16 @ 7:00 pm Withrow Park Fire Pit

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Weekly Update

Pizza Lunch Tomorrow – December 14

December`s Pizza Lunch is tomorrow, December 14! Thank you to all our wonderful parent volunteers who make this possible, you are greatly appreciated!

Winter Concert – December 21 at 6:30 pm in GPR

Our first concert date is set, and the following classes/groups will be performing;

·        Room 210 – Grade 2 (Plytas)

·        Room 201 – Grade 2 FI (Hafner)

·        Room 102 – Grade 3 FI (Smith)

·        Portable 3 – Grade 3 FI (Pace)

·        Portable 2 – Grade 4/5 FI (Godin)

·        Room 314 – Grade 4 (Cheng)

·        Primary Choir with Ms. Singh

Please note that our GPR has limited seating capacity, and we appreciate families limiting themselves to 2 seats per family. Daycare will be provided.

Our Student Council is co-ordinating our Annual Jackman Food Drive, and we ask that families consider bringing a food donation to the concert. Our Student Council will be there to help organize the donations.

School Information Nights

School Information Night dates have been set for families to visit schools that they may be interested in attending next year. These information events allow students to visit specific schools, and to learn about their programs. We will be working with our Grade 6 students and families in the early new year as we share program options and next steps for families, and ask that you mark your calendars for these School Information Nights. For more information on schools, please visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/highschool/goingtohighschool/openhousesandinformationnights.aspx

Dates of Interest

 

Grade 4-8

Downtown Vocal Music Academy – January 12 @ 6:30

Grade 6

Westwood MS – January 18 @ 6:30 pm (For Grade 5 students interested in Optional Attendance for Grade 6)

Grade 7

Horizon Alternative School – January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Equinox Holistic Alternative School – January 19 @ 6:30 pm

Earl Grey MS – January 19 @ 6:00

Quest Alternative School – January 24 @ 6:30 pm

Spectrum Alternative School – January 25 @ 6:00 pm

East Alternative School – January 26 @ 6:30 pm

Applications Being Accepted

Karen Kain School of the Arts – Deadline for application is December 23

Please visit: http://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/karenkain/Admissions.aspx

Food Drive Continue, Giving Tree, and Red Nose Campaign

Our Student Council continues their work to challenge classrooms to set a goal for food and hat, gloves, mitts donations to our Annual Food Drive and Giving Tree. The food drive needs canned fish, pasta/pasta sauce, peanut butter, baby food, rice, lentils, chick peas. The students are also continuing with their work on the Red Nose Campaign. This special annual event organized by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, raises funds to support families in need through breakfast, snack, and after school programs in schools. The campaign runs until Dec 21.

Cookie Dough Orders Arrive December 15

A reminder to families who ordered cookie dough, that delivery is scheduled for December 15. Please pick up your cookie dough order in the GPR, starting at 3:30 pm. Thank you for your support.

Winter Weather Reminder

It`s forecasted to be a snowy winter, and we remind families to take their time driving in inclement weather, and to dress appropriately. Snow pants, boots, hat & mitts all help keep our students warm and dry during outdoor recess.

Late Arrivals

We have seen an increase in late arrivals to school, and remind families that school starts at 8:45 a.m. Please be on time for school, it helps start the day on a positive note, and reduces interruptions in the classroom while direct instruction is taking place.

Mark Your Calendars

Winter Break – December 24 to January 8, 2017

Next Parent Council Meeting – January 9 @ 7:00 pm

January PA Day – January 20

January Pizza Lunch – January 25

Movie Night – January 27

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Equity Meeting- postponed to Monday, December 12th

Please note that the Equity Committee meeting has been postponed until Monday, December 12th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Please email jackmannews@gmail.com for more information including location.

Thanks,

Lisa and Astrid

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Equity Committee meeting- Thursday, Dec. 8th @ 7 pm

Join the Equity Committee

Who we are:

The equity committee is composed of Jackman parents who work closely with the school administration and teacher equity committee. The parent equity committee has been on parent council since 2008. The core mandate of the committee is to advance and promote education around matters of equity and social justice through the curriculum and various other initiatives.

Our Equity co-chairs for 2016/2017, Lisa Farun and Astrid Jacques Saburi , are looking for enthusiastic & equity minded parents to join the Equity Committee. Our first meeting will be this Thursday (Dec.8)  from 7-8pm.  Please email jackmannews@gmail.com for further details.

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Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Annual Jackman Avenue Jr. PS Food Drive

It’s that time of year, and our Student Council has been hard at work organizing our annual food drive. The drive will run from Dec 7 – 22, and students are asked to bring their food donations to their classroom, where our Student Council will collect and organize in bins outside the office. The Student Council is also challenging classes to set a goal for donations to help foster community spirit and support. Food items most in need are peanut butter, pasta/pasta sauces, and canned fish. We are also asking families to consider cultural foods, for example couscous, basmati rice, chick peas, and lentils, to help support the diversity of needs and diets.  

In the past 10 years, the demographics of people accessing food banks in Toronto has changed dramatically, in almost every respect. One of the biggest demographic shifts observed in those accessing food banks in Toronto, is the reversal in the age groups at opposite ends of the age spectrum: in 2006 one third of clients were 18 and under; in 2016 one third are 45 and over. While large strides have been made in the last ten years in income support for children, there has been little done for a large cohort of older adults, especially single people, who have lost their jobs after the recession and are having a difficult time re-entering the labour market. Many of these individuals were forced to rely on social assistance after they lost work, have a disability or serious illness, and are facing ongoing struggles in keeping up with the cost of living.” (from: Who’s Hungry? Daily bread’s annual report on hunger in Toronto, 2016)

Red Nose Campaign

Our Student Council has been hard at work organizing our school’s participation in the Toronto Foundation for Student Success annual Red Nose Campaign. This campaign helps raise funds for programs across schools in the TDSB that provide breakfast and snack programs, after school programs, and other resources/supports for families in need. The Student Council will be selling red noses that light up, for $3 each, and are planning a ‘Red Nose’ Day on Wednesday, December 21, where we will take a group photo of all the students who have a red nose on! To learn more about the Red Nose Campaign, please visit; http://tfss.ca/tfssevents/rednose

Winter Concert – December 19 at 6:30 pm in GPR

Our first concert date is set, and the following classes/groups will be performing;

·        Room 210 – Grade 2 (Plytas)

·        Room 201 – Grade 2 FI (Hafner)

·        Room 102 – Grade 3 FI (Smith)

·        Portable 3 – Grade 3 FI (Pace)

·        Portable 2 – Grade 4/5 FI (Godin)

·        Room 314 – Grade 4 (Cheng)

·        Primary Choir with Ms. Singh

Please note that our GPR has limited seating capacity, and we appreciate families limiting themselves to 2 seats per family. Daycare will be provided.

Our Student Council is co-ordinating our Annual Jackman Food Drive, and we ask that families consider bringing a food donation to the concert. Our Student Council will be there to help organize the donations.

School Information Nights

School Information Night dates have been set for families to visit schools that they may be interested in attending next year. These information events allow students to visit specific schools, and to learn about their programs. We will be working with our Grade 6 students and families in the early new year as we share program options and next steps for families, and ask that you mark your calendars for these School Information Nights. For more information on schools, please visit http://www.tdsb.on.ca/highschool/goingtohighschool/openhousesandinformationnights.aspx

Dates of Interest

Grade 6

Westwood MS – January 18 @ 6:30 pm (For Grade 5 students interested in Optional Attendance for Grade 6)

Grade 7

Horizon Alternative School – January 18 @ 6:00 pm

Equinox Holistic Alternative School – January 19 @ 6:30 pm

Quest Alternative School – January 24 @ 6:30 pm

Spectrum Alternative School – January 25 @ 6:00 pm

East Alternative School – January 26 @ 6:30 pm

Pizza Lunch Dates

Reminder that our next Pizza Lunch dates will be Wednesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Thanks again to all of our parent volunteers who make this possible, we truly appreciate your efforts.

Parent Council Meetings

Reminder that our Parent Council meetings are Monday, December 5 and Monday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in the Library. We look forward to seeing our parents and appreciate their support for Jackman!

Winter Break

The Winter Break is almost here, and we wish all of our families the best of the holiday season, rest, and an opportunity to create memories with family and friends. The break starts December 23 and ends on January 8, 2017. We will see everyone back for more great learning on Monday, January 9, 2017! It will be a Day 1 on the school calendar. For fun things to do over the break, check out http://www.toronto4kids.com/

Cookie Dough Orders Arrive December 15

For those families that ordered cookie dough, please note that the expected delivery date is December 15. We ask that families pick up their order in the GPR starting at 3:30.

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