Daily Announcements – Thursday, April 19th

What’s on this week?

Thursday

  • Primary Makerspace (Grade 1) at lunch (Cancelled today due to construction)
  • Band and Strings
  • Forest of Reading at Lunch
  • Eco Club Meeting at Lunch
  • Young Women on the Move
  • Gledhill School Council Meeting – Gledhill School Library. 6 – 7:30pm. Guest speaker Michelle Aarts from PIAC discusses navigating the TDSB. (See more HERE) Pizza and childcare provided.

Friday

  • Earth Day – Wear Blue and Green
  • Last day to drop off your used batteries which will be recycled properly. This keeps harmful chemicals out of our water and soil. Do your spring cleaning and bring those batteries in!
  • Gledhill Track Day – Postponed to April 26 due to field conditions

Highlights from this morning’s announcements:

Read first: “I would like to acknowledge that this school is situated upon traditional territories. The territories include the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha, Alderville First Nation and the Métis Nation. The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923 and applies to lands east of Woodbine Avenue. I also recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land.”

  1. Apologies to the Choir for the last minute cancellation! We are trying to work out a make up day. Please return your 3 forms to Mrs. Bailey ASAP.
  2. Track & Field Day is now April 26th.
  3. Grade 1 Makerspace will be cancelled today because the library is not available at lunch.
  4. Eco Club will meet today at lunch outside Rm 6 with Mme Leclerc and Mme Roshi.
  5. A message from the Eco Club – Dear staff, students and parents,  there is only 1 more school day to drop off your used batteries which will be recycled properly. This keeps harmful chemicals out of our water and soil. Do your spring cleaning and bring those batteries in soon! Battery collection ends this Friday! Thanks.
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Spotlight On: Scientists in School

Did you know that your child gets to participate in an extra-curricular science program in their class every year?

Every class at Gledhill gets to experience a half-day session with a scientist from the Scientists in School program (http://www.scientistsinschool.ca/) and have hands on interaction with material that is relevant for their specific grade.

For example, some classes might learn about animals and get to touch and feel different animal skins and artifacts and some might learn about volume and weight and use different equipment to test out their predictions and learn about the concepts.

The purpose of the program is to engage students in real-world experiences that spark curiosity and nurture their inquisitive minds to help them discover the fascinating and fun side of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and the environment.

Each year the session your child participates in will be a little different so they will get many unique scientist experiences while they are at Gledhill.  It is a favourite and memorable event for students.

AND, parents get to join in the fun!

If you are able, teachers usually ask for 4-5 parent volunteers to assist in your child’s class during the scheduled time. Volunteers get to help at one of the hands-on stations and work with students in smaller groups. There are clear instructions at each station as well as help from the scientist leading the session which helps make the learning and instructing easy and fun. You also get a glimpse into the life of your child and what their classroom and classmates are like – it is a nice way to spend half a day.

The teachers at Gledhill are also very supportive and appreciative of the program as it is a great supplement to their teaching and it encourages students to use hands on material that may not otherwise be available.

This is what one of our amazing teachers at Gledhill, M. Leclerc, said about the program:

Scientists In Schools always enriches our science programs at Gledhill. Their programs can be a great way to launch or wrap up the key ideas of a science unit. The scientists (instructors) are able to conduct their workshops many times over months or years, so they know how to maximize their half-day visit so that our students learn a ton. 

This year my class was extremely engaged, using appealing and age appropriate science equipment at each station to explore pulleys and gears and build on their own understanding of concepts as they moved through activities. The kids are also very excited when their own parents can come and volunteer for this workshop. Thanks Parent Council, it’s not always easy to round up the gear for a class to explore a topic in such depth!

The School Council, with the help from all parents at Gledhill, are happy to fund this program each year with money we earn from our fundraising efforts (the total cost is approximately $3,000 each year). 

Thank you to the Gledhill staff and administration for supporting this important and well-liked program and thank you to parents and guardians for making this program possible.

Council Meeting Tonight – Guest Speaker from PIAC discussing TDSB “How Tos”

Council Meeting is TONIGHT in the Gledhill School Library at 6:00pm with guest speaker Michelle Aarts from PIAC discussing a bunch of “How tos” within the TDSB:

1. How to navigate resources for your child and connect with parents who have similar experiences.

2. How to have a voice in the TDSB including where to find information about TDSB public forums and feedback opportunities and how to be involved in education initiatives and advisory committees.

3. “How to” resources for school council – from running events to increasing parent engagement to running the administrative side of a council.

Childcare and pizza will be provided

PIAC (Parent Involvement Advisory Committee) is an official (legislated) TDSB advisory committee that supports student success through parent engagement. They make recommendations to the TDSB regarding their engagement and communication with the parent community and school councils. PIAC members are parent volunteers and accomplish most of their goals through ‘working groups’ and the outreach of individual members in their TDSB Wards.

Daily Announcements – Wednesday, April 18th

What’s on this week?

Wednesday

  • Rm 25 at McCordic School
  • Ukulele Kids
  • Karate Kids at lunch
  • DA Morrison Information Night at 6:30pm– for current Gledhill families of Grade 5s and 6s who will be attending DA Morrison in Sept 2018. Taking place at DA Morrison School, it will be a chance for families to have a tour of the school, meet staff members, learn about programs and ask questions.

Thursday

  • Primary Makerspace (Grade 1) at lunch
  • Band and Strings
  • Forest of Reading at Lunch
  • Eco Club Meeting at Lunch
  • Young Women on the Move
  • Gledhill School Council Meeting – Gledhill School Library. 6 – 7:30pm. Guest speaker Michelle Aarts from PIAC discusses navigating the TDSB. (See more HERE) Pizza and childcare provided.

Friday

  • Gledhill Track Day – Postponed due to field conditions

Highlights from this morning’s announcements:

Read first: “I would like to acknowledge that this school is situated upon traditional territories. The territories include the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha, Alderville First Nation and the Métis Nation. The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923 and applies to lands east of Woodbine Avenue. I also recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land.”

  1. There will be no Yearbook Committee meeting today. We will meet next Wednesday at lunch.
  2. Attention Junior Choir members – Our rehearsal that was scheduled for today is now cancelled. We will meet again on Tuesday.

Mr Currie talked about:

  • Days of Significance
  • Wearing your outdoor gear
  • Karate Kids, please bring your coats and boots with you as you will be dismissed to your lines after your session.

Please remember to dig the well before you are thirsty.

 

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Reminder: Tomorrow is the DA Morrison Information Night for Grade 5 and 6 Families

Daily Announcements – Tuesday, April 17th

What’s on this week?

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Rm 25 at McCordic School
  • Ukulele Kids
  • Karate Kids at lunch
  • DA Morrison Information Night at 6:30pm– for current Gledhill families of Grade 5s and 6s who will be attending DA Morrison in Sept 2018. Taking place at DA Morrison School, it will be a chance for families to have a tour of the school, meet staff members, learn about programs and ask questions.

Thursday

  • Primary Makerspace (Grade 1) at lunch
  • Band and Strings
  • Forest of Reading at Lunch
  • Eco Club Meeting at Lunch
  • Young Women on the Move
  • Gledhill School Council Meeting – Gledhill School Library. 6 – 7:30pm. Guest speaker Michelle Aarts from PIAC discusses navigating the TDSB. (See more HERE) Pizza and childcare provided.

Friday

  • Gledhill Track Day – Postponed due to field conditions

Highlights from this morning’s announcements:

Read first: “I would like to acknowledge that this school is situated upon traditional territories. The territories include the Wendat, Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha, Alderville First Nation and the Métis Nation. The treaty that was signed for this particular parcel of land is collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923 and applies to lands east of Woodbine Avenue. I also recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land.”

  1. Junior Choir practice today. Wait to be picked up in your lunch room.
  2. Due to the weather, the April 20th All School Track and Field Day is postponed. New date to follow.
  3. Spirit Squad meeting at 11:30 for a short meeting.
  4. A message from the Eco Club – Dear staff, students and parents,  there are only 4 more school days to drop off your used batteries which will be recycled properly. This keeps harmful chemicals out of our water and soil. Do your spring cleaning and bring those batteries in soon! Battery collection ends this Friday! Thanks.
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EQAO Parent Information Session at Earl Beatty Public School