As if the bouncy castles and yummy food weren’t enough – there are two more reasons to attend this year’s Family Fest this Friday:
- The Gledhill Clothing Swap. This year, at Family Fest, in the spirit of sharing, kindness, reducing and reusing, Mrs Chitayat’s class is organizing a huge clothing swap! Clothing donations can be dropped off at the main office, up until Thursday, June 21, in clear or blue recycling bags. Then, at Family Fest, all families are invited to take home what their family can use.
- Charity Art Auction – In support of Hailey, a student in Room 19, who is battling leukemia and Ryan in Room 26, who recently lost his father in a tragic accident, each classroom at Gledhill will be creating a piece of artwork to be auctioned off during Family Fest on Friday. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be going towards Hailey and Ryan. Please come out to support this worthy cause!
Volunteers are still needed in order for us to run all the fun events planned for the kids. Please check out our Volunteer Sign Up to see where help is still required. Thank you to those who have already indicated how they can help out.
In support of Hailey, a student in Room 19, who is battling leukemia and Ryan in Room 26, who recently lost his father in a tragic accident, each classroom at Gledhill will be creating a piece of artwork to be auctioned off during Family Fest on Friday, June 22nd. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be going towards Hailey and Ryan. Please come out to support this worthy cause!
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can
empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Parents and students are welcome. (May not be suitable for younger children due to graphic video game clips). Popcorn and refreshments will be available.
French programs are being reviewed board wide and the TDSB is looking for parent and teacher input – Throughout May, there are public forums being held at local schools. For dates, locations and an online survey check out the TDSB site HERE
The closest, upcoming forum is on Tuesday, May 15th from 7-9pm at Birchmount Park CI located at 3663 Danforth Ave.
More detail from the TDSB site:
“With over 90,000 students in Core French and another 28,000 students in French Immersion/Extended French programs come system successes and challenges. We are proud of the Board’s successes in retention rate, inclusion of students with special education needs as well as accessibility and transportation. At the same time, challenges include multiple entry points, equity of access, and transportation.
As part of the Director’s Response to the Enhanced Equity Task Force Report, a review of all French Programs will begin in Spring 2018. In collaboration with the TDSB Research Department, this review will focus on the current status of all French Programs, including the structure, content of the teaching and learning, and policies and procedures related to French. We look forward to receiving feedback about the successes and challenges of the various French Programs through face-to-face consultation with parents/guardians, Trustees, staff, students and community members and an online survey.”
Pizza and Popcorn will be for sale and don’t forget your refillable water bottles!
What is Skate Day?
Each year Gledhill’s School Council books a local arena for the day and gathers some extra skates and helmets so that all kids, grades 1-6, can have a fun time skating with their classmates, teachers and parents.
This year’s Skate Day is Thursday, March 8th at Ted Reeve Arena. Students walk to the arena with their teacher and a few parent helpers per class. They are encouraged to bring their own skates and helmets, but there is a change room that the council stocks with extras to borrow so that all kids can participate. Typically, the Primary classes (Grades 1, 2 and 3) skate in the morning and Junior (Grades 4, 5 and 6) skate in the afternoon but teachers will communicate exact skate times with parents via permission forms sent home.
Skate Day is an amazing day full of smiles with some kids skating for the first time and other more experienced skaters helping their friends stay up!
How to get involved:
- Be a helper for your child’s class (2-3 parents per class) – Parents are needed to walk to and from the arena with the classes and help tie all those skates. Parent helpers are welcome to skate too, but it is not at all required. If you are able to help in this way, indicate so on the permission form to communicate this directly to your child’s classroom teacher.
- Be part of the set up and take down crew (4-5 parents) – The skates and helmets we bring for the kids to borrow need to be transported to Ted Reeve in the morning, set up and then returned to the school at the end of the day. If you are able to help with either Set Up – 8:30 am- 9:30am and Take Down 2:30pm-3:30pm please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be a Skate Day organizer! Do you have a child in Grades 1 or 2 and you’d like to help with a once a year event like Skate Day? Our Skate Day organizer will be leaving the school after next year and needs someone to shadow her and learn the ropes to take it over after she leaves. It’s a very easy, rewarding way to get involved! If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please email email@example.com.