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                                                                                 December 2008

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                                                                                      2. A circle is divided into
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         * Every Wednesday with Miss Zimmermann

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                                                                                       The decision to cancel buse...
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  The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months.

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         Grade 6                      Grade 7                             Grade 8                            Gr...
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Celebrating Faith and Culture - December 2008
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December Newsletter

  1. 1. Page 1 December 2008 Inside this issue: Counting on You 2 Food Allergies and Nut 2 Allergies We have now completed term one Computers and homework Toys for Tots 2 and congratulations goes to the If students choose to use home students who put forth their best EQAO Corner 2 computers to complete school work, effort each day both inside and What is Child-to-Child 3 outside of the classroom. Some they may want to consider using Student Ambassadors 4 online tools such as Zoho and Google suggestions to help students be more Docs. There are several advantages to successful in term two might be to Web News 4 using such websites. Some of these participate in class, complete home- EQAO Answers 4 work by the due dates, and prepare advantages are: Closing School Due to Bad 4 • No need to purchase expensive thoroughly for tests. We would like Weather software to thank the parents for supporting the teachers as well as their sons and Holiday Book Fair 4 • No worries about software daughters. It is very much appreci- Winter Bus Safety 5 compatibility among different ated. computers Stay Warm this Winter 5 • If the printed final copy is Honour Students for term One 6 misplaced by a student, their Neighbourhood Police Boost 6 work can be accessed at school School Safety and shown to their teacher. Celebrating Faith and Culture 7 • Assignments can be worked on by students no matter where they High School Open Houses 7 are – school, home or anywhere The Grade 8 students, with the help School Calendar 8 with internet access. of their parents, are beginning to look Information online at programs for next year. There was Principal: Mr. D. White a great turn out at the Grade 9 Parent Vice-Principal: Mrs. T. Morrison Information Night held at Williams Guidance Counsellor: Ms L. Romaniello You can access this newsletter Head Secretary: Mrs. A. Stephenson online at: Parkway this month. Asst. Secretary: Mrs M L. Hayden http:/ Asst. Secretary: Ms M. Byrne The school's web site is: Students will continue to receive School Trustee: Mrs. B. Ford more information. Those students Superintendent of Schools: Ms S. Teal interested in special pro- Grade 6 students grams...International Business and Technology (IBT) at North Park, Mr. Banerjee's Social Studies International Bacclaureate (IB) at students are invited to visit Turner-Fenton, School of the Arts Mr. Banerjee's blog at (Mayfield), etc...need to get their and try applications soon...We are looking Learning Skill of the Month: forward to discussing students' pro- their hand at the two games listed Problem Solving gress on the evening of Thursday De- there. These games will provide Character Education Theme: cember 4th or the morning of Friday additional information about the Tolerance December 5th. Vikings, our current topic in class. WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S
  2. 2. Page 2 2. A circle is divided into . sections of equal size. “Toys for Tots” is a charitable endeavour which was initiated by the This term, we have had over 50 Peel Regional Police in 1993, in students working on improving their partnership with the Salvation Army literacy and numeracy skills after and Canadian Tire. During the school. months of November and December off duty members of Peel Regional Those students who are interested in Police volunteer several hundred What is the probability that the continuing the after school program, hours to collect cash, Canadian Tire spinner will stop on red? Counting On You, should receive money, and new unwrapped toys F 1 out of 4 application forms in their Counting donated by the public which are used On You class in December. to purchase or give as Christmas gifts G 3 out of 8 for many children in need. H 3 out of 4 Any Grade 7 or 8 students who are not presently enrolled in Counting Here at Williams Parkway we would J 1 out of 2 On You, can get application forms like to kindly ask everyone to check 3. One of the numbers below meets from their Homeroom Teacher or their glove boxes or any other corner the following conditions: Ms Onizuka (in Room 119). of your home and please generously donate any Canadian Tire money you may have to Toys for Tots campaign • It is a composite number. that is initiated by Peel Regional • It is between 22 and 32. Police. We will be collecting any • It has more than 4 factors. Canadian Tire money you may have • It results in a prime number when here in the office. We thank you for its digits are added. all donations to a very worthy cause. Which number is it? A 23 B 25 C 28 Since students at our school have severe allergies to peanuts and nuts, D 30 exposure to these product can cause anaphylaxis, a serious life- 1. What is the value of in the 4. A watermelon has a mass of 2.4 threatening reaction. We're equation below? kg. What is the mass expressed in requesting that you not send your g? child(ren) to school with any food 21 - 4 X = 5? products that may contain peanuts, A 240 g F 2 peanut oil or any nut product. B 2400 g G 3 C 2 400 000 g H 4 D 0.0024 g J 5 WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  3. 3. Page 3 * Every Wednesday with Miss Zimmermann WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  4. 4. Page 4 The decision to cancel buses and/or close schools is usually made by 6 a.m. If you have reason to believe bussing may be cancelled, visit or call 1. H 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668-1146. 21 - 4 X 4 = 5 21 - 16 = 5 You will receive one of the following 5=5 messages: The grade 8 student Ambassadors * remember order of operations are a group of students who work Buses are cancelled. This message together each year to help in and 2. J means that schools remain open for around our school community. This 4/8 = 1/2 (equivalent fractions) students but transportation services year, we have adopted the Chum provided by the Peel District School City Christmas Wish as our 3. D Board are cancelled. If buses are social cause. We will be Statement 1 - It is a composite cancelled, they will remain cancelled fundraising through candy grams, number. Not A because 23 is a for the duration of the day. When bake sales and other events to raise prime number because if is busses are not running, schools that money to buy presents for kids ages divisible only by 1 and itself. rely heavily on bussing may be 12 – 16 in December. This group Statement 2 - It is between 22 closed. was chosen as they are often and 32. B, C and D are between. forgotten when people make Statement 3 - It has more than 4 Schools are closed. This message donations around the holidays. If Factors. Not B because factors means that, due to bad weather you would like to donate your time, are numbers that divide evenly conditions, schools are closed to money or a gift to the Chum City Into them and 25 has only 1, 5 students. Christmas Wish through the student and 25 as factors. Ambassadors, please speak to Ms Statement 4 - It results in a prime All schools and Peel board facilities Romaniello. number when its digits are added. are closed. This message means that, Not C because 2 + 8 = 10 and it due to the severity of the weather has the factors 1, 2, 5 and 10 but conditions, schools and board offices 3 + 0 is 3 which only has factors are closed to students and staff. of 1 and 3. 4. B 2.4 kg (move decimal 3 places to Williams Parkway's website is back the right because kg to g is like online. Mr. Metelnick is in the proc- multiplying by 1 000; kg, hg, Dg, ess of revamping the site to give it a g) = 2 400 g. fresh, new look. Be sure to visit for school news and information. As well, the Williams Parkway will be hosting a quot;Teacher Pagesquot; feature of the site Holiday Book Fair starting provides direct links to web pages November 26. The fair will run in the maintained by individual teachers library for most of the time but will where information on homework, be in the front hallway on the evening assignments, and due dates can be of December 4 during the evening found. As the fall progresses, more interviews. Parents are welcome to teacher pages will be available. shop at that time. Students will have Be sure to check periodically for class time provided or can visit after During the winter months, inclement school. updates to the school website and to weather may disrupt bus transporta- individual teacher pages. tion and school operations. WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  5. 5. Page 5 The following winter school bus safety tips will help to keep your child safe throughout the winter months. • Allow extra time to get to your bus stop. • Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening. • Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice. • Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet or icy steps or road surfaces. • Dress properly. Winter clothing, hats, and boots will keep you warm. • Don't throw snowballs at the bus or other children waiting for the bus. • Don't slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street. • Don't push or shove around the bus. Someone could fall down on the ice and get hurt. On very rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions or mechanical problems. Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions: • When possible, wait with your child for the bus. • Make sure your child knows a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult. • Teach your child how and where to get help. Talk to your child about what a quot;safequot; stranger is. • Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus. Help your family prepare for the cold weather ahead As the weather gets colder, we are more likely to catch colds. The best way to combat the cold weather is to dress appropriately and maintain a healthy lifestyle. What you eat and drink and how you exercise, can make a big difference in your health this winter. It's also important to stay warm at home and when you go out. Canada Safety Council recommends the following tips for staying comfortable and preventing hypothermia when working or playing outdoors: • Wear a warm hat—most body heat is lost through the head. Kids should keep an extra hat at school. • Wear layered clothing. Layers allow warm air to stay trapped around the body. • Protect your feet and hands. Wear loose waterproof boots. If the boots have liners, carry an extra pair to replace damp ones or take an extra pair of socks. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Carry an extra pair of these to school, on outings, etc. • Prevent dehydration and exhaustion, which can lead to hypothermia. Drink plenty of fluids and pace yourself when doing vigorous activities. • Stay fit by exercising and eating well—people who are fit are less susceptible to hypothermia. • If you stay indoors, avoid moving from a hot environment to a cold one. Excessive sweating caused from an extreme change in temperature increases the risk of developing hypothermia. • Eat high-energy food such as nuts and raisins. • If you are traveling (on the road or in the wilderness) carry emergency supplies. WI
  6. 6. Page 6 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 8 Harman Brar - 611 Vatsa Gandhi - 711 Akanksha Garg - 811 Johann Tutor - 821 Hammad Hussain - 611 Matt Antler - 711 Jennifer Miller - 811 Navisha Weerasinghe - Michelle Ivan - 612 Julie Nguyen - 711 Asma Omary - 811 821 Ayrdrie Peddle - 612 Shubhreet Kaur - 712 Amelia Ramsingh - 811 Matthew Wiley - 821 Gabrielle Tutor - 612 Karan Jandu - 712 Rebekah Scanga - 811 Shafieza Azeez - 821 Sarah Ward - 613 Tyrone Luckman-Hall - Michelle Bookal - 814 Sydney Emanuel - 821 Dan Sehayek - 613 712 Leed McNabb - 814 Ashley Hutchison - 821 Shane Barbeau - 613 Roslyn Ng - 712 Rebecca Ram - 814 Molly Linn - 821 Gala Cockovska - 621 Chaitanya Vazir - 712 Archit Saini - 814 Catherine Petschke - 821 Suliat Yakubu - 624 Isaac Jacobs - 721 Kelly Sewak - 814 Alex Cavanagh - 823 Lisa Pham - 624 Arjan Brar - 721 Jessie Doyle - 814 Carlena Hartshorn - 823 Christine Buckley - 722 Jennifer Ralph - 814 Erin Hickey - 823 Navya John - 722 Navine Samaroo - 814 Shubham Mistry - 823 Ayaz Mansuri - 722 Dion Singh - 814 Chi-Thien Phan - 823 Tiffany Bruschkewitz - 724 Kanisha Ramlochan - 821 Noorinder Sharma - 823 Jigar Lattar - 724 Danish Rishad - 821 Breanne Simon - 823 Surya Kumar - 724 Jessica Siapardanis - 821 Kristen Webster - 823 Laura Williams - 724 We're excited to welcome Constable Parsons and Constable Williams to our school. From October 20 to April, these officer will be stopping by on a regular basis to help strengthen our school's connection to the local police station and provide support for staff and students. Now in its second year, the Feeder School Program increases awareness of crime prevention and detection and supports building positive learning environments. The officers will visit between six and eight middle schools within Peel. WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  7. 7. Page 7 Celebrating Faith and Culture - December 2008 Date Celebration Faith and Culture December Luut'aa Aboriginal Spirituality December 7 Waqfatu' Arafat Islam December 8 Eid-ul-Adha Islam December 8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhism December 9 Maun Agiyaras or Maunajiyaras Jainism December 12 to 30 Masa'il Bahá’í December 14 Amitabha Buddha's Birthday Buddhism Eve of December 20 to 21 Yule Wicca Sunset on December 21 to 29 Chanukah Judaism December 21 Tohji-Taisai Shinto December 25 Christmas Christianity and Canada December 26 Boxing Day Christianity and Canada December 26 Zarathustra-no-Diso Zoroastrianism December 26 to January 1 Kwanza African-Canadian commu- nities Sunset of December 28 to 29 Hijra - New Year and Muharram Islam December 31 to January 18 Sharaf Bahá’í December 31 to January 4 Ghambar Maidyarem Zoroastrianism If your grade 8 child is interested in attending one of the specialized programs offered around Brampton, or if you are moving into a new North Brampton area, please be sure to attend you school's Open House. It is important to remember that unless you have been accepted into a specialized program, you must attend the home school in your area. If you have any questions about high school, please speak to Ms Romaniello in the office. Brampton Centennial Regular & Regional Dec. 9th 6:45 pm Central Peel Regular Nov. 20 7:00 pm North Peel Vocational Nov. 20 6:30 pm Port Credit Regional Strings Nov. 25 6:30 pm Turner Fenton Regular Nov. 25 7:00 pm North Park IBT Nov. 26 7:00 pm Heart Lake Gifted and Regular Nov. 27 7:00 pm Mississauga Regular Nov. 27 7:00 pm Mayfield Regular Jan. 07 6:00 pm Turner Fenton IB Jan. 08 7:00 pm Fletcher's Meadow Regular Jan. 14 6:30 pm Bramalea Regular & Regional Jan. 15 7:00 pm Chinguacousy Regular & Regional Jan. 15 7:00 pm North Park Regular Jan. 15 7:00 PM Harold Brathwaite Regular Jan. 15 7:00 PM WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861