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OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, ALL STUDENTS WILL BE BRINGING HOME AN APPLICATION
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                                        •   If buses are cancelled, field trips       cancelled, including
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Through the Parent Voice in Education project, the Ministry of Education encourages parents to become involved ...
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Celebrating Faith and Culture - February 2009
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February 2009 Newsletter

  1. 1. Page 1 February 2009 We have had a great response to this after school program, and have Inside this issue: grown to 6 classes this To jumpstart the term. Thanks to Ms McLean, Relay for Life! 2 quickly Ms Lynch, Ms Gill, approaching Attention Grade 8 Parents 3 Ms Zimmerman, Ms Harper, Black History Ms Lochrie, Ms Johnson and Closing Schools Due to Bad 3 Month; Williams Ms Kapoor for making this program Weather Parkway a worthwhile one! teachers and Grade 8 Art 3 students got Ministry Engages Parents in 4 together on Education with Parent Tuesday January 20th to watch Involvement Committees Barack Obama’s Inauguration Live. During this past month, North Park Tips for Winter Bus Safety 4 It was so wonderful to see teachers counsellors have visited Williams Celebrating Faith and Culture 5 and students of all grade levels and Parkway to help students prepare backgrounds come together to for Grade 9. Grade 8 students Conference Helps Parents of 5 witness this historical event! Teen Boost Learning should already have handed in their option sheets for secondary school February - Calendar 6 Williams Parkway staff, students next year. They are also busy and families are encouraged to mark preparing projects for the Science the afternoon of Friday February Fair in February. 27, 2009 on their calendars as WP Principal: Mr. D. White will be coming together to celebrate Vice-Principal: Mrs. T. Morrison Black History Month in a school Guidance Counsellor: Ms L. Romaniello Head Secretary: Mrs. A. Stephenson wide assembly! In celebration of Asst. Secretary: Mrs M L. Hayden Black History Month because Reminder to parents that Asst. Secretary: Ms M. Byrne Evolution is NOW! supervision does not start prior to School Trustee: Mrs. B. Ford Superintendent of Schools: Ms S. Teal 8:15 in the morning. Students are not permitted to be in the building until 8:20. If your child is dropped off at school prior to this time they will be expected to wait outside until the entry bell rings at 8:20. Last term, we were proud to Learning Skill of the Month: recognize these students for their Responsibility diligence and regular attendance in Character Education Theme: Counting On You classes: Homework Completion Don't forget to mark your calendars for February 16th for family day Errol Lamaison vacation. There will be no school Simran Sanghera that day! Anuj Manek Matias Pinochet WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  2. 2. Page 2 OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, ALL STUDENTS WILL BE BRINGING HOME AN APPLICATION FORM OR PERMISSION FORM TO ALLOW THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE EVENTS WILLIAMS PARKWAY HAS EVER SEEN, RELAY FOR LIFE. PRESENTLY THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE IS PUTTING TOGETHER AN INCREDIBLE EVENT THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE, raising money for cancer research. We also invite Cancer survivors from our community to be involved in the Victory Lap. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON MAY 22, 2009 FROM 7:00 PM UNTIL THE MORNING OF MAY 23rd, 7am. WE WANT EVERYONE INVOLVED. RELAY FOR LIFE IS 12 HOURS OF FUN! WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME GREAT ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOU GOING ALL NIGHT LONG. THESE MAY INCLUDE: A BOUNCY CASTLE; KARAOKE; VIDEO AND Wii GAMES, A MUSIC BAND, AND FOOD...FOOD...FOOD. WE HAVE ALSO INVITED SOME LOCAL CELEBRITIES ALSO, PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN OUT BOTH DURING THE FUND-RAISING BEFORE THE EVENT, AND DURING THE EVENT ITSELF. THERE WILL BE AN OPENING CEREMONY, A LUMINARY CEREMONY , (luminary bags will be for sale all year long up until the event, for $5.00), A SURVIVOR'S VICTORY LAP, and A CLOSING CEREMONY SATURDAY MORNING. PLEASE SIGN THE PERMISSION FORM AND HAVE YOUR CHILD RETURN IT TO MRS. LAZARE IN ROOM 215. Your child will then receive a pledge form and is encouraged to try to raise a minimum of $50.00 (or any amount, but prizes will be available in draws for those who raise $50.00 or more. ) All money should be returned by March Break. Tax receipts will be sent out by the Canadian Cancer Society early in the Fall. ALSO BE SURE TO INDICATE ON THE FORM IF YOUR CHILD HAS PERMISSION TO STAY ALL NIGHT LONG, OR ONLY UNTIL 9PM FRIDAY. IF NOT ENOUGH STUDENTS RECEIVE PERMISSION TO REMAIN ALL NIGHT, THE EVENT WILL END late FRIDAY NIGHT INSTEAD. We are presently working to hire enough security (police officers) so that we can ensure safety of everyone. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS FACED CANCER, CELEBRATE THEIR COURAGE BY INVITING THEM TO BE PART OF THE SURVIVOR'S VICTORY LAP. IF YOU WISH TO OBTAIN A VOLUNTEER FORM, A SURVIVOR'S REGISTRATION FORM, OR WANT TO HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT MRS. LAZARE AT 905-791-4324 WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  3. 3. Page 3 • If buses are cancelled, field trips cancelled, including and all other activities that daycare, night school and permits. require transportation are cancelled. Peel District School Board buses • Depending on weather in Caledon are cancelled. Schools conditions, the principal, in remain open for students but buses consultation with the in the municipality of Caledon are superintendent, may decide to cancelled. Buses in Caledon will If your child has not submitted their cancel extra-curricular activities remain cancelled all day. All North Park option sheet for grade 9, after school hours. The school activities that require transportation they are now overdue. Students, will be responsible for informing are also be cancelled. Permits, night please get these forms in as soon as parents. school classes, daycare and other possible. The chances of enrolling • If schools are closed, all activities in schools will operate as in the courses you choose becomes activities in the building are also usual. less likely the longer you wait. cancelled. This includes daycare, night school and All evening programs and permits If your child will be attending a permits. at the Peel District School Board school other than North Park for • are cancelled. Due to weather When schools are closed as a re- grade 9 because you will be moving, conditions, all activities in schools sult of inclement weather, no staff please have them see and board offices are cancelled, are expected to be in the building. Ms Romaniello in the office to find including continuing education The building will not be open. out their high school options. See • courses and events. The buildings Depending on weather the Counsellor's Corner at will be closed. conditions, schools may be closed www.wppanthers.com for more in the evening or on weekends. details. All weekend programs These closures will be and permits at the Peel District communicated in the same way as School Board are cancelled. Due school closures. to weather conditions, all activities in schools and board offices are The decision to close schools and cancelled, including continuing cancel bussing is usually made by education courses and events. The 6:45 a.m. To find out if bussing has buildings will be closed. been cancelled or if schools are closed, visit www.peelschools.org or call 905-890-1010 or 1-800-668- 1146. You will receive one of the following messages: Term two marks will be inputted in Peel District School Board buses The board has made changes to the the next couple of weeks. Students are cancelled. Schools remain open emergency closure of schools due to have been reminded each class for for students and staff, but buses are inclement weather proce- the past 3 weeks that it is critical cancelled. Buses will remain dure. Please share these changes they complete all assigned cancelled all day. All activities that with your staff. work. All 3 art assignments for require bussing will also be term two must be completed and cancelled. Permits, night school • In the past, some fully-bussed handed in for evaluation. These pro- classes, daycare and other activities schools were closed when buses jects include: in schools will operate as usual. were cancelled as a result of inclement weather. This practice • Principles of Design (8 boxes) All Peel District School Board has changed. Schools will now • schools and board offices are Shading sheet remain open when buses are • closed. Due to weather conditions, MOSAIC PROJECT cancelled due to inclement schools and board offices are closed weather. There is an expectation to students and staff. All activities in that staff will be at the school. schools and board offices are also WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  4. 4. Page 4 Through the Parent Voice in Education project, the Ministry of Education encourages parents to become involved in their child’s education through a Parent Involvement Committee comprised of a majority of parents that is directly linked to the director of education and trustees. Purpose of the committee: • support, encourage, and enhance meaningful parental involvement within schools and across the district, including outreach to parents who find involvement more challenging • seek out the advice and ideas of school councils, and other parents and partners as they plan and implement strategies to in- volve more parents at the regional level • work collaboratively with the school board • develop strategies for enhancing parental engagement and outreach • support student success The Peel District School Board established a Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) in 2008. The committee reviews the boards' plans for parent involvement as it relates to parent, family and community engagement, and to make suggestions to schools, councils and the board regarding additional parent outreach initiatives. Here are some PICs achievements: • quot;Help Your Child Learnquot; workshop series in various languages • Focus Groups with parents and administrators in various languages • Working on a video and website to encourage volunteerism in schools • quot;Get Involvedquot; section on www.peelschools.org To learn more, visit the Ministry of Education website at www.edu.gov.on.ca and go to the “Parent” section or check out quot;Get Involvedquot; in the Parents Boost Learning section of the Peel board website, www.peelschools.org. Getting back and forth to school in the winter can pose safety concerns for children, especially those who travel by bus. The following tips will help make your child's school bus routine safe and comfortable. • Allow extra time to get to the bus stop. • Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late afternoon. • Stand back 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 for the weather to ensure you stay 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 and get hurt. WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861
  5. 5. Page 5 Celebrating Faith and Culture - February 2009 CELEBRATION FAITH AND CULTURE DATE February Buxwlaks Aboriginal Spirituality February 1 or 2 Imbolc Wicca February 3 Setsubun-sai Shinto February 7 to 26 Month of Mulk Bahá’í February 8 Nirvana Day Buddhism Sunset of February 8 to February 9 Tu B'Shevat Judaism February 9 Ram quot;Trung Nguonquot; CaoDai February 9 Magha Puja Buddhism February 15 National Flag Day Canada February 16 Heritage Day Canada February 16 Family Day Ontario February 23 Mahashivratri Hinduism February 25 Ash Wednesday Christianity February 26 to March 1 Intercalary Days Bahá'í The Peel District School Board is hosting its eighth annual parent literacy conference on April 4 at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton. The conference, Make a difference in literacy and beyond – practical ways parents can boost learning, features sessions by leading experts who will provide helpful tips and ideas. This year's keynote speaker is Joe Rich, a guest therapist on the TV show CityLine. Rich will share his insights as a social worker for 25 years in his keynote: Parenting: The Long Journey. Workshops for parents of teens include: helping your teen succeed in math, make career choices, boost self- esteem and think scientifically. General sessions include parenting strategies that boost learning, tips for helping with homework and the role of literacy in math. This free learning event includes lunch and is open to Peel board parents of students at all grade levels. Take one day to: • experience a powerful keynote presentation • learn from Peel educators recognized throughout • Ontario as experts in literacy • explore valuable exhibitors representing community organizations, regional services and educational products and browse publisher displays of children's' books and educational resources Registration begins in February. For more information, look for the conference brochure at your child's school in February. Conference and registration information will also be available at this time in the quot;Spotlightquot; section of the board's website, www.peelschools.org. WILLIAMS PARKWAY SENIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1285 Williams Parkway, Brampton, ON L6S 3J8 Tel: (905) 791-4324 Fax: (905) 791-8861

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