NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2014 “Begin with the end in mind” Queen Elizabeth Senior Public School 60 South Service Road Mississauga, Ontario L5G 2R9 Phone 905-278-7287 Ms Anne Muller, Principal Mr. Michael McKibbon, Vice Principal Mr. K.A. Edwards, Superintendent Mrs. J. McDougald, Trustee Website: http://queenelizabethsr.peelschools.org/ Upcoming Dates: November 5 QE Arts to Toronto Symphony 6 Progress Reports go home Principal’s Message The Progress Report Card will be going home with your child on Thursday, November 6th with Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences set for next Thursday, November 13th and Friday, November 14th. I would encourage parents to attend this very important conference with your child‟s teacher; combined with the Progress Report this conference will help you gain a better understanding of your child‟s development of the learning skills and work habits to date, as well as his/her general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in other subjects. As you can see from our calendar, the month of November is already shaping up to be a busy one. On Monday, November 11, we will be having a short Remembrance Day Service in our Auditorium, during period 3. All are welcome. Please feel free to contact me at the school should you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, A.Muller 11 Remembrance Day 12 Photo Retakes 13 & 14 Parent Teacher Meetings 14 PA Day 18 School Council Meeting 6:30 pm 26 QE Arts to Cawthra Park SS “Ragtime” PEEL BOARD ADVANTAGE EDUCATION FAIR On Saturday, Oct. 25 Queen Elizabeth Sr. P.S. had a stellar presence at this year‟s Education Fair held at Mississauga Secondary School. I would like to thank the following students who very enthusiastically demonstrated their volleyball skills, with Mr. Victorino‟s support, in a „clinic‟ setting for all to see: Khalil (8A), Kevin (8B), Kamran (8D), Khizar (8D), Jason (8E), Andreja (8E), Deacon (8E), Patrik (8E), Ian (8G) and Matthew (8G). Our Music Department was also on display with two separate performances: the Jazz Band, under the direction of Ms. Amson, and comprised of Molly (8G), Dana (8F) and Ian (8G) and the Strings Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Rehner, which included Jacqueline (7G), David (8G), Abby (8G), Mia (8F), Ridley (8F), Jeffrey (8F) and Cheri (8F). It was a great opportunity to show off our QE talent!! Office News Thank you to our office announcers Hosna and Maureen and office helpers Sarah and Bari. Great job! PA DAY Friday, November 14, 2014 A reminder that this day is a Professional Learning Day (Reporting to Parents) and that there will be no school for students on that day. Reporting Student Progress On the Progress Report teachers will be commenting on student strengths and next steps for improvement. There will be no marks on the Progress Reports; however, they will indicate whether your child is “progressing well,” “progressing very well”, or “progressing with difficulty” in subject areas. The Provincial Report Cards in February and June will contain grades and descriptive comments. Below are a few suggestions to help you through the conference: Ÿ Progress Report conferences will be very short (15 minutes) and focussed on discussing your child's progress towards achievement to date and areas to work on; if you have a serious concern, plan to briefly raise it and then arrange another meeting when the teacher can dedicate more time to that particular issue. Review the Progress Report ahead of time. List your questions and discussion points. If there is something you don't understand, be sure to ask the teacher. Ÿ Share information about any special challenges at home and if your child is having difficulties with friendships, health or even sleeping. Also, be sure to share your child's strengths, special talents or interests. The more information we have to help your child, the better! These conferences will be focussed on the achievements of, and upcoming goals for, your child. Rest assured your child's teachers are interested in open communication with you so that we can work together to help ensure your son or daughter is achieving success. QE P.R.I.D.E. Recognized As well as all the students who have been participating in all the clubs, teams and ensembles that QE has to offer, the following students were recognized at our Student Recognition P.R.I.D.E. assembly for their ongoing efforts in consistently displaying those values and character traits that encompass our QE P.R.I.D.E. Congratulations to all! 7A – Tuana, Jason 7B – Max, Fatema 7C – Husam, Aarya 7D – Ram, Haeeda 7F – Robert, Elizabeth 7G – Marina, Alan 8A – Arshbir, Jenaya 8B – Eric, Sean 8C – Dan, Abhinav 8D – Bari, Sarah 8E – Andreja, Sadia 8F – Mia, Jeffrey 8G – Nick, Molly SENIOR GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL The Senior Girls Flag Football team travelled to Alan A Martin Senior Public School for their tournament. The girls played exceptionally well and finished the round robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. The girls fought hard in their semi-final game, but ended up losing in quadruple overtime. The QE girls rebounded with a strong performance to win the consolation final and finish in third place overall. Great work QE! Mr. Coolen Grade 7 Finlayson Trips In September and October the grade sevens went to the Finlayson centre for fun and to learn about each other. They shared what they have in common in circles and played games to reach a common goal. The picture included shows 7B in teams trying to describe a blindfolded member where to find an object. Special thanks to Mr. Shetler and Mrs. Andrews for organizing a special day for all grade seven classes. Queen Elizabeth School Council Q.E. students will soon get a chance to express what they like about their teachers and their school. It‟s all part of a Teacher Appreciation Dinner being organized by parents for report card night in November. Watch for the forms coming home soon for details. School Council is also looking ahead to December – particularly to Fair December. That‟s our sole fundraiser for Q.E.S.P.S., and it helps pay for your child‟s school trips, grad fun, and more. This fair features high quality, unique arts and crafts that can be enjoyed year „round. We need you to tell people about Fair December, which this year is December 6th and 7th at Q.E. See www.fairdecember.com for details. Just a reminder that we have an excellent parent resource library available for you for free. Check out the titles on the school web site under the “School Council” tab. All parents are welcome to attend School Council meetings. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 18 th at 6:30 p.m. in the school staff room. See you there! Q.E. Parent Resource Library Book of the Month Title: Am I A Normal Parent?: Expert Advice, Parenting Tips, and The Reassurance You've Been Looking For by Sara Dimerman Quick View: This book contains a powerful self-assessment quiz that will quickly help you understand what is wrong (and right) with your parenting style. Borrow this book or select from dozens of books, CDs or DVDS all listed on the school web site under the School Council tab. It's as easy as sending an email to the council at [email protected] Items will be sent home with your child. QE Dodgeball Tournament QE‟s Dodgeball League continues to be a success!!! It is wonderful to see our QE students participating and having fun in our intramural programmes. Thank you to all the student volunteers and teacher volunteers that allow us to run these games during our lunches. Good luck to the homerooms that are still in the hunt for this year‟s dodgeball championship. Mr. Victorino Peel board students have choice Explore program options at makingmyway.ca Students have different needs, interests and abilities—our schools offer great educational opportunities to help all students achieve. For students looking for a more focused, specialized program, here are some options: Regional programs start in grades 6, 7 and 9 Students in regional programs still complete all of the requirements of the Ontario curriculum, but there is an increased focus on an area of interest. Programs include: Actively in Motion (AIM) Advanced Placement Arts Arts and Technology Graphic Design Management: Flexography International Baccalaureate International Business and Technology International and Executive Leadership Academy SciTech Sports Strings Truck and Coach Technology Specialist High Skills Major programs start in grade 11 Specialist High Skills Major programs allow students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector, while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. Students gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training. The programs support the transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. Peel board schools offer Specialist High Skills Major programs in the following area. Arts & Culture Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Construction Environment Health and Wellness Hospitality and Tourism Information and Communications Technology Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services Manufacturing Non-Profit Sports Transportation More options for Peel board students co-operative education programs provide workplace experience extended French starts in grade 7 dual credit programs allow student to earn college credits at the same time as secondary school credits alternative programs are available for students who need flexible school hours, are dealing with unique situations, or require more support Our guidance counsellors can help students determine which courses will best meet their needs, interests and abilities—contact the school to make an appointment. For more information about regional programs, Specialist High Skills Major programs and other programs of choice available to Peel board students, visit www.makingmyway.ca. How Do Grade 8 Students Apply To Secondary School? Follow these 2 steps: 1. Go to myblueprint.ca/peel, create an account and choose grade 9 course options (Oct. 20 – Oct. 29) for your HOME secondary school. All grade 8 students must do this, regardless if they are applying to a regional program. 2. Print your myBlueprint course verification sheet, have it signed by parent/guardian, return to your homeroom teacher no later than Nov. 7. Leaving the Peel Board? *If you are planning on attending a secondary school outside of the Peel Board, login in to myBlueprint, click “not returning”; obtain a template letter from your homeroom teacher, and have it completed and signed by your parent/guardian. Return this signed letter to your homeroom teacher no later than November 7. How do you create an account? All Q.E. students created a myBlueprint account in the computer lab with Mrs. Wash during the month of September. If you do not have a myBlueprint account, follow these simple steps: 1. Visit www.myBlueprint.ca/peel 2. You will need an email account for communicating your myBlueprint password. Need an email account? Go to http: byod.peelschools.org. Sign in using your username and password. Click on Office 365 button. An account will be generated automatically. 3. Select school in blue New User box > Create Account 4. Select Grade > Next Step 5. Fill in all fields (OEN number is a 9-digit number that can be found on any previous report card, or your teacher‟s class list) > Create Account Have an account? 1. Visit www.myBlueprint.ca/peel 2. Log in with your email/password in the Existing User Box. Choosing options: In your myBlueprint account, click on "High School Planner" and fill in your planned courses. Each student received a course planning sheet for their home secondary school. Some students may have recommendations for ESL courses or Learning Strategies. Speak to your ESL teacher or your ISSP teacher if you have questions about these recommendations. All grade 8 students will need to have their course selections signed by a parent/guardian, so please take this opportunity to discuss your plan. As outlined in the October 20 secondary school presentations to all grade 8 students, you should refer to your grade 7 June report card to help you decide which level of course to select: academic or applied or locally developed . As a general guideline: students achieving 70% or above in a subject area, are independent in their homework completion, aresuitable for the academic level; students achieving below 70% in a subject area, and require assistance in their homework completion, are suitable for the applied level courses; Students with a modified program in grade 8, are suitable for the locally developed level courses. Speak to your ISSP teacher for recommendations. It is important to choose courses that you will be successful in next September. If after reviewing your grade 7 June report card, you are unsure, have your parent/guardian contact the subject teacher. Although it is early in your grade 8 school year, the subject teacher may be able to offer suggestions. Submitting courses: Click on “submit (step 1 of 2)” to submit your courses. CHOOSE CAREFULLY, YOU CAN ONLY SUBMIT ONCE! Printing, Signing and Submitting: Print off your course verification by clicking “Confirm and Print”; Have your parent/guardian sign and date your course verification; Submit your signed course verification sheet to your homeroom/associate teacher no later than pNovember 7; Trouble shooting: If you are having difficulties navigating your myBlueprint account and course selections, secondary school counsellors will be at Q.E. on Thursday, October 30 th to assist students. In the meantime, all Q.E. students are highly encouraged to attempt to complete their course selections by October 29 th . This is to ensure that October 30th is used for trouble shooting only. Your Grade 9 courses will be: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. English (D, P, L) Math (D, P, L) Science (D, P, L) French (D, P) Geography (D, P, L) Phys. Ed (M, F) Elective 1: Arts (choices vary for each school) Elective 2: Other (choices vary for each school) Semester 1: September to January Semester 2: February to June * Each semester students take 4 courses (to earn 4 out of their 30 credits) Choose Action on Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week The Peel District School Board will recognize Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week during the week of November 16 to 22. Across the Peel board, schools use many programs and initiatives to prevent bullying and to intervene when bullying happens. Though the programs vary, their messages are consistent. Students are taught to: define bullying identify forms of bullying identify roles in bullying relationships, for example the person who bullies, the target, the bystander or the trusted advocate determine how to safely “choose action” to prevent and intervene in bullying & harassment demonstrate character attributes and be a leader to help maintain positive and safe school communities Every school has a Climate for Learning and Working Team which is required to develop a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan as part of the School Success Plan. Also, every employee who is involved in the care and service of students is obligated to report in writing to the school administration any action for which the principal must consider suspension or expulsion. Bullying is an offence that must be considered for suspension. Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is one of the key items contained in Bill 13: The Accepting Schools Act, that came into effect on September 1, 2012. For more information, visit: www.peelschools.org/aboutus/safeschools/bullying/ or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/ safeschools/prevention.html Insπre. Gr23ness. 2gether. “Ugh. Math.” Unfortunately, this is the attitude many students (and adults) have about math. If we're going to help our students achieve numeracy greatness, we need to turn these negative attitudes into positive ones. So, our three-year math strategy, EngageMath, starts with something we have enormous influence over—our attitude towards math. Everyone is born with a math gene According to Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck, students who believe that intelligence or math and science ability is a fixed trait are at a significant disadvantage compared to students who believe their abilities can be developed. Like anything else, our talents and abilities in math are nurtured only if we have a growth mindset about them. A “Yes I can” attitude when it comes to numeracy is the first step. A “Count on Us” attitude comes next. To learn more about Dweck's research on student mindsets and how they help students fulfill their potential, watch her Ridley lecture here: http://bit.ly/RidleyDweck. Online math parent resources While the Peel board’s EngageMath strategy plans out certain actions, it is by no means a magic bullet to answering the questions and challenges surrounding numeracy and student achievement. Math success for all our students requires a strong partnership between home and school. That's why we're committed to providing you with the parent resources you need to help us boost math achievement. Online resources to help you support your child or teen's numeracy success are available on the Peel board’s website at http://www.peelschools.org/parents/helpyourchild/math. There you will find links to: tip sheets Homework Help Mathies.ca mathematics curriculum Hold the date: Parent Numeracy & Beyond Conference Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Brampton Plan to attend our annual, free Parent Conference on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Take one day to enjoy: a powerful keynote presentation focused on math success your choice of more than 45 practical workshops facilitated by Peel board staff a display area with educational exhibits from local organizations This year, a large number of morning workshops will provide parents with strategies to help you support math success at home. Brochures will be sent home with all Peel students in January. Registration will open at that time and information will also be posted to www.peelschools.org. Follow us on social media Social media is the easiest and fastest way to stay connected to the amazing things happening in the Peel District School Board. Follow @Peelschools on Twitter to: learn about our schools and programs find out if buses are cancelled during bad weather share the Peel smile Follow @Peelschools on Instagram where we share motivational and inspirational #PeelProud moments. Follow Peel schools on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peelschools. Our school is on social media too! Follow us on Twitter @QESRPS Need help in math? Free tutoring now available online Math students in grades 7 to 10 can access live, interactive online math help by visiting www.homeworkhelp.ilc.org. Homework Help is free, real-time math tutoring by certified Ontario teachers. Students can log in from Sunday to Thursday, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. for individualized confidential math tutoring. There are discussion rooms for each grade where students can join and see what questions other students are asking, watch the tutors draw on the whiteboard – and ask their own question for on-the-spot help. Students will also find 24/7 discussion rooms, video lessons and commonly asked questions. Other online math resources include math games and a virtual locker, where students can save their work. Homework Help is a project funded by the Ministry of Education. Help your child prepare for tests Many students will become anxious at the thought of writing a test. Anxiety about an upcoming test can affect a child's behaviour, thoughts and actions. Here are some ways you can help minimize anxiety at test time: Organize & Prepare Encourage your child not to leave assignments, studying and homework to the last minute. Schedule time for review and work on assignments each day. Establish a regular time of the day for homework, studying etc. Make the home a homework-friendly environment where learning is regular routine. Remove distractions like the television, phones, computers when studying. Tell your child to make sure tests and due dates are marked in their agenda. Practice Encourage your child to think about ‘what, when, where and how’ when preparing/completing assignments. Develop practice tests and help them anticipate questions. Review previous exercises. When appropriate, encourage your child to pair up with a friend to review information and brainstorm. Build learning into family activities— suggest keeping a journal, writing a report or a news article about family events, outings or trips and include photos. Be in the know Check out the curriculum for your child’s grade level (available as PDF files at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum) Ask your child’s teacher about major topics studied and how these topics are structured— homework, assignments, exercises Use your child’s agenda to communicate with their teacher—ask questions, check for homework tips, etc. Prevent the flu. It’s in your hands. Hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Always wash your hands with soap and water when they are dirty. Clean your hands before: touching your eyes, nose or mouth touching/preparing food or drinks eating or drinking caring for someone in your home who can easily get sick (baby, elderly or someone who has an unhealthy immune system) first aid Clean your hands after: touching pets or other animals touching raw meat, particularly chicken touching surfaces such as a railing or grocery cart touching money touching objects sick people have touched touching blood or body fluids such as urine, vomit or feces contact with those who have a cold, the flu, diarrhea or virus of any kind changing diapers wiping your own or a child’s nose sneezing or coughing using a facial tissue using the washroom removing gloves cleaning gardening What to do when you cough or sneeze: cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve put used tissues in the wastebasket clean your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer For more information call Peel Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peelregion.ca/flu. PEEL PUBLIC HEALTH IMMUNIZATION REVIEW Peel Public Health is currently reviewing immunization records of all students at our school. They must have proof that your child has been fully vaccinated (immunized) according to the Ontario immunization schedule. If your child's record is incomplete, you will receive a letter from Peel Public Health indicating to you which vaccinations your child needs to meet the requirements for Ontario. Immunization records are considered incomplete if: Ÿ Peel Public Health has not received your child's vaccination record; Ÿ Your child's record does not show that s/he has had all the required doses of vaccine; or Ÿ You do not have a valid exemption from immunization for your child. If you receive a letter, please ensure that your child has received the required vaccination(s), then give the date (s) to Peel Public Health immediately to update your child's record. For more information, please call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit www.immunizepeel.ca. Celebrating Faith and Culture November 2014 DATE CELEBRATION FAITH AND CULTURE November Gwilatkw Aboriginal Spirituality November 1 All Saints' Day Christianity November 1 Samhain Wicca November 1 Ashura Islam November 4 -22 The month of Qudrat Bahá'í November 6 Dev Diwali Jainism November 6 Birth of Guru Nanak Sikhism November 11 Remembrance Day Canada November 12 Birth of Baha’u’lláh Báhá'í November 15 or 28(J) or 30 First day of Advent (Christmas fast) Christianity November 16 Louis Riel Day Aboriginal Spirituality November 23 - December 11 The month of Qawl Bahá'í November 24 Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur Sikhism November 26 Day of Covenant Bahá'í November 28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í November 30 First Sunday of Advent Christianity STUDENT TRANSPORTATION OF PEEL REGION (STOPR) BUS CANCELLATIONS/SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO BAD WEATHER 2014 – 2015 SCHOOL YEAR During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio and television stations: VIRGIN RADIOFM99.9 CFNY FM102.1/AM640 CFRB AM1010 FM Z103.5 CHIN FM100.7/AM1540 GLOBAL NEWS CHUM AM1050 CJCL AM590 EZ ROCK FM97.3 FM93.1 CBC99.1 CTV CFTR AM680 CHFI FM98.1 CJBC (FR) AM860 FM Q107 CITYPULSE CANADA AM We will be communicating one of six standard messages to the radio stations. The six announcements and their effect on the transportation system are as follows: (Please note that the highlighted text only will be communicated by the radio stations). “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES SERVING ST. ANDREW, ST. BENEDICT AND ST. PETER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND R.F. HALL SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.” “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY”. This means that ALL buses which operate into, out of, and within the Town of Caledon are cancelled for the entire day. “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON AND THE COUNTY OF DUFFERIN ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY”. This means that all runs listed under announcements #l and #2 are cancelled. Individual schools will be notified if this cancellation affects their school. 4. “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.” This means that ALL buses which operate into, out of, and within the City of Mississauga are cancelled for the entire day. “ALL DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.” This means that ALL transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board, including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day. “ALL BUSES ARE CANCELLED AND THE SCHOOLS AND OFFICES OF BOTH THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ARE CLOSED”. This means that ALL Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Peel District School board schools and offices are closed to all students and staff. Note: For Secondary School students Riding Public Transit, cancellation of service will be communicated by the respective transit property over the radio. Please be advised that Public Transit rarely cancels and that the level of service on days with inclement weather is unpredictable.
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