"Sharing Our Stories, Shaping Our Dreams" APRIL 2012 – Volume 8 Stanley Mills P.S. 286 Sunny Meadow Blvd. Brampton, ON L6R 3C3 (905) 789-0925 Mr. Paul Fiorini – Acting Principal Mrs. Elizabeth England – Vice-Principal Mrs. Leanne Hope-Godfrey – Office Manager Mrs. Mary Bayaborda – Office Assistant website: http://schools.peelschools.org/1487 S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E. Theme of the Month: Nurturing You may be familiar with the saying, “April sun and showers, bring spring flowers”, and it clearly applies to the wonderful weather we have experienced throughout the month of March! As we enter into April, our staff and students at Stanley Mills are excited about the promise of Spring and are eager to continue to achieve great things on a daily basis. Spring brings with it the feeling of new beginnings, the uplifting energy encouraged by longer sunny days and the excitement of knowing that summer is on its way! During the month of April we are celebrating the S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E. character theme of “Nurturing”. As members of our Stanley Mills learning community, we are all encouraged to nurture our positive relationships, through respect, caring and compassion for one another. It was once written to each one of us, friendship has a different meaning. For all of us, it is a gift. Friendship needs to be cherished and nurtured. It needs to be cultivated on a daily basis. Then only shall it germinate and yield its fruit, its spring flowers and its lifelong memories. I encourage all of us to continue to value each other’s gifts and talents and nurture in our children and in ourselves the spirit of giving and the belief that “Yes We Can!” in all we do. During the month of March, we have added two new staff members to our Stanley Mills Family. We would like to welcome back Mrs. Gibson who will be teaching on our Grade Five team as well as Ms Nelson who has joined our Grade One teaching team. We would also like to wish Mr. Hinsperger much success as he pursues additional teaching opportunities and Mrs. Gill who is preparing for the upcoming birth of her baby! Both teachers are thanked for their contributions and wished much success in the future! In celebrating the character attribute of nurturing, the following activities are planned for the month of April: S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E. Awards Assembly on April 3rd scheduled for 1:30p.m. at Stanley Mills P.S. Please join us to recognize our students who have made a difference through their character! Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday April 25th at 8:20 a.m.: With a hope of enhancing communication with our community, Coffee with the Principal provides an opportunity for our community to meet and discuss school and community issues with the administration of Stanley Mills P.S. This session will feature a representative from Brampton’s Parks and Recreation Department, providing information on activities offered for students in our community. Education Week between April 16-27: The following activities will be included during Education Week celebrations: Monday April 16th Dressing up comically ~ Wear clothes inside-out/backwards Tuesday April 17th Kindergarten Family Literacy Reading with Mr. Fiorini (am + pm) Wednesday April 18th Show your Smile! Thursday April 19th and Friday April 20th: Earth Day Activities Brampton Clean City Campaign – 3R’s Presentations Bhangra Dance Presentation demonstrations of Honesty throughout our school and introducing March’s theme of Inclusion. Students Natania and Sukhman from Mr. Stockden’s class were amazing M.C.’s for our audience! We started off the morning with Mrs. Morgan accompanying the school in the singing of “O Canada” and with the morning announcements. Then came the awarding of the Spirit Day Trophy. Ms Phillips presented the spirit trophy to the class who had demonstrated the most spirit by wearing their best set of shades for Sunglasses Day in February. It was a tight race! After all, who wouldn’t want a reminder of the balmy temperatures of June in the dead of winter? Ms Smallfield’s class was the grand winner for the month! Congratulations! Monday April 23rd - 26th Book Fair Teachers read their favourite funny story to their class Wednesday April 25th Coffee with the Principal 8:20 a.m. Thursday April 26th Spring Concert “Swing into Spring” 8:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances Friday April 27th Education Week Wrap-up assembly at 1:20 pm From the article, “Friendship Matters” Dr. Ronald Bissell writes, “True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes.” I encourage our entire learning community to build, honour and nurture healthy relationships in our school, homes and community. I strongly believe when parents nurture hope in their children and praise their efforts in improving skills and talents, great things can be accomplished! For March’s spirit day, many staff and students were wearing the outfits of their favourite story book characters for this assembly. There were some little pigs, big bad wolves, little girls with red hoods, and a whole other array of wonderful costumes! In fact, I think I saw Junie B. Jones and Fancy Nancy in the audience too! I wonder who the winner will be for the next Spirit Day Trophy? You are all wished a wonderful Spring! Sincerely, Mr. Paul Fiorini Acting Principal On the morning of March 2nd, we held our S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E. assembly, celebrating the The S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E. awards were next on the program and Mr. Fiorini and Mrs. England were pleased to present the awards to the students in each class who best exemplified Honesty throughout the month. Congratulations to our amazing winners! Mr. Fiorini also encouraged all our Stanley Mills students to believe in themselves and to try to be the best they can be, because “Yes, they can”! We can all try to be the best that we can be every day. To introduce the month’s theme of Inclusion, Natania and Sukhman challenged everyone in the school to find someone new to include in their activities each day. The PALS leaders also emphasized this message and presented a skit on how to include others outside at recess. Mr. Stockden then read a book called “Violet” by Tania Duprey – Stehlik which focused on liking others for who they are, not for what they look like or the colour of their skin. Continuing with the theme of inclusion, Ms Quinlan’s class presented a skit on what inclusivity looks like. They shared the message that inclusion is being there when someone needs you and to listen and understand others. Ms Ghosh’s and Ms Zolis’s class sang a beautiful song about the importance of friends. The main message of their song was that everyone needs friends and that there is nothing better than friends! Too true! The ever-creative maestro Mr. Williams and his class presented a Character Attributes rap! The message of the rap was to care for each and every friend you have! The dancing superheroes made this a very catchy number, and also stressed that it is “super” to be respectful, kind, and inclusive with our friends! Our Black History Month slide show by Ms Hernandez’s class was inspired by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The class shared their dreams, which included the themes of a peaceful world where everyone could be friends. Ms Hernandez also highlighted Black History Month with a showcase of dance club numbers from different grade levels. Students wowed us with the best conga line ever, Hip Hop, Calypso, Reggae and Soca! Mr. Macri announced the Sideline Soccer Champions of 2012! It was the CUBS!! They worked hard as a team to win the title, showing exemplary team work, perseverance, positivity and good sportsmanship! Mr. Macri also acknowledged the wonderful participation of all of the fantastic players! To update the school on who the House Points leader was for the Month of February, Ms Henry presented some very humorous jokes about the planets that left the audience in stitches. Ms Henry’s favourite joke is: What kind of songs do the planets like to sing? Nep-tunes!!! This all led up to the big reveal of the House Points winner for February – MARS!!! The staff, students and parents who attended were happy to have celebrated the accomplishments of many Stanley Mills students and to have learned a little more about honesty, which we have been working on this month at our school! Please join us on Tuesday, April 3rd at 1:30 p.m. for our next assembly! See you there!! S.T.A.R.S.H.I.N.E AWARDS WINNERS 1A 1B 1C 1D 2A 2B 2C 2D 3A 3B 3C 3D 4A 4B 4C 4/5 5A 5B 5C 5D Gill Bhamby Fong Seehra Hernandez Bursey Chadha Smallfield Salter Williams Phillips Carvalho Ghosh Quinlan Zolis Tulk Hinsperger Dutkiewicz Powell Stockden Jasmine Gurleen Tanraj Arshdeep Mithulan Angad Moshe Meghna Ahmed Meera Arsh Jaiden Kevin Esha Arshdeep Christina Razia Natheeshan Rahim Manvir Book Fair From April 23rd to 26th., there will be a Scholastic Book Fair in our library. Students will have the opportunity to visit the book sale throughout the week. Parents, please note that the Book Fair will be open for browsing and buying before the evening Spring Concert, from 5:30-6:15 p.m. When you visit the Scholastic Book Fair, please consider donating a book to your child’s classroom library. Such books will enrich the education of children for years to come. We’ve asked teachers to fill out a Classroom Wish List so you’ll know which books they think will add to their students' knowledge and imagination. Books you give will become a permanent part of the classroom library. Every gift will be recognized with a bookplate identifying your family or child as the donor. Please look for the Classroom Wish List display at the Book Fair. Your generosity can make a classroom more exciting and stimulating to young minds. See you at the Fair! Sincerely, Mrs. Ardila, Book Fair Chairperson Help us create the mission, vision and values of the Peel District School Board The trustees of the Peel District School Board approved the revision of the board’s mission, vision and values (MVV). Part of this process is the creation of a working group—called Mission: Refresh—which includes representatives of senior administration, school administrators, trustees and a student trustee. The goal of the Mission: Refresh Working Group is to seek input, review and revise the existing MVV, and return to board with the results of that work before the end of this school year. The working group will: review the board’s current MVV respect the original effort to develop the MVV, but to look at the statements in light of more recent system work including the consultation to develop the logo and character attributes, the Report Card for Student Success and School Success Planning ensure alignment with the board’s Equity and Inclusion Policy #54 draw on the expertise and talent within the system to help with the process benchmark similar statements in Peel board schools, and in public and private sector organizations ensure the revised statement accurately reflects the current language and future direction of the Peel board As part of its mandate, the working group has identified ways for internal and external stakeholders to provide input to the process of determining what the MVV should say about the organization. This consultation process includes the gathering of input from parents, staff, students and community members through an online survey. for the Peel District School Board. The revised MVV respect the original effort to develop the board’s existing MVV, but also look at the statements in light of more recent system work including the consultation to develop the logo and character attributes, the Report Card for Student Success, the board’s strategic plan, and School Success Planning. Please review the draft document before completing the survey. BACKGROUND From 1989-1992, the Strategic Planning Project of the Peel Board of Education worked to develop a clear plan of action for the board, and a new MVV. Launched in 1992, the mission—Lifelong Learning: Striving to be the best—and the vision and values were intended to “put into words the beliefs that will guide our actions and demonstrate our spirit.” In the 30 years since the work of this group, much has changed in terms of the form, structure and language of mission, vision and values statements. As well, our organization has changed and we have developed our own new structures and language. The 1992 strategic plan, for example, has been replaced by the Report Card for Student Success. The logo was replaced and consultation in the development of the logo helped better define our “brand”. The consultation and development of our character attributes is a key component of how we now build a positive climate for learning and working together. These are not reflected in the existing MVV. The survey results will help to guide the efforts of the working group as they develop the revised MVV which will be brought to trustees for approval in the spring of 2012. The revised MVV will be launched during the 2012-13 school year. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete. Please do not write your name anywhere on the survey. There are no right or wrong answers. We want your honest opinions and input. Your answers will be confidential and no questionnaires can be identified. Everyone’s responses will be summarized in a group report. The online survey can be found at http://bit.ly/wnUFo8. Thank you for participating in the survey. All comments are welcome and your insight is invaluable. YOUR CHILD MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MONEY FOR EDUCATION. YES, REALLY! Was your child born after 2004? Is your family income less than $42,707 per year? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then your child is entitled to receive $2,000 in FREE money provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) - Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Eligible children will receive $500 at registration for the RESP, and an additional $100 annually until they reach 15 years of age. No parental contribution is required. The Peel Post-Secondary Strategy: Enrolled By Six is a regional strategy to engage all sectors and partners to enrol every child in Peel for the CLB. The survey – complete by March 30, 2012 The Mission: Refresh Working Group has drafted a revised mission, vision and values Visit us online at: www.pcyi.org, or call our information line: 905-890-9432 (local), 905- 890-8089 (TTY), 1-888-836-5550 (long distance) to learn more. Each year, more than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month to accommodate the profusion of events and projects. Here are some ways that you can celebrate earth week with your family: create a backyard or schoolyard habitat plant a garden or tree start a recycling program at home organize a carpooling campaign in your neighbourhood to reduce air pollution pick up trash in your neighbourhood read a book about an endangered species make a visit to your local zoo, aquarium or museum visit a local park, wildlife area or farm to provide a fun opportunity to learn about the environment and life Peel board celebrates public education during Education Week April 16 to 27 Peel public schools will host hundreds of special activities and events to celebrate Education Week 2012. To give schools plenty of time to hold activities, this celebration of education will be held for two weeks from April 16 to 27. The theme for this year's focus on education is You are the Smile. In addition to inviting parents and community residents to visit their classrooms during the week, Peel schools are hosting open houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more. One of the highlights of Education Week is the presentation of Awards of Excellence. The award recipients are students, volunteers, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to public education in Peel. The awards will be presented to 30 deserving recipients at the Showcase of Excellence ceremony on April 23rd. at 7:30 p.m. in the board room, HJA Brown Education Centre, 5650 Hurontario St., Mississauga. Keeping children safe in and around storm sewers, waterways Rising and fast moving water in lakes, ponds and creeks is increasingly likely during spring. Children playing in and around storm sewers and watercourses, entering storm sewers through the outfalls, and entering storm sewers through access covers is dangerous. The following information will help keep children safe: water flows in storm sewers and watercourses are unpredictable and may change quickly toxic gases may be present in and around storm sewers and watercourses access is restricted, making rescue attempts are difficult tragic falls could take place More than 1000 individuals will also be honoured during Education Week with Awards of Distinction for their contributions to their school or workplace. Earth Week – April 16 to 22, 2012 Earth Week encompasses the international celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. This is the most celebrated environmental event worldwide. Initiated in 1970, this event has been considered the birth of the environmental movement.