Ryerson P.S. 749 Grand Valley Drive
Attendance Line: 519-570-8123 X 3726 Principal: Mrs. Deb Duncan Peacock
School Line 519-653-5532 VP: Mrs. Beverlie Stewart Office Manger: Mrs. Wendy Knowles
School Council President: Mrs. Amy Willard-Brown
It has been a fast-paced April and it looks like we will have many exciting events to share as we move into May and June. Families will be hearing all of the dates very soon regarding end of year trips and other school-wide activities. There were many very successful school-wide events during the month April. Please take a moment to peruse the Newsletter to hear about our Talent Show, Craft and Bake Sale and Music Monday! During the month of May, watch for more information about Jump Rope for Heart and our Volunteer Breakfast. Many thanks in advance to our staff and School Council for their on-going support of extra-curricular and community events at Ryerson! As families get involved in the busy activities of spring and early summer, we encourage families to maintain those very important bedtime routines so that children can arrive on time, ready to learn. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with opportunities to play, rest and learn together!
May 9 May 10 May 20 May 23 May 24 May 27, 29 and June 3 May 30 School Council Character Education Assembly Victoria Day – No school Volunteer Breakfast Jump Rope for Heart Junior EQAO testing
Kindergarten Information night @ 6:00 pm PD Day – no school Primary EQAO testing Family Picnic and Science Event
May 31 June 4, 5, 6 June 13
You are invited! Family Barbecue and Science Event June 13, 2013, 5:00-8:00 PM at Ryerson School
Ryerson School Council will be hosting an evening of family entertainment on June 13. Food and drinks will be available to be purchased. A flyer will go home later in May detailing the food choices. After enjoying an outdoor picnic, families will be invited into the school to participate in a variety of hands-on science activities planned and presented by the University of Waterloo’s SQR team. Save the date, participate and enjoy the fun!
Character Education at Ryerson
The Character Education Key for the month of April was This is it! This is It! means making the most of each moment and telling yourself "just do it" even when it may not be something you like to do. The Students of the Month voted for the key of This Is It! were:
1 p.m., Ryerson joined students from across Canada, Chris Hadfield and Ed Robertson in a live song performance of I.S.S. What an exciting event to celebrate the importance of music in our lives!
Jump Rope for Heart
Ryerson's Jump Rope for Heart Day takes place on May 24th. Students will bring home pledge forms on May 10th. Jump Rope is a great way to inspire students about a healthy lifestyle and social responsibility. All participating students are Heart Heroes. Did you know that only 7% of Canadian children and youth are meeting the daily recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity? Every child has the right to grow up healthy. This is one way for us to achieve this goal. Here's how the money raised can help: $5 can help buy lab equipment like test tubes to use in lifesaving research $40 can support the delivery of a CPR training course in local schools to teach children lifesaving skills. $65 helps support the training of teachers with information on children's physical activity $150 helps a researcher learn why early life choices lead to childhood obesity and illness $500 can help teach ten families how to save a life with a CPR Anytime™ kit. We hope you will support this worthy cause. For more information, visit: JumpRopeForHeart.ca
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Mrs. Haefling & Mrs. Shergill - Zander H. Mrs. Fowler & Mrs. Warburton - Lucas S. Mrs. Edgell & Mrs. Sanderson - Aoun W. Ms Munroe & Mrs. Gute - Aboodi S. Ms Campbell & Ms Hodgson - Santoshi N. Mrs. Kewley - Alice B. Mrs. van Rees - Ainn W. M. Hoyte - Lance M. Mrs. McKinnon - Sarah E. Mrs. Smith - Nadia A. Mrs. Kiefer-Cox - Sharjeel A. Miss McMullen - Quinlan E-S. Miss A. Bates - Catherine K. Mme Claus - Rohin S. & Jessica L. Mrs. Piraino-Crandon - Vishvan K. Ms Roberts - Nathan V. Mrs. Roberge - Saif A. Miss L. Bates - Angela J. Mr. Grant - Susan T. Miss Nichol - Alycia B. Ms Gill - Andrew R.
The Focus Key for May is “Flexibility”, which is being willing to change and try new things.
Since 2005, students, teachers, educators and musicians have celebrated the importance of music education on the first Monday in May. This year, students learned a special Music Monday song called I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing), composed by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Canadian Musician Ed Robertson. Students at Ryerson were excited to be part of the first song ever performed together on Earth and Space. Students have learned many things about life in space from Chris Hadfield’s communications on blogs, twitter and videos. Many website links can be found on the “Classroom Links” page on Miss Bean’s webpage. On Music Monday, May 6, students watched a live webcast concert between The Ontario Science Centre and the International Space Station. At
Calling all volunteers! We hope that all family and community members who take time to volunteer in our school will come to our Volunteer Breakfast to be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 AM. We truly appreciate all of the support and assistance provided by our volunteers and hope that this small celebration will give us the opportunity to express our thanks. An open invitation has been sent out with all of our students. We hope all volunteers will RSVP and join us! Many thanks to our many staff volunteers for their efforts to organize this important event.
Soccer Skills Camp
The junior students at Ryerson are enjoying an intramural Soccer Skills Camp, organized by Mrs. P-C, for the month of May. Girls and boys have their own teams (Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester United and Juventus). They use skill-based play to improve their soccer abilities, learn good sport’s attitudes and compete in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere. The finale includes several competitions, including the Right to Play Challenge, where athletes need to make a soccer ball from scratch (using recyclables) that feels and plays like a real soccer ball. GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!
Staff Learning Teams
Our school Learning Goal at Ryerson in 2012-13 has been to “improve students’ ability to communicate their thinking in Mathematics”. During the second term, several teacher teams have been meeting with a focus on mathematics instruction. Our Kindergarten team has explored meaningful ways to integrate math learning into classroom learning centres. They have also explored and implemented small group lessons to further mathematical understanding with identified children. Classroom teachers and ECE’s have met together to plan math focused learning centres and small group lessons. They have visited four of our classrooms to observe and record math learning in action. They have used their shared observations to create small group learning opportunities. We have all learned so much about math learning and student engagement through our focused conversations and visits. Our Grade 1/ 2 and 4 /5 teams have also been meeting. They have met for a half day to determine a math strand focus and develop an instructional plan. They have then identified two classrooms to visit. During the visit day the teams look at student work from the day before to help plan the problem-solving based lesson for the day. They then go into the classroom to implement or observe the lesson and carefully note the student learning. After the observed lesson, the teachers take the student work away to be assessed collaboratively. Work is examined and a follow-up lesson planned that will use samples of the student work to highlight the strategies used by students and model next steps. What amazing collaboration and shared learning!! More information on the 3-part math lesson used in this process can be accessed on the Ministry Website. Check out: http://resources.curriculum.org/secret ariat/coplanning
Primary and Junior Assessments (EQAO)
On Monday, May 27th, Wed., May 29th and Monday, June 3rd, Grade 6 students will be participating in the Provincial Junior Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The Grade 3 students will participate from Tuesday, June 5th to Thursday, June 7th. The content of the assessment covers the cumulative knowledge of students learning throughout the primary and junior grades and is based on the Ontario Curriculum in Language and Mathematics. If at all possible, please do not book appointments or other outof-school activities for your Grade 3 or Grade 6 children during this time. We thank you in advance for your support and understanding. If you would like further information about the EQAO assessments feel free to visit the EQAO website— www.EQAO.com
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT
Families of JK students newly registered in our all day, every day Kindergarten Program for 2013-14 are invited to an information meeting on Thursday, May 30th, at 6:00 PM. Watch for reminders forwarded in the mail! All who attend will participate in a variety of Kindergarten activities and receive a bag of resources. We look forward to welcoming our new Kindies to our Ryerson community.
School Council Update
May was a very busy month for school council, with both our DFS fundraiser and the Craft Sale. Thanks to all the wonderful Ryerson families and staff that supported both of these endeavours. Through the DFS catalogue order we were able to raise approximately $1400. The Craft Sale was our most successful to date, despite a slightly lower number of vendors participating. We had a great number of people through (Ryerson families as well as members of the community), which helped our Bake sale to be very successful. This event raised an additional $1400 for council. The money raised through these events will help us to continue to work towards our School Greening Goals as well as funding some additions to the shared Kindergarten/YWCA playground with a science focus. Looking ahead, School Council (with the help of some Grant money), will be funding the upcoming Science night. This night will have the school taken over by Engineering and Science Quest from the University of Waterloo and will include a barbecue to make the evening easy to attend for families. Watch for details that will be coming soon! Our final fundraiser for the year will be our end of year Book Plate fundraiser. Book plates can be ordered via forms which will be sent home in late May or bought in person at the Science Night in June. Book plates make a great end of year teacher gift (and include a card for this purpose)! Watch for forms at the end of May. School council also has an ongoing fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels. For those of you who are gearing up for summer camp, make sure that your child’s gear is labeled so it doesn’t get lost. Orders can be done online. To make sure we get credit for your purchase, go to www.ryersonps.mabel.ca. We are currently looking ahead to next year. If you have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to send in a note to the school addressed to “School Council” or send us an email at email@example.com. Thanks!
Congratulations to Mrs. Matches on the birth of her little boy Jacob. Jacob came into the world a little bit early and weighed in at 3lbs 13oz, but he is doing well and will go home soon!
If you know that you are moving between now and September, please let the school know as soon as possible. We will need this information to create classes for next year.
A reminder to all families to please review the school’s dress code located in your child’s planner/handbook. As the warmer weather arrives we are seeing students wearing clothing that are not appropriate for school. Please go over these dress expectations with your child to ensure that the clothing items that are selected each day meet the dress code. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.
Have you read our newsletter? Please complete the questions on the tear-off and return to school by Friday, May 17th. Your tear-off will be put into a draw so that your child can win free Ryerson water bottle! Name: Class: Our family read the Ryerson Newsletter and we really liked: ————————————————— ————————————————— ————————————————— ————————————————— ————————————————— ————————————————— ————————————————— ———————