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A message from Mr. Finlayson in the library:

 

” Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Scholastic Book Fair will take place in our library during the week of DECEMBER 18th to DECEMBER 22nd. There are some wonderful last minute gift items to be found. Proceeds from the fair go directly towards our library and have been a huge success in the past! I will be sending out a Google doc link tomorrow for those people who are able to volunteer a few hours of their time to help run the book fair as I am not always in the library. Any assistance you can give will be greatly appreciated!”

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January 17, 2018 – Construction Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This morning, I met with TDSB staff and Clifford Construction company officials to discuss the annex renovation project, review the incident involving the scaffolding, and consider next steps. While the scaffolding has been thoroughly inspected, please know that work on the completion of the project has been paused until we are certain that it can safely resume.  As well, we are reviewing additional safety measures that can be put in place.  We are expecting the work to resume on Monday, January 22.

Once the pause has been lifted, there will be one more week of additional work, weather permitting.  After that, the scaffolding will be removed and final cleanup will happen.   For the dismantling stage, crews will attempt to do as much of that work as possible outside of school hours. We’ll also have appropriate precautions in place for any work happening during the school day so that student and staff are safe throughout. This part of the process will take at least one week and likely more, again contingent on weather.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Matthew

 

January 16, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday morning, on January 15, a piece of scaffolding fell from the scaffolding installed on the south side of the building.  To ensure student safety, students were kept inside while construction workers visually inspected the scaffolding to ensure that it was safe.  As a further precaution, Kindergarten students were then moved to classrooms inside the main building while further inspections were being made.  Once we received confirmation that the site was safe, students returned to their regular classrooms and routines.

A student was injured due to the falling scaffolding. She received medical attention and is at home resting.  Her family has let me know that she will be back to school soon.

This morning, I met with classes to apprise students of what happened, and to let them know that the student will be back to school shortly. I let the students know that the scaffolding was inspected yesterday and that the site is safe.   Students know that if they  have concerns, they can speak with their teacher or with me.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Cheers,

Matthew and Caitland

Upcoming Dates

  • School Council Meeting – January 18 at 6:30
  • PA Day – January 19
  • Pizza Lunch – January 24
  • Snowed In – January 25 6pm – 8pm

 

 

School Council Meeting – THIS THURSDAY

Happy new year everyone! Hope you’re settling in to the new term and getting schedules back on track after the holidays.

Our next Council meeting is Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 pm in the library.

Anyone interested in helping with Snowed In and/or Dance-A-Thon and/or the Winter Social, is encouraged to either come out to the meeting or email to let us know you’d like to lend a hand.

Child care will be available during the meeting, so please let us know if you need it, at palmerstonschoolcouncil1617@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

 

January 8, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a restful and relaxing holiday.

It would appear that winter has finally arrived.  Please see below information regarding cold weather and school closures in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Cheers,

 

Matthew and Caitland

Upcoming Dates

  • Pizza Lunch – January 10
  • PA Day – January 19
  • Pizza Lunch – January 24
  • Snowed In – January 25 6pm – 8pm

This Week:

  • Severe Weather Policy
  • Cold Weather During Recess and Lunch Time
  • Staffing Updates
  • Lunch Lady Update
  • Winter Programs for 2018

Severe Weather and School Closures

Severe weather conditions may require the TDSB to cancel transportation or, in extreme conditions, close schools. The decision to close schools is made by the director of education. In the event transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, the local media will be informed before the beginning of the school day. Tune in to your radio and television news stations for the latest information.

If weather conditions become extreme after students are in school, elementary students will remain in the school until they are picked up by a parent or parent designate.

Recess and Lunch Time

Students are kept indoors for recess and lunch time for a number of weather conditions such as rain, lightening in the area, extreme winds and extreme cold. When temperature and wind chill measure -28C or lower, students are kept indoors. Recess and lunch may be shortened if the temperature and wind chill reading is between -28C and -20C.

If a student’s medical condition requires further consideration due to weather conditions, or if you have other questions or concerns about how and when weather conditions affect your child’s school day, please speak with someone from the main office.

 

Staffing Updates

 

Nazia Masood, our Early Childhood Educator in Ms. Cinello’s class, completed her assignment at Palmerston at the end of December.  Please welcome our new Early Childhood Educator, Sanjit Rehal.

Lunch Lady Update

Starting January, Lunch Lady will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Winter Programs

Please see below the co-curricular programs that will be offered at Palmerston.  Please note that while these programs are fee based,  they are available to all students at Palmerston.  Please see each flyer for details.

Arts Express – Winter 2018

ProgramWinter Chess Club

Mad Science – Winter Session

Codezilla – Winter 2018 Lunchtime Club Info

Spirit of the Season….

First, a HUGE thank you for all your generous donations for the lovely handmade cards and Bake Sale at the Winter Concert! Yesterday, we were pleased to deliver $916 to the Christie Refuge Centre!!! The outpouring of goodwill and festive spirit in our community is truly overwhelming.

And in the similar spirit of giving, we are initiating a donation drive for the kindergarten classes. As most of you know, the toys and implements in these classes experience the highest level of use, and replacements are always needed. Items include:

  • pillows for reading area
  • bins for materials
  • toy trucks, cars, vehicles
  • babies, dolls and doll clothes
  • plastic people and animals
  • marble runs and marbles
  • buckets, watering cans and shovels for sand/water play
  • toy dishes and play food
  • dress-up clothes
  • cookie cutters, rolling pins and stamps for play dough
  • fabric cut and sewn into different shapes
  • primary/kinder french books and Barbapapa books

During the break, if you could peruse your collections at home and see if there may be a few gently used items from this list that you be willing to contribute, the kinder teachers would be VERY thankful!!! We’ll be posting a Google Doc in the next week so you can check off items for the various classes. In the new year, please feel free to bring the donations directly to the teachers who’ve asked.

Very warmest wishes for a relaxing, fun-filled, and rejuvenating holiday and all the best for the new year!

 

December 21, 2017 – Winter Singalong Tomorrow at 10:45

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the Palmerston staff, we would like to wish you a safe and restful holiday.

See you in the new year,

Matthew and Caitland

Upcoming Dates

  • First day back after Winter Holidays – January 8
  • Pizza Lunch – January 10
  • PA Day – January 19

This Week:

  • Scholastic Book Fair – A Message from Mr. Finlayson
  • Bag2School Clothing Drive
  • Lunch Lady Update
  • Winter Programs for 2018
    • Arts Express
    • Chess Club
    • Codezilla
    • Mad Science

Scholastic Book Fair – A Message from Mr. Finlayson

The Scholastic Book Fair is a HUGE success! The last day of the Book Fair is Friday. It will be CLOSED at 12:30 pm so that everything can be packed up and sent back to Scholastic. Sorry…there will be no Black Friday events!

Bag2School Clothing Drive

Thank you to all parents who donated used clothing for our Bag2School clothing drive. Palmerston donated 595 pounds of clothes! At .10/lb, our Social Justice League made $59.50. Proceeds go to the Christie Refugee Welcome Centre. 

Lunch Lady Update

Starting January, Lunch Lady will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Winter Programs

Please see below the co-curricular programs that will be offered at Palmerston.  Please note that while these programs are fee based,  they are available to all students at Palmerston.  Please see each flyer for details.

Arts Express – Winter 2018

ProgramWinter Chess Club

Mad Science – Winter Session

Codezilla – Winter 2018 Lunchtime Club Info

 

Pizza Lunch registration and/or changes

Pizza lunch registration has now re-opened for a limited time only. If you would like to sign your child up for pizza lunch or if you would like to increase the number of slices your child receives, please go to https://www.palmerstonpizzalunch.com/order-now to place your order.
Deadline to order is January 8This is the last time we will be accepting changes/new additions for the remainder of the year. 
New registrations:
1 slice = $54
2 slices = $69
3 slices = $84
*pizza lunch also includes carrots and a cookie
Increase in # of slices:
Increase to 2 slices = $15
Increase to 3 slices = $30