Archive | January 2018

Sweater Day – tomorrow!

Wear your comfiest sweater tomorrow and support our Eco Team.

The school’s temperature will be lowered by 2 degrees so make sure to wear an extra later to keep warm.

Ms Agnew’s class will be selling hot chocolate in the front lobby at morning recess for $1.  Proceeds will be going to Sick Kids Hospital.

For more information on Climate Change visit:

  1. WWF-Canada blog
  2. NASA: Climate Change

2017 Second Hottest Year


Thursday February 1st is our lice check for grades 1-6.

Friday February 2nd is a PA Day – no school for students.

The Countdown to Rosedale Sweater Day begins…..

As part of a school wide Eco Team initiative, Rosedale will take part in the World Wildlife Federation (“WWF”) Sweater Day on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  We will be joining millions of other Canadians that day by lowering our heat and wearing a warm sweater to school.  Please note, that the school heating will be lowered by 2°C, and students are advised to bring an extra sweater or warm layer to school that day.


According to WWF:

“National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – that’s equivalent to shutting down a 600 megawatt coal-fired power station or taking nearly 700,000 cars off the road! “


For more information, visit the WWF National Sweater Day webpage at .

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This date was designated by resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2005. The day is an international day for the victims of the Nazi holocaust, which saw the murder of 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma people, and 15000 people who were LGBTQ. January 27 was selected because it is the date when Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.


Samuel Bak was born on August 2, 1933 in Vilna (or Vilnius), Poland. A few years later the area was incorporated into the independent republic of Lithuania. He was eight when the Germans invaded in 1941 and established a ghetto for the Jewish population. At first he and his parents hid in a local monastery; when the Germans grew suspicious, they escaped to the ghetto. Bak began painting while still a child, and prompted by the well-known Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever held his first exhibition (in the Vilna ghetto) in 1942 at the age of nine. From the ghetto the family was sent to a labor camp on the outskirts of the city. His mother escaped and took refuge with a distant relative who had converted to Christianity and was living undetected in Vilna. Then Bak’s father managed to save his son by dropping him in a sack out of a ground floor window of the warehouse where he was working; he was met by a maid and brought to the house where his mother was hiding. His father was shot by the Germans in July 1944, a few days before Soviet troops liberated the city. His four grandparents had earlier been executed at the killing site outside Vilna called Ponary.

After the war, the young Bak continued painting at the Displaced Person camp in Landsberg, Germany (1945 – 1948), where he also studied painting in Munich. In 1948, he and his mother emigrated to Israel, where he studied for a year at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. After fulfilling his military service, he spent three years (1956 – 1959) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He then moved to Rome (1959 – 1966), returned to Israel (1966 – 1974), and lived for a time (1974 – 1977) in New York City. There followed years in Israel and Paris, then a long stay (1984 – 1993) in Switzerland. Since 1993 Bak has lived and worked outside Boston, in Weston, Massachusetts.

Samuel Bak’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries and hang in public collections in England, the United States, Israel, Germany and Switzerland. Many recent works may be viewed at the Pucker Gallery in Boston.

Lice Checks

Students in Kindergarten thru Grade 6 will be having a lice check at school on Thursday February 1st.

There is no cost to families.

Message From The Trustee

With report cards coming home, this is a good time of year to review your child’s progress and to set goals for the rest of the school year.


As trustees, our goals are set out in the Board Multi-Year Plan. In the coming months, trustees will be reviewing and updating this plan. This process will include opportunities for public input, and trustees will be out in the communities talking about this. More information will be shared about this in the spring.


Developing and reviewing the Multi-Year Plan is just one of our responsibilities as publicly elected officials. Trustee responsibilities also include hiring the Director of Education, setting Board policies and the annual budget, and communicating with the public.


This is a good time to learn more about the role of trustees with the next municipal election taking place later this year on October 22, 2018. York Region District School Board has 12 trustees, elected by ratepayers. As a trustee, listening and communicating with families is an important part of my role. Students, families and members of the public are welcome to attend and observe any public Board, Advisory or Board Committee meetings and to share their views with us on policy and Board governance.


As we move into the second half of the year, I hope that you are seeing evidence of your child’s learning and progress, and finding opportunities to get involved in their learning and the life of the school.


I wish you all the best for a successful second term.

A Message to Families About Possible Exposure to Pediculosis (Head Lice)


 Dear Parents/Guardians,


Your child may have come into contact with a student who has pediculosis (head lice). Head lice are common in school-aged children. They are not considered to be a communicable disease and do not cause illness, however they are a nuisance and can spread easily.  Anyone can get them.


The attached information sheet from the Canadian Pediatric Society contains more information about the identification, treatment and prevention of head lice.  


We encourage you to check your child’s head. If your child has nits (eggs) and/or live lice, we request that you notify the school and apply treatment as soon as possible. We have a treatment form/letter that will need to be completed. Your child can continue to attend school when they are free of live pediculosis and when treatment has begun.


For further information about head lice, please contact York Region Health Connections at 1-800-361-5653.






Vincent Anania                            Julia Waiser

Principal                                    Vice Principal


Munsch Show KG-2

Please be reminded that students in Kindergarten to Grade 2 will be entertained by Solar Stage tomorrow with their production of Munschworks!  If you have yet to do so, please ensure you have made the requested payment through school cash online.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Just a few reminders from Mr. Anania, Mrs. Waiser and our Eco-Team VP

Dear Parents/Guardians,

  1. Tomorrow is January 19 and it is a Professional Activity Day for elementary schools in York Region. There is no school for students tomorrow.
  2. We have had students in all grades who have missed school this week while being sick or ill.  We remind parents and guardians to be extra cautious when children are not feeling well and in most cases, keeping a child home for a day or two is the safest and healthiest option (when possible). And remember, when children have an upset stomach or fever while at school, we will call the parent, guardian or emergency contact to have the child picked up from the Health Room in the Main Office.
  3. Our 5th Day of Pink is on Friday, January 26, 2018. Remind students that we wear pink to send a clear message that we are trustful, inclusive, and we always accept people for who they are.
  4. Please take the time to review the attached minutes from our December 2017 School Council Meeting.

School Council Meeting – Minutes – Dec 4 2017

Clothing Drive  


Hey Rosedale parents and guardians! This is the Eco Vice President, Ryan Vinderine. I just wanted to tell you about a great initiative that the Eco team is organizing. It is a Winter Clothing Drive! We will be collecting clean, gently worn winter clothing for the New Circles Glow charity. Please bring your clothing donation to the school foyer during the week of January 22-26, 2018. This is a great way to help the environment by recycling your clothes, as well as, to help others in our community. To learn more about the New Circle Glow charity, please visit the website: .


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