February 9, 2018
The Ministry of Education has asked regional school boards and school authorities to collect information about how well children are prepared for success in school. The Ministry of Education has contracted with The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University to lead the data collection and analysis.
To achieve positive outcomes for students, it is important that education policies, programs and practices are based on evidence. As such, it is necessary for the ministry to collect, analyse and report on information from schools. If you would like to learn more about how the Ministry of Education uses data, please visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/about/access.html.
What will take place?
Kindergarten teachers will complete questionnaires for all children in Year 2 kindergarten (SK) during March 2018. The questionnaire, called the Early Development Instrument (EDI), measures children’s developmental well-being. It was developed at McMaster University with the help of principals and kindergarten teachers.
This will NOT involve your time or your child’s time, nor does it take away from classroom time. Your child’s teacher is given time to complete the questionnaires.
The questionnaire is NOT a test, nor a tool for diagnosing a particular child’s learning challenges. It will NOT become part of your child’s school record. The results will focus on groups of children only, and not on individual children.
All care has been taken to protect your child’s privacy. No data or records will be available or identifiable by name. The data will be stored at the Ministry of Education and treated with the high level of security that is applied to all student information in Ontario. The data will be accessible only to the project team to produce findings about groups of children that will be used by both the community and the school system to support effective programming. Any publications that may result from this collection will not identify individual children.
Grade 8 graduation photos will be taking place on Tuesday February 13th in the morning. Students are encouraged to wear a white collared shirt that will be seen through the top of the graduation gown and come groomed for the photo.
Due to it’s success, we will be extending the Breakfast For Lunch option catered by TovLi on Fridays for the coming months of March and April.
If interested, please login to your school cash online account to order. Students have the choice of either French Toast Souffle or a Full Breakfast (scrambled eggs, bagel, potatoes, cucumbers and tomato.)
Hey Rosedale, it’s Ryan Vinderine, your Vice President of the Environment, here! I just wanted to thank all of the families that donated winter clothing to the Eco Team Used Clothing Drive. We filled up 19 garbage bags of clothing! Our head of Eco, Ms. Nishio, just went a few days ago to drop off the clothing at the New Circles Glow Charity, and they were thrilled with the great job that we did. They were so happy that our school was able to help so many families that are new immigrants to our country. So to all of member of our community that donated, a big thank you!
Also, don’t forget, try your best to send your kids in with reusable containers for lunch! Help us help the environment by reducing our waste. Let’s try to make everyday a Litterless Lunch.
Sincerely, Ryan Vinderine
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:
- WWF-Canada blog http://blog.wwf.ca/?s=climate+change&search=go
- NASA: Climate Change https://climate.nasa.gov/
Thursday February 1st is our lice check for grades 1-6.
Friday February 2nd is a PA Day – no school for students.
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! “
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.
Students in Kindergarten thru Grade 6 will be having a lice check at school on Thursday February 1st.
There is no cost to families.