Just a quick update to share some of the news from in and around the school as well as upcoming events…...
‘Water Does Wonders’ - our students have been encouraged to drink water instead of ‘sugary drinks’ at school as part of our ongoing ‘Healthy Kids’ focus. We have already ‘made the pledge’ to substitute ‘juice’ with ‘milk and water’ in our daily breakfast program, and the students are making great use of the additional ‘water filling station’ recently installed, courtesy of ‘Healthy Kids Burlington’ . Tecumseh is labeled a ‘Healthy School’ as a result of our ongoing effort to promote healthy, active living!
Reminding everyone of the importance of ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Make A Difference’, plans are in progress to have students participate in ‘acts of kindness’ in February to spread some goodwill in our community. Special cards will be created in each class, with older students helping younger ones, for recipients that include seniors in nearby retirement homes; children at McMaster Sick Kids as well as ‘Valentines for Veterans’. We also will include our appreciations to two local churches [Port Nelson ; Burlington Alliance] and two helpful schools [Eastview and CR Beaudoin] for their generous donations recently.
A charity ‘staff - student’ basketball game’ to support the annual ‘Halton Learning Foundation’ drive is also in the works!
Upcoming Spirit Day -January 27 Favourite Book Character!
…...So lots of greats things happening in the school!
Student Learning is our ongoing focus as always. February is report card month and teachers will begin constructing these reports in the next few weeks to communicate about student progress. Parents can expect reports coming home at the end of that month.
...and a gentle reminder that Friday February 3rd is a PA Day [no classes for students] for staff.
On Thursday, December 15th Tecumseh will be hosting our winter concert. There will be one afternoon and one evening performance with a short intermission in each. Parents and Family are welcome to attend either performance. Show times are as follows:
K-3 performances - afternoon 1:45 - 2:00 pm; evening 6:15 - 6:30 pm
Gr 4-8 performances - afternoon 2:10 - 3:00 pm; evening 6:40 - 7:30 pm.
Please help make a difference and consider adding to our 'Tree Of Warmth [hats, mittens, etc] or bring in a non-perishable food item for the Food Drive as well!
Literacy; Math; and Equity / Well Being [which includes 'healthy kids'; 'mental health'; 'bullying prevention'; 'safe, inclusive and positive school culture'].
The Ministry of Education and the Halton District School Board work closely together to assist the school level planning work using the 'School Effectiveness Framework' - a tool principals use to help develop the various aspects of the plan with the staff. It is most important to always start with 'student need' in each category, then determine the appropriate student / staff action to implement the plan. Parents are of course key partners in their child's learning which is why parent - teacher communication is such an important part of our work. The 2016-17 plan is attached for your reference.
Link to our plan is attached below!
Please find attached information regarding the Occupational Therapy Program coming to Tecumseh P.S.
In support of Terry Fox, Tecumseh is planning our ‘School Run’ on Tuesday October 4th after lunch break. Students are invited to donate any loose change up to that day [for the collection jar] for Cancer Research. For larger donations, families are encouraged to donate using a ‘cashless’ approach, on the Terry Fox’ website [see attachment below], which will also provide a tax receipt directly to you. Almost $1000 has been donated so far, which is fabulous! Thank you for helping us to ‘make a difference’!
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. We believe it not only gives students the energy they need to learn, but also teaches them about healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. The Tecumseh Breakfast program which will begin on is available everyday to our students in grades 1 - 8. A variety of nutritious options will be provided from in the gymnasium. Students in kindergarten will enjoy healthy breakfast options in their classrooms upon morning entry. A special thanks to our partners, Halton For Food Thought, for supporting this program!
Please click on the attached 'PDF' for our welcome back message...looking forward to a great year!
As part of our ongoing school improvement plans, we strive to align our school purchases and initiatives to address the top priorities with respect to student learning at Tecumseh. Here are a few of the specific highlights this year:
- increasing the focus on '21st century learning' by increasing the technology inventory across the grades. This is an ongoing goal! Staff and students increasingly have more access to portable ipads and chromebooks with primary classrooms all providing ipad learning centers, ceiling mounted data projectors and document cameras. Our jr / int students have access to dozens of chromebooks and SMART Board technology.
Special thanks to the Halton Learning Foundation for providing over $3000 to help us top up the chromebook inventory...HLF is a consistent partner to our school in helping remove barriers to learning for students.
- our school library underwent a major renovation to improve lighting, upgrade furniture / seating and incorporate an open concept design. Still in progress, this also included adding a new data projector and replacing the old computer stations with new chromebooks.
- investing in a significant new literacy resource to support progressive 'inquiry based learning' in our primary literacy program [grade KG - 3]
For a general overview of school budget expenditures this year, please see the attached PDF.