School Council Meeting

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Just a reminder that the next Council meeting is on Wednesday, November 29th, 6-7pm, in the school library.  As always, there will be childcare and a light meal provided.

We plan to discuss and accept volunteers for the Playground Fundraising Committee and hope to rally troops for the Holiday Luncheon.  We’ll hear an update from Principal Marsh and take suggestions for fun winter initiatives (ie charity drives, family skating) and fundraising opportunities.

We hope to see you there!

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Get Your Niagara Ts!

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Get your very own school t-shirt!  For $15 you and/or your child can take home a cool keepsake… a memento…. a souvenir that will evoke all the fond memories of elementary school.  What a nice way to remember those wonderful years at the ‘Little School with the Big Heart’!

Get yours now!

PIAC Conference

TDSB’s Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) invites all TDSB parents/guardians to take part in their upcoming conference.  Join other parents/guardians and take part in informative workshops on topics related to parenting, student learning, and school councils.

FREE registration!  This includes a light breakfast and lunch, childminding, translation services, transportation, workshops, keynote address, and information marketplace.

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Haig Secondary School, 100 Princess Avenue, North York

Child-minding, Interpretation and busing will be available through online registration only.  Today is the last day to register online.

If you have any questions, please contact conference@torontopiac.com

TFSS Sight and Sound Clinic

The Toronto Foundation for Student Success Sight and Sound Clinic will be at Niagara on Wednesday December 6th.

Students brought information home last week.  For those who wish to participate, this is a gentle reminder to return forms along with the fee money to the office no later than Wednesday, November 22nd.

 

Bake Sale Dough

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Halloween Bake Sale.

There were so many wonderfully artistic  creations!  The kids and I had a lot of fun making them but I’m sure they were even more fun to eat.

The School Council made a whopping $574 – thanks Linda!  That’s a whole lotta dough …. and a lotta monster eyeball cookies and rice crispie headstones!

Making Sense of Math

Professor Trevor Brown was guest speaker at the special Ward 10 meeting a couple of weeks ago.  His talk on “Making Sense of Math” was very enlightening.

As parents we want the best for our children particularly when it comes to their education.  We cross our fingers and hope they get the best teacher, best program, best grades to get into the best school… ‘Best’ is a relative term however, and, in terms of learning, is different for everyone. Turns out there is more than one method to answer any given question or problem. In fact there is often more than one answer. It’s all about perspective, creativity and thinking outside of the box.

Anyone can memorize their Time Tables but understanding the methodology and meaning behind them will develop a deeper understanding and create a firm foundation for next level learning.  The idea of mental math strategies and other research based learning techniques are changing how math is being (or should be) taught.

In the words of Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of ‘youcubed’ (see link below):

  1.  Everyone can learn math to the highest levels
  2. Mistakes are valuable
  3. Questions are really important
  4. Math is about creativity and making sense
  5. Math is about connections and communicating
  6. Depth is much more important than speed
  7. Math class is about learning not performing

Any child can succeed and learn to actually enjoy math, we just need to put in some effort and provide encouragement.  If the educational system hasn’t yet mathematically enlightened your child then perhaps these Professor Brown approved links below can help.

Youcubed -Math course

nrich.maths.org

Canadian Math Kangaroo

Math Forum at NCTM

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