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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Thorncliffe Families:


Happy New Year!  In reflecting upon December we would like to thank our many friends and supporters, such as the staff and students at Michael A. Kostek School and Victory Church on the Rock who provided Christmas hampers to many of our families, and LaFarge Construction who provided gifts to all of our students! Thank you parents for all of the wonderful treats you sent for class celebrations; for helping on field trips; and for coming out to enjoy and support our Christmas Concert. Your talented children put on a tremendous show!


As always we welcome parental involvement and input at Thorncliffe school. Our January PAC Meeting is returning to an evening time, and will be held in the Thorncliffe staff room on Monday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. Even if you have never attended Parent Council meetings before, please join us. You will be entered to win a Tim Horton’s gift card simply by being in attendance.


With a few colder days in the forecast, I would like to review our cold weather policies. Please send your children to school dressed in a toque; scarf; thick mitts/gloves; a warm jacket; snow pants; and warm boots. Conditions change throughout the day and what might look like an indoor recess day can change if we have a reduction of wind or increase in temperature. On days where the temperature reaches -23 degrees (Environment Canada) including the wind chill, students are allowed to enter the building through their regular recess/entry doors immediately when they arrive at school. Teachers are on supervision at 8:20 a.m. so please plan to arrive no earlier that this. On these inclement days, morning and afternoon recesses are held indoors. Supervisors remain inside the building and Grade 6 leaders go to classrooms where students have a selection of activities and recess games to choose from. Our Ambassadors in Play and Intramural programs are also in place so that students get physical activity in the gym.


At lunch on cold days, students eat as per usual in their designated lunch rooms and have indoor activities and clubs after lunch.  If your child is going home for lunch, he/she should return to school just before the afternoon classes resume at 12:20 and buzz in at the front doors to gain entry.


We are looking forward to focused effort and strong student achievement in January, as students approach the halfway point in their school year. I wish you all the very best in 2018!


Yours in Education,


Mrs. Susan Tywoniuk

Principal, Thorncliffe School