Happy New Year

All the best for a joyous holiday and a happy, healthy and safe new year.

School begins Monday January 7.

School Council will hold its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday January 16th, 7pm in the library. All are welcome.

Update on labour relations at Manor Park

The elementary teachers union has announced a one day strike for Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Manor Park Public School will be closed on this day, there will be no bus service, and the before and after school care programs will also be closed.

Parents should have received details in a telephone message from the school board.

Please consult the school board website at www.ocdsb.ca for more information.

For background information on the labour dispute, please go to the People for Education website: www.peopleforeducation.ca

Thank you for Fall Fundraisers!

A quick thank you to the organizer, volunteers and supporters of the QSP Magazine Fundraiser and the Scholastic Book Fair. Both were great fundraisers for the Home and School Association, which raises funds to improve the educational experience of all students at Manor Park.

Without the dedication of volunteers and support of the school community, we would not have such things as musical chimes, new books for the library, and special equipment and activities for our children.

There are countless ways to make a difference at Manor Park. Here are a few:
– May Fair volunteers
– Pizza volunteers
– Grant writing
– In-class support
– School yard greening committee
– Badminton Club
– Shelving books in the library
To get involved, please drop us an email at: manorparkschoolcouncil@yahoo.ca


Important Registration Dates for School

Each year, there is a Kindergarten registration period, a student transfer period for the elementary and secondary panels, and a French Immersion program registration period.

The following timelines will apply for the 2013-2014 school year:

Kindergarten Registration Period – Monday, January 28 to Friday, February 1, 2013

Elementary Student Transfer Application Period – Monday, February 11 to Friday, February 22, 2013

Secondary Student Transfer Application Period – Monday, February 11 to Friday, February 22, 2013

Middle French Immersion Registration Period – Tuesday, February 19 to Monday, February 25, 2013

The information can also be found on the Board’s website: www.ocdsb.ca.

Kindergarten classes need outdoor toys

Our kindie classes have been enjoying the use of their new play structure but with the arrival of the winter weather the structure is now closed to ensure the safety of our students.

Kindies still have loads of space to run around and play inside the yard but could use a few extra items to make recess time fun for all. Listed below are the top picks the teachers have put together.

This is a terrific way to pass along the toys that are no longer being played with at home knowing that they will get great use by all the students in our kindie classes.

Please drop off your gently used outdoor toys by the storage shed located inside the fence of the kindergarten yard (opposite corner of the play structure).

Kindie Toy Wish List:
•snow shovels and block molds for building •toboggans (for cross country activities, not downhill) •hockey nets and soccer balls
•sand toys – buckets, shovels, sifters, mill, trucks •balls (soft)
•basketball hoops and balls
•sidewalk chalk
•trays and wands for bubbles
•robust magnifying glasses for exploration
•storage totes

Information about teacher labour issues from Manor Park School Principal

The following is a letter from Principal Shari Brodie to the parents/guardians of students at Manor Park school. If parents/guardians have questions about this information, please call Shari Brodie or attend the January parent council meeting.

November 30, 2012

Dear Parents or Guardians:
I want to bring you up to date on the status of our labour relations issues.

The elementary teachers and occasional teachers union (ETFO) will begin a work to rule strategy on Monday, December 3, 2012. All regular classroom instruction will continue as usual; teachers will be in the classroom performing their instructional and supervisory duties. However, teachers will not participate in administrative and non-instructional duties such as extra-curricular activities, field trips, meetings, professional development, provincial assessments, and any activities that occur outside of the regular school day. Teachers will be only available to discuss student issues with parents during the school day.

Beginning on Monday, after school and lunch time clubs, sports and activities will not be supported by teachers and may not operate. School based evening activities such as concerts, plays, and parent nights may be rescheduled to take place during the school day. School council meetings will continue as scheduled.

The elementary teachers union is planning to hold a one-day walk-out in every school district across the province. To ensure student safety in the event of a one-day walk-out, our elementary schools will be closed for the school day. We expect to have 72 hours notice of a walk-out and will communicate information through the media and via telephone voice message. Parents should make childcare arrangements for their child(ren) as students will not be able to attend the school.
Extended day programs operated by the district will be closed. Before and after school programs operated by other service providers may also be affected. Parents should contact their service provider/program coordinator to confirm whether their program will operate.

I understand the challenges this may create for you. At this time, we expect any walk-out to be limited to one day only. We will continue to provide information as soon as it becomes available. Regular updates about the status of the labour disruption are posted on the district website www.ocdsb.ca.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Shari Brodie