Saturday, 15 October 2016

Week of Oct 17th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Everything you can imagine is real." 
                                                                                                                     ~ Pablo Picasso

What great weather we had this weekend however it looks like rain may take over this week!  We have lots of outdoor events this week including Cross Country and Jr Boys Slo-pitch.

We also have our WE day club participating in the big WE day event at the ACC.  We look forward to having our students participate in events to help others.

Just a reminder that with wet weather, please have extra clothing like socks and indoor shoes to help keep the kids dry.

Have a marvelous week!
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Cross Country: Monday Oct 17th and Friday Oct 21st

Cross Country Families,
Our first race is tomorrow on Monday Oct 17th at Earl Bales Park.

Estimated Race times are as follows

Gr. 1 Girls 10:00                                               Gr. 1 Boys 10:10                                         
Gr. 2 Girls 10:20                                               Gr. 2 Boys 10:30
Gr. 3 Girls 10:40                                               Gr. 3 Boys 10:55
Gr. 4 Girls 11:10                                               Gr. 4 Boys 11:30
Gr. 5 Girls 11:50                                               Gr. 5 Boys 12:10
Gr. 6 Girls 12:30                                               Gr. 6 Boys 12:50
Gr. 7 Girls 1:10                                                Gr. 7 Boys 1:40
Gr. 8 Girls 2:10                                                 Gr. 8 Boys 2:40
More race day details are attached.  Please read carefully

Go Bessborough!

Lunchtime Programs:

Lunch Programs begin this week! Just a reminder to those children who normally go home for lunch to bring a lunch for that day.

Any questions?  Contact Jacqui Dickens at or Laura Rumble at

Gr 7 & 8 Immunizations - Thurs Oct 20th

Every year, Toronto Public Health provides free vaccination to Grade 7 students in the schools.  

This year, the Ministry has expanded the human papillomavirus immunization program to include boys. This is the last year they will offer the human papillomavirus vaccination to Grade 8 girls in the school program.

Three vaccines will be offered for all Grade 7 students, including: 
  • meningococcal ACYW-135, 1 dose (mandatory for school attendance) 
  • human papillomavirus, 2 doses - 6 months apart 
  • hepatitis B, 2 doses - 6 months apart
Bessborough immunization clinic will take place on Thursday October 20th, all day in the library. Consent forms were sent in the First Day of School Package.  If you did not receive it, please find the forms and information about the vaccines at 

Choices for 9 Parent Presentations
This year the grade 8 students will begin to explore and understand the overall transitioning process from Grade 8 to 9.    There will be a parent information session on Thursday, October 20th from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the North Gym at Northlea EMS (305 Rumsey Road).   It is highly recommended that all grade 8 families attend this very important meeting.  This session will provide information about key dates, timelines, Optional Attendance procedures, Secondary School programs and requirements, Secondary School Open House dates and times, Course Selection and much more.  Grade 7 parents who are interested in learning about this process are also welcome to attend.  For those parents unable to attend this session, an online offering using adobe connect will be scheduled in November, date to be confirmed.
Student information sessions are taking place throughout the month of October.  Students will continue to learn about the Specialized Programs offered at various high schools.   The goal of these sessions is to provide every grade 8 student and their family the information they need to make an informed and confident decisions regarding their secondary school program.
Upcoming High School/Specialized Information Nights - ( May be of interest)

Secondary Schools

Leaside High School
December  8
North Toronto  
December 14    
Northern Secondary School
January  19

Math and Science Focus
Marc Garneau (TOPS-Talented Offerings for Programs in the Sciences )November 17:00
William Lyon Mackenzie (MACS-Math, Computer Science)November 37:00
Danforth Tech ( Mast-Math, Science, Technology)November 87:00
John Polanyi  (SMR-Science Math& Robotics)November 246:30

Arts focus
Claude Watson School of the ArtsNovember 26:00
Rosedale Heights School of the ArtsNovember 176:15 and 7:00
Wexford School of the Arts
November 8 (Visual and Media)
November 9 ( Performing)
Don Mills –Cyber ArtsNovember 22   8:00

International Baccalaureate
Monarch Park CINovember 15   7 :00
Victoria Park CINovember 165:30 and 7:00
Thank you again for your support as we begin the transitioning journey.   If there are any questions or concerns please contact me.

Bianca Angheloni

Elementary Itinerant Counsellor

Bedford Park P.S (416) 393-9424

Northlea EMS (416) 396-2395

Bessborough EMS (416) 396-2315

Save the Date - Start your Planning Early

Saturday June 10th - Lawn Bowling Social

Grade 7 Meet & Greet
Calling all Grade 7 parents!  You are invited to a Meet & Greet THIS Monday October 17th at 7pm at the Leaside Pub.  Come have a drink and meet grade 7 families, catch up with old friends and chat with Bessborough staff.  See you there!

Fundraising Committee Brainstorming
At Bessborough we run a lot of amazing fundraisers but we want to drain your brain for more great ideas to help give back to the school and have fun with our community.  If you are addicted to Pinterest or HGTV, love planning your family and friends’ events, or have suggestions for new and exciting things we could do, please come out THIS Tuesday, October 18th for a brainstorming session.  The Fundraising Committee is looking for your perspective and ideas.  New to our school?  Come for an hour, meet our creative parents and share your ideas.  Please email Jennifer O’Donnell at to let her know you are keen.

Dance-a-thon is just around the corner - Monday, October 31st  
Look out for pledge forms which will be coming home this week.  Tax receipts are available for donations over $25.  Students who raise $25 or more will also receive a glow ring at the dance!  Please email Stacey Niman at if you can help out on the day of this event.  The kids typically raise about $5,000 for the school and love the dancing!   
Clean Your Eaves, Help the School!
Having a hard time seeing the connection?  Our friends at Jiffy are extending their exclusive Men With Axes offer to us all - have your eaves cleaned for $115 (based on a 2,500 sq ft home) and Jiffy will donate $50 to Bessborough Home & School.  We all need to get rid of those fall leaves, so why not help out the school at the same time?  If 50 people take advantage of this offer, Jiffy will donate $2,500!  Book your eaves cleaning by Friday October 28th and use the promo code menwithaxes so Jiffy can track the jobs!

Police Checks
A reminder that if you want to volunteer in the school or attend a class trip, you need to have a valid police check.  Request a form from the office or ask your class parent for a PDF version of the form.  It must be filled out and printed in legal size and handed in to the office in a sealed envelope with a $20 certified cheque or money order made out to Toronto Police Services.  If you’ve already done a police check, you still need to verify your ‘Clear’ status every year.  Declarations can be done via email to Renee Cronier at

Kindie Cocktails!
Enjoy cocktails and conversation outside of the yard!  The Kindergarten Welcome Night is on Thursday October 27th from 7:30-10:30pm.  This is a wonderful chance to chat with other parents and Bessborough staff over a few drinks and great food in a relaxing environment.  Kindly hosted by Alison and Cameron Steinman, 80 Cameron Crescent.  

It’s Easy being Green
Bessborough wants to go more green!  We are looking for parent volunteers to be part of the Eco Schools Initiative.  This is a board-mandated group of teachers, kids and parents who will meet on occasion and determine, initiate and support activities to make our school more environmentally friendly.  Contact Stacey Niman at if you’re interested.

Appreciation Corner
A HUGE shout out to all the guys who helped make Men with Axes such a big success - Tyler Lang, Shane Skillen, Wes Zimmerman, Kiran Patel, Cam Roberts, Pavel Stoev, Kevin Robinson, Tony Hammill, Aron Arat, Dave Assals, Chris Maissan and Chad Iwata.
A belated thanks also goes out to our Street Crawl Hosts for opening their homes for this annual event - Heather & Peter Bolt, Alison & Cameron Steinman and Cabrina & Shane Skillen.
And finally to Cabrina Skillen and Lauren Morgan who are heading up all our Social Series events this year and to outgoing chair Remy Lang.  Thanks everyone!

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