Friday, 27 January 2017

Week of Jan 30th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"This New Year may you have the courage to march forward without hesitation to realize all your dreams and ambitions. "      
                                                                                                                                   ~ Chinese New Year 

Xin nian kuai le to those who celebrate the Chinese New Year! We hope you enjoy this joyous time.

Our weather has been quite mild which resulted in muddy fields and large puddles.  Please bring a pair of indoor shoes to help keep our floors and carpets clean.  A change of clothes for the younger grades is also highly recommended.

We have had a team come in to wipe down many rooms in the school as we've had many students ill with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.  Please keep students home if they are sick to prevent the spread of illness.

Just a reminder that there is supervision in both the North and South yard in the morning from 8:40 am till the bell. Please remember that if your child arrives after Oh Canada, please have them sign in at the office before going to class.

Have a super week!
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Upcoming Activities:

Please check our school calendar for upcoming activities:
  • Parents Only Math Night (Feb 8)
  • Winter Activity Day (Feb 16) - permission forms will be going home soon
  • Gr 6 Sheldon Outdoor Ed Trip (Feb 21-24)
  • Gr 8 Graduation Trip (June 12 - 16) - Register this weekend! Parents can register online at even if you are not making a payment.
  • Blue Jays game (April 20) - Save the date! (Note:  We will let teachers know how many parent volunteers each class will need.  Parent volunteers will need to pay for their own ticket and TTC).
For other important events please view our school calendar at . You can subscribe to our calendar by clicking on the + Google Calendar sign at the bottom right of the calendar.

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018:
February 16 & 17 2017

Kindergarten registration will take place on Thursday February 16th & Friday February 17th. If you know of parents who are registering their child, please ask them to call the office to book an appointment for registration.

More information can be found on our school website!

Yearbook Committee

The yearbook committee is looking for your photos!  Don't forget to send them in.

The Yearbook Committee is holding a winter photography contest.  All students are invited to enter.  Simply snap a photo of your favourite winter wonderland scene and email it to   

We are looking for photos that do not show people's faces.   Contest closes January 31.   

Wellness Group 

This week, the Wellness announcements focused on ways to demonstrate respect. Our Mindful Minute on Progressive Muscle Relaxation can be found here Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise 

During our meeting this week, students discussed mental health and the Bell Let's Talk campaign. We then created speech bubbles filled with words of encouragement. Students posted the speech bubbles around the school for inspiration. 

Parents Only Math Night / Home & School Update

Just a reminder that we have our Parent Only Math Night on Wednesday February 8th 2017 from 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm.

Please register at  by February 5th 2017.

From the Athletic Council:

This week, intramurals will be Grade fives Thursday at lunch, and grade sixes Friday at lunch. Students participating will be picked up from the lunchroom at 12:00 and brought to the big gym to begin their second intramural. Please make sure they are prepared with proper shoes and a lunch.

This coming Monday the Bessborough Athletic Council be holding Bessborough’s first ever Movement Matters. We will be in the big gym at 8:20am and are inviting all grades 1-6 to have some fun and get exercise. Hope to see you there!
Hey parents! 

We have started a new program this year at Bessborough! It is called Movement Matters! This is for grades 1-6. We will be in the big gym at 8:20am where we will be playing games and getting some exercise. If your child is in daycare we will pick them up from daycare. We have gone around to the 1-6 classes so they should have a understanding of what the program is!

Get ready as it starts this Monday morning!

Join Folkfest!

Folkfest is back at Bessborough starting this Feb. 7.

Folkfest is a club for students in Grades 3 – 6. Each week, students will learn a new folk dance.

On May 16 (rain date May 18), there is a Folkfest event at East York Collegiate for Folkfest clubs all over the TDSB.  Hundreds of students come to the event and perform the dances they have learned together.

Folkfest will take place on Tuesdays after lunch is eaten. Children will be escorted to the big gym at 12:05.

If you are interested, please fill out this form and return it to your teacher by Monday, February 6.  We hope to see you there!

Ms. Cook and Ms. Willoughby

Forest of Reading Update

Have a look at the following links to see what students are doing in the Forest of Reading:                               

Bessborough Library     @Bessborough_FOR

The kids are enjoying the books - can't keep them on the shelves!

School Clubs
Many staff have dedicated their time to provide opportunities for students to be leaders, have an impact at the school or community. Please see the schedule below for the clubs and times these are available.

Name of Club
Teachers Involved
Student Grade/Division Applicable
Day of the Week
Time of Day
Tech Committee
Ms Surdivall
Ms Collins
Ms Rosenbloom
Rm 10
All year - lunch (Mondays)
Smoothie Chat (Aka Girls’ Group)
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ho
Staff Room
Wed All year- before school
Movie Making Club
Mr King
Ms Reid
Wednesday after school starting in January
Ms Thurow
Rm 17
Wednesdays after school
We Club
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Angheloni
Rm 31
Every Friday at lunch
Ms Cook
Ms Willoughby
Tues lunch Feb - May
Primary STEM
Ms Ho
Mr King
Rm 1
Wed October-May
Library ambassadors
Ms Surdivall
Rm 10
Tuesday, all year, lunch
Thursdays, all year, lunch
Junior Boys Club
Mr Baker
Rm 11
Thursdays @ beginning of lunch
ECO club
Ms Gamm
Ms Pornaras
Rm 2
Thursday @ lunch Jan-May
Concert Band
Mr McMillan
Ms Collins
Music Room
Thursdays after school (3:25-4:25), all year
Student Engagement
Ms Angheloni
Ms Ciobanu
Ms Wong
6 to 8
Rm 31
Thursday @ Lunch
Wellness Group
Ms Buksner
Rm 9
Wednesdays, Lunch
Junior Girls Club
Ms Wong
Ms Azodi
Rm 12
Tuesdays @ Lunch - 12 pm start

Trustee Gerri Gershon - Update

For more information visit

H&S General Meeting Update
There will be a brief update on Home & School activities in our February 8th Parent's Only Math Night at 6:45pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Appreciation Corner
A big THANK YOU to Sheila Allen and Tracy Sheppard for all their efforts in organizing the inaugural Leaside Cup being held on February 10th, which will feature our grade 5/6 hockey team competing against Rolph Road and Bennington.  Next year it will grow to include Northlea, St. Anselm’s and Maurice Cody.  They’ve even organized Councillor Jon Burnside and Leaside Hall of Fame hockey player Annie Fahlenbock to present the Leaside Cup.  It is sure to be a fantastic community event.  Go Bessborough!  

Visit now for details on all of this and more!