Saturday, 11 February 2017

Week of Feb 13th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Happy people focus on what they have. Unhappy people focus on what's missing."                                                                                                                                   ~ Andrew Matthews

From freezing rain to beautiful walking weather!  We hope you enjoyed it! 

Just a reminder to have an extra pair of clothes and indoor shoes as the grounds become very wet and muddy.  This will help keep our floors and carpets clean throughout the school.

Our Winter Activity Day is Thursday Feb. 16th and is part of our Health & Physical Education program.  If your child is not planning on attending and not on an early Family Day weekend vacation, students are expected to be at school.  Please notify the school via phone (416) 396.2315 or email at and reason for your child's absence.

Friday is also a PA Day for all students so enjoy the long family weekend!

Have a phenomenal week!

~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

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!

Wellness Group 

This week's wellness announcements focused on ways to stay stress-free at school. During our meeting this week, the Wellness Group watched a video about test anxiety, then we discussed strategies to help alleviate stress leading up to and during tests. We will be sharing some of our best suggestions during the morning announcement next week.  
On Wednesday, we did our breathing exercises for the Mindful Minute. Here is the link: 

Parents Only Math Night 

Thank you for those who were able to attend! It was great to see such an active group and hear some good discussions occur at the tables.  

You can view the presentation (and see other items not covered).  Visit --> Presentations to access it and other materials.

Here is a copy of the presentation.  Feel free to email if you have any questions about supporting your child with math. 

Yearbook Committee

Winter Activity Day Photos

The Bessborough Yearbook Committee is looking for some photos of the upcoming Winter Activity Day for the yearbook. If any parent volunteers have an opportunity to snap a couple pics this coming Thursday, we would love you to share them with us.   

Please send your best quality photos to Be sure to send the largest file size you have (best resolution) or if sending from your iPhone, please send “Actual Size”.  We’re always looking for photos, so send any you want to share from any other recent school event too. For any questions, please email Sue Thurow at or Corey Ferguson at

From the Athletic Council:

This Monday, Movement Matters will be taking place again, in the gym at 8:20am. We are inviting all grades 1-6 to join us, and participate in some fun activities, and get some exercise to start the day off right. We hope to see you there!

Lunchroom Supervisors

We are looking for lunchroom supervisors who are willing to come and supply when needed.  Supervisors will receive calls prior to 9:00 am to work at 11:40 am.  If you are interested or have questions, contact

Parent Presentation - Untangled: Getting Girls Ready for the World

Thursday, February 23

7 – 9 pm
Presenter: Dr. Lisa Damour
Location: Havergal College, 1451  Avenue Road, Toronto, Canada
Cost: $25 (in Canadian funds)
Dr. Damour will address parents to help them understand:
  • The key stages of teenage development;
  • How parents can help girls move successfully through the teenage years;
  • How to know when to hang back and when to step in with help.
Dr. Lisa Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes a column for the New York Times’  Well Family online report, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour is the author of numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development, including Abnormal Psychology, a widely-used college textbook co-authored with Dr. James Hansell. Dr. Damour’s recent New York Times best seller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, is available from Ballantine Books, a division of Random House. Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.

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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

Georgia Walsh Memorial Wall Donation
With 100% support from voting H&S members, we will contribute to the Trace Manes Rejuvenation Project with a $1000 donation to the Georgia Walsh Memorial Wall.  The balloon will recognize ‘Families of the Bessborough Home & School Association’.  Our thanks to Alison Steinman, Laura Rumble, Lauren Morgan, Lindsay Blakely, Rebecca Handford, Tyler Lang and their families for bringing this proposal forward.  Unanimous support and a relatively high number of votes says it all.  A very worthy, feel good effort.

Appreciation Corner
A big thank you to Caroline Rosenbloom and the many teachers who led the Math Curriculum Night for parents.  With learning goals based on excitement and taking chances, we got to explore the tools and strategies available to our kids. They are very lucky to have such dynamic thinkers leading them in the classroom.

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Trustee Gerri Gershon - Update

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