Sunday, 5 March 2017

Week of March 6th

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is
to not stop questioning."                                                                                                                       
                           ~ Albert Einstein

We hope you enjoyed the cold weekend and stayed warm throughout!  This is the last week before the March Break.  

This week we have the Gr 6s and 7s going to TIFF to explore film and documentaries. 

If you are taking an early vacation or an extended one, please contact the office to let us know.

This is a great time to look through the Lost and Found in the front hallway.  Lots of clothing that need to find it's home.  This is also a great time to check shoe sizes and take home extra clothes at school.  Students will be asked to clean out their desks and lockers. Extra bags may be needed!

This will be the last Bulletin until the weekend before we return.

Have an exceptional week and a fantastic March Break!

~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Did you know...

... we had two great storytellers from Prologue for Black History month? Emerita Emerencia uses drama techniques, movement, music and improvisation for students to learn to become aware of respect.

Shaun Boothe wowed everyone with his hip-hop artistic style.  He is the creator of The Unauthorized Biography Series, a critically-acclaimed musical project that celebrates some of the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs. We learned about Martin Luther King, Barak Obama, and Oprah Winfrey.

Subway lunch - Monday March 6th

Just a reminder that Subway lunches that were previously ordered will be available on Monday.  Subs will be delivered to students just prior to lunch.

Wellness Group 

This week the Wellness Group discussed the benefits of being a good listener and how we can become better listeners. This week's announcements will focus on our best tips for listening.
Our Mindful Minute was befriending meditation and the link can be found here.

Yearbook Committee

2016-17 Bessborough Yearbook Winter Photo Contest

And the winners are…

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos. It was a tough decision. You can see all the amazing photos in this year’s yearbook.

We are still short of photos from both Holiday Concerts. If anyone has any to they would like to share with us, please send them in.  

We’re always looking for photos, so send any you want to share from any other recent school event too! 

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”. For any questions, please email Sue Thurow at or Corey Ferguson at

Athletic Council

The athletic council is starting a grade 7-8 badminton tournament. There is a sign up sheet posted outside of the gym. Please sign up as soon as possible. Monday and Wednesday at lunch are the first drop in intramurals for grade 7-8, just to play for fun. The tournament will begin after March Break, either Monday or Wednesday at lunch. Feel free to drop in this Monday or Wednesday at lunch.

The Big Crunch is coming to Bessborough this Friday March 10! Every single student will receive a delicious Canadian apple. The whole school will take a bite at the same time. The athletic council is delighted to promote healthy eating at Bessborough.

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!

Parent Presentation:
The Secrets of Discipline with Ronald Morrish

Location: Bennington Heights Elementary School
Time: April 4th 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

You are invited to attend an information night with leading expert and international speaker, Ronald Morrish (please see attached flyer).  His presentation will provide parents with many practical strategies for teaching children to be responsible and co-operative.  Parents will also learn how to discipline without all the deal-making, arguments and confrontations. 

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

Sub Lunch Day!

A reminder that this Monday March 6th is our next Sub Lunch day!  No lunch packing needed this Monday morning if your kids are signed up to get a sub!

Bessborough Gives Back!
A Special Bessborough Charitable Initiative - We Need your Feedback
On request from many Bessborough families, Home & School is working on developing a special charitable initiative with the intent of helping a Toronto school in a community that does not have access to community-based funding the way that our school does.  We would like to make a financial contribution to help their students and enrich their school as a whole. This would be an ongoing annual initiative.

Please send us your thoughts on this, and more specifically, how you would like us to gather the funds.  There are a few ways that we can do this and we would like your help to answer some of the following questions:

1) Would you like to participate in a direct fundraising drive? Gifts would be made to the TDSB and earmarked for our charitable initiative AND charitable tax receipts would be issued for these kind donations.  This may be tied to an existing Home & School event or may be a new event specifically for this cause.

2) Would you prefer that we take an annual amount or percentage (for example 5%) from our overall enrichment budget to support an agreed-upon project?  We know that some other Leaside neighbourhood schools have taken this approach.

We have learned in our research that it is important that causes be vetted to ensure those receiving funds have all the tools they need to achieve the intended objective.  Both Ms. Broderick and Ms. Rosenbloom have agreed to assist us in understanding which schools have both the greatest need (there are ‘bands’ of rankings to qualify schools for additional board funding), and the ability to use the funds as planned.  This year we would look at supporting a school in implementing the Empower Reading program.  Many Bessborough students have benefited from this reading program developed by the smart people at Sick Kids to bring kids up to grade level. More info to come as we iron out all of the details.

Thank you. Your input is appreciated! Please email with your thoughts.

Appreciation Corner
A special shout out to all the Bessborough parents who volunteered to be class parents this year. THANK YOU for all that you do to assist our teachers and keep our classes running smoothly.  Thanks also goes out to Robyn Israel for hosting an Appreciation Cocktail party for all of this year’s H&S Reps and Class Parents and to Gieselle Baerveldt, Suzanne Sharples and Elvira Chew for organizing the event.
Visit now for details on all of this and more!  

Trustee Gerri Gershon - Update

Mark the date!!

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