Saturday, 1 April 2017

Week of April 3rd

A Message from the Administrative Team:

"Strong people don't put others down. They lift them up."                                                                                                                                                         ~ Michael P Watson

April Fool's!  We hope your family's April Fool's jokes were good ones!

Just a reminder that it is Sub Lunch on Monday.  Subs that are not picked up are brought to the office.

There is a Home & School meeting on Wednesday April 5th @7:00 pm in the library. These are opportunities for parents to have input and see what is happening at school.

We would like to officially welcome Raine Rodriguez who is filling in for Renee and Christina Neos who is with us in the mornings.  They have just recently gained access to our safe arrival email so please continue to email absences through  Welcome Raine and Christina!

Have an awesome week!
~ Ms Broderick and Ms Rosenbloom

Did you know... 

... when Gr 3 students showed their Toy Fair recently to demonstrate different types of forces. It was incredible to see the innovation and enthusiasm students had when showing their work. Way to go Gr 3s!

... Mindfulness can help calm the mind to help manage anxiety. Ms Phillips is guiding her Kindergarten class on different breathing strategies. Starting early in age will help students develop coping strategies to manage themselves when life gets busy and overwhelming. Breathe in....breathe out! Great breathing kindies!

... Mr Baker's class read the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. Every week, 1 student chooses a quote from the book to share with the class. The kids love the book and it's great for growth mindset! This quote was chosen from Makenzie Schouten. 

Mathematics Olympics - TEAMS 2017

The 2017 Toronto Educators Association Mathematics Olympics (TEAMS) took place this Saturday, April 1, 2017. Every school’s team consisted of two intermediate students, a grade 7 and a grade 8 student, a girl and a boy respectively, as required by the TEAMS organizing committee. Emily Wilson (7C) and Lucas Flemming (8C) represented Bessborough.

They are both congratulated for their perseverance, for the impeccable manner in which they represented our school and for taking the time from their busy schedules to participate in this event on a Saturday.  Congratulations, Emily and Lucas!

In addition, Emily Wilson was awarded the grade 7 girl Anne Cirillo Award for leadership. This award is presented to students who best demonstrate exceptional achievement and excellence in collaborative problem solving and leadership throughout the Math Olympics.

Congratulations, Emily!

Mirela Ciobanu

Moving or Changing Schools? 

If your child is currently in K-7 and you are moving or changing schools for the 2017 - 2018 school year, please let the office know as soon as possible as we will soon begin planning the classes for next year.

Classes are created based on a variety of factors including number of students, gender, group dynamics and other needs to ensure a balance within the grade.

Appointments for Students:

If you are picking up your child for an appointment, please come to the office.  Students need to sign out and have permission by a parent.  Only visitors who have signed in at the office with a pass, are allowed in the school or school yard during the day.

Phone Calls for Students:

We are receiving many phone calls for students during the day.  Just a reminder to please have your child make arrangements at home for play dates after school.  If you need to contact your child during the day, please leave a message with Raine or Christina and they will pass the message to your child.

If you need to speak to your child during the day, your child will be asked to call you during recess or lunch to avoid interrupting instructional time.  If it is an emergency, let the office know and your child will be called to the office immediately.

Grade 8 Grad Trip - Medical Insurance

Just a reminder to Grade 8 students who will be going on the Grad Trip to bring their proof of medical travel insurance to their homeroom teacher as by April 7th.  This is a requirement by the
board for all out of country trips.

Gr 7 & 8 Immunization School Clinic 2: 
Friday April 7th

Just a reminder that we have the second clinic for Gr 7 & 8 Immunizations this Friday.  

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Yearbook - Sports Team Photos Needed!

The yearbook committee is looking for more sports photos, particularly team photos. If any parent was at any of the team games/tournaments and have photos you’d like to share, please send them to
We’re always looking for photos, so send any you want to share from any other recent school event too! 

Be sure to send best quality and the largest file size you have (highest resolution) or if sending from your iPhone, please send “Actual Size”. 

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

Spring Lunch Programs: 

This week is the last week for Lunch Program registration.  Please go to the Home and School website for more information.  Get in quick before places fill up or programs are cancelled.  Programs begin the week of April 3rd. For any questions please contact Jacqui at or Laura at

STEM Day at Bessborough:

On Friday, April 21st all students from Kindergarten-Grade 8 will be participating in a variety of STEM learning activities throughout the day. The STEM committee has organized different activities for each division in the school. We are looking forward to a fun and creative afternoon of collaborative learning!

STEM Committee 

Call Out for STEM Materials:

For our upcoming STEM day, the Junior STEM committee is looking to collect empty egg cartons (any material) and empty eggshells for some of their activities. The shells should be in two halves and rinsed out before bringing them to school. Please send in any of these items to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

Ms. Buksner

Grade 6 Electrical Design Showcase:  

The Grade 6 classes had a wonderful morning showcasing their understanding of circuits, makey makeys and scratch to many of the classes in the school. The students all created original activities and games that were exciting to play! 

Thank you to all the teachers and students for coming out to see all of the 6's hard work!
Check out the video of the showcase below...


This week the Wellness Group started to work on our up-coming Wall of High Fives. We will be giving details during this week's announcements. Our mindful minute was One Moment Meditation. You can find the link here:

Mindful Minute - One Moment Meditation

Athletic Council

The grade 7-8 badminton schedule is posted outside of the gym. If you are not able to make it, please inform a council member, and your opponent. We will reschedule you.

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. 

Bloor West Kids Fun Day:
April 29th 2017

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 Day!

A reminder that this Monday April 3rd is the next Sub Lunch day at Bessborough!

Home & School Community Outreach Initiative Update - Vote at April 5th Meeting

Thank you for your feedback regarding a H&S community-support initiative. After much investigation, consultation, and evaluation of feedback, we are very pleased to announce that the H&S Executive will be bringing forward a motion at next week’s H&S General Meeting to fund the Empower Reading program at a school without the funding opportunity to purchase it themselves. We have seen first-hand here at Bessborough how successful this program can be for kids needing extra reading support, and believe this to be a very worthy initiative.   

Arts Programming Update - Vote at April 5th Meeting

For the past two fall terms, we have welcomed Sarina Condello and Sheila Philcox to the school to deliver custom-designed, curriculum-based arts programming to students in Kindergarten through grade 6.  This program has culminated in our December holiday concert.  We are fortunate to be able to book Sarina and Sheila directly, rather than through the (much more expensive) arts program they work with.  They are willing to work with us again next fall, and we would like to formalize the booking so we don’t lose this opportunity.  We will bring forward a motion for voting to set aside funds from fall 2017 fundraising to support this program.  The amount will be finalized for the meeting.  

H&S General Meeting - Wednesday April 5th

You can see the agenda and presentation for next Wednesday’s H&S General Meeting posted on the H&S website.  The meeting is at 7pm in the library.  Babysitting will be provided in the mini gym.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to register, and bring your mobile device so you are able to vote.  

Countdown to Mayfair!

With Spring finally here it’s time to get involved with Bessborough’s largest FUNraiser…Mayfair.

Each year the Mayfair Committee looks to our parents to get involved in variety of ways:
·         Come out to the kickoff meeting to brainstorm new ideas and/or
·         Be a part of the planning committee and/or
·         Donate an item to the silent auction and/or
·         Volunteer your time on the day – Sunday, May 28th!
How do you want to get involved?  Please email the Mayfair Co-Chairs - Jenn O’Donnell at or Kristin Locklin at to tell us how you would like to contribute to our kids’ favourite event of the year!
We look forward to hearing from you.

Appreciation Corner
A HUGE shout out to our amazing caretaking staff - Rollington Williams, Bill Newell and Jackie Gianou - for getting us through the messy winter.  From clearing the yards and icing the sidewalks, to cleaning the floors of all the sludge the kids trek in, you always go the extra mile to make sure our school is clean and safe.  THANK YOU!!

Visit now for details on all of this and more!  

Trustee Gerri Gershon

Ward Forums
These meetings are held in the evenings in a local school.  They are attended by the Supervisory Officers for our area, some principals, parents and community members. There is an Agenda and usually a speaker as well as reports from the Board.
  • Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
Community Coffee
These meetings are held in the mornings in a local restaurant (often Longo's on Laird). They are attended by the Supervisory Officers for our area, parents and community members.  There may be a report from the Board but there is no Agenda and attendees raise issues they would like to discuss.
  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Friday, June 16th, 2017 

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