On October 6 the SBS Cross Country Team brought home 4 trophies in the under 10 and under 8 categories at the Somerset Meet against 8 other schools. Congratulations to Mr Woodward and his runners on their wonderful success!
Cross Country Meet
Can you remember the joy of autumn you felt as a child: anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, leaves swirling, pumpkins appearing on porches, the earnest planning of Halloween costumes? We know that for our students these moments provide the backdrop for an October that blends learning, community and fun, ending with the Halloween party and Dance-a-thon.
Sunnybrook belongs to a broader community here in North Toronto and we have an opportunity to contribute to a local initiative that is meaningful to everyone. I am sure you remember Georgia Walsh, the little girl who lost her life at a corner most of us pass by regularly in Leaside. A revitalization of the Trace Manes Playground is planned in her memory, and fund raising is underway to make this project come to life.
The Remember Georgia Walsh website says it so well: "Trace Manes Playground was a place that was dear to Georgia's heart. To pay tribute to Georgia and her love of outdoor play, we can't imagine a better way to give back than to revitalize the existing deteriorating Trace Manes Playground."
Together with the SPA, Sunnybrook School would like to contribute to this meaningful project, and donate the proceeds from our Halloween Dance-a-thon this year to the Trace Manes Playground Rejunvenation Project. Please take a look at the plans; they propose a tremendous improvement, and offer a wonderful play space for children in our community for years to come. We are excited to make a contribution.
There was great excitement this morning as GR 5 and GR 6 left for Camp Kandalore, while the rest of us settled in to start our second month of school. I can’t wait to enjoy Mr Hoff’s Thanksgiving dinner this week, to see all of you at Sunnybrook Reads next week, and to end the month with a rousing afternoon of costumes and dancing as we celebrate Halloween.
- Irene Davy, Principal
Edwards Gardens Scavenger Hunt
Last week our Cross Country team participated in a meet on a gorgeous fall day. On days like that we plan activities for students who aren't on the team, to make the time their peers were off running into a meaningful day for them as well.
A bus took students and teachers to Edwards Gardens for a day of nature observation and sketching. We started with a splendid hike and scavenger hunt, searching for specific native plants as well as invasive species, learning the significance of the many trees and plants that grow in Toronto's ravines and parks. We explored the creek and gardens, the fields and woods.
Before we headed back to school, students pulled out their sketchbooks and spent a relaxed hour sketching the scenery, including the beautiful gardens. What a day we had!
The Annual SBS Terry Fox Run
Sunnybrook School gives back to the community with participation in the Terry Fox Run; students learn about contribution Terry Fox made to Canada and the courage he showed in his run across Canada.
In spite of the rainy weather, parents, teachers and students ran for an hour before returning to school. Our youngest students in JK and SK ran along Merton Street; we are very proud of their enthusiasm. It's a great event for the school and a powerful experience for our students. Over the years SBS has raised over $60,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
Saturday, October 15, Roy Thomson Hall, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunnybrook School participates in the OUR KIDS school fair held annually in Toronto. Come to our booth and see what we have to offer your child. We look forward to meeting you!
UPDATES FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 - Posted on September 8
Such a great morning with all the smiles and happy faces - uniforms looking fresh, shoes polished, fun back packs for a new year, and best of all, students bouncing into school so glad to be here - what more could a principal want on the first day of school? Be sure to check out our photo board in the front hall to see what the SBS team have been up to this summer!
We look forward to another splendid year together at SBS in 2016/17. We are committed to making student learning meaningful and engaging, from the moment your children enter SBS today until our last day of school in June.
The major new initiative we’ve taken on this year is the 6+1 Traits Writing Program. During the summer our teachers read the books to become familiar with the theory and practice of this innovative approach to teaching writing. Libby Tachles spent a day last week taking us through the program, beginning with theory and ending with many practical tips to get us started. We are excited to use these new strategies to help our students better understand the elements of good writing.
On behalf of our team, I welcome you to the 2016/17 school year, and remind you that there are many great ways to be involved in school life, starting right away in September. Check for events and dates in this newsletter and on our website. We'd love to see you at these events - please do join us!
The class of 2016 celebrated their graduation on Thursday evening. Each one of them gave a speech and received their Grade Six diplomas and IB PYP certificates.
Congratulations to each and every one of you, we are so proud of you!
JK / SK Author visit
Each year we bring authors to the school, to enrich our students' understanding of literature, and how books come to be.
This year the author and poet, Kari-Lynn Winters came to spend a magical hour with our youngest students. This author of over 15 delightful children's books created aspecial performance in which our students became part of her stories. Our JK and SK students were spellbound throughout the entire performance.
Our thanks to Kari for a wonderful, engaging introduction to the importance of authors in our lives.