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Clothing Drive

Posted on November 22

Our Kids Can Too action club holds a clothing drive each year. The donations are delivered to New Circles, a local organisation the provides a clothing bank and other services to newly arrived immigrant families.

Students collect the clothing over a week in November, assisting parents dropping off in the morning, storing the bags, and keeping everything organised. At the end of the collection period, the bags are loaded into a school bus by a chain of kids passing them through the school and out the front walk to be packed onto the bus. When they arrive at New Circles, Kids Can Too kids unload the bags, and spend the afternoon sorting clothes for the clothing bank.

Kids Can Too delivered 101 bags of clothing this year, just in time for winter!

We are proud of our students' efforts to take action locally and to know that SBS is able to make a difference for New Circles.

After Care Activites

Posted on November 17

As the days get shorter our students spend more time indoors in our After Care program. This is a good time for students from different grades to spend time playing, creating, connecting and having a good time together.

The photo above is a great snapshot of the great mood and the kind of activity among these students in SK and Grade 5.

November News

Posted on November 3

Halloween was the crazy, fun, spooky, wild day it should be here at school, with fabulous costumes, wacky dancing and wonderful parties. I am sure you heard from your children that all of us on staff  dressed up as Mr Woodward, who handled the joke with remarkable grace! Thank you to the SPA for the dancing, and to all our parents who contributed the fabulous food to round out the events. Grateful thanks to all our families for their generous support of the Georgia Walsh Trace Manes Playground renovation. SBS raised over $3,500!
 
Today we are sending interim reports home with students in GR 1 - 6, and all parents will receive their Parent/Teacher conference times, so be sure to check backpacks for that important information. We are very much looking forward to seeing you all on November 11th at the conferences. This year all our home studio teachers are having conferences with each individual student in preparation for our meetings with parents; our students are so excited to have a designated time to meet with their teachers to discuss how the year is going, and their joys and challenges. These student/teacher conferences give us a better window into each student’s experience, which helps us to ensure they are having a successful year in class and in school.
 
Our PD Day this month will be spent reviewing the 6 + 1 Writing Traits to refine our implementation, see how students are responding, and how the program is influencing student writing. Thus far, our impression is that teaching the Writing Traits is having a significant impact on student writing, and how we teach the important elements of written expression. Taking a day to reflect on the program will ensure that our students get maximum benefit from this wonderful approach.
 
I wish you all a wonderful November. See you on the 11th at the Parent/Teacher conferences!
- Irene Davy, Principal
 

 

SK Book Launch

Posted on October 21

We are Family is the first unit each year in Senior Kindergarten. The SK class has been working hard on creating books about their family, to share their understanding of families and especially their own family. This morning our SK students invited their parents to join them for the launch of their wonderful family books. Our young authors shared their writing and illustrations with their parents. A celebration is compplete with some fooe and everyone enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in the JK room. Thanks to everyone for their great contributions!

Sunnybrook Reads

Posted on October 18

Sunnybrook Reads brought our community together again this year to celebrate literacy.

We thank our families for their generous donations of 192 books for our library. These new titles will be processed shortly and added to our collection. Your children will be the first to sign out their birthday books to take home and enjoy reading with you.

Our Action Café brought in $712 for the Chrildren's Book Bank, to share our love of literacy with others in the Toronto community. Thanks to the Grade 5 class and their parents for making this such a success and to our community for their donations towards this wonderful cause.

We love this day in the school, seeing so many people come together to share their love of reading with their children and support our library. Thank you, Ms Mactaggart for a organizing the Birthday Book sale, and your wonderful selection of books throughout the year.

JK/SK Sports Day

Posted on October 8

We hold a special Sports Play Day to start our youngest students off in the Phys Ed Program. Our Grade Six House Heads guide their JK and SK peers through a variety of activities on the playground. Climbing, running, ball games and balance activities are just some of the great challenges that make up this fun day.

At this event our youngest students work through events that help them develop coordination, teamwork, stamina and a love of physical activity.

This Sports Day gives the kids a great sense of accomplishment, and helps them develop confidence as they engage in learning a variety of sports skills.

 

Cross Country Meet

Posted on October 8

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!

October Update

Posted on October 3

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

 

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