Monthly Archives: September 2010

Meet the Parents!

Tonight at Eastwood students of all ages brought their parents into school for a BBQ and a chance to introduce the adults in their lives to each other.
It was AWESOME, exciting and fun of energy. We moved indoors due to weather but had a blast anyway!
Thanks so much to the Eastwood Parent involvement Committee and to the teachers for helping. We gave away over 20 prizes and collected funds for the purchase of all new school uniforms.

Eastwood is a Peanut Safe School

Parents, We need your help!
We have a number of students with peanut allergies this year and would like to ask you to help us keep them safe.
Please make every attempt to limit all peanut products coming to school.
We have signs posted and are educating our children.
Our staff undergo specific training on the use of Epi-Pen auto injectors.
Please help us keep our school. . .
Peanut Safe!

Thanks to all Families.

Progress Reports and Report Card Changes 2010-11

Beginning this year, all elementary students in Ontario will receive a Progress Report Card in the Fall and the Elementary Provincial Report Card in January and June.

The new Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.

The revised Elementary Provincial Report Card is designed to show a student’s achievement at two points in the school year. The first provincial report card will reflect the student’s achievement of curriculum expectations introduced and developed from September to January of the school year, as well as the student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during that period. The second provincial report card will reflect the student’s achievement of the curriculum expectations introduced or further developed from February to June of the school year, as well as the student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during that period. On the second report card, the achievement recorded on the first report card is also shown, to provide parents with an overview of the student’s achievement.

Progress reports will go home on:
Monday, November 8, 2010

Report cards will go home on:
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Parent -teacher interviews will take place on:
November 11, 2010 (evening)
February 10, 2011 (evening)

From the Desk of Mr. Cowper

Welcome back Eastwood Eagle Parents, students and staff as well as our extended families and alumni, it is great to address you all at the start of this academic year 2010-2011. We have so much planned for our school year. The most of important goal is improving instruction and academic results for your child. We are all committed to making a huge difference to your child’s education and further to the community in which we live. Many new elements of school are upon us all in an effort to make our Forestglade students contributors in our global society. What do I mean by that? Our students have tools and communication abilities that we only dreamed of as elementary students. Last year, for example, Mrs. Nardone’s class used Skype to learn with an ELL class in Turkey! This year we continue to put learning first. Together with the school’s technological advances, a focus on improved student academic results and a framework for our students character development we are making Eastwood a school of excellence.

Our full day, everyday early learning kindergarten program has gotten off to an incredible start! Our integrated kindergarten students (4 and 5 year olds) are learning from and with each other. It is an exciting place to be. Our new balanced day timetable has already reduced the number of issues that arise from playground behaviour. This allows us to focus on learning first. We have had to make some minor changes to our schedule and our grade structure with the news of Mr. Skoyles moving on to Dr. D. Suzuki due to decreased enrolment. We will miss him and wish him all the best.

Our character education program is new and improved. We have a team of teachers delivering lessons to our students twice a week. While these teachers are learning with our students divisional teams of teachers are going over student achievement data and results, planning learning events and creating Teaching and Learning Critical Pathways. Our learning goals this year are formed from a triangulation of data encountered last year. Our Standards Assessment Inventory (2 surveys last year delivered to teachers), Our "Tell the from Me" Survey (survey for students delivered in June of last year) and our School Effectiveness Support Visit (a team of principals and Superintendents giving us feedback on our school academic culture).

This year our Professional Learning Goals include understanding and delivering quality, small group, guided instruction, alignment of comparative learning experiences from our provincial expectations across all grades and finally continued focus on healthy relationships in our school setting.

This year our Character Education Themes are working under the umbrella of Citizenship through leadership, "Everyone is a leader!" Our themes are:
September- Citizenship & Friendship through leadership
October- Courage (celebrated with the Terry Fox Run)
November – Trust & Honesty
December – Kindness & Caring
January – Bump It Up!
February – Diversity & Acceptance
March – Co-operation
April – Three R’s (Respect for self, others and environment)
May – Responsibility/Self- Discipline
June – Celebration of Community, Citizenship, Leadership

We are excited to have your children learning with us this academic year. Thanks very much for working with us. We look forward to seeing you at our Meet the Parents, Eastwood BBQ on September 28th. (5:30 pm). It is going to be an excellent school year!

Online Homework Help for students in grade 7 and 8!

The Greater Essex County District School Board, the independent Learning Centre and the Ontario Ministry of Education are pleased to partner together to bring the Homework Help Program to students. this free site focuses on math help for students in Grades 7,8, 9 and 10. Key areas of the site include:

  • ask a teacher chat rooms
  • listen and learn presentations with certified teachers
  • interactive tutorials
  • a variety of other sessions

Students will have access to both guided and independent learning in a unique environment that combines technology and personal interaction. We welcome your comments and questions. Please email us at homeworkhelp@gecdsb.on.ca

homeworkonline.pdf

International Languages Program

Each year the Greater Essex County District School Board offers International Language Classes for pupils from Grades 1-8. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to learn a second or third language. There is no cost. Last year the following languages were offered: Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Urdu, Mandarin, Macedonian, Punjabi, Korean, Serbian, Bengali, Tamil and Vietnamese. However, any language class can be established with a minimum of 25 students and an available instructor. Classes will be offered on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. Transportation is not provided. The three centers for the classes are Forest Glade, Marlborough and Prince Edward schools. Once classes have been determined, parents will be informed of the location of your child’s class the first week in October.

Registration forms are available from your home school or on the Board’s Website at http://www.gecdsb.on.ca/programs/intlLang/

Int Languages Cover Side.pdf

Int Languages Inside.pdf

registration form 2010-2011.doc

Our Agenda Program Grades 1-8

Our Agenda Planners have arrived and we are happy to offer them to all our students in grade 1-8 this year. Our agendas are slightly easier to use this year as they just contain the information about our week and a place for you to communicate with the teacher or your child.
Our agendas will cost your child a toonie this year. Just $2.00 for our agenda! Please send the money to your child’s teacher.
Thanks parents for your support.