Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jim Knight and Mr. Cowper

Friday, January 28th, Mr. Cowper was at a professional learning session learning about tools for monitoring school improvement. Thanks Mr. Knight and GECDSB!

Eastwood Kids are RAZ Kids!

Parents of students at Eastwood can now listen to and help students with reading homework online!

Eastwood grades 1 to 5, CONGRATULATIONS! You have access to a wonderful world of books through www.raz-kids.com because our school has subscribed to the online library of exciting reading materials.  Raz-Kids helps students improve their reading skill as they listen to a book read for modeled fluency. Then, if the computer has microphone function, they can record themselves reading the same book.  Or, students can read the book to themselves or aloud for practice.  Interactive quizzes are available at the end of each book to check for understanding.

Here is how to access the website and your child’s reading assignment from any computer connected to the Internet:

1.  Go to www.raz-kids.com from you Internet browser and click LOG ON.

2.  Type in the username  _________________ and click GO.

3.  Find your name or symbol ___________________ on the chart and
    click on that symbol.

4.  Enter a password if prompted.

5.  The books in your child’s assignment and stars earned appear on a personal assignment page.  Your child can choose to listen, read, or take a quiz by clicking on the symbols below each book.  If worksheets have been assigned, these will be sent home by the teacher. Remember, the more your child reads, the better reader he or she will become!

R.E.S.P. for your child’s University or College

Most, but not all parents are aware of the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) which is a special savings account that can help parents, family or friends start saving now for a child’s education after secondary school.  Fewer, however, are aware that when an RESP account is opened for a child, the Government of Canada adds money to the account through two special saving incentives, the Canada Education Savings Grand and the Canada Learning Bond.

The Canada Education Savings Grant provides grants up to a maximum lifetime of $7,200 depending on parental income and the amount of parental contributions.  The Canada Learning Bond provides an outright grant of $500 plus and additional $100 per year up to age 15 for those who open and RESP account even if parents are unable to add any of their own contributions to the account.  To qualify for this grant parents must be eligible to receive the National Child Benefit Supplement.

As is often the case with targeted initiatives, those who would benefit the most are often unaware hesitant to take advantage of these programs.  In 2009 just over 40% of Canadian families with children received the Canada Education Savings Grant and fewer than 20% of eligible families received the Canada learning Bond.

Most, but not all parents are aware of the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) which is a special savings account that can help parents, family or friends start saving now for a child’s education after secondary school. Fewer, however, are aware that when an RESP account is opened for a child, the Government of Canada adds money to the account through two special saving incentives, the Canada Education Savings Grand and the Canada Learning Bond.

The Canada Education Savings Grant provides grants up to a maximum lifetime of $7,200 depending on parental income and the amount of parental contributions. The Canada Learning Bond provides an outright grant of $500 plus and additional $100 per year up to age 15 for those who open and RESP account even if parents are unable to add any of their own contributions to the account. To qualify for this grant parents must be eligible to receive the National Child Benefit Supplement.

As is often the case with targeted initiatives, those who would benefit the most are often unaware hesitant to take advantage of these programs. In 2009 just over 40% of Canadian families with children received the Canada Education Savings Grant and fewer than 20% of eligible families received the Canada learning Bond.

Early Learning at Eastwood!

In order for our Board to adequately prepare for the 2011-12 school year, we will begin accepting registrations for kindergarten programs February 14-25. Eastwoodprovides Full Day – Every Day programming.

Many of you reading this message are happily aware of the quality and scope of early years education at Eastwood. We are very proud of the staff, programs and resources available for our youngest learners. If you have a child at home preparing for school this fall for the first time, we look forward to seeing you in our office this month. Everything will be ready to make the process smooth and concise.

If you know parents with pre-schoolers, it would be sincerely appreciated if you would share with them your experience at Eastwood.  We believe that our kindergarten programs are unmatched anywhere and our students start building the foundation of a great education in our classrooms. Everyone will be able to see for themselves at our Open House, on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30, that we do have Big Plans for Your Little One.

OYAP and SHSM for grade 8 students!

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Specialist High Skills Major Program

Students will soon select their courses for next year. It is important to provide as much information as possible that will enable our students to choose courses that best match their interests and abilities.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

In cooperation with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, The Greater Essex County District School Board and our Industry partners, OYAP is a unique program that provides training to students allowing them to become tradespersons in the following trades: Hairdressing, Construction, Precision Metal Tool and Die, Motor Vehicle Mechanic, Auto Body Repair and Cook.

Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)
Specialist High Skills Major Programs (SHSM) allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Students have the opportunity to gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at skill training centres and at school. In addition, students earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid, CPR, and certification specific to industry.

Teachers Meet, Discuss School Wide Goals

This month our teachers will use their TIME periods to discuss school wide goals and efforts in a vertical team meeting format.

Vertical team meetings involve a teacher from each division.  For example a Kindergarten, grade 1, grade 3, grade 5 and grade 8 teacher.  Along with our instructional coach and Mr. Cowper the team discusses our efforts towards an essential curriculum, our teaching and learning critical pathways and our students achievement on Stretch Your Thinking questions.

We are working very hard to make a difference in your child’s education and growth.

Happy New Year Eastwood Community

We are so glad to have all of our students and staff back safe and sound.  The new year is going to be incredible.  The teachers and students are rejuvenated and excited to learn, learn, learn.  This January we are practising the We Day Dance!  We are all looking forward to our month end assembly when we can celebrate our Bump It Up efforts.

Remember EVERY ONE IS A LEARNER, EVERYONE IS A LEADER!