Street Safety

Although this is often taught at the younger grade level, it is also important for older students to remain vigilant as they travel to and from school.

Students should:

  • Travel with at least one other person whenever possible;
  • Avoid taking shortcuts through parks and fields;
  • Walk in well-lit and well-travelled areas;
  • Keep valuables such as cell phones, expensive jewellery, laptops and personal music devices out of sight as much as possible when in public places;
  • Be aware of suspicious behaviour and try to remember what the person or car looked like so it can be reported to school staff, parents or the police if necessary;
  • Be aware and alert; don’t be distracted (never text and walk or wear headphones or earbuds to play loud music);
  • Keep money hidden;
  • Always carry identification.

Parents and/or guardians can:

  1. Keep school contact information up-to-date, including cell and business numbers. (The school needs to know who to contact in cases of emergencies);
  2. Make a point of knowing your child’s friends.  Keep a list of their telephone numbers (cell and home), where they live and get to know their parents;
  3. Keep an up-to-date colour photo of your child/ren
  4. Know your child/ren’s approximate weight and height;
  5. Keep a medical and dental history of children’s blood type, medical problems, scars, broken bones, pulled teeth, braces, glasses, medication, allergies, fingerprints, etc.

Watershed Conditions – Alert

Weather Conditions

Toronto and Region Conservation advises that Environment Canada is forecasting 15-25mm of precipitation for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning over the Greater Toronto Area, with a chance of thunderstorms.

Issues

Recent warm weather has led to snowmelt and has created saturated ground conditions, which coupled with the forecasted rainfall amounts will result in higher than normal water levels and flows in our rivers and streams, as well as slippery and unstable banks.

Actions

Please exercise caution around all bodies of water and avoid driving through ponded water. Please alert any children under your care of these dangers and supervise their activities. Please keep children and pets away from the slippery and unstable banks. We are continuing to monitor conditions.   This Water Safety Watershed Conditions Statement will be in effect through to noon Thursday, March 2, 2017. TRCA will continue to monitor the weather and watershed conditions and provide an update should the weather system and watershed conditions escalate to more severe conditions.

Note: A Water Safety Watershed Conditions Statement may be issued when there are high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors that could be dangerous for recreational users, such as anglers, canoeists, hikers, children, pets, etc. Flooding is not expected.

Upcoming Workshops for TDSB Parents

As part of a Tri-Ministry, College, University and School Board partnership to develop best practices to support students with special needs who choose college or university as their post-secondary the following workshops have been set-up:

  1. An evening workshop, Transition Workshop for Parents is open to all parents (or support persons) of a child with a disability (ASD, mental health, physical, medical, sensory, learning disability) who have questions or concerns about their child’s transition to post-secondary.  Topics covered will include:  applying to college/university, modified admission requests, accommodations and supports available at the post-secondary level, documentation requirements for registration with accessibility/disability services.  This workshop will take place March 8, 2017.
  2. A one day workshop, ASD Transition Day is an information day for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) or a Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD’s) and their families.  It is intended for students who are in grades 10, 11 or 12 and are planning to attend a post-secondary institution (college or university).  The ASD Transition Day will be offered on April 26, 2017.  Participants will be asked to choose a session when they register.

If you plan to attend any of these sessions, please contact irene.consack@tdsb.on.ca by March 10th indicating your names, school, contact information and workshop name.  Complete the online registration form.

Clarification for this week & the Friday cycle for March

Today (Monday) is a regular length day, with dismissal at 3:11 p.m.. Early dismissal will take place next week on Monday, March 6th.

Friday is also a regular school day, and a day 2.

Please note that the “Fridays schedule” on page 22 of the school agenda are incorrect for March. The blue “Year at a glance” calendar that went home in September shows the correct cycle days, as does the blue “Keep at home” reference bundle.

March fridays 3 10 17 24 31
Day of the cycle 2 3 H (March break) 4 1

grade 8s and 9s: course selection fully active

All students now have access to their course selection (including the grade 9s headed to York Mills CI). If you are in grade 9 and going to a school other than York Mills, please connect with Ms. Wong to ensure you have entered valid courses.

Deadlines:

Friday, Feb. 24

  • all schools other than St. Andrew’s and York Mills CI
  • paper course selection
  • for regular programs, submit myBlueprint online and hand in sign-off sheet

Tuesday, Feb. 28

  • St. Andrew’s JHS
  • submit myBlueprint online AND hand in sign-off sheet

Wednesday, Mar. 1

  • York Mills CI
  • submit myBlueprint online AND hand in sign-off sheet
  • if you are attending via optional attendance, include the paper course selection that you received in the mail.

Feb 27: National Cupcake Day (supporting SPCA)

Student Council & STAND Up Club are teaming up to bring you National Cupcake Day in support of the SPCA on Monday February 27th.

We are looking for:

  1. Cupcake donations.  These can be store bought or homemade.  Students and parents can drop them off Monday morning in the staff room.
  2. Parent volunteers to help sell at both lunches.

Thank you for your support!

Parent Council Meeting

This is just a friendly reminder of the St. Andrew’s JHS Parent Council meeting scheduled for tonight.  It is a 6:45 p.m. start and light refreshments will be available.