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Duke Families' Appreciation Month
Dear Duke Community,
Thanks to all of you, throughout the fall and the holiday season we were able to support every family who reached out to us or to the school, via Duke Cares. In December, we were able to support over a dozen families.
Thanks to all of you, we continue to be able to bring enrichment programs to our beautiful children; we’re able to make sure every child who wants pizza lunch can participate; we’re able to help ensure no child at our school goes hungry or cold; we’re able to help foster a vibrant music and competitive athletic programs.
We are so grateful to be part of such a giving school community.
January is Duke Families’ Appreciation Month!
Please join us at our PA Day Double Feature at the Fox Theatre, and a special SAC coffee morning including treats, prizes, and more.
Your SAC Exec
Lice Check #2
We are having our second of two lice screenings this coming Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24. We are looking for volunteers to help with the screening process - half days or whole days. The Public Health Nurse will supply the training needed the day of. If you can donate some time, please contact Mr. Gambacort at the school: 416-393-9455 (ext 20012) or by email: email@example.com
Lunchroom Supervisor Needed
We are also looking for a permanent Lunchroom Supervisor. The position is Monday to Friday, 11:15am - 12:30pm. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Mr. Gambacort ( 416-393-9455 (ext 20012) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org) at the school for more details.
February Lunch Menus
February lunch menus are now available and should be returned by Thursday January 31.
Please note that the Thurs, January 31 lunch selection has been added to the February menu as it was mistakenly not included in the January menu.
Kindergarten parents please accept my apologies, the soup selection for Fri, January 25 will be replaced with Grilled cheese as we do not serve our Kindergarten participants hot soup for their safety.
Duke's Breakfast Club
Remember to join us for Breakfast at Dukes Breakfast Club, Monday to Friday doors open at 8 am until 8:35 am. We offer cereals, Mon- English Muffin w/egg, Tue- Grilled Cheese, Wed -Scrambled eggs or Bagels w/cream cheese, Thursday-Pancakes and Friday - English Muffin Pizza.
Information Night: Gr. 7 Extended French
Bowmore Road P.S. will be holding an information night this Thursday, January 24 at 6p.m. regarding the Grade 7 Late Extended French program [more info].
Gr. 5/6 Co-Ed Ball Hockey
Final tryout is Monday, January 21 @ 8:00 AM in the SH Gym. There will need to be at least 4 girls in order for the team to exist. The team will need at least 9 players. Girls and boys in grades 5 & 6 are welcome to come try out.
Music Notes - Mr. Caruso & Ms. Pierce
Duke Musical Production
Rehearsals this week are on Monday at lunch, Wednesday after school (3:10-4:30) and Friday at lunch.
We are still looking for parents to help out with our costume committee! No sewing necessary! We will be trying to source all the costumes from homes and possibly a bit of Value Village scouring :) If you are interested in helping out please contact Ms Pierce.
The Grade 4-8 Choir will rehearse on Tuesday at lunch in room 203.
Grade 1-3 Choir is cancelled this week. We will resume Grade 1-3 Choir rehearsals on Thursday January 31st.
Duke of Connaught will be holding registrations on Tuesday, February 12th 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesday, February 13th 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and again on Thursday February 14th from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm in our main office. Click here for more info.
Provincial Government Cuts Education Funding (Excerpt from Ward 15 Trustee Newsletter)
On December 14 and 21, the TDSB received information from the Ministry of Education announcement that $25 million in Specialized Program Grants (EPO or "Education Program - Other" Grants) would be cut province-wide -- or about $744,500 at the TDSB.
These cuts are extremely disappointing news. Many of these funds were aimed at helping youth-at-risk, and programs we know make a positive difference. We are also concerned that cuts made in the middle of the school year will even more negatively impact our students.
A more detailed report will be shared at the January 23 meeting of the Finance, Business and Enrolment Committee, and will be available on the board website a few days prior to that meeting, For more on the Ministry's Announcements as we understand them at this time, click here.
Skate library is open! This week: everyday after school around 3.20 pm (except Tues.) and Fri. morning around 8.15 am. To find us, go through the door by Forest Grove, N side of the school, down the stairs in the basement and there it is.
Art in Action
Join Art in Action at Duke for our next art adventure and make a new project each week. Create a winter forest scene at sunrise, a river illuminated by a street light in the snow, a rose for Valentine's Day, winter Arctic glaciers, a sleeping dragon and more!
Inspired by famous artists our program has an art history component as well as the tactile experience of working with a variety of art materials including watercolours, acrylics, collage materials, oil pastels, chalk pastels and more. This art enrichment program is geared for success with approachable step-by-step projects.
To register please go to artinactiontoronto.com
The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee newsletter for December 2018 is now available.
No Exclusion Policy of SAC Run Events
All of us at SAC exec would like you to know that there is a strict policy of NO EXCLUSION of any child from SAC run events that take place during school hours. If a child pays or doesn’t pay, raises funds or doesn’t raise funds, they are welcome, they are an important part, they belong at any SAC run event that takes place during school hours. If a child wishes not to participate for personal or sensory reasons, they will not be forced to, but we will miss them, and always wish they were there.
With all the community fundraising events that are organized by SAC each year, you may wonder how our funds are spent. Here are some of the ways in which we all help support our school:
All of these items are extras that we offer our students, which are not funded by the TDSB. We also continue to fundraise for the DUKE PLAYS campaign, which will support the eagerly awaited playground redesign, as well as recently announced renovation and redesign of the school library!
Not all of us have time to volunteer or attend our myriad events. If you still want to contribute to our efforts, here is your chance. Attached is Enrichment Fundraising form. Donations of 25$ or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.