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Duke SAC Executive Elections
Duke's School Advisory Council (SAC) is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated parent volunteers to join our Executive (self-nomination form)! The election for this year's SAC Executive will take place at the start of the SAC meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 6:30pm.
The Duke of Connaught SAC is composed of parent volunteers who work with staff, administration, and other parents to enrich the learning experiences of our students. SAC organizes and supports school Movie Nights, Pizza Lunches, numerous sports teams, arts programs, Caring & Safe Schools committee, and much more.
To learn more about the roles of our SAC Executive, see our Bylaws (http://www.dukesac.ca/bylaws.html)
If you would like to learn more, we welcome you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring, Safe & Accepting Schools Committee
This year’s first Caring, Safe and Accepting Schools Committee Meeting will be held on:
Wednesday, October 2
Library – Second Floor Duke Building
The Board’s Caring and Safe Schools Policy affirms the Board’s commitment to creating school learning environments that are caring, accepting, safe, peaceful, nurturing, positive, equitable and respectful, and that enable all students to reach their full potential.
The objective of this committee is to ensure that all students feel that they belong, are heard, accepted, safe, supported and cared for through the creation of positive school climates that reflect themselves, value their voices and foster a culture of mutual respect and healthy relationships and to enhance and maintain working and learning environments that embed principles of equity, anti oppression, anti racism, acceptance and inclusion in procedures, practices and programs that support the safety, dignity, health and well-being of all.
The Board will ensure TDSB schools have Caring, Safe and Accepting Schools team comprised of at least one student where there is a student council in place, one parent/guardian/caregiver one teacher, one support staff, one community partner, the principle, the school equity representative and the Positive Spaces representative. The chair of the team will be a staff member. Student mental health and well-being must be at the forefront of all Caring, Safe and Accepting School Teams. In addition, this Team will be responsible for, but not limited to, advising on the development and implementation of the School Code of Conduct, the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, the School Progressive Discipline Plan, as well as, the equity commitments and positive school climate programming that address identified gaps and supports the Multi-Year Strategic Plan.
We welcome you to join us.
Art in Action
Spark your creativity this fall at Duke of Connaught with Art in Action, which will run at lunch Wednesdays and Fridays (click here for more info).
Kindness T-Shirt Contest
This week we held our first school-wide assemblies for students and staff from grades 1-8. Aside from general expectations for transitions, lunchroom behaviour and routines, one specific area of focus was the concept of "kindness". We used two videos as visual and audio supports, to highlight the concepts. We are sharing the links with you, for your reference and enjoyment at home:
Grades 1-3:Joy Story
Grades 4-8: How You Treat People is Who You Are
As an initiative to encourage student voice and engagement we are holding a t-shirt design contest for spirit wear (more info). This t-shirt, which will be multi-coloured, can be worn on any special or themed day or any day to show school spirit and support for kindness. We are asking staff and students to create their own t-shirt logo and design that will include the word 'kind' or 'kindness' in their message. Students and staff will vote on their favourite designs and the winning logo will be used for our new spirit shirts, which will be available for purchase at a reasonable cost. More information on purchasing will be provided once the contest has closed.
Nutrition Program - September
Welcome back for the 2019-2020 school season! Please check the Nutrition page for both the Kindergarten ($3.00) and grades 1-8 ($3.50) Hot Lunch September menus. Hot Lunch will start for all grades Monday September 9, forms and fees must be returned to the main office by Friday September 6, payments can be made by cash or cheque only.
Our Student Nutrition Program Coordinator, Maureen Allen-Doorley, is looking for volunteers (parents, grand parents, etc.) to help serve lunch to our students. If you have some time on your hands to serve and tidy up (between 11:15 am - 12:00 noon), please contact Maureen. Please note that all adult volunteers are required to have a Police Check (inquire with the office for more information).
We have been informed that due to a significant production issue with our vendor, Premier Agendas, there will be a delay in the delivery of our school's student planners. This production issue has impacted the delivery of planners across the TDSB and across the province. We as yet do not have a firm delivery date from Premier.
As we await our shipment of planners, attached are electronic versions of the Duke of Connaught agenda pages, as well as the TDSB pages, which contain information about the Board’s new dress policy, severe weather guidelines, code of online conduct, and more.
Thank you for your understanding as we work through this issue. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
In response to a number of questions from parents throughout the school year, SAC presented these questions to the school administration, in hopes of receiving answers to Frequently Asked Questions, that can be a starting point for parents who have questions or concerns about the progressive discipline approach at the school. We hope these FAQs prove helpful in the future.
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.