Monday is Remembrance Day
If you're in the Duke building please take a moment to read the plaque across from the office honouring Duke students who served during WWI and WWII.
Progress Reports will be going home this week. Parent/teacher interviews will follow on Thursday evening and Friday during the day.
Reminder: Friday is a PA Day.
New Fundraising Initiative This Year:
Recipes in a Jar: $10 each
We are excited to offer Recipes in a Jar this year as our primary holiday fundraiser. RIJ offer a wide variety of nutritious options from soups and stews to desserts and even dog treats, and we really love that there is absolutely no wasteful packaging. (We are a platinum eco school!)
Oh, and they give back to our community! For every jar purchased, RIJ will donate 12 servings of minestrone soup to the Glen Rhodes food bank. They make great gifts for family and friends, and are a perfect addition to your home pantry for those emergency dinners. Online orders will run from November 8-24th and barring any weather issues, the jars will be available for pick up on December 18th.
Note that the website is a bit confusing, so to ENSURE we get your order to you via your student (this is the only way to get your order), in Step 6 (VERY IMPORTANT) select the option that says "Enter the participant's name you want to support" and put your child's first and last name in that section.
A few other pointers:
Step 5: do NOT enter your credit card info here, you’ll do this at the very end (so it’s just a waste of your time)
Step 3: just use your existing address ... no need to change it to Duke but again note that it will NOT be delivered to that address ... it will be delivered to Duke.
For more information or to place your orders visit the Recipes in a Jar website.
Please visit our Athletics page of the school website for permission forms and more information.
Gr. 5/6 Boys Volleyball - Ms. Kerr
Gr. 7 Boys Volleyball - Ms. Oliveira
Gr. 8 Boys Volleyball - Ms. Oliveira
Gr.5/6 Girls Basketball - Mr. Dennis
Gr. 7/8 Girls Basketball - Mr. St-Pierre
Duke Cares: No Child Hungry, No Child Cold
Duke Cares, is our initiative to help families throughout the year with:
-Field trip fees
-Also: grocery gift-cards or new shoes
(for those ever growing feet & etc.)
Privacy absolutely respected.
Please reach out to:
VP-Kelli Helpert Kelli.Helpert@tdsb.on.ca
416-393-9455 x 20011
As well as, any teacher, administrative staff member or any Duke SAC Executive Councillor, that you feel comfortable talking to. (Questions are welcome)
Read-UP @ Duke
ReadUP provides support for children who are learning to read
in French and English (more info).
The program is free and runs weekly:
Library - starting September 26
Caring, Safe & Accepting Schools Committee
This year’s second:
Caring, Safe and Accepting Schools Committee
Library – Second Floor Duke Building
For more information about this committee click here.
Kindness at Duke
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 held 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 asked 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 soon!
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.