What's Up, DoC?
Special SAC Workshop: March 19th
Empowering Canadians to stay safe in our digital world
Please join us on Tuesday, March 19 at a special workshop with a focus on Online Safety. We are very excited that our school has been chosen to receive this free workshop that will cover topics such as parenting in a digital society, and internet, smartphone and social media safety [more info...].
SAC is hosting this evening in place of our monthly SAC meeting. Childcare will be provided.
Duke After Dark - Adult Social
Saturday, March 30th, 8PM-1AM
The Redwood, 1300 Gerrard Street
The Duke of Connaught Parent Social committee is now preparing for our 2019 Event and it’s promising to be a great night! We are currently reaching out to fellow parents asking for their assistance in planning or contributing to this spectacular night. You can support this event in a variety of ways:
1/ We are looking for volunteers. If you are able to help out, please sign up here: firstname.lastname@example.org We’d love some help with planning, setup/decor, cleanup, drink ticket sales, bartending (Smart Serve required please), and the SILENT AUCTION. Extra hands makes the party easier and more fun for all of us. Let us know what you'd like to help with. Thank you!
2/ We are also asking the Duke Community for donations, both in-kind and/or monetary. If you, or anyone you know, has access to event tickets, goods, or services, we would greatly appreciate the donation to the Silent Auction.
Funds raised contribute to programs in the arts, sports, technology, mental health initiatives, as well as much need upgrades to outdoor equipment. Donors will receive official recognition at our event, as well as a thank you on our official Facebook page. If you can contribute to this year’s event, please email: email@example.com
3/ Do you have a video request or want to RSVP for the event?
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The students at the Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School thank you.
Parents as Partners Conference 2019
The Parents as Partners Conference 2018 is on Saturday, March 30 and all parents are welcome!
This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home [more info...].
Transportation, food and translators are all provided, as well as free day camp for children ages 4-12 to support participants attending the conference. Registration opens mid-February at www.parentsaspartners.ca.
Crayola ColorCycle It!
We are excited to be launching a very special program in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – devised to repurpose used markers instead of sending them to landfills!
Send your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included.
A drop-off box will be located in the main lobby for your child to deposit the markers. Just look for the ColorCycle symbol above!
Remember, don’t throw out that used marker--ColorCycle it!
Music Notes - Mr. Caruso & Ms. Pierce
Duke Musical Production rehearsals for cast and ensemble this week on Monday at lunch and Wednesday after school.
Duke Musical Production grade 4-8 choir rehearsal on Tuesday at lunch.
The practice for the Primary Chior is cancelled this week. We will resume practice after March Break.
Duke's 2nd Annual Creator Fair
Duke’s 2nd Annual Creator Fair is looking for Committee Members!
At last year’s Creator Fair, the Duke Community came out to hack toys together, see 3D printing in action, paint a mural, get mucky with goo … and so much more! We want to make this year’s event even better, so are looking for committee members that like to think outside the box, be creative and have fun! If this sounds like you, send an email to email@example.com and someone will get in touch with information about upcoming committee meetings.
TDSB Student & Parent Census 2016-17
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) conducts its system-wide Student and Parent Census every 4-5 years to help the Board understand the demographic makeup, the in-school and out-of-school experiences, and the ongoing needs of its student population. The intent is to use the Census data collected directly from students and parents to help the system and individual schools develop strategies and adjust supports that further strengthen the school community and help every student succeed.
The very first TDSB's Student Census and Parent Census were administered in 2006-07 and 2007-08 respectively, and the second Student and Parent Census was completed in 2011-12. In April 2017, the TDSB conducted its third Parent Census for parents of JK-Grade 6 students, and third Student Census for Grade 7-12 students. For the first time, Grade 4-6 students also participated in the Student Census. Over 220,000 completed survey forms were received representing 91% of Grade 4-6, 94% of Grade 7-8, and 85% of Grade 9-12 students, as well as 63% of JK-Grade 6 parents.
Parent Census 2016-17 School Reports for Duke of Connaught:
Grades 4-6 School Report [pdf]
JK to Grade 6 School Report [pdf]
Grades 7-8 School Report [pdf]
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.