What's Up, DoC?
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/ Do you have a video request or want to RSVP for the event?
Or by email: email@example.com
The students at the Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School thank you.
Music Notes - Mr. Caruso & Ms. Pierce
Duke Musical Production rehearsals (week of Feb. 18th) on Wednesday after school and Friday at lunchtime. Please start putting together your characters' costumes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr Caruso or Ms Pierce.
Duke Musical Production Choir Rehearsals: The Grade 4-8 Choir will rehearse on Tuesday at lunchtime and the Grade 1-3 Choir will rehearse on Thursday at lunchtime. Take a look at the Music Page on the Duke of Connaught TDSB Website for links to lyrics!
Applegrove March Break Camp
Applegrove is having a March break camp for ages 6-12! Cooking, trips, crafts and more! Register now as spaces are limited. See forms for details.
FREE Parenting Education Workshop
The SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health have recently added a new parent education workshop: AN INTRODUCTION TO THERAPEUTIC YOGA PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH (InCYT-Y).
Parent workshop to be held at 440 Jarvis Street (Maitland site) on Monday March 4th , 6 – 8 p.m.
Interested? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with spaces required, and if child care is needed, please let us know as soon as possible (number of children, ages), as childcare spaces are limited.
If this workshop doesn’t interest you, feel free to take a look at their info page for a variety of other topics offered throughout the year, both at the Maitland and Sheppard sites. In order to view flyer with description/details and register by email, click link associated with workshop.
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.
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.
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.
Applegrove's Family Dance
Calling all pint sized Superheroes and villains. Come fight away the winter blahs at Applegrove’s Family Dance [more info]:
Saturday, February 23 2019
11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
60 Woodfield Road
Duke of Connaught School Gymnasium
Admission: Pay what feels good!! (suggested $5 per person)
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]
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.
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.
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 $744,500 at the TDSB.
These cuts are extremely disappointing news. Many of these funds were aimed at helping youth-at-risk, and programs we know make a positive difference. We are also concerned that cuts made in the middle of the school year will even more negatively impact our students.
A more detailed report will be shared at the January 23 meeting of the Finance, Business and Enrolment Committee, and will be available on the board website a few days prior to that meeting, For more on the Ministry's Announcements as we understand them at this time, click here.
Skate library is open! This week: everyday after school around 3.20 pm (except Tues.) and Fri. morning around 8.15 am. To find us, go through the door by Forest Grove, N side of the school, down the stairs in the basement and there it is.
The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee newsletter for December 2018 is now available.
With all the community fundraising events that are organized by SAC each year, you may wonder how our funds are spent. Here are some of the ways in which we all help support our school:
All of these items are extras that we offer our students, which are not funded by the TDSB. We also continue to fundraise for the DUKE PLAYS campaign, which will support the eagerly awaited playground redesign, as well as recently announced renovation and redesign of the school library!
Not all of us have time to volunteer or attend our myriad events. If you still want to contribute to our efforts, here is your chance. Attached is Enrichment Fundraising form. Donations of 25$ or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.