What's Up, DoC?
As October creeps to an end, Duke will be hosting the annual ALL AGES SAC Halloween Dance [more info]! This year it will be held on a Friday! Mark your calendars for:
Fri, October 26th
There will be a dance party in the gym, and a bake sale with lots of pizza, drinks and popcorn, and a live DJ! There will also be the ever popular Haunted Hallway - which comes in a friendly or spooky experience.
Sadly we've only had 3 people step up to volunteer, and we need a lot more than that for the event to happen. Please please please if you can help out, contact us here or sign up for a task here.
If we don't get enough volunteers we will have to cancel the event - which is heartbreaking, but we need more hands on deck for something fun like this to happen.
The Boo Crew club [more info] will return for the students who want to volunteer as spooks inside the Haunted Hallway during the dance. They do not need to volunteer the whole dance, in fact we make sure all the kids have breaks. This club will meet a few lunch times in advance to plan costumes and make some props (details to follow). There will be announcements made in the mornings to let the kids know when/where. Please contact head haunt wrangler Veronica for more details at: email@example.com
We are always thrilled to receive nut-free baked goods, which can be dropped off anytime on Friday in the main office.
Ward 14 All Candidates Meeting
Applegrove is partnering to host an All Candidates event for Ward 14. The event will run out of Ralph Thornton Community Centre on Wed, Oct 17 at 7 p.m. Applegrove will be offering a bus leaving from Applegrove at 6:30 p.m. [more info].
Workshop for Early French Immersion Parents
On Wed, Oct 24th at 6 p.m., Dr. Nancy Wise (an educational consultant) will be sharing information, strategies, and resources with TCDSB families with children in the Early French Immersion program who may be experiencing difficulty or have special education needs.
As this presentation may be of interest to Early French Immersion parents in our school community, you are invited to attend [more info].
Mabel's Labels: ‘Tis the season to be labelled
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to get organized! From Personalized Address Labels and Stocking Stuffers to peel-and-stick Gift Tags, Mabel's Labels has all your label needs taken care of. Choose one of the adorably festive designs, customize as you like, then receive everything in the mail, ready for use throughout the holiday season.
Holiday products available until December 31st, 2018 [shop now].
In Search of: Magical Unicorns for the Kiss'N'Ride
The reality is that, with 925 enrolled, there are more students from farther away coming to Duke than ever before. There has been a lot of interest in revitalizing our kiss’n’ride efforts — which were extremely successful, albeit short lived. Successful, because traffic congestion was eliminated, buses were not blocked, and safety of children was beautifully ensured. Short lived, because there were very few people willing to volunteer to escort children from their vehicles to the mother ship. People who offered their time were so few that these individuals were forced to take every single shift, which is one way to burn out a unicorn. The more volunteers we have, the fewer shifts each one has to do — it’s just like math, only with unicorns.
If you are willing to offer even a teeny bit of time, not only will you help make the morning drop safer and easier on Woodfield and Kerr, but we will also give you a free cup of coffee at SAC Coffee. Contact us if you're interested in getting this program back up and running.
SAC 2018/2019 Elections
Our 2018-2019 SAC Executive was elected on September 25th. Feel free to say "hello" or mention any concerns you have if you see us around:
Just a reminder that the official channel for contacting the Duke SAC on Facebook is Duke of Connaught SAC - Official. We are also available via email.
New Parent Reps Contact
Did you know that on SAC there are four Parent Reps? We'd love to offer you support when you need it -- whether you simply need information, or if you are having communication difficulties, or classroom woes. SAC Parent Reps have created a new group on Facebook for Duke Parents where they can provide a support forum for Duke families: 'Sup DoC - Support for/by Duke Parents'. Additionally, there is a new email contact for the Parent Reps that any families can use who aren't on Facebook: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duke Musical Auditions
Auditions for the new Duke musical start this week! This original production, once again written by Duke students, will include music from a variety of singers and bands including Queen! The sign-up sheet will be posted outside Mr. Caruso's classroom (room 203) starting tomorrow. Auditions will be held as follows:
A few things to note:
Duke of Connaught Newsletter
The September 2018 newsletter is now available through the school's TDSB website.
English and French ReadUP starts Sept 27
ReadUP Reading Club provides support for children who are learning to read. We have two clubs, one in English and one in French. Both take place in the school’s library every Thursday from 3:15-4:15. More Info... [pdf]
Adopt-a-School Library Program
School Librarian Tara Zwolinski has sent out a letter [pdf] about the Adopt-a-School Program which will be raising funds for Duke's library from September 15 to October 7 at both the Coles location in the Beaches and online.
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.