What's Up, DoC?
New Duke SAC Executive
This Wednesday, September 25th a new School Advisory Council Executive team was elected. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the SAC this year and to the outgoing SAC.
International Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 2nd (more info...)
1st Cross-Country Meet
We are looking forward to our cross country meet at Ashbridges Bay on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Students should arrive at the Woodfield Gym via the school yard entrance at 7:30 AM. Students will be checked in and given their number (number for grades 3 and up).
All runners will walk to Ashbridges Bay together. Students in grades 1,2,3 will be walking back to school around 12:00 PM. Students in grades 4-8 will walk back around 2:45 PM.
It is important that students bring the following items with them on the day of the meet:
You are welcome to come cheer on your child. If you wish to sign them out after their race, you must sign out with your grade coach. Erin Kittask, Ani Anastasi and Sarah Papoff will direct you if you are in grade 4-8. Lisa Angeli, Kathleen Riggs and Vanessa Kirk will direct you in grade 1-3.
We need at least 10 parent volunteers to walk with us to the meet, stay until students from grades 1-3 have completed their race and walk back with the group (around 12:00 PM).
We are also seeking parents who can stay for the whole day (until approximately 3:00 PM).
Please return this form if you can volunteer in the morning or all day to Ms. Papoff or Ms. Kittask (emails above).
Warmly, The Cross Country Coaching Team
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 first Caring, Safe and Accepting Schools Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for:
Wednesday, October 9
Library – Second Floor Duke Building
For more information about this committee click here.
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.
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.