Holiday Breakfast orders for breakfast are now being accepted! Your choice of either pancakes or latkes with either eggs or sausages - all meals come with fruit and a drink! Click here to order. We need lots of volunteers to help make this event a success ... things have been broken down into 1hr shifts, so please help if you can! To see the list of tasks and to sign up, please click on this link.
We still need gently-used or new items for our Children's Marketplace. Drop them off in the office - donations accepted up until the day before the breakfast.
And new this year: we will be holding a free flu shot clinic thanks to East End Community Health Centre! Pancakes, Santa and a flu shot all under one roof! Click to view flu shot info.
Tuesday Nov. 26: ETFO work to rule begins. Want to show support for teachers? Click here
Wednesday Nov. 27: Pizza lunch!!!
Friday Nov 29: Lost and found clear out
Have your naughty kittens lost their mittens? Has your Bo Peep lost some sheep? Come look for them at the Lost and Found this week! Our end of month clear-out will happen end-of-day on Friday.
December hot lunch menus are now available. Click here to view.
BAND and STRINGS
ATTENTION grades 5,6,7 and 8: make sure you go if you have signed up for band or strings this year. Please see Mr. Caruso if you are in Grades 5 and 6 and would still like to sign up for band or strings.Guitar Club:
Tuesdays from 3:15-4:00 in Rm. 203
Primary Choir (grades 2/3):
Tuesday at 11:25 in the Cafeteria. Students meet Ms. Parisi and Mr. Mercier with their lunches and coats!
Senior Choir (grades 6,7,8):
Tuesday at Lunch in Rm. 203
Junior Choir (grades 4/5):
Thursday at Lunch in Rm. 203
A reminder to parents: if you are involved in the ARTS (music, drama, promotion of the arts, performer) please let Mr. Caruso know about your involvement. It is wonderful to connect with members of the arts community!
Do you have any UKULELES or GUITARS that are not being used? Consider donating them to Duke of Connaught's MUSIC PROGRAM. Contact Mr. Caruso for more info.
Please visit the Duke Music Website for Duke's musical events and programs.
Click here for the latest in tournaments and tryouts
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.