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Treaties Recognition Week

posted Nov 6, 2018, 6:57 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 6:58 AM ]

Treaties Recognition Week 2018 runs from November 4 - 10th. It is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about treaties and the treaty relationship. All students, staff, and community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, benefit from learning about the histories, cultures, contributions, and perspectives First Nations, Métis, Inuit.


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission states that, “Too many Canadians still do not know the history of Aboriginal peoples’ contributions to Canada, or understand that by virtue of the historical and modern Treaties negotiated by our government, we are all Treaty people. History plays an important role in reconciliation; to build for the future, Canadians must look to, and learn from, the past.”


Let’s all take this opportunity to learn more about treaties together. It is important for everyone to understand the significance of treaties, that they are applicable today and that they ensure the rights of many First Nations people.


As part of honouring
Treaties Recognition Week in Halton DSB,  all schools are displaying the flag of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners

posted Oct 31, 2018, 11:58 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 31, 2018, 11:59 AM ]


School Council Meeting Next Monday

posted Oct 29, 2018, 12:13 PM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 12:13 PM ]



DATE: Monday, November 5th, 2018

TIME: 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Robert Baldwin Public School, Library


______________________________________________________________________________

All are welcome to attend.

AGENDA

TIME

DURATION

ITEM

6:30

5 min

Introductions (Chair)

6:35

5 min

Review of Minutes (Chair)

  • Review of October Meeting Minutes

6:40

20 min

Administration Update (Principal)

  • EQAO Results

  • Update on School Council Constitution

7:00

30 min

Budget Review (Chair & Treasurer)

  • Approval of items on the ‘Teacher Wish List’

7:30

5 min

Grants (Chair)

  • Looking for someone to take on the role of researching for and applying to grants for the school

7:35

15 min

Family Tiles (Chair)

  • Update on the tiles painted by families last year.

7:50

10 min

Other Business?


8:00


Adjourn

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

posted Oct 29, 2018, 7:11 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 7:12 AM ]

Our Annual Tradition Continues

Many people living in Canada celebrate Halloween on October 31st. It is widely believed that this ancient festival began as a way to celebrate the end of the harvest and the start of the long winter. Today, Halloween is recognized by carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, dressing in costume and trick or treating.

At Robert Baldwin, one of the ways we recognize Halloween is with a pumpkin carving / decorating contest! All families are invited to participate in our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. To enter the contest, you are asked to carve and decorate a pumpkin to fill our ‘pumpkin patch’ (see categories and rules on the next page). The carving / decorating is to be done at home, and your creation brought into the school on the morning of October 31st between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. Bring your pumpkin to the main mall area and place it on one of the tables according to the category you wish to enter. Students may not be out of class for set-up or pick-up.

Classes will be able to come down after our parade and vote until the beginning of 2nd break. All classes will visit the ‘pumpkin patch’ to select their favourite pumpkin for each category. Visitors may also participate in the voting.

Pumpkins must be removed by 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 31st.

Pumpkins not removed by 5:30 PM will be disposed of by the school.

Don’t forget that we will be having our Halloween Parade beginning at approximately 9:00 AM on Wednesday as well. It will be indoor due to the weather. Parents can gather in the main mall area after the entry bell.

As this is an activity that spans many age groups, we ask that students who choose to dress up not wear violent, bloody, or inappropriate costumes. No props that resemble blood, swords, knives or other weapons are permitted. Also, we ask that there be no depictions of Indigenous People of Canada (e.g., First Nations, Inuit, or Metis) through the wearing of costumes or bringing of props that are not authentic and are offensive characterizations of people’s identities as well as their tradition and ceremonial regalia.

Students should bring a change of clothes with them. At 1st Nutrition Break, we will be asking our children to pack away their costumes and change into appropriate school clothes. We would not want Halloween costumes to become ripped or damaged later in the day.


Since many of our students suffer from life-threatening allergies, we ask that students DO NOT bring candy or treats to school to share with classmates or peers.


However, if your family does not celebrate Halloween, your decision is respected. Your child need not come to school dressed in a costume. Other students may choose to simply wear Orange and Black that day instead of a costume.  Also, teachers will set-up alternative activities in their classrooms for those children not wishing to participate.

CONTEST RULES AND CATEGORIES



  1. Complete one pumpkin Name Tag for each submission

  2. No candles or electric lighting in pumpkins

  3. Pumpkins must be removed by 5:30 PM on Wednesday, October 31st.

  4. Students may not be out of class for set-up or pick-up.

  5. There will be a voluntary entry fee of $2 which will be donated to our ‘Toonie for Terry’ campaign for our Terry Fox Run.


C A T E G O R I E S


  1. Funniest

  2. Scariest
  3. Coolest

  4. Prettiest

  5. Sportiest

  6. Best Carving

  7. Best Superhero

  8. Most School Spirit

  9. Most like an animal

  10. Most like a cartoon, book character or Disney character


 

CLIP HERE AND PLACE IN A BAGGIE IN YOUR PUMPKIN



Name: ________________Pumpkin3


Class: ________________


Category: _________________



'Bear Necessities' ~ Weekly Update #1

posted Oct 27, 2018, 8:52 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 27, 2018, 8:54 AM ]

Friday October 26th, 2018




Staff and students recognized Dwarfism Awareness Day on Thursday October 25th by wearing green.

We have 2 students at Robert Baldwin with Dwarfism. Our students had a chance to listen to interesting facts about Dwarfism on the announcements each day.  For example, did you know that 80% of people with Dwarfism have regular size parents.


Also, a big thank you again to Sana and her family for making the beautiful green ribbons for our staff and her classmates.


Thank you for making a difference!


Extra-Curriculars Have Begun…

We have several extra-curricular activities that have recently begun during our nutrition breaks.

  • Chess Club (Gr. 4 & 5) with Mrs. Galioto ~ Tuesdays during 2nd break.

  • Drawing Club (Gr. 2) with Mme McCann ~ Wednesdays during 1st break

  • Dance Club (Gr. 3) with Mme McCann ~ Thursdays during 1st break

  • Junior Choir (Gr. 4 & 5) with Mr. Armiss & Ms. Ayroso ~ Wednesdays during 2nd break

Thank you to those teachers for being so generous with their time.


Thank You School Council!

Our School Council generously supports and enriches the learning experiences for all of our students.  Recently, they purchased 20 Chromebooks for our Library. As well, the lines (e.g., four square, ball court) on our playground will be re-painted thanks to them. Our School Council meets on the 1st Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Please consider attending a meeting. New members are always welcome.


IMPORTANT DATES

October 31st

Halloween Parade at 9:00 AM.

We are hoping for an outdoor parade but due to the recent cold, it may indoor.

November 1st

Terry Fox Run ~ Periods 5 & 6.

Please consider supporting  Cancer Research by bringing a ‘toonie for Terry’

November 5th

School Council Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library.

We will send out an agenda shortly.

November 5th & 6th

Fresh From the Farm’ pick-up. This date may change.

November 12th

Deadline for MacMillan orders

November 14th

‘Telling Tales Junior Literacy Event’ with author Melanie Florence

Please R.S.V.P. to Mrs. Benison ~ benisonh@hdsb.ca

November 19th

Progress Reports Go Home

November 23rd

P.A. Day for interviews and student-led conferences.

November 30th

QSP & MacMillan order pick up ~ evening

Dec. 4th

Holiday Concert ~ details to follow about exact times


Work Hard. Be Nice. Make a Difference.




ROB's Terry Fox Run is Approaching

posted Oct 23, 2018, 6:14 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 6:14 AM ]

Our school is one of 8500 Schools across Canada that will be participating in the Terry Fox School Run. There are schools that participate in the Run in St. Johns, Newfoundland all the way across the country to Victoria, B.C. There are over 3 million students that raise funds annually for cancer research, all walking in Terry’s footsteps to show compassion for those suffering with cancer. When we participate in our Run on Thursday, November 1st, we will be a strong show of solidarity to our school community and as united Canadians.

Please consider bringing in a toonie for Terry between now and November 1st to help raise money for cancer research!

Dwarfism Awareness Week

posted Oct 22, 2018, 5:21 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 5:21 AM ]

Dear Families,

You may notice staff and students wearing a green and white ribbon this week around RBPS. We are wearing this ribbon in recognition of Dwarfism Awareness Week ~ October 22nd - 26th.

We have 2 students at RBPS with Dwarfism and in support of them and others, we are asking staff and students to wear green on Thursday October 25th which is Dwarfism Awareness Day.

Please join us in creating further awareness of Dwarfism by wearing something green on Thursday. Some ideas for your children are their green RB t-shirt, green sports jersey, green t-shirt or green dress or pants.

Halloween At ROB

posted Oct 18, 2018, 7:25 AM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 7:25 AM ]

Dear Robert Baldwin Families,


At our school, we understand the importance of embracing our differences and recognizing our cultures and celebrations. Many cultural and religious celebrations have already taken place since the beginning of school such as Yom Kippur.  October 31st is also a day of significance. For those who follow the Wicca faith, it is ‘Samhain’ which marks the end of the harvest season and preparation for winter.


Also, for many North Americans, October 31st is the cultural celebration of Halloween. Many customs come with Halloween such as carving pumpkins, ‘trick or treating’ for candy and dressing in costume.


On Wednesday October 31st, staff and students may come to school dressed in costume in order to celebrate Halloween. Our school will have a Halloween parade in which students can view the various costumes worn by classmates and peers. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. Please gather on the blacktop (portable side) after the morning entry bell. The parade will begin right after O’Canada at approximately 9:00 AM. At that time, classes will exit the school and march around the outside of the blacktop a few times before re-entering the school.


In the past, there have been incidents of people dressing as ‘scary or creepy clowns’ and approaching youth to frighten them in school community areas. We ask that Halloween costumes NOT incite fear and anxiety in the way that these ‘scary or creepy clown’ costumes have been designed. Clown costumes that reflect the positive, happy, jolly image of clowns are appropriate and welcome.


We ask that children do not come to school dressed in violent, bloody or inappropriate costumes. Furthermore, students should not come to school using fake blood or carrying weapons such as plastic guns, plastic knives or plastic swords. Masks may be worn during the parade provided they adhere to the above criteria.


In addition, we ask that there be no depictions of the Indigenous People of Canada (e.g., First Nations, Inuit and Metis) through the wearing of costumes or bringing of props as these are not authentic and are offensive characterizations of people’s identities as well as their traditional and ceremonial regalia.


Students should bring a change of clothes with them. At 1st Nutrition Break, we will be asking our children to pack away their costumes and change into appropriate school clothes. We would not want Halloween costumes to become ripped or damaged later in the day.


Since many of our students suffer from life-threatening allergies, we ask that students DO NOT bring candy or treats to school to share with classmates or peers.


However, if your family does not celebrate Halloween, your decision is respected. Your child need not come to school dressed in a costume. Other students may choose to simply wear Orange and Black that day instead of a costume.  Also, teachers will set-up alternative activities in their classrooms for those children not wishing to participate.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Gaetano (Gary) Levante

levanteg@hdsb.ca

905-878-8833


Calling All 3 Year Olds

posted Oct 8, 2018, 7:56 PM by Gary Levante   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 7:56 PM ]


QSP Fundraiser Has Begun

posted Sep 29, 2018, 2:39 PM by Gary Levante   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 2:40 PM ]




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