Have a Question or Concern?
Attached is a poster outlining who to contact regarding specific questions or concerns. All tdsb staff are available by email (first name.last firstname.lastname@example.org) and will follow up with you in a timely manner regarding questions or concerns, however, it is important to know who to contact. As outlined on the Allenby website, please do not send emails to the general delivery mailbox listed on the website. This mailbox is for external emails only and as it fills with spam, it is not checked daily. All Allenby staff names are available on the website under Staff Directory. Staff can also be contacted by phone at the 416-393-9115 and Jamie or Renee will take a message for the staff member to return your call when they are available. Please note that messages cannot be delivered during teaching times.
If a parent contacts me regarding a classroom concern, my first question will be, “Have you spoken to the teacher?” If you have any questions or concerns that have been voiced but not addressed by the classroom teacher or questions about school procedures, safety, etc. then please feel free to contact the vice principal, Deborah Zamin or myself. We are a team and the continued communication and partnership is essential to student success and well-being.
Spirit Day and Pizza Lunch
Next Friday, September 29th, is our first Spirit Day for the 2017/18 school year and pizza lunch. The deadline for pizza lunch sign up, should your child(ren) wish to participate, was last Friday, using Amilia.
For many years, Allenby staff and students have participated in monthly Spirit Days with students dressing up in common themes once a month (i.e. crazy hair day, beach day). Spirit though comes from more than similar wardrobes on a given day. When I think of the times in my life when I have felt real spirit it is during those times when I am doing something to bring awareness or make a difference. We see this with Allenby students as well, if you want to see great spirit visit during the Terry Fox Run, when a class donned capes in support of Holland Bloorview, or when our grade six students have worked to make a difference through Me to We.
This year, every Spirit Day will be tied to learning about a cause for the month. Classroom teachers are signing up to bring awareness to a cause while educating students about the world beyond their own backyard. In addition to announcements for students, we will be posting the Spirit Day focus under Important dates on the Allenby website as they become known and will be including a piece in the newsletter in the week before the Spirit Day so that parents understand the theme and message.
September’s Spirit Day is Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event. It grew out of a young girl having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Having this be our first Spirit Day at Allenby provides an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.
We encourage everyone to wear orange next Friday. Don’t have a shirt? Don’t worry, just try to wear some orange (e.g. orange sign, ribbon).
If you would like more information about the significance of Orange Shirt Day and how it is being recognized, please check out the Orange Shirt Day website.
Hey! I was Stung by a Bee!
The warm September temperatures have not only resulted in hot classrooms, but a greater bee and wasp population. Over the first few weeks at school, we have had a number of students with bee/wasp stings. We had a wasp’s nest removed from school property before the start of the school year, have been doing daily inspections looking for any other to appear, have been emptying the outside garbage daily (sometimes twice daily as needed), and yet they continue. We encourage children to avoid bright clothing, leave sweet snacks that may attract bees/wasps at home (e.g. juices, pop, juicy fruit) and to let an adult know immediately if they are stung. When a student is brought to the office following a sting, we will:
- Ensure that the child does not have a severe allergy to stings
- Remove the stinger if there is one left behind
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Apply some ice to the area
- Call the parent to inform them
Toys at School
Parents please assist us in ensuring that toys (including trading cards) do not come in backpacks to school. Sports equipment (i.e. balls, skipping ropes) are welcome, however, toys lead to solitary non-active play, broken and lost items. Thanks you for your assistance.