2015 Parent Academy Conference for Parents and April’s CPAC Meeting

The Cluster B CSW team is proud to invite all interested families in our cluster to the :

When: Saturday April, 18th, 2015
Where: Cedarbrae High School – 550 Markham rd Scarborough
Time: 10:00 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
What: Workshops for Parents / Caregivers to impact positive change on a Personal, School and Community level & to effectively Support their children’s success and well-being 
When: Tuesday April, 21st. 2015
Where: D.A. Morrison Middle School – 271 Gledhill Ave 3rd flr in the library
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
What: CPAC meeting focus will be CAT – 4 Testing & School Gardening Sharing…
There is something for everybody so please spread the word and hope to see you there.
Please take a look at the flyers and registration attached for more info and you can contact our Community Support Worker if you have any questions.
Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Fri Mar 27 – Planes Fire and Rescue

movie night

Roden Council Fundraising Committee Presents:
Planes Fire and Rescue
Friday May 30th
Doors open at 6pm and movie starts at 6:30pm
Admission $2 per person
VIP LOUNGE raffle ticket: $1 eac
Grab your blankets, pillows and come out and support us!

The parents’ lounge is back since it was well received at last movie night. It will be located at the back of the gym so that parents can socialize, albeit quietly, through the movie without disturbing movie-watchers.

As usual, we’ll have food: hot dogs, pizza, samosas and baked goods along with popcorn and drinks.

So please come early enough to eat in the gym ahead of time.

Parent Event at Westwood Middle School

Westwood School Council has invited all community members (in our Family of Schools) to an event that they have organized entitled:

Parents for Parents: Exploring the exciting mind of the adolescent learner and sharing how to support them…and yourself

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2015
WHERE: Westwood Middle School, 994 Carlaw Ave
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

We’ll be using Open Space Technology, whereby every participant has the opportunity to opt in and out of conversations that will take place around the room. Comments/thoughts will be charted. At the end of the night, there’ll be a plenary session of sorts, during which we’ll review the charts and pick out the key themes. Based on the key themes, we’ll determine focus of our next event (tentatively scheduled for May 5, during Mental Health Week).

Please see attached poster for more details and contact information.

Parent Conference

The TDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) are hosting a FREE one-day conference for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS on Saturday March 28th.

Special Education: Empowering Families through Knowledge and Networking

Registration is online, and child-minding, including special needs children, is available by advance registration.

Check out the attached flyer for more details such as descriptions of the workshops and agencies that will be present.

Please contact Duane for more information:
Duane Spencer
Community Support Worker
Toronto District School Board

Done Like Dinner

By Mercedes Lee

In last month’s column, I made the declaration that I could probably fill 2 years’ worth of columns with rice recipes alone. “Please,” you scoffed, probably thinking I was exaggerating. YET HERE I AM, a woman of my word, with a recipe that makes the most of leftover rice, whether from the fridge of the freezer.

Kimchi fried rice is a spin on a time-honoured everything-but-the-kitchen-sink dish that is generally a crowd pleaser. Fried rice is elastic – you can chop up any combination of vegetables and protein (now is a good time to clear out the fridge in a creative way), toss it together with some rice in a pan, flavour with a little soy, and – if you’re really trying to nail all my food triggers – top with a runny fried egg for a quick, satisfying, and budget-friendly weeknight dinner.

Kimchi Fried Rice
serves 4-6

2 Tb. cooking oil of your choice
1 lb of ground pork, ground turkey, ground beef, or chopped leftover protein (feel free to omit, or substitute scrambled eggs, or 1-2 cups of chopped protein of your choosing)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1” piece of ginger, peel and minced
3 cups cooked rice
1 jar of cabbage kimchi (available in the refrigerator section of the Asian grocery stores on Gerrard), or 2 cups of cabbage kimchi, roughly chopped
1-2 cups of frozen peas (or equivalent chopped kale, napa cabbage, or swiss chard)
2 Tb light soy sauce
1 Tb seasoned rice wine
1 tsp. white sugar or brown sugar
1 bunch of scallions, chopped

– In a large wok or very large skillet, or dutch oven, heat the oil. When it’s hot, cook the meat until cooked through. If you’re using leftover protein, heat it in the oil until warmed through.
– Add the minced garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant
– Add the rice, kimchi, and frozen peas (or additional vegetables) and cook until heated through, peas are cooked and/or greens wilted.
– Add the soy, rice wine, sugar and toss with the fried rice to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust with additional soy, salt and pepper if desired.
– Mix in chopped scallions.
– If desired, top with a runny fried egg
kimchi rice

Grade 3 – Early Settlers’ log houses

The grade 3s have been learning about Early Settlers this year. They just finished an art project using branches from the fall wind storm to build pioneer log houses. They ended up going above and beyond as they became involved in the project and added things like yards and animals.

Sports teams and clubs update

There are many extra-curricular activities happening at the school. Check out how your kids could become involved!

Indoor Soccer: (Grade 7/8) Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Sept. 30 – April 14) – Mr. Lam
Beep Club: every Monday @ morning recess- Mr. Poon
Ukelele Club: (Grades 3 and 4) Tuesdays @ lunch- Ms. Montgomery
Photography Club: Mondays @ lunch – Ms. Homavazir and Ms. Horvath
Dance Club: (Grades 2 to 8) Fridays at 12:10 – Louise Granahan
Comic Club: (Grade 4 and 5) Mondays @ lunch – Mr. Donovan – Area 22
Boy’s Basketball: (Grade 8) Practice Times TBA – Mr. Punch and Mr. Mighton)
Volleyball: (Grade 3 and 4) Wednesday @ 8:10 am- Mr. Poon
Floor Hockey: (Grades 4, 5 and 6) Tues and Thurs @ 12:15 Mr. Poon and Mr. Levine
Floor Hockey: (Grades 7 and 8) Mondays @ lunch Mr. Mighton
Lego Club: Wednesdays at Lunch (Jan 14 to Feb 25) – Mme. Stavrakos and Ms. Campbell
Rainbow Loom Club Mondays @lunch – Area 20

Roden Student Council

Did you know that there is a Roden Student Council?

The Roden Student Council is made up of the following students:

Grade 8
Chris A.
Jacob W.
Jenny Z.

Grade 7
Gabrielle R.
Ian A.

My name is Jacob W. and I am in grade 8. I ran for student council because it’s a fun way to interact and bond with the students of Roden/Equinox and much more. I think student council is important because you are the voice of the students and try to make their ideas come true. Being part of the student council is exciting because you know that it’s not only the students that are counting on you, but your fellow student council members as well. As student council we are a team and in order for a team to work everyone needs to help. I think student council is good for working on your teamwork skills because that’s what makes the student council work.

Hello my name is Ian A. and I am in grade 7. At the beginning of the year, I found out that the grade 7 and 8 classes had a student council. When I was elected onto the student council, I thought to myself, “What can I do to help our school?” For example, I wanted to have fundraisers such as selling fresh popcorn. Fundraising can really help opportunities for our school and make it a fun place to learn for the students of all grades. Thank you so much for reading my letter. I really appreciate it.