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Gatestone Elementary School 127 Gatestone Drive, Stoney Creek ON, L8J 3Z5 Phone: (905) 573-7731 Fax:
Gatestone Elementary School
127 Gatestone Drive, Stoney Creek ON, L8J 3Z5
Phone: (905) 573-7731
Fax:
(905) 573-3127
E-mail: gatestone@hwdsb.on.ca
Website: http://schools.hwdsb.on.ca/gatestone/
May 1st, 2012
Principal : Mr. Bill Torrens
Vice-Principal: Mrs. Jenny Seto-Vanderlip
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
ORGANIZATION FOR 2012-2013
LOOKING BACK AT APRIL AND AHEAD TO MAY
April was a busy month. Amongst other events, Pink T-shirt Day
showed Gatestone’s commitment to stamping out bullying and
We received our final school organization late in April and we
can confirm that to begin the 2012-2013 academic year,
Gatestone will be organized as follows:
the Grade Fours enjoyed a medieval feast
Thank you to the
Grade Four Team for their effort in organizing both events. We
 JK A/B
2 Classes
 Grade Four/
also began a new tradition of a rooftop photo.
Five Split
1 Class
 SK A/B
2 Classes
 Grade Five
2 Classes
 JK/SK A/B Split
2 Classes
Mrs. Srsan and her yearbook team have been working very hard
to prepare this year’s yearbook. The yearbook is $20.00 and
this is the last week for orders. Order one to preserve the
memories of a great year at Gatestone!
 Grade Six
3 Classes
 Grade One
3 Classes
 Grade Seven
2 Classes
 Grade Two
4 Classes
 Grade Seven/
 Grade Three
2 Classes
Eight Split
1 Class
 Grade Three/
 Grade Eight
2 Classes
Our Grades Three and Six classes are preparing for their
EQAO Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics (please
see the next page more information on EQAO). In May, we
focus our preparations on having the students experience
activities taken from old assessments to build their confidence
and a level of comfort with the type of tasks they will encoun-
ter. Another way that we prepare for EQAO is offering the
After-School Scholars Program. For two nights a week over
more than two months, groups of students received extra sup-
port and coaching to become prepared for the assessment.
Thank you to Mrs. Flis and Mrs. Dunstall, who worked with
Grade Three students, and Mrs. Baturin and Mrs. Gould, who
worked with Grade Sixes, for their efforts on behalf of our stu-
dents.
Four Split
1 Class
 Comprehensive
1 Class
 Grade Four
2 Classes
At this time it is premature to place teachers’ names to these
classes as our staffing process unfolds until the last week of June.
As always, we expect a combination of retirements, promotions,
transfers and successful postings to alter our staff. As we did
last year, we will make students aware of their 2012-2013 teach-
er when they receive their report cards.
FUNDRAISING UPDATE
Mrs. Wlodarczyk’s Class 68 will once again practice their sales
and money skills by selling TCBY Yogurt on Fridays during
Nutrition Break.
Thank you for your support of our 21st Century Education
Fundraising Drive. We are within $2600 of our goal. With the
Athletic Equipment and Wear Sale plus our Open House, we
should be able to go back to the Heritage Green Community
Trust on May 18th with our target of $8000 attained.
OPEN HOUSE
This year’s Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd
from 5:30 to 7:00. In terms of an agenda, it is a simple event:
 5:00 Harvey’s food service begins at the front of the
school;
 5:30 doors open for parents;
 6:30 Raffle Basket Draw in the Front Foyer
 6:45 Pie Toss Fundraiser
We hope to see everyone there!
Have a great May!
Bill Torrens, Principal
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NEWS AROUND GATESTONE

CLASSBUILDING May marks the time to begin planning for 2012-2013. The staffing process occurs throughout May and June and class build- ing will begin in May, as well. Our class building work will be guided by educational research which informs us that classes that include a balance of genders and a diversity of abilities and personalities are the most successful. Information regarding next year’s class placement (Teacher and Class) will be provided with each child’s final report card in June. Once classes are set, the only opportunity for change will be September reorganization.

Every year, some parents make specific requests regarding their children’s teacher for next year. I ask that those requests come to me directly, in writing, for my consideration.

GRADE THREE AND SIX EQAO ASSESSMENTS Annually, the Education Quality and Accountability Office, EQAO, assesses Grade Three and Six Students in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that our education system is preparing students for success. It is based on the Ontario Curriculum and a grading format is used to ensure that children are scored in a consistent, fair manner.

The information gathered in the assessments is provided to parents/caregivers and to the school. It is used to assist in school planning in the following year. For example, the EQAO data can help us, as a Staff, identify where our students excel and where additional support and instruction is needed.

Our teachers have been working all year to prepare the students for the assessment and in May we will “bump up” our efforts. For example, a practice assessment day in May will be held. The teachers will simulate the assessment (use old EQAO materials, use the same timeframe, provide no help, etc.) to help the students get ready.

This year, the assessment will occur between Wednesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, June 6th. The students are assessed over a number of days. A full schedule will be prepared and communicated to the families of Grade Three and Six stu- dents in the next weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about EQAO, please go to our website, http://schools.hwdsb.on.ca/gatestone/eqao-

A Youtube video, powerpoint presentation and

other publications from EQAO can be accessed through the website.

If there are questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the school and speak to your child’s teacher or either the Vice Principal or Principal.

WARM WEATHER We hope May and June brings lots of sunny days, but with the sun comes high UV days. To keep your child safe, please apply sunscreen (spf 50 is recommended) before school and ensure that they have a hat to protect their faces from the sun. It is also recommended that every student brings a refillable water bottle to school.

Sunny days also bring summer clothes. Please be mindful that our dress code remains in effect and we request that our students do not wear:

Tops which have

expose

cut’

‘spaghetti

straps’

or

undergarments or midriff

necklines;

sections

and/or

‘low

‘Muscle shirts’ or pants that expose undergarments (worn low on the hips);

Skirts or shorts which do not come to the ends of fingers of and flat hand while standing or ‘pajamas’.

Our dress is outlined in full in the school agenda.

CELL PHONES Although HWDSB Policy allows them to do so, we prefer that students do not bring cellphones to school. This is a reminder that students are not allowed to call or text message in class and they need a Staff member’s permission to call or text (to someone outside of Gatestone) at Nutrition Break.

Students caught calling or texting in class will have their cell- phones sent to the Office where they are kept to the end of the day. We record the student’s name and if it happens a second time have the parents pick up the cellphone.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP Traffic in front of the school is becoming a major concern. Unfortunately, the school was not designed to have a drop-off area for passenger cars at the front. Only buses should use this area for drop-off and pick-up. Please drop you children off on a side street or another safe place rather than in our laneway. Perhaps the most congested place is the parking area at the side of the school. It was not designed as a roundabout. Please do not drop off your child there and then precede to turnaround. As well, please do not drop-off your children in the middle lane of our front lane. This increases the likelihood of a child being hit by car in the curb lane. Please either walk your children to school or drop them off on a side street.

ATHLETICS Congratulations to both the senior boys and senior girls basketball teams on winning their respective divisions this year. Both teams went undefeated in league play and qualified for the playoffs. In playoff action, the girls were upset in the first round by Flamboro Centre while the boys progressed all the way to the city semi-finals where they lost to a very big and talented team from Dalewood. Mr. Lane, Mr. MacNab and Mrs. Taylor would like to thank all the players for the time and effort they put in this season. Well done Seniors!

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DIRECTOR MALLOY: ENGAGING OUR STUDENTS

Engaging students is at the heart of our work. When students are engaged, they learn. So, how do we engage each and every student?

they learn. So, how do we engage each and every student? Some would argue that a

Some would argue that a car- ing environment will engage students. This environment encourages students to share their voice, to advocate for their own learning, to collaborate with others, to explore, to think, to create…

Some would argue that unique programs engage students programs in the arts, technology, sports and social justice, to name a few.

Some would argue that effective instruction and innovative learning environments engage students.

I would argue that we need all of the above!

In our public education system in Ontario, we are expected to ensure that all students achieve, to close any achievement gaps and to build confidence in public education.

At the end of the day, our responsibility is to provide equity of access, opportunity and outcome for our students. Students achieve because each and every student attends a school (access) that has the environment and programs (opportunity) that allows them to excel (outcome). If we take this responsibil- ity seriously and we hold as the ideal for each student that they will achieve, then I believe this responsibility and ideal has an impact on the type of programs and learning environments we offer.

In order to fulfill our commitment to each student, schools need to be responsive to the interests and needs of their students. This is no easy task. A school system may need to provide ‘out of the box’ support to ensure that programs are offered that our students may desire or need.

For me the focus of our work needs to be:

We must engage each and every student.

Learning environments and programs have an impact on this engagement.

Listening to student voice is paramount.

Providing access, opportunity and outcome is foundational

There are no perfect answers to the challenge of engaging all students; therefore innovative thinking and practice is needed.

Engaging our students in effective learning environments with programs that respond to their interests and
Engaging our students in effective learning environments with
programs that respond to their interests and needs is our
priority, in a context that never forgets equity of access, oppor-
tunity and outcome. By wrestling with how to make this priority
a reality, we will strengthen our public education system in
Hamilton-Wentworth.
STONEY CREEK STORM BASKETBALL CLUB
Stoney Creek Storm Basketball will be hosting its 2nd Annual
Summer Basketball Camp. This camp is open to all boys and girls
regardless of ability and experience. We develop our schedule
based on the skill level of the players and each player will be
challenged daily to improve their individual skills and team game.
Our program goal is to provide an environment that will foster
the growth of each player regardless of their abilities.
Please go to www.stoneycreekstorm.com for more information
and registration form.
Report Your Child’s Absence
This
is
a quick
reminder to
please call
the school at
905-573-7731 if you child is going to be late or absent.
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May 2012
May 2012

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

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Sat

   

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April Winit

Boomerang

Open House

JK/SKB Police

Assembly 2:20

Lunch

JK/SKA Police

Community

Community

Helpers

Helpers

Assembly

Assembly

TCBY

Pizza

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SKA

SKB

Pizza

TCBY

Graduation

Graduation

Photos

Photos

Boomerang

Lunch

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Gauss Math

Run4Change

Pizza

TCBY

Contest

Boomerang

Lunch

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Victoria Day

EQAO begins Destination College Gr. 7 JK Orientation Night 6:00 Boomerang Lunch Special Olympics Grade Two Trip

EQAO

EQAO

(No School)

Pizza

TCBY

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EQAO

EQAO

EQAO

EQAO

EQAO

9:15 Fire

School Council

WINIT

TCBY

Prevention

6:30

Assembly 2:30

Assemblies

Boomerang

Pizza

Lunch

Key Dates in June

Friday, June 8th, PA Day (No School)

Monday, June 11th to Wednesday, June 13th, Grade Six Wanakita Trip

Tuesday, June 19th, Grade Two HCA Trip

Wednesday, June 27th, Report Cards Distributed

Thursday, June 28th, Last Day of School