What a year! A special note from our PSC

RH McGregor community:

Tuesday we had our final PSC meeting for the year.  The purpose of this meeting was to review final fundraising tally for the year as well as finalize the allocation of those funds consistent with this years plan.

First, congratulations!  This year was a phenomenal success in fundraising, netting over $64,000 of funds to support our amazing school.  Thanks to everyone who made this year happen!!!

As per the plan established throughout the year, here is a summary of the spending allocations:

1.  School enrichment: 

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A total of $22,500 is allocated towards school/classroom enrichment.  Just under $13,000 has been spent year-to-date on more than 60 in-class enrichment experiences (Scientist-in-the-School, Animals, Art)  as well as many classroom materials/projects in Art, Literacy, Numeracy and Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM).  Over 70% of the teachers have participated in the enrichment funds.  Teachers have an opportunity to spend remaining funds up to July 6th.  Any left over funds will be carried forward into next years PSC budget process.

2. Technology:  

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The plan presented by the school asked for 70 Chromebooks to be primarily used by grades 3/4/5 costing $24,500.   This will give approx 1 laptop/3 junior students.  Since 2014, over $50,000 of fundraising has been applied to technology in the school in the form of IPADs for kindergarten (2014/2015) projectors for all classes (2015/2016) and now Chromebooks for the junior grades.  The school technology plan’s next priority areas include an additional tablet/laptop per classroom, 20 laptops for the library and then 1 tablet/4 primary students (approx 60 more tablets).

3. Music:

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Just under $3500 is allocated to supplement the school instrumental program with 6 trumpets, 6 flutes and 3 trombones.

4. Grade 5 Grad 

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The wonderfully dedicated team of grade 5 students, parents and teachers raised $5,200 which was applied to help subsidize the grade 5 grad trip.

5.  Reserve Fund

$4600 is reserved for start-up costs for next year.  This helps to fund the welcome back barbecue and other events early in the year which we have not yet fundraised for.

6.Other

The remaining funds were allocated to item such as Gingerbread-decorating charity donation, EQAO snacks, Day-of-Pink T-Shirts, Graduation, McGregor Garden etc.

Looking forward to next year, key committee roles remain vacant.  Key roles include Fundraising Chair and Pizza Lunch Coordinator need to be filled in order to have a successful 2017/2018 year.  Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Parent and School Council should email mcgregor.matters@gmail.com

Many thanks to everyone for a very successful school year.  Enjoy the summer!

New Ukulele Program for Students entering Grade 4 in September

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Parents of grade 3s going into grade 4 at RH McGregor next fall,
Last week we sent home a registration form with the Grade 3 students for an exciting ukulele music program for kids coming into our school, called “U School”. This is an extra curricular, non profit, subsidized program, run by Juno Award-winning music artist Melanie Doane, taught by herself and a her bank of teachers teaching her ukulele method. The program starts with grade 4 students, and moves on from there. There are 15 spots open in total. If you didn’t get a form, please ask at the office, or email the PSC (Parent Student Council) at mcgregor.matters@gmail.com and request one. Registrations need to be in by the end of this school year.
For more information about Uschool see here:  http://uschool.ca/
A form is also attached here:  Beginner Ukulele registration R.H.(1)
Full details:

Beginner Ukulele registration at R.H. McGregor
This exciting subsidized program will be offered to Grade 4’s and 5’s for the 2017/18 school year.

“The ukulele is an ideal tool for delivering music education. Note reading, melody, rhythm and harmony all on one affordable and fun instrument. I grew up with this program in the Halifax school board and I am the musician I am today because of how it shaped my musical education.” – Melanie Doane

Melanie Doane will be overseeing the program that will begin in fall 2017. See Melanie at Uschool.ca discussing this music method and charitable organization.

THE PROGRAM
• The program will run for the entire school year, every Wednesday after school
• The cost of the program for the full year is $240.00 (this is a subsidized rate)
• This will include school concerts, online review and the Uke Day event
• Start date, first week of Oct

UKULELES
Students are required to purchase a ukulele that they will bring to class and practice with at home. The cost is $65 for the uke and soft case. For the best price and quality, ukuleles will be ordered together by the school from Empire Music (empiremusic.com). These student soprano models have proven to be the best sound for the lowest price. 
*** Students are encouraged to purchase a good ukulele through the class order because this is a fun and serious educational program that requires a proper instrument for success.

If you already have your own ukulele, it must be approved first by Melanie at registration time. Purchasing along with the class is the easiest route for parents and is recommended. Finding a uke on your own, if yours is not acceptable, can become more expensive.

Ukulele brands not recommended: Mahalo, Beaver Creek, Diamond Head and Denver brand ukes.

Parents are expected to support weekly practice and must accept this responsibility if their child becomes a participant. Melanie provides video assistance for parents in regards to tuning and practicing at home.

REGISTRATION

ALL REGISTRATION WILL BE first come first served directly with Melanie Doane

15 spots available

To request and secure a spot for your child, please email:

melanie@uschool.ca

Once you’ve had email contact with Melanie directly, further instructions will be given.

 

Movie Night – June 16th and Last PSC meeting of the year

 

MOVIE NIGHT – JUNE 16TH 3:30 – 5:30

Don’t miss our final movie night of the year.  Tickets are available on muncha lunch.  $5 per ticket, $5 pizza combo and $1 for popcorn.

JK/SK parents must be accompanied by a guardian.

FINAL PSC MEETING OF THE YEAR – June 20th

We will have our final meeting for the year on Tuesday June 20th at 7pm in the Library.  Childcare will be provided.  This meeting is very crucial as we will be confirming the allocation of our fundraising dollars.   Hope to see you there.  If you are not able to attend the meeting we will submit an end of year report shortly after the meeting.

 

Spring Fair – May 27th 11am-3pm

Our Spring Fair is coming up on Saturday May 27th!  There will be lots of activities including 4 Bouncy Castles… The Fire Truck, Backyard Obstacle Course, Climb and Slide, and Barn. We will also have a Dunk Tank and kindergarten “Dino Dig” in the kindergarten play area. Of course no fair is complete without Food, Cotton Candy, and Popcorn!  Look for Fire Trucks, Police Cars and more…And for the adults… a Coffee Station and Parent Relax Station!

Tickets are on sale on munchalunch.  We will be selling tickets, but also all day wristbands… $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

The all day wristbands will get you unlimited access to activities; excluding food, popcorn, cotton candy and the dunk tank.

If you can volunteer, make a donation, or would like to sponsor an event please email Popi Caravasilis at npopi@hotmail.com  or mcgregor.matters@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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Maker Fest – Saturday April 29th 11:00-2:00

A big thanks for our sponsors to help make this Saturday’s maker fest a great event

Home Depot on Curity for donating birdhouses & Home Depot in Leaside for general donations.

Kevin Smith Homes – birdhouses tool, kits and facilitation

 

DeSerres Danforth- various art supplies and materials

Tél.: 416.422.2443

1556 Danforth Avenue Toronto ON M4J 1N4

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Cyclepath on the Danforth

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1520 Danforth Ave.(just west of Coxwell)
Toronto, Ontario
M4J 1N4
Telephone:(416) 463-5346
Fax:(416) 406-5232
E-mail:weknowbikes@thecyclepath.com

 

PRE-ORDERING FOR SATURDAY’S MAKER FEST ENDS TONIGHT AT 9!

WWW.MUNCHALUNCH.COM

 

VOLUNTEER: mcgregor.matters@gmail.com

 

Pizza Lunch – Order today for Thursday

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Don’t forget to our your pizza lunch today for this Thursday’s pizza lunch.  See this note below from our amazing Volunteer Pizza Lunch Team:

At our last lunch on April 6th, approximately 100 students showed up who were without orders in the system and without lunches.  The school ordered extra pizza and everyone was fed eventually.  We believe this happened because parents thought they had ordered in January for the rest of the year.  Please take a moment to check your account to see if you have signed up until June (My Account > View My Orders > click ‘View’ to download a copy of your order).  If you have not yet ordered please just click ‘Order Lunch’ and proceed to place your order.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the email listed below.

 

Thanks, and have a great week!

Karen, Shaindy, and Tamara

 

Volunteer Pizza lunch Team

email pizzalunch@hotmail.ca

 

Tickets for Mini Maker Fest – now available

General admission and Breakout Workshop Tickets for Mini Maker Fest are now available on www.munchalunch.com

 

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We have so many great workshops and activities this year that you won’t want to miss.

For details of all our events, check out our new Mini Maker page

https://555mortimer.wordpress.com/maker-fest-april-29th/

Here is a summary of all of our events.

General Admission – $10.  Breakout workshops – $5-$15

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Maker Fest – Save the Date – April 29th

Mark your calendars.  Last year our inaugural mini maker fest was a huge success and you don’t want to miss this year’s event.

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Tickets will be on http://www.munchalunch.com as of April 9th.

Some of this year’s events include

  • Wee weaving
  • Toronto Lego User Group
  • Dash & Dot Robots via Logic Academy
  • Toronto Tool Library – Spin Art Machines
  • Repair Cafe – machine repair
  • Toronto Public Library – 3D printing
  • Tshirt making
  • Woodworking
  • Bike repair
  • and more….

Full details will follow in days to come!