Noon Hour Programs; the Fun Continues! – Enrolment Opens Tomorrow

Spring is right around the corner and with the change in season comes a change in Noon Hour Programming!  There are some wonderful new activities to choose from as well as the old favourites.  (Unfortunately, Janine the Jenius cannot return this term, but we’re hopeful she will be back in September)  Your child should’ve brought home the new program schedule.  It can also be found in the foyer displayed on the wall.  This term, registration has been split over two days: Monday, February 27th & Tuesday, February 28th Please see the full spring flyer HERE! If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions for programming, please contact: noonhourtrafalgar@gmail.com
Here’s what NEW this session for Noon Hour programs:
1. Two-day registration- We are introducing a two-day registration process this time around. We are hoping this process will make it easier for families with 2 or more children to register for the courses they want as well as lessen the pressure on our software. These classes sell out fast! You must pay for your child’s class at the time of registration in order to secure their spot.
Day One – February 27th at 7:00 AM
* Only the following classes will be available for registration on this day:
• Sewing (Mondays)
• Ukuleles (Beginner) (Tuesdays)
• Magic (Wednesdays)
• Hip Hop Dance Grades 4-7 only (Wednesdays)
• Knitting for Grades 4-7 only (session #3) (Thursdays)
• Yoga (Thursdays)
• Ukuleles (Level 2) (Fridays)
Day Two – February 28th at 7:00 AM
* All other classes will be available for registration on this day:  

• Sportball: Multi-Sport (Mondays)
• Knitting for Grades 1-3 session #1 (Mondays)
• Hip Hop Dance Grades K-3 only (Tuesdays)
• Knitting for Grades 1-3 session #2 (Wednesdays)
• Bricks4Kidz (Wednesdays)
• Chess  (Thursdays)
• Creative Expressions (Thursdays)
• Sportball: Golf & Ball Hockey (Fridays)

Registration Closes: March 6th at 7:00am

2. Knitting for older grades We have added a knitting class for Grades 4-7 only! Should it not fill up on Day one of registration, we will open the class to Grade 3s, and then 2s…

3. Outdoor classes! We are happy to announce that we have added 2 Sportball classes that will take place outside. They do have the option to go indoors to the gym if the weather is truly horrible.

 

After School Programs

 

Please check out the upcoming after school programs here including Pedalheads bike lessons which will run on Tuesdays from April 25 for five weeks (3:15 to 5:15 PM).
Registration is already open for the Ocean Explorer, Lego Robotics, Young Rembrandts, Xmodus Minecraft and Python Programming. Chess is not offered as an after school course this term so if you would like your child to play Chess at Trafalgar, please be sure to enrol your child in the noon hour course on Tuesday morning at 7:00 AM.
Spring Camp at Trafalgar March 13 to 17, 2017
Digital World Builders Spring Camp 2016 @ Trafalgar by Xmodus (Ages 8 to 12)
 Two game design and development mini-camps March 12 to 17 at Trafalgar:
1.     Python Game Programming in the morning (9:30 – 12:00) $175 Room 103
2.     Minecraft Adventure Building, in the afternoon (12:30 – 2:30) $150 Room 103
Register at xmodus.com

 

Spectacular Speaker Coming to Trafalgar – April 11th Save the Date!

Dr. Shimi Kang, Trafalgar parent and author of “The Dolphin Parent- A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Self-Motivated Kids” will be speaking at the PAC meeting on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:00 pm in our library.
Dr. Kang’s latest media coverage includes
Breakfast Television: The Difference Between Feeling Depressed and Depression
CBC News: Mental Health and 3 Coping Skills
US News and Report: Why Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About Porn
American Camping Magazine: Anxiety and the Importance of Play
CBC News: How to Make Timeouts Effective Discipline for Kids
Huffington Post: How to Set, Achieve, and Sustain Goals
Psychology Today:  Why Media Literacy is Vital to Closing the Gender Gap
Please join us. We look forward to hearing from Dr. Kang

Scholastic Book Fair – March 8th & 9th – We Need You!

The Scholastic Book Fair is a fun event that provides resources needed for our library. Last year we raised over $4000 in purchasing power for the library. Way to GO! That is essentially 1 free book for every 2 sold.
We are looking to assemble a team of volunteers for the shifts listed below. Duties include taking payment, directing high school volunteers and replenishing books at the tables as they sell.
Below are the shifts we are hoping to fill, please feel free to sign up for more than one and bring a friend! You can sign up directly here Please note this fair takes place during the student lead conferences.
Thank you in advance for your help. Everyone who volunteers at the school gets invited to Mme. Ellie’s famous strawberry tea at year end so it’s well worth it! (she makes the best homemade Belgian scones, Mmm, Mm!)
Wednesday Morning Set Up:
9:00 – 11:00 am
Wednesday Shifts:
1:30 – 3:30 pm
3:30 – 5:30 pm
3:30 – 7:00 pm
Thursday Shifts:
1:30 – 3:30 pm
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Thursday Clean Up:
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Easter Purdy’s Chocolates – Get Your Orders In!

Wait! Don’t buy those chocolate Easter bunnies yet! The grade 7 Quebec Exchange committee, (for next year’s trip), will be selling Purdy’s Easter chocolate to fundraise. See how to order, (online only), HERE! Happy shopping!
Important Dates:
Catalogues will come home with students: Wed March 1st

Deadline for orders: Mon March 27th
Pickup! Tues April 4th at 2:30 pm and Wed April 5th at 8:30 am

Silent Auction – Bargains Remain!

Thanks to our wonderful parent community, Trafalgar’s first Silent Auction greatly exceeded expectations.
There are just a few bargains left to be had. Please check out the remaining list here and send your best offer to trafalgarfilmtrip@gmail.com

TOOSCS Spring Break Camp

Not sure what to do with the kids over the spring break? Look no further! The Trafalgar Out Of School Care Society (TOOSCS) is offering a Spring Break Camp. You can enrol your child in the days that suit your schedule and needs. See the Spring Break Camp brochure and enrolment form here for more information.

Safe Arrival Needs You!

Safe arrival is there to make sure all Trafalgar students get to school safe and sound. Safe arrival is currently in need of volunteers to ensure this happens every school day. If you have some time to spare after drop off, please contact Cherie, the safe arrival coordinator, at trafalgarsafearrival@gmail.com to find out more about how you can help. Thank you!

Earthbites’ Students are Busy BEES!

Prior to the winter break the EarthBites team were busy preserving the harvest and exploring preserved foods we can eat in the fall. Primary students enjoyed apple pie & pizza popcorn & intermediate students helped to make chickpea hummus. Students experimented with extending the growing season by building hoop houses and growing winter veggies. Primary students helped beautify the garden by planting spring bulbs. We then focussed on building immunity with ingredients like nettle, ginger, honey & miso.
EarthBites current session focusses on pollination, honey & growing seeds.
This session runs from February – March
Your RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) is exploring with students & teachers how bees help us grow food & the health benefits of honey created by our honey bees. Primaries are tasting local honey (clover honey, blackberry honey & wildflower honey + pollen). Intermediate students are helping to make no bake energy bites using honey, oats & sunflower seeds. Your urban farmer is helping students plant lots of bee friendly flowers, herb & veggies seeds. Students will then care for these seeds in the classroom, observing when & how they germinate. Seedlings will be planted in the garden throughout the Spring season.
Students will be hosting a Spring Market on March 9th, 2:50 pm – 3:30 pm – where they will be selling starter plants they have grown, raspberry starts, wild rose starts, local honey & snacks.   Look out for your pre-order
form through email.
Stay tuned for our adventures spring & summer gardening. EarthBites is a non-profit organisation. We collaborate with schools to fully utilize their gardens as outdoor classrooms. We are a team of urban farmers & nutritionists educating students &
teachers how to grow &  preserve their own food, create seasonal snacks & run their own markets. Follow our stories on facebook.com/earthbites.