TIGER TALK - January 12, 2018

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The Week that was…

It was nice to see so many smiling faces this past Monday morning. Definitely a few tired faces, but most smiling through the fatigue. We hope you and your family enjoyed some time together, making memories.
The new year is often a time for setting goals. If you and your child are setting some together, here a couple of helpful hints. 

Make the goal manageable enough to achieve it - Look for incremental improvement rather than perfection right away. (Example - reading for 30 minutes a night 4 out of 5 nights rather than for 60 minutes 7 nights a week.)
Offer regular encouragement - Positive reinforcement works wonders for everyone, young or old.
Check in on the target - Follow up regularly with your child. It takes time to change behaviour.
Celebrate success - A small token (choosing a restaurant, a movie, or another experience) ties the goal into a positive feeling. It makes a huge difference.
Best of luck achieving your goals this winter.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Pizza Volunteers Needed:
We are also in need of a pizza day coordinator and others to walk the pizza to classes. Friday mornings are the day for receipt and delivery of the pizza. Again, if you are interested please contact Krista at benedettik@hdsb.ca.

Snack Bin Volunteers Needed:
Have some free time Friday afternoons? Our school snack bin program needs your help! Each Friday our classroom bins need to be collected and cleaned out in preparation for filling them with yummy snacks each Monday. Staring at 2pm for approximately an hour you could help keep this essential program running! Interested? Please contact Erika Fellner-Stagg fellnerstagge@hdsb.ca
Or at (905)878-2255x2273

French Scholastic Book Fair:
Our French Scholastic Book Fair is running this year from Thursday January 11th - Thursday January 18th. We are also hosting a family French Scholastic Night Monday January 15 from 4-6 for families to come and look at the books together. 
**Please remember** - Cash & Cheque Only 

Student Attendance Reporting:
Please remember it is your responsibility to report any lates and absences through School Connects by 8:30 a.m. by calling 1-877-409-6310 or hdsb.schoolconnects.com.

Public Health Nurse - Parenting Session:
Please join us Tuesday January 23rd at 9:05-10:30 in the TJS office. We will be hosting our public health nurse and the town of Milton, who will be speaking about programs and services and building/maintaining relationships with your child.

Pathways Planning for High School:
The Halton District School Board is hosting several Pathways Planning Information Evenings in January 2018 that will allow parents and Grades 7-12 students to explore program opportunities high schools offer in Halton. 
The Board offers more than 80 programs designed to meet individual needs and help students succeed after high school, whether they are pursuing a pathway toward apprenticeship, college, community, university or the workplace. Information nights help students to be better prepared for a rapidly changing world while receiving a relevant and engaging education.
All are welcome to attend and registration is not required. The meetings will be held at the following locations from 6-8 p.m.:

Thursday, January 18, 2018: Craig Kielburger Secondary School, 
1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton
These programs include the Specialist High Skills Major programs, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs, Specialty School to Career programs, the Employability Skills Certificate program, Dual Credit college programs, Grade 8-9 Transition programs, and more.
Agenda for each night:
6-6:30 p.m. - Pathways displays staff by Pathways Program teachers
6:30-7:15 p.m. - Pathways presentation (Programs and planning for post-secondary)
7:15-8 p.m. - Teacher displays and elementary transition to high school workshop
To learn more, visit http://www.haltonpathways.ca.

HDSB Multi-faith (days of significance) calendar for January:
We’ve had requests for information on the celebratory days that many of our families recognize. We hope you find this information helpful.
Jan. 6 - Christmas Eve, Jan. 7 Christmas day (Orthodox)
Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (USA)
Jan. 27 - Int. Day of Commemoration in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Food For Thought Donations Welcome:
In partnership with Halton Food for Thought, TJS's Student Snack Provide provides our students healthy food during the school day. Healthy happy students means focused and successful students! In order to ensure this program, which is accessible to all students, remains strong and sustainable at TJS we are asking for your financial support through donations. 

Please see the instructions below for how to make donations through Cashless Schools on-line.
Another way to support the program is through our gum-chewing spirit day on February 14th!!! For a loonie, students can chew gum all day, in school.
Thank you for your continuing support! 

Help us name our new Milton school!
The Halton District School Board is looking for your help to name the new elementary school opening in southwest Milton in Fall 2018.
Suggested names should contribute to a positive and inspirational culture for students and include one or more of the following criteria: the geography, history, culture or traditions in the community, the name of a renowned person of historical significance to the Halton community, or a person whose contribution to society or humanity is recognized and valued across Canada.
You can suggest a name online at http://www.hdsb.ca or by filling out a suggestion form at a school in the neighbourhood, or at the Milton Public Library or Beaty Branch Library. Suggestions will be accepted until February 9, 2018.

TJS Student Voice (Article # 2): Vex Robotics!
by Huda Ahmed, Grade 8

In our 2017-2018 VEX Robotics season TJS has seen many victories like winning silver at the Craig Kielburger and Gold at M.M Robinson tournaments. We have had a great season, even though it can get chaotic at times, it is truly an amazing extra curricular to be apart of. However, if you are considering joining robotics in either grade 7 or grade 8 there are some thing you really need to think about.

First off, in VEX Robotics, you either have to be fully committed to your team or don’t do it. Trust me, if you are having trouble managing your homework and you get stressed easily, then this extra curricular is not for you . Why? Because in VEX Robotics, there are many things that could/will go wrong with your robot, such as arms failing, wheels breaking off, screws coming loose during a match or even trouble with programing. All of them could happen at the worst of times but you need to rise above it and find a solution working as a team. 

Another thing to consider is your stress level. Personally for me, grade 8 is a pretty hectic year with all the projects, extracurriculars and homework. But the most stressful time is the last week just before a tournament, that’s when things get really crazy. As a group you are staying in every break that is available just to fine tune your robot, which is hard but my group and I somehow managed to get a somewhat working robot just before the first tournament. 

Even though it is hard work and stressful at times, it is really fun too! I’ve met some pretty cool people and made some new friends from grade 7 and 8. It really is a great thing to be apart of and even though I knew nothing about it when I started, it was fun to learn about programming, building and engineering. It is also a great opportunity here at TJS because we are one of only 12 schools in all of Halton that run a VEX Robotics program. Overall, VEX robotics is stressful, but if you commit to your team it is really a great opportunity to learn something new and have fun! I also wanted to thank Mr. Dy, and all the other teachers at TJS who helped out, giving up their time for weekly practices/tournaments and for giving us this amazing opportunity!

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