School Newsletters

September 2018

OCTOBER 2018

Circle your calendars! Our Meet The Staff Night is being held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m..

The evening will begin in our school gym, where our Parent Association will be selling pizza from 5:30 – 5:50 p.m. for families wishing to partake! Be sure to bring your own refillable water bottles with you.

Staff will welcome families to the classrooms from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on a rotational basis.

Please bring your calendars with you, as you will have opportunity to sign up for Student Conferences which are taking place on the evening of November 15th.

Please note that the Meet the Staff night is NOT intended as an interview of how your child is doing presently in school. Please be sure to connect with the classroom staff to set up another time to meet and discuss your child’s progress if you feel it is necessary.

School Cash Online

For safety and efficiency reasons, Grand Erie District School Board is reducing the amount of cash and cheques coming into our schools. We ask that all food days, trips and events be paid for on School Cash Online. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible and join the thousands of parents who have already done so and are enjoying the convenience of paying ONLINE! If there is an issue that causes you not to be able to register or use this service, please contact Ms. Goold at the school to discuss.

It takes less than 5 minutes to register. Note, you will require your child’s Student OEN number in order to register. If you do not have it, contact Mrs. Smith in the office. If you are struggling to register, please contact Mrs. Smith to set up an appointment for her to help you to register.

To register, go to https://www.schoolcashonline.com/

Please note that we will NOT accept cash or cheques from students to pay for school-based items such as food days, trips, spirit wear. If you are not using School Cash Online, please contact Ms. Goold to discuss further. Thank you for understanding that we do not wish children to be carrying cash to and from school. We do not wish to put children in a position to lose their money, nor do we wish to put school staff in a position to be responsible for collecting money. Thank you!

Our QSP Magazine Fundraiser Is Back!

Our annual magazine fundraiser kicks off on Wednesday, October 3rd and runs until Wednesday, October 17th. Fundraising packages will be going home with all students after our Kick-Off Assembly on October 3rd.

We are once again offering hundreds of magazine titles for all ages and topics! Parents who read, raise children who read, and readers become leaders! Give a gift that lasts all year long. Not sure what they like? Buy them a gift card and let them choose!

You can order directly online at www.QSP.ca. Our Group Online ID is 3711017, or simply search our school name. Please note, no cash will be accepted at the school. We will however, accept cheques that are made payable to QSP.

We thank you for your support!

Parent Association News

Your Parent Association is offering food days again this year in the form of pizza days, Smoothie Days and Pita Days. We ask that all orders be pre-paid through School Cash Online before the deadline. Late orders will not be accepted.

If you have not registered your student on School Cash Online yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you require help registering, please contact the office and set an appointment with Mrs. Smith to walk through it with you. If there is an issue that causes you not to be able to register or use this service, please contact Ms. Goold at the school to discuss.

Our next Parent Association Meeting is on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.. We hope to see you there!

Changes In Your Child’s Transportation

Should there be a change in the daily transportation of your child, we ask that you please notify the office at least 30 minutes prior to dismissal if possible and/or write the classroom teacher a note in the student planner. For example; your child is going to picked up instead of taking the bus home, or someone other than yourself will be picking them up, making sure that you state the name of who we can release him/her to. Knowing where our students are, as well as their safety, is of the utmost importance. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple DayWednesday, October 24th, we will join together with our key partners, Boards of Education, schools, child care centres and homes, to share this positive message that help is available and to celebrate the community that cares for kids and families.


French News

Vive le français!

Bonjour! We have kicked off the French program with a series of review activities in teams. We will tap into many areas of our cahiers as a refresher, but our main focus is numbers, (up to 1 000 000 000 for grade 7/8, 1 000 000 for grade 6). We are also practicing mental math out loud in French with multiplication, addition and subtraction. This is a challenging exercise, but it is awesome for brain development. Try it yourself. Say, “3+2=5” in English and in French. Your child can help you with ‘plus’ and ‘égale’.

Last year our grammar focus was adjectives and later in the term this year, our focus will be verbs. Each grade is a different level of verb work, from basic conjugation rules, rules and exceptions, to past tense verbs.

For our students who are new to French, we are in full swing. On day 2, I switch to entirely in French. Although this may seem intimidating at first, students quickly figure out that it’s important to be actively listening and figuring out what’s going on. We are covering instructional vocabulary in a classroom, colours, numbers, manners and eventually weather and clothing.

We have students in split grades with varying experience in French. Our more experienced students will be working in small groups to perform skits for the new students covering the basic vocabulary. We will all be talking, playing games, dancing and singing about clothing together eventually.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me by e-mail or if you’d like to speak in person, use the email so that we can arrange a time.

Looking forward to ‘une année fantastique!’

Mme Perry

robin.perry@granderie.ca


Current News...

Dear Families – You are invited to the Onondaga-Brant Meet the Staff night!

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Where: Onondaga-Brant School – starting in the gym

What: 5:30 – 5:50 pm: Pizza for sale from Parent Association in the gym 6 – 7 pm: classroom rotations

How: Parent association will sell pizza slices starting at 5:30 pm. Please bring your own refillable water bottle (it is advised you fill it ahead of time as the line up will be long to get water!)

Ms. Goold will address the group at 5:50 pm. Staff will welcome families to classrooms from 6 – 7 pm on a rotational basis.

Staff will share their goals for the school year, their routines, and their program expectations for approximately 15 minutes in each class. Families will then move on where they learn about programs in their other children(s) classes. There will be 4 rotations.

Please bring your calendars as we will have opportunity to sign up for Student Conferences on November 15th in the evening.

If you wish to have a parent/guardian interview with your child’s classroom staff, please be sure to indicate this to them at that time.

Please note that the Meet the Staff night is NOT intended as an interview of how your child is doing presently in school. Please be sure to connect with the classroom staff to set up another time to meet and discuss your child’s progress if you feel it is necessary.

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