December 9th, 2011 Update

Holiday Hampers for Families

at our Sister School 

The students took home a notice on Thursday asking families for donations for our Holiday Hamper Drive.  As you are aware, our Holiday Hamper Drive is on until Friday, December 9th.  The hampers will be filled on Monday with the donations we have received so far.  We have not received as many donations as in previous years.  What we can really use is more monetary donations in order to buy gift cards for each of the families that we are supporting. 

Please bring in $2 for the Hamper Drive if you haven’t already had the chance to do so. School holiday time is particularly difficult for those families who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs to sustain their children on a daily basis.  We will be extending the deadline for monetary donations until Monday. 

Thank you for your support!

Hot Lunch for January

Hot lunch order forms will go home on our first day back from the holidays, January 3, 2012.  The deadline for orders to be in to the office is January 5, 2012.  No late orders will be accepted.  You can also get the order form from here:

Reports Home Today

As required by the Minister of Education, George Abbott, and as explained in a previous letter from the Superintendent of Schools, Steve Cardwell, reports will be sent home. These reports will provide only information such as teachers’ names and attendance records. Teachers continue to provide excellent programs and learning opportunities, and to assess how their students are doing.  Please sign the report card envelope and return it to the school office to acknowledge receipt.

Basketball Teams

At this point we have Senior Boys’ and a Senior Girls’ basketball team. Junior Girls’ have been invited to practice with the Senior Girls’. We do not at this point have an opportunity for our Grade 6 boys to practice. If anyone would is able to volunteer their time to coach a Junior Boys’ Team it would be much appreciated.

Student – Staff Volleyball Match

Our annual game took place on Thursday at lunch time in the gym. The teachers won by a very close margin.   The event was  enjoyed by everyone and raised a large number of items for the food bank.

Spelling Bee

On Wednesday we had our Spelling Bee in the gym. Students had been practising for some time and there was much excitement.  They all did very well and should be proud of both their spelling skills and the way they presented themselves to the audience. It takes courage to represent yourself and your class. Well done everyone! The following is a list of our finalists: Tyler Pawliuk, Errol Xu, Domenic Biamonte, Maddy Weigh-Wadman, Gabriel Ho, Nathaniel Leung, Andrew Mo, Jesse Wu, and Mercedes Sanoja Suarez. Our runner up was Errol Xu and our winner was Andrew Mo.

Thank you very much to Mrs. Humeniuk for organizing this and to all the teachers for supporting it. 

Winter Wonderland

Student Council’s follow up to the Hallowe’en Haunted House is a Wonderland with Santa, maybe a game or two,  an elf’s workshop and a chance to buy home-made cards for from $0.25 – $2.50. Winter Wonderland happens on Thursday, December 15th.  Classes will sign up for it.

Entry is by donation to cover the cost of prizes and materials. Suggested amount is $1.00 – $2.00 at the door.

This will be a lot of work and committment from Student Council. Some will stay after school on Wednesday and some will come early on Thursday to set up.

Winter Wonderland – Can You Help?

Student Council would appreciate some help creating our Winter Wonderland to be held on Thursday December 15th. If you can donate some decorations or loan some lights that would be much appreciated. We would appreciate some help with decorating and supervising as well.

Times to Volunteer for the Winter Wonderland:
Wednesday Dec 14th: 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Decorating)
Thursday Dec 15th:     8:00 – 9:00 am (Decorating)
Thursday Dec 15th:   9:00 – 10:30 am (Santa”s Helper, collect donations, supervision)
Thursday Dec 15th:    10:45 – 12:00 noon (Santa’s Helper, collect donations, supervision)
Thursday Dec 15th:      1:15 – 3:00 pm (Santa’s Helper, collect donations, supervise)
Thursday Dec 15th:    3:00 – 3:30 pm  Clean up, return borrowed decorations.
If you can help, please email me (Mrs. Sellars) at Please specify times available.  Thank you in advance for considering this request.

PAC – Caring, Giving and Sharing

PAC has donated $1000 to our sister school, Nightingale Elementary, for a special Artist In Residence Program. PAC representatives will visit the school to present the cheque.

For Current Grade 7 students going to Grade 8 in September 2012

Grade 7 Parent Information Meeting

January 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Magee Theatre, Magee Secondary


Attention Grade 4’s and 5’s (and nine and ten year olds)

Grade 4 and 5 Ski and Snowboard for FREE this Winter

All you need is a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass, which is a coupon card offering 4th and 5th graders three complimentary lift/trail tickets and each and every one of the participating ski areas in the province and region where they live. The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program is a ski and snowboard industry initiative to encourage kids to get outside and be active during the winter months.

Anyone who is currently in Grade 4 or grade 5 (or born in 2001 or 2002) is eligible for a Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass.  Applications are available at the front counters of Sport Mart, Sport Chek, Sports Experts and Intersport stores across the country. To save time, parents can apply online at for their child’s SnowPass by uploading a photo, proof of age and paying the small administration fee of $22.

The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is valid beginning December 1st, until the end of the ski season.  Some restrictions may apply. The SnowPass is not valid on school trips and other excursions where group rates apply. A few ski areas may restrict use of the SnowPass during March Break and some ski areas may require a full-price paying adult to accompany the SnowPass holder. Any restrictions are clearly marked in the SnowPass folder.

Upcoming Events

Please check our Calendar Page 
Wednesday, December 14     Christmas Craft Day for Primary Students
Thursday, December 15         Staff Appreciation Lunch put on by PAC
Friday, December 16              Holiday Assembly
                                                    Last day of School before the Winter Holidays
Tuesday, January 3              First day back to school in the New Year
Thursday, January 5            Hot Lunch Orders are due in the school office
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