February News

Posted January 31, 2019



Term 1 report cards will be coming home on Wednesday, February 20th.   Please return the signed slip to homeroom teachers by Monday, February 25th.  

The Upper Grand District School Board will be observing Family Day on Monday, February 18th so our school will be closed on that day.  We hope you enjoy the day with your family.


February 6 – Winter Walk to School Day

February  7 – National Sweater/Readathon wear a jersey day

February  12 – 100th Day of School

February  18 – Family Day – No School

February  20 – Term 1 Report Cards Home

February  21 – School Council Meeting 6:30-8:00pm

February  27 – Pink Shirt Day



We hope you have marked your calendar for the Silent Auction on Friday, March 1 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event has been a tradition at Central for many years; it is a great chance to have a little fun with the school community (both parents and children), while supporting a fundraiser at the same time!  Planning is well underway and we are excited. Donations of new, unused items are still being accepted for the event and can be brought to the office. If you have time to volunteer leading up to the event or on the day, we welcome all extra hands.  If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Chelsee at [email protected].   

Our next meeting is Thursday, February 21 from 6:30-8:00pm in the library (childcare provided) – we hope to see you out!

Important Dates

Thursday, February 21- 6:30-8pm – School Council Meeting

Friday, March 1 6:30-8pm – Silent Auction

Tuesday, March 19 – 6:30-8pm – School Council Meeting

Thursday, April 25 – 6:30-8pm – School Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 28 – 6:30-8pm – School Council Meeting

Friday, June 14 – End of Year BBQ (time and further details to follow)


The Eco Team has been very busy this school year.  We celebrated events such as “Walk To School Day” and “Take Me Outdoors Day” this fall.  We began a new initiative on our team with our recycling program in our school. We have a committee of students who are responsible for collecting the recycling bins in each classroom, and they are monitoring the recycling, waste, and electricity produced by each class.  The committee has been very enthusiastic and helpful in this process. We recently conducted our annual Waste Audit in the school. We found that by recycling paper products in our school, we saved 10 trees. Keep up the great work Central Public School! In February we will be having our annual “Winter Walk Day” on Feb 6 and Sweater Day on Feb. 7.  We will turn the temperature down in our school by 2 degrees. So, please make sure to wear your warmest sweater! Please enjoy the winter weather and walk to school to keep our environment clean! We will have more Eco events in March with Earth Hour, and in April we will be celebrating Earth Week. Stay tuned for those upcoming events.

Thank-you for your support from Mrs. Gibson, Mrs. Gorr and our Eco Team


As an added security measure, please note that video surveillance cameras have been installed in several areas in our school.   These areas will be clearly marked with signage and video cameras will not be used in areas where students, staff and authorized visitors have a high expectation of privacy including change rooms, washrooms and staff rooms.  Information obtained through video surveillance provides us with an additional way to enhance the protection of students, staff, the public and property. Should you have any questions please refer to the Upper Grand School Board’s Video Surveillance Policy #203

PINK SHIRT DAY – February 27th

We take all incidents of bullying seriously.  If your child is the victim of bullying or sees bullying behavior at school, please encourage him/her to speak with someone at school or use our board’s online reporting tool.  Report Bullying gives students and parents 24/7 access for reporting bullying. You don’t have to identify yourself – just your school – and your message gets sent directly to the school principal for follow-up.   You’ll find the Report Bullying button on our school’s website: https://webapps.ugdsb.on.ca/reportbullying/


One of our most important goals is to ensure the safety of your children here at school. For this reason we ask that children refrain from rough play and do not kick or throw snow before, during or after school. We also ask that students use the shoveled and prepared sidewalks and stairs to enter and exit the building at the beginning and end of the day, rather than slipping and sliding up and down the slopes of the property. Your assistance in supporting these expectations is much appreciated.


If you have a change in plans for the end of day and a message needs to be communicated to your child please contact the office by 2:50pm.  This will support us to ensure your child has the message before the end of the day.


Our school will be celebrating an important anniversary next year.  In February of 2020, our school building will be 50 years old. The institution of Central Public School in Guelph actually dates back to 1876.  We plan to celebrate the 50th and 146th anniversary with events throughout the 2019-20 school year. A committee of staff members has been formed to start planning for the celebration.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Kate Brennagh in the Library or at [email protected].  We are also looking for school memorabilia or former students who have memories they are interested in sharing.  



Central Public School will host it’s fourth Readathon this month!  The Read-A-Thon will take place from January 28-February 8.  With the support of  our families, we hope to raise  money which will be used to purchase resources for our Library. During the two weeks of the Readathon, we will host a number of fun activities at school; a pajama day, reading activities in colour houses, dress as your favourite book characters and National Sweater Day.  On Wednesday, February 6, parents and grandparents will be invited into the school from 9:00 to 9:30 to read with students. A Bookfair run by The Dragon will take place on the evening of January 31 and during the day on February 5,

A pledge sheet has been sent home with information about Readathon activities and dates. All pledges will be due back to the school on Friday, February 26th. Families are encouraged to send money using Cash Online. The reading will be done at home and the students can be sponsored per minute of reading or for a lump sum.  A variety of literacy activities will be suggested to remind students that reading can take many forms! We hope that you will support this fundraising campaign and that our students will benefit from both the time spent reading and the money we raise for our school. If you have any questions please contact Kate Brennagh, Teacher-Librarian.

The Blue Spruce reading program for Kindergarten and Primary students will begin classes in February.


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