March News

Posted March 1, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE

Here we are in March Central PS!  And we are kicking off the month with the Silent Auction.  This year the Silent Auction will be setup in the library. Hope to see many of you out!

Throughout the month of February the children were introduced to many valuable learning experiences focusing on Black History and Kindness.  Some of the learning included:

– daily quotes for reflection and discussion

– morning announcements

– stories and activities

– Ms Brennagh shared books with both staff and students

Wishing everyone a fun and safe March Break!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

March 1 – Silent Auction – Central PS Library – 6:30 – 8:00

March 10 – Clocks turned forward

March 11 – 15 – March Break

March 19 – Choir to the UGEMTA Music festival, School Council Meeting

March 20 – Grade 6 JUMP Trip Parent Meeting 6:30 – 7:00

March 29 – Earth Hour

SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS

We look forward to seeing you tonight (Friday, March 1) for the Silent Auction from 6:30-8:00pm. This has been a tradition at Central P.S. for years.   There will be more than 150 items to bid on, a balloon board with prizes for the kids, and tasty treats for purchase at our pop-up cafe.  It is a great way to not only support a school fundraiser, but also a chance to socialize with students and families from our school community.  Hope to see you there!

Important Dates

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

March 25 to April 11 – Planet Bean Fundraiser:  coffee, tea & chocolate (stay tuned for details)

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)

SPRING DRILLS
During the spring we will be conducting the following drills:
– 3 Fire Drills
– Severe Weather Drill
– Bomb Threat Drill
– Lockdown Drill  

CHOIR NEWS

On March 19th, the Central Choir will be participating in the Upper Grand District School Boards Music Teachers Association Festival (UGEMTA) at Harcourt Church.  This is a Festival which showcases a variety of Musical Platforms, including Theatre and Instrumental Band of all school ages within our Board. What a wonderful opportunity for the choir to not only be adjudicated, but to have the opportunity to listen and view the amazing talent within the various schools.  Parent/Family Members are welcome to attend.

ECO NEWS

March 29th we will be recognizing Earth Hour at the school.  We will lower or light and technology use in the building. This will take place from 2:10 – 3:10.

FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS

Our Readathon was a really fun event!  Thank you to students who dressed up for our special days and to parents who joined us at our Favourite Book Friday event.  Thanks as well to all of the students who worked hard to read and collect pledges! Mr. McPhie’s class raised the most money and was treated to a donut party.

The Primary classes are currently enjoying activities connected to the Blue Spruce reading program.  We will vote on our favourite books in April after reading all ten books. Our Junior book club is currently reading Shannen and the Dream for a School about Attiwapiskat, Ontario.  

CENTRAL PS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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 kate.brennagh@ugdsb.on.ca.  We are also looking for school memorabilia or former students who have memories they are interested in sharing.  

CLASS DISRUPTIONS

It is a goal not to disrupt learning that takes place in classrooms.  If parents are bringing in something for their child(ren), please bring these items to the office with their name and grade on it. These items will be distributed at recess breaks throughout the day.  Parents picking up students are asked to come to the office and wait for their children to meet them.

DIVERSITY DATA SURVEY

This winter, the UGDSB is conducting a system-wide survey, to help the board understand the demographic makeup, diversity and ongoing needs of our student population. The sole purpose of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the students and families in our communities, so that the board can program effectively and provide the right support for every student to achieve their full potential.

General info:

  • The online survey is voluntary and anonymous
  • The survey is open to all UGDSB staff, parents/guardians of students under Grade 4, and students in Grades 4-12+
  • A webpage has been set up with additional information and a Q&A at www.ugdsb.ca/diversity-data

Complete the parent survey:

Please complete the parent survey at www.ugdsb.ca/diversity-data between February 25 to March 29, 2019

HOME DAYCARE

The office has had some inquiries whether there is a home daycare program running in our school area?  If you are running a program and have availability, please contact the school office.

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