May News

Posted May 2, 2019

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Education and Mental Health week is designated the week of May 6th – 10th. This year’s theme is “Creating Our Future Together/Creons notre avenir ensemble”. Education Week in the UGDSB will officially open on Monday, May 6th at Centre Wellington District High School at 6:30pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
May 1 – Emergency Preparedness Day
May 2 – Grade 5 and 6’s Empowerment Day
May 6 – 10 Education and Mental Health Awareness Week
May 8 – 6:00 – 7:00 Spring Art Open House
May 9 – Gr K-3 Bike Safety Presentation
May 10 – SK Grad and Sibling Photos
May 13 – Special Olympics
May 16 – School Track & Field
May 20 – Victoria Day – No School
May 22 – 24 – Grade 6 EQAO
May 27 – 29 – Grade 3 EQAO
May 28 – School Council Meeting
May 29 – 31 – Grade 6 JUMP Trip

EQAO
During May 21st – June 3rd students in grades three and six will work with their teachers on the provincial Education Quality Assurance Office’s (EQAO) annual standardized assessment of mathematics and language skills. Testing will occur during the morning blocks. Please avoid scheduling appointments to allow students the opportunity to participate in this assessment.

SCHOOL COUNCIL
We want to thank everyone for helping us with another successful Planet Bean Fundraiser this April. Over $500 was raised and will be used to replenish the recess bins at the back of the school now that spring has finally sprung.

We look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming Spring Art Show/Open House on May 8th. School Council will be providing some free refreshments. We invite you to take a seat and visit with other families at our pop-up cafe.
Please Mark on Your Calendar:
End of Year School BBQ: Friday, June 14th @ 6pm
If you would like to give us a hand organizing or helping out the day of the event, please be in touch with Jessica Barrie (our event lead): jessicamarlenebarrie@gmail.com

Next School Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 28th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Childcare Provided

FROM THE LIBRARY LEARNING COMMONS
Grade 1 to 3 students will celebrate the Blue Spruce reading program with a Blue Party at the beginning of May. Each student cast their vote about their favourite book in the program.
May is the last month of the school year for borrowing library books. It would be great to see students exchanging books every week! Grade 5 and 6 students can exchange books on day 1 and 2 of the five day cycle. Other classes have their book exchange on the following days:
KA & KB: Day 1
KC: Day 5
Grade 1,Grade 1/ 2, Grade 2/ 3, Grade 3 and Grade 4/5 : Day 3
Grade 5/6 and 6: day 1-4 at 9 am

ECO CLUB NEWS
A big thank you to students, families, staff, and the school community for supporting and participating in our Earth Week activities. The clothing swap went well. Any left over items have been donated to Hope House. Think green!

Monthly Environmental Activities to Help Celebrate Our Planet
May 22nd is International Biodiversity Day!
It is vital to teach our children to respect and take care of the environment.
Celebrate Biological Diversity Day on May 22nd!
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. https://www.un.org/en/events/biodiversityday/

Biodiversity simply means: ‘A wide range of life’” Some of the things we do are harmful, so we need to learn more about how to protect all the different types of life on our planet.

Ideas for your family to celebrate Biodiversity Day!
· Visit farmers markets in your local area to try new types of produce. Whether you incorporate heirloom tomatoes into your cooking, or try one of the rainbow of colors of carrots, biodiversity can bring a great new experience to your table.
· View photos of endangered species on the Internet with your child and discuss the reasons why these animals are threatened and why they should be protected.
· Join a community group and help to remove invasive plants from your local environment.
· Get out into the world and enjoy all the different types of life your local area offers. Even your street or a local park can have an amazing variety of life you’ve never noticed, from insects, birds, chipmunks, to trees and flowers.
· Consider planting a pollinator garden in your yard (or in a flowerpot) to help save the bees and butterflies from declining.
For more ideas on how to increase the biodiversity of your own backyard, go to: https://biodivcanada.chm-cbd.net/biodiversity-your-backyard

Celebrate the diversity of our natural world every day!

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HEALTH CURRICULUM

This school year, the Ministry of Education has requested that the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations from the 2010 Physical Education curriculum be taught to students. This education starts with children learning about themselves, their feelings, their bodies and about showing respect for themselves and others in a reliable and accurate way. This learning is most effective when parents and schools work together. Parents help their children form values about relationships and their behaviours. To support these discussions, we are letting parents know that this unit will be covered in May and June. There are plenty of resources available for parents to support the learning of the curriculum on the Ministry of Education website: http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/elementary/health.html.

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