May Newsletter 2016

Posted May 6, 2016

Grand Valley & District Public School


Principal’s Report

May sees the return of warmer temperatures and many of our annual events. Please be sure to check out the attached calendar for details. Year-end trips are being scheduled, students will be practicing for Track and Field and plans are being made for our grade 8 graduation. EQAO Assessment for our grade 3 and grade 6 students also happens at the end of the month.
We also have some safety reminders. We ask that students not bring skate boards, scooters, or rollerblades to school. Students are not permitted to ride these on school property and there is no place to store them at school. If students are riding bikes to school, they are reminded that they are required by law to wear a helmet. Bikes are to be kept locked along the fence during the school day. If your child is a bus student and has your permission to ride his/her bike to school, please let the office know so that we can take your child off the bus attendance list for the day. Having an accurate attendance list is important for safety reasons in the event of an emergency.
~ Andy Pink
Changes to Daily School Schedule for September 2016

There will be a slight change in the time slots on our Daily Schedule for next September:

8:30- 8:40 Supervisors on Duty
8:40-10:20 First Learning Block
10:20-11:00 First Nutrition Break and recess
11:00-12:40 Second Learning Block
12:40 1:20 Second Nutrition Break and recess
1:20- 3:00 Third Learning Block

Bike Rodeo May 11th (Rain Date May 12th )
The month of May is a good time to review bicycle safety for kids as they learn safety rules and skills associated with riding their bicycles in our community. With this in mind, our school will be participating in The Orangeville Optimist Club Bike Rodeo.
The Orangeville Police Auxiliary Unit and the Optimist Club, bring this event to schools in Dufferin County. The police inspect bicycles to ensure they are road worthy and safe to ride. The Optimist Club sets up a skills course to simulate riding a bicycle in a variety of situations. Safety rules and other information are taught to students in class by school staff members and participants are scored on a combination of the results of a safety rules quiz and their proficiency with the skills course.
A bike rodeo “grand finale” is held at the Alder Street Recreation Centre to determine an overall winner and winning school. This year the “Rodeo Finals” will be held on Saturday, May 28th, beginning at 8:30 a.m. This event features the top six participants (three boys and three girls) from each grade of each participating school.
Bicycle safety is a very important topic for young people and the bicycle rodeo is a fun way to learn the necessary rules and skills. Stay tuned for further details about this event at our school.


Through the support of the School Council, we have been able to book Escarpment Outdoor Adventures to turn our Gym into a Rope Climbing Course for all of our students from JK to Gr 8. The program will be safely modified for ALL age levels. We are asking that each child pay the reduced cost $5.00 each and sign a waiver (which will be sent home soon) in order to participate. Please sign one waiver per child. This opportunity will allow our students to participate in the climbing activities during their Gym periods for the week of May 16th -20th.
Escarpment Outdoor Adventures has been safely providing climbing programs for the past twenty years to schools across Ontario. Climbing activities are being used across the province as an educational tool to promote healthy active living and to help students develop teamwork skills, mental focus and group dynamics. Aside from the obvious physical challenges, climbing is an excellent opportunity for students to work on problem solving and to develop group and personal safety skills. These activities find a venue for non-traditional athletes to excel, and for all participants to set and achieve personal goals.
This is a quote from the company, “Our highly trained staff provides a safe and controlled environment in which your child’s safety is our number one concern. As participants in creating the new OPHEA document pertaining to rock climbing, we are aware of and in compliance with all of the guidelines.”

Well Day May 13th

On May 13th Grade 6, 7 and 8 students will be participating in our fourth annual Well Day; a day of motivational speakers and workshops focusing on positive physical, emotional and mental health. Students will be able to choose from a diverse variety of workshops and will be provided with a healthy lunch.

EQAO 2016 – Attention Parents of Grade 3 and 6 Students May 25th-June 1st

During the weeks of May 25th to June 1st students in grade 3 and grade 6 will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations. EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (, click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).” If you have any questions, please call your child’s teacher.

Safe Fun in the Sun
As the weather gets warmer, remember to stay safe in the sun. Before you and your child head outside, check the UV index on The Weather Network or Environment Canada websites. When you go outside, wear sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher). If the UV index is 6 or more (high), also stay in the shade. Keep in mind that babies and children burn more quickly from the sun. Sunscreen is not recommended for babies under 6 months old, but is safe to use on children. For more information about sun safety, visit Health Canada at

Volunteer Appreciation

At Grand Valley Public School we appreciate the invaluable contribution of our volunteers! On Friday, April 29thstudents and staff paid tribute to our school’s volunteers at our Character Education Assembly.


Plans are in place for the evening of Monday, June 27, 2016 for our 2015– 2016 Grade 8 Graduation. Please mark your calendars for this special event. More details will follow. Traditionally, parents of graduating students have had a very active role in the planning and preparation for Graduation. If you are interested in volunteering to help out with this event, please come to the Graduation Committee meeting on Monday, May 9th at 6:30 PM


If you are planning to move out of the Grand Valley area over the summer, please stop by or call, to notify the school office as soon as possible. This will help us with our class placements of students for September.

Duck Race Grand Valley Lions

Mark your calendars for the Grand Valley Lions Community Breakfast- Saturday, May 28th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a free breakfast to thank our community for their support in the past year. Cost is free but donations are accepted.

Grand Valley Lions 20th annual Duck race, starts at 2 o’clock and finishes in Hereward Park.. Tickets are $5.00 each. Lots of free children’s activities such as face painting, pony rides, cookies, bouncy castle, duck hats, live entertainment, duck pond and prizes, and much, much more. Come out and enjoy spring with Grand Valley Lion’s Club and your community!

It’s All About The Kids
On Saturday May 7, community members are invited to Grand Valley and District Public School for an event that will showcase supports for students that they can access throughout their school lives.
The event is a free drop-in session to connect with local groups in Dufferin County that offer support to students from pre-school to high school. The organizations involved work to help children socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The organizations participating represent a range of services, from health and crisis services, to fitness and cultural groups. Participating groups include: Air Cadets, Art as Therapy, Big Brothers/Sisters, Choices Youth Shelter, Community Living Dufferin, Dufferin County OPP, Grand Valley Breakfast Clubs, Kids Help Phone and more.
The event will also feature a BBQ and silent auction, with all proceeds going to Grand Valley Splash Pad, Skate Park and the Door.
• DATE: Saturday, May 7, 2016
• TIME: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• PLACE: Grand Valley & District Public School, 120 Main St N, Grand Valley
• COST: Free

The next meeting for School Council is on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Staffroom. We hope to see you there!

Milk Program
A great big thank you to all families who have supported the school Milk Program this year. The month of May will finish the school year for our program. It was really great to see up to 120 children from our school choosing to drink milk every day! Many thanks to our student volunteers for operating this program daily, delivering cold nutritious milk to the classrooms every day!

Hot Lunches
Many thanks to those families that supported our Hot Lunch Program over the school year! It was a successful year and was always great to see smiling faces with our food choices. Due to the great success we have seen this year, we are hopeful that we will offer this again next year. We are looking for 2 volunteers to co-ordinate our hot lunch program for the next school year. If you are interested in helping out please contact the school at 519-928-2172. The final date for pizza for this term will be Thursday, June 9, 2016. We will have pizza on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 as a make-up day from the snow day in January.

Bag2School Fundraiser
Back by Popular Demand! We will be hosting a Bag 2 School Used Clothing Drive in the Spring! When cleaning out closets bag up anything that is in good condition and save it for the spring fund raiser. Monday, May 30th – Wednesday, Jun 1st, 2016. Any questions, please contact the school, or Susan Stevenson 519-939-7382. Last year together we brought in 1 ton of used clothing raising $200. Let’s try to beat that number!!

• Help the environment by reducing landfill waste while promoting the 3 R’s, especially Re-use
• Support affordable second-hand clothing markets, in both North America and abroad

Order forms will be coming home soon.

Community Corner

Pre-Teen Video Dance
A fundraiser for the 85 Tornado Air Cadet Squadron.
Friday, May 6, 2016 7pm – 10pm at the Grand Valley Community Centre
Grades 3 – 8, Admission $10 per person.
Tickets available at the door or online at
Glow in the Dark, Contests, Prizes, Snack Bar.

Chase the Tornado
Grand Valley, Sunday May 22nd, 2016
10K – 5K Youth Teams and Free Kids Fun Run
Details at

Grand Valley Minor Soccer
Ages 2 & 3 $60.00. Ages 4 – 16 $80.00.
Forms available at 65 Scott St. Unit 12 Grand Valley.
Payment plans are available please call Darlene 519-928-9676 or email [email protected] Http://

Grand Valley Splash Pad
Garage Sale, Saturday, May 28th, 2016
128 Main St S. Grand Valley
Proceeds go towards Grand Valley Splash Pad

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