December News

Posted December 2, 2019

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Message from the Office

November has been a month full of wonderful things. As we visit classrooms we see great things happening, for example guided reading groups, math problem-solving, writing, and music just to mention a few. Some events that occurred in November: Remembrance Day ceremony, Safety Presentations, Bully Prevention Week, The Kindness Campaign, and Treaty Recognition Week.

The school is bustling with holiday spirit and activities to celebrate this special time of year.

The Winter Break is only a few weeks away! We hope that everyone has a safe and restful holiday. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

School Council Message

Join us THIS SATURDAY (December 7th) for Family Fun Day!

The Family Fun Day will be held in the school Gym on December 7th from 10am – 1pm.  The Family Fun Day is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and help us give back to the community. See the school band perform, and participate in some fun craft activities. Enjoy pizza (Dominos!), and treats from the bake sale are available! Pre ordered Poinsettias will be available for pick up. 

If you would like to volunteer at the Family Fun Day email [email protected]

All proceeds from the Family Fun Day will be donated to Children’s Foundation, Food and Friends (Snack Program) and families within the school community.

Band members and Mrs. Farrow’s and Mr. Keunan’s classes will perform in the gym (those who can make it).

Fundraising – Cobra Wrap! 

This year – we are trying something new. We kept it grassroots & involved the students! The kids were all given the opportunity to draw a black and white picture during a period with Mr. Cooper, and were told their work would help support their musical education. A parent volunteer then digitized over 430 drawings and combined them all to create the templates for wrapping paper sheets (aka “Cobra Wrap”).

We are selling 28×40” sheets in packages of 4, for $5. All 4 sheets are different, but together, they contain all the drawings from the kids – our kids – in our school.

Why Cobra Wrap?

  • 100% of proceeds go to the school. A former Kortright parent is providing the paper and press AT COST. Volunteers do all the rest!
  • It’s a fun idea! How cool is it to wrap your presents in professionally-produced paper that your kid helped make
  • It is recyclable!

How are we doing?

Well… we need your help! As of November 20th, we have sold approximately 350 packages. Our goal is 1,000. If we sell 1,000 we will reach our goal – purchasing a class set of ukuleles & likely providing additional funds for much needed resources within the school. 

Ukuleles are AWESOME, so please support our fundraiser this year.

Please consider buying Cobra Wrap; for yourself, your friends, your family, and your neighbours. Remember, this is a fundraiser – post it to your social channels, get the kids to call family & sell like with any fundraiser!  

You can purchase your Cobra Wrap through SchoolCashOnline!  or, at the Family Fun Day!


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Save the Date – Family Movie Night

Parent Council will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Thursday January 30th , 2020. Details to follow!

Library Learning Commons

Our Library Learning Commons continues to be a very busy place! Junior & Intermediate classes enjoyed creating in our Makerspace last month during recesses. The Makerspace is also used twice a week for the Cobra Kids groups with Mr. Leader and the library is the meeting place for the Be The Change club with Mrs. Dykstra. 

Our Forest of Reading books have arrived! Grade 3 – 8 students will be invited to join the Forest of Reading programs next week so we can get started reading before the holidays. Each program level has 10 books to choose from and students are required to read a minimum of 5 in order to vote in late April. That’s 1 book per month (December – April), so hopefully many students will challenge themselves to participate. The Blue Spruce program for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will begin in January during class visits to the library. 

We will also be inviting students in Grade 4 – 8 to sign up for Skills Canada teams this month so that we can get started in January preparing for the spring competitions! Please remind your child(ren) to listen for morning announcements so that they will know when sign ups have been posted & clubs are meeting.

An eager group of Grade 6 – 8 students have been learning a new coding language, Lynx through in preparation for our upcoming Hackergal Hackathon event on Wednesday, December 11th. Special thanks to Belinda Gould of LevelUP Guelph (and a KHPS parent), who is volunteering her time to help with both the training sessions and the event. We can’t wait to see what our students are able to create.

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Have you begun your holiday shopping? Books make great gifts!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!  We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Your support of this vital literacy fundraiser is key to our obtaining new books and resources for our library and classrooms.

Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the Fair, $6 comes directly back to our school? 

You will find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels.  Books are great holiday gifts for children, family members, and teachers!

Want a sneak peek? Visit to view a variety of book previews & author videos.

Don’t forget to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you during our Scholastic Book Fair.  Thank you in advance for supporting this great literacy fundraiser. Most importantly, thank you for believing in books and the value reading has on your child’s future.

Book Fair Hours:

Friday, December 6th   3 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, December 7th   Family Fun Day 10 am – 1 pm

Monday, December 9th   8 am – 10 am & 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, December 10th   8 am – 10 am & 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, December 11th  8 am – 11 am

We accept cash, cheques (made payable to our school), debit, Visa, or MasterCard.

Thank you for your continued support of our Library Learning Commons programs!

Sheila Morgan, Teacher Librarian

[email protected]               Library Learning Commons website:


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Holiday Lolligrams 

As part of our “Adopt-a-Family ” fundraising this month, we will be selling Holiday Lolligrams to our students.  For 50 cents each, students will be able to purchase a holiday themed lollipop and an attached note for either themselves or a friend or a family member.  Older students will help younger students fill out the notes. Lolligrams will be sold both recesses November 25th to December 4th, and they will be delivered to all of the classes on December 6th.  

Thanks for supporting this incredibly important program that supports many many families in Guelph!


Each year our school adopts families that are in need during the holiday season. We will be accepting donations for our families until Saturday December 7th.  A table will be set up in the gym at Family Fun Day so you can place donations under the tree. Thank you for all the donations we have received so far!! It is amazing how generous and supportive this school community continues to be for this event each year. For any questions please contact Della Broderick. 


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Playground Equipment closed until Spring

Just a reminder, as per the posted signs, our climber and garden will be closed until the Spring.

A notice will be sent out when everything is open again!


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Inclement Weather

It is the parents’ responsibility to determine whether or not it is safe for their child to leave for school in inclement or severe weather. A parent must be aware of the following:

  • When a bus does not travel a route in the morning due to fog, ice, or snow conditions, it will not travel that route in the afternoon.
  • While we have an excellent transportation system, buses may be delayed in the morning due to traffic, poor road conditions, mechanical breakdowns, etc. To ensure your child is not stranded at his/her pick-up point; please make sure he/she knows what to do and where to go if the bus is more than 15 minutes late. Listen for messages on your local radio station for the City of Guelph – Yellow Card.

Bus/Taxi Cancellations During times of inclement weather, please listen to our local radio stations: 1460 AM CJOY, 106.1 Magic FM or 900 AM CHML, 107.9 FM CJXY, Oldies 1090 AM, 105.3 FM CHYM, 1150 AM CKOC, 102.9 FM CKLH, 820 AM CHAM, CKCO-TV for school transportation cancellations. Information on bus/taxi cancellations and school closures are also posted on the Upper Grand District School Board’s website:

If your child(ren) regularly travel(s) by bus, parents DO NOT need to inform the school of their child(ren’s) absence when the buses/taxis are cancelled. If, however, parents of bussed students drive their child(ren) in the morning, they must also pick them up at 3:20 p.m.

For students who walk to school, you are asked to leave a message on the 24 hr attendance line (519 827-1601 ext. 200) to inform the school of any absence or late arrival during bus/ taxi cancellations.

PLEASE NOTE: On days when buses/taxis are cancelled, unless otherwise informed, the school will be open and a regular school program will be offered.


In case of severe winter weather, with poor driving conditions and bus cancellations and delays, please check the  Information can also be found online at:


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With the cold weather comes the falling of snow. Snow is a very fun part of the winter season for our

students, however, it can generate trouble if it is not used appropriately. Please help us remind our students that snow stays on the ground at school.

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Talking About Mental Health December 2019GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCY

As we head through December and towards the holidays, it is important to be aware that this can be a very exciting time of year, but for some it is also a difficult time of year.  


  • eat well
  • get good sleep
  • don’t over schedule
  • stay connected to family and friends
  • keep daily routines going
  • avoid over-use of technology
  • get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air


23 Days of Giving

Every day in December have everyone put something that they don’t use or need into a basket.  Later in the month you can go as a family and donate to a shelter or community center

Reflection Wall

Have a wall in the house where everyone can add sticky notes of what they are grateful about from the year.  Focus on lessons learned, new skills and strategies used throughout the year

Rose, Bud, Thorn

Have everyone identify one or two things that they feel were successes from the year (rose), something that was a struggle (thorn) and what they did to overcome the struggle, and something they are looking forward to in the new year (bud).


Signs to look for that someone is struggling. Sometimes it’s hard to tell that someone is suffering. Here are some signs that someone is struggling.

  • not coming to school or work
  • not engaging with friends or family
  • not participating in activities that they used to enjoy
  • withdrawing
  • feeling hopeless
  • increase use of drugs or alcohol
  • changes in behaviour
  • anger/irritability

Getting help

If you, your child/youth or someone you know is struggling, it is important to know where to reach out for help.

Who would you talk to if you were distressed, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to make a list of at least 3 people or resources you would reach out to.

Who would your child/youth talk to if they were upset, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to sit down with your child/youth and ask them who they would talk to. Put the kidshelpphone and HERE247 or DCAFS number in their phones (see below).

All children and youth need caring adults in their lives to talk to about their feelings. Parents/guardians can be some of those caring adults, but it is important for the children/youth to have other caring adults in their lives such as:

Family members, friends of the family

School staff (teachers, guidance counsellors, principals, child and youth counsellors, social workers, librarian, custodial staff)

Coaches, instructors

Spiritual or religious community

Community members (police, family doctors, librarians, etc.)

Who you can call for mental health support:

  • Here 24/7 (for crisis and support with mental health or addiction concerns in Guelph/Wellington) 1.844.437.3247
  • Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) (for crisis and mental health supports for children/youth in Dufferin) 519 941 1530
  • Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868
  • Your family physician or family health team

Have a mentally healthy holiday season!

Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for Upper Grand District School Board

Follow me on instagram #ugdsb_mental_health


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December 10th is HUMAN RIGHTS Day!

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10th!

Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of someone whose voice is not being heard. Recognize that human rights include the right for everyone to have access to clean water, unpolluted air and healthy food.

Simple yet meaningful ways for your family to celebrate the rights and responsibilities that we all share as human beings! 

  • Learn about how children live in other parts of the world. Find out about their schools or traditional food and language.
  • Read the book: We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures by Amnesty International.
  • Read the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. Decide if there is a cause your family wants to support, or an Ecojustice action you want to take on.
  • Make a World Wishes Dove with your family.  Cut feathers from white paper. Have everyone in the family write their wish for the world on a feather. Cut out the body of a dove and glue all the feathers on it.
  • Start a tradition of doing a family service project on Human Rights Day.Find an opportunity to volunteer in your local community and make a difference. 

For the bigger picture we can (and should) do what we can to fight injustice. But on a smaller scale, in the day-to-day, practicing kindness can help knit a web of compassion to give humanity a boost of resilience” by Melissa Breyer

Give yourself a break this week and order lunch from Lunchbox Orders!

 How to Order:

  1.       Go online at and click “ORDER LUNCH”.
  2.       New to Lunchbox Orders? Click “Create an Account” to register your family’s account.
  3.       Already registered? Please login directly with your current user name (e-mail address) and password.
  4.       Add your child to your account by clicking “add a student” and register your child with their new teacher and grade for the current     school year. ** Please ensure the correct teacher and grade are selected to prevent errors on delivery days.
  5.       Click “Order Now” (beside your child’s name) to access the school’s ordering calendar.
  6.       Proceed with ordering your child’s lunch by clicking on the blue box for each restaurant featured.
  7.       All orders are submitted on the website and payment is processed on-line by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Debit MasterCard or Visa         Debit.  Visa and MasterCard prepaid cards are also accepted.

The Benefits:

  • With every meal purchased, a contribution will be made to the school’s fundraising program.
  •  Lunchbox Orders is paperless and cashless.  Ordering online is fast and easy!
  • All menu items featured are compliant with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Food and Beverage Policy.
  • Orders may be placed weekly or in advance, for the full length of the program. 

Things to Remember:

  • New orders must be placed by Sunday at 12pm (NOON) for the following week.
  • Orders will not be accepted after the Sunday deadline.
  • Cancellations will be accepted two (2) days prior to delivery.

Questions? Contact the Lunchbox Orders customer service team at 1.877.426.6860 or by e-mail at [email protected]


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