PMPS Weekly Update Including Report Cards & Interviews, November 15th
Good evening Mustang Families,
I am sending the update a little early this week as we have some important things happening on the Thursday, November 16th including:
-Report cards are coming home and available online
-Interview booking information comes home with report cards and the booking portal opens on the 17th at 8am.
-If you ordered Terra Cotta cookies, the pick up for those cookies is 3-5pm from the library learning commons. Please make sure you pick up your cookies, as they require refrigeration or the freezer.
I post lots of updates to our school Twitter feed: @margaret_ps . Some of our updates this past week included: our visit from Lt. Navy Deol on Remembrance day, nature journaling in our grade 6 class, exciting silent auction items for our holiday craft sale on December 2nd from 9am- 3pm, problem solving using vertical surfaces in grade ½, and Diwali celebrations to name a few. Our school council also posts to Instrgram @princessmargaretps. I update our website regularly as well: www.ugdsb.ca/PrincessMargaret/ . Please take a moment to have a look.
We need your help and understanding. We still have some of our school community members who believe that it is okay to block buses in our bus loading line and fire route, and block buses that need to get to other schools from leaving our drive way. Neighbours have complained about three point terms, double parking, and parking in no parking zones as well. Please do not park in our parking lot- it is closed to accommodate the buses.
Please be patient and kind to our staff. No one deserves to be yelled at or argued with. Staff are simly trying to do their job. The police and Orangeville Bylaw have given us guidance and will be enforcing bylaws. Tickets can range from $80 to $150. Thank you to everyone who has cooperated and understands that we are trying to maintain a safe parking lot and efficient bus loop.
I would like to take this opportunity to share our board’s code of conduct, policy 213 with parents/guardians. This code of conduct is for all members of our school community, including parents/ guardians.
Although we want to hear your concerns and feedback, this needs to be provided in a respectful manner. Thank you.
Upcoming Recognition/ Spirit Days:
November 17th: Anything but a backpack day (purse, grocery bag/bin, luggage)
Thursday November 23rd: Pink Day – Anti Bullying
-November 16th: Progress Reports Go Home (Interview info comes home with reports)
-November 16th: Terra Cotta Cookie Fundraiser Pick Up: 3-5pm (all cookies must be picked up)
-November 20th to November 24th: Bullying Prevention Week
-November 21st: Picture Retake Day & Class Photo Day (information was emailed out on Wednesday and is available on our school website).
-November 23rd: Dallas Squire visiting grade 6/7 & ⅞ classes
-November 23rd: Interview evening 3pm-7pm (info with report cards or see below)
-November 24th: PD Day: No School Parent/Guardian Interviews (info in report card envelopes and below)
-November 28th: K-3 Dairy Farmer Presentations
-November 30th: Grade 8 Information Night at ODSS
-December 2nd, 2023: Holiday Craft Fair 9-3pm @PMPS
-December 7th, 2023: School Council Meeting- 6pm in the library
Progress Reports Access & Interview Sign Up: As you know, the progress reports will be available online on November 16th at our Report Card Portal here:
or go to our school website and click on UGDSB parent/guardian portal tab on the right hand side of the page and scroll down to find our school.
If you are having difficulty setting up, logging in and/or difficulties accessing online report cards, please visit the UGDSB Parent Help websites at https://sites.google.com/ugcloud.ca/parenthelp/report-cards-parent-portal and https://www.ugdsb.ca/parents/connected/
If your email address has recently changed, please contact your school office coordinator Ms. Mckenzie at 519-941-3731.
Online Signup for Parent-Teacher Interviews
The window to sign-up for an interview begins November 16th and closes November 23rd at 11:00am. Please sign up for a parent-teacher meeting between these dates. Interview times are available either Thursday, November 23rd from 3:00 – 7:00 PM and November 24th from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.
To sign up for a meeting:
1) Go to : www.ugdsb.on.ca/pti or use the UGConnect App – Parents
2) Enter your child’s OEN number (the OEN is on the progress report at the top) then their date of birth.
3) Select the teacher, day and time slot for your meeting
Once you have signed up for an interview, it will be assumed that a parent/guardian will be participating in person. Please email the teacher if a phone call is your preference. You may receive a call from the School/Unknown Caller.
Parents/guardians invited to complete WHY Survey to help improve well-being of youth: All parents/guardians in the Upper Grand District School Board are invited to complete the 2023 WHY Survey, in partnership with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. The purpose of the Well-being Health and Youth (WHY) Surveys is to collect information from youth, parents, and school staff about youth health and well-being. These surveys will identify issues that could be addressed by schools, school boards, and local service providers. The information will be used to inform planning decisions, including Board Improvement Plans. Because the surveys are conducted every two years, we can also monitor trends over time. The WHY Surveys include questionnaires for students, parents and school staff. Grade 4 to 12 students at schools within the UGDSB and Wellington Catholic District School Board will be asked to participate in the student survey. These grades were chosen so that we have a full picture of how students are doing throughout their time in school. All school staff and parents will also be invited to complete a survey. Participation is voluntary. Students, parents and staff do not have to answer every question and may choose to stop at any time. Additionally, the survey will not collect identifying information from students or parents and all information collected will be strictly confidential. Only aggregated data will be reported publicly to ensure anonymity for individual students, teachers, parents, schools, and boards. The surveys will run from November 13 to November 24, 2023. Parents/guardians can complete the parent/guardians survey at https://is.gd/2024parentwhy. Thank you for supporting this survey and our efforts to place students’ well-being at the centre of everything we do!
Professional Activity Day Description: November 24, 2023:
Information for Parents/Guardians
Date: November 24, 2023
Length: Full Day
Elementary Topic: Parent-Guardian / Teacher Interviews
Description: Elementary Staff will spend the full day communicating with parents / guardians about student progress in advance of Progress Reports being distributed at the end of November.
Entity Hosting: Upper Grand DSB
Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Independent / Individual
Inclement Weather – Where Families Can Get Updates:
Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week: From November 20 to the 24th, the Upper Grand District School Board will be participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (BAPW). During BAPW students, staff and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effects on student learning and well-being. For a parent who is dealing with a bullying incident there are many resources on the UGDSB website to support.
Resources and Links:
Community Recognition Board: We are #MargaretProud. If your child has done something wonderful in our community or accomplished a big goal, please send in a picture and a short note and/or a clipping from the newspaper or online site to Mrs. PapaV. We have a board celebrating our amazing PMPS students across from the gym.
Milk Sales: Student Council continues to sell milk, Monday to Friday 1st break only for $1.00. Milk sale profits support our Student Council.
We’ll see everyone on Thursady and Friday at 830am sharp for school, before we head into another weekend.
Mrs. Andrea Papavasiliou (PapaV), Principal