Our Last PMPS Weekly Update/ News for New School Year

Posted June 27, 2023

Have a wonderful summer PMPS Mustang Families! I have one last update for you. 

What a busy and fun last week of school we are having. We celebrated our grade eights who are off to high school in the fall. They are a fine group of young people and we will miss them. They are the leaders of our school, and we are excited for them and the next phase of their educational journey. We also celebrated our senior kindergartens who are transitioning into grade one. Our kindergarteners are ready to take on new learning next year.

Our school also got some big news this week: The Compass Run has donated $6,000 to our nutrition program for next year and the board has been able to provide our school with some funding to build our instrumental music program.  We are thankful for the community partners and the senior leadership at the board level. Please check out Twitter: @margaret_ps and our website for updates: www.ugdsb.ca/PrincessMargaret/ . Over the summer, I will be taking a break, but will post important updates if needed. 


A reminder that tomorrow is our school wide play day. Please remember to have your child(ren) wear sunscreen, a hat, and to bring water. We will be keeping an eye on the air quality. On Thursday we celebrate our last day of school with a last day assembly and Canada day (wear red and white). Friday is a PD Day and there is no school for students 

Library Books: 

We have 59 outstanding library books. Please look everywhere at home for lost books. It’s important we have all books returned to the library as soon as possible. Thank you in advance. 

The First Day of the 23/24 School Year: 

It is hard to believe that June is almost over and we are heading into the last day of school on Thursday. My staff and I are very proud of the growth of all of our students. I am thankful for your support and trust throughout this last school year. After a rest, my staff and I are excited to start the 2023/2024 school year. 

Our first day of school for all students Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is Tuesday, September 5th at 830am. To our new JK families, please note all JKs start on Tuesday, September 5th. There is no staggered entry in the UGDSB, all students start on the same day and same time. 

Students will meet on their regular hard top areas (i.e., Kindergarten., Primary, Junior or Intermediate). Teachers will have lists and staff will be there to greet and ensure all students get to the right spots. To help with this, grade signs will be posted. Students will gather at their grade signs, and staff will tell students what class line to join. In August I will send home a map for where grade signs will be located. Once teachers have their full class, they will make their way into the school and then classroom. A reminder that our school day begins at 8:30am and dismissal is at 2:50pm. 

Classroom Assignments and Organizations:

Each year, we begin with the staffing that was allocated in June. As in past years, our actual numbers are reviewed following the first days of school. This means students may begin their first day in one class yet find themselves being reassigned to another class later in September.  If this happens, we will communicate with families and do our best to limit concerns and transitions. 

We look forward to welcoming back our students and having a wonderful 23/24 school year full of fun and learning!  We’ll see our current students back on Wednesday and Thursday.  Since this is my last email of the year, I want to wish you and your family a happy and safe summer. 

Andrea Papavasiliou, Principal

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