PMPS Weekly Update for November 24th

Posted November 24, 2022

Good evening Mustang Families, 

It’s been another good week here at PMPS! Our junior volleyball team represented us at their tournament on Tuesday evening and showed everyone their team spirit and #MargaretProud. Our intermediate volleyball teams are traveling to ODSS next Monday to represent us as well. Thank you to our student athletes and coaches who have been practicing hard and doing their best at all of their after school games. 

Our book fair has started here at PMPS and students are excited. Please stop by during interviews or at our Craft Fair. All proceeds go right back to our Library Learning Commons. When you’re in also please take a moment to have a look at all the beautiful artwork that our students have created. The building looks like an art gallery! 

Our Twitter account is full of updates, please check it out: @margaret_ps . I update our website regularly as well:

Important Dates & Reminders: 

November 17th and onwards: Progress Reports Available online 

November 24th: Interview Evening: 3-7pm 

November 25th: PD Day, No school for students : Parent/Guardian interviews: in person 

November 23- December 3rd (open for interview evening and on the PD day) Scholastic Book Fair: Please read the attached Scholastic Book Fair

December 3rd: PMPS Holiday Craft Fair 9am-3pm . Our School and Student Council thank you for all of your support. Please continue to support us and  come out and enjoy the craft fair on the 3rd. There is much to see and do including; face painting, cookie decorating with Santa, silent auction, kid shopping room, outdoor games, bake sale, vendors including kid entrepreneurs and so much more…. 

Milk Sales: Our wonderful Student Council continues to sell milk, Monday to Friday 1st break only for $1.00. Milk sale profits support our Student Council. 

Best practices/ key protocols and messages to promote healthy learning environments: We have been asked to share how we are trying to keep everyone well in the UGDSB this fall and winter: 

  • Screen daily prior to arriving at school/work for symptoms 
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided (medical masks, eye protection, gowns, gloves etc.) including non-fit N95 and medical grade masks, eye protection for staff
  • Emphasis on proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette 
  • Alcohol-based hand rub is available throughout schools and buildings
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces is continuing
  • Standalone HEPA filters in all of our classrooms and learning spaces.  Standalone HEPA units are running in all occupied spaces where they are located
  • The opening of windows where possible and maximizing the use of outdoor learning spaces
  • Signs encouraging best practices related to preventative measures
  • Families with questions can go to our board website for updates:


Our new fully automated student absence tracker is available and live on the board’s website.  To view immediate trends on daily absence rates please click on the link below.    This information is publicly available and will help parents be informed about the impact of illness across the system on student attendance.

STRESS BUSTERS PROGRAM:  Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada

UGDSB SB After School Program Poster (2) (003).pdf

School Volunteers: The UGDSB recently updated their School Volunteers  Policy (205). If you are volunteering in our school or plan to in the future, it is important to note that the following is required: a volunteer  application, a volunteer agreement, an interview, a reference check and a vulnerable sector check (VSC) /offense declaration. A VSC will be required for field trip supervisors, volunteer drivers, classroom volunteers working with students, volunteer coaches/advisors.  Please note: all volunteer drivers will need to complete a 508-3 Transportation of Students in Privately Owned Vehicles, a signed volunteer agreement, and a VSC/ Offense Declaration. This means that the school can no longer coordinate rides to sporting events unless we have parents/ guardians who have completed the VSC and other paperwork. Parents/ Guardians and family members must transport to games. The school will be able to provide letters that parents/guardians can use to apply for a VSC. We understand that this is a significant change but the school needs to support the policy set out by the UGDSB. 

Thank you for your continued support. We will see parents/guardians for interviews Thursday evening and Friday during the day. We will see our students bright and early on Monday morning at 830am. 

Take care, 

Andrea Papavasiliou, Principal

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