PMPS Weekly Update November 9th, 2023
Good evening Mustang Families,
Students and staff have been taking some time this week to remember our courageous veterans and current military members who serve(d) Canada and protect(ed) our rights and freedoms. Tomorrow, students and staff will gather to honour our veterans during our assembly and during a special virtual guest speaker event. We are honoured to welcome Lt. Harjot Deol to our school virtually to speak to students and staff. PMPS was lucky to have received a guest speaker from the Canadian government’s National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program (NVWSP).
I post lots of updates to our school Twitter feed: @margaret_ps . 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.
Upcoming Recognition/ Spirit Days:
November 10th: Wear Red and Black for Remembrance Day. Wear poppies
November 17th: Anything but a backpack day (purse, grocery bag/bin, luggage)
Thursday November 23rd: Pink Day – Anti Bullying
-November 6th to 10th: Treaties Recognition Week
-November 10th: Remembrance Day Assembly (Flags at Half Mast) Students & Staff
-November 14th: Grade 7 Vaccine Clinic at School (consent online)
-November 15th: Special School Council Meeting for Craft Fair- 6pm in the library
-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
-November 23rd: Dallas Squire visiting grade 6/7 & ⅞ classes
-November 23rd: Interview evening 3pm-7pm (more information to come)
-November 24th: PD Day: No School Parent/Guardian Interviews (info will be coming)
-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
Poppy: Please Make A Donation:
All students will be provided with a sticker poppy on Friday to help recognize and honour Remembrance Day. Please consider making a donation. All donations go to the Canadian Legion. Teachers will collect the donations from now until Friday. Thank you.
School Council Minutes: November’s minutes from our November meeting are posted online at: https://www.ugdsb.ca/princessmargaret/school-council-minutes-from-november-2nd-2023/
School Council also wishes to thank all families who were able to participate in the Terra Cotta Cookie Fundraiser. A grand total will be shared with the community soon.
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:
Fall Illness: UGDSB’s website for illness prevention strategies: https://www.ugdsb.ca/blog/management-of-illness-in-schools-key-protective-measures/ and to follow our Daily School Absence Reporting Dashboard to see trends in schools across our district: https://www.ugdsb.ca/board/daily-school-absence-reporting/
Strengths to Grow Study: Parents and guardians of elementary school children are invited to participate in the Strengths to Grow research study. This brief study is entirely online and can be completed at any time. Participants will complete two 10-minute surveys and the 30-minute Strengths to Grow program which helps parents identify and develop their child’s unique strengths. Every participant receives free access to the Strengths to Grow program. For more information, follow this link: https://bit.ly/strength-research
School Board Trustee Position: The Upper Grand District School Board is accepting applications to fill the vacant trustee position representing the Town of Orangeville. This position is for the term of December 2023 to November 2026.
About School Board Trustees:
The UGDSB has ten elected trustee members who represent the municipalities within the counties of Dufferin and Wellington. Trustees are accountable to UGDSB communities and to the province for continuous improvement in the level of student achievement in their schools.
School board trustees hold no individual authority. Individual trustees are given no authority through the Education Act. Once the Board of Trustees has voted, individual trustee members are legally bound by the majority decision, regardless of whether they supported it during debate or voted in opposition.
Trustees are responsible for setting board policy and priorities. They are responsible for ensuring that the board’s funding allocation is spent in keeping with the board’s budget and within the framework of provincial legislation and policy.
For more information on the application process, see the posting on the UGDSB website.
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.
Sporting Teams & Participation: We have a number of sporting opportunities available to all of our students. Once a student tries out for a team, it’s important to read and sign the Athletics Code of Conduct. Coaches will send it home. All athletes will be given three grace incidents and then will not be allowed to try out or stay on the school team. It is important to understand that academics at school are the athlete’s first priority and that they must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the board’s code of conduct. This has already been discussed with the intermediate division and teachers/coaches will clearly outline to the student when they have received a warning that courts as a grace incident. Thanks for your support.
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 Friday at 830am sharp for school, before we head into another weekend.
Mrs. Andrea Papavasiliou (PapaV), Principal