PRINCIPAL’S APRIL 2019 MONTHLY MESSAGE

Posted March 30, 2019

PRINCIPAL’S APRIL 2019 MONTHLY MESSAGE

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope our students and their families enjoyed either a restful or an active March Break. Despite the month of March passing by quickly it was filled with many enriching experiences. Our Grade 7 & Grade 8 Concert Bands performed wonderfully and to the best of their abilities at this year’s UGEMTA Music Festival in Guelph. Just recently some of our boys and girls enjoyed themselves tremendously and showed great sportsmanship at our board wide dodgeball tournament. We’ve had numerous OPP, Police and Fire Safety presentations to all grades. We also cannot forget the very impressive whole school Spaghetti Lunch organized by parent volunteers, Amanda May, Jennifer Brink and Danielle Stafford. Also, thank you to the many parents who donated pasta and sauce, cooked pasta noodles to perfection and served warm food to nearly 400 students and staff. A delicious meal is always a great way to bring a community together and build relationships.

Speaking of community, parents are always welcome to attend our School Council meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd from 7-8:30 PM in the library. There will be a meeting for parents of grade 8 students interested in helping to organize our Grade 8 Graduation. In more School Council news, stay tuned for more details about our Parents Reaching Out Information Night where we will be lead by local Mindfulness Educator, Sam Shepard on Thursday, April 25th from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. Join us for a fun, family information evening at Rockwood Centennial P.S. Our hope is that parents and children can learn tips and tricks to help promote mindfulness in your home – technology free.

The next three months will be very busy ones with lots of learning for our students and many school wide events scheduled. Please remember to take a close look at our April Highlights At A Glance post on the website and to check the website calendar regularly for updates and changes regarding key dates. Downloading the UGConnect App is also a great way to stay connected. One area that we’d like to start asking for assistance is for our grade 3 & 6 EQAO testing. Each year, we rely on the help of parents and community member volunteers to act as readers and scribes in assisting students who require such support to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in this very important standardized assessment. If you are interested in helping out with EQAO and are available from May 22nd to May 29th please contact our Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT), Mrs.Clyde, at jill.clyde@ugdsb.on.ca .

Finally, it is hard to believe but we are already starting to plan our organization for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are planning a move to another school this summer, or know of someone moving into our school area for the 2019-2020 school year, please notify the office as soon as possible. Moreover, I wanted to comment that in the past, we have received a number of class placement requests for the coming school year. This can make class building very difficult and sometimes hinder the process significantly. Due to our ever changing school population and the fact that our grade 7 and 8 students are on rotary, we will not be taking any class placement requests for September 2019. If your child has some exceptional circumstances that require consideration when doing class placements, please email me directly, olivier.cutz@ugdsb.on.ca. Please know that when placing your child in a class, we consider their ability, personality, friendships, learning style, and behaviour. Class building is a lengthy process that is given a great deal of thought by the staff. Thank you for recognizing that we do our very best for each and every student.

Once again, we thank you for supporting the learning happening at RCPS in all the ways that you do and please know that our doors are always open should you have any questions or concerns.

Olivier Cutz (Principal)

B.A. (Spec.Hons), BEd, MEd

 

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