NOVEMBER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Posted November 6, 2019

NOVEMBER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Fundraising Updates: A big thank you to our School Council and this community for making our two major fundraisers such a success. The MacMillan’s orders and the Spook-a-thon pledges and prizes brought in a little over $5,000 which will go to supplementing or replacing phys ed, musical and technology equipment for our students. 

 

Grade 8 Trip: There will be an information night for parents and students on Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Gym. Our camp trip will take place from Monday, June 15th to Wednesday, June 17th. The cost of the fully refundable trip will be in the $250 to $300 range and payment details will be discussed at the meeting. 

YMCA Camp Kitchikewana has been in operation for 100 years. It is nestled in Georgian Bay Islands National Park on beautiful Beausoleil Island. Kitchikewana is a branch of the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA.Camp Kitchikewana is the perfect place for children and youth to grow in mind, body and spirit.  The Camp’s unique setting in a National Park allows for campers to connect with the natural world and to learn first hand about First Nations history. 

Camp Kitchikewana is situated on one of the most significant archeological sites in Canada. The Ministry of Natural Resources Chief Archeologist and his team have excavated at Camp Kitchikewana and found that the campsite has been used for 10 000 years.  This offers your students a unique experience to learn first hand about First Nations culture.  Along with Environmental Education (provided by Parks Canada staff) and Social Studies, your children will be swimming, canoeing, hiking, playing organized games and more! 

A note from Ms.Scott (Grade 7/8 Guidance Counsellor):

November is a busy month for High School information sessions. It is important to attend these sessions to find out more about High School and the opportunities available to your child. 

Nov.6 Grade 8s visit Ross (Tech Day)

Nov.13 Your Future Your Choice (Centennial) 6-8pm

Nov.20 IB Info Night (GCVI) 7-8pm

Nov.27 Ross Info Night 6-9pm

Nov.28 Grade 8s visit College Heights (Tech Day)

Dec.4 High School Info Night/Grade 8 Trip info 6-8pm

 

Library: I have just ordered some new titles for our library.  Once they arrive, the new books will be displayed for students to check out some new selections.

 

MakerSpace – This club runs every Day 4.  All students are welcome to come out and play with some hands-on activities (blocks, gears, magnets, k’nex, robots, button making, and more).

 

Sports Teams:   

Mrs. Soper and Mr. Collier are offering volleyball intramurals at nutrition breaks.  Volleyball try-outs are planned for the middle of November.

 

Music/Band: 

Grade 8 Band has been working hard on the lunch breaks, and playing in small sectional groups to learn new music. We will begin rehearsing after school once a week starting in December. Grade 8 Band Parents will receive a notice through the Grade 8 Band Google Classroom.

All Music and Drama Classes for Grade 6, 7, 8 have Google Classrooms that the students follow for information.

Guelph Storm Choir! This year Ms. McCabe and the Rockwood Centennial Intermediate Choir will partner Mr. Ellis and the Eramosa Eagles Choir for a joint performance at the Guelph Storm Game.  The students will sing the National Anthem together at the December 8th Storm game at 2pm. Tickets will be available through the school. We are looking forward to this unique performance to bridge our school communities through music! More information coming soon…

Long & McQuade Rental Info Night: Our Long & McQuade Instrument Rental Night is occurring from 6-6:30 PM on November 12th  for parents interested in renting a band instrument for their child.

 

Knitting Club: We have started the knitting club for students in Grades 4-8.  We have only had one meeting and already we have a large group of enthusiastic knitters.  We meet on Tuesdays during 1st or 2nd Break in the Library. Students need to listen to the announcements to know when to meet.  If any parents, guardians and/or grandparents are interested in sharing their talent, we welcome volunteers! Also, donations of chunky yarn are appreciated.  

 

Rainbow Loom Club: Our Rainbow Loom Club is starting next week for Grades 4-6. Students need to listen to the announcements to know when to meet. We are making Rainbow Loom necklaces, bracelets and keychains. We will be doing a fundraiser and selling our creations to raise money for our Local Foodbank. Keychains will sell for 50 cents, bracelets for $1 and necklaces for $2 later this month.

 

Eco Team:  Eco Team has been busy looking after our compost program and planting our two new Maple trees on the school yard. Some members of our Eco Team recently attended a Youth Forum to learn more about our water systems and potential threats to such an  important natural resource. Their learning will complement an upcoming Intermediate Science unit on Water Systems in which students will research an area of local concern and plan ways to make a positive impact.

 

School Council: Our next school council meeting will occur on Tuesday, 12th, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 PM. This is slightly different timing because our Long & McQuade Instrument Rental Night is occurring from 6-6:30 PM for parents interested in renting a band instrument for their child. All parents welcome!

  

Food & Friends:Our nutrition program had a busy month in October. As always, we provide classroom snack bins filled with fresh, whole fruits and servings of grains. Thank you to our bin helpers Lily, Brynn, and Brooklyn for diligently keeping snack bins fresh and full. 

We had a successful muffin day for all students. Volunteers baked fresh banana muffins as part of our snack bin program.  400 muffins were well received by students and staff. 

With the start of cooler weather, we have begun offering oatmeal at both first and second break on Fridays. We are averaging approximately 90 servings of oatmeal each Friday. Our student helpers Avalene, Bria, Ruby, Jayden, Kate, Eloise, and Ariana have done an amazing job of meeting the demand. Thank you to Mrs Cripps, Mrs Ripley, and Mrs May for helping with set up and clean up. In order to maintain this program, donations of Quaker apple cinnamon or brown sugar oatmeal are always welcome. Please send in boxes with your student or contact our program coordinator at rockwoodnutrition@gmail.com to make arrangements.

A reminder that our nutrition program has an ongoing fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels. Keep items out of lost and found, label all those sweatshirts, hats, mitts, and winter coats. Visit mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/ and select Rockwood Centennial under “support a fundraiser”.

Thank you to parents, teachers, support staff, Mr Cutz, and The Children’s Foundation for supporting our nutrition program. As a team,  we are bringing healthy food to hungry minds.

Intermediate Quest:  Mrs. Soper and Mrs. Benstead are planning an Amazing Race for the Grade 7 and 8 students.  Students can look forward to working with their classmates to compete to be the first team to complete challenges.  We are looking forward to seeing the kids work together, in a fun, competitive way!

Caring Club:    The Junior and some Intermediate Core French classes are participating in Winter Survival Kits with the Royal City Mission in Guelph and hope to pack over 100 kits again this year. We are busy collecting items right now that will be placed in the kits that the students will prepare at the end of the month. These kits will be handed out to our neighbours in need during the first week of December to help them prepare for the cold winter ahead. This outreach is an amazing opportunity for our students to help others. The following items are needed: 

  • new adult size warm socks, kid size warm socks (a few are needed)
  •  toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • soap, cream, lip balm, hand sanitizer, rounded nail file, deoderant, hand cream
  •  gloves, hats, mitts
  •  nut free candies, chocolates, candy canes
  • kleenexes, large freezer bags.

If you have any questions, please contact Mme.McColeman. (lisa.mccoleman@ugdsb.on.ca)

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