Posted December 2, 2019


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. 

Due to the Labour Disruption we will reschedule the Grade 8 Camp Trip Info Night to a later date and we will inform you as soon as possible. 

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

Wednesday, December 4th at 6 pm > High School Info Night

Due to the Labour Disruption we will reschedule the High School Info Night to a later date and we will inform you as soon as possible. 


5 Days of Giving Annual Food Drive:

We will be hosting our annual food drive, beginning Monday December 9th until Friday December 13th.  Each year our kindness feeds many families in our community during the holidays.  We are always so thankful for your generous donations. Points are given for each food item donated to your child’s colour house. Again this year is mystery points, the point amount will change each day, so bringing one thing each day will help your team win points.


Here is a schedule to follow…

Monday December 9th, 2018 Breakfast items
Tuesday December 10th, 2018 Lunch Items 
Wednesday December 11th, 2018 Dinner items
Thursday December 12th, 2018 Snack items
Friday December 13th, 2018 Toiletries



*canned stews                                                                  *tea/instant coffee

*canned pasta (Alphagetti, Chef Boyardee)               *school snack

*Juice                                                                                  *canned meat (turkey, chicken, ham)

*oatmeal                                                                            *evaporated milk

*jam                                                                                     *mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish

*cookies/crackers                                                             *canned fruits and vegetables


Holiday Concerts:

Below is a basic schedule for the upcoming December Holiday Concert Series in the school gymnasium:


Tuesday, December 17th at 2 PM > Grade 7 & Grade 8 Band & Intermediate Choir Showcase


Wednesday, December 18th at 9 AM > Grades 1-8 (Including the intermediate bands and choirs)


Please join us for some good holiday vibrations!


Library: With two weeks off with family, students are encouraged to borrow library books over the holidays.  Remind your son or daughter to bring back any outstanding books so that they may sign some new ones out for the upcoming break.


Sports Teams:   

Intermediate Volleyball:  Our Intermediate volleyball teams have been gearing up for their tournament on December 10 (Elora:  boys JD Hogarth: Girls).  Thank you to Mr. Brubacher and Ms. Musselman for coaching the boys’ team and Mr. Collier, Ms. Cowperthwaite, and Mrs. Soper for coaching the girls’ team.  Go Renegades!



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…


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: The Rainbow Loom Club and the grade four students had our first fundraiser and sold out! We sold all of our Rainbow Loom bracelets, necklaces and keychains. We are excited to share that we raised over $260 for the local food bank. Thank you everyone for your support! We will continue having the Rainbow Loom Club on Day 2, at second recess. All junior students are welcome to join. 


Eco Team:  The Rockwood Eco team promoted this year’s Take Me Outside Day with posters and morning announcements. On October 23, many of the students of Rockwood Centennial participated in the event, along with over 200,000 students from across Canada! Classes took their learning outdoors by making use of our outdoor classroom, playing survivor games in the forest, and hiking in the Conservation area. Our certificate of participation can be seen on the hallway TV slideshow. 


Tech Club: Leading up to the holiday break, Intermediate students are invited to sign up for a recess opportunity to create their own snowflake ornament, using jinx wood and power tools. 


School Council: Our next school council meeting will occur on Tuesday, February 11th. All parents welcome!


Colour House:  We cannot wait to celebrate the magic of the season in our Colour House families.  The fun will begin on December 5 and will carry through to Dec. 20.  We will be gathering to play some reindeer games, solve puzzles, complete holiday crafts, decorate teachers, and get into the festive spirit with our friends.

Intermediate Quest:  Thank you to our huge group of  parents who volunteered to help supervise in the Conversation while our 184 grade 7 & 8 students worked in teams to compete in an Amazing Race team building exercise in the great outdoors ! Thank you to Mrs. Soper and Mrs. Benstead for their outstanding organization and communication around this event.

Caring Club:    4A, 5A, 6A, 6B, and 7D French classes participated in Winter Survival Kits with the Royal City Mission in Guelph and packed 125 kits this year. Thank you for the generous donations given by our school community. Special thanks to Giant Tiger in Fergus, Runner’s Room, and Gran(Fran Ford) for your kind support of our outreach. The Winter Survival Kits will be handed out on Dec. 3 to our neighbours in need in Guelph.  Way to go Renegades!


Talking About Mental Health December 2018 GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCY

As we head through December and towards the holidays, it is important to be aware that this can be a very exciting time of year, but for some it is also a difficult time of year.  


  • eat well
  • get good sleep
  • don’t over schedule
  • stay connected to family and friends
  • keep daily routines going
  • avoid over-use of technology
  • get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air


23 Days of Giving

Every day in December have everyone put something that they don’t use or need into a basket.  Later in the month you can go as a family and donate to a shelter or community center

Reflection Wall

Have a wall in the house where everyone can add sticky notes of what they are grateful about from the year.  Focus on lessons learned, new skills and strategies used throughout the year

Rose, Bud, Thorn

Have everyone identify one or two things that they feel were successes from the year (rose), something that was a struggle (thorn) and what they did to overcome the struggle, and something they are looking forward to in the new year (bud).

Signs to look for that someone is struggling Sometimes it’s hard to tell that someone is suffering. Here are some signs that someone is struggling. 

  • not coming to school or work
  • not engaging with friends or family
  • not participating in activities that they used to enjoy
  • withdrawing
  • feeling hopeless
  • increase use of drugs or alcohol
  • changes in behaviour
  • anger/irritability

 Getting help

If you, your child/youth or someone you know is struggling, it is important to know where to reach out for help.

 Who would you talk to if you were distressed, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to make a list of at least 3 people or resources you would reach out to.

 Who would your child/youth talk to if they were upset, overwhelmed or struggling?  Take a moment to sit down with your child/youth and ask them who they would talk to. Put the kidshelpphone and HERE 24/7 or DCAFS number in their phones (see below).

 All children and youth need caring adults in their lives to talk to about their feelings. Parents/guardians can be some of those caring adults, but it is important for the children/youth to have other caring adults in their lives such as: 

  •         Family members, friends of the family
  •         School staff (teachers, guidance counsellors, principals, child and youth counsellors, social workers, librarian, custodial staff)
  •         Coaches, instructors
  •         Spiritual or religious community
  •         Community members (police, family doctors, librarians, etc.)

Who you can call for mental health support:

  • Here 24/7 (for crisis and support with mental health or addiction concerns in Guelph/Wellington) 1.844.437.3247
  • Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) (for crisis and mental health supports for children/youth in Dufferin) 519 941 1530
  • Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868
  • Your family physician or family health team

 Have a mentally healthy holiday season!

Jenny Marino is the Mental Health Lead for Upper Grand District School Board

Follow me on instagram #ugdsb_mental_health

Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet

December 10th is HUMAN RIGHTS Day!

 “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

 Celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10th! 

Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of someone whose voice is not being heard. Recognize that human rights include the right for everyone to have access to clean water, unpolluted air and healthy food.

Simple yet meaningful ways for your family to celebrate the rights and responsibilities that we all share as human beings!

  •         Learn about how children live in other parts of the world. Find out about their schools or traditional food and language.
  •         Read the book: We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures by Amnesty International.
  •         Read the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights. Decide if there is a cause your family wants to support, or an Ecojustice action you want to take on.
  •         Make a World Wishes Dove with your family.  Cut feathers from white paper. Have everyone in the family write their wish for the world on a feather. Cut out the body of a dove and glue all the feathers on it.  
  •         Start a tradition of doing a family service project on Human Rights Day. Find an opportunity to volunteer in your local community and make a difference.


For the bigger picture we can (and should) do what we can to fight injustice. But on a smaller scale, in the day-to-day, practicing kindness can help knit a web of compassion to give humanity a boost of resilience” by Melissa Breyer 


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