FEBRUARY/MARCH PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE AND UPDATES (March 10, 2022)

Posted March 10, 2022

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE AND UPDATES (March 10th, 2022)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It certainly has been a very busy time with lots of changes and announcements. As time progresses I know that we are all looking forward to a gradual return to “normal”. As soon as specific plans are ready to share then we will communicate them through all the regular channels. In February and in March we were all hit hard by Old Man Winter and schools were closed and buses cancelled more than once. 

The month of February was a time where deep and rich learning around Black Heritage, Black Brilliance, Black Futures Month was explored in the classroom and via our daily principal’s morning announcements. At our Term 2 Kick Off  Virtual Assembly, students from all divisions shared examples of their learning in all areas of the curriculum. It was truly inspiring!

In other highlight news, Term 1 report cards and IEPs were available online as of February 15th and Pink Shirt Day (a day to stand up for kindness) was on February 23rd. Congratulations to our staff and students for thriving through the first five and half months of school. Learning has continued and continues in an environment challenged with working around pandemic safety protocols and through a pivot to remote learning and then back again to in-person learning. These have been life lessons for all!  Remember that if you have a concern at any point in the year about your child’s progress you can arrange to have a telephone or Google Meet interview with your child’s teacher(s). I would also like to invite any interested parents to attend the Google Meet for our next School Council meeting on Tuesday, April 12th from 6-7:30 pm. 

Again, we thank you for your cooperation and partnership. We’ve had a successful 6 months of school and look forward to another successful 4 months. Things are looking hopeful and we are excited to continue learning into the Spring.

Have a safe and fun March Break!

Sincerely, 

Olivier Cutz

Principal 

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

Below are some key information pieces to keep you updated:

 

Changes to COVID Health & Safety policies, processes, and procedures

Please visit https://www.ugdsb.ca/ to see posts related to changes we can expect when we return back from March Break. 

 

March Break

The March is from March 11-20th.

 

Yearbook

Thank you to Mlle Fang and our RCPS students, who will be helping with the yearbook this year. We look forward to seeing another yearbook for a year unlike any other!

 

Food n Friends 

February was our annual Live Free from Hunger Campaign. Thank you to the families who donated! The RCPS community has always been wonderfully supportive of our program. 

A special thank you to The Grand River Agricultural Society for their very generous donation to our program!

To celebrate Kindness Day, our program provided the entire school with a healthy oatmeal cookie as a treat to acknowledge the day. We are celebrating our March Break with muffins in our snack bins as well.

If you are interested in helping with our program,  please reach out to [email protected] 

 

School Council

All Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of specific months (if rescheduled then advance notice will be given) via Google Meet beginning at 6 pm and ending at 7:30 pm. Please email our School Council Chair, Bianca Chambers at [email protected] to be added to the meeting attendance and to be sent the Google Meet link. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12th and we would love for you to join us!. Please visit the School Council webpage for more information and to access agendas and minutes. https://www.ugdsb.ca/rockwood/school-council/

We are excited to have food programs back again using LunchBox via School Cash Online. This allows for more ordering flexibility for parents. We are excited to be working with Subway and Rockwood’s own Purple Pig Pizza. Milk will also be available each day.

We have 2 fundraisers scheduled for the spring. JD Sweid Chicken has just launched with orders closing on Wednesday, March 23rd and delivery on Tuesday, April 12th. Krispy Kreme Donut orders will open on Wednesday, April 13th and close on Wednesday, May 4th, with a deliver date of Tuesday, May 17th.

We also hope to do a few special treat days as the weather improves such a Freezies or Ice Dawgs. Stay tuned!

We are looking for parents interested in joining council committees such as Fundraising, Fund Allocation and Food Programs. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.

 

Black Heritage, Black Brilliance Black Futures Month

Students and staff at RCPS came together virtually in February to celebrate Black Brilliance, Heritage and Futures in their classrooms and in our daily principal’s announcements and virtual assemblies. Responsively and with critical thought, UGDSB students are driving the work this month and have requested that the month of February be named Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month. This intentional name represents a balanced approach to understanding that the history, reality, and future of people of the African Diaspora involves immense racism and injustice including slavery as well as pre-slavery history, excellence, social justice and contribution.

Black Brilliance and anti-Black racism work is done year round in the Upper Grand and we look forward to continuing this work as a board during the month of February every year..

 

The Umbrella Project

RCPS is on board for engaging in The Umbrella Project! The last year has been a very challenging time for students, staff, parents/guardians and community members as we have navigated through the changes brought on by COVID-19.

At the Upper Grand District School Board, we value mentally healthy schools, classrooms and work sites. This year, in order to further help support the mental health and well-being of UGDSB students and staff, we are introducing The Umbrella Project to schools and offices.

The symbol of an umbrella is used to represent the ways in which our skill sets can protect us from and help us work through some of the stressors we are faced with. Just like the weather, there will be calm days and stormy days. Since we can’t control the weather, we will help ensure that we all have a strong umbrella to help us weather the storm. Follow #UGUmbrella for the latest updates about The Umbrella Project.

 

Period Equity

All people who menstruate should be able to access period products for free and with dignity. Free period product machines became available in the For Use By All washrooms in schools. Machines were installed in For Use By All washrooms in schools with grade 7 & 8 students and board offices, followed by K-6 schools soon. The machines and products are located in single stall washrooms to intentionally address availability for all folks who menstruate despite their age, role, gender identity, socio-economic status and ability. We will continue to work towards ensuring all period products are free and available with dignity within our school. 

 

Music

Band instruments are returning to grade 8 students as a first step back into instrumental music instruction at RCPS. For all other grade levels, students are refining their performance skills on guitars, ukuleles, percussion instruments, and voice. We are looking forward to the return of our rigorous ensemble practices during lunches and recesses!

 

Clubs and teams

We have many clubs and teams up and running again such as intramural sports like basketball and floor hockey. As we get back from the March Break, there will be more and more teams and clubs resuming as close as possible to pre-COVID times. Remind your child to listen closely to morning announcements and look at the extracurricular TV slideshow to stay informed of upcoming opportunities.  

 

Join the global Movement!

Celebrate Earth Hour on March 26th at 8:30pm.

 

Earth Hour’s mission is uniting people to protect the planet by raising awareness of about climate change and encouraging positive action.

 “Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide.”

 Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement that has achieved massive environmental impact, including legislation changes by harnessing the power of the crowd.”

 

Click here to see a short video clip of Earth Hour’s story around the world.                        

Ideas for your family to do for Earth Hour!

 

Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way.

 

A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights on March 26th from 8:30-9:30 pm. For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet. To celebrate, you can:

          prepare a candle lit dinner,

          talk to your neighbours, or invite people over

          stargaze, or go camping in your backyard

          play board games, or charades

          host a concert, or a sing-a-long

          create or join your own community event

          have an Earth Hour every month

The possibilities are endless!

 

Quotes and information taken from: https://www.earthhour.org/

 

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