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Grade 8 Year End Trip 2019/2020
I would like to start by introducing myself, my name is Jake Ladner, I am a grade 5 teacher at Rockwood Centennial. I am helping to organize this year’s 8th grade graduation trip to YMCA Camp Kitchikewana. Before teaching, I had a career in Social Work and Wilderness Therapy (taking at risk youth on wilderness trips). I have a passion for Outdoor Education and I believe in the benefits of connecting children with our natural world. Additionally, we have five RCPS staff members committed to chaperoning the trip. More information about parent chaperones will be shared at our upcoming information night.
We would like to invite all of the grade 8 parents to our Camp Information night on January 14th, at 7pm. The camp trip will cost approximately $250-$300. It is just over a 2 hour bus ride to Honey Harbour, from there we will catch a 10 minute boat ride through some of Georgian Bays beautiful sheltered bays. After the ride, we will arrive at the camp, which is located in the Georgian Bay Islands National Park on beautiful Beausoleil Island.
YMCA Camp Kitchikewana has been in operation for 100 years. Kitchikewana is a branch of the Simcoe Muskoka YMCA. It is the perfect place 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 the sites 10 000 years of First Nations history. Along with Environmental Education provided by Parks Canada staff, students will be swimming, canoeing, hiking, having campfires and more!
Please note that because of the safety concerns centered around an overnight trip, Principal Cutz has the discretion to disallow a student who has proven themselves to be a safety risk from participating in the trip. Where possible, we will ensure that students’ at risk of losing their trip will be given timely feedback and a chance to prove their trustworthiness and that their parents will be notified about any concerns. It is our goal that every student will have the opportunity to join us on this unique experience and we appreciate your support in encouraging your child to make responsible and safe decision making throughout the year.
I look forward to meeting you all on December 4th. At the meeting, I will present a slide-show about the camp and provide you with more details around the trip. After that, myself and Mr. Cutz will answer any questions you might have about our trip to Camp Kitchikewana.
Grade 7 & 8 School Letter
We are bringing back the School Letter program back to RCPS! When students graduate with a “School Letter” they are given a crest and mention of this achievement as a kudos to their efforts in developing themselves into well rounded students and citizens. See details below.
The following is a description of how students earn points towards a school letter. Students must earn a total of 20 points over 2 years. They need to have 5 academic, 5 service, and 5 sports/clubs + 5 additional from any category. Read the points legend for more detail.
To all parents:
To access and view school points for individual students have your child/children log on to UGCloud and find the spreadsheet document that has their “last name, first name school points”. [(e.g.)” Cutz, Olivier school points” would be the document for Mr. Cutz.] Points will be updated as services, sports/clubs, and academics occur during the year. If your child/children believes/believe that the points are inaccurate, they need to speak with the teacher in charge of the event directly. This should be done no later than June 19th. Should there be any discrepancy from last year please have your child/children speak with M. Cutz .Please encourage your child to initially speak with the teacher on their own behalf as we are encouraging students to take initiative and be responsible for themselves.
Below is an example of the UGCloud points spreadsheet:
A copy of this information will be duplicated in the Resources section of our website for future reference. We hope that you will encourage your child to be a leader and build themselves into a balanced student by getting involved in all areas of school life.
Show your spirit for Rockwood Centennial Public School by wearing Rockwood Renegades t-shirts, shorts and hooded sweatshirts.
All Spirit Wear purchases support your School Council. Samples can be viewed on the Parent Resource Bulletin Board in the front lobby of the school. Periodic bulk orders are placed throughout the year.