Posted May 1, 2018

May Newsletter


April was a busy and exciting month here at SIB. Some of the highlights were: our primary choir presented the musical The Green Machine to students as well as to parents. Our Kindergarten and our Grade 4 students performed at a Music Festival. We continued with our environmental theme with last week’s STEAM open house, where we showcased environmental displays created by students, combined with displays of art, technology, math and music performances. Thank you to all families who were able to join us for this open house.   As we head into May there are some very exciting events occurring for our students and a buzz in the air with the weather changing to warmer temperatures. It seems we have waited a long time for spring to arrive and, now that it has, students are enjoying the sun and warmth. We hope you are too! Please feel free to join us for any of the events that are happening in May and be sure to mark your calendar with the new date of our Family Fun Night – Friday June 15!

Natasha Skerritt & Kathy Soule

Some Important Upcoming Dates: Be sure to look on the calendar for the full list!

  • Empowerment Day – May 3
  • Education Week – May 7 to 11
  • Raise the Dough – May 11
  • Hoops For Heart – May 18
  • Planting trees, shrubs on yard – May 18
  • Jump Rope For Heart – May 22
  • Grade 3 EQAO May 23, 24, 25
  • Planting at City Park – May 28
  • Grade 6 EQAO May 30, 31, June 1


If you have not yet had an opportunity to register your child for kindergarten please do so by stopping in at the school office any time between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you are moving houses or schools this year we would also appreciate a call, so that we can staff our school and assign students to classrooms for next year with as much accuracy as possible.


A lot is happening with school council these days: fundraising for more technology in our school and the planning of the Family Fun Night are just a few. Please come join us at our next School Council meeting on Tuesday May 15th at 6:45pm.


Our school Family Fun Night will take place on Friday June 15, 5-8pm. This year we will again be having Pizza for dinner as well as many special treats. We hope that our SIB families will come out for the evening, rain or shine, and enjoy all the activities available. There will be amazing themed baskets and jars again this year so bring your loonies and toonies and try your luck as well at the popular “Cake Walk”. There will be more events added to the agenda but you will have to wait and find out what they are. Volunteers are needed to help make this a successful event. If you are interested in volunteering for part of the evening or making a donation please contact [email protected] or [email protected].   Look for more information regarding planned events and food pricing in the upcoming weeks.  We hope to see you there!!!!


Please understand that due to safety reasons no pets of any kind are allowed at school or on the school yard without permission.  Teachers may give permission for pets to be brought to school as part of a special display or project, but must be consulted first. Some children are highly allergic to certain animals, while others are sometimes fearful of them due to prior experiences. While walking your dog or playing in the playground with your children, in the evenings or weekends, please encourage all who use our school and city walks and grounds to be sure and scoop whatever is left behind! We appreciate your understanding in this matter. Many of you will also notice that we have a new gate at the edge of the parking lot. If you walk through this gate please try to remember to shut it behind you.


Our Grade 3 and 6 students will be completing the E.Q.A.O. assessments at the end of this month and into the beginning of June.  We take our results very seriously and hope you do too.  You can help improve your child’s success by supporting the staff at S.I.B in the following ways:

  1. Reducing the number of hours viewing T.V. and electronic game playing by your child during the week of the test and a week prior to the assessment.
  2. Ensuring your child has a good night’s sleep and eats in a healthy way.
  3. Having your child arrive at school on time.
  4. Reducing any anxiety your child may have about the test, by encouraging them to do their best.


Promoting the safety of students riding to and from school is a shared responsibility.  Please ensure that all of the following procedures have been reviewed with your child before allowing them to ride their bike to school:

  1. Your child’s bicycle has received a proper tune-up before using it on city streets.
  2. All safety rules and rules of the road have been reviewed with your child.
  3. Your child has and wears a properly fitted, approved cycling helmet.
  4. Your child’s bicycle is equipped with a lock and is secured properly to the bike racks at the school.

Road congestion at arrival and dismissal time can be very dangerous for young cyclists. Please watch for children at all times, whether they are walking, cycling or a passenger in a vehicle.  Let’s keep all our children safe!                                                                  


All of us are really looking forward to the sunshine and warmer weather so that we can get out our summer clothes!  When working with students to consider clothing for school, some of our summer clothes are not appropriate for school. Please review the following dress code expectations with your children so that they arrive to school in appropriate clothing:

  • All students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for a learning/working environment. Appropriate dress is free from symbols of hate, gang membership, violence, rebellion, death, abuse, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, racism or discrimination, obscenities, put downs, political or sexual messages or anything detracting from a positive learning environment.
  • School is a public institution where expectations may differ from personal choices. Undergarments should not be visible.


Jump Rope for Heart (Grade K-6) and Track and Field (Grade 4-6) are coming soon.  Our annual Track and Field/Jump Rope for Heart day will happen on May 22nd.  These are very large scale events and we require lots of volunteers. If you would be free to volunteer we would really appreciate your support.  If this interests you, please contact Mrs. K. Strimas at [email protected]. Thank you!


As we come to the end of the school year, there will be many opportunities to record school events. Please know that personally recording school events and then posting them on social networks such as Facebook or You Tube is not respectful of the privacy rights of all those parents, staff and particularly students whose images are being shared without their knowledge and permission. Please join us for these special events, record them for your memories and respect the privacy rights of all students, parents and staff.

Special Olympics

600 students from the Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board will be joining together to celebrate sport at the Special Olympics, May 16, 2018.The event will be held at St. James sports fields, and includes track and field events as well as adaptive events. Athletes flock to the sports fields for the opening ceremonies at 10:00, and compete in 3 events each throughout the day. Family and friends are welcome to join in the fun and cheer on the athletes. Parking is available at the Grange plaza.


We’d love to celebrate customs and traditions from all around the world!

If you have a suggestion or idea, please contact your child’s teacher, Ms. Skerritt or Mrs. Soule. If you are willing to come in and share ideas with us, we would love to hear from you.

Days of Significance ~ May 2018


May 1 Beltane Wicca/Pagan
May 1 Nisfu Shaban Islam
May 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan Baha’i
May 3 Vaisakhi Puja (Buddha’s Birthday) Buddhism
May 10 Ascension Day Christianity Eastern Orthodox and Western
May 15 International Day of Families United Nations
May 16-June 14 Ramadan Islam
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Grassroots LGBTQ
May 20 Pentecost Christianity
May 20 Shavuot Judaism
May 21 Queen Victoria Day Public Holiday
May 24 Declaration of the Ba’b Baha’i
May 25 African Liberation Day Rastafarian
May 27 Pentecost (J) Christianity
May 29 The Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
May 29 Tibetan Buddha’s Enlightenment (Saga Dawa) Buddhism
May 29 Wesak or Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday) Buddhism/Tibetan
May 31 World No Tobacco Day World Health Organization

 Long Term Accommodation Plan Final Report (Draft) – Public Meetings

The Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Final Report (Draft) is going to be presented at 5 regional public meetings throughout the month of May.

The draft report includes a list of proposed short (1-5 yrs.) and long (6-10 yrs.) accommodation priorities. The report does not include any recommended changes to school programs or boundaries.

We invite you to attend any of the following meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7-9 pm – Erin PS, gymnasium
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7-9 pm – Centennial CVI, cafeteria
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7-9 pm – Orangeville DSS, cafetorium
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7-9 pm – Centre Wellington DHS, cafetorium
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7-9 pm – Norwell DSS, double gymnasium

Feedback collected in this second phase of engagement will inform staff’s work to finalize the LTAP.

Please visit for more information and to provide feedback. The LTAP webpage includes all documents including the LTAP Final Report (Draft), an online comment form and an opportunity to sign up to receive updates.



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