June 2019 Newsletter

Posted June 3, 2019



We would like to take this time to thank all of our staff, students, supervisors, School Council and parents who have come together to support our students through the year! We are always amazed at the extra hours and effort people put in to support our children!

This month we will be celebrating one of our teachers as they begin a new stage in their career! Mrs. Perrett is retiring! We thank her for all of her years of contributions to the Taylor Evans Community!

We will also be saying good bye to Mrs. Pogany, Ms. West, Mrs. Morioka, Mrs. Payne, and Mrs. Gibson. We wish them well in their new teaching positions!

Our grade 8 class will be travelling to Ottawa and then graduate at the end of the month. Their leadership as positive role models for the school was amazing! They stop to help staff, mentor young students, and visitors to our building. They have worked hard in their extra-curricular activities and learning, truly demonstrating Effort, Empathy and Excellence!

Mr. Keesmaat and Mr. Gouk

Remember – Friday, June 7th – there is no school for students – it is a PA Day

Family Fun Night!

Family Fun Night will be held this week on Thursday, June 6th. In recognition of all our community does to support the school this event will be free! Please come and enjoy games and activities with your children!

Food trucks will be here for you to purchase food this year, if you wish at 5 pm.

Doors to the school will open for activities from 5:30 to 7:30.

The Book Fair will run from 5:30 – 7:30 in the Learning Commons.

Final Colour House Play Day!

Feel free to come and join us as we have our final Colour House play day on Wednesday June 26th from 1:15 pm to 2:55! Grade 7 and 8 students from Student Council are planning a great event for all of our students and staff!

Library Books are Due!

The time of year has arrived to let you know when resources are due back to the library. All library resources, including student library books, are due June 15th Thank you for your cooperation. Lost books cost $5.00

NEW Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Parents of NEW kindergarten children are invited to attend our Kindergarten Parent Orientation on Friday, June 7th. The Orientation will take place at two different times. Invitations for this special event have been mailed out. If you have not received your invitation please call the school at 519-766-4544 ext. 0 to set up a session.

Year-End Assembly

The year-end assembly will be held Thursday, June 27th at 9:00 am.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 27th. Students return to school Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.


All parents must pick up their child’s medication by the last day of school, Thursday, June 27th. Any medications left in the office will be disposed of safely.

Grade 8 Graduation

We will be saying farewell to our Grade 8’s on Tuesday, June 25th at 7:00 pm at our annual Grade 8 Graduation. Please feel free to contact the homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

 Swim to Survive Program

Once again our grade 3 and grade 5 students are enjoying the YMCA-YWCA Swim to Survive program held at the West End Recreation Centre. This program is free of charge to grade 3 and 5 students in Guelph. Please see the web calendar for dates and times.

Are you moving?

If you will be moving out of our school area over the summer, please let us know as soon as possible. This will help in determining our new classes for September. If you have new neighbours moving in, please direct them to the school before the end of June to register for September.

Class Lists

Just a reminder…….Class lists will NOT be posted before school starts, and because of privacy policies, will not be posted on the first day of school.  Similar to last year, students will gather at the back of the school on the first day, where they will meet their teacher. In the event of rain, students will gather in the gymnasium and meet their teacher.


Monthly Environmental Activities to help celebrate our planet

June 5th is World Environment Day!

Protecting the planer is everyone’s responsibility

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th 2019


 A Platform for Action- World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment and is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.


This year’s theme – Beat Air Pollution!

Urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world. Together we can #BeatAirPollution. https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/


Ideas for your family to celebrate World Environment Day!

 Create an event for family, friends and neighbours –There is no end of ideas that you could take forward for World Environment Day. Surprise yourself! Think about ideas that we can do to help the planet like fixing a problem in your community. It can be as simple as a community clean-up, to a tree planting activity.


  • Get out into nature – World Environment Day is all about appreciating the beautiful planet we inhabit. Why not spend time in a park, hiking a trail or appreciating a forest walk? Or, have a picnic in the back yard!
  • Inspire others – A great idea will naturally attract others who will join and make your idea awesome. So, take your idea to reduce single use plastics, or to lug a mug to events or to promote an ecofriendly product and share it! Or ask everyone to make their own personal pledge to change one wasteful or harmful habit for the better. Share what you’re doing using the hashtag: #WorldEnvironmentDay
  • Make sure you have fun: Make your event for World Environment Day fun, inspiring and interesting. Google events happening locally that you can attend with family or friends, or check out Pinterest for fun, recycled crafts ideas.


For more information go to: What can schools do? Or What can individuals do? Or Google ‘World Environment Day activities’


Math on the Go!

Card Games to Develop Math Skills For All Ages

Are you looking to help your child to develop his or her math skills at home in a meaningful and engaging way, while spending quality family time together?  Why not try some card games!  Playing a card game can take as little as 5-10 minutes.  Next time you find yourself trying to entertain your child while waiting at the dentist office or at a sports practice, why not bring along a deck of cards and play a couple of card games with your child.  This is a great way to connect socially with your child, while practicing math skills.  As author Marilyn Burns says in her book, Win-Win Math Games: “Games help to lift math off the textbook pages, and they support students’ learning about numbers and operations.”

(Retrieved on May 1, 2018 “Acing Math One Deck At A Time, The Positive Engagement Project” http://www.pepnonprofit.org/uploads/2/7/7/2/2772238/acing_math.pdf )


Card Sort (Grades K – 3)

Players: Individual or groups of two

Materials: Deck of cards


Skill: Number recognition and group, sort, or categorize by attribute


How to Play: As a group, or individually, have students use the full deck of cards to sort and create groups by attribute. Some sorting possibilities are by color, suit, or number.

Reading Multiplication Minds

(Grades 3 – 6)


Players: Groups of three (groups of four or five for more advanced)


Materials: Deck of cards


Skill: Multiplication, product


How to Play: In this game for three players, one student is the leader and the other two are the “mind readers”.


The two players each draw a card and, without looking at it, hold it up to their foreheads so that everyone else can see it, but themselves. The leader announces the products of the two cards. Each “mind reader” must figure out which card is on his or her own forehead and say it aloud. When both “mind readers” have figured out their cards, a new leader is chosen and the game continues. With Reading Multiplication Minds, all players get practice with products and factors in every round.
Integer Addition Number Battle (Grades 5 – 8)

Players: Groups of two


Materials: Deck of cards, Ace worth 11, Jack worth 12, Queen worth 13, King worth 14, scratch paper


Skill: Number recognition, positive integers, negative integers, and addition


How to Play: Black cards are positive numbers; red cards are negative numbers. Players split a deck of cards and simultaneously flip over their top two cards. Remember -2 is greater than -7.

If the cards sums have the same value, the cards are placed in a center pile. The next hand is played normally and the winner of the next addition number battle takes the center pile as well.



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