I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits. It gives me immense pleasure to share with you the outstanding success of our recent Terry Fox Run.
I am proud to announce that, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our students and the generous support of our staff and parents, we have raised $1000 for cancer research. This achievement is a testament to the compassion and generosity that define our school community.
As Mme Chartier embarks on an exciting chapter of her career, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude and bid her a warm farewell. Mme Chartier has accepted a contract position and we couldn’t be happier for her and the opportunities that lie ahead. She will be working with our new teacher to ensure a smooth transition for our students.
We are happy to welcome Mme Gubbels to the Victory Staff. She will begin with us on Monday, September 25 and will be teaching the French Immersion Grade 1/2 class. Please extend a warm welcome to her when you see her.
Thank you to all the parents who have filled in Volunteer Agreements and handed in their Vulnerable Sector Police Checks over the past years. We are always looking for parent volunteers for many different events. If you would like to volunteer, please apply for a Vulnerable Sector Police Check online through the Guelph Police, and request a Volunteer Agreement from Mrs. Wynne in the school office. New this year, any parent who submitted a VS police check will now complete a Declaration of Offense for School Volunteers form that can be obtained at the office. This allows your current Vulnerable Sector to be accepted through the UGDSB for 5 years. We are always looking for volunteers for field trips and would be happy to have you join.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN SEPTEMBER
|Co-curricular Activity/Club/Team||Lead Teacher||Location||Days||Participating Grades||Times|
|Library Helpers||Mme Caswell||Library/ Learning Commons||1,2,3,4,5||3,4,5,6||First or Second recess depending on the day|
|Terry Fox Run/Walk||Mme de Rijcke and Pierre Elrick||Exhibition Park/School Yard||Fri. Sept. 22||School Wide||2:20 pm|
|Soccer||Mme Cauley||Exhibition Park||More info. to come||Grade 4, 5, 6||Info. to come|
|Kindergarten Helpers||Mme Sproule||Kindergarten classrooms and yard||All||4, 5, 6||Students have shifts during first or second lunch and recess depending on the cycle day|
ILLNESS PREVENTION MESSAGING
Please note that our messaging remains unchanged from earlier this year as it relates to measures in place across the system to support healthy school and work environments. This messaging is available on our website and you can continue to share with your school communities or with individuals who may enquire about responses to respiratory and other illnesses that see a resurgence in the fall.
Key Protective Measures
As a school board, we want to remind everyone of the importance of many standard protective strategies to help keep staff and students safe and healthy. Strategies such as frequent hand washing, respiratory etiquette and making the most of our outdoor spaces for learning continue to contribute to the health and well-being of students and staff. Classes in the UGDSB will continue to have a standalone HEPA filter unit with more than 2500 of these units deployed across the system. In addition to these measures, the UGDSB will continue to support students, staff and visitors to our schools and respect their individual choices about masking.
Management of Illness in Schools
The UGDSB will continue to follow the direction of WDGPH for appropriate responses to illnesses in our community. Please visit their website for the most current information about COVID-19: https://wdgpublichealth.ca/covid-19/covid-19-information-public/status-cases-wdg
- Cases of respiratory illness generally increase throughout the fall and winter months. Please review the most current guidance from the Ministry of Health throughout the season: https://www.ontario.ca/page/protection-covid-19-and-other-respiratory-illnesses
ROWAN’S LAW DAY
Wear purple on Sept. 27th to show awareness of concussion safety.
POLICE AND PEACE OFFICERS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY
In recognition of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day – our flag will be lowered at the end of the day today until we return on Monday morning. Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day is officially on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
IDENTITY BASED HARM AND/OR BULLYING BUTTON
This button is located on our school’s website and on the main UGDSB webpage. The Report Identity-Based Harm and/or Bullying tool gives students and parents 24/7 access for reporting. You don’t have to identify yourself – just your school – and your message gets sent directly to the school principal for follow-up.
BULLYING PREVENTION PLAN
Our Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is posted on our School Website. Please access the plan under RESOURCES and see our school’s approach to helping children to feel safe, included and engaged in school.