News & Notes, Volume 14, No. 5

News & Notes, Volume 14, No. 5

October 26, 2018

Lifetouch Photography
Our Lifetouch school  photography photo proofs have now been distributed (or will be this afternoon).  The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Orders should be placed online at  For those who order online, you can enjoy a free 8×8 photobook from Shutterfly.

If you choose to send along your order to the school, please understand that we have to be firm in adhering to the November 6, 2018 deadline; orders received beyond that date will be returned.

Harvest Festival Sock Hop

Friday, October 26, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 pm (K-3)
8:30 – 10:00 pm (4-6)

Admission $5
Prize for Best Costume
Canteen items $1

Hosted by St. Philip’s Church, 20 Coady’s Road, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s

The Haunting in St. Philip’s

Recreation Centre, St. Philip’s

Friday, October 26, 2018
6:00-7:30pm (K-3)
8:00-9:30pm (4-6)
10:00-11:30pm (7-9)

Admission $5
Wear costumes.  Treats and snacks available for purchase.

Proceeds go to the Vera Perlin Society.

Internet & Social Media Safety
For today’s students, life online can be just as important as what happens ‘in real life,’ as young people face a reality in 2018 much different than those experienced by the majority of us. From school to social time, computers, smartphones, tablets, the Internet and social media touch every aspect of their lives. The influence of the online world cannot be underestimated, nor can we underestimate its potential impact on a student’s current well-being or their future. While there are tremendous advantages and opportunities available through technology, social media and the Internet, we know there are also negatives. We only need look to the recent situations at Harvard and Dalhousie Universities to see how someone’s online activity can impact on their future plans. As such, the education system has a role to play in helping students become good decision makers.

As it is everyone’s responsibility to teach our young people how to navigate the Internet safely and responsibly, as well as to model good online behaviour, we are sharing these resources with you to encourage continued discussion of these topics at home.

With the goal of developing a strategy to help our teachers better inform students about the use of technology, an Internet and Social Media Safety (ISMS) Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador English School District personnel was established. The committee recommends compulsory resources which have been divided into three categories: graded 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7-12.  These categories are derived from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education’s Safe and Caring Schools Policy and the elements of ‘Digital Citizenship.’

The District believes the more information we provide our students, the better prepared they are to face the challenges ahead. To ensure they are relevant to the latest in Internet and social media trends and issues, all lessons are updated annually. We encourage you to review the resources provided and help inform yourself on matters of Internet and social media safety and engage in discussions at home about how students can and do interact on the internet. The District also has a Social Media Use policy and a Student Terms and Conditions of Use that all families are asked to be familiar with. Further, there is an Acceptable Use of Technology policy and an associated agreement to be signed by all authorized users of District technology. All these resources are available on the District’s website –

Thank you for your continued efforts as we strive to prepare our students for the ever-evolving world of the Internet, and social media in particular.

School Closure
Please note that our school will be participating in a district close-out on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  Classes are cancelled for all of our learners on this day.

Hallowe’en Parties
We will celebrate Hallowe’en on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 during the last hour of the school day.

As you begin the annual process of sourcing costumes, please bear in mind that we cannot permit costumes of a violent or sexual nature  in our school and any props should be small, safe, unobtrusive and not represent violence (i.e., guns, etc.).

We are not in a position to accept class sets of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, loot bags, treat bags, etc. at our Hallowe’en Parties; we spend far too much time passing them out and they cause a tremendous mess for our cleaning staff.  And, most importantly, we can never be too careful with allergens – far better to be safe than sorry.

Important Dates
We know how important organization and planning is to our stress levels and it is in this light that we share the following dates and events with you.  Please note them in your family calendars and remember that we reserve the right to change these dates with appropriate notice to you.

Teacher PD Day – Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Scholastic Book Fair – October 22-26, 2018
Remembrance Day Assembly – Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:30pm (Grade Four)
Remembrance Day Holidays – Friday, November 9 & Monday, November 12, 2018
Jersey Day – Friday, November 2, 2018 (Details to follow!). NEW DATE!
BCE Night at Chapters – Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Term I Progress Reports – Friday, November 30, 2018
Parent/Teacher Interviews – Thursday, December 6, 2018 (School closes at 11:00am)
Christmas Concert (Grades One & Three) – Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 1:00pm
Christmas Concert (Kindergarten) – Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:00pm NEW DATE!
School Closes for Christmas Vacation – Friday, December 21, 2018 at 12:30pm
School Re-Opens after Christmas – Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8:30am
KinderStart # 1 – Friday, January 18, 2019
Skating Sessions at Jack Byrne Arena – February 12-14, 2019 (Details to follow!)
KinderStart # 2 – Friday, February 15, 2019
Mid-Winter Holiday – Monday, February 18, 2019
Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 27, 2019
St. Patrick’s Day Holiday – Monday, March 18, 2019
KinderStart # 3 – Friday, March 22, 2019
Term II Progress Reports – Friday, March 22, 2019
Parent/Teacher Interviews – Thursday, March 28, 2019 (School closes at 11:00am)
Earth Day Assembly – Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:30pm (Grade Three)
KinderStart # 4 – Thursday, April 18, 2019
Easter Vacation – Friday, April 19-26, 2019 (inclusive)
School Re-Opens after Easter – Monday, April 29, 2019
Spring Concert – Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1:00pm (Grade Two)
Victoria Day Holiday – Monday, May 20, 2019
School Leaving – Friday, June 7, 2019 at 1:00pm (Grade Four)
Beachy Tones Musical – Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1:00pm
K-2 Sports Day – Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Weather Dependent)
3-4 Sports Day – Thursday, June 20, 2019 (Weather Dependent)
Alternate K-2 Sports Day – Friday, June 21, 2019
Alternate 3-4 Sports Day – Monday, June 24, 2019
Kindergarten Celebration – Monday, June 25, 2019 at 1:30pm
Term III Progress and Closed for the Summer – Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 12:30pm

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