News & Notes, Volume 15, No. 5

October 31, 2019 Volume 15, No.5

Surplus Hallowe’en Treats
We all know that children will receive tons and tons of Hallowe’en treats and in an age where nutrition is becoming increasingly important for our young learners and their families, we will once again set up some Rubbermaid bins in our front foyer as a drop-off point for any “surplus” treats from your homes.  We will deliver these bins of treats to The Gathering Place in St. John’s to be enjoyed by those less fortunate.

This was an incredibly successful initiative last year and we’re looking forward to bringing treats to The Gathering Place on Thursday, November 7, 2019 – bins will be available for donations until then.

Remembrance Day Assembly
Our annual Remembrance Day assembly is scheduled for Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 1:30pm.  Families of our grade four learners are warmly invited to attend.

School Closures
Just for clarification, please be reminded that we will be closed on Friday, November 8, 2019 and Monday, November 11, 2019.  I apologize for any confusion that may have ensued in previous communication about these dates.

We are also closed for teacher PD and report card preparation on Friday, November 22, 2019.  Our final planned closure prior to Christmas is set for Friday, December 6, 2019 (in addition to closing at 11:00am on Thursday, December 5, 2019 to facilitate Parent-Teacher Interviews).

50/50 Lottery
Our 50/50 lottery is in full swing and the draw date (November 7, 2019) is fast approaching.  We thank all of our families who have already sold their book of tickets sand returned the monies and stubs to the school.  We would like to have everyone’s back by next Thursday, November 6, 2019 so that we can get everything organized for the draw on the following day.

We had planned to run our second lottery before Christmas but given the amount of current fundraising by other schools and groups to which your children belong, we have decided to run our second lottery sometime after Christmas.  The proceeds from the second lottery will go to our Breakfast Club.

Parent-Teacher Interviews
Our Parent-Teacher Interviews are set to start at 11:30am on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  You can make your appointment for PTIs by pointing your web browser to

Outside Play
Please ensure that your children come to school dressed for outside play now that the weather is getting colder and colder each day.  We would also like for you to have a chat with our child(ren) about the importance of dressing for the weather when we go outside as we invariably have a few who like to go out without their hats, mittens, and jackets.

Lifetouch Photography Retakes
A photographer from Lifetouch Photography will be here for the morning session on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to do photo retakes.  If you would like to have your child(ren)’s photo taken again, please send along the original proof sheet that you recently recieved.

Breakfast Club Milk
Our teachers are reporting that many of their learners are throwing away their milk that they get from the breakfast club in the mornings. Please have a conversation with your child about this as we want to avoid wastage. They are certainly free to take a milk each morning but if they’re not going to drink it, we’d prefer that they not take one.

Late Arrivals
We have a lot of late arrivals each day.  Please remember the impact that this has on instruction in the classroom when teachers and their on-time learners who are already engaged in teaching and learning are interrupted with late arrivals. 

All late arrivals must sign in at the office; this enables us to accurately track attendance.

Please remember that 8:30am is our “wheels up” moment as our instructional day begins at 8:30am sharp.

Advance Notice – Christmas Collection
Continuing our efforts to instill values around community service, we have selected the Thrive Community Network as our charity for Christmas giving this year. The Thrive Community Network is a local organization that was established in 2001 as part of the province’s Community Youth Networks. The mandate of this organization is to provide services and support to resilient youth and young adults who live in poverty with limited access to mainstream programs and services.

Thrive is looking for new personal care items and stocking stuffers in order to give holiday stockings to its members at their annual Christmas dinner. They are specifically looking for men’s and women’s deodorant, body wash/soap, shampoo/conditioner, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, men’s and women’s socks, individual tissue packs, lip balms, laundry pods, warm hats, stretch gloves, hand warmers, and/or Sobey’s/Tim Horton gift cards of $5 or $10 values.

We will be accepting donations up to and including Thursday, December 5, 2019 at which point we will deliver our collection.

Let’s show this organization our best generosity ever and support them in their efforts to shape the lives of these youth and young adults.

Christmas Concerts
We will host two Christmas concerts this year.  Our grade one learners will take to the stage on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 1:00pm and our Kindergarten learners will make their debut on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 1:00pm.

Tickets for our two Christmas concerts will go on sale on Monday, November 25, 2019 on the basis of four tickets per learner.  Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased directly from your child’s teacher; please place your money and a note with the number required in an envelope and send it along to the school at that time.

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